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Attached are the bulletins for services this weekend — the Second Sunday in Lent.  Lent 2 Saturdat Lent 2 Sunday

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The men of the church will meet for breakfast Saturday morning (February 24) at 7:30 a.m.  A delicious breakfast, cooked by Mike Partin and Gwynne Jones, will be served and it will be a good time of food and fellowship.  All men are invited.  You will be fed, strengthened, encouraged and on your way to the rest of your Saturday by 9:00.  Please plan to attend!

Update from Elyse Burns

From Elyse this morning:

Dear Church Family –

 

Thank you so much for your prayers over the past couple of weeks…

 

Taiwan: the county we were in (Hualien) was quite devastated by the earthquake… 12 confirmed dead and hundreds more injured. Many were trapped in the rubble and it took several days to rescue as many people as possible. This cut our camp short and made it very bittersweet to say goodbye to the children.

Please continue to pray for those who lost loved ones and livelihoods in the damage of the earthquake, as well as those recovering from injuries and trauma.

Please also pray for the kids we worked with in the two weeks of camps. In the camps in Yilan especially, we had many behavioral issues. At the end of camp, some of the kids wrote “wishes” on goodbye cards. Many of them included wishes that their parents would stop drinking. Our camp leaders informed us that most of the parents in that village go to work before dawn and then resort to alcohol at the end of the day. My heart breaks for the kids because the lack of a nurturing familial atmosphere is obvious in the way they interact with us and each other. Many don’t know how to deal with their emotions or anger and many are desperately seeking attention. In the camp in Hualien, my roommate and I came across a large church with a cross on it and a service on Sunday morning. I wasn’t able to find out more, but it seems there is a Christian influence in that town and I pray this is so. We noticed a marked difference in behavior there as well…

Bali: thank your for your prayers for my health! I spent several days in the hospital but have finally been released. The doctors found bacteria/infection in my system through some blood tests… I’ve been on antibiotics now that seem to be clearing up the issues. I’m certainly not 100%, but I’m getting there and resting for the last few days that we’re here.

As always, I’m truly grateful for all of you and your support. I miss you all and think of you often.   Elyse

Barbara Beckley’s funeral will be Saturday March 3rd, 11:00 AM at Mt. Zion Church in Beavercreek (428 Shepherd Road, Xenia).

Update — Elyse Burns

From Karen Burns:  I spoke with Elyse today and she has been released from the hospital.  She is on an antibiotic and was feeling well.  They have canceled the plans they made for their time in Bali, but will still head to Korean in a couple of days.  The plan is to rest by the pool or on the beach and take it easy.  She has another roommate that has joined them, so between the two roommates she should be in good care.

Thank you for your prayers.

 

From Karen Burns —

NEWS ABOUT THE TAIWAN GIRL:
Elyse managed to survive the earthquakes of Taiwan, but is still struggling with her health.  She hadn’t slept well while at English camp, due to the sleeping conditions and then the earthquaking.  She believes that she ended up leaving the little village with the flu.  So she began her holiday exhausted and recovering from the flu.

She and her roommate, Ammy flew to Singapore, then on to Bali, where they were going to hike and tour the countryside.  Not long after their arrival, Elyse began to throw up, non-stop for five hours.  She went to the ER and was put on a fluid IV.  The next day she seemed to be better and was able to visit the terraced rice fields. But the throwing up began again, this time accompanied by intestinal distress.

She returned to the ER and has been in the hospital for at least two days now.  They have run blood tests and found she has an infection in her blood stream and colon, and is on antibiotics.  She has been able to keep food down, and is sure that her fever has finally broken.

Ammy has been able to stay with her most of the time (I guess the hospital is a beautiful place).

They are still waiting on tests to see if there is anything else going on.

Please pray for this girl!  They are supposed to end their trip with a stop at the Olympics, but I haven’t heard if that is still on the docket.

Thanks!

Lord God in whose word this whole world is held together, we feel helpless in the natural realm for our dear sister, Elyse, who is far away from home.  But we rejoice that there is nowhere so far away that you are not there and we know that you are with Elyse as she battles illness and distance and different customs.  We joyfully entrust her to your care and keeping, asking that you would shower your mercy and goodness upon her in this difficult time.  We also ask that you would fill her, and those who love her, with your peace in great measure.  We thank you that our confidence is in you as we pray in the Name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen

From Terri Sebree:

Our sister Barbara Beckley passed away this morning.
Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace, and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.