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Several COHers are meeting at the City Barbecue on Fairfield Road for dinner at 5:30. Tonight is a fundraiser for the Forest Ridge swim team. I have flyers or you can download your own at http://bit.ly/9eStXG. Hope you can join us.

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Thanks for your concern about my daughter Janet. I hope you’re having a great summer. I’ve been kept busy, helping care for Janet. Here’s an update on her; please share it with COH and CTK if you’d like. Although her condition is about the same thus far, I’m doing much better. For the first two days after learning of her diagnosis and grim prognosis, I could do nothing but cry. Then, my faith once again was renewed and I’m able to be there for her, her family, and her siblings who are also having a tough time dealing with the news. However, the more I pray and spend time helping take care of her, the more I’m believing that God is going to perform a miracle and that she will somehow be cured. I am hopeful and optimistic that she will be healed. And, if not, I have peace knowing that she is a beautiful Christian woman, complete in Christ.

The day after she was diagnosed, she was given her first chemo treatment (4 times the usual dosage) and was very, very sick for about nine days. Had one serious time of not being able to breathe and ended up in the hospital. On the way to the hospital, she experienced paralysis of her face, hands and arms, legs and feet. They concluded that the paralysis was caused by some chemical reaction caused by the chemo. Thankfully, the paralysis was temporary – only lasted about 1 1/2 hours, but it sure gave us a scare. Doug (my physician son) came from Indiana and was with her for four days; that was good because she (as a nurse) and he could talk in understandable medical terms, once she could talk again.

She’s now had her second chemo treatment and had only four days of real sickness from it, all which were more mild than the time after her first treatment. She goes for a PET scan tomorrow and is planning to go to MD Anderson Hospital in Texas in July. It is a hospital that has a reputation for being best in the country. She wants to have surgery, but our local surgeons say it’s not possible. The main tumor begins at the base of her aorta and wraps around it up to her collar bone, behind her lung. She also has one at the base of her skull behind her right ear, and the cancer has metastized into her lymph system. Has had some lymph nodes removed. I just pray a lot and try to make her comfortable.

It’s funny, every time I think I’ll just spend quiet time sitting with her, holding her hand, etc., she has a "to do" list of stuff she wants me to do. Like washing windows, hemming new curtains and ironing them (it was 96 with humidity about the same and they don’t have central air), or cutting out quilt squares and ironing backing on them. She just asked her sister to repaint their master bedroom. I guess she believes she’s going to survive! She’s very positive, even when weakness takes over. Of course she’s lost her hair and is bald. Her 11 year old son shaved his head to be like mom.

Just last Saturday, we were supporting my son David’s family. His 57 year old mother-in-law died suddenly with a massive heart attack. She and her husband are also good friends of ours. David has six kids, from 17 down to 1. Emily, the 3 year old brought some joy midst the sadness. She proclaimed: "Mammy’s not coming home. Mammy went home with Jesus. Why’s there a long line of people looking at Mammy? Mammy’s going to get a new body." After acknowledging her comments and questions, I was thinking how mature this little three year old was. Then she said "What dress is Mammy going to wear? Will this one fit her new body?" Shows she is still a little girl.

Besides helping take care of Janet, my only other activity has been to finalize my second book – "God Speaks . . . Do We Listen?" It’s finally done and will be released in September. As an author, I am allowed to order advance copies and have done so. I carry a supply of them in my car, if any of you might be interested in buying a copy. It is a compilation of all my writings that have been inspired by God. Includes poems, dreams, prayers, lyrics & music for 15 hymns, a skit on the 7 deadly sins, prayers, and words of wisdom on topics like happiness, dealing with loss, family relationships, etc. I’ve also hired professional musicians (Rosanne Brown, Rachel Herman, and Mike McDermott) to cut a CD with the 15 hymns recorded. They’ve made the lyrics and melody of what I wrote come to life and sound great! We’re hoping to have the CD available by July 9th.

Here’s a sample of a poem included in my second book, "God Speaks . . Do We Listen?": Let me know if you’re interested in the book and/or CD.

The Jack-O-Lantern

I went to a nearby pumpkin patch

to buy a pumpkin that no one could match.

I cut off the top from my pumpkin so round,

made a star-shaped lid that I set on the ground.

I reached inside and scooped out the seeds;

decided there’s more that my pumpkin needs.

I carved out a nose, a mouth, and two big round eyes.

Could he compete in a contest – perhaps win a prize?

His first job was to sit on my porch that night;

I know what he needs, a bright inside light.

So, a candle I placed inside of his shell;

he lit up the sidewalk exceedingly well.

My pumpkin that had been just a pumpkin before

turned into a Jack-O-Lantern at my front door.

His light brought happiness for all to see;

his smile came to life as he looked back at me.

My Jack-O-Lantern taught me a lesson that day; I

can be a light for otheres to show them the way.

The way is Truth, it’s our Lord up above;

the glow inside me will radiate his love.

Like my Jack-O-Lantern, the light inside me

can help show others that they can be free.

May God’s light in me forever burn bright,

bringing others from darkness into the light.

Love,

Dorathea

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Hi,

Please pray that Suzie Herman’s earlobes heal properly from the surgery to remove keloid tumors. She had the surgery on 6/16, had the stitches out on 6/23. We understood that she should put pressure earrings on her ears to prevent the tumors from returning right after getting the stitches off. This weekend I could tell that something was wrong – Suzie was in pain and her ears were bleeding.

Today we went back to the doctor. He said the earrings should not have been put on. Suzie’s incisions had re-opened. She got stitched back up and told that she will likely have to have more surgery to correct the damage done by putting the earrings on too soon.

So, please pray that her ears heal properly and that the damage done can be corrected.

God bless!

Karla Herman

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Dear church family,

I want to thank you for your generosity to our newest neighbors! I think they are fairly well provided for, but I’ll update as I hear more.

I still need maternity dresses for petite Esther. She is 5’4" and tiny except for her tummy. Her shoulder width is 14".

My estimate on size for our other mom, Ernestine, has been revised. I think she needs a 2X. She would like elastic waist, long skirts (long meaning ankle or low calf), tops & dresses. No pants, please.

Box fans, a vacuum, and a washing machine are still needed.

Again, many thanks to all who have provided. These families have been very blessed by your generosity!

Barb Harvey

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Dear church family,

I want to thank you for your generosity to our newest neighbors! I think they are fairly well provided for, but I’ll update as I hear more.

I still need maternity dresses for petite Esther. She is 5’4" and tiny except for her tummy. Her shoulder width is 14".

My estimate on size for our other mom, Ernestine, has been revised. I think she needs a 2X. She would like elastic waist, long skirts (long meaning ankle or low calf), tops & dresses. No pants, please.

Box fans, a vacuum, and a washing machine are still needed.

Again, many thanks to all who have provided. These families have been very blessed by your generosity!

Barb Harvey

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Hi – a blue subzero stainless steel water bottle was left at the picnic yesterday. Contact me to claim it. Karla Herman

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Hello all!

I hope everyone is looking forward to Shakespeare in the Summer this year. Please invite whomever you think will be interested.

For those who are wondering what Shakespeare in the Summer is, it is a reader’s theater that Fr. Wayne and Sandy have given me

permission to start. People from the church who will be attending will be given parts beforehand to study, then read at the meeting.

Meetings will last no longer than the Film, Philosophy, & Faith meetings (roughly 1.5 –2 hours).

Tentatively, it will begin the Sunday night after July 4th and will probably be at 55 Bell, but it will not happen every week

so the location and time are subject to change. Any and all who are interested would be welcome. So come and enjoy a dramatic

performance reading of the Shakespeare play, "Twelfth Night"!

I am sending out the list of parts for "Twelfth Night" from which anyone may choose a part who feels sufficiently able to

handle a large (or small) role, preferably those who know themselves to have talents or training for theatrical performance,

performance reading, or just simply reading aloud.

There is no memorization needed, however, the reason why we must cast the parts now is so everyone can study their

parts beforehand–meaning that you’ll probably have to read the entire play, so that your part holds no secrets for you.

The Players (In roughly descending order by largeness of role):

Orsino — Duke of Illyria
Olivia — Countess
Viola — twin sister of Sebastian
Sebastian — twin brother of Viola
Antonio — friend of Sebastian
Sir Toby Belch — uncle of Olivia
Maria — Olivia’s waiting woman
Malvolio — steward to Olivia
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Fabian — servant
Feste — the Clown

From this, people may choose a fitting role for themselves. Nevertheless, problems may arise. And as a woefully under-qualified casting director,

I still have to reserve the right to arbitrarily cast parts for the people who all happen to choose the same roles.

So to avoid disappointment and confusion resulting from the casting process,

please suggest along with your primary choice, secondary and tertiary choices as well.

Thank you very much, (and if everyone will excuse the length of this email) I look forward to hearing back

from everyone soon and anticipate a wonderful summer colored with notes of Shakespeare.

Sincerely,
Jon Hartlaub

Duke Orsino:

If music be the food of love, play on…
(Twelfth Night, 1.1)

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