Month: June 2010

CKAC/COH: Dorothea’s daughter update

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

CKAC:prayer request – S. Herman

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

update on refugee clothing needs

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

update on refugee clothing needs

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

Shakespeare in the Summer

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)

Announcements

– There will be a tailgate party in the church parking lot, Saturday, July 3rd at 6:30 pm. Bring your own dinner, and we’ll walk downtown to see fireworks afterward. Don’t forget paper products!

– Please check the overflowing lost and found bins downstairs. You may be surprised and find something that belongs to YOU! The bins will be emptied on July 14th.

CKAC;refugee needs

Dear church family,

I’m sorry for this long, repeat request, but I’ve had no offers for some the items below, and very little response to the appeal for clothing.

We have invited a newly arrived, English-speaking family from Burundi to join us for this Sunday’s picnic. They’ve been in the U.S. for 3 weeks, but in transit from a refugee camp, their clothing was stolen.

I would love to see the little ones be able to enjoy the water fountain this Sunday. Do any of you have spare, gently used bathing trunks & a spare swimsuit? The boys are 12 & 10 yrs. old, and the girl is 7 yrs. old. If no one has swimsuits to give, shorts would work. This family has no spare clothing.

This family is also in need of box fans, lamps with working bulbs, and twin & queen sheets. Children’s bicycles would be greatly appreciated – the kids really want bikes, but the family has no money.

Another family is in need of a vacuum cleaner.

Also, is there anyone with a van who would be available to take this family of 7 to the Christian Life Center to look for clothing this Saturday, July 3rd between 10 and 11 AM?

I’m in need of about 20 fine-bristled paint brushes for the refugee families on Neal. They can be picked up for $1.00 at dollar stores. The brushes will be used to apply diatomaceous earth for bedbug control.

And finally, I’m including the clothing measurements for the two families who need clothing. I’ve had very little response regarding these needs. Please, if you have a few moments, could you check to see if you have gently used clothing to give?

Jerome (dad): about 5’7 or 8", 36" waist, XL shirt, size 11 shoe

Ernestine (mom) about 5′ 5" I’m guessing size 16 dress, shoe size unknown

Aristide, 19 yrs, about 6′, waist 29" (?) probably a M or L shirt, shoe size 11

Denise, 17 yrs, my guess is size 7 or 8, shoe size 7 or 8

Oliver, 12 yrs

Pacific, 10 yrs

Claire, 7 yrs, shoe size 1 1/2 or 2

For the little kids, sizes are unknown, but probably average for slender kids.

Another family is also in need of clothes & shoes:

Innocent (Dad) 6’1"; shoulder 21"; waist 39"; shoe size 9 He is leggy & lean so a long inseam would be good.

Esther (Mom) 5’4"; 14" shoulders; She is pregnant, but petite & slender. Shoe size 7 or 7½

Patrick, 11 yrs, 4’6"; 14" shoulder, very slender (size 10 or 12?)

Moses 7 yrs. 4′ tall; 12" shoulder, very slender (size 7?)

Shoe sizes for Patrick & Moses: I’m not sure, but since they are growing fast, a selection between sizes 3 & 7 would probably work. The same goes for clothing for the kids.

Luci, 19 mos – typical, still has a little baby chub going. I’m sure the family would appreciate diapers & wipes as well.

As always, I appreciate all that so many of you have done to help our neighbors! 🙂

If you can help with any of these, please contact me (Barb 878-9826, baharvey@woh.rr.com), and thank you!

CKAC:4th of July Parade

To our Christ the King and Christ Our Hope families,

The Fourth of July is creeping up on us and I wanted to extend an invitation to the pot luck lunch and parade on Sunday July 4th. Come over after church, enjoy lunch, and watch the parade which starts at 2 pm. Relax in the shade of our beautifully trimmed tree by Mark Caldwell of Paul Burns’ Arbor Experts! Step inside for some AC if it gets too hot. We look forward to seeing many of you here. Please bring chairs, beverages, and a dish to share for lunch.

We live at 310 N. Central Avenue in Fairborn 546-7248.

Happy Fourth of July!
Martha and Tom Berger

CKAC: Picnic this Sunday after church

Hi,

For the joint picnics with Christ the King and Christ Our Hope – a couple of things:

Please bring your own meat/entrée and a side dish or dessert to share. There is a grill available. I’ll bring charcoal and lighter fluid. Also – bring your own drinks.

We will meet at one of the shelters. Erin has reserved the Bald Cypress one, I think. Bring chairs and balls/Frisbees, etc.

There is a the big fountain to play in, too. Bring bathing suits and towels if you want to play in it.

See you Sunday!

Karla

church picnic need for new family from Burundi

Dear church family,

We have invited a new, English-speaking family from Burundi to join us for this Sunday’s picnic. They’ve been in the U.S. for 3 weeks, but in transit from a refugee camp, their clothing was lost or stolen.

First, I would love to see the little ones be able to enjoy the water fountain this Sunday. Do any of you have spare, gently used bathing trunks & a spare swimsuit? The boys are 12 & 10 yrs. old, and the girl is 7 yrs. old. (there is also a 19 yr. old boy, and a 17 yr.old girl, but I don’t know if they’d want to get in the water).

Second, this family is in desperate need of gently used clothing and shoes. Below are approximate sizes:

Jerome (dad): about 5’7 or 8", 36" waist, XL shirt, size 11 shoe

Ernestine (mom) about 5′ 5" I’m guessing size 16 dress, shoe size unknown

Aristide, 19 yrs, about 6′, waist 29" (?) probably a M or L shirt, shoe size 11

Denise, 17 yrs, my guess is size 7 or 8, shoe size 7 or 8

Oliver, 12 yrs

Pacific, 10 yrs

Claire, 7 yrs, shoe size 1 1/2 or 2

For the little kids, sizes are unknown, but probably average for slender kids.

Another family is also in need of clothes & shoes:

Innocent (Dad) 6’1"; shoulder 21"; waist 39"; shoe size 9 He is leggy & lean so a long inseam would be good.

Esther (Mom) 5’4"; 14" shoulders; She is pregnant, but petite & slender. Shoe size 7 or 7½

Patrick, 11 yrs, 4’6"; 14" shoulder, very slender (size 10 or 12?)

Moses 7 yrs. 4′ tall; 12" shoulder, very slender (size 7?)

Shoe sizes for Patrick & Moses: I’m not sure, but since they are growing fast, a selection between sizes 3 & 7 would probably work. The same goes for clothing for the kids.

Luci, 19 mos – typical, still has a little baby chub going. I’m sure the family would appreciate diapers & wipes as well.

As always, I appreciate all that so many of you have done to help our neighbors! 🙂

If you can help with any of these, please contact me (Barb 878-9826, baharvey@woh.rr.com), and thank you!

Car NEED!

Dear Church Family,

I have GREAT NEWS! I have been recalled back to work. God has continued to bless us in ways we cannot imagine.

However, We are also in need, we would like to ask the whole church community if anyone has an extra car that
might just be parked, not in use at this time. And if we could “borrow” it until we get our broken down one fixed.

I will be working second shift (3-11pm), and Brennan still has his job at the Pine club, and he also works
evenings too. We would need to borrow said car for about several weeks, to a month, and will be willing to put insurance, and gas, and provide routine maintenance as necessary.

Thank you for your consideration of this, and join me in rejoicing that God has blessed us, thankfully our finances will soon return to somewhat normalcy.

Blessings and Peace,

Dcn Dave

New refugee family in need

Dear church family,

Here are several refugee family needs. If you can help with any of these, please contact me (Barb 878-9826, baharvey), and thank you!

1. A new family from Burundi is in desperate need of clothing. There are other needs as well, and I will be meeting with them tomorrow to assess, but meanwhile… I need someone with a van who would be willing to take the family to the Christian Life Center on Little York Rd. on Saturday morning around 10 AM so they can find clothing at the charity ministry there. Family of 7. They speak English.

2. I am looking for a someone who would be willing to help pick up a dryer for another family. The dryer is on Wadsworth near Needmore & I-75. The family lives in Belmont. Next Tuesday morning is a target time to make the pick up, but we can be flexible.

3. I still need about 20 clean, dry containers and fine-bristled paint brushes to distribute Diatomaceous Earth. I haven’t had any offers. Can you help?

4. There is another new family who is in need of clothing.

Here are their measurements:

Innocent (Dad) 6’1"; shoulder 21"; waist 39"; shoe size 9 He is leggy & lean so a long inseam would be good.

Esther (Mom) 5’4"; 14" shoulders; She is pregnant, but petite & slender. Shoe size 7 or 7½

Patrick, 11 yrs, 4’6"; 14" shoulder, very slender (size 10 or 12?)

Moses 7 yrs. 4′ tall; 12" shoulder, very slender (size 7?)

Shoe sizes for Patrick & Moses: I’m not sure, but since they are growing fast, a selection between sizes 3 & 7 would probably work. The same goes for clothing for the kids.

Luci, 19 mos – typical, still has a little baby chub going. I’m sure the family would appreciate diapers & wipes as well.

As always, I appreciate all that so many of you have done to help our neighbors! 🙂

Message for Christ the King and Christ Our Hope, RE: Japan mission trip

Dear People of Christ the King and Christ Our Hope,

Daniel Laughlin in a member of our Church and was last year’s Dominion Academy valedictorian. He is a full-time student at UC. I recommend his appeal for mission support (below) to you. I have consulted with our treasurer, Pat Prenger, and will be asking the vestry to also make a $200 contribution to this work from our mission fund, but as you will read in his message, that will only begin to fill the need.

In addition to the method of contributing that Daniel put in his message and referenced letter, you may also make your contribution by check payable to Christ the King or Christ Our Hope annotated “Japan Mission – Daniel Laughlin,” and conveniently placed in the Sunday offering. and your money will be forwarded appropriately. Time is short, so please make your thoughtful and prayerful decision by this weekend. Nevertheless, late contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Faithfully,
Andy Figueroa

Dear Christ the King and Christ Our Hope,

Many of you have received my support letter concerning my upcoming mission trip to Japan from July 22nd to August 9th . If you have not received my letter, you may be aware of the Japan missions work conducted by Mark and Brenda Lecklider (teachers at Dominion Academy and former missionaries to Japan) over the past five years. I have been a part of this trip/ministry since my freshman year at Dominion Academy along with the Chris Herman family. We have traveled to Japan twice and two groups of Japanese people have visited with us. Through this ministry, we have been able to form strong relationships with several churches and with many who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We feel compelled to continue this ministry and desire to see many come to know Jesus. Because the Japanese want to learn English from Americans, we can teach English classes in the church, and many will come to learn English and hear the Gospel too.

The Leckliders have asked me to be team member again this year, and I believe this ministry is part of God’s calling in my life. If I am able to return to Japan this summer, it will be my third mission’s trip with the Leckliders. Unfortunately, I am behind in my fundraising efforts for this trip. About a month ago, I sent out 80 letters asking people to consider supporting this ministry. Currently I have received only $700 of the $2500 needed in order to make this trip.

I have always been amazed by God’s faithfulness and the faithfulness of His people in reaching out to support the Lord’s ongoing ministries across the globe. I am truly grateful for those who have supported this ministry in the past and for those who are supporting us this year. While I am trying to work to earn some of my own support, I need additional support. Therefore, I am coming to you again, asking you to consider supporting this ministry both financially and prayerfully. If you can support this ministry financially, please make your checks payable to Emmanuel Lutheran Church (which is the Lecklider’s home church), note in the memo “Japan missions” and send to Mark Lecklider, 609 Broad St., Kettering, OH. Those of you who received my letter have a self-addressed stamped envelop which you may use. In my letter I have a June 15th dateline, but we will be accepting donations up until the time we leave on July 22nd.

If you cannot support us financially, please pray for unity among team members, wisdom in dealing with cross-cultural issues, love and courage in sharing the gospel and Christ’s love to those who do not know Him.

Thank-you again for your support,
Daniel Laughlin

Julene Sawaya is Planning to be at Family Prayer and Fellowship Afterward Tonight

Greetings!

I know many at Christ the King and Christ Our Hope know Julene Sawaya, who was a tireless worker in the planting of Christ the King parish twenty five years ago.  She is visiting from Abu Dhabi, UAE and plans to be in Dayton for only one night.   All are invited to prayer which begins at 7 pm and to fellowship which follows immediately afterward at our home (4170 Beech Tree Ct.  Dayton, OH  45424  phone:  236-1424). 

Dcn Chris

CKAC: Refugee needs – Clothes dryer

From Barb Harvey:

1. I am looking for someone with a truck and a dolly who would be willing to pick-up and deliver a clothes dryer for Laurent, a friend who visits our church occasionally. I haven’t found the dryer yet, but I’m watching Craig’s List and FreecycleDayton for him, and it’s important to be able to move fast when a deal is struck through these resources. You snooze, you loose. Laurent lives off Smithville in Belmont.

Also, if anyone has a dryer they’d be willing to sell for $50 or less, please let me know.

2. I am still in need of 4-5 gallon containers and fine bristled paint brushes to distribute and apply Diatomaceous Earth to Neal Ave. refugees to help control the bedbug infestation. Containers should be clean and dry. About 20 to 25 are needed.

Email or call me if you can help (Barb 878-9826, baharvey), and thank you!

Volunteer Help needed

Volunteers Help Needed:

1) Christ the King: Persons are needed at 8:30 Saturday morning, June 19th, to help remove the furniture and books from Father Wayne’s office so that it can be painted while he is on vacation.
Please contact Gary Laughlin if you can help.
Phone: 278-2477 (leave message) or email: gary.laughlin

2) COH, CTK, and Dominion Academy:

Many of you have longed to see the space behind the building turned into something functional for the church and the school. We now have several persons who are willing to do the hard work to help make this happen. We will be establishing a committee to plan and design the use of this space over the next month, but the first step is getting rid of the old asphalt. Jordan Laughlin is heading up this part of the project and would like all the help he can get. This is a great way for you young men, and older guys too, to develop those pecks, biceps, and six packs!!

The first work session will be held Tuesday evening at 6:00 until dark. We will strive to work most evenings and some daytime hours until the job is completed. So if you cannot come out on Tuesday evening, there will be plenty of opportunities to help. When you come, make certain you bring with you a pair of good work gloves.

If you are unable to help out, we are also looking for persons who would be willing to donate the tools to get the job done. We need heavy duty wheelbarrows, spud bars, picks, mattocks, flat shovels. More importantly we need a dump truck in order to haul away the broken asphalt. So is you have access to one please let Jordan know.

If you have any questions or are able to donate tools for this project, please contact Jordan Laughlin.
Phone: 301-0045 or 278-2477 or
email: laujordan