Month: July 2012

Can it be that you have a canopy? Canopies are needed for the Back to School Bash!

I ask everyone who has a canopy-type tent who is willing to loan it to the parish for the Back to School Bash being held this Saturday, August 4th to do three things:  (1) Rejoice in the Lord; (2) Let Fr. Chris know you have intentions to loan it to the parish; and (3) Get it in the hands of Fr. Chris before Saturday morning.  One possiblility for an easy hand-off would be tomorrow night’s Pack, Pizza, Praise, and Prayer time at the church.  Thank you in advance!


Fr. Chris


Missing Wedding Vase…

Hi, we are missing a center piece vase from Adrian & Elizabeth’s
wedding last Saturday night.  It is a 4″ square vase, 12″ tall, with
a small metal disk/spike in it.

It was a centerpiece on a table.  We know that often the
centerpieces at a wedding go home with someone from the same
table.  This sadly was not true in our case.  If you might know/seen
someone take one of the centerpieces home with them, please
give us a call.  Thanks for your help.  Call pat at 545-0631.

Thanks for letting us use this communication method to look
for our lost vase.  Pat Prenger

Prayer Request

From Stanley Rodrigues:

My cousin (Prakash Baretto) from Arkansas is currently in ICU.  According to his wife he collapsed yesterday and was rushed to a hospital.  I believe

it’s related to his heart.  He is 47 years old and has 3 children.


Almight God, giver of life and health, we pray for Prakash and ask that, in Your mercy, You would grant him healing and strength.  Give to the doctors who attend him particular wisdom to know and to do the right things for his recovery.  Strengthen his family and, in particular, grant to his wife encouragement and comfort as she tends to her children and cares for her husband.  We trust You in all these things, and ask them in the strong and mighty name of Jesus Christ.    Amen

Prayer Request

Anita Evanhoe’s mother was in a car accident over the weekend.  She is a bit banged up and sore but is doing okay.  Her car was totaled, and she seems to understands the need to no longer be driving.  By giving up her driver’s license she will need assistance getting to and from various appointments, work, and everyday sort of errands.  Anita, who was already in Kansas, has been working on getting different agencies to help meet these needs.  She said that it has been very apparent that the Holy Spirit has gone before her and made her path smooth.  She is asking that we pray that she would be able to continue work out the details, know what is needed to help in caring for her mother.  It is especially difficult with Anita living so far away from the situation.  Also, please pray for Anita’s emotional and physical strength.

Heavenly Father, who knows what we need even before we need it, we thank You for Your protection of Anita’s mother and for Your divine timing in allowing Anita to be there at this time.  We trust in your unfailing goodness towards us that You have smoothed the path for all the various details to be worked out.  We ask for continued healing for Anita’s mother and for strength and encouragement for Anita as she takes care of all the details.  We bless You for Your love and mercy, in Jesus’ name.  Amen

Continued Prayer — and Praise

From Karen Burns:

I took Robert (our grandson) to Children’s Medical last evening because he was running a fever.  They did blood tests, but nothing more was needed.  The tests showed that his white blood count (and his Neutrophils, whatever those are ) were up, considerably!  This is a very good thing for him.  He will have more tests done in South Dakota the first part of August in hopes of finding out what is causing the neutropenia.  Thank you for your continued prayer for Robert, and his parents, Dave and Andrea.

Thank you, Lord, for Your faithfulness and goodness toward Robert.  We praise You for his continued improvement and we ask that You guard him and keep him well until he is fully restored to health.  And we pray this, knowing that You hear us, in Your precious, holy name.   Amen

Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast, normally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, has been changed for the month of August only.  Since the Back-to-School Bash is set for August 4, the men will meet for prayer and breakfast on Saturday, August 11, at 7:30 a.m. in the Kitchen.  Chef Jeff Brown will be serving up some good food and this is an opportunity for the men of the church to meet together for prayer and fellowship.  After the breakfast, all who can stay are invited to go to the Forest Ridge Gazebo for the monthly Neighborhood Prayer Walk at 9:00 a.m.  Please mark your calendars for this one-time change in dates.

Praise Report

Many of you have been praying for 3-year-old Aubrey.  It is a joy to report that Aubrey was taken off the vent on Saturday, and the chest tube, feeding tube and drains came out yesterday.  She’s interacting with people and has been able to eat a little, sit up, and draw, and she’s smiling.  She’s still very tired and not out of the woods yet, but considering that her prognosis last week was very, very poor, her progress is wonderful.

Please continue to lift Aubrey and her family in your prayers, thanking God for His gracious goodness and healing.

Almighty God, we give you heartfelt thanks for your goodness and lovingkindness towards us and especially toward Aubrey.  We trust in Your unfailing love and ask for continued healing and protection for this precious little child of yours, and we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our savior and healer.   Amen

Morning Setup…9am…


Please arrive early to help setup tables and chairs for
Sunday School and our church service.

If you remember we took down the chairs and tables
last Sunday….and now they must be setup again.

Please arrive for setup at 9am.  Thank you for your help!

Pat P.

Prayer Request

Pat Prenger has asked for prayers for Aubrey, the three-year-old cousin of Barb Deer who works at Century Systems.  She is in septic shock, on full life support, after a massive double-strep infection put her in the hospital on Saturday.

It seems that the enemy is working overtime to attack the children of those nearest and dearest to our parish family.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Lord Jesus who said, “Let the little children come unto me”, we pray for Aubrey — that You would protect and defend her from all assaults of the enemy, that You would heal her body, and by Your Holy Spirit, provide comfort and encouragement to her family.  We know that you love our children even more than we do, and we trust in Your love and gracious protection for them.  Please keep us vigilant in prayer and constant in love and support for those who are in desperate need.  We ask these things in Your name, Lord Jesus Christ.   Amen

Ladies – Zumba tomorrow night at the church

Helllo ladies of Christ Our Hope,

There will be Zumba Monday night at Christ Our Hope from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is free! The instructor is Lisa Weems, a resident of Forest Ridge and a member of the swim team.

Lisa usually holds here classes at the Forest Ridge Baptist Church, but they have Bible School this week, so she asked if her class could meet at our church.

For more info, call or email Karla Herman.

Cancelled Tonight – Music at the Gazebo

CANCELLED – Tonight’s Music at the Gazebo performance

The group Micah & Jill called and said they
needed to cancel tonight’s show.

Thanks to everyone who was planning on
coming out!  Please plan for next week when
our own Mike Slone will be perfoming.

See you July 22nd!

Prayer Walk in Forest Ridge

The Prayer Walk in the Forest Ridge neighborhood will start tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 9:00 a.m. at the FR Gazebo.  As we walk through the area, praying for our neighbors, we should remember what the Lord told Joshua in Joshua 1:3 — “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”  Our neighborhood belongs to God and He is calling us to reclaim it in His Name.  Please come and join your parish family for an hour to pray and establish God’s presence in our neighborhood.

Urgent Prayer Request

As the Burns family prepared to return to Dayton from Kansas this weekend, little Robert (their grandson) developed a high fever and had to be taken to the Emergency Room in Effingham, IL.  With his diagnosis of neutropenia (abnormally low white blood cell count), this is extremely serious.  The hospital in Effingham determined that he needed to be transported to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he and Andrea Burns Smith are now.  The rest of the family, including granddaughter Lucy, are returning to Dayton.  Please pray for Robert, the doctors and staff, and for Andrea who is alone in St. Louis dealing with the situation.

O Lord God, most merciful and gracious, we ask for Your healing and comfort to encircle Robert and for Your grace and mercy on Andrea, his mother.  We pray that You would manifest Your presence and Your love to them in wonderfully tangible ways, that Your saving health might be poured out.  We pray for the doctors to have increased wisdom in dealing with this, and that they would be able to find the underlying cause for the neutropenia as well as the solution to the current health crisis.  We ask these things, knowing that You care even more abundantly than we for Robert and Andrea, and that through Your love, they will be safe and cared for.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Testimony About Back to School Bash 2011 by Carol Herman

Dear Friends,

I think I ought to give you a short testimony about last year’s Back To School Bash event.  Maybe it will be helpful to you as you consider your role in this year’s event on August 4. 

Last summer, I had a strong desire to start some sort of activity for the kids at McMahan’s trailer park.  I constantly wrestled with what the “what” and “when.”  Nothing seemed to come together as the summer days slipped quickly past me.  Then one day in July, Fr. Greg gave me the inspiration and encouragement to organize a church school supply drive.  I saw that as an answer to the “what” and “when” and quickly got to work.  Fr. Chris and I were amazed at how the Holy Spirit started bringing details together.  The first answer to prayer was that McMahan’s trailer park welcomed us onto their property and eagerly offered us assistance for the day of the event.  They were just thrilled that Christ Our Hope was willing to provide school supplies to the children of their small community.  The McMahan’s knew what we were about to experience for ourselves- the need is great.   Second, the members of our fledgling church began generously donating school supplies.  To add to the blessing, local businesses began donating their resources towards this small event.  Mead Corporation provided hundreds of dollars worth of notebooks and folders.  Schwans provided the bags.  Gold Star Chili provided the balloons. Forest Ridge Swim Team provided the coolers. McDonalds provided the ice.  McMahans provided the tent.  In all of it, God took care of so much perhaps we would not have believed it had we not seen it ourselves!

 All the details came together, and before we knew it, it was event day.  To our surprise, folks started lining up an hour before the event “opened.”  It was a God ordained happening.  It gave us time to meet our neighbors….face to face…and listen to their stories, their concerns and their needs.  It was also a  time to let our neighbors know we are available to help. We heard many stories of single moms raising families, multiple generations and families living in one trailer, homes lost, needs for shoes, etc…  As I mentioned before, we learned that the need is real and the need is great.

Please prayerfully ask God to bless our efforts this year…that He would use us to bless and minister to our neighbors….that He would minister to us and give us hearts like His in everything we set out to do…that He will prepare the way for new life to emerge in and through us.  Also, please pray and consider what part you are called to play as an individual, and as families. 

I am looking forward to seeing what God will do this year, on August 4th. 


Carol Herman


Request for Prayers

This from Karen and Paul Burns concerning their grandson Robert:

Robert has been diagnosed neutropenia, basically a low white blood cell count.  (His was at 110 with the last test- abnormally low.) Andrea and Dave will have to be vigilant at keeping him from persons who are sick, because his body can’t fight off germs the way ours might.  This is a common result of chemotherapy, but since he isn’t on chemo, they need to find out what is causing it.  They have done another test to check for a syndrome called Franco Anemia, but it will take several weeks to get that result back.  (What very little I could find on the Internet about this syndrome was not encouraging.)

They will be in Ohio for the month of July, but Robert will likely be having blood drawn while here, just to see where things are.  Fortunately, there is a Children’s Hospital just down the street from us should he need to go to the emergency room, which has to happen anytime he runs a fever.

Thank you for your past prayers for Robert, and your continued prayers.


O gracious Lord Jesus our healer, we pray for your protection and healing for Robert.  Your word promises us that “the Lord God is a sun and a shield” and we ask for that shield to protect Robert from germs and sickness.  Keep him sheltered in your love and by our Comforter, your Holy Spirit, give encouragement and strength and hope to his parents.  We ask these things in your Name, knowing that you hear us and are loving and caring for Robert even more than we are.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayer Request — Will Herman


From Fr. Chris –Will is in the hospital again with his headache.  He has been worsening lately and we are hoping to get another round of Botox.  It

helped a lot last time.   I anticipate bringing him home Thursday night (if everything goes well).   Please pray for him.

From the blogger — Please pray for the whole Herman family during this most stressful time.


Almighty God, who cares for each of us tenderly, we ask your mercy and your healing for Will and the comfort of your Holy Spirit.  Lord Jesus, our healer,

we pray that healing will be swift and complete; we ask also for good rest, refreshment and encouragement for the whole Herman famiy.

In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.


Prayer for our Nation

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)       We hope you will take the time to enjoy fully all the fun and fellowship of our nation’s birthday tomorrow.

After the picnics and parties and parades, come join with your parish family for a wonderfully refreshing time in the presence of God as we come together to pray for our nation and for its leaders.   As St. Paul exhorts us, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers,   intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority,   that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness   and holiness.  ( I Timothy 2:1-2)  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.