Month: April 2013

Prayers Requested

Many of you know Carl and Debby Smith of our parish.  What you may not know is that Carl thisweek made a decision to follow the leading of the Lord and elected not to
return to teaching at Cedarville University this next year.   Carl is currently seeking other employment and we ask your prayers for him during this time.  His decision, while it has brought great peace in his heart, will require their selling their home in Cedarville and downsizing rather drastically over the coming months.  Please keep Carl and Debby in your prayers as we stand with them during this major transition.

Pirates of Penzance this weekend

Come enjoy the Dayton Christian production Pirates Of Penzance! Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Dayton Christian cafetorium at 9391 Washington Church Road, Miamisburg, Ohio.

Christ Our Hope members Suzie Herman plays the role of Mabel and Carolyn Herman is a policeman. Bob Prenger is on the crew of the sound man.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Contact Karla Herman for more information or to get tickets. I have several tickets for Friday night and maybe 2 for Saturday night available. I can buy more as needed!

Karla Herman

Tips for Raising Walk support


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2013 Walk 4Life
May 18th, 2013
Dear Gregory ,

The Walk 4 Life is only a month away! And you can make a Life difference for generations. Here are some tips to consider when you’re raising support:

  • Pray. Ask God to direct you to those who would sponsor you. Then pray for them specifically.
  • Carry your walk form with you all the time.
  • Send personalized letters and emails to friends and family you do not see very often. A Sample letter and email are available on our website.
  • Talk about the walk on your Facebook page and invite people to sponsor you through our website at
  • Don’t be afraid to ask someone who may not be a Christian or may be "Pro-Choice". They will sponsor you just because it’s you.

Donations can be paid by check or cash. We can bill donations that are $25 and over. Donations can also be received through our website. When your friends and family donate on-line, please ask them to put your name in the comment section, so that we can credit you for the donation.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to raise support for the 2013 Walk 4Life. Don’t miss this opportunity to educate others on how the MVWC helps thousands of women within the community!

Attention Churches and Businesses:

Have you received Walk promotional materials? You can pick them up from any of our centers.

Does your church have a liaison? If you are interested in becoming one, contact Development at 937-298-2822.

In His Service,

Kim Hart
Kim Hart

Director of Development



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Have you left things in the church kitchen?

Have you left your (bowl/plate/utensil/crockpot) in our  church kitchen?  Anita Evanhoe, our Kitchen Kaptain, is trying to get everything organized and put away in our new cabinets.  If you have left any of these things from carry-ins or the Seder, please plan to pick them up and take them home on Sunday.  Anything left after Sunday, we will put away in the cabinets and assume that they belong to the church.  Most of these things aren’t marked with a name, so we have no way of knowing.

Also, if you have left food in the refrigerator or freezer, please take it home with you or, once again, we will assume it belongs to the church and proceed accordingly.   Thank you!

A Prayer for the People of Boston

This from a friend:

Almighty God, the consolation of those who mourn, the strength of the fearful, and the worker of justice on the workers of iniquity: Grant, we beseech Thee, Thy healing grace on the people of Boston. Be with those who are in grief and pain tonight. Give peace of heart and strength of mind to those whose reason has been shaken by terror. Establish justice in our day against all workers of murder and sudden death, so that Thy people may dwell secure in Thy peace. Fill your people with strength, courage and obedience to Thy Law, that we may be your instruments in the establishment of equity and virtue. All this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Request — Andrea Burns Smith

From Karen Burns:

Please pray for Andrea and Dave Smith.  They found out yesterday that the second baby has also died.  She is currently at the hospital and they have induced her so that she can have the babies at the hospital and not at home.  At this point they are doing well, but are sure to struggle over the next several weeks.  Thank you.

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort; we pray that You will deal graciously with Andrea and Dave and all the family who mourn, that, casting every care on You, they may know the consolation of Your love; we ask that by Your Holy Spirit You would bring them to place of peace and trust.  We ask that You would let no clouds of this life hide from them the light of Your love which is eternal and immortal, and give them such a sense of their babies being with You that no anxiety would overtake them.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen



Esther Play after church tomorrow, Sunday April 14

Mr. Miller’s Sunday School Class is ready to perform their play based on the book of Esther! Please stay after church tomorrow for this wonderful performance. Our cast includes Stephanie Burns, Marie and Isabelle Gangloff, Maggie Zepernick, Nathan, James and Stephen Roberts and Carolyn, Maria and Joe Herman.

We will perform the play immediately after church tomorrow, Sunday April 14. See you tomorrow.

Karla H.

Prayer Request – Jay Eppinga

Jay will undergo surgery tomorrow in Cleveland.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Father of compassion and mercy, who never fails to help and comfort those who come to You for aid; Give strength and courage to Your son Jay as he prepares for surgery. Hold  him up and he shall be safe; enable him to feel Your presence and Your peace.  Grant wisdom and skill to the surgeon and all who minister to Jay.  And finally, let Jay —  resting in Your protection —   fear no evil, since You are with him and will comfort Him.  We ask these things in the strong and precious Name of  Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen

Dominion Academy Presents A Night of Class

Dominion Academy of Dayton invites you to A Night of Class: An Academic Performance & Auction on Friday, April 26th, 2013.

The event will be held from 7:00PM – 9:00PM at the school (925 North Main Street, Dayton).

At Dominion Academy, we know that what makes us special is our people.  It takes a unique community of dedicated and thoughtful people to sustain our unconventional little school—faculty, staff, students, parents, and other supporters. To honor this dedication, we invite you to an event which will attempt to showcase our students and the total Dominion experience.  In “A Night of Class,”  students will present or teach highlights from what they have learned this year in a special program. The program will be followed by a dessert auction and a silent auction, in which those who desire may support  the vision of Dominion Academy. Please invite family, friends, or anyone who might be interested in learning more about Dominion Academy. We are requesting business casual to semi-formal attire.

Please RSVP by April 22nd to or (937)224-8555. Please contact Amanda McGill with any questions (amanda.mcgill

Walk for Life May 18!

The Miami Valley Women’s Center Walk for Life is May 18, 2013. Registration begins at 9:00 am at three Walk 4Life locations:

Miami Valley women’s Center Stroop Road
Miami Valley Women’s Center Xenia
North Huber Heights Baptist Huber Heights

This special event helps raise the funds needed to bring help and hope to women, men and their families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Raise $250 and you will receive a Walk4Life T-shirt and many other prizes will be given away.

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Registration and pledge forms will be at church on Sunday.

Thanks for supporting the Miami Valley Women’s Center!

Women’s Fellowship This Friday

Ladies –

I apologize for getting this information to you so late.  But we are definitely still having a Nursery Shower for our Women’s Fellowship get-together this month.   Friday evening (April 12) at Anita Evanhoe’s home at 7:00 p.m.  Food, fun, and good fellowship guaranteed!

Brenna Ruiz has prepared a list of “nice to have” stuff for our Nursery, and provided links for your convenience.  Since it’s so late, you may want to just download a picture of what you are donating and we’ll put them out for everyone to see; then, as you have the time, you can get the item and bring it to the church.  (Actually, that would save someone from having to tote everything from Anita’s to the church!  Hint, hint)

-Wooden toys (Melissa and Doug, Plan Toys, Haba are all good brands)

-A small, movable kids’ bookcase, like this:

-AA, AAA and C batteries

-Large foam blocks:

-Fisher-Price Little People sets

-A puppet theater and puppets:

-Board books, especially Christian ones

-Wooden puzzles

-One of these:

Praise Report – Carl Smith’s Mother

From Carl Smith:

Mom is home, tired, but obviously happy to be there.    She’s going to have to make a plan in the short term through her primary physician to have a workup by a cardiologist to deal with the racing heart problems she’s been experiencing lately.   Also, the GI Doctor/Specialist in Portland will let her know in a few days the results of a biopsy.  And then, there will have to be further plans to address the problem area of the pancreas where they put the stint.  This is Mom’s birthday, so it is good for her to be home. Obviously, she is not through with tests and concerns, but there is nothing like being at home after being shuffled from hospital to hospital running a battery of tests. Thank you for your prayers for her;  please keep her in your prayers.

Father God, we thank you for your faithfulness in bringing Mrs. Smith home with good results from the hospitalgiving her relief from pain and hope of renewed health.   We ask that you would continue  the good work that you have begun; that, daily increasing in bodily strength, and humbly rejoicing in your goodness, she may continue to draw her strength and consolation from you.  And this we ask through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.   Amen

From Dorathea Fortener

To my parish family:


I want to thank each of you for the many, many prayers you have offered up for my daughter Janet and our family.  She has received her reward for diligently and obediently following our Lord throughout her life.  Although she was just 40 years old, she had spiritual maturity well beyond her years and was made perfectly whole when she returned to God.  Also, you will never know how much you touched my  heart with calls, cards, and attending her funeral.  She has left a legacy that has to make the Lord happy.


Her husband, Paul, is a Roman Catholic, but he occasionally attended church with her and the children.  He didn’t read the Bible.  Just yesterday, he found a Bible that Janet had given him a few months ago.  In it was a note from Janet that said (and I’m paraphrasing)  “You’ll make me so happy if you find this note.  You’ve meant the world to me and the kids.  Whenever you feel . . . (here she inserted several feelings), just read . . . . (and here she inserted several scripture references that address those feelings); they will bring you comfort and peace.”  I don’t need to tell you that this note brought Paul to tears.  He told my daughter Jill that he was going to read something in the Bible every day.  So, Janet is still touching lives, even though we can’t see or touch her.


I’m still sort of numb.  Janet’s been at death’s door so many times and has always bounced back.  But, this time, her spine crumbled as the cancer went into her brain stem and spine.  She declined rapidly the last 5 days of her life.  She got her wish to go home from the hospital and to die at home.  Her celebration of life service was truly awesome; there probably wasn’t a dry eye when they put her farewell letter to everyone up on the screen.  I go from being really happy for Janet to having such deep sad feelings for the loss of my youngest child.  I keep focusing on Mary and the painful sadness she must have felt when Jesus was crucified.  Praise God for the assurance that we will all be reunited.  May God bless each of you and your families.  Love in Christ, Dorathea

Update on Carl Smith’s Mother

The doctor encountered complications with the gall bladder, involving the pancreas as well.  They now believe it may be a fast-growing
tumor, requiring further surgery, which she is not physically ready to have. It looks like a surgery is inevitable, now likely on the pancreas as well as the
gall bladder. The doctor did not want to do the second procedure today since she seemed a bit stressed as she had traveled the 125 miles from Houlton to Bangor
via ambulance and endured the first procedure. Pray for her strength, patience, and protection. There is one additional concern for her. She is being kept in
ICU tonight as her heart raced when they did the procedure this morning. Thus, they are monitoring her heart. Thanks for your continued prayers.  Carl

Oh Father, when situations seem complex and perplexing, how good it is that we can turn to You, knowing that You are sovereign and You are always loving. We continue

to trust You for the healing of Mrs. Smith, for protection while she is in the hospital, for wisdom for all who care for her, and for comfort for her loved ones.  We thank You

for Your mercy and loving-kindness and we pray that this trial be turned into something for her good and for Your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

A Great Opportunity to Help Others

On Saturday, May 18, Toward Independence (TI) will host its 11th annual Walk for Independence, the agency’s primary fundraising and awareness event for the benefit of men and women with developmental disabilities like autism, downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more.  Carl and Debby Smith invite you to be a part of this great opportunity.  You can do so in one of two ways:

1)  Make a pledge to support Debby as she walks —  or

2)  Join Debby’s Walking Team

The $15 registration fee gets you an event t-shirt, breakfast, entertainment and a chance at winning cash and in-kind prizes, while enjoying fresh air, exercise, and great company.

Registrations must be in by Friday, April 12, so you can give Debby or Carl your pledge on Sunday, or give them your registration sheet.  They’ll take care of the rest.

(Your blog guru could not make the registration form attach to this post, so if you would like a form, please email )

Looking forward to seeing some of you join this Walk for Independence.



Prayer Request

From Carl Smith:

ANNIE JANE SMITH (Carl’s mother) was admitted in Houlton Hospital Room 310 on Saturday.  She has been having problems with her pancreas and legs and ankles.  It was learned Saturday night that she has gall stones, one of them possibly being lodged in the pancreas. The stones must be dealt with before the gall bladder can be removed.  Therefore, she will be going to Bangor by ambulance as soon as arrangements can be made for that procedure as it can not be performed in Houlton.  Please add Annie Jane to your prayer list.

Almighty God and Father, we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, for the safe surgery and recovery of your servant Annie Jane.  Thank you that we know You are with her, and we ask that You would manifest Your presence in a very tangible way, that she might know the comfort of Your nearness.  We pray for wisdom for those who minister to her — the doctors, nurses, and all hospital personnel, and we ask for Your grace to work through each one with kindness and tenderness.  In  Your good time, we thank You for raising her up from her illness and bring her safely back to her home and family.  We also ask for comfort and encouragement for her family as they watch and wait.  Thank you for all these thing which we have confidence will be accomplished through Your Holy Spirit.  Amen