Month: May 2013

Prayer Request — Hannah Mathis

I talked with Fr. Harry about Hannah’s being at the Base Hospital ER.  He told me she had had “flu-like” symptoms since Sunday, had responded to medication at first, but was not responding to it now.  The doctors are trying to determine what may be causing the problems.  She was being prepped for a CAT scan when I talked with him about an hour ago.  Please pray for Hannah’s comfort and healing and for the doctors to be able to determine what is happening and respond appropriately.

O Almighty God, the giver of all health, and our help when we turn to You for comfort; We pray for Your child Hannah, that she may be healed from her sickness and we pray for the doctors and staff who tend to her, that they will have Your wisdom and understanding as they work to find a cause and then a cure, that You may be glorified in this, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

New Chairs Arrive June 6 — HELP!!

Our new sanctuary chairs will arrive at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6.  The truck will park by the kitchen door so that we can use the ramp for unloading.  There is no lift gate on the truck so we’ll probably have to form a “bucket brigade” to pass the chairs along….therefore, we need lots of people to help.  Plan on arriving as close to 10 as possible — lunch will be provided.  Repeating — we need lots of people to help — so if you can make a couple of hours available next Thursday morning, it would be greatly appreciated.

ACNA Magazine

The current issue of The Apostle, the magazine of the Anglican Church in North America (of which we are a part) is just out.  There is a very good article about the Anglican Chaplaincy program which many of you may find interesting.  To read the magazine, click on the link below, then click in the box to the right that says “The Apostle”  to be taken to the magazine itself which is in pdf form.

Both Fr. Harry and Dcn Carl are a part of this Anglican Chaplaincy program under Bishop Derek Jones.

Prayer Request

From Jon and Sherry Miller:

Abby’s dog Zoro is lost and we are praying that he be found safe and returned to Abby.

Oh Father, we thank you for giving us the gift of pets.  Through their love and loyalty, we are better able to understand Your love for us.  We pray for the safe return of Abby’s dog Zoro, and ask You to protect him until He is found.  We ask this, thanking You that no request is too small for our loving Father, and we ask through the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Your son our Lord.  Amen

Diocesan Newsletter-How to Subscribe

How to Subscribe to the Diocesan Newsletter

As promised, I’m sending you instructions that you can email to your parishioners, post on your website, or print in a Sunday bulletin.

  1. Go to the Resources page:
  2. In the Links of Interest list in the right margin, click on “Subscribe to the Diocese  newsletter.”
  3. Enter your email address in the box.
  4. Click on [Subscribe to list].
  5. Follow the instructions that  will be emailed to the address you entered.

Also, you can find links to all back issues of the newsletter on the Resources page under the Newsletter heading.

Praise Report!

My friends,


Thank you so much for your prayers today.  Damon had a triple by-pass procedure in about 4 hours.  The doctors are pleased with the surgery and say he came through with flying colors.  He will need our continued prayers for the healing process but he is through the hard part. Kirsten is holding up well too.  Her sister, my oldest daughter Synnove, drove down to be there and to help out.  What a blessing.


Again Thank you and God bless you for your support.

Martha and Tom

Preparation for Pentecost

At yesterday’s service, God brought the congregation a word through Sherry Mathis which encouraged us to prepare for Pentecost by seeking Him to see if there are things blocking us from receiving and yielding to His Holy Spirit.

John 14:16 —  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—

Ephesians 5:18b — And be ever filled with the Spirit…

May God enlighten and encourage you this week as you prepare for The Feast of Pentecost.

Anybody need a dryer?

From Anita Evanhoe:

Maytag Neptune clothes dryer. Worked fine when we moved it to garage several months ago. You move it, it is yours.

Give me a call if interested. Anita Evanhoe 937-236-8388

Update and Continuing Prayer Request

From Martha and Tom Berger:

Good morning,


My son-in-law Damon’s heart cath revealed that he will need by-pass surgery (at 50). It will be this week but they have not set the day and time yet.  He was on a blood thinner and it has to get out of his system first. I ask your continued prayers for Damon, Kirsten, and the team of doctors.

Thank you so much, Martha and Tom

Almighty God and Father, we give you thanks for the protection of Damon and trust You to complete the work that You have begun in Him.  We pray this this surgery will have a successful end, and that You will use this time to draw Damon closer to Yourself by Your Holy Spirit.  We ask Your blessing on the family as they anticipate this surgery, that You will give to all Your immeasurable peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen


Feast of Ascension — This Thursday

Just a reminder that one of the Church’s most glorious feast days is this Thursday (May 9)!  We will be celebrating the Feast of Ascension with our brothers and sisters at Christ the King.  There is a dinner at 6:00 and the service is at 7:00.  If you are planning to come to the dinner and didn’t get your name on the sign-up sheet at church on Sunday, you can still go.  Please call Amanda McGill at Christ the King (224-8555) and let her know how many will be attending.

Many of you have heard me say that I believe Ascension Day is a much-neglected feast day for the Church.  Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished our ransom from sin, but His glorious Ascension into heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God assures us of our place with Him in heaven, since we have died and our lives our hidden in Christ.

Please plan to join your brothers and sisters of both parishes in celebrating this most wonderful Feast!

Women of the Church Event

All women (and young gals too) are invited to join us this Saturday, May 11, for a trip to the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association Show House and Gardens at High Acres — The Rike Estate.  High Acres was completed in 1929 for Frederick Rike, President of the Rike-Kumler Department  Store, and has been a showpiece from the very beginning.  Part of a different time and age, the Rikes raised their three children in the 22 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, and twelve acres of incredibly beautiful gardens.  It’s a testament to another era suggesting gracious appreciation of beauty on many levels.  Cost is $20 in advance (call Martha Berger and make a reservation) or $25 at the door.  We will tour all the various designed rooms and step back a bit in time.  There is a lovely cafe there for us to have lunch as well as a designer boutique, daily music performances, and garden tours.  This should be a great way to spend a couple of leisurely hours on a Saturday with others from your church family.

We will meet at the church at 10:30 and carpool to the shuttle parking lot in Oakwood.  If you would rather drive directly there, you can find driving directions (as well as other information) at the website .

Prayer Request

From Martha Berger:

My daughter, Kirsten, just texted me that her husband, Damon, is having chest pain again and he is having another cardiac cath tomorrow morning to see if his stents blocked off. I would ask your prayers for Damon and the doctors who will be treating him that they can resolve this situation.  I give thanks that Damon did not wait this time.


I also have some positive news, Andrea’s husband, Kevin, was offered and accepted a full time position teaching math at Centerville High School, he’s been a long term sub since just before Christmas.


Thanks for your prayers,

Tom and I are so blessed to be a part of the Christ our Hope family, Tom and Martha Berger

Two Weeks until the Walk 4 Life!

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Prayer Request

We received word this evening that Ryan Massie has been admitted to the hospital at Kent State with extremely high blood sugar.  His wife, Kay, asked that we be in prayer for Ryan and for the doctors as they work to get him stabilized.

O Father God, who knows the needs of all your children, look with compassion upon your sick servant Ryan for whom our prayers are offered; give him courage and confidence;bless those who minister to him of your  healing gifts.  We ask that you would restore him to that perfect health which is yours alone to give; and also ask that you would manifest your presence to him as he undertakes to make the necessary changes that will allow him to recover.  All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, and thank you for it, our Father.  Amen