Month: August 2015

Bulletin for Sunday, August 30

Attached is the bulletin for this coming Sunday, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost.  Please remember that there is no Sunday School and that we will be enjoying our final Parish Picnic of the summer after the service.  (Join us at the Mad River Shelter of Eastwood Park with picnic lunch to share, and chairs, games, etc. if you like.)  014 After Pentecost08-30-2015 MP

Reminders for Sunday!

Remember — there will be no Sunday School this week (Adults or Children) and we will be having our final Summer Picnic after the service.  Bring a picnic lunch with extra to share and join everyone at the Mad River Shelter at Eastwood Park.  Picnic clothes for church are encouraged.  Also, bring lawn chair, game and sports equipment if you would like and come relax by the river with your parish family as we say farewell to summer.

New Book for Women’s Book Study

The Women’s Book Study will continue on Thursdays at the Panera on Brown Street at 9:30.  Beginning next Thursday we will be starting the book “Chasing Francis” by Ian Cron.  We will have copies at the church on Sunday for you to look over and purchase.  All women of the parish are invited to attend.  We’ve had a great summer reading “Everyday Grace” and being challenged by it.  “Chasing Francis” is an altogether different type of book which should also be interesting and challenging as we look at church, and worship, and living our lives as Christians.  We read a chapter out loud when we meet — no homework required — and discuss it…and build relationships in the process.  Come join us!

Opportunity for Ministry

On the third Saturday of each month, St. Lazarus Mission presents a program at Livingston Care Center (a nursing facility) called “Dinner & a Show.” It is a program purposing to develop parish life and outreach to new residents.   This is how it works:  After residents have dinner, we offer them a short musical, theatrical, or artistic presentation followed by an invitation to church the following day. The music portion is first at 6:00 pm (running for 20 to 30 mins.) with all being over by 7 p.m.

We are looking for talented people to help us! Do you sing? Play an instrument? Belong to a band? Dance? Act? All ages are welcome. Different acts could also team up to do a “variety” show. Would you be willing to share your gift(s) with folks who rarely get to experience live performance?

If you’re interested, please email Fr. Chris at, private message through Facebook (Chris Herman or Carol Herman), or call 937-604-4949 (Fr. Chris) or 937-478-1355 (Carol).  Thanks!

Prayer Request from Fr. Chris Herman

It has been a hard time for many people at the nursing home during the past ten days or so.  Last week three people from the parish passed from death into life.  Today there are two more who are very sick and expected to pass into life soon, and one person died during the afternoon service, in her bed.  The two ladies in bed tonight are both active in the parish.

I ask you to please pray for those who mourn.  This includes the family of the woman who died today with whom I spent some time and the family of one of the ladies who is now refusing to eat or drink, with whom I also spent some time this afternoon.

Please pray for the other residents and for the staff, especially the Nursing Aides, and the Activities Staff, all of whom work closely with the people.  Finally, please pray for Carol Herman, Dcn Isaac Chavez, and me, as well as for the many other people who volunteer at St. Lazarus Mission.

Through all this, it is clear that God is drawing people to Himself and bringing others into the parish.  Today, there were two new people who we were able to welcome into the life of the parish.  Also, several people have joined in worship each week, partly through the monthly Saturday evening activity/service we began four months ago.

Thank you for your prayer and support.

Chris +

A Way to Help Miami Valley Women’s Center

MVWC has a “Wish List” on  You can purchase items from this wish list and the items will ship directly to MVWC.  Here’s a link to the wish list for your shopping convenience. They support the Baby Boutique which supports mothers-to-be.

“The most helpful [thing] was being able to learn while you earn much needed items for my unborn child. This program has helped me!”

MVWC Client


A Stand for Unborn Children

Various Right-To-Life groups across the country have organized a National Day of Protest on August 22, 2015 at Planned Parenthood facilities all across America.  “Our goal is to raise awareness of the heartless and even illegal activities of Planned Parenthood by going to where the killing and harvesting of body parts from aborted children takes place.”

Here in Dayton, the Dayton Right-to-Life is organizing a protest at Planned Parenthood, 224 N Wilkinson Street, Dayton, OH on Saturday, August 22 from 9 am to 11 am.  For those who have the time this is a wonderful opportunity to stand for unborn children!


Growth Group This Friday Evening

The next Growth Group will be this Friday evening at the Prenger home (5200 Sweetleaf Drive).  Main dish and drinks will be provided.  All are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Everyone is invited, but if you are coming, please call or text Pat Prenger (937-545-0631) to let him know.  Hope to see you there!



No Basement Cleaning on Monday

We were surprised (and blessed) to discover that Mike Slone had already cleaned the basement, so there is no need for a work crew on Monday afternoon.  Everyone who was planning to help — thank you so much, and enjoy a free afternoon of swimming, napping, shopping, or whatever you enjoy!!

Sunday Lunch at Church This Week

We will not be having the usual Sunday lunch at church this week.  However, for as many as can, a number of us are going to Bob Evans to support the fund-raiser for Judy-the-hostess’s daughter who is battling cancer.  There will be a flyer in the bulletin which must be provided when you get your lunch.  This will be a good time for fellowship, food, and support of a good cause.

VBS Kids to Sing Sunday

Just a reminder to all, the young people from our Vacation Bible School will be sharing some of their music with us on Sunday morning.  Those of us who were privileged to see them learning all last week can promise you that it will be a real blessing!

Prayer Request Update – Bryson Block

I know many have continued to ask for updates and as you can see Bryson is a little miracle…God is so great and the family continues to appreciate all the wonderful prayers.  They are asking for additional prayers right now as Bryson goes through the next phase and transitions home.  Rehab is very hard and painful on Bryson as well so please continue to pray for comfort.  Thank you all!!!  Amber

On March 22nd eight year old Bryson Block was critically burned . He was given a twenty percent chance of surviving. He has endured over thirty surgeries . Now Shiners Hospital says medically he has excelled, however he still needs lots of rehab. They want to move him to Children’s in Cincinnati for a few weeks before they send him home . While that is an excellent hospital, their rehab for burn patients is not as sterile as Shriners  had been . His mom and grandma would really like to just bring him home. They have had extensive training in his care. Because of the concern of cross contamination, Children’s is saying he will probably have to stay  in isolation. Connie and Jackie are very worried how that will be a major set-back to Bryson’s mental well being. Please agree with us right now that God is going to move in this situation .We know prayers have gotten him this far.  We believe continued prayers will see him through. They say he could be moved as soon as this evening and that’s why this feels urgent to the family.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – This Week

Men’s Breakfast this Saturday, August 15, will be at Bob Evans on Harshman Rd across from Stebbins High School. We will meet there at 7:30.  All men of Christ our Hope are welcome to join us. Bob Evans is donating 15% of all proceeds both Saturday and Sunday to support their hostess Judy’s daughter who is battling cancer.  This is a great chance to support a very nice lady who has strong Christian faith…and it won’t cost you a cent because Chuck Evanhoe has offered to pick up the tab.  Please RSVP to to let him know you’ll be joining the group.  All men and boys of the church are welcome.


Prayer Request

From Karen Burns:

A friend of ours was taken to the hospital late Wednesday night because he was throwing up blood.  He immediately went to surgery to remove a large tumor.  He is now on a ventilator, and the doctors are fairly certain that the tumor is malignant.  He has three children in their late teens to late twenties.  This is very difficult for them.  Please pray for Earl.  Thank you.


Elephant Banks for VBS

Just a reminder that VBS’ers may still bring in their Elephant Banks with money for Thai Bibles all during the month of August.  Please leave the banks on the back table.  Thanks, everyone!