Month: November 2016

Update on Baby Russell

From Karen Burns:

Russell’s picc line insert was a success.  He is now getting all blood draws and meds from this port, which will be much easier on his body.  He continues to have seizures that have been about twelve hours apart, but he just had one only nine hours apart, and there was only one not several.

Because of his breathing tube, he is beginning to swell.  It is an odd look, but we’ve been warned that it is coming.

He has an MRI scheduled for tomorrow, but will probably postpone it because of the seizures.  They have to remove the machine that tells them when the seizures are happening, and don’t want him in the MRI seizing and they don’t know about it.  They want him seizure free for 24 hours before doing the scan.  It will give them a very clear picture of what damage there might be and if the blood has been absorbed by the body.

It has been a pretty calm day, all in all.  Andrea has been able to nap some, which is good. The people from the base here in Little Rock have been coming out in droves.  We’ve had lunch brought to us (twice) and I think dinner just arrived.  Apparently, someone is bringing meals to us tomorrow and Friday, as well.

Thank you all for your prayers.  While Russell is still seizing, he is continuing to improve in other areas, and the seizures have actually decreased and aren’t lasting as long, as they had been.  



Update on Baby Russell

Baby Russell Smith (Burns’ newest grandson) has been admitted to Little Rock Children’s Hospital, to which he was Care-Flighted.  There is no firm diagnosis as yet.  Megan Burns has returned to Paul’s sister’s home in Conway, AR, with the three older children, while Andrea stays with Russell.  Karen will fly down to Little Rock early tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to be with Andrea and the baby.  We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Immediate Prayer Request

From Karen Burns:

Andrea (Burns) Smith and Megan Burns are traveling home from our Thanksgiving visit in Arkansas.  She just called me to say Russell, her one month old son, is lethargic, low fever and not eating.  She is at the hospital in Hot Springs and will stay there for observation.  Megan is at the hotel with the three older kids. Please pray for them.  Thank you.

Oh Father God, you know the cares, concerns, and needs of all your children.  We pray now for our little brother Russell that he would be healed of his sickness; we also pray for his mother Andrea that you would minister hope and peace and confidence to her in this time of distress; and we pray for Megan and the children who are waiting and worrying.  We ask for the blessing of your peace on all,  for your grace and mercy and healing extended, and for the comforting awareness of your sovereign presence at this time.  We praise you that we know you have heard and undertaken, for we pray in the precious and holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Church Directory

From Anita Evanhoe:

The Christ Our Hope directory will be published after the members meeting and new vestry members are elected. If you want to make sure your information is in the directory or want to correct anything please get with Anita Evanhoe at, or 937.623.2570. Thank you.


Christmas Package for Elyse Burns

We are putting together a Christmas package for one of our members, Elyse Burns, who is serving the Lord as a teacher in Taiwan.  If you would like to send Elyse a Christmas card or even a small gift, please bring it to the church this coming weekend, December 3 or 4.  Shipping costs are high so it will be good stewardship to include everything in one package.  Small gift item suggestions include 1)  anything Reese’s; 2) candles (nostalgic scents — Christmas, Winter, Spring, etc.) 3) Bath and Body Works scents Japanese Cherry Blossom and Sensual Amber; 4) Christmas cards.  We just want her to know that her parish family loves and misses her. Many thanks.

Prayer Request — Laura Truax


Our 14 year old daughter Laura has been cleared to undergo an eight hour surgery to correct severe scoliosis. Laura’s operation date is set for Tuesday November 29th. The surgeons will fuse all but the bottom two vertebra and install two titanium rods. She will be in the hospital, UC West Chester, Ohio, for 7 – 5 days. She will stay home from school for up to 6 weeks. Which amounts to missing the last three weeks of school before Christmas break. She should be able to go back to school soon after Christmas Break. She will no longer be able to play any contact sports. She will have to have the operation again in her mid to late thirties. Please extend my thanks on behalf of Jennifer and our family to our diocese for all their prayer and ask them to continue to pray for Laura, our family, and a successful surgery.  I will send a update as soon as we know the outcome.
On behalf of Jennifer and myself,

Fr. David Truax, Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church



In Memoriam – The Most Rev. Royal U. Grote, Jr.

The Most Rev. Royal U. Grote, Jr.

August 16, 1946 – November 24, 2016


Dear DMA and REC/ACNA Family,

Our most gracious Lord called our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Royal Grote, Jr., to his eternal home in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day. He peacefully departed this life in his sleep. Memorial service arrangements and further details will be announced as they are determined. The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, Vice-President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Mid-America, will assume responsibilities as President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America.  Please be in prayer for Bishop Grote’s wife, Ellen, and the Grote family.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace; and may Light Perpetual shine upon them.  Amen.

Update on Bp. Fincke

From Ann Fincke:  Here is a quick update on George before I head back down the mountain to see him.
There hasn’t been much to report lately – we were in a “waiting mode” until tests could
be run on Monday to see if he could begin blood thinners. Of course, the CT scan was
delayed until after I went home Monday night, but when I arrived yesterday evening they
told me it had evidently showed that the bleed on his brain has healed enough that they
could begin thinners yesterday, and will add a second one (heparin) today. They are
also (finally) getting him up to sit in a chair (promised to bring a big, comfy chair into his
room for today) and to walk with assistance and a walker. Thanks be to God. Now, we are
back to waiting: for the clots to break up and for strength to be regained in his legs. However,
now George feels like he is actually able to DO something to help with his recovery. No
timeline yet on rehab, etc., but we are looking forward to seeing 3 of our grandsons this
afternoon and spending time with our daughter Katie, son-in-law Matt, and the boys.
Should be an interesting weekend! Thank you again for your prayers. God is hearing
and answering. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Update on Bp. Fincke

From Ann Fincke’s Facebook post today:

My FB friends have been such a blessing over the last 2 weeks with their loving words

and prayers for George and I. George is still in Banner University Hospital in Phoenix

while they try to find out what caused his loss of balance, whether he has pneumonia

(they treated him with antibiotics just to make sure), and wait to be able to return him

to blood thinners on Monday. We pray the blood clot in his heart will then break up so he

can move on with his recovery. He is extremely sleepy, and does not have an appetite which

is discouraging. I was blessed with a hotel room for the weekend (thank you, Mike) which

is not only a chance for extra rest since I don’t have to drive back and forth each day,

but is also a VERY comfortable suite, complete with spa tub, king-sized bed, 2 TVs, and

breakfast that I don’t have to cook. Thank you all for your continued prayer and support.

We love you all.

20 Minutes Needed after Church Sunday!

Can you stay for 20 minutes after church on Sunday?  We can certainly use your help.  The men’s breakfast group will bring up all our Advent/Christmas decorations on Saturday, but we need a bunch of us to help beautify our church for the Advent/Christmas season.  If you can stay and help just for a few minutes, many hands will make light work — and we shall all enjoy the benefits!  Thanks in advance — looking forward to working together on Sunday!

Update on Bp. Fincke Prayer Request

From Ann Fincke:    Please keep my husband George in your prayers tonight. The last 24 hours have been a bit tough. He spiked a fever last night, and after several tests it was determined that this may be the start of pneumonia. He is on 2 antibiotics, but was pretty wiped out by the time I arrived this evening. He has no appetite which is not good for a diabetic. Thank you all!

Update on Bp. Fincke

From Ann Fincke:  I am a little late on yesterday’s update on George – got home late last night and went straight to bed. Since I don’t have school today I slept in a little (2 1/2 hours) and now am getting ready to do a few errands and then head back down the mountain where I will probably stay until some time Sunday. Because the cardiologist found a clot, the rehab here in Prescott Valley was unable to accept George so he was (I hope) transferred to Banner University Rehab last night just after I left. He will be on the hospital campus where he can get immediate help if needed until they are able to start blood thinners again (in a week or so) and try to break up the clot. I am disappointed that he will not be closer to home, but thankful they found this and will be monitoring it. Our FB friends have been such a huge encouragement. Thank you, and also thanks for so many prayers. If I don’t get things posted in the next few days, it probably means there are no changes!

Funeral Arrangements – Jon Miller’s Father

The memorial service for Jon’s father, Philip C. Miller, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, at North Riverdale Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 Kurtz Avenue, Dayton, OH  45405.  There will be a reception afterwards at Chris Miller’s home, 5572 Barbanna Lane.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Philip Miller’s name to the charity of your choice. (Jon suggests St. Lazarus Mission.)

May Philip rest in peace and rise again in glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Passing of Jon Miller’s Father

Jon’s father, Philip C. Miller, passed into the nearer presence of God this afternoon.  He was 87 years old.  Arrangements are not yet finalized as Jon was away on a business trip and is flying home now.  Please pray for Jon, Sherrie, Jon’s mother Christina, and Jon’s sister as they grieve this loss.

We thank you, O God, for all the goodness and courage which have passed from the life of your  servant Phil into the life of others and have left the world richer for his presence.  We thank you for a life’s task faithfully and honourably discharged; for good humor and gracious affection and kindly generosity; for sadness met without surrender, and weakness endured without defeat; all of which he demonstrated by his life.  We also ask that you look with compassion upon his family who are now in sorrow and grief; comfort them, O Lord, with your gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love you; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in your fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Prayer Request – Bishop Fincke

From Ann Fincke:    I took George to the ER today (not a “real” emergency, but just wanted him to be seen) because he has had some balance issues and weakness in his legs. This has caused several falls over the last few days and it is difficult for him to get out of his chair. The doc there transferred him to Banner/Good Sam Hospital in Phoenix (he is on his way right now by ambulance) where they can check not only his legs but also his brain to see if there are any issues there that are causing the problems. Please pray for him, for our family, and for All Saints parish. I will update as I know anything – I’ll drive down after work tomorrow. Thank you all.

Set Clocks Back Tonight and Bring Chili Tomorrow

Daylight Savings Time ends tonight and we get back the hour of sleep we lost last spring.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!  Also don’t forget our All Saints Day Chili Cookoff following the Sunday service.  Bring chili to share, or sides, condiments, or dessert. Beverages and disposables provided.  Come join the fellowship and help decide who makes the best chili!