Month: April 2017

Piano Recital This Saturday

From Amanda Roberts: James Roberts will present a piano recital this Saturday (April 29th) at 2:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center at Wright State University. The program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and more. A reception will follow.

 If you are able to attend, James would be delighted to see you there. The recital will take place in the Recital Hall. You may enter the building through the main entrance and follow the signs. 

 

Prayer Request — Tom Berger

From Martha — Tom has a blood clot in his right leg.  We think they’re going to start lovinox shots but the ER Doctor seems to be starting from square one.  I ask your prayers for Tom that this clot would dissolve and that his veins would be clear.

 

Almighty God and Father, thank you that you hear our cry for our brother Tom.  We pray for your divine keeping in Tom’s life that he would continue to be a testimony of your grace and mercy and healing.  We pray your blessing on Tom, on Martha, and on all who minister to Tom this night.  All these things we ask in confidence, knowing that you hear us, as we pray in the Name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

Prayer Request — From Karen Burns

I received a phone call late this evening from a friend I’ve known since high school.  She and three other of our friends were having their monthly dinner when Anne received a phone call from her husband. telling her their daughter, Clair (21) had passed away. This was sudden and unexpected. Please be praying for Anne, Dennis, and their son.

Thank you,

Karen Burns

Blessed Jesus, who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; We pray that you will satisfy this family with your mercy, and strengthen them with your consolation; that, in all their sorrow and desolation, they may find peace in your Presence, and comfort in your love; our Hope and our Strength, our very present Help in trouble. Amen

 

Update from Iraq

Dear Sisters & Brothers of Christ Our Hope,

Today, on my 30th day after arriving at the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Emergency Field Hospital (EFH), I left the hospital to begin my journey back to Ohio. I wanted to update you again on what has been happening in this my final week there.

As I had mentioned last week, there continued to be a few medical facilities re-openning in some of the liberated parts of Mosul. This has meant that we could both keep many of our patients longer for follow-up care, and also receive some patients who were not as critically injured, with the result that our hospital has become quite busy again.

Sadly, we continued to see far too many seriously and critically wounded women, children, and infants.

We also continued to periodically hear loud thundering explosions in the distance to the West of us, which is hard knowing that even though the war is against ISIS, so many non-combatant men, women and children are caught in harm’s way.

It was an amazing experience to live and work in such a remarkable, close-knit, well functioning Christian community, just outside a terrible war zone. We witnessed several people coming to faith, and many being greatly encouraged and strengthened, with many seeds of love, compassion and truth being sown into this war-torn region.

Among the precious memories are the many members of the persecuted church whom I have been so honored and privileged to pray with, commune with, and serve with in the cause of Jesus Christ our King!

Thank you for your continued prayers for us, and for the dear people of Iraq I look forward to worshipping with you all again this weekend!

He is Risen!

Harry+

Harry P. Mathis III

Rector

Christ Our Hope Anglican Church

Dayton, OH=

Praise Report – Anita Evanhoe

I am coming up on 5 months since I had the stem cell procedure done on my knee. I am doing well and very glad I had the procedure done. The purpose and benefit from the stem cells was to relieve the bone on bone pain which has been dramatically reduced. I still have other issues with my knee but those would need to be addressed by other methods. All in all as I said I am glad I had the procedure done.   Anita Evanhoe

 

Leo Wright’s Memorial Service

A memorial service for Leo Wright will take place at Christ the King REC on Saturday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. with a light luncheon following.  (Please call the church office — 224-8555 if you plan to attend the luncheon.)  Below is the notice from the Dayton Daily News:

WRIGHT, Leo John (1924 – 2017) Age 93, of Enon, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton . Leo was born on February 27, 1924 in Winner, South Dakota, the son of Emma Cordier and Jesse Wright of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. A veteran of World War II, Leo was a proud member of the United States Air Force in which he had a 31-year career. Leo also enjoyed being outdoors walking in his neighborhood or working in his flower garden. Leo is survived by his wife Marian, his daughter Susan (Bennett Friedman) Wright, Miamisburg, his grandchildren, Sarah (Gene) Crawford, Toledo , Scott Perry, Indianapolis, Steven (Chelsea) Wright, Centerville, his great grandchildren, Leo and Elizabeth Crawford and Olivia Perry, his step-children Susan (Mark) Becker, Escondido, CA, Jim (Margaret) MaGee, Evanston, WY and Mike(Michelle) MaGee, Ramona, CA and six step grandchildren. Leo was preceded in death by his late wife, Lurah Maxine Wright, his son John Wright, and his parents and five brothers and two sisters. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 22 at Christ the King Anglican Church, 925 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45405. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends Care Community, 150 E. Herman Street, Yellow Springs, OH, 45387, Hospice of Dayton , 324 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45420 or Christ the King Anglican Church. The family would like to thank the Friends Care Community for their dedicated and loving care which helped keep Leo the ray of sunshine to all who met him. Also, to Christ the King family for their loving support and kindness through the years.

 

 

Prayer Request – Jon Miller

Jon Miller, already in a boot for a  one bad sprained ankle, fell on Sunday and got a bad sprain on the other ankle.  He is now in two boots.  This update from Sherry:  Thanks be to God for your prayers and His mercy. Jon is improved this morning. He can get around slightly more today , but stairs are still a no-no. He slept in an easy chair last night. That was hard for me to leave him there and go to bed.   He still has a way to go- probably will need PT. So thankful for the communion of saints.

Almighty God and Father, we pray for the healing and strengthening of our brother Jon.  Give him patience under this affliction and bring forth good according to your promises.  Take from him the pain and the discomfort and encourage him and Sherry as they move through this trial.  We ask these things in the Name of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

News from Iraq — Vol. 3

Dear Sisters & Brothers of Christ Our Hope, 

Today, on Easter Sunday 2017, I am completing my third week at the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Emergency Field Hospital (EFH), and wanted to update you again on what has been happening here this past week. 

As I mentioned last week, after some very intense days of fighting in Mosul, with many wounded coming here, there came a bit of a break in the fighting, and a corresponding slow down in patients coming. 

Even after the fighting resumed, the number of patients only gradually began to increase again. It was confirmed that some patients are having great difficulty fleeing West Mosul because they are trapped by the fighting, and because most of the bridges across the Tigress River have been destroyed by ISIS (We are East of the city). 

In addition, there are a few medical facilities beginning to re-open in some of the liberated parts of the city. This has meant that we could both keep many of our patients longer for follow-up care, and also receive some patients who were not as critically injured. 

We often hear loud thundering explosions in the distance to the West of us, and we shudder knowing that even though the war is against ISIS, so many non-combatant men, women and children are caught in harm’s way, and may need to come to us for help.

 

We did have some special guests this week, including the head of this ministry, Rev Franklin Graham, his mentor and friend, Pastor Sami Dagher, of Beirut, Lebanon, and the newscaster, Greta Van Susteren. It was interesting to meet and talk with these people, who use their influence for bringing hope and help to so many!

 

A very special highlight this weekend was that I was privileged to celebrate Easter Vigil & Eucharist and a Sunrise Easter celebration with amazing brothers and sisters in Christ from around the globe, and some from the persecuted church here in Iraq, who risk death daily for their faith in Jesus, all on the plains of Nineva! 

As I said before, I think of you all often, and pray for you as we enter Eastertide! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, and for the dear people of Iraq. 

He is Risen! 

Harry+

 

Harry P. Mathis III

Rector

Christ Our Hope Anglican Church

Dayton, OH

 

From the Pastoral Search Committee

The pastoral search committee reminds everyone to turn in their Parish Survey questionnaire as soon as possible to one of the search committee members. (Paul Burns, Terri Sebree, Dorathea Fortener, Barbara Zepernick or Tim Sturgill. It can also be turned in to Greg Herman or Pat Prenger.)

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday

Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. Duane Veley and Jeff Brown will be cooking up a great breakfast for the men of the church.  This is a great opportunity for fellowship and good food — and all the men of the church are invited to attend.  It’s a wonderful way to get your Saturday started, and you’ll be on your way by 9:00 a.m.  Hope to see many of you there.

Prayer Request — Tom Berger

Tom is having some serious health issues — vomiting, weakness, dehydration.  He is having a lot of difficulty eating and drinking.  He is getting IV fluids and antinausea meds at the Soin infusion center as an outpatient.  Martha asks that we pray that today’s infusion will be a turning point and is asking for all our prayers.  This is a very difficult time for both Tom and Martha.

Oh Lord, our Father God, we pray for our brother Tom in this battle against cancer.  We pray for strength, courage, and comfort.  We pray that medicines will work as they are supposed to work, but that any harmful side effects be negated by Your power.  We also lift our sister Martha to you for your encouragement and strength.  We trust you, O Father, to accomplish your purposes and will in the lives of Tom and Martha and we bless your holy name for your goodness and lovingkindness to your children.  Amen

Summer Help Wanted

Arbor Experts is looking for two college students to inject ash trees to prevent damage from Emerald Ash Borer this summer. To be eligible, you must have a valid drivers license and a clean driving record. This job requires working outdoors, kneeling and bending and the ability to lift 25 pounds.

If you (or someone you know) is interested, please contact Paul Burns at paul@arbor-experts.com or call our office at 937-233-4118.

Update from Fr. Harry in Iraq

Dear Sisters & Brothers of Christ Our Hope, 

I am just completing my second week at the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Emergency Field Hospital (EFH), and wanted to update you on what has been happening here this past week. 

As I mentioned last week, after some very intense days of fighting in Mosul, with many wounded coming here, there came a bit of a break in the fighting, and a corresponding slow down in patients coming. 

This slow down continued into this week, and even after fighting resumed, the patient load only partially returned. We are not sure why, but it may be because some other very limited medical facilities have begun to re-open in parts of the city. 

The reduced patient load has meant that some of our patients have been able to stay for care longer than the normal 48 hour period. It has also meant that our staff has been able to “catch their breath” a bit, doing laundry, and fellowshipping with other believers in our very diverse Christian community. 

It continues to amaze me to see true Christian community form so quickly and so deeply among very diverse Christians who come and go steadily from various parts of the world, with ever varying lengths of stay here! It is wonderful! 

We are still seeing so many women and children who are hurt so badly. Please continue to pray for the poor people of Mosul!

As I said last week, I think of you all often, and pray for you, as you progress through Holy Week! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, and for the dear people of Iraq. 

Grace, Mercy, and Peace,

Harry+

Harry P. Mathis III

Rector, Christ Our Hope Anglican Church

Dayton, OH

 

Palm Sunday Reminder

Just a reminder — Our Palm Sunday service will begin in the Green Room tomorrow morning at 10:30, where we will have the Blessing of the Palms and begin the Procession of the Palms from there through the church.  The children’s sermon will take place there just before the Procession.

Iraq Update from Fr. Harry

Dear Sisters & Brothers of Christ Our Hope,

I am just completing my first week at the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Emergency Field Hospital (EFH), outside of Mosul in Northern Iraq, and wanted to update you on what has been happening here.

I arrived last Monday, March 27, after spending 12 lovely days with our daughter, Sarah, and her family. Sherry and Hannah were here for most of that, and have probably told you about it.  I spent parts of that day getting acclimated, checking into my bunkhouse, making my bed (top bunk) and meeting my bunk mates – 4 doctors, and a male OR nurse, then meeting with the chaplain I was replacing, and getting reacquainted with the hospital and staff. There were a few people here that I had met in January, but most of the 150 or so people had come while I was home in Ohio.

The week has been at times very similar to what I saw in January, with some periods of very intense arrival of wounded, and also some slower periods. We are still receiving a large percentage of wounded women and children, and even some infants. Though all who come here are seriously wounded, the injuries range from non-life threatening to mortal.

I work with two wonderful Iraqi Christian men, one who is also a chaplain, and one who is the family support coordinator. The chaplain is from Queroqosh, the Christian village outside of Mosul so devastated by ISIS.

We lost three patients this week, one little boy of about two, and two young men. We stay with those who are dying, loving them as best we can, praying for them, reading Scripture to them, singing over them, and having the Iraqi chaplain praying over them in Arabic.

My work is primarily to support and help sustain the SP Ex-Pat staff, but I am meeting and getting to know quite a number of Iraqi staff too. Many are Christians, and a number of the others are showing interest. I also pray for many of the patients at various stages of their treatment.

I help organize the devotions each morning, and led a communion service this evening, with possibly the most diverse gathering of Christians I can remember, from Baptists to Chaldean & Assyrian Catholics! It was spectacular!

I believe, and have told our people here that this is truly an outpost of the Kingdom of Light, that has been organized by our God to face down the dominion of darkness, part of which is camped West of us across the Tigress River, on the West side of Mosul. We are living out Romans 12: 9-21, and Ephesians 6: 10-20.

I think of you all often, and pray for you, as you progress through these last days of Lent. Thank you for your continued prayers for us, and for the dear people of Iraq.

Grace, Mercy, and Peace,

Harry+

Harry P. Mathis III

Rector

Christ Our Hope Anglican Church

Dayton, OH