Month: June 2017

Practical Help for Tom and Martha Berger

We have set up a sign up sheet to take meals to Martha Berger on Monday and Wednesday nights. You can sign up at In the FIND box on the home page sign in with the last name Berger and the password of 1012. That should take you right to their page and you can sign up. PLEASE take just one-two servings at a time. Think of having Martha at your table for dinner and put her servings in a container to take to her. Then she can think of eating with you/your family when she eats it. There is no need for casseroles or very much food. Tom is not able to eat so we are helping Martha out a couple of times a week on the days she requested.  

She also has need of someone to sit with Tom while she is out. You would not have to do anything regarding medicines or anything else. It would be Tuesday evening 5:30-8:30 and Friday noon- 1:45ish. Please let Martha know what day you can help out in that way.  

Thank you for your help.


Prayer Update – Tom Berger

Tom Berger is home, under Hospice care, as of last evening (Friday).  Visits are wonderful, but please call first to be sure it’s a good time.  (937) 546-7248   Once again, thank you for your prayers and support.

Victory Project — Help Needed

From Anita Evanhoe —

The Victory Project is in need of a volunteer to help keep the VP website up to date. They currently use Blue Host/Wordpress and would very much like to have someone familiar with this format to manage the site.  Every couple weeks staff would email information, new pics, and events for you to post.   Please contact me if you or someone you know could help out this way. Evanhoe (937) 623-2570


Thank You from Iraq

Dear COH,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support—it seems your funds come at just the right time, and clearly God has a plan in place J

Our field hospital is seeing (sadly) more women and children than we anticipated in a combat zone. I recently learned that the hospital only has size 1 and adult diapers on-hand.  With all of the injuries they are seeing many of the children; even older children have to use a diaper because they are unable to walk or because their bandages are carefully placed, but prohibitive of basic body functions.  The newborn size 1 diapers were difficult to use and the adult diapers literally swamped the rest of the kids.  Our staff was making do, but clearly we had a gap to fill.  Your recent funds came at just the right time and we were able to purchase a wide variety of sizes to meet the needs of every size of patient for quite a while.  Our staff are so grateful and I know our patients will be much more comfortable with such a practical, but very necessary item.

In addition, a baby was born in Mosul after just 32 weeks of pregnancy. Miraculously, the mother was able to keep him alive without any kind of medical intervention whatsoever.  However, he was growing weaker as the stress of her situation left her unable to provide him the nutrition he needed.  He came to our hospital at just one month old—the teeniest, tiniest little fella.  His mother kept him at a distance; presumably because she feared she would lose him (she’d already lost two other children and her husband in the fighting).  I used some of the funds you sent to purchase clothes, teeny diapers, bottles, etc. and sent them out to the hospital immediately after hearing of his arrival.  The nurses told me that the first time they saw the mother genuinely smile was when she opened the packages!  Below are some photos of a few of his gifts and little man is tucked inside of the pink blanket on the bed, but we are not able to take pictures of our patients so you will have to imagine a still-tiny, but now growing little miracle who has a fresh start  with thanks to you!

Thank you, thank you!

Sarah Nowery

Prayer Update — Tom Berger

Tom is still in Hospice of Dayton.  Martha reports that the effort to get his meds balanced is not easy.  The hope is that he will be able to come home  perhaps Friday, but it’s not a certainty.  Martha does not have phone reception inside Hospice, but can receive texts.  Short visits are also permitted.

Lord Jesus Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us, we pray for your servant Tom in this time of great suffering, that you would hold him in your arms and make your presence known to him; and that he would comprehend the vastness of your love for him and feel that peace which only you can give.  We thank you for your goodness, compassion, and lovingkindness.  Amen

Help Needed July 29th!

From Anita Evanhoe —  Looking to hire some worker bees to work in shifts for a large party at our house on Saturday, July 29th from 2:00 pm to 9:00ish. Tasks would include helping set up food & drink, tables, chairs, etc. keeping food & drink filled, checking bathrooms for needed restocking, washing dishes, etc. and miscellaneous this and that and the other things. : ) You can email ( or call me (623-2570) if interested. Please pass along to anyone you think might be interested.


Prayer Update – Tom Berger

Tom is being released to Hospice today.  He will spend 2-3 days at the Dayton Hospice to get his meds adjusted and regulated and then should be released to home Hospice care.  Martha and Tom are extremely grateful for everyone’s care and for their prayers.  Adjusting to all these changes is quite difficult.

Merciful Father, the  strength of all who suffer, and the comfort of those with heavy hearts.  We pray that you would hear our prayers for our brother Tom; that you would comfort him, uphold him, and relieve his suffering; encourage both Tom and Martha and make your face to shine upon them, O Lord, as they look to you at this most difficult time.  We pray in the Name of Jesus, who, out of love,  suffered for us.  Amen

Correction – Women’s Retreat

The cost of the Women’s Retreat should have read  $44 per person.  The actual total cost is $88, but the Vestry approved underwriting half the fee for each person in order to make it more affordable for everyone.  Reservation and money must be in by July 1 to either Terri Sebree or Barbara Zepernick.  ( or



Women’s Retreat

Christ Our Hope Women’s Retreat 2017:

Be Still And Know That I Am God   Psalm 46:1

Begins:  Friday July 14 5:00 PM

Concludes:  Saturday July 15 4:00 PM

Location:  Convent of the Transfiguration, Glendale, OH  (Cincinnati)

Cost:  $40, includes 3 meals and overnight accommodations — Please let us know about any food allergies or dietary restrictions

Facilitators:  Barbara Zepernick and Terri Sebree

Reservations required,  Deadline:  July 1

RSVP Barbara @ or Terri @


Update — Tom Berger

Tom is still in Kettering Hospital recovering from a surgical procedure yesterday to alleviate his pain.  Today he is experiencing a lot of post-op discomfort, but they are hoping the NG tube will be removed soon which will make things somewhat better.  Martha and Tom are both extremely grateful for the love and prayer they are receiving from our church family.  They are hopeful that Tom will be able to come home soon, perhaps Saturday.

Heavenly Father, the giver of all health, and the aid of all who turn to you for help, we thank you for preserving our brother Tom through this time of great pain and suffering.  We thank you for your healing power and grace. We pray that you continue in him the good work that you have begun; that, as Tom daily increases in bodily strength, he may humbly rejoice in your goodness, that his life may continue to be a testimony of your faithfulness, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen



Prayer Update — Tom Berger

Tom is in Kettering Hospital where he will undergo a surgical procedure this afternoon with the hope that it will relieve some of the pain that he is experiencing.  They will also be inserting an NG tube which they  believe will also help relieve the pressure and pain.  He’s going to be pretty uncomfortable for a while.  Martha and Tom are both very grateful for the prayers and support of our church family.

Strengthen our brother Tom, O God, to bear what must be borne, that he may be restored to strength in this world.  O Lord, who by your patience under suffering hallowed earthly pain and gave us an example of holy obedience to the Father’s will: sustain Tom with your grace  and grant him patience and healing, according to your will; and help him always to believe that what may befall the body is of little moment when our souls are held in you.  O our Lord and Saviour, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever One God, world without end.  Amen



Come and Go Party for Elyse Burns

Mark your calendars now.

A Heads-Up to Save the Date because summer’s such a busy time.    Elyse Burns will be coming back from Taiwan and then going back to Taiwan. You are invited to a Come & Go party to catch up with her as your schedule allows.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 — 3 pm- 9 pm

The Evanhoes

4301 Spring Hollow Ct.

Dayton OH 45424

Food, drinks, games and fun

Please let us know if you will be coming and going in. 937.623.2570



Wear Red as a Sign of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, June 4, we will celebrate The Feast of Pentecost which commemorates the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all flesh.  Many refer to it as the birthday of the church — but it is also the beginning of what Jesus promised:  “You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth.”  As a celebration of that most blessed gift of God, everyone is encouraged to wear something red to church this weekend (even a small ribbon on a lapel).

Feeding the Hungry in our Community

Tomorrow and Saturday (June 2 and 3), your contributions to the Meijer “Simply Give” program will be doubled and all monies will go to the Huber Heights FISH Food Pantry to feed the hungry of our community.  Here’s how it works:

Go to the Meijer store at 7150 Executive Blvd in Huber Heights (just north of I-70) and donate ten or more dollars at checkout.  That’s it!  Meijer will give $20 for every $10 donated…a chance to make your giving go even farther.