Month: October 2017

From Fr. Isaac

Dear church family of Christ Our Hope,

I want to give you a heartfelt thanks for the participation and servant spirit that I witnessed at the memorial service of Tom Berger, now of blessed memory. I was moved by the joyful and willing spirit I saw in all of you and want to thank you all: the Altar Guild, the Chalice Bearers and Acolytes, the Sound and Slide team, the Greeters, the Woman’s Ministry in their setting up of the reception, everyone who stayed after to clean, and anyone who volunteered their time and gifts to serve the parish and especially Martha and her family in their time of need.

I want to give special appreciation to those who came at various times before the day of the service to help prepare for the day. Namely Dss. Candy for her diligence in preparing the bulletins and coordinating all the volunteers; Duane Veley  who helped prepare for the service in many ways for weeks prior and then assisted during the service; and finally Rosanne Brown, who helped prepare the music for the service and then at the service offered her musical gifts.

This is the striving together in the unity of love that the Scriptures speak of, and I pray in the days and years to come we continue to spread this charity, unity, and servant-spirit to one another so that it would overflow more abundantly into our families and communities.

God bless you all for your ministry in our Lord’s vineyard, and I encourage you to keep our dear sister Martha in your prayers and concerns.

In Christ and his Bride,

Fr. Isaac Chavez

Interim Rector, Christ Our Hope

Prayer Request from Megan Burns

Megan Burns’ boss has a sixteen year old son, Drew, who has Autoimmune Encephalitis.  He has been sick for a while, but had a serious seizure last night and was taken to the hospital.  He has been unresponsive since 3am (central time). Please pray for Drew and his family.  Thank you.

Father of all mercy, we pray for your child Drew, and ask that you would heal him of this sickness and the seizures resulting from it.  We pray for peace in this child — body, soul, and spirit — and comfort and encouragement to his family.  We entrust them all into your loving care and keeping, as we pray in the mighty Name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Passing of Jane Deeter Jones’ Mother

Jane Deeter Jones’ mother, Betty, passed away yesterday in Washington, D.C.  Jane had been able to be with her mother in recent days, caring for her.  Please pray for comfort for Jane and family.

Almighty God, receive your child Betty into the fullness of life in your eternal Kingdom, and grant that she, with all your saints, may receive the crown of life which you have promised.  Comfort the family and give them peace as they await the day when all will be reunited in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose Name we pray.  Amen.

Prayer Update from Elyse Burns

Kiara is back from the hospital and the MRI results came back normal. She’s been taking medicines to treat the flu and her body is responding well to those so we are assuming that’s what she’s had. Yesterday she was moving around more and able to drive again so she’s almost back to normal now. Also – her sister, niece and brother-in-law made it to Taiwan yesterday. THANK YOU for all of your prayers!


Prayer Update from Taiwan

Church Family –  

Your prayers for my roommate, Kiara, are much appreciated! Kiara had been having some health concerns a few weeks ago and suddenly came down with a very bad migraine and high fever last Friday. She spent the night in the ER and was sent home with medicine, only to be taken back to the hospital on Monday. Unfortunately, most of the tests have been inconclusive, BUT after a really bad day on Monday, she made a lot of progress yesterday and has been coherent and able to move around, talk and eat. Her fever is gone this morning (praise God!) and she is now waiting for an MRI. 

 Please pray that she continues to get better and that if there are further underlying issues (outside of things common during this time of year, i.e. a virus or the flu), that the MRI would uncover that and make it apparent. It’s been difficult for her to go through this being so far from home and family, but her sister has made arrangements to be here on Saturday, which I know is a relief for her and her parents. 

 I will keep you updated. Thanks again.



Prayer Request from Elyse Burns

One of Elyse’s roommates has been sick and was taken to the hospital this morning (our last night).  She had a fever of 104.  She has kidney issues from a previous injury, so has to be cautious of drugs taken.  hey are not sure what is the cause of this, but it seems to be serious.  Elyse asks for prayer this young woman.


Almighty God who feels the pain of all your children, we pray for this young woman that you would mercifully relieve her of any anxiety as she is being treated, and that you would heal her and raise her up for your glory.  We thank you for the privilege of joining our hearts together to seek your healing and comfort this day for her, as we pray in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen

Men’s Breakfast — This Saturday

Just a reminder that the Men of the Church will meet for breakfast, fellowship, and prayer this coming Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 a.m.  While your editor doesn’t know who is doing the cooking this week — whoever it is, the food will be great!    You’ll be well fed, enjoy a great time of prayer and fellowship, and be on your way by 9:00 a.m.  All the men of the church are invited.

Tom Berger

Tom Berger became a member of the Church Triumphant this day, October 18, 2017.  Tom died peacefully in his sleep this morning. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Martha; brother, sisters, children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, friends and co-workers.  A Memorial Service will be held at Christ our Hope Anglican Church on Saturday, October 28, at 10:30 a.m.  Service will be followed by a Celebration of Tom’s life in the Green Room.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ our Hope Church, Hospice of Dayton, and/or cancer research.

Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant Tom.; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your  joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for The Feast of St. Luke (October 18)

The attached document contains the readings for The Feast of St. Luke which is observed today, Wednesday, October 18.

Propers-Feast of St. Luke

Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: We pray that we, by the wholesome medicine of the doctrine which he taught, may have all the diseases of our souls be healed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


No Memorial Service on Saturday

The memorial service for Tom Berger, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 21, has been postponed.  If you have any questions, please call the church (937/985-2640).

Women’s Fellowship Tuesday Evening

The women of the church will meet for their usual Tuesday evening fellowship at Susie Current’s home — 30 Simms Street, Dayton — at 6:30 p.m.  All women of the church are invited to attend.

Diocesan Synod Information

There is still time to decide to attend this year’s Diocesan Synod at Trinity REC in Mason, OH.  The date are Thursday and Friday, October 25 and 26.

There is no charge to attend the meetings.  There is a Ladies’ Lunch on Thursday for which the church will pay the cost.  Men’s cost for their luncheon is $5.00 with the church picking up the remaining $15.00.  Reservations for the lunch must be made by Friday, October 20.

The Synod agenda/schedule is attached.  Please contact Dss Candy ( if you plan to attend.   2017agenda

Update and Praise — Russell Smith’s Surgery

From Karen Burns:

Russell Smith’s surgery went well, and the doctors were pleased with the results.  It may be several weeks before they see a change in his development, but are praying toward a good change.
  At the time of the surgery, the doctors concluded he needed another surgery to reconstruct his skull, as the swelling from last November caused the sutures to close prematurely.  The surgery will be scheduled sometime in January.
Thank you so much of your prayers for Russell and his family.  Andrea was totally at peace when they met with the doctors for pre-op. And Paul and I survived the caring of the three older ones.  Karen


Reminder – Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Just a reminder that tonight at 7:00  Hope4Riverside will host the Drug Free Coalition and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in a Town Hall discussion on the opioid crisis. The event will be held on the campus of Calvary Open Bible Church, 3741 Valley St. Dayton OH 45424  This is open to the entire public.

This is an excellent overview on the scope of the opioid crisis in our midst, what is being done, what can be done, and how we can participate.  Fr. Isaac, Dss Candy, and Duane Veley saw a condensed version of the presentation last week and commend it to you as something really important.