Month: February 2018

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

The men of the church will meet for breakfast Saturday morning (February 24) at 7:30 a.m.  A delicious breakfast, cooked by Mike Partin and Gwynne Jones, will be served and it will be a good time of food and fellowship.  All men are invited.  You will be fed, strengthened, encouraged and on your way to the rest of your Saturday by 9:00.  Please plan to attend!

Update from Elyse Burns

From Elyse this morning:

Dear Church Family –


Thank you so much for your prayers over the past couple of weeks…


Taiwan: the county we were in (Hualien) was quite devastated by the earthquake… 12 confirmed dead and hundreds more injured. Many were trapped in the rubble and it took several days to rescue as many people as possible. This cut our camp short and made it very bittersweet to say goodbye to the children.

Please continue to pray for those who lost loved ones and livelihoods in the damage of the earthquake, as well as those recovering from injuries and trauma.

Please also pray for the kids we worked with in the two weeks of camps. In the camps in Yilan especially, we had many behavioral issues. At the end of camp, some of the kids wrote “wishes” on goodbye cards. Many of them included wishes that their parents would stop drinking. Our camp leaders informed us that most of the parents in that village go to work before dawn and then resort to alcohol at the end of the day. My heart breaks for the kids because the lack of a nurturing familial atmosphere is obvious in the way they interact with us and each other. Many don’t know how to deal with their emotions or anger and many are desperately seeking attention. In the camp in Hualien, my roommate and I came across a large church with a cross on it and a service on Sunday morning. I wasn’t able to find out more, but it seems there is a Christian influence in that town and I pray this is so. We noticed a marked difference in behavior there as well…

Bali: thank your for your prayers for my health! I spent several days in the hospital but have finally been released. The doctors found bacteria/infection in my system through some blood tests… I’ve been on antibiotics now that seem to be clearing up the issues. I’m certainly not 100%, but I’m getting there and resting for the last few days that we’re here.

As always, I’m truly grateful for all of you and your support. I miss you all and think of you often.   Elyse

Update — Elyse Burns

From Karen Burns:  I spoke with Elyse today and she has been released from the hospital.  She is on an antibiotic and was feeling well.  They have canceled the plans they made for their time in Bali, but will still head to Korean in a couple of days.  The plan is to rest by the pool or on the beach and take it easy.  She has another roommate that has joined them, so between the two roommates she should be in good care.

Thank you for your prayers.


Prayer Update – Elyse Burns

From Karen Burns —

Elyse managed to survive the earthquakes of Taiwan, but is still struggling with her health.  She hadn’t slept well while at English camp, due to the sleeping conditions and then the earthquaking.  She believes that she ended up leaving the little village with the flu.  So she began her holiday exhausted and recovering from the flu.

She and her roommate, Ammy flew to Singapore, then on to Bali, where they were going to hike and tour the countryside.  Not long after their arrival, Elyse began to throw up, non-stop for five hours.  She went to the ER and was put on a fluid IV.  The next day she seemed to be better and was able to visit the terraced rice fields. But the throwing up began again, this time accompanied by intestinal distress.

She returned to the ER and has been in the hospital for at least two days now.  They have run blood tests and found she has an infection in her blood stream and colon, and is on antibiotics.  She has been able to keep food down, and is sure that her fever has finally broken.

Ammy has been able to stay with her most of the time (I guess the hospital is a beautiful place).

They are still waiting on tests to see if there is anything else going on.

Please pray for this girl!  They are supposed to end their trip with a stop at the Olympics, but I haven’t heard if that is still on the docket.


Lord God in whose word this whole world is held together, we feel helpless in the natural realm for our dear sister, Elyse, who is far away from home.  But we rejoice that there is nowhere so far away that you are not there and we know that you are with Elyse as she battles illness and distance and different customs.  We joyfully entrust her to your care and keeping, asking that you would shower your mercy and goodness upon her in this difficult time.  We also ask that you would fill her, and those who love her, with your peace in great measure.  We thank you that our confidence is in you as we pray in the Name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Barbara Beckley has entered the Church Triumphant

From Terri Sebree:

Our sister Barbara Beckley passed away this morning.
Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace, and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.

Four Important Reminders

  1. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper tonight as we host Christ the King for a delicious dinner of pancakes, sausage, and all the trimmings.  Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  2. Ash Wednesday Service, with the Imposition of Ashes — tomorrow evening (February 14) at 7:00 p.m.
  3. Men’s Bible Study — Thursday evening — 6:30 p.m.
  4. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast moved from Saturday, February 17 to Saturday, February 24 — at 7:30 a.m.

This is a very special week as we begin our observance of Lent — lots going on.  Hope you can clear your calendar to take part in these various events and observances.

“Hopework” for Sunday, February 11

Just a reminder of the “hopework” for this coming Sunday night’s session of Changes, Transitions, and Disappointments.  Using your timeline, answer these questions:  “What are these wounds/my body/my thoughts telling me about myself, God, and the world.”  And “What is God asking me to do with these wounds?”  “Are there any re-occurring themes?  Motifs?  Roadblocks?  Has anything happened like this before.”

Urgent Prayer Request — Barbara Beckley

Barbara Beckley, a long-time friend of many at Christ our Hope, fell today and was admitted to Kettering Hospital.  There, it was learned that there was serious cranial bleeding.  Terri Sebree was able to learn that she was careflighted to University of Cincinnati Hospital and is in  neuro intensive care there and on a ventilator.  Please pray for Barbara and for the medical staff attending her.

Blessed Father God, we are grateful that we know our sister Barbara is in your loving care.  We pray for her and for all those who attend her that your perfect plan will be carried out in her life.  In your mercy, Lord, we pray for healing to her and comfort to all those who love her.  We stand against fear which might seek to overtake her in her waking moments, and ask for peace and trust to cover her in this difficult time.  We commit her to you, in the powerful Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen

Update — Elyse Burns

From Karen Burns —

We were able to talk with Elyse last evening.  Authorities felt that these smaller quakes were just a precursor for a much larger earthquake so the school closed the English camp the following morning. They then put Elyse and her roommate, Ammy, on a train to Taipei.  While on the train they realized their other two roommates were on the same train.  They were overjoyed to be together again.  They are now in Taipei, which is about a hundred miles north of the epicenter, but are still feeling the after shocks.  (They are on the seventh floor of the hotel, and it sways!!)   Elyse hasn’t slept much since Sunday and has a nasty cold, which complicates her sleeping now!  But they are doing well, and ready to get to steady, non-shaking ground.

Thank you so much for your prayers.



Good News from Elyse Burns!

Just received —  “Hi everyone — we are all ok.  The earthquake hit the town we are staying in pretty hard, and there is extensive damage here.  Fortunately, the structure was sound enough in the school that nothing collapsed but I have truly never experienced anything quite like it.  We’ve continued to have earthquakes through the night and this morning, and now we are figuring out whether to continue camp or end early.  I am not sure if we have a safety plan with all the kids here.”

Thanks be to God for His goodness and His protection!  Lord, we continue to look to You,  for only in You, Lord, can we live in safety.  Amen


Urgent Prayer Request for Elyse Burns

From Paul Burns:

Elyse is teaching in an English camp this week on the east coast of Taiwan south of Taipei. Today (10:50 am our time) there was a large earthquake in the area with much damage and injuries. We have not been able to reach her and are concerned about her safety. Please pray for her and her students that they are safe.

Our Father and our God, we ask for your grace and mercy for our sister Elyse and her companions.    As we have commended Elyse to your care and keeping, we trust in your great promise that you are able to keep that which has been committed to you.  We pray also for the grace , consolation, and protection  of your Holy Spirit for Elyse to get through this dangerous time and for her family to remain steadfast in trust and peace as they await news.  We are grateful that all are secure in your everlasting love, as we commit these concerns to you in the strong and mighty Name of Jesus.  Amen