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




Vestry Election Results

At the Annual Meeting on Saturday night, the following people were elected:

Senior Warden — Greg Herman

Junior Warden — Terri Sebree

Vestry Members — Katie Ernst and Dorathea Fortener (joining current members Stanley Rodrigues, Tim Taylor, and Rich Zepernick)

Synod Delegate — Rich Zepernick

Synod Alternate — Tim Taylor

Thanks to all who attended the meeting and brought great food.  It was a wonderful evening!

Prep Work for Sunday Night’s Meeting

For those planning to attend the meeting with Pastor Ron Wean this coming Sunday evening at 7:00, this is the “hopework” he has asked us to do.  If you missed the first session, you are still most welcome to attend.

Before the next meeting, please write out a timeline of loss and wounding from childhood to now.  Doesn’t have to  be detailed.  Choose one loss and answer the following questions:

What happened? What was my experience of it? What was the worst thing I experienced in the event? What primary feeling(s) did I feel? Who helped me through the event? What did they say or do that was helpful? How did the event change me? When I think of it now, what feelings, thoughts, and reactions do I have? Have I talked with God about what happened?  As a result of all that happened, what am I like now?

Hope to see many of you there on Sunday evening.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Men of the church, come join your brothers on Saturday morning for a great breakfast cooked just for you, along with a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship.  All the men of the church are invited to come and be a part of this gathering.  It starts at 7:30 a.m. and you’ll be fed, encouraged and on your way by 9:00 a.m.  A good start to the day for all!

Update on Baby Russell

From Karen Burns —

Russell’s CT scan did not show any bleeding on his brain, which is good news.  He has been congested and doing okay, but toward the end of the afternoon, she said he felt warm, so she took his temperature.  It was 101, not unusually high, but he began acting odd, so she took it again, and it was climbing quickly.  He began to seize just after taking his temp, so the doctors feel that the rapid high temperature is what caused it. (They also discovered his fourth ear infection in a year’s time!) Russell slept through the night last night, and has not had any seizures since the initial one.  They hope to go home sometime this afternoon.  I’m sure there will be follow up in the coming days with his doctors in Lubbock.  Thank you for your prayers.


Further update — As of sometime around 7:30 this evening, the doctors released Russell and said that Andrea could take him home.  But please keep praying since there will be much follow-up.



Urgent Prayer Request – Russell Smith

From Karen Burns:

We have received word that Russell had a seizure this afternoon, and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.  They did a CT Scan and are waiting on those results to know how to proceed.  Please be praying for Russell, Andrea, Dave and his siblings.

Thank you

Father of all mercy, grace, and comfort, we commit to your loving care our little brother Russell who has suffered a seizure.  We thank you that you are very present with him even now and you are with his family as they anxiously await results and information.  We thank you that your love for little Russell is far greater than anything we can comprehend and we are grateful for your tender care of him and of his family.  We thank you also for loving medical personnel who are caring for him.  We entrust Andrea, Dave, Lucy, Robert, and Elinor, and all his extended family to your care and comfort as well.  We praise and bless your Holy Name, as we pray in that Name.  Amen

Members’ Meeting Ballot (For Jan. 20, 2018)

Attached is a copy of the ballot for the 2017 Members’ Meeting, Saturday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m.  This is for your prayerful consideration prior to the meeting.

Other details:   A chili supper preceding the meeting — bring a pot of chili, toppings, salad,  and/or dessert…to share.  Come enjoy the fellowship of the rest of your parish family!2017 Members’ Mtng Ballot

More Celebrations During Christmastide!

On the 11th day of Christmas (Friday, January 5) , you and your family can attend the Friends and Family Concert, at Christ our Hope at 7:00 p.m.  An evening of wonderful vocal and instrumental  music, followed by refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

On the 12th day of Christmas (Saturday, January 6), you and your family can attend the Home Fellowship Group 12th Night party at Greg and Susie Current’s home (30 Simms Street — in the Huffman District), starting at 6:30 p.m.  Here are some ideas of foods you can bring to share:

  1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: pear tart or poached pears.
  2. Two Turtle Doves: turtles candies
  3. Three French Hens: chicken
  4. Four Calling Birds: a chicken pot pie
  5. Five Golden Rings: any ring shaped food- a bundt cake, a stuffed pastry ring, etc.
  6. Six Geese a-Laying: deviled eggs
  7. Seven Swans a-Swimming: swan shaped meringue, anything white like a swan.
  8. Eight Maids a-Milking: chocolate milk
  9. Nine Ladies Dancing and
  10. Ten Lords a-Leaping: anything shaped like dancing and leaping.
  11. Eleven Pipers Piping: bread sticks look like pipes
  12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: Large marshmallows decorated like drums.


We will also be doing our annual Twelve Days of Christmas song- with pictures, and maybe have an old-fashioned , Victorian game of charades.

And finally, on Sunday, January 7, we will observe the Feast of the Epiphany and have a baptism.  What a wonderful Christmastide for all!