Archive for July, 2008

July 31, 2008

Prayer Requests (from July 30)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, July 30

  • Carl- adjusting to new work schedule
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- sell houses
  • Kenny- headache
  • Becky- job praise!
  • Nikki- not feeling well
  • Mrs. Goodpaster- feeling better
  • Barbara- not feeling well
  • Sherry (Paul’s niece)- health problems (and her dad: spiritual)
  • Paul’s brother
  • Sara (Barb’s daughter)- health
  • Clay- man Paul witnessed to
  • Harry- still losing weight
  • Charlie- allergy testing next Wednesday; means he has to go off meds for a week (pray for Denise, too!)
  • Gus- appreciative
  • Rodley (Randy’s brother)- pacemaker Friday
  • Wacasers (M.O.M.)
  • Donny graduates tonight at Providence _____ Church in Zandale Shopping Center @ 6:30 p.m.  If you can, be there to support him!
July 29, 2008

Thanks for your patience!

I apologize for the lack of updates over the past couple of weeks…it’s gotten a little bit crazy around here!  Just to prove that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I decided to share a few pictures with you to show what I’ve/we’ve been doing lately!  Everybody likes pictures, right?!

First off, we had a wonderful time of reconnecting with my grandparents in South Carolina.  We took a side trip to Charleston, too, which was gorgeous!  The plate of food you see in the picture is southern cooking at its finest: joint-effort chicken bog made by both my grandparents.  Mmmmm!

Next, I’ve been dog-sitting for Nick & Brooke while they’re suffering at the beach.  Rocco wanted my breakfast on Sunday as you can see, but I needed the calories for myself!  :o)

Lastly, after my diabetes diagnosis, I have been watching the Lord work in ways only He can (!), researching, going to the doctor, eating differently, pricking my finger, and tonight for the first time…poking my belly flab to give myself some insulin.  Surprisingly enough, it didn’t hurt at all (thank the Lord!).  These pictures are to prove that if I can do it, anybody can (with God’s grace, of course!).  I received a good report from the doctor today…my kidneys, liver, etc. are fine, as is my blood pressure and all that good stuff!

A heads up, I meet with the dietitian on Thursday afternoon, I have two weddings this weekend (my first weddings without cake, yikes!), and I begin band camp from 9-9 on Monday!  Yay!

So, thank you all again so much for your prayers and support.  I really appreciate your love.  Each and every one of you is a blessing.

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.  Do not forsake the work of Your hands. ~Psalm 138:8~

P.S.- I’m not trying to make the church blog all about me or anything, I just thought it would be easier to update everybody all at once this way for now!  :o)

July 28, 2008

Weekly Announcements (July 27-August 3)

Weekly Announcements

Tuesday, July 29
Men’s Morning Meditations=CANCELED
(will resume on Tuesday, August 12!)
8:00 a.m.- Two Sarahs go to the doctor: me Sarah & Barbara’s Sara!  Your prayers are greatly appreciated!  :o)

Wednesday, July 30
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. We will continue our evangelism series. Aaaaand…I would love to have your kids in our class in the back. We will be learning about Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:1-23), showing that God deserves our loyalty.
Happy Anniversary to Roger & Gina!  ❤
Happy Birthday to Caitlin!

Sunday, August 3
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 25:1-26:24; 2 Chronicles 36:22, 23)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 4)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 20)
*Devotion: Tom
*Ushers: Harry & Jason (alternates: Paul & Roger)

Missionary of the Month
The Wacasers

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?! Cheryl’s done! :o)

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July 24, 2008

Prayer Requests (July 23)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, July 23

*Vina (Kim’s mom)- still in hospital after possible stroke; hopefully home today

*Kim & Shawn- houses

Paul & Barb
*Kyle (Barb’s cousin’s son)
*Brian Watts (Paul’s nephew)
*Keith (Paul’s brother-in-law)

*Elaina- her friend whose mom passed away from cancer recently

*feeling dizzy

Wayne & Family
*Steve B.- Sherry’s uncle in ICU
*Crystal- foot
*Andrea- headache

Kim & Family
*Simon (Anthony’s brother)
*Anthony- job situation
*All 3 of Kim’s Brothers
*Kim’s sister’s job situation

*Nick & Brooke
*Wayne & Sherry and Family
*Daniel & Laura and Family

I really appreciate all the prayers, love, hugs, and smiles (and yes, Sherry, even your tears!) over the past couple of days.  Things could be a whole lot worse and I am so grateful that it is just diabetes!  It is interesting to note that my kids’ lesson last night was on “we can worship God no matter what!”  Isn’t God so wonderful in His timing?!?!  :o)  He’s workin’ it out for my good as Elder Ward would say!  So, thanks for all your love…I love you all and couldn’t ever ask for more precious brothers and sisters in Christ!
Psalm 89-92

July 21, 2008

Church Picnic Pictures!

We had a great time of fun, food, and of course fellowship this last Saturday! God’s love for us shone through our love for each other in many ways…down to giving away the last piece of Sis. Anita’s chocolate pie!

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July 20, 2008

Weekly Announcements (July 20-27)

Weekly Announcements

Tuesday, July 22
Men’s Morning Meditations=CANCELED
(will resume on Tuesday, August 12!)
Happy Birthday to Mollie!

Wednesday, July 23
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service.  We will continue our evangelism series.  I would love to have your kids in our class in the back.  We will be learning about Daniel’s friends being safe in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:1-30), proving that we can worship God no matter what!

Saturday, July 26
Happy Birthday
to Rosemary!

Sunday, July 27
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 24:1-10; 2 Chronicles 36:15-21)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 4)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 20)
*Devotion: hmmm…let me guess…nobody!
*Ushers: Tom & Roger (alternates: Harry & Jason)
Happy Anniversary to Paul & Barbara!

Missionary of the Month
The Wacasers

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!  Cheryl’s done!  :o)

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And…for your weekly laugh…
Josh Harris posted this on his blog and I thought it was hilarious, but maybe I’m just weird!
Check it out for yourself: Piper’s in a Gang?!

July 13, 2008

Something to Chew On…

I’ll leave you all a little something to chew on while I’m away for this week.
Over at GirlTalk, the Mahaney girls always have some excellent stuff to read.  This is a great reminder of how we need to be aware of sin in our lives, even when we’re on vacation!

Here’s a taste to leave you wanting more:

As my dad is in the habit of reminding people: indwelling sin doesn’t take a vacation. As long as we’re in this world, we can’t escape it. We can’t get in the car and leave it behind. We take it with us. Everywhere.

In fact, it seems to me as if new sins sneak into my luggage.

Check out the rest here.

Have a great week!  I love you all!  :o)

July 13, 2008

Weekly Announcements (July 13-20)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, July 14
Christian Counseling Class=CANCELED

Tuesday, July 15
Men’s Morning Meditations=CANCELED

Happy Birthday to Laura!
Pray for Anita S. today as she goes for her last chemo treatment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 16
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. Bro. Wayne will be speaking!

Saturday, July 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Games @ 5:00 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.
If you forgot what you’re bringing or never did sign up, call Sarah today!

Our picnic brings out the best in us!

Our picnic brings out the best in us!

Sunday, July 20
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 23:1-40; 2 Chronicles 36:8-14)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus)
*Devotion: hmmm…let me guess…nobody!
*Ushers: Daniel & Steve G. (alternates: Tom & Roger)

Missionary of the Month
The Wacasers

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!

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Please pray for those traveling this week, including the Wainrights, Rings, and Hardens.

July 11, 2008

Mission Update: The Tates

They have not posted this on their website or sent it as an e-mail, so unfortunately I can’t share the pictures with you.  :o(

An Update from Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah Tate: Missionaries to Kenya!

July 2008: Major Milestones
In this newsletter I want to list some of the major milestones we have passed in the last couple of weeks.  They may not seem very “major” to you as you read through them but they sure are major to us.
Major Milestone #1 – We finished language school!
Major Milestone #2 – We made it to Kitale.
This includes the bus ride to Dar es Salaam, flight to Nairobi, a week in Nairobi & bus ride to Kitale.  Doesn’t sound too major but when you throw three kids, 10 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of other details it took to get us here, it’s major.
Major Milestone #3 – Celebration with the Kenyans.
Mike and Pam had a “sherehe” (celebration) welcoming us to Kenya.  The people from all three churches were there and they gave us a very hearty welcome.
Major Milestone #4 – Amy turned 8.
We had a wonderful day celebrating Amy’s 8th birthday.  We wish old friends could have shared it with us but at least we were able to share it with some new friends (and you should have seen the faces of some of the Kenyan kids while they were eating cake and ice cream).
Major Milestone #5 – I’ve learned to drive in Kenya.
If you’ve ever been to Africa this speaks for itself why this is a major milestone.  I’ve even driven Julie into town, went to a few shops, bought somethings and made it home without hitting anything or anyone.
Major Milestone #6 – We have moved out on our own.
This is probably the “majorist” of the major milestones.  We may have been in Africa for five months now but up until four days ago we’ve been taken care of by someone else.  For four months at language school we didn’t worry about lodging or food.  For three weeks with the Andersons we were also taken good care of and didn’t have to worry about anything.  Now, we’ve moved to a house and we are trying to live in Africa independently.  That means learning how to shop, cook, run a household and basically learn to do everything on our own.  We don’t know what we’re doing yet, we don’t know how anything works and we have hundreds of questions, but we’re trying to make a go at it.  It’s difficult but we knew this time would come.  Please pray for God’s strength and grace in our lives.

Address (for now):
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya 30200

rojuta [at] (Roger and Julie)
fpg1.emily [at] (Emily)


July 9, 2008

Kids Class Summary (July 9)

Kids Own Worship Summary
adapted from the Group Material
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Daniel 1:1-20
“God helps us make the right choices.”

We learned:

  • God gave Daniel the ability to stand strong and choose God over anything else.
  • As Daniel obeyed God, God showed Daniel favor and gave him strength and wisdom beyond his years.
  • Sometimes the king wanted Daniel to make wrong choices, but God always helped Daniel make the right choices.
  • God gave us the Bible to help us make right decisions.
  • God cares about our choices because God wants us to have the good lives He planned for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • Although the Bible talks a lot about the food that Daniel ate, the most important part was that God helped Daniel choose God’s way in every area of his life. We also have choices to make, and God will help us, too.
  • The most important decision we have in life is to choose Christ as Savior.

We sang:
♪ The Plans I Have for You – Jeremiah 29:11
♪ Treasures – Matthew 6:20-21
♪ Work – Ephesians 6:7
♪ Come Boldly Before the Throne – Hebrews 4:16
♪ Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6

All of these songs are pretty much straight Scripture.  They should know “Trust in the Lord” best.  I can almost guarantee you that if you prompt them on that one, they can finish it!  ;o)  Try and see!!!!

Other things to talk and think about:

  • Review the passage. See how much your child can recall.
  • Pray about choices together.
  • Talk about a time where you had a hard time making the right decision, but God helped you do what was right.
  • And…if your kid is a picky eater, you could definitely bring in the fact that Daniel ate his vegetables! :o)
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