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St. John's Group Email Thursday, September 22, 2011

DEVOTION:      ... This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. Numbers 30:1b-2

There is an organization in Massachusetts called the Brookline Political Action for Peace.

I'm not entirely sure why they tacked the words "for peace" onto their name since their agenda is probably going to bring about a lot of things, and peace isn't likely to be one of them.

And what is the agenda of the Brookline Political Action for Peace (BPAFP)? It's simply this: they want the city's town meeting to urge the local school committee to stop requiring principals to have the Pledge of Allegiance recited during morning announcements.
According to the BPAFP, the pledge has

1. no educational value, and is

2. a loyalty oath reminiscent of McCarthyism or some horrific totalitarian regimes, and is

3. at odds with America's most important traditions.

Wow! All those bad things in that short little Pledge of Allegiance.

The next thing you know, somebody is going to take a shot at hot dogs, apple pie and motherhood. After all, hot dogs have chemicals, and apple pie is fattening and motherhood is ... well, I can't think of anything negative to say about motherhood.

Understand, I'm not a believer in the idea of "my country, right or wrong, my country." On the other hand, I believe -- and the Lord suggests -- that there are principles and higher callings to which a person can and probably ought to align himself.

Even Jesus, as He began His last hours of suffering for our redemption, committed Himself to a higher duty than His own personal preference when He prayed ... "not My will, but Thy will be done" (Luke 22:42b).

Please understand, I'm not ignoring the words of James who said our "yes" or "no" ought to be sufficient. I am saying the Lord recognizes the prayerful promises of His faithful people, and so does our nation.

And if pledging faithfulness to a nation which is under God is a bad thing for our country's children, I feel sorry for them and the nation, which is just my way of saying ...

old Ben Franklin was right when he said, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

And that's true for church, as well as country.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in this life there are things which ought to command respect and loyalty, things to which a person should be aligned. May our children find -- under Your guidance -- that this nation is worthy of their allegiance. This I ask in the Savior's Name. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  What wrote on the wall near the lampstand in the royal palace during Belshazzar's reign in Babylon?  A hand (just a hand) wrote on the wall.  Doug Herzog is our winner. 
TODAY'S QUIZ: What happened to Daniel after he defied the decree that people could only pray to the king.
Question: What is the Sabbath day?
Answer:  In the Old Testament Gos set aside the seventh day (Saturday) as a required day of rest (Sabbath means "rest") and worship. 
Question: Does God require us to observe the Sabbath and other holy days of the Old Testament?
Fri- men leave for men's retreat all weekend
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- no early Bible study; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
Pastors Wyssmann and Weseman will be here to give the congregation the results of the findings of the CARE process and their recommendations and we will vote on whether or not to go ahead with the recommendations.  Please come and show your support. 
Come and hang out with pastor.  We will have a devotion and prayer time and just hang out for a little while. 
THE ROCK- NEXT WEEKEND   Sept 30 and October 1- Firstfruits weekend at the ROCK.  Pastor Randy Wilken invites groups to come down to St. Louis on the first weekend of each month to serve, worship, and fellowship with other Christians from around the area.  We are signed up to go down there Friday, Sept 30 and Sat, Oct 1!  It is an unforgetable and wonderful experience.  Make plans ot attend!

1- mckenzie

2- Panhorst



9- Winn



16- Heitgerd


22- mckenzie

23- Schaumberg


29- mckenzie




5- mckenzie



12- Mauch






23- (Thanksgiving Eve) mckenzie

24- (Thanksgiving Day)


26- Mauch


PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For PATTY SWEET'S BROTHER who is dealing with an inoperable brain tumor, and is weighing his options. 
For LIL WINTER who is home and recovering well!  She will have to have another minor procedure in a few weeks.    
For PAUL TOEDEBUSCH who has begun chemotherapy treatments.
For JERRICA PARK (WILLIAMS) and her new baby Lucy. (A prayer of thanksgiving)
For CAROL KOHRS as she is dealing with severe back and neck pain.
For DAVE KOHRS as he is dealing with cancer in his abdomen.
For PEGGY GILKEY who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS.  

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St. John's Group Email update on Jonas Borchert

This is an update on Jonas (Don Nolte's grandson) from Jonas's mom. 

Jonas's Updates

September 20, 2011

Posted 21 hours ago
Hello from Houston. Jonas is thriving!!
I'm sorry I have not posted in a couple of weeks. Time seems to have just flown by. A combination of computer glitches, family dynamics, and new routines have kept me from posting like I had in the past. All that behind me, I will try to do a better job keeping everyone upt-to-date. We are now settled into a Marriott Property and have a base-camp to call our own. I think there were several people who had offered us Marriott points at one time. The hotel we stayed at originally would not accpet Marriotte points, so I did not record those offer like I should have. But this one does! So if you have any points we can use, that would be greatly appreciated.
Jonas has another round of chemo behind him and gets admitted on Thursday for three days for the next round. He has made it between every round of chemo here without going into the hospital for infection or neutropenia. Today was the first time that he needed a blood transfusion since we have been here, but he took it like a champ in an outpatient setting.
The doctor did explain to me recently that with cancers that are treated over this long a period of time, patients can expect to have many, many transfusions. They really like to keep those to an absolute minimum because the body can start to reject the new blood: something we do not want to happen. So far we have had NO adverse reactions. Smooth sailing.
Along with our chemo schedule, Jonas has had various other appointments with specialists. Most recently he had a five-hour psych test to evaluate his knowledge, logic, recall, etc.. The radiation that he is about to get may have an impact on his brain function and they want to be able to have a baseline to compare it to. His facilitator says that he is operating at high-level of skill which is a great way to start out, if there is any possibility of impairment. I am not terribly worried about this possibility. We have met two patients in the pediatric clinic who have undergone proton therapy in and around the brain. Both of them have had extremely uneventful episodes with the PT. No discomfort. No new side affects. No brain damage. I anticipate that we will find it to be the same.
Jonas has had several packages delivered to him since we arrived, containing dozens and dozens of letter from his classmates at school!!!! Wow. You can't believe what that does for this guys spirit. The first two he opened happened to be from kids he knew: Emily Tilotson and John Hogan. He was so jazzed, he just tore through the next dozen or so saying, "I don't even know most of these kids and they are writing to me anyway. Aw that is so nice!" He was really impressed by some of the artwork the kids drew for him, Shae Buffington and Sheldon, great stuff. Alyssa and Bobbie Nesselroad, Jonas says hello and thanks. He misses you too. Mr. Eaton, Jonas says, Hi.hi.hi.hi.....and then keeps laughing. He thought that card was a hoot!! We have several of them sitting out on the table for decoration and I plan to put some up on the wall. Whenever we have some down time he just rereads them and they really perk him up. I understand that more are coming, and he is really looking forward to that.
This past weekend, Joel came to visit for his birthday. 55! Saturday, the three of us drove down to Galveston (which wasn't even an hour's drive) to see the ocean. It was a lovely day. We walked the Strand, which is the main street of the old downtown, had ice cream at La King (an amazing old-fashioned candy shop), and watched a movie about the hurricane in 1900 that killed over 2500 people in Galeveston. We also went to Stewart Park and walked the beach looking for pebbles and shells. Jonas was a bit disappointed. He wanted so badly to play in the surf but he can't fully submerge because of his G-tube. We did get some fun pictures and I will try to post them tomorrow. It was a wonderful day and a great weekend.
I owe a big thank you to my Uncle Chuck who sent me a Forwarded Email about pharmacies. This article was about how we get scammed not only by insurance companies, but also by pharmacies. Some pharmacies mark up their drug prices (even generic) by as much as 1500% --which is why Walgreens can afford to put up a building every 10 miles. As it turns out, the article said, Costco has remarkable policy compared to all other pharmacies....they just don't do that mark up thing. And it is not just for their "members". ANYONE can get prescriptions filled at Costco. At least that is what the article said. (In our family we do that forwarding thing a lot. So I checked the information validity on which verified this as TRUE. Then I went to the Costco website myself to see if I could get pricing details on Jonas' meds.) As it turns out, this article was right on the money!!! I couldn't get the website to give me prices on ALL his meds, but one of them that I pay $630 for at the hospital pharmacy, I can get for $67! Same strength and same number of pills!!! I tell you this because when I find a money saver this big I think EVERYONE should know about it. I feel bad that I haven't price shopped pharmacies. I simply thought they were all the same. I don't know if there are others somewhere this low, but I don't think I have to look any further. Simply amazing. Thank you again, Uncle Chuck. If all of Jonas' other medications are that low, you litteraly saved us thousands and thousands of dollars. Knowledge is power.
I'm off to bed now, but wanted you all to know....
We feel your love and support across the miles.
Thank you. It sustains us and keeps us going.
I will write again tomorrow.

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Posted 2 hours ago
You are always on my heart. Prayers for you always. Please let me know how we get the Marriott points to you as my sister in law has some she wants you to have. Give Jonas a big hug!
Posted 13 hours ago
It is so great to hear from you and know that things are going well! You guys are always on our mind. It is amazing to be out and about and see so many people sporting the Fight the Fight bracelets and t-shirts. You are such an inspiration to all. We attended a Royals autograph session the other night and sure enough, Hosmer was sporting his bracelet as well. On that same note, could you please post your base-camp address . . . we have a little something to send. Missing you guys and sending our love.
Michele O'Connor
Posted 13 hours ago
Glad that things are going well. Think of you guy often!
Posted 14 hours ago
it is so good to have an update on the kiddo. and so good to hear you are both doing well. sending you lots of love and hugs
Posted 14 hours ago
I'm so glad to hear that Jonas is doing so well! Keep up the good work! We're praying for you!
Posted 15 hours ago
Fantastic news! So great to hear that everything is running smoothly so to speak and no infections, etc. Keep fighting the fight Jonas. Were praying for you.
Posted 15 hours ago
I'm so glad to hear that Jonas is thriving! I love the pharmacy info...thanks for sharing. We'll keep praying, Jonas, and you keep thriving!!
Mrs. Cornell
Posted 19 hours ago
We think of you daily and are so delighted that Jonas is comfortable and making such good progress!
We love and miss everyone.
The Koshlands
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