prayer request from Lynn Russell

Hi Pastor,

Will you please pray for 4 month old Lynsey.

Her parents rushed her to the hospital and the hospital has told them she will not survive.

Please keep her and her parents and family in your prayers.

Thank you



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FW: Leroy Hank Schmidt Health Update


Dear Friends:
This is Leroy's (Hank's) daughter, Linda Otto, sending you an update on my dad's current health situation.
For the past couple of weeks he has been at Surrey Place, a rehab facility of St. Luke's as he regains strength with Stage 4 lung cancer.
However, on Tuesday, March 13th, he was re-admitted to St. Luke's due to a blood clot in his lower right calf and excessive fluid retention in both of his lower legs and feet.
He is getting Heparin (a blood thinner) to dissolve the blood clot and a diuretic to help reduce the fluid retention.
He is is Room 7618 at St. Luke's and will very likely be there at least through Monday.
His landline number is 314-523-2787 but does have radiation daily and occupational and physical therapy daily as well, so he may not answer the phone.  Please call him again.
Please feel free to call MY CELL phone (314-807-4474) for any updates or changes in his "housing" at any time.  I will do my best to return your call just as soon as possible, if I am unable to answer immediately.
I thank you for all of the love and concern you have shown to him and prayers you have sent on his behalf during these past few weeks and I know he looks forward to hunting and or fishing with you or just visiting in the coming months.
He has many blessings and we are thankful to count you among them!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

DEVOTION:  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

William Holmes McGuffey was called the "schoolmaster to the nation." His readers, first published in 1836, sold 125 million copies, making his textbooks the most used in history.

In the forward to his work McGuffey wrote, "The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the particularities of our free institutions."

Of course, that was then and this is now.

Dexter Thielhelm, a second-grade student at a Sheboygan, Wisconsin, school found out just how much things have changed, when he brought his home-made valentines to class for Valentine's Day.

His valentines included a plastic water bottle filled with heart-shaped candies, a note which said, "Jesus Loves You" and the text of John 3:16. A teacher notified the principal of the "objectionable" valentines, and the principal said the religious message had to be removed.

In support of that principal, the school says the parents of Thielhelm's classmates should have been asked to give written permission for their children to receive the "valentine-with-a-religious-message." Others maintain that Thielhelm, who was not being disrespectful, has the right to express his personal and religious views. Authorities are trying to develop a policy that would define what religious messages would be allowed and what would be forbidden.

I wish them all the luck in the world. They're going to need it.

Why? Because the truth is this: Valentine, the fellow after whom Valentine's Day is named, is a Christian saint, who was martyred because he loved the Savior, who had first loved and saved him.

That means in order to divorce religion from Valentine's Day, the public school is going to have to get rid of Valentine. This means they are going to end up celebrating "Somebody Day."

It's generic and not very romantic, but that's what happens when you remove religion from a society which, in many ways, was shaped by people's faith in the Savior.

People of faith know we are not just a body and mind; we are not human animals. The Lord has also given us an immortal soul. That soul, along with the rest of us, is loved by the Lord.

Showing His love, God sent His only Son to save us. Through a perfect life, a rejection of temptation and the defeat of death, Jesus paid the penalty price our sins had incurred. Now all who are given faith in Him are saved. And that is a valentine present of love no principal or school board can take away.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, by Your love, as shown in the Savior, we are saved. May I, in all I do, reflect that love to others and most of all to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   Name one of the many cities of the tribe of Bejamin. Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parak, Ophrah, Kephar Ammoni, Phni, Geba, Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, Zelah, Haeleph, Jerusalejm, Gibeah, and Kiriath  Joshua 18:21-28

Way to go Dianne Hance!!
TODAY'S QUIZ: What did the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh build by the Jordan river?
Question: What three creeds are used by the church?
Answer: Apostles', Nicene, Athanasian
Thurs- nothing
Fri- nothing
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible Study 8; worship 9; special voters meeting 10:15am; worship 11am
SPECIAL VOTER'S MEETING SUNDAY, MARCH 18 AT 10:15 to discuss the building of a new entry way to our narthex and sanctuary. 
Watch your home mailbox for details!!!
Supper- 5:30--- TACO NIGHT
Worship- 7pm-  Get the interesting perspective about Jesus, from the unbelieving chief priest and Scribes
A nonrefundable enrollment fee of $30 is required.  Open enrollment for the whole community opens April 1. 
Sign up sheet in on the counter in the narthex or you can call Marilyn in the office to sign up.  THERE ARE PLENTY OF SPOTS AVAILABLE!!!!!  SIGN UP TODAY!!
LHM is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches, missions, and ministry worldwide. The daily devotion above comes from LHM almost every day.  If you wish to donate ot it please make a check out to LHM and put it in a specially designated envelope. 
If you are a senior age 60 (or age 50 with a disability) and find that paying bills each month can be confusing and frustrating, the Volunteer Money Management Program (VMMP) is available to help.  Provided by Lutheran Senior Services and Jewish Family and Children Service, VMMP links volunteers with older or disabled adults who need assistance with maintaining finances.  These volunteers can help with sorting, organizing, recording and paying monthly bills, all under your supervision in the comfort of your own home.  They can even help with balancing checkbooks.  Costs are offered on a sliding scale, and fees can be fully waived if needed.  For more info, call 314-446-2523.  
Please call or reply to this email to let me know that you want to sign up for this wonderful opportunity.  I will sign you up!  The congregation has already paid the annual fee so IT IS FREE for you!!! 
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For HANK SCHMIDT who is hospitalized once again at St. Luke's with complications due to cancer treatments. 
For LEONARD WAALEN who is on hospice care at Progress West and for his family as they deal with this tough situation.
For LIBBY PAILER as she is having surgery at this very moment.  
For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she is awaiting cancer surgery and treatments.
For JEANETTE KOEHLER who is recovering well at the Cedars.
For MISSIONARIES AND PASTORS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD who are dealing with severe opposition, imprisonment and even the threat of death because of the faith.
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   

Jonas update



Jonas's Updates

Tuesday, March 13

Posted 1 day ago
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Luke Minx benefit concert for Jonas such a success! There were over 150 people that attended and they raised over $3000! Thank you to Luke Minx (and the whole Minx family), Joshua Aaron Mack, Living Stones Community Church, Rachel Holte with Salt and Light photography, the Lake Lotawana Optimists Club (who's donation was a substancial part of the money raised) and to our dear Fight the Fight friends, Shawn and Lynda James and Amy Brockelmeyer.
We were very worried that Jonas was not feeling up to attending, and he was pretty sure he couldn't even sit through an hour and half program --so we showed up only for the last 30 minutes. Luke put on wonderful performance, and all the adreneline had an uplifting affect on Jonas. Jonas clapped along with the music, socialized with friends, posed for pictures, signed autographs, and even took a turn at the microphone to thank everyone. I think everyone had a great time. We played Luke's CD all the way home singing HOLD ON over and over again. Thank you again, to Luke!!! What a genuine friend and talent. We look forward to hearing great things about you in the future! Keep us in the loop! = )
We were delighted to see so many of our Lake Lotawana family of friends there, several of my old piano students and old classmates of Jonas': The Mooreheads, Kim Black, Brad and Vicki Wood, Katie and Evan Roberts, Merle Bowers, Pauline and Natalie Rice, Gwen and Jaycee Davidson, Alex Krause, Emmie Ford and Kelsey Ellis, (and other friends not from LL- Dana and Rich, Terry, Alex, Dawson.)just to name a few. We don't usually get to see you all too much anymore, but we were so grateful to have you all turn out to show your love and support for Jonas! Thank you. Your kindness means so much to our whole family.
We kept the rest of the weekend low key, happy that all the excitement did not send him to the hospital. Lol. Today, however, Jonas went in for a regularly scheduled out-patient dose of chemo. When his lab results came back they showed that his red blood cell count was low so we had to stay the rest of the afternoon for a blood transfusion.
While we were at the hospital I got a phone call a woman named Jane Cavanaugh. She called to tell me about the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation named after her son who had Osteosarcoma, a similar condition to Ewings sarcoma (which is what Jonas has). Jake, a beautiful young man of 21, passed away about a year ago after battling his cancer for about 6 years. Jake and his mother also spent several months living down at MD Anderson (like we did) and even had several of the same doctors there that Jonas did. This Saturday the foundation is holding thier annual fundraiser, a St. Patrick's Day party at the Elk's Lodge in Blue Springs. They have chosen Jonas to be the beneficiary of this fundraiser. There will be food and drinks, live Irish music and an Irish dancing troupe will perform, along with a raffle and silent auction. We look forward to going - health permitting- to meet the Cavanaughs and to help celebrate Jake's life. We would love for you to join us! I will post a picture of the flyer in the photo gallery here. You can learn more about him and his foundation at
Once again, I will have to catch up on more info tomorrow. I'm out of time.

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Posted 12 hours ago
So good to be surrounded by such caring and loving people! Had to miss the Luke Minx due to conflicting schedule, but hope to pop in at St. Patrick's day in BS. Love you all and keeping you in our prayers!!!
Posted 1 day ago
The concert was a blast to attend!!!! I now listen to Hold On all the time on my itouch :)
Welcome, angie

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