Josiah Update

Here's an update for Josiah, the little boy with a tumor on his brain.

My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated.  Nathan has written the background story, and as of now, Amy will be the one updating the journal entries.  Josiah will have surgery on October 3rd at University of MO Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Monday, October 29, 2012

DEVOTION:  (from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Every judge who sits on the bench hears excuses. There are good excuses, bad excuses, terrible excuses, acceptable excuses and humorous excuses.
I'm not sure how to rate the excuse made by Anthony Tilley.

Let me tell you about Tilley. It was last Christmastime, and he broke into his girlfriend's house, smashed her television, stuck knives into her walls, and threw her Christmas tree out the door. Then he went and kicked in the door to her neighbor's house, too. The prosecutor said that Tilley intended to assault the neighbor.

Tilley was arrested for breaking and entering and intending to commit an indictable offense.

Anthony Tilley admits he did everything, but he has an excuse. That excuse is ... are you ready for this ... no, of course, you're not. Tilley's excuse is he was too drunk to know what he was doing.

But there's more.

Judge James Walsh, at least, in part, agreed with Tilley's excuse. He ruled that Tilley was so drunk there was reasonable doubt he could think clearly enough to commit the crime of assault on his neighbor. So the judge, at least in this area, found Tilley innocent because he was too drunk.

So, you tell me: is it a good excuse, bad excuse, silly excuse or sad? Maybe a bit of all?

I guess all that can be said is this: it is an excuse which worked ... at least in part.

Scripture is clear that when the Lord Jesus returns, He is not going to be receptive to people's excuses. You can certainly understand why. His entire life was lived so sinners might be forgiven and declared innocent on Judgment Day.

So we might be saved is why Jesus fulfilled both law and prophecy. So that we might be made right with God is why He said, "No!" to all of Satan's temptations. So we might be released from sin's condemnation, He picked up those sins and, along with His cross, carried them to Calvary. Then, when all else had been done, He defeated humankind's greatest enemy: death.

You can see why Jesus won't be looking for excuses on Judgment Day. He endured much so that we might have the free gift of eternal life. This is why, when too-late day comes, there will be no acceptable reason, no satisfactory excuse that will move Jesus to say, "What? You didn't want to believe in Me? Well, that's just fine; you just come on in to heaven anyway."

And since there will be no acceptable excuse, it is only right that we do all we can, as often as we can, as long as we can to share the Savior with a lost and dying world.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, use us to share salvation's story with the lost. Help us point clearly to the Savior whose life was spent, so all who believe might have life eternal. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

WEDNESDAY'S QUIZ: Where did Jesus go when he found out thatJohn had been put in prison?  He went to Galilee, specifically to Capernaum
MONDAY'S QUIZ: (A two part question) In the parable of the sower, some of the seed fell aong the path, what happened to those seeds and what does that part of the parable mean?
Question:  Finally, what also does the Holy Spirit do for you?
Answer: The Holy Spirit, by the Gospel, keeps me in the one true faith.
Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15
Tues- Quilters 9am; Bible Study 11:30-12:15
Wed- All Hallows Eve Chili and hot dog supper 5pm; Trunk or Treat 6-8
Thurs- no school
Fri- no school; assemble newsletter 9am
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am; REFORMATION CELEBRATION 2pm
"All Hallows Eve Chili & Hot Dog Supper" AND "Trunk or Treat" being held this Wednesday evening, October 31st at St. John's 
Supper at 5pm   Trunk or Treating 6-8pm
1.  WE NEED TRUNKS!!!  We need people to sign up to take up a parking spot for our TRUNK or TREAT!!  Call the office to reserve your spot!!!  456-2888 
2.  WE NEED PUMPKINS!!!  There is a pumpkin carving/decorating contest that night.  3 prize ribbons will be awarded for carved pumpkins that are brought to church ON Wed. Oct. 31 by 4 PM.  The will be for:  1.  The funniest    2.  The scariest    3.  The best
They will be used for centerpieces on the dinner tables!!  You may take your pumpkins home with you after the event ends at 8 PM.
No one is signed up for this coming Sunday!!!  Please let me know if ou can bring donuts!!
Hey kids and families!!!  If you want to participate in the Christmas program then you need to be at Sunday school.  The program was introduced this past Sunday, and will be practiced every Sunday during Sunday school opening from now until the day of the program. 
This food gets put in children's backpacks on Friday afternoon before they go home for the weekend.  Kids are able to get breakfast and lunch every day of the week, but often have to go without food on weekends.  Please provide for our kids.  There is a coolection box in the preschool room.
single serve sizes of cereal
oatmeal (instant packets)
hot chocolate mix
juice box
peanut butter
jelly (squeezable bottle)
spaghettios or beefaroni
mac and cheese
green beans
granola bars
fruit snacks
pudding cups
raisin boxes
applesauce cups
fruit cups
cereal bars
individually wrapped crackers and cookies
Little Lambs is hosting a Vendor Fair on Saturday, December 1 from 8am-2pm.
This is for all of those folks who have home based (part time businesses) like Avon, Scentsy, tupperware etc. 
First come, first reserve-- no duplicate vendors please.
$20 per booth/table  (tables provided)
All proceeds go to building fund. 
Please contact Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier at 456-2888 ext. 4  or email at or
This is a great opportunity to get gifts for Christmas or to make a little extra cash to buy those gifts
As we all know, our military forces are still spread throughout the world.  Many of our loved ones are deployed and arond the world and on bases throughout our own country.  Ptriot Packages, formerly known as G4U "Goodies for You" is a small yet effective way that we can care for all those men and women in a very real and practical way.  A group of people get together once a month to fill care packages to send out.  These packages have very specific items that these soldiers request, that are scarce or nonexistent where they are. 
What they need from us is money so that they can buy the specific items they need.  As always, make checks payable to St. John's and in the memo line write "patriot Packages".  Also, as always, this should be above and beyond your regular offerings.
For the FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF CHARLIE SMITH as he passed away last evening.
For BARB DREYER'S DAD as he is dealing with many physical illnesses and weaknesses and her mother as she cares for him.
For ALLAN DREYER'S AUNT LORENA who is hospitalized with blood clots.
For LIL WINTER as she is doing rehabilitation as Delmar Gardens in OFallon. .
For DON TURNURE who is recovering well from hip replacement surgery.
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she is recovering well from pneumonia at Delmar Gardens in OFallon.
For PEGGY TALBERT as she reco0vers from severe esophagus issues and is still not feeling well.  (A hiatal hernia and esophagitis) 
For WALT SCHIRR, as recovers from surgery to take care of his vertigo and balance problems.
For GENE SIEBOLD who is recovering from pneumonia at Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield.
For JEANETTE KOEHLER, who is recovering at Troy Nursing Home from an amputaed toe.
 For MARILYN FOSTER'S NIECE, HEATHER.  She has a very rare spine condition, which has resulted in a spinal fluid leak. They are trying for the 2nd time to do a "blood patch" to stop the leak. Yesterdays try was unsuccessful and they are going to try again today. The only specialist in the US that treats these conditions is out of town until next week, the doctor that is caring for her has only done 1 of these before.
For CHRISTIAN WENZEL, art teacher at Blackhawk Middle School, who fell out of his tree stand while deer hunting on Saturday and broke his sternum and many ribs.  He has many things wrong with him and is in critical condition in the hospital.
For MARY SUE TOEDEBUSCH as she recovers from a very bad infection and as she continues to deal with very bad rheumatoid arthritis and other health troubles. 
For BOB LAMPEN, Karin Klaustermeier's dad, as he begins a new chemotherapy treatment next Week.
For ED, neighbor to the Fosters, who found out he has cancer. 
For STEVE, a friend of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is a husband, and a father of 2 and is undergoing tests for fluid on the brain.
For JOSIAH TULEY, great nephew of DIANNE HANCE'S friend Cindy Schwada.  Josiah is about 2 years old, a beautiful blonde with sparkling blue eyes.  This baby has a tumor
on his brain.