Family of Hope House Church August 2019
Some Things I Learned From Major Surgery
1. Never take life or health for granted. I was assured that the survival rate for heart bypass patients was near 99%, yet I'll never forget the good feeling I had when I first became awake after a five hour surgery. Life is precious indeed.
2. Having strong family support is priceless, a blessing beyond belief.
3. I’m equally grateful to God for the countless friends, neighbors and members of our church family who have showered us with prayers, cards, visits, food and other favors too numerous to count.
4. Health care professionals are worth their weight in gold. Before, during and after my hospital stay, scores of care providers invaluable help through the healing process.
5. I gained a new appreciation of a loving God who designed the human body in an amazing way, then gifted myriads of people who have helped perfect medical treatment to help us when we need it.
6. Healing takes time and patience, You can expect some really encouraging progress followed by days and nights that seem endless and with fewer signs of healing.
7. The healing of mind and body go hand in hand. I expected to catch up on a lot of reading in my recovery, but for the first couple of weeks I found that my mind was unlike its usually motivated self, and that my brain, like my newly repaired heart, also needed some recovery time.
8. The world can get along quite well without my having to be in constant control of the kind of full schedule I've become used to.
9. Just as there are an amazing number of ways of helping people experience wellness and healing, I’m newly aware of just as many unbelievable ways in which people are capable of creating destruction, suffering and misery on vulnerable, pain-prone human beings.
10. In summary, I've gained bucketsful of gratitude to God for all my blessings, and want to use every opportunity possible to preserve life and to promote healing.
- condensed from Harvspot blog
Notes, Prayers and Praises
- KENT PALMER continues to meet with doctors about possible treatment options for prostate cancer. The good news is that the cancer is at an early stage and so there is not an immediate rush to start treatment.
- AUGUST BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Kent Palmer 8/10! Alma Jean and Harvey’s anniversary is 8/8 and James and Ruth Stauffer’s is 8/30.
- MY COINS COUNT Drive is on until the October 4-5 Relief Sale. Bring coins and cash to church for this project.
- ALSO PREPARE TO support the SOS (Sharing Our Surplus) campaign at the Relief Sale to raise money for refugee relief worldwide.
- “SPECIAL THANKS to all of you good church people and others for all the blessings of your prayers, meals, visits and acts of kindness (far too many to mention!) during my recent recovery from surgery.” - Harvey Yoder (and Alma Jean)
August Lectionary Texts
4 Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21
11 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Psalm 33:12-22 Hebrews 11:1-16 Luke 12:32-40
18 Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 82 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56
25 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17
August services, worship at 4, meal at 6 pm
4 Location: Park Place meeting room, 2nd floor 432-0531
Worship and sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Paul Swarr Brown bag meal
11 Location: Guy & Margie Vlasits 3399 Caverns Dr., Ktown 906-0391
Worship and Sharing: Lewis Overholt
Bible Study: Elly Nelson Carry in meal
18 Location: Lewis & Mary Ellen Overholt Heritage Haven 432-7277 Worship and Sharing: Kent Palmer
Bible Study: Dick Dumas Brown bag meal
25 Location: Family Life Resource Center 273 Newman Ave. 432-0531
Worship and Sharing: Lois Rivera Wenger
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder Carry in finger foods meal