Church News

Monday, September 30, 2013

Updates for 09/30

Beth Barker has settled in at The Oaks.  Wally Barker will be going home with his daughter, Susanne, this afternoon.  Jean King is recovering from her surgery at home.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Updates for 09/27

Wally and Beth are both doing fine this afternoon.

Charlotte Bruce, Becky's mom, has gone home.


Rev. Randolph Kesler

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Update on Charlotte Bruce

Surgery went well but took a little longer than expected (no problems though). She is out of recovery and is resting and hopes to go home tomorrow. Thanks for your prayers!

Update on Beth and Wally

Current plans for Beth include remaining in the hospital until Saturday which will permit her to be at the hospital for Wallace's surgery which will take place Friday morning, the exact time still unknown till later today. Then she will be transferred to the Oaks for rehab for up to twenty-one days. So she will be well provided for while Wallace is recuperating from his surgery. Thanks for all your prayers and I want to say a great big thank you to Becky Jinright and Theresa Sanford who organized a finely tuned care system to tend to Beth and Wally's needs during this time. If I should include any other than those two in the leadership of this effort, I apologize; I just simply did not know about you. I am always gratified and amazed by the loving kindness of this congregation in being the hands of Christ in caring for family and friends in need. You are a blessed and "blessing" congregation.

Grace and Peace


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Prayer concerns for 09/26

Please remember Becky Jinright's mother, Charlotte Bruce, who will be having thyroid surgery on Thursday.

Update on Jean King

Jean has come out of surgery and is now in recovery. She's doing well and will probably go home this afternoon.


Prayer concerns for 09/25

Please remember the following in your prayers today:


Jean King, who is having gallbladder surgery this morning at St. Vincent's
Beth Barker, who is responding to treatment for pneumonia and is still at Brookwood


Wally Barker, who is scheduled for surgery this Friday at Brookwood

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prayer concerns for 09/24

Please remember Jean King in prayer who will be having surgery tomorrow morning at St. Vincent's, Mr. Smitherman (Vicki’s dad) as he goes to the Chiropractor tomorrow, Beth Barker as she wrestles with pneumonia, and Wally Barker as he prepares for his surgery this week.


Here’s an update from Vicki on Justin:  Surgeon said this morning that he does not have a "bleed" (internal bleeding & that was a concern). He said the fact that Justin had gotten very sick on Friday after the surgery and has been sick several times since last week it has set his recovery time back some and caused more severe bruising and pain than normal.  He wants to give it a least 3 more weeks for his body to adjust and compensate for the loss of his gall bladder and if he doesn't improve they will start him on some medication that will assist with that transition.  He is to rest and maintain a bland diet and will be off work another week.  Thanks for your continued prayers for him.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Prayer request for the Latta family

Vicki Latta asked me to pass along to you all that Justin is still having some issues following his surgery.  His right side is still very sore and bruised.  He is scheduled to see the surgeon in the morning.  Also Vicki's dad, Paul Smitherman, is having severe pain in his right leg and 3 doctors have told him its severe muscle strain, but the anti-inflamatories are not helping nor are the muscle relaxers.  He is currently using crutches to get around to try and keep pressure off his leg.  He is scheduled to see a Chiropractor on Thursday. 
Please keep the Lattas and the Smithermans in your prayers and pray that both of the problems will be discovered so that they can receive some comfort.  

Prayer concerns for 09/23

Please pray for Beth Barker. She has been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Update on Building

Jim Byram tells me that the grading contractor began work on the new property on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. We give thanks to the Lord for his goodness, for the skill, effort and exceptional persistence of the Building Committee (Jim Byram, Jack Cornelius, Ira Latham, Lesley Romano, Heinz Skolud) and to this marvelous congregation who has stood with this effort over a long period of time and in overcoming many obstacles.  We also are grateful to several different Sessions of this congregation who have been patient and faithful in the execution of their duties and ministries.  Thanks be to God for those who have provided financial support that this hymn of praise to the Lord may be sung in the lives of our people.

Rev. Randolph Kesler
First Presbyterian Church
Bessemer, AL

Friday, September 20, 2013

Prayer concerns for 09/20

Wally Barker's surgery will be next Friday, Sept 27th.  He will likely be in the hospital 3-5 days and recovering for about 3 weeks. 
Charlotte Bruce is scheduled for thyroid surgery next Thursday, Sept 26th.  She should only have to stay 1 night in the hospital. 
Please be in prayer for them as they prepare for that and for speedy recoveries!

Memorial Service for Ethel Norton George

The memorial service for Mrs. Ethel Norton George's (Barry Norton's sister) will be Saturday, September 21st at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover.  There will be a visitation at 1:00 and the service will be at 3:00.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Prayer concerns for 09/18

Please remember Charlotte Hamilton who is having shoulder surgery tomorrow at St. Vincent's downtown. 

Also remember Wallace Barker who will see a surgeon this week about upcoming colon surgery.


Rev. Randolph Kesler

First Presbyterian Church

Bessemer, Alabama


update on Crickett

Crickett saw the doctor this afternoon and all good news.  Best is that the pathology report came back clear.  Doctor called it good.  Thanks for your prayers – please continue them.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Prayer concerns for 09/13

Please continue to prayer for healing, peaceful rest, and deliverance from pain for Crickett and Ernestine following their surgeries this week. They are both at home.

Praise be to our Lord and King for the encouraging report from Bruce Cornell's CT scan!

David Finn's sister is doing okay, but let us continue to lift her up in prayer.

As Perry's step-mother awaits the results of her pathology report, let us pray for peace and patience and rest in Our Father's Arms.

Justin Latta had surgery to remove his gallbladder at noon and Wally Barker has a follow up appointment from his colonoscopy later today. Please keep them close in prayer throughout the day and let us pray for best possible results and quick healing as God's Glory will be revealed in all these situations!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Prayer request for 09/13

Justin Latta will be having gallbladder surgery tomorrow around noon.  Please keep him and Vicki and Buster in your prayers! 




Arrangements for Gene Tucker

People's - Hueytown
Saturday, Sept. 14
12:30  Visitation

02:00  Funeral

Update on Crickett and Ernestine Wardlow

Both are doing well and should go home later today.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sympathy for the family of Gene Tucker

We express our love and Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Gene Tucker who passed away this afternoon.

Once we know of any arrangements, we will send that information to you.


Prayer Requests for 09/11

Please remember Crickett today.  Her surgery will be early this morning.
Please also remember Ernestine Wardlow's surgery is Thursday 9/12. She has to be at St Vincent's at 5:00am and her surgery is suppose to be at 7:00am. They are saying it will be a 2 hour surgery. If everything goes well she is suppose to come home sometime that day.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Prayer Concerns for the week of 09/08

Please remember the following in your prayers this week.


Beverly Wood’s sister (Debbie Hatcher), procedure on 09/09

Crickett Kesler, surgery on 09/11

Ernestine Wardlow, surgery on 09/12

David Finn’s sister (Susan)

Perry Phillips’ step-mom (Linda)

Vicki Latta’s dad (Mr. Smitherman)

Gene Tucker (currently at Ginger’s home)

Ken Ware (currently at home)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Prayer Request for Gene Tucker

Please remember Gene Tucker and his family, who has just recently been in the hospital. He is at home now - the doctors can't do anything more for him.