Church News

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sympathy to the Rogers and Wood families

We extend Christian Sympathy to Beverly Wood and family on the death of Woody Wood's uncle, William Rogers. The funeral will be today at 11:00 AM at Brown's in Bessemer.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Prayer requests for 10/30

Please remember Bruce Cornell in prayer. He begins his radiation treatments this week - five days a week for seven weeks.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Prayer concerns for 10/25

We are happy to announce that Leslie Romano has gotten a great report from her oncologist and Beth Barker is due to come home from The Oaks today!  Praise the Lord!


Charlotte Hamilton does NOT have a broken foot although it is still giving her some trouble.  Let us pray for healing and the easing of her discomfort.


Stacey Bennett is doing well after her shoulder surgery and has successfully made it through her first day of rehab.  Keep it up Stacey!   Work it!  Work it!  Pray for healing, strength and pain relief.


Justin Latta has not been sick the last 2 mornings so that is a great improvement!  The biopsies that were taken the first of the week have not shown anything unusual.  He has a followup with his primary doctor on Monday and they may pursue other tests.


Donna Cauldwell (Maxine's daughter) is having some difficulty with her MS.  Let us lift her up and pray for a calming of her symptoms and strengthening of her legs.


Please also remember William Rogers (Woody Wood's uncle) has been in the hospital this week.  He seems to be improving.


And also, Gracie Ann Poole has had some surgeries this week.  She will likely be in the hospital a few more days.  She is doing well (there is more detail on her blog at caring bridge).



Have a great weekend!

Love, Becky

Reminders for 10/27

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 27, for election of officers and approval of Terms of Call.
Please remember to bring your items for Heritage Sunday to display on our Remembrance Table, which has been set up in the Sanctuary by Beverly Wood, our Worship Chair.  You don't have to talk about these items to display them.  Perhaps you may think of a Bible, a poem, a bookmark, jewelry, or whatever calls to mind a person or event who impacted your life in Christ.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update on Stacey

We just got word that Stacey is out of surgery.  We are grateful that everything went well.  She will go home today and start therapy on that shoulder tomorrow! 


Please pray for her strength and healing!


Barri Pratt

Director of Youth and Outreach

Prayer concerns for 10/23

Please keep Carol Lynn Marsh (Suzanne and Ernestine's Sister) in your prayers.  She went for an MRI yesterday and found she has a ruptured bicep (from physical therapy), torn ligament, possible bone spur and scar tissue in the left shoulder.  She will have surgery again on this shoulder on Wed. Oct. 30.


Ernestine Wardlow is waiting on biopsy and sample results.  Hopefully those will be available the first of next week.  She will take the last Hercpin IV on Oct. 28 and will need to take the hormone blocker for 7 to 10 years.  Please remember her this week as she awaits her results and give thanks to God for his constant care of her.


Kristi Wardlow McNeal has regained her vision back in her left eye and is able to see all colors except yellow.   She goes back to the neurologist at the eye foundation on December 7th.  Her MS doctor appointment is not until January 22, 2014.  She is numb on the left side of her face and the backside of her left ear and has a heaviness in her left arm.  Let us praise God for the restoration of Kristi's eyesight and keep her close in thought and prayer as she awaits her doctors appointments.


Justin Latta was not having a great day yesterday and he has had restless sleep and was still quite sick being unable to really function until mid-afternoon.  HOWEVER, this morning he was able to go to work and has not been sick this morning!  YEA!  Keep him on the list until they either find out what the problem is or get it controlled with medication.





Friday, October 18, 2013

updates for 10/18

I apologize in advance if I should miss anyone in this.  We are deluged with situations this week which need our prayers.  So if you find someone you know who needs our prayers not listed, please add them in and send to the rest of us.



            Bruce Cornell was admitted to Princeton yesterday with a blood clot in his lung.  He seems to feel well and they will treat him, hopefully returning home soon.



            Justin Latta we hope is improving considering his many tests from yesterday

            Beth and Wally are both making strides

            Crickett is having less pain though it seems to become worse when she over extends herself

            Charlotte Hamilton is doing okay with her shoulder but as developed a problem in her foot – pain is extreme


Upcoming surgeries or procedures

            Stacy Bennett – rotator cuff – Oct 23

            Kristi McNeal – more testing for MS

Ernestine Wardlow – continuing testing Monday, Oct 21 (endoscopy and colonoscopy); she is healing well from cancer surgery and ending her treatments the last of October

            Steve Bradley – still looking at prostate surgery probably in November



Phillip Contorno has received a clean bill of health regarding cancer.  This is an amazing story of God's love and grace through doctors and medicine under the watchful eye of the Holy Spirit.

And I must give thanks for Crickett's diagnosis which tells us she does not need any chemo or radiation or ongoing medicine related to cancer.


This is a long list – so forgive me if I've missed anyone.

ALSO - REMEMBER TO JOIN US SUNDAY FOR YOUTH SUNDAY. This promises to be an enjoyable and edifying service.  Barri has spent tireless hours in preparation with the kids.



Rev. Randolph Kesler

Prayer concerns for 10/18

Please remember Suzanne Webb's sister, Carol Webb Marsh, who is having an MRI next week. She is still having problems with one of her shoulders. She has already had two surgeries in both shoulders in the past year. She will have another surgery in this shoulder after the results of the MRI.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

updates for 10/17

Justin is home and sleeping off the sedation from this morning.  Doctor said she didn't see obvious major problems (like blockages, ruptures, etc.) but she took numerous biopsies of the esophagus, stomach, small intestines and rest of colon and will send those to lab for further testing.  She mentioned a couple of other issues, changed some of his meds and added a new one, and gave new instructions for a diet to follow for a few days.  She seems to think if we can get all these issues calmed down then his system will begin to adjust and take over. 


Thank you all for your prayers and please continue to pray for him.


Vicki Latta

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Update on Beth Barker

Beth is doing very well. She is not having to use oxygen today and her swelling is down. She's getting stronger!

Prayer concerns for 10/15

Beverly Dodson underwent a hip replacement on Monday and is going home today.  Please keep her in your prayers as she recovers and goes through therapy.  If you would like to send her a card her address:  1120 Camelot Circle, Hoover, AL 35226. 


Also, we ask that you keep Charlie Parsons in your prayers as he faces several challenges with his health.  He has to be on medication without any changes for 30 days before he can continue seeking treatments.


Finally, let us continue to hold Kristi close in prayer this week in regards to her eye.  She has begun to be able to see out of it a little, but it is still weak.  She is having an MRI tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 16th) and she is awaiting the results of her blood test which is testing for MS or Lupus.  Our Lord is close and is overseeing whatever has blocked her vision.  Let us pray for a return to normal sight and good health for Kristi.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Prayer concerns for 10/11

Vicki Latta asks us to resume our prayers for Justin.  Since his surgery he has not been able to work a full week or to be free of pain.  He has severe pain, vomiting and is unable to eat regularly.  Something else is apparently going on and he will see another gastro – doctor soon.


Rev. Randolph Kesler


Update on Charlotte Bruce

Becky's mom, Charlotte, received good news after her thyroid surgery.  She is cancer-free and doing great!  Thanks to all who have kept this sweet lady in your prayers.

We are grateful to our Sovereign God for His constant care and everlasting love!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Church Picnic and OCC

If you have not already signed up for the Church Picnic and OCC Packing Party this Sunday, October 13, after the worship service, PLEASE DO SO BY THE END OF TODAY!  
For the shoeboxes we still need small flashlights with batteries and small, soft dolls.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Update on Crickett

Crickett saw the oncologist yesterday who told her that she needs NO treatments, either chemo or radiation.  He will see her again in a year.  This is a marvelous blessing and we are grateful for your prayers and support during this ordeal and we are thankful for such a loving church family.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Prayer concerns for 10/03

Gooooood Morning Prayer Troopers!


Wally is cancer free!  Praise be to God!  He is thinking he will go back to his house today.  He is feeling better and his pain is better too.


Please continue to keep Jean King in your prayers as she is having a difficult time with recovery from her gall bladder surgery.


Have a great day!



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Prayer concerns for 10/02

Bruce Cornell is out of surgery (seeding) and is doing fine. He ought to go home in 3-4 hours. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. 

Charlie Parsons is on our prayer list at church and is the brother of Sue Parsons who works with Keith.  Sue is the grandmother of Gracie Ann Poole.
Charlie is at Brookwood Hospital now due to fluid retention but he had previosly been at UAB where they suggested that he try to get to Emory where they could give him a "heart clip".  The procedure could help him if they can do it.  His appointment at Emory is scheduled for Oct. 14th.  However, he is very weak right now.  His kidneys are beginning to fail.  His doctor has taken him off all his diuretics because his kidneys are getting worse.
Charlie's wife is requesting prayer that Charlie doesn't retain any more fluid and that he is able to go to his appointment at Emory on the 14th.  Our Lord and Father is our Sustainer in times of trouble.  Let us lift up this family in one accord.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Prayer concerns for 10/01

Please remember Bruce Cornell in your prayers.  He will begin treatments tomorrow.