That “shout” you heard around 1:15PM was me as Dr. Finan called Daphne to share that her blood count is 3!  Hallelujah!  No harsh chemo treatments with the undesirable side effects.  Understand, Daphne has gone from a blood count of 66,000 to 3!  Amazing!  However, we serve an amazing God!

We then met with Dr. Finan to discuss where we go from here.  Daphne will receive two more rounds of the eight day treatments which is what she has been taking.  After that, if all goes as planned, they will simply monitor her numbers for a period of time.

Folks, Lisa, Daphne, Brad and I are very thankful to you for your faithful prayer support.  God answers prayers and we give Him the glory!

Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with those we know who are presently going through chemo treatments.  We are praying for miracles in their lives too!  God is able!


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Looking for a job?  This may be an answer.  Bill can give you the details.

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FRIDAY, 10/31/14 (UPDATED)

Just found out that Tony Keating began to suffer blood loss last night and was taken back into surgery.  Pray for Tony and his family.  Will update once I receive another update.

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FRIDAY, 10/31/14

Today’s Bible reading – Lamentations 4:1-5:22 Hebrews 2:1-18 Psalm 103:1-22 Proverbs 26:23

Roseanne Baria came through her knee replacement surgery very well.  She should be discharged from the hospital on Sunday.

C is being sent to the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX for a second opinion.  This comes as at the request of her oncologist.  Most likely, Rusty & C will travel either Monday or Tuesday.  Nothing in concrete yet.

Lisa Thompson will perhaps be discharged today.  I think I am correct in saying that her most recent problems stemmed mainly from medication.  She has a very positive outlook.  Brenda is sticking beside her very faithfully.

Garrett Keating attends our church regularly.  He has been on three GRACE trips with us.  His father, Tony, had heart surgery yesterday.  They did five bypasses.  He did well.

Leslie’s father, Bobby Howard, is still having issues with his blood count.  Feeling good but count is too low.

The most recent round of chemotherapy shots has knocked Daphne back a bit.  Yesterday she experienced a lot of sores in her mouth.  I will take her today for labs.  We are praying for a zero!  I do not want to see her move to the stronger chemo.

When all was said and done, we had thirteen folks come last night to be trained in using the AED.  Included in that number was two deacons and one staff member.  David Garmon did a nice job of training us.  Our hope is that we never even have to take the units out of the boxes.  However, if we do, we should have someone present in each service who has been trained.  Thank you to those who attended and to Marisa for feeding us.

There also appeared to be a good number helping last night to set up for the Hallelujah Festival.  It starts at 5:00PM tonight and concludes at 8:00PM.  Any, and all, help appreciated.

Breakfast in the morning at 7:00AM followed by the work day at 8:00AM.  I believe Jeff Holifield is going to bring his hay rake.  We need to trim some hedges, wash the buses, and make sure everything is cleaned up from the HF.  Absolute end time is noon but hopefully we get out of there earlier.  Still looking for an electrician to tackle the security lights.

It was good to see the Saints win last night and take the lead in their division.  FSU just finds a way to win week in and week out. I may make my predictions on Saturday’s games in the morning.  May not.  I do know Bama will not get beat this Saturday.

Remember, clocks are to be set back one hour tomorrow night.  I am with Senator Rusty Glover on this one!

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.


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THURSDAY, 10/30/14

Today’s Bible reading – Lamentations 3:1-66 Hebrews 1:1-14 Psalm 102:1-28 Proverbs 26:21-22

Sorry this entry is late.  At the hospital sitting with Robert Baria while his wife, Roseanne, is having knee replacement surgery.  Terry & Carol Lucky are here as well.  Roseanne should have been taken around 6:00 but it was 7:00AM before they were able to take her into surgery.

C had five tests yesterday.  They drew one liter of fluid from around one of her lungs.  She does not feel well.

Lisa Thompson’s tests revealed that her gallbladder was fine but they suspect something with her liver.  More tests today.

Leslie Williams father, Bobby Howard, remains hospitalized.  Leslie posted a comment on yesterday’s blog entry.

William Estes is in the hospital.  Tests and possible surgical procedure today.

My uncle, Harley Gettig, had a heart cath last night in Kalamazoo.  All is well.  His son, Tony, is one of our eleven readers of the blog.

Hallelujah Festival set up tonight in the CAB beginning at 6:00PM.  All help appreciated and needed.

AED training tonight in the fellowship hall beginning at 6:30PM.  Reservations required.  I think there are fifteen folks signed up.

Breakfast Saturday morning at 7:00AM.  Work day at 8:00AM.  All hands on deck, please!

“Fall back” this Saturday night.  I read earlier this morning that state Senator Rusty Glover is going to submit legislation in 2015 to leave the time the same year around.  I agree with Senator Glover.

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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WEDNESDAY, 10/29/14

Today’s Bible reading – Lamentations 1:1-2:22 Philemon 1:1-25 Psalm 101:1-8 Proverbs 26:20

Leslie Williams’ father, Bobby Howard, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday.  Here is what Leslie posted on yesterday’s entry – “He is fighting bacterial pneumonia. He has a compromised immune system due to lymphoma. They are treating with IV antibiotics and shots to build up his blood count.”  They are limiting visitors due to the risk of infection but we need to pray for Mr. Howard.

Lisa Thompson was admitted to the hospital last night.  She has not been feeling well and has been experiencing pain.

C was admitted to the hospital last night too.  Having some issues with her lungs and just not feeling well.

As it stands at the time of this writing, seventeen folks have signed up to take part in the AED training tomorrow night.  If you want to take part in this training, you must contact Daphne (daphnehutto@gmail.com) by noon today.  I am very thankful to each person taking part in this training especially those who are in the medical field.

Hallelujah Festival set up tomorrow night at 6:00PM.  Helpers needed.

Breakfast Saturday morning at 7:00AM.  (I “think” the menu is pancakes)  Work day at 8:00AM.  Washing buses, spreading hay, trimming hedges, putting away HF stuff, et cetera.  My thinking is that we can be gone by 11:00AM if enough folks show up.  We are shutting her down by noon regardless.

Time changes this Saturday night – fall back one hour!  Hooray!  (I am a strong proponent of staying on one time all the time!)

The weather folks say we may get some rain today.  That would be nice.  I am so ready for the cooler temps that are supposed to follow the rain.  They are talking 39 degrees on Saturday night.  If that happens, we will be under a hard freeze warning!  LOL!

Regular schedule today/tonight.

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.



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TUESDAY, 10/28/14

Today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 51:54-52:34 Titus 3:1-15 Psalm 100:1-5 Proverbs 26:18-19

Visited with the residents of the convalescent home yesterday morning.  Everyone that I visited, with the exception of Miss Barbara Nevin, seemed to be doing well.  My “source” inside the home confirmed my findings to be true!

The Lord blessed as Daphne’s time in the chemo room was short.  Now we wait on Friday.  Praying for a zero!

Carol Lucky had eye surgery yesterday.  Miss Jackie Goff has a medical test today.  C remains basically the same as far as I know.

Anyone planning on taking part in the AED training must contact Daphne (daphnehutto@gmail.com) by tomorrow noon.  The training takes place beginning at 6:30PM on Thursday night, 10/30, in the fellowship hall.

Also, TJ & Lindsey Vice will lead the group setting up for the Hallelujah Festival.  That takes place on Thursday night, 10/30, beginning at 6:00PM in the CAB.  Helpers needed!

Breakfast on Saturday at 7:00AM followed by work day beginning at 8:00AM.  We will focus on trimming hedges and other things to get ready for the Winter.  However, we have made a shift in one of our main focuses.  We will not be placing sod but will instead be placing hay over the existing dirt thus allowing for those areas to settle.  We will rake our own hay from the back forty so please come with rakes in hand.  We need that “many hands” thing in action this Saturday morning.

I appreciate the gift given to me by the church family for pastor appreciation this past Sunday night.   I am also grateful to those who have personally given me gifts for this occasion.  Someone provided my family with a wonderful box of meat last week – it was really good!

Not all gifts have to be financial.  Two examples – three guys got together this past Sunday night and came to the house following the evening service.  They wanted to “stretch and challenge” me mentally but in the end they merely provided me with a good laugh.  I give them credit for their time and effort.  (Might I add their effort was feeble at best but it was appreciated!)

Yesterday, one of our young teachers also gave me the gift of laughter.  All she had to do was open the door and I simply walked through it.  It was great!  (No need to cue the blonde jokes here)  What are your talking about pastor?  Those four know!

Then, the Cowboys made my day complete as they lost to the Redskins (am I allowed to call them that?) last night!  How bout them Cowboys!  I loved it!  (It obviously does not take much to complete my day!)

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus.

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MONDAY, 10/27/14

Today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 51:1-53 Titus 2:1-15 Psalm 99:1-9 Proverbs 26:17

Tuesday, 10/28 – Jeremiah 51:54-52:34 Titus 3:1-15 Psalm 100:1-5 Proverbs 26:18-19

Wednesday, 10/29 – Lamentations 1:1-2:22 Philemon 1:1-25 Psalm 101:1-8 Proverbs 26:20

Thursday, 10/30 – Lamentations 3:1-66 Hebrews 1:1-14 Psalm 102:1-28 Proverbs 26:21-22

Friday, 10/31 – Lamentations 4:1-5:22 Hebrews 2:1-18 Psalm 103:1-22 Proverbs 26:23

Saturday, 11/1 – Ezekiel 1:1-3:15 Hebrews 3:1-19 Psalm 104:1-23 Proverbs 26:24-26

Sunday, 11/2 – Ezekiel 3:16-6:14 Hebrews 4:1-16 Psalm 104:24-35 Proverbs 26:27

We were blessed with a good day yesterday.  It is always a good thing to have Pastor Alex and his wife, Alice, in our services yesterday.  (They were actually in the services Wednesday night and Friday too)  I appreciate your faithfulness in attending and thank you for giving to support Alex & Alice financially.  Lisa and I will be taking them to lunch today, Lord willing.

Stella Brinkman was discharged from the hospital yesterday.

Rusty said the C had a better day yesterday.

Daphne goes for her final chemo treatment of this round today.  My plans are to take her for this treatment.  Friday is the big day as she will have labs done.

Rose Anne Baria will have surgery this Thursday.

The AED training takes place this Thursday night, 10/30, beginning at 6:30PM.  Anyone participating must contact Daphne (daphnehutto@gmail.com) by this Wednesday, 10/29, noon.

Workers are needed this Thursday night, 10/30, at 6:00PM to help set up for the Hallelujah Festival.  Contact Lindsey Hatcher for more information or details.

The love offering for the asphalt project will be received on Sunday, 11/9.  Pray and plan to give.

Breakfast at 7:00AM this Saturday, 11/1, followed by work day at 8:00AM.  Help needed.

I am going to mention this one more time and then move on.  There are openings on the 12/6 – 12/13 GRACE trip to Guatemala.  As it stands this morning, the airfare is purchaser friendly.  That could change at any moment.  Want to join us?  Contact me personally immediately.  Trip cost is $950 – $1,000.

The college football weekend really held no huge surprises.  The main thing is that USA won their game on Friday night against Troy.  I am all about supporting the local team.

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.


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SUNDAY, 10/26/14

Today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 Titus 1:1-16 Psalm 97:1-98:9 Proverbs 26:13-16

Stella Brinkman is in the hospital having been admitted on Thursday.  It is my understanding that she will be discharged today.  Heart issues and fluid on the lungs causing shortness of breath.  Pray for Stella.

Rusty tells me that C is still feeling not so well.  Making some improvement but not really feeling great.  Keep praying!

Regular schedule today – morning and evening.  Praying that the members of the Friendship family will be faithful!

Focus in the services today will be on securing sufficient help with the cooking for the community Thanksgiving meal on 11/20.  I know it is over three weeks off but we need to put this matter to bed.  Need turkeys, cakes and one other thing (cannot remember) cooked/prepared.  Let’s finalize this thing today!

Wrapped candy needed for the Hallelujah Festival.  Receptacles in auditorium foyer and fellowship hall.

Work day next Saturday, 11/1.  Breakfast at 7:00AM and work day begins at 8:00AM.  Laying sod, trimming hedges, getting ready for Winter which normally comes for two weeks in either January or February.  Can dip to as low as 40 degrees in South Mobile County – o my!

Meeting following the evening service for those participating in the December 6 – 13 GRACE trip.  Have room for more participants.  Interested?  Contact me personally.  Attend tonight’s meeting for details.

Any adult interested in attending the AED training is asked to contact Daphne (daphnehutto@gmail.com) by this Wednesday, 10/29, noon.  Light sandwich supper will be served.  Training is this Thursday, 10/30, beginning at 6:30PM in the fellowship hall.  Should be over between 7:30 – 8:00PM.

We need coaches for our Upward basketball ministry.

I pray that you will have a great Sunday with Jesus.  Go to church!



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SATURDAY, 10/25/14

Today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 48:1-49:22 2 Timothy 4:1-22 Psalm 95:1-96:13 Proverbs 26:9-12

C did not have a pet scan yesterday as she simply did not feel up to it.  Pray that she will feel much better this weakend.

Jo Nell Barnes’ son in Arizona is having very serious issues with his heart.  Definitely needs our prayer support.

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow – morning and evening.  The folks who are taking part in the December GRACE trip are asked to meet immediately following the evening service.

Wrapped candy is needed for the Hallelujah Festival which takes place this coming Friday.  You can place bags of candy in the auditorium foyer or in the fellowship hall either tomorrow or Wednesday.  (Tomorrow is best)

We now have an AED unit in the auditorium and CAB.  A training session will take place this Thursday night, 10/30, beginning at 6:30PM in the fellowship hall.  A light sandwich supper will be served so we must have an accurate count of those attending.  You are asked to contact Daphne via e-mail (daphnehutto@gmail.com) by this Wednesday noon.

I was able to have breakfast with my Uncle Bill (Rosita), Aunt Alice (Harley) and cousins, Tony & Josh, yesterday morning in Kalamazoo.  Delightful time.  Obviously, I do not see my family in Michigan very often so any time spent with them is good.

Spoke to Dr. Michael Mason late last night and he was on his way home from the Huntsville airport.  Again, I appreciate him going to the pig roast as he did very well in sharing the Word.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

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