Aug
31
2007
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

Several folks asked me about Melanie Byrnes and if she was able to receive the treatment yesterday.  I did not hear anything but maybe Kim French will hear this weekend and let me know.  If so, I will post it on Monday. 

Our housekeeper in Guatemala, Louise Mason, e-mailed me yesterday to tell me that her brother, Dean, had passed away due to congestive heart failure.  She asked that we pray for his wife and three daughters as they will have his funeral service today.  Louise decided to not try to get home for the service but certainly will be in need of our prayers today too. 

Labor Day weekend is upon us and we will have a number of our folks traveling out of town to visit family and friends.  Also, this marks the beginning of the ’07 college football season with Alabama and Auburn both hosting home games so a number of folks will be traveling to those games too.  I simply ask you to join me in praying for safety on the highways as folks travel.  (Lisa and the girls will be traveling to Memphis and, Lord willing, I will be attending the game in Tuscaloosa tomorrow night.  I will be back for the services Sunday.) 

Tonight also marks the first Friday of the public high school football regular season.  Bryant plays at home against Vigor.  Deacon Dewayne will be among the group of guys from the initial team at Bryant who will be recognized tonight.  (I think it is great that they are allowing the water boys like Dewayne from that team to be recognized too!)  Lord willing, I will attend that game.  Cottage Hill Academy and Faith Academy are both in action for their second game of the season as are our friends at Holland Christian in Michigan.  We wish all of these teams well in their respective games. 

I did get to watch Korie Fontenot play volleyball yesterday afternoon.  I got to sit beside her mother, Nanette, which was worth the $4 admission fee.  However, my left ear is killing me this morning from her incessant screaming!  Wow! 

I don’t have plans to post again until Tuesday morning unless something happens needing immediate prayer attention.  Please remember my Uncle Bill today as he meets with the doctor.  I hope that you will be in church this Sunday.  We will host Clint Landry in the 8:00AM service and Mike Clark in the 6:00PM service.  Our students will go late night bowling this Sunday too.  I look forward to joining you in Bible study and worship. 

I pray that you will have a blessed weekend.   

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Aug
30
2007
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

I began yesterday’s entry asking you to pray for Melanie Byrnes and that request remains first and foremost this morning too.  Again, she is the daughter of a Pastor from Baldwin County and a friend of Kim French.  She is 36 years old and the mother of two young daughters.  The doctors feel that she needs to receive an experimental chemotherapy treatment but her body needs to be ready to receive this treatment.  As of yesterday, her body was not ready and the prayer is that all things will be in order this morning for the treatment to begin.  Please take a moment right now and pray for Melanie! 

One of my uncles, Bill Brown, will have a consultation with the doctors tomorrow to determine the extent of his cancer.  I am fairly certain that he will have to have surgery and perhaps some treatments too.  Pray for his physical and spiritual well being. 

Carl Bradley’s niece, Crystal Davis, is 27 years old and has been battling cancer for several years now.  She is at home in Vancleave, MS and is doing some better but her situation is serious.  Please pray for Crystal and her family as they go through this time. 

Bro. Jerry begins a period of vacation today which will end on Saturday, 9/8.  So, you are asked to not call on him during these days.  I don’t know if he is going to be at home or going away but please respect his time off. 

We need some parents of our junior high students to volunteer to help with the Bible study on Wednesday nights.  Dale Bosarge does the teaching but we need a parent or two to be in there with him.  Let Dale or me know if you are willing to help on a rotating basis. 

Our forty days of prayer and fasting begins next Tuesday, 9/4.  If you haven’t done so already, please turn in your form so we can have a master schedule. 

Hopefully, today is going to be a calm day as I do some counseling, make some visits and continue to get ready for Sunday.  I also have plans to attend Bryant’s volleyball match late this afternoon.  (I mentioned last Friday’s football games but have not mentioned the respective volleyball matches and Nanette Fontenot & Mary Hall have been giving me fits ever since!)  Tonight, I plan on watching some college football as LSWho visits MSU – the real season begins Saturday night at 6:07PM but this will do until then! 

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

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Aug
29
2007
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29

The Mobile SBC Pastors received an urgent prayer request yesterday afternoon.  Melanie Byrnes, daughter of Pastor Charles Lewis of Baldwin County and mother of two daughters (ages 8 & 5), needs to have an experimental chemotherapy treatment.  However, her Billi Reubin level needs to be 1.5 or lower by tomorrow morning, 8/30, in order for this to happen.  Her dad has asked all of us to pray so I am passing this along to our readers outside the Friendship family too.  Melanie is 36 years old and has been on our prayer list for a long time because of her friendship with Kim French.  Please pray! 

The funeral service for Mrs. Merle Weeks, Jackie Goff’s sister, will take place at 11:00AM this morning at the 1st Baptist Church of Blountstown, Florida.  Please pray for this family during this time of sorrow and for the Pastor who will minister the Word today. 

Rita Vice called yesterday to say that her dad was doing remarkably well and it appears he will be moved from the ICU to a step down unit.  This is good news!  Travis McDonald, Mary Hall’s dad, is doing well too but is going to need some physical therapy.  Plans call for him to be transfered to the convalescent home today in order to receive that therapy.  I had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Travis yesterday afternoon and he was in such good spirits.  Pray for these men and their families.

It’s Wednesday which means another blessed, albeit busy, day for the Friendship family.  I encourage the members of the Friendship family to join us at some point today, morning or evening, for our prayer service and respective Bible studies.  Chris Taylor will be leading our senior high Bible study tonight.  I encourage any of our college/young professionals to join us tonight at 8:00PM for Bible study.  We meet in the parsonage.

Speaking of our students, we are praying for folks to complete our senior high and our junior high student ministry committees.  If interested and willing to serve, please complete one of the forms in the foyer. 

I am looking forward to the ministry of Mike Clark this Sunday evening at 6:00PM.  I encourage the Friendship family to be present for this special service.   

I pray that you will have a wonderful day with Jesus. 

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Aug
28
2007
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

Last night, Bro. Jerry led our second night of FAITH for this semester and it was a good night.  I didn’t hear many of the reports as I got in a bit late but everyone seemed upbeat about the visits/contacts that had been made.  We actually had three first time members of FAITH join us last night and that it a good thing. 

I received word late yesterday afternoon that Pete Nelson, Rita’s dad, had a stroke.  They were getting ready to move him from the ICU and then the stroke came.  He is now back on a ventilator and they are keeping him sedated.  The severity of the stroke is not known at this time but there was some initial paralysis on the left side of his body.  So, please pray for Mr. Nelson and for Rita as she waits here and decides whether or not to return to California. 

Mary Hall’s father, Travis McDonald, has been placed in a local hospital with an infection.  Dollie Trout and Bea Unrue continue to recover from their respective surgeries and are doing well.  Vance May is doing rehab at home.  Please pray for these folks. 

The visitation for Merle Weeks, Jackie Goff’s sister, will take place tonight in Blountstown, Florida and the funeral service will be tomorrow from the 1st Baptist Church there.  Lord willing, I will drive over this afternoon/evening for the visitation.  Pray for Jackie and her family during this time and for me as I travel. 

The sign up for our GRACE ’08 trips is going well.  I encourage folks from the Friendship family who have yet to sign up to do so this Sunday.  We are basically at capacity on one trip and very, very near capacity on another one.  Our Michigan friends who took part on the college/young professionals trip this month need to sign up now too if they want a spot on the 2008 (July 26 – August 2) trip.

I firmly believe God has led us to this forty days of prayer which we will begin one week from tonight.  Members of the Friendship family are asked to sign up and join us in the auditorium to seek the Lord.  You choose the date(s) you can participate but please fill out a form so we can know who to expect each evening.  We need those forms turned in absolutely no later than this Sunday, 9/2, but the earlier, the better. 

I trust that you will have a blessed day with Jesus.   

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Aug
27
2007
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MONDAY, AUGUST 27

We had a great weekend of worship at Friendship.  The response during the invitation in the morning services was good.  Comments came to me in person and via e-mail with folks sharing how God is working in their lives.  Thank God for His moving in our midst.

The evening service with Seraph was great too.  Those guys really do a nice job of sharing the message in song.  I had a number of folks, old and young, tell me how much they enjoyed the service.  We had a great crowd and I thank all of those who were in attendance.  Also, thanks to those who gave to the love offering and purchased Seraph’s products. 

Merle Weeks, Jackie Goff’s sister, passed away yesterday afternoon.  The arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Phillip Wilson’s funeral service will take place this morning.  Pete Nelson, Rita’s dad, had double by-pass heart surgery on Friday and is doing well.  Rita arrived home safely.  Dollie Trout and Bea Unrue are both recovering nicely fromt their respective surgeries.  Vance May did come home from the hospital last week too.  Please keep all of these folks in your prayers. 

This weekend is a holiday weekend but we have some exciting things taking place at Friendship.  Clint Landry will be preaching in our 8:00AM service and Dr. Mike Clark, Casa Aleluya, will be sharing during our 6:00PM service.  I pray that the members of the Friendship family who are in town will make a special effort to attend these services. 

We will begin our forty days of prayer and fasting next week.  Members of the Friendship family are encouraged to sign up to join us in this season of fervent prayer.  We will pray in the auditorium each evening during those forty days. 

A.J. Shappi and his wife, Katie, have been attending our services for the past several Sundays.  A.J. pitches for the Mobile BayBears and they end their season this week so A.J. & Katie will be going home to California.  Pray for them as they travel home and then as they get involved in their home church.   

I hope you will have a great day with Jesus!   

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Aug
24
2007
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PHILLIP WILSON’S PASSING

I just received word this morning that Phillip Wilson passed away during the night.  Please pray for Molly, Stuart, & Myles as they go through this valley.

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Aug
24
2007
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

All of our folks who are in the hospital are doing okay with no significant changes in anyone’s condition.  I think that Rita Vice came home from CA yesterday but am not for certain.  She or Kevin will be in touch and I will post an update on Rita’s dad, Pete Nelson.

Seraph will be our guest ministers this Sunday evening, 8/26, during our worship service.  I hope each member of the Friendship family will join us for this special service and remember that we will receive an offering for this group.

We no longer have any openings on our next GRACE trip (11/23-30).  We did add Gene Davis to that group – wish it would have been Gena but we will have to settle for Gene!  Also, the dates for our medical trip are going to change – most likely to February ’08.  We simply couldn’t find a decent airfare for the March dates.  Again, we have a very limited number of openings on that trip.  Our summer ’08 trips are filling nicely too. 

I had the opportunity to talk to my uncle in Michigan via the phone last night.  I won’t share the details but suffice it to say that, in my opinion, the Lord is working in his life.  Please pray for him as he gets the results of his bone density test (not biopsy as I wrote yesterday) next Friday.  The doctor will then chart a course of action which will almost certainly include surgery.

High school football begins tonight as the AISA schools take the field.  Faith Academy travels to Bessember while Cottage Hill Christian Academy hosts Jackson.  Our own John Vickers plays on the CHCA team and we wish him and the team the best tonight.  Also, in the great north, the Holland Christian Maroons take the field tonight too.  Matt DeYoung plays for HC.  Matt is a regular participant on our November GRACE trips so we wish him the best too. 

I don’t have plans to post again until Monday.  However, I do want to wish an early “happy birthday” to our church secretary Edna Holified as she will celebrate birthday #?? (or is it #???) this Sunday, 8/26.   Happy birthday Edna! 

I did determine that Michigan doesn’t have internet access as none of my Yankee friends heard my cry for help yesterday!  Queen & Shari – I am crushed! 

My prayer is that all of the folks reading this entry will be in church this Sunday.  Obviously, my hope is that the members of the Friendship family will join us for Bible study and worship. 

I pray that today will be a great day in the Lord!   

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Aug
23
2007
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

The Lord certainly blessed us yesterday with good services/Bible studies.  I appreciate those who take the time to pray, prepare, and teach our Wednesday night classes.  We have a lot of folks involved in the various activities on Wednesdays as we study the Bible, learn about missions, have choir rehearsals, et cetera and it takes a committment to staff all of these ministry opportunities.  Thank you for giving to the Lord!

They were not able to do the procedure on Carla Kyser as her bone is healing.  She will go for further consultation as to the next move.  Bea Unrue did well in her knee replacement surgery.  Dollie Trout continues to do well and should be home by the weekend.  Pray.

I got word via e-mail that one of my uncles in Michigan has prostate cancer and the initial report is not good.  This is one of my mama’s brothers and I would appreciate your prayers for him.  A bone marrow biopsy will be done to determine if the cancer is limited or has spread to any of his organs.  Please pray! 

Please remember that the musical group, Seraph, will be ministering in our 6:00PM service this Sunday.  All members of the Friendship family are encouraged to attend this special service.

Bro. Kerry will be taking the members of our student ensemble to Pelham this Saturday for a day of ice skating and shopping.  All members and prospective members are invited to attend this event.  You can contact Bro. Kerry for more details. 

We are looking for seven adults to serve on our senior high student ministry committee and seven more adults to serve on our junior high student ministry committee.  Interested persons should sign up using one of the forms which are in the foyer of the auditorium.

Due to the fire at the Chevron Refinery last week, we have a few openings on our November 23 – 30, 2007 GRACE trip to Guatemala.  We need to fill those immediately so, if interested, please contact me asap.  Also, we are hosting a medical trip the dates of March 1 – 8, 2008.  Space on that trip is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If interested, sign up immediately. 

Today is Miss Judy Tucker’s birthday!  This sweet lady has had a tremendous impact on my life since I was an eleven year old boy and she was my pastor’s wife.  We used to do Saturday bus visitation together and she was my “mama” for a brief time as I lived with Bro. Johnny & Miss Judy.  Happy birthday Miss Judy! 

I think I understood correctly that Missionary Mark Mast is presently in Michigan.  If so, would one of our Yankee readers have him contact me today?  If he gets my voice mail, ask him to leave a number where he can be reached.  Mark is a regular blog reader but I don’t know if he has access to the internet this week.  (I am not even sure Michigan has internet access yet!) 

I hope you have a great day with Jesus! 

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Aug
22
2007
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Carla Felps Kyser is going to the hospital this morning for the cancer treatment procedure.  Please pray for her as she will be in the hospital all day for precautionary measures.  Pray that this treatment will prove effective. 

Bea Unrue will go a little later this morning and have knee replacement surgery.  She is so ready to have this procedure done.  Pray for her.

Dollie Trout was moved to a room yesterday.  The doctors believe that Rusty Lewis’ cancer was contained and are positive about his situation.  Pete Nelson did not have his tests done on Monday but did have them done yesterday.  I don’t know the results but do know that if everything went well then Rita is going to try and fly home today.  Pray that there will be space on the flights she needs to be on in order to get home.  Rita Steiner, Bill & Bea’s daughter, did well in surgery yesterday too. 

The couple who had their lives taken in Irvington on Monday morning were Christy Wynn’s great aunt & uncle.  Please keep this family in your prayers. 

Also, Angie LeBlanc from Louisiana e-mailed me asking us to pray for a family in their church.  Long story but a young mother took the lives of her two children.  These two children, the mother, and the grandmother all attended the church where Danny & Angie are members.  Pray for this family and the church family as well. 

It’s Wednesday which means a full day of services and Bible studies.  I encourage the members of the Friendship family to join us either this morning or tonight for the prayer meeting/Bible study for their respective age group. 

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Aug
21
2007
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21

Dollie Trout did well through her heart surgery yesterday and is expected to be home by the weekend.  I haven’t gotten a report from Rusty Lewis or Pete Nelson.  I did learn that Vance May is going home tomorrow. 

Bill & Bea Unrue’s daughter, Rita, will have surgery today.  Bea will have knee replacement surgery tomorrow.  Carla Kyser will have a “microwave” treatment on her cancer tomorrow too.  Please keep all of these folks in your prayers. 

I didn’t get to attend the funeral service for Tammy Litton but Coach Nate Blaylock told me it was a service that exalted Jesus.  Pastor Ed and his family definitely will continue to need much prayer support. 

The report from our first night of our FAITH ministry for this semester was encouraging.  I thank each member of a FAITH team for their involvement in this ministry.

Members of the Friendship family are asked to make plans to be present this Sunday for our 6:00PM worship service.  This service will feature the ministry of the musical group, Seraph, which has Steven Kelley as a member.  I ask you to pray for this service and to be present for it too. 

Derrick & Jodie arrived home safely and are now in New Orleans where Derrick is attending his first day of class this semester.  Please pray for them as they adjust to life in the States. 

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

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