Aug
31
2017
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THURSDAY, 8/31/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Robert Baria has MRSA again.  Roseanne told me yesterday that she was told Robert is a carrier and will always have a staph infection which will manifest itself from time to time.  Robert had been having some good days but this has set him back somewhat.  The roller coaster ride continues for Robert and family.  Keep praying.

Tina Wilkinson was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon and was teaching her class at church last night!  She must be Linda’s daughter!  The really good news is that her blood oxygen levels were up so she did not come home on oxygen.  Praise the Lord!

Bryan Creps was transported via ambulance from Birmingham to home yesterday.  Again, praise the Lord!

Our morning attendance suffered some yesterday morning because of the rain but our evening attendance was pretty close to normal.  It was a joy to have James Nowell (Fishers of Men) and two Christian brothers from the Philippines join us in our 6:30PM service.  I am so very thankful for folks who are faithful in their attendance.

I really did not know exactly why the Lord gave me the message He did yesterday.  However, after both services I was approached by folks who expressed appreciation for it.  The Lord does move in mysterious ways.

Jennifer Brown is the one who coordinated using the State Farm office as a drop off location for the relief supplies for the hurricane victims.  Told me that she will take everything to Mobile on Saturday morning.  I stopped by the SF office on my way to the hospital yesterday afternoon and Jennifer says, “well it looks like you could take a load of this stuff to Mobile since you are going that way!”  So, Rita (yes the pregnant one) and I load the vehicle (Jennifer had to answer the phone) and I made a stop at the church on my way to the hospital.  Jennifer knows that I will be visiting Robert again today so she sends me an e-mail last night to let me know that more supplies came in yesterday afternoon after I left for Mobile – hint, hint!

Have I mentioned the church wide bowling fellowship being hosted by Jason H and me this Sunday night, 9/3?  Spanish Trail Lanes from 8:00 – 11:00PM.  Five dollars per bowler with a twenty dollars maximum per immediate family.  Designed for fellowship and I am asking all of the church staff, deacons and other church leaders to take part.  It is designed for fellowship but Jason and I are going to take names when it comes to the bowling competition!  We have never been beaten in doubles competition.

Four in a row for Bobby & the boys!  The Dodgers are going in the opposite direction as they have lost four in a row.  I am happy for Bobby and the boys but not happy for the Dodgers at the moment.  Kershaw comes back tomorrow night so maybe that will help right the ship.

Two days!

I am not concerned about where August has gone.  I am concerned about where the first eight months of this year have gone?  Wow!  Jingle bells, jingle bells. . . .

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

 

 

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Aug
30
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 8/30/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Tina Wilkinson’s condition continues to baffle the medical folks.  She is basically having to stay on oxygen in order to keep her levels at an acceptable level.  There has been “some” talk of her possibly going home with a portable oxygen tank.  Pray for Tina.

Robert Baria was sleeping soundly when I visited yesterday.  I tried to awaken him but he did not budge.  I will get a report from Terry & Carol in our service this morning.

Bryan Creps is supposed to be discharged from the hospital in Birmingham today.  He will be transported home via ambulance.  His discharge at this point is good news as they expected him to be in the hospital for two weeks.

Regular schedule this morning and tonight.  I am giving our “more seasoned” folks a pass this morning if it is raining too hard around 10:00AM or if they do not feel safe driving on these water saturated roads.  I will give anyone a pass regardless of the service if safety is an issue.  Pizza will be the fare for our 7:30PM Bible study.

One of the weather sites says Grand Bay got three inches of rain yesterday and Bayou La Batre got almost six inches.  Well, here on this hill I think we must have gotten six inches or better.   I need Bobby Stork or Bobby Broome to give me an update from their rain gauges.

Items are still being received at the State Farm office on Highway 90 to help the folks in Texas affected by the hurricane.  You can drop those items there at any point during regular business hours from now until Friday, 9/1, at 5:00PM.  Pray for the folks in Texas!

Church wide bowling fellowship this Sunday night from 8:00 – 11:00PM.  I am in hopes that we will pack the place and enjoy good fellowship.  Jason Husband and I will dominate the doubles competition regardless of who Jack Lastorka gets as his partner!

Bobby and the boys have won three in a row.  Send ’em home Bobby!

Three more days!  So close!

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

 

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Aug
29
2017
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TUESDAY, 8/29/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 126-128; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33

Visited with Tina Wilkinson yesterday morning and they were planning on doing more tests.  As I understand it, Tina’s blood oxygen levels simply will not stay up to where they need to be.  She is on oxygen a good bit of the time.  Not sure the cause of this but she does have pneumonia which obviously does not help.

Visited with Robert & Roseanne yesterday morning too.  Robert seemed to be doing even better.  He was very alert and communicated as best he could.

Kortni Creps Gill updated me on her dad’s situation.  Bryan is doing very well.  So much so that he may be discharged either Thursday or Friday – pretty amazing!

The folks in Texas certainly need our prayer support as they continue to battle the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  The Oak Park Church of God in Mobile is loading a semi with supplies to take to Texas.  Here is their announcement:  TEXAS RELIEF: Oak Park Church at 3321 Sollie Road, Mobile, Al is collecting items to send to Texas. They need bottled water, cleaning supplies, bleach, mops, baby diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby food, baby cereal, paper towels and toilet tissue. 

The State Farm office on Highway 90 in Grand Bay is a designated drop off point for these items.  So, if you want to help then take items to Oak Park or to the State Farm office no later than Friday noon.  Jennifer Brown will get the items left in Grand Bay to Oak Park.

We had another good number take part in our prayer time last night.  Encouraging!  Just a note – we will not have our prayer time next Monday, 9/4, as it will be Labor Day.

Our church wide bowling fellowship takes place this Sunday night, 9/3, from 8:00 – 11:00PM at the Spanish Trail Lanes in Gautier, MS.  I am asking all of our paid staff, our deacons, and all church leaders to take part in this fellowship.  It is not just about the bowling but more about the fellowship.  Of course, Jason H & I will be defending our doubles championship as we have never lost a doubles game.  Jack who?

The Nationals won again last night.  That Bobby is doing an amazing job!  Third base coach of the year!  Hands down!

Four days!  It will be here before you know and then over before you know it too!

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

 

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Aug
28
2017
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MONDAY, 8/28/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 123-125; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18
Tuesday, August 29 – Psalms 126-128; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33
Wednesday, August 30 – Psalms 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Thursday, August 31 – Psalms 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Friday, September 1 – Psalms 135-136; 1 Corinthians 12
Saturday, September 2 – Psalms 137-139; 1 Corinthians 13
Sunday, September 3 – Psalms 140-142; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20

Robert Baria is making some progress.  He is now on a smaller trach tube and a smaller vent machine.  I will visit with him this morning.  Keep praying for his healing.

Tina “Complicated” Wilkinson remains in the hospital.  I will also visit her this morning.

Bryan Creps remains in a Birmingham hospital.  He is recovering according to plan as far as I know.

Amy Huhn’s father was released from the hospital yesterday because he is now on oral antibiotics.

Certainly want to keep praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Our own, Luke Green, is there with the Coast Guard.

GROW visitation tonight beginning at 6:00PM.

Prayer time tonight from 5:00 – 7:00PM in the auditorium.  Enter and exit through the West side door.

We were blessed with a good day in our services yesterday.  The Spirit was good and we had a strong attendance in all of our services.  What a blessing to have folks who are faithful!

If you have an interest in Soy & Deidra’s ministry then you can check out their blog this morning.  She blogs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  (Well, she is not as consistent as me but she does try to blog those days).

Bobby and the boys lost one and then won one yesterday.  Still hold a very comfortable lead in their division.

It is game week.  I am ready!

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

 

 

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Aug
27
2017
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SUNDAY, 8/27/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 120-122; 1 Corinthians 9

I saw Raymond Wilkinson late yesterday afternoon and he gave me an update on Tina.  She remains hospitalized and they continue to run tests.  (I am thinking Tina is not studying enough for these tests!).  Pray for Tina.

No update on Robert Baria so I assume no real change or I would have heard from either Roseanne or Carol.  Keep praying for Robert to be healed!

Kendall told me yesterday that Amy Huhn’s dad will most likely remain in the hospital for another week or so.  (Kendall and Amy are related but Kendall would rather folks not know that fact!).  Pray for Mr. Morrison.

I saw Becky Hatcher at Wally’s Filling Station yesterday afternoon and she told me that Helen Hatcher has the flu.  Pray for Helen!

I walked away from yesterday’s work day blessed and impressed.  We had about seventeen or so men plus one lady show up (counting the guy who showed up Friday morning and did an awesome job) to help.  We had one child and one young adult take part, a couple of middle age adults and the rest of the crew was above sixty years of age with the oldest being around eighty years old.  I think I am right in saying that three of these men have had open heart surgeries in years past.  At least two have undergone radiation treatments in years gone by and one is facing radiation.  It became obvious to me that these guys have never read the OHSA handbook on safety (I will leave it at that).  The attitudes and the work ethic of these folks was impressive!  Just a blessing to see folks respond!  Much was accomplished in just a few hours.  To God be the glory!

Regular schedule this morning and tonight.  I hope to be joined by many members of the Friendship family and guests today.

Yes, I am ready for college football.  I watched some of the JSU game last night.  Did not watch the fight (not paying one hundred dollars for PPV like TJ Vice is prone to do) but did you really think a non boxer could beat an undefeated world champion?

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

 

 

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Aug
26
2017
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SATURDAY, 8/26/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 119:89-176; 1 Corinthians 8

Work day this morning beginning at 7:00AM.  Biscuits and drinks will be provided.  Y’all come!

Bus workers’ meeting today at 8:30AM.  Today is the day when others are invited to join these workers for a season of prayer before they go visiting their routes.  Everyone invited.

No updates on the folks in the hospital as I did not make any visits yesterday.

Was able to attend the Theodore Bobcats game last night.  Congratulations to Coach Eric Collier and his team for their victory.

Bobby and the boys were handed a defeat by the Mets last night.  They will get them today.

One week from today!  Ready!

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

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Aug
25
2017
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FRIDAY, 8/25/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 119:1-88; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40

Robert Baria was awake and alert when I visited him yesterday morning.  He is mouthing words and I have really hard time understanding what he is trying to tell me.  It frustrates him and me.  Keep praying for Robert’s complete recovery.

Visited with Linda Johnson and Charles Faucette.  They were both in the process of being discharged and were happy campers.

Tina Wilkinson was some better.  Not sure when she will be discharged but I can see them keeping her through the weekend.  Her concern is missing church again – wow!

Bobby Morrison was a bit anxious over the fact that he is not getting better quickly.  However, he is willing to stay in the hospital until they get his infection under control and/or completely eradicate it.

Bryan Creps was doing better in his recovery yesterday afternoon.  Translated – they feel his blood flow in the surgically repaired area was better than it was yesterday morning.

I was able to make other visits yesterday and even got to stop by and see one of our fourteen blog readers.  Fourteen?  Why have you not told us the number has risen to fourteen?  Because I do not want to sound like I am bragging!  (Bloggers like Pastor Jack Bailey and Deidra would do anything to have fourteen readers of their respective blogs so I do not like to rub it in)

Service at the Mission of Hope tonight at 7:00PM.  Bus leaves church at 6:15PM.  Everyone invited.

Work day in the morning beginning at 7:00AM.  Biscuits will be available.  All hands on deck.

The best laid plans of rats and people!  I had “plans” to attend the Mobile Christian football game last night.  Left the office at 5:00PM, came home and went to change clothes.  Enter Miss Lisa.  She said, “where are you going?”  I told her.  Then she went all Lee Corso on me – “not so fast my friend!”  I received a lecture on “Harvey” and how our grass needed to be cut before it makes landfall.  I tried to explain that “Harvey” is headed for Texas and she quickly reminded me of Elena in 85.  I tried to tell her that even if “Harvey” did change directions and come our way that it would be next week and that I could mow today and tomorrow.  She said the weather folks do not know squat and it could be here by nightfall on Friday.  So, I cut grass until dark thirty and she has already told me that I had best finish this morning!  Folks, you just do not know!

I have “plans” to attend the Theodore High School football game tonight.  (Please do not tell Lisa)  If I were the head coach and my pastor was coming to watch my team play then I would have a pass waiting for him at the gate.  But I am not the head coach!

Bobby and the boys righted the ship yesterday and won again.  Bobby, Bobby, Bobby!

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

 

 

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Aug
24
2017
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THURSDAY, 8/24/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 116-118; 1 Corinthians 7:1-19

The roller coaster ride continues for Robert Baria as he is now somewhat better in that he is much more alert and is communicating by mouthing words.  I am joining Roseanne in praying for a complete healing.

Tina Wilkinson got rid of the infection but now has pneumonia.  She is frustrated.  Folks, tried to tell you that the girl is complicated!

Linda Johnson should be discharged from the hospital today.

Amy Huhn’s father, Bobby Morrison, has been in the hospital since last Saturday.  Probably has a few more days before he will be discharged.

Mary Jackson’s grandson, Charles Faucett, had emergency surgery yesterday.  I am thinking he will be discharged today.

Vera Bosarge had a procedure done earlier this week.  It is something new.  I do not know all of the details but it involves being kicked by a mule or something like that.

Pastor David Jones has been in a rehab facility for  a number of days.  Jeff H said last night that he continues to need our prayers.

Greg Boutwell continues to be at home and in need of our prayers.

Bryan Creps is recovering in Birmingham.  The doctors are concerned about blood flow but were more hopeful last night.  Keep praying.

Mission of Hope service tomorrow night beginning at 7:00PM.  Bus leaves the church at 6:15PM.  Everyone invited.

Acton Bowen is coming to Friendship the weekend of September 15 – 17.  Pray for these services.

Work day this Saturday, 8/26, beginning at 7:00AM.  Biscuits and drinks will be available.  Helpers needed.

The high school football season begins tonight.  My hope is to catch some of the Mobile Christian game tonight and the Theodore game tomorrow night.  They both are playing regular season games while Bryant and Faith are playing a jamboree.

Deidra’s blog entry was late yesterday and I have to go full disclosure – she was waiting on me to provide some information before posting it.  (Just wanted to make her look not as efficient as me)

Our folks in Guatemala get a much needed break this week after hosting teams for the past fifteen consecutive weeks.  After this off week, they will host teams for six consecutive weeks, have a week off and then finish the year with six more consecutive weeks of hosting teams.  Wow, God is good!  And 2018 is shaping up to be an even busier year for GRACE Ministries.  Amazing!

Bobby and the boys took it on the chin last night.

Nine days.  Almost here!

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

 

 

 

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Aug
23
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 8/23/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 113-115; 1 Corinthians 6

Wow, that Al really did something whenever he invented the internet.  I am typing this entry while traveling South on I-65.  That is crazy!

Lisa and I are on our way home from Birmingham.  Bryan Creps’ surgery lasted just under eleven hours yesterday.  They started at 9:15AM and the doctors walked out to talk to the family at 8:00PM.  Surgery went pretty good but there are a couple of things they will be watching closely over the next few days.  Pray for Bryan and his family.

No real change in Robert Baria’s situation.  Do not have an update on Tina Wilkinson this morning.  Just keep praying.

Regular schedule this morning and tonight.  Not sure on the fare for the 7:30PM Bible study.

It is Wednesday morning which means that Deidra is supposed to post a blog.  I am so ahead of her and I am traveling!  Just saying!

Work day this Saturday, 8/26, beginning at 7:00AM.  All hands needed.

Bobby has the boys rolling!

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

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Aug
22
2017
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TUESDAY, 8/22/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Psalms 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5

Good morning from Birmingham.  This entry is a bit late and for that I apologize.  I wanted to get to the hospital before blogging.

Bryan Creps and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Kortni & Aaron, are good friends and are very involved in GRACE Ministries.  Lisa is a great niece of Norman Richerson.  Bryan is having major surgery on his chin as he was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer.  The surgery is scheduled to take eight to ten hours and involves removing his chin, taking a bone from his lower leg, skin from his leg and arm, et cetera.

I was able to stop by and pray with Robert Baria yesterday morning.  Of course he was not awake but did try to open his eyes whenever I spoke to him.

I visited with Scott, Jennifer & Craig Kirschenman.  The thought process was that Craig would be moved to a rehab facility either yesterday or very soon.

Also visited with Linda Johnson.  Linda is Vic’s (Coley’s dad) wife and is the sister-in-law of Tommy Johnson.  They were planning on putting a pace maker in place yesterday but they decided to treat her with medicine instead.  She will be in the hospital for a few more days.

I then went to another hospital and visited “complicated” Tina Wilkinson.  She is ready to go home but wants to be ready to go home when she is discharged.  Tired of going home and then back to the hospital.

As Lisa and I were heading to Birmingham yesterday we made a stop in Troy, Alabama and visited with Cora Martin.  What a delightful visit!  Miss Cora looked very good and is doing very good.  It was great to see her.

We also stopped in Millbrook and visited with Ken & Kathryn Huff.  They recently moved from Louisiana in order to be close to their daughter, Mandi, and their new granddaughter, Ruby.  They had lunch cooked and it was a feast!  I mean a feast!  Of course, Mandi & Ruby were there too so it was a great visit.  Really nice folks!

We were able to meet Craig & Jennifer Moss for supper last night.  That too was a delightful time.  It was our first opportunity to spend quality time with them since Craig’s dad passed from this life.

We hope to see the Dendy’s while we are in Birmingham.  These folks have sat in front of us at the Alabama games for many years and have become great friends.

So, I will be at the hospital for many hours today.  Not sure if we will get home late tonight or early in the morning.  I want to be here for Bryan and family, if needed.

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

 

 

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