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February 22, 2015

From Peggy Wilson:

Dear Steve ,
We all must hold on to our Lord and Savior and our faith . I had actually tried to put in a prayer request on your website . My daughter Teresa has been fighting non Hodgkin's for close to five years now . They say if you make it to the five year mark you may have a chance , i really don't believe that Steve .But she and i both will never give up hope . She has a very strong belief in God , its the way she was taught just as my mother taught all of her children. Teresa is a strong person , but its at a stage now that she has to be even stronger .My husbands nephew , Jim has also been fighting cancer since late October and they told him he had three months to live . Then a few days before Christmas , one of sister's found out she has cancer . They are all fighting and yes holding on to their faith and belief . Please add their names to the prayer chain . Teresa , Jim , and Pauline .
God Bless You Steve
Peggy Wilson
 

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January 25, 2015

I am asking for special and urgent prayers for my nephew James Politte II (Toast)

From Karen Bunker:

I woke up over an hour ago and have not been able to go back to sleep, so I decided to send you this wonderful prayer update on Billy Richardson. It sounds like this doctor has the edge over most
other doctors we come into contact with these days.
What a blessing. Mr Richardson has a great battle ahead but with the "Higher Power" and this doctor coupled with all of our prayers, a miracle is NOT impossible. Please read below and Pray for
our God to help this man.
-- Karen,

Here is the latest update on Billy Richardson from his wife Janet.

We saw the oncologist yesterday. He has a port installed Mon, starts chemo Thur. He said it was too far spread for radiation.
He said only the Higher Power & pointed to my shirt (I had on a Jesus shirt) said only He knows for sure. All he could give us was averages - 4 mo without treatment & 8-12 with treatment. He also said Our Higher Power can fix anything. We're just to wait & see.
Please keep praying.
Love you all,
Janet

Thank you so much, Delores. Have a blessed and joyful day in the Lord.
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Thanks and love to all,
Karen​
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From Sue Curran:

PRAYER LIST

Jo Gerdes, widow of Deacon Phil Gerdes ’94 – broke her ankle and is having surgery on Tuesday, Jan. 27th
Elizabeth Chitwood, wife of Deacon Dennis Chitwood ’84
Judy Maze, sister-in-law of Jim DeNatale ’18
Becky Donnelly, wife of Deacon Dan Donnelly ‘07
Tina Brancato, wife of Michael Brancato ‘18
Linda Hoefl, mother of Deacon Jim Hoefl ’14
Deacon Ed Grotpeter ’00
Deacon Paul Hecktor ‘06
Deacon Fred Dodson ’91
Mellisa and Mackenize, 15 year old twin granddaughters of Deacon Don Schmitt ’03
Etherine Ecker, wife of Al Ecker ‘89
Dan Vonder Haar, cousin of Jim Robert ’16

Judy Harrison, daughter of Deacon Fielding ’91 and Sue Harrison
Joan Ryan, mother of John Ryan ’18
Rick Rosenkoetter, father of Rick Rosenkoetter ’18
Deacon Al Vaughn ’91
Deacon Harold Strauss ’87

Deacon Arnold Krieger ’89
Deacon Dave Bolderson ’97
Danielle Schardan, mother of Scott Schardan ’16
Molly O’Hara – daughter of John’18 and Janna O’Hara
Michelle (Shelli) Insco, daughter of Randy ’16 and Mary Ann Howe
Dan Burk, father-in-law of Mike Brancato ‘18
Robert Lause, father-in-law of David G. Ewing ’18
Kimberly Speairs, daughter of Deacon Andy ’00 and Linda Daus
William Loughridge, father-in-law of Jim DeNatale ’18
Marcus Dominic, grandson of Deacon Jim G’Sell ’14
Carol Baker, sister of Carl Sommer ‘16
Greta O’Connor, widow of Deacon Edward O’Connor ‘85
Deacon Robert Wertz ’82

Deacon Don Wussler ’97

Deacon Charlie Lombardo ’95
Deacon Ted Rodis ’00
Deacon Leo Esswein ‘97
Deacon Robert Powers '85
Deacon Don Heitert ’89
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Laverne Wisniewski, mother of Pat (Don ‘16) Funke - Hip replacement went well and thanks everyone for the prayers

Mrs. Teresa Schmitt, mother of Dan Schmitt ’18 – is home and doing well – thank you for your prayers.

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January 7, 2015

From Karen Bunker:

    GOOD MORNING AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD BY NOW, MY PRECIOUS HUSBAND ALMOST DIED YESTERDAY AT JUST ABOUT THIS TIME. Since that time, he has coded one time, had many tests run, and he was rushed into emergency surgery where he had a pacemaker put in. He has been assigned a Critical Care Specialist because of all of the multiple things, many of which have not yet been diagnosed, that are wrong with him. His kidneys are trying to shut down also. He is in the CCU, Heart Center, of the downtown Harris Facility still sleeping from some medication he was given to help him rest after the pacemaker was put in. He is on a ventilator. The plan is to try to start weaning him off of that this morning at some point.

    Many of you are wanting to come and visit with him. However, at this time, he will not be able to visit with you. It could be several days before he is strong enough to have visitors. They were quick to tell me that he could easily die within seconds, if they do not find the reason WHY and HOW this happened very soon. They have him surrounded by as many as 8 or more at a time. His crew of caregivers are amazing and are very determined to bring him out of this. The sad part is that it has taken so long to have him find out that there is PLENTY wrong with him. We have been going to many doctors for the past several years (and especially this most recent last year). It is 100% up to God whether Michael continues to live in this life or if it is time for him to take up his heavenly residence. He cannot continue to go through the awful things that he has been going through in the last week. We literally watched his pulse yesterday fall right to the point of death.

    I just talked to his nurse about an hour ago and she said he has been stable all night and we have a wonderful blessed God to thank for allowing him to get through this. There are others to whom we actually owe an enormous THANK YOU. Those people are: Karen Kelley who walked me through everything, gave instructions to what was needed to the Paramedics and they never questioned who she was or why they were taking instructions from her. SHE DID THIS ALL FROM HER HOME IN FLORIDA. It was 2:00 a.m. when I called her and she was on the phone with me (and them) until they transported him at a little bit after 3:00 a.m. KAREN, I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND HOW YOU HAVE HELPED ME ESPECIALLY TO GET THROUGH ALL OF THIS (EVEN AS SICK AS YOU ARE). THANK YOU.

    Thanks also to my brother in law and sister in law who came and transported me to the hospital and stayed with me throughout the day. A special thank you to all of my cousins who have called and prayed and made sure my needs were met. FOR BROTHER PHIL JONES AND THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF BIRCHMAN BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE DEAR CHAPLIN AT THE HOSPITAL, WHO CARRIED OUR EVERY NEED TO GOD, AND TO DEBBIE HAYNIE, OUR CHURCH SECRETARY WHO LISTENED TO ME CRY OUT TO GOD AND SHO COMFORTED ME WITH SO MUCH LOVE IN HER HEART, I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. CODY, YOU ARE CARRYING IN YOU, THE STRENGTH OF GOD TO ME RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING OVER ME AND STAYING WITH ME UNTIL 9:00 LAST NIGHT. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.

    AND, TO all of the PRAYER WARRIORS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY PRAYERS. PLEASE DON'T STOP NOW. THIS HAS REALLY ONLY JUST BEGUN AND I ASK YOUR PRAYERS TO CONTINUE. I ASK THAT YOU PRAY FOR ALL OF US INVOLVED. PRAY FOR HIS CARE TEAM AND THE DOCTORS AND NURSES AT THE HOSPITAL. Pray for me to have the strength I MUST have to be Mike's caregiver and encourager during this time. I will never be "ready" to give Michael up, but I have watched him suffer for so long now and I want us to pray that he can stay with me for as long as it is God's will. Not my will, but THINE be done, Oh Lord. Help me to let the Light of the Cross shine through me and the grace of God teach me how to be a testimony to our Savior.

    ONE MORE THING: We have a dear friend who lost his sister last week. Many of you know the Harris family and the tragedies they are suffering. Mike and Billy Harris are the closest of friends. That family is trying to get a funeral arranged around all kinds of obstacles. Half of the family is ill with the flu. Some of them are trapped by the weather and are unable to get out in order to come home. Billy is the "brother" and is exhausted from trying so hard to take care of the needs of ALL the family and get his precious sister, Paula, buried. Among those he is seeing after is his 94 year old mother, which is especially difficult. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS FAMILY. THEY ARE SUFFERING WITH SO MUCH AND THEY NEED THE LORDS MIGHTY HANDS TO CLEAR THE PATH AND FURNISH THEIR NEEDS.

    I'm sorry this is so long. I don't know when I will get to write again. But, I will do my best to keep you updated. GOD BLESS YOU ALL TODAY AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO PRAISE THE LORD.

    Love to all,
    Karen

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    From Bill Politte Jr.:

    Prayers needed for my daughter Shannon.

    She has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and requires surgery to repair this issue.

    Chiari malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. Normally the cerebellum and parts of the brain stem sit in an indented space at the lower rear of the skull, above the foramen magnum (a funnel-like opening to the spinal canal). When part of the cerebellum is located below the foramen magnum, it is called a Chiari malformation.

    CMs may develop when the bony space is smaller than normal, causing the cerebellum and brain stem to be pushed downward into the foramen magnum and into the upper spinal canal. The resulting pressure on the cerebellum and brain stem may affect functions controlled by these areas and block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)— the clear liquid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord—to and from the brain.

    Shannon was born with this issue and from two weeks old, she would quit breathing occasionally. As you can imagine, this was a very difficult time for us all. She was on a monitor that would alarm us to when she wasn’t breathing so we could “remind” her to breathe. Poor baby went through many tests before they just sent her home after a 3 week hospital stay at the St. Louis Children’s hospital with that breathing monitor.

    She has grown up with headaches, neck pains, and numb legs, headaches made worse by coughing, sneezing or even bending over to pick something up. Her last bout with a simple head cold caused her so much pain that she was in the Emergency Room a couple of different times. She finally had a neurologist do some testing and Chiari Malformation is what he found.

    She will have the surgery on January 29th. She will be in ICU for 3 days and then a week after she may get to go home.

    I know the power of prayer and I’m hoping for God’s healing touch. Here is where I miss my Dad’s comforting words and Uncle Dennis’ words of “God’s will be done.”

    They are located in Wichita, Kansas so I will be able to be there for 5 days but I won’t be able to stay longer. Brenda and her sister will care for Kenzie after I leave. (I am planning on the 5 days but if I have to stay longer, I will)

    Love you all,

    Bill Jr.

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

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