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6/22 KILGORE: Please keep my mother in prayer. Darlene
6/22 ORIS: To my church family: please keep my family in prayer. Heather 
6/21 JOHNS:  Jan, AMEN! Jeff
6/21 BOMBECK: Praising our Lord this morning! I love this special time at our church. God shows us His love and light in tangible ways through the staff, volunteers, and kids. I see light in the eyes and warmth in the welcomes and encouragement throughout each day as our church and our church’s friends give of themselves so freely for God’s purposes. Please join me in praising Him today! Jan
6/19 ORLANDO: Prayers for diagnosis of stomach issues for myself. Lynn
6/19 DOTY: Pray for Robert and his grandma. He has to move. Rayanne
6/18 STEWART: Praise the Lord! We are back home safe and sound. It truly takes a “village” to accomplish things when life isn’t simple. A heartfelt thank you to all of our prayer warriors and special angels that made everything go as smooth as possible. We are so blessed with our family and friends. Please continue to uplift Kendra in prayer. She is doing so much better. Actually saw a few smiles from Keith on our car ride home. Looking forward to a calmer day. Cathy
6/18 SB2W Camps are off to a great start! Please keep the camps in prayer!
6/17 STEWART: My trip to Virginia has been challenging. Flew done to help with the drive back to Pa. Flying home tonight. Kendra became very sick and ended up in the hospital for 24 hours. We sprang her at midnight. Difficult being separated from her 8 day old son. She, John and William have to postpone their trip a few more days and I need to get back home. Keith has been in respite care and has had some good days and some troublesome ones. He is in excellent hands but forgets why I’m not there. Pray for my flight tonight and the kids as they travel to Pa later this week. Cathy
6/17 Summer’s Best 2 Weeks begins TOMORROW! Please keep everyone in prayer!
6/16 STEWART: Please pray for Kendra. She has been hospitalized with an infection.
6/16 HOMER: Please pray for safe travels for my son Mike and his family as they travel to the Outer Banks. Joan
6/16 Summer’s Best 2 Weeks begins on Monday (including the junior camp). Please keep the leaders, counselors, work crew, and the many, many volunteers in prayer as they prepare. Also, keep the campers in prayer. On Monday we will have OVER 200 people in the building! These camps impact our valley for the glory of God!
6/15 STAUFFER: Thank you ALL for your many prayers! We closed today at noon and we are OFFICIALLY Hermitage residents and are moved into our Knapp Ave home! Rick is feeling much better, just low on energy. See you all at worship on Sunday! Rick & Daneen
6/14 STEWART: Say a few extra prayers as I fly to Virginia tomorrow. Driving back Saturday with John, Kendra and William. Our newest family member will be with us for a few weeks. Keith is in respite care for a few days at Avalon Springs Place. The staff is great. We’re both having a bit of anxiety. Cathy
6/14 SMITH: One more to go, one more to go, one more to go!!!!!! Yay!! We are so excited that we have one more chemo treatment left. Chris just got finished today with getting his pump off from session 9. We are planning a party at the cancer center on the last day. Can’t wait!! We just want to get back with our lives and for this to no longer be the norm of life. Sadly there are a few people we know who are still having to go through the “C” words (cancer, chemo, crap). Just to let those of you who are still fighting, we are fighting with you. No one fights alone. Exodus 14:14. We are praying for you and your families. You will overcome all of this and your testimony will show how God has been with you. We give all of you, many heartfelt thanks for being here for us. Praying and helping us through. Angie
6/13 MILLER: Jessica had knee replacement surgery and is recuperating at home. Bob
6/13 STAUFFER: Yay!! We got word yesterday at 6:30PM that the proper certificate our buyer needed has come through!! Even though it’s late, WE CAN CLOSE!!!  Our seller is allowing us to take possession as scheduled (even though it will be slightly before we close in Hermitage) so we don’t have to reschedule with the moving company. GOD IS GOOD! Please continue to pray us there! Also for Rick who isn’t feeling well at this point. See you all soon! Rick & Daneen
6/13 COSTELLO: Please pray for our friend Dale who is in ICU in Sharon. God knows. Cathy
6/13 CPC: Congratulations to Joe and Nikki Patton. Their daughter, Carmen, was born Monday. She was 5lb 12oz 18 1/2 inches long.
6/11 STAUFFER: Our agent called and told us that closing on our house here in Canfield has been delayed AGAIN (4th time!) because the buyer’s bank is not ready yet with USDA approval. We were supposed to close LAST MONDAY before we left for CA! We have the movers coming to pack us up tomorrow (Tues), load the van in OH Wed, and move us into our new home (if we can close??) on Thursday. Please pray that closing can happen tomorrow morning on our Canfield, OH home, as that will allow us to still move forward with our closing in PA tomorrow at 1PM as scheduled without having to come up with “Plan B!” Rick and Daneen
6/11 JOHNS: Kudos and Praises to everyone involved in yesterday’s wonderfully, tremendously successful Church picnic at Buhl Park. Man oh man, what a good time that was had by all! You could feel the presence of the Saints around us, the power of the Holy Spirit. The different selections of food brought by everyone created a mouth-watering aroma that meandered through the shelter, sending people up for second and third helpings (not that I was keeping track). Even Mother Nature, in her infinite indecision on what kind of weather to bring to the party, couldn’t dampen the spirits of all in attendance. Now the only thing left to do is to get some of those delicious recipes (like the baked beans with ground meat for starters…..). Jeff
6/11 ORLANDO: Prayers for test on Monday, June 18th. Lynn
6/8 CPC: Congratulations to new grandparents, Keith & Cathy Stewart! Kendra and 9lb. 15 oz. baby boy, William, are doing well!
6/7 SPEARS: Follow up: Ashley Spears grandfather Jody Merrick came home yesterday (Wed.) and doing better. Definitely needs more prayer for his healing as he had to have a long period of time in the hospital. Also pray for his wife Beth Lynn as she has had a lot on her plate. Thanks for continued prayer as it is much appreciated. Evelyn and Jim
6/7 DK: Please pray for the following: my recovery from therapy and my cough and arthirits, financial help/work for my brother. Thank you for praying for Jim’s infected finger. It is now healed.
6/6 CPC: Please pray for all the Braymers as family members begin to travel in from across the country to be here for the memorial service for Linda’s mother [Donna Rambeck] on Saturday, June 9th. The Braymers welcome anyone from their Covenant family to join them in celebrating her life @ 11:00 at Christ Lutheran Church, 396 Buhl Blvd.
6/4 APA: Pray for Floyd Augustino. He is having by-pass surgery and will need prayer during his recovery. John P.
6/4 ORLANDO: Pray for health issues. Lynn
6/4 SMITH: For all who are going through a rough time in life right now, just to let you know that God is still with you. You will be STRONGER!! Angie
6/3 JOHNS: The minute I hit ‘send’, I remembered the other warriors in this fight for healing who are also in need of our prayers and support. I wanted to mention, the TRUE unspoken heroes; the spouses and family members who offer no end of support in the never-ending battle against this dreaded disease. While most everyone is focused on us, the cancer-stricken individuals and the toll it constantly takes when we go through our ‘sessions’ (both physically and mentally), we tend to forget about the toll it takes on those around us as well, our loved ones; spouses, family, and friends. Please forgive my sin of omission and remember to pray also for the family members (as so eloquently stated by Angie in her recent post), for these are not easy times for them either. In His Name, Jeff
6/3 JOHNS: Finished my 6th (out of 12) chemo sessions this past week. In the past, I felt ‘Meh’ the day after the pump removal, but that passed fairly quickly. However, this time, I actually feel horrible and can’t seem to shake that constant ‘on the edge of nausea’ feeling in my stomach, which is making getting motivated and doing things quite challenging. Secondly, I have been fighting severe swelling in my calves, for which the doctor prescribed a diuretic. It has helped a little bit, but there is still a lot of swelling. Hopefully this diuretic will be much more helpful long-term. Thirdly, I see the dermatologist Monday to check out some skin problems on my ankles (which I assume is associated with the chemo drugs. Now I know what a leper feels like!). Let’s pray it’s something simple (as if I’ve ever taken the simple approach!). And fourthly, I’m scheduled for a CAT scan next week prior to my next infusion/doctor visit. He wants to see how/if things are progressing positively as a result of the chemo treatment, if things are stagnant, or if it isn’t working at all and we need to figure out a new approach. So, I’ll be on pins and needles for the next 10 days. While praying for me, please do remember my chemo brothers in arms too. In His Name. Jeff
6/2 AITKENS: Please pray for my friend Nan for her health to get better. Thanks Sara
6/2 LACAMERA: Thanks to all for prayers. Praise the Lord my procedure went well! In the healing process with only mild discomfort today. Awaiting biopsy results but the doctor is confident that this should be negative. Marlene
6/2 STEWART: Quick update: We have good days and so so days and each day has it’s blessings. Since the strength of the patch was increased pain is much more under control. The c diff is gone and he remains on decreasing amounts of antibiotics for 4 to 6 more weeks. Everything else is status quo. Waiting for our grandson who is due any day now. Getting ready to celebrate Kate’s birthday and our 42nd wedding anniversary. Cathy
6/1 WIESEN: Please pray for me as I go down to Robert Morris university today and start my month long new staff training with the CCO and that the Lord will be the center of this whole month! Thank you all so much see you in July! Ray
6/1 LACAMERA: I am having a surgical procedure Friday morning. It should be minor but I am apprehensive about having anesthesia. Would appreciate prayer that all goes well and that the Lord guide the hands of the surgeon and team. Thank you and God bless all. Marlene
5/31 SMITH: Can we all do this chant: 2 more to go, 2 more to go, 2 more to go!!!!!
8 chemo sessions down, 2 more to go! We are so over this and can’t wait to be done. Chris will still have to have more tests done; petscans, colonoscopies every year, etc.
We all have gone through a lot since November, especially our daughters. I know this has been rough on them but today, I found out more. Since tomorrow is the last day of school, they are bringing their stuff home today which includes kid writing journals. I saw how Camryn has been affected with her writings. She talks about his hospital stays, going and eating lunch with him at the hospital, not being able to go outside because of him in the hospital, to wishing he didn’t have to have chemo. This breaks my heart. I don’t like seeing that my girls are going through this, but I do know in the end, they will see how we are staying close to God, our faith is stronger, and that they will be stronger. Please do not forget about the kids in times like this. People may think they are strong, but they are hurting too. As always, thank you to all who have been helping us and praying. It’s all appreciated. Angie
5/30 SPEARS: For Ashley Spears grandfather: Jody Merrick He had an emergency removal of his appendix which was perforated. His kidneys are not functioning well and a possibility he may have pneumonia. Jody is also diabetic. He is in very serious condition and has been in UPMC Hospital since early morning Friday. We thank you for your prayers. Evelyn and Jim
5/29 TESTANI: Pray for the grieving process with my dad. Gretchen.
5/29 PORTAL: Pray for my neighbor’s grandma. She is hospitalized because of her knee. Rayanne
5/29 DAUGHERTY: Pray for health and finances. Donna
5/27 BOMBECK: Thank you for your prayers for Alyse and Elija as they drove to North Carolina yesterday. They arrived safely. Elija will fly home this evening. As our family goes through many changes it gives us such peace from our Lord to have our church family praying for us. Thank you. Jan
5/26 STEWART: Update: It was a much better night and day. Pain is more controlled. The antibiotics are helping already. He is eating better today. Now if he would keep the O2 in his nose versus the bed or his forehead ! He only needs the oxygen for short periods of time right now, especially when he sleeps. Your prayers and comments serve to remind me of God’s great love and compassion. Thank you all for your love and support. It is amazing and humbling. Cathy
5/24 STEWART: Update: Eventful 24 hours. Pain was difficult to control so meds are being increased, both patch and oral. Restarting antibiotic for “probable” c-diff re-occurence. Also going to add oxygen at night. His O2 levels drop at night. After an extra dose of meds, He slept from 10:30 pm until 9:30 am and was groggy most of today. I was the opposite. No naps and much less sleep. Praying for a better night. Cathy
5/22 CPC: Ila Miller has passed away. Visitation is Thursday from noon to 1 in Stevenson’s Funeral Home with the service following.
5/22 SIMON: Continued prayers needed. Libby still in hospital. Has lost weight and is struggling taking bottle. Jenna just messaged and they are now taking Hayes to ER with shallow breathing. Barb
5/18 SIMON: Asking for prayers for Little Libby. Taken to Akron Children’s main campus in Akron from ER early this morning. Alarms on monitor all went off. Having breathing issues. Barb
5/18 CPC: Please pray for Janet S. as she has had a minor stroke. She is resuming as much of her normal activity as she can. She is Mary Alyce Shannon’s friend.
5/18 CPC: Please pray for Ila Miller. She has been placed on hospice. Pray for peace and comfort and no pain as she waits to be called home.
5/17 SMITH: I am so ready for this to all be over with and I know Chris is too. To a point, it is. But at times, it isn’t. Chris had an eye appointment yesterday and found out he has a sty. He has to be on antibiotics, so because of that, treatment is now delayed another week. So instead of next week being chemo week, it will be the week after. Due to his delay in treatment, he will have to go by himself. I already had on my schedule to be at the school for field day that day. The only good news is that instead of a total of 12 treatments, he will be getting 10. 3 more left!!! I guess there have been studies showing that 10 treatments is just as effective as 12. But here is where I get frustrated with. It seems like every appointment, we get told that there are new studies this, new studies that, ……..
Chris is not a guinea pig. Either it’s 10 or its 12. When you get told at the beginning of the year that 12 sessions is the key for getting rid of the cancer cells. Then another study shows 8 sessions works just as well. Now today we get told 10 sessions is it. I know God is in control of it, but a part of me wants answers as to why different studies. Please just keep me in prayers that I can just relax and just go with it. I do want to thank everyone for the prayers and support that you give us. We do appreciate it. Angie
5/16 BEALL: I will have hip replacement surgery on Friday. Bev
5/16 STEWART: Overall Keith is doing well. He has a few “good” days, a bad one and back to good. After he slept yesterday away, we have been up since 3:30 am. No naps!! Has some slight confusion due to the variety and strength of pain meds. Learning limitations, eating well. Weight is 123 on our scale. They had him at 113 and then 127. Who knows?? I actually have to run the dishwasher every 2 to 3 days. We have a better handle on pain management. He continues to have some right leg weakness, neuropathy due to chemo. Antibiotics finished last night and the c-diff is currently gone. Your prayers surround us and we are so very grateful!! Cathy
5/15 WILSTER: Special prayers for Keith, Jeff, and Chris. Thank you Lord for giving us these bright beacons of your love and faithfulness. Please bless them, and their families, in their struggles. Amen! Kathy
5/15 JOHNS: I have come here numerous times over the past month to update my Church family on the status of my cancer, but every time I do, I see what everyone else is going through, what their trials are, and I ask myself “What do I have to complain about. Some people have real problems. I’m just hitting a little speed bump.” I have seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything I want, but I do have all that I need. I woke up this morning with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am Blessed. Thank you and God Bless you all for your prayers and support. In His Name, Jeff
5/5 KILGORE: Please place my father Steve in your prayers, he has to go on kidney dialysis n also my mother who struggles with heart n cognitive issues, thank you faithful prayer warriors. Darlene
5/14 LEVITT: Thank you for your prayers , Howard my brother in law had surgery . He is doing very well and anxious to get home . We are asking for prayers for a speedy recovery . Thank you Patricia
5/14 MILD: Please pray for both Bob and I as we are suffering with several very serious issues. Bob has an two aneurysms- the one in the right leg is very bad and they will have to go in and clean out as soon as they do more tests. He is in a lot of pain. The other leg is not bad yet but will have to be done too.
I have severe spinal stenosis in my back and my left leg and foot are going numb. I have many other health issues that I am dealing with and this on top of everything else is almost more than I can deal with. We are both in a lot of pain and are unable to do any physical work which is very discouraging. Please pray that once they clean out Bob’s artery, that there will not be any residue pain left. For me, I need wisdom and guidance as to where to go and what my alternatives are because of my MS and other problems. I know that God can heal both of us. We are trusting in him for our strength. Thanks so much. Carolyn
5/14 ANONYMOUS: We have a friend (from church) who is struggling right now with a big attack from Satan. We all need to stand with her and bring her up in prayers. We need to come along side with her and just be there for her. I want to see this church grow together, and help each other out. Thank you.
5/14 KELLEY: Pray for the physical healing of my father. Joe
5/14 TRULEY: Pray for my family.
5/14 KILGORE: In response to Chris’s sharing, let us stand together on the Promises of Our Lord and Savior -We are healed by the Blood of The Lamb and the word of our testimony, Amen, And it is so! Darlene
5/14 CORNEL: From these neighbors who are unreasonable constantly trying to provoke me? Am planning on moving but until then i could use Fathers help! Am not well all the while this is going on. Thank you for your kind prayer support
5/13 JOHNS: In response/reply to Chris’ post; AMEN!!! Jeff
5/13 SMITH: Hi everyone. Sorry about not having a new update on here. My husband was going to do it, but lacked motivation and time. Please forgive us for the wait. Here is the new update from Chris: Seven chemo sessions done. Unfortunately it doesn’t get easier with each session. This upcoming week I find out if my sessions are reduced from 12 to 8. My platelets count is getting lower but the nurses say it is still ok. It’s getting warmer and that is a positive. I got to see my two beautiful daughters play soccer these past few weeks and spent some time gardening.
These days I been reflecting on those who have been diagnosed with cancer in our church family. Keith Stewart, Jeff Johns, and Terry Mann. I think about the church family and everyone who continually loves, cares, and prays for each of us. It is comforting to know that we are not alone. I think about my wife and the wives of the men diagnosed with cancer and their new normal of doctors visits, hospital visits and dealing with uncertainty. Then comes thoughts of feeling less useful. In early April I got to hear a song song by Kim Walker-Smith “Love has a name”. Paraphrasing: Love has a name. There is a joy that triumphs over fear. Jesus is that name!
◦God has blessed me with wonderful friends and family! He has shown me to be grateful for what I have and loving others and serving Him. For the only fear is to fear Him because He loves me, is there for me and will never leave me. I need Him oh how I need Him. Jesus is my rock, refuge and strength. He is the Almighty Healer! Praise His name!
5/11 STEWART: Quick update: We are adjusting to the new norm. My “rusty” nursing skills have come back full force. Routine meds 4xday plus pain meds and a few that are once a day.A few more days of antibiotics. He is walking better. For those who have asked what we need, prayers most of all. Beyond that, if something becomes obvious. I know I’ll need some “sitters” for a few hours mostly on Tuesdays. Because of the cdiff (until antibiotics are done) and his energy level that varies we are limiting visitors. Major hand washing is a requirement. Thanks for all your support. It is greatly appreciated. Cathy
5/10 LEVITT: Howard was not able to have surgery yesterday, as his doctor became ill. However he was able to have surgery today, he, Howard, is in surgery right now. Please pray for Howard, the surgeon and the family. Thank you Patricia
5/10 STEWART: Keith is home! Thank you Lord. Yesterday around 3:30 we found out that insurance wouldn’t cover skilled care since he was progressing enough to come home. The hospitalist wanted to know if I could take him home that day. Scrambling ensued and he was sprung around 7:30 pm. Stop at the pharmacy and then hospice case manager came out around 8pm. Wonderful lady. Once she left around 10, the dust settled. It will take some work today to get everything set up and medications straightened out. Five more days of antibiotics. Pain management. Lord give me strength!! We had a quiet night and need to figure out our new norm. Love you all and thank you so much for all the prayers and encouragement. Cathy
5/9 LEVITT: Howard (my brother in law) was accepted as a candidate for bypass surgery ( praise the Lord ) He went into surgery this morning 5/9 . Praying for God to guide the surgical team and keep Howard safe during a successful surgery . Also peace and comfort to his wife Donna and their family . Thank you for your prayers. Patricia
5/8 STEWART: Baby steps! Got all documents signed and notarized! Yeah!! Still in hospital waiting for insurance approval for some skilled care. Paperwork filled out for Avalon. Keith is walking much better. He baptized his phone, so it is in a bag of rice. Still working, so hopefully all will be well. His appetite is fair. Most lab work looks good but he has needed IV magnesium the past 2 days. OT gave him a “claw” a few days ago. Amazing what he can reach with it. Trying to stay on a pain management routine. They changed the frequency of his percocet from 2 every 6 all the time to 2 every 5 as needed. Getting that changed in the AM. All in all a better day. Cathy
5/8 TRULEY: Pray for my family including: grandmother, sister, Alyia, Tracey, Mark, Rose, Lorrie. Tiesha
5/8 ALLEN: Pray for my employee, Tracy, as she recovers from surgery. Keith
5/8 ORLANDO: Pray for direction for the future. Praising God for healing! Lynn
5/8 DILLE: PRay fo rme to trus in the Lord 100%. Pray that Bob is doing the right thing. Cody
5/7 STEWART: Today’s contradictions. Found a private Skilled nursing room(required for cdiff) Great!. An hour later: it isn’t in network. Who is, I asked? Case manager looking into it. Pulled up insurance website and 2 of our preferred are there. No beds today. Should be one in Avalon(Mercer) tomorrow. Time will tell. Confusion over notary who was supposed to be there until 6. I’m there. Witnesses there( thank you Carol and Cathy), Keith sleeping. Social worker gone and no-one knows how to reach notary( hospital employee). Take 2 tomorrow.📟 And all this after medical powwow this am and hospice calls for future use. Cathy
5/7 LEVITT: My brother in law Howard is in hospital in VA waiting for test results to hear if he is a candidate for bypass surgery . Please pray that he will be able to have the surgery he so badly needs and it will be successful . Also pray for peace and comfort for Howard and his family while they wait . Thank you. Patricia
5/7 CPC: Pray for Bonnie D. as she has arthritis and issues with her neck that she is afraid will affect her arms and hands. She loves to do counted cross stitch.
5/7 DOTY: Pray fo Barb she is in the hospital and for my Uncle Larry’s mom who has cancer. Rayanne
5/7 WALKER: My mother, Carolyn, was hit with a car Saturday night and is in Saint E’s hospital. Michael
5/7 STEWART: Keith continues to gain strength and still has an appetite. Slowly graduating from toddler portions. Still experiencing the effects of c-diff although the medication is slowing it down. Getting oral potassium to keep his levels up. He walked this am. PT said he is still shaky but definitely stronger. Went for a wheelchair ride out in the sun for about 20 minutes. We know what lurks under the surface(rapid growing mutated cells). We are truly blessed that he is participating in “normal” life right now. Savor each day! Cathy
5/5 STEWART: Thank you all for your prayers, encouraging words and the love you sent. Rejoice in the small steps forward. Keith is definitely more talkative and actually smiled! The cdiff treatment has made him feel better. His mobility is improving. He griped about technology (his phone). Now if there were a cure for the out of control cancer cells. Cathy
5/4 STEWART: Very eventful week. Keith does have c-diff and is responding well to all the meds and fluids he got. Now on oral meds and can be discharged. Not strong enough to come home and exploring options. Started him on a new med few days ago and he has an appetite. On a different level, he is not responding to the chemo immunotherapy. The cancer is spreading rapidly. He doesn’t have the ability to handle any harsh drugs. All things in God’s time. Please pray for all of our family as we enter this phase. Cathy
5/3 ELLIS: Thank you for the prayers for my dad, Ron. His surgery went well. He had a 9 to 10 inch blockage in the femoral artery. They placed a stent(s) to open the artery. He is still having a great deal of pain, however. So we would be ever so thankful if you could please continue to pray for healing and for relief of the pain. Thank you Covenant family! Teri
5/3 CPC: Please pray for Teresa Brown. She has pneumonia and is in renal failure.
5/2 CPC: Mary Alyce may go home tomorrow. Please pray for her continued healing and prayer for Janet as she cares for her at home.
5/2 ELLIS: My dad, Ron, is having surgery tomorrow morning for a severely blocked femoral artery (the main artery in your leg). He has only a “trickle flow” of blood from his thigh down in that leg. They are planning to try to open the blockage with a stent(s) but if that is unsuccessful they will have to do an arterial bypass. There is the possibility that he could lose his leg if the surgery is unsuccessful. Please lift my dad in your prayers. I ask the Lord to be with him and my mom, to let them feel His love and peace. I pray for wisdom and guidance for the physicians and staff taking care of him. And I ask for good pain control and for protection from any complications. I ask all these things in the Mighty name of Jesus. Amen. Thank you Covenant family for your prayers. Teri
4/30 STEWART: Put your prayer caps on. After unsuccessfully fighting a side effect from treatment, Keith was admitted to the hospital. He is very dehydrated, potassium low, and a few other things. His weight has dropped too. He will be here for several days. CT of belly tonight. Cathy
4/30 CPC: Sympathy is extended to the Don Hutchinson family for the passing of his stepmother.
4/30 ALLEN: Corey Sternthal just had surgery, so prayers for a quick and speedy recovery. Tyler
4/30 DK: Urgent request: my sister was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital last night for severe nerve damage. They are going to do tests to determine if surgery is needed. This affected one arm and leg. She may have had a slight stroke. Her eye sight is not good. Her children are with her now. I pray for reassurance, calmness, and patience for her children during this emergency. Thank you all for keeping her in prayer. Also, pray for the following: Bill in hospital due to head injury from fall; Jim for infected finger and stomach problems; Rose for poor health; James for bad cough; Ellianna for kidney problems; Jeff for eating problems; and myself for breathing problems. Thank you.
4/28 SIMON: Triplet Update: Libby is home!!! The Daugherty family is all under one roof tonight for the first time. Thank you to all for your prayers. God heard and has answered. Barb
4/27 WILSTER: I cleaned my bathroom, got the mail, AND, took a shower. Life is looking up. Amen! Kathy
4/26 CPC: Our sympathy is extended to Peg Homer and family. Don passed away this morning.
4/26 MAKARI: My sincere thanks to all who are asking about us and for us. I just heard from my cardiologist at the Alleghenies General Hospital yesterday. He sees a big risk, after very careful analysis of the way my heart valves function. If I don’t go ahead with surgery more than likely, an open heart, because of the way the main heart valve is situated. But he still may repair it through a procedure without surgery. I don’t know when that would be. The doctor seems to think that I am OK for three to six months. Regarding Vickey and her mom, I took them to Kentucky on Monday and returned yesterday to Steubenville. Her mom has to see her doctors. She is improving, but not as expected. In addition, she is dealing with diabetes and a slow movement of legs and arms. We think and believe that she cannot be independent anymore. Vickey and I are trying to work things out for taking care of what must be done. Thank you, Philip & Vickey
4/25 CPC: Please pray for peace for Frankie (from the neighborhood).
4/25 MILD: Please pray for my lower back and leg pain. I have sciatica and some bad discs in my back which are giving me a lot of problems. Also, I have been suffering with some abdominal pain and they can’t seem to find what is causing it. Thanks for your prayers! Carolyn
4/25 WORK: Thank you all for your prayers for Kyle! We received an email from him today! He is full of hurt and he explained why he walked away from his job, his family and everyone that loves him. Please continue to pray for God to soften Kyle’s heart and draw him back to his fold. Our God is a Mighty God and He is able!!! Praise Him! Rick
4/25 CPC: MaryAlyce Shannon is doing well in rehabilitation and would like prayers for continued progress toward her healing.
4/24 SIMON: Triplet Update: Penelope and Boomer continue to do well at home. Libby is still in St. Joe’s in Warren and still has alarms at times particularly when swallowing. She is having a swallow test tomorrow to see if reason for aspirating is structural. We ask for prayers during the test and good results. Please pray for Jenna and Brian as they want their Little Libby home with them. Barb
4/24 WILSTER: Please pray for my doctor’s appointment this morning. Although my hip is getting better, I am physically feeling worse. Very weak and tired. I need to go back to work on Monday. Thank you. Kathy
4/24 WIESEN: Please pray for me as I start meeting with people about partrnering with me as I raise support to work with the CCO on Penn State Altoona Campus. Also please pray that the Lord will send me potential supporters/ partners. Thank you for your prayers! Ray
4/23 FROM OUR MISSIONARY, SUZANNE: We desperately need your prayers this week as it may be one of the hardest of my entire life. I am confident and convinced that God has revealed to us His plan in how He wants to keep Edwin safe, protected and continuing to grow into the wonderful young man that God created him to be. I know that Edwin is not mine. God has loaned him to me to love and care for and now I want to be willing to surrender to God’s love and care for one of the treasures of my heart and willingly let him go. However as any of you who are parents know, this involves heartache and pain for me and our family. God is leading Edwin to green pastures where He will restore his soul. Please pray for a MIRACULOUS preparing of Edwin’s heart and mind, pray that Edwin may have a dream or vision this week in regards to what God has planned for him and be EXCITED about it. Pray that Jesus would be SO tangible through the Holy Spirit that Edwin may be totally overwhelmed and wrapped up in God’s love and we would all have courage to trust that God is in control and has a GOOD PLAN!
4/23 MOSER: Praise: Mom’s surgery went well! Pry the tumor isn’t canmcerous and for joy through her recovery. Leah
4/21 BODIEN: Dave is home. The family thanks everyone for the prayers.
4/21 KILGORE: Thank you for all your prayers, my mother surprised everyone AGAIN and pulled through- she is such a fighter just like our Lydia;) Darlene
4/20 CPC: The Memorial Service for Linda Braymer’s mother will be June 9th at 11 AM in Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon.
4/19 WILSTER: My hip continues to improve and strengthen but this anemia is kicking my butt right now. Please pray for improved blood counts when I go to the doctor today that God will be glorified as He responds to every prayer request on this prayer page. Thanks, Kathy
4/19 KILGORE: My mother Lorraine has been hospitalized I was called at 3am and asked for permission to place her on a ventilator, her requests were no, so I shared that with the nurse and they put her on a C-pap type of device, please pray for peace in the hearts of all my family if this is time the Lord will bring her home into His Loving Arms! Darlene
4/18 WILSTER: God bless you all for you prayers and concerns. I continue to improve daily. The Angels in heaven must be rejoicing because of my church family’s response to an urgent need for a ride to the doctor yesterday. Special thanks to my ‘driver’ and all those who rapidly responded to the request. God is doing mighty things at Covenant! All glory and honor be to Him! Kathy
4/18 CPC: Keep Dave Bodien and family in prayer. He is having some health issues and has been hospitalized for a couple days.
4/18 MOSER: My mom is having surgery April 20th to remove a tumor in her leg. Please pray it is not cancerous and will shrink. Pray God’s presence will be felt in all the rooms in the hospital. Leah
4/18 ORLANDO: My thyroid biopsy is soon. The consultation is Thursday. Lynn
4/17 ORIS: Continued prayers for Lesley! She is to be at the hospital 6AM tomorrow 4/18. She will have Endoscopy done on stomach, gall bladder! Pray for peace of mind, and steady hands of her physician and staff. Pray for her husband Matt as well . Thank you church family Heather
4/16 CPC: Please keep the Braymer family in prayer. Linda’s mother passed away last night.
Trial day for Brunson
4/16 CPC: Andrew’s trial is today. Please pray!
pray for andrew brunson
4/13 SIMON: Triplet update: Hayes came home earlier this week and is doing great. Jake and Theo are very loving big brothers. The other good news of today is that Penelope and Libby are now at St. Joes in Warren which is 5 minutes from their home. No more driving to Boardman daily! Penelope is 6 lb 2 oz and Libby is 5 lb 2 oz. Penelope just needs to eat more to be able to come home. Please continue to pray for Little Libby. She is still having alarms go off while eating. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. “Great is His faithfulness.” Dick & Barb
4/13 KILGORE: I love it when the Lord takes the negative n turns it for His Glory, please read today’s Daily Bread, Friday the 13th, as we have suffered together, let us rejoice this day I Cor 12:26 n listen to Jakyln Carr We will WIN;)!!! youtube, amen n amen!!! Darlene
Pray for Andrew
4/13 SMITH: I can finally tell this story. A few years ago I had a vision from God that Chris was going to have cancer. At that time, I didn’t know what to do with it or how to perceive it. I wasn’t sure if it was a true thing. I never told Chris about it because he would have said I’m crazy or to not speak that into his life. It wasn’t until he diagnosed last year, I remembered that vision. I talked with my friend about because I needed someone who was a strong Christian to confirm that I in fact had a vision from God. I still didn’t tell Chris, until just the other day. We were in Firebean Espresso talking with our friend Kim, and Chris mentioned to her that a few years ago, he had a dream that he was going to have cancer. Kim and I looked at each other and I finally told him about the vision I had. It’s amazing how God works in our lives but there are times we don’t know how to take something he gives us. Maybe Chris and I should have talked about it when we had the visions. God was preparing us and we had no idea.
Chris got his pump off today and the 5th chemo treatment is done!! He was to have it last week but got delayed due to them not knowing if he had an infection brewing up. Praise God there was no infection after seeing the urologist. We now have to wait for next week’s appointment to find out what the ultrasound said. So far Chris is doing good. Tomorrow is usually the not so good day but we get through it.
Last Friday we got to cash in on his Christmas gift from me. He was super excited to go and see Chris Tomlin’s Night Of Worship in America in Pittsburgh. In a way, his chemo being delayed last week was a good thing. He was able to go and enjoy his favorite singer and the others. It was also a good thing that I wasn’t able to get the floor seat/backstage pass. Chris Tomlin was performing while having the flu. God knows all things and he protected us. Angie
4/12 ORIS: Please keep my daughter Lesley in prayers. She has been losing weight since fall and has had many tests done to find the problem! Every finding comes out showing nothing wrong! She is going back to her doctor’s today and I don’t know if they will admit her for more extensive tests! I know that prayer is all powerful and I am proud to be a member of CPC family! Heather
4/12 CPC: Frank Bombardieri passed away. Please keep his family in prayer.
4/11 ORLANDO: Prayer is needed for upcoming testing on my thyroid. Thank you, Lynn.
4/11 HOMER: Please pray for Don Homer and family. Joan
4/11 WILSTER: My younger sister, Marsha, was told yesterday that she has stage 1 breast cancer. She will be having surgery next Thursday. Please pray for Marsha, her husband Jerry, her daughter and son-in-law, Sammie and Brandon. Thank you. Kathy
4/10 WILSTER: Thank you all for your prayers. I am home from the hospital and doing well. “I will never leave you, nor forsake you…” This verse was proven to me in a miraculous way following surgery. With thanksgiving, Kathy
4/10 KILGORE: I needed to be reminded by the HS in today’s Daily Bread-Mark 9:14-29 (as we see the adversary attacking God’s Children mercilessly) let us pray together Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and allow His HS to enable us to not only believe but RELY on the POWER of His Blood;)!!! Darlene
4/10 PRAYER FOR REV. ANDREW BRUNSON: God’s Glory – Psalm 2:8, Malachi 1:11, Job 42:1,2
  • May God get glory during all of these proceedings. Remind yourself of who God is and His promises to make Jesus known to the nations. Praise Him for being our God and Savior. Make much of His glory and goodness. Ask that His glory be made known to all during this trial in ways we cannot even ask or imagine.
  • Celebrate that God is all-powerful in Andrew’s situation. His plans stand firm for Andrew’s good, and the good of His people in Turkey. God’s plans cannot be thwarted.
  • Call upon the Lord to fight for His purposes in Turkey and to defend His servant. Ask for the manifestation of Christ’s glory.
  • Cast all fears on the Lord; give him any “what if” worries you have about Andrew. Be joyful in the Lord who loves and cares for His people.
4/10 ZIPPIE: Please continue to keep the Testani family in your prayers, especially Rita as she is trying to be strong for her family as they walk through mourning the loss of Frank. There will be a Celebration of Life at Grace Chapel on Friday, April 13th from 4:00 – 6:00. Kim
4/10 DAUGHERTY: I have been having severe depression and having problems with my health I can’t keep food down 80 percent of the time and I have done and said things to people I may regret. Donna
4/9 CPC: Kathy Wilster is home. She appreciates everyone lifting her up in prayer.
4/9 JOHNS: Our daughter, Laura, had to move from her home in Hermitage to Sharon because of her husband’s job. They have moved and now need to sell their house on Lyle Dr. Please pray for a quick sale to avoid/eliminate 2 house & insurance payments. Thank you! Becky
4/9 CPC: On April 16, 2018, EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson will go on trial in Izmir, Turkey. If convicted of the charges in the 62-page indictment filed by the prosecutor, Andrew could be sentenced to 35 years in prison. The indictment charges Brunson with helping terrorist organizations and of trying to convert Turks to Christianity.
In an effort to stand with and pray for the entire Brunson family, the EPC is issuing a Call to Prayer and Fasting for Sunday, April 15. The trial is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. local time in Turkey, which is 2:00 a.m. EDT Monday.
Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk, said Andrew’s wife, Norine, has requested three specific prayers:
  • Pray for Andrew’s release, using Psalm 18, which speaks of deliverance from the “cords of death” (v. 4-5).
  • If he is given the opportunity to speak in his defense, please claim Jesus’ promise, “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourself. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict” (Luke 21:24-15).
  • That the steadfast love of the Lord will comfort our children (Jordan, Jaqueline, and Blaise) and that He will give them peace and help them to trust.
“As we consider Norine’s steadfast faithfulness and courage, my prayer is that she not grow weary,” Jeremiah said. “I have been claiming Galatians 6:9 and Exodus 17:12 for her, and she knows that we are helping ‘hold up her arms’ for her husband.”
“I encourage the Prayer Team of every EPC church to utilize this guide and lift Andrew, Norine, their family, and the trial to the throne of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Jeremiah said.
4/9 ZIPPIE: Please keep Gretchen Testani and her family in your prayers in the passing of her father, Frank this afternoon. May God grant them comfort and strength during this difficult time. Kim
4/9 MANNION: Please pray for Betty Mannion again. Found out she had a fever last night of 102.9. They have sent out blood cultures, urine test, etc and are checking her vitals every hour. Waiting to hear what it might be. She is still in rehab skilled care in New Wilmington. So anxious to get home to her family. Barb
4/9 ORLANDO: Praise for our new pastor! Lynn
4/9 BOMBECK: Thank you for praying for my cousin Greg. His lung has been drained and he has had the needed procedure to close the cavity. If test results are good he’ll go home soon. May the Holy Spirit fill him with the desire to know Jesus.
4/9 SMITH: Please keep our neighbors in your prayers. Frank Bombarderi had a stroke around 3 weeks ago. His left side is not working, he mumbles and is living in the past. I guess it doesn’t look good for him. His wife Pat is battling the stomach flu and can’t be with him at the moment. They have been really great neighbors to us and it’s sad seeing them go through this. Angie
4/6 BOMBECK: Thank you CPC family for lifting Elija in prayer today. His mcat exam is finished and he has safely returned to school. Now we prayerfully await results. Jan and Jim
4/6 CPC: Kathy Wilster’s surgery went well! Thank you for your prayers. Let’s continue to pray for a speedy recovery!
4/6 BOMBECK: Please lift Elija in prayer for a special intention throughout the day Friday. Praise be to our Lord for CPC prayer warriors!
4/6 CPC: Please keep Kathy Wilster in prayer. She has her hip surgery today.
4/6 BOMBECK: Cousin Greg has still not been able to have the necessary procedure to close the cavity in his lung. They are still draining his lung and will hopefully be able to have the procedure tomorrow.
4/5 CPC: Mary Alyce Shannon’s surgery went well but she’s in a lot of pain. Prayer for healing and comfort for her.
4/5 DK: Sister, Gloria, is having back trouble as well as head and hand tremors. Also pray for John’s finance problems and my cousin, Dorothy, suffering with excess water. Thank you.
4/4 ORLANDO: Praising God for answered prayer for a job for my son, Erik. Lynn
4/4 SIMON: Thank you again for all your prayers, cards and gifts for Jenna, Penelope, Hayes and Libby. All the babies continue to grow but still remain in hospital. Libby is in need of some extra tlc and prayers for strength. She has been struggling with feedings and begins to choke and cough. She may need to go back on a feeding tube if this continues. Thank you. Barb
4/4 SMITH: It sure seems like my family is getting attacked from the enemy. Not only do we have our battle with cancer and Chris, I have a few others who are having battles too. My one aunt is, from what the doctor said, a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. She has had different forms of cancer battles in her life. Now she is dealing with metastasis in her brain and heart. My mom is trying to figure out how to get to Florida this weekend just to see her. My other aunt has been having issues where she is getting tested for possible cancer or leukemia. She’s scared about her testings coming up because one is a bone marrow test. She’s not looking forward to it.
I know God is with us, but it is scary going through all this this. It is hard on us who have loved ones facing these battles. We do thank you for continued prayers. Angie
4/4 SZABO: Mary Alyce Shannon’s surgery is scheduled for 10:30 this morning. Please keep her and the doctor and nurses taking care of her in your prayers. Cathy
4/4 WORK: Echoing the responses by both Chris Smith and Jeff Johns. Rick and I are so grateful for the CPC prayer page and prayer warriors!! To each and every person praying for our family and Kyle we can’t thank you enough. Going through a different battle than them but ultimately a battle which left us at the end of our rope knowing we had no control over the circumstances. But our God answered in mighty ways through His word and the prayers of His people. We came to a place of beautiful submission to His will knowing that He would be with us regardless of the outcome. There is a peace we can’t put into words knowing that our God is with us, in us, and for us and that the trials of this life He is using to bring glory to himself. Though the battle may be long and certainly not easy we are learning to surrender daily to His will and that is a great place to be for He loves us so!! Continue to pray with us for Kyle Philippians 1:6. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus” . All praise to God our Father who is good all the time and provides exactly what we need when we need it! Beth & Rick
4/4 ELLIS: Please pray for my best friend’s, mom, Mary Jane Fair. She is in ICU and not doing well at all. Mrs Fair “Mom Fair” was like another mom to me when I was growing up. She is a strong Christian woman who is all about family and love. Please keep Mom Fair and her family in your prayers. As well as her doctors and caregivers, that they can figure out what is wrong and how to fix it. Thank you friends! Teri
4/4 KILGORE: Let us pray Psalm 91 over all our families, immediate and church and PRAYER WARRIORS, as we did with Kyle, put on War by Charles Jenkins with me and battle in the trenches against this relentless enemy for each of our loved ones!!! Chris and Jeff included! Darlene
4/3 CPC: Mary Alyce Shannon is awaiting surgery for a fall on Saturday. She will have surgery tomorrow morning to place a rod in her femur. That was the only spot on her leg that did not already have a rod placed in it. As of tomorrow that will have a rod as well. Pray that surgery goes well and she has a speedy recovery.
4/3 JOHNS: Today, I am writing in support of Chris Smith. For those who have never had the pleasure (sarcasm) of cancer and all the fun (more sarcasm) that goes along with the (sometimes) excruciating tests, treatments, and/or surgeries that accompany said cancer, you have no idea of the trials being placed on those fighting this dreaded disease (no matter which form of cancer it is), along with the toll it takes on the loved ones having to endure the journey with them.
There is a GREAT Spiritual battle going on here between God and Satan, a battle being fought on a much higher plane than we can see. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities of darkness. This is why the CPC prayer page is so important; it summons God’s great warriors into battle. God WILL prevail, because our God is a great and just God. Stay true to the word of God. Keep the faith and be strong in the Lord. Jeff
4/3 SMITH: This update is from Chris. I felt that he should do this update, so here it is:
This has been a journey that’s had many hills and valleys. A few months ago I wouldn’t have dreamed I hear the phrase you have cancer. This past week has been a roller coaster ride. I started the week in the cancer center getting some fluids to help with nausea. A few days later the nausea has gone away. However I now have blood in my urine. Hills and valleys. I was just told today that my treatment was being delayed and I need to see my urologist about the blood in my urine. I feel physically better but am afraid of more tests, more Dr.’s visits. I just want to be well again.
God has been faithful through it all. God is my rock and refuge. To say that it has been easy would be the understatement of the year. What I do realize is that all the prayers and support has been extremely helpful and encouraging. The enemy has come to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our hope, but Jesus came to heal our mind, body, and soul and to give life and hope. My hope is in Him! My strength comes from Him! My joy and peace are secure in Him! I strongly believe my Lord will destroy cancer! Never give up hope! Exodus 14:14 Chris
4/2 BOMBECK: Cousin Greg did not have lung procedure today. He is waiting for doctor and insurance approval. Thank you for continued prayer. Jan
4/2 CPC: Please keep Pastor & Vickey Makari in prayer for a faster and fuller recovery. Prescheduled procedures had to be postponed due to the slow recovery from the flu.
4/2 WOOTEN: Just to let the Zippie and Work families know that prayer from NC is added to the Covenant family prayers for Kyle. Since there is some good news I praise the Lord who hears and answers our anxious prayers. still miss the friends from Covenant after two years. Gert
4/2 CPC: Bill, a man from Covenant’s neighborhood, has recently been diagnosed with some significant health concerns. (His wife, Sandy, has asked for prayer).
4/1 BOMBECK: Please pray for my cousin, Greg Vince, fighting cancer which has made a cavity in his lung. He will have a procedure to close this cavity Monday. Greg knows about Jesus but doesn’t have a relationship with him. Thanks
3/30 ZIPPIE: I am reaching out once again on behalf of the Work family to praise God for some very hopeful news on this Good Friday. Kyle’s landlady sent a text to inform Rick and Beth that a police officer strongly believes that he talked to Kyle. He is camping near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and appears to be well-fed. The officer is off duty for the next few days; however, we are praying that another officer will also be able to communicate with Kyle, as well as Rick and Beth. Praise God for his landlady who never gave up her search for him. Pray that Kyle will reach out to his family or his landlady and know how deeply they (and so many others) care about him. Most importantly, pray that God will speak truth into Kyle’s heart and allow him to feel the grace and forgiveness of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Kim
3/30 STEWART: Update: Keith had 2nd round of immunotherapy on Wednesday. Blood work is good. Weight is maintaining. Biggest concerns are his fatigue level and getting his back pain under control again. For 3 weeks he has had a need to take more oxycodeine to get relief. He starts an increased dose of phentynal patch today. Praying this works. The pain is not directly related to the cancer.
3/27 MILD: Thanks for your prayers! Ernie Tomko was discharged from the hospital today. Carolyn
3/26 MAKARI: When I was discharged from Trinity on Thursday, March 8. I was then homebound to Monday March 19. I couldn’t do anything due to my extreme dehydration, nausea, and a temperature of 103.6. Vickey poured fluids and over-the counter medication into my system (Sudafed, Advil, cough medicine). But I kept getting worse.
On Monday, March 19 in the afternoon, Vickey contacted Dr. John, who admitted me to Weirton Medical for dehydration. The hospital ran more of the usual tests and I was diagnosed with Influenza B. I stayed at the Weirton Medical Center from March 19 to March 22 receiving tons of IV fluids, antibiotics, potassium and several pain injections.
After being discharged at 7:00 am on March 22nd, I went straight to Dr. John’s office for an appointment with Dr. Robert Maraca of the Allegheny Hospital. Dr. Maraca (a cardiologist and surgeon) comes to Dr. John’s Clinic in West Virginia twice a month. On that day, an appointment was set for another heart echogram at the Allegheny Hospital on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 10 am. A decision would be made then regarding the procedure (whether it is needed or not).
And as if, this “cup of wrath” wasn’t enough, Vickey now has the same type of influenza (B) and on the same medication. She found out this to be so after she went to Easy-Care as a walk-in patient.
I am sure, our recovery would be very slow due to the severe cold weather and high winds we have been contending with for months. I meant “Global Warning.”
Please keep us in your prayers. I miss you all and thank you for the limitless number of letters and cards through which you have expressed your love and concerns. God bless, Philip
P.S. Still no phone calls, visits or texting PLEASE. WE LOVE YOU
3/26 ANONYMOUS: Prayers for: Jim – infected finger, Mary – healing of brain, John – finances/cancer, Katherin – wisdom, patience and peace.
3/25 ZIPPIE: Sheryl Scarmack was admitted to Sharon with chest pains. Please pray for healing for Sheryl, peace for Sheryl and Joe, and wisdom for the doctors. Kim
3/24 KILGORE: in response to Zippie’s request- to ALL prayer WARRIORS, put on the song WAR by Charles Jenkins and intercede for Kyle-for we ARE dealing with a real enemy and this is truly a TIME FOR BATTLE. Darlene
3/23 ZIPPIE: I am reaching out to our church family prayer warriors on behalf of the Work family. They covet your prayers for Kyle. He left his apartment last Friday in California and hasn’t been seen since. His landlord has been relentless in trying to find him. He doesn’t have his phone with him, so there is no way to communicate with him. Please also pray for God to grant peace and strength for Rick, Beth, Cody, and Derek during this very difficult time of the unknown and waiting. Our God is Jehovah Jireh…our Provider! Kim
3/23 MILD: Ernie Tomko has improved a little. They have taken out the oxygen tube but he has a long way to go. Thanks for your continued prayers. Carolyn
3/22 JEAN BROWN: Pray for Mary (stage 4 cancer), Danny (diabetes problem), Kathy (cancer).
3/21 SMITH: Chris was suppose to have his chemo treatment yesterday, but because he wasn’t feeling well (food poisoning), it had to be delayed until today. He is almost done with his in the center chemo and will be getting the pump attached soon. Friday when he goes in to get detached from the torpedo (I think the pump looks like a torpedo), they will attach a certain med to his arm that will inject into him on at a certain time. It is to help with the WBC count so he doesn’t have to worry about them dropping and he doesn’t have to get shots. The med is Neulasta. Praying this helps.
3/20 SMITH: After the last chemo treatment, Chris’ WBC went to a low of 0.8. Because of that, he had to get 3 shots of Filgrastim to boost up the cell count. He had his bloodwork yesterday and everything was good to go for treatment today. They test anything and everything including viruses and such. Last night we had tried the new Greek restaurant and the food didn’t sit well with Chris. His digestive system is not right at the moment. He called the cancer center and they told him to take Imodium AD. They delayed his treatment and he will go in tomorrow if all is good. So we need prayers that his digestive system will heal and treatment will commence tomorrow.
3/20 SZABO: Here is an overdue Praise about Mark and Scott (Karen’s brothers-in-law). Both are healing well and have been able to get back to work at somewhat limited capacity. Scott is still in a boot for his broken ankle, but is able to put weight on it. The cuts on his face are healing well. Mark’s arm is also healing well. The most recent x-ray shows the pieces of the bone that could not be replaced have calcified and are healing well! Thank you for any prayers said for these two men and their families. Continued prayer for further healing as they still have some more till they are up to full ability. Cathy
3/19 ORLANDO: Prayer for thyroid test to be clear for me. Lynn
3/19 SCARMACK: Joes cousin, William “Bob” Pelini, 90, is on dialysis for kidney failure and is failing. Sheryl
3/19 DAUGHERTY: I would like to thank everyone for all the help and prayers and visiting at the hospital the 2 time I was in for my stomach. Donna
3/17 CPC: An update on Pastor Makari: A surgeon from Steubenville suggested an open heart surgery to repair the main heart valve, which is close to dysfunctional. Seeking a second and third opinion, by doctors from the Allegheny Hospital, he was told that the valve repair doesn’t require an open heart surgery; rather, a 15 minute procedure would do the job without cutting into the heart. An appointment was set for pastor Makari to be seen this coming Thursday (March 22nd) at 10 AM by Dr. Robert Maraca of the Allegheny Hospital ( a heart specialist) and Dr. Cherian John (also, a heart specialist) from West Virginia to decide on the day and time for the procedure. Pastor Makari is very thankful for your concerns and prayers. No visits or phone calls for the time being.
3/17LACAMERA: Update prayers for my friend. Father has passed away. Now is concerned about mother who is 96. Praying for mercy and grace for this family and that he find the Lord.
3/17 LACAMERA: Prayers please for my friend Linda’s 87 year old father. He is at StE’s being treated for bacteremia after urologic procedures. Her mother passed in 2017. She is very worried. Please pray for peace for my friend and healing …that the antibiotic is effective.
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3/16 CPC: Our sympathy is extended to Betty Mannion and family. Her mother passed away yesterday.
3/15 STEWART: All went well. Doctor pleased. We are home and ready for naps. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Hopefully peaceful times are ahead. Cathy
3/15 MILD: Please pray for our brother-in-law Ernie Tomko. He has been moved to a hospital in Pittsburgh. He has pneumonia and also has a bad heart. Thanks, Carolyn
3/14 STEWART: And we’re on our way. Things start at 5:30 am!! The main event is closer to 9ish but all those pesky pre-tests that have to be done. Staying close to hospital tonight. Cathy
3/13 SMITH: Chris is in the Cancer Care Center now getting his bloodwork done. They are calling his oncologist to find out what to do. The WBC is very low again at 0.8. We are in need of prayer that it goes up, that the oncologist will know what to do, and because of our girls being under the weather so Chris doesn’t get sick. Once I know more, I will be updating this post. Just please pray. Angie
3/12 MANNION: Please pray for Betty’s parents. Her mother is going on hospice and her father is having open heart surgery today. Betty has been released from the hospital and is back at her rehabilitation facility. Dave
3/12 ERRICO: Pray for my mom, pray that my DUI goes well on March 26th. Bless my home that I just paid off. John
3/12 TESTANI: My friend, Deb, is having a hard time with the loss of a close friend. Gretchen
3/12 ORLANDO: Pray for safe travel mercies for my son, Erik, this week. Lynn
3/10 LACAMERA: Prayers for peace in my heart about recent disappointment regarding a friend. Praying for my discernment in the future. Thy will be done. Marlene
3/9 AITKENS: My finances improve so I can get the medical procedures I need soon. Katherin
3/9 WILSTER: Oh boy, in need of prayer again. I ask with the recognition that my problems are minimal compared to others listed here. I am scheduled for hip replacement surgeryon April 6th (yay, I will get my life back). Bad thing is I found out that I am anemic so I have to go on some kind of care path. Please pray that those old red corpuscles get some company. Also, my father will be moving into Juniper Village at the end of the month and I have to tell him this evening. This will be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I don’t think my dad has ever been happier in his life than this past year. God prepared the perfect home for him. Please pray that God will bless my dad with an accepting spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Kathy
3/8 CPC: On Monday evening, Pastor Philip Makari was taking the trash to the curb. He suddenly passed out and fell flat on his face in the driveway without any sign that would happen. He heard a crack in the head, was rushed to the hospital, had scans, X-rays, blood tests, echogram for the heart, and a heart cath., and after two and a half days at the hospital for observation he was released yesterday. Doctors came to the conclusion that he is suffering from a severe aortic stenosis, which requires surgery (possibly an open heart next week). He will be seeing three other doctors today and on Monday for a second opinion. Please keep he and his wife, Vickey, in prayer.
If you would like to bring a card to church with you, there will be a basket at the back of the sanctuary. We will send him a large box of our well wishes!
3/7 STEWART: Busy but productive week. Had the immunotherapy on Monday. All went well. Saw the neurosurgeon today and the gamma “knife” radiation is the best way to treat the the very small tumors. The doctor is very positive about the results. Scheduled for 3/15. Praying the insurance company agrees. Keep those prayers coming! Cathy
3/6 KELLEY: Please pray about the temporary loss of my father. Joseph
3/6 SMITH: Chris is an overcomer. He has overcome many things since November 30: surgeries, infections, low WBC count, and cancer. We know that with God fighting, the cancer is not an issue. With Him, we can overcome what gets thrown at us. We are are sitting here with chemo session #3. As always, he’s working while getting treatment. (Corey, if you are reading this, I think a raise should be coming Chris’ way .) I do want to thank all he works with for allowing him to work from home during this time. Also for the prayers and other support you have given us. We did receive a package from Ms Claus Club from Pittsburgh. I had to laugh seeing that return address and seeing it was for Chris. Not every day you get a package from Ms Claus . Here it is an organization that does care packages for those fighting cancer and going through chemo. When we opened the card, it gave us the name of who referred Chris’ name. Thank you Mary. That was an awesome thing to open before we had to leave for his treatment. God has has been so good at supplying the support for us when I (in all honesty), didn’t know would be there. I am still learning the “receiving” process since I am more of a giver. Again to everyone, THANK YOU!! “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
3/5 SMITH: Chris just had his bloodwork done today and we got the results. PRAISE GOD HIS WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT IS UP!!!! Thank you everyone for praying for it to go up. He can go in tomorrow and get his chemo treatment as normal. No pushback. It’s funny how we are excited that he gets to get his chemo tomorrow, but when you are faced with a low WBC count, getting a treatment held makes it longer to be completely done, plus it risks him being more susceptible to illnesses. So yes, we are excited to do this chemo treatment!! Again we thank everyone for your prayers. Keep them coming. The verse that has been coming to me with all this is:
“9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9
3/4 LACAMERA: Praying that communication with a close friend opens up as this is very unsettling for me. There has been no disagreement, only a recent , sudden silence. I have reached out in support. I am in need of closure if nothing else. It is difficult to wait; anxiety provoking. Also praying that this friend is alright and for their salvation. Marlene
3/4 SIMON: Thank you to everyone for all prayers – Born yesterday at 6:22, 6:23 and 6:24 were: Libby Ray Daugherty 2lb 15 oz, Hayes Boomer Daugherty 4lb 6oz, Penelope Day Daugherty 3lb 14oz, God is so good!
3/4 STEWART: This past week didn’t go as planned. There was confusion of the dosage for the medications on Wednesday. The Doctor was out sick. End result: no treatment. It is rescheduled for Monday. Lab results are good! Weight is stable. MRI’s on Thursday got done. Friday got the phone call I asked for from the Doctor. The brain is showing several small lesions. Within a few hours we had an appointment Tuesday at Presby with our original neurosurgeon. We will find out if gamma treatment is possible . Found out his back pain is due to spinal stenosis and a few bulging discs. Means an orthopedic consult for some pain management. God has a plan. Waiting for it to be revealed isn’t easy. Cathy
3/1 SIMON: Update from Jenna on the triplets: Every morning I look to God to give me strength to get through the day, mentally, physically and emotionally. Without him, I wouldn’t have hope. In him, I have everything I need. Over the past 8 weeks I’ve been able to reflect a ton on how God has worked ongoingly in my life. I’ve learned that God doesn’t speak to me in my day to day moments very often. As I’ve grown in him, I’ve learned that he uses my past to help get me through my present. I have seen heartache (a big amount of it self-inflicted) and been through incredibly trying times and God has always, always, always seen me through. And it’s not that I just survive these storms, I grow from them. In the midst of my storms, I long to hear his voice and sometimes I don’t. Like now. I don’t understand this plan. I don’t understand being pulled from my family. I don’t like not being able to relish in our last weeks of being a family of 4 and I don’t like not being able to get the nursery ready and do all the fun things…oh geeze I don’t know…like be out in public that most pregnant women get to do. If I let myself dwell on it too long, I feel robbed and get a little upset. BUT, I have a ever-growing history of putting my life and situations into God’s hands that is 100% foolproof. His plans have consistently worked out better than I could have ever imagined or even thought of. And so that is how I’ve learned God speaks to me. He humbles me to a point of reliance and obedience. I fully accept what He has in store for my life. It doesn’t mean I always like it, or think it can be done a better way, but in time, His love and grace in my life is as soul quenching as water I’m reminded of just how good of a Father He is. I can’t get enough.
2/28 WILSTER: Extra prayers for Keith’s pain relief, for healing of Jeff’s hernia (and ability to continue blessing us with his violin), and for Chris’s protection at the dance and from low blood counts. I have an appointment with the surgeon next Thursday. Please pray I can have the hip replacement as soon as possible. Thank you. Kathy
2/28 SMITH: Chris has had 2 chemo treatment done already. Yesterday he had bloodwork done and we just got a call from the cancer center. His white cell count is low, very low. He can’t be around people much especially crowds. He was given permission to go to the princess ball Friday with the girls, but has to stay away from people and use tons of hand sanitizer. Monday he will go in and get bloodwork again to see if the count has gone up or not. If it stays low, they will give him a certain shot and his treatment will be held for another week. We need prayers covering him that the count goes up and treatment doesn’t get withheld. Angie
2/28 STEWART: So 2/28 is treatment day. First day of opdivo and yervoy. If all goes well in at 9 and out by 1. Thursday is MRI day. Regular follow up for brain and one to try and diagnose the back/shoulder pain that has been acting up again. The patch isn’t controlling it so oxycodeine pills are in use again. Please say an extra prayer. Cathy
2/27 MANNION: Betty, my sister-n-law is back in Sharon Regional in ICU. Please continue to pray for her and for her family. Pray that the doctors have wisdom in treating her, as well. Barb
2/23 JOHNS: The past few days I’ve had a lump on my belly, right above my navel. Today I asked the school nurse for an opinion on which doctor to see first and she said the oncologist, just in case it’s a cancerous tumor. The oncologist checked it out and said he thought it was an umbilical hernia and made an appointment for me to see a surgeon for confirmation, this on top of starting chemo on Monday. So my fellow prayer warriors, it looks as though we’ve ticked off Satan and he’s trying to regain the upper hand, something that ISN’T going to happen, for we have God on our side, and God is in charge. So, once again, I invoke Ephesians 6:10-18 and don the full armor of God for protection. Jeff
2/23 WILSTER: Thank you for you prayers regarding my work situation. I can’t believe the calm I feel, given the circumstances. I prayed for the Armor of God and He supplied a protection of steel. The arrows were expectantly sharp but my God is He that is in (me) than he that is in the world. How do I count the ways….Kathy
2/22 BEALL: Thank you for your prayers for last week. Beth, Nathan & Alejandra are in Mexicali, Baja California hoping to get Alejandra’s birth certificate today….not a positive but after they get that continued prayers that they can receive her passport & visa. At that point she can live in the USA with them. T his process has taken over 3 1/2 years. Please pray.
2/22 WILSTER: Urgent prayers needed for protection at work. The enemy is striking. Pray I will put on the full armor of God. Kathy
2/22 LACAMERA: Praying for full restoration of health from recent bronchitis and chronic sinusitis. Apparently my immune system is low due to stress. I have had laryngitis since yesterday and need my voice in order to do my job. Marlene
2/21 CPC: Rev. Billy Graham has passed away. May we continue to lead people closer to God.
‪“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”‬ ‪—Billy Graham (1918–2018)‬
2/20 BOMBECK: Please join Jim and I as we lift Elija and his team heading to LA this Saturday to serve at The Dream Center and Skid Row. The final preparations are coming together but there are still a few unmet needs. Please pray for protection and wisdom for these 16 GCC students as they spread the good news of Jesus. Jan
2/20 CPC: Pray for one of our missionaries, Sherry. Her mother is battling for her life and she is staying with her and still trying to fulfill her missionary duties.
2/20 SMITH: Here we are at chemo session #2. Chris is sitting here working while getting his treatment. This past Sunday during church, the sermon was about Jesus and his 40 days in the desert. During that time, Jesus was being tempted, but he was also listening to his Father. He came out stronger after his days were up. As we go through our desert (cancer/chemo), we know Satan is trying to temp us. I also do know that in this desert experience, we have been able to listen to God more clearly. God is with us and fighting for us. I have been able to tell Satan that he has no power over us. When this experience is over, we will be coming out stronger. It will be inspirational to others, showing them to just continue to cling to God in their desert. As I was sitting here writing this entry, a perfect song came on K-Love: “Refuge” by Finding Favour.
2/20 BOOTE: My father, Lynn Brumm passed away on February 18. Our family held our membership at Covenant for many years. My dad also served as an elder there. His obituary should be in the Herald soon. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at McGonigle’s and from 10:00 -10-45 on Saturday with the funeral to follow at 11 at the funeral home. Nancy Boote
2/19 BOMBECK: Prayers for Jeff Johns as he battles illness with the help of Jesus. Satan has no place here. Jesus reigns! Jan
2/19 ELLIS: Please pray for my mom, Sarah. She had knee surgery on 12-6-17 for a torn meniscus but it hasn’t healed properly and she is still have a great deal of pain and a lot of problems with it. She is currently undergoing a series of shots in the knee but if these don’t help the doctor feels she may need a total knee replacement. Please pray for healing and pain relief. Thank you so much! Teri
2/19 COSTELLO: My mom had her heart cath and there was “only” 40-50% blockage so no procedure was necessary. She will be on heart medication and they are sending her home today. Thanks for all your prayers. God is good! Cathy
2/19 ORLANDO: Pray for patience for patients for my son, Erik. Lynn
2/18 JOHNS: After MUCH prayer and numerous arguments and debates with myself, I have decided to give it my best fight and go ahead with the chemo treatments. As of Friday, I was bound and determined NOT to go through with the treatments. Anyone who has been through chemotherapy understands how someone could come to that decision. Besides, all the voices in my head said ‘forget it; it’s not worth it’.
Well, God had a different plan. I have received many cards of encouragement from the Covenant family and know that everyone is praying for me. Additionally, after Friday night’s performance of “Moses” at Notre Dame Church, an Angel of God came over to me and Becky and said how happy she was to see me this week, that the energy in the room changed when I walked in to rehearsal, and how she and others at Notre Dame have been praying for me. She went on to say that God gives the toughest battles to His best warriors, and to not give up the fight. It was at that point that I knew the voices I was hearing in my head was the work of Satan. AND to top it all off, this was confirmed by Dr. Stauffer’s sermon today in Church (Matthew 4:1-11).
I want to thank everyone for all the prayers and support you have sent my way, encouraging hard-head, stubborn old me to fight the fight and to meet this challenge head-on. God Bless. Jeff
2/18 SPEARS: After talking with our son Todd tonight, he shared that he was feeling better. Perhaps some stiffness. He takes a rest time and will lay down for awhile. Todd wants to extend his thanks to you for your prayers. It is working and he is thankful. PTL– Jim and I thank you also. Evelyn & Jim
2/17 COSTELLO: Barb Madura was released from the hospital today and is resting at home.
2/17 STEWART: Keith had a CT 2 weeks ago and we saw the doctor last week. After such great results before, it was hard to hear that the drug isn’t continuing its job. Very slight increase in primary tumor(0.1cm)but an adjacent node is now enlarged. Plan is to go backs to IV drugs. Two immunotherapy drugs given at same time. He starts on February 28th. Weight is stable, spirits are good. Pain is back in his shoulder blade. MRI coming soon. The journey continues.
2/16 COSTELLO: Please pray for my mom, Margaret (Peg) who is in Florida and just had a heart attack. No details yet. Cathy
2/15 SPEARS: Our son, Todd, is dealing with spasms in his back and under a doctor’s care. Hasn’t worked for 3 days and trying to get back on track. All this deals with a disc in his back which means pain. He has medication which should help to relax the muscles. Appreciate your prayers. Evelyn & Jim
2/14 READSHAW: Bill fell on Sunday and broke his hip. He had surgery and will be heading to a rehab facility. Please keep him in prayer.
2/13 BEALL: Beth and Nathan have adopted a daughter, Alejandra. The Mexican government is working on a birth certificate & passport for Alejandra to live in the US with them. We are asking for prayer that the process would be expedited so that she could accompany Beth and Nathan to her “grandfather’s” 80th birthday party on March 17th when the Beall family is having a celebration. Bev
2/13 SPEARS: Jim’s sister, JoAnn Borelli, has passed away.
2/9 MANNION: Update on Betty Mannion: She was released from the hospital and sent to Grove Manor in New Wilmington for rehab. She was able to stand the other day and is gradually getting stronger. Continued prayers needed. Thank you! Barb
2/8 SMITH: Chris just got the chemo pump taken off!! He did fine for the first chemo cycle. No nausea, no anything. On my last journal post, I had mentioned that we went to Firebean Espresso and Chris got suited up with the whole armor of God. Kim told Chris that the stuff that was going to be put in him, isn’t going to be chemicals and it won’t have any bad side effects. What was going to go in Chris was all Jesus. I believe this is why he didn’t experience any ill side effects. Jesus is all through him, fighting. Here is to 1 cycle down, 11 to go!! Angie
2/8 JEAN BROWN: Pray for Geno. He has pneumonia. Continue to pray for Mary with stage 4 cancer. Thank you.
2/7 DAUGHERTY: The babies and me are doing well! I’ve managed to only go half crazy with being in bed for 35 days straight. We’re still just taking each day as it comes and I am so grateful for the extra time we’ve been able to get with the babies growing in my belly. My doctors are confident in their development at this point and would no longer move mountains to stop labor…which is scary and exciting all at once! Triplets are typically born between 32-34 weeks so I’d like to keep them in as long as possible but even still, just a few more weeks and we’ll be able to meet them!
Every once in a while, the babies will show elevated ratios (kind of like blood pressure) for their umbilical dopplers but it always corrects itself. It’s not uncommon for multiples but it’s something the doctors keep their eye on. My cervix has shortened some more and as of Sunday it is averaging 1 cm which was kind of a big drop from last week where it was 1.7 cm. It definitely doesn’t have much further to shorten but I’m confident that God has everything under control and is looking out for all of us. The babies will come in His perfect timing and I continue to pray for wisdom and insight for each of my doctors and nurses.
It’s taken a village to get us to this point. Between my in-laws getting Jake to and from school and the boys situated in the evenings before Brian gets home, my friend Kim who watches Theo for us on Fridays, my mom and Erin cooking meals and my dad watching Theo and keeping me company, the generous gift cards to restaurants…everything, and everyone in our lives has graciously stepped in to fill some type of need. Last Friday was the 1st of 3 Fridays for the Diaper Drive that our friends have organized and it’s humbling to know how many friends, family and completely strangers are willing to help! God provides in ways that I never see coming.
2/7 FROM OUR MISSIONARIES: The New Castle, PA Ministerium meets today in the LATCOM office. Pray for a time of good fellowship and encouragement for the men and women who work in Christian ministry in the New Castle area.
2/7 BRAYMER: At his request, there are no calling hours for Stan Rambeck (Linda Braymer’s father). A Memorial Service – open to all – will be held at his church, Christ Lutheran, 396 Buhl Blvd, Sharon at 11:00 on February 24th.
2/7 JOHNS: Met with the oncologist yesterday. He said that since the cancer is in my lungs it is now Stage IV and is from the esophageal cancer. He is ordering up pathology to check for Her2-positive, a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes the growth of cancer cells.
The doctor wants me to go back on chemotherapy. This chemo drug is something that is potentially very bad for an accomplished musician such as myself as it can cause neuropathy in the fingers. You also must watch when going out in the cold; gloves, hat, scarf are essentials. Significant amounts of liquid are also essential when on these drugs.
After the chemo session is over, they would be attaching a chemo pump with Fluorouracil (or 5-FU) that would be attached for the next 48 hours. You then need to return to the hospital for the pump to be removed. This is done every two weeks for the foreseeable future (from 8-12 doses). Additionally, I would have to have blood work done every two weeks to make sure that all blood counts look good prior to chemo infusion. This is all to fight the esophageal cancer that has attacked my lungs. This does not include starting on the other chemo drug, Xtandi, that he has been pushing on me in order to fight the prostate cancer (which I have NOT started yet).
AND…………prior to any chemotherapy, I need to get an echocardiogram to get a base line reading of my heart to make sure that I can tolerate the chemotherapy and continue to tolerate it.
I have some serious decisions to make in the next 24 hours. This is NOT something that I want to do.
If you check out Chris Smith’s January 27th prayer page post, you’ll see that my recommended treatment is almost identical to his.
I repeat; I have some serious decisions to make in the next 24 hours. This is NOT something that I want to do.
2/6 CPC: Please pray for Barb Madura. She had surgery last week and was to be released today. However, a staple broke and she had emergency surgery last night.
2/6 SMITH: This past Sunday, we were given 2 questions in Sunday school:
1. How have you been encouraged in your faith?
2. How can you encourage others in their faith?
We are now sitting here in the little room for Chris’ first chemo session. We know God has this and it’s not a problem for Him. Before we got here to the cancer care center, we went down to Firebean Espresso and our friend (my boss), helped Chris put on the full armor of God. So much encouragement!!! So much love! With the armor of God on, and with God being in control, we will fight this. We have been encouraged so much so much by our families and friends. To know that so many are coming along side of us, fighting with us, helps our faith. We are so grateful of everyone during this storm. Because of the encouragement that we are getting, we will be able to encourage others with the testimony of faith we have been going through. I challenge you to write down these questions and ponder on your answers. Verse for today: Isaiah 43:2 Angie
2/6 GAVALA: Please pray 4 Kim and Wes because my Uncle Wesley died unexpectedly on Saturday of last week. He was a Christian and that gives me comfort and he joined my Aunt Rene who died less than 6 months ago. My Uncle didn’t want a memorial service or funeral; so out of respect 4 his wishes I am not stating his last name. Renee
2/6 CPC: Our sympathies are extended to Linda Braymer and family for the death of her father, Stan Rambeck, last night.
2/6 WILSTER: Thank you for your prayers. At my appointment yesterday, the doctor said I was very ‘lucky’. Glory to God in the Highest!
2/5 WILSTER: Please pray for healing in my eye. I went to the E.R. last night after a glass shattered and a piece of glass got in my eye. Doctor thinks sclera (white part) was scratched but I have an appointment with an eye doctor today. Eye and hip pain are very stressful now. I know this is minor compared to what many are going through, but please pray God gives me an extra measure of strength at this difficult time. Thank you very much. Kathy
2/5 SIMON: Jenna Update: ” …and like a flood his mercy rains…” Jenna is now 29 weeks (and 2 days) and babies continue to grow and do well. Yesterday Dick and I had such an awesome experience and just amazed at God’s incredible creations. We got to be there during Jenna’s weekly ultrasound and saw each baby and heard each of their heartbeats. Baby A is 2lbs 11 oz; Baby B at 2lbs 15 oz and Baby C is now at 3lbs. Jenna and Brian thank you for all your prayers and cards. Please continue for the next few weeks as birth date grows closer for continued health and strength for Jenna and Babies; Brian, Jake and Theo for routines with out wife and mom and doctors and nurses for who are caring for them. Thank you to all – Barb and Dick
2/5 GAVALA: My Uncle Wes died unexpectedly on Saturday evening. Please pray 🙏 4 all of us! He was a Christian so I know he is in heaven now. Renee
2/4 VOLPE: Pray for my nephew, Josh Edwards, he is getting deployed Feb. 25. Linda
2/4 JOHNS: Jeff heard from the doctor Wednesday night regarding last weeks biopsy. Bad news. The cancer has spread to his lungs. The spots are from the esophageal cancer (as most likely are the infected lymph nodes). Jeff is now waiting to hear from the oncologist to find out what course of action is going to take place to fight this obnoxious, nasty little bugger (the cancer, not Jeff!). Please keep Jeff in your prayers. for by His stripes we are healed.
2/2 ELLIS: UPDATE on baby Michael. He has been released from Children’s Hospital. He was sent home with a nebulizer and is receiving breathing treatments at home. His respiratory condition is viral and so they just have to wait it out. Due to his breathing issues he is having difficulty nursing so that is a concern as well. Please continue to pray for healing. Thank you!
2/2 CPC: Our sympathy is extended to the friends and family of Gloria Blank. She passed away yesterday.
2/1 SMITH: Chris had the pet scan done Tuesday and he said he felt claustrophobic. Yesterday he got the port in and is now sore. Today we just got done with the oncologist appointment. The pet scan results came back clear!!!!! Praise God!!! That means the cancer cells didn’t travel to any other parts of the body. We still have to go through chemo to kill the cancer cells that are floating around in there since they were in the lymph nodes. There is a 50% chance this cancer will come back if we don’t do anything about it. With that said, Chris’ first chemo appointment is Tuesday. Please pray that next week it won’t be rough for him. As we pulled into the center, I spotted a rock that was placed there with the word Joy on it.
2/1 CORLEY: Pray for Brandon. He had spinal surgery and cannot walk. His girlfriend, Mary, also needs prayer. Eric
1/31 BOMBECK: Please pray for our son, Elija Bombeck, and his team of 15 other GCC students who will be traveling on a mission trip to serve at the Dream Center in the Skid Row area February 24- March 3. This is a very unsafe area so please pray for their safety. Most details of this group’s trip are set, but they still need transportation to Pittsburgh airport. Thank you for your prayer support. We know God will do amazing things.
1/31 ELLIS: Please pray for baby Michael. He and his parents are on the way to Children’s Hospital, please pray they can get him feeling better quickly. He’s been sick for about a month and the doctors here aren’t getting anywhere. Teri
1/31 MANNION: Please continue to pray for Betty. She was taken once again to Allegheny. She has to have a filter put in her leg to prevent blood clots from moving up to her lungs, heart, or brain. She is very discouraged, especially having to go so far from home. It is difficult for my brother-n-law to get there and they are having car problems. Pray God reveals Himself to them during this very trying time. Barb
1/31 MANNION: Betty, our sister-n-law is back in the hospital. Has bleeding from the stomach.
1/31 STEWART: Another round of chemo done. CT on Thursday to see how he is responding. Having rough day with nausea and break through pain. Weight holding at 138 to 139. Praying for continued response to this drug. Cathy
1/30 SMITH: We are to be at the hospital at 1pm today for the pet scan. Tomorrow we have to be at the hospital at 10:30am for the outpatient surgery of port placement. We appreciate the prayers and support in this journey. We appreciate the words of encouragement and not the discouraging words. We have chosen the path that has been placed in front of us for treatment. God is with us, fighting for us, and won’t stray us.
1/30 WILSTER: My mother will see a doctor tomorrow about very worrisome symptoms. Please pray peace and healing. Thank you. Kathy
1/29 CAMPBELL: Donna Daugherty is back in the hospital with an infection. She is on IV antibiotics and will be kept overnight. Please pray for a speedy recovery and her to return home tomorrow.
1/29 JEAN BROWN: Continue to pray for Mary with stage 4 cancer.
1/27 SMITH: Today we went in for the chemo education. So grateful that my parents went with us. Each session will last 3 hours. For 40 minutes of that, will be getting a steroid and anti-nausea meds. The rest of the time will be getting Oxaliplatin. This chemo drug is something we will have to watch for neuropathy. Chris will have to watch when going out in the cold. Gloves, hat, scarf, even drinking things. After his sessions are over, they will be attaching a chemo pump with Fluorouracil (or 5-FU) and he will be going home with that attached for 48 hours. This will be done every other week. He will be getting blood work done every week to make sure all his counts look good. We have an appointment on February 1st to get the pet scan reports and schedule the first chemo session. The nurse said he will be starting the week of February 5th. I ended up with tears while leaving the cancer center. Angie
1/26 BOMBECK: Please pray for Dick Sed that he regains strength, for doctors to find the effective course of action. He is scheduled for an angiagram on his foot Monday. Thank you from the entire Sed family.
1/26 LYON: My uncle made it through surgery today.
1/26 SMITH: Because cancer had to bring its ugly self into our lives, so much has changed.
The bad: surgeries, to tests, to chemo. The good is that we are gaining more faith, and being humbled by the help that friends and family are giving.
Our schedule:
  • January 26 is the patient education day at the cancer center. We will be learning more about the chemo, how it will be administered through the port, and how we will be handling it for the 48 hours it’s attached to Chris while at home.
  • January 30 is the day that’s scheduled for Chris to get the pet-scan.
  • January 31 is the day that Chris is scheduled to go in for outpatient surgery. The port will be put in place by our surgeon.
  • February 1 we go back to see our oncologist and get the pet-scan report and find out the exact day chemo will be starting.

I’m not going to lie and say that I’m not scared about everything, because I am. I also know Chris is scared too. The comforting part is knowing that God is fighting for us. He knows how we are feeling.

1/25 SZABO: An update on Mark and Scott. Both are progressing well. Mark has had an x-ray of his arm and the healing is looking good. He is doing some physical therapy exercises at home. Scott has had the stitches removed from his head. Continued prayer for their healing and for all the ones filling in for them on the farm. Thank you for your continued prayers.-Cathy
1/25 LYON: My uncle broke his hip, but he has an infection- temp 101.7 and low oxygen levels. He needs surgery, but with an infection, can’t yet. He’s a good 92, so pray he can get through this, as I know he has many more years. Mollie
1/25 GAVALA: Please pray 4 the Baldwin children because of the loss of their mom. She will B greatly missed by them.
1/25 LACAMERA: I am asking for prayer for friends and family members to open their hearts for acceptance of Christ in their lives. Marlene
1/24 LACAMERA: Please pray for my friend Linda Baldwin’s family (children and grandchildren). She went to be with the Lord late this afternoon. Marlene
1/24 JOHNS: I (Jeff) had a CAT scan back in December as a follow up to the March 30th surgery. The scan came back showing two spots on my right lung, and two infected lymph nodes behind my liver and kidney. I will be going to UPMC Passavant Friday morning for a biopsy of the spots on my lung to try to determine what’s going on, whether this is from the prostate cancer, or a re-occurrence of the esophageal cancer. Either way, I’m not looking forward to having a giant tree trunk shoved through my chest, into my lung, knowing the potential side effects. However, it is what it is. I have weathered much worse and lived to tell about it. I know that God is with me and His will be done. The procedure is scheduled for noon. Just remember me with a little prayer at that time as I’ll more than likely be sleeping through it (and here I wanted to watch………..darn. Maybe they’ll take pictures for me.). In His name, Jeff
1/23 LACAMERA: update: Linda is in the ICU with pneumonia and on ventilator. Please continue prayers. She is a RN and agreed to have this. Still has a lot of anxiety. Praying too for family. Marlene
1/23 ANDREW BRUNSON: Dear praying friends, Each day I pray the following: “Father God pour out on me, your son, the courage, strength, endurance, perseverance and steadfastness of Jesus, that I may run the race set before me and finish well, a bride resplendent, purified in the fires of faithful obedience, and worthy of Jesus, my Beloved and King of Glory.” I pray this over my family as well. I supposed it applies to all of us, especially in times of trial and testing. I feel like I am living in Isaiah 50:10 – hanging on in the dark. Thank you for standing with me – and for me – in prayer, and sharing in my imprisonment. It is a great encouragement when Norine tells me that prayer continues, even after this long time. Again, I thank you. May the Lord accomplish his purposes, do a deep and thorough work in me – and do it quickly! Andrew
1/23 CPC: Please join in praying that individuals from our family of faith will begin to sense callings to places of service and ministry in the neighborhoods around the church. Jesus talks with his disciples in John 13 about serving each other, and in vs. 17 tells them “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them”. The “smooth waters of safe harbor” where believers gather together in worship are where we are happy and content. But is my walk “too safe”? To really know God we need to get out into the great depths. If we don’t cut the moorings and venture out, God may break them by a storm to send us out.
1/23 JEAN BROWN: Continue to pray for Mary as she battles stage 4 cancer. Also keep Ray and Ninnie in prayer as they struggle with their diabetes.
1/23 WOODS: I have an update on Fred Elavsky for all our prayer warriors! He has finished all his radiation and chemo therapies, first blood work came back good. He is starting to regain his strength and is wanting to get up and out of the house for the first time in months. Praise God! In a few weeks he will undergo a scan to check to see if cancer is gone, so pray for his complete healing and a clean scan please! I heard someone say the big C is not cancer but CHRIST!! I agree and give him all the Glory ✝️🙏
1/23 LACAMERA: Please continue to pray for Linda & family. She was transferred to the ICU today as she was unable to sleep and was extremely anxious. Marlene
1/22 SMITH: Today was the rescheduled oncologist appointment. There is so much going through our thoughts right now. The oncologist highly suggests chemo with the stage of cancer Chris has. They had taken out 22 lymph nodes during the first surgery and 14 of them had cancer. Because of it being a stage 3 and that it’s in the lymph nodes, if we don’t do anything about it, the cancerous tumor will come back and it will be even harder to treat. He said 1 out of 2 people, the cancer will come back. Sadly when I was researching all of this, I read it could reoccur before the oncologist told us.
Time frame in all of this: we are looking to start chemo in 10 days. Friday we will go in for a chemo patient education day to learn about the port, the chemo pump that will be going home with him and much more. The pet scan is getting scheduled within this week. We will be talking with the surgeon Wednesday who will be putting the port in and making sure what that day will be. Feb 1st is our next oncologist appointment.

Before the appointment today, I received a text message:
“I am the God of your father Abraham, do not fear, for I am with you.”
Genesis 26:24

I then remember our go to verse that popped up right before Chris’ surgery.
“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Exodus 14:14

God is with us in this storm. Angie

1/22 LACAMERA: Linda is recovering from the flu in the hospital. Her immune system is compromised from the chemotherapy. Praying for complete recovery from the flu. She was due for a chemo treatment this week but this will likely be postponed. Thank you everyone for your prayers. Marlene
1/22 SIMON: Jenna update: Sunday afternoon an ultrasound with measurements was done. Being thankful babies now weigh 2.2, 2.2 and 2.3. Heartbeats remain in normal rates but have decelerated slightly and there is an elevation in the umbilical cords. All being monitored closely. Now in week 28 with a goal of reaching week 31. It’s been 20 days now and prayers have been answered. Please continue for Jenna for peace and health; the babies to continue to grow in size and strength; Brian in multi-tasking with hospital, boys, home and work; Jake and Theo for disruption in routines and missing their mom and for all the doctors and nurses involved. We thank you for your continued prayers. She is also very appreciative of the prayers and cards that have been sent with love expressed. The address is St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Room 330 8401 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
1/22 ORIS: Please pray for friends of mine and their families! They just found out about a mass on her husbands pancreas and he was transported immediately to Pittsburgh! Jill for strength and Frank for positive healing! My friend Linda to follow her Doctors orders after having back surgery. Thank you, Heather.
1/19 SMITH: Since Chris busted out of the hospital this week, he is now fighting a bad cold. We are trying to take care of it with home remedies so we don’t go to nasty cold meds. If anyone has a “kick the cold in the butt asap” remedy, please let us know. We are so grateful of the prayers and support we have have been receiving through this time. While Chris was in the hospital, I had to take off work to be with him, shuffle kids to school, from school, to sitters. It’s been tough for me to not be able to work right now and for the kids to not have a steady life. The kids still ask when I pick them up from school if they are going to a sitter. But with all this to deal with, I am thankful to those who have helped us. We know God is using this to Glorify his name. Angie
1/18 SZABO: Scott came home yesterday. Continued prayer for both Mark and Scott for healing in a timely manner. Also prayer for their families especially the children as they are young and are worried about their parents. Thank you:Cathy
1/18 CAMPBELL: Donna is out of surgery and all went well.
1/18 CAMPBELL: Donna Daugherty is in room 472 at Sharon Regional Hospital.
1/17 CAMPBELL: Donna Daugherty will be having surgery tomorrow morning at Sharon Regional. She’ll be kept overnight and would appreciate any prayers and visitors. I’ll post the room number tomorrow, when we find out. Craig
1/17 CPC: “Rev. Terry Mann is home and doing well. Thank you everyone for your prayers for surgery. When we know the next step in our journey we will let you know!”
1/16 SZABO: They are going to keep Scott in the hospital another night for observation. He will be in a boot for 6 weeks and he will have to be careful about head injuries in the future. Also prayer for his wife as she drives back and forth to the hospital. Once again thank you for your prayers.-Cathy
1/16 LACAMERA: I have been sick for past week with bronchitis. Received treatment but still not strong enough to return to work. My friend Ken has been sick for almost two weeks now. Praying for healing and return to health. Prayers for all who are suffering during this season. Marlene
1/16 SMITH: Chris has busted out of the hospital!!! He was discharged today with just oral antibiotics. The hospitalist wanted to do it by pic-line but Chris talked with the urologist about things and the urologist went to giving the antibiotics by mouth. Praise God!!!
We have another praise. After the first visit in the hospital last month, he was given radiation to check for blood clots. That radiation killed his taste for coffee. Didn’t matter what kind or where, it didn’t taste right. We went into Firebean Espresso right after discharged and Chris got prayed over for many things today and for the taste to come back. He tasted coffee for the first time today with no issue!!!
God is good all the time!!!!!!
1/16 SMITH: Today we talked to the hospitalist and he said Chris’ white cell count has gone down to a normal level. He has not had a fever for a few days. That is a good sign that this med is working. We are just now in a longer waiting period to figure out whether they will put him on the med by mouth or end up sending him home with the iv med. if they send him home on iv, they will have to put in a midline or pic-line. Hopefully we know more tomorrow when the urologist is in and we can talk to them all. Chris is still working while being in the hospital. He has been using the sliding tray as a desk. Angie
1/16 WILSTER: My sister’s friend, Amy, is a teacher at Mohawk Schools who was hit by a drunk driver. Amy has 8 broken ribs, 2 broken legs, 4 broken bones in her hand, a broken bone in her back, and a ruptured spleen. Please pray for Amy’s recovery and for the community. Another employee from the school district was killed by a drunk driver a couple of months ago. Kathy
1/16 BOMBECK: Thank you all for praying for Dick Sed. He doesn’t have MRSA. That’s the good news. The less good news is that the cause of infection is unknown. He will be on an antibiotic through IV for 6 weeks. His family is concerned that he is weak and not eating. Please continue to pray for them. Thanks so much. Jan
1/15 SZABO: I am sending another prayer request for my son-in-law’s family. Dave’s younger brother, Scott, was in a car accident this morning. He has already been examined and there are no internal injuries, but he lost some teeth and there was a small brain bleed, but they think it will resolve on it’s own. Praying for a quick healing. He was picking up extra duties due to Mark’s injuries. Some other family members and neighbors are going to help. Karen and Dave are also going to try and help with things. Please pray for healing and comfort for all concerned. Thanks Cathy
1/14 SZABO: a belated update on Mark. His surgery was Thursday. It was more difficult than hoped. They put it back together the best that they were able. He is trying to wean off of the stronger pain meds. Please pray for that and the healing of his arm. He is very appreciative of all the prayers. Thanks-Cathy
1/14 GAVALA: My husband, Bobbie 2 become a Christian!!! Renee
1/12 BOMBECK: Please pray for my Uncle, Dick Sed. He has contracted mrsa and is very weak, not doing well at all. Jan
1/12 SMITH: Update: chris will be here for the weekend. The antibiotic isn’t working to get this kidney infection out. They will be switching to a different one and it will be by iv. Pray that this antibiotic will kill the infection and that he will finally get better. -Angie
1/12 MANNION: They ended up taking Betty Mannion to Allegheny General. She said because of the clots, there is something wrong with the right side of her heart.
1/11 MANNION: Please pray for Betty Mannion. She was taken back to the hospital and just found out she has blood clots in her lungs. They are taking her to West Penn right now. Pray for healing and safe travels. Thank you!
1/11 SMITH: They moved chris to the 6th floor. He will be here 1 more night since he is having fevers still. They want to monitor him to make sure the oral antibiotic kicks in. We just want him better so he can come home. I don’t want anymore ER visits. -Angie
1/11 BAKER: Please pray for April. She has cancer around her heart. Annie
1/10 CPC: Mann update: Terry’s surgery did not go as expected. A malignant mass was found. The cancer has already spread and the pancreatic tumor would have been too big of a risk to remove. The next step is chemo. They will know more when the final biopsy report is complete. “But as always, God has this and always did and always will! Thank you for the continued support and prayers.”
1/10 SMITH: Update: Chris is still in ICU. He had his ct scan this morning and it all looked good. The UTI infection went to the kidneys. He’s on a strong antibiotic and will be there for a day or two. He is feeling better with a normal temp and hasn’t been having any more sweating. His one oncologist came in just a little bit ago and told him he will be getting a port in for the chemo. He will have 12 total sessions: 1 every other week for 6 months. Each session will be around 1-2 hrs and then he will be coming home with a chemo bag on him for close to 48 hrs. A nurse will have to come in and take the bag off. We will know more once we talk to Dr Mark Roth (he is putting the port in) and the oncologist again. -Angie
1/10 CPC: Our sympathies are extended to Jim Bestwick and family on the death of his brother, Richard.
1/9 SZABO: Mark is scheduled for surgery this Thursday at 4:30. PTL Also pray for his ability to rest and deal with the boredom of this down time. Thanks for continued prayer. Cathy
1/9 CPC: If anyone would like to send Rev. Terry Mann a card, mail it to the church at 263 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.
1/9 CPC: Our sympathies are extended to the friends and family of Mary Magargee. She passed away yesterday.
1/8 CPC: Pray for the Rev. Dr. Terry Mann. Tomorrow is his pancreatic surgery at 8:15am.
1/8 SMITH: So we are here at the cancer doctor and we may need to come another day. The cancer dr thinks the uti infection is in chris’ blood. He needs iv antibiotics.
1/8 SZABO: Update on Mark. He is able to move better and was put on oral pain meds. Also he was discharged and will have surgery on his arm as an out-patient. They feel he will not need surgery on his back. Continued prayer for healing and upcoming surgery. Thank you for continued prayer. Cathy
1/8 SIMON: Jenna Update: Contractions for the most part have stopped. Babies all have strong heartbeats and weight 1.8, 1.9 & 1.10. She has been moved from labor/delivery area into a monitoring room which will be home for duration. She reached 25 weeks on Saturday and goal is 32-34 weeks. Constant bed rest (laying down) and able to get up for only 10 minutes per day. Prayers for babies continued health and reaching goal; Jenna for health, peace and boredom; Brian for much traveling between work & hospital and taking care of home life, Jake and Theo for missing mom and normalcy. If you would like to send a card or note – Jenna Daugherty Room 330 St Elizabeth Hospital 8401 Market Street Youngstown, OH 44512.
1/8 SMITH: We finally got all the tests back. It’s a uti. That’s what was causing his problem.
1/8 SMITH: We are in the ER. Chris woke up and went to the bathroom. He then called me to come in. I went and he said he was dizzy. Then he started going down. I had to catch him and he had this weird look in his eyes. I had to slap him to come to. Angie
1/7 CPC: Daugherty baby update – Jenna has been hospitalized for the duration of her pregnancy. The babies are now 25 weeks. “My world right now is upside down and I don’t know what will happen from day to day but I have a great family and a great support system. Brian’s world is upside down playing single dad for the foreseeable future and my boys’ worlds have changed without having their mama there. I feel so blessed to have a so many people praying and all support surrounding us through friends and family. I have a God that is going before me making a way for us and although I get lonely, I never feel truly alone knowing that Brian, Jake, Theo, me and the babies are all in God’s strong and steady hands.”
1/7 SMITH: Chris will be seeing the oncologist tomorrow at 11:15 am.
1/6 SZABO: Today’s update on Mark. He was able to walk some last night with help. Yesterday during the day he could barely sit up. There is a possibility of doing surgery on his arm today. Continued prayer for all of this and thank you for all the prayers you have already prayed.
1/5 SZABO: Update on Mark. For some reason surgery may not happen till next week. Not sure why. Please pray the pain meds will curb the pain and give him some rest. Praying for God’s peace, and that surgery will still happen today. Thank you. Cathy
1/4 SZABO: Another update on Mark. He has a shattered upper arm. They are waiting on the Orthopedic surgeon for more information. The T12 vertebrae is compressed and a piece is pointing in toward the spinal cord. This is of course a major concern. They are waiting to speak with the neurosurgeon. Continued prayer. Thanks Cathy
1/4 SZABO: Update on Mark. When he fell he landed on his feet and then went onto his back. They are suspecting a possible collapsed lung. His vitals are ok. His wife is on her way. Prayer for safety in travel due to the weather also. Thanks-Cathy
1/4 SZABO: Please pray for our son-in-law Dave’s brother, Mark. He was working in one of the barns on their farm and he fell through an upper level of the barn. He fell about 20 feet. He is conscious and aware of what happened. His back and shoulder are in pain. He is being flown to a larger hospital since the live in a rural area. Prayer for Mark and the whole family. Thank you-Cathy
1/4 CPC: Daugherty baby update – Jenna went to the hospital yesterday (January 3) with some cramping. “As they were giving the babies steroids and magnesium and, me medicine to stop labor…I went into labor. They’ve stopped it and and it has started a couple of times overnight. It’s scary and overwhelming and painful but I keep reminding myself of Peter walking out to Jesus on the water in Matthew 14:31. My eyes are on him. The babies are holding up well. There is a great team ready to help should they decide to meet us soon. “
1/4 CPC: Our sympathy is extended to Bob Pinch and family. His wife, Peggy, passed away on Tuesday.
1/2 JEAN BROWN: Pray for my health concerns. Also, pray for the following: Mary (stage 4 cancer), and for Cathy to beat cancer.