Monday, January 31, 2011

Prayer Request - 1/31 - 10:06pm

Visitation for Lynn Ray Graham will be Tuesday night (2/1) from 6pm-8pm at Bright Holland Funeral Home.  Funeral services will also be at BHFH on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm.
Please continue to remember the family during this time.

Prayer Request - 1/31 - 7:26am

Dinah Border's friend, Lynn Ray Graham, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with cancer.  Please keep this family in your prayers. 
No other details are known at this time.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Prayers ANSWERED! - 1/28 - 8:48pm

Barbara Dean sent this message today:  "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. My test came back negative. Thank you dear Lord. And thank you for offering up prayers in my behalf."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prayer Request - 1/27 - 3:18pm

Dustin Strickland (Linda's son) was taken by CareFlight to Medical City/Dallas on January 11th.  He had swellling and bleeding on the right side of his brain.  He is doing really good and was to come home on Tuesday of this week, with more physical therapy.  Please keep Dustin and his family in your prayers as he continues to recover from this infection.

Prayer Request - 1/27 - 10:42am

Jeff Taber (works at Paris Ford) had a nerve in his face accidentally cut during a surgery 13 years ago.  The side of his face "fell".  For the last 13 years he has not been able to close his eye, hear or smile.  The doctors in Dallas have now determined there are procedures they can perform to get him back to his old self.  The first surgery is to fix his eye so that he will be able to close it.  They will place a weight in the eyelid.  The 2nd surgery is to remove the tumor from his ear and at the same time they will remove muscle and nerves from his legs to repair his ear and face.  The surgery will take about 10 hours and he will have to be off work for 4 to 6 weeks! 

Tony Clark (works at Kimberly-Clark) broke his leg back in December.  He had surgery on Tuesday and he is being released from the hospital today!  He had 17 screws and 2 plates inserted and they did not have to use bone graft aft all.  He doesn't know if he will have a hard cast for 3 weeks or move directly to the boot.  He's going to be off work for 3 months, to begin with, and see how things go, but he could be off as long as 6 months.  Just depends on the healing process.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Prayer Requests - 1/26 - 9:29pm

Allen Jumper was admitted to PRMC/South - Room 332 this afternoon with pneumonia.

Ruth Ann Stallings had double knee replacement surgery today.  Will probably be at Baylor for 10 days.

Matt Hanley had surgery for Chron's Disease in December and has had a little set-back.  An abscess has developed and is causing him pain. 

Tammy Huffman's Mom sent his message asked that we pray for their preacher:  "Everett Hodges of the Central Church of Christ in Denison.  He has cancer and now he has blood clots all over his body. Can't start cancer treatments. He is in Texoma Medical center in Denison."

Jerry & Linda Tackett's daughter-in-law has been diagnosed with a kidney disease.  (I don't know many details...we just need to pray for her!)

Dianna Welch is continuing to recover at home from her fall on Monday night.  She has a fractured pelvis and black eye.

Darren Hamner, who was involved in an accident on Sunday, has been released from the hospital in Dallas and was on his way home. 

Sarah Goree has been released from the hospital and has moved into The Home Place.

Bill Jones has been released from the hospital and is recovering from the flu at home.

Paul Gene Roden will have knee surgery on Feb. 9th here in Paris.

DON'T FORGET:  "The Spiritual Life You've Always Wanted" seminar with Randy Harris!  Starts Saturday at 1pm-4pm.  Combined class in the auditorium on Sunday morning and he will also bring the message during worship.  Childcare will be available on Saturday.  Please let Tanya Welch know ASAP so providers can be lined up!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prayer Request - 1/25 - 8:28pm

Dinah Border's friend, Lynn Graham, has been battling cancer for the last few years.  She sent this message tonight:  "Lynn was to come home from the Baylor.  Given a few days to live.  Prayers for peace in the Graham family and smooth transition for Lynn to eternity."

Prayer Request - 1/25 - 1:50pm

I just talked with Mark Welch....Dianna did NOT break her hip, but she does have a FRACTURED pelvis and a black eye.  She is very sore and is at home resting now.

Prayer Requests - 1/25 - 10:55am

Lindsay McCarter sent this message today:  "Our family could really use the prayers from our church family at this time.
  *My mom, Dianna Welch, fell last night and got banged up pretty bad and has a possible broken hip. They are at the Orthopedic Clinic now.
  *Also, as stated before, my Granny (Barbara Dean) is awaiting test results.

  *My grandparents, Roy and Lillian Welch, and their declining health is a great concern for us right now. Pop has recently been moved to Pine Tree and my grandmother, Lillian, has fallen and has pneumonia. 
  *Please pray for my dad Mark Welch and his siblings, Diane McFadden & Tom Welch, as they are taking care of her.
There are so many hurting people in this world with their own problems. I know that our family is not the only ones that need prayers, but I also know that the more people praying the better. That is why I am making this request. God is so good to his people and I know that He is in control and is the ultimate healer. He has a plan. Pray that we can all trust in His plans! Thanks for everyone's support!"

Also, Derald Bulls sent this message this morning:  Darren Hamner and his son Korbin were injured in an accident.  Darren is in Parkland ICU and Korbin is recovering at home. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekly Update - 1/23 - 7:50pm

"A shepherd is one who already has a flock."  Thank you Patrick for the continued lessons on choosing our new elders.  After a 24 hour fast, do you have your choices made?  If you didn't receive your form, this morning, there are still plenty available at the Welcome Center.  These need to be filled out, signed and turned in NEXT Sunday!  The new elders will be in place by March 6th.

Jered, Tammy, Tyler and Jenna Kate...we will miss you all!  You're leaving an empty spot in our hearts!  We do wish you the very best as you start this new opportunity.  We love you! 
  • Bill Jones is in ETMC/Clarksville hospital.  They've done tests on him for the flu.  Please keep Mr. Bill on your hearts.
  • Sara Goree is still in PRMC/South.
  • Ruth Ann Stallings will have knee surgery on Wednesday (1/26).
  • Ed Bullard left church early today.  He was not feeling well.
  • Our prayers are with Brad and Jeanie Cecil as they are grieving the miscarriage of their baby.
  • Kimberly and Payden Daniels have been home bound lately.  Kimberly with a spider bite and Payden with strep throat.
  • Jay Anthony is having back problems.
  • Wayne and Ruth McFadden are at home sick.  He has the flu and she has a cold.
  • Cheyanne McClour-Phillips has the flu.
  • Anna Zant's parents, Joe and Christine Mashburn, are needing our prayers.
  • Jean McGee (John's Mom) had surgery this week, on her thyroid.  They found cancer, but, they do think they got it all.
  • Helen Caminade, Michelle Gillie's Mom, will have an angiogram tomorrow, Jan. 24.
  • Lesa Bulls' cousin, Betty Brockington, has a severe brain infection and is in ICU in a hospital in Houston.
  • Chase Wood's friend, Brianna, is dealing with some personal problems and needs our prayers.
  • Peggy Robinson had a scope procedure performed on Thursday of this past week...with no results.  Will be having more tests soon.
  • I (Molly) will be seeing a retina specialist on the 3rd to see if they can figure out what's behind where the cataract was.  I can't wait for Phase 2 to begin!  What a wonderful miracle this is!
  • Our sympathy goes to the Shields' Family as they mourn the loss of Mike.  He was the preacher at the First Assembly of God Church (across the street).  Visitation will be Tuesday night at 6pm at their church and the funeral will be at 10am on Wednesday morning also at the church.

DON'T FORGET!!!  This Saturday - 1-4pm Randy Harris will be here to speak on "The Spiritual Life You've Always Wanted".  Randy will speak again, to our combined classes, on Sunday morning and again during worship.  After our catered lunch, there will be a wrap-up session.

The Grief Recovery class has continued on Wednesday nights.  There are so many that are grieving and this is such a wonderful ministry.  Please keep Patrick and Mike Bishop in your prayers as they continue to work with this group.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SIMPLE SUPPER: This weeks' entree is Pot Roast! Be sure to call the church office to sign up to eat with us. Still only $2.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Canned Meat

Jan 26: Ladies Bible Class
Jan 29: Randy Harris Seminar 1-4pm
Jan 30: Randy Harris continues with 9am combined class in auditorium
Jan 30: 5th Sunday Catered Lunch after morning worship ($5 each person)
Feb 10: W.I.N.G.S 6-8pm (To familiarize ladies with opportunities of ministry)
Feb 13: Diaper shower for Amy Owens @ Dianna Welch's home (New baby's name will be Reed.)
Feb 13: Faithful Readers - "The Shack"
Feb 15: H.A.L.O.
Feb 20:  Blue Baby Shower honoring Jeanette Singleton - 1:30-3pm
Apr 22-24: LTC/Arlington

Prayer Request - 1/23 - 3:52pm

Brother Mike Shields' visitation will be Tuesday night from 6-8pm at the First Assembly of God Church.  His funeral service will be Wednesday morning at 10am, also at their church building.  Fry Gibbs Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Please continue to remember Judy and their family in prayer.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prayer Requests - 1/21 - 6:46pm

Bill Jones is in the Clarksville hospital.  They've done tests on him for the flu.  Please keep Mr. Bill on your hearts.

Prayer Requests - 1/22 - 5:10pm

Mike Shield's passed away this afternoon.  Please keep his wife Judy and their family in your prayers.  No other details are known at this time.

Barbara Dean asked for prayers for some tests that she had this week.  "Since I've had cancer once before I'm a little nervois about this situation, but I KNOW God is in control and will take care of me regardless of the results."

There will be a diaper shower for Amy Owens' on Sunday, Feb. 13th at Dianna Welch's house.  More details to follow!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

PRAISE - 1/20 - 7:20pm

I had the first surgery on my "bad" eye yesterday and tonight I am thrilled to report that I can see shadows in my left far!  I go for the post-op visit tomorrow.
After 54 years of seeing NOTHING...this is AMAZING!  God is so GOOD!
Thank you my precious prayer warriors!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prayer Request 1/19

April McClour is requesting prayers for Cheyanne.  She has the flu.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prayer Request - 1/18 - 1:30pm

Roy Welch remains in PRMC/S in the Skilled Nursing section.  This morning he fell out of his wheelchair and injured his head.  He did NOT re-injury his hip.  He will be moved to Pine Tree Nursing Facility tomorrow (Wednesday).  Roy is the father of Mark Welch and Diane McFadden.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekly Prayer Update - 1/16 - 10pm

Patrick brought a wonderful message to us this morning "A Character Sketch of a Godly Leader".  He gave many verses for us to study on this week as we get ready to pray and fast for 24 hours next weekend.
We are in need of more elders in order to better know and better serve our congregation.
Start your prayer and fasting at noon on Saturday (1/22) and end at noon on Sunday (1/23) with our Pot Luck Lunch.  If you have any questions about this, please contact one of our elders.

The Pot Luck will also be honoring Jered & Tammy as this will be their last Sunday with us.  Please join us to wish them God's blessings as they move from our area.

Congratulations to Brandon & Melissa Allen on the birth of their son, Walter Vincent Gantz Allen.  He was born on Friday, January 7th.  Proud grandparents are Paul & Rita Allen.  EVEN prouder great-grandparents are Jerry & Joyce Allen.
  • Sarah Goree has been admitted to PRMC/South.
  • John White will be having a pacemaker tomorrow (Monday) at Baylor/Plano. 
  • Kyle Easton, son of Chris & Linda, will be getting his 2nd epidural on his back on Tuesday. 
  • Kristy Rodgers was back at worship with us today.  She says that she is doing great.  Kristy had breast cancer last year and then a polyp showed up on her colon, last fall.  After removing a portion of her colon, she now has NO CANCER!  (WoooHOOOO!) 
  • Janie Russell asked for prayers for her grandson, Justin Russell.
  • Kari Ann Cannon asked for prayers for a co-worker.
  • Helen Caminade, Michelle Gillie's Mom, will have an angiogram on Jan. 24.
  • Matt Hanley has had his stitches out this week and is recovering at home in Denton now.
  • Mack Ray is continuing to recover from his heart surgery and is feeling great.
  • Hazel Cross, Sherry Welch's Mom, is at her home recovering from her stroke.
  • Mike Shields, the preacher at First Assembly of God Church across the street, is now at home with hospice.
  • Tanya Welch asked that we keep their daughter, Jordan, in our prayers for direction in her life.
On a personal note:  This Wednesday morning, I will have the 1st of 5 surgeries on my eyes.  (3 on my left eye and 2 on the "good" eye.)  I have had only light perception in my left eye all my life.  The technology of the 21st century has come so far that I will be given sight!!!!!  The Dr. says I won't have 20/20...I don't even have that in my "good" eye AND any sight is a gift, when you've had NONE! 
My left eye has Retinoschisis, a cataract AND "something" behind the cataract.  My right eye has a cataract.
Thank you ALL for the prayers, the BIG prayers, that you have sent up to our heavenly Father on my behalf. 
Stay tuned for more details!  WoooHOOO!
(Exodus 14:14  "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.")W.I.N.G.S.:  Plans are in the works for a ladies' night tea on February 10th from 6-8pm.  The purpose of this night is to familiarize our LACOC ladies with the opportunities available to be in God's service and to reach out to others.  Sign up at the Welcome Center or Ladies bulletin board.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SIMPLE SUPPER: This weeks' entree is Chicken Fried Steak! Be sure to call the church office to sign up to eat with us. Still only $2.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Pasta and Peanut Butter/Jelly

Jan 18: H.A.L.O.
Jan 19: Ladies Bible Class starts
Jan 22:  Prayer & Fasting starts at Noon
Jan 23:  Benedick's Pot Luck Lunch
Jan 23:  Pink Baby Shower @ 2pm for Staci (Skidmore) Hughey
Jan 23: LIFE Groups (evening)
Jan 29: Randy Harris Seminar 1-4pm
Jan 30: Randy Harris continues with 9am combined class in auditorium
Jan 30: 5th Sunday Catered Lunch after morning worship ($5 each person)
Feb 13: Faithful Readers - "The Shack"
Apr 22-24: LTC/Arlington

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prayer Request - 1/15 - 9:10pm

Mike Shields, the preacher at the First Assembly of God, across the street from LACOC, has been released from the hospital and is back in Paris with hospice care.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.  I've added his CaringBridge website to the right. -->

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PRAYERS ANSWERED - 1/12 - 6:55am

On a very personal note:  WOW!  When I asked you to pray, I had NO idea what you were praying for.  You were praying WAY BIGGER than I ever imagined!
There is a cyst/tumor/retainal detachment...SOMETHING...behind the "bad" eye that the Texas Retina Association will be doing more invasive testing on.  This will happen on Friday morning.  After that, they will confer with my Dr. over what to do next.  Surgery will start on the "bad" eye, then they will do the good eye.
I am BEYOND excited...cry/laugh/cry/laugh all at the same time!
Thank you all my sweet precious friends....God is SO good!

Prayer Requests - 1/12 - 6:44am

Margaret sent these messages: 
  • Linda Strickland called to let us know her son, Dustin, is being care flighted to Dallas with an aneurysm on the brain. We do not know which hospital.
  • Harley Staley was in the hospital over the weekend with flu like symptoms and has gone home today.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Update on Molly

This is what Molly's sister Mary posted on facebook a few minutes ago:

Ok, Martha just called and said Molly Melinda just came out of the dr. office and was thrilled to pieces. They seem to think that her blind eye may have a cyst/tumor/retinal detachment, behind it and the cataract in her good eye is really big. She has 2 more tests to get done and are trying to get her in to see another specialist while she is in town today. So, it sounds like maybe she will be able to see in both eyes!!!!!!!!What a blessing that would be!!! Keep praying everybody!!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Prayer Request Updates - 1/7 - 11am

Please keep these in your prayers:
  • Peggy Robinson was in Dallas yesterday, to see a specialist, regarding a second opinion on a mass that has been found in her stomach.  After consulting with her, she was set up for an appointment with yet another Dr. for today.  No other details are known at this time.
  • Kimberly Daniels is sick at home.
  • Mike Shields, the preacher at First Assembly (across the street from LACOC) is in a hospital in Dallas and is very ill.  He has had a severe reaction to the chemo that he's taking and is running a high fever.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Prayer Request Updates - 1/6 - 10:30am

While I am out of commission next week, Kathy Daniels will be taking care of Prayer Requests. You can contact her at 903-784-0557 or e-mail her at

Peggy Robinson is on her way to Dallas now for her visit with the specialist today.  Please pray for good test results and a safe trip.

Alvin Buchanan has been admitted to PRMC/South with pneumonia.

Doris Helm is at home very ill.

Carle Usry's friend, Matthew Barnes, left yesterday going to Army Basic Training in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

January 23rd is going to be a VERY busy day!  Here's a rundown for you:
After worship service that morning, we'll have a potluck lunch/going away for the Benedick's.
At 2:00 that afternoon, there will be a baby girl shower for Stacie (Skidmore) Hughey.
That evening, we will have our Life Group meetings.

Upcoming wedding dates to remember:
May 15:  Trevor Pringle and Brittany Young will be married in Bella Vista, Arkansas
Oct 8th:  Lacy Nabors and Jesse Anderson will be married in Commerce.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Prayer Requests - 1/5 - 12:06pm

Please keep these in your prayers:
  • Dee Lyons and her family - Health.
  • Matt Hanley - Recovering from surgery
  • Butch Munday - Recovering from surgery and complications afterwards.
  • Coby Whitaker (Dinah Border's grandson) - Recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Kathy Ballard (Bonham St. COC) - Health & strength
  • Pat Farrish (Lesa Bulls' parents preacher) - Is having problems with blood clots
  • Doug Faires' niece, Candice - Thanks for safe delivery

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reminders - 1/4/11 - 1:23pm

JANUARY 2011: Starting in January we will be starting the process of reaffirming our Elders and selecting new ones.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is PANCAKES!  Be sure to call the church office to sign up to eat with us.  Still only $2.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Toiletries

Jan 9:  LIFE Groups
Jan 14-16:  WinterFest
Jan 16: Faithful Readers
Jan 18: H.A.L.O.
Jan 23: LIFE Groups
Apr 22-24:  LTC/Arlington

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Prayer Request Updates - 1/1/11 - 8:57pm

Tia (Tackett) Lindsey's funeral  will be Sunday afternoon at 2 at the First Baptist Church in Bogota.  Visitation will be 1 hour before services.  Please keep Jerry & Linda in your prayers.
Lucy Offut sent this message:  April Offutt is on her way to St. John's Hospital in Tulsa for an emergency cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). She has been sick several days and finally went to a small hospital near her parents' house and they are transferring her to Tulsa for surgery. Jeremy said it is extremely inflamed and she will need surgery soon. Will update when I hear anything."She also sent an update on John Brock: "He is doing well and is being transferred out f ICU into a room today. Denise sends her thanks for all the prayers."