Monday, December 26, 2011


There WILL be a Simple Supper available this Wednesday night before classes.  The entree' will be SOUP.  Please call the church office by noon on Tuesday to RSVP!

Prayer Request - 12/26 - 8:40pm

Yvonne Gentry talked with Marie Faulkner and said that Jimmy had four bypasses and one valve replacement and is doing very well.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Prayer Request - Dec. 23 - 9:32am

Jimmy & Marie Faulkner were on their way to Houston, to spend the holidays with family, and Jimmy started feeling bad.  He was taken to Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital where they started checking him out.  1 artery was 100% blocked on the right side and 4 arteries were blocked on the left side.  While they were checking his heart, they found a large hernia that had pushed his stomach into his ribcage.  THEN they found FOUR bleeding ulcers.  They won't be able to do surgery until the bleeding stops.  Tentatively it's scheduled for Monday. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/20 - 4:03pm

Michelle Anderson sent this message regarding a former area band director, Frank Garza"His daughter Lisette had to call an ambulance.  I don't have much information yet."
UPDATED 1pm - 12/21:  Mr. Garza was admitted to the hospital last night and is on strong antibiotics for pneumonia.  Dr. says he should be out of the hospital in a few days.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekly Update - 12/19 - 2:58pm

Please keep the following in your prayers:
  • Johnny Nabors was dismissed from the hospital today! 
  • Kristy Baggett's great-grandmother passed away in Amarillo.  Please pray for their family in this time of loss and also for their safety as they travel.
  • Continue to remember Sherry Welch and her family, in the loss of her Mom, Hazel Cross.
  • Mike and Kathy Grigsby; He was taken to the hospital on Saturday, but returned home.  Kathy was to have another pacemaker inserted, but has bronchitis.
  • Lewis and Carole Anderson's cousin, Patricia Goolsby, had gallbladder surgery last Friday.  Also, their granddaughter, Grace, will be traveling with the Sulphur Springs High School band on a trip to Florida.  Pray for their safety.
  • Renee Crews' friend, Myca Whitten and her family, in the loss of a family member.
CONGRATULATIONS:  Curtis Garrett on his new job with the Paris Police Department.  He will now be the public information officer.  His job will entail: interaction with the media, crime prevention outreach, coordination with the Lamar County CrimeStoppers organization, and registration and compliance checks of sex offenders. He is also the homeland security officer for the department, with emphasis in emergency management.

Please sign up to fill a Christmas Basket.  We have 40 baskets left to be filled!!  The sign-up list for "Christmas Basket Volunteers" is on the table by the Welcome Center.  Baskets will be delivered on Wednesday, December 21.  If you would like to donate money for a basket, or if you have any questions, please contact Allison Hanley: or call her at 903-227-7624.

PRAISE:  290 pairs of socks were donated for the Warm Feet Warm Hearts!  Those will be delivered this week!

HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE:  Sunday, December 25th, worship will be at 10am.  No Bible classes or evening service.  The church office will be closed December 22-26th.

Please join Louie and Marolyn Woodall for a noon meal at their home on Christmas Day.  You may bring a covered dish or a game...or just bring yourself for an afternoon of eating and fellowship.

50th WEDDING CELEBRATION:  The children of Edward and Cheryl Bullard request the honor of your presence in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 31st, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ OutReach Center.  (No gifts, just the honor of your presence please.)

BRIDAL SHOWER:  You are cordially invited to a shower in honor of Brittany Twitty and Wendell Johnson, January 8th from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the building.  Selections are at:  Gene the Jeweler, WalMart, and Target.

Men's Sports League:  If you are interested in participating in either church league basketball or softball, please add your name, email address and phone number on the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center, indicating which sports you are interested in playing.  You may also email Shannon Boyd at

SIMPLE SUPPER: This weeks' entree is Smoked Ham. Please donate at $2 per person. If you did not sign up on Sunday morning and you want to eat with us, please call the church office by noon on Tuesday.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Macaroni and Cheese

Dec 22-26th:  Church office closed
Dec 25: Christmas Day (10am worship only)
Dec 25:  Christmas Day Lunch at Louie and Marolyn Woodall's
Dec 29:  Rescheduled party for the teens
Dec 31:  Ed and Cheryl Bullard's 50th Wedding Anniversary
Jan 8:  Wedding Shower for Brittany Twitty and Wendell Johnson
Jan 8:  Faithful Readers
Jan 8:  Family LIFE Groups
Jan 17: H.A.L.O.
Jan 20-22: WinterFest

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/17 - 9:08pm

Wendy May (husband works at Fry-Gibbs) posted this earlier tonight:  "The Dr just called with path report. He will have to go in deeper on Monday to remove more tissue due to the fact that it is cancer. All should be good after that. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers."

Friday, December 16, 2011

Service Information - 12/16 - 4:02pm

Hazel Cross (Sherry Welch's Mom) Memorial Service will be Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro.  Family will receive friends before and after the service.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/15 - 2:49pm

Loretta Nabors sent a message stating that Johnny has a staph infection.

Our Sympathy - 12/15 - 12:53pm

Sherry Welch just sent this message:  "My little mama (Hazel Cross) is gone. She just peacefully stopped breathing. Marka and I were with her.  Her breathing changed this morning, became shallow and quick and she was unresponsive. The preacher came and prayed, and as he was going out the front door, she took a little gasp and was gone. I'm sure she's busy greeting so many--everybody that came by had someone for her to "look up" when she got home."  Please keep Sherry, Shane, Shannon and their family in your prayers.

Update on Johnny - 12/15 - 10:27am

Loretta Nabors just sent this update on Johnny:  "Running a little fever this morning (it spiked to 103 last night) leg still red and swollen.  Dr. lanced it yesterday, had a cavity in it so they cleaned that out and sent  some to culture.  Johnny said it hurts.  He is getting 2 different IV antibiotics so hopefully that will get hold of the infection and get rid of it."

Mid-Week Update - 12/15 - 9:43am

There have been almost 100 requests for Christmas food baskets!  We need more volunteers to sign up to buy food to fill baskets.  Also, money is needed to purchase hams to go in these baskets.

There were 40 families that were helped on Wednesday with the benevolence pantry.  The pantry is in need of EVERYTHING!
  • April McClour's Mom, Peggy Pulaski's Dr. found a mass in her breast and will having more tests performed.
  • Brittany Twitty asked for prayers for her uncle Roosevelt Twitty as he is having health issues; her niece, Mahogany Crittendon.  (She's had 5 biopsies and they are awaiting the results of those tests.  She's only 6 and these problems are from her stomach.)  Also, prayers for Brittany as she is traveling to Lubbock, that she has a safe trip.
  • Phyllis Giguere's Mom, Stella Lovell, fell this week and has numerous injuries.
  • Johnny Nabors continues to be in PRMC/South - Room 311.
  • Wendy May (husband works at Fry-Gibbs) had surgery yesterday on her head and they left the incision open.  Pathologist doesn't think it's cancer, but final test results come today.  She will have another surgery on Monday, for a plastic surgeon to close up the incision.
  • My son's grandmother, Barbara Sprinkle, has been admitted to a hospital in Garland with breathing problems.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/14 - 9:56am

Johnny Nabors has been admitted to PRMC/S - Room 311, with cellulitis in his leg.  He was off work Monday and Tuesday and wasn't getting any better.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/13 - 12:11pm

Matt Denman's Mom, Alice, has been released from the hospital and is at home.  She still has pneumonia and is very weak.  She says she is better and glad to be home.

Prayer Request - 12/13 - 9am

Derald Bulls' friend, Bobbye Roberts passed away last night. Please remember her sons, Doug and David and her husband, T.V.  No other details are known at this time.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Proud to announce.....

Glenn & Joy Barnett are proud to announce the birth of their new grandson, Lucas James Speer.  He was born this evening at 5:37pm, weighing in at 7 lbs. & 3 oz. and was 20 inches long.  George & Valerie Speers are the proud parents!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekly Update - 12/11 - 9pm

What do you want for Christmas?  What do you NEED?   
Only for our God to tell us, "Your sins are FORGIVEN!" 
Thank you Lord for that gift everyday of our lives.
  • Glenn and Joy Barnett asked asked that we keep his daughter, Valerie Speer, in your prayers.  She's being induced in the morning (Monday 12/12).  Please pray for a safe birth and healthy baby boy.
  • Joy also asked for prayers for her co-worker, Shirley McClain.  She's been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Please pray for comfort during chemo and the surgery following treatment.
  • Jimmy Thielman's Mom, Marchita Thielman, will have a heart cath on January 16.
  • Sherry Welch's Mom, Hazel Cross, as she reaches the end of this life and looks forward to heaven.
  • Freddie and Shirley Risinger's grandson was killed in a car accident.  (Friends of Linda Vickers.)
  • Marissa Binko - personal issues.
  • Ramona Hickerson - health issues. (1st grade teacher at Justiss)
  • Sarah Cook had brain surgery Friday.  She is a cousin of Cindy Detherage (Tammy Benedick's mom).
  • Raney Newby (13 year old) in Parkland Burn Unit. Burned over 90% of his body the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Lorene Butler (Jerry McFadden's Mom) - health
  • Former member, Ruth Ann Davis - health
  • Jeff Shipman - death of his wife.

Please keep Landon Garrett and Travis Cooke in your prayers, for their safety, as they have both been deployed Afghanistan, in the last 2 weeks.

CAN YOU HELP?  There's a need for a 2 year old teacher on Wednesday night AND there's a need for volunteers with the Children's Worship on Sunday mornings.  (This will be for Jan-Mar.) 

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Southwestern Taco Pot Pie.  Please donate at $2 per person.  If you did not sign up on Sunday morning and you want to eat with us, please call the church office by noon on Tuesday.


Dec 13 - Rudolf Party at the Kerby's
Dec 16 - KFC Christmas Party
Dec 18 - Family LIFE Groups
Dec 19:   Teen Christmas Party
Dec 25:   Christmas Day (10am worship only)
Dec 25:   Louie and Marolyn Woodall have invited you to their home, for the noon meal, on Christmas Day.  Bring a covered dish and a game and enjoy an afternoon of eating and fellowship.
Jan 17:    H.A.L.O.
Jan 20-22:  WinterFest

Love you - MEAN IT!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Prayer Requests - 12/10 - 10:25am

Loretta Nabors sent this request:  "Please put Larry Baker (my sister-in-law Marcie's, brother) on our prayer list.  He is 46 years old and he is mentally challenged.  He had surgery at PRMC/South, on Friday, to remove a tumor the size of a baseball in his rectum.  It is cancer.  The Dr. had to take out his rectum to be able to get it out. He is not doing well today, they are keeping him sedated.
My sister-in-law is the only girl and their parents have died with cancer. 
Marcie also has another brother, Charlie, that is in the hospital in Tennessee with blood clots in his lungs.  They are giving him meds to dissolve.  He is doing better today."

Prayer Request - 12/10 - 12:09am

Petra Cooke asks that we keep Travis in our prayers.  He deployed out on Friday for Afghanistan.  "He left today and is on his way...To surround the Taliban and convince them to surrender.  We just have to pray him home again.  Just like the previous 4 times."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Prayer Requests - 12/8 - 2pm

  • Jennifer Hutchings has been readmitted to Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas with a blood infection.
  • Sherry Welch's Mom, Hazel Cross, has been placed on hospice care.  Hazel is very weak and sleeping lots. 
  • Lesa Bulls asked that we continue to remember their friends Jim Davis, he's still having issues with healing on his foot; and Bobbye Roberts, who is recovering from a stroke.

Prayer Request - 12/8 - 10:47am

Matt Denman's Mom, Alice, continues to be in PRMC/S.  She's having a really tough time just breathing today and she's developed some sort of strep infection.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/7 - 12:08pm

Richard Logan's brother, Alan Logan, passed away yesterday.  His service will be at the Idabel Church of Christ at 2pm on Saturday.  Family is requesting donations to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Service in lieu of flowers.

Prayer Request - 12/7 - 10:07am

Matt Denman's Mom, Alice Denman, has been admitted to PRMC/South.  She has COPD, emphysema and now has pneumonia.  Please keep Alice in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/6 - 9:23pm

My friend, Donna Archer, posted this message tonight:  "Well, tomorrow is the big day! I go back to Baylor and do my pre-transplant testing. Please pray that I pass all my tests and that my body is ready for the stem cell transplant. It will take several days to get all the results back, so I will have to try and be patient. I know that God has a plan and I am trying to follow after Him and His plan. I am truly blessed to have found this so early in my life and to have the opportunity to have a transplant."

Prayer Requests - 12/6 - 1:46pm

  • Keely Kennedy asked for prayers for Ashleigh for a new direction regarding her schooling.
  • Tanya Welch for Hazel Cross (Sherry Welch's Mom) for her health.
  • Tanya also asked that we remember the college students and their upcoming final tests they are having these next 2 weeks.
  • Dinah Border for Rayne Newby (13 year old) in Parkland Burn Unit.  Burned over 90% of his body the day before Thanksgiving.

Things To Remember - 12/6

CHRISTMAS BASKET INFORMATION:  If you know of a family in need of a Christmas basket, please fill out a form from the Welcome Center.  Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December 14.  You may place them in the Christmas box in the foyer or return them to Matt or Allison Hanley. 
Each nomination form has a form number.  If you would like to specifically fill the basket(s) that you nominated, please sign up on the volunteer sheet and specify your form number.
Baskets will be delivered on Wednesday, December 21.

If you would like to donate money for a basket or if you have any other questions, please contact Allison Hanley at or 903-227-7624.

WARM FEET, WARM HEARTS:  Help others by donating NEW men, women and children's socks!  Place them in the box at the Welcome Center.  Socks will be delivered to Models of the Maker and Christians in Action the week of December 19th.  Please take this opportunity to bless others!\

Our Benevolent Food Pantry is our of EVERYTHING!
A teacher is needed to the Wednesday night two year old class.  If you are willing, please see James Hanley or Heath Fowler.

Christmas Food Baskets

Christmas Basket Information:  If you know of a family in need of a Christmas basket, please fill out a form from the Welcome Center.  Deadline for nominations is Wednesday (12/14).  You may place them in the Christmas box in the foyer or return them to Matt or Allison Hanley.
If you would like to fill a basket, please sign-up on the "Christmas Basket Volunteers" form at the Welcome Center.
Each nomination form has a form number.  If you would like to specifically fill the basket(s) that you nominated, please sign up on the volunteer sheet and specify your form number.
Baskets will be delivered on Wednesday (12/21). 
If you would like to donate money for a basket or if you have any questions, please contact Allison Hanley: or call her at 903-227-7624.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Prayer Requests - 12/5 - 2:39pm

Sherry Welch's Mom, Hazel Cross, is some better today.  (Her Mom has pneumonia and Sherry is in Winnsboro with her.)  She woke up this morning and was ready to get dressed and eat breakfast.  She's been on the couch most of the day, sleeping, but continues the hard coughing. 

Lesa Bulls sent this message:  "Dr. Jim Semple has been in the hospital since last Wednesday night. His white blood cell count is still too low although they've been giving him blood. The radiation has scorched his throat and vocal cords...vocal chords paralyzed now and he is unable to swallow due to the swelling and pain. A feeding tube was inserted Friday; however, blood began to fill it, some dark and old and some fresh. They are hoping that it is only from the ulceration of the cancerous tumor which could indicate a little shrinkage. Today he begins radiation again and begins prepping for vocal chord surgery on Thursday. They are going to attempt to let him go home tomorrow and just travel back for the treatments, chemo, and surgery prep as he really wants to be home. The 6 kids are trying to take turns staying with him day and night to help him up and down, administer nourishment through the feeding tube, and get him to the radiation and chemo treatments and IVs at Baylor. He mostly refuses pain meds and he wants to remain clear headed and is hoping to be able to return to the pulpit on December 19 and December 25 to fulfill commitments. He lives to preach and minister and nothing will ever change that."

Sunday, December 4, 2011


The Ornament Exchange will be at the church building, in Room 6 at 6:30pm tomorrow (Monday) night.  (Sherry's mom has pneumonia and is not doing well. Sherry is going to probably be in Winnsboro for the next few days.)  Bring an ornament and a finger food and come prepared to have a lot of fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/3 - 1pm

This morning, Landon Garrett and the team he leads, were deployed to Afghanistan.  Kristi posted this message a few minutes ago:  "Stayed up til 3 am to talk to Landon as long as we could, before his phone was shut off... I know that so many of you have prayed for his recovery and look how awesome that turned out, so I am asking... no begging for all of your prayers again... He is headed to Afghanistan... please pray for him and the team that he is leading into war.  I am already forever grateful for every prayer on his behalf and I am saying thank you right now for your current and continued prayers... This is not a training mission... this is for real and he is still my little boy. I love you guys and thanks again for all of your thoughts and prayers."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Prayer Request - 12/2 - 9:42am

Lesa Bulls sent this message regarding her co-worker:  "Jana Kays's mom passed away last night. Her name is Trula Woodruff."