Monday, December 31, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay at 3:30 today:  "Therapy has gone well again today with more increased physical strength. Kristi's attention span is getting better. We need God's healing hand on her memory and cognitive health. He is working! Austin is still sick with a virus so please continue to pray for him and that Tyler and Cody don't get it and please pray that Sandy and I can stay healthy for Kristi's care. Matt is coming to spend the night with his sister tonight which will give us some rest. Sandy really needs it after a long night with Kristi last night. Mike will be here to stay on Tuesday night and Chris again on Saturday. They have been such a tremendous help to give us a break each week. Please pray for my Dad, Hugh who is trying to recover from a stoke which happened the week before Kristi's incident. It has been hard on us being away from my Dad during his illness and my Mom, Jean needs strength during her time to care for my Dad. Grace - Jay"

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/30

Jay Anthony just posted this prayer request:  "I would like to ask for specific prayers for our oldest son, Austin, he came down with a stomach virus today. This is exceptionally challenging since we don't know about the Long QT Syndrome and one of the main precautions is to NOT get dehydrated since low potassium and magnesium levels can trigger it. He also he cannot take any OTC medications until we know. I had to leave Sandy alone with Kristi so that I could go to the hotel to help Austin and the hospital is understaffed due to the holidays. This is where a Mom really excels BUT I will try my best! Got to give my concerns to the Lord - Jay"

Weekly Update - 12/30

What a treat we had today!  John Cannon (Patrick's dad) was our speaker this morning.  "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?"   

Response:  Kathy Marshall says that she "I feel guilty about words I've spoken.  Now, the relationship has to be fixed." 

Thanks to all who prepared food for the 5th Sunday Potluck today!  And thanks to all who stayed to enjoy the good food and fellowship! 

The special contribution for Hurricane Sandy relief was over $7,200!!!!   
  • Kristi Anthony continues in Zale Lipshy for rehab. She's doing better each day! Please remember that Austin, Tyler, and Cody's testing is in process. Pray specifically that they do NOT have Long QT Syndrome."
  • Danny Bulls' dad passed away this weekend.  Please keep their family in your prayers as they travel to West Texas.  His Mom is in the hospital also.
  • Jack Lewallen (Linda Erwin's brother) had by-pass surgery today in Redding, Calif.  She posted on fb earlier that he made it through surgery fine.
  • The Skidmore family (Reno neighbors of the Welch's and Jones') lost their home to a fire this week.
  • Please remember the Curry and Ballard families as they are dealing with the tragedy of the hunting accident on Friday.  (Visitation is Monday night, funeral service 1pm at Clarksville Funeral Home.)
  • Barbara Adams (Kathy Daniels' Mom) has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Remember all those that are traveling this holiday season.
Pantry Needs:  Toiletries

Simple Supper: 
Frito Chili Pie.  Don't worry about signing up, Kyle said there will be enough!  Only $2 per person.

Keep The Date
Jan 6: T.O.P.P. Program starts (feeding the children)
Jan 6: Blue Baby Shower for Brian and Chasity McClain
Jan 13: "The Story" begins
Jan 13: Faithful Readers

The excitement is building as we anticipate the kick-off of "THE STORY" on Sunday, January 13th.  The church is purchasing one copy of the book, per family.  Books will be given out on that Sunday morning.  (If you would like to purchase extra copies, check with Maggie Kerby.)
Love you - MEAN IT!!!!

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay this afternoon:  "We need strength today...this process is a BLESSING but at times we are physically and emotionally drained. Sandy, Austin, Tyler, Cody, and myself all feel the drain more on some days than others. Kristi feels the drain everyday. Even though it seems you could just "get away" and escape from time to time it is impossible because Kristi needs our constant help and we will not leave her side as she WOULD NEVER and HAS NEVER left ours so our request from God and our faithful prayer warriors today is for STRENGTH. David cries many many times to God to answer his prayers QUICKLY so I do not think it unfitting to ask God to give us strength quickly! We are so thankful for God's love and faithfulness as well as all of you who have so blessed us continually."

Our sympathy....

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/29

There was a hunting accident yesterday, here in Lamar County.  13 year old Cade Curry was accidently killed.  Please keep the Curry and Ballard families in your prayers.
Weezy's Restaurant in Blossom posted this message:  "We are accepting donations to help pay funeral expenses for Cade Curry, a sixth grade student at Prairiland who was killed in a hunting accident Friday. Anyone wishing to help can make donations at Weezys or at Blossom Hardware. Please share and spread the word."

Don't Forget....

Tomorrow is 5th Sunday, which means we will have a potluck lunch after morning worship services.  Please bring a dish, with a little extra for any guests we may have.  After lunch, we'll have a short devotional time and then be dismissed for the day.  No services on Sunday night. 

Prayer Request - 12/29

Carole Anderson sent this message regarding her cousin:  "Please put Curbe Goolsby and his family on the prayer list.  Curbe was moved to a nursing home in Mesquite recently. He was still struggling with problems due to his latest stroke which was a severe one. No one knows what happened but on Dec. 24th, Curbe was aware of evert\ything and everyone. They did not visit him on the 25th due to the ice (Pat just learned to drive recently and does not do real well in good weather). When she went to see him on Wed. morning, the 26th, Curbe was greenish gray in color and totally unresponsive. He was running 106 degree fever. They suspected an infection, but to date, none of the tests showed one.
They called the doctor, then decided to take him to ER. There a cathscan was done, lumbar
puncture, blood work, MRI, etc. Nothing shows so far.
Curbe is on a vent and sedated at this time. His color has improved and his fever has come
down some.  He is very critical - another 24 hours at the nursing home and he would have been dead.
Currently in Baylor - Truett, ICU, room 425.
Please pray for peace for this family and that God's will be done."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay tonight:  "Today has been another progressive day, Kristi is now on a regular diet and no more tube feedings! She did extremely well in therapy today. She is very actively conversing with everyone. She continues to struggle with her memory but God will restore it! We visited Pate Rehab today and now must begin praying hard for our next step which could happen within the next three weeks. We are confident that God will lead us to the right place as He has done time and time again. Thank you all for faithful PRAYERS, God is in Control. - Jay"

Posted by Kristi's brother Mike last night:  "Spent last night with Kristi. To see the progress she makes daily is seeing the miracle God has been working on continuously. She has a long road ahead, no doubt. However, to see where she has traveled to this point is, again, a miracle.
She is in such good spirits and is working hard every chance she gets. She was able to feed herself, at times, this morning. What a blessed sight this was.
Please continue praying for her full recovery. Please pray that the boys and my test results for Long QT Syndrome come back negative. Please pray for mom and Jay for physical and mental strength. They have been inspirational to us all for their unwavering dedication to Kristi and her recovery process.
Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. God bless and good night!"

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Jay posted this morning:  "A new day...this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad! Therapy started early and Kristi is ready. Please pray that her memory begins to return daily as well as her strength. Please also pray that the boys do NOT have Long QT Syndrome. Thank you for your faithfulness to our God! - Jay"

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/26

Mary Jones just called with a prayer request for her and Claude's grandson, Alex Ramierz.  He works at an ATV dealership in Texarkana.  On Dec. 13th he was in an accident where one of the ATV's turned over on his leg.  (He didn't have surgery that day because his new baby was born on the very same day.)  He finally had surgery today and the doctor said it was really bad and that if the infection in his leg didn't clear up, he could lose his foot. 


Don't forget...there are NO classes at church tonight.

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted at 10am:  "The Anthony family had the best Christmas ever! Even though we had quite a time convincing Kristi that it was Christmas she enjoyed our entire family. Progress continues and Kristi is starting to eat a little better each day. She has lost a lot of weight and strength but as she progresses God is completely healing her in every way. Therapy started early this morning and Kristi was ready. We are faithfully expecting huge strides this week as we can see God working each day in so many ways. There are so many that are faithfully praying each day without fail for Kristi's complete healing! Psalm 121:7-8 "The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever."

Monday, December 24, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay this morning:  "Kristi did great in OT today, now she is in PT and has ST still to come. Everyday we see improvement!!! Her arms and legs continue to get stronger and she is controlling them so... much better. She is thinking more clearly, comprehending more and more also. Her memory still needs to improve, and it will. It troubles her that she doesn't recall things that she knows she should but it is all getting better. They will take out the central line today since her medications are being reduced daily. Another "piece of equipment" gone. I pray that we all remember the true meaning of the season...CHRIST. Without Him we would be NOTHING, hopeless and helpless. GRACE came in the form of a baby, all human and all deity, only GOD could accomplish such a MIRACLE. Christmas Eve Gift to ALL! - Ours came by the MIRACLE of Kristi's trial - Jay"

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Kristi's brother Mike tonight:   "Had a nice visit with Kristi today. We watched her do some of her physical therapy and she did great!  Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. "

Posted by Austin this afternoon:  "There isn't much of an update today. Mom did a little PT this afternoon. She understands everything so well, it's really amazing. She recognizes all the family and almost everyone who visits. She even understands sarcasm (which is probably the first thing she recognized when she woke up with all of the Anthony's around lol)."


Breath of Heaven

Patrick's lesson is still on my mind, and I found a song that I remember from years ago.  Please click on this link and you can watch.  God bless you all during this Christmas season. 

Weekly Update 12/23

Thank you Patrick for the very moving message this morning.  The title was "You've Gotta See This".  During the lesson, he had us listen to the song "Mary Did You Know", by Acappella.  (Click on the title and you can listen again.) 
Thank you Curtis for all the wonderful songs of the season.  It makes my heart feel so good to watch the little ones sing these songs.

Responses:  April McClour went forward this morning asking for prayers for the struggles in her life.

Our sympathy is extended to Louise Peace as she is mourning the loss of her last sibling, Lois Thacker, passed away on Thursday in Brownwood.
  • Kristi Anthony continues in Zale Lipshy for rehab. She's doing better each day! Please remember that Austin, Tyler, and Cody's testing is in process. Pray specifically that they do NOT have Long QT Syndrome."
  • Anita Roden is at home recovering after surgery.  She is experiencing some pain.  Great to see her at church this morning.
  • Tyler Michael (Slawson's son-in-law) has cancer and taking treatments.
  • Sara Deen Goree has been released from the hospital and is back at The Home Place.
  • Derald Bulls had surgery this past Thursday.  All went well, he had a torn meniscus, cleaned, shaved & repaired.
  • Dianna Welch is recovering at home from knee surgery and is doing well.
  • Jaymie (Spencer) Phillips, as she recovers from a heart attack.
  • Jeanie Lamb has lung cancer and started radiation this week.
  • My son's grandfather, R.D. Sprinkle, is at home with hospice.
  • My friend, Jerry Jarrell's Mom Geraldine Jarrell, has been diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys.
  • Naomi Bassett's nephew, Buryl Ashford, had a triple by-pass surgery.
  • Charlotte Groom's asked for prayers for a former Justiss Elementary student, Joe Dale Morrison.  He was 7 years old and passed away.
  • Anna Zant continues to have health issues and her Mom, Christine Mashburn, is still experiencing health problems. 
  • Connie Ausmus will be having a CT test on Dec. 26th. 
  • Remember all those that are traveling this holiday season.
Pantry Needs:  Toiletries

Keep The Date
Dec 24-26: Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Dec 25: Louie and Marolyn Woodall would like to invite those that will be alone for Christmas to come to their home.  (Bring a dish and/or a game)
Dec 26: No evening classes
Dec 30: Special Contribution for Hurricane Sandy
Dec 30: 5th Sunday Pot Luck
Jan 6: T.O.P.P. Program starts (feeding the children)
Jan 6: Blue Baby Shower for Brian and Chasity McClain
Jan 13: "The Story" begins
Jan 13: Faithful Readers

Love you - MEAN IT!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay at 5pm:  "If you watch the news EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is bad...fortunately we don't know those people! EVERYONE has been so good to us and have helped us through this time. GOD has sent so many people into our lives to help us, pray for us, and guide us. We will NEVER be able to thank you all enough. I know that everyone i...s doing it because that is what you want to do...THANK YOU! We have had another day of progress. All three therapists told us that Kristi Welch Anthony had an EXCELLENT day...more alert, better attention, more strength, and stamina. We are witnessing a MIRACLE firsthand each and every day. GOD is in CONTROL - Jay"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." We are learning to live one day at a time! It's really a good way to live too. If we think about everything it gets overwhelming, like yesterday did. Fortunately God always works everything out for good even though we cannot always see it in the present. God will work a miracle or simply send a person or event to touch our life at just the right time. He is ALWAYS faithful and He is in Control.  Today Kristi got to move from pureed foods to more "real" foods. We get to witness progress each and every day. Kristi walked with support (non weight bearing) on a treadmill for 9 minutes. She also got to brush the therapy dog, which she really enjoyed. She did more math and put cards in sequential order too! Your continued prayers are being answered daily - Grace, the Anthony's

Prayer Requests - 12/20 - 1:25pm

Kristi Anthony's brother, Matt, posted earlier today that she is eating REAL food!  French toast, eggs and cream of wheat!  WoooHOOO!

Zeke Wood had his knee surgery on Tuesday and is doing great!  He's having a little pain, but nothing too bad.

Averie Campbell had her ear surgery and can hear out of her ear now!  What an amazing miracle that is!

Former members, Gail Usry and Jan Jencot, have reported that their dad is in grave condition.

Sara Dene Goree has been released from the hospital and is back at The Home Place.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Margaret Lough just sent this message:  "GOOD NEWS!  The PET scan did not show any indication of cancer.  No explanation available for my tumor marker being elevated, sooooooo, we'll continue to monitor that every 3 months.  What a relief not to fret every 3 weeks! 
Thank you all so much for your prayers!  God has shown me such mercy and compassion.  He has blessed me more than I can ever let you know!"

Updates on Kristi Anthony - 12/18

Jay posted at 10am:  "Psalm 92:1-2 "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening." We awoke to a beautiful morning, Kristi is very talkative this morning and ready for therapy. God has prepared her for this journey by giving her such great strength and so many wonderful friends to pray and cheer her on. The health care professionals are constantly amazed at her progress. All we can keep saying is "God is in Control and He is AMAZING". We are blessed continually by loving people. Today Laura Cannon and Angie Duren are coming to stay with Kristi this afternoon so that Sandy and I can run get a Christmas present for the boys, not that any of us need another present besides Kristi's good progress! It will be the first time that we have both really left the hospital since November 16th so PRAY for us because it is going to be hard to leave even for a little while. We know that Kristi is being cared for but still it is going to be hard not to be here. God continues to give us more than we can even ask for or imagine. - Jay"

Monday, December 17, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony - 12/17

Posted by Jay at 3:35pm:  "Another wonderful day of progress! Kristi was able to tolerate the standing frame in PT for 23 minutes...amazing. She also passed a "swallow study" which means she can now eat pureed foods. She will still be getting nutrition through the feeding tube for now in addition. God continues to bless Kristi's amazing recovery. Please pray for our three boys as they are home at school. It was very hard on them to leave us on Sunday but they were all three the best therapy for Kristi this past weekend. . - Thank You for Continued Prayers - Jay"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weekly Update 12/16

Responses:  Jason Ray went forward this morning with a request for prayers for his marriage and that he makes better choices. 
  • How great was it to see Hugh Anthony back in church today????
  • Continue to remember the Jumper family in the passing of Allen this week.
  • Kristi Anthony continues in Zale Lipshy for rehab. She's doing better each day!  Please remember that Austin, Tyler, and Cody's testing is in process.  Pray specifically that they do NOT have Long QT Syndrome."
  • Anita Roden is at home recovering after surgery.
  • Roxanne Raper is at home recovering from surgery.
  • Connelle Peace is having pain in her legs.
  • Tyler Michael (Slawson's son-in-law) has cancer.
  • Sara Deen Goree is still in PRMC on the 3rd floor.
  • Derald Bulls will be having surgery on his knee this Thursday (12/20).
  • Dianna Welch is recovering at home from knee surgery.
  • Payden Daniels (Kimberly's son) now has the flu.
  • Jaymie (Spencer) Phillips, as she recovers from a heart attack.
  • Jeanie Lamb has lung cancer and started radiation this week.
  • JoAnn Wood's brother, Scott Jackson, will be having open heart surgery on Monday, December 17th. He will have four by-passes.  
  • My son's grandfather, R.D. Sprinkle, is going to be released from Baylor Hospital/Garland tomorrow to go home with hospice.
  • My friend, Jerry Jarrell's Mom Geraldine Jarrell, has been diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys.
SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Ham and Potatoe Salad! If you didn't sign up this morning to eat and would like to join us, call the church office by Tuesday noon.

Pantry Needs:  Soup and Cereal
Ladies Ornament Exchange: Tomorrow night!!!!!!  Monday - December 17th at 6:30pm. Bring a wrapped $7-10 ornament to swap and your favorite finger food to share.
The Christmas Baskets will be delivered THIS Thursday!  Michael and Lindsay McCarter are still needing 45 baskets filled!  Can you help them out by filling a basket or donating money for the baskets?
There will be 90 families that will be receiving a basket! 

Keep The Date
Dec 17: Ladies Ornament Exchange
Dec 23:  No evening service
Dec 24-26: Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Dec 25:  Louie and Marolyn Woodall invite those that will be alone for Christmas to come to their home.
Dec 26:  No evening classes
Dec 30: Special Contribution for Hurricane Sandy
Dec 30: 5th Sunday Pot Luck
Jan 6:  T.O.P.P. Program starts (feeding the children)
Jan 6: Blue Baby Shower for Brian and Chasity McClain
Jan 13:  "The Story" begins
Jan 13: Faithful Readers
Love you - MEAN IT!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Updates on Kristi Anthony - 12/15

Posted by Austin at 12:30:  "Saw mom for the first time in 3 days and it's amazing how much she has progressed! She is talking and can comprehend tons of stuff. I'm amazed because she asked me what I want for Christmas and all kinds of things. There's no doubt in my mind that she will be back to normal before we know it. Please thank God for all the progress, He needs to hear thanks! -Austin"

Post by Jay at 11am:  "Kristi had a good night last and slept until almost 6 am this morning, according to Matt who stayed with her last night. She has been talking and is worrying herself tremendously about school, her students, and our 3 boys. She has a full 3 hour day of therapy today which should end around 2:00. Thank you for your prayers and please also pray for our boys test results it will still be 8 weeks or more for results. Psalm 73:23 - "Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand." - Jay"

Friday, December 14, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/14

Amy Owens sent this message:  My mom's brother, Scott Jackson, will be having open heart surgery on Monday, December 17th.  He will have four by-passes.   Please cover him in prayer.

Services for Allen Jumper

Please continue to remember Florice and the rest of the family in your prayers as prepare for Allen's homecoming!
Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Bro. Patrick Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay this morning:  "Kristi read Cody's name from the newspaper and she read about Ian in the paper also! She has no problems seeing the newsprint or reading. Psalm 71:20 - "You have allowed me to suffer much hardship but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth" - God did not CAUSE this to happen to Kristi but He ALLOWED it so that HE could DO A MIGHTY WORK! God is good but we live in a fallen and broken world full of sickness and sin BUT God is ultimately in control and comes to the RESCUE of HIS people! Thank you ALL for your FAITH - Jay"

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony - 12/13

Posted by Jay at 9:55am:  "The trach is out! At first they told us that the trach could be permanent and this morning they took it out way ahead of the earliest expectations...the doctors are amazed. Our God is AMAZING! The chief rehab doctor explained to me this morning that Kristi's rehab graph is plotting upwards with a steep slope...WHAT AN AWESOME GOD - Jay"

Posted last night by Kristi's brother Matt:  "Tonight was the first time I saw my sisters bright smiling face and heard her say my name and tell me she loves me in a month. She is sleeping now, but before she was talking my head off. Her voice is faint and weak and at times difficult to understand but I didn't care. It was the greatest conversation about nothing that I've ever had. Eventually we stopped trying to talk to each other and just smiled and laughed. I'll say it again, I love my sister and I need her back. She is on her way. I saw a verse in her room that says all...She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come...Proverbs 31:25. goodnight sis."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Prayer Requests - 12/12

Derald Bulls will be having ortho-surgery on his knee next Thursday, December 20.

Connelle Peace is having tremendous pain in her leg.

Our Sympathy...

Our sympathy is extended to the family of our brother Allen Jumper.  He passed away about an hour ago.  No other details are known at this time.  Please keep Florice and the family in your prayers.

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay at 12:30pm:  "Great news! The therapist just asked Kristi to solve 10 math equations and she got every one of them correct! More glory to God. What a great math teacher."

Posted by Jay at Noon:  "Therapy began a little slow today as Kristi is very fatigued, probably from two big days already this week. This is a roller coaster ride emotionally and physically BUT it shouldn't be such...I took a break and came back to the hotel and God gave me this: Romans 8:28 Everything works for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. My prayer was then "Lord thank you for giving me peace even when I don't deserve it due to my lack of faith at times" God is Good all of the time. When the doctors keep enforcing their belief that we will be here a minimum of 4-6 weeks longer and quite possibly more then on to post acute inpatient rehab for a lengthy stay it rattles us BUT it shouldn't! God has CONTINUALLY shown us that HE ALONE is in control of this situation and HE ALONE will determine the healing process. Kristi is alive today BECAUSE of GOD ALONE! I think that our oldest son, Austin understands more than any of us "adults" have during this trial as he said the Creator made the doctors too so how can they know better than the Creator? I am so proud of Austin and I cannot wait to tell Kristi about the rock that she raised up from a baby! I further cannot wait to tell her about the love that you all have shown her with your CONTINUOUS prayers and acts of kindness. She will be so amazed and humbled, as our entire family already has been. with Renewed Peace and In Christ - Jay"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Sympathy....

Rickey McFadden called to say that Randi (McFadden) Hyatt's husband, Jason, passed away today in Abilene.  (Randi is Eddie's daughter.)  No other details are known at this time.

Prayer Request - 12/11

Harvey & Linda Slawson sent this message:  "Our son-in-law, Tyler Michael (married to Brianna), has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer at the age of 23.  We ask that God cure him and free his body from this cancer and restore his health."

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Jay at 11:45am:  Kristi swallowed some water with her speech therapist this morning and then she went straight to physical therapy where she moved her legs and feet on command and tried to high five the PT! She is now in occupational therapy. She broke down and started crying this morning after ST because she realized that she couldn't remember things that she wanted to remember (this is good though). She told the PT her name and she is wanting to move forward. The doctor gave us a possible discharge date of January 16 BUT that is a guess and I know OUR GOD and my wife and she is progressing much faster than modern medicine can predict. GOD IS GOOD and HE IS IN CONTROL!!! Please remember Austin today as he will be returning home and this is ALWAYS hard on us all. Tyler and Cody need your prayers too as they are home without us even though they are all being cared for very lovingly. Sandy and I need your prayers for strength, which God supplies daily. Remember the boys testing (Tyler and Cody have more on Thursday) and Kristi's progress towards her complete healing. AGAIN God is Good - Jay

Prayer Request - 12/11

Roxanne Raper had surgery at PRMC this morning.  She is in recovery and doing well.  She should be going home on Thursday.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/10

Joyce Floyd, from Cooper, is a former teacher of mine and is a friend.  She had her leg amputated a few weeks ago and is not doing well.  She is in Kindred Hospital in Dallas. 

Update on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Austin at 7:15pm:  "Today has been a pretty good one. Mom did a lot of rehab and she is worn out. Hopefully she will sleep good tonight. Everyday God shows the family just how many lives our mom has changed and inspired. It's amazing because the only way we could be saved was through the perfect Child of God, Jesus. He was so pure and sinless that whatever He said had to be the truth. Now my mom isn't Jesus and she isn't perfect but of every person I know she is the closest to Him. So there is no way this happened to her on accident. She is nice, kind, and generous to everyone she has ever met and that is why her story has inspired so many. May God bless you all and keep the faith no matter what man says or does. -Austin"

Posted by Austin at 10:15am:  "Mom is looking a lot better this morning. Thankfully there is a lot of therapy scheduled for today. She is getting tired but we keep telling her the more she does, the faster she gets to go home. Romans 8:37 "Know, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." -Austin"

Prayer Request - 12/10

Glen Barnett will be seeing a doctor about his legs.  Joy says that she hopes they will get some positive answers.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Our Sympathy...

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Kathleen Williams as they are grieving her passing today.  Kathleen was a retired North Lamar home ec teacher. Her services are pending with Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

And also, local business man, Bill Rheudasil, passed away today.  His services are pending with Bright Holland Funeral Home.


Amy Owens just messaged this wonderful news:  "My uncle Aubrie McNutt is in remission!  God is so good!  Thank you to everyone for your prayers!"

Visiting Kristi Anthony

Visitors can come anytime to visit the family, but they can only visit Kristi on Saturdays (except the short time she is doing therapy) and anytime on Sundays.

Weekly Update - 12/9

Responses:  Megan McMillan went forward this morning stating that "I'm not where I want to be with God.  Please keep my family in your prayers."
  • Kristi Anthony is in Zale Lipshy for rehab.  Austin posted earlier today:  "Mom did a little physical therapy this morning, she is getting stronger and more alert every day. Hopefully she will be home for Christmas." 
    Jay also posted:  "
    Please remember that Austin, Tyler, and Cody's testing is in process. I would ask God for another miracle in that NONE of our three boys have Long QT Syndrome."
  • Anita Roden continues to be in the Medical Center Hospital in Tyler after surgery on her neck this week.
  • Roxanne Raper will have surgery this Tuesday here in Paris.
  • Richard Peace is recovering from surgery at home.
  • Cleve Fendley is recovering at home from a fall.  He has a chipped vertebrae.
  • Allen Jumper is still in PRMC, recovering from a fall.
  • Sara Deen Goree is still in PRMC on the 3rd floor.
  • Derald Bulls is still having massive pain in his knee.
  • Dianna Welch is recovering at home from knee surgery.
  • Payden Daniels (Kimberly's son) has been in isolation at home for the last couple of weeks.  Hopefully the last round of lab work will show that he is  well.
  • Hugh and Jean Anthony are at home with health issues.
  • Jaymie (Spencer) Phillips suffered a heart attack a week ago.  She's had a heart cath and is now at home on 6-8 weeks bed rest.  Jay and Gay are there with her.
  • Donna McGee asked for prayers for her Mom, Jeanie Lamb.  She has lung cancer and will start radiation this week.
  • Kathy Marshall asked for prayers for the Gorley family, as they are grieving the sudden loss of Kenneth this week.
  • Kathy also asked that we pray for Mindy Miller as she deals with diabetes and depression.
  • Carole Anderson asked for prayers for her cousin Curbe Goolsby.  He was moved from a rehab center to a nursing home.  He has had no improvement since his stroke.  Also remember his wife Pat Goolsby as she adjusts to caring for  Curbe now.
  • Jimmy Thielman asks that we pray for peace for his family from emotional stress over legal issues.
  • Chris Brown asked for prayers for John Sherwood as he battles leukemia.
  • Mike Bishop asked for prayers for Liz Gentry, from Austin, as she recovers from a mastectomy.
  • Charla Bishop asked for prayers for their daughter, Lindsey.  She has passed her employment test, will now be moving and looking for a new church home.

Don't forget...if you plan on attending the Holiday Party "HeeHaw Revival" at Aiken Elementary next Sunday night, December 16th at 5pm, you need to sign up at the Welcome Center.  There will be a catered dinner.  The cost is $6 per person.  Also, there is a need for desserts. 
If you have a song, a reading or other talent you'd like to share, please see Patrick or Kyle.  There will be a limited numberf acts in this year's program.

Christmas Baskets:  If you know a family in need of a Christmas basket, please fill out  a form at the Welcome Center.  Deadline for nominations is THIS Friday, December 14.  You may place them in the Christmas box in the foyer or return them to Lindsay or Michael McCarter.
Any person, family, life group, etc. that would like to fill a basket, please sign-up on the "Christmas Basket Volunteers" form, also at the Welcome Center.
Baskets will be delivered on Thursday, December 20th.
If you would like to donate money for a basket or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay McCarter at or call/text 903-517-7567.
Christmas in the Camp:  Sponsored by The Cowboy Church will be Dec. 13-16 at the Old Bible Camp.  It will begin each night at 6:30pm.  You will enjoy a narrated horse-drawn carriage ride through a live re-enactment of the night of Jesus birth.

Pantry Needs:  Cereal and canned vegetables

Ladies Ornament Exchange:  Monday - December 17th at 6:30pm.  Bring a wrapped $7-10 ornament to swap and your favorite finger food to share.
This weeks' entree is Hot Homemade Tamales!  If you didn't sign up this morning to eat and would like to join us, call the church office by Tuesday noon.

Keep The Date:
Dec 16: Life Groups
Dec 16: Holiday Party at Aiken Elementary
Dec 17: Ladies Ornament Exchange
Dec 24-26: Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Dec 30: Special Contribution for Hurricane Sandy
Dec 30: 5th Sunday Pot Luck
Jan 6:  Blue Baby Shower for Brian and Chasity McClain
Jan 13:  Faithful Readers

Love you - MEAN IT!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Updates on Kristi Anthony

Posted by Austin at 6:10pm:  "Sitting here with mom, she is responding great this afternoon! (Even nodded yes to me asking if Johnny Football was about to win the Heisman lol). She has been smiling and mouthing words to us all day long. She is glued to the TV and looks very happy. It's been an all around great day. Praise God Almighty. -Austin"

Posted by Jay around 11am:  "Psalm 30:5 - this has been our real-life guiding passage through this trial "For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." - Kristi just said my name!!! I can tell you that was the greatest sound I've was very faint but she said it none-the-less. Then Austin got her to say his name too. It was great. Finally she mouthed "I want to go home". His blessings are truly "new every morning...GREAT is thy faithfulness" - Jay"

Posted by Austin around 10am:  "Mom's a lot more alert today, however there isn't much therapy scheduled for today. She is smiling a lot more than previous days. The speech therapist came in this morning. #Psalm32 -Austin"

Friday, December 7, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/7

Anita Roden had surgery today at Medical Center/Tyler.  It was fusion surgery on her neck.  Paul Gene said it went well and she is in recovery. 

Update on Kristi Anthony

‎Posted at 9:15pm:  1 Corinthians 6:14 "Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power." Mom is resting now, she isn't as alert has previous days, but we are praying she will be tomorrow so the rehab will be more effective. Please pray specifically that she is more alert and aware tomorrow. It's very frightening for her when she isn't aware of her surroundings. We ask that you continue to pray with your heart. Thanks again for everything you all have done and continue to do. -Austin"

Posted Friday afternoon from Jay:  "Not a very productive day in rehab...the night nurse gave Kristi sleeping medication and pain medication AFTER I told her not to. She said it was ordered by the doctor which I found out today was ONLY as needed. So needless to say Kristi has been very tired and fairly unresponsive and since they rehab is very limited on weekends it will now be Monday before she really gets to do anything. FRUSTRATION describes this day. I have asked to speak to the nurse manager time and time again to discuss the "night" medications but have yet to see him. I have been asking since we got here for an EP cardiologist to follow her and have not been given an answer on that either! GOOD NEWS...All of the therapists (Physical, Speech, Occupational, and Recreational) are top-notch caring professionals and what the nurses are so lacking in the therapists make up. Obviously this process will have ups and downs and we must rely on God's goodness to get us through and we must be patient and long-suffering with others. It's sometimes hard to do though. Happy Birthday Cody! In Christ - the Anthony's"

Prayer Request - 12/7

Lesa Bulls' sent this update on co-worker, Kenny Sanders:  "His wife called this morning and said that his right kidney is functioning now and his left kidney is not working.  His levels are lowering and that is good news.  He will have surgery next week.  Please continue to pray for him."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kristi Anthony Update - 12/6

Posted by Jay at 7:15pm:  "Today has been extremely busy for Kristi. We are glad to be at the rehab hospital but moving from a continuous critical care unit where the medical staff is monitoring Kristi 24/7 to a unit where no one is really "watching" is quite scary after what we went through just 3 weeks ago! It is part of the process though and God will lead us through it. Pray for endurance and strength for Kristi tomorrow as she begins her aggressive rehab. Please remember Cody and us as tomorrow is our "baby's" 12th birthday and we will be without him and he without us. Kristi also makes a really big deal on our boy's birthdays. Continue to pray that Austin, Tyler, and Cody will get great results from the genetic testing. I feel like I am asking you all to do so much praying for us BUT it works...God has blessed us greatly. Thank you all for taking so much time and energy to bring our trials and concerns before our Father. In Him Always - Jay"

Posted by Kristi's brother Mike:  "Kristi is officially at UT Southwestern's Zale Lipshy Neuro Rehab unit!!!! This is the next step in her recovery. God has blessed her continuously throughout this venture. He has also placed each of you in a position to pray daily for her full healing. Thank you!!!! Now we need to focus our prayers towards the rehab process. She can do it! She will do it!!!!
Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. God bless!"

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Effective today.....Kristi will only be able to have visitors on Sundays during her rehab stay.  ONLY SUNDAYS. You may visit with Jay or Sandy at any time.


Jay posted around noon:  "We are just sitting in our ICU room waiting for the doctor to come examine Kristi and hopefully discharge us to be transferred to Zale Lipshy! We will keep you posted."
And then I just received a call from Robyn and Russell Figgins, who are there with them today, and she said that Kristi just left Baylor in an ambulance and is on her way to Zale Lipshy NOW to get her all moved in!  She said that Kristi is doing really well and that the nurses made a notebook for her, that they'd all written in it and took pictures with her.


Prayer Request - 12/6

Lesa Bulls sent this message about long time teacher at Stone Middle School:  "Please keep Kenny Sanders in your thoughts and prayers.  He had an unexpected surgery on his kidneys last night.  He is in Baylor Hospital/Dallas."

Updated on Kristi Anthony - 12/6

Posted by Jay last night:  "Romans 11:6 - "But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace." Sitting in our hospital ICU room looking at Kristi as she recovers more each day I am so thankful that God gives from His great love and NOT what I deserve! 21 days ago our world was turned upside down and our priorities were completely changed. What was so important then is meaningless now. God, Family, friends. and others are really all that matter now. Being human I realize that we all suffer from short-term memory and the law of diminishing intent BUT I pray that this trial has forever changed me, my family, and all others who have been touched by this event. I have learned (hopefully forever) to TRUST in Him ALONE. I pray that I will never again lean on my own understanding and abilities because I have seen that they are so lacking when they are outside of my control and narrow focus. I have learned that I really don't have any control over anything that has lasting meaning. People are all that really matter in this life and without God we have absolutely NOTHING. I hope that this trial has brought us all to the Masters throne. He wants nothing more than our hearts and nothing less than our all. Our life was so busy before this that I often neglected the important to care for the urgent. When the important was almost taken away I then saw clearly that everything that was so urgent was really just a distraction from God and the people who mattered most. I also had my hope renewed in the human race. It is so easy to only see the bad in our world but when my family was in real need people that I have never even met (nor may ever see) came to our aid with cards, gifts, food, visits, and countless PRAYERS. I will never be able to thank you all for everything that you have done and continue to do for us. My prayer is that each and every person who reads this will be blessed as much as my family has been through this trial. - In Christ, Jay"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Prayer Requests - 12/5 - 8:30pm

  • Richard Peace was released from the hospital today and is recovering at home.
  • Cleve Fendley's doctor has discovered that he has a chip that broke off from one of his vertebrae after his fall from a ladder last Wednesday.  He says it will take 7-8 weeks to heal.
  • Allen Jumper is still in PRMC, recovering from a fall.
  • Sara Deen Goree is still in PRMC on the 3rd floor.
  • Derald Bulls' tests have all come back normal.  He's still waiting for the pathology on the blood from his knee.  He's still in a lot of pain.
  • Payden Daniels (Kimberly's son) has been really sick for the last week.  The Dr. called Kimberly tonight and said he has tested positive for Shigella.  He's changed his antibiotics and has told her to keep him isolated through this weekend.  He will be doing more tests on Sunday.  If these antibiotics don't work, the next step will be for him to be admitted to the hospital.  Please pray specifically that the meds work!
  • Averie Campbell's ear surgery this Friday, Dec. 7th.  (Greg and Laurie Campbell's daughter.)
  • Zeke Wood's knee surgery is scheduled for Dec. 18.  (Kevin and Stacey Wood's son.)
  • Robbie Padgett asked for prayers for Carey and Tangy Clifton (her sister and brother-in-law).  Carey's Mom, Linda Stiff, passed away today.   Her services are pending at Bright Holland Funeral Home.

Don't forget...if you plan on attending the Holiday Party at Aiken Elementary on December 16th, you need to sign up at the Welcome Center.  

Updates on Kristi Anthony 12/5

Posted by Jay at 10:15am:  "O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:7-9 - Everyday the Lord awakes us to new a blessing. Another kiss this morning and Kristi is really wanting to speak! I was explaining things to her and she comprehends what I am saying. Kristi is confused as can be expected with all that she has gone through and her eyesight is not good now but all of that can be corrected. The nurse from Zale Lipshy told us this morning that we may move as early as tomorrow and we will be there at least 30 days. We will get the rehab needed to heal there and we know that God is in Control! Please pray for continued complete healing, good EEG results (having this done as I post this), good results from our boys testing, and strength/endurance for our family. God's GRACE to you all - Jay"

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony - 12/4

Posted by Jay at 6:15pm:  "God is in Control!  Kristi is starting to come around from the surgery today. Yes, that beautiful smile was the first thing that Sandy and I got to see. Austin had to go home today after seeing the EP cardiologist and Tyler and Cody went back to Paris yesterday. Please pray for our boys as they are without us during this time (and we too miss them), pray for Kristi's continued complete recovery and success at rehab, and pray for a healthy report on Austin, Tyler, and Cody (which may take 8 weeks or more) and you can imagine how concerned we are during this wait BUT we will trust in the Lord as He has ALWAYS been faithful and ALWAYS will be! Many thanks for your diligent prayer attitudes - Jay"

Posted at 3pm:  Kristi's surgery went great. Now all 3 boys have started the testing. Pray without ceasing. Our love to you all - the Anthony's

Posted by Jay at 8am:  "Psalm 37:5 "Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you." Please remember that Kristi will be having the surgery for the AICD today at 10 am. The night was a little difficult as Kristi was having some trouble initiating breaths on her own. Austin will see the EP cardiologist today around 11:30 to begin the evaluation. Tyler and Cody began their evaluations yesterday.   It could take 8 weeks or more for the results. PLEASE pray specifically that Kristi's procedure will go well, that her breathing will be strong, that Austin's testing goes well, and that Austin, Tyler and Cody do not have any problems with their hearts. God is in Control! We are forever grateful to all of you faithful prayer warriors! - Jay"

Monday, December 3, 2012

"Please pray for mom's surgery in the morning at 10. We know God is in control of that but He likes to hear it from his sheep. Always tell God what He already knows. He wants you to seek Him and ask what's on your heart.-Austin"

Weekly Reminders 12/3/12

Christmas Food Baskets:  If you have a family that you would like to see have a good Christmas meal, please fill out a sheet at the Welcome Center to get their name in.  Michael and Lindsay McCarter are heading this up this year!  (Thank you 2!)  If you have questions, you may e-mail Lindsay at or you may call/text her at 903-517-7567.

Don't forget to mark your calendar....Sunday, December 16th - "Hee Haw Revival" at Aiken Elementary at 5pm.   Sign-up at the Welcome Center if you and your family are planning to attend.  The cost is $6 per person, which includes your meal. 
If you have a song, reading or another talent you'd like to share, please contact Kyle Jones or Patrick  Cannon.   (There are a limited number of acts we can have.)

Simple Supper:  This weeks' entree is BEEF STEW.  Only $2 person.  If you were not able to sign-up on Sunday morning to join in at the meal, contact the church office by noon on Tuesday.

Pantry Needs:  Canned Meat

Dec 16:  Holiday Party at Aiken Elementary
Dec 17:  Ladies Ornament Exchange - Room 6
Dec 24-26:  Christmas Holiday - Church Office closed
Jan 13:  Faithful Readers

Updates on Kristi Anthony - 12/3

Posted at 3:40pm:  "Mom's surgery will be at 10 tomorrow morning. They will be putting in a defibrillator. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 - Austin"

Posted at 12:10pm:  "Moms surgery has been rescheduled until tomorrow, we will give more updates later. -Austin"

Posted at 11am:  "The Anthony Family believes in miracles! This morning I was greeted with Kristi wanting to give me a kiss. Then Tyler and Cody came into the room and Kristi kissed them too. What an awesome God we serve. There is a chance that Dr. Edwards will do the surgery to implant the AICD today around 2:30. The nurse from Zale Lipshy came in today and approved Kristi for rehab NOW it is up to the insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield. I will be taking Tyler and Cody to the pediatric EP cardiologist today at 12:30 to begin their evaluation for genetic testing and Austin goes tomorrow at 11:30. Please PRAY for these tests to be very GOOD NEWS. KEEP PRAYING and MANY THANKS - Jay"

Posted last night:  "I would like to ask everyone 2 please have a special prayer for our 3 boys, Austin, Tyler and Cody. They have to be tested tomorrow and Tuesday for the condition that caused Kristis problem. Please pray tenaciously that they do not have this gene that causes long QT syndrome. you can imagine the concern that I have and that Kristi would most certainly have as well.
We ask that you would add this to your prayers. Jay"

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Update on Kristi Anthony - 12/2

Posted at 9am:  "Do not be anxious about anything .. but in everything .. by prayer and petition .. with thanksgiving .. present your requests to God .. Philippians 4:6
Please continue to pray specifically for Kristi and remember to Thank God for all He has done in her road to recovery .. we are so honored to petition our Father on her behalf and stand amazed at the mighty work He has done."

Posted at 8am:  "GOD IS HEALING Kristi NO DOUBT! Yesterday the nurses moved Kristi to a "Barton Chair" for a few hours to help with skin care and avoid muscle atrophy. Kristi did attempt to nod her head and it seemed very possible that she was also trying to speak to us. - the Anthony's"

Posted at 8am:  "Today as so many of our friends gather to worship God together we would like to ask your church family to THANK God for all that He has done for Kristi and for continued complete healing. This is going to be a big week for us with a surgery scheduled and hopefully a move to either rehab (or an LTAC if we don't yet qualify for rehab)...either way please pray for REAHAB (or an LTAC if Kristi is not yet ready) otherwise the other option is a lower level of care which Kristi is not healthy enough for...(insurance driven medical care) Our MANY Thanks - the Anthony's"

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Prayer Request - 12/1

Margaret Lough sent this message tonight:  "My CA125 tumor marker test has been above the normal range for about 3 months. My last one was 47.9 this week. It's above normal when it hits 35. I've been having blood drawn every 3 weeks. There has been a little fluctuation but it has remained elevated. This could be the result of an infection or who knows what...or it can mean the cancer has returned and I will have to go back into treatment. My oncologist and I have decided it is time for a PET Scan. I am scheduled for December 14th.  Please pray the PET Scan gives us a definitive answer regarding the possibility of cancer.  
I love you all and know you'll keep me covered in prayer. God is faithful and has blessed me so richly for so long. The waiting is the hardest part."

Prayer Request - 12/1 - 2:48pm

Wanda McFadden has been taken by ambulance to the ER this afternoon.  No other details are known at this time.

Sarah Dene Goree has been moved to the PRMC/3rd floor rehab.

Dianna Welch was released from the hospital yesterday and is at home!

Prayer Request - 12/1 - 2:28pm

Derald and Haley Bulls are not feeling well.  Haley has strep and acute tonsillitis and is really suffering.  Derald is still suffering with knee problems and other health issues and awaiting test results.  Derald said "Been a pretty miserable past few days and prayers greatly appreciated."

Updates on Kristi Anthony - 12/1

Posted at 12:30pm:  "Lamentations 3:22-23 "The Lord's lovingkindness indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." - The EP Cardiologist just left us and told us that they will do the surgery to implant the AICD next Tuesday or Wednesday!!! - the blessings pour down on us! - the Anthony's"

Posted by Jay at 9am:  "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His WILL, He hears us. And if we KNOW that He hears us in WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." - 1 John 5:14-15 This is the verse that I woke up to on my phone this morning! Kristi got to see Cody for the first time since this should have seen Kristi...her eyes were wide open and her smile was incredible!!! - It is wonderful. - More answered prayers - Thank God. - you all have been so faithful - the Anthony's"

AS A REMINDER....If you have been sick, please do not go visit Kristi.  We need to keep her well and she needs NO GERMS!