Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Posted by Jay last night:  "Just got a call from Austin, at emergency room in Conway, AR. He passed out and team mates rushed him to ER. I'm on my way out the door. Everyone is worried since Kristi's episode a year ago. KRISTI also is upset because she cannot go. PRAY PLEASE - the Anthony's

Posted by Jay this morning:  "Here with Austin at hospital in Conway. He had chest pains, passed out and hit his head. Tests came back good, but so did Matt and Kristi's. Drs are not concerned and say he's a healthy 19 yr old athlete. Cannot get them to call EP cardiologist. They dont understand potential gravity of situation. PRAY for help n wisdom here please...Jay"

Posted by Jay this afternoon:  "A doctor talked with Austin's EP!!! They will discharge him with a 30 day heart monitor. NO BASKETBALL....He enforced the point! Bad news again, but NOT the worst news he's ever had to face. The doctor reminded him that a sport is not worth his life. Prayers Please - Jay"

Posted by Jay tonight:  "One of the most difficult things I've ever had to do...Much like the day I had to leave Kristi at Pate Rehab. Tonight I had to leave Austin in Conway after a long night and day of uncertainly at the hospital. 
We still don't have any answers and it may be weeks to come before we have any at all. All we know for certain is that Austin had chest pains and passed out last night. We are nervous and concerned. The test results don't really help yet. We know it was not dehydration. There are two EP's looking at his case. It very well may never reappear and WE KNOW GOD IS IN CONTROL.

Austin has so many prayers going up by you all and so many have made contact with us today. Thank you. Please ask God for Austin's good health. He is dealing well with having to take a break from basketball but he still has concerns due to Kristi's condition as well as worrying about her and having to fulfill his school duties. Thank you all - Jay"


Sarah Smith received a good report from her Dr. and she is feeling better!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekly Update - 10/28

  • Our sympathy is extended to Sharon Thielman and her family in the passing of her Mom, Margie Queen.
  • Nolan Spencer - had tubes placed in his ears last week.  He's doing well.  (Clint and Maureen's son.)
  • Kanyon Phillips - seizures (Korey and Jaymie Phillips son.  Spencer's grandson.)
  • Mike Grigsby is continuing to have heart issues.
  • Ora Henderson is still having health issues.
  • The Janes' family asked for prayers for their marriage/protection from the devil. (John, Laura, Stephanie and Greg.)
  • Robert Henson's brother, Mack Henson, is in Denton Regional in critical condition from an auto accident.
  • Dr. Wally Kraft has had knee infection and replacement.
  • Dr. Jim Brunette as he continues to recover from having a pacemaker and other related health issues.
  • Paul Derringer (former local minister) is in the final stages of cancer at home and hospice is with him. 
  • Eddie Ruthart is recovering from heart by-pass this past week.
  • Ray Jack - Lyme disease
  • Derald Bulls asked for prayers for the family of Judy Stewart, who passed away yesterday) after a long illness. (Steve/Phillip Coker's aunt.)
  • Lesa Bulls' cousin, Jerry Brockinton's son, was killed in a motorcycle accident last week.
  • Bryce Williams asked for prayers for his friend Mrs. Robinson.
  • Marolyn Woodall asked for prayers for Paul and Carolyn Helton.  He has been in the hospital after a brain trauma accident.  He's at home recovering now.  They need a church connection. 
  • Geri DeTroy asked for prayers for her and her family to keep them strong.
  • Jayson Harvey (friend of Troy and Bettie Ashby) is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
  • Continue to remember Jerry Wilson as he is still in the hospital in Dallas, recovering from a heart transplant (2 weeks ago).
  • Continued prayers for our VISION process.
SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entrée is CHILI DOGS!  Each person is asked to donate at least $2 per person.

PANTRY NEEDS:   Canned fruit and crackers.

Oct 28:  Ladies Fellowship Dinner
Oct 31:  Trunk or Treat
Nov 15-17:  Family Retreat

Love you - MEAN IT!

It's almost time....

Thank you to those who have volunteered to decorate a trunk for our annual 'Trunk or Treat' event!
We will get started around 7 PM and we encourage our volunteers to get to the church as close to 6 PM as possible. Candy will be provided to you when you arrive.
If it is dry you will drive over to the back lot and you will be directed where to go.
There is a good chance that we will have to move the festivities indoors (The gym area).  It may be storming and/or too muddy to do so outside.  If that is the case, we will set up tables and everyone will decorate a table instead of their trunk.  The logistics are being worked out, but all you will have to do is show up and get ready to pass out some sugary snacks!

She's here!!!!

Miss Maggie Grace Daniels arrived today at 1:20pm. 
She weighed in at 7 pounds and 7 ounces and is 20.5 inches long.
Josh and Jessica Daniels are the proud parents and Lexi is the VERY proud big sister!
Grandparents are Joe and Kathy Daniels!
(As a reminder....it is flu season and no children are allowed...except siblings.)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Prayer Request - 10/23

Antionette Sofia has cancer and Richard Elliott recently had surgery and is not doing well!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prayer Request - 10/23

My friend, Cindy Housley, had a pacemaker put in yesterday.  Her sweet husband Gerald was right by her side....and had a stroke.  He was in the right place at the right time...he's now in ICU.
Please pray for these 2 precious friends of ours. 

Update on Kristi Anthony - 10/23

Update from Jay yesterday:  "Horrible day...Kristi's PT is getting cut tremendously due to medical terminology. One of her doctors insisted that the additional PT is necessary to maintain her strength until her cognitive abilities catch up. It looks like her aquatic therapy may be cut out as well for the same reasons. PLEASE PRAY FOR INTERVENTION!"

This was today's update:  "There was some VERY incorrect information reported about Kristi's progress and abilities which is making it extremely difficult for Kristi to have her much needed and very necessary therapy approved by insurance. We knew that something was wrong but could not get any answers until a doctor explained the situation to us. The insurance company now has completely false information. We are currently trying to get doctors to send notes to help build the case. KRISTI NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS NOW! PLEASE PRAY WITH TENACITY that Kristi's therapy will not be cut down (or possibly even out) and that it will be reapproved without any lapse! She needs this to get well. Please we are asking for your URGENT prayers to the Father - the Anthony's"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prayer Request - 10/23

Linda Easton's co-worker, Mona Drake, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Our Sympathy....

Linda Erwin's brother, Joe Douglas Lewallen, passed away yesterday.  No other details are known at this time.

Prayer Requests - 10/23

Sarah Smith says that she is doing better, but is still hurting.  Hopes to have an appointment with Dr. Williams on Monday.

Mike Grigsby has been admitted to PRMC/#530 for cardiac issues and testing.  He will be there for a couple of days.

Lindsay McCarter's friend, Wendy McNeal, was taken by ambulance to a Tyler hospital on Monday.  After many tests, it was found that her spinal tap was abnormal and that she has viral meningitis.  It is NOT contagious.  They are having an infectious disease control doctor come in and evaluate her.  She will be at the hospital at least 3 more days.
Continue to pray for her and her little family as well as the doctors and nurses tending to her.

Stefanie Whitley Melton is a 31 year old Mom of 4 small children.  She found out this morning that she has breast cancer.  Her Mom passed away when she was 13 of cancer.  Please pray for her and her family.

Monday, October 21, 2013

URGENT Prayer Request - 10/21

Lindsay Welch's friend, Wendy McNeal, is on her way to a Tyler hospital (by ambulance).  She is having brain swelling, trouble walking, hands drawing and severe pain in her head.  Wendy has 2 boys and a baby girl that is only 6-8 months old.  Please pray for sweet Wendy and the doctors and nurses who will be tending to her.

Our Sympathy.....

One of our Kiddie Kollege Mom's, Glenda Berger, passed away today.  No other details are known at this time.  Bright Holland Funeral Home is in charge of her services.

Weekly Update - 10/21

  • Lindsay Welch asked for prayers for her parents, Mark and Dianna Welch.  Dianna is still having serious health issues and Mark is her caregiver.  Prayers for this whole family.
  • Mary Lloyd - will be having tests run this week.  A spot has been found on her lung.
  • Nolan Spencer - had tubes inserted in his ears this morning.
  • Sarah Smith - Health
  • Tom Wood -  Cancer
  • Jerry Raper - Health
  • Kristi Anthony - Health
  • Lance Johnson - ALS
  • Elizabeth Shew - Health
  • Ora Henderson - Health
  • Patsy Elliott - Health
  • Mike Marsters - Heath
  • Pat Houser - Health
  • Vera Wilson - her son Clay has been deployed to Afghanistan.
  • Jimmy Wilson - Recovering from heart transplant
  • Jennifer Lassetter - Recovering from surgery to remove 20 pound tumor. (Molly's friend)
  • Dr. Wally Kraft - Health
  • Dustin Smith - Recovering from surgery - received good report from Dr. (Bulls' friend)
  • Lillian Welch - Health (Mark Welch and Diane McFadden's Mom)
  • Cindy and Chad Nye - as they mourn the loss of their 13 year old son, Mason, 2 weeks ago.
  • Missionaries

  • SIMPLE SUPPER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!  Chicken Enchilada Soup.  Please donate $2 per person.

    Pantry Needs:  1 pound bags of beans/rice and Corn Muffin Mix

    Truck or Treat:  Our annual event will be Thursday, Oct 31st. Hundreds of children and parents attend this fun event each year.  If you've never been a part...come on out!  Starts at 7pm and ends we run out of candy!

    Oct 28:  Ladies Fellowship Dinner at Daisy Redding's house
    Oct 31:  Trunk or Treat
    Nov 15-17:  Family Retreat

    Love you - MEAN IT!

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Special Requests.....

    Rachel Spencer sent these 2 requests:
    • 6 of our members will be traveling to Niteroi, Brazil, November 6-12 to visit our missionaries, Brent and Jill Nichols. While we are there, we are going to be helping with a women's conference. Jill asked if we could bring small things to put in a gift basket for each woman attending. So we are collecting travel-sized shampoos, conditioners, lotions, or other small items that could go in a little gift basket for the ladies. If you have anything like this, please give it to Carole Anderson or me (Rachel).
    • Also, Brent and Jill are having another baby boy in January! We want to take them a gift from the church, and we found out that they actually need a new car seat, so we are going to purchase that here and take it with us, along with a couple of personalized gifts for the baby. If you can chip in on the car seat, or if you have any another (small) gift to send for the baby, you can give it to me. Or you can drop it by the church office with Laura or Kim. 

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Prayer Request - 10/16

    Margaret Lough asked for prayers for 2 of her friends, from Mineola:  Betty Parker has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and Buddy West, also from Mineola was just diagnosed with lung cancer.

    Can you help?

    A local couple, Eric and Melissa Taylor came home to find their house burning (in Reno) this afternoon. They have three boys that attend Blossom Elementary.  Their boys are ages 5, 7 and 10. You can drop off clothes, or make monetary donations at Weezy's Restaurant in Blossom.

    Prayer Requests - 10/16

    Sarah Smith is waiting for test results on the CT scan of her back.  She is still unable to leave her house at this time.  Sarah's niece, Lana Short, passed away today after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Sarah wants everyone to know how much she appreciates all the prayers.

    Pat Houser remains at Stillhouse Rehab in room 62.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Prayer Request - 10/15

    Anna Zant's brother, Joe Don Mashburn, is in PRMC/ICU.  He had gall bladder surgery on Sunday and now has an infection.

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    The Perfect Church
     If you should find the perfect church
    Without one fault or smear,
    For goodness sake! Don't join that church;
    You'd spoil the atmosphere.

    If you should find the perfect church
    Where all anxieties cease
    Then pass it by, lest joining it
    You'd mar the masterpiece.

    If you should find the perfect church
    Then don't you ever dare,
    To tread upon such holy ground;
    You'd be a misfit there.

    But since no perfect church exists
    Made of imperfect men,
    Then let's cease looking for that church
    And love the church we're in.
    Of course, it's not a perfect church,
    That's simple to discern
    But you and I and all of us
    Could cause the tide to turn.

    What fools we are to flee our post
    In that unfruitful search
    To find at last where problems loom
    God proudly builds His church.

    So let's keep working in our church
    Until the resurrection.
    And then we each will join that church
    Without an imperfection.

    Weekly Update - 10/13

    Please remember our ministers, elders and others involved in the VISION for LACOC as they continue making plans for our growing church.
    RESPONSE:  Lexi Cowan
    • Sarah Smith - Health
    • Tom Wood -  Cancer
    • Jerry Raper - Health
    • Kristi Anthony - Health
    • Lance Johnson - ALS
    • Elizabeth Shew - Health
    • Ora Henderson - Health
    • Patsy Elliott - Health
    • Mike Marsters - Heath
    • Pat Houser - Health
    • Jennifer Lassetter - She had a tumor removed on Thursday and has experienced complications.  Hopes to go home tomorrow.  (Molly's friend)
    • Dr. Wally Kraft - Health
    • Lillian Welch - Health (Mark Welch and Diane McFadden's Mom)
    • Cindy and Chad Nye - as they mourn the loss of their 13 year old son, Mason, 2 weeks ago.
    • Missionaries
    THERE WILL BE NO SIMPLE SUPPER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!  There will be new tile being laid in the OutReach Bldg and will not be complete.

    Pantry Needs:  Peanut Butter and Crackers

    Truck or Treat:  Our annual event will be Thursday, Oct 31st. Hundreds of children and parents attend this fun event each year.  If you've never been a part...come on out!  Starts at 7pm and ends we run out of candy!

    Oct 31:  Trunk or Treat
    Nov 15-17:  Family Retreat

    Love you - MEAN IT!

    Our Sympathy.....

    • The family of Paris EMS Medic, Joe Howard, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this morning.  He was the brother of former member, Jamie (Hyatt) Moody and cousin of Charla Bishop.
    • The family of Jesse Slagle, who passed away last night in his sleep of an apparent heart attack.  He is a cousin to our Dinah Border.
    • The family of former Paris Police Sargent, Joe Julian, who died this past Thursday. 
    • The family of former PJC and Paris Community Theater director, Ray Karrer, who passed away Saturday night, after a battle with cancer.
    • The families of the 4 young men who were murdered this past Wednesday night.  Romello Dewain Steward, 18,  Devante Larry Atkins, 21, Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24 and Billy Charles Carey, 32. 

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Prayer Request - 10/10

    Please keep Janet Christ's Mom, Deloris King in your prayers.  She is at UMC/Tuscon, Arizona with a blood clot between her pace-maker and her heart.  They also found a mass in her stomach but cannot do a biopsy yet.  (The Christ's are former members at LACOC.)

    Prayer Request - 10/10

    Our sister, Sarah Smith, has been to minor emergency 3 times this week with pain.  She is scheduled for an MRI.
    Sarah's sister, Georgia Dillingham and her daughter, Lana Short, need prayers.  Lana has cancer and is having trouble with the chemo treatments.

    Our Sympathy.....

    Brittany Twitty-Johnson asked for prayers for the family of Romello Steward.  He was one of 4 young men shot and killed last night, here in Paris.  Brittany's family helped raised Romello and this is very tough on them also.

    UPDATE:  NBC/DFW has identified the other victims as:  18-year-old Romello Dewain Steward, 21-year-old Devante Larry Atkins, and 24-year-old Brijonne Rashad Woods, all from Paris. Additionally, 32-year-old Billy Charles Carey, of Garland, was identified as a victim.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Prayer Requests - 10/9

    Jimmy Wilson is less than 24  hours out from his heart transplant and is now sitting up having soup!  Thank you Lord!

    Jennifer Lassetter will have surgery to remove the tumor from her ovaries in the morning at 8am.  

    Update on Jimmy Wilson - 10/9

    Jimmy Wilson's heart transplant ended around 1am.  He is ALREADY off the vent, is responding to verbal commands and talking!  Ain't God Good?

    Update on Tom Wood - 10/9

    Praise God for good news!  Tom Wood's CT scan showed small changes.  Oncologist considers tumors stable.  Thank you for your continued prayers.

    Update on Kristi Anthony - 10/9

    Posted by Austin last night:  "It's almost been a year. A year since November 16,2012. A whole year!? I literally can't believe that. Though as I lay here tonight I have finally been blessed with the answer I've been searching for 11 months. "Why?" Why did this happen? The devil said hey ill tear that family apart, I'll take their mom. That'll turn them away from God! Well call me crazy but I think God said go ahead, but you won't succeed, you can't overcome Me. He didn't either. Maybe he thought he did. Maybe he thought that when Kristi Anthony was laying in a hospital bed for two weeks with hardly a sign of life that he had won. Maybe the devil thought that when she woke up it was even better because she would never be herself again. Maybe when she got up out of that wheelchair for the first time and gave her sons a hug, he thought that's as far as she'll ever go! Maybe he saw the pain in a family's eyes when the progress was slow. Maybe he thought by keeping her 100 miles away he could beat their Faith in God. Maybe he made them struggle, maybe he made them hurt, but unfortunately for them they have but one God. A God who created the universe, a God who is mocked every day, a God who is taunted by the devil and sin every day. But a God who laughs at the foolish and the non believers selfish ways. A God who said you can tempt them, you can test them, but they are mine. Take her earthly body and strength away but one day, one beautiful and magnificent day, they will all walk the shores of Paradise with me while you burn in eternity. -Austin"

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Prayer Request - 10/8

    Derald Bulls sent this message tonight:  "Please add my friend and former McCuistion co-worker Jimmy Wilson to our prayer list.  Jimmy is in surgery at Medical City right now, receiving a heart transplant!  This has been, I'm guessing, close to 10 years in the making.  His sweet wife, Tammy, has been such a trooper.  He always had a smile on his face and I know God will pull him through it!  Surgery began around 3:30 this afternoon.  Pray hard all will go well!"
    On a personal note....Jimmy is one of the kindest people you'd ever want to meet and Derald is right, he always has a smile on his face.  Please keep the doctors and nurses in your prayers as they make this wonderful Christian man well!

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Can you help?

    The young family that I posted about today (Mom will have surgery on Thursday) is in immediate need of a couch, fridge and stove.  If you or someone you know would like to help, give me a call at 903-669-4382.  Thank you!

    Prayer Request - 10/7

    My friend Jennifer Lassetter is in need of prayers!  She is a young wife/Mom of 2 little boys. (She's the manager of GNC.)
    The doctors have found cysts which are covering her right ovary and it's the size of a volleyball!  They are performing surgery on her this Thursday.
    Please pray for Jenny. She's a sweetheart!

    Prayer Request - 10/6

    Herschel and Lee McClain's son-in-law, Bill Gordon, is in the VA/Dallas hospital.  He has been diagnosed with leukemia.

    Weekly Update - 10/7

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the VISION SUNDAY!
    We appreciate Jon Mullican and Richard Baggett for leading the sessions.
    There is lots of hard work going into this VISION!

    Jessica Cowan went forward on Sunday morning and asked for prayers.  She will be moving to the College Station area for her job.

    Mary Jones asked for prayers for a 7 month old baby in Texarkana.  The baby has suffered a head injury and is being taken off of life support.  The parents are friends of Mary's grandson and his wife and small child who also live in Texarkana.  Please pray for all of them!

    Simple Supper:  This weeks' entrée is Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches.  Please donate at least $2/per person.

    Pantry Needs:  Jars of jelly and canned fruit

    Oct 13:  Faithful Readers meet
    Oct 31:  Trunk or Treat (sign up at Welcome Center)
    Nov 15-17:  Family Retreat


    ~~Sam Cannon (son of Patrick and Kari Ann) was baptized on Saturday evening.

    ~~Jacob Duran (son of Todd and Angie) was baptized on Sunday morning.

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Update on Kristi Anthony - 10/4

    Posted by Jay this morning:  "This morning I couldn't stop thinking about what my life would have been like if it was "normal", if November 16, 2012 would have never happened. As I went through each step of the day as if it were normal again I kept witnessing the unselfish deeds that my beautiful wife did on a daily basis for our family. Nothing she did was for herself; it was all for us.

    I was such a fool before November 16, 2012. God had blessed me with the perfect help mate. The one that He had created specifically for me. I took that for granted and never stopped to consider the blessing that I had been given until I "lost" her. Why am I bearing my soul? Because God put this on my heart today as I reflected on the "what if's". He showed me that there were others out there that needed to hear my message.

    Men...PLEASE stop taking your wife for granted. Show her the love and respect that she deserves and that God expects you to return to her. God wants you to appreciate the best gift that He has blessed you with beyond His Son. Tell her today how much you love her BUT much better yet SHOW her. You don't want to learn this the hard way BELIEVE ME. - God is in Control - Jay"

    Services for Terry McDowra

    Terry McDowra, brother of Cherry Walker and Barbara Fambro, passed away this past Wednesday.  His services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Dalias Dickson officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery at Deport. The family will receive friends from 7 – 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

    Prayer Request - 10/4

    Payden Daniels (Kimberly's son) had a day surgery procedure today.  He's already home and doing well.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Our Sympathy......

    Terry McDowra, brother of Cherry Walker and Barbara Fambro, passed away today. 
    No other details are known at this time.

    Prayer Request - 10/2

    Sue Munday asked that we pray for Bea Herring.  She was just taken to PRMC with a possible stroke.  Bea is the organist at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.