Thursday, October 31, 2019

Urgent Prayer. Request 10/31

Lindsay McCarter just posted this request:
Can y’all say a prayer for my mom Dianna  Welch? She has fallen and ambulance is here now. I think she broke her arm or shoulder. She’s also bleeding from the head but is coherent.

Happy 100th Birthday!!

Happy 100th Birthday to
Naomi Bassett!!!

We celebrated her at Simple Supper with a
BEAUTIFUL cake and lots of hugs!

 All 3 of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were there with her!
And Mrs. Ozella Lilly got to come and celebrate too!

 Our elders prayed a blessing over Naomi.

DHS Gang - 10/31


If you are in the 50 something age group or have a spouse camping out there, please join our new group: The Not Ready Yet DHS Gang. (aka Down Hill Sliders) We will have a fish fry at Kevin and Brenda Shackelford's cabin on Nov. 16th @ 5PM. There is a sign up at the Welcome Center and we need a headcount soon so food plans can be made. Please check it out THIS Sunday!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Please PRAY!!!

Kylie Benson (16 years old) was involved in a vehicle accident on Monday morning.  A semi ran over her car, she got out of that car and walked over 200 yards. She has life threatening injuries at this point, more than 60% 3rd degree bodily burns, inhalation injuries, some spinal (bone) injury, fractured ribs, injury to her right eye and, her right hand is severely injured. They are expecting major disability and a minimum 6 month stay.

Updated Tuesday (10/29):   Kylie is still in a critical stage. She has 3rd degree burns from the top of her head to her knees. You literally can not place a hand on her body without touching a burn. She has fractured ribs and spine with a vent tube for her collapsed lung. She is on a respirator to help her breathe, she can not talk. She is in a medically induced coma. She can not open her eyes because her face is severely burned. Both of her arms and hands have been deeply burned we are concerned with not only infection but the skin restricting blood flow which would lead to loss of her limbs or digits.  We want everyone to be a part of her journey as she walks this out. 

Update Wednesday (1030)
:  Today is surgery day! One of the biggest obstacles has been regulating her blood pressure, within the last hour her level of meds to control he
r blood pressure has went from 20 to 5! PRAISE THE LORD!  This means she will be ready for her first surgery!Her lung fluids are clearing too!Praise the LORD!
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Please keep in mind that Kylie has no medical insurance of any kind so any donation will be greatly appreciated. Hospital stays are extremely expensive. Kylie’s mother Alicia Manning, (a lifelong resident of McCurtain County, the daughter of retired Highway Patrol Gordon Manning & current McCurtain County Sheriff Deputy herself) will have to be off work in order to be at the hospital. In addition to Go Fund Me, an account has been set up at First State Bank in Valliant, Oklahoma for donations. Be on the lookout for upcoming fundraisers to benefit Kylie and her Family. 

If you would like to donate, please click here for the GoFundMe page.

Congratulations...

Nathan and Jordan Wilhelm are happy to announce the arrival of Harlan "Harley" Shane Wilhelm, who made a speedy appearance on Tuesday morning, October 29, 2019.  He was born at 5:46 a.m., weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and is 20.5 inches.  He got his middle name from his grand-dad, and shares a birthday with uncle brother Justin.
Big sister Hazel still hasn't consented to our name choice, but she and Hudson did decide that he could stay.
Grandparents are Shane and Tanya Welch and great grandmother is Sherry Welch.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Crystal McFadden Update - 10/28

Rickey sent an update:  Crystal will not be going home from the hospital today.  One of the antibiotics caused other complications. They've taken her off of it, but she'll have to wait for her levels to go back to normal before she can go home. 

McFadden Services

Wanda Jolynn McFadden, age 94, died peacefully Friday, October 29.She was the daughter of Claude Rainey and Pauline Whitlock Rainey.  Ms. McFadden was a member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ for many years.  She is survived by her loving daughter, Patricia Crawford, and her fur baby, Josie, who has kept a watchful eye on her for the last 6 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Bonnie Turner and Joyce Logan, as well as two brothers, Bloyce Rainey and Claude G. Rainey.Graveside services will be held Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Cemetery Pavilion with John Cannon officiating. Visitation will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home from 11am-12pm on Tuesday.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Weekly Update - 10/27

Conclusion of the Series:  "A Noble Task"
"An Elder Is a Man of Capability"


I.     What Elders Do:  A look at the New Testament to see what Elders were doing.
II.    Implications for Today
III.  The Way "NOT" to Do These Things (1 Peter 5:3)
IV.  When Is A Man Ready to Be an Elder?

"To all of you" (1 Peter 5:5b)
   1.   Mutual Submission
   2.   Mutual Humility
   3.   Mutual Grace

So...
      1.   God's church needs faithful leaders.
      2.   God's church needs faithful followers of those faithful leaders.
      3.   We must be intentional about developing both
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SYMPATHY:  

  • Our sweet sister, Wanda McFadden, passed away Friday afternoon.  Please keep Patricia and the family in your prayers.  Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1pm at the Pavilion at Evergreen Cemetary.
  • Carole Anderson's best friend, Pat Goolsby, passed away this past week.
  • Continue to remember the family and firefighter family of  Slade Baker in your prayers as they continue to grieve the sudden passing of their son/brother/friend. His funeral services were this past Thursday in Louisiana.
RESPONSE:
  • Cynthia Norris asked for prayers for her health, the death of her mother-in-law and in need of help cleaning the property to be sold.   
PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Bobbie Fulbright  - Had triple by-pass surgery last week, in Dallas.  She is home and feeling well.
  • Jerry Raper - Pneumonia
  • Ora Henderson - Is back in PRMC.
  • Nancy Jones - Has broken her foot - will have surgery soon.
  • Donna Moseley - Health
  • Charlie Mae Harris - Health
  • Glenn Barnett - healing from surgery.
  • Cynthia Norris - On dialysis. 
  • Marge Norlin - Health
  • Jean O'Neal - Health 
  • Charles Richards - Health
  • Leston Maggard - Health
  • Jay and Kristi Anthony -  Health
THOSE IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Johnny Bassett - Stillhouse
  • Bobby Castlebury Stillhouse.
  • David Gillean (the father-in-law of Audrey) Clarksville Nursing Home/Rehab.
  • Janelle Green - Stillhouse
  • Ozella Lilly - Stillhouse
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR FRIENDS/FAMILY:
  • Crystal McFadden was re-admitted to the hospital in Plano on Friday.
  • PRAISE!!!!  Joseph Filkins, my co-worker Delona Swaim's fiancee ... he has finally been released from 
  • Cooper Bell, the 7-year-old son of Jerimy and Staci Bell of Roxton, continues to recover at home, after a 4 wheeler accident. Was cleared by the doctor to go back to school. He is still in a wheelchair.
  • Billy Icenhower is doing better.  
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti 
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.
  • Prayers for students, teachers, and school bus drivers.
  • Sonja Carter (friend of Lesa Bulls)
  • Tanessa Cowan
  • Jimmy Faulkner 
  • Carl Haggard - More cancer has been found.
  • Grady Harper (neighbor of Claude and Mary Jones)
  • Jackie Helm 
  • Laquita Lawrence
  • Linda Nichols (Kristi Garrett's Mom)
  • Karla Roffee (Dan's Mom)
  • Cheryl Sowle Bilby (former member)
  • Cherry Walker
  • Robert Wunch (Derald Bulls' friend)
  • Dr. Robert Zimmerman

PANTRY NEEDS:  Hot or Dry Cereals - Crackers - Canned Vegetables - Laundry or Dish Soap - Paper Towels

RAINBOW ROOM ITEMS:  Warm clothes for older kids and teens (like sweatshirts and sweatpants)

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Beef Stew. $3/per person.
If you didn't sign up on Sunday morning and want to join us, call the church office and reserve your spot.

KEEP THE DATE:
Oct 30:  100th Birthday Party for Naomi Bassett
Nov 5:   Men's Breakfast
Nov 8-9: Family Retreat
Nov 13: Blood Drive
Nov 16: DHS Gang Fish Fry
Dec 1:   Cowan Wedding Shower
Dec 14: Young at Heart to see Vocal Majority in Greenville
Jan 19:  Denman Wedding Shower
Feb 21-22: Ladies Retreat

Love you - MEAN IT!!!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Update on Crystal McFadden - 10/25

Rickey McFadden just sent this message:  Crystal will be in the hospital until at least Monday.  An infection disease doctor came by this afternoon and said she'll get a port and have IV antibiotics for 3 weeks, 3 times a day.

Our Sympathy...

Our sweet sister, Wanda McFadden, passed away this afternoon. Please keep Patricia and the family in your prayers. Arrangements are pending with Fry-Gibbs and will be updated as soon as more is known.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Prayer Request - 10/24

Rickey McFadden asked that we put his daughter, Crystal McFadden, back on the prayer list again.  She has been admitted to the hospital with an infection.  Rickey is on his way there now.

Can I get an AMEN?


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mid-Week Prayer Requests - 10/23

PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Bobbi Fulbright had triple bypass surgery in Dallas last week.  She is home now and doing well!
  • Nancy Jones dropped something on her foot and broke it! She will have surgery soon.
REMINDERS:
  • Please don't forget to put a card in the basket in the library for Naomi Bassett.  We hope to shower her dozens of cards!!!  We will celebrate with her NEXT Wednesday during our Simple Supper.
  • We have only one Sunday left of our Book Drive for Live Beyond. Please make plans to stop by the table Sunday and purchase the books that you want to send over. We are still trying to meet our goal of 500!!!  We can do this with your help!
  • If you plan to attend the next Young @ Heart event, please call the office to reserve your tickets. We are going to the Greenville Municipal Auditorium on December 14th, to listen to the Vocal Majority as we did a few years ago. It was a great performance!


Monday, October 21, 2019

Congratulations Clint Gage -10:21

The Paris Optimist Club held their annual dinner meeting this evening. Congratulations to Optimist of the Year Clint Gage and Friend of Youth awardee Kenneth Webb. Both of these gentlemen have dedicated numerous hours helping the youth of Lamar County through the Club's programs! 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Our Sympathy...


This morning, Paris Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident where unfortunately the single occupant succumbed to his injuries. The driver, Layton Slade Baker, was a firefighter with Paris Fire Department since April 2017. He was 24 years old. Slade was assigned to B-Shift throughout his time with the PFD. He was an excellent firefighter, always striving to better himself both professionally and as a person. Slade loved life and was always smiling, yet he was the first to offer help to anyone who needed it. He had a true servant’s heart. No matter whether you were lucky enough to either know Slade on a personal basis or had met him in passing, he left a lasting impression on all.
Paris Fire Department would ask everyone to please keep Firefighter Baker’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers throughout this extremely difficult time. Paris Fire Department has stationed an honor guard to remain with his body during this time.

Weekly Update - 10/20

"An Elder Is A Man Of Character"
(1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)

The qualities listed have to do with character, habits, and personality.

A Man and His Fundamental Relationships:
  1.  As to others
  2.  As to his family
  3.  As to God and His word
  4.  As to things
  5.  As to himself

Bottom Line:
  1.  He is a man of highest character, respect, and integrity.
  2.  He is not a perfect man, but beyond criticism and blame.
  3.  He is a man of God you are willing to trust and follow.

❤❤❤❤

RESPONSE:  Donna Moseley asked for prayers for her continued struggles with health and finances.

PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Glenn Barnett was at worship this morning. He said he's feeling well.
  • Alexis Cowan - Health
  • Peggy Wright - PRMC/Rehab - she is doing better.
  • Mack Ray - Is doing great
  • Cynthia Norris - On dialysis. 
  • Marge Norlin - Is back in Paris and doing well.
  • Jean O'Neal - Health 
  • Ora Henderson - Health
  • Charles Richards - Health
  • Leston Maggard - Health
  • Jay and Kristi Anthony -  Health
THOSE IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Johnny Bassett - Stillhouse
  • Bobby Castlebury Stillhouse.
  • David Gillean, the father-in-law of Audrey, is doing better and has been moved to the Clarksville Nursing Home/Rehab.
  • Janelle Green - Stillhouse
  • Ozella Lilly - Stillhouse
  • Wanda McFadden  - Heritage
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR FRIENDS/FAMILY:
  • Pat Goolsby, Carole Anderson's friend - Is now on hospice.
  • Joseph Filkins, my co-worker Delona Swaim's fiancee is in a rehab facility in Pittsburg and is getting better each day.
  • Cooper Bell, the 7-year-old son of Jerimy and Staci Bell of Roxton, continues to recover at home, after a 4 wheeler accident. Was cleared by the doctor to go back to school. He is still in a wheelchair.
  • Billy Icenhower is doing better.  
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti 
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.
  • Prayers for students, teachers, and school bus drivers.
  • Sonja Carter (friend of Lesa Bulls)
  • Tanessa Cowan
  • Jimmy Faulkner 
  • Carl Haggard
  • Grady Harper (neighbor of Claude and Mary Jones)
  • Jackie Helm 
  • Laquita Lawrence
  • Linda Nichols (Kristi Garrett's Mom)
  • Karla Roffee (Dan's Mom)
  • Cheryl Sowle Bilby (former member)
  • Cherry Walker
  • Robert Wunch (Derald Bulls' friend)
  • Dr. Robert Zimmerman


PANTRY NEEDS:  Hot or Dry Cereals - Crackers - Laundry or Dish Soap - Paper Towels

RAINBOW ROOM ITEMS:  Warm clothes for older kids and teens (like sweatshirts and sweatpants)

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Faught Chicken Spaghetti. $3/per person.
If you didn't sign up on Sunday morning and want to join us, call the church office and reserve your spot.

KEEP THE DATE:
Oct 21:  Monday Night Movie Night
Oct 26:  Ladies Brunch
Oct 30:  100th Birthday Party for Naomi Bassett
Nov 5:   Men's Breakfast
Nov 8-9: Family Retreat
Dec 1:   Cowan Wedding Shower
Dec 14: Young at Heart to see Vocal Majority in Greenville
Jan 19:  Denman Wedding Shower
Feb 21-22: Ladies Retreat

Love you - MEAN IT!!!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Taylortown VFD



Prayer Request - 10/18

Carole Anderson sent this request: Please put Pat Goolsby, my true friend, my niece, my cousin, my best buddy on the prayer blog. She has given up, just placed on hospice. She has quit eating and won't take her needed medication, and expressed her desire to leave this world behind.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Young @ Heart


100th Birthday

If you can't be here and would like to mail a card for Naomi,
just send it in care of the church,
3535 Lamar Avenue, Paris, TX 75460
and we will be sure to get it in her basket!


Friday, October 11, 2019

Our Sympathy...

My co-worker and friend, John Biard, passed away in his sleep early this morning.
Keep his boys Scott, Will, and Don in your prayers.
No details are known at this time.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

God KNOWS!


Update on Glen Barnett - 10/9

Glen is headed home from the hospital!!!
Prayers for their safe travel!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Update on Dustin Smith 10/8

Haley Bulls Smith posted this update on her husband Dustin: Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been praying for our family! Since Dustin’s sickness/hospitalization at the beginning of August, he was on IV antibiotics 24/7 for 8 weeks. As of last Wednesday, his CT showed the abscess to have shrunk down to less than 1/2 of the original size!! Praise the Lord! They were able to pull his PICC line and he is glad to be done with that! He will be taking oral antibiotics for the next 6 months to a year...so thank you for all of the prayers. They were felt and helped carry us through!!

Update on Glen Barnett - 10/8

Glen is doing great more pain today but a lot more moving around. Still has the drain in his neck will come out tomorrow before we get to leave for home. Dr. told him the surgery was more involved than was expected but he was able to do what he wanted. Glen has fusion and two metal brackets from C3 to C7. Will have a few questions for Dr. Derrick in the morning. Thank you for all your prayers.

MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT


Monday, October 7, 2019

Update on Wanda McFadden - 10/7

Wanda McFadden has moved to a new nursing home in Wylie, to be closer to her daughter.
If you would like her address, please check with the church office.

Update on Glen Barnett - 10/7

Glen is in recovery. Dr said everything went great just exactly the way he wanted it to go. Will be an hour before he leaves recovery and I find out a room number.

If you don't do...


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Our Sympathy...

After attending the Sulphur Springs football game, two sisters and their children were in a horrific accident.
Sandy Reed and Keisha Gibbs sisters were killed.
Sandy's nine year old Jacob is in critical condition as is Keisha's fourteen year old daughter.
Please pray for this family.

Prayer Request 10/5

Campbell Jones 14 year old great granddaughter of Claude and Mary Jones fell from a golf cart. It cracked her skull and if the swelling continues to get worse they will have to do surgery. She is in ICU at Medical City Dallas. Please pray for her. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekly Update - 10/6


CHURCH AS IT'S MEANT TO BE
ACTS 2:42-47

I.     Priority: One Important Verb.
II.    Priorities:  Four Important Nouns.
             (From verse 42: Teaching. Fellowship. Eating. Praying.)
III.  Priorities Illustrated: Ten Demonstrations.

APPLICATION:
       1.  Maintain biblical instruction as the center of church life.
       2.  Make relationships at Lamar Avenue a priority.
       3.  Share a meal with someone - often.
       4.  Persist in prayer. (Prayer is a direct barometer of your faith.)
       5.  Engage with culture.
       6.  Reflect regularly on our vision.
       7.  Keep "church" important in your life.

THIS SUGGESTS MOVEMENT:
       1.  Move beyond Sunday.
       2.  Move beyond individuals.
       3.  Move beyond ourselves.
       4.  Move beyond the building.



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OUR SYMPATHY:
  • Delma Gibbs' brother-in-law, Norris Ballard, passed away.  Norris was a retired teacher and rancher.
  • After attending the Sulphur Springs football game, two sisters and their children were in a horrific accident. The sisters, Sandy Reed and Keesha Gibbs were killed.
    Sandy's nine-year-old Jacob is in critical condition as is Keisha's fourteen-year-old daughter.
    Please keep the family and the city of Sulphur Springs in your prayers.

PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • Glenn Barnett will be having surgery on his vertebra on tomorrow, Mon. October 7th.
  • Alexis Cowan - Health
  • Peggy Wright - PRMC/Rehab - she is doing well.
  • Mack Ray - Continuing to recover from surgery.  He now has a blood clot in his leg.
  • Nancy Jones - She is back home 
  • Daisy Redding - Health
  • Cynthia Norris - On dialysis. 
  • Marge Norlin - Health
  • Jean O'Neal - Health 
  • Ora Henderson - Health
  • Charles Richards - Health
  • Leston Maggard - Health
  • Jay and Kristi Anthony -  Health
THOSE IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Johnny Bassett - Stillhouse
  • Bobby Castlebury Stillhouse.
  • David Gillean, the father-in-law of Audrey, is doing better and has been moved to the Clarksville Nursing Home/Rehab.
  • Janelle Green - Stillhouse
  • Ozella Lilly - Stillhouse
  • Wanda McFadden  - Heritage
  • Peggy Wright - Colonial Lodge
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR FRIENDS/FAMILY:
  • Campbell Jones 14-year-old great-granddaughter of Claude and Mary Jones fell from a golf cart. It cracked her skull and if the swelling continues to get worse they will have to do surgery. She is in ICU at Medical City Dallas. Please pray for her. 
  • Grady Harper, neighbor of Claude and Mary - Cancer
  • Pat Goolsby, Carole Anderson's friend - Declining health.
  • Robert Wunch, Derald Bulls' friend, has cancer and waiting for pathology reports.
  • Dustin Smith, Haley Bulls-Smith's husband - Health
  • Joseph Filkins, my co-worker Delona Swaim's fiancee is in UT Hospital/Tyler having IV antibiotics after an abscess was found on his spine. 
  • Cooper Bell, the 7-year-old son of Jerimy and Staci Bell of Roxton, continues to recover at home, after a 4 wheeler accident. Had another procedure this week.
  • Billy Icenhower is doing better.  
  • The Vanderpools - in Haiti 
  • Prayers for our military.
  • Prayers for our first responders.
  • Prayers for students, teachers, and school bus drivers.




  • Sonja Carter (friend of Lesa Bulls)
  • Tanessa Cowan
  • Jimmy Faulkner 
  • Carl Haggard
  • Jackie Helm 
  • Laquita Lawrence
  • Linda Nichols (Kristi Garrett's Mom)
  • Karla Roffee (Dan's Mom)
  • Cheryl Sowle Bilby (former member)
  • Cherry Walker
  • Dr. Robert Zimmerman




  • PRAYER WARRIORS:  A group of women are meeting on Monday mornings at the building at 10am to pray together.  If you can, please join them!  If you have nay questions regarding this, please see Teresa Allen.

    LADIES RETREAT will be Feb 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Texarkana.  Laurie Stallings Vanderpool will be our speaker. Mark your calendars now and watch for more information to come about our exciting weekend together. 

    PANTRY NEEDS:  Hot or Dry Cereals - Crackers - Laundry or Dish Soap - Paper Towels

    RAINBOW ROOM ITEMS:  Diapers - Size 2 and 4.  Diaper Wipes. Lice Kits.

    SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Chicken Strips. $3/per person.
    If you didn't sign up on Sunday morning and want to join us, call the church office and reserve your spot.

    KEEP THE DATE:
    Oct 12:  Foster Care Night Out
    Oct 13:  Faithful Readers
    Oct 14:  Monday Movie Night
    Oct 26:  Ladies Brunch
    Nov 5:   Men's Breakfast
    Nov 8-9: Family Retreat
    Dec 1:   Cowan Wedding Shower
    Jan 19:  Denman Wedding Shower
    Feb 21-22: Ladies Retreat

    Love you - MEAN IT!!!

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    "I forgive you..."

    I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the courtroom, or in the millions of homes, watching the ending of this trial today.
    Click here to watch the video.
    This young man, the brother of Botham Jean, said the three most powerful words that a person can say... "I forgive you."
    And if that wasn't enough, he asked the judge if he could hug the woman who has been convicted of killing his own brother.
    God is good and merciful and loving... if she ASKS HE WILL FORGIVE HER!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Prayer Request 10/1

    Aaron Rodriguez, son of Marcelino and Elda, joined the Marines this summer. He is currently in boot camp in San Diego and has recently been diagnosed with pneumonia.