Update from Doug Hartman:
To the brethren in Imperial,
We thank you all for all your thoughts and prayers during Jody’s struggles. We are still waiting for the doctors to tell us when we can go to the Mayo Clinic. We are hoping that will be soon, so we’ll find out what is wrong with Jody so we can either treat or deal with what she has. Thank you again for everything.
Doug, Jody, Tucker, Adia, and Andrew
Mom and Dad:
The Memory Makers
Memories – What a treasured gift, provided they are good and happy memories; what a sad and sorry lot they are if they are not.
Memories are a part of our heritage. They help define who we are – both the good ones and the bad. We pass the memories of our heritage down to our children while at the same time adding new ones of our own to be included in the chronicles of their lives. Continue reading Bulletin Articles 12/14/08
From Doug Hartman:
12/12, Friday morning: Jody did physical therapy this morning and did very well. She still has some symptoms and a few other things going on, but what an answered prayer! We are still waiting to hear about the Mayo Clinic or Dallas. We’ll let everyone know asap. Thank you all again. Your thoughts, prayers and emails have been wonderful during this.
From Doug Hartman:
12/11 Thursday evening: The doctor was just in. Almost all tests came back negative. We are waiting for referral and appointment at the Mayo Clinic or the Freuman Group (spelling?) in Dallas, Texas to find some answers. Hopefully no more symptoms arrive, and Jody can strengthen up enough to do what is needed to get there. Thank you all for all your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep you updated on future events. Hopefully there will be no need to do this daily, if nothing bad happens again.
From Norma this afternoon:
They are releasing my dad from the hospital tomorrow to return to the Manor for his rehab. I’m not sure how long he will be there before returning to his home. I will stay until he is established at home with health care. Thank you for all you’re doing. I know this is where I need to be right now. Miss you and will keep you posted on progress. I do not have wireless at the Manor, but will check my mail frequently at the library. Norma
Excerpts from E-mails from Doug Hartman:
12/9 Tuesday morning: Jody is in a swing bed in Seward waiting for test results to come in. The Wilson’s disease test was negative. She has not gotten any better and still has all the same symptoms, and I think a couple more. She is taking a ton of pills but at least resting well. We continue to thank you all for your prayers during this time. Continue reading News & Notes 12/11/08
Eli Taylor, Norma Hamm’s dad, had to be readmitted to the hospital in Kansas City Sunday night with pneumonia. Norma expects him to return to the Manor rehab facility in a few days.
Jody Hartman actually walked a little bit Sunday morning, but by afternoon was doing very poorly. They did a spinal tap and some more labs, to get a broad spectrum of tests to figure out what is going on. They are hoping for results of most of the tests soon.
The Westside Ladies will meet in the home of Marilee Wallin for their gathering on Sunday afternoon instead of the Bryans’ home.
In Our Prayers: Norma is staying in Kansas City with her dad as an “advocate” for him in rehab. She has taken a leave of absence from work, expecting to stay there another week. Her dad’s address is Eli Taylor, 12919 NW Custer Dr., Kansas City, MO 64152.
Gale and Londa request prayers for their nephew, Brandon Beck, who is scheduled for 6-hour pancreatic surgery in St. Louis this Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30 a.m.
Jody Hartman is still battling severe tremors. They are considering a diagnosis of Wilson disease, which is an inability of the body to rid itself of excess copper (a necessary component of food), which leads to organ damage. She underwent an MRI yesterday morning at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln; they don’t have the results yet. She may also undergo an EEG on Monday.
Calendar of Events:
Sunday, December 14 – 2nd Sunday Carry-In Dinner at Westside, followed by a business meeting for the men and a gift-exchange party for the ladies at the Bryans’, which will include an ornament exchange and Secret Sisters revealing.
By the grace of God and through our obedience to the good news of salvation in Jesus’ name, we have been born anew into the family of God. He has adopted us to be His people and sent His Holy Spirit to live within us, bearing witness with our spirits that we are His children whereby we cry Abba Father! (Romans 8.15-16).
In Jewish households, servants were not allowed to use the word Abba to address the head of the family. That term was reserved exclusively for the children. In Romans 8, Paul’s use of the term is intended to convey to us just how deeply the Spirit assures us that we are indeed children of the Most High God – our Heavenly Father. Continue reading Bulletin Articles 12/07/08
The Diakonos Principle
Servanthood in the New Testament
The church Jesus envisioned, both in time and eternity, is a servant church. Speaking with reference to time, He told His disciples “the greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23.11), and of eternity, He revealed the saved would be welcomed home with these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25.21). He who “came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10.45) provides the pattern and sets the example for all would seek to be a part of both His earthly and eternal kingdom – the church. Continue reading Bulletin Articles 11/30/08
News & Notes
In Our Prayers: We are happy to report that Norma Hamm’s father, Eli Taylor, has been released from the hospital to a rehab facility for a while before he returns home. Norma expected to return home this weekend.
Calendar of Events: Today – 5th Sunday Singing in North Platte, to begin at 2:30 MST. Those who are carpooling from Imperial will leave from the building at 12:30.
Thanksgiving Meal: Wednesday evening, Carol and DeMarys delivered a prepared Thanksgiving dinner on our behalf to an Imperial family of five. It was gratefully received. The children especially appreciated the cookies!
Holiday Mail for Heroes: If you’d like to send a Holiday Card to a serviceman or woman, below is an address you can use. The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are collaborating to deliver one million holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Detailed guidelines are posted on the bulletin board or at www.redcross.org/email/saf/. Send cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.