Volume 32 Number 10

Hospice Care

Hospice care. These are words that I for one was not ready to put with me. To me they mean end of life as we know it. It brings up scary pictures of someone lying in pain at home waiting to die. Hospice is much more than that. It is providing medical care and assistance for people who want to stay home instead of entering the hospital scene. We can receive care from house cleaning, someone sitting with me, basic care of shaving and showering, and of course anything medical that I need. So I signed up for Hospice care yesterday. They even started me out with a shave so I have my goatee back. I think I’ll like Hospice.

Life is like Hospice. What we see or hear on the outside is nothing like what is on the inside. Take shampoo for example. They have more flavors than we can ever imagine and they don’t taste anything like the smell. I personally like the fruit flavors but I can guarantee that the taste of peach shampoo is nothing like the smell or the taste of real peaches. Satan does that kind of thing with sin. He wants us to believe what is good for us is not appealing and vice versa. Israel was encouraged to check the prophet’s word to see if it was from God. We need to do the same.

God is good!

Kimball Matkins
Former elder at Grandview Church of Christ

Kimball lives in York, Nebraska and has ALS commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He started showing symptoms in the summer of 2005.  He has shown the courage that God can give.  To follow his progress go to:  :  www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

News & Notes

THANK YOU:  I would just like to thank my family at Grandview for their prayers concerning my sister-in-law Deb Morton.  Her ultrasound showed that it was not cancer.  It was a cyst with fluid.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support, and ultimately, I thank God.
SONBEAMS will be going for lunch at the Old Country Buffet, 6059 SE  14th St, on Tuesday March 10th. We will meet there at 11:30. If you need  a ride see Lyle.

PREACHING CLASSES:  A Basic Preaching Class will be offered during the evening worship hour (6:00 PM) beginning Sunday night, April 5th, in the basement of the Grandview building. This preaching class is offered only to those men who have never taken it before. If you are interested in taking this class, please see Art

Today will complete the Intermediate Preaching Class at Osceola. They have a preaching candidate coming in to try-out on the weekend of March 22nd. We wish them well.

SHOWER:  The shower for Van Egdoms and Carys will be March 14 at the Sparks home starting at 10:30 am.  You can still give money to the group gift by giving it to Tammy.

GOSPEL MEETING, Davis City church of Christ, April 12 -15, 2009., Speaker: Johnie Scaggs, Sedalia, MO  –  What the Bible Says About: Modesty, Attendance, Divorce /Remarriage, Morals, Drinking/Smoking, Language  –  For more information call Mike Richardson at 660-373-0825, or Dave West at 641-344-9458

Jose & Christine Martinez have moved back to Florida and Jose is back at his former workplace:  150 NW 108th Terrace, Apt 105, Pembrooke Pines, FL 33026 770-773-3380 cell

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY:  The men’s Bible study will Saturday morning beginning at 8:00 am.  If you would like to bring breakfast items, please feel free.  Please join us.

Prayer Requests

April and Tava Mazak were in the bus that was hit by a truck this past week.  April has strained muscles in her neck and they both have bruises.  Please remember them as well as all the other children involved in the wreck.  Also remember the family of the man who died in the same wreck.

Kristen Cary is feeling better after her out patient procedure.

Families who have recently lost loved ones: Collins family, Kinyon Family, Deal Family.

The following are websites concerning Connor Deal if you would like to visit them:

  • www.rondeal.org/go/Connor
  • www.CaringBridge.org/visit/ConnorDeal

Easton Van Egdom: There was a good report from Easton’s heart cath. There is not as much pressure on his heart as was originally thought and the hole is healing on its own. So they were able to push the surgery back a couple months to allow him to put on some more weight.

Pam Dorrell’s mother is doing better after her cataract surgery.   Also her friend Joan whose cancer that has returned is in the hospital and the family is in the process of looking for a care center for her.

Amanda Free (Jeremy & Sunny’s sister in law) is having to make some difficult choices about medication as she enters the final stage of her pregnancy.

A co-worker of Kim Ferrell was just told that his 8 month baby would not live past 18 months.  Jake and Kim Ferrell need our prayers; for Kim as it pertains to her promotion, for Jake that he begins working for the Sheriff Department.

Archie Cook has begun his steroid shot treatments for the pinched nerve in his neck.

Remember all those who have lost jobs:  Todd Johnson’s sister Karen; Mike Ogle’s brother got a job (Praise God!); Tyler Sparks’ Brother-in-law has been let go and they are struggling financially. Richard Potter is looking for work.

Jim Mort is home now.  Pray for his continued progress.

Cedar Falls Members:  Sharon Burke is receiving cancer treatments in Houston.

Karen Hardy is hoping not to have a transfusion.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Marge Steven’s is doing better but still has concerns about her sister and Glen.

Millie Buxton is still having eye problems and please pray for Joe’s job.

Toni Lovejoy’s father is dealing with cancer and feeling better although she would still like our prayers!

Lyndsay Gordon’s niece Michaela who was born at 26 weeks is now over 4 pounds. She has been eating well.  She had an eye exam and her eyes, though still immature, are coming along well.

Jeff Moore go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore

Kimball Matkins is getting weaker and losing weight.  They will be looking into home health care as walking is becoming increasingly hazardous for him.  To read his update go to:  www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Calendar of Events

Church Activities

  • Mar 21 – Men’s study
  • Mar 28 – Fellowship with Firearms
  • Apr 12-15 – Davis City Gospel Meeting
  • Apr 25 – MN Bible Lecture, Rosemont

Member Activities

  • Mar 2 – DM Youth Symphony—Amy Bailey
  • Apr 24-25 – Musical “Grease”—Urbandale High School-Ann Longfellow

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