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Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Pastor John
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:52:10 PM »
Faith, is all I can say.  That is the only way they can hold up. Not our strength, but his.  I don't think I mentioned that Pastor John's son and daughter-in-law are both pastors.  Only God, who lost his own child, can help them through the loss of theirs.
     Thank you, Patsy.

Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Peter
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:49:08 PM »
Prayers from here, too.
Mike and Roxanne><>

General Fan Discussion Forum / Re: Happy Birthday Maggie
« on: April 14, 2008, 10:15:06 PM »
Happy belated birthday, Maggie.
     I'm guessing with Riley's sense of humor, you need to have one for self defense.  It's great.  I know it's what keeps my grandma (93 yrs) young!
     Many more happy birthdays!
Mike and Roxanne><>

Prayer Requests / Re: My Dad Needs Prayers
« on: April 14, 2008, 09:12:08 AM »
We will pray for good news for your dad, and healing for your teeth.

Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Pastor John
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:57:01 AM »
I went to see how you find Pastor John's lessons.  First:  Under "News and Events" it says, "Lessons learned from Helena".  Second:  Under "For Youth", there is a section titled "Grieving change".  There is a bit more background and some very appropriate commentary, if you're interested.
     Thank you,

Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Pastor John
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:46:59 AM »
The family was so strong at the funeral.  I had a difficult time.  I talked to Pastor John and his wife, and his daughter.  They are holding strong in their faith, and feeling the prayers of loving concern and support.  Thank you all for your prayers.
     Pastor John wrote "things I learned from my grandaughter"  it is posted on our church website.  (  It is beautiful.
     Thank you, again.

Prayer Requests / Re: A Moment of Prayer Requested
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:27:08 PM »
We have been hearing about these stories, and certainly praying for the families will continue from here.  Such tragedy.

Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Rose
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:24:24 PM »
Prayers continue from Minnesota, for you both.

Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for Pastor John
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:21:27 PM »
Thank you all for your prayers.  I know they really need it.   :'(
The funeral is in the morning.  I can't even think about it without crying.   What heartache for these families. 
     Thank you, again for your prayers.

Prayer Requests / Re: Asking for Prayers
« on: April 08, 2008, 11:12:04 PM »
Thought of you especially on the 4th.  I know how that one year mark can be.  Just know that you and Dan, Tiffany, your grandson, your parents and Doug, are all in our prayers. 
     Take care

Prayer Requests / Prayers for Pastor John
« on: April 08, 2008, 11:04:39 PM »
Our pastor of 33 years has been having a tough time.  He retired last June.  He and his wife have both fought their way through cancer, but most recently:  Their 2nd grandchild (his daughter's first-born) was stillborn in November.  His name was Owen, and he was born within days of his due date.  Their first grandchild was Helena (his son's first-born).  She was born in August of 2006.  She was born with a heart condition, but had done well through her surgeries.  Her latest surgery was last week.  On Sunday they announced that she was doing well.  The surgery only took 1/2 as long as they expected, and she was in ICU to recover.  Before church was over, she passed away. 
     Pastor John worked with my mom for 21 years.  He has been there for everyone else.  Besides his own struggles, now BOTH of his grandchildren have passed away.  Please pray for strength, for God's presence in a powerful way, for healing...I just don't know how they can take it.
     Helena Folkerds has a blog where there are pictures of her...what a little angel.
     Thank you for your prayers

Jimmy stuff / Re: Effingham, IL
« on: April 01, 2008, 08:49:22 AM »
Thank you, Riley.  I guess I needed that.  Mom and dad's 42nd anniversary would have been / will be tomorrow (the 2nd).  It's more than just Nina and Jimmy who are like family around here. ;)  I appreciate the kind words, Riley.

General Fan Discussion Forum / Re: Happy Birthday Jimmeluvrs 03/30
« on: March 31, 2008, 05:54:10 PM »
It was so good to see you and Dan in IL.  I know there are tough times, but there are brighter days ahead.  You are absolutely right, that you will never be the same person once you (unwillingly) join this club.  It will become less raw, as time goes on. 
     I'm sorry this is late!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!  I mean it just as much as if it were on time!
     I'm so excited for you to be grandma!
Love, Roxie><>

Jimmy stuff / Re: Effingham, IL
« on: March 31, 2008, 05:37:42 PM »
I will not try to write another review, either.  Carolyn did a fantastic job taking me back there.  It was so good to see every one.  
     I got to see Sheila, but didn't officially meet.  KK either  ( :( maybe next time)  
     I did get to see the infamous ultrasound picture!   I'm so excited for that lucky baby to meet grandma and grandpa.  Carolyn will be an outstanding grandma.  You need something so positive to focus on for a while, and that little blessing is just the ticket.
     I certainly agree that Jimmy and Nina are like family.  We come away feeling refreshed and excited to have spent time with them.  I did tell Nina that we actually miss them, when we don't get to see them.  That would explain why we were willing to drive 10 hours (each way) with the boys in the back seat, in order to see them.  When we left Madison, WI on Friday morning, the weather was awful, and cars were in ditches.  Sometimes it was hard to see.  For about an hour, it was slow and scary.  Of course Jimmy always puts on a show that is worth whatever it takes to get there.
    I think the connection with my mom has a lot to do with our love for Nina and Jimmy.  Our boys just LOVE to see Jimmy.  He is so sweet to them, and it touched them as well as us and my grandma (mom's mom) when Jimmy dedicated "How Great Thou Art" to my mom at the MN State Fair, only 2 weeks after her very sudden death.  Jimmy was there for 2 shows each day, three days in a row, and mom was planning to attend every one of them.  We went 2 days in a row.  After the first show, Mike encouraged me to talk to Nina and Jimmy, but I was sobbing, and didn't really want to stand by them and cry.  Mike and my friend talked me into it, and both Nina and Jimmy were so sweet.  It was after that Jimmy talked about mom.  I had to go the next day, and the boys came with.  Josh started calling "How Great Thou Art" , "the crying song".  He liked to listen to it though, and still likes it.  It was a touching and healing crying.  I still miss my mom every day, but her legacy lives on right down to the grandkids.  Nina and Jimmy help us cope with her death in more ways than they can ever know.  They are truly amazing.
     Sorry, I tend to ramble.

General Fan Discussion Forum / Re: Why?
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:50:25 PM »
Billie, 15.00 / hour is a good wage for SKILLED labor around here.
I am a licensed teacher and I make 13.00 an hour working in Christian Education at our church.  I guess if I was in it for the money, I wouldn't be in it (just like you)...You aren't paid enough to put up with all you do.  I think there are a lot of people in the Fortune Tellers who care deeply for others...and they'll know we are CHRISTians by our love.
     Our youth group went to Minneapolis and broke into groups then tried to feed the whole group for less than $5.00.  One group went to a shelter and met some people there.  One kid went up to a homeless man and explained what they were doing, and asked him what he would do.  The man was so touched by what they were doing, and the fact that they treated him like a person, he pulled $5.00 out of HIS pocket and gave it to THEM!  They didn't want to take it, but he insisted.  Then on the way back home, there was a guy on the freeway ramp, asking for food.  The kids still had peanut butter and bread, and a few other things in the 2 vans.  They started opening the side doors and handing food to the bewildered man.  They learned a lot, and they couldn't drive past the poor guy without finding a way to help.

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