Thursday, February 26, 2009

Beth Ann Amos Update

Hey all,

Just got this message from Diane Amos. They thank everyone for the prayers.

While doing P.T. putting down a telephone pole type log after it was over their heads (5 work together) the group lost coordination and dropped the log on Beth Anne's leg. Both bones were broken between her knee and ankle. We had her transferred to N. Fulton to be seen and operated on by a ortho dr. we knew and trusted. During the surgery, while putting in the rod the bone shattered. He placed a metal plate on each side of the fragments, bolted the plates into the bones above and below the fracture and connected the bolts to a fixation device outside her leg. We see a trauma ortho specialist Monday and will probably have another surgery Tuesday.

Thank you for all your prayers... that's what we need most now. Pray for guidance in how to proceed with care, for complete healing and for direction in what to do regarding school and the future... also to see God's LOVING hand in all this (it's kinda hard to see sometimes).

Let's work harder at keeping them in our prayers!


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Softball Game

Hey softballers,

Just got a note from Trish that our first game is at 6:45 this coming Monday (March 2). The game is at Central park. We need to be there by 6:25 to get the roster set up.

For our non-players--we'll need plenty of fans in the stands!



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Castle Christian Church Good Friday Cross Walk

Hello friend!

I'm forwarding this email to you to ask for your help. This year, on Good Friday, our church is participating in a very special event. Here are the details:

This year, as a difficult economy worsens and more families lose their incomes and even their homes, a burden grows heavier. Someone needs to reach out, to share God’s love with hurting people—someone needs to care.

So, on Good Friday, we’re going to carry a cross…just like Jesus. We’re going to humble ourselves and carry a cross to help hurting families, to bear their burden with them, to share the love of Jesus for them.

Home-Aid is an organization devoted to helping hurting families by providing safe temporary housing for newly displaced families until they can get on their feet. Our Cross Walk is designed to raise funds (from corporate and individual sponsors) to give to Home-Aid’s effort and to raise awareness for the need for a chapter in Forsyth County.

On Good Friday, we’ll walk 3.5 miles through downtown Cumming, taking turns carrying our cross. At the end of our walk, we’ll stop to worship and remember Jesus’ beautiful and excruciating sacrifice. We’ll weep as we consider his suffering…but we’ll also look forward to celebrating his resurrection—that singular victorious Easter event which provides our ultimate hope from the struggles of this life!

What I’m hoping is that YOU will sponsor ME in this cross walk and help people who are being displaced in this difficult time. Simply click this link to DONATE online. When you have the opportunity to dedicate your gift, simply type in the words “cross walk” and enter my name.

Also, I'd like to invite you to come to church with us on Easter Sunday! Go to for details on our services.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Beth Ann Amos

Hey everyone,

Got a call from the Amos's that Beth Ann, Mike and Diane's daughter, broke her leg today. It was apparently a very serious and painful break because she was going in to surgery to have it fixed.

Let's pray that everything goes well and that she mends quickly.

Also, the next email post you may forward to friends and family who you'd like to sponsor you in the Cross Walk!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cross Event

Hello again everyone,

I want to add a few thoughts about the Cross event on Good Friday.

First, a few people mentioned that the cross might be too big for them to carry. We recognized that not everyone will be physically able to carry the cross as a "Simon,"so there are several ways for you to be involved as a "John" or "Mary" (cross-witnesses). The sheet we handed out this Sunday outlined some of those concepts, but a few are these:

We will need help at certain stations of the cross walk. We'll need to have water bottles ready for people who are walking, etc. Some people will just walk along with the cross, rather than carry it. Others may want to help at our main station where we'll be having our worship service. It MAY be that you cannot physically carry the cross, but still want to share the burden for the community. If this is the case, if you will raise $50 by finding sponsors, someone will carry the cross in your name!

Second, besides just getting folks to sponsor you on the sheet and collecting that, I'm going to be creating a blog post that will email to everyone. This post will include a link to a site where people can sponsor you with their Visa cards directly to Home Aid. When a post that begins with "Hello Friend" comes to your email in-box, you'll be able to forward it directly to your friends and family and contacts. That should be coming out tomorrow!

Thanks everyone for a great Sunday again. BTW, our softball team is looking pretty good! I won't know what to use for sermon illustrations if we start winning!


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Softball Practice

Calling all softballers,

Just got a message from Trish that we are planning practice every Sunday at 3:00.

HOWEVER...She has also told me this:

"The field can not be reserved so whoever gets there first picks a field and reserves it for the rest of us."

So, we'll have to try to reserve fields as we go for practice.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Prayer Request for Eileen Pope's Family

Hey everyone,

Eileen Pope has been part of the family for a few weeks now and she has asked for some prayers.

"Can you please add my mom, Mary Grace, and my grandson, Seth Burt, to your prayer list? They are both scheduled for surgery next Monday, 2/23. Neither surgery is dire--my mom is having extensive oral surgery--she is 82 and very frail--so it is chancy--she doesn't react to anesthetic very well--it sends her into Lalaland b/c she has dementia. As for my grandson, he is 2 and quirky as only a 2 year old can be--he has some kind of a hernia and growth in his groin--a quick procedure, but my daughter and son-in-law are worried as you would expect them to be. Me too. So please pray for them and that God guides the surgeons. My mom has two additional procedures scheduled for March and April unrelated to this current surgery."

Let's be praying for Eileen AND her family during this time!


Saturday, February 7, 2009


Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Q & A Sunday, so come expecting something a bit different tomorrow. Of course, we're ok with different!

Also, this week, we'll be moving back to WEDNESDAYS for Bible study. That's WEDNESDAY at 7:00! There are two upcoming Wednesdays that the youth group will be using the building, so we will either not have Bible study on those weeks or just meet in the back room. Those Wednesdays are the 25th of February and March 4.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009



We're gearing up for another successful softball season. However, the first step (as with all things) requires $MONEY$. If you signed up to play softball, we're going to need a $25 check from you THIS SUNDAY, Feb 8. Just make the check payable to Castle Christian Church.



Prayer Request

Janet Otts asked for prayer for her family. Her cousin Scott passed away from cancer this weekend.



Bible Study Change

Hey everyone,

A few months ago we talked about switching our Tuesday night Bible Study back to Wednesdays at 7:00. Due to some scheduling issues, we couldn't do it at that time. However, we are now able to make the switch.

So, starting NEXT Wednesday (Feb 11) we will be meeting for Bible study on WEDNESDAYS at 7:00.



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Prayer Request

Hey everyone,

Sharon Freeman has asked for prayer for her family. Her aunt passed away on the 2nd.

Let's keep her family in our prayers.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Bud Mom Update

Hey everyone,

I got a call from Bud today. His mother is doing much better and may be able to go home in a few days. Apparently she broke 11 ribs in the accident, and her sister broke 3. Bud's mother also suffered from a punctured lung.

Let's keep both of them in our prayers!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Prayer for Bud Hightower's Mom

Hey everyone,

Dennis mentioned this today, but I wanted everyone to be aware who may not have been at church today.

Bud Hightower's mother and her sister were in a serious accident on Saturday and are in the hospital in (I believe) Knoxville. They were seriously injured and are needing our prayer. Bud and Betsy are in Tennessee today to be with his mother.

Let's pray for both of them as well as Bud and Betsy as they travel.