Thursday, November 30, 2006

Update On Matt Bryan

I just received this update from Donna:


Just wanted to drop a quick email to update you all on Matt's progress.

He has cut down on pain meds and seems to be doing ok - but still sleeps quite a bit and tires very easily.

Last night he took a shower and passed out - thankfully David was there to catch him.

He saw the surgeon today and got out his staples (there were 11) and also got his drain out.

He can try going back to classes on Monday - no driving for probably a month. He goes back in 2 weeks just for a check and then again 2 weeks after that to discuss PT.

Dr Sidwell said that Matt may not be quite 100%, but will be close to it by the beginning of soccer practice!!

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for Matt - and for David and I too!


Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Sunday Off - Kinda

Today was supposed to be a vacation Sunday.

We had these great plans to head off to Perry and visit the Collingsworths. But that plan came to a screeching halt when we realized that Philip had basketball practice on Sunday afternoon. No way could we drive to Perry for church in the morning and then get back in time for his practice.

After weighing all the possibilities we decided to just run down to Holmes Baptist Church. We were really looking forward to this day trip. That was until Philip graced us with his presents at 1 AM. Just long enough to say that he had gotten sick and that he had a very bad headache. When I got up in the morning Philip told me that he had gotten sick again at 2 AM and that he was in no condition to go anywhere. Great!

So Lynn, Amy, Susan and I headed out to Holmes for the morning service. We had a great time. Pastor Odle preached a super message from Matthew 6 on prayer. Following the service we were invited to the Pizza Ranch in Clarion. What we didn't know was that most of the church was invited and the restaurant looked like the invasion of the Baptist. OOOOO Scary!!!!! Seriously, there must have been about 30 folks from the church chowing down ... lots of pizza, salad and fried chicken. It was great!

Got back to Clear Lake around 3 PM and watched some football with Nick Oliver who was doing the preaching here while I was gone. That left us with what to do about the evening service. Lynn and I decided to just go hear Nick and the girls wanted to go Forest City to see some friends. Nick did an awesome job preaching from 2 King 5.

Overall it was a very good day and we all enjoyed our day together. By the way, Philip feels much better!

Pastor Steve

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Day 2006 - What An Adventure

First of all, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Here is the adventure:

Philip and Susan took off on Wednesday afternoon to Ankeny to spend some time with Daniel and Amy at FBBC. The kids arrived in Ankeny and settled in looking forward to heading off to church that evening. Lynn and I were still in Clear Lake preparing for our evening service when the phone rang.....

It was Donna Bryan telling me that Matthew (her son) was being life flighted to the hospital in Des Moines. Apparently, Matt was riding his four wheeler and experienced a terrible crash. Donna was simply calling to ask for prayer for Matt and she wanted to let Philip know what had transpired. Matt was headed to surgery and Donna was going to call when she had more information.

Following our evening service, Donna called back to let us know that Matt had severed one of the three muscles in his right thigh. Though very serious, Matt will make a full recovery! Praise The LORD!

Lynn & I left Clear Lake at 0 dark thirty to head to Des Moines for Thanksgiving at the Cox's. It was a full crew, close to 30! Great food and a beautiful 23 pound turkey cook by my Mom. Everything was great and everyone had fun. Special guests included Daniels "special" friend Maggie & Nick Oliver. They both seemed to have fun and seem to be no worse for the wear.

After all of this...the adventure was about to begin. After visiting Matt and leaving the hospital, we headed to Ankeny to gather up Lynn's Mom and leave for Clear Lake. While loading the van to leave, the sliding door on the van...FELL OFF!

To tell the truth, it fell off two of the three points that hold the door on the van. Here we are 6 PM on Thanksgiving night the van door hanging on by a thread and no hope of finding any help. The plan quickly became to see if we could limp the van to Dave Bryan's warehouse and just leave the van there. I called Dave to get permission and he had me call Jim , his brother.

Jim showed up, brought his tools and went to work. Within 30 minutes he had the door completely off and back on! Praise The LORD!

Special thanks to Jim Bryan, Nick Oliver, Philip & Daniel Cox. You guys are the best in a tight pinch! Thanks for all your help!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Pastor Steve

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

John & Mary Kamberger's New Adoption

John and Mary Kamberger, are friends and members of our church here in Clear Lake. They have adopted two children from China and now are ready to return for another precious child. You can follow the event as they unfold by going to

Pray for them as they travel and for all of the details to fall into place as they move through China.

Pastor Steve

Long Time Between Posts

Well I know that it has been a long time between posts and you will never know how thankful I'm for all of you that are stopping by and looking to see what's new. Things have been insane around here and we have been going in in circles for the last month or so. Anyway, here is an update:

Susan now has braces! This joyous event took place on November 2nd. Susan is adjusting very well and she is already counting down the day until they come off.

Philip and Susan participated in the play at Ventura High School. The play this year was "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown". Philip played Schroeder and Susie played Violet. Both did a great job and we are very proud of them!

Finally, Philip lettered in Football this year. He has worked very hard and it payed off for him.

Basketball is just around the corner - Life never seems to slow down!

That Is The Way I See It,
Pastor Steve