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    Please pray for my pastor. He was given a new medicine Friday. He took it the first time last night. He came to church this morning and when he walked into the church this morning he took very small footsteps. The first time he went up the stairs, he stumbled and I almost ran to help him. (I sit in the second row.) He straightened up and got up to the altar.

    He gives the sermon standing near the first pews. When it was over he turned to go up to the altar again. He got up the stairs alright, but when he turned to walk to the back of the altar, he lost his balance and stumbled, he fell down the stairs and hit his head on the wooden Communion railing. It was so loud. Fortunately, there were two nurses and a paramedic who ran over to help him. We called an ambulance and he was unconscious for about 5 minutes, when the ambulance came he was awake and able to answer their questions. However, when they picked him up they say he was bleeding from his head. The people who helped him in the beginning didn't pick up his head so they didn't see that he was bleeding. They put something around his neck and took him to the emergency room.

    After he left we prayed for him and sang one verse of Amazing Grace. I'm so worried about him. His head hit the railing and then hit the stair. I hope we find out how he is doing soon.

    Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

    “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
    but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


    Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

  • #2
    Pastor Dan, has a broken hip. He was supposed to have an operation today but he had a fever and the Dr.s didn't do it. Please keep him in your prayers.
    Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

    “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
    but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


    Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Thekla View Post
      Pastor Dan, has a broken hip. He was supposed to have an operation today but he had a fever and the Dr.s didn't do it. Please keep him in your prayers.
      I have prayed for him that God will heal him, and restore him to your congregation.
      Allen (Unless noted otherwise, Bible quotations are from the 1984 edition of the NIV)

      Faith--Sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Thekla View Post
        Please pray for my pastor. He was given a new medicine Friday. He took it the first time last night. He came to church this morning and when he walked into the church this morning he took very small footsteps. The first time he went up the stairs, he stumbled and I almost ran to help him. (I sit in the second row.) He straightened up and got up to the altar.

        He gives the sermon standing near the first pews. When it was over he turned to go up to the altar again. He got up the stairs alright, but when he turned to walk to the back of the altar, he lost his balance and stumbled, he fell down the stairs and hit his head on the wooden Communion railing. It was so loud. Fortunately, there were two nurses and a paramedic who ran over to help him. We called an ambulance and he was unconscious for about 5 minutes, when the ambulance came he was awake and able to answer their questions. However, when they picked him up they say he was bleeding from his head. The people who helped him in the beginning didn't pick up his head so they didn't see that he was bleeding. They put something around his neck and took him to the emergency room.

        After he left we prayed for him and sang one verse of Amazing Grace. I'm so worried about him. His head hit the railing and then hit the stair. I hope we find out how he is doing soon.
        I prayed for him. I’m so sorry this happened to him.

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        • #5
          Oh, Thekla, that is awful! If I may ask, what was he on meds for? And did he break his hip in the fall? Will pray for the poor man!
          "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
          "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
          “It’s easy to fool a man, but nearly impossible to convince him he's been fooled. --Mark Twain."
          "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
          "If the truth hurts--then it is working."--anonymous

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          • #6
            I forget the name of what he has. It is a rare problem. He has been ill for more than a year. It took the Dr.s almost a year to figure out what he had. They found out by talking to some specialists I think in New York. He has been receiving treatment in his house every other week starting around November last year. His hands shake, he can't button his clothes. He needs help getting dressed. He walks with very short steps and staggers when he is suffering. Since they found out what is wrong with him and they have given him some special medicines every other week, He gets better for about 10 days and then goes downward until he gets his medicine.

            I don't know why but every few months they change his medicine and he usually reacts poorly the first few times he uses it. That is what caused his accident this week. Yes, he broke his hip when he fell. I sit in the second row so I saw what happened to him. When he hit his head on the Communion railing and then on the stair, I thought he was dead. All the members of the church were overwhelmed and worried. When he was taken in the ambulance the service ended.
            Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

            “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
            but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


            Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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            • #7
              Thank you for your prayers.
              Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

              “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
              but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


              Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Faith1960 View Post

                I prayed for him. I’m so sorry this happened to him.
                Thank you Faith.

                Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
                but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


                Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Thekla View Post
                  I forget the name of what he has. It is a rare problem. He has been ill for more than a year. It took the Dr.s almost a year to figure out what he had. They found out by talking to some specialists I think in New York. He has been receiving treatment in his house every other week starting around November last year. His hands shake, he can't button his clothes. He needs help getting dressed. He walks with very short steps and staggers when he is suffering. Since they found out what is wrong with him and they have given him some special medicines every other week, He gets better for about 10 days and then goes downward until he gets his medicine.

                  I don't know why but every few months they change his medicine and he usually reacts poorly the first few times he uses it. That is what caused his accident this week. Yes, he broke his hip when he fell. I sit in the second row so I saw what happened to him. When he hit his head on the Communion railing and then on the stair, I thought he was dead. All the members of the church were overwhelmed and worried. When he was taken in the ambulance the service ended.
                  Oh, dear, that is so sad....how old is Pastor Dan? It sounds as if he may have some auto-immune disorder or maybe something inherited, though I am just guessing.

                  I pray he will get better.
                  "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                  "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                  “It’s easy to fool a man, but nearly impossible to convince him he's been fooled. --Mark Twain."
                  "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                  "If the truth hurts--then it is working."--anonymous

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bonnie View Post

                    Oh, dear, that is so sad....how old is Pastor Dan? It sounds as if he may have some auto-immune disorder or maybe something inherited, though I am just guessing.

                    I pray he will get better.
                    Thanks for praying for him Bonnie. He is 65. His disorder wasn't inherited. He has CIDP. I found something he wrote that told us what he had. This is very rare. Here is a link you can look up if you want to.

                    https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseas...olyneuropathy/
                    Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                    “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
                    but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


                    Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Thekla View Post

                      Thanks for praying for him Bonnie. He is 65. His disorder wasn't inherited. He has CIDP. I found something he wrote that told us what he had. This is very rare. Here is a link you can look up if you want to.

                      https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseas...olyneuropathy/
                      Thanks, Thekla. I tried to read the link but when i clicked it on, this window asking for donations dropped down, covering everything, and I couldn't get rid of it--no "x' in any of the corners, so I looked it up elsewhere. It is kinda like a chronic version of Guillaume-Barre syndrom,e treated with steroids and something else I forgot....I wonder if your pastor maybe should retire. He is certainly old enough. Or does he love being a pastor so much that he will do so, despite his illness? Poor guy...he is in my prayers. Keep us posted.
                      "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                      "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                      “It’s easy to fool a man, but nearly impossible to convince him he's been fooled. --Mark Twain."
                      "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                      "If the truth hurts--then it is working."--anonymous

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                      • #12
                        He just turned 65 in August. We are in Chicago so there aren't many men who want to be pastors. He came to help us until he retired. I think you are supposed to retire at 67. Anyway, he is truly helping us, and planned on filling in for Pastor who were ill, or churches without a Pastor after he retired. I love him as a Pastor, I would miss him, but honestly, deep down inside, if I were his wife, I'd make him retire.
                        Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                        “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
                        but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


                        Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Thekla View Post
                          He just turned 65 in August. We are in Chicago so there aren't many men who want to be pastors. He came to help us until he retired. I think you are supposed to retire at 67. Anyway, he is truly helping us, and planned on filling in for Pastor who were ill, or churches without a Pastor after he retired. I love him as a Pastor, I would miss him, but honestly, deep down inside, if I were his wife, I'd make him retire.
                          But Illinois has three districts in it, it has so many churches...or are you saying the Chicago area itself does not?

                          I don't think there is any set retirement age. My husband retired at 67, and also did some fill-in preaching for a few churches without pastors, or whose pastors were out of town.

                          If I were Pastor Dan's wife, I would probably insist he retire, also. He has a serious health problem that could be a danger to him. Does it affect his speech?
                          "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                          "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                          “It’s easy to fool a man, but nearly impossible to convince him he's been fooled. --Mark Twain."
                          "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                          "If the truth hurts--then it is working."--anonymous

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bonnie View Post

                            But Illinois has three districts in it, it has so many churches...or are you saying the Chicago area itself does not?

                            I don't think there is any set retirement age. My husband retired at 67, and also did some fill-in preaching for a few churches without pastors, or whose pastors were out of town.

                            If I were Pastor Dan's wife, I would probably insist he retire, also. He has a serious health problem that could be a danger to him. Does it affect his speech?
                            The churches in Chicago are mostly older people. When young people live here when they have children most move to the suburbs. My church used to have a school, they closed it 2 years ago and now they have a pre-school. Luther North High School closed. Many churches have closed their schools and many churches have 100 or fewer members.Chicago used to have a huge German population, now it is mostly Hispanic and Polish but even the RCs are closing many schools and churches. Most young Pastors do not want to be here.
                            Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                            “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
                            but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


                            Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Thekla View Post

                              The churches in Chicago are mostly older people. When young people live here when they have children most move to the suburbs. My church used to have a school, they closed it 2 years ago and now they have a pre-school. Luther North High School closed. Many churches have closed their schools and many churches have 100 or fewer members.Chicago used to have a huge German population, now it is mostly Hispanic and Polish but even the RCs are closing many schools and churches. Most young Pastors do not want to be here.
                              Oh, dear. I have been to Chicago several times and it is my favorite big city in America. What a shame that younger pastors don't want to be there, though the cost of living could be daunting to them, if they don't have a parsonage to live in.

                              Any news about Pastor Dan?
                              "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                              "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                              “It’s easy to fool a man, but nearly impossible to convince him he's been fooled. --Mark Twain."
                              "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                              "If the truth hurts--then it is working."--anonymous

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