Posts by Pastor Fred

Food Drive July 23, 24

Everybody thinks about the hungry at Thanksgiving. But the need is strong all year. In fact, during the summer, the food pantry shelves are bare. On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, from 9-3, we will be in front of Cherry Valley Market, on Hempstead Turnpike, to ask people to pick up an item in the store and drop it off on their way out. We will have a list of specific items we are looking for to help make it easier. WE NEED YOU. We need people to work on one or both of those days. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex. Please sign up your name and any hours you can serve. Then please pass the word and encourage friends to shop that day at Cherry Valley. All items collected will be brought to the New Life Center at Grace in Uniondale (Pastor Rebecca’s church). Any questions, ask Cara Donaldson.

VBS registration open

Vacation Bible School will be held August 15-19. Sessions are 9am-12noon. There will be a closing celebration on Friday, August 19 at 7pm, during which the kids will share what they’ve learned in song and word.

Ages K-6

Cost: $30 per child, ($75 for three or more). This includes a t-shirt.

To register, copy the form below or call the church office at 483-8650.

Name of child:  ____________________________________

T shirt size  Sm 6-8____ Med 10-12____ Lg 14-16 _____                                                                                                           

Adult S ____  M____ Lg _____

Address:  ______________________________________________________

 

Birth date:  _______________Age _________Phone ____________

 

Active allergies:  ______________________________________________________

 

Grade entering in September:  _________

School attending_________________________________________

 Church your family attends:  _____________________________

Town_____________________

 

Parents’ names:  (mother)  _______________________

(father) _______________________________________

 

Name and relationship of person who will be picking up your child ___________________________________

 

Doctor’s Name & Phone #  ______________________________________________________

Emergency contact:  Name:  ______________________________ Phone ______________________________

 Address______________________________________________

Relationship:  __________________________

If your child has special needs, it is necessary to contact us before registration. Please list any allergies, disabilities, limitations, or special concerns.  We reserve the right to request an adult be present with your child throughout the morning.

 

 

 

Medical Update

Im back! Sorry that I have not been active here, but things have been getting in the way. One of those is the way i have been feeling.

Quick recap. I had major surgery in July of 2013. I was cancer free for over a year. My cancer came back in November, 2014, however. Small tumors in the pelvis and the lung. I went onto a chemo regimen known as FOLFIRI (the major and nastiest drug being something called Irinotecan.) I get my treatment every other week over a 48 hour period. Side effects are the usual: nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and playing games with digestion (break out the Imodium!). In the spring of 2015 I was not doing well. After a visit to my mom I came home to find I had lost 15 pounds in two weeks. My oncologist decided I needed a break. So she took me off of the Irinotecan. For a year, I was good. No growth in the cancer. But my CT-scan in March showed new growth, so she put me back on the drug. My May scan showed that the growth seemed to be arrested, so it seems to be working. In addition, she put me on a new anti-nausea drug, Emend, which I get as part of my treatment at the center. It is early, but it seems to make a difference.

So right now I am feeling as good as I have felt in a while. I am a little more hopeful. I thank you all for your prayers and support, as well as your understanding.

I will keep you posted.

Pastor Fred McElderry