Health Update from Rich

Well, it’s been a month since my last update. Here’s a little of what we’ve learned in 40 days of chemo:

I guess the most obvious development over the last month has been the loss of my hair. It started falling out right on schedule about 21 days into chemo. My hair is pretty thick, so I was able to hang onto for a couple more weeks, but this past Tuesday the Head Blade came out, and the hair came off. For the first three days, I would jump every time I saw myself in the mirror, but I’m starting to get used to it. The top of my head is still pretty white…need to get some sun on that.

The second thing we’re learning about is called, “Neutropenia.” This is a condition caused by the chemo destroying my good, germ-fighting white blood cells faster than my body can regenerate them. When my neutrophils drop below a certain level, I become dangerously susceptible to infections, with no way to fight the infection on my own.… Read the rest

Posted December 16, 2012

Christmas Eve: Not-So-Silent Night

Join us for a rockin’ community Christmas celebration Monday, December 24. There are two opportunities to attend: 5:30 and 7:00pm. Childcare is available for birth-age 5. Elementary-aged children are welcome in the one-hour event.

Check out the Facebook event page to let us know you’re coming and pass the invite along to friends and family. We look forward to celebrating with you!… Read the rest

Posted December 14, 2012

New Christmas Series: “The Thrill of Hope”

Do you remember as a child what it was like enduring those days before Christmas? It was the anticipation that made Christmas, Christmas.

That same dynamic is what made the first Christmas so extraordinary. For generations men and women had been waiting anxiously for the birth of their Messiah with no assurance that they would live to see him. And like us, they probably wondered, Is this really going to happen? After all, God has been silent for years. Has he forgotten about us?

Do you have those same doubts? Do you feel like God even knows you exist? Do you wonder if it’s worth it to follow Christ? In “The Thrill of Hope” Andy Stanley makes the case that the Christmas story is your story. Join us Sunday as we kick off this new series. We’ll see you at church!… Read the rest

Posted December 12, 2012