Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – prayer updates

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I am happy to report that there has been Struska sightings! Dale, Kim, and family have safely returned after a 6,500 mile trip. Their 6 students are 20% of our student body, so we are glad to have them in class! Kim’s doctor says there is another treatment he would like to try. Continue to pray for her healing and recovery from past treatments.

Sue is day by day recovering from last Tuesday’s surgery. She has had some complications from fluid. Pray for healing from surgery and for her upcoming chemo treatments.

Our list of those who have physical struggles is long: Carol Purcell, Bev Baum, Jim Jones, LeAnn Murray, and Janet Russell all come to my mind. Pray for God to be wonderful in their lives and strengthen them as only He can.

Jean Rosenthal is praising God for the good results of her surgery.

TBS is having a good first week. Pray for teachers, families, and students.

We have an Awana Director’s meeting tomorrow evening at 6:30p. All those who lead one of our clubs should be in attendance. A meeting for all leaders is scheduled for next Wednesday also at 6:30p. Our regular summer Bible studies continue at 7p these next two Wednesdays.

Sunday is church dinner day and it is our annual picnic. We will be at McDermott Park – next to the church – at 12:30p. I understand Randy and Jan are national Exchange Club corn hole champions. They have signed up to defend their status at the picnic. Challengers? There is also a kick ball game planned. Come show your stuff. A grill will be lit. Bring meat to share and a dish or two to pass. Table service and drinks will be provided.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Wednesday, August 16th – Sue Struska

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: We have much to pray about. Jean Rosenthal has back surgery today to remove some bone spurs that are causing pain and weakness in her legs.

Sue Struska had surgery yesterday. Here is a partial reprint of the Facebook post Sue Struska’s children have placed on a page titled: Sue Struska – Health Updates: “Today was the hysterectomy and bowel resection. The surgeon took out as much of the tumor as possible. Part of the tumor had grown into her intestine which is what was causing the bowel obstruction. The initial pathology report states that the tumor is adenocarcinoma. The tissue that was taken out of the abdominal cavity today is cancerous. Sue’s body will need to heal for about 1 week in the hospital just from the abdominal surgery itself, not counting the other issues she is dealing with. As one medical professional in the room stated, ‘She’s got a lot going on.’ Chemotherapy is recommended to wipe out the rest of the cancer cells that are in the abdomen. It was suggested that would be 3-6 months of chemo treatments. We will know more details about what that regimen will look like after the final pathology report comes back.”

Needless to say, we must pray. Here are the praises and prayer requests on that page: “PRAISE that she woke up after surgery without needing any medicine to support her blood pressure as she has needed in the past. PRAISE that family is able to be at her bedside as that seems to be the one thing that lifts her spirits. PRAISE for pain and sedation meds that are allowing her to rest after surgery. PRAY that the doctors get all the results they need to make good decisions moving forward. PRAY that Sue is able to breathe on her own tomorrow so that the breathing tube can be discontinued. PRAY that Sue wakes up gently and has as little pain as possible as she comes out from under sedation tomorrow.”

School at TBS begins tomorrow. Pray for God to be glorified in our unity and reflection of His character.

Missionary Nestor Lubuguin will be reporting to our church at the 7p service tonight.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: Please pray for Sue Struska. Her abdominal pain has increased. They are going to do a test today that will help determine what the next steps might be. Pray for relief from pain and clear insight for the doctors and the Struskas. And pray that God might heal her.

Please consider ministering to young children and families by teaching junior church. We currently have no one signed up for the rest of August. This is a very important ministry. Without this ministry, there are parents who cannot ever stay to listen to the preaching. Please sign up tonight or let me know if you can help. Curriculum is available.

Bible study and prayer time is at 7p tonight.

Embracing Truth, Pastor


Sue Struska to St. Lukes

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: This text just came from Bill Struska: “Sue was admitted to St. Lukes, Milwaukee about 2p with occasional severe abdominal pain and cramping and a few bouts of nausea and spitting up. They are planning another round of tests, imaging, etc. And surgery sooner than planned.”

You will recall that they believe she has uterine cancer and had surgery scheduled for August 18th. Please pray for Sue’s pain to be relieved, wisdom for the doctors and Struskas, healing, and for God to be glorified.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Prayer Breakfast, Men’s Retreat, Committee Meetings, Lord’s Table

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: In my reading I found a quote that went something like this: “God has always found it easier to get His people out of Egypt than to get Egypt out of His people.” I don’t know that I like all of the theological implications of that quote, but it did force me to ask a question. How much does my Egypt tempt me and infect my thinking? Do I think in patterns trained by Scripture or do I think in patterns formed by my culture?

We have an event-filled weekend at church. We have a Men’s Prayer Breakfast tomorrow morning at 8a. (If you intend to join us and have not yet signed up, please let me know today.) A Building/Grounds Committee meeting at church and a work day at TBS follow at 9a. We have the last sermon from Micah and Lord’s Table Sunday morning. On Sunday evening at 5p we will have a Finance Committee meeting and Tim Reid (reporting on ESL in China) will be presenting in the evening service at 6:30p.

50 years ago a man named Wes Halstead was my junior boys’ Sunday School teacher at 1st Baptist, Stewartville, MN. He is now retired and living in Florida. He and his wife are making a tour this summer of the Midwest and would like to visit with me and my dad. So tomorrow afternoon I am hosting them at the parsonage. I am looking forward to catching up with Wes and Bonnie and reminding Wes of the good work he did in teaching me the story line of the Old Testament.

Don’t forget to pray. Dale, Kim, and family are touring in California. Keep praying for a miracle for Kim. Sue’s surgery is scheduled for the 18th but they’d like to get it moved up because of her pain. School starts in less than two weeks. Think of those you have not seen in church for a while and pray for them.

Men’s Retreat is next Thursday-Saturday. If you intend to come, please sign up on Sunday so we can prepare!

Embracing Truth, Pastor