Rev. Dr. William C. Myers preaches “A Life of Reconciliation”
Monthly Archives: March 2019
– NEWEST TITLES IN THE LIBRARY –
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom, 2018 [Fiction] “In this long-awaited sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story, [the girl saved in The Five People You Meet in Heaven] and what happened next.”
The Last Ten Percent. Michelle McKinney Hammond, 2006 [Fiction] As the future unfolds, these longtime friends discover that love comes in unique and amazing ways.”
Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer L. Holm, 2010 [Child] “…historical novel, rich in historical detail, humor, and the unique flavors of Key West.” This story, especially for 8 to 12 year olds, also tells a lot about the great Depression.
In the Garden – An Ordinary Woman, An Extraordinary Life — Ellen – A Memoir. Janet Hasselbring, 2013  “…a testimony to the power of faith and surrender to God’s will.” Ellen, the author’s mother lived in western Michigan.
Everything Happens for a Reason. Kate Bowler, 2018  The author, a professor at Duke Divinity School subscribes to “the prosperity gospel which sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval.” When she becomes seriously ill she is faced with reconciling her faith and understanding.
Rekindling the Romance – Loving the Love of Your Life. Dennis & Barbara Rainey, 2004 [248.8] “The God who makes all things new is waiting to work a miracle in your marriage.”
For Parents Only – Getting Inside the Head of Your Kid. Shaunti Feldhahn & Lisa A. Rice, 2007 [248.8] For every bewildered parent, there’s a kid longing to be understood.”
Be Still And Know That I am God – 31 Days to a Deeper Meditative Prayer Life. Amy and Judge Reinhold, compilers, 2007 [248.4] “…invites you into the joy and peace that can be found in the age-old practice of contemplative prayer…”
23 Minutes in Hell – One Man’s story about what he saw, heard, and felt in that place of torment.. Bill Wiese, 2006  “…since this life-changing ordeal, he [the author]has spent the last seven years studying the Scriptures to find answers and has listed more than 130 Bible verses referencing hell.”
The Gospel of Ruth– Loving God Enough to Break the Rules. Carolyn Custis James, 2008  “…provides a compelling and riveting reading of the book of Ruth that reveals a grace-ful message and will change your assumptions about Ruth as well as Naomi and Boaz.”
Just Walk Across the Room– Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith. Bill Hybels, 2006  “What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person’s forever?”
Steadfast Hope – The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace. Israel/Palestine Mission Network-PCUSA, 2009 [263 & DVD] Read this account (and watch this DVD) to gain perspective and knowledge of the long-lasting conflict and the Presbyterian church’s stand.
Book Discussion Group: Meets the 1st Tuesday each month at 10 am
Date Title Author(s)
4/2/2019 The Indigo Girl Natasha Boyd
5/7/2019 Saving Arcadia Heather Shumaker
Rev. Dr. William C. Myers preaches “How Does it Feel to be Written Off?”
Room 20**… I don’t remember the exact number, but I remember walking by it about 6 times one Sunday afternoon. The room is just down the hall from the chaplain’s office at Munson. I had been called to visit a couple people, as the on-call chaplain that day. We also had a couple of our folks in, so stopped to see them, as well. Getting to the office and back to the rooms… Forgetting the census… Having to clock in and out, so I wasn’t visiting our people on Munson time… Meant I walked up and down the hall 3 times, so passed the room 6 times! Monday afternoon, I was back at Munson and discovered, the person in Room 20** was one of ours and had been discharged that morning. You’d be surprised how often that happens.
Our congregation has a long and strong reputation for hospital calls, probably going back decades. Melissa, José, and I have tried to carry that mantle forward. We continue to hear from hospital staff and patients (even from other congregations), how much our ministry is appreciated. We have a lay visitor at the hospital, literally, every day. Our pastors are there almost as often. José is there Monday and Friday. Melissa is there on Wednesdays. I am there on Tuesday and Thursday. One of the three of us is frequently there on Saturdays and Sundays. In spite of this, we miss calling on a significant number of our members – about half of those who come through the Emergency Department.
Over the past couple of years, I have been working with Munson to identify and correct this problem and have received much support. Munson wants to get this right as much as we do. They are intentional about orienting new employees and have an excellent script. The challenges they face are employee turnover and the urgency of treatment in the Emergency Department. Patient care comes first. While we miss a few because of these things, an even bigger challenge is having our people give the “right” answer.
My hope in sharing this information with you is to ask for your help. If José, Melissa, or I are the last people you want to see in the hospital, your answer, to all the church questions when you are admitted, should be “No.” “Would you like to list a church and religious preference with Munson?” “No.” “If you were to be admitted and a clergy member from your denomination is making rounds at the hospital would you like to be added to the list to receive a visit?” “No.” If you think there might be even a remote possibility that you would like to see one of us, your answers should be “Yes.”
“Well, I don’t know, if I’m going to be admitted…” “Well, this is supposed to be outpatient…” “Well, it might be nice, but I don’t want to bother them…” “Well, let me see how I feel…” “Well, I’m not that sick am I?” In all these cases and the countless others I can’t take space to print, your answer should be “Yes”. If you answer “No” to any of these questions, your answer will be “No” throughout your stay. The good news? In either case, you can change your mind! You’re tired of seeing your pastors? Tell your nurse! Haven’t seen your pastor? Tell your nurse. Your nurse can change the census for the next day.
Beloved, we get it, if you don’t want to be visited, while you’re in the hospital. I never tell folks, when I’m a patient! But no one in our congregation should ever be sitting in a hospital bed wondering why their pastor hasn’t been to see them. “The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God” is the second Great End of the Church! If you’ve been in the hospital more than 24 hours and haven’t seen a pastor, tell your nurse and ask them to change your admission status. Chances are, we’ve walked by your room a half a dozen times!
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Matthew 25:34b-36
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