Thursday, January 30, 2020

Prayer Request


Please pray with us...

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving for Sharon Glock.
Her surgery on Tuesday went well and was a success.  She went home that evening.  She is resting and doing physical therapy.  They are pleased with her progress.
She wants to thank everyone for all the prayers already lifted.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  3 John 1:2

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Help Needed - Christmas Decorations


Calvary Family - we are in need of volunteers to come this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to take down the Christmas decorations. The more help we have, the less time it will take. Thank you in advance.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Lea's Appleby Flapjack Event

Flapjack Fundraiser

Whoops! Your pastor got it wrong. The date on the first email was incorrect. The corrected information is below. (sorry 😳)
Lea's Christian School will again host a pancake breakfast at Applebee's as a fundraiser for the school. Tickets are available in the church office this week, 9:00-2:00, Tuesday through Thursday.
Flapjack Fundraiser
Saturday, December 7, 8-10am
$10 per ticket
Applebee's, 24021 Southland Drive, Hayward

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Prayer Request


Please pray with us...

Please keep Orville Rasmussen in your prayers for healing as he sprained his knee and is slowly getting back on his feet.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  3 John 1:2

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pastor Mohr prayer update Oct 5

The text below is from an email sent today by Pastor Mohr's son, Greg. He asked that this be shared with friends at Calvary. - Pastor Matt
I just wanted to give you all an update now that my parents, sister, and I have returned home from Rome. And I'm copying my dad since he's no longer so focused on getting out of the hospital that he doesn't want to read his email. 

He was checked out at Kaiser San Leandro ER today. After about 5 hours of tests and evaluations (ans mostly waiting), he has some medications to take regularly and a follow-up phone call appointment, but the physical therapist (PT) said there's no need for equipment like a walker or for any continuing therapy. He's already able to do all of the things the PT would have him work on. He just needs to take things slow for a while. He can now lift his toes a little, but cannot move his toes individually. The PT said that ability is usually the last to return, so that should come back over time.

So my dad is doing remarkably well given the circumstances and is recovering nicely, if not necessarily as quickly as he'd like. Thank you all for your prayers and for the many offers of assistance, and for passing information around to others who know my dad but with whom we could not keep in direct contact.

I'll let my dad share any further updates and additional information about his recovery in the future.

In Christ,

- Greg

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Pastor Mohr prayer update Sep 30

The text below is from an email sent by Pastor Mohr's son, Greg. Greg and his sister are currently in Italy with Pastor Gary and Gloria. He asked that this be shared with friends at Calvary. - Pastor Matt
Well, everyone, there has been a change in plans. Unfortunately, Dad did NOT join us in the hotel tonight. The doctors here had a discussion with either doctors at our travel insurance company or one of their partner agencies here in Eurpoe, and it sounded to the doctors in Rome like the other doctors thought Dad should have a sonogram of both legs before flying home. By the time that conversation happened, the earliest that test could be scheduled was for tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, which means Dad has to spend one more night in the hospital. Unfortunately, after our conversation with OnCall this afternoon, we're a bit confused as to exactly who wants the sonogram, but by then it was too late to change things, so Dad gets one more morning of tasteless porridge.

The good news is that we do have a wheelchair reserved for him to use until Saturday at the hotel, and Mom has moved into an accessible room so that once Dad is discharged, they have a room where he can get into the bathroom without needing to step up to anything.

Today Dad was able to stand up mostly on his own. He walked from the middle of the bed to the end and around it to the other side. He is definitely making positive progress.

And he said he slept a little better last night than he has been, so that was welcome news. Please continue to pray for his sleep so his body can concentrate on repairing itself.

As of now, it looks like we're going to be traveling home on Saturday, but we're praying for sooner.

Two quick things.

1. Dad's roommate, Daniele, and his sister, Simona, have been very friendly with us all and have made this less than ideal situation much more pleasant. Daniele is showing improvement as well (he can now move the pinky on the affected hand). And last night we learned that Simona has knee replacement surgery scheduled for Wednesday, the day her brother is supposed to get out of the Stroke Unit. So please add to your prayers our new friends, Daniele, that his healing would continue, and that Simona's surgery would be successful and she has a speedy recovery.

2. This whole time we have been in Rome, we have not had one pasta meal...until tonight. But it wasn't what you would think. We found a nice Chinese restaurant across the street from the hospital, and the chow mein used some sort of pasta noodles (a little thicker than spaghetti). So in Rome we had to get Chinese food to have pasta. Go figure!

Buona notte da Roma!

- Greg

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pastor Mohr prayer update

The text below is from an email sent by Pastor Mohr's son, Greg. Greg and his sister are currently in Italy with Pastor Gary and Gloria. He asked that this be shared with friends at Calvary. - Pastor Matt
It is hard to believe it has almost been a week since my sister, Gail, got the call from my mom in Rome, Italy, regarding my dad's stroke and we began making plans to be here about 48 hours later.

GREAT NEWS! Today one of the doctors told us that he is definitely due to be discharged from the Stroke Unit at San Camillo Forlanini Hospital the afternoon on Monday, Sept 30. He likely would have been released today or tomorrow except for the fact that all of the business operations in the hospital are shut down over the weekend.

Acute care is provided free of charge in Italy (something worth knowing before you travel!), but convalescing care is only provided for Italian citizens and other certain groups such as other European citizens, refugees, etc. Americans are not included. So once he is released, he's our responsibility. Tomorrow and Monday we will be busy making arrangements for him to stay with us at a hotel along with whatever medical assistance is required (walker, wheelchair, etc.) while we wait whatever time is necessary for the travel insurance company to finish making our travel arrangements back home.

Given the type of stroke he had, travel within less than 2 weeks from the event is considered risky, so the travel insurance company has said a nurse will be traveling with my dad. He'll also likely get to travel in Business Class since it's going to be difficult for him to maneuver, and the nurse may need to attend to him on the flight. Whether Mom gets to travel beside him or not is still to be determined. My sister and I (who have been here since Tuesday evening) are just hoping to be able to get onto the same plane with them.

CURRENT CONDITION. He is still moving slowly, but his speech and ability to move everything except his right leg are just about back to normal. Last Sunday when this started, he was able to speak, but he was speaking only in single words (mostly Yes and No), and we could see him struggling at times during the week to figure out either what word he was looking for or how to say it. Today he was speaking in longer phrases and full sentences fairly regularly. His handwriting was sloppy last Sunday. We had him write his name on Thursday, and while it was sloppy at first, it was better than on Sunday. After he practiced it a number of times (filling up a page from a small notepad), it was almost back to looking like normal. His appetite has been very good, and he's eating most of what he is provided (he loves most of their soups!), but not their bread (no butter!), except for breakfast when they provide jam. His other vitals (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiration) are all safely within expected ranges and stable.

The only lingering major symptom is that he has very little control of his right leg. Today he was able to stand up, pivot from the bed to a chair, and sit down with me standing in front of him so he could hold on to me. After eating his meal and sitting in the chair for about an hour, we repeated the "dance" in reverse. I really only provided something to hold onto and a little support for his back and to keep from tipping to the side...he did all of the work to stand, shuffle while turning 90 degrees, sit, and lift his legs back into bed. He has not taken actual steps yet, and it doesn't look like they are going to work with him on that here...that may have to wait for him to get home. He said a few times his toes on the right foot have twitched, which the doctors told him was to be expected as the body works to repair itself. This afternoon my sister was "torturing" him by tickling the bottom of his right foot, and his toes were sometimes pulling away from her in a reflex reaction. On past days he just complained but without his foot responding. Once or twice, he even got his big toe to lift a fraction of an inch when he wasn't being tickled. These are encouraging signs that his body is slowly healing.

CHALLENGES. The biggest challenge for my dad has been that he has not gotten a good night's sleep since this happened. Between the stress of the situation and the strange noises in the hospital, he has not slept for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. We have tried a number of things, including ear plugs, music, and sounds of ocean, river, and rain. Today we added the current sermon series from Pastor Dawit Bokre, pastor at Dad's home church of Good Shepherd in Hayward. Dad said he enjoyed listening to them this afternoon between lunch and dinner, so maybe if he listens to them enough tonight, Pastor Bokre's voice can lull him to sleep. (Pastor Bokre, we'll let you know whether you'll need to keep an eye on him once he's back in services at Good Shepherd. ;) )

The trip home could take up to 72 hours to be arranged from when the travel insurance company receives the fit-to-fly form, so we are hopeful that the doctor will send that tomorrow so we can get home as soon as possible. We have been told to prepare to fly by Friday, but we are hoping for sooner rather than later.

CLOSING. The care that my dad has received here we feel has been fantastic. The nurses and doctors that we have spoken with at the travel insurance company and at Kaiser have all said that it sounds like the doctors here are doing all the right things, so that has been a comfort to all of us.

I'll sign off now because I need to sleep myself so I can be alert tomorrow and help my mom and sister with making hotel and transportation and medical equipment/supply arrangements for Monday. Please pray:
  • giving thanks to our Loving God who has been holding us in his arms and delivering his messengers of peace and comfort at so many times throughout this week
  • for my dad to get a good night sleep
  • that his body continues to heal and he continues to gain the use of his right leg
  • that our travel arrangements to return home will be made quickly and smoothly and that we will all be able to come home safely together
  • that we will be able to find all of the necessary accommodations for the remainder of our stay in Rome 
  • that the doctors and nurses in Rome and the Bay Area will continue to know exactly what to do to help Dad heal
  • that Dad has the patience and the willingness to relinquish his strength into God's hands and to accept the assistance of the many loving people who are so ready to help him in his time of need as he has done for so many others in the past and would most certainly like to be able to do for others in the future.
Good night from Rome.

In Christ,

- Greg