On Tuesday, February 23, 2021 I had the opportunity to get my first vaccine shot for COVID19. My heart doctor recommended that I take the shot when I got the opportunity. I woke up Wednesday morning with fever, chills and a head ache. I began taking pain reliver for the fever and drinking a lot of water. The word got out that I had COVID 19 and that is not true. What I had is a reaction from the shot which is possible. Most people don’t have an reaction but I have the tendency of having reactions to shots like soreness in my arm, fever and headaches. On Thursday morning my fever was gone. I still have an headache but I doing ok. I am hoping by Friday I will be back to my self. Thank You for your prayers.
On January 28, 2021, we learn of the passing of Lori Dodd Proctor. Adam and Lori have been apart of our church for several years and have had a great impact on us. A graveside service for Lori will be held 2:00 pm Friday, February 5, 2021, at South Union Methodist Church Cemetery in Ackerman, MS. A “Celebration of Life Service” for Lori will be held at a later date.
The family requests that memorials be made to “Jill’s Place” in Alva, Florida. If you would like to use the website to donate go to stmatthewshouse.org On the donation page, just add “Jill’s Place” in the comment box. If you would like to mail your memorial you can send your gift to St. Matthew’s House, Attn: Development; 2601 Airport Rd. S. Naples, FL. 34112. Make sure you write on your check in memory of Lori Dodd Proctor for Jill’s Place.
I have always been interested in church names. It is amazing to me how church members come up with these names.
Boring Um Church
Beaver Lick Christian Church
Flippin Church of God
Original Church of God & Original Church of God Number 2
Half Way Baptist Church
The Exciting Singing Hills Baptist Church
The Church of I Am That I Am
Waterproof Baptist Church in Louisiana
Little Hope Baptist Church
(Here is a favorite) Run For Your Life Int. Church
Greater Macedonia Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas
Accident Baptist Church
Hell Hole Swamp Baptist Church
No Hope United Methodist Church.
Please send me some more names you know of for churches.
Tuesday night, February 2, 2021, our Trail Life group met in the social hall due to the colder weather we are having in Florida (50’s). It was good to see so many boys and their fathers meeting together. They always start their meetings with the pledge to the United States of America and the pledge of Trail Life and then close in prayer. James Holland the chaplain for the group brought a short devotion at the meeting. Then they broke up into their groups. The older boys are working on a camping trip at Fish Eating Creek. The middle and younger group of boys had lessons on who they would call if they have an emergency. They made list of emergency numbers, learn their address and the name and telephone number of another family member they could call if their was an emergency. Then they learned what is in a standard first aid kit and how to use these items properly. The boys liked wearing the gloves the best. After that James Holland brought the story of the Good Samaritan and the importance of helping others.
Mrs. Emily Schroeder brought hot chocolate for the boys and it was greatly enjoyed by all. Please pray for our leaders of Trail Life. This ministry is having a great impact on the boys of our community. If you would like to know more about Trail Life, please contact, Aaron Deerey, Field Corbitt, Ron Kostoff, or Chris Zimmerly.
Cathy and I have moved into our new home at 5018 Wild Goose Circle in LaBelle. All of the major stuff has been moved and now we are working on the little stuff. We have taken many loads to Goodwill and Kiwanis and still have more to get rid of. We are still working in the parsonage to get everything out and clean.
Some people have asked why we are moving now. All through our ministry we have lived in a church parsonage. This has been a blessing but on the other hand we have no equity in a home. Cathy and I decided when the time comes, we would retire in LaBelle where our children and grandchildren live. While I’m still working we felt this was the time to purchase our new home instead of waiting till I retire.
The Deacons, Trustee’s will bring a recommendation to the church about the future of the church parsonage. We are currently looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the church owning a parsonage and a Pastor buying his own home.
For Cathy and I this is an exciting time for us as we are in our very first home. Pray for us as we finish moving things from the parsonage and find places for everything we have collected in 25 years in our new home. At our new home we don’t have a landline, so you can reach us on our cell phones 863.517.0655 – Frank, 863.517.0545 – Cathy.
Starting on Sunday, January 10, 2021 we will begin our study on John Epistles. In preparation, please begin to read John’s epistles. We are presently meeting in the social hall at 5pm. Come and join us for this special study.
As you know, I had Open Heart surgery on October 21st, where they replace my aortic value. They went through my chest but only did a 7 cm incision. I was able to come home on Monday, October 26, 2020. I have home health and rehab twice a week at home. I’m working on rebuilding my strength. Each day they want me to do more breathing exercises and build up to walk a mile aa day.
Cathy and I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support. I have felt your prayers and ask for you to continue to pray for us. I go back to the surgeon on November 5th to check my progress. God has been very good to us!
I will be having Open Heart Surgery on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Health Park in Fort Myers. I will go into the hospital on Monday, October 19th to have pre-op and for them to switch me from blood thinner so I can have the surgery. They are planning to replace my Aortic valve which is not working correctly. I will be in the hospital for at least four days after the surgery before coming home. I will be recovering at home for at least 4 weeks before coming back to the pulpit.
While I’m out the Deacons will be doing Prayer Meeting on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Come and support our Deacons as they fill in for me. Preston will be preaching on Sundays in both services. Please pray for him as takes on this extra duty.
Sunday, October 18, 2020 will be last Sunday to preach until I come back in late November. I would appreciate your prayers for me and my family.
Today, Cathy and I signed papers on our first home. As you know we have lived in the church parsonage for the last 25 years. So over the next few months we will be painting and fixing up our new home and move our stuff from the church parsonage into our new home. This is a big step for us and we would appreciate your prayers as we make this transition in our life. We will be down sizing as we make this move and that could be a challenge but something that needs to be done at this time in our life. We are thankful that God has allowed us to do this at this time.
The very first church that I was pastor was the First Baptist Church Boyce, LA. This little town was a great town to begin my first pastorate. Cathy and I made dear friends in this town and friends that we still keep in touch with. This week Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana and Texas and many lives were impacted by this storm. Our dear friends in Boyce, LA. were greatly impacted by this storm. Boyce, LA. is located just northwest of Alexandria, Louisiana. The major roads have bypass this little town but it is next to the Red River. There are many beautiful old oaks and the old style wooden homes. Boyce is a small town with its own municipality that is not equipped to handle a disaster like this. Trees are down, the town water plant is down, the city electrical lines are a mess and this little town does not have the resources to repair all this damage. Please pray for the elected officials local and state and the people that make up this little town. These upcoming days will be very rough for them. Many of us know what they are going through because we have been through it. The distance between us and them is great but we can pray for them during this time. I would appreciate your prayers and if there something you can do, share with these great people.