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Friday, October 26, 2007


Prayer request for Gateway Volunteer Nancy Stabinski

June 1, 2008

AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM

Good Morning Family and Friends,

Nancy is now in her third week of residence at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC (where she will likely need to remain for an additional several weeks).

This particular week has been especially hard for her and for her primary hospital caretaker (me).

All of the 4 chemotherapy drugs that were administered to Nancy at lethal levels 2 weeks ago very worst side-effects have finally set-in:
a) profound nausea and vomiting

b) unceasing and horrific mucositus (consistingof her therapy-induced incineration of the cell lining of her entire G.I. tract)

(c) a complete and blood chemistry-related physical collapse (she cannot arise from her hospital bed without some strong physical assistance)

(d) the final extinguishment of her entire immune system; the loss of bowel and bladder control (we had 3 accidents last night)

(e) low respiration-related delirium

(f) severe bone pain; and, unsuprisingly, full-scale despondency in her intervening moments of mental lucidity.

I am typing out this e-mail to you now from her hospital room.

Nancy will continue to require a full-time personal caretaker for at least
the next several days.

Nancy's mailing address is:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue (Room #824)
New York, New York

Nancy's MSKCC telephone # is:

1-212-639-4316

But please hold all calls and visits to her room for the next several days and until such time when at least some of these terrible side-effects
begin to go into retreat (I will attempt to keep everyone updated).

Presently, Nancy's most efficacious relief from her collective torments is best realized when she is able to drop-off into
a deep sleep. When she is awake, however, MSKCC's excellent medical
staff has nothing at it's pharmeceutical disposal to otherwise free
her from her suffering in a truly meaningful way.

And, lastly, likewise hold all well-intended fruit baskets and
flowers, as Nancy will not be permitted to receive them into her room
pursuant to Sloan's infection control policies.

God Bless and thank-you for your prayers.

In His Holy Name,
Mark Stabinski


Monday, November 14, 2008

DEAR FRIENDS, JUST WRITING TO YOU TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE UPDATE OF WHAT'S GOING ON. I HAD MY 4TH CHEMO TREATMENT ON THURSDAY BUT THE DOCTOR FELT EITHER A NON-RESPONDING NODE OR SCAR TISSUE IN MY NECK. I WILL GO FOR A PET SCAN NEXT MONDAY BEFORE MY TREATMENT ON THURSDAY AND DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE SCAN, I MAY HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER BIOPSY. IF ITS NOT SCAR TISSUE, I KNOW THIS MEANS MORE CHEMO OR RADIATION. ITS DIFFICULT ENOUGH TO THINK ABOUT 2 MORE TREATMENTS WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT A WHOLE NEW PROTOCOL OF CHEMO.
AS I WRITE THIS, I SUDDENTLY HEAR MANY BIRDS CHIRPING OUTSIDE. YOU KNOW HOW YOU MAKE UP THESE STUPID LITTLE "SCRIPTS" IN YOUR HEAD, LIKE WHEN I'M PRAYING OUTSIDE AND I HEAR A BIRD I KNOW GOD IS LISTENING. I KNOW HE IS WALKING WITH ME THROUGH THIS. I KNOW HE HAS NOT LEFT ME OR FORSAKEN ME. I LOOK TO HIM FOR MY STRENGTH. I ASK FOR PRAYER FOR THIS HARD SPOT TO BE SCAR TISSUE, FOR THIS ITCHY RASH TO DISAPPEAR, FOR THE NAUSEA AND QUEEZINESS TO BE GONE, FOR STRENGTH AND THE NEUROPATHY THAT IS BEGINNING IN MY FINGERS TO DISAPPEAR.
NINA TOLD ME I AM STILL A STRONG CHICK. I AM BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE AN OLD WEAK HEN. I MISS YOU ALL.
LOVE IN CHRIST,
NANCY S.


Friday, November 9, 2007

Nancy informs us that she had a Cat and Pet scan. The doctors discovered non-Hodgekins Lymphoma. She will go to Sloan-Kettering to recive chemo and radiation. Please keep her in your prayers.

Wednesday - October 31, 2007

DEAR FRIENDS, THE BIOPSY IS OVER. THE SURGEON TOOK A FEW AFFECTED LYMPH NODES OUT WHERE WE THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY ONE. THE OPERATION WENT WELL, NO COMPLICATIONS THANK YOU LORD JESUS. I FELT THE LORD'S PEACE UPON THE OR AND FELT CONFIDENT WITH THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST. I WENT HOME WITH PAIN PILLS WHICH WORK WELL BUT I AM A LITTLE GROGGY FROM THEM AND SLEEP ALOT. THE SURGEON WAS NOT AS CONFIDENT IT WAS A LYMPHOMA NOW AND SAID WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY'S PATHOLOGY REPORT TO COME IN. MY APPOINTMENT IS AT 3 PM, WILL SEND OUT AN EMAIL WHEN I FIND OUT. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND PHONE CALLS. LOVE, NANCY S.

(Original Post) Friday (October 26, 2007)

Dear Friends

As many of you already know, I recently felt a lump in my neck. After going to the doctor last week, I visited a surgeon today. He scheduled a biopsy/removal of lymph node for Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 am. He believes there is a good chance it is lymphoma.

He explained that its probably not related to my breast cancer which is a good thing, but a new primary cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is more difficult to treat than a new lymphoma.

He also wants me to have general anesthesia because of the location being near my jugular and carotid vessels. It may be somewhat attached and doesn't want to take the chance of any type of movement on my part during the surgery.

After developing chemical pneumonia with my last biopsy in January, this is another unsettling matter. It will done at Clara Maas Same Day Surgery.

I ask for prayer to our Almighty God that this doctor is wrong and it is only a fibrous (hard) node, non-cancerous and that the procedure goes quickly and without any complications.

I also ask for prayer that if this is a scheme from the enemy, I will be protected from him and any further attacks.

I would be a liar to say I am not afraid of Tuesday's procedure and outcome but I know where my peace comes from.

I will go put on some loud praise and worship music and give it to my Jesus who died on the cross just for this reason.

Praising Him In All Situations,

Nancy S.

Monday, October 15, 2007


OCTOBER IS CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH!

What is Clergy Appreciation Month?

Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. It is also important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.

Why is CAM necessary?

The nature of the service provided by pastors and their families is unique. God has entrusted to them one of the most precious of assignments — the spiritual well-being of His flock. When a pastor becomes ineffective, the very souls of his or her parishioners are endangered. When eternity is in the balance, we should all be concerned.

Pastors and their families live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation and community watching their every move. They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, yet most of us are disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed, lets us down or completely burns out.

That's why God has instructed us to recognize His servants.

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17).

The good news is that we can make a difference! Clergy Appreciation Month is one way we can counter the negative erosion in the lives of our spiritual leaders with the positive affirmation they need.

What can we do?

There are two ways to help your pastors and their families feel appreciated:

  • Figure out what you can do personally to recognize and honor these leaders. A simple card, an invitation to lunch, a promise to pray for them or an offer to babysit, wash a car or mow a lawn make wonderful statements.


  • Share the concept of CAM with others in your congregation and challenge them to join you in some kind of formal planning. You might consider a special service of affirmation, a potluck event or planting a tree in their honor. The sky is the limit!

To help you in this process, Focus on the Family has developed the following resources:

Reprinted from: http://www.parsonage.org/cam/index.cfm

Also see:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/clergy

http://pressroom.hallmark.com/clergy_appreciation_day.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/clergy/features/honor.html














Gateway Pregnancy Centers
22nd. Annual
Stewardship Banquet
Friday, November 16, 2007

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Galloping Hill Inn,
325 Chestnut Street, Union, NJ


Rev. Kevin Brennan, Pastor of Evangel Church
Scotch Plains will be our honored speaker


You will hear testimonies by men and women impacted by the ministry

You will be blessed with music ** to stir your soul and challenge your spirit

** the band EXI, featuring Jim, Rebecca and Hannah Fox, Penny MacIver, Tammy Rothspan and Jeremy Gavaris.

Our dinner will be catered and a vegetarian meal will be available upon request
Please pray as to how you will participate in the freewill offering to be taken that evening. An opportunity will be available for monthly pledge giving.

Please return your reservation form with your check for $25 per person to:

Gateway Pregnancy Center
960 Springfield Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111

Call us at (973) 399-8378

Check out our website at: www.gateway.org

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Please pray for ..

Mary Vega,
Tuesday volunteer in Irvington, will be seeing a neurologist on October 11th.. She is experiencing headaches and dizziness.

Please pray for a clear diagnosis. -posted 10-10-07.





Philip was taken into surgery last night for removal of the spleen.A cat scan revealed More than two pints of blood had leaked into his abdomen.

He received a transfusion, 2 pints. Doctors expect a more positive result in his healing process. They may have to re-enter the lung to cause it to inflate.

I thank every one for praying and I thank the Lord for his healing. (Lee) - posted 10-11-07



Violet Brown's grandson Lt. Philip Brown had a serious accident on September 24th. He suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and an injured spine. He has now taken a turn for the worse.

Please pray God's mercy for him and his family. - posted 10-10-07

Monday, October 8, 2007
















Gateway Pregnancy Centers
22nd. Annual
Stewardship Banquet
Friday,
November 16, 2007
7:00 - 9:00 PM















Rev. Kevin Brennan, Pastor of Evangel Church

Scotch Plains will be our honored speaker


You will hear testimonies by men and women impacted by the ministry

You will be blessed with music ** to stir your soul and challenge your spirit

** the band EXI, featuring Jim, Rebecca and Hannah Fox, Penny MacIver, Tammy Rothspan and Jeremy Gavaris.

Our dinner will be catered and a vegetarian meal will be available upon request

Please pray as to how you will participate in the freewill offering to be taken that evening. An opportunity will be available for monthly pledge giving.

Please return your reservation form with your check for $25 per person by Friday November 2nd., to:

Gateway Pregnancy Center
960 Springfield Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111

Please mail the names, addresses and telephone numbers of your guests, plus $25 per person to the Gateway address above.

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For 22 years, Gateway Pregnancy Center and the former Archway Pregnancy Center have been helping some 21,000 women in Elizabeth, Irvington and the surrounding communities.

The gospel ministry of Gateway has had the opportunity to share Christ with women who otherwise may never enter a church building.

Services offered by the Gateway ministry include pregnancy testing, boyfriend / husband counseling on responsibility, limited ultrasounds for pregnancy verification, infant clothes and supplies, baby furniture, post abortion counseling, church, high school, college, radio and television speaking opportunities, Internet counseling, and various contacts with the judicial system.

All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. Gateway's services are made possible only through church missions giving and individual gifts and pledges.















The Galloping Hill Inn

325 Chestnut Street • Union, NJ 07083 @ the Five Points
Tel. (908) 686-2683 E-mail: gallopinghill@comcast.net

Checkout their website: http://www.gallopinghillcaterers.com

Any questions, call Gateway at: 973-399-8378



Directions to the banquet

From Garden State Parkway: Get off at exit 138 (Galloping Hill Road) Travel ¼ mile on Galloping Hill Road. The banquet hall is on the left at 5th. light (Salem Road)

Route 22: Get off at the Union exit onto Morris Avenue (Kean College) Proceed toward Elizabeth on Morris Avenue for ¼ mile. Turn right on Salem Road and go 1 ½ miles to the Galloping Hill Inn on the right.




Saturday, October 6, 2007








Please continue to pray for Bud Bayley. He had a minor procedure yesterday to relieve an apparent infection. His fever is down and he's expected to leave the hospital in a day or so.
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 6:19pm




Dear friends,

Please pray for Bud Bayley. He is in Lancaster General Hospital, in Pa.He has a 102 degree fever and is undergoing tests. He has a bad cough and perhaps an infection. Posted: Sat. October 6, 2007: 9:44pm

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.

and

New Calvary Baptist Church

invite you to a

Community Prayer Breakfast

Featuring








Dr. Alveda C. King

Civil Rights Leader,

Daughter of slain civil rights activist A. D. King,

Niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and

Keynote Speaker on Pro-Family Issues


Discussing

Why Values; Why Now?

St. Paul’s Baptist Church

119 Elm Street

Montclair, NJ 07042

October 11, 2007

10:00 am

Free will offering

RSVP: 973-783-7150

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. King founded King for America, Inc., an organization dedicated to working for school choice which she regards as the “pressing civil rights issue” of our day.

She has served as a Senior Fellow of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute as well as on the boards and committees of numerous organizations. She also served in the Georgia State House of Representatives and is an accomplished actress and songwriter.

She is a former college professor, holding a Masters of Arts degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate of Laws from Saint Anselm College.

Her undergraduate studies in journalism and sociology helped her to become the successful author of the best selling books, “Sons of Thunder: The King Family Legacy” and “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own.”

Monday, October 1, 2007










Leah pictured above far left


Two prayer requests:

(1) Gateway-Irvington counselor, Muneerah Jones writes:

“Leah (her 7 year old daughter) was admitted in the hospital Thursday and she is still here she is CCU at Beth Israel Hospital so please ask everyone to keep her in prayer. She is doing a lot better than when she first came, she also has pneumonia, she will be here for a couple more days but we know GOD IS A HEALER AND THE GREAT PHYSICIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M ENCOURAGED”





(2) “Please keep Joan Vitale (Gateway Associate Director) in prayer.

She’s suffered from severe headaches for the past week.

She was recently in the emergency room.

Joan will be seeing a neurologist to determine if they are migraines.”