Please Say Happy Birthday To Cecil VanHouten

12.10.12 | Sonny Delfyette | Comments[1]

CecilToday is our Brother-In-Christ and co-worker Cecil VanHouten's Birthday! To catch up on everything that has been happening to Cecil while he awaits a new heart, please log on to Cecil's CaringBridge site, and please send him a Birthday greeting. Please and Thank you.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cecilvanhouten

You'll need to log-on with an email address and create a password to check-in with Cecil.

Happy Birthday Cecil!

Also, don't forget at the Family Life Center in Bath, NY we have FREE Ten-Pound bags of Potatoes for anyone who comes WHILE THEY LAST. The trailer was full this morning but they are going fast.


>>"Skyfall" Returns To Box Office Peak

"Skyfall" has risen back to the top of the box office.  The latest James Bond film brought in an estimated eleven-million-dollars over weekend, returning it to the number one spot in the U.S. and Canada.  "Skyfall" was already the best-selling entry in the iconic spy series, and now it's also the highest grossing movie in Sony Pictures' history with worldwide ticket sales reaching 918-million-dollars.  Meanwhile, "Rise of the Guardians" was also doing some climbing this weekend.  The animated film moves up to the runner-up position after collecting ten-point-five-million-dollars.  Last weekend's number one, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," falls to number three with nine-point-two-million-dollars in ticket sales, followed by Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" at number four with nine-point-one-million-dollars.  Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" rounds out this weekend's top five after earning another eight-point-three-million-dollars.

The weekend's only major newcomer, "Playing for Keeps," failed to make much of a dent.  The romantic comedy, which stars Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, raked in just six-million-dollars and debuted at number six.

Box Office Top Ten:

1. "Skyfall" -- eleven-million-dollars
2. "Rise of the Guardians" -- ten-point-five-million-dollars
3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" -- nine-point-two-million-dollars
4. "Lincoln" -- nine-point-one-million-dollars
5. "Life of Pi" -- eight-point-three-million-dollars
6. "Playing for Keeps" -- six-million-dollars
7. "Wreck-It Ralph" -- four-point-nine-million-dollars
8. "Red Dawn" -- four-point-three-million-dollars
9. "Flight" -- three-point-one-million-dollars
10. "Killing Them Softly" -- two-point-seven-million-dollars

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From Cecil; Advent - The Promise of Hope

Written 10 hours ago

Medical update: As we start a new week, I'm a year older. Today is my birthday and I really want to say thank you to everyone who posted birthday wishes here on Caring Bridge, on Facebook and through cards and emails. You all know how to make a guy feel...old! (Just kidding) Oh, and for those who are wondering...58. Now, move along please, nothing more to see here.

Many of you have been praying for the specific issues surrounding my kidney function. Thank you. Saturday, when another day of testing didn't show predictable results, one of my cardiologists said, "You're an enigma." I told him I'd never even been in a Presbyterian church and he looked even more confused. Today I met with people from the nephrology department and that means...more tests! Yesss!! Hopefully, having specialists looking at the issues will provide some answers. I'll update here as we make progress but in the meantime thank you again for your prayers.

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If you grew up in a liturgical church you’re no doubt familiar with the seasons of the church year - Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. Each anticipates the next with a particular meaning and purpose as we progress through the yearly cycle.

Today is the second Sunday of Advent, the first season of the liturgical year, the four-week period leading up to Christmas. The focus of Advent is waiting and anticipation – not only for the coming of the Christ child but foreshadowing his coming again in glory. During Advent we await the fulfillment of the prophecies of old The mood is serious but through the scripture readings and carols there is also a sense of joyful anticipation.

It is the promise of hope.

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:1

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There is something different about the hope that comes from Christ. God promised us a son and he fulfilled that promise with a real flesh and blood person who lived among us and gave his life for us. God was willing to “get his hands dirty” and engage us where we live. Even today, he does not stay away from us. No, he is always with us. Emmanuel - the promise of hope.

I grew up in a liturgical tradition (Anglican-Episcopal) and I have always appreciated the richness of the liturgy, the reverently beautiful prose of the Book of Common Prayer, the centrality of the Eucharist and the importance of scripture and tradition. This Advent season is particularly meaningful because right now my life is, literally, focused on waiting. I don’t wait anxiously or with fear because I believe the promise that my life is held securely in his hands. In his time an answer will come. Believing that brings comfort and a sense of joy. Yet there is at the same time a seriousness and solemnity one cannot escape, just as with the season of Advent itself. Simply put, in order for me to live, someone else has to die.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard that duality expressed so beautifully as in a recent blog by Ann Voscamp (www.aholyexperience.com). Ann’s a wife and mother and, oh, did I mention, a New York Times best-selling author (‘One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are’, 2011, Zondervan)? This is how she describes it:

“Before service, the preacher gave the congregation an update on the great- granddaughter of some founding church members. Eleeda’s picture flashes across the screen, her smile and the tubes. She’s been at Sick Kids Hospital since July,

waiting, waiting

a half year of Sundays for someone to walk in and give her a beating heart – or she’ll die of waiting. We bow our heads and pray.

How do you pray for what has to happen to find

a still-warm and pulsing heart —

and how can we not?”

This Advent live in the assurance that God continually comes to us bringing the promise of new life. Know the hope that lies within you. And never forget that whatever God initiates, he will bring to completion - in his way and in his time.

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Father, as we embark on the Advent journey

to Bethlehem’s stable,

grant us grace to wait patiently for you.

We listen for your voice, your cry.

Against the backdrop of the most important night

creation has ever known,

you rest in the warmth and security

of your mother's embrace.

Let us join with the angels,

rejoicing in who you are

and in your holy nativity

as your light penetrates

the darkness of our world –

the Christ child,

Emmanuel,

God with us.

Amen.

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