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Tuesday, July 12 2022
McKernan Family Response

MCKERNAN FAMILY RESPONSE OF GRATITUDE & BLESSINGS!

 

This is the McKernan family whom we held a benefit for back on July 3rd, 2022, and our Church and surrounding community stepped up and blessed this family in a very special way. Scott and Angie wrote up a response, and they wanted me to share with all of you. See their words below:

"You talk about a mind blowing experience! People had been at the Church since 6am and everyone was working hard with a great attitude. All I could think about was telling as many people as possible, "Thank You for all you are doing today." The whole experience was overwhelming for me and my family.

You see, my Pop told me as a young man, that it is easier to give than receive. Well, he was right. I've done for others in the past. I've cooked, sold tickets for fundraisers and even had people sponsor me and my brother on Facebook live, bending nails for a dime a piece, but it is not about us; it is about the act of receiving. I had my doors blown off on Saturday! To be honest, Angie and I were physically beat down from the motorcycle accident, all of the surgeries and such a lengthy recovery, but now we are spiritually at an all time high! We watched all of these people selflessly give an entire Saturday to help my family and I, and we still cannot get over it. My first thought was this: 'When I heal, me and Angie are gonna be the first ones to sign up for the next fundraiser because we cannot wait to pay it forward!'

You can't out give God. It is impossible! But you can make Him proud, and that is exactly what everyone of you did that day! Get ready to be blessed because He has big plans for each and every one of you!!! Thank you a million times over, and God bless all of you!"

Scott & Angie McKernan 

 

If you would like to bless the McKernan family with monetary gifts, you can Venmo them directly @ScottMcKernan (The last four digits of the phone number is 8272.) 

Also, McKernan Ministries is back in action Praise God! Scott and Jerry McKernan post their recordings on Wednesday nights, and you can follow them on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj1wCgjgiLLIQ5cJlB85HZQ

May God Bless You All!

Pastor Stephen

 

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Friday, July 01 2022
Fundraiser for the McKernan Family!

 

Jambalaya Fundraiser for the McKernan's

 

Hello Everyone! 

Our Fundraiser for the McKernan Family is tomorrow, Saturday July 2nd 2022 from 11am - 130pm!

Plates are 10$ each. Just drive through Live Oak Church's FLC to pick up yours. Pre-paid Tickets are welcome but not required!

Hope to see you then! 

God Bless,

Pastor Stephen

 

 

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Friday, June 24 2022
Mom and Son Reunited!

 

Today was a great day for the McKernan Family! Thank you all for your continued prayers!

Scott was discharged from Rehab today, and his first stop was to visit Mom - Mrs. Jina. It has been more than 5 weeks since they have seen one another, and today, they were reunited! The attached pictures that the family took definitely captured the moment! They both had intense stories to share with one another, which included emergent, ambulance rides to two different Emergency Rooms, Hospital Admissions with Intensive Care Units stays, and a lot of surgery to boot (Especially Scott!)! Even though it has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs for the McKernan Family, the Lord has not failed them! He has never left their sides!!

Deuteronomy 31 : 6 says:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you;

He will never leave you or forsake you."

 

This reunion between Mom and Son could not have been anymore awesome! Angie McKernan said, "They were soooo happy! It was so sweet." Now that Scott has crossed the threshold to the door of his own home, not only does he recognize the blessing, but he can see just how far the Lord is willing to go with him. Please continue to pray for Scott and the McKernan Family. They have made it home, but there is still a lot of recovering to do. Thank you in advance for your prayers!

God Bless,

Pastor Stephen

 

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Saturday, June 18 2022
Benefit for Scott McKernan

 

Benefit for Scott McKernan

7/2/22

 

Hello Everyone! 
I hope this message finds you well. 

I wanted to let you all know that the benefit for Scott McKernan has been officially set for Saturday, July 2nd. We will be set up on the Church Campus cooking and selling Jambalaya and Pastalaya plate lunches. The plates will be $10 each. Tickets will go on sale beginning tomorrow Sunday, June 19th, at Live Oak Church in Watson, LA, and they will be available through Charles Dougay at the Info desk and during the week in the Church office. 

If you would like to give directly to the family to help with their living and medical expenses you may Venmo Scott directly @ScottMcKernan. If asked, the last 4 digits of his phone number are 8272.

Thank you all for your prayers and support for the McKernan family! 

God Bless,
Pastor Stephen

 

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Tuesday, June 14 2022
Update on Scott McKernan

 

Good afternoon everyone.

A specialist visited Scott regarding the continued problems he is having with his left hand. It was confirmed that he did sustain a severe injury to his wrist and hand at the time of the accident. The plan is for him to have surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday morning (6/15/22) to fix the problem. The surgery is called a proximal row carpectomy and a carpal tunnel release. This will free up some room in there to allow the nerve to be free from compression, and prayerfully it will relieve him of the burning in his palm and his middle 3 fingers on the left side. This surgery has a 6 week recovery. Unrelated - it is believed he will be in rehab approximately 2 more weeks. 

Thank you in advance for your prayers for Scott and your continued prayers for the McKernan family.

God Bless,

Pastor Stephen

 

 

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Tuesday, June 14 2022
COVID-19 One Family's Journey

 

I completely understand a lot of people want to move on as if this pandemic is over and Covid is a thing of the past. In a sense, it has calmed down for a time, but the numbers of those infected now are increasing all around us, but I'm not hearing of any precautions, warnings or updates as we have heard so many times before. Well, guess what happened yesterday? I had an elderly lady in my office telling me her story, and it helped remind me that Covid is still lingering, that this demonic disease and this total mess of a virus has not finished it's nasty course just yet! This precious women lost her husband in May of 2022 to this terrible disease, and although he was not 100% healthy, he was triple vaccinated, and he had not completely recovered from his chemotherapy and radiation treatment for lung cancer. This stupid virus had more to say in their steadfast, Christian lives. Mr. Gary made it all the way through chemo and radiation for lung cancer treatment, and he even rang the bell in accomplishment of toughing it out and finishing his course in faith, only to succumb to this demonic virus that has  been so eager to wreck the lives of anyone it can!

I am here to tell you "Keep Fighting!" "Do Not Give Up!" Our fight is not over!! You will know when the fight is over, so in the meantime fight the good fight of faith like never before! Stand Firm in the Word of God, and Trust that He will Redeem You! He will Relieve You once and for all when the time comes, and I do not believe it is too far in the distant future! He is not finished with His work here on earth especially in the Age of Grace that we are living in! He will let us know WHEN that time comes, so in the meantime, we have to keep fighting, we have to keep perservering, we have to keep being the salt and the light, and we have to keep leading people in the right direction and that is up! 

Please continue to pray for the lost in Jesus' Name, and strive to leave your mark on this earth for His Glory!

God Bless,

Pastor Stephen

 

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Wednesday, June 08 2022
Update on the McKernan's
 

Hello Everyone. 

I wanted to update you all on Scott and Mrs. Jina McKernan. 

Mrs. Jina is home and doing much better. She is slowly but surely getting used to her feeding tube, and she knows exactly where the boost is going now. I was able to visit her today, and she was jokingly upset at me because I had said they were going to "snow" her for the procedure, and she wouldn't remember a thing. Well, she said she not only remembered everything, but she Felt Everything!! She said she was fussing at the anesthesia person the whole time, but the lady told her she wasn't going to give her any more medicine. Needless to say, I am not very happy about this, And Mrs. Jina said she now has a love-hate relationship with me! I was so embarassed when she told me this even though she was joking. Please continue to pray for this precious, spirited lady and her situation - being in poor health, unable to visit her son Scott in his situation and grieving the recent loss of her husband of 60+ years. 

Scott is doing so good Praise the Lord! I was able to spend some time with him and Angie Saturday night, and he was doing the best I have seen him since the wreck! It was such an encouragement to have him back to his old self. Rehab has been tough on him, and just being there (and not out and about) has had him down and discouraged at various times. Saturday evening though, he had the day off and he was able to rest a good bit. A few visitors came by that afternoon, and I was able to make it by there in the early evening. I was so blessed! He was in great spirits, and he had been catching up on everything that has transpired over the last 3-4 weeks. A lot of his memory was affected by the wreck, the concussion and the anesthesia/medications, and he was just getting a chance to put the pieces of his story together. It was obvious he was beginning to realize what God has actually done through all of this which has been very powerful. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace and love you have for us!

A Few Announcements:
1) We are planning a jambalaya and pastalaya plate sale for Saturday, July 2nd! Stay tuned as we may be selling tickets ahead of time. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Mr. Charles Dougay at: dougay1954@att.net Mr. Charles is organizing the event.

2) After multiple requests, Angie is setting up an account for donations. It should be accomplished some time this week. People will be able to deposit checks or money orders directly into the account, but not cash. In the meantime, you can use Scott's Venmo account if you would like to send a gift this way. 

His Venmo is: @scottmckernan  (*It may ask you for the last 4 digits of his phone number to finalized the process. If it does it is 8272.)

3) Mr. Jerry McKernan's funeral/memorial has been postponed until further notice. The plan is to do it in a few months when Scott and Mrs. Jina are doing better and able to attend and play their part. Announcements will be made in the future once it is rescheduled. 

Thank you everyone for your prayers and concerns for this special family. 

God Bless,
Bro. Stephen
 

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Wednesday, June 01 2022
Update on the McKernan's

 

Hello Friends! 

I was able to check in on Scott McKernan this evening as he is recovering from his accident that occurred two weeks ago tonight. He moved to rehab this past Sunday, and they have been working with him since then, in order to strengthen him and help him return to baseline. Although he suffered some major injuries especially to his right femur and his left shoulder, apparently he has severe carpal tunnel syndrome causing terrible burning pain to his left hand. Please be praying that the Lord will put this fire out in Jesus’ name, so that he can rest and focus more on his recovery. 

I have attached a picture of us together and him with his new prayer quilt - compliments of the Piecemakers at Live Oak Church! The quilt and the love that came with it, really encouraged him, and the horse-pattern and horse-power that came with it really refueled him for a continued good fight of faith on the rehabilitation unit! He and Angie wanted to thank everybody for their prayers and support during this trying time. 

Update on Mrs. Jina - She is doing much better. She was able to go home over the weekend, and things seem to be moving in the right direction now. Thank you all for your prayers. Please keep them up now and in the days to come.

God Bless,

Pastor Stephen 

 

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Monday, May 23 2022
Prayers For The McKernan Family

 

Hello my friends. I hope this message finds you well.

I have some dear friends whose families have been struggling due to their father being on Hospice and in ill health the last few months. Jerry and his brother Scott lost their dad to lung cancer a week ago Friday. Their mom Mrs. Jina has been very sick as well. She went to the doctor last Tuesday, and the doctor wanted to admit her to the hospital for respiratory complications. Due to her grieving, she preferred to be treated at home, so they put her on continuous supplemental oxygen with around the clock breathing treatments. Jerry and Scott have been trying to tag team staying with her 24/7 with help from the rest of the family. 

On top of all of this, the afternoon their dad passed away (5/13/22), they had a terrible rain storm that caused two separate awnings at their parent’s home to collapse which flooded multiple rooms in the house, so they spent all weekend trying to clean everything up. This past Wednesday, there were a lot of workers there and Scott couldn’t get his truck out of the driveway because he was blocked in, so he took Jerry’s motorcycle to run home to eat supper and come back to care for mom. Scott never made it home, and his wife Angie ended up getting a call from the hospital chaplain in the emergency room stating that the ambulance had just brought Scott in due to an accident. Having a call like that is never an easy thing. 

Scott is banged up pretty bad. He has multiple scattered lacerations that required stitches. He had a helmet and road jacket on which definitely saved his life. (That and the Lord’s Amazing Grace and Protection!) He has a concussion with no brain injury Praise the Lord! He had a dislocated shoulder which was reset in the ER, but it is still causing him terrible shooting and burning nerve pain all the way to his hand. He also had a right femur fracture that is close to the hip joint which required surgery with an ORIF and Femur Rodding. They assigned him a room on the orthopedic floor where he is recovering. At this point they are attempting to perform MRI's of his shoulder and neck to make sure there is not something there that will require fixing prior to going to rehab.

As you can imagine, Scott's pain has been severe lately, and they have been wrestling with trying to keep him comfortable. He is one tough guy, but we all have our breaking point. Please be in deep prayer for Scott and his family during this extremely tough time. Please also pray for his doctors and caregivers as he travels this new painful, unexpected journey. He will be in the hospital through the weekend, with plans of being moved to rehab in the early part of next week. Please pray for he and Angie’s peace and contentment as the Lord sees them through this treacherous journey.
 

Update as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022:

I made a pastoral care visit with Mrs. Jina in the latter part of the morning at her home. We had a really good visit. I was able to go over some good grief materials we hand out and use in our Grief Support Group, and we closed our pleasant meeting with prayer. As I left and headed towards church, I received a call from Jerry stating that something is wrong with mom, and could I go check with her. I turned around, made it to her home, and came in to find her in severe respiratory distress. She was breathing nearly 40 times a minute and her lungs were filled with fluid, and it all happened suddenly within 30 minutes me leaving from our last visit. Acadian came and rushed her the hospital. She was admitted to ICU where she is stable but not out of the woods by any means. This is devastating to the family, so please be praying hard for Mrs. Jina McKernan and the entire McKernan family too.

 

Together, these two brothers Jerry and Scott make up

MCKERNAN MINISTRIES - Feats of Strength to Further His Kingdom

Check out their YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mckernan+ministries


Thank you all. 
God Bless,
Pastor Stephen 

 

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Sunday, May 22 2022
Losing A Loved One

 

When we lose a loved one or friend, it always leaves us feeling one of two ways. We either feel like they have been taken from us or stripped away, or we may feel like we have been left behind – like they have gone away and left us. Either way, we feel hurt, we feel alone and we feel like we have a hole in our heart in the area that they once filled.

 

By March 1st, 2021, the death toll from the COVID-19 virus had risen to over five hundred thousand in the United States. Since February of 2020, I have conversed with many patients who had the virus that we were treating as well as a countless number of others who were family or friends of those same patients. Many times, I was the advocate for the patient, and I would serve as the go-between or spokesperson keeping the family updated with their need to know. In return, I would pass the patient the information and any belongings the family wanted the patient to have. For the last two years, I have worked with a wide range of medical professionals dealing with the virus, and we discussed the related symptoms, the various treatments and even the cases of those who died while under care. All of this information has proven to be so valuable and something you cannot put a price tag on. Now, I can use what I have learned to help so many others out there who have questions, who are unsettled and those who are struggling to obtain closure if they have experienced loss.

 

Understanding this virus from a variety of perspectives has been a true blessing and gift from God. It is not something I asked for, or even wanted to be honest, but it was something I was given. First, being a frontline nurse and caregiver has truly been an honor. This has been a call on my life since I was a child, and no matter what the sickness, being a caregiver and working to make any situation better has been my life’s mission—one patient and one family at a time. With that said, I now have the unique perspective of being a COVID-19 survivor too, having been a patient who had a severe case of the virus, with two emergent ambulance transports from home to the hospital, having two intensive care unit admissions and having had experienced the various breathing devices used to help those in respiratory failure— the vapotherm, the BiPAP, and even being intubated and put on the ventilator for more than a week. Lastly, I have been leading a grief support group and constantly ministering and providing pastoral care to the many families in our church and surrounding communities that have lost a loved one or friend. Serving in the roles of a nurse, pastor and patient in dealing with COVID-19, has given me a full multidimensional perspective, and I give glory to God for it all.

 

It has been a year and a half since my fierce battle with this demonic virus. My life is a testimony of what God can do with the worst of trials. Since wrestling with COVID, I am spiritually stronger now than I have ever been before. I trust God more, and I can usually see Him clearly in most all situations. If you have suffered loss, whether it was related to COVID-19 or any other disease or accident, I know you may feel it is dark, lonely and cold, but in due time, I assure you God will shine His light on your situation and call you out of this fog. Your grief is perfectly normal. It is a process, and it will be a journey. God will teach you some valuable lessons on your journey if you stay close to Him, and you allow Him to lead the way. If you are a family member or friend who is grieving right now due to the death of someone you loved, and you have been left behind on this side of heaven separated from them, my heart truly goes out to you. My prayers are with you, and I hope and pray my book has helped you.

 

Psalm 139:13-17 says, God ordains our days, and He has written them in His book before one of them came to be. I am so blessed now that I fully understand and constantly remember this verse. We are still here because the Lord is not finished with us yet. He will let us know when He is ready for either one of us. In the meantime, I challenge you get up each morning thanking the Lord for another day. Get dressed, be productive, and make things happen in Jesus’s name. Any guilt, shame or remorse you may have lingering, release it all to your heavenly Father and ask that He remove these burdens from you. Use your anxieties, your feelings of helplessness, and your deep pain caused by your loved one’s absence; bind it all together in prayer and ask the Lord to use it as fuel for the Holy Spirit’s fire inside of your life, so you will have the strength you need to tell your story and help others. I know it is hard, and I know it hurts. The Lord is right there with you with His arms opened wide. He wants you to come to Him. He is one prayer away. Talk to Him—He knows everything about you. Read His Word—it is full of faith, hope and love. Be comforted by the Scriptures—they were written for you. Find a good Bible-based Church to attend. Find a faith-based grief group in your area to connect with. All of these things will help ensure your successful journey, and God’s amazing work in your life.

 

Be Blessed My Friends.

Pastor Stephen

 

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