Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Not a lot new to report on Moriah's conditon. Since returning from the hospital last week she has looked pretty good. She did have a couple of issues with the antibiotics that she was on, but nothing major. Her responses continue to be about the same and are not consistent. We seem to get reponses at times but really don't know to what extent she understands us, but I can tell you that at times she seems distressed and at other times seems more comfortable. It sure doesn't get any easier, but as Jimmy Cliff would say "My faith and my heart will see me through"

The dedication of the piano went well. I would put this in another one of those "very cool but not what I wish I was doing categories." The old adage that tragedy can produce good things is certainly true in this case. I would like to thank all of you who helped contribute to this memorial. Also to the following people who attended, it really means a lot.
The members of Christ the King Lutheran(you know who you are)
Claude and Verna Van Driel (Mary's parents)
Jayne and Ron Peterson (Mary's sister and husband)
Bette Krause (Mary's sister)
Brent, Chris, Luke, and Cody Nichols
Bob and Dawn Stewart and those two cute girls
Dick, Nancy, and Maureen Perkins.
Pastor Dave for your idea, and your thoughtful words.
To the rest of you who were there in spirit.

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Today we seek God's blessing as we gather with thankfulness to set apart this piano to his glory. God has given us the gift of music, and to Him we sound our praise.
Sixteen months ago, on December 26, 2005, we were first shocked and then greatly saddened by the death of Mary Reiman. As with the other members of our congregation who have passed through the gate of death to life with Christ forever, we do not need to look far to see the hand of Mary in our congregation. She left us with many memories and much of her handiwork. If one were to stand in the middle of the door to the nave and turn in a circle, one would see Mary's handiwork in almost every direction: upholstery of our chairs, liturgical paraments, furniture, the youth loft, basement rooms. We are thankful to God for Mary's gifts and to Mary for her sharing so generously her gifts with us. Today it is with great thankfulness that we dedicate the Yamaha baby grand piano in her memory and to the glory of God. Through the music that will come to us from this piano the gospel of Jesus Christ, in which she so firmly believed, will continue to be proclaimed. We thank Mary's husband, Dale; her daughters, Moriah and Danielle; her parents Claude and Verna VanDriel; and the many people who contributed to her memorial fund for making this gift possible. To God be the glory forever and ever.

Psalm 150
Halleluia! Praise God in His 'holy temple;*
praise Him in the firmament 'of His power.
Praise Him for His 'mighty acts;*
praise Him for His ex'cellent greatness.
Praise Him with the blast 'of the ram's horn;*
praise Him with 'lyre and harp.
Praise Him with tim'brel and dance;*
praise Him with 'strings and pipe.
Praise Him with re'sounding cymbal;*
praise Him with loud-'clanging cymbals.
Let everything 'that has breath*
praise the Lord. 'Halleluia! (Mary loved cymbals, drums, and was a notorious tambourine player!)

Ephesians 5:18b-20
But be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sing with joy to God our strength;
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob
Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the merry harp, and the lyre.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of the universe. You have made the whole earth after Your glory; all Your creatures praise You. We lift our voices to join the sounds and song of heaven and earth, of things seen and unseen, in praise of Your Glory. You alone do great wonders, and by Your wisdom You made the heavens and the earth. All living things give You praise. You have breathed Your breath of mercy into Your children, to hear from them a joyful shout with their own song. In the fullness of time, O God, You sang Your new song, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is exalted by poets, musicians, and all Your siants. Your Spirit is the breath of our music and song. Be with us now and bless us as we dedicate this piano to Your praise and glory Enrich the lives of Your people through it, and grant us faith to hear Your gracious purpose in it. By Your Holy Spirit, let this piano enliven the proclamation of Your Word to the building up of Your Church, to the glory of Your name, and to the good of all Your people; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, through all ages of ages.

Well said, well said.

We are close to finalizing the details on the other memorial which will be a scholarship fund through PEO. I will give you the details when they are a done deal.

God Bless

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Moriah spent a couple of nights at UIHC. It ended up being a bronchial bacterial infection of some sort. She looked a 100% better after they treated her with antibiotics and cleaned out the gunk. She probably looked as bad as she has when I arrived on Sunday evening. Monday morning at the hospital she looked about as good as she has. Hopefully we won't have to battle this again but, without her having the ability to cough and clear her throat and blow her nose it could become problematic.

Hope to see you soon.
God Bless

Monday, April 16, 2007


A quick update
Moriah had a tough weekend and we ended up putting her in the hospital on Sunday evening. Most likely it's a touch of pneumonia. I'll let you know what I find out as I'm heading to the hospital shortly.

The dedication for the baby grand piano in Mary's honor, will be at the beginning of the 11 o'clock service this coming Sunday the 22nd @ 11 o'clock at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Hope to see many of you there.

God Bless

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Moriah is basically in the same condition. She did react to some sounds and movements today when I visited her so I cranked up the Bob Marley CD and it seemed to startle her. She continues to fight the good fight. No major medical issues at this time. Many thanks to those of you who visited her while I was gone especially,
Maureen and Katherine
Dick and Nancy Perkins
My parents
Pastor Dave
Once again, where would I be without all of you? As Jawon would say "I'm being serious here" Seriously, You all really need to ask yourselves that question. All of you that have helped us are so very important.

The week in Missouri went well. We started out lathering sun screen on and finished up wearing gloves and stocking hats. It was a great experience and I don't think I was in the way too much. We have the basement framed and decked and all of the first floor framing is in. I am so pleased with how this is going to look. Basically, it's awesome!! Thanks to the crew who helped get it going.
Laird "The Big Kahuna" Pogones
"Bobney Dangerfield" Dingbaum
Pat "Ski Cat" Green
Jim "Maple Leaf" Knowles
And yours truly, Dale "The Slave Driver" Reiman. Suppose I'll get suspended for that!??!?!

Keep prayin and keep fightin.

What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God's gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.
Ecclesiastes C3 v9-15

God Bless