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Dec 9 / grace

Send Matt a joke week


Many people ask me,  “What can we do for Matt,  Lindsay and  family?”  Today an idea came to me of something everyone can send to Matt and Lindsay.   A merry heart is good medicine, Proverbs 17:22.  We often say, laughter is good medicine… so lets send Matt and Lindsay some good humor medicine.  We all enjoy a good laugh.  So if you have a holiday joke,  funny video or humorous story post it.   Now if the joke you want to send to Matt is well lets say not for all of us you can email him direct at …  You can post jokes here or post them on Matt’s facebook page.  You can also mail a funny card or poster to Matt Styer 4738 Osage Ave. Philadelphia 19143.

Yesterday the doctors told Matt and Lindsay that they feel like the Tcell therapy is not working effectively and that the Tcells may be causing damage to his heart. His heart is only working at about 60 percent function, and they saw leukemia cells in is blood work yesterday. A positive is that his fever has stayed under 100.5 for the last two days. That is really all I know. They are going to re-assess options, which I have no idea what they might be. They are going to wait another three days.. then maybe give him steroids and some other treatment to help his heart – but if they do that it will most likely make any Tcells that are working ineffective.

Thanks again for all your prayers and love for Matt and our family. It is hard to know what to say… but we are going to keep fighting this nasty illness with Matt with everything that we can… This verse has been on my mind today: “some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I will remember the name of the Lord our God.” I am asking for healing for Matt these next three days. Grandma Witmer called around and gathered about 15 of us on Wednesday night to pray at our house. Some specific things we would like your continued prayers for are, of course Matt’s restored health, that Matt can get out of the hospital and be home for Christmas and that God’s love would cast out fear.

I am so thankful for family and friends and love,



  1. Chuck Eddy III / Dec 19 2011

    Matt, I know it has been a very long time. I want you to know that my family and I have been praying for you and yours!! But here is something that will hopefully make you laugh!! My son has to take the extremely awful medicine, and I made a deal with him that I would eat or drink something awful with him as long as he takes his meds… Doesn’t work out the best for me, haha. Enjoy

  2. sara landis / Dec 19 2011

    Hey Matt, I thought of you today at work! I was making a pasta dish and I blurted this in the kitchen: What do you call pasta that has clever responses?
    (My boss’ laughter is obnoxious and disturbed the customers)

  3. Sue Buttle / Dec 18 2011

    OK, here goes Matt~This is supposed to be a true story as told to me by a co-worker. This happened to her daughter’s room mate. The savy daughter was living in the big city of Chicago. Living with her was her “old” dog. Well time passed and one day so did the dog:-(. She called home to her father and asked him what to do with the remains. He said, Well if you were home we would just bury him in the back yard, but you are in the city (no back yard) so you will have to take him to the vet to dispose of. So trying to figure how to get a dead dog to the vet was a challange as she relied on public transportation. But ingenuity paid off. She put the dog in a suitcase and to the bus stop she went. The suitcase had no wheels so it was a bit of a struggle as “Buddy” had been a fairly large dog. As she was lugging the case off the bus and down the street, a nice man came up to her and offered to help carry the suitcase. Thanks, she said, letting him lift the load. As they were walking along, the man said, Wow, this is heavy, what have you got in here?…Not wanting to tell him her dead dog, she blurted out Christmas presents!….At that, the man took off….. with the suitcase, never to be seen again…….

  4. Linda Ro / Dec 17 2011

    There was a famous czar of Russia named Rudolf the Great. He had red hair and was also known as Rudolf the Red. One day, He said to his wife, “It’s raining”. She said “No, it’s snowing.” They went back and forth, and Rudolf finally took her outside. It was raining. He then said “Rudolf the Red knows rain, Dear”.
    OK, say the last line fast.

  5. Bernie / Dec 16 2011

    What is Father Christmas’ wife called? ….Mary Christmas!

  6. Kirk Shisler / Dec 15 2011


    Matt, I hope you like cows. Check this one out and know that all of us at EMU are pulling for you.


  7. Sharon Witmer / Dec 12 2011

    the great Steve Martin….

    Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

    A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

    I saw the movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and I was surprised because I didn’t see any tigers or dragons. And then I realized why: they’re crouching and hidden.

  8. Greg Bowman / Dec 12 2011

    Matt, I can see you and Lindsay doing this. More likely, planning it, too.

  9. Ellen Bowman / Dec 12 2011

    A chuckle for your day: Fire Department

    A woman frantically calls the fire department to report a fire in the neighborhood.

    The dispatcher asks, “Well, lady how do we get there?”

    Confused she replies, “Don’t you still have those big red fire trucks?”

  10. Sharon Witmer / Dec 11 2011

    I love the old Johnny Carson shows. This is a joke from Flip Wilson. Sorry don’t know how to do pretty links – hope this works!

  11. kathy e. / Dec 11 2011

    miracles can happen to those who love the Lord….blessed are they that believe in Him. oh matthew and the entire styer family…i love you all. your mom and i always say that we had our babies at the same time, you and kelly, jon michael and chuckie, amanda and bobby and the last one, the dutch village inn and adam. i have watched you grow from a wonderful little guy into a fine young man. i am having a hard time finding a joke for you at this time. i am just going to continue to pray and pray and pray. i love you matt! keep up the good fight.

  12. grace / Dec 11 2011

    From Miriam and Jay,

    It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted.

    Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

    On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village,
    stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner
    he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

    The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs,
    the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

    The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
    The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
    The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the tavern.
    The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar,
    who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him “services” on credit.
    The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

    The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

    At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the€100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.
    No one produced anything.
    No one earned anything.
    However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

    And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works!

    Regards, Jay
    “If a hammer is your only tool all problems begin to look like nails” — Anonymous Technician

  13. lauren bull / Dec 10 2011

    hi matt! i’m one of amanda’s friends. she always glows when she talks about her brothers.

    here’s one of my all-time favorite jokes:

    what’s brown and sticky?

    a stick!

  14. Wayne Witmer / Dec 10 2011

    My favorite Bob Newhart quote…..

    “I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’”

  15. Christy Dickinson / Dec 10 2011

    Bacon and eggs walk into a bar. The bartender says “sorry, we don’t serve breakfast.” Teehee!

  16. Anna Martin / Dec 10 2011

    Here is one of the many jokes that my math teacher likes to tell:

    Three men walked into a bar… you think the third one would have ducked! :)

  17. Wayne Witmer / Dec 10 2011

    Christmas joke…..

    How is Santa Claus like your boss?…..

    You do all the work and some fat guy in a suit get’s all the credit

  18. Jess HB / Dec 9 2011
  19. grace / Dec 9 2011

    Church Bulletin Bloopers:

    Our low-self esteem support group will meet Thursday at 6:30pm. Please enter through the back door.

    Berth Belch, a missionary from Africa will be speaking tonight at Calvary Church. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

    This being Easter Sunday we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward before the service and lay an egg on the alter.

    At the conclusion of today’s service a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All of those wishing to do something on the carpet should come forward and do so.

    Humor from Grandma Witmer :)

  20. Heidi / Dec 9 2011

    Hi, Matt,

    I’m one of Amanda’s friends from her semester in Oregon, and I’ve heard SO many good things about you! I never pass up the chance to tell a joke, so here are my favorites:
    -What did the zen master say to the hot dog vender? -Make me one with everything.
    -Our friend Bryant from Oregon told me this one: What do you call the collective unconscious of the residents of the Shire? Hobbitus.
    -One of my own creations: What do Muslims eat on picnics? -Mosque-melon!

    Hope your spirits are raised, or at least not lowered, by these rather pathetic contributions!

  21. maria fuentes / Dec 9 2011

    Grace your verse reminded me of a song, taken from the same verse…
    we trust in the name of the Lord our God
    we trust in the name of the Lord our God
    His love never fails
    His love will always prevail
    we trust in the name of the Lord
    we trust in the name of the Lord
    we trust in the name of the Lord our God!

    He is with you all in the battle, and Matt He promised He’d be there always even in this fight…keep those dukes up!

  22. grace / Dec 9 2011

    I love christmas lights, they remind me of my co-workers, they all hang together, 1/2 of them don’t work, the others are not that bright!

    Praying still.
    Maria B

  23. grace / Dec 9 2011

    What kind of Christmas tree comes from Hawaii?
    “O Tanning Palms”!

  24. grace / Dec 9 2011

    What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
    It’s Christmas, Eve!

  25. PamN / Dec 9 2011

    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Impatient cow.
    Impatient cow – MOO!!!!

  26. Tina Beachy / Dec 9 2011

    Here’s one that’s timely…
    A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a gloomy pessimist.
    Just to see what would happen, on Christmas eve the father loaded the pessimist son’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist twin’s room was loaded with horse manure.
    On Christmas morning, the father looked into the the pessimist son’s room to see him sitting among all his toys crying. “Why are you crying?’ the father asked. “Because now I have to read all these instructions for the toys, buy lots of batteries, and the toys will just get broken anyhow.” answered the pessimist son.
    Passing the optimist son’s room, the father saw him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. “What are you so happy about?” asked the father. To which his son replied, ” There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

  27. Andrea Wenger / Dec 9 2011

    Thanks for this update on a complex situation. Continuing to think of you all. Sending Jon your way over the weekend with love from EMU marketing folks!

  28. Irene / Dec 9 2011

    I love that verse, Grace. I will pray that you and your family will hang on to that truth. Only God is worthy of our trust. I will also pray that God will give the doctors extraordinary wisdom and knowledge in knowing how best to treat Matt. We love you all.

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