Anne Blackwell died this morning at Richland Place, which had not only been her home for the past ten years, but had become part of her extended family. Anne was 97 years old. Please keep Pat and Ed, Erik and Jennifer, Owen and Alice, and all who love Anne in your prayers. We will share funeral plans when the arrangements have been confirmed.
Carrie Jeffries, Greg Rumburg's aunt, died on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Please keep Greg and all who love Carrie in your prayer.
Anne Blackwell has pneumonia. Thank you for remembering her in your prayers.
Charles Hester, the father-in-law of Ted Parks, died last night in Chattanooga. We ask for prayers for all who love him, especially Karen, Jacob, Ben and Ted. The funeral will be on Sunday in Chattanooga.
Congratulations, Kathy Zamata, who retired recently from serving with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. For her next act, she plans to volunteer, plus do some contract work for the state later down the road. Way to go, Kathy!
Charles Hester, the father-in-law of Ted Parks, is gravely ill and receiving hospice are. We ask for prayers for Charles and all who love him, especially Karen, Jacob, Ben and Ted. Charles lives in Chattanooga, and Ted and Jacob are traveling this weekend to see him.
We ask for prayers for the Dixon family. Juanita Von Almen, Rachel Dixon's aunt, died on January 2 in Warner Robbins, GA. This is especially sad news for Rachel's mother, Joyce Register, who has lost her sister.
We ask for prayers for the Matthews family. Payson Matthews, the father of Blake Matthews, died on January 2 in Somerville, TN.
We remembered the following persons and situations in our prayers on Sunday. Thank you for continuing to keep them in your prayers:
Mary Jayne Jones is recuperating from knee replacement surgery.
Walter Seifert is recuperating from gall bladder surgery.
Michael Lee, son of Ted and Sondra, has received a stem cell transplant; we hope it will help eradicate his leukemia.
Carrie Jeffries, Greg Rumberg's aunt, is hospitalized with an infection and other health issues.
We remember those who don't have adequate housing during these cold days and nights, and those who operate emergency shelters across the city. Vine Street will host an emergency shelter on Wednesday night as part of Room in the Inn. Our thanks to the volunteers who make this life-saving ministry possible!
Sondra and Ted Lee ask for our prayers on behalf of their son, Michael. He will have a stem cell transplant Christmas Day as he continues to be treated for leukemia.
Charlie Biter has been dealing with cancer treatments this year. He shares he received this week a very positive pathology report! We give thanks to God for all the ways Charlie and his family knows healing in their lives!
We hold in our prayers the family of Eric, Allison and Sarah Hutton. Allison’s mom, Marie Heath, broke her elbow from a fall at her home this week. Eric’s mom, Karen Hutton, is recovering from hip replacement surgery following a fall.
We’re grateful some of our young adults have been able to reunite and get away for the weekend at Christmount in North Carolina. As they return home today, we hope for traveling mercies for: Kevin Clark, Rico Carls, Alex Cauthen, Alex Chumbley, Clare Crenshaw, Elizabeth Crenshaw, Kara Reed, Kalie Rhodes, Savvy Lyle, Ellen Matthews, Johanna Keith and Elena Nourabadi.
And finally, the pomp and circumstance has concluded: Thomas Kleinert received his doctor of ministry Saturday during a graduation ceremony at Lipscomb University!
In worship this first Sunday morning of Advent, we offered our prayers, remembering Donna and Vaughn Woods, who ask we pray for Miriam Woods, Vaughn's younger sister. Miriam became very ill Tuesday and had emergency surgery this week.
Please be mindful the visitation for Leigh Ann Zirkle's mom, Sue Ann Peffen, will be today and the service will be tomorrow. Details are here.
We are are grateful Linda Parker, a friend and former minister of this church, received good news. She has been dealing with cancer, yet last week the results of a recent PET scan reveal she is now cancer free. We rejoice with Linda, Kennedy, Grant and all who love Linda.
Charlie Biter's surgery went well, Camille Biter reports, and we look forward their return this week to Nashville. Also returning this week are our friends who are traveling in Germany discovering Luther and the joys of Advent.
Finally, we give thanks to God for our bookkeeper Linda Bussey, who retired last week. We wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter in her life.
Prayer is a formative part of our ministry at Vine Street. Please remember we are offering three opportunities to pray per week for our church, Nashville and our world, starting Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Click here to learn the full schedule.
Grace & peace to us all this Lord's day....
We learned this morning Leigh Ann Zirkle's mom, Sue Ann, died overnight here in Nashville. We join Leigh Ann and Don in giving thanks to God for Sue Ann's life. And may God bring comfort to all who grieve this death. To read the obituary and learn funeral arrangements, please click here.
Leigh Ann Zirkle asks for our prayers as her mom, Sue Ann, who appears to be approaching the end of her life. We're grateful Sue Ann is receiving good medical care and family members are nearby. May God be with this family and with all who watch or weep or mourn this day.
During worship yesterday morning, we offered prayers for safe travels for our Vine Street friends who are visiting Germany to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the start of Advent: Thomas Kleinert, Debra Cannon, Joyce Crowell, Eva Evans, Gary & Deb Holloway, and Bryce & Rachel Dixon.
We also holding Camille and Charlie Biter in prayer. They will be traveling to Houston where Charlie will have surgery.
Finally, we remembered the men, women and children who were killed, injured or affected when a mosque was attacked during worship on Friday in Egypt. May houses of worship be again sanctuaries for prayer.
Alex and his family are mourning the death of his brother, Lanier S. "Buddy" Brandau, who died on November 20, 2017 at age 78. The funeral will be in Knoxville on Friday, November 24th. We pray for Alex and all who love Buddy, that gratitude for the gift of his life will ease the pain of loss. Click here to read the obituary.
Please meet Theodore Wallace Saupe, the new grandson of Jack Wallace and Joanne Jewett! He was born Tuesday to proud parents Jessica Wallace and Tyler Saupe. Congratulations to this family! Welcome to our world, Theodore!
We’ve learned Freida Coleman died this week in east Tennessee. The Colemans are former members and longtime friends of Vine Street. We give thanks to God for Freida’s life and pray God’s presence will be especially close to her family and friends.
Thomas Kleinert shared a few minutes ago, "I had my project defense this morning and the committee chair's closing words were, 'Congratulations, Dr. Kleinert!'" For the successful completion of his doctor of ministry program, we celebrate with Thomas and his family!