A Sunday Update

David and Betsy von Dohlen ask for our prayers. Betsy is having surgery this week.

An update... Ruth Skinner’s daughter, Sandra Jones, has been transferred to a rehab facility. She had surgery last week due to a fall.

We're grateful Tennessee youth celebrated faith and friendship this weekend during a retreat at Bethany Hills, our Regional camp and conference center just 40 minutes down the road. Attending were Duke, Sarah, Elijah, Meadow, Grant, Audrey and Charlie. Our thanks to Kalie Rhodes, Kara Reed, Hope Hodnett and Randy Halstead, who served as counselors.

Finally, related to refugees and immigrants in our city and our position as a Solidarity Congregation: You’ll recall a few weeks ago we assisted a local family in need as their primary breadwinner was detained by ICE. That father was deported last week. We hold this family, which includes a newborn child, in our prayers as we remain open to offering additional support.

Prayers of the People

 Eva Golden

Eva Golden

Please hold the Dixon family in your prayers. Rachel Dixon’s mother Joyce Register has died. Arrangements are forthcoming. A few hours after Joyce died, her great-granddaughter Eva Golden Kavoosifar came into the world in Atlanta. Eva’s parents are Caitlin, who grew up in this congregation, and her husband, Cameron. We join this family in their grief and in their grateful joy.

We celebrate with Kennedy Shuler and Joel Petersen, who were married in our Sanctuary Saturday evening. Kennedy, of course, also grew up in this church. We congratulate their families on this wonderful union!

For all the joys and concerns close to this congregation, Lord, hear our prayers....

Lord, Hear Our Prayers

Will you keep the following folks and situations in your prayers, please?

Our Room in the Inn families who will be sheltered, fed and encouraged by our community for a sixth straight night at the church; and that our city will improve affordable housing opportunities for all…

Pat Bentrup, who had a medical procedure Thursday and is now home recovering…

Pam and Jim ClenDening—Pam’s step father died Thursday. Meanwhile, her mother is in the hospital with the flu…

Reggie Hill—his aunt, Lois Brown, is now receiving hospice care…

Cliff and Linda Rudy, who are friends of Vine Street—Cliff is receiving hospice care due to end-stage Parkinson’s disease….

Update: Michael Lee

Let's continue to hold Michael Lee in our prayers. He is on the heels of a stem cell transplant, but recently he was hospitalized with complications. We're grateful he is starting to improve, and we pray that healing continues. Michael, who lives in the Atlanta area with his family, is the son of Sondra and Ted Lee.

Update: Anne Blackwell Arrangements


Family and friends of Anne Blackwell will give thanks to God and celebrate Anne’s life at a memorial service Monday, Feb. 12 at Vine Street Christian Church.

Visitation with the family begins at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary with the service at 2 p.m. A reception will be held in Vine Street’s Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

We continue our prayers for Anne's family and friends, especially Pat and Ed Cole and Erik, Jen, Owen and Alice Cole. Anne died Jan. 18.