Diane Craver

Diane Craver has died. She was a friend of this church and a dear friend to Roger Young. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center. May God’s presence bring comfort to Roger and all of Diane’s family and friends.

Becky Adames

Please keep Becky & Angel Adames in your prayers. Becky's mother, Beverly Brown, died Friday in Columbus, Ohio. A memorial service is being planned for Aug. 5 at Northwest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Upper Arlington, Ohio. May God's presence bring comfort and peace to this family, along with all who watch or weep or mourn this day.

The Rumburg family

Greg Rumburg's father, Al, died on Monday. We entrust him and all who love him to God's unending care. Greg and April are grateful that they were able to travel to Wooster on Sunday to be with the family. We don't know the funeral plans yet or when Greg and April will return to Nashville; thank you for remembering them and the family in your prayers.

Joys & Concerns

Mission Trip to Memphis is underway! As they share in ministry this week, please keep youth group members and their counselors in your prayers, including Sarah, Elijah, Molly, Dominic, Emily, Eva and Hope. (And what's with the jar in the photo? That's the Judgy Jar, a means by which mission trip participants are fined for judging others.)

We're grateful to God for another great week of m&m camp! The experience culminated Sunday, June 25, with the children's musical, In the Image. Thank you, campers, counselors and directors!

Finally, please keep Hildred Martin and her family in your prayers. Hildred's brother died last week in Kentucky.


A Sunday Update

Congratulations to Bob & Jane Goidel, who are celebrating 50 years of marriage!

Jack and Durham are experiencing Discovery Camp this week at Bethany Hills. Molly and Sarah returned from Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF) Camp Saturday.

Virginia Grimm and Toni Foglesong were in the hospital last week; both are home again.

We hold in prayer members of the Nashville Iraqi community. We pray for justice in their lives—that leaders and protectors will truly be keepers of peace; where justice does not prevail, we pray God will be a balm and a stronghold for those who have been detained and for their families. May God keep all those who are under threat safe.

Al Rumburg

Greg Rumburg's father, Al, is very ill; he has late-stage colon cancer. Greg and April will travel to Ohio this weekend where the family is gathering to celebrate Father's Day early. Al will undergo additional testing next week, but the treatment options are very limited. Please hold this family in your prayers as they gather to celebrate life and make difficult decisions together.

Update: Dr. Bell

According to the Christian Church in Kentucky, funeral arrangements for Dr. Wayne Bell are as follows:

Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

205 East Short Street

Lexington, KY 40507

Dr. Bell is a former senior minister of Vine Street.

Rev. Dr. Wayne Bell

We’ve learned the Rev. Dr. Wayne Bell died overnight. Arrangements are pending.

Dr. Bell served as the senior minister of Vine Street Christian Church from 1960-1974. His ministry guided the congregation through the difficult civil rights issues of the times, further shaping Vine Street’s commitment to justice and equality matters—a legacy that continues today. Dr. Bell also established our continuing ministerial intern program, which has nurtured many students who have gone on to serve in church- and nonprofit-related roles.

Dr. Bell served as the president of Lexington Theological Seminary (Kentucky) from 1974-1986.

Vine Street’s Wayne H. Bell Lectureship on Ministry, established in 1992, honors the enduring influence of Dr. Bell's contributions to all forms of Christian ministry.

Wayne and his wife Virginia have remained dear friends of this congregation.

Please hold Virginia, the Bell family, and all who love Dr. Bell in your prayers.

Palm Sunday Prayers...

On this Palm Sunday, we offer prayer for God’s people and for the world. Especially:

We offer prayers for Rachel Dixon’s brother Bobby Register. He will be having surgery Monday.

We offer prayers, too, for Joanne Jewett. She fell this week and broke a wrist. Joanne will be recovering for several weeks.

Finally, you may have heard the news—Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrating Palm Sunday today were victims of two separate church bombings. So far we know many people have been killed. More are injured. We pray for God’s comforting presence in the lives of all those affected, and we pray for all people in the world who are threatened or marginalized because of their faith tradition.

Lord, hear our prayers….