All Saints' Sunday

Please keep in your prayers this week our Room in the Inn guests and all our volunteers.

Jan Volk will have a procedure to improve her health this week. She asks for our prayers.

The Regional Chi Rho fall retreat is wrapping up today. We’re grateful Ellen, Lise, Alex, Meadow, Elijah Wilson, Duke and Hope attended.

And on this All Saints’ Sunday, we offer prayers for Vine Street Christian Church members who died during the past year, including Norman Hall, Elizabeth Lawrence, Roy DeHart, Leyla Harding and Rev. Wayne Bell.

Shelbyville and Murfreesboro

Rev. Kyle Harris, interim pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Shelbyville, asks that we join First Christian in praying for peaceful demonstrations and peace-filled relationships this weekend. Rev. Harris’ request comes as Shelbyville and Murfreesboro brace for white supremacist rallies this weekend—events that have been on the mind of our Thomas Kleinert, who shared related insights on his blog this week.

Saturday Prayers

Our prayers of support go out to Buddy Barnes and his family. Sam Mosier, the husband of Martha Mosier, Buddy’s sister, died Wednesday in Chattanooga after a long illness. The funeral is set for Sunday, Oct. 22 in Chattanooga. The obituary is posted here.


We offer, too, prayers for traveling mercies on behalf of our Fellowship of Twelve. Many of them are in Kentucky this weekend visiting Cane Ridge, a key historical site of our denominational tradition. Fellowship members include Alice Cannon, Joyce Crowell, Melanie Gao, Jackie Halstead, Erica Hayden, Johanna Keith, Bob Lyons, Malinda Moseley, Kennedy Shuler, Helen Trabue, Kara Reed and Thomas Kleinert.

Michael Lee

Sondra and Ted Lee ask for our prayers for their son, Michael. You may recall Michael has been dealing with leukemia. Recently, doctors determined he will need to have additional treatments, so soon he will be spending several days in an Atlanta hospital to receive it. We offer prayers for Michael and his physical healing. Also, we pray for the mental and spiritual wellbeing of Michael and his family as they share this experience.

Linda Parker

Please continue to surround Linda with your love and prayers. She is going through chemo right now, and it's almost too much to bear. For those of you who don't know her, Linda Parker is Kennedy's mom, and she is one of Vine Street's former ministers; she lives and serves in Indiana.

Jack Wallace and Joanne Jewett

We thought we would only be sharing service arrangements for Joanne's mother, Joan Jewett today. But on Thursday night, Jack's sister Rosemary died. Please see the note he posted earlier today, and keep this family in your prayers:

It has been a week filled with loss and sadness for Joanne and me.

On Wednesday Joanne's mother passed away at age 89. Joan Jewett lived with us for the past five years as her dementia increased, and six months ago moved into Alive Hospice as she became too frail for us to provide care for her in our home. We miss her, but we feel some sense of relief that she no longer suffers.

For our Nashville friends, visitation is tonight at Marshall-Donnelly from 4 - 7 PM. We will have a grave-side service for Joan on Monday with just family.

Yesterday morning I learned that my sweet sister Rosemary died in her sleep Thursday night. We are in shock over this. Rosie turned sixty last month, had just retired from her career as a nurse, including several years at St. Thomas in Nashville, and was looking forward to spending time with her husband Joel Edwards, her sons Carey and Shawn, and her five grandchildren, all who lived near her in Columbus, Mississippi. Joanne and I will travel there on Sunday to be with them and say goodby to Rosie at her funeral at Vibrant Church at 3PM.

Please remember her children and grandchildren, her siblings and their spouses - Jim and Bev Wallace, Jerry and Margie McNall, Joanne and me, Jeff Wallace, Joe and Carla Wallace - in your thoughts and prayers. We will miss her so much.

Burnette Chapel Church of Christ

On behalf of the elders and the congregation, Thomas Kleinert and Martha Bishop sent a letter today to Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Thank you for your prayers.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Amid the shock and pain caused by the violent attack on your congregation last Sunday, we are praying for you. Our hearts are broken as are yours, and we ask for God’s abundant grace to bring comfort and healing to all, especially the victims and their families.

We remember Melanie Smith and all who love her, especially her children. We remember your minister, Joey Spann and his wife, Peggy, and pray for their recovery. We remember Linda Bush, Donald William, Marlene Jenkins, Catherine Dickerson, and the brave Caleb Engle, praying that the Lord may heal them in body and soul, so that all of you together may continue your witness and ministry.

“See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all,” the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:15. May God grant us strength to proclaim his mercy and love amid the hatred and violence of these days.