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….

Thema Vietti and Jonathan Moreland

Jonathan Moreland and Thema Vietti shared recently they are moving to Boston! Jonathan has a new job with a startup company there. Both are excited to return to the New England region. We ask for God’s blessings on these friends, along with traveling mercies, and we give thanks to God for all the ways Thema and Jonathan have contributed to God’s work in the world with Vine Street! We will have an opportunity to wish them well as part of Sunday's 10 a.m. worship service.

Update: Clara Zamata

We’ve learned the funeral arrangements for Jim Zamata’s mother, Clara, who died Friday. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to make a gift can make it to FOCCAS-TN, an animal shelter in Cumberland County; the ASPCA; or your local humane society. Jim says, “Mom was an extremely compassionate person, and we grew up around animals, many of them rescued.”

Sunday Prayers

In worship today, we continued offering prayers for Linda Parker following her recent surgery. She is Kennedy Shuler's mom and a former Vine Street minister.

And we join in celebration—Marjorie Taggart's daughter, Carrie Wilkerson, delivered on Friday evening a boy, Kieran James! Mom and baby are just fine. Grandma Marjorie is jubilant!

Linda Parker

Rev. Linda Parker will have surgery Thursday, Feb. 16, in Evansville, Indiana, where she resides. Linda is the mother of Kennedy Shuler and a former minister of this congregation. Recovery from the surgery will take several weeks, and Kennedy will be traveling to be with her mom for part of the time. Whenever surgery is involved, we pray God will be with the medical team, that their minds will be sharp and their hands will be full of skill and compassion. This time is no different as we pray, too, for Linda’s comfort and healing. If you would like to send a note of encouragement, please call or email the church office for information.

Our prayers

Angie Wilson had knee surgery on Thursday, and all went well. Thank you for your prayers and the meals!

Hope Hodnett is continuing to heal and regain her strength. Thank you for your prayers!

Greg Rumburg and his family are mourning the death of his aunt, Anne Riggenbach. Greg will be traveling to Ohio on Sunday evening to be with his family; he expects to be back in Nashville on Wednesday evening. Thank you for surrounding this family with your prayers!

Julia Keith, Eva Evans, and Gary Halloway have safely returned from their trip to India, where they attended the global gathering of World Convention in Damoh. They are still dealing with serious jet lag, but are already processing the many experiences they had and weaving them into stories to share!