Thank you for your prayers for the affected communities along the east coast and the first responders and relief workers who are providing immediate relief. To contribute to the relief effort, please consider giving monetary donations to Week of Compassion. It may feel less personal than sending items you’ve lovingly selected, but money is easy to transport and is very efficient! Community organizations can often purchase supplies in bulk and at specially negotiated rates, and they can buy exactly what they need when they need it. Cash doesn’t take up warehouse space, and it can meet a variety of needs. Your dollars could become a meal at a shelter today or a new roof on a damaged house in a few months. Week of Compassion works through a remarkable network of church partner organizations and partnerships that insures that our response to humanitarian needs in the world is efficient, effective and faithful.
Eric Hutton’s dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last week. His medication won’t allow him to drive for a while. Eric also learned that his uncle, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s, is expected to die in the near future. The family is still trying to absorb the news and to cope with the situation and various ripple effects. Thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
On Sunday, September 9, we will gather in the sanctuary of Vine Street Christian Church at 11:45 a.m. to give thanks to God for the life of Buddy Barnes. We continue to hold in prayer all who are mourning his death, especially Terri, Lauren, Kirsten and Glen. Obituary
Hope Hodnett will be the new Youth Program Coordinator at Safe Haven Family Shelter, beginning next week. Hope will oversee a full-spectrum of supportive programs and services for school-aged children and their families who are experiencing homelessness. This includes managing all components of the children’s program including enrichment activities at the shelter, childcare coordination for families, and coordination with the school system to ensure that children have the educational support they need. Congratulations, Hope, and God bless you in this new chapter of your ministry!
Ruth Skinner is recovering at NHC Place after a recent fall due to changes in medication and weakness. Fortunately she didn't suffer any major injuries; she hopes to return home in a few days.
We received word that our friend Carolyn Binkley was in a car wreck Friday night; she has a crushed ankle, broken leg, and a hand fracture. Carolyn currently has no phone access, but is expected to move to a regular room soon. She is expected to be hospitalized until Friday and then move to rehab. Thank you for your prayers.
We received word that Buddy Barnes died at home this morning. Thank you for continuing to hold his family in your prayers, especially his daughter, Terri, and granddaughter, Lauren.
Larry Adams asks for our prayers for his niece, Alicia Adams, who is mourning the death of her unborn son in the seventh month of her pregnancy. We also remember her parents, Kim and John, as they try to cope with this loss themselves while supporting their daughter in her grief. This boy would have been their first grandson, and John has been particularly troubled by this loss.
Larry also asks for healing prayers for his nephew, Matt Adam, his wife Wendy and their daughter Tennery Kate. TK will be undergoing surgery this Saturday to repair a heart defect.
We continue to hold in prayer Jack Wallace's sister, Marge McNall, who is recuperating from heart surgery.
Sherry Blair is thrilled about her test results: "Hey everyone after three days of waiting.. the words are IT'S NOT CANCER!! It's a benign thymoma that has to be removed surgically, probably in September. We are SOOOO grateful! ... surgeon said may have to crack chest to remove but I’ll take that over the other - will keep you posted. Can’t thank you enough for all the prayers and love that has been sent my way."
Pat asks for prayers for her sister, Rita, who has colon cancer and is undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. Rita lives in New Orleans.
Jim Zamata's brother-in-law, Jeff White, died early Wednesday morning. Thank you for continuing to hold Jeff's wife, Caren, in your prayers.
Jim's brother-in-law, Jeff White, is hospitalized with pneumonia. He may not survive. Thank you for your prayers for Jeff and Caren, Jim's sister. Jim and Kathy have cancelled their trip to be close by.
Judi Sachs asks for prayers for her friend Sheree whose son ended his own life last week.
Michael, Casey, and Parker Le Buhn are with their family in St. Louis; Michael's father is having open heart surgery on Monday. Thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
Sherry Blair received the hard news that she has a mass in her chest cavity. She will have a biopsy on August 7. During these days of uncertainty, we ask for prayers for Sherry and Tricia, and for Joyce Crowell, Sherry's mom. Sherry wrote, "I believe in the power of prayer and I need your prayers ... I’m asking for prayers and positive thoughts for myself and my family... we are strong and will stick together and be fine ... whatever the outcome is ... I have faith and Christ in my heart."
Our friend, Dena Oneal, asks for our prayers. 6-year-old Izzy, the daughter of a friend, had open heart surgery on Monday. This was her 5th open heart surgery, and while the initial procedure went well, she has suffered several setbacks since. Thank you for keeping Izzy and her family in your prayers.
While in Chattanooga visiting his sister over the weekend, Buddy developed breathing problems and was hospitalized. Tests revealed that he has lung cancer. The family is making arrangements to get him transported back to Nashville by ambulance where he will receive hospice care. Thank you for your prayers for Buddy and his family.
Please remember Jane Scobey in your prayers. Her brother Jimmy died on Friday.
Larry Adams is requesting prayer for the family of his close friend Michael Emerick. Michael was attending a family wedding in Spain with Bill Hollings, his partner of nearly 30 years, and had a fatal heart attack.