Caring Community: April 2015

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We are continuing the process of praying for authorized ministers, congregations, and ministry groups throughout 2015. Each month, we will publish a weekly list for the month and post them weekly on our Facebook page. We encourage you to include these prayers requests in your local church newsletter, share them with your prayer circle, and include them in your own prayers.

You can doanload the April and May 2015 Caring Community list here.

You can download the Caring Community Prayer List for the 2015 year here.

Condolences for the family of Rev. Ted Braun and Donna Braun. Ted died February 23 and Donna died March 4. Prayers also for the Uplands Village community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee where the Brauns were long-time residents. Memorial services will be held in August. Donations can be made to support the work of the Shalom Center for Continuing Education at PO Box 167, Pleasant Hill, TN 38578.

The Reverend William T. Scott, Jr. died March 19, 2015 at 85 years of age. A memorial service was held March 23, 2015 at Central Congregational United Church of Christ where he was Senior Minister Emeritus.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Narcolepsy Research at Stanford University or the Progressive Christians Initiative at Central Congregational United Church of Christ.

The funeral for Rev. Mitchell C. Johnson, Sr. was Wednesday, April 8, 1:00pm at Central UCC, in Atlanta. Mitch served as the Associate Conference Minister of the Conference. He also served as interim pastor of several churches including Hillside Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA and Button Gwinnett UCC in Lilburn, GA and was a member of Central UCC. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Connie Moore, 3605 Greentree Farms Dr., Decatur, GA 30034.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Chaplain Mitchell C. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, Office of Institutional Advancement, Houston-Tillotson University, 90  Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702.

Reverend Dr. Norman M. Rates passed away on Easter Sunday, only a week after giving an inspired Palm Sunday sermon at First Congregational Church, Atlanta. He would have celebrated his 64th ordination anniversary in June. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Sisters Chapel on the Spelman College Campus. The Visitation Hour will be from 11am to 12pm. The Memorial Service will begin at noon. Clergy are encouraged to robe with festive stoles and participate in the procession. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norman M. & Laura Lynem Rates Scholarship Fund at Spelman College. For more information call 404-659-6255. Please keep the Rates family in your prayers.

Community Congregational Church in Montgomery, Alabama has called Rev. Raymond Speller to serve as Senior Pastor.

Rush Memorial Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia has called Rev. Michael Malcom to serve as Designated Minister for 12 months.

Prayers for Rev. Dr. Sarah Kim, Dean of PATHWAYS and Director of Theological Education for the Southeast Conference, as she begins her sabbatical on April 15.  She will be traveling to Korea and Japan.  See the related article by clicking here.
Churches in transition-Oak Grove Congregational Christian, Pine Mountain Georgia; Pilgrim UCC, Birmingham Alabama; Church of the Savior, Alpharetta Georgia; United Church, Cookeville Tennessee; Decatur UCC, Decatur Georgia; Peace Congregational UCC, Clemson South Carolina; Pensacola UCC, Pensacola Florida; Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Chattanooga Tennessee, Brookmeade Congregational UCC, Nashville Tennessee, Rush Memorial Congregational UCC, Atlanta Georgia.