Caring Community: January 1, 2017

Prayer List

We are continuing the process of praying for authorized ministers, congregations, and ministry groups throughout 2017. We encourage you to include these prayer requests in your local church newsletter, share them with your prayer circle, and include them in your own prayers. Click here to download the entire 2017 prayer list.

Week of January 1

  • Beloved Community Church-Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jane Acuff
  • Ginnie Ferrell
  • Samantha Snellgrove
  • Kate Stulce

Week of January 8

  • Bethany Congregational UCC-Thomasville, Georgia
  • Donna Farrar
  • Leo Maley
  • Dale Marshall
  • Kim Sorrells

Prayer Requests

  • Prayers for Bob and Beth Hurst as Bob retires from United Church of Huntsville on January 1, 2017 immediately after worship.
  • Prayers for traveling mercies and a safe event as the Winter Youth Retreat gathers at Blowing Rock Conference Center in North Carolina over Martin Luther King Weekend, January 13-16, 2017.
  • Prayers for those gathering for the Member in Discernment/Persons in Exploration Retreat January 13-14 at Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, and gratitude for the leadership and hospitality of the Pleasant Hill Community Church in hosting this gathering.
  • Remembering the quote attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” may we be mindful of those actions we can take in this new year to provide extravagant welcome, continuing testimony, and change lives through our faithful discipleship.

Conference Transitions

  • The Southeast Conference Interim Conference Minister Search Committee has recommended a candidate. More details will be shared in the next couple of weeks.
  • Robert Hurst, pastor of United Church of Huntsville (Alabama) will celebrate his last service there on January 1, 2017 as he moves to retirement.
  • Jody Yarini will be ordained on January 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Virginia Highland Church. Prayers for Decatur UCC and their leadership as they confirm this relationship.
  • Joshua Kuipers will be ordained on January 15, 2017 at Kirkwood UCC at 5:00 pm during their regular worship service.
  • Sam Greening has been called to serve as interim at United Church of Huntsville. He will begin his ministry on February 1, 2017. He comes to Huntsville from La Jolla UCC in La Jolla, California.

Churches in Transition

Oak Grove Congregational Christian, Pine Mountain Georgia; Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Chattanooga Tennessee; Brookmeade Congregational UCC, Nashville Tennessee; Howard Congregational UCC, Nashville Tennessee; Holy Trinity Community Church, Nashville Tennessee; United Church, Huntsville, Tennessee.