Caring Community: February 15, 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 February 19

  • Central Congregational UCC; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Southeast Conference Board of Directors
  • Henrietta Andrews
  • Betsy Taylor Flory
  • Truman Moore

Week of February 26

  • Trinity Congregational UCC; Athens, Alabama
  • SEC Standing Committees, Advisory Committees, Task Forces
  • Tim Downs
  • Chris Lyman Waldron
  • Marvin Morgan

Prayer Requests

  • Continued prayers for Rev. Gary Myers as he continues to recover from mild stroke.
  • We hold Rev. Glenna Shepherd’s spouse Clare in prayer as the family mourns the death of Clare’s mother. Services were held February 9, 2017. Glenna serves Pleasant Hill Community Church in Tennessee and is currently in Great Britain with Clare.
  • Gratitude for the ministries of Charmaine Penn Johnson, Jennifer Sanders, Sonya Gravlee, and Patricia Keeler who all will be (or have been) installed during the month of February.
  • Traveling mercies for Rev. Marie Bacchiocchi as she journeys to Atlanta to begin her ministry in the Southeast Conference as Interim Conference Minister.
  • Prayers for Rev. Rodney Franklin, Senior Minister at First Congregational Birmingham as he is part of a UCC leadership delegation that will be visiting the Middle East to engage with partners and learn about the impacts of the use of economic leverage. This is one of many implementation efforts the national setting is taking around the 2015 General Synod resolution, “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

Conference Transitions

  • Charmaine Penn Johnson was ordained at Victory for the World and installed as Associate Minister at Kirkwood UCC on February 5, 2017.
  • Jennifer Sanders was installed as Pastor to Beloved Community UCC, Birmingham, AL, on February 12, 2017.
  • Patricia Keeler will be installed under a four-way covenant at Beloved Community Church on February 26, 2017. She is serving as Chaplain at University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center.
  • Sonya Gravelee will be installed under a four-way covenant at Beloved Community Church on February 26, 2017. She is serving as Chaplain at St. Vincent’s East Hospital in Birmingham.
  • Amber Kirkendoll will resign her pastorate of Safe Harbor UCC, Flowood, Mississippi on February 26, 2017.
  • Rev. Marie Bacchiocchi will begin her service as Interim Conference Minister on March 6. She will be attending the Council of Conference Ministers meeting her first week and will be available in the Conference March 13.

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; United Church, Huntsville, Tennessee; Safe Harbor Family Church, Flowood Mississippi.