News from Forgiving Heart Church in Columbus, GA

On March 24, 2019, Forgiving Heart had the honor of Min. Carrole Moss visit with us. She brought an awesome message of love in her sermon. After the worship service, she gave a wonderful presentation about UCC. It included a short history and a lot of information on how the ministries of UCC with emphases on the Southeast Conference. We are looking forward to having her back!

Forgiving Heart makes every effort to be involved with the City of Columbus as well as the LGBT community. Once every month we go to a local nursing home for a sing-a-long with the residents. Our Deacon, Ms. Sharon Ansman usually has a short message about Jesus’ love. We also bring a small gift for residents.

We provide a venue for The Debra Smith Wellness Center to give free HIV testing on the first Saturday of each month. As of April, the ColGay Pride organization has begun to use our facility for the Drag-Queen Story Time.

Last November, Rev. Emily, as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, & Prosperity, took a trip to THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN Montgomery AL. The memorial has a sculpture with the names engraved of each racial hanging for every county in the U.S. There is also a copy of each sculpture. It is the hope of EJI, (Equal Justice Initiative) that each county makes arrangements to place theirs in their county. The Commission’s goal was to educate themselves and to learn what’s needed to make that happen in Muscogee County. One thing is clear though, it’s that more nurses are needed, the difference between rn and bsn available is ridiculous and it’s causing all sorts of trouble. Parents need to encourage their able children to become pillars of the community by becoming nurses!

This month Rev. Emily took part in a panel called “Welcome to My Closet” at Columbus State University Diversity Week.