Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Dale Carnegie class session 1 (Public Class) is off to a great start.
  • Dale Carnegie class session 3 at UNCG was engaging with great participation.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee making progress in the search.
  • People who are unafraid to take a stand (kneel) for what they believe in.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – chronic neck/back discomfort from arthritis in her neck.
  • All impacted by Hurricane Maria and those who are helping out.
  • Angela Alston – I have a family member (Dash Alston)  in need of prayer right now. I have never met her but I know the pain she is feeling right now. She lost an unborn child and the man she loved and intended to marry in a span of a few months. Please pray for her as you did for me. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on satan. It’s just too much. God. let Dash Alston find the strength of our ancestors to face the days ahead. Give her that peace that surpasses all understanding. Give her a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel so she can find her way out of depression and despair. Thank yall in advance. Thank you God for your Grace is always sufficient.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – undergoing chemotherapy and is in need of prayer.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee as it continues it work.
  • Leadership that creates environments for people to live and work without bad behavior.
  • For our country and the division our national leadership is causing with ill-advised comments and tweets.
  • LaShonda Fields Hairston – on the loss of her grandmother.
  • Donald Anthony Wheeler (nephew) – have a surgical procedure on Tuesday.
  • Sharee Fowler and I – as we work with groups increasing awareness, addressing diversity and inclusion, and improving relationships.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
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Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Men’s Day speaker at Shiloh Baptist church yesterday. Proverbs 27:17. Topic: We are in the fight of our lives.
  • Great afternoon on Lake Norman. Midday Jazz cruise with Art Sherrod.
  • Dale Carnegie class session 2 at UNCG was engaging with great participation.
  • Engage NC Black Rep board meeting and discussion.
  • Forsyth County First National Bank Advisory board meeting.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee making progress in the search.
  • My column this week on kindness, togetherness, goodness and compassion.
  • Check here to see if you have potential impact with the Equinox breach.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – chronic neck/back discomfort from arthritis in her neck.
  • Revival at Friendship Baptist church tonight with Rev. Prince R. Rivers preaching.
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • All impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose and those who are helping out.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – undergoing chemotherapy.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee as it continues it work.
  • Leadership that create environments for people to live and work without bad behavior.
  • The interim pastor at UMMBC, Rev. Headen, and the church leadership during the transition.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.
  • Attending the Palmetto Capital City Classic in Columbia, S.C.
  • Great meeting and conversation with Silvia Ramos.
  • Good meeting with Sharee Fowler and Goodwill representatives discussion employee engagement.
  • KBR (Local Impact) Advisory Council grant review and discussion.
  • Saturday afternoon conversation with Jarrard Goldsmith.
  • Bill Leonard and his new book, Homebrewed Christisnity: Church History – Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers. An interesting and fascinating read.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – chronic neck/back discomfort from arthritis in her neck.
  • Angela Maxwell and her family – her 87 year old mother (Mrs. Beulah Maxwell) passed.
  • Brother-in-law, Wayne Anderson and family – on the loss of his sister.
  • Rev. Dr. James Ferree and family – on the loss of his wife, Doris Ferree.
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • All impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Jose and those who are helping out.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – undergoing chemotherapy.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee as it continues it work.
  • Leadership that create environments for people to live and work without bad behavior.
  • Fred Marshall – he recently had eye surgery and is recovering.
  • The interim pastor at UMMBC, Rev. Headen, and the church leadership during the transition.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . and Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee commitment and dedication to the task.
  • Yasmeen Alston (my niece) on the back-to-school event in honor of her late sister, Alana.
  • Remembering Alana Monet Alston (suitevida).
  • Happy Anniversary (57th) to Miller and Alice Allen.
  • The opening of the new Forsyth County Library – it is so cool.
  • A Marvtastic 2017 National Black Theatre Festival.
  • A visit from the National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Jane Chu.
  • Alma Flood’s mother being released from the hospital.
  • Starting a new Dale Carnegie Class with students (current teachers working on their Master’s degree) at UNCG.
  • Great dialogue with the new class of WS Fellows and Ned Erickson.
  • Team teaching in the First Year Experience program for freshmen at WSSU with Natasha Ohene.
  • Nephew Marcus Anderson traveling to Uganda to perform.
  • Nephew Alphaeus Anderson and his event, SpiritFest 2017 and 1,000 voices & PureNHeart
  • Nephew Wali Alston and his music video, “Alive.”
  • Delivering book bags to students at Ephesus Jr. Academy.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic neck discomfort from arthritis in her neck.
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • All impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – recovering from surgery and undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Leadership that create environments for people to live and work without bad behavior.
  • Fred Marshall – he recently had eye surgery and is recovering.
  • My wife’s family and friends as they grieve the loss of her baby brother, Ricky Dean Littlejohn (age 61).
  • The interim pastor at UMMBC, Rev. Headen, and the church leadership during the transition.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.
  • UMMBC senior pastor search committee retreat.
  • Sharing at the National Women of Achievement during their fun night.
  • Sharing with the Stratford Rotary during their weekly meeting about the National Black Theatre Festival.
  • Am I more committed to my comfort than God’s will? – Rev. Dr. Headen

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic neck discomfort from arthritis.
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and too weak at this time for surgery.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search process for a new senior pastor begins.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • National Black Theatre Festival volunteer coordinator’s meeting.
  • Interview on The Coach Lynn Show talking about the tribute to my high school guidance counselor, Adele Marie Miller Burney.
  • A great 4th of July cookout in Fairforest with the Anderson family.
  • Pre-fourth cookout with Trudy Smart, family and friends.
  • Celebration of life service for Adele Marie Miller Burney and this tribute to her.
  • Great time reading during Harambe! at the Piedmont Freedom School.
  • Wali and Stephanie – celebrating their son, Gabriel, second birthday.
  • Everyday. Sunrises. Sunsets.
  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic neck discomfort from arthritis.
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • The Dulin family on their loss of their matriarch, Mrs. Dulin.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and too weak at this time for surgery.
  • The family of Adele Marie Miller Burney – as they mourn their loved one.
  • The family of Deacon Otis Sellars – he passed this weekend.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search process for a new senior pastor begins.
  • The family of Belinda Speas – on the loss of her brother, LB.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • Session 3 of the Dale Carnegie Course.
  • Exercise – walking around the neighborhood.
  • Decrease in A1c from 9.1 to 4.6 since early February and discontinuing one medication as a result.
  • NC Black Repertory Company staff, volunteers and consultants working around the clock to produce the 2017 festival.
  • Interview on Straight Talk on 102JAMZ with Chris Lea about the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival.
  • Lunch with Andrew Dinkins.
  • Presentation to Newcomers and Neighbors community group to share about the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival.
  • Cookout with Trudy Smart, family and friends.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry celebrating its 10 anniversary.
  • Everyday. Sunrises. Sunsets.
  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic discomfort from arthritis in her neck..
  • People seeking sanctuary from deportation and their families.
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – hospitalized in Charleston, SC, She had successful surgery and continues to ask for prayer.
  • For the family and friends of my high school guidance counselor, Marie Burney. She passed last week and left me an assignment – to talk about her at her celebration of life service.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search process for a new senior pastor begins.
  • The family of Belinda Speas – on the loss of her brother, LB.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • The first Father’s Day without my father.
  • NC Black Rep’s production of Project1Voice, YELLOWMAN.
  • Session 2 of the Dale Carnegie Course – a great group.
  • Interview on Triad Today (Channel 45) about the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival.
  • Lunch with my baby sister, Angela.
  • Attended a great birthday celebration for Terry Hale.
  • Family attending Sesame Street Live in Charlotte with Gabriel and Journi (great nephew and niece).
  • Rev. Brewster and his wife – he was the preacher today at UMMBC, and mentioned that they have four children with some form of Autism.
  • Spending time on Sunday afternoon with my wife enjoying the day.
  • Everyday. Sunrises. Sunsets.
  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic discomfort from arthritis in her neck..
  • Marilyn White (my cousin) – hospitalized in Charleston, SC, asks for prayer.
  • For the family and friends of Chris Murrell (a great talent) on their loss.
  • The family of Marie McCLeave – her great nephew (age 26 and has a 6 month baby old baby) was murdered on the way to work.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search process for a new senior pastor begins.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry – please pray for:
    Blair Chavis, Mother and son, both had a stroke, Deacon Sellers in the Stitch Center, Rev. Yvette Martin (executive pastor) for her leadership during the transition.
  • Rev. Martin and the church intern traveling to and from the Lott Carey assembly.
  • Barry Williams’ sister – an important decision on eye surgery.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • A new group of participants in the Dale Carnegie course.
  • Catching up with Ned Ericsson and discussing the WS Fellows program.
  • UMMBC Interim pastor named: Rev. Dr. Gregory T. Headen , Pastor Emeritus of Genesis Baptist Church in Greensboro.
  • UMMBC Community Day was a success.
  • For all fathers who celebrated yesterday – those with and without children.
  • National Black Theatre Festival memories come from unexpected places.
  • Everyday. Sunrises. Sunsets.
  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with chronic discomfort from arthritis in her neck and muscle strain.
  • New leadership for GriefShare program at UMMBC.
  • For the family and friends of Chris Murrell on their loss.
  • Dara and Mike Silver – on the birth of their baby girl. She is receiving care in Brenner Children’s Hospital.
  • The family of Micheal Ray “Bootney” Moore (a lifelong employee and family member of Russell Funeral Home) – he died unexpectedly last Sunday and his service was yesterday.
  • The family of Sam Branch (Livingstone College ’76) – his service was Saturday.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search process for a new senior pastor begins.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry – please pray for:
    Blair Chavis
    Deacon Sellers in the Stitch Center
    Rev. Yvette Martin (executive pastor) for her leadership during the transition
  • Barry Williams’ sister – an important decision on eye surgery.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

eChurch

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:

  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for the needs of others.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • A birthday dinner with my niece, Yasmeen, and family. Happy 24th.
  • The generosity of Claudette Weston, her encouragement and friendship – great article on Sunday. All of it is true!
  • A great UMMBC Stephen Ministry retreat – great participation, session leaders in Rev. Yvette Martin and Tasha Gibson.
  • NBTF announcements, shows, and activities.
  • Mr. Herman Brunson – hospitalized with chest pains, stints inserted. Out and back in church on Sunday.
  • Deacon Georgiana McCoy is out of the hospital.
  • Everyday. Sunrises. Sunsets.
  • The power of touch, love, support and encouragement.
  • Linda Scales – recently in the hospital but now home resting.

Please Pray:

  • Sarah Alston – as she continues to deal with arthritis in her neck and muscle strain.
  • The family of Micheal Ray “Bootney” Moore (a lifelong employee and family member of Russell Funeral Home) – he died unexpectedly on Sunday.
  • The family of Sam Branch (a college classmate) – who died last week.
  • Gerald Alston (also known as “brother”, my first cousin) – being treated for stage 4 prostate cancer.
  • The transition team at UMMBC as the search for a new senior pastor begins.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry – please pray for:
    Gwen Jones (Wil) rehabbing from knee replacement surgery
    Blair Chavis
    Deacon Sellers in the Stitch Center
    Bonnie Henderson (and family) on losing her uncle to heart attack
    Deacon Horne (and family) on losing a brother in Chicago
    Rev. Robert & Linda Carter on the lost of a family member
    Rev. Yvette Martin (executive pastor) for her leadership during the transition
  • All students graduating during this season.
  • The family of Delores Johnson (Livingstone College National Alumni Associaton President) – she died last week and her service is today.
  • Barry Williams’ sister – an important decision on eye surgery.

The Benediction

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots