A Special Request to Consider . . .

Because it matters

Note: I have a nephew who received a kidney several years ago and a church member last year. I have seen firsthand the difference in their quality of life and the gift a sister and a stranger made to their lives. Thanks for sharing this message and request, Phelicia.

Good evening everyone!

For some of you this email will serve as an update and for some of you this will be news. I would like to state that those that know were told in person, I really never wanted to send this through email, but better late than never. For many of you the time just wasn’t right. This isn’t a conversation topic for choir rehearsal or tailgating during homecoming.

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. I was diagnosed December 2010. Yes, I have been living and dealing with this for four years now, but God is good! Upon my diagnosis I was told I would be on dialysis within 18 months and four years later I’m still not hooked to a machine! *praise break* I have a very strict diet, I take medication every day and I see my nephrologist every six weeks. However I am in need of a transplant.

Almost all of you have known me longer than four years and can at this point attest to the fact that I have not let this rule my life or define my future. I am extremely blessed that I have a doctor who is also a believer. He tells me what the test results show because that’s his job, but he is keenly aware God has the final say.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Good question! There are two reasons. Out of the few people I shared this with everyone had the same reaction but one person. Rather than cry they looked at me in disbelief that I had been “sitting” on this information for years. They felt sharing this with others going through their own trials and tribulations could serve as a source of inspiration. So, my first reason is to inspire any and everyone who needs to see that your circumstance or your diagnosis does not define you and that happiness is a choice. My second reason is to bring awareness to the disease and encourage as many people as possible to become organ donors. I don’t remember at what age I was asked about organ donation at the DMV, but I immediately said yes. When God calls me home if there is anything I have that can help another person live even just another day I want them to have it. I’m hoping now that it’s a little closer to home those of you on the fence about it will reconsider your decision.

There are a few of you that inquired about being a living donor and you have NO IDEA how great that makes me feel. That is love on another level! Anyone interested in learning more about the process or to find out if they qualify please contact Karen Chamberlin at 252.744.5734 and give her my name as the patient where your interests lie. I know this is a serious decision, but I would be remiss if six months from now I am on dialysis all because I didn’t put forth any effort regarding a living donor. My doctor told me I at least needed to try, and he was right. There are some that have already been denied but are looking for ways to continue to support and be an advocate for me. Again, thank you SO much.

God gave this to me at 4 o’clock in the morning about a week ago (hits shmoney dance) and naturally it was perfect timing because March is National Kidney Month. I am asking for three days out of next month from each of you on your social media platforms. What better way than that to get information out quickly to as many people as possible? God moves in mysterious ways and who knows what may come of this.

Step 1 – On March 1st please post the picture that says “Kidney Disease Awareness” with the green ribbon. In the written section feel free to write what you wish regarding me, the disease, faith, hope, whatever comes to mind. Please post on your social media networks and if you have Instagram, please tag me (@phe_nominal) and use the following hashtag #KidneyDiseaseTeamP

Because it matters
Step 2 – March 12th is World Kidney Day. Please wear green or a green ribbon and post a picture of yourself. The message should say “I wear green for someone I need in my life. Cure kidney disease.” I have also attached a picture that says the same thing. For those that are photo grid or photo collage savvy, feel free to post the message on one side and your picture on the other. Again, post it everywhere and tag me on Instagram. I will be reposting every single one! Please utilize the same hashtag #KidneyDiseaseTeamP and #WorldKidneyDay2015

Wear Green

Step 3 – March 31st will be the last day of National Kidney Month and I would like to close out the month encouraging people to become organ donors. There is a picture attached that says “Donate Life” and that is the logo for Donate Life America. The message under this picture should say, “Would you be shocked to find out an average of 18 people die every day due to the shortage of available organ donors? In total, there are more than 120,000 Americans awaiting their organ transplants, while millions of people die each year without signing up as organ and tissue donors. Sadly, an additional person shows up on the organ transplant list every 10 minutes. A single organ donor has the potential to save up to 8 lives.” Once again use the hashtag #KidneyDiseaseTeamP as well as #DonateLife and tag me in it on Instagram.

Donate

Naturally, all of this is optional, but if you’re on this email list you are close friends and family and I wouldn’t ask you to do anything for me that I wouldn’t do in return. I know this email was quite long, but I’m giving it to you just as God gave it to me. In all honesty finding a match, a living donor would be so amazing. But just seeing the posts and feeling the love from all of you, knowing you’re in this fight with me would be priceless. Writing this email is already a weight lifted. Now I don’t have to feel bad because I haven’t had a chance to tell someone, soon everyone will know! Now when you see the pharmacy in my purse you won’t wonder why! And when I just need a break or need to sit down or can’t eat a particular food you offer to me in your home, you’ll know why.

I love each and every one of you! I feel beyond liberated and of course if you have any questions feel free to reply (not reply all…lol) to this email or give me a call at 704-560-1025.

Have a great night!!!
Phelicia

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

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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, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Continue to walk in HIS favor, finding that your endeavors remain rewarding and your contributions ever enhancing.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • For people who respond to the call to reach out and pray through this virtual church community.
  • Book of Negroes miniseries on BET was excellent.
  • NewBridge Bank Forsyth County Advisory Board meeting
  • UMMBC Men’s Ministry underway for 2015.
  • Scene and Heard (W-S Alumni Chapter Jazz Brunch) feature.
  • DAYBreak Respite Care Gala and Fundraiser (Thanks Bill Leonard for the invitation).
  • Celebrating Black History and the long path to freedom.
  • Terrell Stephens (and his wife) – on the birth of twins this weekend.
  • Michael Clements, Donald Wheeler and John Bost (paid for the 3rd set of book for students at Ephesus Junior Academy)

Please Pray For:

  • Rev. Alvin Damon –as he continues to recover in the Oaks facility.
  • Rhonda Blackshear – for her daughter and sone in-law, on the death of his 26-year-old son (Chris Downes), unexpectedly.
  • Karl Yena – recent biopsy for skin cancer and follow up treatment.
  • Chris Jones – for his mother, Eleanor Jones, who has pleural effusion cancer and begins chemo this week.
  • Miller Allen – continued prayers for his mother, Mary Wilson, who is doing better.
  • Tom Lowe (a neighbor of Miller Allen’s) – for planned surgery.
  • Cal and Glenda Walker – as he continues treatment for Lymphoma.
  • Greg Hairston and family – continue to pray for his brother (Peyton) as he battles cancer.
  • Francene Madrey – continued prayers for her husband, Bill.
  • Pray for those who are less fortunate and those who fight for them (and for those without a conscience to have a heart)

The Benediction:

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

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

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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, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Continue to walk in HIS favor, finding that your endeavors remain rewarding and your contributions ever enhancing.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • For people who respond to the call to reach out and pray through this virtual church community.
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter Jazz Brunch Story – thanks to chapter members and those who supported it.
  • Rev. Veronice Miles – a great sermon Sunday (great teaching): Times of Transition and Transformation.
  • Book of Negroes pre-screening and panel discussion at Galilee.
  • Ash Wednesday is 2/18.
  • Bonnie Henderson – for her concern and care of others and the need to take care of herself and slow down.

Please Pray For:

  • Rev. Alvin Damon –as he continues to recover in the Oaks facility.
  • Rev. Prince R. Rivers – preaching, pastoring and serving others in times of need (a particularly challenging time with multiple deaths in the new year).
  • Cheryl and Linda Scales – on the loss of their uncle last week.
  • Damian Anderson – on the loss of his grandmother (his mother’s mother)
  • Sylvia Shelton – a friend requests prayer for her as she started chemotherapy last Thursday.
  • Miller Allen – for his mother, Mary Wilson, who is seriously ill and lives in Detroit.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry class – prayers for a friend, Sandra who recently lost her mother.
  • Cal and Glenda Walker – as he continues treatment for Lymphoma.
  • Livingstone College Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Howard- having to forfeit 18 of 22 games won and lost their 1st game yesterday. Keep your head up.
  • Greg Hairston and family – continue to pray for his brother (Peyton) as he battles cancer.
  • Pray for those who are less fortunate and those who fight for them (and for those without a conscience to have a heart)

The Benediction:

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

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

prayer

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, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Continue to walk in HIS favor, finding that your endeavors remain rewarding and your contributions ever enhancing.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • For people who respond to the call to reach out and pray through this virtual church community.
  • The new Stephen Ministry class underway at UMMBC and the seven new participants in training.
  • Response to the column: ‘Someday’ never comes.
  • Livingstone College Women’s Basketball Team – remain undefeated now at 21-0.
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter – A Black and Blue Affair, Jazz Brunch was outstanding.
  • Thanks to Donald Wheeler, Michael Clements and John Bost for providing funds to purchase the 3rd set of book for students at Ephesus Junior Academy. They will be delivered this week.
  • Black History program at Diggs Memorial United Holy Church – an outstanding program recognizing several community leaders including Jocelyn Johnson, Ike Howard and Nigel Alston. Outstanding performance by the Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy Mixed Choir and Ladies’ Ensemble. Kudos to Renee Phifer.
  • Surprise Birthday party for Vincent Littlejohn in Gaffney, S.C. A great time.
  • For the life of  a former neighbor, Bill Covington (age 89) who died recently. He was a good man, interesting, well traveled the world and was a good neighbor.
  • Marcus Anderson (nephew) – for his time and gift of his talent to the LCNAA W-S Alumni chapter’s Jazz Brunch.

Please Pray For:

  • Rev. Alvin Damon –he continues to recover and  is currently in the Oaks facility.
  • Bro. Oliver Redd – and his family on the death of his father, George Redd.
  • Bobbi Kristina (Whitney Houston’s daughter) – continued prayer for her and her family.
  • Sylvia Shelton – a friend requests prayer for her as she started chemotherapy last Thursday.
  • Miller Allen – for his mother, Mary Wilson, who is seriously ill and lives in Detroit.
  • UMMBC Stephen Ministry class – prayers for a friend, Sandra who recently lost her mother.
  • Ongoing prayers – for the UMMBC Stephen Ministry training class of seven who have committed themselves to be used by God to help heal others.
  • Cal and Glenda Walker – as he continues treatment for Lymphoma.

The Benediction:

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

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

prayerAs 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, and consider, the needs of others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
  • Continue to walk in HIS favor, finding that your endeavors remain rewarding and your contributions ever enhancing.
  • Those confronting life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • For people who respond to the call to reach out and pray through this virtual church community.
  • Gregory Hairston (and family) – his brother is fighting an aggressive form of cancer had some positive signs this week.
  • The new Stephen Ministry class underway at UMMBC and the seven new participants in training.
  • Sermon Series at UMMBC. Sermon yesterday: Trust God.
  • Livingstone College Women’s Basketball Team – undefeated at 20-0. Congrats Coach Anita Griffin-Howard.
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter – great chapter members who work and support the school with their time, talent and money.
  • Lunch with Rev. Anthony Jones – good conversation, catching up over a meal.
  • NewBridge Bank Advisory Board breakfast – year in review, updates and plans for the year.
  • Dinner with friends (Mike & Gwyn) – laughter, good food and conversation.
  • Eldridge Alston (my father) –discharged from the hospital and glad to be home.
  • Students at Ephesus Junior Academy – great students. I love visiting with them, sharing books to read and feeling the enthusiasm they exhibit for learning.
  • LCNAA W-S Alumni chapter Pizza Hut fundraiser – great support and outing with members and friends on Saturday.

Please Pray For:

  • Rev. Alvin Damon – recovering from major surgery and has a long way to go. He is currently in the Oaks facility.
  • The family of Kale Evans (a friend) – he died a week ago and his service was last Friday.
  • Bobbi Kristina (Whitney Houston’s daughter) – pray for her and family during this stressful and tragic time for them.
  • Felecia Piggott Long – on the loss of her husband (Ben Long) last week. His service it today.
  • Gerald Hunter (for his wife, Edna and her family) – one of her brothers died in the Philippines last week.
  • Cornelious Flood (UMMBC Stephen Ministry Leader) – prayer requests/concerns from Stephen Ministers: Daughter, Millicent for employment. Daughter, Kimberly Carter and Niece Evie Jones and their husbands for health & strength. Willow & Wilbert Elcock, Health. Mildred Foster, heart monitor (alone). Neo Smith, new pastor Grove Baptist. My daughter who had surgery and my house sells. John Stukes, stroke on Jan. 14. Ron Shoaf for direction for upcoming court date to be successful. Those incarcerated. Those who have lost love ones.
  • Lisa Faulk (Alston & Faulk family) – on the lost of her uncle.
  • Cal and Glenda Walker – as he begins treatment for Lymphoma.
  • Fil Anderson – for his sister and family, as his brother-in-law, who was receiving end-of-life care, died.
  • Michelle Cook – continue to pray for Ernie Fackelman, who is scheduled to begin chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer.

The Benediction:

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