The Alliance keeps in prayer the students, faculty and staff of Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond, which it helped found. The institution will close as a seminary in June 2019.

The Prayer of Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
It is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
Which is another way of saying that
The Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that should be said.
No prayer fully expressed our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
Knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produced effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
And there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
A step along the way,
An opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference
Between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
Ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.

Amen.

-- Archbishop Oscar Romero 


We pray alongside...

The faculty, staff and students of Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond whose lives are deeply impacted by the announcement of the board of trustees of the closure of the seminary June 30, 2019 due to financial pressures.

The family of James A. Brown, Asheville, N.C. who died unexpectedly Dec. 1. Uncle Jim is how he was known to Kelly Tenille Grooms, an Alliance supporter in Louisa, Va.

Those impacted by the Camp Fire in Chico, Calif., including the families of the hundreds of individuals still missing. We hold in prayer the members of First Baptist Church, Chico , including family crisis counselor and Alliance supporter Sandi John. The church, led by pastor Gail Renee Hill , is assisting families with housing and emotional support, as well as discerning the establishment of micro-loans or grants for families in need. Alliance individual and congregational partners seeking to financially support those impacted by the deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history are encouraged to direct their support to these friends of the Alliance.

The family of Bill Carpenter, Greenville, S.C., who died at the age of 92 on Nov. 6 after a long bout with Lewy body dementia. A beautiful celebration of Bill's life took place in Daniel Chapel at Furman University. Bill served on the Alliance board of directors in the early nineties.

Judy Darak, Milford, Conn., as she recovers from multiple fractures to her upper humerus resulting from a fall in late November. She is the mother of Lisa Darak-Druck, Westbrook, Maine, a former member of the Alliance's board of directors.

The family of Kitty Lus Druck, Portland, Maine, who died Dec. 4. The 99-year-old chemist, poet, linguist born in Czechoslovakia is the mother of Jani Darak-Druck, a member of congregational partner Williston-Immanuel United Church.

The family of Andrew Gee who died Nov. 28. Photography was one among the many gifts he shared with the Alliance family. There will be a service celebrating his life on Dec. 30 at congregational partner Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., where he was a member.

The family of Phil Harris, who died Nov. 21 in Asheville, N.C. Phil is the brother of Liz Harris-Lamkin, an Alliance-endorsed chaplain in Atlanta, Ga.

The family of Larry Highfill, who died Nov. 28. The faithful and devoted member of congregational partner Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., will be missed by friends, colleagues, family and Alliance ministry partner Emmaus House, where he served in order to provide housing for homeless men.

Walker Knight Decatur, Ga., who is recovering from a series of hospital visits. The Alliance founder loves and appreciates cards. Please send notes and cards to: Walker Knight, Apt. 213, Sunrise Assisted Living in Decatur, 920 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Ga, 30030.

H. Kent Meyers, Orlando, Fla., who is scheduled for surgery to repair a broken hip sustained in a fall earlier this morning. He is the 91-year-old father of Alliance staff member Ken Meyers.

Andrew Pike, Chapel Hill, N.C., who returned home after hospitalization with only a portion of his kidney functioning -- a kidney his father, Jim Pike, donated 15 years earlier. Jim and his wife Susan, Andrew's caregivers, are retired. Previous to retirement, Jim served congregational partner Binkley Baptist Church as pastor.

The family of Donnis and Ghazi Sakran, who both tragically died in a Nov. 24 car accident. The lovely couple were members of congregational partner Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., and were active in the Justice in Palestine and Israel Community gatherings.


We celebrate alongside...

Dhilanthi Fernando, Chicago, Ill., who has been called to serve as music director of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago. She is married to Shanta Premawardhana, director of OMNIA, who has served on the board of directors of the Alliance of Baptists.

Patricia Long, Raleigh, N.C., who has been presented the Human Rights Award by Church Women United. This award recognizes her leadership service as a mentor and a social activist in human rights and human development. Among her commitments, Pat has supported LGBTQ issues, served with Campaign Nonviolence N.C., worked with Triangle Interfaith Alliance and marched with groups supporting women's rights. She has advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment and against the death penalty. Pat also is a supporter of the Alliance of Baptists and a member of congregational partner Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

Ken Meyers , Jacksonville, Fla., who has been called as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church. He  serves  alongside associate pastor Brent Beaird. The bi-vocational ministry position allows him to continue serving on the Alliance staff. Riverside, an Alliance congregational partner, was organized in 1907, and the membership worships in a sanctuary listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the bustling neighborhood of Riverside and Five Points on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

Ashley Popperson, who was ordained in a service of worship at First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, Mass., on Dec. 9. Ashley is a graduate of Seattle University and Boston University School of Theology. She has been called to serve as associate pastor of United Church of Christ Norwell, Mass.

Sardis Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., as it celebrates 30 years of mission and ministry on Dec. 16. Mary Little Apicella, pastor of congregational partner Providence Baptist Church, Hendersonville, is the anniversary service guest proclaimer.

Wedgewood Church, Charlotte, N.C., which received the 2018 Best of Charlotte Award in the Places of Worship category by the Charlotte Award Program. Kudos to Wedgewood Church for the positive image and contribution to the community you are making that brings you this award! Alliance board member Malu Fairley-Collins serves as co-pastor of the congregational partner.

Chrissy Tatum Williamson, who has accepted a call to serve as pastor of Greystone Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. Previously the Wake Forest School of Divinity alumna served as associate minister at congregational partner Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte.


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