, Birmingham, Ala., at the death by suicide of the father of her grandchildren. Eljee is a member of congregational partner Baptist Church of the Covenant.
, Winston-Salem, N.C., who has been undergoing treatment in the healthcare wing of the Salemtowne community. She is the mother of Kim Christman. Stan Dotson and Kim Christman are spending this year in ministry among the congregations of Alliance ministry partner the Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba.
, Hendersonville, N.C., that she may regain strength and heal quickly from her Jan. 29 surgery. Linda is a member of congregational partner Providence Baptist Church and mother of Brian Crisp, community ministry coordinator at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.
Stacy Simpson Duk
e, Ann Arbor, Mich., who has been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive soft tissue cancer.
, Charlotte, N.C., who has been suffering with kidney stones. Malu serves as an Alliance-endorsed clinical pastoral educator.
The Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba,
which holds its annual Assembly Feb. 16-18 at the Evangelical Seminary of Theology, Matanzas. We pray for wisdom as this year the Fraternity is selecting leadership and electing officers.
Kelly Tenille Grooms
, Louisa, Va., as she recovers from a non-displaced fracture in her arm. Kelly is co-owner of Grooms and Payne Pipe Organ Builders and has served as organist at Alliance gatherings.
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) as it embarks on an effort to end racism through its ACT Now: Unite to End Racism campaign, which kicks off with a rally April 4 in Washington, D.C. The NCC invites all to pray every Thursday at 7 a.m. your local time. The charge is to pray that the country will (A)waken to the truth that racism hurts us all; (C)onfront the ways in which we have been complicit, complacent, or coerced; and (T)ransform as stories are shared and truth is revealed.
The family of
Beatriz Tirado Ortiz
, Oliva, Cuba, grandmother of Waldemar Murguido Sánchez-Quiros. Beatriz was diagnosed with leukemia in early February.
The family of
, Austin, Texas, who died last month. Boyd served on the Alliance's board of directors from 1993 to 1995.
and his mother,
, Asheville, N.C. Joyce has now outlived all her siblings. In January her brother Rowell died unexpectedly and her sister, Wilma Sparks, died eight days later.
The family of
at her death. Barbara died Jan. 30 and her life will be celebrated March 31. Barbara was a member of Alliance congregational partner
Oakhurst Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. Barbara also was the sister-in-law of Alliance previous board members David and Anita Massengill.
Cecil White, Heyward, Calif., who requests prayers for his and his spouse, Ruben's, families. Within the past year their families have experienced multiple losses, including Cecil's younger sister, Carolyn, who died in September, and Cecil's older brother, who died in early December. Ruben's father recently died Jan. 6. Cecil is a member of the Alliance's board of directors and attends congregational partner Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland, Calif.
We celebrate alongside.....
Clinton Bennett, who
has been called to serve as
interim pastor of The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Kingston, N.Y.
Holli Holmes and
Tara Nichole Workman, who were married Jan. 6 at congregational partner Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.
David Jordan, who
has been called as pastor of First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga. David previously served as pastor of congregational partner Twinbrook Baptist Church, Rockville, Md., and as teaching pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C. David is married to Beth Jackson Jordan, an Alliance-endorsed clinical pastoral educator.
is retiring after 33 years as pastor of congregational partner Village Baptist Church, Bowie, Md.
, Raleigh, N.C., who was ordained at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Feb. 11. Katey serves as a strategist, writer and speaker who inspires communities to create a more just, compassionate world. A frequently published writer and co-host of a podcast for soul sisters, Katey's book
Women Rise Up
is set to be published this year.