December 1, 2023


December 1, 2023


  • This was a good week for CiViL Groups.

  • A friend’s marriage is doing better.

  • Several students want a Bible study.

  • A friend had good results after a biopsy.

  • We are thankful for the Thanksgiving break!




Touchstone Events, Programs & Services         


  • Urgent need for 4th Quarter giving


  • CiViL Service Caroling December 10
  • Guidance for challenges in one of our CiViL groups
  •  Guidance regarding discussions about providing services at Cane Ridge High School
  • CiViL Service Caroling for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children on Dec. 10
  • A partner church for each CiViL location

  • Students with mental and emotional issues


  • Guidance for 2024 Budget meeting Dec 4
  • Planning for a Belmont Unversity partnership to involve student teachers in CiViL Groups

  • Touchstone counseling clients

  • Guidance for 2024 budget meeting on Dec 4

  • TYRS urgently needs new office space 

  • Building a connection with Just Love Coffee – McEwen

  • TYRS needs various kinds of volunteers and staff.

  • Protection for Touchstone staff, vols & interns


Comfort and Healing        

Friends grieving:

– Susanne and family as her mother is in hospice care

– All families dealing with loss


– Susan in hospice with stage four cancer

– Laurie is recovering from knee surgery

– Karla’s clinical trial 

– Friend with an angry alcoholic husband

– A friend’s gums and bones that need to regenerate


– Friends fighting cancer, family or personal addiction, sickle cell anemia


– Friends recovering from past trauma

– Young man getting treatment for addiction & anxiety



  • A friend is working on book deal.
  • A friend’s building plans
  • Guidance for a friend in choosing Medicare plans
  • A friend’s expensive medication cost
  • People we love come to Jesus
  • Youth For Christ Teen Moms & Johnson Alternative Learning Center students


Partner Organizations


  • Bellevue Presbyterian Church
  • The Village Chapel
  • Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church


  • Mission Discovery
  • Rocketown
  • Youth for Christ 

Higher Education – Interns:

  • Belmont University
  • Lipscomb University


  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car & Foundation
  • HCA Healthcare Foundation
  • Just Love Coffee

Metro Nashville Public Schools:

  • Hillsboro High
  • Hillwood High
  • Nashville School of the Arts
  • Overton High
  • Oliver Middle

Ministry Consultants:

  • Mission Development International
  • Mission Increase Foundation
  • National Christian Fund


Current Issues

  • President, Governor, Courts & Policy makers
Justice for:
  • All people, regardless or race, religion, etc.
  • Jan. 6 insurrection
  • Various Trump indictments
  • Organizations that have allowed abuse
Protection from or for:
  • Politicization of the Church
  • Persecution & War (Ukraine & Israel/Gaza)
  • Domestic violence & abuse
  • First responders
  • Depression, violence & suicide in teen girls
  • Those with mental health & disabilities
  • America’s mass shooting epidemic
  • Recession and economic instability
Natural Disaster Survivors:
– Drought in Tennessee, Lower Mississippi & Amazon

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