December 1, 2021


December 1, 2021


    • Good time with family over Thanksgiving
    • The completion of Melony’s year long dental work
    • We had a good meeting with prospective CiViL students. 
    • We are thankful for our new Lipscomb University intern who started this week and a Belmont University intern who starts in Jan
    • The CiViL Service/Rocketown Thanksgiving Food Give-away deeply affected our students.
    • Touchstone’s brokerage account is set up and able to receive stock donations.
    • Our first-ever CiViL Group with hearing impaired students has transparent masksfor leaders and hearing students.
    • That group will also have an upper class intern who is interested in learning American Sign Language.
    • We reconnected with former Oliver Middle School student who wants to be in CiViL again in his new high school.
    • A friend who had shoulder surgery recently is doing very well at caring for himself. 
    • Melony’s Shingles have gotten much better. 



Touchstone Events, Programs & Services   

  • Challenges forming groups at one of our schools.
  • Senior students are really stressed academically, and some have given up.
  • A recent grant funding request
  • Touchstone 4th Qtr Fundraiser
  • Touchstone counseling clients
  • Plans and staffing for CiViL school programs 
  • CiViL students who engage in unhealthy relationship patterns


Comfort and Healing

  • A friend’s heart arrhythmia procedure on Jan 12
  • A friend’s family in the pain of divorce.
  • A friend’s brother died in car accident
  • Friends whose apartment flooded also contracted COVID. 
  • A friend undergoing physical tharapy after knee replacement surgery
  • A friend with cancer seems to be giving up.
  • Friends grieving broken families, especially during holidays
  • Several students are suffering.
  • Many friends are grieving lost loved ones.
  • A friend battling cancer is not doing well.
  • A friend is recovering from major shoulder surgery.
  • For people damaged by trauma
  • Friends working on addiction recovery



  • A friend is job hunting.
  • A friend needs guidance regarding a creative idea.
  • Supply chain issues and the economy
  • Political tension and conflict within the American church
  • The kidnapped missionaries in Haiti
  • Those suffering from disasters (hurricane, floods, drought, fires, earthquakes, and war) 
  • Our aging families
  • Guidance for friends planning a building project.
  • Those with domestic violence, mental health, and other challenges


Partner Organizations

  • Bellevue Presbyterian Church
  • The Village Chapel
  • Rocketown
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Overton High
  • Oliver Middle
  • Hillsboro High
  • Hillwood High
  • Nashville School of the Arts
  • Youth For Christ 


Racial Justice

  • Denial vs blaming in education on history of race
  • Threats to voting rights
  • Racial accountability at private schools
  • Justice for people of color
  • Repentance by oppressors and complicit bystanders
  • Positive leadership
  • Progress in anti-racism movement
  • Social media conflict over race and other justice issues.



  • Concerns about the new variant
  • Wise leadership on masking and vaccine requirements
  • Protection for those w compromised immune systems
  • Stamina and safety for all health care workers
  • The revival that could come from our cries to God for help, hope, mercy, and repentance