September 22, 2023


September 22, 2023


  • A wonderful reunion with Stratford alums Friday
  • A good meeting with Brenda Elliott
  • CiViL school groups are beginning to solidify.
  • We’re happy to have some new students, as well as past participants.
  • A friend is recovering at home from surgery on Monday.
  • Talks are progressing with Belmont University about a new collaboration.
  • We have a new budding partnership at Warner Elementary.



Touchstone Events, Programs & Services         


  • Planning for our Fall and Spring fundraisers


  •  New CiViL Groups logistics 

  • A partner church for each CiViL location

  • Students with mental and emotional issues


  • Touchstone counseling clients

  • TYRS urgently needs new office space 

  • TYRS needs various kinds of volunteers and staff.

  • Protection for Touchstone staff, vols & interns


Comfort and Healing        

Friends grieving:

– Karen on the passing of her father

– Jim and his family will be celebrating the life of his cousin Ed on Saturday.

– Scott and family at his brother’s passing

– Randy and family at his wife’s passing

– All families dealing with loss


– Mike recovering from surgery

– Frank – recovering from heart issues & concussion

– Friend with alcoholic husband

– Charles in chemo for stage 4 cancer

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

– Patsy recovering from brain surgery

– Karla – cancer numbers are better, still some pain & nausea

– Carlene – doing better, radiation starts Mon

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


– Friends recovering from past trauma

– Young man getting treatment for addiction & anxiety



  • A friend’s job interview results
  • Building and moving plans
  • Expensive medication cost
  • People we love come to Jesus
  • Students in juvenile detention – positive response to those who visit them to bring help, hope, & the Gospel. 


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


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
  • Domestic violence & abuse
  • First responders
Natural Disaster Survivors from:
  • Hurricane Idalia 
  • The Lahaina wildfire
  • Hurricane Hillary
  • Texas Tropical storm
  • Flooding in the Midwest & Northeast
  • Depression, violence & suicide in teen girls
  • Those with mental health & disabilities
  • America’s mass shooting epidemic
  • Recession and economic instability
  • We’ve had a good start-up for 2023-24 CiViL 
  • The Shoe Drive Service Project is done for this year.
  • Jim went on his first backpack trip in 35 years
  • Melony processed 3 large bags of clothes for CiViL Service
Natural Disasters:
  • Survivors of Hurricane Idalia & Hillary, Lahaina fire, the hurricane in Morocco, the flood in Lybia, the tropical storm headed up the East Coast

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