• We express our deepest sympathy to Vanessa Johnson in the death this
    week of her mother, Josephine Mason Strong, age 85. Ms. Strong tested
    positive for the Corona virus a few weeks ago, which caused her health to quickly
    decline. Vanessa traveled back and forth to Chattanooga to be with her mother
    and was able to be by her mother's side when she took her last breath. Please
    remember Vanessa and Jasmine and their family during this difficult time.
    The visitation will be this Friday, February 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at
    Advantage Funeral Home, 1724 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, 37404, with the
    graveside memorial service following at 3 p.m., at Hamilton Memorial Gardens,
    5351 Highway 153, Hixon, 37343.
  • We express our sincere condolences to James Davis and his family, as they grieve
    the loss of his brother, Jerry Martin, age 65. Mr. Martin lived in West Tennessee and
    died after years of suffering with multiple health complications.
    We wish to extend our sympathy to Dawn Price in the loss of her cousin Kenny
    “Bigfoot” Sartain who died on impact in a single car accident on January 7.
    Please remember Dawn and her family in your prayers, as they have lost three family
    members in the last few months.
  • We express our condolences to Vicki Owens whose father Jim Rhodes passed
    away, January 7, on his farm in Kansas, from health issues.
  • Our sincere sympathy goes to Tim Beach and family in the loss of his grandfather
    James “Peets” Beach, of Covid-19, in December. This was Tim’s third grandparent to
    die in 2020, along with his grandparents Bobbie Shupe and Gail Park. Please keep the
    Beach family in your prayers.
  • We express our deepest sympathy to Tim Bratcher and family in the sudden loss
    of his father Melvin Bratcher. Tim especially requests prayers for his mother Pam
    during this difficult time. Tim’s parents were married for 57 years.
  • Melinda Hart fell Sunday, and her urgent care provider took a neurology test
    and sent her to Vanderbilt for more tests.
  • Ginger Mimms had cataract surgery this week.
  • James Smith continues his battle with cancer.
  • Kiena Price is receiving radiation treatments five days a week.
  • Laurie Capron is receiving therapy after recent surgery on her arm.
  • Eddie Wiseman has been diagnosed with a fractured vertebra.
  • Joella Randall is recovering from a second extensive surgery on her right
  • Marene Thomas is receiving chemotherapy treatment for kidney disease.


  • Nathan Rowe requests prayers for his 87-year-old father Alfred Rowe, who
    recently tested positive for Covid-19 and is also dealing with heart failure.
    Sharon Krogh, a sister in the Memphis Church, has been hospitalized this week
    with Covid-19.
  • P. J. Green’s Uncle Jay just died from Covid-19. She requests prayers for her
  • Lajuanda Harley’s sister-in-law, Ravi, has been hospitalized in Atlanta with
  • Patrice Gray loves visits, but the rehab center where she lives is not allowing
    visitors due to Covid-19. As you can imagine, this is very difficult for Patrice.
    Please send cards of encouragement to Patrice at: Trevecca Center for
    Rehabilitation, Room 311-A, 329 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210.

Family and Friends:

  • Former Nashville evangelist Frank Williams had cancer surgery this week resulting in
    an encouraging diagnosis.
  • Melinda Hart is petitioning for prayers for her mother, as she goes through
    tests to access a mass discovered on her liver.
  • Darnell Hill started rehab in the hospital, which is a big step. He still has
    many issues cognitively and physically, as he is still in and out, unable to
    remember or comprehend some things, but he is making small, steady progress.
    Please pray for God’s healing touch and for comfort for the family.
  • Lorita Ross’s niece and Rita Phillips’s cousin Lisa Huff, of Detroit, MI, has
    end-stage breast and bone cancer. Please pray for Lisa’s family, as she is a
    mother and grandmother.
  • Delisa Helton’s mother Loretta Lloyd has been undergoing radiation treatment
    for lung cancer.
  • Cathy Freiberger’s sister-in-law Lisa Coffman is continuing to receive chemo
    treatments for metastatic breast cancer in her right lung. A new CT scan showed
    that the mass has shrunk from 15 centimeters to 9 or 10 centimeters!  She was
    also able to get a port, which has really helped her treatments go more
    smoothly. Prayers are also needed that her white blood cell count won’t drop
  • Cathy Freiberger is requesting prayers for her friend Cheryl Mizzell who is
    continuing intensive weekly radiation and chemo treatments for cancer in her
    neck. Please also pray for her nausea from the treatments to improve.
  • Sheila Bowen requests prayers for her cousin Linda who is being treated for
    stage four cancer.
  • Diane Brown requests prayers for Nayibe, a disciple in Bogota, Colombia,
    who is recovering from surgery for breast cancer.
  • Joella Randall and Cheryl Maner request prayers for their mom Carolyn
    Payne, who is struggling with Parkinson’s Disease.
    Barry Holt requests prayers for his 92-year-old mother Erma, who fell again,
    and for Barry’s stepfather Will, who is receiving radiation treatments for cancer.
  • Wendell Bolton’s sister Verita Bolton-Moses has been diagnosed with stage
    four cancer.
  • Victoria Henry requests continued prayers for her mother Jennifer Lambert
    who recently completed chemo treatments for pancreatic cancer and needs to
    gain weight.
  • Mike Engel’s cousin Keith Engel has had a recurrence of cancer.
    Dan Leonard’s sister Laura Leonard is being treated for cancer with hormone
  • Jesse Kay’s daughter-in-law Jennie Kay is receiving treatment for
    pancreatic cancer.
The Greater Nashville Church participates in charitable giving programs through Kroger and Amazon Smile.  These are opportunities for the church to receive contributions from these businesses based on your normal spending with these companies.  But you need to let them know that GNC is your preferred charitable organization.
  • Kroger – You must have a Kroger Plus card/account.  Log in to your account online (you may have to register first).  Go to Community Rewards on the left menu about halfway down the page.  The GNC organization number is WM542.  Be sure to re-enroll in this program at least annually.
  • Amazon Smile – You must have an Amazon account to participate in this program.  To enroll, go to and login to your Amazon account as you normally would.  You should see the link at the top of the page, just under the search bar, that will allow you to select a charity.  Click on the link and search for our name, Greater Nashville Church.
  • If we all participate in these programs, it would likely result in a few thousand dollars of additional revenue each year. 
  • This would be a great way to help cover the cost of the new playground for our children’s ministry in 2020!  
  • Please contact Nathan Rowe (615.596.6748) with any questions. 


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