Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Summer 2020

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In keeping with our “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the blue link for details), the following people asked to have their notes from a recent Sunday service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted.

To share your own Joy, Sorrow, or Milestone, link to the form here.

Week of August 2, 2020

Myrna Adams West and Herb West report that their grand-nephew Nicolas Gensinger passed away Monday morning (August 3) from critical injuries suffered in a horrific vehicle accident on Friday morning (July 31). He sustained brain, spinal, lung, and other injuries. The 29-year-old is survived by his wife, 10-year-old daughter, father, sister, and grandparents (Myrna’s brother and sister-in-law). Please keep Nick’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Week of June 21, 2020

John Zoranovich shares that his wife, Gini Carter, has been to the ER three times since April, and last Thursday she called 911 again. She’s been suffering from heart palpitations. My Joy – our joy – is that she’s come back home every time. But they’ve not found anything!! Best guess: adjusting to new medicines. And we’re happy to report that we don’t have to watch TV in order to get our daily supply of drama. We miss everybody.

David Jarrett reports, “Surgery on my back on June 19. Seemed go well but I have a bit of pain now and for the next few weeks. Pay is cooking and taking good care of me. We do not need anything other than good wishes.”


Week of June 14, 2020

Kelli McConnell, UUFA’s Director of Religious Exploration, announced she will have a mastectomy on Tuesday, June 23rd. She will be at Piedmont in Atlanta overnight. Following surgery, she will have six-weeks to recover before beginning radiation therapy. Your thoughts and prayers for her complete healing are welcome. Kelli believes strongly in the power of visualization and setting intention. She invites you to hold the vision of what her oncologist calls a “pathological complete response” or PCR to the chemo and surgery – meaning no cancer cells are detected in her breast or lymph nodes. Kelli shares that she deeply appreciates all of your support and love. The cards and emails she has received have lifted her spirits, and she sends her love right back to all of you.

Sadly, John Olive reports, “Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, June 13), my brother Martin died while being transported from hospital to his nursing home in England for end-of-life care. He had been suffering from dementia for 10 years or more and, because of COVID-19 restrictions did not get to see his first grandchild who was born two weeks ago. He was just 18 months older than me and we all mourn his passing.”

On June 18th, Scott & Kathy Mason celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations!

Jan Reeves had knee surgery this past week and reports that it all went smoothly.

Gary & Lynn Rinker report that daughter Sammi Carroll celebrated her 23rd birthday on June 19, 2020.

Lisa Anderson fell in her home recently, resulting in hip replacement surgery. She reports the surgery went well and she is now in St. Mary’s Rehab.

Marco Messori writes, “I have the joy and pride to share that on Friday our minister Rev. Eskildsen, a founding member of The Interfaith Clergy Partnership of Greater Athens, participated in the prayer vigil at the City Hall to celebrate Juneteenth for healing and racial unity. My joy is in the dream that all congregants felt represented at this event that honored our UUFA’s vision and mission.”

Bruce & Jane King celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 20th.