The National Day of Prayer observance at Signature HealthCARE of Cleveland was announced at the meeting of the Advisory Council on Tuesday by Chaplain Carl Caffrey, director of Spirituality at the facility.
The NDOP event is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The Advisory Council meeting was led by Caffrey with six members in attendance: Henry Smith, senior adjunct professor at Lee University; Father Mitch Baker, Emmanuel Fellowship and Division of Adult Learning at Lee University; Eric Washburn, pastor, Spring Place Road Church of God of Prophecy; Jerome Boone, Lee University teacher in School of Religion; Pamela Sweeden, hairstylist at Signature; and Bettie Marlowe, consultant and writer for the Cleveland Daily Banner and state Sunday school coordinator for The Church of God.
Caffrey reiterated the theme he has chosen for the ministry: “... And He shall turn the hearts of the elders to the children and the hearts of the children to their elders” (Malachi 4:6).
He went on to talk about the grandparent program at Signature. The program began in Caffrey’s class at Lee a year ago as an alliance between the nursing home facility and Lee University. Based on the theme from Malachi, students and residents of Signature have formed a bond as between grandparent and grandchild. The goal is to “honor those above us” — and an opportunity to merge two worlds. Challenged by the assignment, students have responded and the program has been a blessing to both students and residents, he said.
There are about 23 students active in the club and 75 percent of the group regularly visit. Bringing friends to see ‘Grandma’ is a frequent occurrence, also.
Caffrey asked members to give updates on activities and happenings since the last meeting and to share their thoughts on expectations for the upcoming year. Several said they were “expecting miracles” through prayers being answered and testimonies of life changes would be forthcoming: “This is what I was — this is what I am.”
Sweeden shared with the advisory council how she has been studying in the book of James. “I’ve read, reread and studied,” she said, “and he’s talking to me about the ‘untameable’ tongue.” She said she was looking forward to restoration, revival, signs and wonders — “... we are preparing for something wonderful.”
Washburn, who serves as presbyter for the Chattanooga area, commented that he has a desire to see genuine spirit-filled churches in the community who show the love of God.
Baker added that the whole community (needs) to show the real image of Christ — “getting back to simplicity of first love.”
Others agreed with him that “we live in a serious time.”
Boone said the way we live our lives is important — has impact. As teachers, Boone and Smith agreed that teaching provides knowledge of God’s will and the Holy Spirit transforms.
Father Baker offered the closing prayer.