Co Benefit Dinner April 15 CLICK
Worth Annual Benefit Dinner
Johnson, V.P. of Development
April 15, 2014 was a date that was important to a lot
of people. For many it was tax day, for others, it was
marked as Passover, but for Lifeline Chaplaincy it was
more than just another tax day, it was a day that Lifeline
Chaplaincy celebrated its ministry in Tarrant County
and the surrounding area.
Each year, Tarrant County holds an annual banquet honoring
its volunteers, donors, and staff, while using the opportunity
to share the Lifeline ministry with those who might
not have heard about our ministry of grace.
This year, more than 200 people attended the event and
more than $110,000 was raised to help support the ministry
in Tarrant County and the rest of the state. It was
an evening filled with beautiful music, good food, great
company, and open hearts.
Michael Hix returned to his role as emcee for the event,
bringing his humor and professionalism to the podium.
Michael, a member of the Burleson Church of Christ,
is very active and supportive of Lifelines mission.
This was Michaels third year to be the emcee of
Amy Stroup of Nashville, Tennessee provided the entertainment
for the evening. Amy is considered to be one of the
most promising singer/songwriters around. Her talent
has been featured on several national advertising campaigns
as well as many network television programs. Amy masterfully
selected songs that she felt would add emphasis and
importance to the event. Amy did not require any coaching
or explaining as to our mission because she has known
about Lifeline Chaplaincy for several years. Amy is
the daughter of Jesse and Barbara Stroup. Jesse is Lifelines
Director of Spiritual Care in Dallas.
Co Benefit Dinner Photos April 15 CLICK
The annual Gala is also a time when Lifeline
honors some very special individuals and churches. Three
awards are given each year to honor deserving individuals,
groups, churches, and/or organizations.
The Caryl Fry award is presented each year to honor
one of Lifeline Chaplaincys pastoral care volunteers.
This years recipient is David Williams. David
visits the hospitals almost every Sunday and a few times
during the week. He is also an Elder for the Westworth
Church of Christ in Fort Worth.
Lifeline also honors those volunteers who serve in a
capacity other than pastoral care by presenting the
Golden Service Award to a worthy volunteer. This years
Golden Service Award recipient is Ethel Melendy. A member
of Western Hills Church of Christ, Ethel serves by sewing
our comfort items for patients and their caregivers.
The third recognition is the Legacy Philanthropy
Award. This award is named in honor of the Legacy Church
of Christ who was instrumental with a large monetary
gift in the beginning of Lifeline Chaplaincys
work in Tarrant County. The Legacy Philanthropy Award
is given to an individual, church congregation, or group
that has shown leadership and devotion through a financial
commitment. This years honor is given to the College
Hill Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas. This congregation
has been one of the longest, continual donors in the
Everyone who attended the event was blessed by many
stories of how Lifeline Chaplaincy has touched lives
and comforted those who needed comforting.
A Pastoral Reflection
By David Martin, Director of Spiritual Care, Tarrant
"Scary." I said.
"Terrifying," she said.
I said nothing.
The silence hung in the room like a rain swollen cloud.
Then, "What part terrifies you the most?"
She said, "Not being aware that God is there."
I chewed on that one for a moment.
Then, "Can you think of another time in your life
when you were not aware of God's presence, but later
discovered He was?
It was her turn to mull it over.
I pursued. "How about when you were 6 months old?
Was God there even though you were not aware of it?"
She said, "I never thought of that!" So we
got into it together, exploring the lengths to which
God pursues and guards us, even into Alzheimer's.
And it became abundantly clear to both of us-- fear
of Gods absence doesnt always have a basis
It was a blunt conversation, but sacred in its honest
assessment. When we prayed, she extended her hand, and
together we plunged into that space where God is always
Even in our darkness.
Office address: 2701 West Berry Street, Suite 102-103,
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
E-Mail address: DMartin@LifelineChaplaincy.org
Patients are being visited in
these Ft. Worth area hospitals:
Arlington Memorial CLICK
Baylor Grapevine CLICK
Baylor All-Saints Medical Center CLICK
Cook's Children CLICK
Harris HEB CLICK
Harris Methodist Hospital CLICK
Harris SW Fort Worth CLICK
John Peter-Smith (JPS Health Network) CLICK
Kindred Fort Worth CLICK
Mansfield Methodist CLICK
Medical Center of Arlington CLICK
North Hills Hospital CLICK
Plaza Medical Center CLICK
Texas Health Alliance CLICK