Good News from The Franklin Table

Dear Franklin Table Nation,

It is hard to believe we are actually coming to the end of 2011! The Franklin Table has enjoyed a wonderful start as a non-profit and is engaged in many exciting adventures. As the Director I am privileged to live, work and serve among vibrant people groups, ministries and at risk communities in the City of Franklin and in Williamson and Davidson Counties.

As an example, I recently spoke at a 6am breakfast near Nolensville, TN. with members of the El Shaddia Church which was totally destroyed in the 2010 flood. Pastor Neil Paez of My Father's House a strong Hispanic Church in Franklin was the facilitator and interpreter. It was a great time of fellowship and my hope is that TFT will continue to come along side our many Hispanic brothers and sisters and congregations as we together build God's Kingdom in Middle Tennessee.

The racial reconciliation aspect of TFT will always be a major part of our work. The work of The Red Road and Charles Robinson has become an important aspect of TFT as we look forward to more time with our Native American friends.

We were also able to serve six economically challenged minority families this Thanksgiving providing support and food supplements from Mid-Cumberland and the food distribution ministry of Chris Whitney, Pastor of the Nashville Family Church in Franklin.

As you know we are deep into the Hard Bargain Mt. Hope Redevelopment, beginning work on our sixth house in the Hard Bargain neighborhood. One of the ministry's founders, Denny Denson's family is fulfilling their dream by building a beautiful home on Mt. Hope Street which would thrill our dear friend and mentor who went to be with the Lord several years ago. Denny would also have praised God to see Big John Murphy's house going up and being finished as the City and County celebrate a true community effort in rebuilding John's home after a devastating fire this summer.

New Hope Academy has had a fantastic fall with the Sheryl Crow concerts at the Franklin Theatre as well as conducting feasibility studies to explore all avenues and ways to best communicate the needs of this most special of community development initiatives. Please consider giving to New Hope Academy at this year's end.

Personally I am excited about doing more in the arts community with my song writing and performing. I will be traveling with Michael Card this spring and we are headed to Israel to shoot videos on Biblical Studies in the first of the year. We are also writing songs for a new recording and are exploring a Biblical understanding for Spiritual Friendship... meaning how we can live out 'Neighbor Love'... I was recently blessed to be with the Shield's family on their farm in West Tennessee as we celebrated the Lord last Sunday with a feast and table fellowship I haven't experienced in a quite a while!

I continue to support and work with the Empty Hands Fellowship and Synago Pastors Fellowship and am thrilled to announce a Christmas Eve Service at the West Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church under the Pastorate of long time friend and community developer Hewitt Sawyers. Also, the Fellowships are celebrating Christmas with a dinner at the Franklin Mercantile on December 13th. BTW...I will be performing a concert of original music at the Franklin Mercantile on December 22nd with my friend Scot Phegley. Join will be a fun evening!

Finally, please continue to pray for my colleague and Administrative Assistant, Lisa Frazier. We are looking for a computer and printer for her to use as she sets up the office for TFT... all of which would be tax deductible if gifted.

Thanks to all of you for your financial gifts, your prayers for us and those we represent and your emotional support as we endeavor to start this new work. Obviously we cannot do anything without you!
Please consider a year end gift made payable to The Franklin Table... sent to our office at 959 Glass Street, Franklin, Tennessee 37064.
God's richest blessings to you and your families this Christmas season and deep love from The Franklin Table,
Rev. Scott Roley
Director, The Franklin Table
959 Glass Street
Franklin, TN 37064

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