Memorial Services 2019
A Little Read Book Called Ecclesiastes
A little over halfway through the Old Testament, is a relatively short and probably little read book called Ecclesiastes.
There are some mysteries about this book: we don’t exactly who wrote it, although tradition tells us that the writer was King Solomon, the son of David.
The complex theological and philosophical reflection in this book is one of the deepest insights into human life, not only in the Bible, but anywhere in literature or history.
Perhaps the best know section of the book reflects on the variety of life and how different emotions and events occur throughout our lives, over which we have little or not control.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak.
Today we take the time remember those of our church family who have gone to be with the Lord over the past year.
The time of grief and mourning can be an uncertain time, both in terms of its longevity and in knowing how we or others will react.
C.S. Lewis observed after the death of his wife that he was resentful if people asked him how he was as he often wanted to be alone in his thoughts and didn’t know how to even begin to answer the question, but he was just as resentful when people didn’t ask after him, observing that “no one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.”
The writer, Hilary Stanton Zunin observes that “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief”.
The German psychoanalyst Erich Fromm noted that “to spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness”
So we take this opportunity not to diminish the grief process but to share the special moments and things about these people meant to us.
Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, was always the disciple who was willing to ask the brave questions that the other disciples perhaps thought to foolish to ask.
After hearing Jesus’ explain that he was going away and that they know the way, Thomas is willing to admit his ignorance and say, ‘I don’t know the way, but how can I know?’
Jesus’ answer is simple yet profound, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ – The hope for the future.
The American poet, Robert Frost said, ‘In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.’
God longs to be with us as our life goes on, to show his love for us and to transform us – to turn our sorrow into joy and our mourning into dancing.
Let us share those memories. If you have anything to add that would be nice.
Pastor Bill Daywalt
Memorial Service 2019, Barbara Mills
Today we remember Barbara Mills, who went to be with the Lord on October 25, 2018.
She was the loving wife to Burton for 63 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother and great grandmother.
Her family described Barbara as feisty, stubborn, bold, creative and a woman of many talents. She loved to cook and bake and teach her kids and grandkids how to do the same
She worked as a nurse for 20 years and was also a long time 4H leader.
Barbara was a longtime member of this church and was always willing to help out.
Barbara was a servant of the Lord.
We take this opportunity to celebrate Barbara’s life and light this candle in her memory.
Memorial Service 2019, Eula Jane Allen
Today we remember Eula Jane Allen, who went to be with the Lord on November 29, 2018.
Eula Jane was a loving wife of Kenny for 45 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Family was so important to her, holidays, even Halloween in the garage.
She, along with her sister Nadine, were owners of Norge Village Dry Cleaners.
Eula Jane was a lifelong member of this church and helped in so many ways.
Eula Jane was a servant of the Lord.
We take this opportunity to celebrate Eula Jane’s life and light this candle in her memory.
Memorial Service 2019, Carolyn Bovee
Today we remember Carolyn Bovee who went to be with the Lord on July13, 2019.
Carolyn was a loving and caring person who loved to do things for other people. She was a good-natured person.
She was mother to a blended family of 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She loved life, gardening, babies, and real estate.
Carolyn was active in the church and she loved to participate and help out.
Carolyn was a servant of the Lord.
We take this opportunity to celebrate Carolyn’s life and light this candle in her memory.
Memorial Service 2019, Bertha Brocklehurst
Today we remember Bertha Brocklehurst who went to be with the Lord on July23, 2019.
Bertha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Bertha was a nurse and always a real care giver. She always had people’s best interest at heart.
Bertha was small but a mighty woman. She knew just the way things should be and expected them to be that way.
She was a long time and active member of this church serving in many different capacities.
Bertha was a servant of the Lord.
We take this opportunity to celebrate Bertha’s life and light this candle in her memory.
Memorial Service 2019, Gene Moroski
Gene was the loving husband of Linda for 43 years. They cherished their time together. He was also a father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Gene was a well-known musician in the area.
Gene was instrumental in starting Happy Hearts School so that his son, Larry, would have a place to be educated.
Gene was a long-time member of this church and shared with us his many talents.
Gene was a servant of the Lord.
We take this opportunity to celebrate Gene’s life and light this candle in his memory.