Good Monday morning Parkway family!
It was a fantastic weekend, and a delight to honor the many Veterans who are part of our church family. Again this morning I want to say thank you to all of you who have served our country, and have helped to preserve the peace and freedom that we so much enjoy. You are deserving of much more than you receive, and I am humbled by your dedication and sacrifice.
Though it was a great weekend, I’m actually writing you for a different reason. Yesterday evening about 7:30, a very dear friend, and long time member of our church family, Helen Carr, want to be with Jesus. Her passing was sudden and unexpected, and this morning we are grieving for her family that is left behind. They are hurting deeply today!
In addition to Helen’s passing, most of you already know that on Friday Sharon Young succumbed to her brief battle with cancer, and she too want to be with the Lord. Our hearts ache for Bill, Amy, and Julie who are so said that Sharon is gone. The good news is, two very dear ladies are now in heaven. The bad news is their departure leaves a gaping hole no one else could possibly fill. Please help me pray for these families.
Tomorrow morning at 11 AM we will celebrate Sharon’s life in a memorial service at the church. Then, on Wednesday morning, about the same time, we will do the same for Helen Carr. These is an extremely important time to be the Church, sohere’s what I’m asking of you our church family. After each of the services – both Tuesday and Wednesday – we are providing a meal for family and friends of the deceased, to show our love and support for these two hurting families. Several of you have already agreed to help with the meal Tuesday, and I am asking others of you to contact the church office, talk with Melanie or Linda, and offer assistance in this ministry. These meals are a simple yet powerful way to show that we care, and I can’t thank you enough for helping us meet the needs of these families. In addition, if you are able to come to one or both of the services, your presence will be a great blessing.
As if all of this isn’t enough, there is one more bit of sad news. Many of you will remember Shawn Lewis. He was saved and baptized here at Parkway, was our sound guy for quite a while, and then married Lorelei Smithers this past May. Shawn is presently the youth Pastor at Crossroads Community Church (our church plant) in Rocky Mount. Well, his father passed away last week, after a brief battle with lung cancer, and a Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Parkway on Saturday of this week, at 2pm. This is just one more chance for us to come together and be the Church. I know you will. Thank you for your love, your sacrifice and your service.
Now, since so much will be expended toward these Memorial services, and since this needs to be our focus this week, Pastor Ray and I have decided that everything beyond this important ministry has been canceled for the week. That means no leadership training on Tuesday (visitation for Helen is from 6-8pm Tuesday, at the church), no Wednesday night service, and no discipleship or children’s classes. The youth have planned to go to Manna Ministries, and will follow through on that commitment, but there will be no youth service on campus. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility, and thank you for your show of support to these grieving families. Most of all, thank you for being the Church, the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. I am privileged to serve you!
If you have questions, or are offering your assistance, please call 540.982.02115. Or, if you prefer to email, the church email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I love my church!