John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the World, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The Lord loves each one of us and we go on our life’s journey trying to be aware that we are specially chosen. By freewill we accept the Lord as our Lord, Savior and Best Friend. We say over and over again that, “God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Dear Church Family,
This week and next week we reflect on three very special people in our church family who have crossed over to the kingdom. This was their mantra; I am sure. First Karen Locke whose home going we had last Friday. Karen was always active and helpful in our church family. Needless to say through the years she had many sicknesses but she kept going–being a good wife to Kenneth, making a home and raising their three children. She was a woman of business, leader in our church helping people prepare for home-goings and she loved the Lord with a deep and abiding faith.
Then, we have Elder Jack Straughter whose wake will be today at Austin Layne, Normandy Chapel from 4-7 p.m. we will have his home-going tomorrow, Monday, March 16 at 11 a.m. here in the church. He has been a Eucharistic minister, a handsome gentleman who assisted people all the time. He was president of our finance board for many years, often counting of the collections. He was truly a loyal servant whom we will miss. We will need someone to take his place and the many good things he did as well as someone to take Karen’s place, also.
Finally, we will have Mother Rosemary Thigpen’s wake at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20 and her funeral at 12 noon. She was a Mother of the church, who left about ten years ago to live with her daughter in New Jersey. She was truly a wonderful woman of God for many years past. Each of them knew how to claim that, “God so loved the World, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Rest in that sacred Word today and God continue to be with you on your Lenten journey. Check yourself out and see how well you are doing in your Lenten efforts. God bless you!
Love, Fr. Bob