As a pastor I find that a congregation becomes like a family. When we pause on ALL SAINTS SUNDAY to remember loved ones there is a blending of joy, sadness, and celebration of faith as memories are brought back in the light of the candles.

This morning at St. Paul’s we remembered our 7 members who went home to be with the Lord since last year’s ALL SAINTS SUNDAY but we also asked people to share the names of those whose memory they treasure on this day … saints in heaven.

So, we are posting these names and asking for prayers for those who still grieve but more importantly we ask for prayers of thanksgiving that these individuals’ lives meant so much to others who continue to walk on God’s earth.

First are the names from our church family:

CHARLIE BROWN
RUTH HEBERT
TIM McLAUGHLIN
CHAMP POWERS
BEA STONE
MARY UMPHRESS
MARY WEIGAND

The following names are in no specific order but are names shared by our church family this morning:

Harry DeVault
Tommy Marple
Don Dolbow
Melissa Rooney
John Ballistreri
Mark Schovebel
Roger Newman, Jr.
Shirley Firman
Sylvia Klehammer
Hilda Oreo
Katherine Campbell
Louis Capaldi
Lowell Carson, Jr.
Shirley Zane
Kathy Stetser
Mark Super
Tom Wajda
Warde Ridgeway
Victor Lee
John Piel
Adele Pali
Beth Treez
Virginia Tofani
Mary Conley
Lauren Witt
Jennie Pedulla
Darlene Fallon
Bunny Parks
John Hoffman
Miriam Kerr
Sal Verchinno
Barbara
Ken Franks
Kenny Fulgham
Jack Dechen
Glen Durham
Wayne Suprun
Rebecca Beaher
Shirley Fulmer
Joan LeFerva
Walt Straga
Those who have died of overdoses
Those who have died from violence in the streets
Those who have died serving our nation

Pastor Dave Delaney

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