e-News special edition

11/27/2019

Although there will not be a regular e-news this week, we ask you to join us in thanking God for the lives of Brady Hunker, 18, a former Conference Youth Ministry Team leader who passed away Nov. 25 after battling the childhood bone cancer Ewings Sarcoma, and the Rev. Paul Taylor, who retired as Pittsburgh District Superintendent in 2018 and passed away this morning after recently being diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Services for Brady will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at New Stanton Church. Read his obituary

Arrangements have not yet been finalized for Rev. Paul Taylor, but current Pittsburgh District Superintendent Dawn Hand and their administrative assistant Pam Honeychurch shared the following message this morning.

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:5
 
Greetings. In a deep sense of profound sadness, we shared that Reverend Paul Taylor, our beloved brother and former Pittsburgh District Superintendent, passed away this morning.  Paul was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. His cancer was already in an advanced stage.
 
Over the past several days, Paul was able to share fond memories, engage in lengthy conversations, tell stories, cry, laugh and spend time with his family and friends. Paul’s children, siblings and other family members surrounded him in love and grace as he made his transition from the church militant to the church triumphant.
 
Paul’s family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, cards, phone calls and visits. They helped to sustain them and usher Paul into God’s eternal kin-dom.
 
In Paul’s last days, he shared about “expectant hope.” May we hold steadfast to the God of hope, especially during times of profound grief and sadness.
 
In this season of Thanksgiving, we join you in giving thanks and praise to God for the life, legacy and love of Paul, our friend, colleague, mentor and pastor. 
 
Perhaps we imagine Paul smiling with Jesus proclaiming these word as recorded in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
 
When arrangements have been made we will share the details.
 
To God be the glory.
 
Ms. Pam Honeychurch
Pittsburgh District Assistant
 
Rev Dawn M. Hand
Pittsburgh District Superintendent