Today was a day of bad news.
Rev. Jerry Herston was killed in a single car automobile accident Monday afternoon. One other individual in the car with Jerry, a member one the church he has been serving, also was killed. The News Channel in Huntsville has the details of the accident. Jerry and I were in the same district before we both moved. I was truly upset by this news. I like Jerry and his wife. He was moving this year, so I don't know what that means. His son Jonathon, a Methodist Minister also, will be moving too. What a tragedy to deal with right after conference. There will be a service of thanksgiving and resurrection celebration will be held at Guin First United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
And a memorial service for Dr. Herston will be conducted Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Fort Payne . He really had a Pastor's heart, was a genuine individual. He will be missed. Prayers for his family.
Then I found out that Jim Hauer, husband of Rev. Martha Hauer, died at 4:00 this morning following back surgery in Columbus, GA. Martha is the Pastor at the church I formally served, Wadley UMC. She is also the one that was in the terrible automobile accident last year. The church has surrounded her with their love and care and support. She is still effected from her accident.The funeral will be Thursday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at Wadley UMC. Burial will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Tuscumbia , AL . She and Jim were married for 35 years and he has been super supportive of her ministry. They have one daughter. Keep them in your prayers.
My heart goes out to the Herston Family and Martha. It is a truly sad day for us in the North Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church.