Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A day of Tragedy for Methodist Ministers

I hate to bring the bad news, and I hate to hear it. I really do.
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.





9 comments:

net said...

Connectional prayers going up, Abi.

Hubby and I are off to our Annual Conference which is shaping up to be a major SLUGFEST this year due to anonymous letters sent to the laity by laity over "gay issues." As always, these folks are picking out just one thing to yammer about.
And need I mention the political posturing for delegate nominations?

I'm taking my knitting.

David said...

May grace and peace prevail, as God's hands surround you in the N. AL Conf.

To friends, laity and clergy alike I grieve with you for the loss of the saints.

Peace,
DC

mompriest said...

Life is so precious. And so fragile. I will pray for the repose of their souls, may they rest in peace.+ and may the grace of God comfort the grieving and give them strength for the days ahead.

DogBlogger said...

Prayers ascending...

will smama said...

Lord, hear our prayers...

St. Casserole said...

I'm so very sorry about these events, Abi. Thinking about them and you.

Lorna (see through faith) said...

love to you... and peace from God in this time of shocking grief!

mompriest said...

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Otherwise, thinking of you these days...

Brother Marty said...

Abi,
While I'm late chiming in, I want to lift up those you mention, plus our dear friend Lucille, in prayer:

Heavenly Father, grant us peace and comfort in times of loss. We submit to your will, and at the same time struggle with our own will, but yield. You, in your mercy, know all and equip us to deal with what comes our way. Thank you, Lord, for your strength and grace, mercy and illumination. Thank you, Lord, for being there to comfort us in these times of Earthly loss, and heavenly gain.
Amen.