03 Aug Pastor Glen Jackson Update, Etc.
Two update emails today have said that Pastor Glen Jackson’s condition remains the same. There will be no tests done over the weekend unless something were to change considerably. Please continue to pray for a miracle in this situation!
It has been a long week! Knowing that Jackie Morris’ Memorial Service would be today has been emotional for me. Not just in her sudden passing three weeks ago, but Colleen and I (especially Colleen) have a strong emotional tie to the Morris’. Jim & Jackie were childhood neighbors of Colleen’s. Their daughter, Barbara, was one of Colleen’s closest friends growing up.
Pastor Glen’s circumstance has been wearing. I feel for what Nicki and their family are going through. Glen has been one of the true “elders” of our city as a Pastor here for more than 28 years. He has been a stalwart, faithful Pastor and a powerful unifier.
Then, yesterday morning, after the last few months of struggling with Congestive Heart Failure, Chuck Koher passed away in the early morning hours. Elaine called me about 7:00 am to let me know he passed away peacefully sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 am.
She said he was feverish about 2:00 am. She placed a cold washrag on his head and fell asleep beside him. She woke up about 4:00 am and discovered he had died. That is actually a very beautiful thing, as Elaine had labored so hard to make his last days so comfortable. For him to pass away so peacefully as she was sleeping beside him is just the way it ought to have happened.
Chuck has an amazing story of life and service. A World War 2 veteran, he served all over Europe. He fought in the infamous Battle of the Bulge and was the ONLY member of his unit to survive that fight.
So, next Saturday at 2:00 pm, we’ll celebrate Chuck’s life with his family, at NewHeart. If you know of anyone who knew Chuck and/or Elaine, please pass the word on!
In the morning, we have Mike Barker speaking. That will be a slew of fun! Mike is one of our former Youth Pastors, and is Pastor of CityLife Community Church in Austin, TX, a church he planted five years ago.
Time for bed. G’nite all!