A Little Note ~ May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

I was not planning on writing to you during my Sabbatical, but some sad events for our Living Streams family have taken place and I wanted our entire spiritual family to be informed. Last Sunday, Brad Piccirillo, the oldest son of Michael and Terri Piccirillo, was working on the brakes of his car after church when it slipped off the jack onto his face. He died on Memorial Day. Brad was a member of Living Streams for twenty three of his twenty nine years. He worked with our Junior High students before joining the Marines. Brad did two tours of duty in Iraq where he shared his faith with many soldiers. Brad was a comedian and had his own TV show. We will be celebrating his faith, his life and his love this Friday May 31 in our sanctuary at 10:00 AM, with lunch following in our Activity Center.

Today, Cheryl Watkins, the wife of Jim Watkins, the chairman of our board of elders died from cancer. Cheryl was a woman of God, a prayer warrior, and a great wife, mother and grandmother. Cheryl was a faithful part of Living Streams for many years. She was a vital part of our Drive Through Prayer ministry, interceding for the needs of many people even though she was in a battle for her own life at the time. Cheryl fought the good fight of faith, and was a sweet blessing to everyone who knew her right up until her last day. The memorial service for Cheryl will be on Tuesday in our sanctuary at 4:00 PM followed by a dinner in our Activity Center.

Those who love deeply also grieve deeply. Believers who die when it seems like they could have had many more good years of life, often leave a powerful legacy to those who knew and love them. We want to celebrate their lives and welcome their legacies. I expect to see the prayers that Cheryl Watkins prayed for our Living Streams family answered in a powerful way in the days to come. I expect to see fruit in the lives of his friends come from the faith of Brad Piccirillo. Ecclesiastes 7: 2 says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting because death is the end of every man and the living should take this to heart”. I want to invite each of you who know and love the Piccirillos and the Watkins to join us for these memorial services.

Living Streams is a great spiritual family. We pull together when people are grieving. We will weep with those who weep, and trust God to bring the Holy Spirit to comfort their hearts as He faithfully does as we mourn.

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