Hope Church of the Brethren

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Archive for January, 2013

Laying on of hands

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As a blessing for Doug and Paulette, the church had a laying on of hands in the service today. But in the months prior to the service, we decided we wanted to send a reminder of this ordinance with them. So the church members created this dashiki and apron with our hand prints. We tried to be secretive and collect as many handprints as we could. We hope with this small gift they can feel our love and support where ever they are.

Good-byes are never easy

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Today was a celebration. But as many of us said to each other, we weren’t sure we felt like celebrating. Doug and Paulette Reichenbach, who have been part of our church family for over 17  years, have moved to N. Manchester, IN. As one of their son’s expressed, our loss will be their gain. We are happy that they will be living close to two of their sons and some of the grandchildren. We trust that they will find meaningful work to fill their time. We wish them the very best, but we will miss them. We will miss Doug’s expansive spirit, his listening ear, his witty joke (well… maybe), his insightful sermons (and treats associated with them)… we will miss Paulette’s beautiful voice, hospitality (though some of us plan on taking advantage of that in N. Manchester), loving and nurturing way with people… There isn’t enough space here to mention all that we’ll miss.

Today we celebrated two wonderful people. We shared stories of what they’ve meant to us over the years. We laughed and had fun… but we also cried, because it’s never easy to say good-bye to people who mean so very much.

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