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February 2020 Connection

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Turning The Page

Many of you may know that Reverend Laurie and I officiated the interment of brother-in-law, Bill John Shoults on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the family plot in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto Ontario, Canada. It was a sacred and memorable occasion as Bill and Laurie’s sister, Debra Joan, were reunited in death.

Present were Bill’s former co-worker and fellow Native Canadian, Desiree, two sons, Ryan, from Kitchener, Ontario, Michael and Ayumi from Japan, Gwen and Alice, granddaughters, Laurie and myself, sister and brother-in-law to Deb and Bill.

Laurie thought it was appropriate to begin the service incorporating some of the Manitoba Cree traditions as this is the tradition Bill was born into. When it came time to pass the Native talking stick, their son Michael bent down to brush the snow away from the grave marker. He pointed out the image of an open book with pages turning that were on the marker. He remarked that this service signaled the end of his mother and father’s earthy story and the beginning of their time in eternity.
Our page here at GBUMC is also turning. The chapter of Grand Blanc United Methodist Church being lead by Reverend Dr. Julius E. Del Pino is coming to an end. A new chapter will begin July 1, 2020 under the guidance and leadership of Reverend Brian West. The history of this congregation will continue to unfold in a way that God will have it be. So let it be done.
My heart feels both gratitude and joy for what has been during this amazing chapter and what will be in the future for this new and exciting chapter of Grand Blanc. Let us rejoice!
To God be the glory.
Julius E. Del Pino, Pastor
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