Rev. Josh Duckworth will be our new pastor effective June 2015. Go here for more info.
The 40th annual Noon Holy Week services will be March 30 – April 3.
The service will consist of a great lunch, music and a speaker. Serving line starts at 11:45. There will be no meal at the Friday service as we encourage everyone to fast on Good Friday.
The speakers Monday thru Friday respectively will be Rev. Mary Ann Braswell (pastor of Long Hill & Excelsior UMC in Coffee County), Rev. Wayne Roundtree ( associate pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist), Rev. Bobby Gale (interim pastor of Hazlehurst First UMC, Rev. Nathan Smith (pastor of Hazlehurst Church of God on Cromartie Street) and Rev. Lindsey Collins (pastor of Swift Creek UMC in Macon).
Rev. Bruce Russell Sack
March 25, 2015
Rev. Bruce Russell Sack, 49, of Hazlehurst, formerly of Tifton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. A memorial service will be held for Rev. Sack at 11:00 a.m., April 11, 2015, at Tifton’s First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Minton officiating. Rev. Sack will be laid to rest at a later date.
Rev. Sack was born December 3, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Doris Fauldrath Sack of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania and the late Edwin Sack. He was the pastor and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazlehurst and the former associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Tifton.
In addition to his mother, Rev. Sack is survived by his wife, Janet Ann Watts Sack of Hazlehurst; one son, David Sack of Valdosta; two daughters, Emily Sack of Valdosta and Elizabeth Sack of Hazlehurst; one brother, Stuart Sack of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; and three sisters, Ellen Stewart of Stanton, Pennsylvania, Elaine Gardner of New Freedom, Pennsylvania and Barbara Malinich of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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Janet Sack writes:
20 days ago I posted on Facebook how this journey was exhausting, frustrating, confusing, perplexing, aggravating and rewarding. Since then and up until earlier this week, many asked why I hadn’t posted updates on Facebook. Today, if I were to answer that question, it would be because, in the midst of the journey, it became even more exhausting, frustrating, confusing, perplexing, aggravating and yes, even rewarding.
During March, most of Bruce’s days were “status quo,” meaning, excellent vital signs, seizures were far and few between even with decreases in his seizure med levels. He loved it when the nurses sang to him, he awoke and looked into their eyes, and then he yawned when I tried to sing, read or care for him. He didn’t move backward in healing according to CT scans but he wasn’t moving forward. So the past few weeks were all about caring for him in an incredibly convoluted process of private and public health care, insurance and disability.
The past few weeks became a tremendous spiritual struggle, how do I pray for miraculous healing, yet, follow the world’s advice of funeral preplanning? How do I read the Medicare evaluations of skilled nursing facilities and find the best place of future care? How do I find the strength to sit by his bedside, daily, and not see any improvements? How do I tell family and friends on March 25th we would not see the miracle healing we “hoped” for?
I don’t believe that we missed out on seeing a miracle. God has been a part of this journey the entire time. He has been the journey the entire time. I believe this journey for Bruce and for all of us has been the ability to see God in each and every step and in each and every breath in each and every moment. Sometimes those moments were quite obvious and others not so.
Even on Tuesday, God orchestrated the entire day. Bruce was surrounded by our favorite doctor, nurse and care team. None of which were scheduled to work that day. David, Emily, Elizabeth and I were together in Hazlehurst, packing and trading out our winter clothes for spring clothes to carry us along in this journey in the warming Tallahassee weather (sorry snowed in northern family).
We meditated constantly on Tuesday on the Jesus Calling devotion which started, “This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete.” In moments of fear we called to check on Bruce, and again received the “status quo” update.
Many are asking; “are you ok?” “What can we do for you, what do you need?” I realize in this time of mourning, we are not “ok” we are sad, tearful and I would honestly say totally exhausted. The hardest part of this journey was perhaps on early Wednesday morning after the doctor called. As our Wed. morning devotion reminded us, “Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts.” So, we as the Georgia Sack Family Four fell on our knees and tearfully cried out thanking the Lord for Bruce’s total and complete healing. That was probably the hardest thing to do in this journey, bowing down with David, Emily and Elizabeth and thanking the Lord in the midst of our wailing. And that is the hardest thing I ask of you this morning, to remember, that as you face challenges and blessings in your “todays” to remember to “let thankfulness temper all your thoughts.”
After prayerful consideration, Bruce’s memorial service will be on Saturday April 11th at 11am at Tifton First United Methodist Church in Tifton, GA. Bowen Donaldson funeral home (www.Bowen-Donaldson.com) is in charge of the arrangements and one of Bruce’s most faithful friends, Rev. Gary Minton will be officiating. Further details will be posted at a later time. As a family, we believe this date honors this upcoming Holy Week, a week that Bruce loved so much in the life of the church and gives us time to prepare a service that will honor God in a typical “Sack Family Production” type way. We are prayerfully considering a memorial service in Pennsylvania at a later time for family and friends that will not be able to attend in Georgia.
Mrs. Hazel Lynn Harrell, age 97, of Hazlehurst, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Pineland Personal Care Home.
Mrs. Harrell was born July 17, 1917 in Cook County to the late John and Ella Joiner. Mrs. Harrell was a native of Lenox, Ga. where she began her teaching career at age 18. She attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran Ga. before graduating from Georgia Southern University, formerly South Georgia Teachers College. In her later years, she attended the University of Georgia and received her certification for Special Education. In 1999 she was selected Retired Teacher of the Year. Hazel was a patient teacher to many children during her career and was loved by many and adored by all.
Services will be held Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:00pm at First United Methodist Church of Hazlehurst with Visitation to be held one hour prior to service. Rev. Bobby Gale will officiate and Mr. Jeffery Spell will give the Eulogy. Interment will follow in the Hazlehurst City Cemetery.
She is preceded in death by ten Brothers and Sisters, Husband, Ben Lynn and Tommy Harrell and Son, Roger Lynn.
Survivors include her Daughter, Cheryl A. Lynn of Moultrie, Ga.; Daughter-In-Law, Carolyn Lynn of Hazlehurst; Granddaughter, Lisa Renee LaTour of Chattanooga, Tn., Beverly and John Brown of Clearwater FL., Melinda Ferrell of Fayetteville; Grandsons, Craig Lynn of Moultrie, Dave Smith of Hazlehurst, Billy and Michelle Payne of Indianapolis, IN., and Frank Bragg Jr. of Annapolis, MD.; Great-Granddaughters, Valarie Oscar of Chattanooga, TN, Carmen Leggett of Hazlehurst and Monica Housley of Blackshear; Great-Grandson, Marcus Lynn of Cullman, AL; Great-Great-Grandchildren, Logan Leggett, Caleb Leggett, Sunni Housley, Keely Payne and Levi Payne and several nieces and nephews also survived.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Hazel Lynn Harrell, age 97, of Hazlehurst.
I had to be reminded of this scripture this week: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6 : 9 NIV
I admit, this journey with Bruce is exhausting at times. And yet, I have nothing to complain about as God has provided for all of our family needs – shelter, clothing and food, and spiritual blessings.
This week I met a healthcare worker who suggested I strongly consider cutting this journey short and assured me no one would blame me or criticize me if I did. Really?! Well sure I’m ready to give it up – 67 days in ICU sitting by my husband is not something I remember signing up for at our wedding ceremony. It’s not something I would wish for anyone, but there are a surprising number of individuals sitting next to their loved one’s hospital bed as I write this. If I’ve learned anything during this time, being a healthcare advocate is exhausting, frustrating, confusing, perplexing, aggravating and rewarding.
We are nearing the time to start making a calculated next step in Bruce’s healthcare plan. The concern one doctor expressed is that he has not made significant progress since he has been at Select Specialty Hospital. If that label sticks, it will limit his options in the next steps in healthcare for him. The goal for his coming to this place of care was for vent weaning. He is off the vent, and has been, he has also flushed out 24 lbs of excess fluids, healed his many open bed wounds and has increased his nutrition levels all while maintaining excellent vital signs. Yes, he has had some setbacks, missed seizure meds meant more seizures, a bout of pneumonia and fever meant more antibiotics and more seizures. So yes, I can understand that we have not made significant progress forward HOWEVER, as weary as we may become in this journey, none of the Sack’s, including Bruce are giving up, because, if anything, this week has affirmed that God is in control of this situation and as he promises we will reap the harvest in His proper time.
This week Bruce was moved out of the step-down ICU into a regular room – Praise God!
This week Bruce has been seizure free – Praise God!
This week Bruce has maintained excellent vital signs – Praise God! (Please don’t ask about my blood pressure!)
This week Bruce has handled a reduction in one of the seizure meds- Praise God!
This week Bruce has had a restful week – Praise God!
So our mighty prayer warriors – thank you again for this week of encouragement and support as we had to remind ourselves we are in a marathon.
Hebrews 12: 1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As always we continue to covet your prayers, our mighty and faithful prayer warriors, as we finish this week and prepare for the next leg in this marathon. And as we continue to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we pray that your eyes will be fixed on Him as well. Blessings to y’all this weekend!
Roger Lynn, age 71, of Hazlehurst, died Sunday, March 01, 2015 at Community Hospice in Vidalia.
Mr. Lynn was born June 12, 1943 in Bridgeport Connecticut to the late Benjamin Lynn. He was a Graduate of Norman College and Valdosta State College with a Master’s Degree in Education. He was a retired School Teacher having taught in the Colquitt County School System, Moultrie Technical School and he worked with students and adults in the GED program. He was elected as Teacher of the Year at Charlie H. Gray Middle School in his early years. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, member of the Masonic Lodge of Moultrie, Georgia and member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn B. Lynn of Hazlehurst; Daughter, Lisa Renee LaTour of Chattanooga, Tn.; Step-Daughter, Melinda Ferrell of Fayetteville, Ga.; Son, Craig Lynn of Moultrie; Step-Son, Frank Bragg, Jr of Annapolis, Md.; Mother, Hazel Joiner Harrell of Hazlehurst; Sister, Cheryl Lynn of Moultrie; Two Grandchildren, Valarie Oscar of Tn. and Marcus Lynn of Al.; Four Step-Grandchildren also survived.
Visitation will be held Wednesday at 10:00am at First United Methodist Church.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 04, 2015 at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Gale and Rev. Russell Walker officiating. Interment will follow in the Hazlehurst City Cemetery.
Wainright-Parlor is in charge of all arrangements for Roger Lynn, age 71, of Hazlehurst.
Watch his funeral here.