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Sadden Faith Family News

Dear Faith Family,

I have some really hard news to share. Faith’s beloved Virginia Studer entered the church triumphant this afternoon, surrounded by the ones who loved her best.  While we knew this outcome was going to happen, it is still news of deep sadness for us and all who cared about Virginia.

As we grieve, our hearts go out to Megan and Tessa, her daughters, and to the rest of the family and friends. It is our time now to comfort them and each other during this hard wilderness season. While we remain physically apart, we will be connecting in other ways in the coming days and weeks, supported by the faith that Virginia expressed in every way in her life.

God of boundless compassion, our only sure comfort in distress: Look tenderly upon your children overwhelmed by loss and sorrow.

Lighten our darkness with your presence and assure us of your love; guide us in the coming weeks.

Enable us to see beyond this place and time as we gather precious memories that will abide with us, and for the assurance that she lives forever in the joy and peace of your presence. Amen.

Blessings and light,

Renée

Comments(4)

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    FaithPres says:

    Jesus, please be with our friends reading this prayer. You know every wound, every joy, every fear, every dream. Heal old wounds. Heal new wounds. Rejoice alongside. Alleviate every haunting fear. Fulfill God-sized dreams in Your timing (and help us be patient in the waiting). Help us all to see the power of Your resurrection this month. Give us eyes to see where new life springs in our hearts. Rejuvenate when we’re weak. We need You Jesus. Amen

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    Bishop TL Simpson says:

    To the Faith Presbyterian family, just know that our hearts are with Tessa & Megan and the entire church family as you all grieve the transition of Virginia from earth to the glorious presence of the Almighty. Our hearts and souls mourn with you all. As a senior pastor, I personally got to know her and respect her. I speak of her not from the past, but the present. God’s Word says, He is the God of the LIVING, and not the dead.
    “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” – Revelation 14:13

    New Jerusalem Community Church stands with you all. Blessings.

    Bishop T.L. Simpson

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    Jack and Candy Culberson says:

    Our hearts are heavy with this news. Although we are new to the church and not members yet, it was Virginia and her shining presence that drew us to want to know more about Faith Presbyterian. She had the spirit of Christ’s pastor radiating when she came to our home and talked of the church, her beloved flock, and her desire to see us become part of Faith. We send our sincere condolences to her immediate family, the Faith congregation, and the community at large. She was a luminous spirit.

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    Sue Hudacek says:

    I knew Virginia many years ago when she came to Seattle L’Arche, recently graduated from Whitworth College. She understood community like few others. Having grown up in Hawaii as a child of a Presbyterian pastor and a loving family, she knew how to be a woman of presence, a woman of faith, and a woman of deep integrity. She had a deep faith and respect for all life. I cannot think of the eruption of Mount St Helen’s without her story of her family stranded in Spokane due to the ash. Her family were all in her small apartment for her graduation and no one could leave. I remember our visits in San Raphael while she was in seminary, visits to my family home in Willows, Ca. A shining light for us all. I cannot imagine the depth of your grief, but know that she will be present to us, who loved her, in ways we could never imagine. One last memory; sitting with Virginia and other assistants from Seattle L’Arche holding hands as we listened to Henri Nouwen speak at PLU. May we all remember with love those moments of grace, with Virginia’s smile, her shining eyes and abiding presence. She will live on in us and especially in her beautiful daughters. She was a bright light in our world!

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