MEMORIUM for Jolene Wessels: “Celebrate the Gifts of Women”

March 3, 2013

This Sunday in Congregational Worship the family of Jolene Wessels was presented a Memorium Certificate in her honor by Linda Gulden on behalf of the Presbyterian Women of the congregation. Receiving the certificate were her husband Lowell Wessels and her daughter Kim Schoneman. 

This picture from 2011 shows Jolene Wessels sewing 'Little Dresses for Africa" for a PW project.  More commonly seen and heard at the church organ, her talents are remembered with fond gratitude.

This picture from 2011 shows Jolene Wessels sewing ‘Little Dresses for Africa” for a PW project. More commonly seen and heard at the church organ, her talents are remembered with fond gratitude.

Jolene’s life, leadership, and service to her family, church and community provided an example and inspiration for many.  Her cherished talents included her musical abilities at the organ.  Following the special tribute presentation to her family, a medeley of hymns pre-recorded by Jolene before her death in 2012, was played as today’s offertory music.

The theme of “Celebrate the Gifts of Women” provided a special opportunity to acknowledge the gifts of ministry offered by so many women through the years in this congregation. 

In 2013, “Celebrate the Gifts of Women” honors women through whom God is transforming the church in an emerging era. This recognition was conducted on the official Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday (March 3), observed in congregations throughout the PCUSA.

Our thanks to the Presbyterian Women of Luverne Presbyterian Church for this meaningful tribute to Jolene and reminder of the gifts of so many that transform the church in our day

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