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December 12, 2018 Dick Piscatelli’s Celebration of life!


The Pastor Dick and Carole Jeane’s family was joined by friends (old and new) and co-workers, past members of churches where Pastor Dick had served, and others who wished to be together at this time. The sanctuary and over-flow room were filled.

Pastor Curt Rush, good friend and fellow golfer, welcomed those in attendance with some humorous antidotes as well as serious thoughts regarding Pastor Dick and his life here on earth.  He read passages from God’s Word from Psalms, 2 Timothy, and Matthew.  He delivered an emotional message asking those who were present if they were as prepared to meet Jesus as Pastor Dick was. 

Some of Dick’s favorite hymns were sung by the congregation, including “God is Good” led by great-grandson, Oliver.   Several people spoke regarding Dick’s presence and importance in their lives.

Many tears were shed but much laughter was shared during this Celebration of Life as each person present came to terms with the loss of this special man who touched so many people in so many different ways.  He truly walked the walk the way he talked the talk — even if he did speak a different language from most of us in Central Illinois.

Following the service a meal was served by the WUMC.  The tables were filled to the max with delicious dishes!

Pastor Shane Sims
Pastor Shane Sims

Shane Sims Pastor, Williamsville United Methodist Church Bio Pastor Shane Sims comes to us as his first appointment. Recently graduating from License to Preach School and Previously serving as a Lay Leader at Springfield First United Methodist Church as a Campus Pastor. Where over time he was mentored and developed by multiple pastoral leaders. He has a passion for the lost to be reached and for the church to meet them right where they are in life. Pastor Shane believes and his teachings encourage that everyone is loved by God and there is a plan for each life. He brings innovative ideas, with a biblical foundation to GO into the world and make disciples. Pastor Shane is in the process of finishing his education at Western Illinois University and furthering his education through Divinity Studies. He resides in Springfield with his lovely wife Yanin ( and no this is not a misspelling), daughter Addyson, two sons Max and Sebastian. Hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, working out and spending time with family and friends.