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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 Meredith Brown
Pastor Meredith Brown

REV. MEREDITH MANNING BROWN, Interim Pastor Rev. Meredith Manning Brown is an experienced pastor and ministry leader, focused on innovative congregations and spiritual entrepreneurship. With decades of ministry leadership experience, Meredith has led multiple new church planting efforts, pastored through several church revitalization and growth projects, and served in senior ministry staff positions in large and small congregations across the United States. Most recently, Pastor Meredith served as the Lead Planting Pastor for the new Evergreen United Methodist Faith Community in Lacey, Washington, an innovative, neighborhood-based, progressive, intergenerational community focused on connecting with people who don’t know, don’t like or have had enough of church as usual. Through her coaching and consulting ministry ( Pastor Meredith shares her experience and perspective to support leaders seeking to integrate their spiritual practices, their missional callings, and their household relationships into their busy lives as innovators and leaders in the church, businesses, and public life.
 Pastor Meredith is a United Methodist Elder with membership in the New England Conference. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana where she completed a B.A. in religion, a B.M. in sacred music, and a Certificate of Church Careers. She holds a Master in Sacred Music degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. Pastor Meredith lives in Springfield with her delightful husband, two active teen-aged daughters, and a lazy housecat. She is also a happy experimental baker, loves to go adventuring with her family, and is the holder of the Brown Family Tournament of Games and Round-Robin Classic record for the most yahtzees rolled in a single game.