Pastor's Ponderings By Pastor Brad McDowell
I read this post from Maggie May Archibald and felt it was important that the whole church know about this! ~Pastor Brad
One year ago today I was serving as the Elder at my local congregation and Jeannie Meece May was serving as the Elder at her local congregation. It seems fitting to me that my Grandmother, Georgia Meece, passed on a Sunday and that mom and I were both at the Table on that day. It is very hard to believe that it has been one year already, it certainly does not feel like it.
When my cousins and I received our inheritance we knew that Grandma (and Grandpa) would have wanted us to tithe it and we realized we could do more together than individually. So, we decided to start a permanent fund at the Christian Church Foundation which will pay out to Ministerial Relief through the Pension Fund of the Christian Church. If you would like to donate to the Rev. Bernie and Georgia Meece Family Fund, we would be honored. You can donate here: bit.ly/3GzAAVL
This is what my cousins and I wrote as the introduction to our fund:
Rev. Bernard Meece and Georgia Meece were married for 58 years, before they passed in 2008 and 2021, respectively.
Georgia graduated from Lima Central Senior High School, took some college classes, and was very proud of the educational achievements of all of her family. She was an accomplished soloist and loved every opportunity to participate in music ministry in the church through worship, women's retreats, church assemblies, camp, and more. As a 4th generation member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she was active in the church on the local, regional, and national levels.
Bernie attended the University of Cincinnati, was a 1949 graduate of Transylvania University, and received an honorary Doctor of Theology from there in 1980. He was a 1952 graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary, and obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University, Madison, NJ, in 1981. He served as a congregational minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Cadillac, MI, Deland, FL, and Sarasota, FL, and retired as the Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina.
Bernie and Georgia met through their regional youth leadership program in Ohio and their shared faith was the bedrock of their relationship and their family. Together, they had three daughters and six grandchildren, each of whom has carried on their faithful legacy. After Georgia’s death, their grandchildren came together to create the Rev. Bernie and Georgia Meece Family Fund in their memory, with distributions going to the Ministerial Relief Fund at the Pension Fund of the Christian Church. The Meece grandchildren chose this cause because of the help it provided to Georgia after Bernie’s sudden death, and the help it has provided to countless other Disciples ministers and their families. The Ministerial Relief Fund was something that Bernie and Georgia always supported and advocated for and the Meece family is grateful that this fund will be able to support Ministerial Relief in perpetuity.
Bernie and Georgia’s faith influenced and inspired many people over the years, and we hope this fund will continue to carry out their faithful legacy. ... See MoreSee Less
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