Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The large, beautiful basket of fall flowers on the communion table at the front of the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 14, were from the memorial service for Aaron Burbank held on Sept. 12 at the church.
In the absence of Pastor Lonnie Burbank, Dan Hayes opened the worship service with prayer and then led the singing of "All The Way My Savior Leads Me" and "Trust and Obey." He then asked the guest speaker, Mark Morrow, to take the prayer requests and other needs and closed with prayer.
After the offering was taken, Hayes turned the service back to Morrow, a ministered student. His message was "Our Relationship" and was from Psalm 23. He also shared John 14:26. He closed the service with prayer. Many stayed to enjoy the cookie fellowship time that followed.
Morrow's wife, Lea Ann, and their children, Russ and Rachel, were with him. They live in Keizer and attend Salem Evangelical Church. He has ministered classes at George Fox College and at the Evangelical Center at Jennings Lodge.
Many relatives, friends and neighbors gathered at Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church to attend the memorial service honoring Aaron Luther Burbank, 79, at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Many parked at the Pedee school.
Aaron's son, Pastor Lonnie Burbank, conducted the service. The two hymns sung were "I Stand Amazed" and "How Great Thou Art." Pam Burbank played the music on the organ and Lonnie accompanied on the guitar.
Pastor Burbank opened the service for others to share their memories. Several took part. Aaron's sister, Ruth VanDaam, was the first to share, and then his sister, Laura Dyer, shared her memories. Several others shared hunting and camping experiences with him.
Although not mentioned often, I am sure many were thinking of his service at Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church and its activities and his attendance at conference sessions at Jennings Lodge.
Lonnie added his memories and closed the service with prayer.
Many shared the fellowship time dinner served in the social room. Some filled their plate and ate on the patio. It was a time to meet with pastors and friends of the past.
The family met at the Womer Cemetery earlier that day. Aaron was buried by his first wife, Virginia Sherman Burbank. They were married in 1950.