August 17, 2017
Our beloved brother pastor Jay Schein went home to be with Jesus about 2:50pm this afternoon. Jay had open-heart surgery Tuesday following a heart attack, which apparently happened last Friday morning, sometime after his attendance at Friday morning Men’s Prayer.
While the surgery had been successful, Jay struggled to wake back up, and today he left his earthly tent for one not made with human hands. For this we celebrate!
We who knew Jay and served with him mourn him deeply. Jay covered SO MANY bases in our church, faithfully, and joyfully.
Pastor Jay headed up our hospital visitation ministry, our prayer ministry, he and his wife Diane hosted a Friday Home Fellowship, and Jay taught our 1st thru 5th grade Sunday school class.
Recently, Jay had just started a new ministry to visit the shut-ins in our church, and to love them with the love of Christ. This outreach also included hospice patients.
If you came to church early enough, you would see pastor Jay walking up and down the church-rows in the sanctuary, praying for the occupant of each and every seat.
Three years ago, Jay also began an outreach ministry to the whole region, called: “For Girls Only,” which was a great blessing to all the young ladies of this region, teaching them about the love of Jesus, and purity, and holiness.
Recently, (Monday night, in fact,) Jay had signed on to teach with the Good News Club outreach at Three Oaks Elementary School.
But the thing I think we will ALWAYS remember Pastor Jay for most is his love. His smile. His care. It is very difficult to imagine Jay not being with us in the midst of everything. A loving husband and father, and grandfather. His greatness was his Christ-likeness. His goodness was his warmth and love.
Pastor Jay leaves us a giant pair of shoes to fill.
As Jay might say now, “Whose got next?”
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose HEART is loyal to Him” 2 Chron 16:9
Blessings and love, pastor Bill