Please continue to hold Bill, Jennifer, and Garrett Willsey close in your prayers as they grieve the death of their wife and mother, Candy Jie-Willsey.
We also recently learned that Bill Fore died on July 30 at his home in Texas. Bill was a United Methodist clergy person from our California-Pacific Annual Conference. He and his wife Betty lived at Claremont Manor and worshipped with us at Claremont UMC for several years following Bill’s retirement. They moved to Texas five or six years ago so that they could be closer to their family.
Bill was a storyteller. He often shared with the Growing Christians class and the whole congregation his memories of participating in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s as a young minister. Bill worked in communications for the United Methodist Church, and also taught at Yale Divinity School from which he was an alumnus. He wrote a number of books on theology and the church’s use of media and communication.
We were enriched by the presence of Bill and Betty Fore in our church, and their willingness to share about their years of ministry and activism. Bill was an inspiration and model for social justice work and, as well as learning how to effectively communicate the important messages of the Gospel.
As we give thanks for Bill’s life and mourn his death, we especially remember his dear wife, Betty. We hold her and their children and grandchildren in love and prayer. If you would like to send a card to Bill’s family, here is their address:
The Fore Family
3008 Collin Ct.
Plano, TX 75075
May the families of both Bill Fore and Candy Willsey know God's loving comfort and strength with them as they grieve their deaths.
We offer up prayers of celebration for Kathryn Shoemaker! Kathryn celebrates her 99th birthday on September 17. We give thanks to God for Kathryn and pray God's blessing upon her on her birthday and in the year ahead. If you would like to send her a birthday card, Kathryn's address is:
1036 Mildred St.
La Verne, CA 91750
Please remember the firefighters who are exhausted on the front lines of so many fires. One of these is Craig Bunce, son of Pam and Dick. Please also pray for those evacuated from their homes, both human and animal. Dena Dissmeyer's parents are evacuated from their home near Yosemite. We pray for God's healing of creation, for the safety of all those in harm's way, and that God would help us live in a way that cares for all of creation.
We pray for the of Black men, women, and children who are targeted by police. We pray, too, for all who suffer from oppression, and violence due to the racist systems and beliefs, that God would show up and bring about righteousness and justice. We know that God is working for Good in this world, that God is working for liberation of all who are oppressed and discriminated against. Just as Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his disciples, we know that the Holy Spirit remains with all of us as well, and may we all work with the Holy Spirit to eradicate and dismantle racism.
We pray for all who are suffering from Covid19, and all who are caring for those with the virus. We pray that they would know God's healing presence, God's comfort and strength, and that God would restore their health and keep them healthy.
If you know of anyone in the CUMC family who should be lifted up in prayer and included in a future prayer email, please contact the church office either by replying to this email, or by calling (909) 624-9021. Please be sure to have their permission to be included on the prayer list and in the prayer email.
We pray for God's loving and healing touch to be upon all who are on our hearts and minds. We ask for God's blessing to be upon each one, upon each of you reading, and upon all of our loved ones.
Claremont UMC Administrator