Not Forever Gone, and Not Forgotten

October 29, 2021 | KSC News

Almost every week, we send out an email to our church family which highlights a key event, ministry, or element in the upcoming worship services.  Below is the text from the email from October 21, 2021.  If you would like to receive our Weekend Preview email, click to sign up.


This coming Monday, November 1, is All Saints Day, the Christian holiday honoring the saints of the church who have gone on to heaven. In commemoration of this day, we have compiled a list of those from our congregation who have passed on.  It is with solemn hearts that we note that this year’s list is longer than usual. We are a church family who is grieving. Click the link below to see this year’s list:

Memorial List: November 2020-October 2021

We often say of a loved one that they are “gone but not forgotten.”  Today we are going to offer the reminder that for those who are in Christ, we take the statement one step further… they are NOT gone, not forever, and not permanently. Every loved one who has trusted in Jesus is waiting to be reunited with us.  The following poem by Henry Van Dyke is used by both our GriefShare and Women of Worth widows ministries to describe this concept:

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky
come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight
to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is what it means to pass on…

If you would like to connect with others who understand grief, consider our GriefShare ministry on Monday nights at 7:00 pm, downstairs in room M5/M7 (choir room.)  Many have found this support group to be incredibly helpful. On Sunday, November 14, they will offer a special “Surviving the Holidays” afternoon seminar which will address such topics as:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

To register, click HERE, email Molly Shull, or call 717.264.4651.

Friends, let us continue to keep one another in prayer during this challenging season, and look out for each other with concern and compassion as the holidays approach.

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it…”  I Corinthians 12:26a


A Reminder About Leadership Nominations

Sunday is the last day for our church family to make nominations for church leadership.  If you know of someone who would be willing to serve on a Co-Mission here at King Street Church, please consider recommending them to serve.  These teams help shape our work in areas like children’s ministry, student ministry, finance, local outreach, missions, and worship arts.  At this time we have received less than a dozen nominations for all of the open slots. We cherish your wisdom and insight in suggesting those who you respect from within your Sunday school classes and L3 groups, from among those you worship with and serve alongside of every week.  Click here for the list, for requirements, or to make a nomination:  Church Leadership at KSC