Celebration of Rachael's
In Loving Memory of
|If you knew Rach, you knew she didn't want a sad funeral. So we planned an uplifting, Christ-centered celebration of her goodness...goodness authored by God almighty, Himself. The day of the celebration, our efforts were confirmed when one of Rachael's friends who arrived on the bus from the Honor Academy shared with me that she and Rachael had, for some reason, just shared with each other, the night before she died, about what each of them wanted in their funerals.|
Below are photos and video clips of segments of the celebration.
so many guests signed the guest book
in the foyer...we are so grateful for all who were able to come and share in this
experience with us
We started things off with an
introduction and prayer. It was most humbling to look out and see what several
estimated to be approximately 900 in attendance.
Rachael's step-sister Callen started
us off with praise and worship, assisted in vocals by Rachael's other step-sister, Darien,
and Rachael's twin brother, Alan, on drums, plus three wonderful members of Victory
Christian Center in Tulsa, helping with guitars and bass. All songs used in this
celebration were favorites of Rachael's.
One of those who graciously spoke was
a mentor of Rachael's, the leader of Cornerstone Fellowship's Women's Ministry, Zana
Music ministry is very, very
important to our entire family, including Rachael. A present I offered to her,
personally, as part of this celebration, was a song entitled, "No More Night."
several others spoke, including close
friends of Rach
the Director of the Honor Academy
Rachael's older brother, Ed,
spoke and spoke well
and Rachael's former youth pastor,
Allen Legier, spoke at the end