1. Henry "Butch" Sweeney of Melwood Church passed away this past Sunday morning, April 9 of a massive heart attack. His family has posted..."His body was so broken and now is whole." Butch is survived by his wife, Paula and two children, Rev. Henry H. Sweeney, III (Amber) and Carrie Marchand (Christopher). Butch served as lay pastor of the Melwood Church for many years. All events will take place at the Melwood Church of the Nazarene, 6906 Woodyard Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20771. Viewing will be held on Friday, April 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and again on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 AM. The service will begin at 11:00 PM on Saturday. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Paula Sweeney, 2747 Pinewood Drive, Waldorf, MD20601 and the Rev. Henry H. Sweeney II, 9093 Tarnwood Drive, Villa Rica, GA 30180.
2. Patricia Ervin of the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene passed away on Saturday, April 8. She is survived by her husband Don. Pat was also the mother of Rev. Andrew Ervin (Sharon) of Gardners. PA and the sister of Rev. Bud Reedy (Sally) of York, PA. There will an opportunity for friends and family to visit on Saturday, April 15 beginning at 9:00 AM for the viewing. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 AM. All events will take place at the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, 24710 Sotterley Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences may be sent to Rev. Bud Reedy, 1500 Angel Drive, York, PA 17404 and the Rev. Andrew Ervin, 925 Goodyear Road, Gardners, PA 17324.
Dr. Roy Carnahan, retired former district superintendent of our district returned home after a stay in a rehab in York, PA to strengthen muscles after a long hospital stay to manage blood pressure. Roy, Doris and the family so appreciate your concern and prayers. (3-13-17)
A few days before Christmas Janet Fry, wife of George Fry, pastor at Gettysburg, PA was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. The type of cancer she has is very curable. She has had one round of chemo treatment so far. Please pray for God’s continual healing and grace with the side effects after chemo treatments. UPDATE: Janet's tumor is now about the size of an M&M. She will be meeting with a surgeon on March 6 to make plans for surgery. Janet and George want to thank you for all your prayers (3-2-2017)
Pastor Greg Lesniewski of McConnellstown, PA has been diagnosed with stage 4a metastatic prostate cancer. This cancer has recurred following his surgery to remove his prostate. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat this recurrence. UPDATE - Greg reports: “I am through with four chemo infusions with two more to go March 7th and the 28th. The church board has approved my sabbatical request, so I will be at Center Treatment Center America in Zion, IL from April 24th until June 16th for my radiation treatments.” (3-2-2017)
Janet Johnson, associate pastor at Melwood Church writes, “I had to have emergency surgery due to a severe infection that developed from my reconstruction surgery. After that surgery, a six day stay in the hospital, and three weeks of intense antibiotics, it looks like we've finally come out on top of the problem. UPDATE from Janet: “I just want to thank everyone for their prayers. I'm slowly getting back to work and getting ready for retirement this August.” (3-2-2017)