Celebration of Life Service Set for Larry Sherman
Covenant Newswire, DETROIT, MI (May 8, 2013) – A Celebration of Life service will be conducted this coming Saturday, May 11, for Larry Sherman, associate superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), who died Tuesday aboard a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, to Detroit, Michigan.
Sherman, who celebrated his 60th birthday last September, also served as director of church planting for the conference and had been meeting with Covenant churches in Nashville and in Paducah, Kentucky, over the weekend, according to conference Superintendent Garth McGrath.
Visitation will be observed from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday at Faith Covenant Church, 35415 West 14 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The Celebration of Life service will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Life Covenant Church, 7001 North Haggerty Road in Canton, Michigan.
“We do not know a cause of death at this time,” McGrath said, noting that a coroner met the flight when it landed in Detroit. “We do know that we have lost a great friend, a devoted man of God, and a gifted colleague who served Christ faithfully and passionately every day of his life.”
Joe Muzzi, pastor of the Shermans’ home church – Crossroads Community Church in South Lyon – and his wife, JoAnne, were caring for Larry’s wife, Debbie, as news of Larry’s passing became public Tuesday afternoon.
“Larry was resolutely committed to the mission of God in the world, which we all respect," said ECC President Gary Walter upon learning the news. “He lived a ‘God first’ life as a husband, father, friend, and colleague. Pray for Debbie, their children, and grandchildren at this time of great mourning and crying out to God."
There is a clarification we wish to make in regards to the Friday, May 10th 5-8pm visitation for Dr. Larry Sherman at Faith Covenant Church, Farmington Hills, MI. This will be a reception and an opportunity for us to visit with Larry's family and close friends to offer condolences and a time to grieve together.
Larry's casket will not actually be present at either the Friday night reception or at the Saturday, Celebration of Life service.
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