“Beautiful Celebration of Life and tribute to the life and ministry of Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman today at City of Light. It was a moving service beautifully created by Jacquie Bogle Ackerman and Rev Lisa Heilig that included a lovely welcome by Host Rev Dr Paul Graetz; Rev Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Rev Mary Merriman, and Rev Jane Jane Nelson eulogizing and sharing their stories of the light and love of Arlene; congregational music led by Gay Fritzemeier on guitar; Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson offering words of comfort; a multi-media presentation of memories from across the denomination created by Rev Dr Kharma Amos; her daughter Amanda singing, “I’m Blessed” and Orgena Rosesinging “Climb Every Mountain;” and an Open Communion co-consecrated by Rev Elder Diane Fisher and Rev Dr Kharma Amos with a butterfly release outdoors at the close of the service; and a delicious reception and great fellowship with dozens of family members, MCC colleagues and friends including Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Revs. Candy Holmes, Jim Whalen (Tony Crisp), Stephanie Burns (Tracey Kennedy), R David Smith, and Joan Saniuk. What a great way to celebrate Arlene.