I am thankful for our Scouts, parents, and Troop volunteers that not only show-up most Mondays at WCC, they also get busy and have fun with us at our many events and outings. I congratulate again the Scouts for all of your accomplishments and thank you parents for your support on our Scouting Journey together.
As you heard on Monday night, I am thankful for our out-going Committee Chair Mike Lawrance who has given and done so much to put us on the path toward a fully operational, youth-led troop centered around Patrols and the Patrol method. Thank you Mike! I am thankful that Brian Trunk has taken up the challenge to become our next Committee Chair. Thank you Brian!
I am thankful for our home at Wayzata Community Church. They provide us with a dedicated space for our gear as well as the variety of meeting rooms for everything we could want. Thank you WCC! And as you all heard in October, I am particularly thankful for Oksana Billy, who was our resident set-up coordinator for anything and everything we needed. She passed away the same night as our Court-of-Honor where we were celebrating our Scouting accomplishments of the last 6 months. She would have wanted to see us that night, and I am sure she was smiling down on all of us!
Please read the short memorial written by WCC’s Senior Minister John Ross as well as stay posted for any additional assistance we can provide WCC staff or honor of thanksgiving we can provide for Oksana.
It is with deep sadness that I share with you that our valued staff team member and sister in Christ, Oksana Billy, went home to be with her Creator at 8:55 p.m. last night.
An initial aneurism, combined with a stroke, proved to be too much even for her remarkably strong body. Blessedly, her family had a chance to gather around her in the final hours—a presence of which she was certainly aware.
Oksana will be missed in ways beyond words. Her quiet, faithful, servant-spirit was the source of daily blessings for all who came to our church home. She was simultaneously Mary and Martha—ready to roll up her sleeves and do what needed to be done, and just as quick with ears open, fully present to anyone in a moment of need.
While her tradition of origin did not have a path to priesthood for women, Oksana was every bit a priest…pastor…and prophet among us. While no one was looking, she walked the pews of our Sanctuary removing trash, straightening papers, but most importantly praying for all who would enter that sacred space.
Even as our hearts are broken by a void not easily filled, let’s pause and give thanks that this Godly woman has passed through the final station on her way to Freedom!
Please join me in holding Oksana’s husband Slavko, and their family, in prayer. Let us also bring special awareness and concern to John Estrem and our fabulous Buildings & Grounds Team who are simultaneously working overtime and grieving the loss of a pillar among them.
Details of services will come forth soon. For now, prayers of thanksgiving and comfort.
Grace and peace,
As she honored us with her many hours of service, so should we, Scouts of Troop 283 return the honor when given the opportunity. As one of our founders, E. Urner Goodman said:
Things of the spirit are what count: brotherhood – in a day when there is too much hatred at home and abroad;
cheerfulness – in a day when the pessimists have the floor and cynics are popular;
service – in a day when millions are interested in getting or grasping, rather than giving.
Thank you Oksana! Thank you Scouts! See you on the Scouting Trail.
Yours in Scouting,