Seonghwa Ceremony on Wednesday 15th June at Stanton Fitzwarren:
Our beloved WWW community member, Joanna Hartl, ascended to the spiritual world on Monday 30th May, a little before 18:00. She had been in the intensive care unit for five days, bravely fighting an infection in her kidneys, which spread to her lungs. Joanna’s passing was a shock for us all.
She was surrounded by prayers and love from the community. Her daughter, Anna, and Joanna’s close friend, Lari, were at her bedside and they were able to attend to her in her last moments.
The funds generated from the GoFundMe page set up by Pastor Elliot Yamamoto will help cover funeral costs (including the Seonghwa ceremony). Donating and using our funds for a higher purpose is not unusual for us; we know it is important to give, forget we have given and give again… Please let’s band together and help support Anna Hartl in this time.
3-Day Devotion from 12-14th June – Join Zoom Meeting
There will be another 3-day devotion and sharing session taking place on Sunday 12th, Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June in preparation for the Seonghwa ceremony. The order of service has been made, so unfortunately we cannot accept any more offerings for testimonies, prayers and performances at the Seonghwa itself, however these Zoom devotions are a fantastic place to offer such things should you wish to.
Seonghwa Ceremony on Wednesday 15th June
Joanna’s Seonghwa ceremony will be held on Wednesday 15th June at 2:30pm at Stanton Fitzwarren.
Upon arrival at the South Farm car parking (SN6 7RZ), there will be signs (FFWPU) which will lead you to Holy Oak.
For those travelling from a distance and needing somewhere to stay overnight, the Stanton House Hotel is about a 10-minute walk through the park or 15 minutes around the road, or a few minutes’ drive to the Memorial Woodland.
A Message from our National Leader, Michael Balcomb
We’ve just heard the sad news that our sister Joanna Hartl ascended on Monday evening, a little before 6pm, after a two-week battle with a sudden and serious illness. Her daughter Anna was with her when she passed, and many people who love and care for Joanna were able to visit her and pray with her on her final day.
When Fumiko and I visited the hospital on Monday morning we prayed hard for Joanna, still hoping that there would be a miracle. Yet it was not to be. We are reminded that our life and death are at all times in the hands of God, our heavenly parent who loves us in this world and the next.
Pastor Elliot Yamamoto will provide details of prayer services and the Seonghwa (funeral) arrangements in due course, but for now let us offer our prayers for Joanna and her family in this their time of need. Let us remember and be encouraged by our knowledge that life is eternal, and that our True Parents have promised that they will always take care of every blessed couples.
Joanna will be very much missed. She served as a Trustee of FFWPU UK up until the time of her passing, and for many years played a leading role in the FFWPU West Country community and with the local UPF chapter. Most recently, her diligent and successful pursuit of government grants related to the Covid pandemic has allowed Cleeve House to remain open.
Our dear sister Joanna, rest in peace.
Mike & Fumiko Balcomb