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Happy Birthday and 35 years of Sowing June 30, 2020
Good Friday update
February 7, 2020
After a month of careful and prayerful deliberation, we as a family have reached several significant decisions regarding our plans for my Mother and sisters who are still living at home after Clayton’s passing. We want to make these publicly known so you all can anticipate these changes along with us.
First of all, we have encouraged Mary Lois and our sisters to take an extended time away together in order to facilitate bonding and healing after Daddy’s death. It may intrigue you to know how that has developed. The girls have already benefited from two weeks in solitude during this past month, but are now looking forward to a more significant excursion this summer. Originating as a dream in my mother, they are planning to finish the rest of the Appalachian Trail that was left unfinished by the hike undertaken by Daddy, Austin, Trevor, and me in 2008. They hope to hike the remaining 527 miles from Southern Virginia to Georgia in June and July of this year.
We have also worked hard to find a way for Mary Lois and her daughters to continue living at 882 with the support they need to make this feasible. In order to facilitate this, we are planning for several changes, including Austin and Diane moving their family into the main part of the house sometime in the next year, and the creation of a small upstairs apartment for the others. This has prompted plans for house renovations, which we anticipate starting as soon as March. There will be various opportunities to contribute to this, for those interested. Those details are forthcoming.
Once again, thank-you for your love and prayers for our family as we navigate these waters.
Kevin, for the Shenks
January 25, 2020
Thank you for your prayers! God is faithful!
January 2, 2020
God's promises are true and our firm foundation. We thank those of you who have allowed God to use you to bless and encourage us during this very difficult time. We miss Clayton very much and at times feel overwhelmed with our grief, but we do not mourn as those who have no hope. And so we continue to press on as we try to figure out what life should look like now.
The girls and are a planning a two week getaway beginning next Friday after Wendy finishes her last assigned shift at her job. God has provided a place about two hours from here. We are anticipating a time of mourning and processing together and being given comfort and direction from our Heavenly Father.
I am so grateful for our four daughters still at home with me. I know that they will eventually move on and I want them to do so, but for now I will enjoy the time I have with them. Our sons are committed to making sure we are cared for physically and are also helping to give direction and support in the many life impacting choices their sisters and I will be making in the coming months and years. I am blessed!
Our church family is also deeply impacted by this loss! They have been amazing in the many ways they have dropped everything else in their lives and poured out themselves for us over this past week. They will need to be working through many issues and taking up more responsibilities.
We appreciate your continued prayer support for all of us going forward.
December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019
CLAYTON SHENK OBITUARY
Clayton Leon Shenk, 59, died in faith on December 25, 2019 after a painful year long journey with cancer.
He was the son of the late Harold and Barbara Shenk (Saba and Safta).
Born on June 28, 1960, Clayton grew up in southern Lancaster County and graduated from Lampeter Strasburg High School in 1979. Some remember him as Cousin Clayton on the WPTG radio station. Shortly after marriage he moved to York where he pastored Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church for 35 years. He also founded and led Tidings of Peace Christian School for 24 years before retiring in the spring of this year. He loved preaching and also enjoyed teaching and giving tours of Amish Country. His unique sense of humor remained to the end. Though he always made time for others, his family was his first priority. In all of this, his life passion was to do all to the glory of God.
Left to carry on his legacy are his wife of 36 years, Mary Lois (Stahl) Shenk; four sons, Kevin Shenk and wife Naomi of Lancaster, Austin Shenk and wife Diane of York, Trevor Shenk and wife Rebekah of Philadelphia, and Keeshon Washington of York; five daughters, Kelly Kauffman and husband Curtis of Iowa, Tanya Shenk, Autumn Shenk, Wendy Shenk, and Hannah Shenk, all of York; and 10 precious grandchildren, Xavier, Sabrina, Jamian, Amya, Chanina, Tenaya, Sterling, Friedrich, Ariana, and William.
He is survived by four brothers, Dan, Dave, John and Harry; three sisters, Kathleen, Ann, and Sue; and many nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be held at 4th United Methodist Church 1067 E. Market St., York, Pa 17403 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday December 29, 2019. The funeral will begin at 11:00 am at Genesis Church 1405 Seven Valleys Road, York, Pa 17408 on Monday December 30, 2019. Doors will open at 9:30 am. A meal with time of sharing and reflection will follow the burial.
Those wishing to honor Clayton’s life are encouraged to make a contribution to Tidings of Peace Christian School, 329 East Poplar St. York, Pa 17403, for the new school building project, which was of special concern to him.
More info at TidingsofPeace.org
We appreciate the large number of you that were affected by Clayton’s life who will want to come and see him and us at the viewing on Sunday. We plan to take a break between 3 pm and 5 pm. Please arrive by 2 pm if you want to view and visit in the early afternoon, to avoid waiting until the evening.
We invite all to join us at the funeral, laying Clayton’s body to rest in preparation for the resurrection. We are grateful for a facility large enough to accommodate all who want to attend. There will be space for a brief viewing without visitation before the service at the funeral. The doors will open at 9:30 am.
All are also welcome at the meal after the burial, which will include a time of tribute and writing memory cards. We plan to publish and distribute a book of poetry that Clayton composed during the past year. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you there.
Thank-you to each and all of you who have and are reaching out with love and support during this time. We anticipate much meaningful contact with many of you in person at the viewing and funeral during the coming week.
If anyone has photos of Clayton to share, please send them to email@example.com
With Kind Regard, The Shenks