Pastor Frank Machina was called to glory on Sunday, January 8 as he was exercising at his home. Just that morning he had served among us in worship and Bible Study.
We will miss Frank deeply in our midst, as we have grown to depend on his everflowing care that generated his unending energy for ministy. But now we rejoice in the truth that as Christ lives, so does Frank, living with Christ in the timelessness of eternal glory.
His memorial service will be Saturday, January 14 at 1 PM at St. John with fellowship opportunity after the service.
"Blessed are those who die in the Lord!"
Pastor Machina, a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, served parishes in Ohio, Minnesota and at Christ Lutheran, Indianapolis, before St. John saved him from retirement with a Call in 2003. He and his wife Rose Ann have two children, Tim ( Tina), Laurie Rose (David) Gwaltney, and two grandchildren, Rose Alyse and Holton. To support his pre and post grauate education he worked what ever jobs he could find; heavy construction, auto mechanics, fast food delivery, and teaching are only a few. He enjoyed woodworking, playing piano and organ, photography, writing, fishing and other outdoor activities; played college basketball, and coached track. His philosophy of life and ministry? This world and everything in it is broken. Christ through his life, death, and resurrection gave us a temporary fix while we wait for his permanent repair. In the interim our Lord has delegated to us some repair work of our own and given us the capacity for joy even in the breakage.