Poll, book contribute to heaven-themed service

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Practicing “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul” for Sunday’s service at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church are, from left, Jeanne Carter, Stephanie Strube and Winston Skinner. 


If you have ever wondered what heaven is like, Dr. Jeanne Carter of Lone Oak shares your curiosity.

Carter, a psychiatric nurse, is a member at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak, and she will be preaching there on Sunday. "I'm just going to call it 'Heaven,'" she said of her sermon title.

Carter has completed the United Methodist Lay Servant program, which has a strong emphasis on speaking to share one's faith.

Carter will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service this Sunday. "We are blessed at Allen-Lee to have several members who are called and gifted to preach. We're looking forward to this message from Jeanne on Sunday," said Chad Hill, the church's pastor.

Carter has done a lot of thinking about heaven — what it will be like, the process of getting there. Awhile back she asked 22 people with an interest in spiritual matters to share their opinions in a poll she put together. The questions were:

1. What do you think heaven will be like?

2. Do you think we go to heaven as soon as our earthly body dies or do we go to a lesser heaven or place and then go to heaven?

3. Do you think a person has to be baptized in order to go to heaven?

"I got lots of interesting — and different — answers from the people who participated in the poll," Carter said.

Stories of "near death" experiences also had a role in Carter's choice of a sermon topic. The book, "Heaven is Real," tells the story of a four-year-old who told about his visit to heaven after he became very close to death.

"Heaven is Real" has now been made into a movie with newcomer Connor Corum as Colton Burpo and Emmy winner Greg Kinnear as his father, Todd Burpo.

The Allen-Lee service will include other heavenly touches. Carter will be joined by two other church members, Stephanie Strube and Winston Skinner, in singing "Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul" and "I've Got a Mansion" as special music.



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