June 4, 2014 - Update
On Saturday June 14 from 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM we will celebrate Andy’s life and ministry as part of our Conference’s Annual Meeting. This will not be a memorial service, but rather a time to remember and share what we learned from Andy about faith, generosity, and making God’s love and justice real.
If you or your church were touched by Andy’s ministry, you are welcome to attend this portion of Annual Meeting, regardless of whether or not you’re a delegate. We expect to have about 150 extra chairs for this part of the meeting for non-delegates who want to honor and remember Andy’s life and ministry. No registration is necessary. However, we are not able to provide lunch for non-delegates.
May 27, 2014 - Update
: Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline Street, Townsend, MA. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 4, at 4:00 PM at the church.
A public worship service to celebrate Andy's life will also be held as part of the Conference Annual Meeting, being held June 13 - 14 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA. Specific details will be announced soon.
May 22, 2014
A Message from Massachusetts Conference Minister and President Jim Antal
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I write with a very heavy heart. Our friend, colleague, inspiration, mentor and beloved brother in Christ, Andy Gustafson, passed away peacefully earlier today. Andy was surrounded by God’s love and his family. Our ACM Ellie Richardson was also able to be at his side. Andy had been home from the hospital for a few days and attended to by hospice.
At this time, plans for a memorial service to celebrate Andy’s life - for his church community, family and friends - are not yet in place. As they become available, look for further details in this space.
I will also share with you plans for a public worship service to celebrate Andy’s ministry at the Massachusetts Conference once they are in place. These plans may not come together until next week.
Words fail us at times such as these but God does not. So we turn to God to give thanks for Andy’s life and ministry and to seek the comfort of the Holy Spirit for our hearts and souls.
More about Andy
Andy was named Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship and Financial Development in July of 2004. Andy was a lawyer, and before coming to work for the Conference he concentrated his practice on advocating for handicapped, poor, and marginalized children.
He was known in the Massachusetts Conference for his quick wit, and took part in "stump the steward" games at several Annual Meetings, where he invited anyone to read him a Scripture passage - any passage - and he would explain how it related to stewardship and generosity. He never failed to come up with an answer.
He leaves his wife of 25 years, Carole S. (Jordan) Gustafson; two daughters, Laura Ashley Gustafson, Holly Elizabeth Gustafson both of Townsend; a brother and sister in law, Lawrence and Shelley Gustafson of South Hadley; a sister, Karen Gustafson of Stuart, FL; a grandchild, Avari Senneville; a nephew and several nieces.
In 1987, he was predeceased by his first wife, Priscilla (Morgan) Gustafson, his son , William A. Gustafson and his daughter, Abigail M. Gustafson.
Read his obituary
Funeral Home announcement
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