Monthly Archives: October 2010

God’s Timing

Given the events of last week, a few folks have asked about a post that Jennifer made on February 12th called “Done with Radiation.”

In it, she said:

In addition, my friends Nicole and Christy came to Dallas last weekend and we have been up to something….all I can say is mark your calendars for October 15-17th. Details coming soon. I can guarantee you won’t want to miss this. Stay tuned….

The backstory here is timing that could only be from God. After Jennifer’s final radiation treatment and a celebratory lunch last February, she got that sparkle in her eye that meant she was up to something BIG (you know the look I’m talking about). She proceeded to unveil a plan to bring friends and family together the weekend of October 16th, 2010 for an amazing weekend that included the Susan G. Komen 5K Walk in Dallas, TX.

In typical Jenn fashion, she thought through every detail: there was a theme, an agenda, a host hotel, a menu and “goodies” for all. She fairly glowed (non-radiation related) as she shared her vision. An invitation was designed and printed. She was addressing and stamping the invitations … when God said STOP. She didn’t know why, she confided at the time, but her sense was that God had something even bigger on the horizon, and she needed to wait on His timing.

When the weekend of October 16th came this year, Jenn’s friends and family were indeed gathered around her, pouring out our love. We could never have imagined the timing that God had in mind; He definitely had something MUCH bigger planned for Jennifer that particular weekend.

And as for those invitations … never fear. Jennifer put far too much thought and love into this weekend for it to fall by the wayside. We’ll be praying about God’s timing to extend her very special invitation to you in the future.

Acts 1:7

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven …

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Church @ The Springs Celebrates Jennifer this Saturday in Ocala

This Saturday, October 23rd  at 11 a.m. EST the Church @ The Springs in Ocala, FL will host a celebration of life in honor of Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell. All are welcome to attend.  The service will also be streamed live via the Web at: http://tv.springs411.org/

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable donations in Jennifer’s honor be made to the children’s ministry at H2OChurch.cc in Ada, Oklahoma.

Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Jennifer, prayers and encouragement by submitting stories and notes via her online guest registry.

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Video Tribute

Today’s Celebration of Life in Ada, OK was just that – a marvelous celebration that Jenn would have approved of! We began with a private luncheon for family hosted by H20 Church. Jennifer was visible in every detail as if she’d planned it herself – from the beautiful decor, delicious food and friendly, genuine atmosphere.

The service at First Baptist included a healthy dose of worship from the H20 Worship band,  encouraging messages and fantastic stories about Jenn from Patty Laramore and Pastor Ron Sylvia and special music from musician Chuck King. We wrapped things up  with a reception at the home of Dr. David and Penny Martin – a fitting spot to celebrate Jenn as it’s the first place she and John met and also where he proposed.

As it was pointed out today – Jennifer lived a life worthy of celebration. She made the most of every opportunity and relationship, and never lost site of Whom  she lived to serve. Here’s the video tribute shared at today’s service – may it bless you as it has us.

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Celebration of Life: Service Details

Celebrations of Life will be held in honor of Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell in Ada, Oklahoma and Ocala, Florida. Details for both services are below:

ADA, OKLAHOMA
Tuesday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
521 S Broadway Ave
Ada, OK 74820-7667

OCALA, FLORIDA
Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
Church @ The Springs
5424 SE 58th Ave.
(Baseline Rd)
Ocala, Florida 34480

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable donations in Jennifer’s honor be made to the children’s ministry at H2OChurch.cc in Ada, Oklahoma.

Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Jennifer, prayers and encouragement by submitting stories and notes via her online guest registry.

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Gone Home

Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell
February 19, 1975 – October 16, 2010

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
– 2 Timothy 4:7

Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell went home to be with the Lord at 7:01 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2010 following a yearlong battle with breast cancer. Jennifer passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Originally from Ocala, Florida, Jennifer also lived in Orange County, California, Dallas, Texas and most recently Ada, Oklahoma following her August 7th marriage to John Kimbrell.

Jennifer’s life work was dedicated to full time ministry, and over the course of the last 15 years she served in various capacities at Church @ The Springs in Ocala, Florida, Purpose Driven Ministries in Lake Forest, California, Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas and Fellowship One Technologies in Irving, Texas.

Following her diagnosis in October of 2009, Jennifer openly shared her journey and inspired thousands via her blog: https://jennsstory.wordpress.com/.

Celebrations of Life will be hosted in Ada, Oklahoma at the First Baptist Church at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19th and in Ocala, Florida at Church @ The Springs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests charitable donations in Jennifer’s honor be made to the children’s ministry at H2OChurch.cc in Ada, Oklahoma.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, John Kimbrell of Ada, Oklahoma, two step daughters, Kirsten and Khloe Kimbrell, two sister-in-laws, Janet Humphrey and husband Terry and their children, Kelsey and Kaleb; LouAnn Janda and husband Mike and their daughter Lindsey and husband Heath Boyles and children Karter and Lane and son Todd and wife Brandi and sons Brylen and Ty. Jennifer is also survived by her parents, Joe and Juanita Cunningham of Ocala, Florida, aunt Ruth Cherry and children Melanie Johnson and her husband Dean and children Alex and Aaron; and Melissa Cherry and children Timothy and Taylor and aunt Cari Cholewa and her husband Fred and children Pamela and Joe.

Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Jennifer, prayers and encouragement by submitting stories and notes via her online guest registry.

“I may not be well with my circumstances, but it is well with my soul.”
– Jennifer Cunningham Kimbrell

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October 13, 2010, 9 p.m.

In your deepest hour of need, may each of you experience the power of a community that knows how to love as this one does. Thank you, H20 Church and Ada, Oklahoma. Words can’t express our gratitude.

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An Update from the Kimbrells

The last two months have been filled to overflowing with many, many changes. After a “surprise” wedding on August 7th, Jenn moved to Ada, Oklahoma to join John in his hometown. In addition to navigating long-distance treatments for Jenn, the newlyweds have been settling into a beautiful, blessing of a home and a loving fellowship of believers at H20 Church in Ada.

Recently things took a difficult turn when Jenn’s tests revealed that her cancer had advanced aggressively into her liver, bones and a fast-growing mass on her sternum. Jenn is resting comfortably at home with the assistance of hospice care.

Rest assured, the Kimbrell home is overflowing with love, and even laughter despite circumstances. God is present and alive in the midst of all – and He is and always will be a God of comfort, peace and hope.

Jenn’s family, friends and the very community of Ada have sprung into action as the hands and feet of Jesus throughout this storm. Her brothers and sisters in Christ continue to pour out blessings by bringing worship to Jenn, along with food, sweet visits and coveted prayer. Needs have been met (and exceeded) in humbling ways.

Your encouragement, kind wishes and prayers are treasured. Jenn – and all who love her – are thankful for every member of her blog “family.” You have played a unique part in this journey, and it has been better in countless ways as a result. Thank you, and many blessings.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

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