Video of the Service

November 2, 2019

Order of Service

Homegoing Celebration Service for Xavier Bell

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Gathering Music

Processional “O, When the Saints “ (#35 song book)

Opening Pipe Ceremony Elder Ricky Defoe

Responsive Call to Worship

If your love mourns, come and God shall hold you.
We will not be alone in the pain of our loss of Xavier.
If your heart grieves, come, and God’s arms shall enfold you.
Our tears of sorrow and gratitude will mingle with God’s. We will trust in God our keeper. Our God has seen and has not turned away. Our God has seen and will always remain.

Opening Hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” (see lyrics below)

Opening Prayer Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Time of Remembering Xavier

Erik and Hannah Bell
Angie Miller
Doug Bowen-Bailey
Carl Crawford
Sharon Witherspoon

Song “Jesus There’s Just Something About that Name” by Bill and Gloria Gaither sung by Henry Banks

Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 43: 1 – 2
Revelation 21: 1 – 6
Luke 4: 16 – 21 read by Arthur Bell

Homily

“Fellowship of the Unashamed” performed by Xavier

Closing Prayer Sister Sharon Witherspoon

Closing Song “No Weapon” (see lyrics below)

Charge to the Congregation written by Donna Bell and read by Kym Young

Soul Train “We Are Family” Sister Sledge

Obituary

Xavier “X” Ramone Lannie Bell, 57, died Saturday, October 26, 2019 from cardiac arrest.

X was born March 31, 1962 in Fort Ord, California to Lt. Colonel (ret.) Major Herman and Maxine Helen Bell. As a child, Xavier and his family moved around every couple of years due to his father’s career as an officer in the U.S. Army. This included living in Panama. Shortly after Xavier graduated from high school he attended Laney College in Oakland, California. It was about this time that he met and married his wife of 38 years, Donna Hagen Bell. The couple settled in California for
the next 25 years. Here, they ran a Chimney and Stove installation business for 10 years.

Xavier’s work in his community had already begun; he ran a youth ministry known as City Church in Stockton, CA for 5 years and then went on to become the Chaplain of Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall in Modesto, CA. In 2004 the family moved to Lake Nebagamon, WI and Xavier took a position with Woodland Hills in Duluth as a youth counselor. Xavier’s heart has always been toward families, which led to his taking a position with Community Action and developing a program called Circles of Support. As he became more involved in the community he was made Director of Community Engagement and began an initiative to create the Family Freedom Center. The Family Freedom Center became its own entity just two years ago, with Xavier as the Executive Director. At the time of his death he had developed training for entrepreneurs that focused on microbusinesses.

His involvement in the community was extensive. Xavier was a soldier for social justice and worked tirelessly with many community leaders on such projects as the civilian review board, the annual Junteenth celebrations and was a member of the local NAACP.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine and a son, Solomon Jordan Bell. X is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Autumn (Peter) Santovi, Erik (Erika) Bell, Jacob Bell, Elijah Bell and Hannah Bell; his father Lt. Colonel Major Herman (Geneth) Bell; grandchildren, Jordyn, Elijah, Gideon and Stevie Bell; siblings, Arthur Bell, Valerie Bell, Brenda (Alfred) Owens, Janice (David) Stark, and Andres and Gilbert Squires.

The Celebration of Life will be held at Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E, Duluth, MN. Visitation is at 2pm, the Celebration Service at 3pm.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

1 I am weak but Thou ar t strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2 Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord,
none but Thee.
[Refrain]

3 When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
[Refrain)

The Fellowship of the Unashamed
No Weapon

No Weapon

By Fred Hammond

No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
Say No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
Say No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
God will do what He said He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through
God will do what He said He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through
No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
God will do what He said He would do
He’s not a man that He should lie
He will come through
Say God will do what He said He would do
He will stand by His word
He will come through
Oh I won’t be afraid of the arrows by day
From the hand of the enemy
I can stand my ground with the Lord
on my side
For the snares they have set will not
succeed
No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
Say No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
Say No weapon formed against me shall
prosper, it won’t work
Don’t be afraid
Of the arrows or the snares
Set by your enemies
If you believe it say, ooh, ooh
There just ain’t one
There just ain’t one weapon, no
There just ain’t one
There just ain’t one weapon, no