Beginning this first weekend of July 2011, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh plans to re-establish congregations in at least three locations that have been without an Episcopal Church presence for several years.
Plans are set to resume Episcopal services at St. James Church in Penn Hills on July 3, followed by a reopening of St. Thomas Church in Barnesboro, Cambria County, on July 17, and a resumption of services at St. Christopher’s Church in Warrendale later this summer.
“Just as the Diocese of Pittsburgh itself has been rebuilding over the last few years, we are now turning our attention to rebuilding congregations in areas where Episcopalians have been underserved throughout the diverse regions of our diocese,” said Bishop Kenneth L. Price, Jr.
All three church properties are owned by the Episcopal Diocese and are either being vacated by the congregations that have been using them or have not been used for various periods.
The July 2011 parish newsletter is now available online. A PDF reader is required to view the document.
- Annual picnic July 24 (rain date July 31)
- Flea market Aug. 20
Highlights from the May 2011 vestry meeting:
- The grant for the boiler has been received and the boiler has been installed.
- We are going to receive a gift from the estate of Joan Collins in the amount of $10,000. As per Joan’s wish, the money will be used to help with St. Stephen’s daily expenses (the Vestry and congregation of St. Stephen’s thanks the Collins family for this generous donation).
- Bibles will be given to the high school graduates on June 12.
- An ad for St. Stephen’s was placed in the Tribune-Review. A motion was made to pay the $450 cost of the ad. The motion was made by Ethel Balas and seconded by Ron Dern.
- The buffer/polisher will be looked at by Lemco. If the cost of the repair is under $200, it will be repaired. If over, it will be replaced. Motion made by Jim Campbell and seconded by Frank Yesko.
- St. Stephen’s Dart Ball Team will replace the tiles in the ceiling of the undercroft. The damaged ones will be kept to be used during dart ball season.
- The Pastoral Committee reported visiting five people this past month.
- We will have another fish fry in the near future.
- On May 22, we will have a meeting after the service to discuss what we are looking for in our new Bishop.