- About Grace
A Season of Change
On April 25, 2014
Sunday, May 4
following the 10 a.m. worship service
Albright Parish Hall
All are invited!
Sunday, May 4 will be the Rev. Doris Westfall’s last day with us at Grace Church. Mo. Doris has served as Grace’s Associate Rector since our parish merged with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church nearly one year ago. Before the merger, she served as the Rector of St. Matthew’s in Warson Woods for seven years. With her guidance and leadership, members of her parish and the spirit of St. Matthew’s have been embraced at Grace Church.
And now Mo. Doris is answering a call to share her experiences and help other congregations in similar transitional periods.
“The Bishop, as well as many clergy in several dioceses, have told me that writing a book about the merger process would be a gift to the larger church,” said Mo. Doris. “There is a very important story to tell from a spiritual, clerical, and congregational perspective. I feel that my job concerning the merger will not be complete until such time as that book is written.”
“We want to celebrate with Doris her eight years of ministry with the parish,” said the Rev. Todd McDowell, Grace’s Rector. “It’s important that we thank her for sharing her gifts and offer our blessing on the next ‘chapter’ of her ministry.”
Our entire parish is invited to celebrate the Rev. Doris Westfall and her ministry on Sunday, May 4. Please join us in Albright Parish Hall following the 10 a.m. worship service for a special luncheon, where we will show our gratitude for Mo. Doris’ service to our parish.
Our parish now enters a period of discernment for our staffing needs. Please keep Mo. Doris and our parish in your prayers through this transition and take the opportunity to personally share your gratitude with her.
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“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
Several years ago I bought a silver bangle bracelet that had this verse written on it. I wore it a lot. It served as a reminder to me as to what I was striving for in trying to live a Spirit-filled life. I would touch it throughout the day and for a moment take stock as to where I was in relation to the Holy Spirit and to look for where the Spirit was moving in my life.
How do we know that the Holy Spirit is alive in one another and in our community of faith? St. Paul tells us that when the Holy Spirit is present we will notice its by-product, its “fruit.” When we experience love and joy; when peace, patience, kindness and goodness prevail; when faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are lived out, we know we are living in the Spirit of Christ.
It was at Grace that my sons first learned of God’s love for them and for the world. It was at Grace that my call to the priesthood was affirmed and supported. It was at Grace that David and I renewed our marriage vows many years ago, with Llew Heigham presiding. It was the congregation of Grace that prayed and supported us through the crisis of almost losing Robert, and who then joyfully received him into its presence, into its very life.
Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for the privilege of loving and serving Jesus Christ with you. As I leave Grace my wish is that you will recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in, among, and through you and that you will strive to grow in grace, love and service to our Lord.
I wish you blessings and abundant life in our Risen Savior,