St. Augustine Installs New Vicar

St. Augustine Installs New Vicar

by Barbara Woolman, Communications Committee Member, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin

On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Bishop Barry Beisner officiated at the Installation and Celebration of a New Ministry for the Rev. Elizabeth Armstrong as the new Vicar at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Rocklin.

The Rev. Canon Kent McNair from Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park gave a thoughtful homily about God’s vision for the Church, and many clergy from the diocese processed, vested in white stoles. The deeply personal and spiritual ceremony was followed by a lovely reception where the over 200 family, friends and church members attending the rite enjoyed a delicious selection of food.

During the lively service, the congregation offered Pastor Liz several gifts which are part of the liturgy and represent the tools of her new ministry. She received a Bible, a pitcher of water, a book of prayers, a vessel of olive oil, the keys to the church, bread and wine. She also was given the Constitution and Canons of the Church, as well as a scroll containing St. Augustine’s building plans.

Pastor Liz comes to St. Augustine at an exciting time. She is expanding the church’s ministries and programs, as well as encouraging outreach to surrounding communities. She will lead the congregation in the development of the new church campus, which will provide a multi-purpose worship space, a cultural community learning center and eventually a sanctuary.

Pastor Liz grew up in the Placerville area and graduated from El Dorado High School. She earned a master’s degree in audiology at California State University Sacramento in 1983 and worked for eighteen years as an audiologist in private practice.  In 1997 she entered the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2001. She was ordained at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park and served there 10 years as assistant rector.

Pastor Liz’s spiritual guidance and delightful sense of humor are welcome. She brings new energy and enthusiasm to the St. Augustine church community.

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1 comment (Add your own)

1. Toni Stuart wrote:
Congratulations, Liz! Rocklin is lucky to have you.

Wed, February 29, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

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