St. Matthew's Says Farewell

St. Matthew's Says Farewell

article by the Rev Deacon Cindy Long, RN, and photos by her husband, Mark --both of St. Matthew's, Sacramento

On June 22, 2011 the congregation of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sacramento welcomed many to our farewell celebration in honor of the Reverend Lucinda Ashby, who has accepted a call to be the Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Idaho.

We, here at St. Matthew's, wanted to send our Rector Lucinda+ and her husband Bob off with a worship service and party in the signature style of St. Matthew's, of which they have been such an important part for the last five and a half years.

We began with a wonderful bilingual worship service in which the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner presided and the Rev. Canon Britt Olson preached an inspiring sermon, and continued on to a delicious potluck reception provided by the people of our congregation and surrounding community. 

As we gathered to remember and celebrate all that has happened during our time together, we shared laughter, tears and joyous thanks to our Lord --for all that has been and all that lies ahead.

Vaya con Dios, Lucinda+ and Bob!

With love and thanks,

St. Matthew's

Pictured above: Lucinda+ and Bishop Beisner. Pictured at right: Lucinda+ with Jr Warden Norma Boge (top) and dinner guests (below).

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