How glad I am to join Mother Liz in sharing with you our happiness in welcoming Deacon Erin Pickersgill and her family to our St. Tim’s family. Last Sunday, July 17, was her first service with us, and it really felt right to have her assist at the altar and preach the sermon.
We’ve had so many ups and downs in the past couple of years—changes that were not always positive. We learned how to cope with Covid and our building being closed. We’ve modified how we do things time after time, including having Sunday Eucharist services without Mother Camie joining Mother Liz at the altar.
So now here we are. Deacon Erin and her delightful family, husband David and young daughters Liberty and Frances, will be with us until January 1. Having been in church last Sunday when she preached, I write with assurance that we are most fortunate to have her here!
Deacon Erin’s special interest in and knowledge of programming for children and youth is just what we need. In fact, when she leaves us, she will be going to work for the Diocese in this specialty. We all want to engage our young Christians in learning about the love of God and the stories of our faith. And now to have someone here who’s really good at that—what a blessing!
Beyond all that, she is spending these coming six months as a transitional deacon preparing to be ordained as a priest, so expect to see her regularly assisting at the altar, preaching, and being a part of the full life of St. Timothy’s.
Welcome, Deacon Erin!
Joy Rouse, Sr. Warden