Friends say farewell to St. George's
The parishioners at St. George's Spesutia Church were not celebrating Christmas on Sunday morning, the Rev. Bill Smith told them amid poinsettias and holiday decorations, but rather The Incarnation ...
But for those gathered at the Perryman church, the oldest Episcopal parish in Maryland, Sunday's service was the end of one part of their story.
The Eucharist service is expected to be the last one to be held at St. George's, after The Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, ordered an end to the parish's services earlier this year ...
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“... truth will out.”
Since: May 08
#1 Dec 31, 2012
from The Baltimore Sun:
"The parish has been operating since 1671, and been in its current building since 1851. In a November letter, however, Sutton informed the congregation that low attendance, a lack of income and a downturn in pledges meant it would only be able to sustain itself for another four years and was therefore required to end services.
"The Bishop had also cited a 'pattern of conflicts' both within the congregation and between the parish and diocese ..."
#2 Dec 31, 2012
Money only for four years? Most congregations of any size would dream for such a luxury. But in TEC, it is booty to be plundered and raided by the bishop -- how also sent his envoy to immediately pirate the treasures. He couldn't even wait until the last service was over before licking his chops.
A sane church and denomination would have told the congregation to use three-fourths of money to stay open three more years and use the other fourth to do quality outreach in hopes of perpetuating the ministry.
But not TEC, the heirararchy wants the loot before any more is wasted on ministry.
Since: Aug 09
#3 Dec 31, 2012
You don't know what you are talking about.
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