Sunday, June 21, 2009

1 service to launch Episcopal church; parishes get letters

From The Modesto Bee-

There are several updates to the continuing Episcopal/Anglican saga in our area. They include:
Episcopal Bishop Jerry Lamb announced that the first service at St. Paul's in Modesto will be held July 5 at 10 a.m., instead of the two services originally scheduled.

He said a diocesan committee decided it would be better to have everyone gathered at one time to celebrate the renewal of Episcopal services at the church on Oakdale Road just south of Briggsmore.

You may recall that the majority of the congregation plans to walk away from the facility and sign it over to the Episcopal diocese the last week in June to avoid a lawsuit. Those folks will begin a new Anglican parish in downtown Modesto, holding its first service July 5 at 10:15 a.m.

Also last week, the nine other self-incorporated parishes with ties to the Anglican diocese headquartered in Fresno received letters from Lamb "to arrange the transition of all properties and assets back to the Episcopal Church." Two of those parishes are St. Francis in Turlock and St. James (the historic Red Church) in Sonora.

Because of their independent status, those parishes were not named in the lawsuit the Episcopal Church filed against Anglican Bishop John-David Schofield and the rest of the parishes after they voted in December 2007 to leave TEC and come under the oversight of an Anglican group in South America.

"It's another effort for them to come and sit down and talk with us as St. Paul's did before we go through any more of these legal battles," Lamb said. "That's what we're trying to get away from."

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