Monday, June 16, 2008
Fifty Years and Going Strong!
A unique celebration was held at our church this weekend, a 50th celebration of the Ordination of Reverend Edward Sterling. Having grown up in Texas, serving in the military and moving throughout the United States, Father Ed (as we call him) has been a part of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church since 1980. It is an honor to have such a gracious man in our community always giving of his time and talents and witnessing his devotion to helping others. We celebrated this grand occasion with a service lead by two Bishops from the Diocese of Olympia and over seventy people from the congregation. I must say the highlight was the reception where four letters were read. Heartfelt, warm and appreciation best describes the written words from a Ft. Lewis Chaplin, Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma; Senator Maria Cantwell and President George W. Bush. Generous clapping, ooohs and awes were heard from the crowd after each letter was read. Father Ed was humbled by the letters and the support he felt from his biggest fans - St. Andrew's congregation who are proud to be a part of his gracious fifty years.