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From the Vestry: Memorial Gifts for the Restoration of the Chapel

August 13, 2018 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dear Friends of God,

For the past twelve months, our entire parish community has been cared for by Michael Schmidt and Mary Street, who have lovingly overseen a project to re-order and improve our beloved chapel.

The Parish had the financial resources to undertake this work because of generous memorial gifts, as well as the prudent leadership of the property committee. In addition, we ourselves, along with many staff and formation leaders, have made contributions. 

Improvements include:

  • New recessed lighting
  • Freshly painted walls
  • Refinished floors
  • New rugs (a gift from the Episcopal Divinity School and the Reverend Randall Chase)
  • Built-in capacity for improved audio-visual usage
  • New art from Zambia and Zimbabwe (a gift from the Reverend Louis W. Pitt, Jr.)
  • A place where both children and adults gather to worship, pray, and learn. 

In mid-September, new wooden, upholstered chairs will arrive. These chairs provide the flexibility to arrange the room in a variety of ways and to store them safely and securely when they're not used. 

Each chair costs $250.00. 

You should know that we have led this effort, pledging among ourselves at the June vestry meeting (as well as some staff and other leaders who were at the meeting) nearly 80% of the funds we need. We could have funded the project that night, but we want all of you to join us, to make our sacred space a place we create together. Your contributions will enable us to purchase additional chairs, new altar vestments, and have the capacity to commission additional art. We hope you will join us and support our Parish Chapel.

Our goal is to have every member of the parish contribute something; that could be as small as $1.00 or as much as God tells you! If you would like to make a gift, please email us. In your email include the name, if your gift is in memory or in honor of a loved one.

On the First Sunday of Advent, 2 December, we will re-dedicate the Chapel to the glory of God. With your generosity, we look forward to celebrating the restoration of this beautiful and essential part of our church.  

Faithfully in Christ,

Eunice Aikins-Afful, Leslie Aitken, Rich Bartels, Alan Briggs, Cherie Collin de Casaubon, Thom Fries, David Greeley, Matthew Hodges, Darwin
Keith-Lucas, John McConnell, Dave McSweeney, Suzanne Owayda, Tom Pavilon, Kate Reynolds, Jennifer Shire, Gabrielle Stott, Jane White

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922



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