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A Gift from St. Mary's, Hillsboro

Recently the mission church of St. Mary's, Hillsboro, unexpectedly received a bequest totaling $115,000 from the estate of a former member, Frances Koop Parsons. The vicar, Fr. John Palmer (left), and church treasurer, George Harris (center), met with the vestry to consider stewardship of the gift, and Mr. Harris suggested making a tithe to the diocese as a thank offering.

"Over the years," Mr. Harris says, "St. Mary's has been blessed with many things from our Lord; this was only one of them. Another is the diocese's help in various ways through the years, along with guidance from the Canon and Bishop, and their unwavering support of the congregation of St. Mary's."

The congregation surprised Bishop Iker with the check shortly before Christmas.