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.
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."
surprised Bishop Iker with the check shortly before Christmas.