Williamsport, Pa. – Reverend Lauri A. Kerr will be the first West Branch missioner, church officials announced last week.
Rev. Kerr was installed as the first West Branch Missionary by Bishop Audrey Scanlan of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania at a service at Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Williamsport on November 13.
While she will rotate her Sunday pastoral duties between four churches, she serves all 10 churches stretching from Williamsport to Lock Haven and Exchange to Eagles Mere. This is part of the Shaped by Faith effort to create a diocese best suited to serve God’s mission in central Pennsylvania.
“I am confident that the Episcopal Churches of the West Branch Convocation can be a witness of God’s love in our region,” said Lauri.
Prior to this service, Bishop Scanlan blessed the new community garden being planted by Trinity and people from the neighborhood and community.
Trinity has entered into a long-term lease with Park Place to use part of their land at the end of Trinity Place.
This is also a Shaped by Faith initiative and many people and organizations have helped and will help. Penn College Culinary School’s Mike Ditchfield will teach healthy cooking practices, and Penn State Extension master gardeners are hosting a “Seed to Supper” program. It was designed to give novice gardeners on a budget – and space – the tools to successfully grow some of their own food.
Future events include joint Bible studies, a presence at the Backhouse Cafe, a Festival of Lessons & Carols in support of HOPE Enterprises, a Night of Caroling in support of Dwell Orphan Care, joint Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve services, and an American Guild of Happy Epiphany service and concert organists.