All Saints congregation surprises bishop with gifts

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 4:05pm
By: The Citizen

All Saints congregation surprises bishop with gifts

Members of All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City surprised an unsuspecting Bishop David Anderson last Sunday at their annual parish meeting by a stealthy change in the agenda.

Anderson who is Suffragan Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) thought he was to be guest speaker but instead he was the honoree who was bombarded with gifts and accolades by members of the two-year old church.

Outgoing Senior Warden David Wardell presented Anderson with a new set of vestments and spoke of Anderson’s many contributions to the formation and growth of All Saints.

Bishop David Anderson

All Saints clerk and artist Freddy Burdeshaw presented Anderson with a portrait of the bishop he had painted in acrylic, in which Anderson was wearing the new vestments.

Church rector Michael Fry thanked Anderson for his leadership in CANA and his support of All Saints, then finally allowed Anderson to have the floor as guest speaker.

Anderson then gave the parish an update on development in the creation of a new orthodox Anglican province in North America and discussed some of the steps that will be required.

Afterwards the church elected new vestry members to replace those completing their terms. Vince Bonura, Jane Carter, and Sandy Perrin were installed as the new vestrymen, while Jim Lee extended his term. Kent McVay was named new senior warden. All Saints is at 303 Kelly Drive and is currently negotiating to buy a new church building.

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