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Notes about People
04 May 1996 20:41:34
96018 Notes about People
by Alexa Smith and Jerry L. Van Marter
General Assembly Council member Fern Crane welcomed twin grandsons
home just before Christmas. Alexander Cuir Riak and Alden Cuir Riak were
born on Dec. 6 -- and came home on Dec. 24 and Dec. 23, respectively.
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The Rev. Peg Beissert, former Lazarus Project director, and Adele
Starr, founder and a continuing leader of Parents, Families and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), will be honored at the annual Lazarus Awards
Banquet Jan. 27 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
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The Rev. Kenneth O. Jones, 77, associate pastor of The Fifth Avenue
Presbyterian Church in New York City for 32 years, died in his office of a
heart attack Jan. 7.
Jones, a renowned evangelist and liturgist, recently published a book
of his pastoral prayers entitled "Lean Back on the Everlasting Arms." He
was also a distinguished leader in the Welsh-American community.
A descendant of a 19th-century Welsh clergyman who was one of the
first to break with the Anglicans and be ordained in the new Welsh
Calvinist Church, Jones was raised in a small Welsh community outside
Madison, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and McCormick
Theological Seminary. He began his ministry at Fifth Avenue in 1963.
A memorial service for Kenneth O. Jones was scheduled for Jan. 17 at
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The Rev. Robert Rolland "Army" Armstrong, who was instrumental in
Alaska becoming a state while serving as pastor of First Presbyterian
Church of Anchorage, died Dec. 16 in Roswell, N.M., at the age of 85.
A native of Grapeville, Pa., Armstrong graduated from Grove City
College. He attended Princeton and Louisville Presbyterian theological
seminaries and was ordained in 1937 by Buckhorn Presbytery in Kentucky.
Armstrong ministered in Alaska from 1940 to 1966. In 1955 he was
elected to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, where he joined 54 other
Alaskans in penning a constitution that was essential to the eventual
granting of statehood to Alaska in 1959. He continued to serve Native
Americans after moving from Alaska to Arizona, acting as a presbytery and
synod executive in what is now the Synod of the Southwest.
A memorial service was held Dec. 19 at First Presbyterian Church of
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The Rev. James J. Beates, a member of Detroit Presbytery, received
the city of Detroit's highest award Dec. 8 at the 11th annual Christmas
Service for People Who Care about People with AIDS. The award, The Spirit
of Detroit Award, was presented to Beates by City Council president
The award is presented each year to persons who through their efforts
make Detroit a better place in which to live. Beates was honored for his
ministry and community service among people living with HIV\AIDS. For the
first time in seven years, Beates was not well enough to participate in the
leadership of the service at which he received the award. He has lived
with HIV/AIDS for nine years and was recovering from a severe bout of
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Feliciano Carino, general secretary of the National Council of
Churches in the Philippines, has been elected general secretary of the
Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), one of the world's leading regional
The CCA, based in Hong Kong, has as members more than 120 churches
from Pakistan to New Zealand. The membership of CCA is overwhelmingly
Protestant but also includes several Orthodox churches. Roman Catholic
churches in Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand participate in national
councils of churches that are CCA members.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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