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Date 05 May 1996 13:18:41


95213                   NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
     The Women's Ministries program area of the National Ministries 
Division has announced two staff appointments. 
     Bettie J. Durrah will begin working with various women's 
constituencies as an associate in the Synods of Mid-Atlantic and South 
Atlantic on June 19.  She will be based in Atlanta. 
     The Rev. Mary Margaret Thiel will be the Women's Ministries associate 
in the synods of The Trinity and the Covenant beginning July 1 and will 
have her office in the Kiskiminetas Presbytery building in Yatesboro, Pa. 
                              # # # 
     On May 28, the Revs. John Matthew and Judy McKay were commissioned by 
the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho for ministry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 
Hailey, Idaho.  The Rt. Rev. John Stuart Thornton, bishop of the diocese, 
conferred on the two Presbyterian ministers "the grace and authority of 
Holy Orders as understood and required by the Episcopal Church for the 
exercise of the ministry of priest." 
     The Rev. David Carlson, general presbyter for the presbyteries of 
Boise, Kendall and Eastern Oregon, preached the sermon.  Episcopal and 
Presbyterian clergy joined in the laying on of hands in recognition of the 
dual ordination. 
     McKay and Matthew are both former general presbyters of the three 
presbyteries, known as the Snake River Mission Area.  McKay was designated 
by Thornton as parish administrator and his personal representative at 
Emmanuel Church.  Matthew, who retired in 1989, was commissioned as a 
volunteer pastor of the church. 

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