The Rev. James Waggoner, Episcopal bishop of Spokane, will consecrate a columbarium, a final resting place for the ashes of the departed, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Oct. 7.
A service of Evensong will begin at 4 p.m. At the same service, there will be an commital of the ashes of the late Charles L. Sutton, a long-time St. Mark’s member who died in 2008. The church is located at 111 S. Jefferson, across from the Moscow Public Library.
St. Mark’s columbarium is located in a courtyard on the north side of the church. It consists of a vault where the urns containing ashes of members of the parish will be placed.
The service will culminate a fruitful collaboration between the donor, Joanne Sutton, the Vestry, the special services of Chad Spears as designer and Ben Jenness as master installer.
In addition, the following crafts firms contributed their skills to its construction: Armento, Inc. in Buffalo, New York (the columbarium itself); Eisinger Construction, Moscow (the brick and concrete enclosure); Mundy’s Machine & Welding, Moscow (the
ornamental gate); and Precision Engraving, Moscow (dedication plaque and name plates).
Waggoner became the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane in October of 2000. The Diocese of Spokane has 41 congregations spread across eastern Washington and northern Idaho.
Joanne Sutton and Donna Woolston played key roles in the design and funding of the St. Mark's columbarium.
The Rev. Michael West, the former interim rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, will visit Moscow on Sunday, Sept. 25. Father West will preach and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.
West was the interim at St. Mark’s for almost two years while the parish searched for a new rector in 2002-2003, and he also served on a regular basis in 2006-2008.
A native of London, West was ordained a Baptist minister before becoming a priest in the Church of England. He served a variety of parishes in England before becoming the Anglican chaplain in Tripoli, Libya. From 1982 to 1989, he was chaplain to the English-speaking community in Tel Aviv, Israel.
West moved to Spokane in 1997 and is affiliated with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. His pastoral duties have included temporary assignments and Sunday preaching at 20 churches across the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.
Cellist Linda Wharton performs at the Sept. 11 memorial service at St. Mark’s. Photo: Robin Biffle
St. Mark’s will sponsor a special ten-year 9/11 observance “Tikkun Olam (Heal the world)” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
This will be an interfaith service, lasting about 45 minutes: mostly music, reflective readings, and silence. The public is invited to attend.