Dear Ones,

Many of you will not know the name Terry Parsons. She was probably my single greatest mentor in stewardship, a colleague, and a friend. She was the long time Stewardship Officer for the Episcopal Church and just recently was ordained a priest. She had been serving as Vicar of St. Alban’s Church, Bay City, Michigan. In the past few weeks she had fallen several times, was in the hospital with complications from those falls, and I was informed this morning that she died at about 3:30 a.m. Central Time.

She gave much to this Church, and to me personally. I believe she was the inventor of the term “October Beg A Thon” when speaking of our stewardship drives each Fall, or at least she was the first one I ever heard utter it, and she had many others that will live on. She purely and succinctly lived one quote I will never forget, “you can’t sell soap if you don’t take baths.” Terry didn’t just talk about the Christian call to stewardship, she lived it and her legacy and example will live on. I have lost a dear friend and guide.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our sister Terry. We thank you giving her to us, her family, friends and colleagues, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.