August 9, 2011. One feature of the August 7, 2011,
James, Penn Hills was the blessing of a new
Episcopal Church flag donated by PEP.
Bishop Kenneth Price preached and celebrated at the
service, which took place only a month after Episcopal
Church services resumed at the church on Frankstown
“I attended the first service at St. James as a restored
Episcopal Church,” explained PEP First Vice President
Lionel Deimel. “The Episcopal Church flag left behind by
the recently departed ‘Anglicans’ was wrinkled and
faded. I felt that PEP could support the developing St.
James congregations by donating a replacement flag.”
The service was a joyous occasion. A congregation of
more than 60 witnessed a number of baptisms, receptions,
and confirmations. The service was followed by a
reception featuring much food and fellowship.
St. James is one of three restored Episcopal churches in
the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is to be hoped
that there will be others, as parish property issues are
resolved. PEP intends to make donations to these new
church starts (or re-starts) to help them become
Blessing the new flag: (L to R) The Rev. Vicente
Santiago, Priest-Developer; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L.
Price, Jr.; Lionel Deimel, PEP Vice President; Joan
Gundersen, PEP President.