PEP Donates Flag to
Re-starting Church

August 9, 2011. One feature of the August 7, 2011, service at St. 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 Road.

“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 successful.

Blessing of new Episcopal Church flag

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.