"I'm delighted to install the Reverend Doctor Elizabeth Tattersall as priest for Coventry Cross," said Bishop Edwards. "She brings the mind of a scientist and the heart of a pastor to her ministry. Already the feel of the congregation is warmer and friendlier than it has been for years. I like how they want to make life better not just for each other but for people of all faiths in Minden-Gardnerville."
Clergy from Episcopal churches around Northern Nevada participated in the service. Canon Chuck McCray of St Peterís Episcopal Church, Carson City, delivered the homily. Canon McCray used the folk story Stone Soup, in which two hungry men convince a group of townspeople into sharing food, as a launching point to talk about how the Coventry Cross congregation can work together with Reverend Tattersall. He asked everyone in the congregation to write in the book what they would include in their own personal stone soup then he gifted the book to Reverend Tattersall.
Rev. Deacon Ken Rackley, who will be joining the Coventry Cross team in April, also participated in the installation service. In keeping with the focus of diaconal ministry, which is taking Godís love out into the wider world, Deacon Rackley will be helping the people of Coventry Cross to discover how they can more effectively serve as ambassadors of Christ in our community.
Other clergy involved in the installation service included the Rev. Eric Heidecker of St Patrickís, Incline Village, the Rev. Victoria Warren of St Johnís, Glenbrook, the Very Rev. Jeff Paul of St Peterís Carson City, as well as the Rev. Kirk Woodliff of St. Paulís, Sparks, the Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale of St. Paulís , Virginia City, and the Rev. Ruth Hanusa of Trinity, Reno.
Prior to becoming priest-in-charge at Coventry Cross, Reverend Tattersall was a priest for 13 years at St John's in the Wilderness at Glenbrook, Nevada. During that time, she also frequently served as a visiting priest at Coventry Cross.
"It was wonderful to have clergy and lay people from so many churches in the region come to support the celebration of this new phase in the ministry of Coventry Cross to the Carson Valley,Ē said Reverend Tattersall.
The public is invited to meet Reverend Tattersall and Rev. Deacon Ken Rackley as they lead the Coventry Cross congregation in worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays. In addition, Coventry Cross is expanding its Christian education offerings with regular book studies on Wednesdays at 11 AM. The next series, also open to the public, begins on April 16 when participants will begin reading and discussing The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine LíEngle.
Coventry Cross is a welcoming Carson Valley church community, touching lives through Christ by nurturing, sharing, and enhancing faith in our community. The church itself is noteworthy because of its history. It was built in Smith Valley, Nevada in 1940 and moved to its current location at 1631 Esmeralda Place across from the Carson Valley Inn in Minden on October 8, 1954. Coventry Cross is home to a cross that survived a bombing during World War II when the cross resided in a church in Europe.