By Kathie Deviny, Sanctuary Project Communications Committee
Mary Jo and Terry started attending All Saints in 2012, a few years after their marriage and a few more years after retirement: both from the U.S. Postal Service. She was raised Roman Catholic and he a Baptist. Mary Jo was the longtime postmaster in Summerland and Terry currently works part time at Montecito's Read 'n Post. After participating in Rev. Vicki's confirmation class, Mary Jo was received and Terry was confirmed into The Episcopal Church.
Terry and Mary Jo appreciate their connection to the All Saints community. As with so many parishioners, they participate in different ways. Mary Jo is a regular at Bible and Babble and Tuesday morning Eucharist, and serves on the Outreach Committee. Terry recently volunteered as an election worker at St. Michael's in Isla Vista.
Discussing their contribution to
the capital campaign, Mary Jo noted, "We're both on fixed incomes and do not have extra sources to draw from for our donations." Terry said further, "Because we want to contribute we decided to dedicate what we would normally spend on our vacation as a gift to the capital campaign."
When the couple learned about the matching gift fund they decided to extend their pledge from two to five years. "We're very pleased to have this opportunity to contribute even more, and thank the parishioners who made this matching fund possible," they said in unison!
Co-chair Ed Birch responded to this extraordinary gesture, "We are touched and humbled by the generosity of Mary Jo and Terry. Gifts of all sizes will not only help us achieve the goal, but by the spirit of giving and coming together as a family that means so much. On behalf of my co-chairs Bitsy and Sheri, please accept our sincere appreciation."