Episcopal Bishop Gretchen Rehberg visits St. Andrew’s Church


Courtesy Terry J. LaBrue, APR. The Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg (left) visited St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Woodin Avenue for Sunday service on March 21. She is pictured with Rev. Canon Linda Mayer of St. Andrew’s.
CHELAN - On the fourth anniversary of her ordination as the first woman Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, The Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg officiated Holy Eucharist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Chelan. 
“We were so pleased to welcome Bishop Rehberg to our March 21 Sunday service,” Rev. Canon Linda Mayer said. “She has many connections plus family in the Chelan Valley. It’s like coming home for her. Our congregation was honored.” 
“For more than a century, St. Andrew’s has been a big part of the history of Chelan. And for the last four years, we looked to Bishop Rehberg for spiritual guidance and direction. It is an honor to help celebrate her anniversary as Bishop in our historic log church.”
Rev. Mayer noted that this was the first celebration of Holy Eucharist since Christmas, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As in the past, there was live acoustic and organ music arranged by music director Hannah Hubbard and choral presentations from soloist Marci Hale.. 
The territory of the present-day Diocese of Spokane has thirty-eight congregations and encompasses all of Washington east of the Cascades and the northern Idaho panhandle. Bishop Rehberg is domiciled in Spokane at St. John’s Cathedral but travels weekly to the various Episcopal churches within the Diocese totaling nearly 5,000 congregants. 
St. Andrew’s Church, built more than 110 years ago, is the oldest permanent structure in Chelan. The church became the centerpiece around which the community grew to eventually become a city. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the church attracts many visitors. The public is welcome at Sunday services held at 10 a.m.  
St. Andrew’s Espicopal Church is located at 120 E. Woodin Avenue, in downtown Chelan. email them at: mainbox@standrews-chelan.org or call them at Telephone: (509) 682-2851. Church services:  ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84574811302
 

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