Deborah Lee Townsend

St. Augustine’s trains lay leaders to offer regular worship services

Christmas 2011 was a turning point at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer. 

On this particular holiday with parishioners out of state, snowy weather and illness, the church closed its red door on the very night when every church’s door should be open, Christmas Eve. 

The church that the Reverend Joe and Elizabeth Aprill foresaw since the 1950s and worked to establish with hope and perseverance, had survived many problems including meeting locations, fluctuating congregation size, and lack of a regular priest. 

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