Consecration service conducted at St. James'

Friday, December 15, 2006
John Dryden Burton, center, of Hillspeak was concecrated Sunday as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church of St. James by Bishop Larry Maze, right, with assistance from St. James Vicar Edie Bird, left. Sunday's ceremonies were the final official duties of Bishop Maze in Eureka Springs pending his retirement as Bishop of the Arkansas Diocese the end of this month.

BERRYVILLE -- The 12th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, Larry Earl Maze, said mass and conducted consecration ceremonies Sunday at St. James' Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs as one of his last official acts prior to his retirement the end of December.

The Rt. Rev. Maze consecrated John Dryden Burton of Hillspeak as a deacon in the Episcopal Church before a packed church of parishioners, family and visitors Sunday morning.

Bishop Maze also consecrated St. James' Mutual Ministry Team, consisting of Rev. Betsy Porter, priest; Ray Pendergrass, catechist; Laura Shoffner, preacher; Larry Shoffner, minister of pastoral care; Suzanne Tourtelott and Judy Godfrey, eucharistic visitor coordinators; Al Lacock, worship coordinator; and Cheri Lacock, eucharistic minister.

In addition, the following received confirmation into the church; Ann Carter, Tom Rennels, Rachael Thomas and Bill Pugh.

Following services, a reception was held at the church for the honorees and their families.

Among those attending were John's brothers, Ken Burton of Fort Worth, Texas, and Don Burton of Temple, Texas, and Gloria Burton's sister, Barbara McElfresh and niece Ginger, of Omaha, Neb.

John Burton is the local editor of the Anglican Digest, a monthly publication by Hillspeak.

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