St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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Meet our Bishop Elect

The Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin was elected as the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

The election was held during a special Electing Convention June 25 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

McLoughlin was chosen from among four final candidates to lead the Episcopal Church in Western North Carolina, representing 15,000 members in 63 year-round congregations, six summer chapels and two conference centers.

McLoughlin will join the diocese in September and will be consecrated as bishop on Oct. 1. He will replace the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor, the sixth bishop of the diocese, who was consecrated as bishop in 2004.

Ordained in 2005, McLoughlin earned his Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his call to the priesthood, McLoughlin worked in the criminal justice field serving in the State of Florida as a police officer and in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in various capacities, most recently as the special assistant/senior advisor to the assistant attorney general.

McLoughlin and his wife Laurel have been married for 23 years, and together have two children, Alexander, 17, and Alyson, 14. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, McLoughlin is bilingual, enjoys music, playing the drums, and studying 18th century American history.

In his nomination profile, McLoughlin wrote, "I think the church today longs for a new type of bishop. A bishop who is truly engaged in the ministry and lives of people within the diocese; engaged in mission and evangelism; a bishop willing to sit with the people of the diocese and explore new ways to be disciples of Christ."

Music Notes

The Choir is on vacation for the month of August. We will still be rehearsing on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30. This may be a good no-stress time to give choir a try! All ages and voice parts are welcome. In August the offertory and hymns will focus on spirituals and traditional spiritual songs from the African American tradition.

Bishop Taylor’s Retirement Event

All are invited to celebrate Bishop Taylor’s time in our diocese at Kanuga Conference Center on Saturday, August 13, from 1-4 pm. Events will be held at the Lakeside Pavillion, Fireplace Lounge and outdoor chapel. There will be swimming, face painting, live music, snacks at no cost, beer and wine at nominal cost. Car pooling is recommended. For more information, see the flyer on the Parish House bulletin board, or visit the diocesan website:

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May - August
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8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m.-Church School  
10:30 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir) 

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Coming Events

Sunday, August 7

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, August 8

Tuesday, August 9

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, August 10

7:00 a.m. - Middleton Group Meeting
12:00 p.m. - AA
6:00 p.m. - Stephen Ministry
6:30 p.m. - Education for Ministry
7:00 p.m. - Choir

Thursday, August 11

6:30 p.m. - Summer Series

Friday, August 12

Saturday, August 13

Sunday, August 14

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. - Punch on the Lawn

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