The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Ladehoff, Episcopal Bishop of Oregon, makes his annual visit to Grace Episcopal Church this Sunday. Ladehoff will preside at a combined service at 9 a.m. and greet members of the congregation and visitors at a brunch following worship in the Parish Hall, 1545 Franklin Ave.

"The Episcopal Church is a church governed by bishops," explained Grace's rector, the Rev. Richard Loop. Ladehoff serves as "chief pastor" of the diocese, and with the advice and consent of the Diocesan Council and Standing Committee of the Diocese is responsible for "administering all diocesan affairs both spiritual and secular." One of his responsibilities as bishop, which he will perform during his visit to Grace, is to baptize new members into the faith and confirm those desiring to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism.

Ladehoff has served as Oregon's bishop for nearly 18 years. He will retire in September after the election of his successor.

Bishop Ladehoff will be assisted in Sunday's worship by the Rev. Loop and by lay eucharistic ministers Pete Hoffman and Roy Chamberlain, lector Steve Wedell, organist Carol Abraham and the George Fraser and Robert Lovell families. Nursery care is available during the service.

The Lenten book study group will meet for its second session at 7 p.m. to discuss "Things Seen and Unseen" by Nora Gallagher.

The Grace Lenten program includes the reading of Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday and walking the Stations of the Cross at noon Friday. The Grief Support Group led by Candy Sollars meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and is open to all interested Clatsop County residents. A worship and healing service is offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, preceded by a simple soup and bread supper. For information, call 325-4691 or e-mail grace@pacifier.com

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