Emmanuel Episcopal Church to host New Reverend celebration on Sunday


PETOSKEY – The Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Petoskey is expected to hold a celebration and welcome for its rector (pastor) this Sunday.

Reverend Kay Houck started with the church about a year ago. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the church has postponed its welcoming celebration for her until now.

“Obviously when I arrived with the pandemic raging as it was, there were some security protocols we had in place that delayed that,” Houck said.

“A year has passed now and now it’s kind of a one-year celebration with the church,” she said.

Houck grew up in downtown New York City and as a child always thought she was going to be a doctor.

As she grew older, however, her life path took her on a different path in ministry.

“I had named the value of healing, but it was just out of place,” she said. “For various reasons I would be a very bad doctor, but I found my way in life with Christ and used his words to heal instead.”

Houck previously worked as a rector and was ordained in her home state of New York before moving to Michigan. She spent time around Port Huron before deciding to move even further north.

“I was invited to apply for this position here at Petoskey, but soon after the interview process began, so did the pandemic,” she said. “Once we were able to set up an interview and go through the process, I was happy to get the call and take the job.”

Houck looks forward to next Sunday and will celebrate her final year in Petoskey, surrounded by her community and congregation.

“I am so grateful to be here,” she said.

“It has been a difficult year for everyone so it has not been without challenges, but the community is wonderful in terms of the parish and surrounding community and I look forward to rooting deeper and expanding. my ministry here. ”

Houck’s next celebration and reception will take place at 9 a.m. this Sunday, November 7 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The church is located at 1020 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey.

More information about Houck or the church can be found online at www.eecpetoskey.org.

Contact reporter Sean Miller at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter, @seanmillerpnr, and Instagram, @sean_everest.



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