Leigh Shugrou



My story begins when I was pregnant with Grace, who is now six years old, and Maddie (now ten) was four years old.  I was deciding to which of the many preschools in Pleasant Hill to send her.  I met Lynne Kellund after many interviews around town and knew that I would send her here to Peter Pan Preschool!  I loved that they had Chapel every two weeks and Father Bruce and Laura Gianello were names that I quickly became accustomed to hearing from Maddie.  Maddie was Connecting with God!

 
Now Dan, Grace and I needed to Connect with God!  But what church to attend?  Dan was raised Catholic and I was raised Presbyterian.  We visited the local Catholic and Presbyterian churches in the area and couldn't agree on any of them.  I was worried because the girls had not been baptized and finally decided to contact Father Bruce to inquire about COTR.  It was such a relief to hear that many Episcopalian couples were from different faiths.  We decided to give it a go at COTR and have never looked back.
 
We immediately made friends. How could we not?  There were so many ways . . . We had Father Bruce's Sabbatical party (wow, what a party), the Parish Ranch Retreat, Sunday School, 4th of July parades, Gary's plays, and Christmas and Easter pageants . . . memories, memories, memories . . . we were not only Connecting with God, we were Connecting with Others.
 
We quickly fell in love with COTR and the girls and I dug our heels in and became involved in a lot of activities.  Gracie loves Sunday School and many of her school friends have attended VBS with her.  One of her favorite memories was having our pet rat, Susie, blessed.  Maddie has enjoyed being an acolyte and is looking forward to being involved in Middle School groups next year.  I am thrilled to be working on the 50th Anniversary committee and I love teaching Sunday School.  Dan . . . well, Dan is known to play guitar during a service every now and again and he has made some great friends here.  All four of us are doing the best we can to Reach out in Faith.
 
Leigh Shugrou