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Evie Shore was born in Boston, the first of her family's five children. Evie’s dad was a decorated veteran of WWII. He was missing in action for a period of time and badly wounded in the war. The first years of Evie’s life included several moves to cities around the South Shore. Her father went to college on the GI Bill and became a math teacher at Boston College. As a child, church was a serious commitment for Evie’s family. Evie remembers how her dad always preferred to sit at the front of church, and her mother at the back. Since their family often walked to church together, there were often treats on the way home: ice cream in the summer and donuts in the winter. As an adult, Evie spent a period of time teaching challenged students. Later, she was asked to join Tad Placement Agency and she excelled in her work. Evie set up and managed six agency offices around Boston. She later spent ten years working for the City of Quincy, during which time she became involved in, and continues to enjoy, politics. Evie spent part of her time working at the Quincy Career Center and is now a consultant to the Center. She also does event planning.

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Evie was first introduced to St. C’s about 15 years ago when her sister was married at the church. She remembers how she loved the building right away, and how it reminded her of churches in old movies set in England. After a few visits, Evie was convinced that St. C’s was the right place for her. She has always loved the style of the building and the worship service. According to Evie, she & St. C’s fit like “coffee and cream.”

Since Evie has been at St. C’s she has been involved in many different ministries, from Sunday School and Family Fun Nights, to fundraising dinners, to serving on the vestry. A little over 2 years ago Evie also started the St. C’s Job Club. She started the Job Club because she saw a need and she was motivated to find a creative solution that fostered hope and healing. Based on her experience with the Quincy Career Center she was sure that she could make it successful. The vestry supported her idea. She says the Job Club has become a success thanks to the support of the people at St. C’s. To date 64 Job Club participants have obtained permanent, full-time employment. Numerous others have obtained part-time jobs.

Evie continues to attend St. C’s as her faith develops and grows. She comes because the people are inviting and she feels at home. As she puts it, “I like it here…It’s the best place for me. I have found that I can grow and think about my faith here. I find this very exciting. I enjoy the talks given here and finding out where others are in their faith journey.”

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AuthorEric Hillegas
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As one of St. C’s longest standing parishioners, Thelma Rice has a unique perspective on the church. A lifelong Episcopalian, Thelma grew up in Medford attending Grace Episcopal Church. She was involved in church from a young age, starting in the choir and then teaching Sunday School. Perhaps most significantly, Thelma belonged to a high school ministry called YPF where she made many friends. When high school ended, they extended the ministry into a “young college age group called the Night Owls, because we met every Sunday night.” It was through this ministry that she met her husband. “My life was pretty centered around the church,” she says of her youth. Her experiences as a young woman involved in church life continued when she moved to Quincy at age 26 and began attending St. C’s with her husband. St. C’s, as Thelma remembers it, was a much larger church. “I came to St. C’s in 1953 and it was a brand new church structure, only three years old. There was a good cross section of people, with a huge Sunday School and three services on Sunday mornings.” Upon joining the congregation, Thelma immediately got involved, “I asked Father Green what I should join and he suggested St. Mary’s Guild. Shortly after I was asked to join Altar Guild, and considering it quite a privilege, I said yes right away.”  Although she later involved herself in nearly every aspect of church life, these early commitments, both St. Mary’s Guild and Altar Guild, remained the most significant. St. Mary’s Guild provided a nice social atmosphere where she was able to “meet a lot of wonderful people and do a lot of interesting things.”  Altar Guild on the other hand, was a more serious endeavor for Thelma. She remembers going to the Cathedral to take lessons and training to become a member. Of Altar Guild, she says “I was thrilled to have been asked since it was an honor.  I felt like I was doing something directly for the Lord’s house.”  She later became the Directress of the Altar Guild and served for many years.

Thelma spent her working years in the insurance industry, both in Braintree and Boston. Though she worked full time, she always prioritized the church. Besides St. Mary’s Guild and Altar Guild, Thelma served as treasurer on the Vestry, treasurer of a daycare program, a lay Eucharistic minister, a Thrift Shop volunteer,  a lay reader and a chalice barer. On this count, she was a trailblazer serving as the first woman chalice barer at St. C’s and one of the first in the diocese.

When asked why she loves the Episcopal Church, like many Episcopalians, Thelma points to the beautiful liturgy as the center of her faith. Moreover she states that, “Everything that is necessary for a relationship with God or Jesus Christ is there in the Episcopal Church.”

In her time at St. C’s, Thelma has seen the church go through many rectors and many changes, both causes for celebration and mourning.  “I like a formal service. I like everyone to wear vestments. I miss that. Everything is a bit more casual and I am old school, I like everything formal,” she says. While she misses the formality of the past, she likes the family atmosphere of church life here now. “I think everyone is more friendly, more open.”

Thelma has taken her spiritual development very seriously through the years. She credits the rectors of St. C's as playing a role in that. "We have had different priests and I’ve liked them all for one reason or another. They have all shown me something new or different." Additionally, she likes that she has never felt restricted in her involvement. "Whatever priest we’ve had has allowed a person to become involved to whatever degree they wanted to without squelching it. It’s always been wonderful that way." She says that for true development, "Just coming to church on Sundays isn’t enough; you need to delve deeper into things." She has done this through many Bible Studies through the years as well as additional courses at St. Paul's Cathedral.

After her nearly 60 years of devotion to St. C's, what advice does she offer to the church? "Don’t make it too casual. Keep the reverence there." Of the congregation's impact in her life, she credits many parishioners with mentoring her through the years. "People today do things a bit different than I do, but they’ve all been wonderful people. We have always had wonderful people at this church, it’s like a family. I’ve always loved it here.”

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AuthorEric Hillegas
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