Pastor Elaine Watskey of Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 has accepted a new call to serve in the Grand Canyon Synod office in Phoenix with Bishop Stephen Talmage as Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy.
She will begin that call on June 1. Her last Sunday to preach was May 10.
The congregation of Mount Cross is inviting the public to attend a farewell celebration for Watskey on May 17.
During the period that Watskey has served Mount Cross, she has been active in supporting ecumenical activities with St. Paul’s Episcopal, Community Presbyterian, and Payson United Methodist Church.
On May 17, Bishop Talmage will preach and preside at a special sending service for her at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be a farewell luncheon for Pastor Watskey and her husband, Joe at the log building on the Mount Cross campus following the services.
Beginning May 24, the Rev. Ed Blair (ret.) and Mount Cross Children, Youth and Family Minister Deacon Michael Brown will lead worship services, until an interim pastor is appointed.