Note: The Rev. Canon Earle King has been rector of Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church for more than 25 years. Being an Episcopal priest is a second career for Father Earle. His first career was in music. He studied organ at the Eastman School of Music and became an organist. He later attended graduate school in Oklahoma and taught organ at the college level for a while.
Although Father Earle enjoyed teaching and playing the organ, he said that he felt a call to the priesthood. He attended seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest in the 1980s. He has spent the overwhelming majority of his career at Saint Martin in the Fields in Grand Island, New York. He is married to Paula King, who is choir director at the church. She served as organist for 17 years and just recently retired. The church’s new organist, Jeanne Suski, began today.
|Sunday morning, I went to Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. The church was full. My friend Amy and I found seats near the front. A large group of people was in church for the baptism of a baby named Anna Grace. This is a task that Father Earle, who has two adult sons, truly enjoys. He looks happy and relaxed when he is holding a baby. In fact, he has been given the title of “baby whisperer.”
|Here is little Anna Grace, ready to be baptized.
|Anna Grace and Father Earle share a moment.
|Here is Cathy Rieley-Goddard, co-pastor of Riverside-Salem Environmental Chapel (associated with the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ), to read a proclamation from the town board and to offer a prayer for the walk.
|Father Earle is among the group that is ready to take the walk. He brought an umbrella, as did several others. Fortunately, despite the dark clouds to the west, it did not rain.
|This is where we checked in to participate in the CROP walk.
|Here are a few kids, holding up the CROP walk sign.
|The group is assembled and ready to run through the banner and start the walk.
|And they’re off!
|It is a joyful experience.
|We have a few canine companions, as well.
|We walk past the beach and head down the road to River Lea.
|Here is one happy dog on the beach.
|It was a rain-free experience. I walked with a man named John, and, in the course of 3.8 miles, we managed to solve all of the world’s problems.
At the end of the walk, there were apples and hot dogs for all of the participants.