St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo celebrated its 150th birthday in style on Sunday, September 10, with a commemorative ribbon cutting and block party following the worship service with Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves. The day included Taiko drummers and a local band, food, speeches, tours, and of course a birthday cake. During the afternoon, parishioner Lee Hollister chauffeured Bishop Mary and St. Stephen’s Rector Ian Delinger to a local Methodist church across town, whose congregation was also celebrating their 150th anniversary!

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Above: The congregation shares a commemorative ribbon-cutting with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. Below (from top): Bishop Mary & Rector Ian Delinger join in the festivities with parishioners; the two return in style from a crosstown road trip; Senior Warden Bud Zeuschner reads a State of California proclamation. (Photos by Elrond Lawrence)