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Two from St. Mark's receive awards

March 23, 2009

Two members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans Crossroads, received awards from the P.R.A.Y. programs, sponsored through the Scouts and the Episcopal Church.

Jennifer Drake received the St. George Award, which acknowledges distinguished service by adults in the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional development of youth through service to the church and through the Daughters of the King, an Episcopal order for women.

Drake was presented with a medal and certificate by Rev. Eugene Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Drake is the leader of the youth programs at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where she teaches the middle-senior high class and serves as vice-president of the Daughters of the King.

Drake has led youth on mission trips to repair homes, and spent a week in Mississippi repairing homes after Hurricane Katrina.

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Bishop Sutton also presented the Building Faith in Youth Award to Scott Lindsay. Lindsay, a Scoutmaster, has actively promoted the P.R.A.Y. Scouting programs at St. Mark's and developed a special class for elementary age boys called "Jesus Was a Carpenter."

The class uses hands-on carpentry projects combined with Bible study to create interest in a segment of youth who often drop out of Sunday school. The award includes a medal with a four-colored cross.

The colors correspond to the P.R.A.Y. series "God and Me (red), God and Family (yellow), God and Church (blue) and God and Life (green). The four colors converge into a point to create an "X" at the center of the cross. "X" is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ.

"Jennifer and Scott are outstanding leaders and mentors for our youth. We were pleased that Bishop Sutton could present them with these awards honoring their dedication and the time commitment they have made to our young Christians," said the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of St. Mark's.

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