Vicki Hughes, Robert Auwerda

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

Our life together as a community sometimes offers a conflicted mixture of celebration and grief.

Last night I visited Vicki Hughes at the Critical Care Unit of Beverly Hospital and found her much recovered: awake and able to share in conversation.  She has received excellent care and is expected to make a full recovery.

Earlier yesterday, I visited with the family of parishioner Robert Auwerda, a regular worshipper at the 8AM service, married 25 years to his lovely wife, Liz, and a thoroughly devoted father of six amazing children.  Robert died this past Saturday at his home in Rowley at the age of 54.

As we celebrate Vicki’s recovery, please lovingly hold the Auwerda family in your thoughts and prayers.

God’s peace,




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