RE­TIRE­MENT PARTY:

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell, left, con­grat­u­lates United Church min­is­ter Gary Stokes at his of­fi­cial re­tire­ment party at the Lan­caster Le­gion Sun­day af­ter­noon. Rev. Stokes ar­rived in Lan­caster in 1998 and tried to re­tire in 2003, only to find that the com­mu­nity wouldn’t let him. He was con­stantly be­ing called to preach at var­i­ous church ser­vices and per­form other re­li­gious du­ties. Now, he has fi­nally made good on his prom­ise to re­tire and will be mov­ing to Kingston, where he will spend his time study­ing the Gnos­tic gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Chris­tian­ity. He reads He­brew and Greek and is learn­ing to read Cop­tic so he can bet­ter study the Gnos­tic gospels. Mr. McDonell or­ga­nized the party for Rev. Stokes, who re­ceived well wishes from all three lev­els of the gov­ern­ment, the lo­cal Ma­sonic lodge, and other com­mu­nity mem­bers.

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