WJTV News Channel 12 - FAITH IN FOCUS: Wife/Husband Vicars Team-up in Raymond

"Because of our size and because of the spirit of this place it feels very relaxed and informal but the structure of it is in fact liturgical," Pastor Luther Ott said.

FAITH IN FOCUS: Wife/Husband Vicars Team-up in Raymond

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They also said that what they do in the church with their tight-knit community is just as important as what they do after: the entire church meetd for coffee just down the street. They also said that what they do in the church with their tight-knit community is just as important as what they do after: the entire church meetd for coffee just down the street.
"We have no running water. We have no bathroom facilities," Vicar Janet Ott said. "We have no running water. We have no bathroom facilities," Vicar Janet Ott said.
"But we really love serving together. We love being able to get up on Sunday morning and come to church together. And as you can tell from this morning there's simply not a better preacher in the Anglican church than my beloved wife," Pastor Luther Ott sa "But we really love serving together. We love being able to get up on Sunday morning and come to church together. And as you can tell from this morning there's simply not a better preacher in the Anglican church than my beloved wife," Pastor Luther Ott sa
"That's an interesting question. An Episcopal church the size of ours usually has one clergyperson called a 'vicar'. And I think Luther may be the first official associate 'vicar' in the diosese of Mississippi in it's history," Pastor Ott said. "That's an interesting question. An Episcopal church the size of ours usually has one clergyperson called a 'vicar'. And I think Luther may be the first official associate 'vicar' in the diosese of Mississippi in it's history," Pastor Ott said.
The church also served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The church also served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War.
NEWS CHANNEL 12's Jacob Kittilstad certainly has not been quiet about it.

One week ago to the day he got married. Her name is Eleanor and this weekend is actually the first time they've spent apart since the ceremony.

But he says it's alright! Do you know why? Well, before being wed he met two clergy members - a husband and wife - who for the better part of 40 years worked apart at different churches every Sunday.

Until now.

This weekend we're looking at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raymond where the team is putting FAITH IN FOCUS.

Click here to watch last week's FAITH IN FOCUS: NBC Ministries says "Come as you are..."

No music played at the church during WJTV's visit. The piano player is tending to his ailing father. In a church this small there's no back-up plan.

"We have no running water. We have no bathroom facilities," Vicar Janet Ott said.

But Pastor Ott said 'St. Mark's' does have one thing - an extra if-you-will - that other churches don't.

"That's an interesting question. An Episcopal church the size of ours usually has one clergyperson called a 'vicar'. And I think Luther may be the first official associate 'vicar' in the diocese of Mississippi in it's history," Pastor Ott said.

Luther Ott is Janet's husband. They said they have been working together in Raymond for more than five years.

"Because of our size and because of the spirit of this place it feels very relaxed and informal but the structure of it is in fact liturgical," Pastor Luther Ott said.

They also said that what they do in the church with their tight-knit community is just as important as what they do after: the entire church meet for coffee just down the street.

They call it a benefit of guiding a small group with the person you love.

"It's our preferred way to work," Pastor Janet Ott said.

"We have both served big churches apart. She's been a rector at one of the biggest churches in the state. And I've been the rector at big churches and interim rector in big churches and we love that too. We love the people everywhere we've served and every place has blessed us," Pastor Luther Ott said.

"But we really love serving together. We love being able to get up on Sunday morning and come to church together. And as you can tell from this morning there's simply not a better preacher in the Anglican church than my beloved wife," Pastor Luther Ott said.

The church also served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The pair said there are still stains from blood near the back of the building and WJTV would have showed you that...

...but it's since been carpeted.

If you'd like the viewers of NEWS CHANNEL 12 to learn more about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.
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