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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Quincy resident Matt Warren is now an Episcopal priest, following in the footsteps of his late father. And even though his father didn't live to see the ordination of his son, he was present during the May 4 ceremony held at Christ the King Episcopal Church -- in the red vestments that his mother had sewn for his father, and in the sermon that his father had penned 15 years ago for another ordination. Family and friends from throughout the state and Oregon, as well as most of the church congregation, gathered for the 90-minute ceremony. The 34-year-old Warren had been the church's deacon and now will serve as vicar, meaning that he now has the ability to bless, sanctify and absolve. Warren's path to priesthood began in 2002, but was delayed when his father became ill. Despite the decade-plus dream of becoming a priest, Warren admitted to being a bit nervous the first time he stood in front of the congregation in that capacity. "After years of wanting to do it, it's different than serving as a deacon because you are kind of off to the side," he said. "It is unnerving to stand behind the altar with everyone looking at you." To ease that first Sunday service, just one day after his ordination, Warren conducted a children's service, telling the youngsters that "God loves them." And, with his 4-year-old daughter in attendance, "Abby kinda stole the show," he said. Next up was a Mother's Day service and then a service of Thanksgiving for all of the clergy who helped lead the church in the absence of a regular priest. But Warren's vision for his church extends far beyond Sunday service. He is writing grant applications to transform a building behind the church into a family ministry space, and he is reaching out to older congregants by taking communion to their homes. He plans to partner with Our Savior Lutheran to host a blessing of the animals in October and then participate in the annual light parade to kick off the holidays. Matt Warren, center, enjoys his first moments as a newly ordained Episcopal priest. The Rev. Barry bishop of the Diocese of Northern California, presided over the ordination ceremony conducted May 4 Church in Quincy. Clergy from throughout the north state joined in the celebration. Photo submitted "We are looking to be a bigger part of the community," he said. ' Warren and his wife, Kristy, who is the principal of Pioneer-Quincy Elementary School, relocated from Portola to Quincy in March with their two young children. When asked if his children attended the ceremony, Warren said that they were in and out, but present for the moment when he was Beisner (holding the staff), at Christ the King Episcopal actually ordained. And that's also why the it's where we celebrate big The ordination takes place participants wear red stoles things." in the context of a regular and vestments, because that So mai tais, barbecued church service, with some color symbolizes the Holy pork and fried rice were minor changes. Warren Spirit. featured menu items. explained that the actual But following the The couple's other favorite ordination occurs during the ceremony, the formal attire place, Disneyland, also "laying on of the hands." turned more tropical, as provided inspiration. It took That's when the bishop and friends and family celebrated a call to a distributor in at least two other priests lay with a luau at the Warrens' Hawaii, but Warren served a their hands on an ordinand, home. special frozen yogurt dessert. "It's the apostolic tradition," Warren said the theme was "I spent most of the Warren said. "The laying on a nod to Trader Vic's, his and afternoon behind the ice of hands invoked the Holy Kristy's favorite restaurant, cream maker," he said. "It Spirit." "It's where we got engaged; was a great time." ! Sierra Institute's Center of Forestry offers an educational tour focused on the geology of the Northern Sierra Nevada on June 15. Dr. Derek Lerch, from Feather River College's Environmental Studies Department, will lead this tour. Participants on this exploratory tour down H!ghway 70 will s tQp !0ng:the way to see and discuss various rock formations, historical values and more. Geologic evolution of the Northern Sierra Nevada/Cascades over the past 300 million years will be addressed. Participants will cover a wide range of topics from plate tectonics and basic rock types, to gold mineralization and gold recovery, along with river mechanics and water in California. They'll see examples of meta-sedimentary and meta-volcanic rock, along with some colorful rock formations created over millions of years through various geological forces. Participants will learn the different between brittle and ductile deformations and see examples of both. They will visit the Melones Fault, where it is said most of the gold of California flowed, and also see one of the last stamp mills in the Northern Sierra while learning a bit about California's gold mining legacy. Finally, on the way back up :Highway 89,the tour will stop at Soda Rock, also known as Ch'ichy'yam-bam to the Maidu. Geology: From Soda Rock to Melones Fault begins at Sierra Institute in Taylorsville for morning refreshments and a Short introduction to geology in California. The day will end at the Indian Valley Museum's Gem & Mineral room. 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