Commemoration Award – 2011

Karen Di Pace

St. John's - CrossIn warm thanks for her countless hours and dedicated, loving service, the vestry of St. John’s Church, Lancaster, resolves that Karen Di Pace be presented with the 2011 St. John’s Award. Whether “Walking Like an Egyptian” or “Shivering her Timbers” for Vacation Bible School, or helping to spearhead plans for church picnics, Pennies for Peace projects and Advent events, just to name a few, Karen displays boundless energy as a Sunday School coordinator and an all-around contributor.

Under Karen’s leadership, our nursery program has grown to include a year round nursery caregiver, regular roster of nursery volunteers and a beautiful new carpet for warmth and safety.  She has been a faithful and indispensable member of the St. John’s Moms group, helping to organize service projects, holiday parties and much needed downtime for busy moms like herself.

Having graced our parish since 2002, Karen has become a well-loved, respected and
 valued member of the St. John’s family. But it’s not only the church family where she is irreplaceable. Karen is also a loving and dedicated wife and mother to her husband Nick and children Emma, Danielle and Nicholas, serving as a Girl Scout leader, volunteering as a PTO member at each of her three children’s schools, and being a soccer mom, softball mom and taxi driver.

When asked what motivates her, Karen simply said, “I like to be involved. I like to be busy and feel useful.” Involved is certainly a word that describes Karen at St. John’s. Modesty is another. Her reaction to receiving this year’s award…. Karen replied, “I’d rather give it than receive it,” she laughed. “I’m not good at that kind of stuff. It’s definitely an honor and I’m very glad to get it. It’s just that I’m sure there’s many other people more deserving.” Actually, truth be told, Karen is just as deserving as anyone.

It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that we honor Karen Di Pace, giving thanks to God for her ministry and service to St. John’s Episcopal Church.