Bishop’s Cross Award
Betty Jo Michaelini (posthumously)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Seattle
Betty Jo never missed a Jubilee Meal (St. Andrew’s in Seattle’s dinner for the homeless) and was the kind lady who offered drinks to their guests, in this spirit of Christ, who said, “But Lord, when did we see you thirsty and not give you a drink?” She worked for many years with the children in church school and the nursery, and was the welcoming face of the registration table at VBS. As a longtime member of the altar guild, she worked behind the scenes to tend and prepare St. Andrew’s place of worship. Impressively, she was still learning new music and ringing bells in the bell choir at age 100! She is a role model for staying active and continuing to learn new things and make new friends into one’s senior years. Outside of church, she participated in the Light the Night Walk for Leukemia, took countless walks around Greenlake to stay fit, and faithfully showed up whenever needed in her little red car.
Most of all, Betty Jo was a parishioner who loves and welcomes all, demonstrating St. Andrew’s church motto that “All Are Welcome Here.” She truly understands the ministry of the baptized, and has been a humble and willing example of Christian discipleship, as stated in the Catechism from the Book of Common Prayer: “The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.”
Betty Jo Michaellini demonstrated this faithfully, and it is my pleasure to award her, posthumously, with the Bishop’s Cross.