Community Worship: Rev. Ernie Matijasic
Lakeside welcomes Rev. Ernest (Ernie) Matijasic, Former Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Sandusky, as Preacher of the Week Aug. 13-17. This week’s preacher is supported by Bill & Mame Drackett.
Matijasic will lead the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 13 in Hoover Auditorium.
Michael Shirtz and guest artists will provide musical leadership during the service, while the liturgy will be led by Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.
Following the opening prayer, children (ages 5-11) will proceed to Bradley Temple for Children’s Church with Chip Richter. There will be a message by Richter, songs, crafts, lemonade and cookies to share. Preschoolers are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Matijasic grew up outside Pittsburgh in the 1950s. He graduated from Penn State University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He felt a calling to the ordained ministry while in college and received his Master of Divinity from the Virginia Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1978.
He took a year off standard seminary study to work on Capitol Hill for House Majority Whip John McFall. That was an extraordinary time of political, philosophical and religious broadening of one’s worldly reality.
Matijasic has served in various Episcopal Churches in Virginia and North Carolina (where he founded a new church) and is the former Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Sandusky. He has been retired for 14 years and can be found in Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches playing the organ or preaching.
He spends the winters in Sarasota, Florida, and volunteers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was a cruise ship chaplain for Holland America and Celebrity Cruise lines for eight years in retirement.
Matijasic has three adult children in Charlottesville, Virginia, and plays tennis, pickleball, kayaks, bikes and tries his best to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.
Join Matijasic for Faith for Living Hour at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall. Matijasic will give the sermon at Vespers by the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.