Angelic Faces: Stannie Holt

By Darlia Clerico

Stannie moved to San Mateo in 2000 and after visiting several local Episcopal churches, she found her home at St. Matthew’s. Stannie was initially “attracted by the antique charm of the St. Matthew’s church building and the energy and originality of the rector’s preaching.” Immediately after joining, a member of the hospitality committee brought Stannie a delicious pound cake to welcome her. She never forgot the kindness of a stranger who made her feel so very welcome in her new church. 

Stannie has wonderful energy. From helping in the kitchen during coffee hour and countless other church events to stacking chairs, she can be counted on to jump right in with elbow grease to get a job done. She has lent her wide array of talents to St. Matthew’s, including editing the Tau Cross and producing fundraising and marketing pieces. She has served on the Vestry and Deanery as well as the stewardship and hospitality committees. She also served on the interview committee to procure clergy and music director candidates. For three years she gave Janine invaluable assistance as a Sunday School teacher in the Godly Play program. Stannie joined the Bell Choir 12 years ago to contribute her understanding and love of music. She is a member of St. Catherine’s and the book club. 

We thank you, Stannie, for your special, gentle touch of contributing behind the scenes. Your willingness to introduce yourself to new parishioners and make them feel at home is yet another gift you give to our parish.