An Episcopal clergyman recently welcomed a new business into the neighborhood surrounding his church.
The Rev. Joseph Alsay, rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, conducted a blessing ceremony for the Daylight Donuts shop at 15001-A N May. The store, which opened in July, is in a strip shopping center across the street from the church, 14700 N May.
“They are our newest neighbors, so it’s not only a way of supporting local business but a way of offering St. Augustine as a place of holy hospitality,” Alsay said as the aroma of freshly baked donuts filled the air.
Raven Khem, the store’s owner, and manager Jayne Tennyson said they were thrilled when Alsay visited the shop and agreed to bless the new business.
“Raven is not only my boss, she’s my friend,” Tennyson said. “I want this business to do really well, and what better coverage can you have than to have God cover you?”
Alsay said he has done blessing ceremonies for other businesses, including a snow cone/coffee shop opened by a family who attend St. Augustine’s.
He said the short ceremony for the donut shop reminded him of the symbolism of bread that is found in Scripture.
“The Church has always been at the celebration of a meal — the Eucharist — and Jesus described himself as the ‘Bread of Heaven,’” Alsay said.
Tennyson said the shop is open from 5 a.m. to noon seven days a week.