Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse on August 21 will be seen for the longest time period in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Grace Episcopal Church there has offered a good place to view the eclipse. The cost will be $30 per adult, $15 per child and includes parking, lunch, cooling space, restrooms and water. Space is limited as they can only accommodate 75 cars. Email at gracechurchhopkinsville@gmail.com or call 270-885-8757 to reserve a spot. Don’t forget your eclipse glasses and remember traffic is likely to be heavy.

Join us for the annual Parish Picnic!

The church picnic will be held at the covered pavilion at Victoria Estates on Sunday, August 13 beginning at 1:30 P.M.   Chicken, BBQ and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish and/or a dessert to share.  There will be kayaking, corn hole and bocce ball.  For those that would like to play basketball, there is a basketball goal at the picnic area but you will need to bring your own basketball.  Bringing a chair is suggested as the only seating is the picnic benches under the pavilion.  Bug spray is also suggested as there are grassy areas.  We look forward to a good turnout and a fun-filled afternoon!

Click on the link to see a map. The road is longer but better paved if you take the left fork of Victoria Way rather than the right as you enter the subdivision.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.2175782,-84.6806202,15z

A Message from our Senior Warden

August 8, 2017

Today on the church calendar, the church recognizes Friar Dominic, (St. Dominic). Born in Spain in 1170, He entered the priesthood and served at the cathedral of Osma. His life-changing moments came from accompanying his bishop on a visit to southern France to converse with a sect of people called the Albigenses. This group had two gods, one good who represented light, truth and goodness and one bad who represented darkness, error and materialism. Although keeping true to his core beliefs, Dominic didn’t lose thought of the material ways of the world. When he wanted to start his order (the Dominicans), he had his postulates give up all possessions and live in the poverty as that of the people his order was trying to convert. Two of his best known followers were Albert the Great, known for his vast knowledge of subjects in the world and Thomas Aquinas who tried to reconcile Christian philosophy with that of the rebirth of Aristotle’s writing being rediscovered in Europe at that time. Dominic’s credo of “logic and persuasion, not force” was largely cast aside by many of its members in the following centuries as the Order of Dominic was an active group in the Spanish Inquisition.

I look forward to a good turnout for annual Parish Picnic this Sunday at 1:30. The pavilion on the lake will be our residence for the afternoon. Victorian Estates is roughly a mile past Longview golf course on U.S.460 going towards Frankfort. Kayaks, bocce ball and corn hole games will be available. Please try to attend and participate in the goodwill of the day. Drinks and BBQ (pork and chicken) will be provided. A side dish would be appreciated (let’s not forget a dessert). Here is hoping to see you there.

A big thank you is in order to those who volunteered to help with our Godly Play Sunday school. This is just one example of the lay people of the church being involved in activities important to the church. As a search for our new priest winds down, it is even more important for the members of the parish to be involved in as many activities as possible to keep our energy at the same level we have had for the last year or so. This is the new normal for churches of our size. The priests cannot do it all. It takes help from all of us to make it work. The church is just a building. It is the members inside which help to make it a special place for all.

Please keep the nominating committee in your prayers as they enter their most important week yet of their work on the parish’s behalf.

My heartfelt thanks for all this parish does.
John Worsham
Senior Warden

A Message from our Senior Warden

July 13, 2017

I would like for us to take a little time to reflect on our good fortune we have as being members of this church. On Sunday past, we had a very informative and heartfelt presentation by Ben Bynum and his wife, Mary, on their work in Rawanda, Africa. They have different jobs, employed by different people, but have a common goal of improving the conditions of these folks who have lived through violence yet have endured to try to live in peace now with one another. What was supposed to have been a 20 minute presentation carried on twice that because of the interest they generated to the parishioners who attended coffee hour to hear them speak. My personal thanks go out to Ben and Mary for making last Sunday even more special to us.

Another example of our good fortune has been the quality of preaching we have been able to assemble through this transition period. This facet of our church life continues in spades as the Rt. Rev. Larry Maze, retired Bishop of Arkansas, has been with us for the last two weeks. His sermons have been riveting, poignant, and current to today’s living. When you hear him speak, a person understands why some people are bishops and others are not. He will be here for the next three weeks so I hope our church family will take full advantage of this opportunity to hear this fine orator. He has been very complimentary of our house of worship and I hope we can reciprocate by showing up in full force to hear his narrative on the readings. Fr. Ron Summers will fill out our summer by being here for the month of August.

The Undercroft cleanup day for this coming Saturday has been cancelled. The main reason for this was the disparity between the cost of the garbage container and its size for what our actual needs were in relation to the amount of refuse to be thrown away. The Vestry always takes into consideration the value given in regard to the expense outlayed and in this case it was decided to explore other more viable ways to reach the goal of cleaning out the Undercroft. My sincere thank you to those of you who were prepared to help in the endeavor. We will simply reschedule in the future once the Vestry feels comfortable with the improved plan.

What has not been cancelled is the parish picnic for August 13. It will be held at the pavilion in Victoria Estates, same as last year. Kayaking, corn hole and good food will be the order of the day. It really was a fun time last year and I hope to see you all out there this year also. Thank you, Mary Beth Banks, for offering us the opportunity to be there again.

Your transition committee has been given names to consider for our new priest. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they begin this important work.

Peace to all of you is my wish as we continue our summer.
John Worsham Sr. Warden

Sadness in our Parish

Rusty Miller, husband of Viola Miller, passed away at their home on June 21. His funeral will be in his former parish in Nashville, Tennessee. Viola is grateful for the support of Holy Trinity during her husband’s illness. Condolences may be sent to her home.

Please keep Viola and her family in your prayers.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.  

A Message from the Senior Warden

June 15, 2017

Evelyn Underhill is celebrated today on the church calendar. She was born in 1875, died in 1941. A former agnostic, she eventually became very involved in the Anglo-Catholic theology and was a prolific writer, most noted for her 1911 book on Christian Mysticism. With that being way over my head, feel free to google her for more information. At least she wasn’t martyred which is a good thing.

On June 18, we start our summer schedule. The psalm will be spoken, not sung, and there will be a simpler form of service music. The choir will not be rehearsing after church. Just a more simple schedule for people to follow.

With that being said, the church will be very active this summer. On June 23, a religion class from Georgetown College will be at the church to learn more about the constructs of the Episcopal faith with Fr. Ron Summers leading the discussion. On July 9, a Sunday, Ben Bynum will be giving an overview of his work in Africa along with his wife, Mary. This should be fascinating and I truly hope for a big turnout for that day. The Parish Hall, after church, is where this will be held. Saturday, July 15 will be a day for cleaning out the undercroft with a container box being outside the door to be picked up by a garbage contractor. A cookout will be held afterwards for those who participate. More on this later. The youth group will use their pancake proceeds to go to a Legends ballgame on July 29. Check your church bulletin with more on this later. The church picnic is unofficially scheduled for Sunday, August 13. Stay tuned for details.

The point is that the church is still very much open this summer, especially on Sundays. Please keep your house of worship in your prayers and in your attendance throughout the summer. We have come this far in a good way and I hope we can keep the momentum going. The transition (search) committee will begin their work in 2 to 3 weeks with interviewing of potential prospects beginning very soon.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe summer, I remain
John Worsham Sr. Warden

Sadness in our Parish

Dixie Lockett Neel, the mother of our organist Joyce Neel Crofts, passed away on Sunday May 28.  She was 101 years into this life before her passing.

Her calling was homemaking and child raising, and she did that with complete commitment.  As Joyce’s brother said, “She made Martha Stewart look like a slob.”  Joyce’s parents were married 77 years, still holding hands at the end.

Visitation will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 1 with her Service of Burial being performed at 11:30 by Fr. Ron Summers in Versailles at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home, 161 Broadway.

Interment immediately afterward in Versailles Cemetery on S. Main St.

Please keep Joyce and her family in your prayers.

 

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.  

Dates to Remember

Wear RED

Next Sunday, June 4, will be The Day of Pentecost.  Please wear red to commemorate the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit.

Georgetown College Students to Visit Holy Trinity

On Friday June 23, a group of students from Georgetown College will be visiting the church to 1. Learn about the history of the building and 2. To learn about the history of our religion.  Father Ron Summers will be leading the talk about the history of the Episcopal Church.  The times will be posted in the bulletin later.  We will be providing lunch for this group as part of our outreach to hungry students.

Presentation by Ben Bynum

Sunday July 9, will also be a special day at the church.  Ben Bynum, Gus’ son, will be giving a presentation about his previous work in Africa as well as his current work in Africa, along with his wife Mary.  This will be in the parish hall after church.  Please try to attend as this really is a one of a kind experience to learn from the two most knowledgeable people I could think of.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is an international Christian, twelve-step recovery program aimed at all “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”, including but not exclusive to high anxiety; co-dependency; compulsive behaviors; sex addition; financial dysfunction; drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorders.  In addition to the 12 Steps, Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Sermon on the Mount.   If you or anyone you know needs help with hurts, habits or hangups, Victory Life Church, 1141 Lexington Rd. is hosting meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M.  If anyone is interested in leading a class at Holy Trinity, there will be a Leader Class beginning on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 P.M.  Leader classes will meet every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. for approximately 12 weeks after which you will receive certification to lead a Celebrate Recovery class.  The cost for leader books will be approximately $50.00.   Central Church of God, Grace Christian Church and Leesburg Christian Church (all in Scott Co) also have Celebrate Recovery meetings.  For additional information, you may contact Donna at the church office at 863-0505.

A Message from the Senior Warden

On this day of the church calendar, Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) is remembered.  Born around 1412, she was illiterate yet had a deep faith instilled in her by her mother.  This was during the ‘Hundred Years War” with England.  She was 13 years of age when she heard voices sent by God to save France by installing Charles VII as the rightful ruler of England.

She lobbied Charles the VII in 1429 for an army to lead to the embattled city of Orleans.  This battle lifted the siege of Orleans and drove the  Anglo-Burgundians from the city across the Loire River.   In the spring of 1430, the king ordered her to Compiegne to defend the city against a Burgundian assault.  During this battle, she was thrown from her horse and the gates of the city were closed before she could make her way back and she was captured.

Her trial contained 70 charges against her which included witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man.  In May 1431, she agreed to sign a confession denying she had received divine guidance.  However, a few days late she recanted and on May 30 she was taken to Rouen and burned at the stake.  Charles VII ordered a new trial 20 years later and her named was cleared.  Her mythic stature continued to rise until 1920 when she was canonized as the patron saint of France.  (History.com)

John Worsham, Senior Warden

Blessings in a Backpack 

Our Blessings in a Backpack donation plea has been met!!  We will be able to serve the 48 students again for the 2017-2018 school year!  Thank you for the support!
Lisa Estes-Cheatham

 

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