A Message from the Senior Warden

November 28, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

It is not uncommon during periods of transition that an entity would fall into a state of suspension or that of longing to be whole again. However, during this past year (and a half), nothing has been farther from the truth. Not one program has faltered. Nursery is there every week. Sunday school and youth group are available every week. Along with an expanded curriculum. The choir is as solid it has ever been. Coffee hour, ECW, a new downstairs, you name it. And most importantly, because of the commitment of this congregation, this church is on a solid financial footing which hopefully will carry through for the foreseeable future.

As you may see in the financial report, we have a surplus of money. The reason for that is because we have been using a supply priest the entire year.   That surplus will not be there next year since we now have our Priest-in Charge, The Rev. Karen Workman Booth. We also hired our office administrator, Donna Whorley. However, if pledging remains solid, our budget should be met without a deficit. Your Vestry committed to a part-time priest position, which will ultimately be more of a three-quarter time position, which we hope will serve this parish well.

The Transition Committee served with great distinction and purpose in bringing our new priest to us. As Senior Warden, I could not have functioned without the faithful effort of the Vestry and Treasurer and Deacon. As a church, we would not be in this favored position without congregational members stepping forward.

Let this ring throughout the Diocese. The state of The Church of the Holy Trinity is well.

Please allow me to express my eternal gratitude to all who participate and to say it has been an honor and privilege to be your Senior Warden. My peace to all and blessings always.

Peace to all.

John Worsham – Senior Warden

Election results

At our Annual Meeting we elected Laura Schu and Billie Bell to three year terms on the Vestry. Many thanks to Corinne Trimble who completed her term.

We also elected Barbara Smith, Lisa Estes-Cheatam, Bette Jo Sharp, and Billie Bell to be delegates to the Diocesan Convention in February.

Blessings in a Backpack Christmas Book Drive

We continue to pack food for 60 children at Western Elementary. Thank you to the packers and deliverers!  As in the last few years we will again be giving the children books for Christmas.  Please consider donating new books suitable for grades K-5.  A basket will be in the back of church.  Deadline is Dec 10.

A Message from the Senior Warden

November 7, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

This month is probably the busiest month of the year. We have our stewardship drive, Annual Parish meeting, Advent party and all that is associated with each activity. Which brings me to the point of apologizing for the late addition of the sign up sheet for All Saints Sunday.   In all honesty, it just got past me until the very last minute. Were it not for our office administrator, we very well may not have had a sign up sheet at all. If any people were offended by not being able to put your loved one’s name on the sheet then please accept my heartfelt apology to you and your family.

Stewardship and pledging is the buzzword for the next couple of weeks. If anyone would like to see your year to date contribution to the church please call the office or let me or Harold know and they will be sent out. There will be a year end statement of your contribution sent to everyone at the end of the year for tax purposes. Please, Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the church for the next year. We cannot do this without you. As one person mentioned to me last year, Don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels good. With that in mind, either mail in your pledge, put it in the offering plate or hand it to any vestry member or the treasurer to get it where it needs to go.

We start a new and exciting chapter in the history of this church on December 1st and I hope and pray we do so in a most positive manner. Thank you in advance for your generosity towards this parish.

Reservations are now being taken for the Advent Party. It is my understanding they are $25.00 per person. It is a catered affair and a big thank you to Billie and Doug Bell for hosting it this year. The evening starts at church with an evening prayer service at 6:00 p.m. We are starting it a half hour later in the hopes of accommodating those who could not make it at 5:30. Please try to attend.   By reserving early, it gives the organizers a good number to see how many will attend. But to be clear, nobody will be turned away at the door and the church will cover any folks for whom the fee would be a hardship. Let’s make this a most successful party to begin our Advent/Christmas season.

Just a reminder to committee chair-people to please get your yearly report in to the office this week so it can be compiled into the booklet for the Annual Meeting.

We are very fortunate to have a Deacon in our parish. Deacon Link has agreed to have a morning prayer service on Thanksgiving Day. This is a wonderful way to begin this special day.   Not only then but on Christmas Day he has agreed to do the same. These services just help to bring an inner peace to those who attend and I just want to say that his efforts are very much appreciated.

Peace to all.

John Worsham – Senior Warden

Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 19

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 19 at the Parish Hall immediately following church services. Annual reports from committee chairs will be due in the parish office on or before November 12. You may email them to the Parish Office at office@holytrinitydiolex.org or drop them off at the office. Reports for the Altar Guild, Garden Committee, ECW, Music and Worship, Stewardship, Christian Formation, Faith Formation, Communications, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Deacon, Office, Treasurer, Flower and Outreach. Outreach is to be specific with individual reports on Troop Support, Backpack Ministry, Youth Ministry, Gathering Place, Amen House, Cathedral Domain, Hospitality House, Reading Camp and Georgetown Child Development. If you chair any of these committees, a written report should be submitted.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Donna at the church office at 502-863-0505.

There will be no Coffee Hour following services on this day as our annual meeting will be potluck. There is a sign up sheet located on the center table in the Parish Hall. Please sign up so others will know what is needed. You may also call the office and advise what dish you are bringing.

It is important that you make plans to attend the Annual Parish Meeting as two new vestry members will be elected. Please complete a Vestry Nomination Form and return to the church office by November 12. Nominations for the Vestry will also be taken from the floor. Delegates to the convention will also be selected at the parish meeting. There will be an election at the convention to chose a new bishop.

A Message from the Senior Warden

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

Alfred the Great, King of West Saxony is the person for whom our church calendar recognizes today.   He lived only 50 years or so and was in constant battle with the Danes (Vikings) during much of his life. Whereas the Vikings had laid waste to much of Europe and the British Isles, Alfred’s battles with them (many of which he lost) kept the southern coast a still viable and prosperous region. At the battle of Ethandun, he defeated the Danes and a peace accord was signed. His greatness comes from making peace through statesmanship. Realizing that the Danes could not be totally evicted from the homeland, this treaty ensured they could live together in peace. He translated Latin texts into English and English became the first language of the society. He ruled in a fair and merciful way and was a military genius who is considered to be the founder of the British navy per se.

Our annual Stewardship campaign is underway. This year is very important since we have our new priest accepting our call to be with us. It is always nice to talk about what the church does for us and what we do as a parish outside of the church in the community. However, it is the black and white of stewardship and pledging which makes this possible. It always has and always will. Prayerfully consider your pledge for the coming year to show your support for this church and for all we may be able to accomplish in the coming year. Our pledge drive will culminate in our Annual Parish meeting on November 19th. Please save one hour after church for this important gathering. Eating and reports will be given simultaneously to lessen the time. More on this later.

Our Annual Advent Party will be on December 1st (Friday). The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m with an Evening Prayer service at the church and will then move to the Home of Billie and Doug Bell at 108 St. Andrews Way in Canewood subdivision.   This will be Mthr. Karen’s first official duty with us. (A parish party….You gotta love Episcopalians) More on this later.

Do you feel you are in a rut? Has your soufflé of life lost all of its air? You know you have that important appointment but the alarm just won’t go off? Well then, fellow parishioner, I suggest that you become a member of the Vestry!   A new priest, fresh ideas, doing the church’s work in an environment of faith will remedy any concern you might have while being an important cog in the work which needs to be done. Forms are available. Please prayerfully consider this aspect of stewardship.

Faithfully,

John Worsham Senior Warden

A Message from the Senior Warden

October 16, 2017

 

Dear fellow parishioners,

Today, in the Episcopal calendar, is the honoring of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch.   One of the first in a long line of martyrs, he is most remembered for his 7 letters written by him and spoken by him on various stops as he was transported to Rome for his execution.  Ignatius was so early in the Christian movement (born in 50 A.D.) that it is widely considered that the actual Apostles were those who consecrated him to be a priest and later appointed Bishop by St. Peter.   He is assumed to be the first person to use the term ‘Catholic Church’, meaning ‘Universal Church’, to his followers.  The first mention of the Roman Coliseum is used in writings referring to his execution by ‘wild beasts’.

Pumpkin carving of the highest degree will be created on Sunday with the youth group led by our own artist-in-residence, Gus Bynum.  This should be extremely interesting and informative.  I hope some of our adult parishioners will take part in this activity also.  A great way to keep young at heart.

Our office administrator is on vacation this week which means the bulletins were done a week in advance.  If any other announcements need to be made on Sunday, please stand up to let the congregation know what they may be.

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, The Rev. Karen Booth has accepted our call to be Our Priest-in-Charge for the next 3 years.  Mthr. Karen is a graduate of The School of Theology, Sewanee, Tn.  Before then, she was a Hospice Chaplain with Bluegrass Hospice.  After receiving her Master of Divinity from Sewanee, she migrated to Jacksonville to become the Assoc. Rector at San Jose Episcopal Church and Day School.  Her pastoral care was continued in this setting by her own activities in this regard and by training lay people in the basic aspects of this ministry for them to go out and do this important outreach.

Her experience reached new heights when, in March, 2014, she became the Interim Assoc. Rector at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville which eventually led to her becoming the Priest-in-Charge for this congregation.  This new position expanded her responsibilities to include all aspects of the church, from pastoral care to stewardship to increasing the knowledge and body of work in Christ within her church and beyond.

From March 2016 to May 2016, Mthr. Karen worked as a facilitator to connect churches and agencies to programs that a group named Fresh Ministries/Be The Change International was involved.   Their programs reached out to youth by providing education, to motivate entrepreneurship and to learn about aquaculture food production.

Moving back home last summer, Mthr. Karen took the position of Interim Rector at St. Raphael Episcopal Church in Lexington.  Now seems to be the perfect time for our coming together as Priest and Parish. The stability to move forward in one voice together gives a great promise for the future of our church family.  I know that we as a church and Mthr. Karen as our Priest can now look forward to our next three years as one entity doing God’s work for the greater good.  We can all offer up prayers of thanksgiving as we begin our journey together.

Peace to all,

John Worsham – Sr. Warden

A Message from the Senior Warden

September 14, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

Today the church calendar celebrates Holy Cross Day, a major feast day in the church. The collect for this day recalls that Christ ” was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself” and prays that “we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him”.   The theme of this day is expressed in the wonderful hymn “Lift High the Cross”.

A couple of parishioners are in need of your prayers. Al Lutz and Brenda Moore both had bad falls during this past week. Al is at a rehab center in Lexington and Brenda is at UK hospital. More about their situation will be given on Sunday during announcements.

Summer is over and the church is going full speed to do the things that churches do. Our Sunday school and youth group are in full swing. I cannot emphasize enough that these programs only work if young people show up to take advantage of them. Please, please try to commit to a regular attendance of these important programs. Good money has been spent and good time is being invested by those who have answered to call to lead our young people.

The choir is now meeting every week. The commitment of this group is to be noted. In addition to regular rehearsals, special rehearsing is done at special times of the year. ECW is going strong. Altar guild and flowers keep showing up strong. It is the people of this church which make the church a functional and spiritual gathering place which we share with ourselves and others.

Attendance naturally goes down during the summer. I have missed the 3 Sundays in a row before last week. It is very important to keep our pledges up, to make up for what was lost during the summer so that we can meet our goal of the budget. Please help the church to meet its obligation for this year.

Another very important reason to meet our pledge goal is the fact that the nominating committee has issued a call to a candidate to be our next priest. The candidate is going through their discernment process of accepting the call from our parish. I fully understand that there has been some frustration about the lack of communication about this process. However, the privacy of these candidates had to be maintained, especially if any candidates were already at another church.   Please keep the church in your prayers as we may be coming close to making a very important decision which can impact this place for years to come.

As I have noted before, it has been an honor to serve as your Senior Warden. To have the members of the parish be involved in all aspects of maintaining church activities has been extremely gratifying. Now, as we roll into the fall, I hope we can continue that momentum in making this church a place of which we can all be proud.

Peace to all,

John Worsham

Sr. Warden

Sept 10 is a big day!

The church school year begins on Sept. 10 with an Open House and Ice cream social from 11:15 to noon in our Parish Hall. Come find out about Godly Play and Youth Group for this year. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help with these programs this year.

You just have time to go grab a quick lunch before we open our doors to the Blessing of the Animals at 1:15. All animals are welcome.  We will provide cookies and lemonade to the pet parents and treats for the pets.

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.