Sadness in our Parish

Joe Stack, partner of Matt McGarvey, former parishioner and organist at Holy Trinity, passed away recently.  You may send condolences to:

Matt Mc Garvey
320 W. Oakdale Ave.  # 603
Chicago, ILL.   60657

A memorial service will be held in Chicago later in the spring.

A Prayer for Joe   

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your  servant Joe Stack. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your  own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

 A Prayer for those who mourn

Merciful God, whose Son Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus: look with compassion on all who are bound by sorrow and pain through the death of Joe Stack. Comfort them, grant them the conviction that all things work together for good to those who love you, and help them to find sure trust and confidence in your resurrection power; through Jesus Christ our deliverer. Amen.

Wednesday Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study will begin with Mother Karen on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.  All ladies are invited to attend any Wednesday.

Community/Church Violent Incident Readiness Seminar 

Holy Trinity will be hosting a training seminar for Violent Incident Readiness for all the local church elders and staff on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 p.m.  The training will be provided by the Georgetown Police Department on the prevention, recognition and response of violent acts. With all the violent acts in schools and churches, it is critical that we recognize potential danger and know how to respond.   As this training will be provided for all the local small churches, it will also be open to members of Holy Trinity’s Parish.  If you would like to attend, it is by reservation only.  Please call Donna at the Parish Office at 502-863-0505 or email at office@holytrinitydiolex.org to reserve your spot.

The ECW has been asked to provide snacks and drinks. The snacks should consist of chips, dip, fruit, punch and pick up desserts. We should be prepared to serve 50-80 attendees.   Please contact Jackie Hardin at 859-621-1046 if you can help.

Also, for more information on how to protect our children online, please go to this website: https://www.faithandsafety.org/.

Diocesan Formation Day 

The Diocesan Formation Day will be Friday, February 23 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester. The Diocese invites deputies, clergy, and all other interested people to take part. The Formation Day will center on the work of reconciliation with keynote speaker Dr. Allan Boesak, workshops, dinner, and brief evening worship. The cost for the event will be $20.

Workshop topics include:

  • Reconciliation through Artistic Expression in Parish and Beyond
  • Reconciliation through Parish/Community Engagement
  • Everyday Peacemaking with Sean Gladding
  • Reflections on Traces of the Trade

You can register for Diocesan Formation Day by clicking this link: http://diolink.org/diolex/index.php/convention/

Scam Alert

A company by the name ASF Direct has sold advertising to local businesses under the pretense of working with & giving money and/or items to Scott County High School.  Our school system does NOT hire outside agencies for fundraising on their behalf.  Please be advised, if you are contacted by ANY agency stating they are fundraising for any Scott County Schools or extra-curricular programs, to call the school or Chamber before agreeing to sponsor.  Obtaining the name of the company & contact number is extremely helpful for the schools in order to stop these scams.

Tablecloth Committee 

A committee is being formed to remove and wash the tablecloths in the Parish Hall on a weekly basis.  The tablecloths should be removed on Sunday after coffee hour and replaced with another color.  We now have cranberry, black and ivory to choose from and plan to order another color in the near future.   If you would like to volunteer to be on this committee, please contact Donna at the Parish Office.  It is hopeful that there will be at least 8 on the committee.  This committee is not exclusive to ladies, men are more than welcome to volunteer.

News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

On Ash Wednesday, one week from today, I will be inviting you to experience a holy Lent. I will ask you to do this through “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” This is a part of the Ash Wednesday service in our Book of Common Prayer where we all come together, kneel together, and offer ourselves as sinners, warts and all, to God.

This is a humbling moment in our church year and I hope that you have plans to be either at our noon or 6pm service. Ask a neighbor, bring a friend, tell your grocer – tell them that this is a service where you can come to the church and reverently offer your heart to God, acknowledging your sins and asking for forgiveness. Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

This a moment facilitated by the church in that we plan a service and offer the worship space, but the Ash Wednesday service is really about you and God. It’s about your relationship with God, who loves you more than you can understand and forgives you for more than you can believe.

Yours in Christ,

Karen+

Celebrate the Lenten Season at Holy Trinity

What is Lent?

The 40 days before Easter is known as Lent.  Sundays are not counted because they are always feast days. It is a season of fasting, repentance, prayer, and self examination in preparation for Easter. It is celebrated from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday.

Shrove Tuesday

The day before Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday.  Shrove comes from an old English word “shrive” that means to have our sins forgiven.  Shrove Tuesday is a reminder that we are entering a season of penance.  It is considered a day of feasting.  Feast today for tomorrow we fast!

Why are pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?  Lent is a time when many Christians give things up as a sign of repentance.  Traditionally that included luxuries like butter and eggs.  Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the last chance before Easter to use up the fatty food that can’t be eaten during the 40 days of Lent.  Pancakes were a dish that used up the food by simply adding some flour.

The Youth Group, with assistance from the men of Holy Trinity, will be flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Hall.  The cost is $5.00 per person and $15.00 max per family.  The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, milk, orange juice and water. Please make plans to attend and bring your family and friends.  This pancake supper will benefit our Youth Group!

Ash Wednesday

There will be two services held on Ash Wednesday, February 14.  Service times will be 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Lent Madness  

The Saintly Scorecard Bracket has been posted in the Parish Hall.  Lent Madness will start the day after Ash Wednesday. There are 32 saints placed in a tournament style, single elimination bracket.  Each pairing remains open for twenty-four hours, and people vote for their favorite saint.  Sixteen saints make it to the Saintly Sixteen, eight advance to the Elite Eight, four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship, and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.  To participate you can go to LentMadness.org. You can pick up your copy of the Saintly Bracket at the Parish Hall.   For more information, please contact Steve DeBolt or Nancy Leonard.

Announcement from the Diocese

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Lexington is delighted to announce that the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering has allowed his name to be placed before convention as our nominee for Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington.

Bishop Van Koevering is currently serving as Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of West Virginia. He is married to the Rev. Helen Van Koevering, and they have three grown children. More information will be made available as soon as possible. Watch the DioLex Link for details!

News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

We had such a nice vestry retreat at Boone Tavern in Berea this past weekend. It was time for fellowship, learning, working, and spoonbread! All of the vestry members were there as well as Donna Whorley (office administrator), Linc Hartling (deacon), and Harold Craven (treasurer).

One of the things that we did in our time together was think about our assets- those things that each of us has that are our gifts or talents or treasures. And we thought about the church in the same way: what are the church’s assets? This is a way of thinking that encourages looking at ourselves and the church and seeing what is good and vibrant. It’s a way of looking at our cups half-full.

The vestry listed many of the church’s assets and you can see the results on the Parish Hall wall where there are half sheets of paper with assets written on them. When you look at the wall you will see this written:

History, Episcopal Liturgy, No Debt, Parish Hall, Artists, Great People, Blessing of the Animals, Beautiful Old Church, Volunteer Energy, Welcoming Congregation, Music, Outreach, etc. – the list goes on!

We have an abundance of assets here at Holy Trinity. So, what do we do with this abundance? What is God calling us to do with this abundance? What is God’s dream for Holy Trinity? Those are questions that we will be exploring over the next few months. There are some exciting plans in the works so watch newsletter for updates.

Yours in Christ,

Karen+