2018 Vestry Retreat

Holy Trinity’s Vestry met in retreat at the Historic Boone Tavern in Berea on January 26-27.  The meeting began on Friday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome prayer and ice breaker.  Group norms and gifts and talents were discussed.  The Vestry took a break at 7:15 p.m. and headed to dinner at Papa Leno’s.  After dinner the Vestry continued their discussion on gifts and talents.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.  On Saturday morning the Vestry met at 8:30 a.m. beginning with morning prayer led by Deacon Linc Hartling.   The afternoon meeting focused on Asset Mapping.  In conclusion, Holy Trinity is in a great place with an abundance to grow with, as we have so many talents within the parish of Holy Trinity.  Those attending were The Rev. Karen Booth, The Rev. Deacon Linc Hartling, John Worsham – Senior Warden, Turner Summers – Junior Warden, Ann Marie Stevens – Clerk, Vestry Members –  Billie Bell, Lisa Estes-Cheatham, Laura Schu and Steve DeBolt, Harold Craven – Holy Trinity Treasurer and Donna Whorley  – Office Administrator.

AED Training Date Confirmed

Defibtech Lifeline Auto AED training is schedule for March 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  We have 12 people that have signed up to train on our new defibrillator.  The training class will last approximately 4 hours and will include CPR certification.  Those that have signed up to be trained on the automated external defibrillator and be CPR certified are Turner Summers, Laura Schu, Jackie Hardin, Carol Adams, Corinne Trimble, Bette Jo Sharp, Emily Ferrell, Billie Bell, Steve DeBolt, Jack Morris, John Worsham and Donna Whorley.  This class can only accommodate 12 students.  If you are signed up and find that you will be unable to attend this training, please call Donna at the Parish Office as soon as possible so someone else can take your place.

Race for Hope Gala

Holy Trinity will be well represented at the “Race for Hope” Gala benefiting the Gathering Place held at Cardome Center on Saturday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m.   We not only purchased one table of 10 at $50.00 per person but we committed to an additional table of 10 per request.   This will be a fun evening full of hope, horses and derby hats.  Each ticket purchased will include a catered dinner, cash bar, silent auction, competition for the best derby hat (ladies) and bow tie (gentlemen) and entertainment and much more.  The “Race for Hope”  Gala is hosted to raise awareness and funds to help support the operations for The Gathering Place in the upcoming year.  If you committed to purchase a ticket(s), please forward your check to Donna or Harold as soon as possible.  Don’t forget to put “Gala” in the memo section of your check.  Thank you for helping to make Holy Trinity more visible in our community while also helping a worthwhile cause.

Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather 

In the event of bad weather that includes ice and snow storms causing the roads to be dangerous, be sure to watch the scroll on the local T.V. stations for cancellation information.  While we rarely cancel our Eucharistic services, we may opt for Morning Prayer service.  Please be careful on the roadways if you choose to drive during inclement weather.

Opportunities for involvement

Sundays at Josie’s    

Josie’s has a special offer for Holy Trinity and surrounding churches.   On Sundays they will be giving out tokens to everyone that attends church and eats at Josie’s.  The tokens are worth $1.00 each.  When the tokens are placed in the offering plate at Holy Trinity or brought to the parish office, we will continue to collect them until we have 10 – 500.  We will then return them to Josie’s and they will write Holy Trinity a check for the total number of tokens that we return.  This program will begin this Sunday, February 4.  This program benefits both Josie’s and the churches.  Please let your server know that you attend church and would like your token!  We already have $1.00.  This program is on Sundays only!  If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.  Front and back of token pictured below.

Altar Flowers

The new flower chart for 2018 is now posted in the Narthex of the church.  Please help fill in the vacancies in remembrance, thanksgiving and in celebration of your loved ones.  Schedule early to get the date that is special to you and yours.

 Church Photographer

Do you have a talent for taking photos?  The church needs someone to take photos at church events.  It can be with your phone or with your camera.  Please help to record the many wonderful things that the parish of Holy Trinity participates in.  Please contact Donna at the church office for more information.

The Gathering Place Mission House

The Gathering Place Mission House has the following needs.  Prayer, volunteers, non-perishable food items, disposable tableware, cleaning supplies, personal care and laundry items and financial support.

The AMEN House

The AMEN House assists Scott County by providing food, clothing, rent and utility assistance.  It is because of contributions from churches, businesses and private individuals that the AMEN House will continue to furnish these life supporting services.  Holy Trinity is a proud supporter of the AMEN House donating a total of $600.00 in the last quarter of 2017, thanks to the support and pledges from our parish.

Community Rewards Program of Kroger   

We have noticed a decline in our support program through Kroger.  We only have 23 households that have designated Holy Trinity to receive donations through shopping at Kroger.  Please visit the Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com to insure that you are signed up or follow the instructions to sign up for Holy Trinity to benefit the rewards.  It is no additional cost to you.   The more you shop at Kroger however,  the more benefits Holy Trinity will earn.  If you need help signing up, please contact Donna at the Parish Office for assistance.  Our church number is 10790.

Blessings in a Back Pack

Please sign up to volunteer with the backpack program.  Your help is needed to pack and deliver food bags.  The sign up sheet for volunteers is located in the Parish Hall.  

Scott County Habitat for  Humanity Restore  

Habitat Restore is in immediate need of our TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!  The resale of your gently used items helps Habitat build safe affordable housing for those in need.  They accept furniture, appliances, building materials, household items, signs and decorations, counter tops, cabinets.  They also accept books, movies, dishes, glassware, pictures, lamps and almost anything except clothing and shoes.  They offer free pickup for items too large to drop off. They are located at 122 Frazier Court in Georgetown.  Phone # 502-863-9200,  Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday and Monday

News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

Worship services for the Christmas season were wonderful! The church looked beautiful and the music was so lovely and engaging. Thank you so much to everyone involved in preparing the church – it takes many hands, many gifts, many talents, given to the glory of God to make such special services. Thank you to the Altar Guild, Acolytes, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Intercessors, and Ushers. Thank you to everyone who greeted visitors and welcomed them into the service.

We have more special services coming soon, which means more opportunities to serve. Ash Wednesday is only a month away and then, before you know it, Holy Week will be here. This year we will celebrate the Easter Vigil on Saturday night and then celebrate new life on Easter morning. Many hands, gifts, and talents will be needed for all of these services- please prayerfully consider how you can help out.

Maybe you want to learn how to serve the church in a new way? Do you want to offer the chalice at the altar rail? Sing like a angel in the choir? Welcome newcomers as an usher? Lead the congregation in prayers as the Intercessor? Please let the church office know.

I continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Mother Karen

 

Inclement Weather  

In the event of bad weather that includes ice and snow storms causing the roads to be dangerous, be sure to watch the scroll on the local T.V. stations for cancellation information.  While we rarely cancel our Eucharistic services, we may opt for Morning Prayer service.  Please be careful on the roadways if you choose to drive during inclement weather.

Church Office Closed

Please be advised that the church office at the Parish Hall will be closed on Monday January 15 in observation of Martin Luther King Day.  If you need assistance or have a pastoral emergency, please contact Mother Karen on her cell phone at (904)955-7922.

 

Working Together to Help the Homeless

Call it the miracle on Bourbon Street.  Bobby Sharp bought property located at 339 Bourbon Street more than 30 years ago.  During the 70’s, Mr. Sharp rented trailers for those that needed a place to stay.  He also opened a mission in the 342A building.  In 2012 when Mr. Sharp became ill, his daughter Donna Darnell stepped in with the intention of “cleaning the place up” to sell.  She started with preparing a meal for those that she found sleeping outside the mission house.  It was then that she opened her eyes to the fact that Georgetown has a problem with homelessness.  Donna started preparing more meals and somehow the word got to the Hospitality House.  They started bringing sandwiches to the mission house occasionally.  From there, the churches in the community started bringing food by the box-load.  The churches in the community volunteered their time and labor to bring the building at 399 Bourbon Street up to code to use as a men’s shelter and the rental trailers were also used as a men’s shelter for the homeless.  Soon the mission address at 342A was not only a place to worship but a soup kitchen (Emmaus Kitchen) where local churches and Georgetown College sororities and fraternities provide hot meals to the less fortunate.  They now provide hot meals 7 days a week, groceries, clothing, personal hygiene items, laundry and shower access and emergency shelter.  The call to help people in need comes naturally to Donna Darnell, perhaps even genetically, her father, Bobby, who passed away in August 2016, built a reputation for willingness to assist people over the years.  At one time she remembers 21 people staying at their home.  Bette Jo Sharp, the widow of Bobby Sharp,  is a member of the Holy Trinity Parish.

Donna Darnell’s dreams of helping the less fortunate didn’t stop at the miracle on Bourbon Street.  In dealing with the men’s shelter, she saw a desperate need for women and children.  During the school year of 2016-2017, there were 405 school children classified as homeless in Scott County.  There was not an accurate count reflecting the number of homeless women.  Donna knew that the number was large due to the numerous calls received from women needing shelter.  With the help of community volunteers, a much needed shelter was opened in early January at 115 North Water Street.  The cost to run this shelter will be approximately $95,000. per year.  Holy Trinity is proud to sponsor the Journey in Health and Wellness on May 19 which will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Gathering Place.

Holy Trinity volunteers also contribute by providing a meal the 2nd Tuesday of each month since 2012 to those in need of a hot meal. Holy Trinity also had an angel tree at Christmas in which the parish gifted needed items to the Men’s Shelter.  We are very thankful to our volunteers that contribute in making the Gathering Place Men and Women’s Shelters a success story.

Coming Events

Pancake Supper

The Youth Group, with assistance from the men of Holy Trinity, will be hosting a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 13 from 5-7 p.m. Please make plans to attend and support 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.  This is also Valentines Day.

Race for Hope Gala 

A gala benefiting the Gathering Place will be held at Cardome Center on Saturday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m.  The cost to sponsor a table of 10 for this event will be $50.00 per person.  This will be a fun evening full of hope, horses and derby hats.  Your ticket will include catered dinner, cash bar, silent auction, competition for the best derby hat (ladies) and bow tie (gentlemen) and entertainment and much more.  The “Race for Hope”  Gala is hosted to raise awareness and funds to help support the operations for The Gathering Place in the upcoming year.  If anyone  is interested in purchasing tickets for a Holy Trinity table for this event, please contact Donna at the Parish Office as soon as possible.  We will need 10 commitments at $50.00 each to sponsor a table.  Please help to make Holy Trinity more visible in our community while also helping a worthwhile cause.

Opportunities for Involvement

The Defibrillator is Here 

The defibrillator purchased from Defibtech Lifeline Auto AED has arrived at the office!  It’s time to sign up for training.  If you would like to sign up, please call the office as soon as possible for more information.  The training class will last approximately 4 hours and will include CPR certification.

Altar Flowers

The new flower chart for 2018 is now posted in the Narthex of the church.  Please help fill in the vacancies in remembrance, thanksgiving and in celebration of your loved ones.  Schedule early to get the date that is special to you and yours.

 Church Photographer

Do you have a talent for taking photos?  The church needs someone to take photos at church events.  It can be with your phone or with your camera.  Please help to record the many wonderful things that the parish of Holy Trinity participates in.  Please contact Donna at the church office for more information.

Community Rewards Program of Kroger   

We have noticed a decline in our support program through Kroger.  We only have 23 households that have designated Holy Trinity to receive donations through shopping at Kroger.  Please visit the Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com to insure that you are signed up or follow the instructions to sign up for Holy Trinity to benefit the rewards.  It is no additional cost to you.   The more you shop at Kroger however,  the more benefits Holy Trinity will earn.  If you need help signing up, please contact Donna at the Parish Office for assistance.  Our church number is 10790.

Blessings in a Back Pack

Please sign up to volunteer with the backpack program.  Your help is needed to pack and deliver food bags.  The sign up sheet for volunteers is located in the Parish Hall.  

Scott County Habitat for  Humanity Restore  

Habitat Restore is in immediate need of our TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!  The resale of your gently used items helps Habitat build safe affordable housing for those in need.  They accept furniture, appliances, building materials, household items, signs and decorations, counter tops, cabinets.  They also accept books, movies, dishes, glassware, pictures, lamps and almost anything except clothing and shoes.  They offer free pickup for items too large to drop off. They are located at 122 Frazier Court in Georgetown.  Phone # 502-863-9200,  Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday and Monday

   

Christmas Decorations

Mysterious Wreaths

Since 1978, beautiful wreaths have appeared on the red doors and the lamp posts at Holy Trinity during the Christmas season.  Other than a few parishioners, no one knew who provided these wreaths.  They add festive and decorative beauty to the church and parish grounds.  The mystery has been solved and we now know who secretly gives to others with the expectation of receiving nothing in return.   His name is David Stuart.  If you would like to acknowledge David for his giving spirit during the season of giving please contact the church office for additional information.

Christmas Poinsettias

The altar area is full of color.  Once again, Laura Schu has delivered beautiful poinsettias in remembrance and in thanksgiving of our loved ones.  Thank you Laura for all that you do!