Serving the Parish

Let’s Get the Church and Parish Hall Spic and Span!

Volunteers are needed to help do some deep cleaning at  the church and the parish hall.  The bat guano was recently removed from the church, however, the smell did not go away with the ozone treatments.  The pews and floors need a deep cleaning with a deodorizer.  Also, the parish hall windows need to be washed along with other areas of cleaning concerns.   There will be a list of tasks to tackle when you get here.  The more volunteers that show up, the faster the cleaning will get done. This will count as Community Service hours for the youth. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the parish office.  Don’t forget, August 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Parish Annual Meeting

The Parish Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. during church services.  This will also kickoff  the 2020 Stewardship.  Vestry members and convention deputies will be elected.  If you have any questions, please contact Mother Karen.

Are you called to serve on the Vestry or attend the Diocesan Convention as a delegate?  There are positions open in 2020 for a 3 year term.  All nominees must be in involved in the church by regular worship, financial support and church activities.  Nomination Forms are located on the center table in the Parish Hall.  The deadline for nominations are August 25.  If you are interested in serving on the vestry or nominating someone, please contact Mother Karen.

Parades, Parades

Lexington Pride Festival

The Diocese of Lexington has reserved a booth at Lexington Pride Festival Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holy Trinity has been invited be a part of the Diocesan support for Pride Fest to show all that the Episcopal Churches truly welcomes everyone.

When & Where:

Pride Fest is Saturday, June 29 from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please feel free to park in the Cathedral parking lot on Upper Street on the Gratz Park Inn side. Be sure to display the orange Cathedral parking pass on the dash board (available at the Welcome Desk) so you don’t have to pay or get a ticket. The Diocese will have a security person only until 12:30 at their Welcome Desk in the Cathedral to hand out parking passes. Pride Fest is at the Courthouse square complex,120 N. Limestone, just a block from the Cathedral.  The exact location of the Diocesan tent has not been confirmed at this time but there will be will a Diocesan banner across the front of the table.

If you would like to volunteer to work in the booth, you can come anytime, the more the merrier.  Volunteers are also needed at 8:45 a.m. to put water bottles in the coolers, set up folding tables and cart everything to the booth.   If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please call The Rev. Brent Owens at 859-221-9965.

Holy Trinity still has t-shirts available in the office to show what church you are from.  Donations for t-shirts are suggested.

4th of July Parade

Holy Trinity will not be competing in the float competition this year, as we have no place close to town to decorate.

We appreciate everything Turner Summers did to provide a wagon for us to decorate. While the hay wagon was the perfect size, we had no place big enough to store it.   All the barns that we considered were too far from the parade site to pull the wagon with decorations on it.

Holy Trinity will have a decorated pick up truck for the children to ride in and throw out candy.  We will need 3 volunteers to carry the 4th of July banner and 3 volunteers to carry the Episcopal flag, the Kentucky flag and the American flag.  We also need as many walkers as we can get wearing our t-shirts with our new logo.  If you have a child or grandchild that would like to ride in the parade or if you would like to volunteer to carry the banner, flag or just walk, please let Donna know at the parish office as soon as possible. We will be decorating the truck at John Worsham’s home on Wednesday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m.  All help would be appreciated.

We must be in place by 10:30 a.m. on July 4 as the parade starts at 11:00 a.m.  Line up will be on College and Military Streets.  There will be no designated spot for us as line up is on a first come basis.


Having Fun Together

June Bunco

The Bunco Babes of Holy Trinity met in Lexington at the home of Sharon Horner on Tuesday, June 25.  The theme was Celebrating America with everyone wearing red, white and blue.  The Bunco Queen for the night was Kay Snyder and Jan Edelen had the most buncos for the night.

Birthday Celebration

You are invited to come celebrate with Nancy Anderson on Sunday, July 7 at a reception held in her honor immediately after church services as she celebrates 90 years of life, 71 years of those being a parish member at Holy Trinity.

This reception will be potluck with finger foods preferred.  There is a signup sheet on the center table in the Parish Hall.  Please sign up at your earliest convenience or call Donna at the Parish Office with your potluck choice.

Newcomer’s Dinner

The Senior Warden of Holy Trinity, Steve DeBolt, will host a Newcomer’s Dinner at his home on Friday, July 26 for all newcomers to Holy Trinity.  More information on this welcoming event will be forthcoming at a later time.

Production of Mamma Mia     

Once again, the talented Ian Ferrell will have a starring role in the production of Mamma Mia at Leeds Center of the Arts located in Winchester, KY.  The dates are August 9-11 and 16-18.  Bill Jones will be coordinating a convenient date with Ian for a group from Holy Trinity to attend.  When arrangements are made, Bill will communicate information to the parish office so tickets can be purchase.  Fair Warning, this production is a little more than PG and may not be appropriate for children.

Parish Retreat at Kanuga

Save the date and start making your plans to enjoy a 3 day retreat in the mountains of North Carolina at Kanuga.  Kanuga is nestled on 1,400 mountain acres centered around the 30 acre Kanuga Lake.  The purpose of a retreat is to relax, reconnect with ourselves, each other and the Holy Spirit.

October 18 is the arrival day at Kanuga.  That evening after dinner, we will have a Compline service with guitarist.  On the schedule for October 19 will be fishing, canoeing, cards, etc and an evening activity.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included of course.  On October 20, following breakfast will be a worship service.  You can head home or tour the area.

Family and friends are welcome to go to retreat, however, pets are not allowed at Kanuga.

Outreach Opportunities

Blessings in a Backpack

Per Lisa Estes-Cheatham, the chairperson of Blessings in a Backpack, “Holy Trinity will be responsible for feeding 60 Western Elementary students again in the 2019-2010 school year.  Twenty-seven students at $100 each will be funded by the Sutterfield Trust so the balance of thirty-three students at $100 each will need to be funded by donations.  In the past Holy Trinity has been very generous through donations to allow us to continue this outreach”.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please make your check out to The Church of the Holy Trinity with “Blessings in a Backpack” in the memo section.  Your financial support is needed. If you would like to volunteer your time, packers and food deliverers are also needed. Questions can be directed to Lisa

Collection for Our Troops

Holy Trinity will have two collections for our soldiers.  Erik Morschauser is now stationed in the east in a war zone.  We will have a collection on Sunday, July 14 to send to Erik and his fellow soldiers.

Graham Smith will also be deployed sometime in July to the middle east.  We will have a collection for Graham on Sunday, August 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Marybeth Banks.

Boots ‘n Pearls – Oh, what a night!!  at Ward Hall 

Not even the rain could put a damper on this night.  The attendance was overwhelming as 250 people gathered to support Elizabeth’s Village Outreach Program on the beautiful grounds at Ward Hall Manor.  The Kentucky Storm Band delivered an outstanding performance as the dance floor was packed all night.  Everyone seemed excited with the raffle basket presentations as 560 raffle tickets were sold throughout the night.  Kentucky Historian and Ward Hall Preservation Foundation Board Chair, Ron Bryant, stated that there had never been as many guests touring the mansion as there were during our event.  Wilshire’s Restaurant served delicious barbecue to the large crowd until 9:00 p.m. and offered a full cash bar to those who wanted more than tea and lemonade.  Bourbon 30 constantly had a crowd as they sold bourbon tasting flights from their local distillery.  Reilly Mulholland kept everyone entertained in the garden, which looked amazing with all the lights on the trees.  The decorations on the tables were just amazing.  The talents of the ladies of Holy Trinity were displayed brilliantly.  There was never a dull moment when Lori Saunders, master of ceremonies, took the mic.  She kept the crowd excited and involved.  Kandice Whitehouse took a few moments to explain about the need for their outreach involvement with the homeless and misplaced youth in Scott County.  The thunder, lightening and rain cut the event short but it was a huge success with many requests to do it again next year.

Book Groups

Women’s Bible Study and Book Club

The Women’s Bible Study Book Club will meet on Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the lower level of the Parish Hall.  The book scheduled for July is “The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith.  Books are available for purchase in the parish office at $7.40 each.  Please contact Donna to reserve your book.

The June book selection “The Widows of Malabar Hill” will be reviewed at a later time.

Co-Ed Book Club

Holy Trinity’s Co-Ed Book Club hosted by Grace Wilson will meet on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  The book selection will be “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver.  Books will not be ordered at random.  If you want a book ordered from the church office, you must call and specify what book you want ordered.   The Co-ed Book Club will continue to meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall.  Please join Grace for an evening of interesting conversation.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pentecost Sunday

Bishop’s Visit and Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, June 9 will be an exciting Sunday at Holy Trinity.  Not only will the McLain Family Band be visiting Holy Trinity, but Bishop Mark Van Koevering will also be visiting.  It is also Pentecost Sunday and everyone is requested to wear RED to remind us of the fire of the Spirit.

Bishop’s Reception

The ECW will host a reception in honor of the Bishop’s visit and the McLain Family Band on Sunday, June 9 immediately following the Bluegrass Mass.  This will be a potluck event.  A sign up sheet for finger foods will be on the center table in the Parish Hall. We are expecting a large attendance so don’t forget to sign up.   If you have any questions, please contact the coordinators,  Barbara Smith, Mary McMillin or Shana Dollarhide or call the church office.

Bluegrass Mass

Holy Trinity is excited to announce that the McLain Family Band will be at Holy Trinity on Sunday, June 9 during the Festival of the Bluegrass to provide the music during service.

Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian Bluegrass music.

Since 1968, they have performed in all 50 states – and 64 countries during 15 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band has appeared on prestigious stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Carter Family Fold. They have been featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras.

For eleven years, The McLain Family Band hosted The McLain Family Band Festival which was featured on NPR’s Folk Festival USA and produced by Kentucky Educational Television for national distribution. Other television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning News, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Pearl Bailey ETV Special, The BBC, TNN’s Nashville Now and the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.

The McLain Family Band has consisted, through the years, of various combinations of family members. The core touring band includes: Raymond McLain, Ruth McLain, Alice and Al White and Daxson Lewis.

“Boots ‘n Pearls – A Night at Ward Hall”

 It’s almost time for the big event on June 21, 2019 at Ward Hall Manor from 7-11 p.m. !

The ECW planning committee, chaired by Janet Cantrill, has been working hard to make sure that Boot’s ‘n Pearls – A Night at Ward Hall will be an exciting evening for everyone that attends.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and are now available to pickup in the church office or purchase from any ECW member or purchase on Facebook

.  Make plans to join us for:

– barbecue with delicious sides and cash bar from Wilshire’s Restaurant

– dancing to music from the band Kentucky Storm

– cash flights of bourbon tasting from Bourbon 30 Distillery

– tours of Ward Hall from docents

– and wonderful raffle items.

Proceeds from this event will go to Elizabeth’s Village Outreach Fund to help the homeless and misplaced youth in Scott County.

Celebrate America

It’s time to start thinking about Holy Trinity’s entry in the 4th of July Parade.  The Kiwanis Club of Scott County has invited us to participate in the July 4 Parade again this year.  Last year our entry won 2nd place, our goal this year is to win 1st!   The theme this year is Celebrating America. Show your enthusiasm and patriotic spirit by helping us celebrate our great country on her birthday with “Celebrating America” float. How will you celebrate America?

There will be First, Second and Third place awards. Floats will be judged on Overall Appearance, Depiction of Parade Theme (“Celebrating America”), Originality and Utilization of Patriotic Materials.

We need volunteers with ideas, willingness to work on the float, a hay wagon and a truck to pull it with.  We also need walkers, float riders and two people to carry the banner.  Please contact the church office if you are willing to help.


Get ready for adventure and enjoy the beautiful splendor of autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina!  Holy Trinity has reserved Kanuga for our church retreat October 18 – 20. Kanuga is located close to Asheville, NC and is nestled on 1,400 mountain acres centered around the 30 acre Kanuga Lake.  Kanuga offers a wide variety of activities for its guests.  Some of the most popular activities include trail hiking, swimming, boating, paddleboarding and fishing.  There are four tennis courts and two basketball half courts.  Additional activities include archery and kayaking as well as walking meditation labyrinth for personal reflection.  Meals are freshly prepared buffet style and served in one of the three adjacent dining rooms located in the Kanuga Lake Lodge.  They offer lodging at Kanuga Lake Inn, 43  historic cottages and six guest houses.

Go ahead and save the dates, more information on reserving your spot will be available in the next few weeks.  All family members are invited including extended family members, however, Kanuga is a pet-free property.

Joy in the Parish

Holy Baptism

The Holy Baptism of Ryder Maxwell Willoughby and Cashlynn Brinkely Edelen, children of Emily Edelen and grandchildren of Jan Edelen took place on Sunday, May 26.  Godparents are Victor White, Joy Martin, Zach White and Olivia Edelen.  A reception was held for family and friends immediately following services in the Parish Hall.

Youth Sunday at Holy Trinity

The youth of Holy Trinity took over the church services on Sunday, May 19.  Alex Cantrill delivered the sermon, acolytes were Zachary and Sara Franks, Paul Stevens served as Eucharistic Minister, Caleb McClellan was the Lay Reader and Kiera McClellan was the Intercessor.  Sophee Booth and Luke Estes-Hawkins ushered.    The musical talents of Charlie Miller, Ryder Willoughby, Peyton and Harrison Morgan was shared.  Charlie Miller sang “Jesus Loves Me” as a solo.  In appreciation for Holy Trinity providing a meeting place, Girl Scout Troop 2019 lead by Kelly McClellan provided wonderful coffee hour treats.

May Bunco

May Bunco was hosted by Karen Butcher on Tuesday, May 28 at the Parish Hall.  The theme was “Summer Fun at the Beach”.   The Bunco Queen of the night was Barbara Smith.  Lisa Estes-Cheatham won 1st runner up with 4 buncos.  Jan Edelen won a contest by popular vote for wearing the cutest sandals.  June bunco will be hosted by Sharon Horner at her home in Lexington on June 25.  The theme will be “Celebrating America”.