News and Views from Mother Karen

September 16, 2018

Dear Holy Trinity,

We have quite a few celebrations coming up this fall!

This Sunday we will be celebrating the baptism of Megan Goin and welcoming her into the household of Christ.  Then in a few weeks, we will be celebrating the visit of our new bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, and the confirmation and reception of several new members of our parish.

In October we will be celebrating Consecration Sunday where we will offer our prayerfully- considered pledge cards to the church and then have a delicious brunch together.

And, in November we will be celebrating the Annual Parish Meeting where we will elect vestry members, hear about all of the work that is being done within the many ministries of the church, and then eat as a family at our annual potluck.

There is a lot to celebrate around here. Many hands are doing much work in the church and in our community to bring the good news of Christ to more and more people. Thank you for all that you do.

Yours in Christ,

Karen+

Save the Date

Collection for the Troops

The collection for our soldier, Kayle Snyder will be on Sunday, September 16 immediately following the church service.  Per Kayle’s previous correspondence, his list of “wants” for himself and the fellow soldiers that he shares his goodies with is as follows:  Pringles, Wild-berry Skittles, Cheese its, beef jerky, cashew nuts, hot Cheetos, Starburst candies, Cheese Puffs, protein bars, MIO (flavoring for water), cookies and of course, brownies.  Don’t forget the personal items also.  There is a need for suntan lotion, chapstick, white socks, puzzles and paperback books.

A big thank you to Marybeth Banks for co-ordinating the troop collection and getting the packages of goodies shipped out to Kayle.

ECW Meeting Location Change

Due to a conflict of schedules, the location for the September 18 meeting of the ECW will be at the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m.  Emily Metcalf from Elizabeth’s Village will be the guest speaker.  Hostesses will be Sharon Horner and Shana Dollarhide.

Altar Guild Workshop

There will be an Altar Guild Workshop on Saturday, September 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. to prepare for the Bishop’s visit.

Bishop’s Visit

The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional is scheduled to visit Holy Trinity on Sunday, September 30, with Confirmation and Reception.  Make plans to attend church that Sunday as we welcome Bishop Koevering to Holy Trinity.

Pictorial Directory

The time to schedule photo sessions for Holy Trinity’s pictorial directory is almost over.  We still have two more weeks for you to schedule your time if you haven’t already done so.  The 150th Anniversary of Holy Trinity will be in 2020 and this directory will be in preparation of that celebration.  We want all of our members to be included in this directory.  Life Touch will be taking parish photos on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.   Parishioners and staff will receive an 8×10 photo of their choice free of charge and that photo will be published in the church directory. Additional photos may be purchased for a fee.  Feel free to invite your friends and family to schedule a photo session during this time.  They may purchase photos without being in church directory.  Directory committee members, Elaine Jones and Marybeth Banks are available to schedule sessions on Sunday, September 16 or you may contact Donna at the Parish Office during the week to schedule your session.

Indian Summer Camp 2018

On October 19-21, the Camp and Conference Board and the Diocesan Young Adult Commission will once again host Camp Indian Summer

at the Cathedral Domain.  Designed exclusively for adults, this retreat will offer participants the opportunity to engage in creative worship, yoga classes, guided meditation, and various fellowship programs as well as all the outdoor activities the Cathedral Domain has to offer.  While the event is billed as a “Cathedral Domain Homecoming,” we also hope it will be a chance for friends, newcomers, and the uninitiated to experience the Domain.  All kids over the age of 21 are invited to attend.  The cost is $140.00 but scholarships are available upon request.  Online registration is at www.cathedraldomain.org.

Opportunities in the Parish

Altar Flowers

Please review the altar flower schedule in the Narthex of the church.  Help fill the vacancies in remembrance, thanksgiving and in celebration of your loved ones. The flat rate cost is $60.00 and is tax deductible.

Blessings in a Backpack

The first food pick-up for the 2018-2019 school year for the Blessings in a Backpack program was on Monday, August 27.  The first backpack packing was on Wednesday, August 29 and the first delivery to the school was made on Thursday, August 30.

The volunteers are now in full swing.   Holy Trinity will be providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to be sent home to 60 children at Western Elementary to ensure each child has something to eat until they return to school for breakfast on Monday morning.

If you would like to volunteer to pick-up, pack or deliver, please contact Lisa Estes-Cheatham or contact Donna at the church office.  Your help would be appreciated.

Who’s Interested in Playing Bunco?

There has been an interest expressed in starting a Bunco club at Holy Trinity.  12 ladies are needed to play. Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill.  Scoring is based on game wins and a simple set of rules are established before play starts.   Winners are awarded prizes selected and purchased by the Bunco hostess.   Each one of the 12 members of a Bunco club will host one time per year and Bunco will be played one time per month.  The hostess will provide snacks, refreshments and the tables to set up the games. Each player would contribute $5.00 each month to be used for Bunco prizes.  If anyone is interested in playing, please contact Donna at the Parish Office.  There have been 6 ladies that have confirmed they are interested.  We need more to play.

Reflecting on Events

Godly Play

Sunday, September 9, the children of Holy Trinity took over the sermon.  Along with their teacher, Viola Miller, they told the story of “The Flood and the Ark”.  With all the recent flooding that we’ve been having, the story of Noah’s Ark as told by (L-R) Levi Burleson,  Luke Estes-Hawkins, Sophee Booth, Charlie Miller, Tucker Burleson and Amelia Dunn couldn’t have been told at a more appropriate time!

Blessing of the Animals

Due to scattered rain storms throughout the day, the Georgetown Festival of the Horse committee cancelled all festival events for Sunday, September 9 including Blessing of the Animals.  Not knowing of the cancellation, there were several that braved the rain to bring their pets to the Parish Hall for a blessing from Mother Karen.  Although the day didn’t turn out as expected, it turned out to be a blessed day for those that came.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Bat Eviction

Our unwelcome squatters have been evicted!!  For many years, we have had “bats in the belfry”.   Chad Soard and Tim Stephan from Trifecta Wildlife Service have completed their repairs where the bats were entering and exiting the church.  After a thorough investigation, they found the most used entry/exit point at the rear of the church and saved that repair untill last.  They repaired and sealed any area that a bat could squeeze through with the exception of the main entry.  On Thursday, August 30, Chad and Tim invited everyone to come view the bat show that would take place that evening.  They had installed a one way exit with a net over the exit area. This allowed the bats to exit but unable to get back in the church.  As there were no other exit points available, all the bats channeled through this one area of exit.

Donna and Bryan Whorley, Lisa Estes-Cheatham and Ann Marie Stevens came at dusk to watch the bat show.  They were not disappointed!  Around 8:00 p.m. the bats started to roll out.  It was hard to count the bats but everyone estimated that there were 35-40 bats that flew out of the church.

Trifecta Wildlife Service waited until September 4 to come back and repair and seal the final exit point to ensure that all bats had left the building.  Their services are guaranteed for one year so we should see no evidence of bats.

Bat Rescue

During the repair and sealing of exit points in the church, the bats became disoriented as each day they had to find a new entry/exit point to leave the church at night.  One bat found its way to the Undercroft’s bathroom and fell into the commode and was unable to get out.  Donna Whorley in her role as Office Administrator wears many hats and in this case, she became the bat rescuer.  Armed with gloves and a dust pan, she was able to get the bat out and lay him under a tree to dry out for a couple of hours.  The bat flew off to find a new neighborhood home as his entry to the church was no longer available.

Women’s Bible Study

The bible study group will start a new bible study on “The Really Bad Girls of the Bible” by Liz Curtis Higgs on Thursday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.  The first assignment is to read the first chapter of the book.  All ladies are invited to attend.

Mother Karen News

In addition to the role of Priest-In-Charge at Holy Trinity, Mother Karen has accepted the position of Provisional Communications Coordinator at Mission House.  In this role, Karen will coordinate and produce the diocesan newsletter DioLink twice monthly and maintain the diocesan website for the next 6 months. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter http://diolink.org/diolex/index.php/newsandevents/

Festival of the Horse and the Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday, September 9,  Blessing of the Animals will take place at Holy Trinity at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Pet Parade.  All creatures great and small are invited.  Each animal will receive a St. Francis medallion.

The Festival of the Horse kicks off in Georgetown on Thursday, September 6 with the Fireman’s Chili Cookoff at 6 – 8 p.m.  followed by live music from Swing Street at 7-10 p.m. on Main Street.  Friday, September 7 the booths open downtown at 4:00 p.m.  The Colt and Filly Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.  There will also be live music from Kentucky Storm and Jericho Woods at The Square.

Saturday, September 8 the carnival will open in the City Hall Parking Lot.  Live music will be provided throughout the day.  Toyota’s Grand Parade of Horses will start at 5:00 p.m.

 

Pictorial Directory

Have you signed up yet?  Life Touch will be taking parish photos on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. for Holy Trinity’s pictorial directory.  Parishioners and staff will receive an 8 x 10 photo free of charge of their choice and that photo will be published in the church directory. Additional photos may be purchased for a cost.  Feel free to invite your friends and family to schedule a photo session during this time.  They may purchase photo’s without being in church directory.  Directory committee members, Elaine Jones, Marybeth Banks and Donna Whorley will be soon be scheduling session times. The target date to start sign ups will be August 19.   For more information, please contact Donna at the church office.

Christian Formation Fall 2018 Schedule Update 

This Sunday we celebrate the beginning of a new year of  Faith Formation classes with Godly Play.

September 16 – Circle of the Church Year and Ice Cream Sundae Bar

September 23 – Story of Joseph

September 30 – No Class – Fall Break – October 1-5

October 7 – Story of Moses

October 14 – Story of Jonah

October 21 – Story of Daniel

October 28 – Pumpkin Carving

November 4 – Story of King David

November 11 – The Mystery of Christmas

November 18 – Story of St. Nicholas

November 25 – No Class – Thanksgiving Break

December 2 – First Sunday of Advent Skit during church (Rehearsal after church for Second Sunday of Advent Skit)

December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent Skit during church (Rehearsal after church for Third Sunday of Advent Skit)

December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent Skit during church (Rehearsal after church for Fourth Sunday of Advent Skit)

December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent Skit during church followed by Cookies and Hot Cocoa Bar and a visit and photos with St. Nicholas.

December 30 – No Class(Christmas Break)

January 6 – Epiphany with Appearance of the Three Wise Men during church.

HELPING OUT

 

 

Collection for the Troops

We will be packing boxes for our soldier in Afghanistan on Sunday, September 16 after the service. Please bring:  Pringles, Wild-berry Skittles, Cheese Its, beef jerky, cashew nuts, hot Cheetos, Starburst candies, Cheese Puffs, protein bars, MIO (flavoring for water), cookies and brownies.  Personal items are also needed such as suntan lotion, chap stick, white socks and fun items such as puzzles and paperback books.

Blessings in a Backpack

The first food pick-up for the 2018-2019 school year for the Blessings in a Backpack program was Monday, August 27.  Holy Trinity will be providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to be sent home to 60 children at Western Elementary to ensure each child has something to eat until they return to school for breakfast on Monday morning.  If you would like to volunteer to pick-up, pack or deliver, please contact Lisa Estes-Cheatham or contact Donna at the church office.  Your help would be appreciated.

Serving at the Altar

At each service we would like to have three acolytes to carry the torches and cross and one Lay Eucharistic Minister who assists with the wine. That is 12 to 15 persons per month and more if we have 5 weeks or special services. We currently have 16 people who can serve in these roles, but they are not all available every week. Lay Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed members and will be licensed by the Bishop. Acolytes were traditionally young people but most of ours are adults. Please consider being trained for one of these roles. Speak to Nancy Leonard, Donna Whorley or Mother Karen if you are interested.

Altar Flowers

There are several dates in October, November and December that do not have anyone donating flowers for the altar. The tax-deductible cost in $60. Please sign up on the list posted in the Narthex.

 

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.

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.

Women’s Bible Study

The new study book for the Ladies Bible Study group will be “The Really Bad Girls of the Bible” by Liz Curtis Higgs. The book costs $11.00 and can be picked up at the office. The next meeting of the group will be Thursday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. The first assignment is to read the 1st chapter. All ladies are invited to attend.