Dates to Remember

Wear RED

Next Sunday, June 4, will be The Day of Pentecost.  Please wear red to commemorate the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit.

Georgetown College Students to Visit Holy Trinity

On Friday June 23, a group of students from Georgetown College will be visiting the church to 1. Learn about the history of the building and 2. To learn about the history of our religion.  Father Ron Summers will be leading the talk about the history of the Episcopal Church.  The times will be posted in the bulletin later.  We will be providing lunch for this group as part of our outreach to hungry students.

Presentation by Ben Bynum

Sunday July 9, will also be a special day at the church.  Ben Bynum, Gus’ son, will be giving a presentation about his previous work in Africa as well as his current work in Africa, along with his wife Mary.  This will be in the parish hall after church.  Please try to attend as this really is a one of a kind experience to learn from the two most knowledgeable people I could think of.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is an international Christian, twelve-step recovery program aimed at all “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”, including but not exclusive to high anxiety; co-dependency; compulsive behaviors; sex addition; financial dysfunction; drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorders.  In addition to the 12 Steps, Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Sermon on the Mount.   If you or anyone you know needs help with hurts, habits or hangups, Victory Life Church, 1141 Lexington Rd. is hosting meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M.  If anyone is interested in leading a class at Holy Trinity, there will be a Leader Class beginning on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 P.M.  Leader classes will meet every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. for approximately 12 weeks after which you will receive certification to lead a Celebrate Recovery class.  The cost for leader books will be approximately $50.00.   Central Church of God, Grace Christian Church and Leesburg Christian Church (all in Scott Co) also have Celebrate Recovery meetings.  For additional information, you may contact Donna at the church office at 863-0505.

A Message from the Senior Warden

On this day of the church calendar, Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) is remembered.  Born around 1412, she was illiterate yet had a deep faith instilled in her by her mother.  This was during the ‘Hundred Years War” with England.  She was 13 years of age when she heard voices sent by God to save France by installing Charles VII as the rightful ruler of England.

She lobbied Charles the VII in 1429 for an army to lead to the embattled city of Orleans.  This battle lifted the siege of Orleans and drove the  Anglo-Burgundians from the city across the Loire River.   In the spring of 1430, the king ordered her to Compiegne to defend the city against a Burgundian assault.  During this battle, she was thrown from her horse and the gates of the city were closed before she could make her way back and she was captured.

Her trial contained 70 charges against her which included witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man.  In May 1431, she agreed to sign a confession denying she had received divine guidance.  However, a few days late she recanted and on May 30 she was taken to Rouen and burned at the stake.  Charles VII ordered a new trial 20 years later and her named was cleared.  Her mythic stature continued to rise until 1920 when she was canonized as the patron saint of France.  (

John Worsham, Senior Warden

Blessings in a Backpack 

Our Blessings in a Backpack donation plea has been met!!  We will be able to serve the 48 students again for the 2017-2018 school year!  Thank you for the support!
Lisa Estes-Cheatham


Your pledge dollars at work

A Message from the Senior Warden

The Church Missionary Society began work in 1899 in the Sudan in Omdurman, and the Christian faith spread rapidly among Africans of the southern region of the country. Until 1974, the Diocese of Sudan was part of the (Anglican) Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The Church in the Sudan reverted to the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury until the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, consisting of four new dioceses, was established in 1976.

In 1983 the government of Sudan was seized by Islamicists who declared sharia, requiring all Sudanese to convert to Islam on pain of death. On May 16 a small group of Anglican and Roman Catholic chiefs in southern Sudan, together with their bishops, clergy, and laity, declared that they “would not abandon God as [they] knew him”. With that declaration the second cycle of the Sudanese civil war began. (The first cycle of the civil war had started with the departure of the British from Khartoum in 1957 and ended in 1972.) Peace was finally signed on January 9, 2005, but two and a half million of the Sudanese people had been killed, most of them Christian. By the end of the civil war, two thirds of the six million people of southern Sudan were internally displaced, and another million were in exile throughout Africa and the rest of the world, including the bishops of most of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

The second century north African theologian Tertullian wrote, “semen est sanguis christianorum” (the blood of the Christians is seed), often paraphrased “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Christians were estimated to be only five percent of the population in southern Sudan in 1983, but today nearly ninety percent of the population is either Anglican or Roman Catholic. In the words of their bishops, the Sudanese Christians “live only on the mercy of God…whether we live or die we are the Lord’s…we have had nothing else but the grace of God and his guidance.”
adapted from the Anglican Communion website and the proposal to the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church

The Collect
O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I am always amazed, when I look at the church calendar, how many people have died for their faith in the name of Jesus Christ. These revelations are good reasons to help to keep me grounded when I think about pounding my chest and saying what a good person am I. It is very easy to do God’s work in a society which allows free expression of religion and the freedom to bring it to life in outreach and evangelism. The true test is how a person would react in a repressive society where your own life is at stake. People talk about WWJD (What would Jesus do) when the question I would ask myself is WWID (What would I do).

The church year is winding down and we should take an inventory of the past year. Attendance is up. A healthy Sunday school and youth group continue to flourish. The garden committee and choir, ECW, backpacks,etc. These activities only occur if people volunteer and are committed to each other and their church. For that, I give thanks to each and everyone of you in this parish who make this place the center of worship of which it has become. This summer, the church service will be dialed back a touch. The psalm will be spoken and not sung and a more simple set of service music will be used. People will be taking vacations, including our organist, so a substitute will be called on when needed. Of course, bills still need to be paid so even if you miss a Sunday or so, please try to maintain your pledge to the church. Also, there is still an opportunity to be involved with the Blessings in a Backpack. Simply put a check in the offering plate with a designation and much good will come from that. Your church is sponsoring 5 children (at this point) to go to camp this summer. At $495.00 a pop, you can see that this is not insignificant. The parish picnic will also be occurring in August. We have priests lined up through July and hopefully our opening will be filled by then or soon thereafter.

I am honored to be your Senior Warden. My life has been enriched more than I can say during these last 9 months. It is a proud moment when It is said to others that I am a member of this parish. My wish to all is to have a safe and blessed summer with all the joys which come therein.

John Worsham

Hymn Notes

May 21, 2017

To my surprise, when I prepared to write these hymn notes, I found an interesting synchronicity in three of our hymns this Sunday. There are two texts by St. Francis of Assisi and two hymn tunes by the famed British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. You may know him best as the composer of SINE NOMINE (“For All the Saints”).

“All Creatures of Our God and King” – H-400 (Lasst uns erfreuen)

The text of the opening processional hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King” (H-400) was written in 1225 by St. Francis as his “Canticle of brother sun and of all creatures.” This canticle, often referred to as the first genuine religious poem in Italian, was written a year before his death when he was blind and quite ill. It was translated into a hymn version by Anglican priest William Draper in the last part of the 19th century and set in the metre of the German tune LASST UNS ERFREUENfirst published with that tune in 1919.

The origins of that tune can be found in various snippets from the 16th and 17th centuries which inspired some Catholic musicians in Cologne to compose a new tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN. In 1895,German musician Henrich Reimann made some rhythmic changes and other editorial adjustments and published the tune in a collection of tunes. This version was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ source for his own revisions for the tune which subsequently appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. The popularity of this tune to this text is directly attributed to that hymnal and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting. It is indeed a powerful tune for a hymn of praise.

“Come Down, O Love Divine” – H-516 (Down Ampney)

This prayerful, contemplative hymn seeks to shape our response to both the Epistle and Gospel lessons. The text asks for the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts, God’s glorious light to illuminate our paths, and Love to create a place in our hearts for the dwelling of the Holy Spirit. These words are a translation in 1867 by Richard Littledale of a poem by 15th century monk Bianco of Siena.

The tune DOWN AMPNEY is another one by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is named for Vaughan Williams’ birthplace. He composed it especially for this text and published both together in The English Hymnal in 1906. The highly respected English hymnologist, Erik Routley, has called this tune “The most beautiful hymn-tune composition since OLD 100th (The Doxology).

“Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” – H-593 (Dickinson College)

Although this may seem like an unusual recessional hymn, it seems to summarize our response to the Word for Sunday. We go into the world as servants of God’s peace, sowing faith, hope, light, and joy. We seek to provide consolation, understanding hearts, unselfish love, and a forgiving spirit; and in so doing we walk as children of the light.

The source of the text of this hymn is a prayer attributed to the medieval mystic St. Francis of Assisi. This prayer appears in translation among the Prayers and Thanksgivings in the BCP (page 833, no. 62). The actual hymn text based on that prayer is by the noted Roman Catholic hymn writer and theologian Rev. James Quinn, S.J.

The tune DICKINSON COLLEGE was composed by Lee Hastings Bristol, an outstanding layman of the Episcopal Church, composer, and educator. The tune name honors Dickinson College, Pa, the composer’s alma mater.

by Joyce Crofts, Choirmaster

Episcopal Church Women

The Journey in Faith and Wellness was a great success. Thanks to the ECW, the committee members and the workshop presenters, this year’s event was brought up to an exciting new level. We appreciate all those that attended and look forward to making the 7th Annual Journey in Faith and Wellness even more successful.  A special recognition goes out to those that donated items for the silent auction at the Journey in Faith and Wellness event. A total of $802. was raised due to the generosity of the members and friends of Holy Trinity. The proceeds from the 6th annual Journey in Faith and Wellness was $1,127.00. A check for this amount was presented to Bluegrass Care Navigators formerly known as Hospice at the ECW meeting on May 2nd. Hospice of the Bluegrass has cared for thousands of families in our local communities since 1978. Over the years, they have grown and expanded their services beyond hospice care. They now provide expert care long before life’s final months. They changed their name from Hospice of the Bluegrass to Bluegrass Care Navigators to better represent all of their services. Our support helps them to continue to provide expert connected care.

New officers were elected for the Episcopal Church Women at a pot luck hosted by Jackie Hardin at her home on Tuesday, May 2nd. New officers for 2017-2018 are as follows: Jackie Hardin, President; Janet Cantrill, Vice President; Marybeth Banks, Secretary and Nancy Anderson, Treasurer. This was the last meeting of the ECW for the summer. Meetings will resume in September on the 1st Monday of each month. The ECW is open to all ladies of Holy Trinity.

The ECW spends a portion of its income on a need in the Parish. As a new project for next year, the ECW is exploring buying a defibrillator for the parish.  A defibrillator is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. Shonda Dollarhide and Corinne Trimble has been appointed to investigate the need, cost, risks and benefits of this purchase.


Summer Camp at the Domain

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

Camp registration is now open for all summer camps! Early Bird pricing is currently in effect until the date two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. Check out our summer camp offerings online now ( so that you can choose the perfect fit for your camper.
We are pleased to announce the following specialty camps for this summer:

Theatre Camp (July 2-8)
A unique educational theatre experience for campers to participate in theatre classes, rehearsals, and a final theatrical production. For graduates of grades 5-12.

Camp Rock (July 23-29)
A place for beginner and intermediate rock climbers learn more about climbing. For graduates of grades 7-12.

Camp Indian Summer (October 21-22)
An opportunity for grown-up kids of all ages to leave their worries and responsibilities at the foot of the mountain and spend a few days being a kid again. Ages 21+.

Learn about these camps and MANY MORE at our website!
Contact: Andy Sigmon,

Help is Needed

Volunteer for Reading Camp
Do you want to help change the life of a child this summer? Reading Camp volunteer applications are available now!
Read more about volunteer roles here:
And apply online here:

Contact: Sarah Harcourt Watts,, 859-252-6527

Blessings in a Backpack

Holy Trinity has had a successful 2016-1017 with Blessings in a Backpack. Sponsors for children for the next school year is needed. If you would like to sponsor a child the cost is $100. per child. Any donation however would be appreciated. Please write your check to Holy Trinity and write Blessings in a Backpack on the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Estes-Cheatham at

The Amen House

The Amen House has a new list for Holy Trinity for this quarter. The list consists of 16 oz. peanut butter, dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and oatmeal. You may drop off your contribution at the Parish House and Deacon Linc will coordinate in getting the food items to the Amen House.

The Gathering Place
More volunteers are needed to serve the hungry at The Gathering Place Mission House. You do not need to cook the food, only order it, pick it up and help serve. Holy Trinity volunteers serve at the Gathering Place the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Deacon Linc Hartling for more information or you may contact Donna at the office.

Altar Flowers
Please check the flower schedule located in the Narthex of the church. We have several available dates in June and the following months for altar flower donations. Please help fill those vacancies in remembrance and thanksgiving of your loved ones.

A Message from the Senior Warden

April 5, 2017

Today the church honors Mary Pandita Ramabai.  Born in 1858, this was a time when women were considered slave-like and were just to bear offspring to their much older husbands because of child marriage.  It was these memories which caused her in later years to champion the fight against the caste system and the treatment of oppressed women.  She went with a benefactor to England, converted to Christianity, and dedicated her life to God by starting Christian churches in India.  Instead of the latin normally used, she translated the bible into sanscrit  which the congregations would understand.  She opened shelters for abused women, of which there were many, and spoke out about the harm of arranged childhood marriage in her native country.   She died in her beloved country in 1922.
Fr. Ron, on Sunday, asked the parish to try to bring friends and acquaintances to church for the next 2 weeks.  This is a very honorable yet daunting challenge.  However, if you are unable to find anyone, the most important thing is to bring yourself to church.  This is the most important time in the church year.  Beginning with Palm Sunday, continuing with Holy Week services on Thursday and Friday, concluding with The Sunday of the Resurrection (Easter).
My faith in the Nominating Committee is very strong, knowing they will serve in the best interests of the church which is why I am only going out until the end of May for supply priests.  However, we all know it is not the speed in which a priest is found but to find the best priest possible for our parish.  Please keep the Nominating Committee in your prayers.
A blessed Easter is my fondest wish for all of you.
John Worsham  Sr. Warden
“Almighty God, giver of every good gift;  Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” (page 818 in the Prayer Book)

Hymn Notes

April 2, 2017

“Humbly I Adore Thee” H-314 (Adore devote)
(Communion Hymn)

It never ceases to amaze me how hymns have lasted over 400 years and continue to speak to us today and no doubt will go on to speak to future generations of Christians. My imagination can visualize our joining with all the Christians through the ages who have sung these hymns. This beautiful communion hymn initially appeared as a poem in popular devotional collections of the Middle Ages. In the Roman Missal of 1570, Pope Pius V included the text as a poem among the Prayers of Preparation and Thanksgiving, where it has appeared ever since. For Episcopal use, it first appeared in Hymnal 1940.

The Latin text has been ascribed to Thomas Aquinas and is believed to have been written when he was preparing the Office Mass for the Festival of Corpus Christi, 1263. The Text Committee for Hymnal 1982 prepared a new translation of stanza 4 to facilitate congregational singing and to remove archaic language. You might want to spend some time with this text, reading it as a poem, to truly absorb its devotional communion message. It is a powerful meditation.

ADORO DEVOTE is the tune long associated with this text. The earliest known source of this melody is a Parisian Processional dating from 1697. Plainsong-like in nature, it is probably more recent than many of the plainsong melodies we sing. It is based on thirteenth century Benedictine plainsong, Mode V. You may notice its similarity to one of the melodies we use for chanting the Psalm on some Sundays. It’s not the one we are using during Lent, however.

“Go Forth for God; Go to the World in Peace” H-347 (Litton)
(Recessional Hymn)

This is not an easy hymn to learn, but we have been singing it a number of times in the last two years, and it’s getting stronger. Due to its strong text, it is definitely worthy of learning and keeping in our hymn repertoire; so continue your good efforts to learn it. The choir is there to lead and support the singing, not do it for us. The hymn is definitely a unified body-of-Christ proclamation.

The hymn is very fitting for a closing hymn since it is based on the Eucharistic prayer “send us now into the world in peace . . . to love and serve you” and on the dismissal “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Inspired by the Confirmation blessing in the 1928 Prayer Book, the text was written by British priest and poet John Raphael Peacey. The date of composition is unknown, but we know that in March 1970 Canon Peacey submitted a revision to the Hymn Society.

The tune LITTON was written especially for this text by the famed composer, hymnologist, and teacher, the Rev. Dr. Erik Routley. It was commissioned in 1982 by the Choir of Trinity Parish, Princeton, NJ, to honor its organist and choirmaster James R. Litton upon the end of his tenure there. Dr. Routley’s tune paints the mood of the text with its tone of command and action. Notice the opening phrase that rises up in strength with the word “God” at its peak and extends the words “go to the world.” It is my hope that we can sing this text with a sense of commitment and strength.

Joyce Neel Crofts