Election Results

New Vestry Members Elected

As we say goodbye to Corinne Trimble who has fulfilled her 3 year tenure on the current vestry, we say hello to new Vestry members, Laura Schu and Billie Bell.  We appreciate Corinne’s hard work and dedication as she served as Vestry Clerk for the past 3 years and we thank her for a job well done.    Laura and Billie will officially take over their Vestry responsibilities on  January 1, 2018.   Please congratulate our new Vestry members and give them your support as they take the role of leadership within our parish.


Delegates Selected for the Annual Convention  

Deputies for the 122nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington to be held on February 24, 2018 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester was selected at the annual Parish Meeting held on November 19.  Lisa Estes-Cheatham, Billie Bell, Bette Jo Sharp and Barbara Smith were selected to represent Holy Trinity. Turner Summers was selected as alternate.  Mother Karen will also attend the convention.

Christmas Celebrations Begin This Week

Hanging of the Greens – Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Come help decorate the church for Christmas services.

December 17 is the Third Sunday of Advent. At our 10:00  a.m. Holy Eucharist the sermon will be replaced with a pageant by the Youth of the parish  about the tradition of the Jesse Tree.   There will be cookies and cocoa with Santa after the service.


Caleb McClellan: Grandma

Emily Ferrell: Daughter

Ian Ferrell: Daughter’s Husband, and Guitarist

Joseph Pence: John, Reader 4,5, and 10, Soloist

Eli Cheramie: Reader 1 and 2

Kiera McClellan: Sarah, Reader 3

Sara Franks: Rebekah, Reader 6 and 7

Zachary Franks: Ben, Reader 8 and 9

Grandchildren sitting at the feet of Grandma looking at scrapbooks and ornaments: Amelia Dunn, Isaac Bell, Levi Burleson, Tucker Burleson.

*The Jesse Tree Ornaments were made by the Godly Play class children, teachers, and other HT helpers.

*Just as we celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus during Advent and Christmas, we celebrate the children and youth of Holy Trinity during this special season.



December 24 – Advent Holy Eucharist 10:00 am

                             Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist 4:00 pm

                            Christmas Choral Prelude  10:30 pm

                            Candlelight Holy Eucharist 11:00 pm

December 25  – Christmas Day Holy Eucharist 10:00 am

Tradition of the Jesse Tree

Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas Tradition and first started in medieval times. They are used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story.

The name comes from Jesse who was the Father of the great Jewish King David. One prophecy in the Bible, in the book of Isaiah, says:

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
Isaiah 11:1-4 (NIV)

A branch is a sign of new life and new beginnings. Jesus was a descendent of King David and Christians believe that Jesus is this new branch.

The first Jesse trees were large carvings, tapestries or even stained glass windows put in Churches that helped illiterate people (people who can’t read or write) to learn about the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story. But now Jesse Trees are used as a kind of Advent Calendar. You can use a normal Christmas tree or a banner in the shape of a tree. Each day through advent (or sometimes just on the four Sundays of advent) a special decoration or ornament, that tells a story from the Bible, is hung on the tree.

Bible Story: Where it is in the Bible: Symbol:
Creation Genesis 1 The earth
Adam and Eve /
Garden of Eden
Genesis 2:4 – 3:24 A tree with fruit or an apple
Noah & the Flood Genesis 6:9 – 9:17 A rainbow
God’s promise
to Abraham
Genesis 12:1-7 & 15:1-6 A tent
Isaac Genesis 22:1-18 A ram
Jacob’s Ladder Genesis 28:10-19 A ladder
Joseph’s Coat Genesis 37 & 50 A multicolored coat or robe
Moses Exodus 2:1 – 4:20 A burning bush
Israelites and
the Passover
Exodus 12:1-42 A lamb
The 10 Commandments Exodus 19:1 – 20:20 Two stone tablets
Joshua and the
fall of Jericho
Joshua 6:1-20 A ram’s horn trumpet
Ruth Ruth (Whole Book) A sheaf of corn
King David 1 Samuel 16:1-3 A six pointed ‘Star of David’
Solomon’s Temple 1 Kings 6 The temple
Elijah and
Baal’s Priests
1 Kings 18:16-39 A bonfire
Isaiah’s ‘Jesse’
Isaiah 11:1-11 A tree stump with a single branch
growing from it
Jonah and the Whale Jonah (Whole Book) A whale
John the Baptist Matthew 3:13-17 A scallop shell
Mary Luke 1:26-38 A white lily
Elizabeth Luke 1:39-56 A mother and child
Zechariah Luke 1:57-80 A pencil and tablet
Joseph Matthew 1:19-25 A carpenter’s hammer
The Shepherds Luke 2:8-20 A fluffy sheep!
The Wisemen Matthew 2:1-12 A gold star or the
three gifts or three crowns
Jesus Luke 2:1-8 A baby in a manger

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New Office Hours

Regular Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Office hours for The Rev. Karen Booth will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For appointments with Mother Karen you may contact her at the office 502-863-0505 or her cell phone 904-955-7922.  You may also reach her by email at rev.kwb@gmail.com

If you are experiencing a pastoral emergency please call The Rev. Karen Booth at 904-955-7922.

Please be advised that the church office at the Parish Hall will be closed from December 25- January 2.  If you need assistance or have a pastoral emergency, please contact Mother Karen on her cell phone at (904)955-7922.

Welcome Mother Karen

With much anticipation and excitement, we welcome The Rev. Karen W. Booth and family, Bob and Sophee, to the Holy Trinity family.  Mother Karen made her 1st official appearance as Holy Trinity’s Priest In Charge at the annual Advent Party on December 1 and delivered her first of many sermons at Holy Trinity on Sunday, December 3.

Mother Karen, Bob, and Sophee have recently moved back to Kentucky after 5 years in Jacksonville, Florida where she served at two Episcopal parishes: as Associate Rector at San Jose Episcopal Church and as Interim Priest-in-Charge at Church of Our Saviour. Although they met many dear friends in Florida and enjoyed serving alongside others in innovative ministries there, they are happy to be home in the Commonwealth.

Mother Karen is originally from Lexington, Kentucky where she served as a hospice chaplain before ordination as well as being a volunteer for civic and religious organizations. She has an art degree from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.Div. from Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology. After graduation, she received additional training as an Interim minister and as a Disaster Response Chaplain. Outside of the church, Karen enjoys spending time with Bob and Sophee visiting friends, cooking, kayaking, painting, and trying to keep an inquisitive six-year-old entertained.

We look forward to long and joyous relationship with Mother Karen and family.  Please feel free to stop by the office and visit with Mother Karen.  Her office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Share Your Blessings

The Angel Tree at Holy Trinity’s Parish Hall is beautifully decorated thanks to the Episcopal Church Women.  The ornaments for items benefiting The Gathering Place Mission House are on the tree ready for Holy Trinity angels to pick off.  If you would like to be an angel and help the residents at The Gathering Place, please stop by the Parish Hall and pick your special ornament off the tree.

Blessings in a Back Pack volunteers are in full swing this year.  They are providing food for 60 children at Western Elementary School.  They currently have a book drive to provide a book for each of the 60 children during the Christmas season.  They are requesting books K-5.  The deadline to bring in a book for these children is December 10.  A book basket is provided in the Narthex of the church.  Help to bring a smile on the face of each child during this giving season.  Also, there is a sign up sheet for volunteers in the Parish Hall.  Your help is needed in January to help pack and deliver food bags. Come join the fun

A Message from the Senior Warden

November 28, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

It is not uncommon during periods of transition that an entity would fall into a state of suspension or that of longing to be whole again. However, during this past year (and a half), nothing has been farther from the truth. Not one program has faltered. Nursery is there every week. Sunday school and youth group are available every week. Along with an expanded curriculum. The choir is as solid it has ever been. Coffee hour, ECW, a new downstairs, you name it. And most importantly, because of the commitment of this congregation, this church is on a solid financial footing which hopefully will carry through for the foreseeable future.

As you may see in the financial report, we have a surplus of money. The reason for that is because we have been using a supply priest the entire year.   That surplus will not be there next year since we now have our Priest-in Charge, The Rev. Karen Workman Booth. We also hired our office administrator, Donna Whorley. However, if pledging remains solid, our budget should be met without a deficit. Your Vestry committed to a part-time priest position, which will ultimately be more of a three-quarter time position, which we hope will serve this parish well.

The Transition Committee served with great distinction and purpose in bringing our new priest to us. As Senior Warden, I could not have functioned without the faithful effort of the Vestry and Treasurer and Deacon. As a church, we would not be in this favored position without congregational members stepping forward.

Let this ring throughout the Diocese. The state of The Church of the Holy Trinity is well.

Please allow me to express my eternal gratitude to all who participate and to say it has been an honor and privilege to be your Senior Warden. My peace to all and blessings always.

Peace to all.

John Worsham – Senior Warden

Election results

At our Annual Meeting we elected Laura Schu and Billie Bell to three year terms on the Vestry. Many thanks to Corinne Trimble who completed her term.

We also elected Barbara Smith, Lisa Estes-Cheatam, Bette Jo Sharp, and Billie Bell to be delegates to the Diocesan Convention in February.

Blessings in a Backpack Christmas Book Drive

We continue to pack food for 60 children at Western Elementary. Thank you to the packers and deliverers!  As in the last few years we will again be giving the children books for Christmas.  Please consider donating new books suitable for grades K-5.  A basket will be in the back of church.  Deadline is Dec 10.

A Message from the Senior Warden

November 7, 2017

Dear fellow parishioners,

This month is probably the busiest month of the year. We have our stewardship drive, Annual Parish meeting, Advent party and all that is associated with each activity. Which brings me to the point of apologizing for the late addition of the sign up sheet for All Saints Sunday.   In all honesty, it just got past me until the very last minute. Were it not for our office administrator, we very well may not have had a sign up sheet at all. If any people were offended by not being able to put your loved one’s name on the sheet then please accept my heartfelt apology to you and your family.

Stewardship and pledging is the buzzword for the next couple of weeks. If anyone would like to see your year to date contribution to the church please call the office or let me or Harold know and they will be sent out. There will be a year end statement of your contribution sent to everyone at the end of the year for tax purposes. Please, Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the church for the next year. We cannot do this without you. As one person mentioned to me last year, Don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels good. With that in mind, either mail in your pledge, put it in the offering plate or hand it to any vestry member or the treasurer to get it where it needs to go.

We start a new and exciting chapter in the history of this church on December 1st and I hope and pray we do so in a most positive manner. Thank you in advance for your generosity towards this parish.

Reservations are now being taken for the Advent Party. It is my understanding they are $25.00 per person. It is a catered affair and a big thank you to Billie and Doug Bell for hosting it this year. The evening starts at church with an evening prayer service at 6:00 p.m. We are starting it a half hour later in the hopes of accommodating those who could not make it at 5:30. Please try to attend.   By reserving early, it gives the organizers a good number to see how many will attend. But to be clear, nobody will be turned away at the door and the church will cover any folks for whom the fee would be a hardship. Let’s make this a most successful party to begin our Advent/Christmas season.

Just a reminder to committee chair-people to please get your yearly report in to the office this week so it can be compiled into the booklet for the Annual Meeting.

We are very fortunate to have a Deacon in our parish. Deacon Link has agreed to have a morning prayer service on Thanksgiving Day. This is a wonderful way to begin this special day.   Not only then but on Christmas Day he has agreed to do the same. These services just help to bring an inner peace to those who attend and I just want to say that his efforts are very much appreciated.

Peace to all.

John Worsham – Senior Warden