News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

We have a new bishop! It’s very exciting news. At the Diocese of Lexington Convention, we affirmed the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering as our new Bishop Provisional. I think you all will enjoy getting to know Bishop Mark and his wife, The Rev. Canon Helen Van Koevering.
The bishop will be here at Holy Trinity for our annual visit on June 17th, so that presents to us an opportunity to offer confirmation and reception to anyone who would like to do this. For the youth (13 and older) who would like to be confirmed, we are offering a two-hour program on the four Sundays after Easter (April 8, 15, 22, 29). Then we will decide on a service project to do together.
If you are an adult who would like to be confirmed, we will either have you join this class or, if we have enough participants, have an adult confirmation/newcomer class at the same time as the youth confirmation class.
If you are interested in confirmation, reception, or baptism, please email or call me or the church and I will send you the forms and give you more information.

Yours in Christ,


Save the Date

7th Annual Journey in Health and Wellness
Save the date for May 19. Journey in Faith and Wellness event will take place in the Parish Hall from 1-5 p.m. Please mark your calendar to join us for an exciting day of interactive workshops. All adults are invited to attend so come dressed to move and explore and bring a friend.
This will be a charity event to benefit The Gathering Place Mission House. We have 10 professional presenters lined up this year along with a silent auction and door prizes that will be distributed throughout the afternoon. Participants may select 4 sessions to participate in and well as sample healthy snacks. All this for only $10.00. 100% of the proceeds will go to charity!

Presenters for this year will be:
Crystal Breitner – Nutritionist with the Scott County Extension Office will explain about healthy food choices and provide recipes.
Betsy Noll – Balance and Flexibility – Demonstration and participation on how to effectively exercise your body during daily routines.
Bob Ashmore and Jim Showalter – Tai Chi, martial arts participation.
Jacqueline Kinzig – Acupuncture – An alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Participants will actually participate in acupuncture.
Larissa Muncy – Herbal Therapy -Learn about the use of plants intended for medicinal purposes or for supplementing a diet.
Debra Coomer Rapier – Reiki – Participate in a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.
Amanda Adams – Chair Massage – Sample a shoulder or back massage during this session.
Georgetown Police Dept. – Self Defense – Learn how to defend yourself against unexpected attacks. Meet the Red Man!
Jane Bryant – Stress Relief – Learn how to manage your stress with healthy coping strategies.
Shannon Stricklin – Yoga – Participate in a disciplined approach to exercise.
Robin Brewer – Aromatherapy – Learn how essential oils can change your life.

The committee is still receiving items for the Silent Auction. We already have several wonderful items that include box seats for 4 at Churchill Downs, carriage driving lessons, live bouquet, hand made jewelry, hand made afghan and vintage china. If you have a basket of goodies, gift certificates to stores or restaurants or other items you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Parish Office.

Don’t forget Saturday, May 19 1-5 p.m. Journey in Health and Wellness! An exciting day to learn about healthy options available in our community. For more information, contact Donna at 859-221-9635.

Convention News

On Saturday, February 24, 1018, 200 people gathered at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester for the 122nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington. Holy Trinity’s deputies to the convention were Lisa Estes-Cheatham, Bette Jo Sharp, Billie Bell and Barbara Smith. The Rev. Karen Booth, Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, was elected to represent the Diocese of Lexington as Sewanee Trustee. Thank you to our convention deputies and congratulations to Mother Karen on her new assignment.
The Diocese of Lexington is pleased to announce the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering as our new Bishop Provisional. After learning of the Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell’s intent to resign his position as Bishop Provisional, the Standing Committee entered into a process of discernment with the Office of Pastoral Development for The Episcopal Church and other leaders within the Diocese. This led to a motion, made by The Reverend Matthew Young, President of Standing Committee, at the 122nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, held February 24, 2018, inviting the Diocese to place itself under the provisional charge and authority of Bishop Van Koevering. “What impresses me the most about Bishop Van Koevering is his ability to articulate how important his relationship with Jesus Christ truly is and, based on that, how he lives with an expectation of God to act,” stated The Reverend Matthew Young, President of the Standing Committee. “The Diocese of Lexington should very much benefit from Bishop Van Koevering’s honesty, integrity and maturity.” The motion passed with an overwhelming positive response from Deputies of Convention. Bishop Van Koevering’s ecclesiastical authority begins immediately at the close of Convention, and he will take up residence in the Diocese at the beginning of April.
Bishop Mark and his wife, The Reverend Helen Van Koevering, spent 13 years in the Diocese of Niassa, where he served as the Bishop. He resigned that position to return to the United States and serve as Assisting Bishop in West Virginia. Bishop Mark brings gifts for ministry and experience that will benefit some particularities in our Diocese, especially ministry in Appalachia and on behalf of small congregations. He is pleased to be able to join our Diocese in mission and ministry: “After meeting with the Standing Committee, the Episcopal Election Planning Committee, the Diocesan Staff and most of the Clergy of the Diocese, I have grown increasingly encouraged by what I have heard and seen. God is at work among you. I want to thank you for your trust and confidence. It is a precious gift and a solemn responsibility that you offer, and I look forward to working with you as together we join God’s mission adventure.” The Diocese is hopeful that Bishop Mark’s tenure in the Diocese will endure for many years.

Support our Troops

Every other month Holy Trinity will collect goodies to be sent to a member of our US Armed Forces who has been deployed to the war front. On Sunday, March 18, the Support our Troops committee will be packing donated items to send to James Kayle Snyder, grandson of Kay Snyder, who has recently been deployed to Afghanistan. The committee, chaired by Marybeth Banks, is requesting items such as homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, candies as well as personal items such as suntan lotion, chap stick, white socks and interesting items such as puzzles, paperback books and squirt guns. Please bring enough so that our recipient can share with his fellow comrades. This is our way to let our young men and women who are fighting to protect our country know that we support them and are praying for their protection and safe return home. Please contact Marybeth Banks with any questions.

Get Involved

Church Photographer
Do you have a talent for taking photos? The church is still in need of 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.

Women’s Bible Study
Mother Karen has started a Women’s Bible Study on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. This class is open to all women. Study will be from “Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible” a book by Liz Curtis Higgs. There has been a great response to this class with 19 ladies signed up to attend.

Lent Madness
The Saintly Scorecard Bracket has been posted in the Parish Hall. Lent Madness started the day after Ash Wednesday. There are 32 saints placed in a tournament style, single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for twenty-four hours, and people vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Saintly Sixteen, eight advance to the Elite Eight, four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship, and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. To participate you can go to You can pick up your copy of the Saintly Bracket at the Parish Hall. For more information on the current bracket winners, you can check the chart on the bulletin board at the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Steve DeBolt or Nancy Leonard.

Emergency Preparedness

Community/Church Violent Incident Readiness Seminar
Holy Trinity hosted a training seminar on Violent Incident Readiness for local church elders and staff on Thursday, February 22 from 6-8 p.m. The training was provided by the Georgetown Police Department on the prevention, recognition and response of violent acts. There were representatives of 8 local churches in attendance. Videos of violent acts in schools and churches were shown and the police emphasized how critical it is that we recognize potential danger and know how to respond. We appreciate Police Chief Michael Bosse, Sgt. Darin Allgood, Lt. Jon Noel and Officer Mitchell Lair for organizing this event and providing information on the importance of prevention and protection in our church.

AED/CPR Training/Certification
On Saturday, March 3, Melody Foster, representative from taught a class on the operation of our newly purchased Automated External Defibrillator at the Parish Hall. 12 members of Holy Trinity received their certification in the correct function of the AED and CPR. Those in attendance were, Turner Summers, Laura Schu, John Worsham, Jackie Hardin, Carol Adams, Corinne Trimble, Bette Jo Sharp, Nancy Leonard, Emily Ferrell, Billie Bell, Steve DeBolt and Kay Snyder.

Opportunities to raise funds for Holy Trinity

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 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.

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.

Supporting the Community

A Thank You from the Gathering Place
The Gathering Place would like to report the amazing thing that happened in 2017. The Emmaus Kitchen served 12,045 meals, the shelter provided over 4,000 showers, offered laundry service to 150 families and individuals, the men’s shelter provided 4,303 stays for men in need. They offered groceries and helped with hotel rooms for families, provided fuel, paid utility bills, provided rental assistance and transportation to those in need.
Beyond the day to day operations and events, they provide ministry programs to the lost and offer parenting classes through the court systems. They work with Georgetown College to offer church services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They encourage growth through NA, AA and Celebrate Recovery. They believe that sharing the love of Jesus with others is the main focus of the mission.

These blessings would not be possible if it wasn’t for all the hard work, dedication and donations of our community.
The Gathering Place expressly appreciates the involvement of Holy Trinity with their ministry and extends their appreciation to all those that volunteer.

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.

Race for Hope Gala
The “Race for Hope” Gala benefiting the Gathering Place was held at Cardome Center on Saturday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m. It was a fun evening full of derby hats and bow ties. The night included a catered dinner with prime rib as the entree and a dec adent dessert bar, cash bar, silent auction, competition for the best derby hat (ladies) and bow tie (gentlemen) and two comedians as entertainment. Holy Trinity was well represented with 2 tables of 10. In addition to the silent auction and live auction proceeds, The Gathering Place raised enough money from donations to pay the water, gas and electric bills for the entire year at the women’s shelter.
Kirsten Martin from Holy Trinity won in the category for the best derby hat and Kirsten and Jim Martin won in the category for the best couple (hat and bow tie). Congratulations to Kirsten and Jim for winning two out of four categories.

Sadness in our Parish

Joe Stack, partner of Matt McGarvey, former parishioner and organist at Holy Trinity, passed away recently.  You may send condolences to:

Matt Mc Garvey
320 W. Oakdale Ave.  # 603
Chicago, ILL.   60657

A memorial service will be held in Chicago later in the spring.

A Prayer for Joe   

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your  servant Joe Stack. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your  own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

 A Prayer for those who mourn

Merciful God, whose Son Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus: look with compassion on all who are bound by sorrow and pain through the death of Joe Stack. Comfort them, grant them the conviction that all things work together for good to those who love you, and help them to find sure trust and confidence in your resurrection power; through Jesus Christ our deliverer. Amen.

Wednesday Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study will begin with Mother Karen on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.  All ladies are invited to attend any Wednesday.