News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

Consecration Sunday was a wonderful day!  The church was full and our worship service was fill with beautiful voices and music.  Afterwards, we had brunch and everyone mingled and talked.  We had people who have been in church a long time and people who have just started coming sitting together over plates of biscuits and country ham.  After lunch, 12 children carved pumpkins (a lot of adults supervised) in the lower level of the Parish Hall.  It was a loud and joyous room!

Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success.  And thank you to everyone who prayerfully considered their pledge and turned in their pledge cards during Sunday’s service.

This is truly a special parish!

Yours in Christ,

Karen+

Noon Healing Service

Please join Mother Karen each Wednesday for a Public Healing Service at 12:00 Noon in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity.  The service includes the Litany of Healing and the celebration of Holy Communion. Anointing and the Laying on of Hands will be offered in the context of the service.

Preparing for our Annual Meeting

Election of Vestry Members

We have 3 Vestry members that will rotate off the Vestry this year.  During the Annual Parish Meeting, there will be election of Vestry members to fill these empty positions.  Nomination forms are now available in the Narthex of the church and at the Parish Hall.  Forms must be turned in to the Parish Office on or before November 11.  Please remember when nominating someone, you must have permission to nominate him/her and they must be in good standing with the church.

Holy Trinity appreciates the dedication and outstanding service from John Worsham, Senior Warden;  Turner Summers, Junior Warden and Lisa Estes-Cheatham, Vestry member.

2018 Annual Meeting Ministry Questions    

Each committee chairperson and ministry leader will receive a questionnaire via email to be completed and returned to the parish office on or before Thursday, November 8.  Each leader will answer the questions as they apply to their committee.  The completed question/answer sheets in lieu of a report will be compiled in a booklet for the Annual Parish Meeting on November 18.  If you have any questions/concerns regarding the questions, please contact Donna at the parish office.

Annual Parish Meeting/Thanksgiving Potluck 

 Save the Date!  Holy Trinity’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18.  This will be an important meeting as we will elect Vestry members and Delegates to the 123rd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington.   The meeting will be followed by a Thanksgiving Potluck.  There is a signup sheet on the center table of the Parish Hall.   The church will provide the turkey.

Delegates to Convention

At the 2018 Annual Parish Meeting, Holy Trinity will elect Deputies and Alternates to the 123rd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington.  The date and location of the convention will be confirmed and announced next week.

Holy Trinity’s Bylaws states that voters of the Parish shall cast votes for up to the total number of delegates and alternates allotted to the Parish by the Diocese.  Holy Trinity is allotted four delegates and two alternates.  The Senior Warden serving at the time of Diocesan Convention is automatically a Delegate.  We will need to vote for 5 people.  The top three vote getters will be elected as Delegates and the other two will be Alternates.

Convention delegates are expected to :

  1. Prior to convention, thoughtfully read and consider all materials sent to them.
  2. Participate in all aspects of the convention.
  3. Be aware of congregation’s feelings on issues, and candidates for election to the various offices and boards.

4.Participate in workshops/breakout sessions/commissions  as appropriate.

Nominations forms must be returned to the office or via email to office@holytrinitydiolex no later than Wednesday, November 14.  Forms are located in the Narthex of the church and in the Parish Hall.

Click Here for nomination form.

 

Ladies Bible Study Group 

The next chapter assignment for Thursday, November 8, will be Veiled Threat , Chapter 7 in the “Really Bad Girls of the Bible.”  November 15 the assignment will be chapter 8.  Chapter 8 will complete this book.  There will be no Bible Study or Book Club on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day.

The next book assignment for Bible Advent Study will be “Forgiveness” by Adam Hamilton.  Books will be available for pickup on October 25 and the cost for each book is $12.10.  Study for this book will start on Thursday, November 29.  This will be a 4 part video series each Thursday, ending on December 20.  There will be a winter break from December 27 through January 31.   All ladies are invited to attend.

Volunteers Needed

Bluegrass Hospice Volunteers Needed

Bluegrass Hospice Care, formally Hospice of the Bluegrass, will be holding a Volunteer Training opportunity Friday, November 9, 2018.  The training will be held at the Scott County Public Library starting at 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers play a very important role for the patients and families that Hospice serve in Scott County.  Volunteer opportunities such as:  companionship, respite time for caregiver, pet therapy, music therapy, office assistance, care calls to families, bereavement calls, and fundraising.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Kendall, Community Engagement Coordinator at 859-234-6462 or kkendall@bgcarenav.org.

Amen House Thanksgiving Baskets

The Amen House was able to provide over 800 Thanksgiving baskets to those in need in Scott County due to the generosity of our community.  Each basket included a $15.00 gift card from Walmart or Kroger for meat as well as the rest of the “Fixings” for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The Amen House is asking for donations again this year for the Thanksgiving baskets.  They are requesting $15.00 gift cards to Walmart or Kroger to purchase Turkey.  Canned items such as corn, green beans, sweet potatoes/yams, gravy, fruit, cranberry sauce and chicken broth.  Boxed items such as stuffing mix, potatoes, corn bread and dessert.  If you are able to contribute and help with these items, please bring your items to the parish office no later than Thursday, November 8 as the Amen house must have a count by Friday, November 9.

Community Thanksgiving Meal

This year’s Community Thanksgiving Meal will be served in the Southern Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 21st from 6-8 pm. The churches in the community have come together in the past to provide this meal, and it has been a great success. This year plans are to serve 500 people.  Our menu this year will be much like the past years’ menu: Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls, desserts. For drinks, we will have iced tea, lemonade, water, and coffee.
Volunteers will sign up online to serve. We will have 1-hour shifts starting at 4 pm and going until 9 pm for which people can sign up. Space will be limited and it will be on a “first come, first to serve” basis. In order to accommodate as many people being able to serve as possible, people are being asked to only sign up for two 1-hour time slots to begin with. If there are open serving opportunities the week before the meal, people will be free to sign up for more serving time slots online.
If you would like to sign up to serve please go to the following link. Everything should be fairly self-explanatory in terms of sign-up on the site. You will choose the particular team and time slot that you desire.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4AA8AB2EA4FB6-community1

News and Views from Mother Karen

Dear Holy Trinity,

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.

Beginning Wednesday. October 24, there will be a Noon Healing Service at the church.  It’s a very evangelistic service.  People can experience the love, mercy and the release and freedom of God through healing power.

On October 28, 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 catered by Cracker Barrel.

And, in November, there will be a day of remembrance on All Saints Day.   We also will be celebrating the Annual Parish Meeting on November 18, 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.

Thank you for all that you do.

Yours in Christ,

Karen+

 

Bishop’s Visit with Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation

The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington made his visit to Holy Trinity on Sunday, September 30.  Congratulations to Megan Goin and Lucie Pryor who were confirmed, Diane Dehoney was received, and Karen Butcher was reaffirmed.

A reception to celebrate the Bishop’s visit was held immediately following services.  A delicious, Kentucky themed brunch with tasty treats such as sweet potato biscuits with county ham, individual hot browns, derby pie and bourbon balls were prepared by the ladies of Holy Trinity.

In Appreciation of our Deacon 

In the words of The Rev. Deacon Lois Howard,

“One of the most important roles of the Deacon is to call attention to the needs of the world, by sharing them with the parishioners, and then sending them out at the end of worship to do the work necessary to address those needs and to continue finding new ways to share God’s love.”

Holy Trinity is blessed to have The Rev. Deacon Linc Hartling, who readily helps the church to shine a light on those in Scott County who are in need, who are hurting, who are forgotten, and how he best can the the light of Christ to them.

Deacon Linc Hartling cropped

Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday will be on October 28.  On this day our entire congregation will gather to worship as a community and offer our Estimate of Giving Cards to the glory of God at the altar. There will be a catered brunch from Cracker Barrel immediately following services to celebrate our Stewardship campaign. Please RSVP to Sharon Horner or the church office if you plan on attending the brunch.

Noon Healing Services

A public Healing Service will be held each Wednesday at 12:00 Noon in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity beginning on October 24.  The service includes the Litany of Healing and the celebration of Holy Communion. Anointing and the Laying on of Hands will be offered in the context of the service.

Anointing

Anointing provides a vivid, sacramental expression of God’s love in time of sickness and misfortune. It is helpful at the onset of an illness [and throughout], as well as in a time of crisis. While anointing is usually administered for physical illness, we also anoint for the healing of mind, body and soul. The New Testament makes it clear that anointing, accompanied by prayer, was used for healing.

“Are any of you in trouble? Are any of you sick? Then call for the elders of the church and have them pray over those who are sick and anoint them with oil in the name of Christ. And this prayer offered in faith will make them well, and Christ will raise them up.” James 5: 13-152.

Holy Communion

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated as a continual remembrance that Christ sacrificed his life for us so that we may receive everlasting life. The Bread and Wine are the outward sign of the Lord’s Supper, which are received according to our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution in remembrance of his death and passion. The Body and Blood of Christ are spiritually taken and received as the inward sign of the Lord’s Supper benefiting the communicants with forgiveness, strengthening our union not only with Christ but also with one another and depicting the sacraments as a foretaste of God’s heavenly banquet. All baptized persons are welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine.

Laying on of Hands 

From ancient times the laying on of hands has been a symbol for the conveying of God’s power. Among the gifts received from God by this means is that of healing. In Scripture we see this practice commonly used and the healing which ensued.

“He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority to cure diseases and sent them out to heal.” Luke: 9:1-33.

Prayer for Healing 

“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to us the help of your power, that our sickness may be turned into health, our fear into courage, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Amen.

Dates to Remember

Oct. 24 – Healing Service begins

Oct. 28 – Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday will be on October 28.  On this day our entire congregation will gather to worship as a community and offer our Estimate of Giving Cards to the glory of God at the altar. There will be a catered brunch from Cracker Barrel immediately following services to celebrate our Stewardship campaign. Please RSVP to Sharon Horner or the church office if you plan on attending the brunch.

Nov. 4Don’t forget the time change! Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 4. It is time to fall back one hour.  Don’t forget to set your clock back after midnight on Saturday.

Nov. 4 – All Saints Day

Holy Trinity will celebrate All Saints Day and Commemoration of All Faithful Departed on Sunday, November 4.  We will honor all those who have gone before us in the past year.  Please contact Donna at the church office with the name of your love one to be remembered and honored.

Nov. 11 – Nominations for Vestry due

Nov. 18Parish Annual Meeting 

Holy Trinity’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18.  The meeting will be followed by a Thanksgiving Potluck.  There will be a signup sheet on the center table of the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 4.  More details will be available at that time.

There will be election of Vestry members during the meeting.  Nomination forms are now available in the narthex of the church and at the Parish Hall.  Forms must be turned in to the Parish Office on or before November 11.  Please remember when nominating someone, you must have permission to nominate him/her and they must be in good standing with the church.