January 2, 2014

Budget Committee Welcomes Your Input

The Dream Budget presentation in Northern Kentucky scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, January 6. It will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Ft. Thomas. 


Following is some important and time sensitive information about the diocesan budget process. Please read and pass onto your treasurers, Vestry's and Deputies to the 2014 Diocesan Convention. 


Budget Preview Meetings For several weeks the Budget Committee has been working on the Mission and Ministry Budget for 2014. They are offering four opportunities for you to learn about and offer feedback in this process(January 5-Lexington, January 6-Northern Ky, January 7-Corbin & January 9-Morehead). Click here for additional details

2014 Budget Presentation and proposed Dream Budget Available here 

Fair Share Appeals Process In addition, you will find attached the guidelines for the appeals process for 2014 Fair Share amounts. Please note a date has not been set to review appeals at this time, but we anticipate it will be early January. Please have your appeals submitted as soon as possible, but no later than January 11, 2014. 

Feedback Please take a moment and give us your feedback about the process and the budget Click here.

Thank you for your prayerful attention to our Budget Process.  

Budget Hearing Place, Date, and Time

Sunday, January 5, 2:00pm Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington
Monday, January 6,  7:00pm St. Andrews, Fort Thomas
Tuesday, January 7, 7:00pm St. John's, Corbin
Thursday, January 9, 7:00pm St. Alban's Morehead

The Budget Committee:
Dave Sevigny, St. Raphael's, Chair
Steve Gabbard, St. Andrews, Ft. Thomas, Co- Chair
Jim Kimbrough, Ascension, Frankfort
Ann Davis McClain, St. Peter's, Paris
Brent Owens, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington
Carol Ruthven, St. Andrews, Lexington
For Diocesan Staff:
Bishop Doug Hahn, ex. officio
Bryant Kibler
Angie Smith
Diocesan Calendar
January 2
Mission House
Network Supervision

January 4
Mission House
Camps and Conference Board

Bishop's Visitations
January 12
Holy Trinity, Georgetown

January 19
Saint Andrew's, Lexington

Cycle of Prayer 

Epiphany (1/05)

The Episcopal Youth Community

Mrs. Cindy Sigmon, Youth Missioner; Miss Claire Headley, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington; Miss Mackenzie Robinson, Trinity, Covington


Daughters of the King, Patricia Webb, Acting President


First Sunday after Epiphany (1/12)

St. James' Church, Prestonburg

The Rev. Sister Judy Yunker, Priest-in-Charge



 4 Jan. John Hughes P
 5 Jan. Elise Johnstone P
           Keila Thomas P
 6 Jan. Peter D'Angio P
 8 Jan. Duane Smith D
12 Jan. Janet M. Cottrell P
           Judy Yunker P
15 Jan. Charles W. Washam P
18 Jan. Nancy Stone Farley P
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Ministry to the Mountains, a focus of the Diocese of Lexington 
 Our smallest Eastern Kentucky mountain parishes face unique opportunities and challenges. They offer the welcome of God, Episcopal style in very isolated regions. Their members find a spiritual home which is an open and refreshing expression of Christian faith. These parishes offer important witness to Christ in a variety of ways: a large feeding program in Prestonsburg, support of the homeless in Harlan, outreach to college students in Morehead, multiple service projects to mountain neighbors in Barnes Mountain, and partnership with ministries to persons suffering addiction in Hazard. Though they are isolated, these parishes have been committed to our shared diocesan ministry. They support Reading Camp, St. Agnes House, and the Cathedral Domain; they are involved in the governance of the Diocese. Mountain ministry has been an important part of the history of our Diocese. However, they have a great challenge in finding consistent pastoral and Eucharistic ministry. Funds are low, and most available priests live many miles away. One of the ways Bishop Hahn is reaching out to members of the church and beyond is in redefining the duties of the Ven. Bryant Kibler.
Starting the first of the New Year, Archdeacon Kibler, in addition to retaining many of his roles as Bishop's Deputy for Administration, will now serve as Archdeacon to Mountain Congregations. He will continue to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Timothy's, Barnes Mountain and St. Thomas, Beattyville, but will also serve as the interim Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Harlan and have a particular focus on seeking ways in which the Cathedral Domain might have a greater ministry with the local community and region. He will also provide support to the other congregations of the former Small Church Ministry Consortium, St. James, Prestonsburg, St. Alban's, Morehead and St. Mark's, Hazard. The Rev. Sr. Judy Yunker, will serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark's, Hazard in addition to the same role at St. James, Prestonsburg.
"Bryant knows the mountains and our mountain people well", says Bishop Hahn. "He has served the wider Church in many forms, including the Episcopal Appalachian Ministries, which offer great support for these areas. His continuing education has offered insights and resources for this ministry. He will be a great asset in strengthening and expanding our witness to Christ in these areas."
A New Year in the New Spirit

Students in grades 7-12 spent a 4 day, 3 night retreat at the Cathedral Domain to ring in the New Year. The term "A New Year in the Spirit" refers to an attitude - a challenge - an effort to increase our awareness of God's will ant the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Christmas in Diolex: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."
Notes from Mission House
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Nominations for Diocesan Offices

Are you or someone you know called to serve God and His church by considering a role in diocesan leadership? It's the time of year for clergy and laity to discern if they might be called to this particular ministry in the Diocese of Lexington. Follow the link below to learn more about the open positions and to find the nomination form.


2014 Mileage and Supply Clergy Rates
Below you will find the forms for business mileage reimbursement and the Supply Clergy Reimbursement Request. If you are requesting reimburesment from the MIssion and Ministry budget, these are the forms you must use. They also may be used within your congregations if you wish.

To access the 2014 mileage reimbursement form click here.

To access the 2014 supply clergy form click here.

Please feel free to contact The Ven. Bryant C. Kibler, Sr if you have any questions.
New Announcements
DOK Rule of Life Retreat at St. Mary's  

For all Daughters of the King in the Diocese of Lexington, the Kyrie Eleison Chapter of Daughters of the King will be holding a retreat that focuses on our Rule of Life on Saturday, January 11. Join us as we discuss developing a Rule of Life, share our own Rules, and join in fellowship and prayer with one another!

When: January 11 at 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 131 Edgewood Road Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965
Cost: $5.00
Contact: Natalie Sweet, kyrieeleisondok@gmail.com
Link: http://kyrieeleisondok.wordpress.com/join-us-at-our-rule-of-life-retreat/
Deadline January 4, 2013
Happening Soon
Re-Imagining Faith 

In every age, Christians have sought to bear witness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ while translating it into radically different cultural, political, and social contexts. New forms of the body of Christ emerge from theologians, pastors, artists, and those confronting practical issues of living the faith. These varied expressions anticipate the church described in Scripture as "a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb." Faithfully re-imagining our lives before the throne of Christ, the unmoving center of our community, is essential for all who hope in the Kingdom of God.


When: January 9 to January 10
Where: Georgetown College
Cost: $40-$75
Link: http://www.georgetowcollege.edu/cdal
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