NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF March 26, 2014
We Walk an Unchosen Lenten Path
A Reflection from Bishop Hahn
Photo by Kay Collier-McLaughlin
In the beginning of Lent I invited us to enter the wilderness of uncharted territory - the unknown and unfamiliar. I suggested that along with stepping away from the world through prayer, bible study and worship, we are called to walk into the world of human life with all of its mystery.

I took my lead from the Lenten Sunday lessons, in which Jesus encounters the faithful struggles of Nicodemus and the woman at the well, he engages a family struggling with the lifetime disabilities of a son born blind; and he enters the grief of Lazarus' family. Following Jesus this Lent, I suggested, means engaging those around us who doubt, and wonder, and struggle and grieve. Be led to those places by the Spirit, just as Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.

Little did I realize I was predicting my own Lenten journey, not chosen by me, but chosen for me by family events. For almost two weeks Kaye and I have been in the intensive care unit of Penn Presbyterian Hospital, standing by our daughter Avery in her struggle to survive a traumatic heart event.

It continues to be a dangerous Lenten journey through uncharted territory of life and death. It is hard; it is frightening. We do not know its outcome. We do not know its meaning.

But we do know some places where we have encountered God and his ministering angels in this wilderness.

God has been with us:
  • In doctors, nurses, technicians, social workers, and orderlies who have been highly skilled professionals as well as deeply compassionate human beings.
  • In hospital chaplains and local Episcopal clergy offering prayers and strengthening presence
  • In Todd and Peggy, a faithful couple who have opened a room in their home to us strangers for our nightly rest.
  • In neighborhood walks where the languages of many cultures remind us of the broadness of God's world and the simple greetings remind us of God's ever present hospitality
  • In new friends who stand by us.
  • In your many emails and notes of concern.
  • In the words of Jesus as we go through this wilderness, "Lo, I am with you always. Be not afraid".

This is not an easy Lenten journey. It is not one we would have chosen. But often our journeys choose us. God is with us on this wilderness road, as the prophet Isaiah promised (40:3). We are not soaring like eagles; we are not even running without growing weary; but with God's good presence we are walking step by step without fainting

May God walk with you on your Lenten way, wherever that way may lead.

- The Rt. Rev. Doug Hahn
Sunshine on Race Day! God is Good!!
The 4th annual Race to Read went off without a hitch this past Saturday, complete with sunshine and lots of smiles! We had an amazing morning thanks to John's Run Walk Shop, sponsors (Republic Bank, the Herald Leader and Custom Logo Ware) board members (Bob Wolfzorn, Amy Carrington, Dr. Austin Tuning and Salvador Sanchez), yummy treats from A Cup of Common Wealth, Great Harvest the Palomar McDonald's and PepsiCo, our Reading Camp mascot, Phobe, PHENOMENAL volunteers, and of course the RACERS!
A Child's Walk Through Holy Week
All children three years of age through twelve are invited to join us for our first regular Diocesan Event for children and families. A Child's Walk Through Holy Week will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Danville on April 13 at 3:30PM. All children of the diocese are invited to attend and bring friends.
Jump Start Grants Available
At Diocesan Convention Bishop Hahn announced his intention to offer several "jump start" grants in areas of Congregational Development, specifically evangelism, church growth, stewardship or visioning for mission. A successful request will involve both clergy and laity from the congregation.
Christian Formation Director for Children
 Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington, Kentucky seeks a Director of Christian Formation for Children to work 15-18 hours per week. Candidates need to have the skills, aptitude, and experience to lead a vital ministry at a thriving parish. The Director of Christian Formation for Children is responsible for all aspects of children's formation and programming, from infants through sixth grade, including: Godly Play, Children's Church, Sunday church school, seasonal programs and VBS, communication with parents and congregation, oversight of and training for volunteers, all in coordination with the clergy and lay leaders of the parish. The position also supports our summer Reading Camp, which has its own steering committee and volunteers. For the full job description please visit our website or download a PDF.  If you have any questions or would like to apply send an email to .
What's New
The Lenten Quiet Day with Bishop Doug Hahn scheduled for March 29 at CCC has been cancelled
Reflect with Mother Nancy Farley during a Quiet Day for All
Church of the Ascension, Frankfort, March 29
Listening to Our Lives
Christ Church Cathedral, April 2 and April 9
What's Happening
McClure shares "Solo Rowing" insights 
Christ Church Cathedral, March 26

Lift your Spirit at our Sacred Song Recital
St. Paul's, Newport, March 28
Join us for Fish and More
St. Philip's, Harrodsburg, March 28 and April 4
Diocesan Ministries to participate in Ky Gives Day, April 4 
Other Events

Lent 4 (3/30)

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington

   The Rev. Brian Cole, Rector

   The Rev. Deacon Jeff Howe


Lent 5 (4/06)

Calvary Church, Ashland

   The Rev. Antoinette "T.J." Azar, Rector

   The Rev. Deacon Tina Mussetter

   The Rev. Deacon Diane Zwick



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We pray for beloved clergy experiencing medical concerns: Ron Summers, John Madden, Phillip Garland, Jay Pierce, and John Dews.


We pray for Bishop Doug and Kaye Hahn and their daughter Avery during their time of need.


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