NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF July 9, 2014
| by Bishop Doug Hahn|
Where is the hardest place to live in America? The answer, according to
New York Times research- reported in local newspapers as well -is Eastern Kentucky. The data included health care, education, and income among other factors.
By these measures 6 of the 10 poorest counties in the country are within the boundaries of our diocese. We're talking about our community; our back yard; our neighbors.
This is bad news, but it does not surprise those of us who travel and work in the far reaches of the region. As Christians we may read within these lines an invitation from God, a call to join the Compassionate One's mission. As Bill Gaither wrote, and Iris Dement beautifully sings, "God walks the dark hills, just to guide you and me."
Our Diocese has responded to this call in a multitude of ways. Consider the feeding ministry of St. James's Prestonsburg, where over 120 of God's hungry families receive food every month, or St. Mark's Hazard, where most nights of the week a dozen or more of God's children gather to wrestle the demons of addiction.
Our Diocesan supported ministries are doing remarkable work in this region. Mtr. Rebecca Myers tells about the ministry of St. Agnes House. "Justice requires that health care be affordable and accessible. St. Agnes' House is justice in action by making health care accessible, especially to people living in poverty. Without St. Agnes' House, people could not afford to be in Lexington to get the health care services they need and that are unavailable to them where they live. We have provided 1330 room nights of lodging to patients and their families needing to be in Lexington for medical treatment. At least 60% of our guests come from Kentucky Appalachian counties. We have provided 90 room nights of lodging for people from Clay County (the "hardest" county in the entire US).
Reading Camp has touched the lives of hundreds of children in eastern Kentucky over the last dozen years - widening their world and broadening their future through the gift of enhancing literacy. (See article below)
At St. Timothy's Barnes Mountain, work crews from Episcopal churches in Virginia, Michigan and other parts of the wider church bring teens and adults to do important hands on work of home repair, Bible school, feeding and clothing programs. In addition to the assistance they offer, these visitors learn firsthand some of the regions struggles and hopefully hear God calling for greater service.
Eastern Kentucky is a hard place to live. But the Holy One dwells among people who find themselves in hard places. "He walks the dark hills 'cause he loves you and me."
Listen to Iris Dement here.
Mission House and Cathedral Domain Reading Camps were SUPER
What do you get when you add 40 children from Lexington and surrounding counties, 27 volunteers, superheroes and non-stop activity? Two amazing weeks of back-to-back Reading Camp!
|Holy Trinity Celebrates The Rev. Elise Johnstone|
The people of Holy Trinity celebrated the Rev. Elise Johnstone's last day as priest-in-charge on Sunday, July 6. Bishop Hahn joined them. Mtr. Johnstone is joining the bishop's staff as Canon to the Ordinary.
|Living Waters Vacation Bible School|
|Diocese of Lexington Offers Stewardship Assistance|
Life as A Steward
Sponsored by Diocese of Lexington
Saturday, August 2: Program 9am-3pm
(Location: Ascension, Frankfort)
Life as a Steward" is the theme of a daylong event designed to assist parish leaders enhance our ministry of stewardship. National stewardship leaders Keith Stroud of the Diocese of Virginia and Gene Musser of Kirby Smith Associates will be our guest leaders, and will guide us in presentations of theology of stewardship as well as practical aids for your parish stewardship program.
Click here for conference flyer.
Click here for the conference registration form.
|Register for camp at the Cathedral Domain|
There is still time to register for camp!
Our camp schedule is listed below. All camps still have spots available.
July 13 - 19
Co-Ed Graduates of Grades 7 - 12
| Boys Camp I|
July 20 - 26
Graduates of Grades 3 & 4
| Co-Ed 3/5|
July 27 - August 2
Co-Ed Graduates of Grades 3 - 5
| Girls Camp II|
July 13 - 19
Graduates of Grades 5 & 6
| Boys Camp II|
July 20 - 26
Graduates of Grades 5 & 6
|Camp Indian Summer|
August 22 - 24
St. Agnes' House, Lexington
The Rev. Rebecca Myers, Director
The Deacons of the Diocese of Lexington
|The Rev. Donna F. Barr |
The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Dawson
The Rev. Virginia J. R. Eklund
The Rev. Phillip O. Garland
The Rev. Gardner Hartling
The Rev. Dr. Paul E. Holbrook
The Rev. Lois Howard
|The Rev. Jeffrey Howe |
The Rev. Mary Kilbourn-Huey
The Rev. Tina Mussetter
The Rev. Paula L. Ott
The Rev. Tom Runge
The Rev. Rebecca A. Saager
The Rev. Diane Zwick
(D-Deacon, P-Priest, B-Bishop)
10 July: Mary Kilbourn-Huey D
Amy Dafler Meaux P
19 July: Staley P. Hackley P
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.
We pray for staff member Kay Collier McLaughlin in the illness of her sister Jane Hansen.
We pray for the health of Diocesan staff member Angie Smith.
Download the 2014 Intercessory Prayer List