, 2014
Because You Are A Woman
 By Mtr. Laurie Brock, Rector - St. Michael's, Lexington

I wore a cross underneath my alb when I was ordained to the priesthood 12 years ago. Probably not unusual. Clergy love to wear crosses of all types, as a reminder of whose we are, perhaps. The cross I wore wasn't mine. It belonged to Mary Redd who served the Episcopal Church in Alabama as a deaconess beginning in the late 1930's. Its silver features were worn from years of use as a symbol of her ordained ministry. The four angels on each part of the cross weren't as detailed as they once had been. Deaconesses were ordained (consecrated, set apart, blessed - the church got a bit nervous about the terminology when women started talking about being ordained to the priesthood) in the church in the late 19th century through the mid-20th century for a life of ministry.

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Blessed Am I Among Women
 By Bishop Doug Hahn

Next week marks the fortieth anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. On July 29, 1974 eleven women were ordained by four courageous bishops of the church before a congregation of 2000 people in the Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia. It was a contentious event. Some said it was a distraction from the real issues of ministry; others said it was too disruptive for our relationships with the global church. The presiding bishop and the subsequent General Convention deemed the ordinations "irregular and perhaps invalid". It would be another two years before General Convention narrowly approved the official ordination of women. This was a hard fought fight.

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Technical Phone Issues
Diolex shield logo For the last two weeks we have had intermittent problems with the Mission House phone system, resulting in callers receiving a busy signal. Our providers have fixed this twice, and are still working on a quick permanent fix. If you have difficulty  reaching us by phone, please email any staff member and we will make sure you get a response. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Pine Mountain Reading Camp Rocks the Mountains
Well, it's a wrap! Mission House, Irvine and Pine Mountain 2014 Reading Camps are history. As I was driving out of the mountains Saturday, I reflected on the rustic setting, dedicated volunteers and precious children who make Pine Mountain Reading Camp so unique.

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Cathedral Domain Nominated for Online Award
Congratulations to the Cathedral Domain for being nominated by the readers of Lexington Family Magazine as a Family Favorite Nominee in the category of Favorite Overnight Camp! Please visit the Lexington Family Magazine website and VOTE for the Cathedral Domain! Voting runs through August 15. Results will be announced in the October 2014 issue of Lexington Family Magazine. This is a terrific way to spread the word about our wonderful Camp and Conference Center!
Mountain Grace Conference

New Seasons in Appalachia

"Rooted together through Communications"

September 12-13, 2014

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Last Call for "Life as A Steward"
Life as A Steward
Sponsored by Diocese of Lexington
Saturday, August 2: Program 9am-3pm
(Location: Ascension, Frankfort)

Gene Musser
Keith Stroud
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.
If you have not registered, you may do so by Wednesday, July 30.

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What's Happening

Grace Episcopal Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

7111 Price Pike, Florence, KY 41042, August 3


Meeting on the Mounts: The Heights of God's Love at St. Mary's

131 Edgewood Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965, September 20


Pentecost 7

Christ Church Cathedral

   The Rt. Rev. W. Douglas Hahn, Bishop of Lexington

   The Very Rev. Carol Wade, Dean and Rector

   The Rev. Brent Owens, Associate Dean

   The Rev. Joe Mitchell, Curate

   The Rev. Deacon Paula Ott


Pentecost 8

Trinity Church, Covington

   The Rev. Peter D'Angio, Rector

   The Rev. Linda Young, Associate Priest


Ordination Anniversaries 

(D-Deacon, P-Priest, B-Bishop)


27 July: Rebecca Myers P

  9 Aug: John Dews 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.


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