NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF August 27, 2014
|What's God up to at St. Francis', Flemingsburg?|
|Two of our students in the parish were recently honored. Peyton Suit attends Morehead State U and Scotty Bumdardner attends Maysville Community and Technical College.|
From the moment Terry and I entered the sanctuary of St. Francis' Church on Advent I of this year, we felt a warmth of love and peace. We felt like we were home; that is somewhat unusual because we had never been there together before. That is how it is at St. Francis'. If I had to choose one word, it might be "hospitable." This log church with a wooden interior, exposed beams and small clear windows gives you a feeling of cozy and warm. Many people in the town of Flemingsburg have told me how wonderful and hospitable everyone is, and speak highly of their visit there. The Lenten season was a very special and ecumenical experience. We not only had an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at the Methodist Church, but each Wednesday was rotated throughout the community and we worshipped together. The clergy rotated the pulpits also. On March 19th, St. Francis ' hosted the evening. On April 2nd, I preached in the pulpit at St. Charles' Roman Catholic Church, not knowing if a female had ever had that opportunity before. Everywhere we went, we were welcomed with open arms. On Holy Week, we had services as a community every day at noon at the First Christian Church. On Good Friday, I was asked to preach and asked the question, "What does the Cross mean to you?" I found that with that familiar subject, everyone was comfortable.
It has been wonderful to move through the seasons of the year in this special place with our new family. We have been blessed to have some of these new friends from other churches visit us on Sunday. Because our service is early (9 a.m.), they worship with us and then attend their home church. Another commonly shared topic to preach on is feeding the people. Whether it be 5,000 or a small gathering of our own or the community, we all relate as Christians. We are reminded that every time Christ feeds us, four words are used to describe His actions, "took, blessed, broke and gave." Christ looked up to heaven to His Father, took the bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to His disciples who then helped distribute it if there was a crowd. What a meaningful experience is that. Our fellowship building is appropriately named, "The Red Roof Inn", "where there's always room for Jesus!" It is used often by various groups in the community.
|Mary Kilbourn- Huey leading Morning Prayer at St Francis', Flemingsburg|
Besides organ, we have had dulcimer, banjo and guitar to assist us in our music. The key is that everyone feels comfortable. We are Christians united in the same cause. Come visit and see how cozy and comfortable it is; come see "where there's always room for Jesus!"
|Lauren Winner to Lead Women's Retreat|
| "Some days I am not sure if my faith is riddled with doubt, or whether, graciously, my doubt is riddled with faith. And yet I continue to live in a world the way a religious person lives in the world; I keep living in a world that I know to be enchanted, and not left alone. I doubt; I am uncertain; I am restless, prone to wander. And yet glimmers of holy keep interrupting my gaze." From Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis.|
|Application process now open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants|
|The application process is now open for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2014-2015 cycle. |
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church General Convention/Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS).
Anne Watkins, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Connecticut and chair of the Constable Fund Grant Review Committee, noted recent Constable Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $200,000
Deadline for applications is November 1. Grants will be reviewed in December and recommendations forwarded to the Executive Council for action at its January 2015 meeting. Recipients will be notified at the close of that meeting.
Diocesan ECW Annual Meeting
Trinity, 326 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011, October 4
Celebration of a New Ministry for Peter Doddema
118 West Poplar Street, Harrodsburg, KY, September 7
Mountain Grace Conference
DOK Fall Retreat
September 18-September 20
Meeting on the Mount: The Heights of God's Love at St. Mary's
131 Edgewood Road, Middlesboro, KY, September 20
Clergy Conference (More details to come)
Cathedral Domain, October 6-8
Rest and Rekindle 2014: A Retreat for Women Clergy
Clergy and Staff Family Day (More details to come)
Shaker Village, October 18
Ministry and Gifts Fair (More details to come)
Emmanuel, Winchester, November 15
St. Nicholas Festival (More details to come)
Christ Church Cathedral, December 6
St. Patrick's Church, Somerset
St. Hubert's Church, Clark County
The Rev. Duane Smith, Priest-in-Charge
The Rev. Charles Ellestad, Assisting Priest
(D-Deacon, P-Priest, B-Bishop)
29 Aug: Sandy Stone P
We pray for Gordon Duffus, husband of the Rev. Cindy Duffus. He is now recovering from his surgery.
We pray for beloved clergy experiencing medical concerns: John Madden, Jay Pierce, and John Dews.
We continue to pray for Kay Collier McLaughlin, following the death of her sister, Jane Hansen; for The Rev. Duane Smith following the death of his mother, Nedra Jane Smith.
Download the 2014 Intercessory Prayer List