Congregational Development Opportunity: Bishop Offering Three $3000 Scholarships
Dear Colleagues in Christ, Leaders of the Diocese,

I have just learned about the following opportunity for Congregational development (growth, health, and stewardship) sponsored by e Diocese of West Tennessee and offered in Memphis.
After speaking with other bishops I believe this is a very good opportunity.

I am offering up to three $3000 grants for parish leaders to attend this event. To be eligible a parish must send one clergy and two lay leaders, at least one of whom is a vestry member.
Alternately, with clergy blessing, a team of two vestry members and another lay leader may apply.

Contact my office to apply.

Bishop Doug

About the Holy Currencies Conference

This November, The Diocese of West Tennessee is very excited to be hosting Holy Currencies, a Kaleidescope Institute workshop on sustainable missional ministries lead by the Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law, renowned author and founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) in Los Angeles, California. Bishop Johnson wanted to extend an invitation to your diocese to participate in this exciting workshop. While priority registration has been given to our diocesan parishes and missions, if you would like to participate, the Diocese of West Tennessee would enjoy welcoming you!

The Holy Currencies KI Institute will be at St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center from November 17 - 20th. Participants at KI South will experience the complete five-day course of KI's newest curriculum on congregational vitality and stewardship, examining five other currencies besides money (currencies of Time/Place, Gracious Leadership, Relationship, Truth and Wellness) that are essential for a congregation to be missional and sustainable. Click here to see Dr. Law's brief introduction to the concept of Holy Currencies. Click here to register for the KI South Institute Holy Currencies workshop. You will notice that registration cost runs on Dr. Law's concept of "GracEconomics," meaning that you pay according to your ability.
Kentucky Council of Churches Assembly

The 67th Kentucky Council of Churches assembly will take place at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Lakeside Park, Ky on Oct. 24th and 25th. Our own Elise Johnstone will be inducted as the 1st Vice President of the Council at the assembly. This assembly will honor groups who have worked deliberately in the area of Civil Dialogue, the theme of last year's assembly. The Diocese of Lexington and her Leadership Team will receive an award at this assembly recognizing our work in the area of civil dialogue around a topic that touches the lives of many Kentuckians-the issue of coal. Our diocese has sponsored two community dialogues around coal; one at our diocesan convention in February 2014 and another last month at the Episcopal Appalachian Ministries conference in Morehead. 

Ministry and Gifts Fair: A Focus on Session Two

Lots of gifts to explore! Lots of ministries to grow! Our Second Annual Ministry & Gifts Fair has something for everyone.  All are invited to join us for a wonderful day of learning, growing, building, and exploring. The day starts with our keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, talking about the church's role in addiction and recovery, as well as the spirituality of the twelve steps. We have three workshop sessions. During each session there are seven choices of workshops to choose from.


Our second workshop session offers "The Art of Journaling" for those interested in exploring how to use a journal on their spiritual journey. It is being led by Anne Peschke from Good Shepherd, Lexington.  Anne has led workshops at Kanuga.  Another workshop being offered during this time period is "Ministry with Children & Orphans of Guatemala."  Workshop participants will get to learn about the lives of children in our companion diocese and what they face on a daily basis.  Brenda Riddle started an orphanage in Guatemala City. Interested youth from the Diocese of Lexington will have an opportunity to attend a mission trip there this summer to work at the orphanage. Henk H. Drenth, MS CFP is leading a workshop on "How to Attract Charitable Giving."  Henk is an experienced and accomplished Economist who has led many seminars across the country on this topic.  "The Use of Social Media" workshop is being led by The Rev. Laurie Brock of St. Michael's in Lexington.  Laurie is an experienced blogger and writer.  Also being offered, is "Tools for Parish Treasurers" with many hints to help the Parish Treasurers in their duties.  Another workshop is "Reimagining Our Church: Conversation on Church Governance".  This workshop is being led by our 2015 General Convention Deputation as they tell us about this summer's convention.  Dr. Stuart Hoke will also lead a workshop during this time, "The Spirituality of the 12 Steps."  Dr. Hoke is our keynote speaker.  The first and third sessions offer workshops on a wide range of topics!  For a full listing, visit our registration site.


Our Ministry & Gifts Fair is at Emmanuel, Winchester on November 15.  Registration is on line. The day starts with sign in and coffee starting at 8:30am. At 9:30, we will all meet in the church for liturgy and our keynote speaker. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. 


Please sign up soon! Workshops with little registration will be canceled by November 5. For questions, please, contact Elise Johnstone ( or Lauren Villemuer-Drenth (


Budget Meetings
The Budget Committee has worked hard to present a balanced budget to Executive Council by October 25. Following this presentation, the proposed balanced budget will be presented to the Diocese through a series of open meetings. The Budget Committee invites everyone - especially you who will be Convention Deputies - to one of the following presentations.

Wednesday, October 29, 7pm St. Michael's Church, Lexington
Tuesday, November 4, 10am, God's Pantry, Lexington (Clergy Only)
Wednesday, November 5, 7pm, St. John's Corbin
Thursday, November 6, 7pm, St. Paul's Newport
Wednesday, November 12, 7pm, Ascension, Mt. Sterling

Budget Committee Members - Mr. Dave Sevigny (Chair), The Rev. Brent Owens, Mr. Steve Oberman, The Rev. Keila Thomas, Ms. Ann Davis McClain, The Rev. Bryant Kibler (Staff Resource), Ms. Angie Smith (Staff Resource), The Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn (ex. Officio)
What's God up to at St. John's, Corbin?
The Corbin Alumni Band holds their summer concert in our park.  Neighbors sit on their porches and people bring blankets to enjoy the music.
St. John's, Corbin has has a busy summer. We were a summer lunch site for children 18 and younger. Lunches were provided each weekday during the summer vacation by the Knox County Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC). We leafletted our neighborhood, as well as had announcements in the newspaper and on the radio. Ten or more children came each day for lunch. Our park provided a lovely and cool place to eat lunch and have some fun. We've also been planning to use a portion of our park as a Grow Appalachia site in 2015. Lots of excitement in being able to use our facilities to grow nutritious food and to teach people about growing and preserving their own food. A favorite event that we do is  providing water for free at a local Pow-Wow the Saturday before Labor Day. This lets the community know we welcome the pow-wow, and believe it is an important community event. Those who attend the pow-wow are grateful for our support and glad to have the water. It allows us to meet new people and tell them about the Episcopal Church.
Great Time at Meeting on the Mount
On Saturday, September 20, children from St. Mary's Episcopal Church and St. John's Episcopal Church gathered in Middlesboro, KY for a morning of stories, crafts, and games. This Diocese of Lexington Christian Formation Event started with the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. The children, ages 2-12 years, made Ten Commandment game boards and memory cards. The next story was Jesus feeds the 5000. The children made magnets of a basket with removable fish and loaves. We made two lollipops turn into enough for the children and for all the adults and we had leftovers! Then the children heard the story of the Sermon on the Mount. We discussed what blessings are and what treasure is. The children made and decorated treasure boxes. They drew pictures of their family, pets, and other people to store in their treasure chests. The last story we heard that day, was the story of Jesus' Transfiguration. The children saw the words, "This is my Son. Listen to Him!" magically appear when heat was added to the blank paper. They made window hangings of Jesus bright white.

We finished the day with ice cream and popsicles and played on St. Mary's beautiful playground. Lots of hugs and smiles were passed around. All the children went home with lots of crafts, a new game to play, and new friends.

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who made the morning very special and lots of fun! Thank you to St. Mary's for hosting this event.

The Rev. Lauren Villemuer-Drenth, the Diocesan Deacon for Christian Formation, led this event. Each month there is a Christian Formation Event for either children, youth or adults. Please join in the fun and learning! For questions, or to schedule an event, or for help with Christian Formation, please e-mail Deacon Lauren at
Confirmations at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Madison County
Bishop Hahn reading the Confirmands the Rites of Initiation for Confirmation.

Confirmands Elisa Young, Dottye Burton and Isaac Ball surrounded by Our Saviour's Priest in Charge, Margaret Shanks; Lay Assistant Minister, TJ Tetzlaff; Bishop Hahn; and Decaon Lauren Villemuer-Denth

Reading Camp Pilot Program Makes News
Our reading camp ministry that has been primarily a summer camp program has expanded with an after school session at Southern Elementary in Georgetown. Click here to read the news report!
Addiction and Grace: A Service of Healing
There will also be an Addiction & Grace Service at Christ Church, Harlan, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.
What's New

Trinity Church Covington Fall Organ Festival

Trinity Episcopal Church, 16 East Fourth St., Covington, KY, October 20

What's Happening

Cathedral Domain, October 17-October 19


Clergy and Staff Fun Day

All Saints, All Souls and Halloween

Old Episcopal Church Burying Grounds, Lexington, October 30


Day of the Dead Festival

Old Episcopal Church Burying Grounds, Lexington, November 1


Dedication of Horine Memorial Garden

The Cathedral Domain, 800 HWY 1746, Irvine, KY 40336, November 1


Issues in Aging

The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 2025 Bellefonte., November 8


Addiction and Grace: A Service of Healing

Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, November 9


Happening #52

Cathedral Domain, 800 Highway 1746, Irvine, KY 40336, November 14-November 16


St. Nicholas Festival (More details to come)

Christ Church Cathedral, December 6


A New Year in the Spirit

The Cathedral Domain, 800 HWY 1746, Irvine, KY 40336, December 27-December 30

What I learned from Thomas Merton

Appalachian Small Grants: Deadline Extended

Episcopal Church Constable Grant Funds

Pentecost 19
St. Mark's Church, Hazard

Pentecost 20
The Network for Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Development

29 Oct: Brent Owens P


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


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