A Pastoral Letter about Addiction and Grace
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Diocese of Lexington,

Greetings in the Name of the God of Redemption and Release!

On five occasions in the last year I have received a call from a parish priest reporting the drug related death of a young adult member. On these five occasions a parish has surrounded a family grieving from fatal addiction. These five deaths are but a shadow of the much greater tragedy of drug and alcohol abuse in our region, especially among young people. Every parish priest can tell a story of drug or alcohol abuse; every family, including my own, can name an addiction-related sorrow.

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.

Addresses are Christ Church Cathedral, 166, Market Street, Lexington , KY and Christ Church, 420 East Mound Street, Harlan, KY.
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 the 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

Ministry and Gifts Fair: A Focus on Session Three

The first two sessions of workshops at our Second Annual Ministry & Gifts Fair and our guest key-note speaker have so much to offer, but the day doesn't end there! There is something for everyone to cover all areas of interest!  All are invited to join us for a wonderful day of learning, growing, building, and exploring.


This 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. Then we move into three workshop sessions, with each session offering seven choices.


Our third workshop session offers "Dream Interpretation" for those interested in learning about dreams and the meanings associated with events and symbols.  Elizabeth Conrad from Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, offers a group regularly at the Cathedral who have benefited and enjoyed her class.  This is a start for those interested in learning more about our dreams. 


Another workshop being offered during this time is "Spirituality and the Older Adult", led by The Rev. Lois Howard.  As aging occurs and families deal with dementia, sometimes the hymns and stories of our youth is a bright spot and beacon for the aged.  Lois will share her experiences and how to lead a ministry effective for the older adult and their families.


Michelle Sjogren is leading a workshop on "Changing Lives: the Ministry of Mentoring Children."  The effect of being a mentor has a life-long effect for the child and the mentor.  Michelle will discuss successful programs and how to get started in changing a life forever.  


An "Engaging Spirituality for Families" workshop is being led by The Rev. Lauren Villemuer-Drenth, the Diocesan Deacon for Christian Formation.  Families are coming to church but need help in engaging spiritually at home, ways to include God, the Bible and prayer at home that goes beyond meal-time and bed-time prayers.  


Also being offered is "Interconnected: Ministry in our Diocese is Ministry in our Parish" being led by Kay Collier McLaughlin, PhD.  Kay is an accomplished author, speaker and our Bishop's Deputy for Communications and Leadership Development.  


Another workshop is "How Our Parish and Pastor are Present in Addiction and Recovery" led by Dr. Stuart Hoke, our keynote speaker.  The first and second sessions, offer workshops on a wide range of topics!  Read about the first session here and the second session here.


Our Ministry & Gifts Fair is at Emmanuel, Winchester on November 15.  Registration is online. 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)
Candles for a Cause
A community group in Harlan County has found an innovative way to minister to families suffering from the loss of coal jobs in their community. Harlan 2020 is a nonprofit that facilitates collaboration among community leaders to find solutions for challenges our county faces. One of our greatest challenges is the loss of the coal industry. The decline in coal has left hundreds of Harlan County families without income and struggling to pay their bills. Harlan 2020 decided to find a way to ensure laid off coal miners would have electricity, particularly during the cold months when energy bills are often highest. In 2013, Harlan 2020 launched a joint venture with Goose Creek Candle Company to produce "Coal Keeps the Lights On" candles. Rie Whitfield, founding member of Harlan 2020 and Christ Church Harlan parishioner, says last year's candle sales raised around $26,000. "We helped over 100 families with their electric bills during the winter months," Whitfield says.

Read more
Community of the Gospel
Recent attendees of Community of the Gospel Convocation at Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati included Sister Julian-Sky, St. Peter's, Paris; Novice Rebecca, Church of the Resurrection, Nicholasville; and Sister Kathryn-Elizabeth, St. Michaels, Lexington. The Community of the Gospel is nationally recognized as a Christian Community by the House of Bishops' Committee on Religious Communities and a member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities.
Happening Registration Deadline is Tomorrow
Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. It is designed for all youth in grades 10-12.

Adults that work with youth may also attend. Happening is a Christian experience that is designed to address the questions that youth may have about Jesus and the Church. It is a weekend where participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship and ministry of fellow students. Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives.

When: November 14 at 7:00 PM to November 16 at 5:00 PM
Where: The Cathedral Domain - 800 Highway 1746 - Irvine, KY 40336
Cost: $115.00
Contact: Cindy Sigmon,, 859-252-6527
Deadline November 1, 2014
What's New
Growing Older, Growing Bolder

214 North Broadway, Lexington KY, November 14

What's Happening

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

Pentecost 20
The Network for Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Development

Pentecost 21
St. Mary's Church, Middlesboro
   The Rev. Peter Alan Helman, Minister-in-Charge

29 Oct: Brent Owens P


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


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