NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF December 6, 2014
| A common Advent image is the quiet, peaceful Mary - arms folded serenely over her swollen belly - silently, prayerfully waiting the coming of the new life within her. The image invites us to calm our minds and hearts so that God - in the still small voice - may speak to us.|
But waiting is not always peaceful; nor is God's voice always still and small. Our Advent scriptures include the prophet's plea that God "tear open the heavens and come down", the Psalmist's anguished prayer, "How long, O Lord..", the Baptist's voice CRYING in the wilderness of God's absence. These voices are NOT waiting patiently. But they are Advent voices.
We know impatient waiting. The parent whose child is struggling with addiction - "how long O Lord"; the 52 year old with the new cancer diagnosis - "where are you God"; those persons who suffer insult upon insult of injustice because of their skin color or economic status - "come down and do something, God." These are Advent voices.
We have all heard the voices of impatience from the streets of Ferguson, MO, and I hear in these voices of anger and protest and frustration the voices of Advent. How long, O Lord must the raw wound of race be ignored; we are crying for you, God, in the wilderness of unfair economic and justice systems; please God, tear open the Heavens and come down to our prisons, our dangerous streets, our broken homes and communities. These are Advent voices.
I hope you will join me in listening for God's voice in these Advent voices. It is time for us to listen to the cries of those who can no longer wait patiently. It is time for us to open hearts and minds and to really hear.
"Scatter the proud", "lift up the lowly", fill the hungry with good things", "come to the help of your people".... Mary may look quiet, but her soul is filled with a Holy restlessness. So may ours be also.
|The 119th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Lexington will be held at Morehead Convention Center (MCC), 111 East First Street, Morehead, Kentucky on February 19-21, 2015. A Registration form, Certificate of Election for Deputies & Alternates form and an Exhibitors Application are linked to below for your convenience; please make copies as needed. Please make sure that all the information requested on the forms is provided prior to returning them to the diocesan offices. Convention materials will be sent electronically to the email address provided with your registrations no later than the end of business on February 6, 2015. A test message will go out one week prior to the mailing to ensure we have the e-mail address entered correctly in our database.|
Documents for Convention
Certificate of Deputy and Alternate Election
|Rev. Brian Cole to preach on 'Day 1'|
| The Rev. Brian Cole, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., is the featured preacher Dec. 7 and 14 on "Day 1" with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.|
"Day 1" has been broadcast every week for more than 69 years, formerly as "The Protestant Hour." Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, "Day 1" is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga.
|A New Year in the New Spirit: Deadline to Register Approaching|
| The Episcopal Youth Community and the Cathedral Domain presents "A New Year in the Spirit". Between Christmas and New Year's the youth of the area in grades 7-12 are invited to attend a 4-day, 3-night event at the Cathedral Domain. Deadline to register is December 10. |
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The Diocese of Lexington's Annual Acolyte Festival: January 31
Calling all acolytes and those who serve on the altar! Join the Diocese of Lexington's Annual Acolyte Festival. Fun: check! Learning: check! Chance to interact with acolytes from around the diocese: check! Celebration: check! Games: check! Missing: YOU!
Mark your calendars for January 31, 2015. The Acolyte Festival starts at 9:30AM and includes a Celebration Eucharist with the Bishop, workshops, Acolyte Olympic Games, and lunch. It will be held at Christ Church Cathedral this year. Cost is $10 for lunch per individual and a $5 fee per church.
More information will be coming out shortly. For questions contact: Lauren Villemuer-Drenth: firstname.lastname@example.org at the Diocese, Kate Bryd: KByrd@ccclex.org at the Cathedral, and Andrew Hege: AHege@goodshepherdlex.org at Good Shepherd.
|Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip to Guatemala|
|Spend a week of the summer working with orphans, doing light construction, improving the lives of those who live in poverty, exploring a culture and getting to know our new companion diocese in Guatemala!|
The Diocese of Lexington is sponsoring a mission trip for high school age youth and college-age young adults to Guatemala City, Guatemala. The mission trip is being provided through our Christian Formation Programing. We will be staying in a retreat center, where all our meals are provided. During the day, we will work with orphans, do some light construction and serve those in need. We will also get a tour of Guatemala City and the surrounding area. We will see poverty and experience a way of living that is so different from life in the USA. We will make a difference to children and a community that will leave them changed and change us as well.
The trip will cost under $1400 (depending on airfare) and be all inclusive (transportation costs, lodging, all meals, bottled water, construction supplies, tools, missionary guide, and expenses related to work done.) The trip is scheduled for June 6 through June 13. Please contact The Rev. Lauren Vilemuer-Drenth for questions and to express interest. There will be diocesan fundraising to help cut the costs for attendees and each young person's parish will be asked to fundraise to help cover their individual costs. Deadline to register is February. Contact Lauren at email@example.com.
Merton Book Launch
Church of the Good Shepherd - Undercroft, December 11
Second Sunday Concert series features The Firebird Chamber Ensemble
Our Saviour, 2323 Lexington Road, Richmond, December 14
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, December 14
A Candlelight "Blue" Christmas with Pleasant Company
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, December 21
Advent Morning Prayer
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, December 1-December 23
#GoodGivingChallenge online fundraiser supports St. Agnes' House November 3-December 12
"The Gift of Grace" Advent Quiet Day
Emmanuel Church, 2410 Lexington Road, Winchester, December 6
St. Nicholas Day: A Diocesan Children's Event
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, December 6
Rev. Brian Cole to preach on 'Day 1'
Advent Lessons and Carols and St. Nicholas Festival
St. Michael's, 2025 Bellefonte Dr. Lexington, December 7
Advent Quiet Day with Bishop Hahn
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, December 8
The Cathedral Domain, 800 HWY 1746, Irvine, December 27-December 30
The Electric Revival - Youth Dance & Lock-In
Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave., Covington, January 17-18
St. Paul's Church, Newport
The Rev. Matthew Young, Rector
The Rev. Deacon Tom Runge
Emmanuel Church, Winchester (Network)
The Rev. Chana Tetzlaff, Priest-in-Charge
5 Dec. Robert Kirkpatrick
7 Dec. Brian Cole P
8 Dec. William Brown Recvd P
Cliff Pike D
9 Dec. Anisa C. Willis D
10 Dec. Bryant Kibler, Sr. P
14 Dec. W. Douglas Hahn P
15 Dec. Arthur Conaway D
W. Douglas Hahn B
16 Dec. John Cavendish P
17 Dec. Carol Ruthven P
18 Dec. Phillip Haug P
20 Dec. Margaret Shanks P