NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF April 1, 2015
Palm Sunday begins the rituals of Holy Week across the Diocese of Lexington
119th Convention of the Diocese of Lexington: Winning with Weather and Basketball
The Rev. Matthew Young, Standing Committee; Jim Kimbrough, Henry Wyatt. The Rev. Brian Cole and the Rev. Jeffrey Queen, Executive Council; the Rev. Michael 'Corky' Carlisle, Sewanee Trustee.  See others elected in article.
he Diocese of Lexington gathered for its re-scheduled one day convention at the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in southeast Lexington on Saturday, March 28, defying the threats of both a Friday evening blowing snow and the whims of TV's tournament schedules to do its requisite business, worship and work together and make it home in time for basketball.

The host parish, pressed into service on short notice, provided the best in organization and hospitality, without missing a beat in preparation for Palm Sunday the following day. The business was conducted in the context of the Holy Eucharist, with the Bishop's Address, reports, hearings, resolutions and elections interspersed in the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table.

Bishop Hahn called people of the Diocese to become evangelists in the full sense of that word, showing the light of Christ to people in their communities as well as by inviting others to their churches, and sharing their experiences in their churches through social media. He cited numerous examples of the ways in which congregations are currently being the hands and feet of Christ, and making His presence known. He raised up efforts to support those dealing with addiction in their own lives, or the lives of those around them, and attention to racism as areas where God is calling us to intensify our work in His name.

Hearings for canons, resolution and budget heard good discussion, leading to the passage of the Diocesan budget of $1,722,701 reported as (budgets for) Mission and Ministry ($1,149,721); Cathedral Domain ($351,230); Reading Camp ($118,250); St. Agnes House ($86,500) and Network for Pastoral Leadership ($17,000.)

The following action was taken on resolutions:

R1 - Establishing Ministry Convocations in the Diocese of Lexington - PASSED with the Bishop consulting with clergy and parish leadership regarding the configuration of each convocation.

R2 - Encouraging Ministries to Budget Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) - PASSED

R3- Encouraging General Convention Deputies on General Convention Budget - FAILED

R4- Proposed Ammendment to Section 28.02 of Canon 28 was REFERRED TO CANONS

R5- Urging General Convention to Reduce Diocesan Fair Share Assessments - FAILED

R6- Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Lexington - PASSED

R7 - In support of clergy in Small Churches - PASSED with change from Small Churches to Mountain Congregations

The Rev. Jeffrey Queen, Rector of St. Andrew's, Fort Thomas, Co-Chair of the Stewardship Committee, reported on the continuing work of that group, which has focused its work this year on exploring stewardship as it relates to, among other things, our shared mission and ministry and how financial resources can best serve them at the local congreagation, diocesan and Episcopal Church wide levels, through meetings, surveys and dialogue across the diocese, as they turn their efforts to considering attitudes toward money, and the impact of those attitudes on the life of the Church.

The Rev. Peter D'Angio, Rector of Trinity Church, Covington, and a member of the Diocesan Leadership Team presented a poster depicting Behaviors that limit effectiveness in organizations, the impact of those behaviors and behaviors that support effectiveness to each congregation as a gift from the Leadership Team in support of the work they are doing in strengthening congregations.

Elected to Diocesan positions were the following:

Standing Committee:
Clergy: The Rev. Matthew Young, St. Paul's, Newport
Lay: Dale Chapman, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington

Executive Council:
Clergy: The Rev. Brian Cole, Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington and the Rev. Jeffrey Queen, St. Andrew's Church, Fort Thomas. Lay: Jim Kimbrough, Church of the Ascension, Frankfort; Elmer Parlier, St. John's, Corbin; Gwen Collins, Church of the Resurrection, Jessamine County and Henry Wyatt, St. Peter's, Paris.

Trustee, the University of the South, Sewanee.

The Rev. Michael 'Corky' Carlisle

Photos from the 119th Diocesan Convention

Leadership Training at St. Patrick's Somerset May 8th-9th
The final leadership training workshop for this program year in the Diocese of Lexington will be held May 8-9 at St. Patrick's, Somerset. The training is particularly encouraged for all vestry members, members of diocesan bodies as well as parish and diocesan staff, and anyone interested in developing healthy behaviors that support mission and ministry. Individuals who have taken the training previously are also welcome, space available, to take a refresher course. Cost of the event is $25, checks made payable to the Diocese of lexington, memo Somerset leadership training.

The interactive workshop includes work around emotional intelligence, group dynamics, spiritual awarenesses, and human interaction, with training experiences followed by reflection on the experience for maximum retention. The workshop begins at 5:45 on Friday afternoon, with the Friday evening session concluding at 9PM. Saturday's schedule runs from 9-4, with a continental breakfast from 8:00-8:45, and lunch at midday. 
Checks and registration form (see attached) should be mailed to Leadership, Box 610, Lexington, KY, 40588 no later than Friday, May 1st.

Click here to download the registration form
Opportunities for Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation, and Baptism
Saturday, April 18 at St. George's Day at the Cathedral Domain
Holy Eucharist with Rites of Initiation
3:00 p.m.
Contact: Elise Johnstone at

Sunday, April 26 at the Regional Confirmation Eucharist
Christ Church Cathedral
3:00 p.m.
Contact: Margaret Christensen at

Please provide your: Full Name, Birthdate and place, Baptism date and place, Confirmation date and place (if to be received), and who your Sponsor will be.
St. George's Day, April 18

What's New

Second Sunday Potluck and Concert at Our Saviour, Madison County

Our Saviour, 2323 Lexington Road, Richmond, April 12

What's Happening

Walk the Stations of the Cross

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, March 30-April 3


Living by Words: Kentucky Authors Speak - Chris Holbrook

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, April 15


Choral Concert - Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, April 17


Journey in Faith and Wellness

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway, Georgetown, April 25

Mission Trip to Guatemala
June 6-13


Province IV Youth Event for Middle Schoolers

Haw River State Park, NC, July 9-July 12

Volunteers for Reading Camp Needed
June 15-27
Employment Opportunities
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is seeking a Director of Ministry to oversee education and small group ministries. Click here for more info.
Trinity Church, Covington is seeking an enthusiastic Christian Formation Director to develop, direct, and implement an invigorating, fulfilling, and multifaceted formation program for all ages. Click here for more info.
Easter Sunday
Calvary Church, Ashland
   The Rev. Antoinette "T.J." Azar, Rector
   The Rev. Deacon Tina Mussetter
   The Rev. Deacon Diane Zwick

Easter 2
St. Philip's Church, Harrodsburg  
   The Rev. Peter Doddema, Rector  

17 Apr Brent Owens D
18 Apr Stephen Alexander P

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