The Episcopal Church has had a presence in Perry County going back to 1911 when the Rev. Alexander Patterson held a service of Evening Prayer in Hazard. Ten years later, St. Mark’s was declared and Organized Mission of the Diocese in this coal rich county. In the spring of 1951, under the guidance of Bishop Moody, the current property was purchased and the current church house was constructed. During the boom of the coal industry, St. Mark’s along with several other of our Mountain Mission congregations provided significant funding to the diocese. A faithful few have continued their support through the years. Plagued by a continual turnover of clergy, in the first forty years following acquiring the present property, St. Mark’s was blessed with a constant supply of clergy as a result of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Served by seventeen clergy over two decades, the church grew and waned like waves striking the beach. Clergy would arrive and within six months, the congregation would grow. They would then leave, often within a year and the attendance would drop within six months. A few months with Lay Readers serving as the Officient and then the arrival of the next Deacon, to be followed by the lagging increase in attendance until their departure. From 1992, St. Mark’s has been served entirely by clergy who if lucky spend one day a week in the community. At one point they went from the Last Sunday in Pentecost until after Easter with a priest present to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, and four years without a bishop’s visitation. Even today, The Rev. Sister Judy Yunker and Archdeacon Kibler alternate Sunday services and mid-week adult classes. Despite the hardships, the congregation has continued to meet for regular worship and service to the community.
Peter Alan Helman
to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s One Holy Catholic
and Apostolic Church
Saturday, the seventh of December
in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
The Parish of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
131 Edgwood Road, Middlesboro, Kentucky
Your prayers and presence are requested.
A reception will follow the service.
Clergy: cassock, surplice, red stole.
Christmas Parade detour directions:
Driving south into Middlesboro on US-25E S/Cumberland Gap Pkwy, take a RIGHT at the first stop light that you come to onto State Highway 441 and continue onto Hollywood Drive. Take the second LEFT onto 19th Street and continue onto Aylesbury Avenue. Take a RIGHT onto W. Lothbury Avenue and continue straight until you arrive at City Hall. Park anywhere available.
This November, we know it is coming, for that is the nature of anniversaries. Newspapers, books, TV specials have been reminding us for months that it is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. That November in 1963, we were still protected by a kind of innocence that had yet to experience the tragedies that were to come in this, our land of the free and home of the brave. It was knowledge in our heads, from news reports and the lives of veterans returning from fighting on other shores, but for most, the visceral knowing was still to come. It is that deep and personal knowing that lingers today, as those who were of an age to remember—from elementary classrooms to workplaces to the front porches and sidewalks of America – report their whereabouts and emotions as if it were yesterday. For others, who were yet to be born in 1963, it’s text book stuff, learned from jerky black and white film footage and , depending upon political persuasion and the passage of years, wonderment at either how and why the story of Camelot lives on, or what it might have been like to have been a part of its brief but shining moment in history.
Jack Kennedy was 43 when he was elected President of the United States–the youngest person to hold the office, and all too soon, the youngest to die in office. That’s text book information. One of the recurring themes reported in the anniversary specials not particularly clustered in this manner in the history books is about others of his generation who were somehow a part of this story. Martin Luther King was 34 years old that November. Attorney General Robert Kennedy was 37. Pete Rozelle, Commissioner of the National Football League, who would make the decision that no one could have imagined would become figural in the years that followed, was 36 years old. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was 34 years old, when she entered Air Force One an icon of style and privilege and exited a grieving widow whose decisions and grace would mark a nation’s response to this horror story. No matter how many times the footage rolls, the unlined faces of youth are a reminder of the responsibility they were ready and able to bear on our behalf.
This November story has too many sad echoes today. Too many have died at the hands of maniacal gunmen; the perceived security and promise of the land of the free and the home of the brave has been breached both externally and internally. The costs continue to be painfully high.
And yet part of this November story, I believe, lies in the promise that roused a country to the new visions of a youthful leader, who asked not what the country would do for us, but what we would do for our country. The torch had passed to a new generation, and youthful vigor was tangible.
The passing of the torch is never easy. There are those alive today who were on the cusp of the time….too old for the Peace Corps, but committed to the propositions of the possible that seemed within reach. The call went out not only to flower children and student ‘radicals’, but to those who attended peace rallies wearing their pearls. Others on that cusp shook their heads and later might mutter “I told you so”- sure that keeping the torch in the hands of the older and therefore wiser might have changed the course of history.
That part of the November story also echoes today, in systems from government to corporate America to academia to the church. It is part of both the cost and the promise of life cycles, as well as individual and communal stories. The wisdom and experience of the elders of a system provide a framework for the vibrant hope and new vision of the rising generation. In the years just ahead there will be problems to solve that call upon knowledge that didn’t exist before, as well as the framework of what has been. One of the hallmarks of the passage is a hopeful energy, reflected in the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy – ‘let the word go forth that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans…’ and the response to that call.
In this poignant week before Thanksgiving of 2013, approaching the anniversary of the death of that young president, and the others who remain eternally young in our memories whose deaths were to follow, may we recall the promise as well as the cost of that time in our nation’s story—and build upon the propositions of the possible that are the promise of the passing of the torch, generation after generation.
Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1796, serves a unique ministry in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. As a people of prayer and action stirred by compassion, Christ Church Cathedral eagerly serves God’s mission as it partners with the Diocese of Lexington and other religious, civic and community groups.
Cathedrals by design are multi-faceted. Located in city centers, they are beacons of God’s presence, and places of welcome and spiritual vitality. As a vital citizen in the city and diocese, Christ Church Cathedral offers a meeting place of the spirit where differences are honored and people from all walks of life can meet in search of common ground, and, moreover, to go forth to serve the common good.
At Christ Church Cathedral, God is glimpsed in myriad ways. Worship takes place in diverse forms, music resounds in great beauty, art inspires new vision, education for all ages feeds the soul, and mission calls us forth to partner with others as we offer hope and healing in God’s world.
Perhaps the most profound way in which God is seen is through the faithful people who call Christ Church their home—both congregation and staff. They love each other, their Diocese, their Cathedral, and most of all, Jesus, and they can turn prayer into action swifter and more powerfully than any Derby Day winner. And so I always give thanks for the generations of families that have made this Cathedral Church their home for over two hundred years, and who and left an enduring legacy for us as we seek to faithfully serve Christ in the world.
One of the truly significant ways in which we have witnessed God at work at the Cathedral was at the election that called Bishop Hahn to Lexington as the Holy Spirit presided over our Diocesan gathering. The Cathedral was delighted to host the ordination of Bishop Hahn last December. This was followed by the seating service during last year’s diocesan convention as Bishop Doug inspired and called our Diocese to a new season of mission and ministry together. In May, it was also a great joy for Christ Church Cathedral to host a regional Diocesan Confirmation service, and another such service will take place in May of 2014.
God is encountered in powerfully healing ways as we, as a Diocese, work together as the body of Christ to make a difference in the world. Our Diocese blesses the Cathedral enormously as we continue to partner with several parishes in a variety of ministries. For this we are grateful. Christ Church Harlan invited a multi-generational mission team from the Cathedral to work with them as they sought to upgrade their physical plant, the Cathedral has also been blessed to work with St. Andrew’s and Good Shepherd on a variety of levels, including a downtown Habitat build, and most recently, our Diocesan youth shared deep spiritual wisdom and insight as they reflected on themes of food justice at a recent gathering hosted at the Cathedral.
Jesus has given us a commandment “to love one another as he loves us.” Our call is to remember that as a Diocese we belong to each other. When we do that, we can and will make a difference: among the mountains of eastern Kentucky, skyscrapers, horse farms, and urban community gardens. In this new season of ministry in The Diocese of Lexington, my prayer is for us to be inspired by God’s holy mission as we partner together to proclaim the healing love of Christ in the world.
VBS DAY 3
Future Home Owner
Blessing of the Beast
A Ride Home
All Saints and Souls
Andy and Cindy Sigmon joined Jerry and Wen Marec of “A Lasting World” as they were honored with a bridge over barriers award from the Kentucky Family Resources Youth Service Council Collation. A Lasting World hosts Camp Hope in partnership with The Cathedral Domain and Estill County Middle School youth Service Center for the past 10 years. The 12 underprivileged students are chosen each year attend camp free of charge and with all supplies and clothing provided . The activities include such options as environmental education, rappelling, Archery, swimming, and educational field trips. A lasting World continues with the students through their high school years. 75 to 80 per cent of these students attend college after graduation from high school which is well above the average in this region.
The Cathedral Domain is proud to be a part of this partnership and the lives we touch.
clergy day with Dr. Amy Jill Levine
clergy day with Dr. Amy Jill Levine 2
clergy day with Dr. Amy Jill Levine 3
clergy day with Dr. Amy Jill Levine 4
Nominations for Diocesan leadership open positions
Are you called to serve God and His church by considering a role in diocesan leadership? It’s the time of year for clergy and laity to discern if they might be called to this particular ministry in the Diocese of Lexington. The following positions will be elected at the annual Diocesan Convention in February.
Standing Committee: (1 clergy, 1 lay)- Each Diocese of the Episcopal Church has a committee of lay and ordained members who serve as the Bishop’s Council of Advice, and in the absence of a diocesan bishop, represent the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese. The Standing Committee meets monthly.
The Executive Council: (2 clergy, 4 lay) Each Diocese has a body of lay and clerical members who serve between annual diocesan conventions to oversee the mission and program of the diocese. Members begin their service with a an overnight retreat in April, and attend 6-8 meetings per year.
Sewanee trustee: (1 lay) As one of the owning dioceses of St. Luke’s School of Theology at the University of the South, the Diocese of Lexington elects 1 lay and 1 clerical trustee in alternating years, who attend meetings , encourage the mission of the school and participate in fund raising.
Deputies to General Convention: (4 clergy deputies, 4 lay deputies, 4 clergy alternates, 4 lay alternates) The Triennial convention of the Episcopal Church meets every three years for a 10 day period. The legislative bodies- the House of Bishops (elected bishops from each diocese) and House of Deputies (eight elected representatives from each diocese of the church) . It is the national legislative assembly that sets church-wide policy and budget. Those elected are responsible for pre-convention study and training on all documents to be considered during legislative sessions, the work of convention, which includes early morning through late evening business sessions, meeting with the diocesan daily caucus and reporting to the diocese throughout the convention and upon their return.
This form may be used for self-nomination or to nominate another person. It must be filled out in full and accompanied by a digital head and shoulders photo. All lay nominations must be signed by the rector of their parish.
You may download the form here or fill out the online version below.
Confirmation 26, 11-10-13
Confirmation 25, 11-10-13
Confirmation 24, 11-10-13
Confirmation 23, 11-10-13
Confirmation 22, 11-10-13
Confirmation 21, 11-10-13
Confirmation 20, 11-10-13
Confirmation 19, 11-10-13
Confirmation 18, 11-10-13
Confirmation 17, 11-10-13
Confirmation 16, 11-10-13
Confirmation 15, 11-10-13
Confirmation 7, 11-10-13
Confirmation 14, 11-10-13
Confirmation 13, 11-10-13
Confirmation 12, 11-10-13
Confirmation 11, 11-10-13
Confirmation 10, 11-10-13
Confirmation 9, 11-10-13
Confirmation 8, 11-10-13
Confirmation 6, 11-10-13
Confirmation 5, 11-10-13
Confirmation 4, 11-10-13
Confirmation 3, 11-10-13
Confirmation 2, 11-10-13
Confirmation 1, 11-10-13
A rousing opening hymn
Bishop Hahn welcomes participants to the Dipcesan Ministry Fair
Christian Educator, Author Sharon Ely Pearson offers workshops on Christian Education
Deacon Chana Tetzlaf Minister in Charge at Emmanuel Winchester welcomes participants to the Emmanuel campus
Dr. Blodgett sets an energetic and energizing tone for a day of learning
During workshops 1
During workshops 2
During workshops 3
During workshops 4
Our Feeding Ministry Feeds Our Soul workshop by Rev. Peter Doddema
Preparing for the keynote
Readings for a workshop
Small Church Sunday School Workshop
Vestry, Best Practices for Leadership workshop
During workshops 5
Capital City Reading Camp
Reading Camp Pictures
The Wonderful Land of Oz