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Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
|August - September 2003|
& Ann Burch
Lighthouse Kids Shine for
From July 14 through 18 Holy Family had its second annual VBS. This year’s theme, Lighthouse Kids, was a huge success! We had 12 children enrolled from kindergarten through sixth grade. Divided into four separate groups, the children moved through the learning centers, each with an interpretation of the story and scripture verse for the day. The centers were drama, missions, crafts, snacks, and recreation. The students came together for a “reflection time” and music. Our mascot, Beacon the Pelican, helped the children learn a lot about God’s light through words and music, and about our light through science projects.
The many talented volunteers worked very hard to make this a really special time for the children. They believe, as I do, that it is important to provide quality learning experiences to our children, grandchildren, and the children of the community.
Author and social/spiritual commentator Will Campbell lives in the same Tennessee neck of the woods as did country music singer Waylon Jennings, crooner of such hits as Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys and Luckenbach, Texas. Campbell and Jennings were neighbors. A man always open to experiencing the unusual, Will Campbell once signed on to Jennings’ entourage as the cook. (He says he did it because his wife said one of them had to get a real job. I suspect it was more that Campbell relished the experience of traveling with a bona fide country music star). Campbell said that late one night between shows as they were whirring down the highway on Jennings’ tour bus, Campbell asked Jennings, “Waylon, what do you believe?” Jennings’ one word answer was simply, “Yeah.” Campbell allows as to how he took this to mean that Jennings ‘believed’ — and that was enough said.
A clergy colleague asked me recently to tell him about Holy Family. Having recently read the above, I was tempted to respond, “Yeah.” That would not have meant to say that I ‘believed’ in Holy Family, but rather that I affirm it to be a Holy place. A healthy place. A good place to be.
There is much about this place to commend. You are a wonderful, energetic, and giving faith community. In just a span of a few years, you have grown from humble beginnings, worshipping in borrowed spaces, to now having a wonderful church building. You do many things well. You give of your time, talents, as well as money. You are responsive to the needs of the less fortunate. As a congregation, you are much involved in the affairs of the community-at-large. And most importantly, you are diligent in the growing and sustaining of the ministry that is Holy Family.
In other words, you are a community of ‘seekers’ —seeking to nurture a personal relationship with God, neighbor, and one another. Such is the stuff of the Kingdom.
To be sure there are areas of our ministry and life together that need a little ‘shoring up’. But this is always true of any family isn’t it? Like any family, Holy Family requires of its members to be attentive to the needs of the family, give energy where energy and attention is needed, and to make adjustments where necessary. The good news is that because you are faithful, and because you are available, and because you are committed, you do these things. And so the ‘family’ remains in good health.
It has been my pleasure to serve you over these past few years as Associate Priest and now as your Interim Rector. Being here has, and continues to be, a joy. It has and continues to be my privilege to serve you and to be a part of this ‘family’. And I know that through this interim period and beyond, Holy Family will continue to be a special place. And I know you will always hold a special place in my heart.
And so, if ever you are around, and you happen to overhear someone ask me what kind of place is Holy Family, whatever my answer, you can know that deep down what I really wanted to say was “Yeah.”
The Rev. Frank F. Wilson
Daughters are a group of Christian women striving to fulfill the promises of our Baptismal Covenant through the adoption of a Rule of Life which is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism.
In July we elected the following officers for the year beginning September 1, 2003: Joyce Faircloth, President,; Janice Ross, Vice President; Carolyn Wheeler, Secretary and UYO Chair; Sally Reed, Treasurer; and Billie Robinette, Card Chairman. The Rev. Frank Wilson will continue as our Chaplain.
Jill Kingsley and Diane Wells have completed the required preparation for membership and will be admitted to the order at the 10:30 service on September 21. At that time, new officers will also be installed.
DOK meetings, the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., are open to all women. Any woman interested in becoming a Daughter of the King should contact Joyce Faircloth or Janice Ross for additional information.
The Pastoral Care Ministry has been approved by the Vestry and will be commissioned mid-September. At present, the Pastoral Care Ministry meets on the first and third Sundays after church. The purpose of this ministry is to provide specific acts of loving, compassionate care to our Parish family — basically Inreach as opposed to Outreach. This can be in the form of prayer, home visits, meals (in conjunction with the Casserole Patrol), transportation — wherever there is a need! This group will be working closely with the clergy and will be led by Mary Ann Bracegirdle and George Justicz. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please join us.
The date of the annual Yard Sale and BBQ is Saturday, September 20, 2003. Proceeds from the sale of donated items are used to help fund Holy Family’s Outreach Ministries.
This year the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew is sponsoring the sale and will assist in setting up in the meadow and helping customers on the day of the sale.
Now is the time to clean out your basements and closets. Please bring your donated items to the office building carport. We are accepting clean, good-condition household articles, furniture, appliances, tools, toys, etc. (Please . . . No clothing, paint, used carpeting or non-working items.) Arrangements to pick up oversized items can be made by calling Pete Cook (770-893-3456). Contribution statements will be available for your tax credit.
Volunteer sign-up sheets will be posted in the Parish Hall.
Does the Building Fund have a life after the building is occupied? Yes, most assuredly.
The Building Fund currently has about $51,000 in it, and income from pledges and contributions is averaging about $2,500 per month so far this year.
Many, many months ago, the Vestry adopted the policy that every dollar coming into the Building Fund would be used directly for purchase of the physical plant. There are only two places where Building Fund money can be used: (1) for a one-time permanent improvement to the facility, or (2) for a direct payment of the principal on our mortgage. The General Operating Fund makes the monthly payments on the mortgage and handles routine maintenance and upkeep.
Three recent examples of one-time improvements are (1) the safety railing in the choir loft; (2) the irrigation system to bring water from our pond to the grounds, and (3) the Wall of Thanksgiving currently under construction in the gallery. Other improvements (such as limited kitchen expansion and possible additional paving of the parking lot) are being considered.
There have been three payments (called curtailments) made directly to principal over the past twelve months — two in the amount of $25,000 each and one in the amount of $5,362 (made personally by a very savvy parishioner) for a total of $55,362. These curtailments plus our regular payments have resulted in reducing our loan from its original $1,000,000 to $927,983.68 in only one year! The savings in interest over time are HUGE.
Our monthly mortgage payment is $5,400, of which only about $1,200 initially went to principal. However, since curtailments, the amount currently going to principal is about $1,500 per month. Additionally, our original 30-year loan has now been reduced to 25 years.
Presumably in three to five years, when we embark on phase two of our building which is expected to include a larger parish hall, a very adequate kitchen, offices, etc., we must add any new loan necessary for phase two to the remaining balance on our current loan. At such time, unless there have been further significant curtailments, a much enlarged, new combined loan would require monthly payments beyond our capacity to pay. Therefore, the benefits of reducing our present loan as prudently and speedily as possible are obvious. By doing so, we save huge amounts of interest, avoid many future payments, and make the payments affordable when the facility is expanded.
Policies regarding our mortgage and future planning are currently working very well indeed! The Finance Committee desires that every parishioner understand these policies and the reasons for them.
Any questions are welcome. Ask the author or any member of the Finance Committee.
The First Wednesday Folk Masses ended in August with the service at the pavilion in Bent Tree. Many people have attended and enjoyed this event over the years. Father Frank approached the Hospitality Ministry about the possibility of continuing the supper aspect of the evening, and we agreed to give it a try. We will initiate the new “Wonderful Wednesdays” on September 3 at 6:00 p.m. with a covered dish supper in the Parish Hall. The format will be fun and fellowship, and your only responsibility is to show up with a dish to serve
8—10 people and a desire to have fun with “the Family” that night. Some ideas we have for future evenings are a game night, movie night, and decorate the Family Christmas tree night. We are always open to suggestions and hope some of the other ministries will consider hosting one of the Wonderful Wednesdays. We hate to hog all the fun! For more information or to volunteer to host an evening, please call Lydia Decker.
With faith and determination, the Nominating Committee is in the process of searching for a new rector to provide ministerial leadership to our congregation. The committee is dedicated to an open and inclusive process in pursuing qualified candidates. Keeping you informed and gathering information are of primary importance during all phases of the search process.
The Vestry has charged the Nominating Committee with preparing a parish profile that will be submitted first to the Bishop and then to the Vestry for approval. To this end, the committee will solicit information and opinions from congregational members through a variety of means, including questionnaire, dialogue, and written comment.
The parish profile will be used as a main instrument in the selection of a new rector. It will be sent to all potential candidates. Should you as a member wish to suggest an individual as a candidate, appropriate forms will be made available.
Because the committee firmly believes that we all must pray regularly for God’s will in this search, a participatory prayer for use in worship services will be presented to the Worship Ministry and the Vestry for approval. A more personalized prayer may also be available for private or family devotion.
Father Frank will be teaching a series of varied and interesting Sunday school sessions from now until September.
On August 23 our third Quiet Morning will be held at the pavilion from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. Kathryn Floyd will again be our “monk”. If you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet in the midst of our active summer, come and experience a wonderful, ancient time-honored approach to spirituality.
Starting on Monday, September 15, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., an eight-week course entitled “Serving From the Heart” will begin. This course is designed to help us discover the gifts and talents God has given us. Look for the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.
Thanks to all who filled out the education survey. Your suggestions will be helpful as we plan for this next year. Keep those ideas and suggestions coming. Christian Education needs you.
The beetles are rapidly killing many of our pine trees throughout
the church campus. In the past few months we have had to cut down
and remove more than forty trees, and we still have pine trees
dying. To maintain the beauty of the church grounds, whenever we
have to remove dead trees, we try to plant hardwoods nearby in order
to disguise the damage. In recent months several parishioners have
been extremely generous in donating money for specific trees for us
to plant on campus (particularly in the Memorial Garden area). If
you are interested in donating money for a tree, please see Pete
Cook to discuss the types of trees we need.
Tree Update: Holy Family members who have been around for many years are familiar with the white pine in the middle of the meadow behind the Welcome Center. If you have not been down in that area recently, you might like to schedule a walk. The white pine, which was a nice little tree a few years ago when we first purchased our property, has turned into an absolutely magnificent tree, obviously mirroring the growth of Holy Family!
The Altar Guild has a special role as the priest’s liturgical partner in preparing the worship space for each service in the sanctuary or in any other place, either indoors or an outdoor location. It is their responsibility to care for the vessels, linens and any other church furnishings to be used in worship. They need to assure that the worship space is clean as well. The bread, wine and candles must be ordered as needed so that they are always in good supply.
If you feel called to this ministry, please notify the church office at 770-893-4525.
Joining a Foyer Group is one of the best ways for new and old members to meet new Holy Family friends. Members are randomly assigned to a group and meet once a month in each other’s homes. There is no program or agenda; just a light, simple meal. The host or hostess structures the short gathering of about one and one-half hours or more. The guiding principle is hospitality, which is one of the gifts of the spirit. Some may choose to meet for brunch after church, while others get together in the evening. Members of Foyers range in ages and may be single or married, divorced or widowed. August is sign-up month for fall Foyers which will run from September through December. Sign up in the Parish Hall or call Carolyn Wheeler.
Requirements call for a mature, experienced, self-motivated person with proven leadership ability, professional appearance, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Duties include revenue generation, administrative details, and volunteer recruiting and training. Part-time position with compensation and benefits. Send resume to Community Food Pantry, P. O. Box 1342, Jasper, GA 30143.
Summer has been a busy time for me. Not only have I been planning music for Sunday worship, but I have also been planning music for the handbell and sanctuary choirs for the fall.
This summer several small ensembles from the choir shared their talents during worship services. We hope you were blessed by their musical offerings.
Also this summer a subcommittee of the Worship Committee was formed to develop a Community Concert Series at Holy Family. Watch the TouchStone for further information about this series.
This fall we are seeking new members for both the handbell and sanctuary choirs. The gentlemen in the sanctuary choir would appreciate some help from some of you sitting in the congregation. The ladies aren’t bashful about asking for help either!! Remember, you don’t have to read music to join either choir. Both choirs rehearse Thursday evening — handbells at 6:15 and sanctuary choir at 7:30. Please contact Pat as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the handbell choir. If you would like to sing in the sanctuary choir, just join us on Thursday evening.
Even though Christmas seems a long way off, it is not too early to put the date of this year’s choir Christmas program on your calendars. The program will be Sunday afternoon, December 7. This program is a short term opportunity for you to sing with the choir.
I hope some of you will take the opportunity to participate in and enjoy the camaraderie of the church’s musical programs this fall.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the music ministry at Holy Family.
The Brotherhood is a men’s group that follows the three disciplines of daily prayer, regular study, and continuous service. We meet twice each month for a short business meeting followed by a spiritual discussion using a Bible-based study guide that we select.
Our chapter will celebrate its first anniversary on November 30 with some special Brotherhood focus during the regular 10:30 Sunday service. November 30 is the feast day of our patron saint — St. Andrew.
As we near our first anniversary, we are developing more inreach service projects for Holy Family. In September we will provide a portion of the labor force needed for the annual yard sale. We have discussed preparing a special Christian Education study session for this fall. Of course we will continue our newest project of year-round maintenance of the Holy Family Memorial Garden. Finally, early next year we plan to develop a Brotherhood–led Stations of the Cross service.
Visitors are welcome at our meetings, so stop by to check us out. Watch the Sunday TouchStone calendar for meeting dates and times.
We plan to publish Family Notes bimonthly for the time being, with the goal of working toward once a month as our congregation grows. Our aim is to keep you informed of current and upcoming news. We welcome contributions from our ministry chairpersons, Vestry liaisons as well as our parishioners. Articles of no more than 200 words should be e-mailed to Barbara Lundberg or Ann Burch or placed in the newsletter box in the mail/utility room at the church.
No, we’re not excited about clip art either, and we hope to include more photos in future issues. Please feel free to e-mail digital photos to us, and don’t hide when we appear with our cameras!
As a parish in transition, I think we have done well during the last two months. We are blessed to have Father Frank as our Interim Rector. We’ve continued many programs started by The Rev. Jerry Zeller. He gave us a strong foundation and shared his vision with us.
We are starting to make changes in our music programs, monthly mid-week service and Christian education offerings. We’ve started two new ministries: Lay Pastoral Care and Communications. We have had two parishioners volunteer for key co-chairs in important ministries. We all want to present a strong, vibrant and growing parish to our new rector when she or he arrives, and we are doing all the right things.
The Vestry has decided to discontinue the service leaflets beginning September 7 for the remainder of the Pentecost season. This will be a trial period. An Order of Worship will be included in the TouchStone each Sunday.
Cursillo is a movement of the Episcopal Church and its goal is to bring the world by empowering adult Christian leaders through the use of a specific method which equips and encourages Christians to live out their Baptismal covenant to serve Christ.
A Cursillo weekend helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment as well as provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly-made Christians with a purpose and with support.
There are two opportunities in the next few months to attend a Cursillo weekend: September 17-21 at Lake Logan in the Western North Carolina Diocese (near Waynesville, NC) and October 2-5 in the Atlanta Diocese. Holy Family has several folks who have attended this weekend in the past and they have found it to be a very uplifting and joyous occasion. Contact Joan Greer if you have any questions.
At their June meeting The Vestry approved the establishment of a Communications Ministry naming Jo Tyson as Vestry liaison. This ministry will be responsible for the following: new quarterly newsletter, bulletin boards and announcements, telephone tree, good neighbor groups, web site and other related issues.
Should you be called to this exciting new ministry or have any questions or ideas, please contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Our next Monastic Morning is to be held Saturday, August 23 on the Pavilion from 9 - 11 a.m. Any and all who would like to join us will experience a very brief service with selected meditations, scriptures, music and lots of quiet time.
Jesus said, “Come apart and rest awhile” to his disciples. Resting awhile with our Lord is a good idea for us as well. Come and join us as we take time to listen to the Lord and rest in Him.