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April - May 2004
Barbara Lundberg & Ann Burch
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Marty Reynolds
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Easter Egg Hunt
Prayer Vigil
Music Notes
Lonnie Lacey, Our Postulant
Holy Family Library
Easter Always Follows Lent
Way of the Cross
Outreach Ministry
Vacation Bible School
Cross Task Force
Usage of Church Buildings
A Message from the Senior Warden
Nominating Committee
Hospitality Ministry
Stewardship
Endowment Fund
Daughters of King
Adult Christian Education


 

 

EASTER EGG HUNT

An Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 5th graders will be held  following the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday, April 11

 Bring your children, grandchildren and guests!

Prizes and Surprises !!


 

 

 

Prayer Vigil

A Prayer Vigil will be held Saturday night, April 10

From 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

 Can you share one hour?

If so, please sign the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall

 Contact Mary Douglass if you have questions.


 

Music Notes

We hope you were able to attend and enjoy the harpsichord concert presented by George Lucktenberg.  Thank you to the Concert Series Committee for making this event possible.  Thank you also to the Hospitality Committee and choir for the lovely reception.  Watch Family Notes and TourchStone for future programming.

 

If there is a group or individual you would like to have perform as part of the concert series, let Pat know.  Since we have very limited funding, we are looking for groups or individuals who perform gratis or for a very nominal fee.

Please plan to attend the Maundy Thursday service on April 8 at 7:00 p.m.  The choir will present the cantata “The Seven Words” as part of the service.  We know you will be blessed by this musical presentation.

The handbell choir will present a short concert on Wednesday, June 2, at the Wonderful Wednesday dinner.  You won’t want to miss this fun concert.  You will have an opportunity to ring a bell or two if you wish.

Both choirs are always open to new members, and we look forward to more of you joining us in the future.  Don’t wait for an invitation — just join us any Thursday evening. Check the calendar in the Touchstone for times and place.

Pat Peterson

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Lonnie Lacey, Our Postulant

 

Many of us at Holy Family had an opportunity to greet Lonnie Lacy, our first year seminarian at the Virginia Theological Seminary, when he was here during his Christmas break.  He is doing well with his studies and life at the seminary.

The Vestry sends him directly $100 each month to cover a portion of his personal expenses.  Other parishioners make contributions for him made out to the church so they are tax deductible. In the latter case, the treasurer combines these contributions and sends one check directly to the seminary in Lonnie’s name.

The seminary considers each student’s education as a partnership between the seminary, the student, the diocese and the sponsoring parish. The seminary calculates an aid to the student from $1,500 to $17,000 that applies to all costs, tuition, books, medical, telephone, car insurance, etc.  Once the aid amount is established, contributions from the church, whether sent to Lonnie directly or to the seminary, do not reduce the aid amount.

Actual annual costs are approximately $25,000, so the difference from the total costs and the aid amount must be made up from personal sources including debt.  Lonnie points out that due to his parents’ financial condition, they can no longer support his education and he foresees a $5,000 shortfall for the year.  Some of this may be made up from his prior parish.  He thanks Holy Family and its parishioners for the generosity shown to him and would be most appreciative of anything further we could do to close the gap on his expenses.

Ed Dewey

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Holy Family Library

 We are seeking a few parishioners who would like to join a group who will establish our congregational library policies.  If you have an interest, please contact Kitty Jones or Barb Lundberg. 

Also needed are some “helping hands” in preparing the books and materials for the shelves.  Please consider volunteering some time toward this effort because the sooner we receive help,  the sooner the library will be open!

Kitty Jones

 

Easter Always Follows Lent

 As I pen this article we are well into the season of Lent.  Lent has been ‘good time’ for me personally, and my sense is that it has been a good time in the life of our parish as well.

Some outside of the church (and maybe even a few inside as well) tend to think of Lent as a time to avoid or ‘just get through,’ to dread, or even to ignore.  This is an oh so unfortunate way of viewing this wonderful time of the year.  As I have shared with you before, Lent is to the liturgical season as Sabbath is to our lives.  It is a time of reflection.  A time to take stock of ourselves.  A time to look inward and notice those things that are keeping us from being in love and charity with our neighbors and keeping us from receiving the grace God would have us know.  I hope we have all been busy during this season of Lent doing just this kind of quiet, inward introspection, for such is good for the soul.

But, of course, Lent is not for Lent’s sake any more than Sabbath is for Sabbath’s sake.  We don’t get in touch with our fears, our regrets, or our shortcomings so that we might continue in those same fears and regrets, nor is it to self-flagellate with the cords made up of the strands of our shortcomings.  No, we go through times of introspection because it is through such times that comes our healing.

Lent leads to Easter. Self-examination leads to correction.  Insight leads to new discoveries.  Sabbath leads to a new week in the world having been renewed by the experience of rest and worship.  The cross leads to resurrection.

This is why we Christians call ourselves Easter people.  We are defined by our insistence that God’s pattern is that resurrection follows death.  And we are defined by our understanding that although we realize and accept that we are an imperfect people who live in an imperfect world, we always have the hope and the joy and the peace that comes from knowing that with Christ, and in Christ, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, renewal always follows genuine repentance.

Easter always follows Lent.

There is the story of the couple who had been married for fifty years.  Having grown up in the south, they had long participated in that southern tradition of riding in his pickup truck with him at the wheel and her riding next to him in the middle of the seat.  This is the way they had dated in their youth, and this is the way they had long traveled together.  However, over time, the pattern had changed, and one day the elderly woman said to her husband as they were riding to town, “Why don’t we sit side-by-side like we used to?”

“I haven’t moved,” was his reply.

God never moves.  God is always and at all times with us.  God not only walks with us through our Lents but rejoices with us in our Easters.  God is ever ready to sanctify us and make us new creatures in Christ.

Welcome to Easter.  Welcome to that time when we are invited to celebrate renewal and the ever-present possibility of it.

May God’s name be praised.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

The Rev. Frank F. Wilson, Interim Rector

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Way of the Cross

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem.  It is the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.  The Way is appropriate either as a public service or as a private devotion. 

Holy Family now has a permanent Way of the Cross.  The Reverend Mary Busse, after leading a Monastic morning here last spring, returned the honorarium offered her with the request that it be used to provide opportunities for meditation.  Fourteen metal crosses, made by a metal artist here in Jasper, were purchased.  Thanks to the efforts of Don Wells and the men of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the crosses have been placed on trees around the lake.  There is a container just before the first station in which “The Way of the Cross” guides may be found.  Walking “The Way” can be a powerful and touching spiritual experience.  You are encouraged to spend some time walking with Jesus on his way to the cross especially during this time of Lent. 

Diane Wells


 

Outreach Ministry

Holy Family has become recognized in the Jasper/Pickens area as a supporter of ministries, projects and programs which exist to enhance the quality of life of residents — especially the poor, the handicapped and the less fortunate.  As Christians we are called to indeed follow our convictions not only with our lips but with our actions.  The Outreach Ministry, with the involvement of the whole church, has assisted in efforts or provided financial support to many groups.  At our most recent meeting we assisted the Community Emergency Night Shelter, Youth Coordinating and Mentoring Program, Joy House, the Grandview Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Emmaus House Camp Scholarship Fund and Ecuadorian Ministries.

We feel that with all the opportunities that God has placed before us, Holy Family has an obligation to continue to expand its involvement in community outreach.  In fact, two opportunities presented themselves recently.  One was from Mary Kay Kohles at Emmaus House who is in need of sky miles to help fly inner city campers to camps in New England this summer.  If you have any extras, please contact Mary  Kay Kohles at mkohles@emory.edu

The other opportunity comes from Joy House, a home for troubled teens in Jasper.  They are in need of volunteers to relieve their house parents for a weekend, a day or an afternoon; volunteers who can help students with their school work; and volunteers willing to commit to doing after school activities with the teens from 2:00—5:00 p.m. on any day of the week.  If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Lowe at 706-253-7JOY.

The Outreach Committee is in need of a chairperson.  If you would like to serve, please get in touch with Father Frank.

Jane Kirk

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Vacation Bible School
 

Do you like children, Bible stories, crafts, music and fellowship?  Vacation Bible School is in the planning stage, so if you would like to be an integral part of the planning and selection of material, please call Joyce Faircloth at 706-301-9224.   We are scheduling this event some time near the end of July.

Joyce Faircloth


 


Cross Task Force

 
At the present time we have four artists working on designs for the cross for the inside of the church.  As soon as the designs are received, they will be shared with the congregation.  We are looking forward with great anticipation to receiving and sharing the designs.

Mary Bracegirdle

 

 

 

J2A Activities


The youth at Holy Family have been busy this year.  Our activities included horseback riding, bowling, and a ski trip to Gatlinburg.  We collected $210 during the annual Souper Bowl for Good Sam and four bags of food for the Food Pantry.  This past month we collected $75 for the Hunger Walk to benefit the Food Pantry.  We want to thank everyone for their continued support.
 

As the season winds down, we have a day trip planned to Come Rest Awhile and several movies to watch.  We will be doing a fundraiser this spring to help offset the expenses we incur on our field trips.  Our lessons this year have revolved around the Gifts of God. We have also been exploring volunteerism.  Next year promises to be even bigger!

J2A meets every Sunday from noon until 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Building.

Shelly Olliff

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Usage of Church Buildings

Since we moved to the new church buildings in May of 2002, the old buildings have been used continuously.  They are faster and less expensive to heat and cool than the Parish Hall.  Virtually all ministries utilize the Conference Building with 20 scheduled meetings per month and other meetings as needed.  Outreach counselors use the Welcome Center almost daily and others use it periodically.  The Food Pantry director has his office there.

The Church Office Building houses Father Frank Wilson’s office as well as space for the parish secretary, volunteers and guests.  Four monthly meetings are scheduled in Father Frank’s office and other meetings are also held there. 

While we do not yet house a community organization like scouting or after school programs, our facilities are being used extensively and economically.  They are an integral part of our campus and life at Holy Family.

Ed Dewey

 

A Message from the Senior Warden

Congratulations to the Nominating Committee on completing our profile.  It is a well written and presented document.  I know the parish joins the Vestry and me in thanking you.

Our Interim Rector, Father Frank, continues to be a great pastoral leader and has put together a meaningful Lenten program complete with Evening Prayer on each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend, please try to attend one.  Hospitality has pulled together a wonderful soup and sandwich supper following the service.  All you need to do is attend.

As we approach Holy Week, please make your plans to attend the Stations of the Cross service at our newly completed location along the trail around the lake.  The trail begins at the meadow and you will find directions and a map located in a covered box.  Thanks to the Christian Education Ministry for funding this project and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew for installation.  Thanks to the Grounds Ministry for cleaning up the trail and constructing benches along the trail.

We are approaching our second anniversary of services in our new church next month.  It doesn’t seem like two years because so much has been done to increase our utilization of the buildings.  Everyone in the parish should be proud of these accomplishments.  We continue to utilize all of our buildings and campus and share them with the community.  I ask for the continuation of your support and prayers as we move forward to accomplish our mission.

Al Faircloth
Senior Warden

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Nominating Committee

According to the Rev. Canon Fred Jones, Consultant, the Nominating Committee is progressing in a timely manner toward the goal of finding a rector.  The committee continues to receive names from Bishop Alexander’s office and candidates’ personal applications.  The Church Deployment Office in New York City is sending information on priests whose qualifications most closely match our needs based on congregation input.  We are responding with a copy of our Parish Profile and nine questions to all qualified applicants.  The questions are an initial step in our discernment and the Bishop has requested that he also have an opportunity to review several of the responses.  April 30, 2004 is the deadline for submitting all applications and our receiving answers to the questions.

Other activities of the Nominating Committee include:

The development of a matrix and other screening tools used in the initial screening process in concert with the application and supporting information.

The committee is working on formulating additional questions and becoming knowledgeable on interviewing techniques.

The Parish Profile is being added to the Holy Family website.

The coming months will see much work in discerning which candidates to talk with, visit, and invite to the church prior to the Nominating Committee making its final recommendation of two or three candidates to the Vestry.

The Nominating Committee budget is $12,000 for the year.  This covers the preparation and printing of the Parish Profile, Diocesan consultant’s expenses, funding for travel by committee members visiting prospects and for candidates to visit Holy Family.  This amount is considered average for parishes our size.  The committee meets for over two hours each Monday with accompanying assignments to be completed prior to the subsequent meeting.

The Nominating Committee continues to solicit your prayers as we seek a new rector for Holy Family Church.

Jeptha Greer

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Hospitality Ministry


The Hospitality Ministry at Holy Family continues to be very busy.  Upcoming events include a Palm Sunday festive coffee on April 4 and the Easter Sunday breakfast following the sunrise service.  There will also be a festive coffee following the 10:30 service.  On April 21 we have been asked to help with the PANDA meeting luncheon which will be catered by “A Matter of Taste.”  Hospitality Ministry is also involved in making Chrismons for our youth and for the Parish Hall Christmas tree.

There are many platters, dishes and utensils on the counter in the kitchen which belong to members of the congregation.  If any of these items are yours, please pick them up.

We always welcome new members to our ministry.  We work hard but have much fun.  Please join us!  Our next meeting will be April 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Building.

Allen Anderson

 

Stewardship

Historically the Stewardship Ministry at Holy Family becomes active for the annual stewardship campaign in the fall of the year.  Our parish has grown and as we come to grips with the management of a middle size church and the funding of our ministries, we realize that the Stewardship Ministry must become a year-round process.  We hope to define stewardship in meaningful ways as stewardship is an adventure, an inward journey for each of us to examine our own need to give to God in thanksgiving for all of God’s gifts to us.

We would like to share with you some of the results of the 2003 stewardship campaign held last fall.

The median pledge was $2,400

There were 50 pledges below $2,400

There were 10 pledges at $2,400

There were 47 pledges above $2,400

The requirement for 2004 pledges was $370,000 based on budget requests.  Last year we had $321,000 in pledges and certainly expected to exceed that amount this year.  In fact, 2004 pledges were $310,000, 3.5% below last year’s and well below the budget requests.

Based on the above numbers our pledging members have been very generous; however, our ministries and the day-to-day operation of our church remain underfunded.  We now need to focus on how our church family can devote its time, talent and treasury to further the mission of Holy Family.  It is our intention and commitment to make stewardship an ongoing, vital part of the ministerial activities at Holy Family.

Your Stewardship Ministry

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Endowment Fund

Holy Family has had an Endowment Fund and an associated brokerage account since late 2001.  The fund, which was approved by the Vestry, is organized with a committee charged with making investments under appropriate guidelines.  At present the fund has no assets, but this will change with donations and other giving.  Income from the fund will be used for special needs and programs, especially the physical plant.  Income will not be used for operating expenses or other general mission work unless specifically so directed by the donor.  Details on Planned Giving programs will be forthcoming from the Stewardship Ministry.  In the meantime if you have any questions or would like further information, please contact a member of the Finance Ministry.

Ed Dewey

 

Daughters of King

If you see some lovely ladies sporting a button emblazoned with “D.I.P.”, it is not a derogatory remark, but to let you know these are “Daughters in Preparation” to become members of the Daughters of the King.  They are Linda Bitzer, Sheila Brooker, Jeanette Buffalo, Martha Kerley, and Kris McClellan.

Joyce Faircloth

 

Adult Christian Education

The Faith Stories Weekend, led by Tom Riley, focused on bringing us together and sharing our faith stories.  It is hoped that this weekend will be recalled as a building block in a continuing construction that will ensure the ongoing, life-long spiritual formation of this ministering community. It seems a given that all Christians, adults and children, live under an imperative to become informed followers of Christ. Christian education is one part of the process for that ongoing spiritual formation within our community. 

For the rest of the Lenten season, you are encouraged to continue to explore and deepen your faith by being a part of Father Bill’s Sunday morning class or Father Frank’s Wednesday evening one.

April 4 - 11: There will be no classes on Palm Sunday or Easter.

April 18 - 25: Usually we think of money when the word stewardship is mentioned but there is much more involved. The Satterfield’s will be leading two Sunday morning Seeker’s classes in a discovery of the deeper meaning of stewardship in our lives.  

May 2 - June 6: What does your baptism mean for you in your life today?  We are called to a stewardship of life-long learning that results in finding specific and practical ways to live out our baptismal vows. For six weeks, Phyllis Seitz will be offering an in-depth study on baptism.  Check out the Baptismal Covenant on page 304 – 305 of the Book of Common Prayer; then, plan to join the Seeker’s class for a profound look into this most basic Christian experience.

Diane Wells

 

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