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Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
A Message from the Senior
This year looks like it will be another memorable year for Holy Family. First, we have received 98 percent of the 2002 pledges. That’s exceptional in an economy like this one. Next, we were given a gift from the Diocese, the modular building (former Worship Center). It’s only March and all this has taken place. It’s a testimony to the dedication and hard work by many of you.
Under the leadership and talent of our Minister of Music, Pat Peterson, our choir is growing and sounding wonderful. The Linda Vickery and Judy Sanger Handbell Choir was inaugurated and the hand bells have been dedicated. The bell choir has started practicing and this wonderful addition to our worship life will soon be happening. The performance of the hand bell choir at Judy’s memorial service was wonderful!
On April 13 Bishop Neil Alexander will conduct a special afternoon service of Confirmation and Reception at Holy Family.
Our Rector’s last Sunday is April 27. Following the 10:30 service that day there will be a covered dish luncheon in the Parish Hall. At that time we will recognize his seven year ministry at Holy Family, as well as his 50 years of ministry in the Episcopal Church.
Everyone is invited and expected to come.
We will begin our search for a new Rector after meeting with the Bishop. I will report an overview of the process to you after that meeting. I will keep you current at each step in the process.
The Vestry thanks you for your support and will continue to serve Holy Family and our God.
Dreams for our Memorial Garden started back in 1995. Plans moved slowly: in early 1997 the beautiful stone sitting wall was given by Joan and Alan Lee in memory of their parents; the outdoor altar was given by Kay and Pete Cook in honor of their children; the cross that Bill Durrett had made after the 1993 tornado was moved, grading was done and our first markers were installed in October of 1997. The purpose of Holy Family’s Memorial Garden is to provide an appropriate, consecrated and maintained place for the interment of ash remains of church members and/or their families. Our garden is administered by a subcommittee under the direction of the Vestry. Many people have been lovingly involved with the care and maintenance of our beautiful garden.
Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are cast in bronze to pay warm tribute to the accomplishments and to the lives of those of our parish who are remembered there. Our garden is a sanctuary of peace and quiet today and many find comfort and strength sitting there among the trees.
For anyone interested in knowing more details about our Memorial Garden, please contact Joan Greer at 770-893-4459 or our church secretary, Kathy Frankforther.
I once wrote a poem celebrating my esteem for the Dutch painter Rembrandt. It began: “Poised at the end of a hesitant brush..."
As each of us “paints” a life, the strokes become revelations of the spirit of the painter – the person, the self, ourselves. The artist may talk about this or that, but once the brush is in hand and the paint flows over the canvas, the heart of the creator is revealed.
For most of us most of the time, we hold a “hesitant brush.” Self-revelation, being seen and heard for the person that we are, is not a matter of easy or hasty spattering of paint.
Yet, all that we do reveals the heart of the artist that we are. We are compelled to put paint on the canvas-like moments of our days. If we think that our secrets remain hidden in the brush, we are mistaken.
A well-known artist friend of mine went to Egypt for the first time. He had a generous grant which allowed him to paint without concern for anything else. However, he was so terrified by the boisterous, deafening chaos of Cairo’s environment that he would not come out of his hotel room for two weeks. He closed the blinds and had his meals delivered – and begged us to get him a ticket and send him home. His brush died.
Toward the end of his second week he began to paint. His canvases were filled with dark brown and black. Then faint streaks of light began to appear here and there. By the time he left Egypt a year later, his joyous and bright paintings were the talk of the art world. His brush lived.
It is not always easy to let ourselves flow from the end of our “hesitant brush.” The clamor and din of life around us can convince us that we should shut everything out; that there is no hope for us to reveal ourselves as the loving and gifted persons that we are.
At Holy Family Church, during the past few years of my life, I have never ceased to be amazed at the magical way that the “artists” of the congregation have come forward, “hesitant brush” in hand, willing to reveal spirit and heart to the world.
Guided by the Holy Spirit and reveling in the precious grace of our good fortune to be called together as a blessed community, we have placed brush to canvas wherever there was a spot that called for God’s artistry (and our own) to be revealed.
Thank you for allowing me to wield my “hesitant brush” alongside yours for these years. Whatever the appearance of our canvas, it is the revelation of ourselves as God has blessed us. It is a loving work in progress. It has to be good, bright and joyous!
The Ven. Dr. Jerry Zeller
The ministry of the Casserole Patrol is to provide meals for parishioners during a crisis situation. Food is prepared by volunteers and delivered to the homes where family members are facing a challenging life situation. If you know of someone in our congregation that would benefit from this ministry or if you would like to become a Casserole Patrol “Angel”, please call Lydia Decker.
Easter Season Calendar
Wednesday, March 26, April 2 & 9
6:30 p.m. Sung Evening Prayer
Followed by a light supper
7:30 p.m. Lenten Study Program
The Wisdom and Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Led by The Ven. Dr. Jerry Zeller
Palm Sunday, April 13
8:00 a.m. Procession of the Palms preceding Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Procession of the Palms preceding Holy Eucharist
4:30 p.m. Confirmation/Reception with Bishop Alexander
Maundy Thursday, April 17
7:00 p.m. Traditional Maundy Thursday service
with Holy Eucharist
Good Friday, April 18
Stations of the Cross with Litany and Prayers
1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil, April 19
7:00 P.M. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Sunday in the Church
Easter Sunday, April 20
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service at outdoor altar
followed by light breakfast in the Parish Hall
sponsored by the Hospitality Ministry
Flowering of the Cross
10:30 a.m. Festive Holy Eucharist
Followed by coffee & Hot Cross Buns
sponsored by Daughters of the King
Easter Egg Hunt
Following 10:30 a.m. service
The response to our new Handbell Choir has been phenomenal. We have 13 people working hard to prepare music for worship. You will enjoy their efforts during Lent. If you would like to join the Handbell Choir, please join us on Thursday evenings at 6:15 in the Conference Center.
Our Sanctuary Choir continues to provide special music for Sunday morning services. We are starting to work on anthems for Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter. If you cannot sing on a permanent basis, perhaps you would like to join us for this Lenten/Easter season. Sanctuary Choir meets Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the choir room.
We look forward to more of you becoming involved in the music programs at Holy Family. All are welcome. Perfect attendance is not required!
Not too long ago, I received word that one of my mentors had died. Liston Mills was a professor of Pastoral Theology at Vanderbilt, and my relationship with him was, for me, life-transforming. It was not as if his death was unexpected. We knew for some time that the form of cancer he developed would eventually prove fatal. Vicky and I journeyed to Nashville last year--I now realize to say goodbye--and had a lovely dinner with Liston and his wife Jennie. Still, news of his death was a shock. As a professor and therapist, I know all about the “stages of grief” and the purposes they serve. Somehow, however, this did not help. I was aware of a deep sadness, and anger that Liston died just as he began to look forward to a long and satisfying retirement. Several years ago my closest friend and track-teammate from Rhodes College, Mark Edwards, died of melanoma, at age 39. Oddly, I found myself thinking about Mark’s death, too. Perhaps the untimely unfairness of it stirred similar emotions to those I was now feeling at the loss of my mentor. I recalled that Mark and Liston faced their deaths with similar attitudes. Liston said, “It isn’t the dying that I mind. It’s missing the relationships.” Mark, a gifted and fiercely competitive runner, once said, “I run primarily for relationships. And that is what I will miss most about running.” For both of these men, life was a journey made far more rich and meaningful because of relationships. The changes they experienced due to illness were made bearable by their being borne along in this way by those whom they loved, and who loved them back.
Not too long ago I found myself walking along a trail in north Georgia, at a place called Raven Cliff Falls. I had intended to take this walk for many years, having heard about the beauty of the waterfalls at the end of the trail. And seeing the falls, truth told, was my goal. In fact, because of this I almost missed the very point that both my friend and my mentor had made. As I walked along—so determined to achieve my “goal” of reaching the falls and put another “notch” in my nature belt—I began to be aware of the beauty along the way. Rather than rushing to get to the falls themselves, I found myself stopping often; paying attention. I saw the water as it swept over and around the timeless rocks. I listened. I became aware of letting go of the original goal, and taking hold of a new awareness. The liminal space of the trail along the stream became a metaphor for what I had been experiencing emotionally. Terry Holmes, an Episcopal priest and former Dean of the School of Theology at Sewanee, reminded us of the importance of such spaces. From the Latin, limines means “threshold.” We find these everywhere, if only we will pay attention. Indeed, the communion altar is just such a place.
Over the past several months, our “Lay Pastoral Care” class has been on such a journey. This remarkable group of people reminds one another each week that the vocation—the “calling”—to care is a product of our Baptismal covenant with one another. Pray for us as we seek to understand how each of us might use our gifts in the service of both outreach and “inreach.” Already, the Holy Spirit is leading us in some exciting, liminal places! God calls us into relationship—that is the essence of what it means to be a community of faith, co-creating the Kingdom here, and now.
By The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins
Fall and winter were full of many festive events for Holy Family and the Hospitality Ministry. September began with the Holy Family Consecration Service and a lavish reception followed. A covered dish luncheon to kick off the stewardship drive and a breakfast to end the drive was co-hosted by Hospitality Ministry.
Two major receptions were organized in November- - one to celebrate the ordination of Bill Harkin's at the Cathedral of St. Philips and the second to commemorate the organ dedication. There were also two special Thanksgiving services, giving us yet another opportunity to host a fellowship supper and a community reception. In early December a catered Christmas dinner was planned by Hospitality Ministry and was well attended by parishioners.
Beginning 2003 Hospitality Ministry and DOK had a joint organizational cleanup and inventory of kitchen supplies and equipment. Casserole Patrol is a new service initiated by the Hospitality Ministry. It is a cooperative effort of many to provide meals for parishioners in need.
In February the Hospitality Ministry organized a lovely dinner for approximately 260 people. The food was provided by a host of "angels" to celebrate the life of our dear sister in Christ, Judy Sanger.
Future events planned for spring are the Lenten suppers in March and April. Palm Sunday will include a festive coffee followed by an afternoon confirmation service with Bishop Alexander. A congratulatory reception is planned for the confirmands and other guests following this service. The annual Easter breakfast will follow the Sunrise Service and the DOK will provide hot cross buns for coffee time at the later service.
Lastly, in late April plans are being made for a special service followed by a retirement covered dish luncheon honoring Father Jerry Zeller.
Children’s Church is alive and
well!. We guide the children through the “Liturgy for Young
Children”, opening with lighting the candles and saying, “Blessed
be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Sometimes we have a Gathering
Song. Our gifted storyteller, Lonnie Lacy, does the sermon. We then
have a simple Creed, Prayers of the Little People, and Confession
before we go back into the “big” church for communion with our
families. You may have noticed in our little altar area that we use
the colors of the seasons, and we talk a lot about the traditions of
the church. We welcome the children’s questions and input. Our
goal is to bring the beauty of our Liturgy to them in a format they
can understand and contribute.
Even though Children’s Sunday School is offered, we have little participation. So we do give out the Sunday School lessons to the children at Children’s Church as take home material so that they can share with their families. I hope that the families will take the time to sit down with their children and go through these little lessons. They offer you a way to share with your children the lessons and stories of our faith.
Senior Warden: Al Faircloth
Bracegirdle Ruben Olliff
Clerk of the
Vestry: Joan Greer
Worship Ministry — Dr.
We are helping more and more people. For example, in January we helped 55 families for an average of $102 per family. Tate United Methodist is now a regular contributor to the program along with the five local churches who began participating in the program last fall.
Keeping abreast of community development, budgeting classes are now being held at Cool Springs Baptist and life skills classes (such as preparing a resume and making job applications) are planned in the near future. We also hope to have a meeting of all those individuals who work with the needy in some capacity or another sometime in the spring here at Holy Family.
Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
Griffith Road (Cove Road at Griffith
Senior Warden: Al Faircloth
Rector: The Ven. Dr. Jerry Zeller
Worship and Education Opportunities
Holy Communion every Sunday at 8:00 and
First Wednesday Folk Mass
(the first Wednesday of each month)
Healing Service with Holy Eucharist
at 6:30 p.m.
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