February 7, 2019 E-News

Feb 7, 2019 - I went to the dentist on Monday. I love going to the dentist—always have. Now if you don't think that's strange, hang on… Every time I sit down ...

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E-News February 7, 2019

​ nurturing A community with open hearts and minds. The Very Rev. Katherine Doyle Rector

A Message from Just Katherine

I went to the dentist on Monday. I love going to the dentist—always have. Now if you don’t think that’s strange, hang on… Every time I sit down in the dentist’s chair I remember how when I was a child I would try so hard to hold my mouth open perfectly (whatever perfectly means). I so wanted either the dentist or his hygienist to compliment me and tell me how good I was at holding my mouth open. It never happened. On Monday I sat down, opened my mouth and about five minutes in the hygienist said, “You have a perfect mouth and hold it open so well.” My insides were bursting with happiness, and then my heart broke for the little girl who was so desperate to be told she was doing something well—to be affirmed—that she sought that even from a dentist’s chair. In A Resurrection Shaped Life by Jake Owensby, the book I’m reading for February Rector Reading, Owensby writes, “…repentance is more than a sin-canceling transaction. When we repent, we admit that the sorrows, the losses, the wounds, the betrayals, and the regrets of our past have made us into someone we don’t want to be anymore. We die to that self and entrust ourselves to Jesus. From those shattered places in our lives, Christ brings new life; to put it another way: repentance is the beginning of our resurrections.” (p. 6-7) Over the years I have made it a practice to recognize others for even the “simplest” of things. I send notes, make public announcements, and genuinely gush over others. It matters to me. I believe that is part of the resurrection from my deep wound of feeling never good enough. I also realize I have a ways to go. On Sunday the Bishop asked y’all to thank me. I HATE when he does that. It’s the weirdest thing; it’s not that I mind being noticed (obviously….) but I really do not like being complimented. Reflecting today I suppose that also goes back to my “wound,” and I suppose that means repentance is an ongoing process as is

resurrection! Faithfully, Just Katherine+


Thanks so much for your patience as we got the lift repaired this week. See you Sunday!

WEEKLY SERVICE SCHEDULE Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I 10am Holy Eucharist Rite II Tuesday 7am Holy Eucharist Thursday 12:15pm Healing Eucharist _________________________ THOSE SERVING THIS SUNDAY Acolyte Nickoli Reed Lectors Meranda Phillips, Caroline Link Kaye, Bill Beam, Kevin Link Chalice Bearers Kevin Link, Tina Link Ushers Bill Beam, Charlie Johnson Altar Guild Kathy Webster, Nancy Call Lay Eucharistic Visitor Judy Gradl Tellers Kathy Webster, Tina Link Fellowship Hour Jeanie Fridell, Penny Hayden, Susan Johnson, Barbara & Earl Trevor

OUTREACH OFFERING The fourth Sunday “loose plate” offering is used to reach out to our community and beyond.

​On February 24 the Outreach Offering will benefit All Saints Camp and Conference Center.

KEEPING ST. THOM AS SAFE Over the past few months the vestry has been discussing ways we can make sure our buildings and grounds and all who use them are taken care of. One of the things we have done is talk to our insurance company to see what our policy covers and what we might need to cover. (That led to our changing some of our rental policies.) One suggestion we were given was to put together a safety team. For this safety team we need people who are CPR and AED certified. If you are, or are willing to be, please let Just Katherine+ know.

ALTAR FLOWERS Sign up to place flowers on the altar this year! Flowers can be placed in honor or in memory of a loved one, to mark a milestone or special occasion, or even “just because.” The flower chart is in the narthex, along with yellow order sheets and payment envelopes. If you have any questions, talk with Kathy Webster (Altar Guild chair) or call the church office.

REACHING THE CHURCH OFFICE We love to hear from you! Please remember that the church office email was changed. The correct address is [email protected]

YOUTH SPRING GATHERING All youth, ages 6th grade thru 12th grade, are invited to the Youth Spring Gathering at All Saints Camp and Conference Center the weekend of March 22-24. Registration information is coming soon!


Time to plan for summer fun! Click HERE to register.


VESPERS AT CALVARY Calv ary Episcopal Church (82 1 S. 4 th St.) inv ites y ou to attend the next program in its 2 01 8-1 9 Sacred Arts Series, at 3 :3 0 p.m . on Sunday 2 4 February . A lecture by Shaw n Daw son w ill be follow ed by a v esper serv ice featuring J.S. Bach’s cantata “Sehet, w elch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget,” BWV 6 4 , perform ed by the choir of Calv ary Episcopal Church w ith sackbut play ers from the consort Incantare, Baroque v iolinist Alice Cullin-Ellison, and soloists from the Calv ary Choir. All are inv ited to a reception follow ing the serv ice.

EACM GALA FUNDRAISER Eastern Area Community Ministries will be hosting their annual gala fundraiser Saturday, March 2. Come enjoy entertainment and gourmet dining while helping EACM. ​Activities include a church raffle basket, a wine pull, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $75 each; $525 for a table of 8. Gala tickets are now available online at eacmonline.org or call Carrie Gerard @ 502-426-2824, ext.311.

DIOCESAN CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Registration Deadline February 8 The Diocese will host a Congregational Leadership Conference (formerly known as the "Wardens and Treasurers" conference) at Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green on Feb. 16, 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. CT. This free diocesan event is open to all vestry members (new and experienced), treasurers, stewardship chairs, clergy, audit committee members, and any other congregational leaders interested in this opportunity to share, discover, and learn best practices for the health and growth of our congregations. The conference will include plenary sessions for all congregational leadership in the morning, and various topical breakout workshop components in the afternoon. The agenda will cover a variety of essential items. (Including: Vestry best practices/responsibilities, D&O insurance, church safety, diocesan and TEC canons, bylaws of TEC, T&C, and churches leadership and management principles, parochial reports, financial reviews, audits, financial best practices/oversight, exemptions, annual filing fees, property tax not automatically exempt with PVA, stewardship, and annual giving campaigns). Interested in attending? Register HERE

BRENNAN LECTURE SERIES 2019 All are invited to attend a seminar on "The Spirituality of Leadership" led by the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright,10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of

Atlanta. The Lecture series will be held on March 1 & 2 at St. Matthew's, Louisville. The registration fee of $15 includes lunch on Saturday. For more information and to register, click HERE

St. Thomas Episcopal Church 9616 Westport Road Louisville, KY 40241 The Very Rev. Katherine Doyle, Rector (502) 425-3727 - [email protected] Visit our web site at this link: stthomaslouky.org STAY CONNECTED

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