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June 2012


St. John’s Begins Its Bicentennial Countdown By Mary Zahran

St. John’s kicked off the countdown to its bicentennial celebration on Wednesday, April 18th, with a parish dinner followed by a videotaped interview with Isabel Patterson, the most senior member of our church. In her interview (see separate story, page 16), Isabel shared her memories of St. John’s and the surrounding neighborhood. With great charm and wit, she recounted many of the activities of the parishioners: she described dances and hayrides that she and other young people enjoyed in the 1920s. She also spoke of the many kindnesses shown to soldiers during World War II as St. John’s members reached out to embrace the military community, sometimes forging friendships with them that would last a lifetime. Above all, she expressed her optimism for the future of St. John’s and her enduring love for our church family. After the interview, Reverend Mr. Alves introduced Bruce Daws, Fayetteville’s historian, who spoke briefly on the history of Green Street and other streets surrounding St. John’s (see another story, page 4). He described this neighborhood of stately homes as a bustling part of early downtown Fayetteville. Jim Kyle spoke next, and he recounted several humorous stories about the Kyle family, including a distant aunt who never quite recovered from the Confederacy’s defeat in the Civil War and took to her bed for the remainder of her life. She was called “Cot Kyle” because she would only come to church if she was brought in on a cot. The final speaker was Robin Kelly, who described her family’s home near Linden, which includes a “St. John’s room.” Built by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kelly (Rosalie Huske Kelly), to honor their beloved church, this room contained a retable (below) from the old St. John’s chapel. Robin and her siblings have decided to donate it to the church in memory of their parents, and it was uncovered by Robin as she began her presentation. Throughout the evening, Reverend Mr. Alves talked about some of the historical documents and objects displayed on tables in Smithson Hall, in-

Robin Kelly



cluding the original key to the church (see picture, next page), a record book of marriages of parish members, and a cap worn by a female organist at a time when women were required to cover their heads in church. Hal Broadfoot spoke briefly his program on May 9th, when he discussed a murder mystery that he has written. This entertaining and informative evening is just the first of many events planned as we at St. John’s honor our past even as we prepare for our future. We hope that everyone will attend these programs to learn about our history as we look forward to celebrating our bicentennial. Founded in 1817 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and today a worshipping community of more than 700 parishioners. The Rev. Robert M. Alves Rector

In the Diocese of East Carolina A community of more than 16,000 communicants in 74 churches. Founded in 1883 The Right Rev. Clifton Daniel 3rd Bishop The Right Rev. Santosh Marray Bishop Assisting

In the United States A community of more than 2.5 million members in 118 dioceses. Founded in 1789

Bob Wilson, Fred Beyer, Jim Kyle, and Dee Dee Kells look at artifacts already assembled for the bicentennial celebration in 2017.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop

In The Anglican Communion Composed of 70 million Anglicans worldwide The Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury

DEADLINES To contribute material or articles for Steeples and People, please contact Gert Eyman at– St. John’s Episcopal Church 302 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 483-7405 Deadline for the next issue will be printed in the weekly Journal.

Robin Kelly, right, talks about the retable she and her siblings are donating to the church to Martha Bock and her mother Holly Broadfoot.

Printing: Courtesy of Vann Stephens


Church Artifacts Survive the Great Fire of 1831 By The Rev. Robert Alves

As residents of our city exited their houses of worship on Sunday, May 29, 1831 they were shocked to see smoke rising from downtown Fayetteville. By the time the fire was contained over 600 buildings were lost including St. John’s Church and Fayetteville Academy, which stood where the Kyle House now stands. Fayetteville Academy had been the site of the first recorded Episcopal worship services in Fayetteville. The Rev. Jarvis Buxton, who would serve as rector for twenty years, had only been on duty The Rev. Robert Alves for two Sundays at the time of the fire. Joseph Caldwell Huske, who would serve as rector of the parish for almost thirty years following Buxton’s tenure, was a nine-year-old boy at St. John’s at the time of the fire. In the years following the fire, the church was rebuilt incorporating the charred brick walls that survived the fire. Thus we have the stucco walls that cover the scars of the fire. Much was lost in the fire of 1831. It is amazing that several important items were salvaged. The story of how the items were saved is left to our imagination. The items that remain offer a glimpse into the past and form part of the foundation or our identity as a parish. The large iron key to the old church survives reminding us of those who cared for our house of worship and opened our doors for all to join in worship. A bound collection of journals Iron key from old church spanning the years from the foundation of our parish and diocese in 1817 through the year 1831 also survived. The journals once belonged to E. L. Winslow, a member of St. John’s, who served as secretary of the Diocese of North Carolina. Most of the journals are Fayetteville imprints. The first journal was printed in Fayetteville at the Observer office, by Carney and Ward in 1821. The journals and sermons contained therein give us great insight into the formative years of the diocese and parish. Our parish register also survived. The register contains records of communicants, baptisms, marriages and burials. We owe a debt of gratitude to the person who had 3

the courage and foresight to preserve this vital record of our parish life during the tragic events of Sunday, May 29, 1831. We now keep this treasure in a safety deposit box. A copy is available for research and a microfilm version is kept in the North Carolina State Archives. An Archives Committee has recently been established to preserve and collect documents, photographs and objects relating to our parish history. Please let the parish office know if you have items that might help us preserve the history of our parish. We welcome donations and we have the ability to photograph or scan items as well. The Kelly family recently donated a portion of the altar from the chapel that was torn down in the 1960’s to make room for the addition of the new chapel and parish hall. We know that the old chapel dated to c1900. We also know that the altar in the church dates from the year 1893. It is quite possible, if not probable, that the portion of the See ARTIFACTS, Page 5

Mary Zahran and Sherry Bryson look over some artifacts related to our parish history.

Old Green Street Connects Former Town Squares By Bruce Daws

Saint John’s Church has occupied its important location along Green Street for 195 years and represents the oldest surviving structure on the street. The story of what would later become Green Street traces its origins to the very genesis of what would later become Fayetteville. Along the banks of Cross Creek, on what is now Green Street, John Newberry built a grist mill in the 1750’s, and a small village grew up around it. Green Street has been associated with numerous pivotal events in our history, but space in this article will allow for the mention of but a few. For a brief period in 1774, the famous Scottish heroine Flora McDonald resided in a house on Green Street on the south side of Eccles Bridge. By the last decade of the 1700’s, Green Street was defined at one end by the State House at Market Square and anchored at the north end by the Courthouse at James Square. The early Fayetteville town plan consisted of three town squares. Saint John’s Church was located between the three town squares, which represented the hub of activity in the years following the American Revolutionary War. The State House (later Market House) was surrounded by Market Square, the Courthouse was surrounded by Looking north in an early depiction of Green Street James Square, and the Phoenix Masonic Lodge at the end of Mason Street was surrounded by Saint John’s Square. James Hogg, an early merchant and large landowner and the great-great-great-great grandfather of Father Robert Alves, donated the land at Saint John’s Square and James Square. In 1789, Green Street was teaming with activity as the delegates that ratified the United States Constitution traveled between James Square and Market Square, which were the two primary meeting places for the delegation. Also during the Constitutional Convention, the early Masonic lodge on Green Street was the meeting spot of the North Carolina Grand Lodge. Proudly standing to the south side of Saint John’s Church was Fayetteville Academy, built in the last decade of the 18th century; it was a school of classical studies. During General Lafayette’s visit to Fayetteville in 1825, he reviewed the militia units at James Square. After the Great Fire of 1831, much of Green Street, to include Saint John’s Church, had to be rebuilt. Strategically located, Saint John’s Church was located between the important commercial section of Green Street close to Market Square and the highly fashionable residential neighborhood extending up towards James Square. Some longtime church family members can recall the days when Green Street was characterized by magnificent old homes and stately trees that provided a canopy of shade over the sidewalks and road. The last of the grand homes that once occupied Green Street is the Kyle House, which is now owned by Saint John’s Church. Shaded by majestic magnolia trees, the Kyle House built in 1855, is an elegant town house of the Italianate and Greek revival style. Another stately home that once occupied Green Street was the circa 1831 Belden-Horne House built in the Federal style. In 1842 the home was purchased by Dr. Benjamin Robinson, and at least one room was used to board patients, thus making it the first hospital in Fayetteville. Through the efforts of Rosalie Kelly and others this home was saved from demolition, was completely restored, and moved to its current location on Ramsey Street. Over the years the commercial section of Green Street closest to Market Square would change as the modest structures gave way to more substantial brick structures. Wood frame stores, the early Fire Department, the Eagle Hotel, would be replaced in the latter 19th and early 20th century with another generation of structures to include the Highsmith Hospital, City Hall, Public Works Office, and one of the grand homes that had been converted to tourist lodging. Beginning with the decade of the 1960’s, 4



Madison Rose Jones was baptized January 8th St. John’s. She is pictured here with, from left, first row, Tucker Godwin, her brother Wilson, Angela Godwin, Madison, mother Tamara, sister Savannah, and Holden Godwin. Back row, Timothy Godwin, The Rev. Robert Alves, Madison’s father Bill, and grandfather Dr. Fred Hasty.

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altar, known as a retable (see picture, Page 1), was in use in the church before being moved to the new chapel around 1900. If so, this relic could well be part of the altar that was in use immediately following the fire of 1831. Finally, let us remember that the chalices, paten and flagon that we use at every 10:30 a.m. Sunday service date from 1824 and are thus survivors of the fire of 1831. These sacramental vessels have been in use since they were made from silver coins collected from members of the church six or seven years after our parish was founded. The silver bears the mark of Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis. Who was Harvey Lewis? Alas, we have yet another question to answer as we continue to research the history of our parish… 5

“I Feel Blessed Being Part of a Loving, Supportive Church Family at St. John’s.” Good morning. I am Katie Schaefer, and I am currently a senior at Fayetteville Academy. I will be attending North Carolina State University this fall. I have been attending St. John’s since the second grade when my family moved to Fayetteville. I am extremely blessed to belong to such a loving and supportive church family. I should start out first by wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers and grandmothers and even great-grandmothers present today, but especially my beautiful mother, my aunt Jean, and my grandmother. The gospel today speaks about love, and there is not a better word to use to describe my experience at St. John’s. This church is full of love. Every one of you has, with unconditional Christian love, helped mold me into the young woman I am today. You did this by showing me love on Sunday mornings, at church gatherings, or when we would run into each other out in the community. My youth leaders, my family, and my loving church family have played a part in shaping my life and teaching me about God’s love for Katie Schaefer others and me. I want to start by mentioning the three best youth leaders ever, Edwina Kyle, Ricky Evans, and Fred Klinck. They were with us from the beginning with Rite 13 and two years later when we travelled to Ireland for our pilgrimage. I know I speak for Mary Katherine, James, and Coker when I say we have been so lucky to have shared our Christian youth experience with the three of them. From scaring Ricky in the hotel hallways in Ireland to being rushed to the emergency room with Edwina to taking every single guided tour in Ireland thanks to Fred’s planning, we had an awesome time and gained so much from our time together. We grew not only as people, but as Christians. Edwina, Ricky, and Fred especially made the trip that much more special. Throughout our entire journey to adulthood, they always made us feel so loved. We all have a bond with one another that will continue on forever. Edwina was the first person to bring my family dinner this past summer after my mom’s cancer diagnosis. They were always there on Sunday mornings for our Rite 13 or J2A lesson and then just to talk. They have been great examples of Christian love as they have loved us and supported us and have been there for us and I will always be grateful to them. See SCHAEFER SERMON, Page 9

Graduating seniors pose with two of their J2A advisors. They are, from left, James Sutherland, Mary Kay MacRae, Fred Klinck, Edwina Kyle, Katie Schaefer, and Coker Holmes.


“Today’s Scripture Summarizes My Life at St. John’s: Follow the Commandments and Love One Another.” Good morning. My name is Coker Holmes, and I’ll be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall. I have attended St. John’s my whole life, and after seeing the young people I looked up to stand up here year after year, I can’t help but be humbled and surprised that it’s now my turn to speak to our church family. First off, I’d like to thank everyone at St. John’s for all you’ve done to make church a positive experience in our lives, on behalf of me and all the youth of St. John’s. Thank you Reverend Alves, for helping me when I needed someone to talk to. Thank you Mr. Pat and the Choir, for making each and every service sound even more beautiful than the last. Thank you Ricky, Fred, and Edwina: you made going to church fun and meaningful. I couldn’t think of three better people to patiently lead a motley crew of jetlagged teenagers across the beautiful country of Ireland, somehow managing to enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you Altar Guild, for making the center of our religious attention look so nice every Sunday morning. Thank you Mom and Coker Holmes Dad, for raising me in a Christian house and getting me out the door on Sunday morning, even when I didn’t always want to go. And finally, thank all of you. Thank you for making church a friendly place. Thanks for making it somewhere where we can be loved, admired, and (a little too often) told how big we’ve all gotten. All that I’ve learned growing up in St. John’s can be found in today’s scripture, which in turn summarizes the core message of Christianity: all are welcome, obey the commandments, and, most importantly, love each other. In the First Reading, we are shown the infinite capacity of God’s love. Peter, who had been preaching Christ’s word, was surprised by the Holy Spirit taking into its warm embrace even the Gentiles. This was so amazing because early in his Journey, Jesus Christ himself had been reluctant to heal and save non-Jews. On this day, the God of the Hebrew people, who had been exclusively so for thousands of years, showed his infinite love for all people alike. In our lives, it can be all too easy to only love and care for our own inner circle of family and friends, just as Christ could’ve reserved his Word and Salvation for his fellow Jews. This lesson reminds us that everyone is to receive our love, whether it be your dearest brother, a stranger standing next to you in line, or even someone who has personally harmed you. Loving each other and obeying the Ten Commandments are truly just byproducts of loving God. If you love God, you will love all his children and strive to obey his laws, and by obeying them you will show your love for others. If you love your neighbor, you will adhere to the Ten Commandments. Just as the Second Reading says, “we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.” If you strive to love God and your fellow man, the Ten Commandments really aren’t burdensome. You wouldn’t steal from someone you love, nor would you take their wife or murder them. If you would do these things to someone you love, I think there’s an empty couch in a psychiatrist’s office somewhere with your name on it. If you love God, you have no need for other gods or idols, nor will you use his name in vain. By following the Ten Commandments out of love for God, our faith is proven to him. The scripture today tells us that with this faith, we can conquer the world. This reminds me of the time Jesus told the disciples that if you have the faith of a mustard seed you can command the trees to uproot and move elsewhere. This notion has always moved me. Sometimes as a child I would go try it out on the trees in my backyard. Spending Sunday afternoons screaming at a hickory tree didn’t do much for my self esteem, but it provided a strange sort of hope: a hope that one day the tree would move. While we all struggle with doubt and issues with our faith, that hope is always present. The hope that we will one day have the faith God asks of us. See HOLMES SERMON, Page 8 7


John Palmer Kells was baptized January 8th at St. John’s He is pictured here with his parents John Lee and Dr. Lacy Kells. Next to them are Luke Godwin, Melanie Godwin, Betty Dumas, and Laura Godwin. In the back row are Grandmother Dee Dee Kells, Godfather Caleb Pike, Grandfathers Dick Kells and Prescott Godwin, The Rev. Robert Alves, Grandmother Susan Godwin, Rich Kells with Naomi Kells, and Andrea Kells.


Somewhere between Moses first coming down from Mount Sinai with the commandments and the Jewish theocracy of Jesus’ time, the Ten Commandments had been distorted. They still existed unchanged from the days of Moses, but the reason for them was forgotten. Judaism had become mostly about following the rules, not abiding by them for a higher purpose. The Pharisees and Scribes prided themselves on how well they adhered to Jewish law and scorned those who followed less closely. Christ came to put God’s rules back in perspective: “I am giving you these commandments so that you may love one another.” The commandments are guidelines for how loving people will treat each other, not rigid, unbreakable rules. We’ve all broken God’s law before, and that’s ok, as long as we remain true and dedicated to loving our neighbor as ourselves. God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to be sacrificed for our sins, and all he asks of us is to return the favor: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” 8


I cannot discuss love without mentioning my family. My father’s side of the family has been attending St. John’s since its beginning, and my great-great-great grandfather Joseph Caldwell Huske was the rector of St. John’s for nearly forty years. I am very thankful I have the privilege to attend St. John’s as well being surrounded by such a strong family history and wonderful, lasting relationships. There is not a more beautiful and welcoming church in Fayetteville. I am thankful to my mom and dad for bringing me to youth group and church on Sunday mornings and raising me with good Christian values. I am sure the same things Joseph Caldwell Huske preached about in his sermons have been passed down to me by not only my parents, but by being part of the loving, Christian family here at St. John’s and its many traditions. And finally, all of you, my loving church family, who are sitting out there today, supporting me as I give this sermon. The greeters, the ushers, the altar guild, the lay readers, the acolytes, the choir and organist and rector, all of you make this church a happy, loving, spirit-filled, and beautiful place to worship. Every one of you has, at one time or another, said hello to me, telling me they can’t believe how old I’ve gotten or how pretty I look, or the one I get the most, “You look just like your mother.” These comments mean so The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Huske, much. All of you have prayed for my mom and family the past eleven Rector of St. John’s, 1851 to 1888 months and those prayers have helped my mother to a cancer-free 2012. Many have brought meals to my house so my mother didn’t have to cook during her chemo treatments. And they were so delicious. The wonderful desserts did cause me to gain a couple pounds. But that’s okay. I have learned a lot this year. We all have and will face adversity in our lives, just as my family and I have this past year, but God will be there for us. With God’s love and love from my church family, I was able to get through the difficult days. I am blessed knowing God loves us all unconditionally. Love is the most powerful of all emotions. God, my youth leaders, my family, and you, my church family, have shown me the way to love, even those who I do not know. I have been able to feed the homeless on Friday afternoons with a group from my school, and it has been one of the most humbling and amazing experiences of my life. God and my church have taught me to reach outside of this church to those in need and to not only love those within our family and church community, but also those who may not have somewhere like St. John’s. I would like to think I have made some difference in someone else’s life just by showing them love. Whether this is by feeding the homeless or holding the door for someone, or telling someone they look nice, I have learned I can give love and show God’s love to all those who need it, just as love has been given and shown to me.

Bell Choir Provides Final Performance for the Season Members of St. John’s Bell Choir are, from far left, George Bender, Denise Varela, Director Patrick O’Briant, Andy Privette, Patsy Politowicz, Judy Klinck, Polly Alves, Judy Brown, Amanda Klinck, Tom Brown, and Glenn Chandler. They will begin rehearsals again in September.


Parishscope Bob and Lib Wilson spent 10 days in April visiting daughter Lee Wilson Threlfall, 10-year old grandson Jack, and son-in-law, Steve. The Threfalls reside in Beaconsfield about 30 miles west of London. Key highlights of the visit included trips to Windsor Castle; the National-Trust-preserved home of Benjamin Disraeli, renowned writer and prime minister during the reign of Queen Victoria; and a night at the London Theatre for “Matilda The Musical.” Madeline Brooks, granddaughter of Su and Tommy Vick, celebrated her 10th birthday at UNC's Anderson Stadium at a Women's Fast-Pitch Softball game on April 21st. Madeline is a member of Carolina Kids and got to celebrate her birthday by throwing the First Pitch! Emma Caroline Edge and Wes Naylor both lettered in Varsity sports (tennis and wrestling) as freshmen at Terry Sanford. Mary Ellen Parrish, long-time bookkeeper at St. John’s, was honored at a reception following the 10:30 service on April 29th to mark her retirement. Kirkland Moore will serve on the Camp Trinity staff this summer as a waterfront lifeguard. She looks forward to being with old Mary Ellen Parrish friends. Hampton Moore’s commissioning as a 2LT in the Army was a St. John’s affair. His uncle, LTC Dickson Schaefer, read him the oath of office and CSM Bill Thetford delivered his first salute. His parents, Jean and Steven Moore pinned rank on his shoulders. Sister (and fellow cadet) Kirkland Moore pinned rank on his beret. Hampton graduated from NCSU the next day with a degree in Business Management-Entrepreneurship. He reports to Ft. Benning in January for infantry officer training and Ranger school. Walker Haigh is retiring from the Cumberland County School System after 20 years of being a Media Coordinator. All of her years were spent in the same locale, first at Young Howard Elementary

School, then at Howard Health & Life Sciences High School, when it took over the building. Dillon Broadwell and Laura Hatcher both spent their Easter vacations visiting colleges in NC, VA, TN, and GA. Lacy and John Kells celebrated John Palmer’s 6-month “Half Birthday” on April 29th. Parents, grandparents, and great grandparents shared the occasion and enjoyed a half birthday cake. Gert Eyman’s niece and her husJohn Palmer Kells at six band, Sally and Tom months Price, came from Newark, DE, to help her celebrate her birthday on May 11th. Her nephew and his wife, Hank and Stacey Eyman, Springfield, OH, also came for the celebration. Everyone attended the Cumberland Oratorio Singer’s final concert of the season on May 11th at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Beware! Hank taught Gert how to text! Speaking of birthdays, Rebecca Britton had a choir party at her house on Sunday, May 6th, to celebrate her mother, Muriel Johnson’s, 85th and Gert’s 82nd birthdays. The Kershaws and the Lucks are moving to Texas and Colorado, respectively. Both families have been an important part of our parish and will be sorely missed. Charlotte Broadwell won the NC State Independent Schools Swim Meet in 100-yard back stroke and finished 2nd in 200-yard Individual Medley. Ali and Bill Thetford, Jean and Steven Moore, and Kathy and Jim Flood enjoyed their annual Thetfloore Weekend at Holden Beach. Anne Stuart Kyle and her beau came for a visit. Great to see one of our J2Aers! Laura Hatcher recently participated in Washington Workshop. See PARISHSCOPE, Page 11



Julie Gates, daughter of Rob and Ruth, will be going to UNCWilmington in the fall and plans to major in International Relations. John Stewart and Katie Schaefer finished as Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Fayetteville Academy. John will attend UNC-Chapel Hill, and Katie will enter NCSU in Julie Gates the fall. John plans to major in biology and chemistry. His accomplishments include Honors College, First Year Fellow, Scholars Program at UNC, and is the recipient of the Colonel Robinson Scholarship. Katie moved here with her family in June 2001 and started 2nd grade at Fayetteville Academy. She played varsity volleyball for four years and managed the Varsity Girls Soccer for two years. She also managed and kept John Stewart stats for Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball. She is unsure of her major at NC State but is interested in Nursing or Physical Therapy. Coker Holmes will graduate from Fayetteville Academy in June after attending the school since Pre-Kindergarten. An excellent student, Coker will complete high school with High Honors. In the fall, Coker will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is interested in environmental law. Coker is an avid outdoorsman and loves to hunt. He also shares his grandfather’s love of fishing and gardening. Coker is an Eagle Scout in Troop 747.

Paul and June Reichle’s grandson, Edward Burkett, Jr., graduated from East Carolina University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Information and a minor in Business Administration. The proud parents are Edward and Carol Reichle Burkett. David and Emily Koonce Barrett welcomed baby Dean, and Joseph and Terry Shields Dirbas welcomed twins Georgie and Jeannie earlier this year. Jay Elliot won the state competition for American Legion Oratorical Contest. Jim MacRae III won first place in the Smith Catfish tournament on the Cape Fear River on May 5th. Big sis, Mary Katherine, graduated from Village Christian Academy and will attend East Carolina University this fall. She plans to major in communication sciences and disorders. A lifelong Mary Katherine MacRae member of St. John’s, she has participated in youth programs and served as an acolyte. James Sutherland also is a lifelong member of St. John’s. He participated in the Rite 13 and J2A youth program and served as an acolyte for 11 years. He attended Village Christian Academy through ninth grade then went to Terry Sanford High School and will graduate from there James Sutherland in June. He plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall and to major in business. He

(Editor’s Note: Katie’s and Coker’s pictures are on Pages 6 and 7 respectively with copies of the sermons they delivered on May 6th.)

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Jackson Matthias Butcher, son of Brock Hayden and Rebekah Privette Butcher, was baptized January 1st, 2012, at St. John’s. Pictured, from left, are Great Grandmother Catherine Noble, Godfather Heath Privette, Grandmother Josie Butcher, Mother Rebekah Butcher holding Jackson, Godmother Heather Privettte, Grandmother Karen Privette, The Rev. Robert Alves, Grandfather and Celebrant The Rev. William Privette, and Great Grandmother Lena Privette. The Rev. Mr. Privette is Andy Privette’s brother and, at one time, was an assistant rector at St. John’s.

Katelyn and Abigail Dowell were baptized Mary 20th at St. John’s. They are pictured with Godmother Kimberly Dowell, Katelyn with her Dad, Scott Dowell, The Rev. Robert Alves, Abigail with her mother Jessica Willis Dowell, and Godfather Justin Willis.



Emily Koonce and David Barrett’s son, Clayton Dean Barrett, was baptized at St. John’s on May 6th. They are pictured here surrounded by Godparents, parents, grandparents, and friends.

Lynley James Nimocks was baptized May 6th at St. John’s. Pictured here are Godmother Amanda Lee Nimocks, Dad Joshua Nimocks, Mother Mary Frances Nimocks holding the baby, the Rev. Robert Alves, and Godparents Gerran and James Syfan, Jr.


Children’s Choir Rehearses Before Performing

Baptism YAC Members Declare Ministries

Brayden Lucas McDonald was baptized January 8th at St. John’s. He is pictured here with his mother Ciara Deanne McDonald, his sister MacKenzie and brother Michael, The Rev. Robert Alves, and his aunts Jennifer Stewart and Godmother Ashley Smith.


At a ceremony on May 20th, several members of the Young Adults in the Church, along with their mentors, affirmed the ministries they have chosen and signed a pledge card of commitment of their time, talent and treasure. “I welcome you in the name of the congregation of St. John’s We receive you as young adults, ready to represent Christ and his Church, to bear witness to him, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world and to take your place in the life, worship and governance of the church,” said Fr. Alves. Declaring their ministries were Elizabeth Chandler, Sunday school; Laura Hatcher, helping teach young people; Sarah Britton, music; Dillon Broadwell, lay leadership; and Kristina Metz, training acolytes.


Green Street was radically changed with the demolition of various residential and commercial architectural treasures, which were replaced with modern commercial buildings. This eventually brought to an end Green Street’s reputation as a fashionable residential section. Early this year, a citizen reported seeing an old Green Street sign along the banks of Cross Creek on the back side of the cemetery. Father Robert Alves and I located the sign, which was still mounted on its original iron pole. The street sign dates from the 1920’s or 1930’s and the sign face is made of enamel. A very labor intense restoration project involving the removal of layers of rust and sediment took place at the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum. Amanda Klinck, who is currently working as an intern at the museum, was part of the team that removed layers of rust and sediment exposing the decorative detailing of the sign bracket. In the near future this artifact will be exhibited in the museum. Standing the test of time, Saint John’s Church and the neighboring Kyle House represent a direct and tangible link to Fayetteville’s past and provide an oasis in the otherwise commercialized Green Street of today.

Fred Beyer holds a sample of the roses he grows in his back yard. They graced the tables at the Isabel Patterson–Bicentennial kick-off dinner in April. With him are wife Janet, left, and Mary Ann Coffield.

Bruce Daws points to the Green Street sign found recently along the banks of Cross Creek.

Candlelight Dinner Held on Valentines’ Day

Stefanie and Gary Luck won the J2A-sponsored Candlelight Dinner and chose February 14th as the big day for their guests to join them. They are pictured, from left, Robert Gates, Steven Moore, Ruth Gates, Jean Moore, Gary and Stefanie Luck, Mike and Michelle Kershaw, and Polly and Robert Alves.


Isabel Patterson – A Life Well-Lived By Patricia Politowicz

The Greeks had two words for time – chronos – meaning actual/physical time, and kairos meaning the right or opportune moment. A wonderful kairos moment happened for me on April 18th. I attended the kick-off speaker series for Wednesday night dinners, celebrating the life and remarkable memory of Isabel Patterson. I was mesmerized by her concise description of Green Street and delighted by her humorous tales of both past and passed parishioners. I have never met Mrs. Patterson and yet in that brief 30-minute interview, I got a glimpse of what St. John’s was like near a century ago. I received the gift of meeting, albeit via technology, a person filled with joy and life, a person who lives life with a wink of the eye, and a smile that is just a bit devilish. What most surprised me was her ability to connect the past with the present. Her statement that “the history of St. John’s church was vital to remember, but that times change and so must the church,” was on point. It Isabel Patterson was a clear message for the future and the future leaders of our church – the children of St. John’s. Time has a way of escaping us and before we know it, precious moments in time have been lost. I have no stories to tell of our congregation and the progress it has made over the last nearly 200 years. I am living them now. Pass on what you know about St. John’s to your children. Encourage them to investigate where we have been. Guide them to the understanding that this church is also a family that will grow as they grow. Teach them how connected we are to each other and to this city of Fayetteville. Thank you Isabel Patterson for your joy, love of life, and love of St. John’s church. You are an inspiration and a gift that keeps on giving.

Parishioners are fascinated as Fr. Alves interviews Isabel Patterson via videotape. The tape was produced by Fred Beyer.


Steeples & People - Summer 2012  

The quarterly parish life newsletter of St. John's Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, NC

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