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Our church seems to find itself represented in a number of artistic mediums. Here, the quilt hanging in the Hospitality Hall portrays the outside of our facility.

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Trinity Topics VOLUME XXX | Number 8

August 2014 ...............................................

Staff, Vestry, & Officers Rector | The Reverend Brad Mullis Parish Administrator | Susie Medlin Organist/Choirmaster | Sam Holt Preschool Director | Sherry George Senior Warden | Will Fanjoy Junior Warden | Rob Hites Adult Ed | Clay Crouch Newcomers & Evangelism | Kim Dockery Outreach | Layton Getsinger Finance | Nimocks Haigh Communications | James Hogan Young Adults | Amy Lawton Parish Life | Carol Leach Pastoral Care | Cathy Marshall Youth | Scott Rankin Music & Worship | Anne Rhyne Vestry Secretary | Susan Cardwell Treasurer | Jim Lawton Assistant Treasurer | Evie Caldwell ...............................................

Trinity Topics is a monthly publication of Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesville, NC. The views and opinions that appear in this publication are not necessarily those of the church, vestry, diocese, or The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. © 2014 Trinity Episcopal Church.

In This Issue 4



Planning a Good Beginning Takes Time

The one-stop shop for what’s going on this month


Adult Ed Journeys With Luke


Seven Habits of Happy People


For the Record


Milestones; Service Schedule

Work begins on the new church year.


Everyday Needs, Everyday Service

Classes this fall follow the physician turned historian.

As strange as it seems, it takes work to stay happy. Here are seven ways to schedule your own happiness.

Finance and Vestry notes for the month.

Join our Outreach team as we bring Trinity into the community.


Episcoparenting: Why We Don’t Hang Out Much What happens to friends when you have kids?

Birthdays, anniversaries, births and deaths; plus, the full listing of all servers for the month


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Updates Hey, Thanks!

$781 Dollars raised for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Thanks to everyone who made our summer Salad Lunch a success!

VBS Our annual Vacation Bible School was a hit. We owe a big thanks to all the VBS volunteers for all their hard work: Laura Peters, Heather Harwell, Re Johnston, Carol Leach, Ellyn Mullis, Amanda Clendenin, Hilda Romano, Susan Cardwell, Sarah Kate Rankin, Cameron Rankin, William Cardwell, Charlie Mullis, Maribeth Peters, Meredith Dockery, and Mary Carol Wagner 4 | Topics August 2014

Rally Day Sept. 7th

Trinity’s Hiring

Bishop Curry will be at Trinity on September 7th for the Rite of Confirmation and to help celebrate our annual Rally Day! We’ll celebrate after service with lunch on the church grounds, including the everpopular Bouncy Slide. Lunch this year will be a potluck picnic, with fried chicken provided by the church. There will also be watermelons to cut and an ice cream bar! Please plan to attend and bring a dish to share. —Carol Leach

Trinity remains on the lookout for a talented person to become our next Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry. This part-time position, which opened after former director Ginger Hester retired last December, coordinates among all the teachers and leaders who interact with our young members. The job requires a certain skillset, including a good degree of organization, but above all is a calling to work with young people in God’s ministry. The next generation of worshippers needs good leadership. If you are interested in the position or know someone who might be a good fit for the job, please reach out to Father Brad or Senior Warden Will Fanjoy. Filling this position is a priority, and we need your help!

Church Workday Planned Join us for a church workday on September 13. We will trim all the lower oak limbs bordering the property and cut down two trees to make room for our future garden. We’ll start work at 8am. Please bring saws, chain saws, gloves, clippers, etc. This workday is for all males and females above the age of 18, We need to have a BIG turnout! —Dee Ham

Above: children of all ages enjoyed last month’s Vacation Bible School. For more pictures, visit Trinity’s Facebook group, Trinity Talks.

From the Senior Warden It is difficult to believe but August is now here and it is almost time to start thinking about the fall and Sunday School and Rally Day and the Bishop’s visit, and all that goes with this time of year. It has been a great summer - and it’s not completely over with yet – so I hope you will enjoy these last several weeks and be re-charged ready to get involved in September. Please be sure and involve your children in Sunday School and involve yourself maybe as a teacher or as a participant in the adult class. Our teachers work hard to be prepared and it is important that we acknowledge that by having our children in class, so I hope you will make every effort to do so. I want to thank those who have been providing lemonade this summer and those who organize and run the Trinity Garden program. We are also very appreciative of our guest musicians during the summertime. Have a great August! —

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The Rev. Brad Mullis

Planning a Good Beginning Takes Time Jesus makes it clear that we reap what we sow. That’s why we’re hard at work getting ready to begin a new year.


n August we start counting the days until the world comes back to life. The dormancy of summer gives way to a mixture of excitement and anxiety over the beginning of a new church and academic year. The apparent last few lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer mask an increasing number of meetings, requests for ministry help, and synchronizing of calendars. A light event calendar during the summer does not mean there is nothing going on. What happens during the program year is often the result of summer planning. To play with the agricultural metaphors Jesus uses in the parables we’ve read in church recently, much of our planning is like preparing fields in which you may sow seeds or be sown as seeds. For example, Christian Education planning teams create a structure within which you can serve as a teacher of children or a leader of youth, sowing seeds of love and nurture among our younger Christians. Clay Crouch and

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planners of adult education work to provide that good soil of exciting, challenging programming in which you find yourself growing in your faith. Kim Dockery and her team are working to prepare fertile soil for the flourishing of relationships by the establishment of a small group network among us. Sam Holt and our musicians strive to plan music which refreshes our thirsty souls. Layton Getsinger and our outreach team are seeking ways to sow justice and mercy in our community. You get the picture. The goal of planning is to provide avenues for us all to grow into and live as the people God has called us to be. This is the time of year when we are more intentional in calling one another into deeper ministry here. I hope and pray that our call is compelling and that all our spirits are receptive. As Christians we are all called to live into our baptismal promises, to live lives that are different and that make a difference. And as we pray together,

learn together, and work together, we find new strength and faith and a deep joy. So will you consider teaching or working with youth? Singing in the choir? Committing to small group fellowship? Committing to faithful church attendance? Committing to a ministry of outreach? I hope so. When more of us are involved working to make the reign of God a reality among us and in our community, we are a more vibrant community. Our program year will begin on September 7, when Bishop Curry will be present. On that day Children’s classes will meet, youth and adults will hear the Bishop during the Sunday School hour, and twenty or more folks will be confirmed or received at 10:30 worship. The traditional Rally Day picnic will follow the service. You’ll want to be present that day. It will be a great way to start the new year, which in many ways is already underway.

—The Rev. Brad Mullis


Everyday Needs, Everyday Service Join our Outreach Team and help bring Trinity to our Community


ummer is scooting by. School will be opening before our next issue of Topics. As the time approaches you are asked to prayerfully consider volunteering for Trinity’s reading program at East Elementary School. If you can volunteer an hour or two a week in support of this program you will make the difference in a child’s life. Please e-mail Ginny Devine at for further details or to volunteer. Everyday our community needs 1,000 pounds of food to feed hungry families. Iredell Christian Ministries (ICM) needs our continued support. If you have a home garden and extra produce, please bring it to Trinity each Sunday. Anyone may purchase, on the honor system, with the proceeds going to ICM. Leftover produce will be taken on Monday to the center for distribution. Fresh vegetables are appreciated and provide good nourishment for families. In addition, we continue to collect canned goods each Sunday for delivery to ICM at the end of the month. ICM is in serious need of canned goods, paper products, cereal, juices, cleaning supplies and easy to prepare foods.

In lieu of recycling your aluminum cans at home please bring them to church with you each Sunday. There is a red recycling bin in the breeze way for depositing the cans. The proceeds from the sale of the cans are used for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Can Collection for June, was a bit light but still netted 22 pounds. Year-to-date total is 197 pounds. The grand total since the program began is 5,889 Pounds. The House Calls group remains available to assist elderly or infirmed members of our congregation with emergent issues around the home. Please call Jim Rhyne or Susie in the Church office for help. Also please bring used stamps from your envelops for deposit in the plastic box on the bookcase in the narthex. The proceeds from these stamps are used to purchase Spanish Language Sunday School literature for children in Latin America. —Layton Getsinger Top: Trinity Youth enjoyed last month’s summer Salad Festival, which raised $781 for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund; Middle: bread, salads, and desserts won the day; Bottom: community fellowship abounds at lunch. | 7


Why We Don’t Hang Out Much Anymore When you have kids, your friends get lost. Church can help.

Nights out like these don’t really happen when you have a newborn. Photo from How I Met Your Mother.


an I admit something? Being a parent can be lonely work, especially when you’re the first in your peer group to have children. It's cute, you know, when you have the first kiddo, and you decline the night out with your buddies because, well, you've got this pea-pod wrapped up in cute clothes with tiny fingers and toes and a button nose and she needs rocked to sleep. You make the excuse, you decline the invitation, because there's a funny sort of thrill in turning down the night out with friends—it draws attention to this beautiful thing in your life. You get a pat on the back for doing that. But then the pea-pod grows into a watermelon, and it starts walking, and maybe another one sprouts along, and before you know it, your buddies have stopped calling because a) you turned them down too many times, or b) they've seen the crazy look in your eyes these days—the I-haven't-slept-

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and-I'm-ready-to-crack kind of look that most people of normal disposition tend to avoid. So it is you find yourself on your own in mid-life, alone in a flock of children scattered around a playground, pecking like chickens in a yard, the Moms and Dads alone like silos in a field. That's when it becomes startlingly clear that friendship—like relationships, and marriage, and parenting—requires hard work. Lots of hard work. When we had our first kid, it didn't occur to me that life would change so quickly, that friendships would fade so fast—the powerful supplanting of parenthood. But life has its funny way of pushing us parents back together again. Birthday parties become the new hangouts, as do groups pushing strollers around the mall in laps. Church is a great place for parents to catch-up, too: fellowship lunch-

es, Vacation Bible School, small group meetings, and even lemonade after Sunday service all offer their own oasis of shared community time for parents. It’s a good reminder, too, to include new parents as much as you can. My wife and I used to joke that new parents went into “Baby Hiding,” as if it were a version of the witness protection program. New parents simply disappeared for months at a time— and that’s a good time to reach out, offer a meal, or stop by for a visit, all while remembering that life with a new child is chaotic, frustrating, and messy. Take solace in the fact that you’re not alone as a new parent. Everybody goes through it. And if you’re well aware of this truth having experienced it yourself, and you see a new parent trying desperately to keep her flock together after church, walk over, smile, and ask if you can help. You might just make a new friend. —James Hogan

Adult Ed Plans Journeys with Luke this Fall Dear Theophilus, I hope you will join us this fall as the Adult Forum begins a journey. This journey will start in Palestine and take us to many of the great cities of the Roman Empire Damascus, Antioch, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, and eventually Rome.

Along the way we will meet fascinating characters, men and women, sinners and saints, philosophers and preachers, religious leaders and Roman governors. Our tour guide will be Luke, the physician turned historian. He will take us from the announcement of John the Baptist’s birth to the

apostle Paul’s arrival in Rome. Together we will discover how the Good News spread from “Jerusalem to all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” I promise it will be an adventure. Your fellow traveler, Clay Crouch, Adult Ed | 9


niversity of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common. 1. They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships. 2. They are comfortable expressing gratitude for all they have. 3. They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby. 4. They practice optimism when imagining their futures. 5. They savor life's pleasures and try to live in the present moment. 6. They make physical exercise a weekly and even daily habit. 7. They are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions (e.g., fighting fraud, building cabinets, or teaching their children their deeply held values).

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8. Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is the poise and strength they show in coping in the face of challenge. [The How of Happiness] I guess this article could end here. You've got your answer. But did you just want trivia? Or do you actually want to get happier? The internet has become a firehose of ideas we never implement, tricks we forget to use. Reading a list of things is easy. Implementing them in your life can be hard. But it doesn't have to be. Let's get down to business.

Happiness Subscriptions Here's an interesting fact about happiness: frequency beats intensity. What's that mean?

Lots of little good things make you happier than a handful of big things. Research shows that going to church and exercising both bring people a disproportionate amount of happiness. Why? They give us frequent, regular boosts. Stanford professor Jennifer Aaker says it's really that simple: the things that make you happy, do them more often. We have designated work hours. We schedule doctor appointments. Heck, we even schedule hair appointments. We say happiness is the most important thing but fail to consistently include it in our calendars. Research shows 40 percent of happiness is due to intentional activity. You can change your happiness by up to 40 percent by what you choose to do every day. And much of what you do, you do on autopilot. Forty percent

of what you do every day isn't the result of decisions, it's due to habits. One paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren't actual decisions, but habits. [The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business] See where I'm going with this? Happy things need to be a habit. Part of your routine. Part of your schedule. Stop waiting for random happy events: you need a "happiness subscription." So how do we take that list and make them things we actually do every day instead of more forgotten trivia? Let's get started.

Wake up and say ARG! Even scientific happiness advice is often corny. I'll say that now so we can get it off the table…. But it works. And this is why you might want to say ARG when you wake up. It's an acronym that stands for: 1. Anticipation 2. Recollection 3. Gratitude I've written about the importance of a morning ritual and how research shows your mood in the morning affects your entire day. So start right. Anticipation is a powerful happiness booster. It's two for the price of one: You get the good thing and you get happy in anticipation of the good thing. So think about what you're looking forward to. Got nothing you're looking forward to? Schedule something. Recollecting great moments has a related effect. Memories allow us to relive the good times and kill stress. People prone to joyful anticipation, skilled at obtaining pleasure

from looking forward and imagining future happy events, are especially likely to be optimistic and to experience intense emotions. In contrast, those proficient at reminiscing about the past — looking back on happy times, rekindling joy from happy memories — are best able to buffer stress. [The How of Happiness] And gratitude is arguably the king of happiness. What's the research say? Can't be more clear than this:…the more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic. [The How of Happiness] And the combo often leads to optimism. Another powerful predictor of happiness. So, corny as it may be, wake up and say ARG! And then do a quick bit of anticipation, recollection, and gratitude. All that's fine and dandy. But what do you do once you're out of bed?

Savor your morning coffee Take a moment and really enjoy it. Smell it. Taste it. Appreciate it. Corny? Maybe. But other research shows savoring — appreciating the good

moments – is what separates the happiest people from the average Joe. I imagine some of you are saying, "Well, I don't drink coffee." And please imagine me saying, "That's not the point." It can be anything you do every morning. And embedding savoring in our little daily rituals is powerful because studies show rituals matter. Here's Harvard professor Francesca Gino: You can think about rituals that you yourself might engage in prior to consumption experiences. What they do, they make us a little bit more mindful about the consumption experience that we are about to have. Because of that, we end up savoring the food or whatever we are drinking more, we enjoy the experience more, and in fact, we're also more willing to pay higher prices for whatever it is that we just consumed. Once again, rituals are beneficial in the sense that they create higher levels of enjoyment in the experience that we just had. So what other habit can we build into our schedule that boosts joy? How about one that can make you as happy as sex does? | 11

Sweat your way to joy When you study people to see what makes them happiest you get three answers: sex, socializing, and exercise. Their findings confirm what had been found previously: happiness is high during sex, exercise, or socializing, or while the mind is focused on the here and now, and low during commuting or while the mind is wandering. [Engineering Happiness: A New Approach for Building a Joyful Life] People who exercise are, across the board, mentally healthier: less depression, anger, stress, and distrust. A massive Dutch study of 19,288 twins and their families published in 2006 showed that exercisers are less anxious, less depressed, less neurotic, and also more socially outgoing. A Finnish study of 3,403 people in 1999 showed that those who exercise at least two to three times a week experience significantly less depression, anger, stress, and "cynical distrust" than those who exercise less or not at all. [Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain] Don't like exercise? Then you're doing the wrong kind. 12 | Topics August 2014

Running, lifting weights, playing any sport… Find something you enjoy that gets you moving.

The five minute favor Who lives to a ripe old age? Not those who get the most help, ironically it's those who give the most help. We figured that if a Terman participant sincerely felt that he or she had friends and relatives to count on when having a hard time then that person would be healthier. Those who felt very loved and cared for, we predicted, would live the longest. Surprise: our prediction was wrong… Beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships came from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age. [The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark EightDecade Study] And a great way to do that without taking up too much time is Adam Rifkin's "5 Minute Favor": Every day, do something selfless for someone else that takes under five minutes. The essence of this thing you do should be that it makes a big difference to the person receiving

the gift. Usually these favors take the form of an introduction, reference, feedback, or broadcast on social media. So take five minutes to do something that is minor for you but would provide a big benefit to someone else. It's good karma — and science shows that, in some ways, karma is quite real. Yes, some who do a lot for others get taken advantage of. But as Adam Grant of Wharton has shown, givers also succeed more: “Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and said if Givers are at the bottom, who's at the top? Actually, I was really surprised to discover, it's the Givers again. The people who consistently are looking for ways to help others are overrepresented not only at the bottom, but also at the top of most success metrics.”

Life is a game, and so is work Like the research shows, the happiest people have goals. In his studies, the psychologist Jonathan Freedman claimed that people with the ability to set objectives for themselves — both short-term and long-term — are happier. The University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson has found that working hard toward a goal and making progress to the point of expecting a goal to be realized don't just activate positive feelings — they also suppress negative emotions such as fear and depression. [Engineering Happiness: A New Approach for Building a Joyful Life] Many of us feel like work can be boring or annoying but the research shows many of us are actually happier at work than at home. Why? Challenges. And we reach that state of "flow" only when a

challenge presents itself. So how can work make us happier? Three research-backed things to try: 1. To the degree you can, do things you're good at. We're happier when we exercise our strengths. 2. Make note of your progress. Nothing is more motivating than progress. 3. Make sure to see the results of your work. This gives meaning to most any activity.

Friends get appointments, too You have mandatory meetings in your schedule but not mandatory time with friends? Absurd. One study says that as much as 70 percent of happiness comes from your relationships with other people. Contrary to the belief that happiness is hard to explain, or that it depends on having great wealth, researchers have identified the core factors in a happy life. The primary components are number of friends, closeness of friends, closeness of family, and relationships with coworkers and neighbors. Together these features explain about 70 percent of personal happiness. – Murray and Peacock 1996 [The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People] Why does church make people so happy? Studies show it has nothing to do with religion — it's about the socializing. It's scheduled friend time. After examining studies of more than three thousand adults, Chaeyoon Lin and Robert Putnam found that what religion you practice or however close you feel to God makes no difference in your overall life satisfaction. What matters is the number of friends you have in your religious community. Ten is the magic number; if you have

that many, you'll be happier. Religious people, in other words, are happier because they feel connected to a community of like-minded people. [The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More] And if you have the cash, pay for dinner with a friend. Money definitely can make you happier — when you spend it on other people. By the end of the day, individuals who spent money on others were measurably happier than those who spent money on themselves — even though there were no differences between the groups at the beginning of the day. And it turns out that the amount of money people found in their envelopes — $5 or $20 — had no effect on their happiness at the end of the day. How people spent the money mattered much more than how much of it they got. [Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending] Don't have the cash for that? No problem. Take turns paying. Duke professor Dan Ariely says this brings more happiness than always paying half.

Find meaning in hard times Research shows that a happy life and a meaningful life are not necessarily the same thing. It's hard to be happy when tragedy strikes. But who lives longer and fares better after problems? Those who find benefit in their struggles. For example, in one study researchers interviewed men who had had heart attacks between the ages of 30 and 60. Those who perceived benefits in the event seven weeks after it happened — for example, believing that they had grown and matured as a result, or revalued home life, or resolved to

create less hectic schedules for themselves — were less likely to have recurrences and more likely to be healthy eight years later. In contrast, those who blamed their heart attacks on other people or on their own emotions (e.g., having been too stressed) were now in poorer health. [The How of Happiness] In many cases, Nietzsche was right: what does not kill us can make us stronger. A substantial number of people also show intense depression and anxiety after extreme adversity, often to the level of PTSD, but then they grow. In the long run, they arrive at a higher level of psychological functioning than before… In a month, 1,700 people reported at least one of these awful events, and they took our well-being tests as well. To our surprise, individuals who'd experienced one awful event had more intense strengths (and therefore higher well-being) than individuals who had none. Individuals who'd been through two awful events were stronger than individuals who had one, and individuals who had three— raped, tortured, and held captive for example — were stronger than those who had two. [Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well -being] See that? I took the eight things happy people do and squeezed them into just seven habits. You can thank me later. Eric Barker is an author and blog writer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine, among other publications. This article originally appeared on You can visit Eric’s personal website at | 13

For the Record: Finance & Vestry Notes GENERAL INCOME 2014 Year to Date May 31 Month of June

Plate 6,711 1,090

Pledge 109,777 17,721

Other 870 210

Total 117,358 19,021


94,097 14,237

2014 YTD June 30 2014 Budget 2013 Actual

7,801 8,750 7,303

127,498 103,764 108,607

1,080 1,050 850

136,379 113,564 116,760

2014 YTD 2014 Budget 2013 Actual

108,334 113,682 113,893

Through June we kept our favorable financial comparisons with both our budget targets and last year’s actual collections and expenditures. Pledge receipts, our primary financing source, remain favorable and thanks to all who prepaid and all who are generously keeping up with their giving. In June, our year to date plate offering overtook the year to date June 2013 mark! Thanks for keeping this important element of our finances in such good stead. As we keep saying, just a little from a lot of folks makes a big difference! Expenses improved nicely against both budget and last year, still reflecting careful use of dollar resources and the previously noted savings from the open

VESTRY MINUTES June 2014 Members present were Layton Getsinger, James Hogan, Will Fanjoy, Clay Crouch, Cathy Marshall, Carol Leach, Kim Dockery, Rob Hites, Anne Rhyne, Brad Mullis, Rector; and Susan Cardwell, Secretary The meeting opened with prayer and a reading from Luke. There were no email motions since the last meeting. Will Fanjoy made a motion, seconded by Layton Getsinger to amend the minutes from May to read “correction of the spelling of Sweeney”. The motion passed. Capital Campaign and Building Fund Jim Johnston was present to give a report on the Capital Campaign and an estimate for the Parish Hall and kitchen renovation. The Capital Campaign is going well. There was much discussion regarding how to proceed with the Parish Hall and kitchen. Jim was asked to get separate estimates, one for the Parish Hall and one for the kitchen, before further discussion.

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position for our Education Director which we are actively trying to fill. Thank you for your stewardship and your personal and financial participation in our many ministries. —Nimocks Haigh


Actual June 2014 19,021

Budget June 2014 18,927

Actual June 2013 25,839





Net surplus (deficit)




Finance: Nimocks Haigh reported via email that year to date income is ahead of last year as well as the budget. Expenses are just now under budget. Since January costs have been held to below the 2013 level. Rector’s Report: The enquirer’s class has ended. There will likely be several persons received and maybe two confirmations. A Convention delegate needs to be elected by August 15. That will be done by email. Brad brought forth a need for money from the All Saint’s Fund. Kim Dockery made the motion, which was seconded by Layton Getsinger to take $1,691.56 from the All Saint’s Fund for medical needs. The motion passed. Jane Getsinger has offered an original pastel to the church. Kim Dockery moved, Rob Hites seconded the motion to accept the artwork. It will hang in the hospitality hall. There have been three evening services with attendance of 5, 3 and 6 respectively. There will be Evening Prayer on June 29. Joan Vella will be the supply

priest on June 29. The Children and Youth position is still available. Vacation Bible School is July 21-24. Parish Life: Carol Leach reports that lemonade sign up for the summer is almost full. Pastoral Care: Cathy Marshall states there were approximately 22 at the senior’s lunch. A movie excursion has already been planned. Outreach: Layton Getsinger states that the Salad Luncheon is July 27. Rowdy Armistead and Carol Leach are coordinating. Junior Warden: Rob Hites reports that he is researching sound systems. He is putting together a Memorial Garden committee that will report to the Junior Warden. Senior Warden: Will Fanjoy reports that Brad, Amy Lawton, Sherry George and he met to start the Preschool Board. The meeting was closed with prayer. Next meeting is August 17 at 7 pm. —Susan Cardwell


Milestones Birthdays 1 Conrad Dalton Betty Radowick 3 Peggy Beal 6 Carol Leach, Susan Tolle 7 Billie Bourgeois, Bill Caldwell Cameron Rankin, Sarah Kate Rankin 8 Ashley Alexander 9 Samantha Holland 11 Nancy Davidson, Meg Fanjoy 12 Joanne Schinaman 13 Wendy Allison 14 John Johnson 16 Brittany Cooper Courtney Huffman 18 Laura Johnson 20 Timothy Crouch Susan Fanjoy Genevieve Lewis 21 James Hogan, Herb Poole 22 Danielle Abbott Ed Abercrombie, Charlie York 24 Barbee Ham 25 Britainy Dearman, Tres' Gaither

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Caryss Patton Andrew Rutter Harriet Foster

Anniversaries 4 Keith & Barbara Crouch 7 Bill & Carol Leach 11 Tommy & Wendy Allison Dee & Barbee Ham 13 Brad & Ellyn Mullis 16 Nick & Katie Harknett 19 Bill & Inga Balatow 29 Bob & Laura Johnson Births Mary Alice Rutter, born July 1, 2014, to Andrew & Lauren Rutter Please send any obituaries or birth notices to for inclusion in Topics.

Service Schedule SUNDAY, 8/3: Lectors: Lisa McBroom (8), Jim Rhyne; Chalice: Harriette Andrews (8), Anne Rhyne*, Kaye Taliana; Greeters: Rowdy Armistead, Jim Rhyne; Ushers: John Phillip Dulin, Bob Foster*, Elliott Harwell, Walter Patterson; Oblation: Chuck & Kim Dockery; Nursery: Laura Peters, Margaret Johnson; Acolytes: Alexandra Martin S, Jackie Warren C, Blair Warren T, Ali Warren T; Assistant: Katie Payne SUNDAY, 8/10: Lectors: Roger Davidson (8), Andrew Rutter; Chalice: Roger Davidson (8), Nick Harknett*, Sam McDowell; Greeters: Hilda Romano, Theresa Salebra; Ushers: Tommy Allison,* Thomas Clendenin, Don French, Julian Sisk; Oblation: Will & Susan Fanjoy; Nursery: Katie & Quinn Payne; Acolytes: Gray Lackey S, Quinn

Payne C, Carter Payne T, Christian York T; Assistant: Pat Henley SUNDAY, 8/17: Lectors: Clay Crouch (8), Bill Balatow; Chalice: Chris Shoobridge (8), Bill Balatow*, Betty Coltham; Greeters: Maggie Shoobridge, Jean Tatum; Ushers: Jeff Holland, Haydee Patterson, Scott Rankin*, Richard Tatum; Oblation: Joan & Don French; Nursery: Jim & Re Johnston; Acolytes: Tessica Martin S, Reid Balatow C, Kaid & Hailee Mitchell T; Assistant: Bill Balatow SUNDAY, 8/24: Lectors: Cecil Haynes (8), Sam McDowell; Chalice: Roger Davidson (8), Will Fanjoy*, Anne Rhyne; Greeters: Lula Cheatham, Linda Thornton; Ushers: Bill Balatow, Amy Frier, Will Fanjoy, Sonny Rankin*; Oblation: Pat Henley & Lisa McBroom; Nursery: Rowdy Armistead, Mary

Bruning; Acolytes: Buchanan Deter S, Sarah Kate Rankin C, Salem & Stokes Haire T; Assistant: John Deter SUNDAY, 8/31: Lectors: Roger Davidson (8), James Hogan; Chalice: Greeters: Tom & Wendy Allison Ushers: Evie Caldwell, Jonathan Dearman, Dee Ham*, Kirk Lawston; Oblation: Sam & Judy McDowell; Nursery: Lauren & Andrew Rutter Acolytes: William Hites S, Maribeth Peters C, Sarah & Mary Hudson Alexander T; Assistant: David Alexander Altar Guild: August 1-15: Harriette Andrews, Lynn Lawton, Ginger Hester, Cathy Marshall August 16-31: Betty Coltham, Harriett Foster, Diane Kines, Natalie Marsh

More Engaging Copy for the 10 Commandments BY DAVID TATE ———————————A funny take on what the 10 Commandments would look like if written as Internet headlines. YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAID TO THIS MAN… 1. What You Need to Know Now About the Lord Totally Being God 2. At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew That I Shouldn’t Have Other Gods. 3. Are You Making This Common Mistake with Graven Images? 4. How I Work: Read This Life Hack from God Your Only Creator. 5. She Admitted to Doing What Every Sunday? 6. Seven Morning Habits of People Holier Than You: First: No Killing Before Lunch. 7. 37 Things in Your Bedroom That You Need to Get Rid of Right Now, Like Adulteresses. 8. What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About Stealing Your Neighbor’s Servants. 9. This Little Girl Bore False Witness and the Results Will Shock You. 10. Doctors Hate Her But You Shouldn’t Covet Her. Via | 15

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Digging in deep with Seven Habits of Happy People, asking how the church can help new parents from losing touch with friends, and a hilariou...

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Digging in deep with Seven Habits of Happy People, asking how the church can help new parents from losing touch with friends, and a hilariou...