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A Call for Nominations for the Next Presiding Bishop Between now and September 30, 2014, any member of The Episcopal Church may submit the name of a bishop to the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) whom they believe to be qualified and called to serve as the 27th Presiding Bishop. The JNCPB will inform bishops whose names have been presented and advise them that if they wish to engage the discernment process, they must submit materials as specified in the Profile between October 1 and October 31. The Church chooses a Presiding Bishop to serve the needs of the Church and the world at a given moment in history. The Call to Discernment is reflective and inclusive of comments and ideas from over 5,400 survey responses in addition to extensive interviews with past and present Presiding Bishops, General Convention Executive Officers, Canons to the Presiding Bishop, Chief Operating Officers and Presidents of the House of Deputies. The JNCPB made every effort to be as expansive and inclusive as possible in listening to the wider Church and its hope for our next Presiding Bishop. The Call to Discernment also reflects the Committeeâ€™s 2 | Topics September 2014
discernment about the needs of the Church for the next decade and the skills, gifts and characteristics that will enable the Presiding Bishop to carry out effectively his or her roles and responsibilities. The JNCPB will continue to pray for those in our Church in active discernment and ask, in turn, for the continued prayers of our Church as we together discern the call of our next Presiding Bishop. May Godâ€™s peace be always with our beloved Church and with the people who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, breathe life and vitality into its being. To submit the name of a bishop of The Episcopal Church for consideration by the JNCPB, please send an email to email@example.com. The Committee will contact all bishops whose names are submitted to invite them to participate in our discernment process. The deadline for submitting names is September 30, 2014 For more information, and for the full Call to Discernment and Profile, visit www.generalconvention.org
Trinity Topics VOLUME XXX | Number 9
September 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
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The one-stop shop for what’s going on this month
What You Do Today Matters. A Lot.
Worship Team Expands this Fall
Office Hours: Monday 8:30—3:00; TuesdayThursday 8:30—2:00; Friday 8:30—1:00
Robin Williams and this Depressing Summer Depression, bi-polar disorders, humor, and the Gospel of Matthew
Seven Apps to Watch Out For
August Vestry Minutes
Outreach and Finance Updates
Milestones; Service Schedule
Just because your teen can download an app doesn’t mean it’s appropriate or safe.
New members, training information, and a call to service
Ready to Renovate Trinity’s Vestry approves plan to begin Parish Hall renovations this month.
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The butterfly effect is real, and your actions can affect countless others.
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News about our second “Can-Do” food drive; updates from Nimocks Haigh
Birthdays, anniversaries, births and deaths; plus, the full listing of all servers for the month
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Updates From the Senior Warden
W 7 Rally Day! Join us for the Rite of Confirmation, Holy Baptism, and lunch after service.
13 Community Garden workday, starting at 8am
13-14 Youth Lock-in at the church.
14 Regular service—be sure to join us! Vestry meeting following service
28 The Trinity Artist Series presents Alan Black, Elizabeth Landon, and Andrea Mumm
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hat a wonderful time this is in our Church calendar! There is always a feeling of renewal and inspiration as the fall approaches with Rally Day, the Bishop’s visit, and the start of Sunday School. Different groups and mission areas that may have taken a break during the summer are cranking back up and it is a good feeling. As you will read in this Topics one of the most exciting things going on this fall is the renovation of the Parish Hall and the Kitchen. We are very happy to be able to do these projects at this time and I know the finished product will be much anticipated and appreciated. The work will be done quickly, but we will have to make some adjustments during this time so please be understanding with the situation. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our Building Committee—Jim Johnston, Bill Neely, and David Alexander—for their tireless work on this very important project. Please thank them when you have an opportunity to do so. We seem to be having more newcomers and visitors through our doors of late— this is a very good thing. I want to encourage everyone to be on the lookout for new faces and be sure and introduce yourself and offer a warm welcome to Trinity. First impressions are very important. We will look forward to seeing you and hearing from our Bishop on September 7th! —Will Fanjoy
Junior Warden Gives Thanks I'd like to thank Chris and James Shoobridge for not only lending us their 30-foot ladder but also replacing the light bulbs in the chandeliers in the sanctuary. While I have replaced the huge 750 watt football- sized bulb above the choir, I had no idea that there are three bulbs that shine up toward the ceiling. James replaced up to seven bulbs in every fixture. As a 5’7” Junior Warden I can say from experience that it takes both height and nerve to hang from a ladder with the fixture swinging on a chain. Many thanks to Chris and James. They saved us hundreds of dollars to hire an electrician to reach the fixtures. — Rob Hites
From left to right: Andrea Mumm, Elizabeth Landon, and Alan Black
Trinity Artist Series Launches Third Season with Trio Sept. 28
he Trinity Artist Series will open its 2014-2015 season with a trio featuring notable musicians Alan Black, Elizabeth Landon and Andrea Mumm. Mr. Black, principal cellist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, has performed with internationally known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin. He has performed extensively across the Southeast. In addition to his impeccable style and musicianship, he has been recognized throughout the region for
his contributions in promoting The Arts. Elizabeth Landon is a native of Canton, Pennsylvania and is currently the principal flutist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Houston and the Minnesota Symphony Orchestras. She is an active recitalist and also teaches flute in the Charlotte region. Andrea Mumm, a native of New Jersey, holds the prestigious Dr. Billy Graham principal
Harp Chair position with the Charlotte Symphony orchestra. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Mumm performs across the United States, most notably with the Colorado Music Festival. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and will be for sale following Sunday services. You may also purchase them online at trinityartistseries.org.
Please join us for Adult Ed beginning September 14th. Bring your Bible as we begin a study of Luke’s gospel and book of Acts. We will meet upstairs in one of the small classrooms. trinitysvl.org | 5
THE REV. BRAD MULLIS
What You Do Today Matters. A Lot. Two women in Exodus took a chance and changed the rest of the world. Why the actions you take affect countless lives.
f you’ve been reasonably faithful in your summer church attendance, you know that we read the stories of the patriarchs from Genesis. Great stories of faith and God’s providence, from Abraham through Joseph. Time after time God took life’s lead and turned it into God’s gold. Now we’re reading about Moses. We’ll read of the burning bush, the flight from Egypt through the Red Sea, wilderness wanderings, and God’s giving of the Law. Big stuff, worthy of the greatest Old Testament hero, Moses. But hold on a minute. I skipped one story. Do you know how Exodus begins? Those of you who remember Sunday School lessons may raise your hands and tell me the story of Moses’ sister Miriam keeping watch over her baby 6 | Topics September 2014
brother Moses, who rested in a basket among the reeds in the river, hidden from the Egyptians who would kill him; and of how, when the Pharaoh’s daughter discovered Moses and decided to adopt him, Miriam spoke up and got Moses’ own mother to be the child’s nurse even as he grew up at court. Another great example of God’s work. That’s not, however, how Exodus begins. Exodus begins when two women made a decision, took a chance, and changed the world. Through their simultaneously small gesture and heroic act, God was able to rescue Israel from oppression. Their names are Shiphrah and Puah, and I'm betting almost no one knows of them. That’s a shame, because they have something to teach us all.
You see, the Pharaoh has decided to make the Israelites scapegoats for Egypt’s problems and goes so far as to order the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, to kill all the Hebrew baby boys that are delivered. But they refuse. They do not kill the boys. They lie to Pharaoh, telling him that the Hebrew women give birth too quickly, delivering the babies before the midwives arrive on the scene. Their small act changes history, for one of the boys that is spared will be called Moses and he will lead the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity. He will deliver God's law to the Israelites and bring them to the promised land. And it all starts here, with two women doing the right and brave thing. I doubt very much they thought they were changing the world. But they were, just by being faithful, by following what they knew to be right. You’ve probably heard of the “butterfly effect.” Andy Andrews wrote a little book by that title in which he catalogues the extraordinary impact of simple and courageous efforts. Except when you go back, you can never really tell which efforts made the biggest difference. So, for instance, should Norman Borlaug, who developed high yield, disease-resistant corn and wheat be credited with saving two billion lives from famine, or should Henry Wallace, the one-term U.S. Vice-President, who created an office in New Mexico to develop hybrid seed for arid climates and hired Borlaug to run it? Or should we credit George Washington
Carver, who took a young Henry Wallace for long walks and instilled in him his love of plants? Or should it be Moses and Susan Carver, who adopted the orphaned George as their son? Or should it be... Well, you get the idea. Andrews points out how inter-connected our actions are, creating an unforeseen butterfly effect that can ripple across time and space to affect the lives of millions.
only help the kids being bullied but also the bully, who never had anyone care enough to stand up to him before, and in turn he'll go on to be a police officer who protects the vulnerable.... Or maybe one of you will be moved to volunteer to read with kids at East Elementary and one of those kids will fall in love with language and grow up to be the poet laureate.... Or maybe the music you make with your voice or your in-
What we do this week will make a difference in this church, this community, and the world.
What about us? The things we do this week—our actions, decision, choices—will, in fact, ripple out with consequences foreseen and unforeseen, for good or for ill. What we do this week will make a difference in this church, this community, and the world. Some of these actions may be big, bold, and courageous, like those of Moses. Others may be small, hardly noticeable, like those of Shiphrah and Puah. And yet they all have the potential to ripple out, affecting countless lives. Maybe one of you is a school teacher, or a Sunday School teacher, who will encourage a student to see something in herself that she hadn't before and in turn befriend another student who was on the verge of giving up on life.... Or maybe a young person being confirmed on Sept. 7 will stand up to the school bully this week and not
strument will move someone to … you get the picture. September 7 will be a big day. Confirmation, Baptism, and Bishops are all big deals. They make for big stories worthy of Moses. But leading up to that day there were innumerable Shiphrahs and Puahs whose faithfulness rippled from generation to generation. And that faithfulness in the seemingly small things will be just as important on September 8, 9, and 10. What you do here at Trinity is important. Your presence here, your ministry here, and in the world, are important. You matter. So what if I told you that what you do this week could change the world? My hope is that you will live that way this week, knowing that because of some small and valiant gesture of yours, the world will change for the better. —the Rev. Brad Mullis
Worship Team Expands This Fall
worship service at Trinity results from the assistance of so many of our good folk-- altar guild, organist and choirs, acolytes and their assistants, flower guild, parish secretary, and rector. Wow! Many thanks to all of you! It is with great pleasure that we welcome four new acolytes this fall: Ava Harwell, Abigail Hart and Davis Payne who will serve as torch bearers; and Uriah Lilly as crucifer and server. Training will be offered to these new acolytes on Sunday, September 21 after the 10:30 service. Additional altar guild members are needed. Please consider being a part of this vital group who keeps altar linens and brass in tip top order and who sets up and clears away the altar for communion. There are several teams who serve on a rotating basis. A gathering is planned for this group on Thursday, September 25 at 3:00. We will review responsibilities and welcome new members. The parish choir is very pleased to welcome Irma Chambers, soprano and Richard Holshouser, baritone. If you have been considering joining the choir, now is a perfect time as we begin the fall season! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5:30 and Sundays at 9:00-finished in time for Sunday School. Children's choir, ages 3- 5th grade, will begin practicing Wednesday, September 10, 4:00. They are scheduled to sing on October 5, November 2 and December 14. What a blessing they are to our services! A huge thanks to all who lend a helping hand with our worship! —Anne Rhyne trinitysvl.org | 7
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Parish Hall improvements set to begin September 15. In 2008 Trinity embarked on a Capital Campaign and Building Project to enlarge and modernize our facility. That year also marked the 150th anniversary of Trinity and our 40th year at 801 Henkel Road. The generous giving by the members of our church enabled us to make many changes at Trinity including the following:
We made our church more user-friendly by adding an elevator, four handicapped bathrooms, and the drop-off at the rear. Hospitality Hall has proven to be a wonderful gathering space.
We added 7,855 square feet of educational space including two large multi-purpose rooms. We also refurbished our existing classrooms. The new Pre-School rooms have provided that program the space to grow and thrive.
We greatly improved the energy efficiency of the building by replacing the boiler, splitting the HVAC systems, and replacing all of the windows in the building. Because of these changes our utility costs have come down, even though we added nearly 8,000 square feet.
We enhanced our music program with the new organ console and a larger choir room.
We did a thorough rehab of things that had long been neglected such as paving the
church parking lot and painting the exterior of the buildings. The one area of improvement that has not been addressed to date is the Parish Hall and the Kitchen. The Parish Hall is a gathering place for so many organizations. It used on a daily basis as part of our ministry to the community. It is a rare sight not to see our parking lot full of cars every evening. Think of the countless meals have been prepared in our kitchen for the past forty-six years! On August 17, 2014, the Vestry approved a plan that was presented by the Building Committee to refurbish the Parish Hall and Kitchen as the final part of the building project that was started six years ago. GL Wilson has been our partner since the groundbreaking in 2009, and we are pleased to have them again serve as our general contractor for the conclusion of this project. Construction work is tentatively scheduled to begin on September 15, 2014. We can look forward to a complete transformation of this much utilized space. A special feature that will be added is media equipment in the Parish Hall that will bring us up to date for group presentations. The construction should be completed by the end of October. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience of having to close this area during construction, but it should be well worth the wait. —Jim Johnston, on behalf of the Trinity Building Committee
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THE REV. PAUL BRESNAHAN
Robin Williams and this Depressing Summer Depression, bi-polar disorders, humor, and the Gospel of Matthew
he events of the summer weâ€™re living through have been so depressing and dangerous. It is the kind of summer that brings tears to so many human eyes; eyes such as Joseph shed in Egypt as we read about in Genesis. The conflict in the Ukraine, the sudden rise of the super extreme ISIS militant faction in Iraq, warfare yet again between Palestinians and Israelis, another unarmed teen is killed and subsequent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and now this week we hear of the death of a gifted comic genius, and Episcopalian Robin Williams. That one hit me hard. Well, to tell you the truth, this summer hits me hard. The relentless bad 10 | Topics September 2014
news, day after day, after day. Even listening to it without the hype that the networks give it, has helped little. I prefer listening to my news on NPR and even there, the facts and details of it are all more than we can seem to bear. Monday night as I was out for my evening walk, I heard the news of Robin Williamsâ€™ death, an apparent suicide. Oh my God, it took my breath away. Here is one with whom I share so much: a wonderful sense of humor, a common faith and the same psychiatric diagnosis as bipolar. But all the comedy ended, all the laughter was silenced Monday. Not only do we share a common faith, we also share that demon
known as bi-polar affective disorder. I had my break in 1990 and no recurrences since, but I do take my meds faithfully. I see my psychiatrist and my spiritual director just so that I can keep myself on an even keel. I pray and read my scripture every day, and I keep a journal where I share with God my deepest thoughts. None of us can know what it is that drives someone to this last great desperate act. But we do know from such books as The Noonday Demon that depression can be so dreadful and dark that many are driven to the depths of despair. From that point there is little comfort for those who suffer so. Interestingly enough I think
Robin Williams dealt with the question of suicide in one of his most self-revealing movies, What Dreams May Come, filmed and produced as long ago as 1998. It was not a critical success. I think it was probably too theologically profound to receive critical acclaim. In the movie, Robin plays a gifted doctor whose sons both die in dreadful accidents and then whose wife takes her own life. Eventually Robin’s character ends up in heaven, but he tells his angel that he cannot live in heaven without the one he loves. He decides he’d rather go to hell and be with her than to live in heaven without her. He then goes to hell and back for the love of his wife. And it is only that love that can overcome her deep and self-absorbed despair. I know what suicide leaves in its wake. As one who has gone to the graveyard with families of those who have taken their own lives, the question is often there, spoken or unspoken: Is there really a heaven for my beloved? How can God embrace someone who forgets the mercy and love of God? The answer to that question comes in part from the Bible. “Can God reject his own people? God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” In the Gospel of Matthew, in the story of the Canaanite woman who approached Jesus, Matthew writes that the woman has a demon. We live in an age full of demons. Now we call them personality disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis and so on, but the one thing we cannot fill with psychiatry is the void left when we take God out of the equation of modern life. When Jesus walked the planet, those with demons recognized him instantly. I ask you now to do the same. What of those today with empty souls? Empty bodies? With what shall we fill them if they cannot recognize Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit that dwells within? They cannot recognize Jesus unless we have the courage to tell the story of how God has made all the difference in our lives. And when our lives are filled with
demons, I only wish we could call out loudly and insistently like the woman in that story. Even at the initial resistance of Jesus, the woman pushes back with daring tenacity. "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” At such a statement as this Jesus says; “Great is your faith.” Sure, I know it is a depressing summer. I know as well as anyone what demons lurk within the human heart as well as within our history. How long will it take for humankind to realize that the only answer to all our heartaches is the joy of knowing God our Creator, Jesus our Savior, and The Holy Spirit, the Holy Wisdom from on High? Yesterday I came across these magnificent words form a Celtic Psalter: At the heart of life and in its heights glory shines. Within creation and beyond glory has its source. Guide me to the heart of life that I may know its heights. Lead me further within, O God, that I may know you as beyond. In the sufferings of my heart and the brokenness of creation open to me further the doors of the eternal that through the pain that is within me and the struggles that are around me I may be guided to you as the heart of life, that through the pain that is within me and the struggles that are around me I may be guided to you as in and beyond all that has life. Keep singing the songs of God dear friends, cheer each other on. The Kingdom of heaven is among you and within us. Father Paul Bresnahan of Lynn, MA describes himself as “just a simple parish priest, and an outspoken advocate for poor, working and middle class folk.” You can read this sermon, which he delivered August 17, 2014, and other writing at frpaulsplace.blogspot.com
Robin Williams’ Top 10 Reasons for Being an Episcopalian 1. No snake handling. 2. You can believe in dinosaurs. 3. Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them. 4. You don't have to check your brains at the door. 5. Pew aerobics. 6. The Church year is colorcoded. 7. Free wine every Sunday. 8. All of the pageantry - none of the guilt. 9. You don't have to know how to swim to get baptized. 10. No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.
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Seven Apps to Watch Out For Just because your teenager can download it doesn’t mean it’s groovy.
he lifecycle for what’s “cool” for teenagers is faster these days than ever—and new social media apps are like fuel to that fire. With a host of new apps cropping up every few months, it’s entirely possible the must-have app of the season has come and gone before you’ve even found it on iTunes. But just because an app is available for children and teenagers to download doesn’t mean its content is safe or recommended. Keep an eye on what your school-aged kiddos are logging into with this handy, pro/con guide to seven popular social media apps. Snapchat. This popular messaging service allows users to send texts and images to one another with an attached time limit for viewing. Much like in Mission Impossible, after the time limit has expired, the messages self-destruct. PRO: Our teenage years are embarrassing, and it’s probably best that a lot of what we say to each other digitally isn’t archived. CONS: Not everything really disappears. Recipients can easily capture the messages and save them locally—especially a problem because the app is widely known as an outlet for sexting, or sending explicit photos. Vine. Users compose and share short, six-second video loops online. 12 | Topics September 2014
Popular “Vine-ers” have millions of followers. PROS: The internet is full of hilarious, creative, and viral vine videos that demonstrate their maker’s craftiness. Teens compose entire skits that fit the six-second limit, and it’s wonderful to see creativity at play. CONS: It doesn’t take long to find inappropriate videos. From nudity to candid drug use, users also have a knack for simply bragging about their own deviant behavior. Kik Messenger. Kik is another alternative to sending text messages; the app has no limit to message length, meaning it’s a free option for teens who burn through their service provider’s texting limits. PROS: It uses real names as identifiers—which can be problematic but limits anonymous users’ harassment. CONS: The app is ad-heavy, and it frequently encourages users to pester everyone in their address books to sign up. Oovoo. Much like the iPhone’s popular FaceTime app smashed together with its messenger, Oovoo is a video, voice, and message-based service that allows users to connect with up to 12 people for free. PROS: You can only chat with approved
friends—no random strangers showing up on video inappropriately. And, though it might be naïve to think it, the app could be used to facilitate a group study session or for homework help. CONS: Ads dominate the free version of the app, and of course, a group chat can be distracting from getting any real studying completed. Yik Yak. Twitter’s evil brother. YikYak is an anonymous app that encourages users to post “anything and everything”--and then sorts comments based on where they are geographically. The comments are distributed to the nearest 500 people (or those in a 1.5 mile radius). PROS: Not many to mention. Many schools have banned accessing the app via their wireless networks. CONS: The app is a haven for rumors, online bullying, explicit information, secret-sharing, and inadvertently revealing your physical location for any stranger to see. Ask.fm. This is the web’s ultimate Q&A site, where users post questions or answer questions asked of them. PROS: Again, not many. Continued on Page 15
Vestry Minutes August 2014 Members present were Scott Rankin, Rob Hites, Will Fanjoy, Cathy Marshall, Kim Dockery, Nimocks Haigh, James Hogan, Carol Leach, Anne Rhyne, Amy Lawton, Brad Mullis, Rector; and Susan Cardwell, secretary. The meeting opened with prayer and a reading from Matthew. There was an email motion to elect Clay Crouch to a term as Diocesan Convention delegate. Scott Rankin so moved; Will Fanjoy seconded the motion. The motion passed. Capital Campaign: Jim Johnston reported on the proposed Parish Hall renovation. The new estimates are $90,000 for the Parish Hall and $6,000 for the kitchen. The work can start between September 15-30 and will take 4-6 weeks. Will Fanjoy moved to accept the Building Committee proposal by Jim Johnston, and to move $10,000 from the Memorial Fund to the Capital Campaign Fund for cash flow purposes. Anne Rhyne seconded the motion, and the motion passed. Will Fanjoy moved that the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church shall effect a loan for a period of up to 24 months for an amount not to exceed $50,000. The purpose of this loan is to pay off the current loan that the church has with First Citizens Bank and to renovate the Parish Hall and Kitchen per the presentation from the Building Committee today. Further, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church hereby appoints its Senior Warden and Junior Warden to sign documents for this loan request. Jim Johnston is authorized to
negotiate the details of the loan on behalf of the church and shall report back to the wardens regarding the interest rates and terms of the loan. If so required, a resolution to authorize this loan and its terms will be sent to the Vestry for approval and consent. It is understood that First Citizens Bank might provide this resolution. Kim Dockery seconded the motion. The motion passed. Will Fanjoy made a motion, seconded by Scott Rankin to accept the minutes from the June 2014 Vestry meeting with the corrections of the Hasslers have three children, and there will be two baptisms when Bishop Curry is here. The minutes were approved as amended. Finance: Nimocks Haigh reports that we are still doing well, so far. He projects that the finances will come out on budget. Rector’s Report: The Salad Luncheon went well. $781 was raised for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Bible School had attendance of 2025 children. Everyone had a great time. Sunday School and Youth leaders are shaping up for this year. There will be a meeting Wednesday, August 20. The next Vestry meeting will be September 14, instead of September 21 due to a conflict. Kim Dockery moved that the preliminary Preschool Budget for the 2014-2015 school year be accepted. Scott Rankin seconded and the motion passed. Parish Life: Carol Leach reports that there is a sign up poster in the Narthex for items to bring to the Rally Day/Bishop’s visit lunch. The church will provide the meat. Large salads with toppings, 9x13 dishes of macaroni and cheese, and desserts are sought from the congregation. Set
up will be at 9 am. Will Fanjoy moved that $457.60 be disbursed from the Good Samaritan Fund to purchase 20 Books of Common Prayer to be given to the persons confirmed and received on September 7. Cathy Marshall seconded the motion, and the motion passed. There will be tables for people to sign up to serve in the ministries of the church. Every Member Campaign: James Hogan is the chairman of the Every Member Campaign. He has decided on a theme of The 100 Campaign. For example, 100 pledge units; increase pledge by $100/ week, month or year; pledge 100 hours of service and document; donate 100 pounds of food per month; 100 invitations to church during the year; 100 visits; 100 hours of reading with students at East Elementary; $100,000 documented estate gifts. James also needs a co-chair who will then head the campaign for the following year. Communications: The church website has been reconfigured to work with smart phones as well as desk top computers. Music and Worship: Anne Rhyne says that there is a need for Chalice Bearers and Lectors from the 8 am congregation. Altar Guild is also in need of additional volunteers. Junior Warden: Rob Hites’ proposal to expand wi-fi to the Parish Hall was tabled until the September meeting. The meeting closed with prayer. — Susan Cardwell
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Outreach Updates Thanks to everyone for a wonder turn out for the Summer Salad Festival. Thanks to Rowdy Armistead and Carol Leach for taking the lead on this project and doing their usual fabulous job! Through the generosity of many the festival netted in excess of $870 for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. The Outreach Committee decided at its last meeting that we would conduct another “Can Do” canned food drive as we did last fall. The drive will start Sunday, September 14th and last throughout the 26th
of October. Once again we intend to team up with the Trinity Youth group, who, by the way, coined the phrase “Can Do.” The team, through your generous contributions, collected 1,752 pounds of canned food and supplies for Iredell Christian Ministries. Which to date stands as the largest single donation to the ministries. We hope to coordinate another scavenger hunt following church in October for the youth group. That particular event netted the largest chunk of the donated food that we received. Please go ahead and start bringing your canned goods with you to church and placing it in the boxes in the narthex. More information will be forthcoming following Rally Day Sunday.
As a reminder the Outreach Committee seeks volunteers and support for its other outreach functions. We continually need volunteers to help with the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to volunteer. 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
Financial Update Reporting on July, there is some good news and some bad news! The bad news is that July was the lowest month for collections we have had this year. The good news is that we expected it and, year to date, we remain ahead of our Plan and ahead of the actual collections for last year. Plate, Pledge and Other collections total $146,485 through July compared to last years total of $127,133. Expenses remain well controlled and for the seven months total $126,499 which is about $10,000 below last year’s to date. We are cushioned by the open posiPlate Year to date recap: 2014 YTD June 30 Month of July 2014 YTD July 31 2014 Budget 2013 Actual Month: Actual July 2014 Actual July 2013 Budget July 2014 14 | Topics September 2014
tion for Education Director and another line or two that are due to timing. However, the expense level is being well managed within budget and expectations. The result is that whereas last year we were a tad upside down (excluding non budgeted items) with a deficit through July of $9,318, for 2014 we are reporting a surplus of $19,986. We are so blessed to have so many join together with their time, talent and resource to carry out the many ministries we are undertaking. Thanks so much to everyone! —Nimocks Haigh
$7,801 936 8,737 10,208 8,317
$127,498 9,010 136,508 121,058 117,906
$1,080 160 1,240 1,225 910
$136,379 10,106 146,485 132,491 127,133
$108,334 18,165 126,499 134,251 136,451
$28,045 (8,059) 19,986 (1,760) (9,318)
936 1,015 1,458
9,010 9,299 17,294
160 60 175
10,106 10,374 18,927
18,165 22,558 20,568
(8,059) (12,184) (1,641)
Seven Apps to Watch Out For… CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 CONS: The site has been linked to severe bullying, including a handful of instances of teen suicides in England. Yo. You might not believe it, but all this app does is send users the text message “Yo.” It then reads it out loud. Yep, that’s it. PROS: It is silly, harmless, and oddly addicting to hear your phone speak the word “Yo.” Nice to know someone’s thinking of you. CONS: Early versions of the app were susceptible to hackers. Later updates seem to have alleviated many of the problems. Not every new app is harmful or harmless, it’s safe to say, and the best method of ensuring your child’s smart phone device remains safe for him or her to use is through carefully established expectations and good vigilance. Lists like these are likely outdated by the time they’re put into print (so old-school!), and new apps appear everyday in online marketplaces. Still, keep an eye out for these apps on your kids’ devices, and never hesitate to ask them if they think the service is useful, safe, and appropriate. A well-intentioned inquiry from Mom or Dad might just elicit the best answer. —James Hogan
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Amy Lawton, Michelle Mitchell; Acolytes: Cameron Rankin S, Reid Balatow C, Salem Haire T, Stokes Haire T; Assistant: Bill Balatow SUNDAY, 9/21: Lectors: Sam McDowell (8), James Hogan; Chalice Harriette Andrews (8), Bill Balatow*, Arna Deter; Greeters: Kim Dockery, Lori Martin; Ushers: Tommy Allison, Thomas Clendenin, John Phillip Dulin, Jim Lawton*; Oblation: Walter & Haydee Patterson; Nursery: Ashley Alexander, Ellyn Mullis; Acolytes: Madison Peters S, Samantha Holland C, Kaid Mitchell T, Hailee Mitchell T; Assistant: John Deter SUNDAY, 9/28: Lectors: Roger Davidson (8), Leslie Lackey; Chalice Roger Davidson
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