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Topics TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Volume 31, Number 6

Summer 2015 ...............................................

Staff, Vestry, & Officers Rector | The Reverend Brad Mullis Parish Administrator | Sarah Wilkinson Organist/Choirmaster | Sam Holt Preschool Director | Sherry George Senior Warden | Kim Dockery Junior Warden | Rob Hites Parish Life | Tommy Allison Outreach | Layton Getsinger Music & Worship | Jerrie Greene Finance | Nimocks Haigh Communications | James Hogan Young Family Ministry | Amy Lawton Pastoral Care | Carol Leach Newcomers & Evangelism | Bud Martin Youth | Scott Rankin Adult Ed | Chris Shoobridge Vestry Secretary | Susan Cardwell Treasurer | Jim Lawton Assistant Treasurer | Evie Caldwell

In This Issue FEATURES

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Liked, Loved & Shared


From the Editor

You’ll Eat Your Veggies, Too


Around the Parish


Memorials; Vestry Minutes


Financial Update

Annual Salad Festival is scheduled in July

Taking the Church to the Congregation


Afraid of a Different Kind of Dark


Prayers for Service Members



Jesus Christ didn’t spend much time talking about his family. Rev. Brad Mullis writes about how that can be instructive to the modern Christian, too.

The historic election of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry comes at a critical time for the Episcopal Church.


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.

All in the Family


Darkness, both literal and figurative, can be overwhelming. Evening Prayer can help.

An update on two members of the armed forces on Trinity’s prayer list.


Labyrinth Coming to Garden


A New Memorial Landscape

Sarah Kate Rankin brings a welcome addition to the Community Garden

Improvements continue at Trinity’s Memorial Garden, including a pond and waterfall.

Submissions We welcome your submissions or ideas for articles or photos as well as your comments. Email with your input. Back cover: Bishop Michael Curry visits Trinity for Rally Day 2014 | 3

Liked, Loved, & Shared Each month we feature a few quotes, images, and comments shared on our social media channels, plus your letters, comments, and cards. Send your comments to Clockwise, from right: Rite 13 Ceremonies at Trinity; Aston and Margaret Johnston serve during Sunday service; Jenneffer Sixkiller snaps a shot of the Outreach Garden; the Eucharist from Rogation Sunday; Bud and Lori Martin provide music for Rogation Sunday.

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We are Part of the Jesus Movement


n the handful of times I’ve sat in a room and listened to the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry preach—and preach is absolutely the right word here—I’ve observed two things with confidence: first, everyone in the audience heard about Jesus Christ, and second, few listeners make it through the message without feeling compelled to get up and do something for God. Now that North Carolina’s Bishop Curry is Presiding Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Church, I know that our church, and our nation, will be exposed to those two powerful elements. I couldn’t be happier. Bishop Curry confirmed me into Trinity Episcopal in 2009, and I’ve always felt challenged by his leadership to act as Christ intended for us Christians to act. What could the Episcopal Church look like if we were half as evangelical as Bishop Curry might want it to be? Perhaps we’ll find out…. Reach more about Bishop Curry’s historic election in Salt Lake City on in this special Double Issue for Summer 2015, and be sure to share your thoughts about this moment—and others from the 78th General Convention by writing or emailing, or by sharing your comments on Facebook. Happy Sumer! —James Hogan, editor ◊ | 5

Around the Parish Yard Sale Nets $2k

VBS Set for July 20-23


rinity’s annual Yard Sale earned proceeds of roughly $2,000. Proceeds will be evenly distributed to the Boys and Girls Club and Special Olympics of Iredell County. Thanks for all who volunteered, contributed items for sale, and especially our generous shoppers!

Looking for Recipes? Have you been looking for something new to try in the kitchen this summer? Don’t forget that Trinity still has its world-famous* cookbook in print and ready for purchase in the church office. We can personally vouch for Loring’s outstanding cake recipes. Pick up yours for $8.00. (*That might be a slight exaggeration. You never know.)

Sunday Service


very Sunday, members of Trinity’s Altar Guild undertake the important, yet all but behind-the-scenes work of ensuring that the table is properly set for The Lord’s Supper. This work is truly vital to our parish, and the Altar Guild is looking for new volunteers! Contact Jerrie Greene if you’re interested in joining this important ministry. 6 | Topics Summer 2015


rab your nets and get ready for this year’s Vacation Bible School, “Buggin’ Out for Jesus!” The four-day program begins July 20 and runs through July 23. The sessions begin at 9am and dismiss at 11:30am. Laura Peters, Amanda Clendenin, Heather Harwell and Amy Lawton have been working together to coordinate this great program. “We are planning insect based arts and crafts, an outing to the Iredell County Demo Garden, spiritual lessons, as well as music and participant prepared snacks,” Amy said. Registration for VBS is encouraged but not required—and Amy says she’s still looking for volunteers, so be sure to let her know if you would like to take part.

Youth Ed Updates, Thanks Great Arrangements


t was the Lord himself who urged us to "consider the lilies, how they grow (Matthew 6:28). In doing so, He directs us in an awesome encounter. The use of flowers in the church is an expression of joy and love to our Lord and gives our worship greater life." The Rev Scott White, parish newspaper, Trinity Ashville, NC. The Flower Guild of our Trinity Church is a vital and important ministry. Flower Guild members check the Altar Flower Chart each week. If a church member has signed up to have flowers in the church the following Sunday, Flower Guild members take what is needed to the florist if the member is using a florist for arrangement. If a member has signed up to have flowers in church but have indicated that they would like the Flower Guild to make arrangement, the Flower Guild members will do so. The church member making this request is asked to make a donation to the church flower fund of $35 for one flower arrangement

and $55 for two arrangements. The Flower Guild ensures that the each Sunday, the altar is adorned with flowers and/or greenery. We are thankful to the following church members who have agreed to give their time and talents to serve on the Flower Guild; Tammy Neely, Chairperson, Harriette Andrews, Ruby Eagle, Betty Coltham, Susan Cardwell, Destiny Tsuamas, Amy Lawton, Anne Rhyne, Erica Budd, Jane Getsinger. The Flower Guild welcomes any member who would like to participate on the Flower Guild. Please contact Tammy Neely or Jerrie Greene if interested. Also, if at any time a member has an abundance of pretty greenery and/or flowers that might be used in flower arrangements, please let a member of the Flower Guild know so the plants can be used. Please be reminded that donations to Trinity's Flower Fund welcome are always. —Jerrie Greene ◊


would like to thank all of the volunteers who mad this past Sunday School year possible. Through their hard work and dedication we had another successful year. I would like to thank Rowdy Armistead and Wendy Allison for volunteering to be chaperones for the J2A Pilgrimage at the end of July. We have 4 youth going on the trip – Sally Mullis, Meredith Dockery, Cameron Rankin, and Sarah Kate Rankin. They are heading to New York and spending 3 days at Bluestone Farm in Brewster and 3 days in the city. Please keep them in your prayers as they embark on this cornerstone of the J2A program. I would also like to thank Ginger Hester for taking charge of Children’s Chapel. Please contact Ginger or myself if you are interested in volunteering for this area of ministry. —Scott Rankin ◊

Calendar JULY 3

Church office closed for Independence Day weekend


Bake Sale after Church; Fifth Street Ministries’ Christmas in July at the Statesville Civic Center


Vacation Bible School from 9-11:30am


J2A Pilgrimage begins


Salad Luncheon following church— benefits Outreach | 7



n the Sunday gospel for June 7, one of the disciples tells Jesus that his mother and brothers are outside waiting for him and calling him. "Who is my mother and who are my brothers?" Jesus replied. "Anyone who does my will, anybody who 8 | Topics Summer 2015

gets on board with my movement, that's my family," said Jesus. Jesus has some strange ideas about family. For most of us, family is the most significant of our social groupings, for good or bad. We make them, they make us, and we deal with them, for good or bad, all our lives.

"Family values" was not really a Jesus thing. We know next to nothing about the family of Jesus. Mark says that Jesus had a number of brothers and sisters, but Jesus' family plays a remarkably tiny role in his story. To Jesus, everything—even family—is secondary to his mission; nothing is more important than

obedience to his heavenly Father. Still, it’s interesting that Jesus appears to devalue the human grouping that most of us value the most. Jesus left his biological family in order to form a new family based not on blood and genes—that is, the way we make family—-but rather upon the gracious, barrier-

"Family values" was not really a Jesus thing. We know

next to nothing about the family of Jesus. Mark says that Jesus had a number of brothers and sisters, but Jesus' family plays a remarkably tiny role in his story. breaking call of God. All across Palestine he called the lost and orphaned back home, and got himself in trouble for eating and drinking with anyone who would share a table with him. In his stories of seeking the Lost Sheep and seeking the Lost Coin and the Lost Boy, Jesus is forming a new family composed of those who had difficulty fitting in with their human families. Our human families, for any of their virtues, are just too small, too narrowly defined. So, when parents present a child for baptism, the Christian initiation rite, the church washes that person in water, an act which says, among other things, that the person has been reborn, started over, and has been adopted into a new God-formed family. It is as if the person gets a new name, "Christian," that takes precedence over that person's family name. And the church is that fresh, new family made up of those who have heard Jesus say "Follow me" and have stepped forward and said "Yes." The priest takes the child from them and says, more or less, "You are two wonderful people, but

you can’t raise a Christian on your own. It takes a bigger family. Therefore, we'll share responsibility for this baby; we will help you raise a Christian." In this transient world of grandparents without grandchildren close by, and single-parent families, and grandchildren growing up without grandparents, and marriages under stress, we need a bigger family than the one we were born into. We must be born again into a new family, a family as large as the love of God in Jesus Christ. To be credibly called Christians, followers of Jesus today, we must be willing to live into our baptisms, that is, to accept our membership in a new, farflung, barrier-breaking family, the church. We have to be subsumed in a family bigger and more demanding than the one into which we were born. And we must take our part in that family. We must engage the story with one another in lively and vital Christian formation. No matter how old or young we are. We must engage our youth as they seek Christ in worship and service and relationship.

We must reach out into the world in the same love that reached out to us in our baptism. And, we must join our family at the table. You see, the chief act of Christian worship isn't some mysterious, dark, spooky

thing. It's a family meal with everyone around the table, the Sunday dinner that we call the Eucharist, family as God intended family to be. As family, we address some of the most sinful, often difficult-to-bear rascals as | 9

"brother" or "sister," just because Jesus loves them to death. So you can see why, when the Jesus movement got going as the church, baptism not only signified everything that water meanscleansing and birth, and death and refreshment, renewal, life--but baptism also meant adoption. To become a Christian, to have your life taken over by Jesus, is to be joined into a family, a people convened by "water and the Spirit," a family bigger and better than your biological family, a worldwide, barrierbreaking family that goes by the name, "body of Christ." You belong to something as big as God’s love. No matter what your family of origin, you have been adopted into God’s barrierbreaking family through baptism. That goes for all among us or all who would be among us. The nature of this family is always to welcome, always to receive new folks warmly and completely, the way Jesus did. So take your place in this household, and live into this family name in all its glory and responsibility. "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother." —The Rev. Brad Mullis ◊

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You’ll Eat Your Veggies, for Sure Salad Festival ahead, community garden harvesting

Summer is the best time for fresh vegetables—including those needed to make this delicious kale salad.


ext up on our Outreach Calendar is the Annual Salad Festival. The Festival, coordinated by Rowdy Armistead and Carol Leach, will be held in the Parish Hall on July 26th immediately following church. We are soliciting volunteers to provide food for this event. There will a sign-up sheet in the narthex. We need volunteers

to help provide 20 salads and 12 desserts. As was done the past couple of years there will not be a direct cost to participants for the meal. We will, however, have a container to accept donations. These donations will be deposited in the Rector’s Discretionary Account. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

Community Garden News This year’s Trinity Community Garden is in full bloom. All beds have been leased and planted. Most are already harvesting food. This year Dee Ham and Locke Allison created a 700 SF bed to be used solely for the purposes of supporting ICM. The users of the garden contribute excess food to the church which is combined with excess food from your

home gardens. The produce is placed on a bench in the breeze way for people to purchase, on the honor system, each Sunday during the summer growing season. Any excess, along with the proceeds from the Sunday sales is taken to ICM by Haydee and Walter Patterson. Fresh vegetables are appreciated and provide good nourishment for families. In addition, please remember that we continue to gather can goods each Sunday for delivery to ICM at the end of the month. They are in serious need of paper goods, cereal, juices, cleaning supplies and easy to prepare foods. As a reminder please continue to bring your used stamps cut from envelops to church each Sunday and deposit in the plastic box in the narthex. As you get mail with a postage stamp (not metered mail) please cut the stamp off the envelop leaving a quarter inch around the edges. The stamps are sent to Alliance Stamp Ministry who in turn sorts and packages them for sale to collectors around the world. The proceeds from the ministry buy Spanish language Sunday School literature for Latino children. continued on page 16 | 11


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Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry wants the Episcopal Church to reclaim its share of “the Jesus movement.” y now, you’ve likely heard the big news: the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, the Bishop of North Carolina and friend to Trinity Episcopal, was elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He replaces outgoing Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori, and will be inaugurated into his position during a special service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on All Saints Day this November. The statistics of Bishop Curry’s election are worth retelling: he is the first African-American Presiding Bishop; he was elected on the first ballot—the first time ever in the church’s history; he received nearly 70 percent of the vote from the House of Bishops, and the House of

Deputies approved his election by a vote of 800 to 12. Such overwhelming figures seem to indicate that Bishop Curry was a clear favorite in the slate of four nominees, which also included the bishops of southwest Florida, southern Ohio, and Connecticut. And, if you’ve ever heard Bishop Curry deliver a message, you know that the Episcopal Church has just adamantly and enthusiastically elected a fiery preacher. Bishop Curry already seems more than ready to get started. “We are baptized into the Jesus movement, into the way of Jesus,” Curry said in an interview with the Episcopal News Service. “In a time like this, when people don’t automatically go to church just because Mama and Grand-pop did,

the church can no longer wait for its congregation to come to it. The church must go where the congregation is.” Curry labels this period of the Episcopal Church its “mission moment,” and believes that part of the Presiding Bishop’s role is to push the church out of its doors and into the world.

native of Chicago, Illinois, born March 13, 1953, Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York, and a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He has also studied at the College of

Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, WinstonSalem, North Carolina. He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, and was rector there 1979-1982. He next accepted a call to serve as the rector of St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, where he served 19821988. In 1988, he became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, Maryland, where he served until his election as bishop of North Carolina in 2000. | 13

Top: Bishop Curry speaks after his election as Presiding Bishop. (AP Photo) Left: parishioners lay hands; right: Bishop Curry preaches.

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In his three parish ministries, Curry was active in the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, the creation of networks of family day care providers and educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He also sat on the commission on ministry in each of the three dioceses in which he has served. As North Carolina’s bishop, he led a congregation of some 48,000 Episcopalians. Known for his emphasis on evangelism, public service, social justice and equality, Curry’s work in North Carolina has exceeded the walls of the church. Curry instituted a network of canons, deacons and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that already happens in local congregations and refocused the diocese on The Episcopal Church’s dedication to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved thousands of lives.

—Bishop Michael Curry

choing an old spiritual, Curry said during a video interview after his nomination was announced on May 1 that “our hand must be on the Gospel plow.” “We are followers of Jesus – Jesus of Nazareth – and the truth is we’ve got a message to proclaim, a life to live and something to share and offer the world,” he said. “There’s a lot of suffering in this world. There’s a lot of heartache, there’s a lot of nightmare. We are people who believe that God has a dream and a vision for this world, and that Jesus has shown us how to follow him in the direction of that and how to help this world live into God’s dream and vision for us now. “Our work is actually the work of participating in the Jesus movement, which seeks to realize God’s dream and seeks to accomplish God’s mission in this world,” Curry said. The church must help form disciples who will live like Jesus, Curry said. Such formation must become a priority so that the church is not just creating members, but disciples of Jesus “who actually live out and struggle to live out the teachings of Jesus in their lives, and make a tangible difference” in the | 15

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world. If such churchwide formation combined with Episcopalians’ individual commitments to imitate Jesus, “we would transform this world,” Curry said. “After formation, there’s evangelism and I know sometimes folks are afraid of that word, but I’m not talking about evangelism like other folk do it,” he said. “I am talking about the kind of evangelism that is as much listening as it is sharing.” Being present with another person and listening to that person is a “transforming possibility” of invitation and welcome. Episcopalians must also be willing to “witness in the social sphere, witness in the public sphere, through personal service that helps somebody along the way … prophesying deliverance … [and] being

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a voice for those who have no voice,” Curry said. To do this, Episcopalians need to partner with Anglicans around the world along with people of other faith traditions, according to Curry. And “we need to create organizational structures that serve the mission, that help the institution and the church become a vessel of the Jesus movement,” he concluded.

ishop Curry will enter his role as primate of the Episcopal Church at an important time. The church’s 1.8 million members represent a decline of roughly 10 percent over the last decade. And, as Bishop Curry referenced earlier, now is a time in which our contemporaries are largely choosing not to go to

church—a decision reflected in declining membership and Sunday attendance across the Protestant landscape. Still, Curry has hope. “This is a good and wonderful church and we are good and wonderful people and I thank God to be one of the baptized among you,” Curry said following his election, adding, “My heart is really full.” “We’ve got a society where there are challenges before us and there are crises all around us. And the church has challenges before it,” he said. “We got a God and there really is a Jesus, and we are part of the Jesus Movement. Nothing can stop the movement of God’s love in this world” —with reporting from the Episcopal New Network ◊

Also as a reminder we continue to collect aluminum cans for recycling. Please bring your aluminum cans each Sunday and deposit in the blue container adjacent the Memorial Garden downstairs. The cans are bundled and sold to Gordon’s. The proceeds are deposited in the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. In May Doug Stobbe took 128 pounds of cans to Gordons bringing our year to day amount to 170 pounds. Since the program begin we have collected 6,274 pounds. Please keep in mind that the House Calls group, made up of church volunteers, is available to assist elderly or infirmed members of the church with ad hoc issues not requiring a permit or license to perform. Typically problems are the result of a storm or other acts of nature. Should you have a need call Jim Rhyne or Sarah Wilkinson in the church office. —Layton Getsinger, Outreach Chairman ◊



of a different kind of dark

Discovering the true depth of Evening Prayer. By James Hogan


'm sitting here trying to remember when I was first aware that I was afraid of the dark. I'm not afraid of the dark anymore, of course, at least, not in any kind of paralyzing way. Occasionally I'll be downstairs in our house, with all the lights off, and I'll scoot up the steps with an extra boost of adrenaline with the notion that someone-something--was lurking in the shadows, waiting for me. I know it's silly. But such a feeling gave me a

well of empathy for our daughter when she went through a spell demanding we leave her closet light on through the nighttime. And while we can at least extinguish that bulb these days, she still sleeps with a nightlight. A few, actually. Most nights, we say a little prayer that she sleeps through the night without bad dreams. The Episcopal Church has a handful of different services, but one I'm particularly fond of is Evening Prayer. It's a simple church service meant to be spoken every single night

(Trinity offers Evening Prayer typically on weekdays throughout Lent), a slow reflection of the day, a reading of the assigned scripture, a handful of prayers. But the liturgy for Evening Prayer, its prescription for nighttime order, is revealing. "Darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day," says the 139th Psalm, which is quoted in the service. "I am the light of the world" follows. Light and dark. "Be our light in the darkness, O

Lord," one of the prayers goes, "and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night." Another petition asks for "protection through the coming night," seeking God's safe passage through to the morning. Surely this intense focus on night time and its dangers, this vulnerability rooted in the dark chasm in every day, grew from a collective fear of the dark. Think about nighttime in an age before smart phones, before telephones in gen- | 17

eral, or hospitals, or electricity, or street lights, or Doppler radar, or relative peace. Night used to be a pretty scary time. Even the first edition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, published in 1549, begins its version of evening prayer with the cry, "O God, make speed to save me!" Until recently, I felt it was a bit dramatic to say as much at evening prayer, a bit too over the top to sit in a modern church build-

in the little group of us who went to the prom together, lost her husband in a car accident. They had three children. A dear family that I know from my days as a teacher lost their beautiful, eight month-old daughter after a long illness. Those were all tragic deaths. A long-time college administrator I'd worked with for several years had some time to prepare for his own death, and his passing was somewhat

What strange life frame have I entered? Where are the days when each week carried a new friend's engagement announcement, when my Facebook channels were thick with pregnancies or newborns? This latest death has shaken me. I don't know if it's more the circumstances or the fact that this spring has planted more friends into the ground than any spring I can remember, but I cannot help but sense the darkness

Evening Prayer, run my fingers over the pages, and turn loose my heart to God. It doesn't seem so silly anymore. Darkness, literal and figurative, is overwhelming. There are a lot of lonely souls lying down to sleep tonight, especially those whose worlds are emptier now that their beloved companions are extinguished. And then there's me, my vulnerability charged by a myriad losses on the edges of my life, lin-

Think about nighttime in an age before smart phones, before telephones in general, or hospitals, or electricity, or street lights, or Doppler radar, or relative peace. Night used to be a pretty scary time. ing, my busy schedule and task list of things to do when I get home tucked in the back pew of my brain, and say these words with real conviction. Now, forgive me for telling a few of the burdens I've been carrying this year: Three friends of mine have buried their parents this spring. One's father passed away suddenly, unexpectedly. Another's mother had a massive stroke one weekend, lingered a brief amount of time, and faded out. The last friend’s mother died less than a year after his father's passing. Another high school friend, one who was

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a relief for those of us who hated to see him in any state of discomfort. Then a couple of months ago, a friend I worked with for some time on a local committee died in his sleep. He was 66, but his energy and devotion to our community made him seem much, much younger. Astonishingly, less than 48 hours later, a second friend from the same committee died. He was a town commissioner in Mooresville, another tireless advocate for education. On his re-election campaign's Facebook page, his last post refers to a voting guide I wrote. Friends, children, spouses, parents. Lost.

around me, closing in like a quiet tide. Right now, with all of this so fresh, that darkness is best described as hurt. I hurt for my friend Mac, and for the wife and children he left behind, and for Frank and his family, and for precious Avery and her parents, and Chris and his wife and children. For Will. For Cheryl and the father she lost. For Pam and the mother she lost. For Brian, whose parents are now gone. Darkness is frightening. Pain and hurt are difficult. This season of grief has grown deeper and deeper. And more than ever, I've felt compelled to crack open the order for

gering outside my son's door, listening to him breathe, running a hand through the blackness until it reaches the small of my wife's back. My arms hold my parents' shoulders tighter. And in my mind, I hold this evening prayer's intercession ever close: Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. —James Hogan ◊


Praying for Those in the Armed Forces A closer look at James Smith and Steve DiFiore from Trinity’s prayer list

Above: Master Sergeant Steve DiFiore, wife Jennifer, Thea (their hosted exchange student); front: daughters Isabella and Mackenzy

Every Sunday, when our congregation is led in the Prayers of the People, we always take time to remember those serving in the Armed Forces—a list of names that rarely changes week to week, one that becomes quickly familiar as we hear the names over and over. This month, we decided to go out in search of a little more about these

folks—and we’re pleased to report back a short bit of information about them to you. James W. Smith is a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the United States Navy. He is currently stationed in Jacksonville, NC. Smith is Kaye Taliana’s sister’s nephew. Smith is a third generation Navy service member; both his father and

grandfather served as well. After a career of more than 20 years of service in the Navy, Smith plans to retire this December. Master Sergeant Steve DiFiore is actively serving in the US Air Force. DiFiore is currently deployed in Iraq, where he’s been stationed since March. DiFiore is married to Jennifer DiFiore, an ESL

teacher at West Iredell High School. The couple has five children: Isabella, Mackenzy, Courtney, Nick, and Steven. The photo above was taken as DiFiore and his crew worked to deliver care packages last Christmas. Continue to keep James Smith and Steve DiFiore in your prayers— and let us know if there’s someone in the armed forces we can add to our list. ◊ | 19


A New Addition to the Community Garden Prayer labyrinth will add a pathway for reflection and contemplation


rinity’s Community Garden, already a place for tranquility and connecting to God through nature, will soon add a prayer labyrinth to its amenities. Trinity youth member Sarah Kate Rankin, who is working toward earning her Gold Award, is installing the labyrinth as a community service project. She presented the idea of the labyrinth at the May Vestry meeting, where it was approved. Prayer labyrinths come in all shapes and sizes, but the basic idea is mostly the same across the board: the labyrinth represents a simple pathway from outside inward, one that invites participants to walk calmly in prayer, reflecting and contemplating all along the way. Rankin plans to host a bake sale after church to begin raising money, and she’ll ask “family and local businesses,” for their support. No existing church funds will be used. In addition to the labyrinth, Rankin plans to install park benches. The project comes in conjunction with another Community Garden project from the same family: Cameron Rankin will soon begin work on his Eagle Scout project, installing pathways and a washing station for gardeners’ use. Both projects will come under way later this summer and will be completed by the end of the year. ◊

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Memorial Garden Improvements Continue Renovations include water feature; columbaria also on the list of possible additions to area


ucked in a quiet alcove between the sanctuary and education wing, the Memorial Garden has always been a peaceful and tranquil place to remember loved ones. Now, with continued renovations, what had become an overgrown landscape is vastly improved. While there are a

few finishing touches to come, the picture above mostly paints the finished portrait. Among the most noticeable improvements: a new pond feature, complete with waterfall, impressive stonework, and goldfish. The soothing sounds of the waterfall can be heard all the way into the parking lot—drawing

onlookers into the heart of our facility. Other improvements include a new paved pathway, landscape barriers, and several new plantings. Improvements were donated to the church., and some of the work was volunteered. The Vestry will soon vote on placing two

columbaria in the garden, which would give parishioners a new place to memorialize their loved ones. Vestry members have looked at a couple of options at other churches and will vote later in the summer on whether or not to add the columbaria to Trinity’s Memorial Garden. ◊ | 21




May Vestry Minutes

In Memory of Sonny Shelton Bill and Julia Holland Paul and Mary Gilbert Patricia Beard Bill and Lourdes Winters Doug Stobbe Dee and Barbee Ham Dick and Adelaide Craver Jim and Lynn Lawton Dr. James Rodgers Mrs. Marianna Steele Coffey, Lovins & Co. Statesville Jan Ambrose W T Cheatham Jr. Roy & Barbara West Armonde Troutman

Members present were Layton Getsinger, Scott Rankin, James Hogan, Rob Hites, Jerrie Greene, Tommy Allison, Chris Shoobridge, Nimocks Haigh, Carol Leach, Amy Lawton, Kim Dockery, Brad Mullis, Rector; and Susan Cardwell, clerk. The meeting opened with prayer and a reading from Luke, Chapter 10. There were no email motions since the last meeting. Scott made a motion, seconded by Layton to accept the minutes with the addition of Jerrie Greene to the members present at the March meeting. The motion passed. Sarah Kate Rankin presented her Girl Scout Gold Award project proposal. She would like to build a labyrinth at the Community Garden. She will be hosting a bake sale fundraiser after the 10:30 service on June 21. Kim Dockery made a motion to approve the project proposal. The motion was seconded by Jerrie Greene and passed. Sam McDowell presented an update on the columbaria. There are eight interested at this time. The discussion was tabled until the June meeting.

In Memory of Julian Sisk Dr. James Rodgers Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fanjoy Franklin and Nancy Ivey Doug Stobbe Will and Susan Fanjoy W T Cheatham, Jr Harold Rimmer Carroll and Kaye Tuttle James and Katherine Reed In Memory of Lila Debow Armonde Troutman In Memory of Bill Griffin Dee Ham Eric and Annetia Dailey In Memory of Mildred Johnson Will and Susan Fanjoy Armonde Troutman Anna Rice Jim & Suzanne Lafollette-Black In Memory of Joyce Ramer Jane Getsinger In Memory of Budd Immesberger Will and Susan Fanjoy In Memory of Flint Norwood and Katherine Dooley Agnes Schneider Honorarium An anonymous gift was contributed to the Preschool Foundation Fund in thanksgiving for the birth of Hawkson Donald Rikard, to Jean Foster and Scott Rikard.

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Finance Nimocks Haigh reports that the finances are still doing well. Rector’s Report Inquirer’s Class is going well. The search for a Christian Ed/Youth staff person is ongoing. The yard sale went well. The final concert in The Trinity Artist Series was gorgeous with a great turnout. Youth Sunday, rogation and Pentecost all went well, also. There will be a Rite 13 ceremony on May 31 to celebrate Christian York, Ellison Johnson, Ryan and Shane Fox. August 2nd is the deadline for Convention delegate.

The next vestry meeting will be June 28. Carol Campbell has been hired to work in the nursery. Kim Dockery made a motion to allot $10 per hour for the nursery position. Chris Shoobridge seconded the motion and it passed. Committees Outreach-Layton Getsinger The yard sale raised approximately $2000. There are some outstanding items to be sold on eBay. $1000 will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Statesville, and $1000 will go to the Special Olympics of Iredell County. Junior Warden-Rob Hites Jani-King, the new cleaning company started May 1 and are doing well. Amy Lawton made a motion seconded by Layton Getsinger to accept with gratitude $100 per month from the Preschool towards the cleaning service during school months. The Memorial Garden is moving ahead. The Community Garden is on the Statesville Garden Tour June 6-7. Thank you to Dee Ham, Locke Allison, Josh Hart and Andy Booker for their hard work. Senior Warden-Kim Dockery The pictorial directory has been sent to the publisher. Kim reiterated all the thanks to those who have helped with the activities going on. The next Parish Supper will be June 10. There will be a break for the summer and resume in August. The meeting closed with prayer. —Susan Cardwell, Vestry Secretary ◊

Milestones Birthdays JUNE 1 Charity Graves 2 Emma Peters 3 Ia Lewis 4 David Alexander 6 Ellison Johnson; Charlie Mullis 7 Charles Harwell 8 James Allison; Claire Balatow Chuck Dockery; Walter Patterson; Maribeth Peters 10 Armonde Troutman 11 Jonas Dearman 12 Lynn Lawton 13 Susan Hebert 14 Bruce Cardwell 17 Sarah Shoobridge 18 Suzy Barile 21 Michelle Sargent 22 Cindy Kines 23 Sarah Alexander;

Jodi Pippin 27 Brad Mullis 28 Reid Balatow; Dee Ham Susie Medlin 30 Lillian Rutter JULY 1 Lula Cheatham Andrea Sargent 6 Michael Reimann 7 Tessica Martin Page Rankin 8 Kari Caron 9 Lisa Cooper Lynne Sweeney 11 Buchanan Deter Cecil Haynes 14 Laura Peters 16 John Deter Re Johnston 18 Sally Eisele Sandra Landry Maureen Lytsell Lisa McBroom

20 William Hites 21 Malachi Hart Lori Martin Oliver Pippin Linda Thornton 22 Beryl Immesberger 23 Michaela Quarantiello James Shoobridge 24 Benjamin Hites 25 Patterson Beard 26 Martha Jennings Rutter 28 Nicholas Harknett Meredith Leach Tammy Neely 29 Louisa Clendenin 30 Angela Holland

Anniversaries JUNE 3 David & Ashley Alexander 7 Bill & Evie Caldwell 9 Paul & Destiny Tsumas 10 Daniel & Susan Herbert 12 Joe & Sally Furr 15 Jerry & Ella Gehling; Cecil & Pam Haynes 25 Chuck & Jodi Pippin 26 Scott & Elizabeth Rankin; Jim & Anne Rhyne 27 Bud & Lori Martin JULY 2 Sonny & Page Rankin 20 Bob & Harriet Foster 25 Michael & Betty Coltham Share your milestones with the church office or by emailing


Financial Update


t is always a pleasure to report positive results and through May 2015 we are in positive financial territory. Plate collections are just

ahead of last year and Pledges are comfortably ahead through five months. On the one hand, we understand that prepayments typi-

cally drive our revenues in the early part of a year yet May 2015 results are clearly better than average. Expenses are remarkably close to

our Budget as well as to the 2014 level. Though there are hits and misses throughout the detailed Budget line items, none are worrisome and year to date May is just above the same period last year and right on the Budget. The noticeable uptick in May expense is

from two making two monthly payments to even up our Diocesan pledge. Thank you so much for your continued support! We are truly blessed to be a part of such a responsive church. — Nimocks Haigh ◊ | 23

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