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Topics TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Volume 31, Number 7

September 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

In This Issue FEATURES

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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.

Upcoming Outreach


What to Do About Drinking and the Church


Liked, Loved & Shared From the Editor


Around the Parish


Financial Update Milestones

With the summer behind us, opportunities abound for Trinity folks to help our community.

The General Convention takes on the culture around alcohol in the Church


Why I Am (Still) an Episcopalian


© 2015 Trinity Episcopal Church.

CONTACT US 801 Henkel Road / PO Box 1103 Statesville, NC 28677-1103 (704) 872-6314

The Church is the People. Say that again, and again, and realize that our success as a Parish depends upon our people and the work they’re willing to contribute.

Greg Garrett talks faith, how the church helped keep his life together, and why he’s devoted to its future

Vestry Secretary | Susan Cardwell Treasurer | Jim Lawton Assistant Treasurer | Evie Caldwell ...............................................

Let’s Participate



Galilee Goes On


Meet the D.O.K.

Bishop Hodges-Copple looks to continue the work begun by Michael Curry.

As it celebrates 130 years, the Daughters of the King continues to draw women to God

Submissions We welcome your submissions or ideas for articles or photos as well as your comments. Email with your input. Above: Bishop Anne HodgesCopple was appointed Bishop Pro -Tem for North Carolina | 3

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A Stiff Shot of Truth

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

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ow has life been for you recently? Mine has been, well, busy. I don’t say that in a boastful way (we often do—if you’re not busy, then what’s wrong with you?), but rather I say it to simply note that right now, with two kids in preschool, a wife who devotes her career to teaching music in public school, and my own job that keeps me on the road or in the air, life is full. You might have noticed this past summer that Topics was relegated to a consolidated summer quarter issue. This was, in part, to acknowledge what is often a slower period around our parish as we all venture off on vacation. But it’s also a nod to the fact that putting together this publication takes a lot of time and energy. It was nice to have a summer off. We return, though, with this issue, which takes on the matter of drinking and the church. It’s a touchy one, for sure—lots of congregations in our town have their own ideas about alcohol; some want to be rid of it entirely, while others are more open to the idea that Christians might occasionally imbibe. I think Trinity has always found its congregation to be on the more permissive side, and for the most part, I imagine that’s always worked out okay. At this past summer’s General Convention, though, our church’s leadership took a sober look (pun intended) at our drinking culture. While to many of us partaking in a beer or glass of wine is an easy, sociable thing to do, for others it represents a grave addiction. While you and I might not give a passing glance at the chalice during Holy Communion, an addict might very well struggle to balance his dependency on God and his dependency on alcohol. Try to keep an open mind when you read this month’s cover story. Is it possible for our church to host Alcoholics Anonymous on a weekly basis—and still be so casual about drinking? I was surprised at the conflict I discovered when I thought of it that way. And I look forward to hearing your response, too. —James Hogan, editor ◊

We are grateful for your generous donation to the Harvest for Hospitality campaign benefiting the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. You may not be aware of somc ofthc important programs lhe Episcopal Farmworker Ministry offers to over 3,500 farmworkcrs cach growing season in Johnston, llamett, and Sampson Counties in eastern North Carolina. EFwM provides clothing and toiletry kit items to farmworkers; pcsticidc cducalion and training as well as outreach visitation to the farmworker camps. Whcn wc include the families of farmworkers, we reach an additional 10,000 people.

In 2014, over 7,000 individuals utilized the monthly food bank and 2,000 pcoplc sought immigration assistance services. The minist1Y additionally provides programming to assist with English as a Second Language classes, income tax preparation, transportation and translation services as well as a thriving sacramental ministry. Your generous donation of Sl ,228.70 to the Harvest for Hospitality campaign will ensure the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry will be sustained for decades to continuc the important work of welcoming the stranger at our door. God bless you. — Juan Caraba, Interim Executive Director, Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

We celebrated Billie Bourgeois’s 95th birthday last month at Trinity with cake and punch. | 5

Around the Parish Appreciation for a Job Well Done

VBS Harvests Veggies, Bugs Out!


f there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to attract kids like moths to the flame, it’s...well, it’s moths. And caterpillars. And other kinds of bugs. This summer’s Vacation Bible School, which carried the theme “Buggin’ Out for Jesus,” took in a few creepy -crawly things, but attendees also engaged in service work. More than two dozen children attended the week-long Bible school, where they also ventured into Trinity’s Community Garden to take a look at 6 | Topics September 2015

what was growing—and pick a few things ready to go to market. “For our service project, we harvested 56 pounds of vegetables from the community garden for Iredell Christian Ministries,” said Amy Lawton, who helped coordinate activities. You can still take in one of the crafts children completed—its on display in the Parish Hall. Big thanks to William Cardwell, Susan Cardwell, Elizabeth Cardwell, Amanda Clendenin, Laura

Peters, Lauren Rutter, Susan Fanjoy, Carol Leach, Rowdy Armistead, Sarah Kate Rankin, Cameron Rankin, Re Johnston, Meredith Dockery, and Hariette Andrews for making it such a success! Young families, please add September 11 to your calendar—our next Family Fun Night takes place that Friday night. Look for more information to arrive via email soon. — Amy Lawton

It’s been a good summer at Trinity—which you’ve no doubt witnessed if you’ve stopped by for a service the last few months. We want to thank especially all of our volunteers who have brought in lemonade and baked goods for our after-church receptions. These have been well attended, and folks have truly been delighted with all of the offerings. If you’d like to sign up to serve in this role, please let Tommy Allison know—or look for the sign-up in the narthex. Thanks, too, for those who’ve taken home dish towels and other items to wash and launder them. Please remember to bring them back so we’ll have them for our next Parish Supper and for Rally Day!

There’s a World-Famous, 20-Foot Inflatable Slide Waiting for You

September 7

Church office closed for Labor Day


First Day of Preschool


Weekly Wednesday Bible Study resumes


Rally Day Festivities


The Trinity Artist Series presents Bill & Cynthia Lawing concert, 3pm Go look up the word “rally” in the dictionary, and you’ll notice that it’s not just referring to a group or crowd of people—it’s an activity of coming together again after something has dispersed or defeated you. (Ask any college kid how the modern vernacular uses “rally” if you dare!) For us, though, Rally Day has become a symbolic regrouping, one that reunites and energizes us to push forward again through the program year

together. It’s a big day, and we want you to be part of it all! We hope you’ll join us on September 13 for a simple but fun hot dog lunch with beans, slaw, ice cream, watermelon, popcorn, etc. Oh, and have we mentioned the twenty-foot inflatable slide? We promise family fun and fellowship for all. Come, join us, enjoy a meal outside in the warm fall air, let your kids play

around the church yard, and when your food’s settled, slip off your shoes, climb up the steps, and come down the slide with a big “Whoop!” If you’re willing and able to help out, contact Tommy Allison, who will need volunteers to help set up and work in the kitchen. Set-up begins at 9am the morning of Rally Day. Hope to see you there!


Parish Supper, Vestry Meeting

Oct 4

Bishop Anne HodgesCopple visits Trinity


Family Fun Night | 7


Let’s Participate The program year is starting new. Here’s where you can plug in to Trinity


t’s almost New Year’s. Yes, Labor Day, the end of summer, the beginning of school all signal the start of a new year much more than January 1 ever does. After three months of disconnection, scatteredness, and dormancy in various parts of our congregational life, we prepare to re-engage with the beginning of the program year. Although many ministries take a break, the summer has not been uneventful. There have been improvements in our church campus. A water feature now graces the memorial garden while the Vestry is selecting a columbarium to fit that space. A washing station and new 8 | Topics September 2015

herb garden as well as a new prayer labyrinth have almost reached completion across the street, courtesy of Cameron and Sarah Kate Rankin as they pursue Eagle and Gold Scouting awards respectively. Four J2A pilgrims and two leaders made their pilgrimage to New York where they spent time on a farm run by Episcopal nuns and worshiped at Trinity Church, Wall Street. Twenty-five children and several adults had a grand time at Vacation Bible School in July. Folks offered the fruit of their gardens at the annual Summer Salad Luncheon. Well over a hundred pounds of produce from the outreach

garden has been delivered to Iredell Christian Ministries. So folk have been living out their faith and serving God and neighbor in and through this place. I want to make my annual plea to you to consider taking part in some type of Christian formation in addition to worship this year. Vestry rep Chris Shoobridge and I strive to make the Sunday morning formation time relevant and challenging. The Book Forum reads one interesting book after another. The Wednesday morning Bible Study will begin with a study of the concept of Shalom in scripture. The Adult Inquirer’s Class, which began after

Easter and broke for the summer, will resume for a few weeks prior to Bishop Hodges-Copple’s visit on October 4. And for those willing to commit, EFM meets each Tuesday night. (see Jim Lawton for details.) Please consider one of these opportunities and if there are topics you would like to see offered, please let me know. Offerings for children and youth will resume on Rally Day. Leaders are selecting curricula and preparing classes for Sunday mornings. Children’s choir, Children’s Chapel, and Family Fun Nights also provide meaningful, age appropriate learning opportunities for children. Children may

GUEST PERSPECTIVE become acolytes in third grade. Our youth will have an exciting array of activities this fall as well, activities that build relationship and challenge them to grow. When you as parents consider what your children become involved in, I hope you will consider what they get from connection with a church community. Week after week they hear the sacred story in ways that are meaningful for them, and interact with adults who love them and model Christ’s love for them. There are lots of options for children’s activities today; I hope participation in church, especially Christian formation, is the first one you commit to. As plans and schedules come together, please watch emails and the website and the Sunday bulletin for times and places as the new church year kicks off. And make your plans now to be here on September 13 for Rally Day, when we kick off the new year. —Brad Mullis

Why I Am (Still) an Episcopalian How the Church rescued one man—and earned his devotion for ever after.


'm deeply committed to my faith, not because of what I imagine I can bring to it, but because of what it brings out in me. I am not Episcopalian because it seems to me be the only way to pursue a spiritual life, but because the Anglican tradition is the best way for a spiritual life to pursue me. I'm not Episcopalian because I think I'm a smart person — although this tradition, which values intellectual exploration and the asking of questions makes use of my reason in ways other traditions did not. Great thinkers from Thomas Cranmer to Rowan Williams offer encouragement that I too can know God in some fashion through the use of my intellect.

I'm not Episcopalian because I'm an artistic person — although this tradition loves beauty, boasts such creators as C.S. Lewis, R.S. Thomas, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Barbara Brown Taylor, and P.D. James, and honors that side of me that creates as being a reflection of God's own creativity. I'm not seen as an anomaly in this tradition, but as someone in the mainstream of Christian imagination. I am not Episcopalian because I care about the Bible — but I value how every three years we do a grand tour of the scriptures, how scripture is read or sung in all of our services, and how our exposition of scripture is not centered on the favorite passages of our preachers, but

on the lectionary. Every week, God is allowed to speak into our lives through scripture that the Spirit has ordained we read, not through the strained vision of someone's pet theological peeve. I am not Episcopalian because I strive to be a compassionate person — although I decided to be confirmed an Episcopalian because I appreciated the brave early stance Episcopalians took on the inclusion of gay and lesbians in the life of the Church, the powerful witness for peace and justice of Episcopalians like Presiding Bishop John Hines in the 1960s, and the many ways I saw Episcopalians involved in feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and loving the | 9

least of these. I discovered that I could be a faithful progressive Christian in this tradition where service was a necessary adjunct to faith. I am not Episcopalian because I imagine we're ever going to be on top of the culture again — but I am encouraged by the fact that the Episcopal Church has come out on the far side of many of the Culture War questions still dividing other Christian denominations and causing those outside the Church to consider Christians prejudiced, homophobic, paranoid, or fixated on morality at the expense of justice. The recent election of the dynamic preacher — and our first African-American presiding bishop — Michael Curry even makes me believe we might have a major role in addressing one of the crucial questions of our time, race in America. I'm not Episcopalian because I think the Church needs me — but I am Episcopalian because a faithful community from this tradition saved me, and I know many others could tell similar stories. God spoke to me in the words, love, and actions of Episcopalians when I had no hope and the future seemed, at best, impossible. As much as I love the great gifts of common worship, love of beauty, and thoughtful exploration handed down to us from the Anglican tradition, I am Episcopalian — still — because in the faces of other Episcopalians, I saw — and see — the Face of God. For that, for this life I did not expect to continue living, for the joy I find now, I thank God. And because of that, I will love and serve God through the Episcopal Church for as long as I am allowed to walk this planet. — Greg Garrett is an author and English professor at Baylor University.

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Trinity Needs You ! Food drive, reading program coming up soon


great big Thank You to everyone who volunteered labor, salads/desserts/ breads and donated money to this year’s highly successful Summer Salad Festival on July 26th. Thanks the generosity of so many we collected $674 in donations that were deposited in the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This fund allows Brad the ability and flexibility to assist individuals with emergency financial hardships. Next up is the 3rd Annual Fall “CAN DO” food collection for Iredell Christian Ministries. This program is cosponsored by the Trinity Youth Group and Trinity Outreach Committee. The kickoff is tentatively scheduled for September 13th and will run through October 11th.

Summer is gone, and school is in session. We hope you’ll 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 Walter Patterson should you be able to participate. 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. In lieu of recycling your aluminum cans at home please bring them to church with you each Sunday. The blue recycling bin is downstairs across from the Memorial Garden .

The proceeds from the sale of the cans are used for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Can Collection for June, was 66 pounds. Year-to-date total is 203 pounds. The grand total since the program began is 6,307 pounds. The House Calls group remains available to assist elderly, infirmed as well as other members of our congregation with emergent issues around the home. Please call Jim Rhyne or Sarah 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


Installation Set for Presiding Bishop Ceremony for Presiding Bishop will be Nov. 2 at the National Cathedral


he Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral. The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop

of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention on June 27. According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, he becomes Presiding Bishop on November 1. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will be live webcast.

The service will be reflective of the comprehensiveness of the Episcopal tradition and community. Bishop Curry will preach at the service. Episcopal, Anglican, ecumenical, and interreligious guests are expected to join bishops, General Convention deputies, Executive Council members, and other leaders, members and guests of The Episcopal Church for the celebration. | 11


Stop me if you’ve heard this one: what’s the difference between a Baptist and an Episcopalian? An Episcopalian will talk to you in the ABC store. There are others—the thing about Episcopalians and how where there’s a fourth, there’s always a fifth. Or the joke about how we’d be better off calling ourselves “Whiskeypalians.” While the national church has always taken a liberal view on alcohol consumption, that tone changed over the course of this summer’s General Convention in Salt Lake City. The House of Bishops on July 1 passed three resolutions, one with an amendment, on the issues of alcohol and drug abuse.

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A Preventable Tragedy The church’s worst fears about its reputation around alcohol came to a tragic head in December 2014. Two days after Christmas, Heather Elizabeth Cook, the now-former Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland, slipped behind the wheel of her car. She had been drinking. Making matters worse, Cook began texting on her cell phone as she drove that day. She swerved across her lane and into the bicycle lane. Then, tragedy: Cook struck a bicyclist, Thomas Palermo, a 41 year-old father of two, throwing him into her car’s windshield. The crash claimed Palermo’s life. Cook left the scene but later returned; she was arrested and is currently out on bond after having been charged on 13 counts, including manslaughter. Tragically, this wasn’t Cook’s first time in court after driving drunk. In 2010, after noticing Cook driving on flat tires on the shoulder of a highway, a Maryland sheriff’s deputy arrested her for driving with a 0.27 blood alcohol content level— more than three times the state’s legal limit. Reports around whether or not Cook disclosed her drinking problem when she was elected to serve as a Bishop in Maryland are mixed; some say they knew of her 2010 arrest, while others say they were unaware when they voted to approve her. On the day of the deadly accident in 2014, Cook’s blood alcohol content measured 0.22. The Diocese of Maryland accepted her resignation; the national Episcopal Church later defrocked her, removing her ordination as a priest or bishop. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported in 2012 that 17 million American adults had an alcohol use disorder and that nearly 1.5 million received treatment for their addiction at a specialized facility. Roughly one in ten children lives with an alcoholic parent. In a society that clearly embraces alcohol—watch television long enough

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and take note of how many beer commercials you run across—how can the church make peace with the tragedy in Maryland? And how can we do that without entirely alienating its congregation?

House of Bishops Approves Resolutions “I’m Mark and I’m an alcoholic,” said Bishop Mark Hollingsworth of Ohio, chair of the Legislative Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, as he introduced the resolutions to the House of Bishops and acknowledged his own journey of addiction and recovery. Hollingsworth said that the committee represented “hundreds of years of sobriety and recovery.” Overall, the General Convention passed three resolutions: the first recommends ordinands should be questioned at the very beginning of the discernment process about addiction and substance use in their lives and family systems. The second, Resolution A159, acknowledges the church’s role in the culture of alcohol and drug abuse. Hollingsworth said A159 is intended to give direction in how the church can move forward in owning that reality of complicity and in healing. The third measure, Resolution A158, will create a task force to review and revise policy on substance abuse, addiction and recovery; it passed with one amendment. The amendment asks that when offering the sacrament, a nonalcoholic wine be provided. The original resolution had suggested a nonalcoholic alternative, but did not specify that it be wine.

Deputies examine ‘unhealthy and unholy’ relationship A day earlier, deputies had overwhelmingly supported the resolutions, asserting the time has come to transform the church’s “unhealthy and unholy relationship” with alcohol and addiction. “We must redefine the norm,” said the Rev. Kevin Cross, a deputy from Easton, Maryland.

17,000,000 American adults with an alcohol-use disorder in 2012

1,500,000 Americans who received treatment in a specialized facility

28 American deaths per day related to drunk driving

“We must address [drinking] in our corporate culture.” —Deputy Mary June Nestler Deputy Mary June Nestler of Utah said that alcohol topped the list of diocesan inquiries during preparation for General Convention. “The No. 1 question that came into our offices went like this: Can we get a drink in Utah? Will we be allowed to drink in our hotel rooms? Can our group hold an evening meeting and serve alcohol? Can I bring alcohol in from other states?’ “We must address this in our corporate culture.”

Courage to change the things we can Paraphrasing the prayer popularized by recovery ministries, Deputy Scott Slater of Maryland, told his fellow deputies earlier this year: “I ask God to grant me the serenity to accept legislative actions I cannot change. I pray that we as a church will have the courage to change the things we can.” Slater, a member of diocesan staff, said former Suffragan Bishop Heather Cook’s drunken driving arrest for manslaughter “has shaken so many of us, and we have yearned for our denomination to take a hard look at this issue.” The presiding officers created Legislative Committee 22 on Alcohol and 14 | Topics September 2015

Drug to do just that, and “there was a clear charge to us to conduct our work with compassion for all affected by the devastating effects of alcohol misuse and addiction,” said deputy Steven Thomason of Olympia, a co-chair. “Many members of the committee and several who testified in our hearings shared their experiences with alcohol. Many shared their shameful experiences of the church’s complicity in a culture of alcohol,” he said. “Some have even felt unwelcomed or stigmatized by the church simply because they are in recovery.” The Rev. Steve Lane, treasurer of Recovery Ministries of The Episcopal Church, was stationed at a booth during General Convention and said he is excited to see the church finally beginning to face the challenges of addiction. “Addiction is rampant in every congregation in our church, I believe, in one form or another,” he told the Episcopal News Service. “The best known solution for it is a spiritual one, but our church needs to be aware of it and see our own shortcomings and be aware of our own failures first before we can reach out and help others.”

Retired Bishop Chilton Knudsen of Maine, who will begin assisting in the Maryland diocese in October, is a recovering alcoholic, an experience that is central to her ministry, she told ENS recently. “When the case in Maryland happened, my heart broke, as everybody’s did,” she said. “There’s some good leadership in Maryland, and good recovery, and those folks are part of the forward movement in the diocese.” Advocating abstinence is not the answer— training is, she said, and understanding addiction not as a moral issue but as a health issue. “Many denominations that do advocate abstinence have the same rate of alcoholism as we do.” Rather, she is advocating for a sense of “intentional awareness that some people are at risk, and to make our social life so hospitable that it’s not weird or strange if you decline to drink.” Updated policies and training for seminarians and communities of faith are needed “the way we make anti-racism training mandatory, the way we make sexual misconduct training mandatory,” Knudsen said. Otherwise, “the church can be helpful, or

can really help foster somebody’s denial or support their being sick for awhile.” And finally, she said, becoming healthy requires telling the truth about who we are and requires telling our stories. “The tragedy in Maryland

presents us with an opportunity,” she said. Deputy Doris Westfall of Missouri agreed. “The church holds out the hope of living into recovery, which is no less than resurrection,” she said.

When urging adoption of Resolution A159, Westfall said: “This resolution also recognizes that addiction is a complex disease, that it needs to be treated in its totality and with all the support and love that we can muster as

the people of God.” — With contributions from James Hogan and The Rev. Pat McCaughan and Matthew Davies of the Episcopal News Service

A158 Task Force to Review and Revise Policy on substance abuse, addiction and recovery

and other substances with the potential for misuse. These policies should consider the following:

must be served at a separate station that is monitored at all times to prevent underage drinking.

1. The Church must provide a safe and welcoming environment for all people, including people in recovery.

6. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages must be clearly labeled as such. Food prepared with alcohol does not need to be labeled provided the alcohol is completely evaporated by the cooking process; however, it is recommended that even in this case the use of alcohol in cooking be noted on a label.

mission from the clergy or the vestry. Such groups or organizations must also assume responsibility for those persons who might become intoxicated and must provide alternative transportation for anyone whose capacity to drive may be impaired. Consulting with liability insurance carriers is advised.

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that the 78th General Convention acknowledge The Episcopal Church’s long-standing tolerance for the use of alcohol which, in some cases, has contributed to its misuse, and has undermined a climate of wholeness and holiness for all; that our Church culture too often avoids hard conversations about alcohol use, and the role of forgiveness and compassion in healing and recovery; and that The Episcopal Church now commits to create a new normal in our relationship with alcohol. We aspire to be a place in which conversations about alcohol, substance misuse, or addiction are not simply about treatment but about renewal, justice, wholeness, and healing. We affirm that Recovery Ministries of The Episcopal Church has long been and continues to be a valuable resource for this work; and be it further Resolved, that the 78th Convention adopt the following policy on alcohol and other substance misuse and encourage dioceses, congregations, seminaries, schools, young adult ministries, and affiliated institutions to update their policies on the use of alcohol

2. All applicable federal, state and local laws should be obeyed, including those governing the serving of alcoholic beverages to minors. 3. Some dioceses and congregations may decide not to serve alcohol at events or gatherings. Others may decide to permit a limited use of alcoholic beverages at church-sponsored events. Both can be appropriate if approached mindfully. 4. When alcohol is served, it must be monitored and those showing signs of intoxication must not be served. Whenever alcohol is served, the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge must appoint an adult to oversee its serving. That adult must not drink alcoholic beverages during the time of his or her execution of his or her responsibilities. If hard liquor is served, a certified server is required. 5. Serving alcoholic beverages at congregational events where minors are present is strongly discouraged. If minors are present, alcohol

7. Whenever alcohol is served, appealing non-alcoholic alternatives must always be offered with equal prominence and accessibility. 8. The serving of alcoholic beverages at church events should not be publicized as an attraction of the event, e.g. “wine and cheese reception,” “cocktail party,” and “beer and wine tasting.” 9. Ministries inside or outside of congregations will make certain that alcohol consumption is not the focus of the ministry and that drinking alcohol is not an exclusively normative activity. 10. Food must be served when alcohol is present. 11. The groups or organizations sponsoring the activity or event at which alcoholic beverages are served must have per-

12. Recognizing the effects of alcohol as a mood-altering drug, alcoholic beverages shall not be served when the business of the Church is being conducted. 13. Clergy shall consecrate an appropriate amount of wine when celebrating the Eucharist and perform ablutions in a way that does not foster or model misuse. 14. We encourage clergy to acknowledge the efficacy of receiving the sacrament in one kind and consider providing nonalcoholic wine. And be it further Resolved, that, mindful of the emerging legalization of other addictive substances and the increasing rise of addiction, the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church provide for the ready availability, implementation, and continuing development of this policy church-wide, in consultation and coordination with Recovery Ministries of The Episcopal Church. | 15


Bishop Hodges-Copple: “Galilee Goes On” North Carolina’s Bishop Pro-Tem seeks to continue Curry’s work


t the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry was elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The reaction in North Carolina was a mix of elation, pride and excitement for the wider Church and sorrow knowing our beloved bishop would soon leave our diocese. Knowing the question of “What’s next?” would naturally be on the minds of Episcopalians in the diocese, the Rev. Jim Melnyk, president of the Standing Committee, Bishop Curry and the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple had begun the work of discerning the transitional possibilities even before General Convention, in order not to delay a decision in the event Bishop Curry was elected. The Standing Committee had several options open to them, and, after much discussion, thought, prayer and consideration, on July 20, 2015, they elected to exercise the option provided by Canon 40, Article 2.5 of the diocesan canons and appoint Bishop Hodges-Copple as Bishop Pro Tem. She will serve in this position from the time Bishop Curry resigns his jurisdiction as Bishop of North Carolina and assumes his office as Presiding Bishop on November 1 until the election and consecration of the next Bishop Dioce16 | Topics September 2015

san. From the point that the formal nomination and search process begins, a typical search for a Bishop Diocesan takes 18-24 months. That period has not yet started. As Bishop Pro Tem, Bishop Hodges-Copple becomes the ecclesiastical authority, or “chief executive and pastoral officer,” for the Diocese of North Carolina. She will work with a subcommittee of the Standing Committee in the coming weeks to determine exactly what responsibilities she will carry, and what will be the responsibilities of an assisting bishop, the search for which will begin in the next few months. “Our diocese is healthy and thriving, and the Standing Committee agreed this option was the natural one as it allows all of the great work being done throughout the diocese to continue without interruption,” said the Rev. Jim Melnyk, president of the Standing Committee. “With so many strong ministries in place, we wanted both to keep and strengthen the momentum they’ve got going.” In addition to serving as Bishop Pro Tem, Bishop Hodges-Copple remains Bishop Suffragan of the diocese. “This is an extension of my call as Bishop Suffragan as outlined in the canons,” said Bishop HodgesCopple. “I’m honored and

excited to take on these responsibilities during this time of transition.” The Standing Committee, Bishop HodgesCopple and the Rt. Rev. Clay Matthews of the Presiding Bishop’s office will meet in September to begin setting a timeline for the preparation for and implementation of the election process. The process of electing the next Bishop Diocesan will be announced at the 200th annual convention in November. Bishop Curry remains our Bishop Diocesan until his installation on November 1, 2015. November 1 is the working date for Bishop Hodges-Copple to

begin serving as Bishop Pro Tem. “Galilee goes on," said Bishop HodgesCopple. "This is not a time to pull back or retrench but to keep moving forward. As Bishop Curry has encouraged us to do, we must go deep, go speak and go do!” With this decision, the Diocese is assured the strong leadership we have enjoyed during Bishop Curry’s tenure will continue. Additional details about the transition, including the election timeline, will continue to be shared with clergy and via diocesan communication channels as they develop. —via the Diocese of North Carolina


Meeting the Daughters of the King Now in its 130th year, the DOK brings women together worldwide

A Daughters of the King conference in Serbia in 2012 drew 700 women from more than sixteen nations.


aughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord. Our discipline of a Rule of Life - praying daily and doing the will of God strengthens both lay and ordained members and supports us through We come together at different stages of our Christian journey - some just beginning their path and some having traveled for a long time. No matter where we are on our sacred journeys, our primary goal remains constant - to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to

become reflections of God's love throughout the world. Our Christian order is a community of men or women living under a religious rule. We define ourselves as an order, not an organization, because the Daughters of the King accept a Rule of Life. Local Chapters form our primary community but our order reaches across the world. We don't just call ourselves members and attend meetings. After a three-month period of study and discernment, each new member takes lifetime vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. How It All Began In 1885, Margaret "Maggie" Juliet Franklin, a 31 -year-old wife and mother of

two, led a women's Bible study in at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, an Episcopal Church in Manhattan, New York. This group of women called themselves "Daughters of the King." Their mission was simple—to spread the Kingdom of Christ among young women. The Bible class would contact more women and encourage them to come and study the Word of God. The idea caught on very quickly: other women and women's' groups also seeking a more devout life joined this fledgling ministry and wanted to become "Daughters of the King." In four years, six chapters had affiliated with the Daughters of the King and a year later, they became eleven full chapters. It has grown almost exponentially since that time.

Today, the Order of the Daughters of the King extends internationally and includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. A Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women. If you would like to learn more about the Daughters of the King at All Saint's Church or have a prayer request, please contact one of the Daughters or Betty Coltham, Susan Cardwell, or Joanne Schinaman. All prayer requests are kept confidential. | 17

Milestones Birthdays 4 Laura Fanjoy 5 Ryan Carson, Estelle Coltham, Meredith Dockery 6 Evie Caldwell, Salem Haire 7 Haydee Patterson, Richard Tatum 9 Cory Jolley 10 Mary Hudson Alexan der, Kaid Mitchell, Michele Mitchell 12 Sally Furr 14 Mary Bruing 17 Daniel Herbert 19 Don French 25 Roger Davidson 26 Don Lowry 29 Winifred Lawton 30 Heather Harwell, Nakaila Wilson Anniversaries 2 Harry & Shannon Efird 18 Jim & Lynn Lawton 24 Thomas & Amanda Clendenin

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Note: Since the Vestry did not meet in July, and since we had a substitute secretary for our August meeting, Vestry minutes were not available in time for publication for this edition. Look for these minutes to appear either in next month’s edition or online at

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Youth Director Job Still Open


lthough we announced earlier this summer that Rob Lee, a Statesville native and current graduate student in Duke’s Divinity school, had been hired to lead our Youth Ministry as Director, we were sorry to learn later that because of restrictions on work outside of his graduate program, Rob was unable to accept the job. (Editor’s aside: this does nothing to help Duke’s image in my mind—as if they needed

another reason for me to pull for Carolina!) Nonetheless, Trinity remains committed to hiring someone to lead our Youth in their development as young Christians, and we will continue the search for the right candidate to take the job. In case you didn’t know, the position is part -time but salaried, and it involves the responsibilities of coordinating Trinity’s youth program. Ginger Hester most recently held the position before

retiring in December 2013. The job has since been vacant. Cultivating a strong youth program is vital to our parish’s future, and we hope you'll help us find the next person to serve in this important role. If you know of a potential candidate, please pass along his or her name to Father Brad or Kim Dockery, Senior Warden of Trinity’s Vestry.


Financial Update


e continue to report positive results through June 2015. Surplus increased by $2,649 to $35,760. Plate collections are ahead of last year, and pledge collections are remarkably ahead of last year as well as the budget. Prepayments did drive our revenues in the early part of the year, however May

and June 2015 results are ahead, also. Expenses are being controlled and are a little above the 2014 year level but nicely below the budget projection. There are hits and misses throughout the detailed budget line items, however none are worrisome. With the surplus we are reporting, we have a convenient option

for funding the director of youth ministries salary. Thank you so much for your continued support! We are truly blessed to be a part of such a responsive church. —Nimocks Haigh

Food For Thought: Paul’s Journey "Suddenly, while traveling to Damascus, just before he reached the city, there came a light from heaven all around him. He fell to the ground, and he heard a voice saying, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' He asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' The voice answered, 'I am Jesus and you are persecuting me'" (Acts 9:3-5). This choice of words is pivotal; Paul must have pondered: "Why does he say 'me' when I'm persecuting these peo-

ple?" He comes to this insight that there is a complete, almost organic union between Christ and those who love God. The voice continues, "'Get up now and go into the city and you will be told what you are to do.' Saul got up from the ground, but even with his eyes wide open, he could see nothing at all. They had to lead him to Damascus by hand. For three days he was without sight and took neither food nor drink" (Acts 9:6-9).

Paul realizes on the Damascus Road or shortly thereafter that, in the name of religion, he had become a murderer. In the name of love he had become hate. Paul becomes an image for all generations of religion, showing that religion can be the best thing in the world, and it can be the worst thing in the world. That which makes us holy can also make us evil. —Richard Rohr | 19

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The 2015 General Convention took a hard look at the drinking culture of the church and didn't like what they found. PLUS: Trinity Needs You;...

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The 2015 General Convention took a hard look at the drinking culture of the church and didn't like what they found. PLUS: Trinity Needs You;...