Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for May 4, 2015

New Organist


I am happy to announce that Wayne Eastham has accepted our offer to become the next Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Church.  Many of us already know Wayne since he served as supply organist last summer and has also played for Music at Midday.  He has had many years of experience as Minister of Music in Baptist churches and is looking forward to developing his knowledge and skills in Anglican hymnody and style.  He will officially begin his tenure with us in mid-July when he attends the annual Church Music Conference at Sewanee, but he will be at Grace for a few weeks prior to that in a supply capacity.  I know we will all want to give him a warm welcome and to support him as he begins his ministry here.  Blessings, Alice+

Organ Concert


Andrew Risinger, a well-known organist in Nashville--performer, teacher, and church musician--has agreed to perform a concert at Grace on Sunday, May 17, at 6:00 pm.  Our plan is to heavily publicize this event as an outreach to the community and the region, with the idea in mind that we might want to develop an ongoing concert series at Grace.  We have a beautiful instrument and valuable asset in our historic Estey pipe organ, and we hope to take greater advantage of it in the coming years so that it can enrich the lives of those beyond our walls.  Steve Wiggin is working diligently on the publicity for this event, but word-of-mouth is always the most effective tool.  So, please spread the word!  We are also seeking sponsors for the concert, so let Steve know if you would like to help support this effort.  

Mark Your Calendars for June 14


June 14 will be a busy day at Grace.  Bishop White will be here for his annual visitation and will be confirming and receiving new members into the Episcopal Church.  If you would like to be confirmed, please let the Rector or Assistant Rector know as soon as possible so that there will be an opportunity for the required preparation to be done.  The Bishop does not require extensive preparation of those who have been confirmed (or had the equivalent of confirmation) in another denomination. 


Also on June 14, we will be having our going-away festivities for Steve and Connie Wiggin.  They have been a vital part of Grace Church for 33 years, and it's difficult to imagine the church without them.  Please come and give them a good send-off!  Steve's final Feed Your Spirit service is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, at 6:00 pm, and final Choral Evensong for Sunday, June 7, at 6:00 pm.  Mark your calendars for all these events!

Thank You, Grace Gardeners and Yard Workers


Every year as Spring bursts forth there arises the need for what seems like a massive amount of yard work--clearing out what has died and encouraging new life.  Many thanks to all those who participated in the work crew last Saturday morning and all those continuing to put in hard labor to make our beautiful grounds look their best.  If any would like to make contributions toward new plantings, they would be welcomed.  

Cool Spots for Hot Tots


Last summer we scheduled three days close to the starting of school for preschoolers to come in for two hours and get a taste of what going to school at Grace would be like.  This year, we decided to schedule earlier in the summer and hopefully draw in some newcomers who are undecided about making the commitment to preschool.  The dates will be June 17, June 24, and July 1 (Wednesdays).  Please let Joyce Cornett know of your interest in helping. 

GraceWorks Update


This is an exciting time for GraceWorks! We have a number of projects that we are working on-all of which forward our goal of reaching out to those in our community that need our help the most. Maia Lea Ray has done a number of drawings of local historic churches that we will be soon printing as a series of new cards. Under the guidance of Charlie Ross, we are now producing candles, made from re-purposed wine bottles and scented with lavender. We are also working on a detailed business plan that we will present at the Chamber of Commerce competition for entrepreneurs the end of this month. As always, we welcome new volunteers!

Message to Grace from Good Shepherd Church in Lexington


Sorrow in our Parish  
Long time parishioner, Eleanor Proctor Coleman, died in her sleep this morning, April 29, 2015 at the age of 78.  Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd on Monday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at  9:30 a.m.  Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her husband Alfred Coleman at 210 Shady Lane, Lexington 40503.     

Let us pray.


For Eleanor
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Eleanor and grant her entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
For Those Who Mourn 
Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn, especially the Coleman family; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

(This notice was sent to us by the Rev. Joan Smith, formerly our Bishop's Canon, with this note:  "Eleanor's husband, Al, was an army dentist stationed at Ft. Campbell three different times, so they and their children attended Grace at those times. The kids completed most of their schooling in Hopkinsville, and Susan (the eldest) was married at Grace. Thought you all might want to know about her death. I saw several beautiful photos of Grace Church among their family pictures at the house."
Blessings and greetings to you all, Joan+)

Directory Update


We will soon be doing an update to the parish directory.  If any of your information has changed or if you are aware of other information that needs to be updated, please pass it on to our Parish Administrator, Ruth Rock. Her email address is Thank you!

School of Ministry


The Diocesan School of Ministry is now accepting applications for a new cohort of participants who would like to begin this two-year program in September. This program is designed for the education and formation of those called to the diaconate or to intentional lay ministry in the Church. Much more information is available from the Rector.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, May 6--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with healing prayers
Wednesday, May 6--6:00 pm--"Death and Resurrection: a study of the Afterlife"
Thursday, May 7--12:00 noon--Music at Midday (Wilson Augsburger)
Sunday, May 10--9:00 am--Catechesis and Adult Forum
Sunday, May 10--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Wednesday, May 13--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with healing prayers
Wednesday, May 13--5:30 pm--Kindergarten Graduation
Wednesday, May 13--6:00 pm--"Death and Resurrection: a study of the Afterlife"
Thursday, May 14--12:00 noon--Music at Midday (Wayne Eastham)
Sunday, May 17--9:00 am--Catechesis and Adult Forum
Sunday, May 17--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday, May 17--6:00 pm--Organ Concert (Andrew Risinger)
Monday, May 18--4:30 pm--GraceWorks Group
Wednesday, May 20--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with healing prayers
Wednesday, May 20--5:30 pm--Evening Prayer and Vestry
Thursday, May 21--12:00 noon--Music at Midday (Stephen Wiggin)
Sunday, May 24--9:00 am--Adult Forum (NO CATECHESIS)
Sunday, May 24--10:15 am--Feast of Pentecost--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Monday, May 25--Memorial Day--PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
Wednesday, May 27--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with healing prayers
Sunday, May 31--9:00 am--Adult Forum (NO CATECHESIS)
Sunday, May 31--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday, May 31--6:00 pm--Feed Your Spirit

Have you remembered Grace Church in your will?

We are working on starting a legacy society for Grace which will be called the George P. Giddinge Society--named for the first Rector at this church--as a step toward securing the future of our parish, especially our wonderful buildings and grounds.  All who include the church in their wills will automatically become members of this honorary group and names will be placed on a permanent plaque, probably in the narthex.  If you have already made this important decision and taken the steps necessary to insure that your wishes are carried out, please make our Treasurer, Bill Nichol, aware.  Thank you so much for your loving dedication to Grace Church, for all it has meant to so many people and for all that our ministry can continue to mean to the City of Hopkinsville.   
Prayer for the Church

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  (BCP, 528)