The Church Bell
Vol. 2, no. 6
June / July 2018
July 1st - Happy Trails to Fr. Martin and Funmi
This Sunday, July 1st, will be our last official Sunday with Fr. Martin and Funmi.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the three years we shared in worship, fellowship and ministry while Martin and Funmi both worked on degree programs at the School of Theology.

Although we are sad that their time at Sewanee is completed, we should all rejoice knowing that Fr. Martin will spend the next year serving as an Assisting Priest at St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville.

We will get to see them from time to time, and thanks to the video program at St. George's we will be able to listen to Fr. Martin through their social media channels as well.

We encourage everyone in our extended church family to join us for a special Sunday. Bishop Lambert will lead our service and we will hold a "happy trails" luncheon afterward.

May God ever watch over Martin and Funmi as they continue to work in the ministry of the gospel.
Lunch details for Sunday, July 1st
We invite you to bring something to share for lunch after the service on July 1st.

Mindful of the hot weather, we think that folks will really enjoy items that are cold and tasty, such as salads, dips, sandwiches, and so on.

Bishop Lambert is planning to some of his famous smoked meats. (With George's authorization, of course!)

Please note that we will also celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries for July and late-June.

Hope to see you then!
A Prayer for Independence Day, July 4th
"Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through the obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
July 10th - Concert in Cowan
St. Agnes' will sponsor the Concert in Cowan for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival on July 10th, 7:30 p.m., at Cowan Center for the Arts.

This is one of our most popular and most important outreach projects.

There are two great ways to show your support and help make this event another great success.

1) Invite friends and neighbors to join us! Music this amazing provided by students and faculty from around the world is worth sharing with others! The more the merrier - so let's pack the house!

2) Bring some refreshments to share! The Concert in Cowan is the ONLY ONE during the entire summer festival that provides food and fellowship for everybody to enjoy, including the students. Let's keep up the good work!
Remembering Miss Elizabeth
St. Agnes' sponsors the Concert in Cowan in loving memory of our dear friend and former organist, Miss Elizabeth Haynes.
Miss Elizabeth attended Ward Belmont College and Vanderbilt University before moving to New York City to study at the Julliard music conservatory. 

Returning home, Miss Elizabeth taught music to hundreds of Franklin County students over a span of four decades. In that time frame she was a key sponsor of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and was instrumental in helping the program grow.
Through the decades she also served as organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester. In 1991, after retiring from music instruction and from her role at Trinity, Miss Elizabeth came to St. Agnes'.

The timing of her arrival at St. Agnes' was God's timing indeed. The congregation was very small and had just narrowly avoided closure. We also did not have an organist. Miss Elizabeth helped us out in more ways than one.

We have fond memories of her, including a number of church services, picnic dinners, and receptions we held at her home. Nothing compared to a Pentecost Sunday service on her front porch while she played hymns on the piano from her living room. Those of us who were there will treasure that and other memories like it.

The Lord blesses us with a never-ending friendship with Miss Elizabeth Haynes. May light perpetual shine upon her!
Fr. Jean Mweningoma will join us in September
Fr. Jean Mweningoma is no stranger to us at St. Agnes' as he has attended a number of services over the last several months.

When he returns to Sewanee at the end of the summer, Fr. Jean will work with us in a Visiting Priest capacity.

Fr. Jean is a member of the Province of the Anglican Church in Burundi, his home country, which is a west African nation.

The Anglican Church of Burundi is strong and growing. Less than eight decades ago the church in Burundi was a mission field directly under the blessed ministrations of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Today, the Church of Burundi is a self-governing province with over 900,000 members spread among 9 dioceses! (Fr. Jean serves in the Diocese of Buye, which was founded in 1965.)

We hope that Fr. Jean enjoys his summer with family members and church members back home. And we will look forward to seeing him when the academic year begins!
We invite you to read more about the Anglican Church of Burundi
In preparation for Fr. Jean's time with us, we invite everyone to take a few minutes and learn more about the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi.

They have an attractive website, but the best part has to be the HISTORY page that tells the story of "An Evangelist and Two Doctors".

Log on to to learn more.

Summertime Birthdays
 July 4 - Kay McKenzie
July 5 - Jeff Powers
July 9 - Pearson Garner
July 10 - Richard Paton
July 21 - Nancy Glenn
July 21 - Sally Lambert
July 27 - Alice Black

August 9 - Rose Pearson
August 29 - Duncan Weddington
August 31 - Pat Underwood

"O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on thy servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
We Remember in Prayer
Melissa Krosnick, John Kastrinos, Royana Stewart, Baby Elijah Green, Kurfees Boswell, Irma Little, Wynona Gibson, Tammy and Victoria Keese, Larry Woodall, Sue Hill, Celeste Simmons, Carter and Judy Smith, Fran Perry, Joe Ed Williams, Lamar Davis, Jimmy Moss, Bill Keller, Howard Gene Eslick, Benny and Betty Haney, Linda Milligan, Karen McCallie, and Subamma (our sponsored child).

We pray continually for Christians around the world in grave danger and for those in our armed services.

We bless and commemorate Dr. Robert Ayers, Jr., 13th Vice-Chancellor of The University of the South.


"O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayer, and grant to your servants the help of your power, that their sicknesses may be turned into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Sunday Service ....................................11:00 a.m.
Sunday School .....................................10:00 a.m.

Location/Address: 105 England Street E., PO Box 356, Cowan, TN 37318
Telephone: (931) 636-6313
The Rt. Rev'd Paul Lambert...............................Pastor and Celebrant

The Rt. Rev'd John C. Bauerschmidt................Bishop

The Venerable Martin Odidi...............................Visiting Priest

Nicholas Caccese..............................................Resident Seminarian

L. Jarod Pearson................................................Lay Reader