The Church Bell
Vol. 3, no. 5
June / July 2019
June 27th Concert in Cowan
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival will bring a group of students, faculty, and instruments to Cowan for an evening of incredible sound and amazing technique!

The concert will be Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. at Cowan Center for the Arts .

St. Agnes' sponsors the concert in memory of Miss Elizabeth Haynes who served as our organist for many years. 

The concert is one of our most important community outreach projects!

The best way to support the concert is to invite a friend or neighbor to come and enjoy the music!

Another way to support the project is to bring refreshments to share and enjoy. The students are especially grateful for the snacks and the time we allow to meet and greet their friendly audience!

Cowan Center for the Arts is located at 300 Montgomery St. (one block behind City Hall). For a complete schedule of concerts and recital log on to .
Our dear friend 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!
July 3rd - Cowan's Big Bash
Downtown Cowan will get an early start on Independence Day with a July 3rd Street Dance and celebration. 

Come to Tennessee Avenue at 7 p.m. for music, dancing, BBQ, hotdogs, and snow cones. A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by Cowan Commercial Club, Cowan Volunteer Fire Department, and Fiesta Grill restaurant. Hope to see you there!
A Pentecost to remember
The photo above brings up several good things to talk about:

  • St. Agnes' had a beautiful celebration of Pentecost on Sunday, June 9th.

  • Everybody wore something red to represent the "tongues as of fire" mentioned in the Book of Acts.

  • Wynona Gibson provided red flowers from her home garden. Did you notice how the flowers made a fire-like shape at the foot of the cross?

  • Father Laban Agisa had just returned from a trip home to Kenya. He is working in Sewanee during the summer.

  • June 9th was also Mr. Gene Black's 93rd birthday. We also recognized Mrs. Kathleen Black's 88th birthday that was on May 31st.

  • After church we served a big lunch in the parish hall with a gigantic birthday cake.

Indeed it was a special day for all of us! Thanks be to God!
New hymnals, prayer books, and Bibles
We have a beautiful problem at St. Agnes' - we are using our prayer books so much that they're wearing out!

We have another beautiful problem - on busy Sundays we barely have enough hymnals and Bibles to pass around!

Thanks to some generous memorial donations at Easter we are taking delivery of 8 new hymnals, 15 new prayer books, and 7 new pew Bibles!
August 16-18: Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee
We encourage the men of the congregation to register for and attend the 73rd Annual Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee.

The weekend event takes place August 16 - 18 at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle with attendees from all three Tennessee dioceses!

The dynamic lineup of speakers includes:

  • Coach Johnny Majors of UT-Knoxville fame;
  • Coach Tony Eubanks, former football captain at Clemson;
  • Coach Drew Maddox from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville.

Besides the amazing line-up of speakers, the conference includes worship services, a BBQ cookoff, and various outdoor activities.

For complete information, including on-line registration, log on to .

Let's get a strong representation from St. Agnes' at this amazing and inspiring event!
Wes will swing by in July
Wes Nevels finished his program of advancement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in early June.

He then transferred to the Marine Corps Base at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

As of now he is working to get a few days off in July for a quick trip home.

If he can be home on a Sunday he will be in church. If he is unable to be here on a Sunday we will try to arrange a special time for members of the congregation to visit with him.

Wes appreciates everybody's friendship and prayers!
Some Updates from Our Church Family
Wynona Gibson spent a few days in the hospital in mid-June and is home recovering. She hopes to be back in church soon. Even when feeling bad she is eager to send flowers for use on the altar. We are truly grateful for her kindness and we pray that she feels better soon!

Dennis Hutchison, Jessica's brother, was just released from critical care and is starting his long recovery at home. As you may recall, Dennis was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in Atlanta. We pray for Dennis' continuing recovery and for Jessica's safe travel as she makes regular trips to see him.

Brian Judd has good news - HE'S IN REMISSION! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Bill Keller has struggled with his health over the last few weeks, but he's staying in contact and giving us regular updates.

Emeline Pearson is at the skilled nursing facility at Winchester and being treated for a fall that led to the discovery of lung and heart-related problems. Fortunately, her condition is steadily improving. She thanks the congregation for flowers we sent over on June 9th.

Marilyn Williams , Andrew's mother, suffered a stroke toward the middle of June. We are pleased to hear that she responded very well to her treatment and is quickly recovering.
Summer 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

***If we are missing any birthdays on our list, please send an e-mail to the church at***

"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."
June 16, 2012 - Dane and Shelia Leitzel


We need a complete list of wedding anniversaries!

All married couples in congregation: please send an e-mail to with your wedding anniversary date so we can pull together a complete list!
Paul and Sally Lambert - 45 years!
John and Marsha Ruffing - 51 years!
Rest Eternal Grant to Her, O Lord
We were very sad to report that Anne Payne, Duncan Weddington's daughter, passed away on June 20th.

Please keep Duncan, Frances, and the extended family in your prayers during this difficult time.

"Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant Anne. Acknowledge, we beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of thy saints in light. Amen."

We Remember in Prayer
Wynona Gibson, Marilyn Williams, Betty Fraley, Roy Tankersley, John Ruffing, Dennis Hutchison, Emeline Pearson, Aden Harris, Wendi Wallace, Teresa Brown, Laura, Kevin, Erma Little, Brian Judd, Julius Mauro, Sandra Langston, Jacqueline Boyanton, Royana Stewart, Bill Keller, Howard Gene Eslick, Linda Milligan, and Karen McCallie.

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


"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."


We bless and commemorate Anne Payne, Gary Glover, Ruth Gunn, Ralph Roddy, and Ruth Ramseur who recently passed away.

"Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 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 John C. Bauerschmidt..................Bishop of Tennessee

The Rt. Rev'd Paul Lambert................................Pastor and Celebrant

The Rev'd Jean Mweningoma.............................Visiting Priest

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