Apalachicola, Florida
March 18, 2022
In keeping with my tradition of breaking all the rules, there will be sunflowers on the altar throughout Lent. Although it is customary not to adorn the altar during Lent, I decided to show our solidarity with Ukraine by placing
their national flower on the altar until Palm Sunday. -- Eric+
All Things are Possible With God
Oh, the feast of St. Patrick! Grab a pint of Guinness, don a shamrock, march in a parade, and kiss the Blarney stone. Every year our president receives the Toaiseach (prime minister of Ireland) who presents the president with shamrocks. The Toaiseach is appointed by the president of Ireland after being nominated by the Dail Eireann. My head is full of useless facts. But as I write this, I’m thinking of Saint Patrick’s Day and of Saint Patrick and St. Columba, two of the most influential missionaries of the Christian Church. I am neither thinking of dying the Chicago River green nor drinking green beer.
Patrick was not Irish; he was English. He grew up in the west of England and at about the age of 15 he was kidnapped by pirates and, along with other young boys, was sold into captivity in Ireland where he tended pigs for six years. After those six years had passed, he escaped either back to England or to Gaul and eventually joined a monastery, where he may even have been taught by St. Martin of Tours. While receiving his training he felt called to return to the home of his captors so that he might preach the Gospel of Christ to those pagans.
In the year 432, after visiting his home in Britain, he was consecrated bishop for his future work in Ireland. For 30 years Patrick faced dangers; his life was imperiled many times as he travelled throughout Ireland making converts, baptizing thousands, raising up clergy, and founding monasteries wherever he went. Some of his monasteries may have had more than 1,000 monks. The monasteries Patrick founded were the key to transforming Ireland into a Christian country and it was from these self-same monasteries that missionaries went out with the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From Patrick’s missionary, work St. Columba was raised up but only after he and his army slaughtered as many as 3,000 Irish tribal members at the battle of Culdreihmne. The Church was disgusted by his actions and Columba and 12 friends most likely fled Ireland and sailed to the island of Iona where he healed many and converted the Druids by saying, “Christ is my Druid!” As a healer and “wonder worker”, his popularity and that of Christ grew, and through his ministry the pagan clans of Scotland were brought into the Christian fold.
The purpose of all of this is to say that even though Saint Patrick had a terrible and abusive time in his youth, and Columba was definitely horrible in his youth, God was able to use these disastrous times and actions to Columba’s and Patrick’s benefit, to the Church’s benefit, and to ours. As we progress through Lent and reflect upon some of our own tough times, can you see God’s hand where, even though you were walking through the valley of the shadow of death, you came out on the other side a better you? Many of our saints were not always saintly, nor were our clergy, nor our laity … but with God anything is possible. Remember these words, “all things are possible with God.”
May any gloom or doom that you are experiencing, or have
experienced, be used by you, Christ, and the Church to prove
that anything, through Christ, is possible in your life
and in the lives of others.

Remember, All things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)
Readings for March 20, 2022, the Third Sunday in Lent
Readings for March 27, 2022, the Fourth Sunday in Lent
Musings From the Choir Loft
Over the years I’ve heard some interesting things come out of choir lofts. Sometimes it’s harmonies that put me of a mind that Our Creator must get to hear great angel choirs where he sits. At other times I’ve heard sounds that remind me more that we don’t live in a perfect world yet. Like the sounds on the news, these days, of the Russian shelling of Kyiv or the latest on January 6.

But then again, there are echoes from that loft of well-done TE DEUM or an Evensong to smoothe out the wrinkles and frowns of a cacophonous world; or, Randy’s autoharp, reminding me of my Tennessee roots. And thank God that we have the musical genius of Martha’s INTROIT’s to usher us into our weekly opportunities to worship.

Praise the Lord … and in the words I Come, I Come -- Thank You harmonious Creator.
-- Dave McLain
Honor Loved Ones With An Easter Lily Dedication
Easter is a very special time to remember loved ones or special people in our lives, and dedicating Easter lilies for the church is a lovely Trinity tradition. If you would like to participate, please provide the following information to the church office, along with a check for the size Easter lily you would like, by April 1.

Large Easter Lily ($35) or Small Easter Lily ($20)

  • In Memory of --
  • In Gratitude For --
  • In Celebration of --

Dedicated by --

For your convenience, print and complete this form to accompany your check.
A Lenten Reflection on the Very Brief Tenure of
John Breck Oven: The Rest of the Story
By Penny Long Marler
(If you missed Part 1 of the John B. Oven story that appeared
in the March 4 Bay View, you can read it here)

When John B. Oven accepted the position of Missionary on April 21, 1872, he was 25 years old. Trinity had only 41 communicants, a quarter of its pre-Civil War membership. Rising to the rebuilding challenge, Oven oversaw the confirmation of 12 members and performed 21 baptisms, 2 marriages and 2 funerals at Trinity, while simultaneously serving St. Luke’s in Marianna. He did this in a little over a year. One historian noted that ministers like Oven spent much of their time on the river.

Vestry minutes reveal that Trinity had to seek subscriptions from members to pay Deacon Oven. He was finally paid the sum of $200 in July of 1872. Collections continued through the Fall, and the Vestry determined to offer Oven the position of rector for “the term of a year” in November. 

In the minutes of the 30th Diocesan Council (January 22, 1873), Bishop Young reported that “The Vestry have requested their Minister, who has divided his time between Apalachicola and Marianna, to give them his whole time, pledging him a competent support.” He continued, “I regretted that, for the sake of the Church at Apalachicola, I could not consent, at present, to this arrangement, as whereby Marianna would be left again without any services at all, as it cannot be reached from any other point, and the revived interest should, if possible, be kept alive until the experiment of another crop can be made. I directed the Missionary to give, for the present, one-fourth of his time to Marianna, and three-fourths of his time to Apalachicola.”

John Oven recorded his resignation in the Parish Register as Easter, 1873. The Vestry minutes, however, show that it was tendered on February 7, 1873—12 days after his ordination as a priest at the 30th Diocesan Council. Henry L. Grady, Secretary of Trinity’s Vestry, wrote, “that while accepting the resignation of Mr. Oven we deeply regret that circumstances have brought to a sudden termination what we had hoped would be a permanent engagement . . .”.  Whether his decision was officially announced at Easter or no, his continuing record of baptisms, weddings and funerals as “Reverend Oven” show that he did remain to officiate at Apalachicola until July 1, 1873.

That is not the end of the story. John Oven married Frances Harriet Raney (daughter of David R. Raney and Frances Harriet Jordan Raney) on October 28, 1873. According to Sara McFerrin’s Raney Days, the Raney’s eldest daughter played the organ at Trinity. Did a romance develop between the two during Oven’s tenure? Would the prospect of marriage have made it difficult for the newly ordained priest to continue a poorly paid, 2-charge Missionary post? I do not know. There was no minister at Trinity that October nor for the following year, and there is no record that the two were married in the church.

But a child, William John Oven, was born to John and Frances Oven on February 24, 1875, purportedly in Apalachicola. John and his wife and child—at least at that point if not before—returned to his hometown of Orange, New Jersey. On August 16, 1875, Frances Raney Oven died in Orange, and John followed her on September 7, likely a result of a yellow fever outbreak. Records indicate that Oven was interred at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cemetery in Orange, and Frances with him. 

Frances and John’s infant son was placed in the care of his “grief-stricken grandparents,” David and Harriet Raney, and raised by Frances’s sister, Mary Raney, in Apalachicola. William John Oven followed in the footsteps of his uncle, George Raney, once a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and served as Judge in Franklin County from 1899-1903 and in the Florida State Legislature from 1903-1905. He was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee and is buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Out of darkness, light; out of death, life.
Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour May 7, 2022
The 2022 Tour of Homes & Gardens is sure to be a hit this year, with seven homes and four gardens, including the City Square Community Garden. Saturday, May 7 is the big day for the tour and silent auction; and, an Evensong service at Trinity, the traditional opening for the tour, begins at 6 pm on Friday, May 6, followed by a reception in Gorrie Square.

Tickets are available now at www.apalachicolahometour.org or at the
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in downtown Apalachicola.
Homeowners' kick-off dinner featured Community Garden greens, while tour signs are sprouting all over town.
Many intriguing items ready for your bids during the Silent Auction.
Let's Resume "Between the Services"
Why do we come to church? To be a member of a community? To help and serve others? To learn history? To ask questions? To study the Bible?
Every time I tried to read the Bible I bogged down in frustration. So much violence and treachery! I could not make sense of it.
Several years ago a number of people, coordinated by the late Jim Anderson, started meeting to study the lectionary readings together in the time between the Sunday services. These discussions were informative, stimulating, and fun. lt was an excellent way to become acquainted with members of both services. Now that we feel safe to resume in-person gatherings, let's re-start the "Between the Services" discussion group at 9 am on Sundays in the library of the church office.
In the Prayer Book are lists of the readings for particular days throughout the year. We would get these readings a week in advance so we could prepare our thoughts and questions for discussion at our between service meeting.

To learn more, contact Kristin Anderson at 850-653-2249 and/or Kristin@kristinworks.com.
-- Kristin Anderson

Please keep CT Ponder in your prayers

Earlier this week, CT Ponder had surgery that included the amputation of his right leg above the knee. He remains hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and is accepting calls on his
mobile phone (850-653-7533). You can send cards to him at:
CT Ponder c/o Bootsey George
2592 Centerville Ct, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Beloved winter visitors at Trinity, Don & Helene West, recently enjoyed time with their son, Stephen West, and their daughter & son-in-law Mari & Bruce Nummelin.
Michelle & Jon Brubacher's grandchildren, Rylee, Carley, & Camden, enjoying a big hug.
On the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL for the recent annual commemoration of the "Bloody Sunday" 1965 voting rights march were Martha Harris, PJ Erwin, Penny Marler, & Patti McCartney.
March 20, 2022

First Lector & Psalm - Penny Marler
Second Lector - Susan Galloway
Prayers of the People - Kristin Anderson
Altar Guild - Jane Harris
Flower Guild - Penny Marlet
March 27, 2022

First Lector & Psalm - Randy Mims
Second Lector - Dave McLain
Prayers of the People - Brooks Jones
Altar Guild - Jane Harris
Flower Guild - Martha Harris & Kathy Rushmore
Worship Services at 8 & 10:30 am Sunday, Eastern time

Church address: 79 6th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Office address: 76 5th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Mailing address: PO Box 667, Apalachicola, Florida 32329

Phone number: (850) 653-9550