Episcopal bishop leading Lenten series

From Staff Reports
Bishop Frank Allen is leading a series of Lenten studies at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The “Reflections on Christian Liberty” series is being held Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the library. The series began on Feb. 17 with ““The Lord God sent them forth from the Garden of Eden” – focusing on the biblical meaning of the Fall.
Upcoming sessions are: Feb. 24: Conscience doth make cowards of us all; March 3: Human Trafficking - Ancient Crime in Modern Times; March 10: Setting the Captives Free; and March 17: Luther’s revelation.
The March 10 session will be led by Deacon Chris Lemley from the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Human Trafficking.
On the first and third Sundays of each month, Allan Sandlin, the rector at St. Paul’s, and Frank Marchman lead a Men’s Breakfast at Redneck Gourmet in downtown Newnan. The meetings involve breakfast, Scripture and prayer.
The group gathers around 7 a.m., and the meeting is done by 8 a.m.

St. Paul’s has had several pulpit guests and music events in recent months. Spurgeon Hays preached at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on May 6.

Hays, who has preached at St. Paul’s several times, was rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Griffin in the past.

On June 10, the Jazz Ensemble provided much of the music for the service. Members of the group were: piano, Dawn Harrison; clarinet, Bill Harrison; saxophone, Olivia Brown; trumpets,Terry Hinkemeyer, Todd Stanier; guitar, Brian Hinkemeyer; bass, Daniel Martin; percussion, Tammy Martin.

Marc Honea wrote the arrangements for the Jazz Ensemble’s selections.

Barbara Pendergrast was the guest preacher for services at St. Paul’s on June 17. Pendergrast was in a preaching group led by Sandlin, when he was a teaching assistant for Dr. Tom Long at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pendergrast subsequently was a teaching assistant herself for the basic preaching course at Candler.

Pendergrast received her master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in 2009. She was commissioned in the Episcopal Church as a lay chaplain in October 2011 and served as chaplain at Northside Hospital in Atlanta from 2010-2012.

Originally from Charleston, S.C., Pendergrast is a cradle Episcopalian. She has been married to her husband, Tommy, for 29 years and they have two children, Bissell, 24, and Thomas,18.

Dr. Charles “Ted” Hackett was guest celebrant and preacher at St. Paul’s on July 8.

For 43 years, Hackett was director of the Episcopal studies program at Candler School of Theology. In that role, he had a significant influence on the life and ministry of many priests in the Diocese of Atlanta, including Sandlin.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1965, Hackett served as rector of St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta and as acting university chaplain at Emory University before being named associate professor of church ministries at Candler. Retired for the second time from Emory, Hackett lives in Big Canoe, with his wife, Debbie.

He also serves as priest associate at the Church of the Holy Family in Jasper.

Worshippers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church sang two hymns associated with All Saints Day on Nov. 4. Coming into the sanctuary, the congregation sang “For All the Saints,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of a classic by William Walsham How.

Between stanzas, the names of loved ones who died in the past year were read and crosses were placed around the altar. As they left the church, the worshippers sang Lesbia Scott’s “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.”

Baptism was also part of the service. Welcomed as new members were David Alexander Rauchle, Sara Elizabeth Rauchle, Zachary Tyler Ryan, Ian Collins Ryan and William Ward Stuckey.

On Nov. 18, Daniel and David Martin, classical guitarists, were featured during the service. On Nov. 25, music was shared by Olivia Brown, flute; Terry Hinkemeyer, trumpet; Brian Hinkemeyer, horn.

Most recently Lee Curtis officiated and preached for services at St. Paul’s on Feb. 17.

A few months ago, St. Paul’s vestry established the volunteer position of sexton. Sandlin invited Mark Bulford and Bill Tudor to become sextons, and they accepted. The word “sexton” comes from the Middle English “sexteyn.” It is also related to the Medieval Latin word “sacristanus”, meaning “custodian of scared objects.”

In modern usage in the Episcopal Church, a sexton’s responsibilities include a wide range of duties, all associated with the care and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Bulford and Tudor will work closely with Donnie Rowe, St. Paul’s junior warden for buildings and grounds.

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