Early Friday July 23rd eight youth and four adult sponsors left on their mission trip. They will be spending Friday night at Holy Family Episcopal Church, home church of Fr. Irv’s sister Christine. When they arrive at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, PA the group will be working with the Helping Hands Ministry, a ministry that builds awareness of systemic poverty in the Appalachian region of NW Pennsylvania. You might ask, “How did we end up going to Franklin?” The trip was germinated in discussions with the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, who came to Tulsa in October 2009. Many thanks to the youth and parents who raised funds, the Outreach Committee for underwriting some of the travel expenses, and to the Rules and Clines who are the adult sponsors.
July 4th the Brotherhood of St. Andrew usually hosts a huge breakfast and speech prior to our service. This year our celebration occurred between the two services. The faithful Brothers cooked up a storm, the Common Room looked festive, and we had a new speaker: Dr. Clarence Oliver who gave a very informative talk “Reflections on the History of the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.” We adjourned to the church where we also sang patriotic hymns throughout the service.
Many a heart was encouraged as Bishop Ed confirmed 12 youth and confirmed and received 14 adults. In addition, two parishioners, Mike Smith and JoAnn Suppes, reaffirmed the confirmation they shared 55 years prior at Trinity Episcopal! It was so moving to see so many make their mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism as Bishop Ed laid his hands on each person.
Both the youth and adults participated in rigorous instruction for many weeks on such topics as the Bible, the sacraments, our faith, the history of the Episcopal Church, and our worship. If you are interested in being in the next class, please contact the clergy (adults) or Paula Rule (youth) at 742-7381.
Bishop Ed met with our vestry and clergy, preached at both services and provided encouragement and support. Thanks Bishop Ed and his wife Debbie for joining us!
Bishop Ed with youth sponsor Paula Rule and those being confirmed: Julia Birkhead, John Byers, Leigh Chevailier, Katherine Coon, Katey Cottrell, Elizabeth Craig, Kirsten Hoopert, Adam Lawhorn, Catherine Morris, John Pense, Samuel Percefull and Connolly Rizley.
Bishop Ed with Steven and Phyllis Anderson, Joe Craig, Mary Dotson, Lucas and Tiffany Greco, Brian and Michelle Hall, Danielle Hegdale, Carl Morrison, Trudy Prince and Fran West. Not pictured: Michael Christian and Todd Hensley.
VBS focused on the Gospel of John during the week of June 7th. About 35 youth from kindergarten through 5th grade participated in various activities and learned music. The week culminated with the premier performance of “A Journey with John,” composed by Dr. Michael Bedford.
Many thanks to the following for their efforts: Kristi Morris (director), Frances Martin (teacher), Michael Bedford (choir director), and Zach Cox, Will Jezak, Rowan Waller, Diana Steverson, Abbye Foster and Catherine Morris (youth assistants).
What a day! The Celebration Singers performed “Daniel’s Dangerous Dilemma: A Parody of the Well-known Story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den,” composed by Dr. Michael Bedford. The musical featured seniors Lee Ann Vestal, as the narrator, and Phillip Bedford, as Daniel, performing their “swan songs!” Thirteen other youth sang as well. The audience gave a standing ovation for the energy and musicality we witnessed.
Parishioners celebrated the presence of the Holy Spirit by wearing RED. Following the service the Brotherhood of St Andrew cooked hamburgers and we all shared a festive meal together.