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Trinity Episcopal Church

Lent 2011

Observing a Holy Lent Our services during this season will seem simpler
by Rev. Johnnette Shane, Vicar than our other seasons, and we “put away” our Allelu-
ias during Lent. Remember that, during Lent as dur-
We are coming up on the season of Lent. As I was ing the rest of the year, Sundays are a time of cele-
reflecting on Lent, I walked around the neighborhood bration of Jesusʼ resurrection; so, the restrictions of
of the church. It had been warm and seemed like Lent are lessened on Sundays. Lent is an especially
spring, but this day it was chilly and grey. It seemed appropriate time for the rite of Reconciliation of a
appropriate weather for thinking of Lent. Lent is the Penitent. Some people have a tradition of taking ad-
season leading up to the great celebration of Easter. vantage of this rite yearly or every so often. Some
It is the forty days plus six Sundays prior to Easter use it once to overcome some sense of separation
and has historically been a season of self- from God. Others feel that our corporate confession
examination and penitence. It is a time when we during the Eucharist is sufficient and never use this
might examine what we truly value, how we choose to rite. If you are interested in Reconciliation of a Peni-
spend our time, our treasure, but it is not a time of tent, please contact me.
I ask you to avail yourself of all or some of these offer-
In the church, we have traditionally begun our season ings and invite you to a holy Lent.
of Lent on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of
ashes, as we will at Trinity this year. In our service,
the celebrant invites the people to celebrate a holy Bishopʼs Wardenʼs Report
Lent with these and other words, “I invite you, there- by Jessie Cragg, Bishopʼs Warden
fore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of
a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by Trinityʼs 2011 annual meeting on January 30 began
prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and with a new voice as our Vicar, the Reverend John-
meditating on Godʼs holy Word.” I remember when nette Shane, called the meeting to order. We heard
we were kids, we gave up things for Lent, frequently reports from the Wardens, the Treasurer, and various
Coke or candy. ministry coordinators. More changes were in store
with the election of Bishopʼs Committee members and
This year, I ask you to fully experience this wonderful alternate convention delegate. With the arrival of our
season. Maybe you want to consider some kind of Vicar, Trinityʼs leadership indeed reflects some new
fasting or self-denial, like giving up Coke or candy or, faces for the coming year. Jessie Cragg is the new
as my brother often does, red meat. You might want Bishopʼs Warden. Wynne Wilbur  and Pete Kelly are
to consider instead or, in addition, adding something the new Co-Junior Wardens. Sally West and Kevin
that will enhance your life, the addition of a daily Minch are newly elected to the Bishopʼs Committee. 
prayer discipline or Bible reading or even a special Krista Baker, retiring Bishopʼs Warden, is the remain-
time with your children or partner. We will have two ing member and will continue as Trinityʼs Treasurer. 
special Lenten offerings each week. First, we will Our convention delegates are Talie Alexander and
have soup and discussion of The Soul of Money on Cole Woodcox, with Julia DeLancey and Julie Seidler,
Wednesdays. (Contact Johnnette if you wish to par- newly elected, as Alternates.
ticipate and buy the book; if you are unable to pay for
the book, do contact Johnnette.) Second, we will We are extremely grateful for the service of outgoing
have Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Committee members Laura Gruber and Kyle Miller,
and retiring Junior Warden Maria Evans.
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Krista Bakerʼs leadership as Bishopʼs Warden through Calendar
the search process went beyond the call of duty. 
Thank you. ✤ Tuesday, March 1, 6 - 8pm ~ Haitian Kanaval
Dinner. The choirʼs annual fundraiser will raise
On Saturday, February 12  Johnnette led the Bishopʼs money for the Diocese of Haitiʼs rebuilding fund
Committee in a day-long retreat. We ate, prayed, for their cathedral as well as their university.
played, planned, bonded, and brainstormed. Topics
explored included accessibility, inclusivity, outreach, ✤ March 1 - 3 ~ Church office closed; Johnnette
and services and fellowship for the season of Lent.  will be at the Clergy Retreat.
We agreed that topics to be addressed in the future
will include re-writing our by-laws, addressing audit ✤ Tuesday, March 8, 6pm ~ Shrove Tuesday
findings, and learning how to live more fully in our Pancake Supper. Come and help us get rid of
mission statement. the fat before Lent! Small donation accepted.

We would like to remind you that the minutes of the ✤ Wednesday, March 9, 7pm ~ Ash Wednesday
Bishopʼs Committee meetings, as well as the annual service.
meetings, are posted on our website. Please ask a
Committee member or the Vicar if you would like a ✤ Fridays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15,
hard copy. 5:30pm ~ Stations of the Cross.

✤ Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13,

Junior Wardensʼ Report 5:15pm ~ Lenten Study and Soup group.
by Wynne Wilbur & Pete Kelly, Co-Junior Wardens
Studying the book The Soul of Money, examin-
ing our relationship with our abundant re-
Pete Kelly and Wynne Wilbur were recently appointed sources.
co-Junior Wardens for the coming year. We were
inducted in grand form by the arrival of the Big Bliz- ✤ Sunday, March 20, 7pm ~ Taizé service.
zard three days after we took office. With helpful tu-
toring from former Junior Warden, Maria Evans, we ✤ Sunday, April 17, 7pm ~ Taizé service.
cleared the sidewalks (and a few days later, the alley
behind the vicarage with help from Ian Lindevald, so ✤ Thursday, April 21, 7pm ~ Maundy Thursday
Johnnette could get her car out) with our new snow- service.
blower which more than paid for itself during this
storm. ✤ Friday, April 22, 7pm ~ Good Friday service.
Although we are new to the job, we have already ✤ Sunday, April 24, 10am ~ Easter Sunday!
identified a few things we would like to begin doing.
We will soon be contracting with someone to come to ✤ Wednesday, April 27, 7pm ~ Celebration of
the church on a monthly basis to help with cleaning. New Ministry.
In addition, we would like to assemble a list of people
who would be willing to be called on when mainte-
nance tasks need to be done. Anyone willing to be on Before we get to Lent, there are two important hap-
this call list can contact Wynne or Pete. penings. Do not forget the Choir fundraiser for Haiti
on March 1. We will observe Shrove Tuesday by hav-
Hello From Your New Vicar ing a traditional pancake supper, which is just for fel-
by Rev. Johnnette Shane, Vicar lowship. Please do join us for soup and reflection
about our relationship with our treasure, Godʼs abun-
I want to thank you all for your warm welcome of me. dance, on Wednesdays during Lent and Stations of
Itʼs been a whirlwind, with the Bishopʼs visitation on the Cross on Fridays during Lent. We will have serv-
my first Sunday, then the rest of Advent, Christmas, ices on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
and the New Year. We held our annual meeting and Just after Easter, we will have the Celebration of New
recently had a great Bishopʼs Committee Retreat. We Ministry, what some of you might call my installation.
have lots of events planned for Lent and a few al- More to come on all of these events—Trinity is
ready in the works for Easter! emerging from winter!
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Introducing Our New Vicar

by Julie Seidler

The life of Trinityʼs new vicar, The Rev. Johnnette

Shane, reads more like a book of short stories, rather
than a novel. Itʼs composed of several different kinds
of episodes, without a smooth trajectory. Geographi-
cally speaking, besides Kentucky, Johnnetteʼs lived in
Tennessee, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Cali-
fornia, and now here. Running through all her stories
and spaces, however, is the theme of The Sacred.


Even her childhood was broken up into distinct

spaces. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised
in Madisonville, which she describes as “The Strip
Mining Capital of the World,” then moved back to Lou-
isville at the age of 13.

Of growing up around strip mining, she said, “It was

not beautiful. That much I do remember, and I'm re-
minded of something a guy I knew in New Mexico
said. He grew up in Hobbs, NM, and years after he
moved to Albuquerque, he said this, ʻIt's a terrible The Rev. Johnnette Shane became
thing when you realize that your hometown is ugly.ʼ I Trinityʼs new Vicar in December 2010.
guess that's how I feel about Madisonville; it probably
did affect me spiritually—it was not a place, then, of Johnnette kept telling them, “Somebodyʼs going to get
much physical beauty. Coal did loom large over us, hurt,” but they paid no attention. She finally got mad
cranes and great piles of stuff around, and my father and quit. A month or so later, somebody died on the
mostly made his living from coal, indirectly.” job. At that point, she said to herself, “This just isnʼt
right, that people have to work under these condi-
Johnnette, who was named after her father, has two tions.” So she applied to law school, aspiring to be-
siblings, a brother Drew and a sister Leslie Dee. Her come an organizer in occupational safety and health.
mother, Lavena, was nicknamed “Pete”. By that time, she was working in a battered womenʼs
Johnnetteʼs first story after college is about carpentry
and justice. After attending Rhodes College in Mem- The next story of Johnnetteʼs is about the law, but this
phis, Tennessee, she became a carpenterʼs appren- one isnʼt so short – 16 years to be exact. She thought
tice “to learn how to build things, to work outside.” it was going to be about labor law, but it began in
She learned that her grandfather had been a union criminal law instead. She originally expected to work
carpenter, so she wanted to be one too. She worked in a firm where she clerked that handled employment
in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis/St. Paul on all and labor law, but as she was finishing law school,
sorts of jobs. One in particular – concrete form con- the head of the firm told her they didnʼt have the
struction – ended that career path for her. money for more associates. Thatʼs when she started
casting about for “what [she] could find the fastest.” It
The job entailed using “slip forms,” 20-40ʼ forms that turned out to be a position in the public defenderʼs
are “slipped up” a building as the concrete is poured. office. She started out working on misdemeanors,
Itʼs known as a “fast [way] of doing difficult work.” To mostly DUI cases, and progressed to felonies. She
save time, the company didnʼt want the workers to tie then went into private practice, still defending those
off their safety belts, even though the job was very accused of driving under the influence in which field
dangerous, because the forms were covered with oil. (continued on page 4)
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(continued from page 3) events, which were not entirely social. The pressure
“there was a lot of work.” Later, she also practiced was surprising. Overall, however, she feels really
some juvenile and employment law, before ending up blessed to have been able to do it. As a matter of
as a hearing officer for the motor vehicle division, fact, sheʼd recommend it for anybody whoʼs interested
hearing cases dealing with license revocation. She in studying more about religion.
also worked for several years prior to seminary
prosecuting child abuse and neglect. Her favorite subject was Biblical languages, espe-
cially Greek. We may begin to notice that she often
THE SACRED says something about the original Greek in her ser-
mons. Much of that is due to the way the Bible has
Johnnette was “way more interested in religion than been translated that doesnʼt bring out the fullness of
most kids.” She admits being “the kid who asked too the way it was intended.
many questions in confirmation class, which irritated
the priest.” By high school, she was attending the For Johnnette, thereʼs a false distinction in our society
cathedral church in downtown Louisville by herself between the sacred and the secular – the sacred is
because she didnʼt like her parentsʼ church. She also everywhere. One episode will serve to illustrate. Af-
served on the diocesan committee charged with con- ter finishing seminary in 2006, she served as a hospi-
sidering revision of the prayer book as a high school tal chaplain in the Bay Area as part of a one-year
student. clinical pastoral education (CPE) unit. Her supervisor,
a Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition, told her, “The per-
She first became aware of a call to the priesthood in son you have the hardest time with will be your great-
1976, when she graduated from college, but Kentucky est teacher.” This puzzled her until one particular pa-
wasnʼt “real progressive” at that time, and the Episco- tient, a man, requested a chaplain visit “all the time.”
pal church had just started ordaining women. The call However, when she went to his room, all he did was
was put on the back burner for a long while. yell at her. She was frustrated until she realized, “I
did need to minister to him, I just couldnʼt be on the
She was away from the church during college (except level he wanted,” which is often true. He just wanted
for going to mass at the Roman Catholic church with to yell and she had to scratch the surface with more
a friend at Easter and Christmas) and a long time af- intensity than he wanted. This is unfortunately often
terward, but she came back while she was in New true in ministry. The trick is finding the sacred, even
Mexico. Thatʼs when she felt it was time to do some- in relationships with difficult people.
thing about the call that sheʼd heard time and again
over the years, that she “always thought would go After seminary, Johnnette worked part time at a
away.” She explored the call with her congregation “smallish” congregation in Freemont, California, and
there and they decided the call was genuine, but it part time at an intimate partner violence agency. She
wasnʼt going to happen from that diocese. Thatʼs was ordained a priest in September 2008, at which
when she decided to move to California to attend ceremony her brother read one of the Bible passages.
seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific
in Berkley. She believes that one job of a priest is to remind peo-
ple that the sacred is everywhere. She hopes weʼll
The discernment process there turned out to be remember that.
lengthy, because there was a three-year-residency
requirement to even apply for postulancy and another
year to work out some other concerns. Once she fi-
nally got in, though, it was great! “Itʼs fun to wake up Help Wanted
in the morning, go down to breakfast, and find people Soon it will be time for Nancy to step aside as
to talk to about God,” she says. “How cool is that?” newsletter editor and keeper of the church-wide
e-mail list. As well, there are several ministries at
There were parts of seminary life, though, that werenʼt Trinity that are in need of volunteers. Please talk
so fun. First, she had to give up her three-bedroom with Johnnette if you are interested in helping
home and her animals, including Hazel, her Arabian with communications, other ministries, or would
horse, to live in a dorm room. In addition, it was aca- like to discuss how you can become more in-
demically difficult, and there were all kinds of activities volved at Trinity!
required for a person who was going to serve the
church, such as committees to serve on and social
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An Often Asked Question United Thank Offering

by Krista Baker by Krista Baker

Often during an annual giving campaign, someone The Bishopʼs Committee has
will ask if the money we give to charities other than decided to fully support the
the church should be included when we calculate United Thank Offering (UTO)
what we ʻgive.ʼ Is that money part of our tithe or our program this year. This means
pledge? After we completed our annual giving cam- more than the one Sunday plate
paign last fall I received the monthly newsletter from collection we held last year.
the Presbyterian Church in Ethel, MO, where Tim and This means we each get one of
I used to live. There was an article in it that ad- the famous little blue boxes! We
dressed this very subject in a way that has stayed each have the opportunity to fill the little box over and
with me. I would like to share it with you. Although over during the year. As our Diocesan website ex-
there are references to the holiday times, I think the plains:
following article is relevant today just as it was in No-
vember when it first appeared. United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episco-
pal Church. It exists to expand the circle of thankful
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT people. To achieve this mission, UTO encourages daily
prayer, offerings, and awareness of the abundance of
Often people ask whether they should calculate their Godʼs blessings.
giving to God to include charities other than the church.
Thatʼs an individual decision, but the Bible has some Through the familiar "little blue boxes," prayers of
guidance for us. Throughout the Old Testament, the thanksgiving are said and spare change, multiplied by
rules about giving have a clear distinction between what the generosity of the church, is contributed....UTO funds
is given to God and what is for charity. Tithes were what collected each year are dispersed by the UTO commit-
God asked, offerings were what people decided to do in tee each spring. Each diocese may submit two grant
addition to their tithe (a tithe is 10% of what you have or requests each year. Recent grants in our diocese have
make). been:

During our worship services the call at the offering time 2009: St. Louis, Episcopal City Mission Detention Centers
many times includes the phrase, “let us give our tithes 2008: Companion Diocese Grant: Diocese of Lui, Sudan
2007: St. Louis, St. John's Episcopal Church on Arsenal
and offerings.” We are being asked for two different
2004: Washington, MO., Care and Counseling, Inc.
things; we are asked for what we have committed to
give God and also for what we have decided out of love
to do in addition. In 2010, twenty-two of the diocese's parishes partici-
pated in the offering and five submitted grants.
We also are asked to offer our “selves.” We offer our
very lives...our living to the glory and honor of God, of- United Thank Offering - A Prayer of Gratitude
fering to God our service as a disciple of Jesus Christ! Gracious and abundant God, we thank you for this
A lot of decisions have to be made as we offer our tithes magical fragile world in which you have made us to
and offerings and God can assist us in our decision- dwell. All that we are and all that we have is gift, ex-
making, helping us to be generous, loving, and caring travagant and holy gift. Open our eyes in wonder be-
as our God is to us. May we all ponder our stewardship
fore the beauty of the world. Enlarge our reverence
practices, especially as we enter the holiday season
for all living creatures and our stewardship of life.
where we celebrate first, Thanksgiving — a holiday of
abundance for us, but not for all, and then of Advent and Make us generous as you are generous and alive as
Christmas — yet another time for extravagance and you are alive. Turn our heart from the service of self
generosity. Let us truly offer our tithes and offerings for alone that we may be grateful stewards of your gifts
the work and mission of the Kingdom of God! and servants of the common good. Give us the mind
of our Lord Jesus, whose saving embrace on the
From the November 2010 newsletter of the Macon cross makes us whole, that in humility we may love
County Larger Parish, New Cambria, MO, by their pas- you in all things and love one another in all grace and
tor, Mary Ellen Waychoff. peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
-The Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley Jr., Bishop of Alabama
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Lenten Retreat in Iowa

by Maria Evans

On Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., our neighboring diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, is
sponsoring a Lenten retreat.  The retreat, "Living a Holy Lent," will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Bur-
lington, IA (approximately 125 miles from Kirksville).  The retreat is free, but a free will offering is requested. 
Lunch will be provided.  You can reserve a spot at the retreat by calling Christ Episcopal Church at (319)752-
1381. Attendees are welcome to attend some or all of the retreat.

Here is the agenda for the retreat:

"Fasting and Self-Denial" (The Rev. John Horn)
"Reading and Meditating on God's Holy Word" (The Rev.  Marilyn Wentzein)
"Pardon and Absolution" (The Rev. Larry Synder)
"Self-Examination and Repentance" (The Rev. Mary Christopher)

Please remember in your prayers: Wynne and her family, Shirley, Jessica (Kristy), Sarah (Joanne), the
Franks family (Kevin), Carrol, Ann (Pete and Julia), Kirstin (Maria), John, Andrew (Diane), Rocky (Jean),
Betty (Sally’s mother), John (Jessie’s husband), Rex (Cynthia’s father), Elias, Larry (Karen), the Treese
family (Delaney), Suzie (Jessie), Bob (Diane), Brian (Diane), Brandy, Justin (Maria), Charlette (Shannon),
and for the repose of the soul of Roy.

A prayer for the parish: “Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our
prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us
all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy church;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP p.817)

Clergy Worship Services

Rev. Johnnette Shane, Vicar Holy Eucharist
Rev. Carrol K. Davenport, Associate Priest Sundays ~ 10:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer
Bishop’s Committee Wednesdays ~ 7:30 a.m.
Jessie Cragg, Bishop’s Warden (2012)
Pete Kelly, Co-Junior Warden (2013)
Wynne Wilbur, Co-Junior Warden (2013)
Trinity Episcopal Church
Krista Baker (2012)
124 N. Mulanix
Kevin Minch (2014)
Kirksville, MO 63501
Sally West (2014)

Thanks to all who contributed, and to Julie Seidler for the photograph!
Please send all newsletter contributions, corrections, and suggestions to Nancy Miller at
trinitynewsletter@gmail.com. Items for the Spring newsletter are due by May 2.