St. Luke's church to survey members on church's future
The vestry and stewardship committee of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will conduct an Every Member Canvass in July, during which every family in the parish will receive a visit. The purpose of the visit is not to ask for a pledge of money, but to help the vestry determine what activities and programs should be planned for next year.
The canvass will start on Survey Sunday, July 8, when everyone who attends church that day will answer questions on a printed survey and indicate what programs and activities he or she would like to take part in next year. Canvassers will make appointments in advance to visit the other parishioners' homes on Visitation Sunday, July 15.
Located on Front Street, the brick church with a Norman tower was consecrated in 1837 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. As is traditional in old Episcopal churches the ceiling resembles the hold of the Ark. The interior is beautified by stained glass windows given in memory of members of the church. The church has a Rodgers organ which is a combination pipe and electronic organ.
Plans include a confirmation service on Sunday, Oct. 21, at which the Right Rev. P. Wayne Wright will officiate. It will be followed by a lunch reception in honor of the confirmands. November plans call for a stewardship Sunday and Pledge Sunday.
Sunday church services during the summer are at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Rector of St. Luke's is the Rev. Jeanne Wise Kirby. Members of the vestry are senior warden Charles Barton, junior warden Sue Short, Janet Jones, Tom Lee, James Pentoney, Herb Quick, Sarah Quick, Noel Sizemore, Faith Torbert, Jane Watson and Kate Widdowson. John Watson is treasurer.
Members of the stewardship committee are Marie Alvarado, Lisa Doyle, Bruce LeVan, John Miller, Larry Steele, John Watson and Jane Watson, chairman.
The late Gov. William Henry Harrison Ross, original owner of the Ross Mansion on North Pine Street Extended, is buried in the cemetery, as are three generations of his family members. The governor served as senior warden of the parish for many years. The governor's oldest son Caleb died of typhoid fever at the age of 21 while serving in the Confederate Army. After the war his body was brought back to St. Luke's and buried in the cemetery there. A spring of yew was placed on the coffin as symbol of mourning, and the resulting yew tree is now 20 feet high.
Caleb's granite tombstone is made in the form of a bed, with a headboard and foot board, and two round holes in the granite mattress, in which flowers are planted. Several other tombstones in the cemetery are made in the same design.
The oldest tombstone is dated 1825. One tombstone, dated 1870, refers to the deceased, Mary Hall, as "the relict" of her late husband, George K. Hall.
Donations sought for auction
The third annual charity auction sponsored by Take My Hand Ministry Inc. of Greenwood will be Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company on US 13.
Bidders may preview items and negotiate a price from 8 to 10 a.m. Upon agreement purchases can be removed from the fire hall. At 10 a.m. auctioneer Tommy Tucker of Greenwood will sell all remaining items. All sales are final and items must be removed from the fire hall at the time of sale.
Refreshments will be available.
Donated items (excluding clothing and appliances), baked goods and cash contributions are tax deductible. All proceeds will help poverty level clients obtain items (food, fuel, medicine, etc.) that their limited incomes cannot cover.
Call Dr. Michaele Russell, executive director (302-349-4220) for more information.
Yard sale planned
The youth ministry of Grace Baptist Church will host a church wide yard and bake sale Saturday, June 30, 7 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will benefit this summer's youth mission trip to New York City. In the event of rain the sale will be held in the fellowship hall. Grace Baptist Church is at 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford. Call 629-8434 for more information.