Washington column for June 18

Trinity’s new interim rector

The Rev. Bill Queen Jr., Trinity Episcopal Church's interim rector, poses with his wife, Lynn Ellen, and their dog, Finn. Queen's first time in the pulpit at Trinity is Sunday, Aug. 2.
The Rev. Bill Queen Jr., Trinity Episcopal Church’s interim rector, poses with his wife, Lynn Ellen, and their dog, Finn. Queen’s first time in the pulpit at Trinity is Sunday, Aug. 2. Bill McClure

The vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church has called the Rev. Bill Queen Jr. to serve as their interim rector to help prepare the congregation for their new rector. A specifically trained interim rector, Queen states, “engages the congregation in an experiential and creative process of learning about themselves and discerning God’s direction in order to move more purposefully forward in their parish ministries and to select a new Rector who fits well with them.”

Having been in the ministry for more than 20 years, Queen comes from a varied background in business (in Jacksonville and Atlanta), teaching through the Oscher Institute, writing and photography, and as an Eagle Scout. Bill’s degrees include a B.A. with honors from Eckerd College, a master’s in international management and marketing from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a master’s in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served in churches in Florida and Virginia and most recently as associate rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond. He and his wife, Lynn Ellen, have three adult children, Thomas, Anna and Philip.

Queen begins serving on Aug. 1; Trinity will have supply priests for the months of June and July. The primary supply priest is the Rev. Canon John W. Kilgore, M.D. Father John, a cardiologist, is affiliated with Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and has been a supply priest at St. Paul’s Within the Walls, the American Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy.

We welcome the Rev. Bill Queen Jr. to our community.

$10 Bag Sale begins

Firehouse Treasures Thrift operated by the Washington Ladies Auxiliary is launching its building drive with a $10 Bag Sale through Saturday, June 27. The Thrift is raising money to replace the badly deteriorating Ladies and Children’s building, which has problems that include wet rot, carpenter ants, doors that are too short for taller customers, bad lighting and more serious issues. A new building will expand floor space and allow a wider selection of clothing. All proceeds from the $10 Bag Sale will go toward the purchase of a new building by e Ladies Auxiliary, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tax deductible donations for the new building also gratefully accepted. Checks payable to the Washington Ladies Auxiliary can be mailed to PO Box 522, Washington, VA 22747, or stop by and drop your contribution into the “Barrel o’ Money.” Tax receipts are available during regular hours: 10 to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 to 1 Saturday.

Beauty of the butterflies

Those who love butterflies can join Old Rag Master Naturalists at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at Rappahannock County Library for butterfly identification training in preparation for the July 18 annual butterfly count. The butterfly count itself starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at the library. Participants will go primarily to private properties that are not open to the public and that represent the variety of landscapes in Rappahannock County. Bring your insect and sun protection, sturdy footwear and water, and don’t forget your binoculars. The cost to participate in the butterfly count is $5 (no fee for children, who must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Preregister by emailing cwatts2009@gmail.com.

Special lady

Condolences go out to the family of Jean Carolyn Baker McDonald, 90, of Warren County, who passed away on Sunday, June 14, at Warren Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. McDonald worked at the Aileen factory for years. I sit across from her and that was one great lady to know. She enjoyed talking about her favor recipes and her family. We would have dinners over to the Aileen plant and I can remember Jean bringing her homemade corn pudding. It was so good, that I had to have that recipe.

She had such great love for her family. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Giles, who works for Art Goff Commonwealth Attorney office, Carolyn Hilton, her sons, Raymond McDonald and Roger McDonald, 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, she was a truly special person to me and I will never forget the moments we shared.

Remember she will always be in your hearts. Even on your darkest days there will be an angel by your side to guide you along the way.

Special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow.

A funeral service was held Wednesday at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by ministers Betty Denton and Jared Snyder. Burial followed at Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Dog Days Yard Sale

The Rappahannock County Democrats are gearing up for their annual Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Lane) the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 12-13). Please set aside items to donate. It may seem long off, but time goes by so fast that it will be here before we know it. Keep reading the paper for more details that will be coming soon!

Father’s Day

Fathers play a significant role in the upbringing of children today.

Father’s Day is celebrated to honor one’s father and express love and gratitude towards them. I was always told that “if you love someone, show it.” So on this Father’s Day, on Sunday, make it a memorable one by doing something special for him.

For my dad, I don’t tell him often enough now special he is but from my heart, I want you to know, you are the greatest dad in the world and I wish you the best Father’s Day that you ever had. I love you, dad.

Celebrate Father’s Day by treating your dad to an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday (June 21) at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost: $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). All proceeds benefit the company’s daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads.