Washington column for July 28

Trinity’s new rector

Reverend H. Miller Hunter's first Sunday as Trinity Episcopal Church's new rector is Aug. 7.
Reverend H. Miller Hunter’s first Sunday as Trinity Episcopal Church’s new rector is Aug. 7. Courtesy photo

Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington is proud to announce their new rector, the Rev. H. Miller Hunter. According from a press release from Juliet Del Grosso, administrative assistant for the church: “Reverend H. Miller Hunter has served 28 years as a parish priest. He began his ministry as curate of the Church of the Holy Comforter, Montgomery, Alabama; served for four years as canon of the Cathedral of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama; served for 17 years as rector of St. Paul’s Ivy Episcopal Church in Charlottesville; and more recently served five years as vicar of Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.”

Words from the new rector:

“My ministry has been characterized by a deep love of our Anglican liturgical tradition, a commitment to accessible and relevant teaching and preaching, and a passion for pastoral care. In all four parishes I have focused on developing a strong sense of community both within the parish and the wider community.

“My wife Carol and I are excited about joining you at Trinity Church and we look forward to our first Sunday with you on Aug. 7. I am personally honored to have been selected by your Search Committee and Vestry to be your next Rector.”

The Hunters have three grown children, a daughter and son-in- law in Richmond, a son and daughter-in- law in D.C., and their youngest daughter lives in Denver. They have three grandsons. Carol is a librarian and serves as deputy university librarian for University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She plans to retire in 2017.

Said Trinity’s Susan G. Laing: “This is a bittersweet time for us at Trinity. We are sad to have to say goodbye to Bill Queen, our wonderful interim rector for the past year. He has assured us that he will be back to visit. At the same time, we are excited at the prospect of welcoming our new rector, Miller Hunter. Miller will be moving into our newly renovated rectory the first week in August.”

Please join with Trinity’s parishioners to welcome Rev. Miller Hunter and his wife Carol to Rappahannock County.

Bible School a success

Several churches came together to host the Vacation Bible School last week at Washington Baptist Church — as well as 19 children and 13 teenagers.
Several churches came together to host the Vacation Bible School last week at Washington Baptist Church — as well as 19 children and 13 teenagers. By Juliet Del Grosso

Several churches came together to host the Vacation Bible School last week (July 18-22) from 9 to noon at Washington Baptist Church. The theme this year was “Pilgrimage” and the fellowship hall was decorated as in medieval times. They had 19 children, 13 teenagers and a lot of adult volunteers. Reports a church spokesperson: “They did crafts, played games, sang songs and best of all, watched some great skits put on by the teenagers that taught us all about the Saints. The week was finished with a carnival that included a moon bounce, a pony and fun games. The children brought offering money each day and this year that money was given to CCLC in support of all the great care and nurturing they give the children of our community.”

Prayers needed

In our daily prayers, let’s remember Gary Jenkins Jr., a volunteer for Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Jenkins was pursuing his biggest passion of his life in helping others; while responding to a late night call on July 12 on Hunters Road, his truck skidded off the road and hit a tree. He sustained serious spine injuries. He has a long road ahead of him.

In last week’s edition, Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue announced that it had begun a fundraising campaign to help with his medical bills.

As Fabrily Shirts once said, “My courage does not roar . . . it whispers to my heart. It makes me dig deep and find it in my soul to fight on.”

As a community, let’s pitch in and help this young volunteer out. The company asks that anyone who wishes to donate send a check to WVFR at 10 Firehouse Lane, Washington, Va. 22747, with Gary Jenkins in the memo field, or call the fire hall at 540-675- 3615.

Also let’s remember a dear wonderful lady, Joyce Wharton, from Sperryville. Joyce had back surgery at the U.Va. Medical Center last week. She really need our prayers each day.

While you’re praying, remember to ask for cooler weather as well.

A wonderful man

Condolences go out to Maureen Kaiser of Harris Hollow on the passing of her husband, John E. Kaiser, on July 14. John and Maureen lived across the field from me and they have been wonderful neighbors. John always kept his place so clean and beautiful and was a man of truth and honor. He would always wave to you when he was taking his dog for a walk or working in his yard. John, we will miss you in the hollow. You will always be remembered when I pass your house.

Food Pantry news

It’s that time of year again. School starts Aug. 11, and for many of our neighbors that means added stress on an already tight budget trying to buy school supplies. The Food Pantry has put together a general list of supplies for Kindergarten through seventh grade. Supplies or checks can be dropped off at the Pantry in Washington (603 Mount Salem Ave), where volunteers are ready to do the shopping for you. The list includes: fat washable markers, regular markers, No. 2 pencils, pens (red and black); large pink erasers; glue sticks: large fat colored pencils, highlighters, three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, notebook paper, dual-pocket folders, pencil boxes, scissors and backpacks.

Stay cool and have a wonderful week.