Dear friends at St. Timothy’s,
This letter comes to you, my home parish, with a
combination of joy and tears. The joyful news is that
I have accepted a call as Associate Rector for
Formation and Parish Life at Calvary Episcopal
Church, Fletcher, NC. As you know I have been
applying for jobs, and this is perfect for me because
it combines the chance to use my experience from 8
years of being a DRE in Episcopal churches in NJ,
FL, GA before I came to Greenville, and new
responsibilities as an ordained priest.
The tears are part of all I am letting go of, especially of being with dear friends at St.
Tim’s, as I start a new chapter in my spiritual journey to serve God in the Episcopal
Diocese of West Carolina. I will always cherish how the St. Timothy’s family supported
me and my family in countless ways during both the deep joys and sorrows of the last
We first joined St. Timothy’s in 2007, when Haley and I were drawn into that year’s
upbeat Christmas Pageant which featured music from the Who, (Who are you? Whooo,
Who-oo?) as a way to ponder the Christ child in the manger. Then Haley joined
EYC and I joined the WE ensemble, and both were a source of complete joy for us for
years to come. I knew I was in the right place as I joined Leslie Bowman, Suzanne
Shelton, and Tom Czaplinski and many others, to sing out thanks and praise! In
addition I helped out for several years by leading Children’s Chapel and several adult
formation classes, especially while obtaining the Anglican Studies Certificate between
2013-2015. When I started the ordination process, I was not as physically present, but I
still considered St. Timothy’s as my church home. Just like our family homes, we come
back and forth between our various attempts at carving a place for ourselves in the
I have always loved the Asheville area, and actually considered working there 12 years
ago, but chose Greenville instead because I felt it was a better place for my family at
the time. So it is no surprise to consider working there again now!
It is not too far, and I hope you will all feel welcome visiting me at Calvary next time
you driving through the Smokey Mountains! You are also welcome to join me for my
ordination to the priesthood at St. Paul’s Greenville, on December 14 at 3 pm. I will be
ordained with Matt Babcock with whom I became a Transitional Deacon last June in
May you all be well as St. Timothy’s continues to be a welcoming presence for so many
Rev’d Deacon Nanette
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
There have been three or four occasions over the past
fourteen years, that I have used words from a Leonard Cohen
song as part of a benediction. “Ring them bells that still can
ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in
everything. That’s how the light gets in.” You will likely hear
them from me again this coming Sunday.
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. One of my
favorite metaphors around the lives of saints is attributed to the
mind of a child. When asked if the child knew what a saint was, they replied “They are the ones
who let the light in,” referring to the people pictured in the stained glass windows of their church.
How right they were. They are the ones from whom we see God's light. The saints I have met in
my life, as well as the ones I have met in scripture, history, or literature, have all been people who
understand their own brokenness and use those cracks to let God’s light, which we can see, into
their own lives. John the Baptist sums up those broken human’s transformation into saints of God
when he says “(Jesus) must increase but I must decrease,” alluding to John’s need to make space
for the power of God found in Jesus our Messiah. Why is it then, that most of us, if we were to try
to live a more holy and God centered life, would begin our efforts by trying to decide what more we
need to do? Why don’t we begin by finding our cracks and trying to make more space for God to
fill those places of inadequacy.
I hope you have had the same experience of life around St. Timothy’s as I have had these past
three years. I hope that you have seen the love and power of God as people have cared for one
another and for perfect strangers in the name of Christ. I hope you have felt energy rising and a
desire to find and accomplish the work that God has for us to do at this time in this place. I wonder
if you are able, as I sometimes am, to see the brightest moments of power and love coming
through the cracks of death, pain, sorrow, failure and limitation. If so, perhaps we can turn our
eyes to those same places in our corporate present and future. We have cracks that are not
healthy to hide or ignore.
The level of giving and commitment expressed in this years stewardship campaign is
overwhelming and our collective gratitude is owed to each other. The doors will remain open. It is
not clear, however, whether we will be able to fill any of the cracks that we had hoped to. We
currently have a $17,000 operating deficit and still have unmet needs in music, property,
administration and programing. Exactly how and where we will identify the ways that God can
shine through are not clear but I do believe we will see the light coming through those cracks if we
choose to look. Maybe it will come in unexpected funds, or volunteers. Maybe it will come in
unexpected shifts in ministry and partnership. Just as sure as the sun will rise and stained glassed
saints around the globe will shine on children seeking understandings of the holy, I fully expect to
be in awe of the ways God uses us, and our cracks to fulfill the
ministries that he is calling us to. Why? For there's not any reason,
no not the least, why (we) shouldn't be one too. Happy All Saints.
RECTOR OF ST. TIMOTHY'S
LETTERS FROM THE WARDENS
B I T S I E H A R W E L L
What a great fall season! Lobster Fair was a
huge success and so much is going on here
at St. Tim’s. I hope you find activities and
worship that enriches your life and soul.
The Stewardship Campaign is well
underway. Please, please bring or send in
your pledge card so that we will know what
to count on to remain a strong church as we
seek ways to expand our ministries of love
for our neighbors and ourselves.
For pure enjoyment join many of our St.
Timothy’s family and others at our first
outdoor movie night. It will be right here on
our campus on November 8th. Read the
article further in the newsletter for details.
Bring friends and your own chairs and
blankets for fun on a Friday evening.
As you read this newsletter look for
something you didn’t know about St.
Timothy’s or maybe find an activity you
might be interested in or a service you don’t
usually attend. This fall try something new
here and become even more part of St.
D I A N E H A T F I E L D
Wipes in the Pipes
Reminder we have had
our sewage lines flushed
twice over that past 2
months and we keep
finding Paper Towels in
our sewage lines!
This is extremely costly to our Parish!!!!
Help us wipe out a costly and messy sewer
The Problem: wipes, rags, paper towels and
materials are being flushed into the sewer system,
causing serious problems for St Timothy’s
The Solution: Flush only toilet paper and human
waste – nothing else! If you use wipes, trash ‘em,
don’t flush ‘em.
Disposable Wipes and Paper Products: cause
serious problems for the sewer system, as they do
not break down easily (or at all) once they are
Increased Maintenance Costs: when these
items are flushed our sewer pipes require
maintenance and Repair. This results in higher
operational costs from St. Timothy’s.
Our Campus Landscaping- later on in the late
fall/early winter you may see some major
cutting/trimming/pruning to our bushes/trees…two
reasons...(1) We need to have adequate air flow
and drainage around our buildings (2) Safety and
security, many of our bushes are taller than the
window sills and after meeting with our local
Sheriff’s office we have some recommendations to
make our campus safer.
St. Timothy’s Pledge Drive has officially
closed but not ended. To date we have
received 49 pledges (of 110 parishioners) for
a total amount pledged of $173 260. We still
have a way to go before we reach our goal
of $314,000. Members of the Stewardship
Committee are in the process of writing a
personal “thank-you” note to each
parishioner who has submitted a pledge. In
the thank-you note we remind each
parishioner how your gift to our 2020 budget
funds one of the many vital ministries of St.
Timothy’s Episcopal Church. It brings great
joy to each committee member’s heart to
write these thank-you notes. In doing so, the
notes personally connect each of us with
each of you.
If you have not yet completed and submitted a pledge card in support of our 2020
budget, please do so today. Members of the Stewardship Committee truly believe in our
theme for this year’s pledge drive—Loving God by Loving our Neighbor. We also
recognize that this is a transformational time in the history of St. Timothy’s Episcopal
Church. In addressing this moment in our history, we are committed to bringing all
parishioners on board as a faith community to work collectively in meeting the many
needs of St. Tim’s parishioners and members of the greater Greenville community. It is
in reaching out to and helping others that WE experience the rewards of loving our
neighbor in ways we never expected. In doing so we are blessed beyond all measure.
The Stewardship Committee is hosting NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE NIGHT on Friday,
November 8, 5:30-7:30pm in thanksgiving for all our gifts, especially the beautiful
campus that we have been entrusted to use for ministry.
Please invite your friends to this community event and come prepared to have fun
with other families while veiwing Disney's Moana
The movie and popcorn are free
but we will have some drinks and pizza for purchase.
Please bring cash if you think you will be hungry,
or, unlike a local theater, you are more than welcome to bring food of your own as
well as beach chairs, beach blankets & pillows or whatever you need to be
A special thanks to John Crawford and AuburnAV for donating
all the equipment and labor needed for this event.
L O B S T E R F A I R
Congratulations on another smashing success in the
books! Every generation would declare this year's
Lobster Fair a smashing success having provided a
wonderful event for the community and raised the funds
we need to continue to invest in meaningful outreach.
Thanks goes out to all of the people that gave so much of their time and talent to make this
year run so smoothly. A special word of thanks goes out to Frank Cassiano who returned
to chair his second Lobster fair this year after stepping last year to relieve Bibb Baugh after
many years at the helm.
The Lobster Fair really only works with the shared leadership of new and returning
volunteers. In a very intentional effort to insure we are doing what we need to do to
incorporate not only new volunteers, but also new leaders, next year's chairs have already
been sought out and are ready to begin their work.
It is my joy to announce that Joyce Wittman and Marie Cooper have taken on the
responsibity of co-charing next year's event. Joyce and
Marie will not only have the work and responsibility of the
Lobster Fair deligated to their care, but the freedom to
work with the vestry and other church leadership to
reinvision how this event can even more fullly reflect the
mission and values of St. Timothy's. Make your suggestions
known and be a part of shaping Lobster Fair 2020.
A D U L T F O R M A T I O N
Programs offered this far have been well received. Weekly guest speakers are
contributing excellent information, in keeping with the theme, Loving God By Loving
our Neighbors . November will feature a focus on Interfaith worship and include
speakers from Muslim, Jewish and other Christian perspectives. Rev Bob Hudak will
share thoughts and perspective on what it is like to be disciples of Jesus in Interfaith
Adult Formation is committed to offering programs that deepen you understanding of
our faith, our work, and assist you in discerning and understanding God’s call to you.
If you are not present, you are missing out on living a full Christian life.
Fall fun and wild winter adventures.
After a record group at our kick off back in September, Youth Ministry has been a little slow getting
started this fall. It must be time for a few shots of excitement to make sure we have
Friday November 8th: Neighborhood movie night at the church.
It might be a little chilly but we hope you will join us to help provide a wonderful experience for any
guests we have attending this community outreach program. You can help us give away popcorn,
sell drinks and pizza and also enjoy Disney's Moana. (you may pretend you don't like it but I'm
gonna catch you singing along). Bring a blanket, chair, and some cash for treats.
Saturday December 7th: Greenville Christmas Parade
Scott Krippen is donating a trailer and a generator so that we can twinkle and
sing our way through downtown, tossing out candy and letting people know
they should come check out St. Timothy's. We will work on design ideas and
gather materials but depending on the materials we are going to use, we will
likely decorate the day of or maybe the day before. See if you can pull your
Christmas decorations out of the attic a little earlier this year and bring something in for the church to
borrow until after the parade.
Sunday December 22nd: Christmas Party with old fashion Hayride and Caroling.
Back on a trailer again, but this time loaded with hay, we will cruise the streets of
Cherry Oaks, singing the good news of Christmas. When we are frozen and
famished we will return to the church for holiday food and fun.
Early 2020: It is about time to travelIf you ask me, we have waited long enough! It
is time for a proper youth retreat and what better way to
start than a ski trip. Details to come but save room on your christmas list
to ask for the cost of a ski trip this winter.
C H I L D R E N ' S F O R M A T I O N
We are so happy to have had a wonderful two months with your children! We have had two fun Children’s
Chapel and Fellowship Sundays where the children get to know each other, participate in their own
worship service, and learn how things are done in the big church.
We look forward to our special Halloween tithing event on
November 3 where we collect Halloween candy to donate to
Packs4patriots. All parishioners are invited to participate in this
event. We will collect candy from the children during
Sunday School and will have a collection
box in the Narthex. Not only will this be a
fun Outreach project, it is also an
opportunity to begin teaching our children
about the spiritual practice of tithing.
Each child is asked to contribute 10% of
their candy to the church in support of this
outreach ministry. We believe that 10% of their candy has a much greater impact on their learning than
asking them to bring in money. When you are talking about a child's candy, you are talking about
something they value. Learning that it is good to give away things we care about in thanksgiving for all
the blessings we have is a great lesson for all of us.
Children’s Chapel in November is on the 17th. Please remember you can sign your child up for a job
through our online sign-up sheet that is sent out via email. If you are not receiving these emails, please
let us know.
Pageant practice begins November 24. We will
pick parts this day and begin talking about the
meaning of Christmas. The pageant is on January
5, Epiphany, during the 10:15 service.
Please mark your calendars for December 1,
which is our special intergenerational Advent
Festival held in the Parish Hall during regular
Sunday School time.
We look forward to this special and busy month
with your children!
Megan and Kathryn
T H E O & K A T E
a r e h a v i n g a
charlie & katie are
P R E S C H O O L
Leslie Bowman, Preschool Director
The preschool has gotten off to a good start this year. The teachers and students have
quickly settled into their daily routine, with lots of fun and learning going on. Most of our
classes are full, but there are still spots available in the Pre-K class. Last month we also
opened a second Young 2s Class for children aged 15-24 months. If you know of anyone
looking for a preschool home, please have them call me at 355-2125 to schedule a tour.
There are a few additional things you can do to help our program:
*Link your VIC card to St. Timothy’s Preschool at Harris. This must be done annually, and
you can link to more than one school!
*Like us on Facebook/follow St.Timothys.greenville on Instagram and spread the word
about our awesome preschool program. Invite friends and neighbors with small children to
come in for a tour.
*Display some of our brochures, our flier or our business cards at your place of business.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how many to print for you-or I can send
you an electronic copy.
Thanks for all you do to support our preschool ministry. And thanks to all who “picked” an
apple and donated a wish list item! Looking for a delicious Christmas gift idea? Beginning
November 18th the preschool will be selling gift cards to
Texas Roadhouse. Businesses may customize their cards to
display their company logo. The preschool will earn a
percentage of the sales. Email email@example.com or
speak to preschool director Leslie Bowman (252-355-2125
ext. 202) to place an order.
Leslie Bowman, director
M U S I C N O T E S
Our Parish Choir now has 9 members, but we still have room for more.
Come and join us each Wednesday evening at 7 pm and on Sundays for the
10:15 worship service.
Music Makers is busy already working on music for the Advent season. All
children are invited to join us on Sundays at 9:15 am.
Director of Music Ministry
F E L L O W S H I P
The $1000 grant recently received will
be used to offer healthy eating classes
to families and small households. This
will be held at the church Saturday
mornings Nov 9th and again in January.
(The Nov 2nd class has been
postponed) 10 different people will be
able to sign up for each class.
The first ten people to sign up will receive a ticket to their cooking class. A voluntary $10
donation is suggested. Classes will be Kid Friendly Healthy Meals, and Busy Lifestyles
Cooking. The November 9th class only has three more openings. Please sign up on the
sheet in the narthex.
Dinner groups have resumed and should be meeting each month. Mark your
calendars for the Adult Christmas Social at Bitsie Harwell's 6 pm.
Please continue to sign up to host Coffee Hour. This is a great way to connect to
your fellow parishioners.
A Thanksgiving Potluck will be held on Sunday, November 24th following the
ECW will provide Turkeys & Hams.
Last names beginning with A - S please bring sides
Last names beginning with T-Z please bring deserts.
There will be a sign up in the Narthex for an accurate count.
All are welcome. Healthy eating classes November 9th and January
Nov. 24th Thanksgiving Potluck
December 8th Christmas Party at Bitsie Harwell's
January 7th possible Birthday Celebration
February 9th Putt Putt Mini Golf $5.00/person or $10/family
March Celtic Caylee Music Fest
D A U G H T E R S O F T H E K I N G
(Women's Prayer Group)
The Daughters of the King are asking for your contributions to Greenville’s CCC Homeless
Shelter with a donation period from Oct 6 to Nov 17. Please leave donations in the Narthex in
the blue box. Items needed: Gently Used/New Towels & Washclothes, Backpacks & School
Supplies, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Rain Ponchos, 32 Gallon Plastic Totes with Lids for
Clothing Storage (Highly Needed at this time), Paper Plates and Cups, Plastic Forks,
Spoons, Knives, Cleaning Supplies (Bleach, Lysol, Tub Cleaners, Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Dish
Washing Detergent (they do not have any dishwashers), Laundry Detergent, Gently
Used/New Twin Size Sheets, New Pillows, and Shower Shoes/Flip Flops.
charlie & katie are
G E N E R A L
Diane Hatfield, from St. Timothy’s is a Facilitator for GriefShare at
Unity Church (contact information 252-714-0213, email:
How GriefShare works
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through
one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what
you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare
resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your
Loss of a Spouse (1 night program) will be at Unity Church in January 2020
Surviving the Holidays (1 night program) will be at Unity Church on 11/13/2019…
6;30-8:30, cost is $5.00 for the booklet.
GriefShare Support Group – 13 sessions, each independent,
Starts at Unity Church 9/18/2019 – 12/18/19 at 6:30-8:30 in the evenings (4301
Charles Blvd. enter in the back of the church), New sessions starting in January 2020
Starts at Jarvis Memorial church 9/18/19 – 1/8/20 at 11:30-1:30 during the day (510
South Washington St, Downtown Greenville), New sessions staring in January 2020
Greenville has multiple GriefShare groups and a free daily email for encouragement
go to www.griefshare.org - enter your zip code for a group that meets your
schedule and to sign up for emails.
St. Timothy's Annual Adult Social Holiday Party. December 8, 6-8 pm at Bitsie
Harwell's home, 105 Dundee Drive (Brook Valley), Greenville, NC. If you have any
questions, please contact Bitsie 756-5339 or Julie Crippen 246-9442. There will be a
sign up in the Narthex. This is a Fellowship sponsored event.
A N N O U N C M E N T S
What does Cursillo do?
It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Many people
have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many
to feel like newly made Christians with apurpose and with support. I’m very
that excited Margaret Miller will be attending EC 99, November 7-10 2019 at the Trinity
Center. Serving on team this year will be: Mark Tull, Marty Michaels, Leslie Bowman
and Diane Hatfield.
We will host our Welcome Back - LaPaz Ulreya meeting for Goldsboro, Greenville,
Washington and Kinston Cursillo members on December 1st from 1-3 pm in the
Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend, especially if you want to learn more of what
Cursillo is about. We will have food, fellowship and great music, so come join us!
Interested? Want to learn more? Ask your ‘rector, Diane Hatfield, or someone who
has been to Cursillo…many of us at St. Timothy’s have. Our next weekend for
Cursillo will be April 23-26 2019. We are looking for individuals LIKE YOU! We will
have a HUGE group of folks going for their first time and Team members serving for
the Spring Cursillo from St. Timothy’s….Don’t Miss out!!!!!
Dear Family of Faith at St Tim's,
This has been a busy month for the Well. We are
working on our plans to participate in an event at the
Ladonia Wright Cultural Center focusing on the many
religious events held during Christmas season.
Our group will be focusing on Advent. This past month we had Dr. Calvin Mercer
join us from the ECU Religion Department to discuss transhumanism. We enjoyed a
lively conversation. Matt Sculley invited us over for dinner at The Scullery. We
enjoyed working behind the food counter making coffee and dipping ice cream.
Rev. Diane Tomlinson joined us to talk about the Enneagram. We will end the
month by carving pumpkins on Halloween.
A number of us will be going on retreat at Camp
Agape during the first weekend of November. We
will be joined by the students from UNC-
Thank you for your support of our ministry. We
appreciate all you do for us and especially enjoy the
wonderful meals you prepare for us.
Well Students and Pastor Donna
G E N E R A L
Many Hands Made Light Work And Increased Blessings
Thanks to all of you, the 2019 Lobster Fair Silent Auction raised more
than $3,100 for outreach efforts!
The success of the auction is due to the participation of so many in
our Church family. We appreciate the generosity of all those who
donated treasure from their attics or gave or solicited gift certificates
for goods and services. A wide variety of household and personal
items made up the 165 selections put out for bids and created an
interesting market which drew more than 80 bidders. Bidding activity
was robust; and we extend our thanks to all of you who participated.
We hope you are well pleased with your new finds!
And a warm thank you to all
those who worked to make the
auction run smoothly
setting up displays, manning
the bidder check-in and checkout
....thank you for your time
and your good will.
Our coming together for the benefit of others comes back to us in more ways than we
could imagine. When the funds raised by our collective good work are combined with
commitment and caring of the St.
Timothy's Church family, there is no
doubt our outreach efforts will continue
to increase the blessings we all enjoy!
Thank you all!
The Silent Auction Planning Committee
A N N O U N C M E N T S
O C T O B E R A N N I V E R S A R I E S
4 Barry and Susan Allen
6 Richard and Linda Lane
7 Billy and Kathryn Lloyd
N O V E M B E R B I R T H D A Y S
2 Keith Holmes
6 Bruce Overby
9 Alex Cullen
16 Jackie Racine
18 Trent Brame
20 Richard Peterson
21 Jac Chatham
22 Samuel Huxel
23 James Loy
24 Steve Lichti
26 Ray Franks
27 Thomas Keeter
29 Bill Redd
30 Chris Candler