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The Bulletin, Fall 2012, Vol. 48, No. 3

In this issue:

  • A Call and an Answer
  • Working Together
  • LTS Family Rises to the Challenge
  • A Living Legacy
  • Newsbriefs
  • Alumni/ae Notes
  • Appreciation Gifts

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A Way with Words: Alumni Find Voices as Authors

“Inspiration comes from many sources, but in general I think of it as a kind of intent awareness of the world, listening for the possibilities of stories in the events and circumstances of every day life,” author Kim Edwards says.

Edwards, whose first novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, spent 20 weeks at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list, notes that her world view was influenced by her years as a student at LTS from 2004 to 2006.

“Dr. (William O.) Paulsell (former president of LTS) once said in class that there’s no way of knowing how reading a book will resonate for a person or help shape that person’s perspective, and this is true.  Certainly, the classes I took at LTS continue to influence the way I see the world.  More specifically, my most recent novel, The Lake of Dreams, is structured as a quest story, where the narrator seeks to … resolve various issues of brokenness that have kept her stuck in old patterns, unable to live fully.  There’s also an important theme in regard to the position of women in the church. … I wanted to explore the ways in which the silencing of women’s stories creates imbalances and dysfunctions that resonate through time.

“Many of the authors I first read and studied during my time at LTS informed my thinking as I wrote.  These are authors I continue to read and return to again and again, for pleasure and for wisdom,” Edwards says.

Jane Myers Perrine, ‘87, author of seven previous books, publishes the first in a new series this spring.  The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek tells the story of a how a young minister who attended an “unnamed seminary in Lexington” is called to serve the Christian Church in Butternut Creek, Tex. Rev. Perrine and her husband, George, ‘67, met at LTS (she first attended from 1964-66) and have served Disciples churches for nearly 50 years.  “Those experiences have influenced me as an author,” Perrine says.

Tom Money, ‘58, taps into his life experiences outside his 50 years in pastoral ministry. An avid golfer, Money’s latest book, One Shot of Murder, focuses on the thrilling journey of a professional golfer who unwillingly becomes involved in murder and international intrigue. The book is published by Friesen Press, the publishers of the Harry Potter series.

The Bulletin, Spring 2012, Vol. 48, No. 1

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Alumni/ae notes

1949
Edsel F. Pugh  was recognized by the Norwood (OH) Christian Church on the occasion of his 65th ordination anniversary on August 15.

1955
Carl R. Flock  celebrated his 60th ordination anniversary on August 15 at First Christian Church, Birmingham, AL.  Recognition was given during the worship service and a luncheon afterwards.

1958
J. Donald Graham of Berea, Ky., was married to Frances Crawford on May 14.

1972
Edd Spencer completed the final section of hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer during his sabbatical.  He began hiking sections of the Trail over 20 years.
1978/1985
V. David Cooper retired from the Air Force National Guard on Sunday, July 24th, after 32 years of distinguished service as a military chaplain.  As a Disciples minister he also served congregations in Covington, Glasgow, and Campbellsburg, Ky.

1984
Eldon Morgan has retired after recent ministries at Pleasant Grove Christian Church and Calvary Christian Church in Virginia.  He will reside in Bardstown, Ky. where he previously served First Christian Church.

1986
Terry Harper and his wife Mary Beth are serving as co-pastors of First Christian Church, Ocala, Fla.  They were previously at First Christian Church, Greenville, N.C.

Jack Sullivan, Jr. has been called to be the Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Pennsylvania.  He is currently pastor of Fifth Christian Church, Cleveland, Ohio.

1989
Donald Tuttle is the pastor of North Central Christian Church, San Antonio, Tex. He was formerly the pastor of First Christian Church, Corpus Christi, Tex.

1996/2001
C.B. Akins has been appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky.  A Lexington community leader, Dr. Akins is pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown.

1996
Steve Heath has been approved for Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ and was called June 6 as pastor of Union Congregational Church, Holly Hill, Fla.
2006
Tanya Tyler was called as the interim minister of Burgin Christian Church, Burgin, Ky.

2006 and 2011
Kyle Brown and Sarah Renfro welcomed Miriam into the world on August 10.  Kyle is associate pastor of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington and Sarah is the associate minister of youth and families at First Christian Church in Frankfort, Ky.

2008
Diane Wood recently began as Chaplain Resident at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center.  She was previously pastor of Village Christian Church, Auburn, Ala.

2011
Chris Geiger was recently ordained at First Christian Church, Pikeville, Ky., and called to be the pastor of the congregation.  He and Haley Flair were married on August 27.

Jason Grow is the new pastor of Bondurant Christian Church in Bondurant, Iowa.

Ken Hardway has been called to be the minister of First Christian Church, Wheeling, W.Va. from First Christian Church, Logan, W.Va.

Kimberley Proctor was married to Java White Sept. 10.

Trailblazing is a ‘piece of cake’

“I tell God, ‘You pick ‘em up, and I’ll put ‘em down,’” the Rev. Edd Spencer is heard saying (referencing his feet) to a fellow Appalachian Trail hiker in a YouTube video filed under the heading “Piece of Cake.”

Spencer started hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1996, beginning in Georgia, and finished in August in Dalton, Mass. in August.

Along the way, Spencer has enjoyed looking out in some areas along the trail and seeing only “what God has made, not what we have made.”

In the tradition of those who transverse the Appalachian Trail, Spencer chose a trail name: Piece of Cake, after finding the trail through the Georgia mountains to be an easy climb.

“Life is a piece of cake,” has been the theme on and off the trail for the 1972 Lexington Theological Seminary M.Div. graduate, who now co-pastors First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Birmingham with his wife, Mary Pat, whom he met while both were LTS students.

The social interaction with people along the way “is the best part of the trail,” Spencer said. “It’s the best of both worlds–the social interaction and Mother Nature.”

Along the way, although there are shelters intermittently along the trail, Spencer has spent some nights sleeping wherever he could lay his head. The hard part about that, noted a fellow traveler, is quite literally the rocks.
“No rocks, no music. In life sometimes we have rocks, but they can be songs,” Spencer noted.

The trail was full of life lessons for Spencer, who observed that when hiking it was easy to spend much of the time looking down, where “all you see are the mud and the rocks.”

The Spencers have two daughters and four grandchildren. His oldest daughter Holly serves as Associate Minister of the South Elkhorn Christian Church (DoC) in Lexington, Ky. His youngest daughter, Stacy, serves as a preschool teacher at Brookhills Church in Birmingham, Alabama. For more, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHqqFV2pDxM