Bishop Peter Hess Beckwith
September 8, 1939 - October 4, 2019
Bishop Peter Hess Beckwith, 80, entered into glory on Friday, October 4 after a short illness, with his wife and two sons at his side. He was born September 8, 1939 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Robert & Florence “Frosty” (Hess) Beckwith. Peter was married July 10, 1965 to Melinda (Foulke) Beckwith.
Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Hillsdale College, a Master of Divinity from University of the South Sewanee, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Theology from Hillsdale College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nashotah House. Bishop Beckwith served 18 years as the Episcopal Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, retiring in 2010. It was there he also served as a chaplain to the Illinois State Police, an office he held until his passing. In May of 2014, Bishop Beckwith was appointed an Assisting Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes in the Anglican Church in North America. Bishop Beckwith also served his country in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy Reserve for 27 years. He retired in September 1999 as the Deputy Chief of Chaplain for Total Force with the rank of Rear Admiral (RDML). He served as College Chaplain for Hillsdale College from 2010-2016 where he retired and was named Chaplain Emeritus. Bishop Beckwith was active in Delta Tau Delta’s Kappa Chapter, where he served as both Chapter Adviser and Chaplain.
He is survived by his wife Melinda of 54 years, two sons, Peter II (wife Fiona) Beckwith, of Westerville, Ohio and Mike (wife Martina) Beckwith of Eagle, Colorado; four grandchildren, Lauren, Nikki, Emma and Mishko Beckwith; and brother, Jon (wife Kathy) Beckwith of Hillsdale. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert E. Beckwith, Jr.
Peter’s life was centered on the warmth of giving and sincere concern for others. Whether from the pulpit, or in one-on-one private conversations, he was always honest and straight forward, yet thoughtful and relatable. Peter will always be positively remembered by his parishioners, acquaintances, friends, and loving family which he cherished deeply.
The Beckwith family will receive friends for visitation Thursday, from 5-8, PM, at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Funeral services for Bishop Peter Beckwith will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Christ Chapel of Hillsdale College with Bishop Ronald Jackson officiating. Fr. Adam and the Choir of Holy Trinity Parish will assist. Interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Hillsdale. A reception will follow at the Searle Center of Hillsdale College.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ACNA), Holy Trinity Parish in Hillsdale, or Christ Chapel at Hillsdale College.
Semi-Annual Parish Meeting
June 23, 2019
After the service last Sunday, our membership held a semi-annual meeting of the parish to discuss some important developments in the life of our diocese and our parish. No formal votes were taken and no motions were presented, but the formality of a meeting of the membership called by the vestry in accordance with the by-laws of the parish gave an appropriate venue for the announcements.
Our Senior Warden, Wendy Coykendall, gave a very quick snapshot of the finances of the parish. Holy Trinity's investment fund account had a balance of $113,653 at the end of May. This is a 9% increase in the fund since December 2018. Our income based on cash receipts through May of this year is $52,704. Our corresponding income at this time last year was $44,528, a difference of $8,176 in the right direction. Our finances are strong, and the members of our parish have risen to the challenge of a high budget this year. On behalf of the vestry, I would again like to express my gratitude and astonishment. We belong to a generous church, and we are continually amazed by God's providence and the generosity of his people. As always, the monthly financial report reviewed by the vestry is available to view on the bulletin board near the entrance to the undercroft.
Report from Bishop Julian
At the Synod of our diocese, CANA East, held in May, some important changes were made to the diocesan Constitution and Canons. The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA for short) was founded by the Church of Nigeria in 2006 to provide support for faithful Anglicans in the United States as they came out of The Episcopal Church. CANA went on to help found a new church in the United States called the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA for short). As a result of this history, our diocese, through CANA, enjoyed something like "dual-citizen status" in both the ACNA and the Church of Nigeria.
The time came for some increased clarity about the precise relationship of CANA with the Church of Nigeria. All of the CANA dioceses (of which CANA East was one of three) were given the choice to be totally affiliated with either the ACNA or the Church of Nigeria, but no longer both. Our diocese chose to retain our membership in the Anglican Church of North America while seeking ministry partner status with Nigeria.
We still enjoy full communion with the Church of Nigeria through the ACNA and through GAFCON (both of which the Church of Nigeria helped found). But our new relationship with Nigeria required a change of name, and so at our recent diocesan Synod, our diocese changed its name to THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF THE LIVING WORD.
The name of our diocese has changed. Here are a few things that haven't changed:
As you can see, on a day-to-day basis, nothing has changed for Holy Trinity. Our ministry and that of our diocese goes on unchanged and unhindered. We have a Gospel to proclaim, and God has given us a church home in which and through which we can get to work!
We thank God for the courageous leadership of the Church of Nigeria, and for the faithful service of our Bishop. May God in all things be praised.
Report of the Parish Strategic Planning Committee
The Parish Strategic Planning Committee was called into existence by the Vestry in December 2018, and conducted its work over Epiphanytide and Lent of this year. Fr. Adam reported on the final product of that committee, which was approved by the vestry at the June meeting. Click the links below to hear the audio, and to download the relevant documents.
Apostle Paul 3 - Sharing in His Sufferings
In this recording, we conclude our exploration of Paul's pastoral heart before turning to a look at how Paul's life and teaching guide us in our experience of suffering. We find that suffering is hardly an afterthought or pastoral platitude of Paul's life, but a central plank of his understanding of his own ministry, and what it means to be a Christian at all. To follow Christ, for the Apostle, is to share in his sufferings, that by any means necessary, we may attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:11).
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Grace Starry West
October 5, 1946 - May 19, 2019
Grace Starry West, 72, of Hillsdale, Michigan, died of complications from lung cancer on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at her home. Grace was born in Oklahoma City on October 5, 1946, to McKinley (“Mac”) and Joy (Champlin) Starry.
Raised in nearby Blanchard, Okla., and Carlsbad, N.M., she earned her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. and Ph.D. in Classics from UCLA. In 1974 she married Thomas West and spent most of the next 35 years in Irving, TX, where she taught at the University of Dallas (U.D.) before moving to Hillsdale in 2011 to teach at Hillsdale College.
Grace was a devoted teacher, advisor, and colleague, earning tenure amidst the bearing and raising of a raft of small children. She built what eventually became a Department of Classics at U.D. and initiated generations of students into philologically serious study of ancient Greek and Roman literature. Among various publications in the field of Classics was her best-selling translation of Plato and Aristophanes, co-authored with her husband. While she taught in “Great Books” curricula, she maintained a wide-ranging taste that was reflected in recent papers she presented on Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 and Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.
Grace was an excellent cook, an energetic hostess (often inviting college students into her home), an avid gardener, and a dedicated member of the altar guild at Holy Trinity Anglican Parish.
A loyal wife, mother, and sister, she was predeceased her sister Joy Turner (d. 2005). She is survived by her husband Tom, daughter Susannah (Peter), sons David (Alessia), Michael (Mary), and James (Leslie), and grandchildren Caleb, Benedict, Robert, Miriam, Cecilia, Philip, and Charles.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 pm, Holy Trinity Parish, 263 Spring St., in Hillsdale. Arrangements are entrusted to VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242, with the words “in memory of Grace West.” The funds will be used in support of Classics students.
Mary Reed Snow
May 9, 1938 - May 17, 2019
Mary Reed Snow, age 81, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully Friday, May 17th, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Mary was born on May 9th, 1938 in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of the late Fred R. and Virginia (Stevenson) Reed.
On August 30th, 1959, Mary was united in marriage to, Taylor Snow, whom she adored and met while attending Albion College. Their nearly 60 year marriage created a loving family, which includes her daughter, Cathy (Eric) Speirs of Flagstaff, AZ; two sons, Chris (Dawn) Snow of Battle Creek, MI, and Matt (Amy) Snow of Milton, Florida, and her five beloved grandsons, Taylor (Danielle), Andrew, Ben (Savannah), Tim and Sam Snow. Mary also thought of Quy Tran of Miramar Beach, FL as a surrogate daughter and shared close and loving relationships with many others in her extended family.
Mary’s faith was her foundation, and she and Taylor have been long time members of the Holy Trinity Parish of the Anglican Church in Hillsdale, MI. They also have had a special relationship with All Saints Anglican Parish in Pensacola, FL.
Mary was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, having spent the majority of her career with the Three Rivers Public Schools, as well as 6 years in Grand Ledge, MI. Mary brought a remarkable passion to her teaching and unwavering commitment to positively influencing the lives of each and every one of her students.
Mary was a committed resident of Three Rivers, which she treasured. Her commitment began as a life guard in high school at the Three Rivers’ swimming hole. Her community involvement continued throughout her life through her energetic participation in activities and organizations that were important to her. She was a member of the Three Rivers Women’s Club for 52 years. She is perhaps best remembered as “The Pie Lady of Three Rivers” in recognition of her efforts with the Women’s Club Water Festival pie sale, which has raised thousands of dollars to support college scholarships for local students. She and Taylor have also been important supporters of The Carnegie Center for the Arts, and many other community organizations. Mary and Taylor were honored to be recognized as Three Rivers’ Citizens of the Year in 2008. Mary cherished her friends far and wide, including many she had from her early days at Hoppin School.
Mary and Taylor also loved travelling. Their travels led them to visit the Hopi Reservation many times to visit Mary’s close friend, who is one of First Mesa’s spiritual leaders. She especially enjoyed many Canadian wilderness fishing trips and spending winter months in Milton Florida, where she and her family lived for a time.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, with The Reverend Adam Rick of Holy Trinity Parish as celebrant.
Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers following a luncheon at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to The Carnegie Center for the Arts, the Three Rivers Women’s Club Scholarship Fund or Holy Trinity Parish. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Apostle Paul 2 - A Pastor's Heart
There are many ways we could look at the life and example of the Apostle Paul, and many facets of his life we could focus on. For the next two weeks, we will focus on those aspects I have found particularly encouraging as a disciple and as a minister. These two foci are by no means meant to be exhaustive accounts of Paul's fascinating life and personality, but merely two areas that have some prominence in the New Testament, and may be encouraging (and challenging!) to us today.
In this lesson, we look at Paul's pastoral ministry, how it is that he cared for the people under his charge in accordance with the Gospel. By these means, we will get to know the man a bit, and we will also grow in his understanding of the Gospel and the difference it ought to make in our lives.
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Apostle Paul 1 - An Unlikely Saint
Today we begin our three week study of the Apostle Paul, one of the most fascinating figures in the Bible. Rather than doing a simple chronology over the next three weeks, as we've done with the other figures we've looked at, we'll actually try to get through a whole chronology of Paul's life in today's lesson. In the next two weeks we'll then focus on two particular aspects of Paul's life, and how he can be an example to us. We're going this route primarily because the source material with Paul is so different than what we've seen so far. We don't simply have a straight forward narrative, as we had with Joseph and David. We have a narrative in Acts coupled with an entire collection of Paul's personal correspondence, in which a great many details about his life and his manner of being a disciple are revealed. So we need to look a Paul a bit more deliberately.
A summary of Paul's chronology
Each column = one of three missionary journeys
Green = cities where Paul spent some time
Blue = important people
Red = when Paul writes on the NT letters
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Women of the Word, Part 3 - Virgin Mary
We conclude our miniseries on the Women of the Word by taking a look at what the Scriptures say about the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord. We will limit ourselves to the biblical witness about Our Lady, as Anglicans have never required belief in the extensive doctrines which grew up around her in the Middle Ages. We discover that quite apart from these doctrines, the Scriptures present her as a woman of deep and persevering faith. Like all humans, she is a sinner in need of God's saving grace, and she didn't always understand her son's mission and what that meant for her. But she always stayed faithful to her son no matter what, and for that we should honor her the more.
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Women of the Word, Part 2 - Hannah
In this lesson, we explore the witness of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, as recorded in the opening chapters of 1 Samuel. Here we see her incredible faith, in the face of opposition and religious ridicule, vindicated by God and richly rewarded. In addition to inspiring the Mother of our Lord in her pregnancy, we are also still reading about Hannah and singing her song today!
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Women of the Word, Part 1 - Rahab
In this lesson, we explore the place of women in the Bible, especially against the backdrop of contemporary culture which claims that the BIble is fundamentally misogynistic and has led directly to the oppression of women.
After laying a foundation to appreciate the Bible's witness about women, we explore first Rahab the Canaanite, who exhibited heroic faith in Israel's God, and thus saved her whole family, and became by God's grace an ancestor of the Messiah. Rahab teaches us that no matter how bad our beginnings, God generously honors simple trust in him, which is more than sufficient for our salvation.
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Fr. Adam Rick
A prayerbook Christian with a patristic twist.