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A Home Away From Home When You Or A Loved One Needs Medical Care.

Hope Healing Hospitality Check out the tabs to learn more about the St. Agnes House! A Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church

SUPPORT ST. AGNES’ HOUSE IN THE GOOD GIVING CHALLENGE! 

We're excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 - December 12, 2014.  Help close our $25,000 funding gap in 2014!

We’re excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 – December 12, 2014. Help close our $28,499 funding gap in 2014!

Close the funding gap of $28,499 for 2014!  

Your dollars go farther! November 3 – December 12! Donate at www.BGgives.org/stagnes

Special Good Giving Dates to Remember:

  • Thank you donors!  $1,125 has been raised so far!  We’re on our way to closing the Funding Gap!
  • Week of November 24, Donor Challenge. Donate $100 or more to be eligible to win a Dinner Party for 8 at Mulberry & Lime.  Catering by Dupree Catering and wine by Wines on Vine.
  • Week of December 1, Pop-up Week.  Each day brings a new possibility for your donation to go further.  Follow us on Facebook to see the latest opportunity.  https://www.facebook.com/stagneshouse?ref=bookmarks
  • Thursday, December 11 – Friday, December 12, Buzzer Beater Challenge. The challenge is coming to an end, yet your donations of $10 – $1,000 go further as the Mitchell Family Foundation matches $.50 on each dollar until the $100,000 match pool is gone.

Ongoing challenges:

  • Golden Ticket Drawing.  Each donation of $25 gets you an entry for the Golden Ticket drawing to be held in January, 2015.  The winner will received an “all access pass” for free admission for you and a guest to several shows at various Lexington entertainment venues.  You must enter your birth year at checkout to qualify for this drawing.

St Agnes’ House provides physical, emotional, spiritual and economic respite during a difficult time in the lives of our guests. While we always appreciate donations, the $10 per person per night fee we ask for is not required and can be waived or even sponsored by some of the donations the house receives. We are called to help those in great need and provide for them the emotional and spiritual support of a home during their period of recovery  or moments of worry for their loved ones. Our staff and volunteers are pleased to assist guests with their needs. DONATE TODAY! See the Get Involved page for all of the ways you can contribute to St. Agnes’ House.   Do you have a Kroger PLUS Card?  Link your card to St. Agnes’ House and every purchase provides a donation to St. Agnes’ House!  St. Agnes’ House Kroger number is 10910.  Go to our Get Involved Page for detailed instructions. Our budget for 2014 is $107,112.  In addition, we rely upon in-kind donations of cleaning and office supplies. Help Close the Funding Gap Today! Donate online!

As of October 31, we needed $28,499 to meet our 2014 expenses for St. Agnes' House.

As of October 31, we needed $28,499 to meet our 2014 expenses for St. Agnes’ House.

QR Code 2014 Kentucky Gives April 9  St. Agnes’ House Kentucky Gives Profile Page.

A View from the Porch (November 26, 2014)

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, a busy travel day.  On Sunday, I traveled to Pittsburgh to a good friend’s house for the week.  This allowed me to visit my brother who lives further north and is in a nursing home.  Today, I’m impatient.  My son and his family are driving through the snowy weather.  I’m so anxious to see them.

So, I’m sitting at the kitchen table, watching the snow fall.  It wasn’t supposed to snow here in Pittsburgh, but the weather decided otherwise.  We have everything for Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, potatoes, pies, rolls, gravy, cranberries.

And I’m so thankful I can spend the holiday with family and friends.  We’ll call my daughter tomorrow and we’re actually skyping with my youngest brother who lives in China!  I can’t wait to see Macy’s parade and of course we’ll tell the story about the time we spent Thanksgiving in New York City and saw the balloons being blown up and watched the parade go down the streets of New York.

And we know not everyone is as fortunate.  For some parents who hoped to spend Thanksgiving with a newborn baby, their baby is in the hospital painstakingly learning how to breathe, maintain their temperature, and eat.  For some, their table is smaller this year, as a loved one has died and their hearts are full of grief.  For some, they celebrate recovery from an illness or a report that the cancer is in remission.  And some have no friends and family, so spend the holiday alone.

We pray for all of the families who found a place of solace and refuge at St. Agnes’ House in the past year.  We thank you for your support, allowing the house to be open to embrace these families during chaotic and frightening times in their lives.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Good Giving Challenge Continues:  Special events week of December 1!  Make your dollars go farther!  Donate here:  https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/

Monday, December 1
Lexmark Printer Challenge
Monday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Every nonprofit that raises $500 or more between 9:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Monday,
December 1 will win a high end printer from Lexmark. Winners will pick up their printers at
Lexmark on a specified date.  A complete list of available printers and pick up details will be provided to the winners.

Tuesday, December 2
Giving Tuesday Challenge
Tuesday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
The top ten organizations with the most donors (new or repeat) who give $25 or more on
Tuesday, December 2 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will each win a $1,000 prize. Winning organizations must raise at least $1,000 and have the most donors to be eligible.
Brought to you by Blue Grass Community Foundation and the following BGCF Giving Funds:
 Community Initiatives Fund
 Cornelia and Derek Vaughan Foundation
 Global Advancement, LLC
 Morgan/Novak Foundation
 Saykaly Garbulinska Family Foundation
 Scariot Foundation

Wednesday, December 3
Most Young Donors (35 & Under) Challenge
Wednesday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Three nonprofits with the most donors 35 and under making donations of $25 or more on
Wednesday, December 3 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will win the following prizes:
First place: $1,000 prize and an iPad mini
Second place: $750 prize
Third place: $250 prizeBrought to you by the following Blue Grass Community Foundation Giving Funds and Sponsor:
 Evalyn and Lilla Barnwell Fund
 Give Into The Groove Foundation
 iPad mini sponsored by Viamedia
Note: Donors must fill in the “Year Born” field at checkout to qualify.

Thursday, December 4
GoodFoods Market & Café Giving Day / Social Media Challenge
Thursday, December 4, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
455 Southland Drive, Lexington
25% of all sales at Good Foods Market & Café on Thursday, December 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (operating hours) will be donated to the GoodGiving Guide Challenge. Visit the café for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Friday, December 5
Starbucks Day / Social Media Challenge
Friday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
On Friday, December 5, Starbucks will be promoting the GoodGiving Guide Challenge in all of their Lexington locations. Guides and posters will be available and each Starbucks cup will have a special coffee sleeve promoting the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

Season's Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the rivers and through the woods!

Over the rivers and through the woods!

Giving Thanks through the Good Giving Challenge!

This is the 4th week of the Good Giving Challenge.  You’ve donated $925 so far, reducing our 2014 funding gap to $27,500!  Collectively, your donations run the house for nearly 3 days, supporting so many families at chaotic and challenging times in their lives.  We give thanks for your love, care, and prayers so that families find comfort, respite and warmth during these times.

This week of Thanksgiving, donors who give $100 or more are eligible to win a Dinner Party for 8 at Mulberry & Lime.  Catering by Dupree Catering and wine by Wines on Vine.  We all know how great a meal is with friends!  Go to https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/ and give today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rebecca+

A View from the Porch (November 19, 2014)

I’m posting later today, because I wanted to include a special event from this evening.  Heather Gibson LaBarbara, KY Education Association Central District President, and Dena Amburgy, KY Education Association Board member, stopped by to drop off a donation of $500 from the teachers in the Central District of Kentucky!

Dena Auburgy knows about St. Agnes' House from Ascension Episcopal Church, Mt. Sterling

Dena Auburgy knows about St. Agnes’ House from Ascension Episcopal Church, Mt. Sterling

Heather Gibson was delighted to present this check from the teachers .

Heather Gibson was delighted to present this check from the teachers .

Teachers work hard and they take care of lots of families.  They know firsthand the disruptions that occur when a medical crisis hits a family.  They see it in the children they teach and care for each day.  They wanted to do something to support families, and they chose to help St. Agnes’ House.

I don’t know about you, but I still remember so many teachers who taught me and I also remember many of the teachers who taught my own children.  Teachers touch us for a lifetime!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

We at St. Agnes' House thank you for all of your love, support and prayers during the year.  We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We at St. Agnes’ House thank you for all of your love, support and prayers during the year. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

A cold and windy morning.

A cold and windy morning.

The wind was making the rocking chairs rock and the swings swing.

The wind was making the rocking chairs rock and the swings swing.

Bright sunshine.

Bright sunshine.

#GoodGivingChallenge reduces 2014 Funding Gap! THANKS!

You’ve been doing a great job so far!  Our funding gap is reduced to $27,575 thanks to those of you who gave online last week!  Thanks for providing safe, comfortable, and caring lodging for the guests of St. Agnes’ House during a difficult time in their lives.  Your compassion for their lives lasts long after they leave!

We are proud to serve them on your behalf.

Rebecca+

Close the $28,500 funding gap today. Your donation goes further! #GoodGivingChallenge

Today at 11:00am is the Banker’s Challenge.  Your donation of $35 will be matched $.50 on the dollar for a total of $52.50.  That goes a long way to closing our funding gap for this year and ensuring lives are saved because people can get the medical treatment they need when they know they have a place to stay!

NOW is the time to close the $28,500 funding gap for 2014!

The Banker’s Challenge for Good Giving has now begun!  Your donation of $35 will be matched $.50 on the dollar for a total of $52.50 to St. Agnes House.  Make sure people can get the medical treatment they need by having a place to stay.  Go here: https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/ 

A View from the Porch (November 12, 2014)

I’m in Corbin this week, so my view is of the last vestiges of fall.  It’s a gray day and feels like snow is just around the corner.  Yet, these last remaining bushes and trees with leaves on them are more beautiful than ever.  Especially in the gray backdrop of the sky, they shine and warm your heart with their beauty.

That’s how Mary and Reynold Alcius are, aren’t they?  Beacons of beauty and light to all those who stay at St. Agnes’ House.  Last week we talked about our work at the house…what was joyful and what was challenging.  I left our conversation filled to the brim with gratitude and love for the ministry of this couple.

They care about our guests and do whatever they can to help them.  They offer respect, a listening ear, and gracious hospitality.  They offer stability and calm for people whose lives must feel chaotic and uncertain.  Yes, they make sure the house is running properly and maintained, but they also offer the best of themselves.

And it can’t be easy living where you also work.  In essence, they invite total strangers into their home every day.

Thanks Mary and Reynold for the blessing you are to St. Agnes’ House.

Reynold Resident ManagerMary working on the house

Enjoy this view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Good Giving Challenge – Help us close the 2014 funding gap of $28,500
Thursday, November 13, is a special day in the #GoodGivingChallenge.  Beginning at 11am, bankers will match all gifts up to $1,000, $.50 on the dollar!  The pool for this match is $15,000.  If you can, try to give online tomorrow and extend your match.  Go to https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/ to donate.

We're excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 - December 12, 2014.  Help close our $28,500 funding gap in 2014!

We’re excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 – December 12, 2014. Help close our $28,500 funding gap in 2014!

Thanks to these banks for the $15,000 match for the Banker's Challenge.

Thanks to these banks for the $15,000 match for the Banker’s Challenge.

Funding Gap Closes to $28,500!

In October you and our guests contributed $15,000 to reduce our 2014 Funding Gap to $28,500!  Besides the #GoodGivingChallenge online, you will receive an end of year appeal letter just after Thanksgiving.

Thank you for being a partner in this ministry of Christ to the world!

Most of the trees in St. John's Park have lost their leaves, but this one SHINES!

Most of the trees in St. John’s Park have lost their leaves, but this one SHINES!

Looking into the prayer garden at St. John's Episcopal Church, Corbin, KY

Looking into the prayer garden at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Corbin, KY

Donate Thursday and Your Dollars Go Farther! #GoodGivingChallenge 2014

Thanks for your support in closing the 2014 Funding Gap!  This Thursday, every donation of $10-$1,000 will be eligible for a match of $.50 on the dollar.  Your donation will garner $5 – $500 additional dollars for St. Agnes’ House.  A Donation of $630 runs the House for 2 days and with the match, you’ll donate 3 days!

You can donate by credit card of ACH check withdrawal.  Go to https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/ on Thursday!

A View from the Porch (November 5, 2014)

Can you Tell the St. Agnes’ House Story?

On a Saturday in early October, a large group representing Diocesan Executive Council, Reading Camp, Cathedral Domain, and St. Agnes’ House, had the opportunity to learn more about the spirituality of money and fund development from Lori Jacobwith.  She is a master storyteller and culture change expert.  It was an action-packed and thought-provoking day.

A main component of Lori’s presentation focuses on the importance of telling engaging stories about your program.  There is a great You Tube video that illustrates the power of your choice of words.

We were challenged to tell a story about our ministry in two minutes.  You are to be specific, used lots of descriptive words, tell how the program helped a person.  Maybe you even tell about why you personally are involved.

What I know is that telling the stories about St. Agnes’ House provokes amazing generosity.  For instance, recently Mary told the story of St. Agnes’ House to another person, Michele.  Michele was so moved that she’s mobilized to provide meals and fellowship for the guests.  This past Tuesday, Michele arrived with her friend Dawn.  They had made two whole chickens, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, mini muffins and cornbread!

Dawn wanted to be involved as a tribute to her 22-year old niece who recently died of cancer.  Dawn’s niece was such an inspiration to others and so many people helped the family while her niece was sick, that Dawn wanted to reach out and help others.

Michele also works at a local Pizza Hut and has arranged to deliver “Mistake” pizzas to the house.

The guests appreciate the food, because often it is hard for them to make a good, hot meal for themselves.  They also appreciate the love and care expressed in the provision of the meal and in sitting down to eat together.

You can never be quite sure what will happen when you tell the St. Agnes’ House story!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Good Giving Challenge Under Way – Help close the $25,000 funding gap for 2014
$90 raised on the first day!

We're excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 - December 12, 2014.  Help close our $25,000 funding gap in 2014!

We’re excited to be part of the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, November 3 – December 12, 2014. Help close our $25,000 funding gap in 2014!

We need to raise $25,000 by the end of the year to keep the house operating in 2014.  The Good Giving Challenge is one way to do that.  It’s easy to give online by credit card or ACH withdrawal.  Go to https://www.bggives.org/health/st-agnes-house/.

On November 13, all donations between $10 and $1,000 will be eligible for a match of $.50 on the dollar.  In addition, the Board and Friends of St. Agnes’ House have a dollar for dollar match for the first $500 donated, making your donations worth even more.

Thanks for your generous support!

Items Needed!

We are in need of donations of coffee, creamer, sugar, Mr. Coffee coffee filters, Laundry Soap, dryer sheets, and bleach.

It's a rainy November day, but at least one tree is in brilliant colors still

It’s a rainy November day, but at least one tree is in brilliant colors still

Most of the leaves are gone in this direction on this rainy November morning.

Most of the leaves are gone in this direction on this rainy November morning.