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A Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church

St Agnes’ House provides sleeping rooms, TV and kitchen space; emotional, and spiritual care during a difficult time.  We welcome people with all sorts of medical conditions and more than one family member or friend.  We are called to provide 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.

Prayer has always been at the center of what we do.  Prayer services are regularly held in the Chapel and prayer requests are taken.

While we always appreciate donations, the $10 per person per night fee can be difficult for guests to pay.  

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Close the funding gap of $85,500 for 2015!  

Listen to how your support changes lives!

St. Agnes’ House provides a way for you to share God’s love within our community.  We are your instrument to show God’s love in the community.  We respect the dignity of every human being.

Your donations provide a chapel, a place to sleep, professionally-laundered linens; a place for guests to do their laundry; a place to make a meal and a community to eat a meal with; and easy access to UK and VA hospitals.  Through your donations, the facility is maintained, keeping it safe, clean and welcoming.

  • See the Donation 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!  Our Kroger number is 10910.  Go to our Donation page for detailed instructions.
  • Our budget for 2015 is $107,000.  In addition, we rely upon in-kind donations of cleaning and office supplies. Close the Funding Gap of $85,500 Today! Donate online!

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A View from the Porch (February 25, 2015)

Today is loop day, the last Wednesday of the month of love. There is always a lot to celebrate even if we do see the large coat of snow covering the front yard of the house and feel the frigid temperature. It’s inspiring to see how our guests keep going back and forth to the hospitals to take care of their loved one or to go for their own treatment. Last week everything was hibernate; school cancelled, work delayed, rescheduling of meetings and other activities, no Ash Wednesday!

Keeping the faith and moving forward abide all kind of circumstances for our strangers is a perpetual litany they recite daily with a sort of grace and dignity. Some good changes; a baby got better and was released from the hospital to go home. After a long drive the father, who was very happy but looked so tired, rang the doorbell to pick up his lovely fiancée and all three went home together. You can see that beauty and pride in their faces saying we did it and now it’s time to move to the next chapter.

Because of the caring efforts of so many kind hearts, our guests are able to write that difficult chapter of their lives with some resilient ink shaping their existences in meaningful ways.  Spring is around the corner, so let’s prepare the ground with a lot of prayers, great generosity, fairness and a better future for all. What a great joy to look back and take comfort that we did the right thing by being there for these strangers. Like the best of us; the saints and spiritual masters we will rejoice by accomplishing the will of the Creator. Isn’t that the forgetting and simple mission of all of us?

  Love, Reynold

Remember or honor a loved one by your donation of $293, supporting the House for One Day! Your generous contributions to St. Agnes’ House ensure lodging is available for people facing medical crises, no matter the weather. Donations of any size are appreciated and please consider a donation of $293 to sponsor the House for 1 day in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you Donate online at http://diolex.org/donate/ make sure you choose St. Agnes’ House and then in the memo line, provide the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. You can also email that information to stagneslex@gmail.com. If you donate by mail, please include a note with the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. send checks to: St. Agnes’ House PO Box 610 Lexington, KY 40588 On the day you sponsor, we will feature your sponsorship on the homepage of our website, as well as in a special post that will go to those who follow us by email. We ask that you give us 4 weeks to process your request, if at all possible.

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A View From The Porch (February 18, 2015)

This week is dominated by the weather – bitter cold and snow.  It almost seems too cold to snow.  And the preferred method for dealing with the snow – melting – does not seem possible.  Many of us are fortunate and we can stay home, cozy and warm.  So far there doesn’t seem to be many power outages. Yet, major illnesses and medical crises, pay no attention to the weather.  Some may be able to postpone their surgery or their medical appointments; however, others have no choice.  They must get their treatments or be here for their father who is hospitalized. So, supported by your contributions and your prayers, Reynold and Mary clear the snow from around St. Agnes’ House.  They shovel the parking lots.  They keep the House running and open and welcoming.  Even in a storm, St. Agnes’ House offers a place of refuge. Enjoy my view from the porch in Corbin, today, including photos relating to the beginning of our Lenten journey. Love, Rebecca+ Remember or honor a loved one by your donation of $293, supporting the House for One Day! Your generous contributions to St. Agnes’ House ensure lodging is available for people facing medical crises, no matter the weather.  Donations of any size are appreciated and please consider a donation of $293 to sponsor the House for 1 day in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you Donate online at  http://diolex.org/donate/ make sure you choose St. Agnes’ House and then in the memo line, provide the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored.  You can also email that information to stagneslex@gmail.com. If you donate by mail, please include a note with the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. send checks to: St. Agnes’ House PO Box 610 Lexington, KY 40588 On the day you sponsor, we will feature your sponsorship on the homepage of our website, as well as in a special post that will go to those who follow us by email.  We ask that you give us 4 weeks to process your request, if at all possible.  

St. John's Park

St. John’s Park

From the back window of the church

From the back window of the church

"Remember from dust you came and to dust you shall return..."

“Remember from dust you came and to dust you shall return…”

Today, the season of the church year changes from green to purple

Today, the season of the church year changes from green to purple

Later this afternoon, Mary sent me these photos from the House….

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A View from the Porch (February 12, 2015)

We’ve been busy at St. Agnes’ House, getting ready for Diocesan Convention.  This year the Convention will be held in Morehead.  Convention is a great chance to meet so many of you in person.  It’s a great way to say, “thank you” to you, your parishes, and to the Diocese who makes it possible for people to have a nice place to stay during a really tough time.

Our theme this year is, “Have a Heart for St. Agnes’ House.”  So, of course, we’re giving out chocolate hearts.  Board member Flo Mayer and Mary and Reynold will be greeting people at our table, too.  All-in-all, it’s a great time to reconnect.

Yet, even more, being together reminds all of us that St. Agnes’ House very existence is rooted in how our Diocese, how we of the Diocese together, live out Christ’s work in our region.  It reminds us of our call to be Christ to the very people we live with.

If you’re going to the Convention, we hope you’ll stop by and see us.  If not, please include us in your prayers.

And enjoy this view from the porch yesterday when the sun was shining and the flowers of spring starting to peep through the ground!

Love, Rebecca

I think eventually, the green will turn into crocuses.

I think eventually, the green will turn into crocuses.

You have to look closely to see the little white flowers blooming...harbingers of spring.

You have to look closely to see the little white flowers blooming…harbingers of spring.

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A View From the Porch (February 3, 2015)

I arrived back at St. Agnes’ House this week to discover a white box FILLED with hand-made caps for babies.  (See photo).  They were so adorable and I was excited, because I knew the parents who stay at St. Agnes’ House would love them too.  I could picture them on their little baby’s head.

Sure enough, yesterday afternoon, James and Rosie came by.  Their newborn baby had some serious health issues and was transferred to Lexington three weeks ago.  They are in their early 30s and were frantic about their baby and wanting to be with him.  We only had a room for a few days, but they gladly took it.  They even came by to let us know how much they appreciate having the room for even a few days.

Thanks Elizabeth Hockey for the wonderful caps for little babies.  Rosie said she liked the striped one, because it reminded her of sock monkey!

Thanks Elizabeth Hockey for the wonderful caps for little babies. Rosie said she liked the striped one, because it reminded her of sock monkey!

Luckily, we’ve been able to arrange for them to stay longer.  They’ve had to move rooms a couple of times, but yesterday, they stopped by again.  “St. Agnes’ House has been such a blessing to us.  It’s really a nice place to stay,” they said.

Their baby was doing better and they’re hoping to go home in the next week.  I showed them the baby hats and they chose two for the baby.  “I like the striped one, because it reminds me of sock monkey,” Rosie said.

Thanks Elizabeth Hockey for the wonderful gift of the baby hats, which brought joy to James and Rosie.

Enjoy this View from the Porch!

Love, Rebecca+

We Love Recycling!

Theresa Maynard and James Carter with the LFUCG electronics recycling program.

Theresa Maynard and James Carter with the LFUCG electronics recycling program.

Recently, we learned about a new program with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  It’s an electronic recycling program for nonprofits.  The government receives lots of household electronics.  They test them and those they find are working, they give away to nonprofits.

This morning I was able to go and get 2 flat screen TVs, DVD/VHS players, and clock radios.  James Carter is a supervisor of the Division of Waste Management and was extremely helpful in letting me know where the various items were and making sure I had all of the cords we needed.  Theresa Maynard, Administrative Officer in the Department of Social Services coordinates the program and welcomed us this morning.

THANKS James and Theresa for helping us provide entertainment to our guests!

A sunny late winter morning.

A sunny late winter morning.

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Light on the empty rocking chair, waiting for warmer weather.

Light on the empty rocking chair, waiting for warmer weather.

A View From the Porch (January 29, 2015)

Four years ago today my father died.  I was fortunate to be with him the last week of his life.  He was in a terrific nursing home and they were very attentive to the needs of him and of our family who gathered around him.  He was receiving hospice care, which was also wonderful and supportive.

While my home was nearly 100 miles away, I was fortunate to have family nearby that provided a place for me to stay each night, so I could get rest and renewal.  I could be present with my dad.  He was not lucid much of that time.  But I played his favorite music and bought him beautiful yellow roses and talked to him.  He’d done so much for me, so I was grateful to be there with him.

That’s why St. Agnes’ House is so important.  Yes, we hope the loved ones of our guests get well and go home.  But that’s not always the case.  Sometimes we support families so when death comes, they have some peace and comfort, knowing they could be with their loved one during this important life transition.

My view from the porch is a photo of my father and the cover of his memorial book.  My dad’s favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31, “…but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Love, Rebecca+

Planning for a Good Death

Yes, most of us don’t like to think about our own death.  Yet we give a wonderful gift to our loved ones when we do.  Does someone know what you’d like for your funeral?  Does someone know your wishes regarding medical care?  Does someone know what legacy you’d like to leave?  Please give this gift to your family….

Talk to your lawyer or find one.  Talk to your financial adviser or find one.  Talk to your priest or pastor.  When your loved ones are in the midst of grief, making these decisions is very difficult.  Give them a little bit of comfort.

"...but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

“…but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

A View From the Porch (January 23, 2015)

This week’s view is from the nave of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Corbin, where I am most Sundays.  This week, I’m thinking about the absolute necessity of prayer at St. Agnes’ House.

St. Agnes’ House began with prayer in the early 1970s.  People had to come to Lexington for cobalt treatments for cancer.  They’d get these radioactive treatments Monday through Friday for 6 weeks or so.  Many patients coming from Eastern Kentucky had no place to stay and camped out in the waiting room.  Can you imagine being so sick from the cancer and then from the treatment and camping out in a hospital waiting room?

So a group started to pray for a solution and when they thought about a place for people to stay, they prayed for just the right place and when they had to place on Woodland Avenue, but knew they needed something bigger, they prayed.

When they moved to Maxwelton Court, they chose one of the larger spaces to be the chapel.  When the Sisters from the Society of St. Margaret were at the House, various priests came to provide Eucharist.  The Sisters knew the ministry needed prayer and Eucharist.

When the Sisters could not longer be at the House, many Deacons came.  They, too, knew the value of prayer.  And on over the 40-year history of St. Agnes’ House, prayer has been a constant.  Prayer is at the center of our ministry.

Guests tell us they know they are being prayed for.  Many of you have a card with the prayer for St. Agnes’ House and we know you pray this prayer daily and our guests know you are praying, too.

Coming to Lexington can be a long journey for many of our guests.  In addition, they are usually coming for a medical condition that is complicated and severe.  Often our guests don’t feel well or they are so worried about their loved ones.  Sometimes, it’s hard for them to pray.  Life is very stressful.  That’s why your prayers are absolutely necessary.

Please remember all of the guests, staff, donors and volunteers at St. Agnes’ House in your prayers.  Here’s the prayer we say in the chapel each week:

O God of all life, whose presence is always with us; Receive our gratitude for Saint Agnes’ House, a place for sanctuary, and shelter, a home away from home, for people who come during difficult and uncertain times in their lives.  Nourish and sustain this ministry and give your gifts of wisdom, courage and hope to all who serve with their time, talent, treasure and prayer.  May all who enter the doors of Saint Agnes’ House be blessed by the gift of hospitality and by your peace.

In your Holy Name we pray.

Amen!

Enjoy this view “from the Porch of prayer.”

Love, Rebecca+

Your generous support during 2014 provided lodging for 232 days of the year!  THANK YOU!

Families and individuals were able to stay at St. Agnes’ House during 2014, due to your kind and generous donations.  Your donations provided 63% of the budget needed for lodging people like Joanne.

Joanne was in her mid-twenties, about 5’4″ with dark hair.  Her baby was born early.  Joanne lived nearly two hours away.  She wasn’t used to Lexington and had no transportation to get around the City.  When she found St. Agnes’ House, she had her own room.  While she was at the House, Trinity Church, Covington had a work day and painted and refurbished her room.  She said it was beautiful.

Joanne could take the shuttle to the hospital for the many feedings and care for her baby.  The kangaroo care where the baby is laid on the mother’s chest is especially important to the baby’s growth and development.  Joanne found a community at the house and staff who provided a listening ear.  She was able to keep in touch with her family using the guest phone.

After three months, Joanne’s baby was ready to be discharged.  Joanne was both excited and nervous.  She had grown accustomed to the care and support at St. Agnes’ House and knew she would miss it.

Thanks for giving this new mother and her baby a great start in life!

It’s easy to give at any time…

You can send a check to St. Agnes’ House at PO Box 610, Lexington, KY, 40588 or donate online at http://diolex.org/donate/

Consider making a $10 per month pledge to St. Agnes’ House!

A number of donors have set up pledges with their bank.  They provide the bank with instructions about how much to send and when and each month St. Agnes’ House receives a check.  Your pledge of $10 per month provides assistance to a family each month of the year who cannot even afford the $10 per person charge.

Your prayers are absolutely necessary for the guests and ministry of St. Agnes' House.   Sunday Morning at St. John's Church, Corbin, KY.

Your prayers are absolutely necessary for the guests and ministry of St. Agnes’ House.
Sunday Morning at St. John’s Church, Corbin, KY.

Thanks UK students for helping at St. Agnes’ House Today #MLK Day of Service

Students from the University of Kentucky gave St. Agnes’ House a thorough cleaning today when they participated in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  St. Agnes’ House was one of 15 agencies to participate, helping students connect with the community and remember the life of service of Dr. King

Cleaning the kitchen

Cleaning the kitchen

Vacuuming the TV room

Vacuuming the TV room

Cleaning another kitchen and dining area

Cleaning another kitchen and dining area

Mission Accomplished!  THANKS for giving your Saturday morning to honor the life of service of Dr. King!

Mission Accomplished! THANKS for giving your Saturday morning to honor the life of service of Dr. King! Thanks for showing us your light and your love!

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A View from the Porch (January 16, 2015)

This update is later than usual..  It’s been a busy week at St. Agnes’ House.  Guests have been coming in, grateful to find a safe, warm, welcoming place during tough times.  Guests have been checking out, too, sometimes because their loved one has died.  Fitting guests in is a puzzle.  How many people and how many days?  If we move this guest to a different room, then can we accommodate another guest?  If we have a room for a few days, will this family take it?  A pencil, a reservation grid and an eraser are the tools of our trade.

Just today a couple stopped by, Jamie and David.  The are in their early 30s.  Their newborn baby is in the hospital.  We can only offer them a room for 4 nights.  That’s all that is available.  But they stopped by to say how grateful they are for even this short time.  Being at St. Agnes’ House makes their life a little easier…makes it easier to see their baby and to get around Lexington.  They told us lots of people are praying for their baby and for them and the prayer is working.  They told us over and over what a blessing it is for them to be at the House.

The House wouldn’t be here for them if not for our supporters who pray and provide financial resources.  Thank you!

Enjoy our View from the Porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Holy Trinity, Georgetown supports St. Agnes’ House with Angel Tree Project during Advent

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) from the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, had an “angel” tree during Advent and Christmas to collect items for St. Agnes’ House.  The ornaments for the tree included the item someone needed to buy like laundry detergent or coffee.  As the items were brought in, they were placed under the tree.  I happened to have a meeting at the church and walked in to see this lovely tree with things we most need.

THANKS for the donations and for a lovely way to decorate your parish hall!

Holy Trinity, Georgetown, beautiful Angel tree with lots of things for the guests at St. Agnes' House

Holy Trinity, Georgetown, beautiful Angel tree with lots of things for the guests at St. Agnes’ House

More gifts....

More gifts….

A Home-Cooked Meal is a blessing….

Whenever she can, Dawn makes a home-cooked meal for the guests.  Dawn’s young niece died last year after living with cancer for 3 years.  Dawn knows what it’s like to be dealing with a medical crisis.  She knows how much it means to get a rest from the hospital and have a filling meal already made for you.  Dawn says cooking for the guests and providing this meal is a way she honors and remembers her niece.

This past Tuesday, Dawn and her son dropped off a pan of baked spaghetti.  One of our guests said it was delicious and came just at the right time….

Thanks Dawn!

Dawn and Quentario dropped off a pan of baked Spaghetti for the guests.

Dawn and Quentario dropped off a pan of baked Spaghetti for the guests.

OR bring your group to the house, cook and have dinner with our guests…

It was a gray day on Wednesday.  A few more people are on the street since classes started at UK.

It was a gray day on Wednesday. A few more people are on the street since classes started at UK.

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A View From the Porch (January 7, 2015)

Happy New Year!

St. Agnes’ House was on sabbatical for the two weeks at Christmas and New Year’s.  Lots of cleaning and organizing was accomplished, as well as some much-needed rest.  You see, with your support over 120 individuals and families were provided with sleeping rooms during 2014.  We provided 2,443 room nights of lodging, for a 77% occupancy rate.

And when St. Agnes’ House reopened this past Monday, the calls came in and the rooms are being filled.  Some returned to us, because their loved ones are still in the hospital.  Others, like Denise, are here for the first time.

Denise is nearing 80 years of age.  She is short with white hair.  She has been at the hospital for two months now, staying with her adult son who is in need of a heart transplant.  As with any chronic condition, there are many ups and downs.  When Denise called, she said she was exhausted and really needed a place to come and rest.  She’s with her son most of the time, but there are times when she cannot be with him, so having a place close by where she can take a break was important.

When Denise arrived at the house, I could see the fatigue on her face.  As I told her about our Chapel and prayer list, and our kitchen with coffee and some donated food, and the TV room, she was delighted.  And her room was perfect, she told me.  It was exactly what she was looking for.  When I told her she could take a quilt made by the Good Shepherd Quilters, she was overwhelmed.  Denise loves quilting and quilts and felt so comforted by this beautiful gift.

She asked, “how can you provide all of this?”  I told her we had many supporters who made sure all of this was there for her.  As I showed her the house and explained everything to her, we also talked about what a difficult time she’s going through and about her son.  She’s facing some challenging times ahead, but as she went into her room, she told me, “Thank you for helping me today.  I feel so much better.”

Angie Smith at the Diocesan Office is busy compiling the 2014 financial reports of how much was donated and how much was spent and I will report those numbers to you when we have them.  What I do know is that your support during 2014 was overwhelming and made it possible to serve so many like Denise.

Our 2015 Funding Gap is $85,500.

Our 2015 Funding Gap is $85,500.

Our projected support for 2015 is $107,000.  We’ve received a good start through two grants:  $7,500 from the Steele-Reese Foundation and $14,000 from the Berea College Appalachian Fund, leaving us with a funding gap of $85,500 for 2015.

However, there are things not in our budget that we truly need, like more repairs to the facility ($60,000 would go a long way towards that goal), and hotel quality sheets and towels ($5,000).  Recently one of the refrigerators broke, so a nearly new (2005 or newer) refrigerator is on our list.  And the many donated TVs have now all broken, so a nearly new flat screen is needed.

In addition, I believe St. Agnes’ House staffing should be one fulltime and two parttime positions.  Another $20,000 in our budget would allow that to happen.

Blessings to you in this New Year and we look forward to working with you once again to serve people like Denise!

Enjoy this snowy view from the porch today!

Love, Rebecca+

Berea College Appalachian Fund Awards $14,000 to St. Agnes’ House

We are grateful for the ongoing support from the Berea College Appalachian Fund.  They have consistently funded St. Agnes’ House and the 2015 award was an increase of $1,000 over the level for the past two years.  The grant amount provides lodging for nine families for 44 nights, operating the House for 1 1/2 months!

The Berea College Appalachian Fund was established through a gift from Herbert Faber and Ruth McGurk Faber.  Since 1950, he Fund has supported nonprofits working to improve the general education, health and physical well being of people living in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas.

Good Giving Challenge 2014 Nets $1,939!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Good Giving Online Challenge during November and December.  The $1,865 in donations added up to $1,939 once the various match donations were added in.  Also, thanks to those of you who gave an additional donation to cover the 4% processing fees.  Your contributions provided lodging for nine families for nearly a week!

Easy Ways to Donate:

  • Link your Kroger Rewards Card to St. Agnes’ House.  We are nonprofit 10910.
  • When you buy items from Amazon, go to http://www.smile.amazon.com and choose The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington as your charity, so Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to the Diocese.
  • Set up an automatic contribution to St. Agnes’ House through your bank.  Donations can be sent to us at 635 Maxwelton Ct., Lexington, KY 40508.
  • Include St. Agnes’ House in your Will through a bequest or setting up one of the many Charitable Trust options that supply an ongoing gift.
Light snow this morning.

Light snow this morning and 19 degrees, which may be the high temperature for the day. No one’s using the porch furniture today.

 A quiet street.  UK is not yet in full swing for the spring semester.

A quiet street. UK is not yet in full swing for the spring semester.

A View From the Porch (December 24, 2014)

Blessings at this end of Advent and beginning of our Christmas season.

Recently at St. John’s, we did a version of La Posada.  La Posada is a Christmas custom from Mexico.  The community reenacts Mary and Joseph’s challenge of finding a place to stay in Bethlehem.  The group goes from place to place, knocking on doors and asking people to let them stay.  They get refused time after time, until finding a place for shelter.  At that place, there is a big celebration and party.

La Posada. Trying to find room at the Inn.

La Posada. Trying to find room at the Inn.

At each location, there is a song that is sung, first by those seeking shelter and then by those inside who deny shelter.  At the end, of course, the group is welcomed in.

I really enjoyed this service, because I could feel just a tiny bit what it is like to have no shelter for the night.  And what a relief upon hearing that shelter was available!

That’s why St. Agnes’ House is so important and why we give thanks to all of you who support us with your prayers, your time, and your dollars.  When people are upset because they or a loved one is very ill, finding shelter and a good rest for the night can feel overwhelming.  What joy and celebration there is when they find a comfortable room at St. Agnes’ House.

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Enjoy this version of the La Posada song….

Love, Rebecca