This week the peonies are in bloom! I love peonies. They smell wonderful and you can cut them down after they bloom and they come up just as beautiful the next year. When I lived in Kansas, many cemeteries had peonies planted in them since they tended to bloom around Memorial Day. That was when families gathered and put flowers on the graves of their loved ones. The peonies provided a beautiful display year after year. The iris are also in bloom. They are a beautiful orange/yellow color. But my next week, both of these flowers will be dying and I think the roses will be next. They’ve just started to bloom. Each week is a surprise of what’s coming next in the flower gardens. The ever-changing display is a delight. And so it is at St. Agnes’ House. Our guests come, bringing their own beauty, even in times of challenge. Each week, we are surprised and delighted by the continual change of blooms. Yes, there are times when the flowers are not as bright or droop a little due to the worry and concern of very serious illness. However, coming to Lexington is about hope and wanting more life and wanting to bloom more and longer. We are blessed to see the beautiful garden of flowers that come through our doors…. Enjoy our view from the porch! Love, Rebecca+ Moving on… Recently, I accepted a call to be Rector of The Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen’s in Newport, PA. I will be leaving St. Agnes’ House as Executive Director on June 15, 2015. I’ve appreciated serving the guests at St. Agnes’ House and been blessed by your support of this important ministry. I have found it a pleasure to work with the St. Agnes’ House Board of Oversight. Bishop Hahn is working with the Board to determine what’s next. Reynold and Mary are still at the House and do a terrific job in running and managing the ministry, so the doors will continue to be open and beds will continue to be available for people in medical crisis. Thanks E. O. Robinson Mountain Fund for the $10,000 grant St. Agnes’ House has received a $10,000 grant to provide 370 room nights of lodging for people who reside in 30 counties in Appalachian Kentucky. That’s the cost of a single room for just over 1 year! Established in 1922, the Fund supports health and education programs that promote general welfare and education of people residing in Eastern Appalachian Kentucky. Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies. We have 8 bathrooms, after all! We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes. You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List. THANKS! June 8 Luncheon Planned for Supporters Who Make Pledges to St. Agnes’ House! Throughout the year, a group of supporters regularly sends a donation. Some send $10, while others send hundreds of dollars. Some send their donation monthly, while others contribute quarterly or annually. Almost as important as the regular financial contribution, is the fact that this group consistently remembers St. Agnes’ House thoughout the year. We look forward to having lunch! Become a Pledger to St. Agnes’ House Join a group of supporters who provide regular, ongoing support for St. Agnes’ House. Pledges of $10 per month and up are possible. A monthly pledge of $18 per month provides a bed space for one person for one night for each month of the year! There are a number of ways to set this up. 1. Set up a bill pay program with your bank. Make checks payable to St. Agnes’ House and send them to the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588. 2. Send your personal check each month. Make check payable to St. Agnes’ House and send to Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588. 3. Have a credit card charged each month. Contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org to set this up.