Sunday, July 22nd, was the seventh Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Romans 6:19, in which Paul writes to the new church at Rome, founded by Peter around 42 AD, to instruct them in the essentials of the Christian faith: faith in Christ is the way of earthly salvation and we earn the gift of life through Christ by doing the will of God. Paul sums up what we need to know: “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ.”
On Saturday, July 21st, Bishop Hartley, officiated at the memorial service for former Ava resident, Virginia Givans Pettit, which was held at the Ava Methodist Church. Virginia grew up in the Ava Methodist Church, but in later years, had been active in the Episcopal Church. She was well known in Ava, having been the school nurse for years. There was a large group of Pettit relatives and there was a good deal of visiting and getting reacquainted with old friends. I had a good visit with my cousin, Rear Admiral Lewis Felton, US Navy Retired, who is married to Virginia’s daughter.
Bishop Hartley holds services at St. Francis Angelican Church, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is: stfrancisavamo.org