It is our pleasure to introduce three candidates for the vestry, and we'll be voting on these at the Annual Meeting on January 28th, so please plan to attend. A light lunch will be served, and brief state of the parish reports will also be provided from the perspective of the Vicar, Wardens, and Vestry.
My husband, Bo, and I have two children: Eliza, age 22, and Jackson, age 19. I was born and raised in Paris, and have been a member of Grace since birth.
I am a graduate of UT Knoxville. My present civic clubs and organization activities inclue: Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Athena Delphian, PLUS Endowment.
I have previously served on the vestry and have been on one of our rector search committees. I am a current member of the Altar Guild and a member of the finance committee.
I was baptized and confirmed in the Protestant Episcopal Church of America in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Having lived in Paris, Tennessee since 12/04/2004, my wife Mary and I have regularly attended Grace Episcopal Church. We have 2 sons, one in McKenzie and one in Massachusetts. Our McKenzie family includes 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I have an EE degree from Carnegie-Mellon. We have lived in Paris for 13 years.
I have been a vestry member twice before and am willing to serve again. I have been a licensed Lay Reader, a licensed Worship Leader, and a Licensed Eucharistic Visitor in the Diocese of West Tennessee. Before moving to Paris, I was a licensed Lay Reader in the Episcopal Dioceses of Southern Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rhea Public Library and have worked at Helping Hand for several years. I have been an active Grace Church choir member. I am an active financial contributor to Grace Church and a regular attendee at the Eucharist.
In addition to editing/publishing Grace News, I help manage the Grace Church office wireless network and associated applications.
I was born in Memphis, TN in 1945. From the age of 5 I lived in Potts Camp, MS. I was reared in the Methodist Church. I attended Ole Miss and graduated from Delta State University. I worked as a social worker for Mississippi and Tennessee for 34 years.
I became a member of Grace Church in 1974. I was a member of Grace for 32 years and then a member of St. John's in Murray, KY for 12 years. When I was at Grace before, I served as a member of the vestry several times and served as Senior Warden as well as clerk. I was also a member of Bishop's Council under Bishop Dickson and Bishop Coleman in West TN. I also served as a member of the Saint Mary's Chapter. I have served at the Altar in several areas. I served as president of the TSEA WHBC chapter for ten years. I have been involved with several local organizations and am presently very involved with the Paris Quota Club.
Since retirement, I have worked as an office manager of a retail boat business, a substitute teacher, a nursing home social worker, and twice as a part time social worker for the State of Tennessee.
I am married to Bernie Leslie (10 years). He has two children and four grandchildren. I have never had children of my own. I volunteer at the Henry County Archives one day a week and we both volunteer at the Wildlife Refuge.
I have lived in Henry County since July of 1969.
Due to road conditions from this winter storm, we have made the decision to cancel services. Please pass the word.
Our annual business meeting is after church on Sunday, January 28. Every member's attendance is welcomed and important at the annual meeting. We'll hear about the budget and various outreach ministries of the church, elect new vestry members and celebrate the service of those who are retiring. Please plan to attend!
Grace's chapter of Daughters of the King is collecting items for The Shed - a resource for families in crisis in Paris. This month we are focusing on collecting school supplies because students usually need these replenished as they head back to class for the Spring Semester. Please remember our collection efforts when you shop! There's a blue bin just inside the red doors to receive your donations. Thanks!
The annual party is a favorite! Women of Grace, you're all invited! The dinner/party is 6:00 p.m. at El Vallarta Restaurant, located at 1113 Mineral Wells in Paris.