Historic St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church reaches yet another milestone this Sunday, May 22.
The congregation will honor J. Gwynne Cavey on her 25th anniversary as the church’s minister of music.
Cavey, who also drives a Hancock school bus, is an outstanding local musician. She has introduced generations of youngsters to the world of music, offering private piano lessons in her home, and assisting with music in Hancock schools.
When the right student comes along, Gwynne introduces them to the pipe organ.
She has also studied and performed on the harp.
Her three daughters and husband are also musicians, both professional and volunteer, with middle daughter Gen serving as a full-time church musician, and the rest of the family, daughters, Kelly and Alexis and husband, John, participating in church choirs.
Grandchildren are now sitting near her at the organ bench, absorbing the sounds and watching their grandma play.
Gwynne also guides music at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and, prior to coming to St. Thomas’ in 1986, was organist at Hancock Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas’, said, “Gwynne is both a musician and a minister, bringing creativity, sensitivity and, most of all, her own deep faith and spirituality, to the music offered for organ and voice in our church. She continues to play a vital role in worship planning and, under her leadership, St. Thomas’ offers an excellent year-round music program that reaches out into the community.”
A luncheon in Gwynne’s honor, complete with gifts and surprises, takes place this Sunday at noon in St. Thomas’ Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend and congratulate Gwynne on this milestone in her ministry.
The Hancock Lions Club will host a spaghetti dinner Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.
The dinner costs $6.50 for adults and $3 for children.
Why not go to dinner before going to hear the music of Take Two at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall and Community Center?
End of the year school events are coming up.
Hancock Middle School’s 19th annual Awards Day takes place Thursday, June 2, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Middle School teachers present awards to students in grades 6 to 8 for outstanding performance, leadership, attendance and other categories.
The program concludes when Principal Martin Green gives out the “Top Middle School Student” plaque. Parents and community members are welcome to attend. When you arrive, please register at the main office as a visitor, according to school policy.
Hancock High School’s annual Athletic Awards Banquet takes place Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 6 p.m. A catered meal will be offered in the school cafeteria.
Afterward, all will move to the auditorium for the presentation of an impressive array of 2010-11 athletic awards. Tickets for the dinner cost $10 each, and $5 for student athletes. Contact School Athletic Director Bill Sterner for tickets.