Vestavia Hills Living

2014

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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" We pray regularly for our community, including the other churches in our area and especially our mayor and other leaders. We hope we will be a blessing to Vestavia Hills in whatever ways we can. " — L U S K In addition to serving the community in the aftermath of the storms, about 40 volunteers from Trinity worked to refurbish the playground at Cahaba Heights Elementary, and the church has had the opportunity to help a number of families in the Cahaba Heights area with financial needs and counseling needs. Each year, the church invites community members to its special events including Trinity Fest, a music festival in June; Lessons and Carols, a special Christmas service; Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services. "We really want to be available to serve Vestavia Hills in whatever ways we can," Lusk says. "We pray regularly for our community, including the other churches in our area and especially our mayor and other leaders. We hope we will be a blessing to Vestavia Hills in whatever ways we can." While Trinity is a relative newcomer to the Cahaba Heights landscape, other churches have thrived in the area for years. Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church began its worship in 1973 in the same Cahaba Heights location where it remains today. During the past 40 years, the church has gone through several expansions, and currently, it is in the process of building a new kitchen and parish hall and expanding its preschool, says Kathryn Dorlon, director of membership and ministry. As a longtime member of the Cahaba Heights community, St. Stephen's plays an active role in local government and civic projects. The church is a member of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and is on the Mayor's Cahaba Heights Committee. St. Stephen's has helped produce the Vestavia Hills Health Fair at the New Merkle house for the past two years. In response to the devastating tornadoes of 2011, St. Stephen's hosted a community-wide picnic during the aftermath and sponsored a tornado relief pantry. The church sent groups out to help in the cleanup efforts and held a day of remembrance at Vestavia Hills Elementary-Cahaba Heights in 2012. On that day, church members did landscaping, painting and clean up with others in the community at the school, Dorlon says. "We are a church that feels the mission of our church holds true to the ideals of Vestavia Hills," Dorlon says. "We encourage learning, self-worth and outreach. Much like Vestavia Hills, we strive to be hospitable people. The dogwood bloom found in the new crest for Vestavia Hills is also in our church shield." 42 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 4

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