AVERY AND RON CASHWELL
The Cashwells’ journey to St. Luke’s began in 2011 when they were visiting Atlanta from their home in Birmingham. Once here, they realized that it was Pride Weekend, so they went downtown to watch the parade and found themselves near St. Luke’s. Attracted by our parade hospitality, they ventured inside our church where Ron (a pianist and organist since his youth) noticed our magnificent organ. Six years later, after a four-year stint in Knoxville, the Cashwells moved to Atlanta…and among their top priorities was to return to St. Luke’s in search of a church home. They soon became members, volunteered at this year’s Pride parade, and look forward to volunteering with Crossroads. The son of a Baptist minister, Avery grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, moved to Raleigh in 1997, and was received into the Lutheran church there. Ron was raised in the Pentecostal tradition in Morehead City, NC, and joined the Episcopal church when he moved to Raleigh. Avery and Rod were married in 2014 and live in West Midtown. Avery works with a property management firm, and Ron is retired.
LYNN, TANYA, AND IZZY WASHINGTON
The three generations of Washington girls are cradle Episcopalians, delighted to be sharing a household in Druid Hills and a spiritual home at St. Luke’s. Lynn moved to Atlanta last fall from Columbia, SC, where she had spent all of her adult life. She worshiped at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she directed Vacation Bible School and served as Sunday School superintendent. Lynn loves to garden (and joined in the spring Dig Day at the Mustard Seed Garden), has a particular affection for orchids, and plans to volunteer with The Park. Tanya relocated to Atlanta in March of 2017 following 14 years in New York City where she was an integral member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s young adult ministry. Izzy is three years old, was enthralled with the camel at last year’s Christmas pageant, and is enjoying attending Children’s Chapel. The Washingtons are attracted to the church’s social justice and children’s ministries, and they also enjoy cultural activities with a focus on attending performances of the American Ballet Theater in New York. Lynn is retired after having taught for 48 years, Tanya works as an executive assistant and human resources manager for a wealth management firm, and Izzy aspires to play the role of the camel in this year’s Christmas pageant.
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Be sure to welcome our new members to St. Luke’s. An easy way to find contact information for them (and for all parishioners, for that matter) is to use the Church Life app on your cellphone. If you don’t have it, there’s information on the St. Luke’s homepage just under the Sunday Schedule.
EXPANDING COMMUNITY is a recurring feature in the parish newsletter, The Shepherd's Voice, to introduce new members to their new parish family.