September 2017 Trinity Tribune
|Lundy Pentz, Senior Warden
By now you're probably used to the fact that Fr. Paul is on sabbatical, but may be a little unclear on what this really is. The name comes from the word for "seven" in Hebrew - sheba - and the story of Creation in Genesis, when on the seventh day God rested from all his labors. The wandering Israelites are warned not to go collecting the manna in the desert on the seventh day because there will be none - God is still resting on the seventh day and so should they (gather more the day before!). Of course, when Moses brings the tables of the Law down from the mountain the fourth commandment directs them to "keep holy" the seventh day by doing no work (and by not requiring those who work for you to work either). This was famously elaborated into a system of Sabbath rest that could be quite difficult to observe fully, but the basic idea was to have a quiet Saturday. (Other cultures did not have seven-day weeks - or even a unit of time that corresponded to a week.)
But it didn't stop with a seventh day alone. In Leviticus (25:1 and following) God tells Moses that even the
should keep a Sabbath rest, so for six years you may bring in your crops but in the seventh year, the fields may not be sown, the vines not tended, and even what grows on its own may not be gathered - "it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land." In colonial Virginia tobacco was the cash crop and was so vital to the English economy that one Bishop of London is said to have replied to a priest's request for more clergy since the people of Virginia had souls to save as well as those of London, "Damn your souls. Make tobacco!" And as they found, tobacco enforces its own sabbatical law - after about seven years of cultivation it refuses to grow, nor can anything else be grown on the fields for several years. That's why all those plantation owners were always eager to grab more land. Crops really can ruin a field if it is not allowed to "lie fallow" every now and then (though in modern agriculture we use a lot of energy-intensive and polluting chemicals to force constant crops out of the land). Just like crops, dedicated teachers and pastors put a lot more energy and effort into their jobs than many people understand and are liable, like crop fields, to stop being productive unless they can take time to restore themselves (and in my experience this is not at all a vacation).
There is also an element of justice in it, and this is reflected in the ultimate sabbatical - the Jubilee year. After seven times seven years (49 years) the fiftieth year was to be initiated with loud trumpet blasts throughout the land, and the proclamation of "liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants" - like the sabbatical, you neither sowed nor planted in that year (so there were two years together with no harvest!) but also, in that year,
all property in the kingdom returned to its original owner
of 50 years ago. This is an interesting bit of economic control, because it meant that nobody really owned land permanently, and every year closer to the Jubilee year, the lower the property value became because the buyer would have the use of it for a shorter time. Since the land had been divided up fairly among the tribes, this meant that nobody in Israel could become super-rich by controlling too much land because every 50 years they would all start over equal again. (In that agricultural time land was the main item of value. I wonder how we could apply this today?) We Americans are famous for working harder and taking less vacation than anyone else in the world, except perhaps the Japanese, and we tend to pride ourselves on it. I wonder if a little serious consideration of the Biblical ideas of Sabbath, sabbatical and Jubilee might give us a better approach to life.
|Gen Bolena, Organist & Choirmaster
Trinity Choristers recently returned from an eight-day journey to England, where they were Choir in Residence at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. A residency requires singing all the choral services for a specified period of time. In our case, we sang five choral services (Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong) over a period of four days, technically considered a "half residency." No doubt rigorous and demanding, the experience of a residency allowed the choir time to settle into space, begin to develop relationships with the people and feel at ease with the organ, acoustic, and liturgy. At Christ Church, we developed enjoyed a special relationship with a dear old gentleman who attended several of our services! Choristers worked diligently throughout the summer, rehearsing three times in some weeks, to prepare for the trip. In England, we were joined by Bruce Neswick, organist at Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. Bruce accompanied the choir and masterfully played for our services, dazzling the choir with his amazing improvisations.
Additional highlights of the tour included singing an Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral prior to the residency, exploring the city of Oxford, playing interesting instruments at the Bates Musical Collection in Oxford, and learning about the filming of Harry Potter and inspirations for Alice in Wonderful at Christ Church. We also visited Coventry Cathedral, Warwick Castle, and Blenheim Palace.
Rehearsals for all Trinity choirs begin in September. Email or speak to organist Virgina Bolena if you have interest in joining one of the choirs. The Trinity Choir (adults) look forward to a challenging and exciting year preparing Evensongs for the Feast of All Saints and Lent, Advent Lessons and Carols, and a spring concert featuring Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. Adult choristers will attend their annual retreat at Shrine Mont Conference Center in Orkney Springs October 14 - 16, joining this year by vocal coach Anastasia Swope.
The Boys & Girls Choir have plans to join choirs at Stuart Hall School throughout the year, first for a Choral Festival, led by Dr. James Litton, former director of the American Boy Choir. Mark your calendars to attend the Festival Concert on Saturday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m. More information about other exciting events will be forthcoming. Membership to this choir is open to all children in the broader community in grades 4 through high school.
Children in grades K - 3 are invited to sing in the Children's Choir, directed by Kristin Reichert and Constance Harrington. Please email Mrs. Bolena for access to the online Registration Form for Children's and Boys & Girls Choirs.
Chorister Rehearsal Schedule
Children's Choir (K-3rd grades) Tuesdays 4:00 - 4:30 p.m., starts Sept. 12
Boys and Girls Choir (4th grade and up) Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., starts Sept. 12
Trinity Choir (adults) Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., starts Sept. 7
Sunday Call: 9:45 a.m.
|Sunday Morning Coffee Hour
Sunday, September 17th
to encourage fellowship we will re-institute the Trinity coffee hour in the Foster Room
from 10am to 10:50am
. Please join us to meet and greet. Please contact Kathleen Garcia,
, or Juliette Swenson,
with cookie choices!!
|Change in Sunday Morning Service Times
Please remember our summer Sunday service times will end and we will go back to services at 7:45, 8:45, and 11am on
Sunday, September 17. Sunday school will be at 10am in the parish house.
Novel Theology meets throughout the year on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Foster Room. Everyone and anyone is invited to attend. The only rule is you must read the book for that month. Come and bring your friends and acquaintances. We have lively discussions.
by Brad Parks: Living in Staunton, Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead. It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins.
Led by Carrie Tucker.
y Jonathan Safran Foer: In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, "Here I am." Later, when Isaac calls out, "My father!" before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, "Here I am." How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others'? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years, a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Led by Bill Bigelow.
Men's Bible Study resumes on Wednesday, September 6, at 7:30 am in the Foster Room. We
read, study, ponder, and discuss selected books of the Old and New Testaments from September through May. Sweet or savory treats are provided by the members and coffee by Trinity.
We will continue our study of Chronicles with Chapter 22.
All men of the parish and elsewhere are welcome. For further information, contact Ray Firehock at 886-5898.
Women's Bible Study resume on Wednesday, September 13, at 11:00 am in the Foster Room of the Parish House with a study and discussion of the women in the Bible. Our focus will be what we can learn from these women about friendship and relationships. All women are invited and welcome!
|Protestant Prayer Beads Class
Wednesday, September 20 at 2pm in McCracken Hall
Andrew Akers, son of a United Methodist minister father and artist mother, has been beading since 2006, when his mom, Linda Marsh, taught him how to make beaded jewelry. Then, over three years, Drew took classes on prayer beads with Kristen E. Vincent. She is the author of
A Bead and a Prayer - A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads
Another Bead, Another Prayer - Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads, and
Beads of Healing - Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness.
Kristen remains a mentor and email pal.
The class will include materials, packaged as a kit, for you to make your own set of prayer beads during the class. If you wish, you can bring a cross that is meaningful to you. Colors will vary, but once you learn, you can made your own custom prayer beads. There will be discussion of how to use them in the way that suits you best. Drew has even taught this class to a Methodist church in the Czech Republic. The course will also include a brief history of prayer beads in different religions and branches of Christianity.
Cost for the class is $25 per person. Registration is required by September 13th to allow time for kits to be assembled.
Please email Linda at
Hope to see you there!
A Celebration at Noon Lunch
|Ms. Pittman presents the check to Father Paul and the certificate to Lilchy.
At the end of June, I participated in the 2017 MS Virginia Senior America Pageant. Where as I did not receive the crown and title, I did receive the 2017 Community Service Award for my volunteer work here at Trinity. A very prestigious award, it carries a $150.00 prize money to be presented to the organization or group for which you received the award. I presented an application for the award which was reviewed and chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Since Noon Lunch is a part of my volunteer work here, I chose Monday, July 24, my Noon Lunch day, for the presentations. I wanted to involve our Noon Lunch guests since they are a part of my volunteer work. Nine ladies, all involved with the pageant, came to honor me for this award. Ms. Annmarie Pittman, State Director of MS VA SR America, from Alexandria presented the check to Father Paul and represented the certificate to me. Our lunch that day was Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Tater Tots, and Bread with a Brownie topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce.
Having received this award for my work here at Trinity, I have hung it in the Copy Room in the Parish House. I was quite touched that the ladies came came from near and far to honor me. Several members of Trinity were also here - Carter Hanna and Kathy Schneiderman, Noon Lunch Co-Coordinators, Laurie, Deidre, Muffie and Robert from the staff and my wonderful Noon Lunch Team, Janet Boody, Hunter Moss, Linda Sargent from 2nd Presbyterian and Mary and John Ryan from St. Frances. This was a very special and quite overwhelming day for me.
L to R: Annmarie Pittman, Alexandria; Lilchy; Annette Wood, Churchville, Jerry Reed, Fishersville; JoAnn Pendley. Mint Springs, Diane Roberts, Staunton; Linda Hundley, Verona; Frances Adams, Powhatan; Victoria Pereria, Alexandria and The 2017 Ms. Virginia Senior America, Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, Heathsville.
My Noon Lunch Team L-R: Linda Sargent, Janet Boody, Mary and John Ryan, Lilchy and Hunter Moss.
|Laurie Clements, Parish Administrator
Helping Hands Day Camp was held this past August. Our enrollment of children in the community was way over 100! With an additional 30 or 40 adults standing by! Our Junior Counselors were incredible as they helped with the little ones all week. Elaine Boody was among them (Thanks Elaine!)
I lost count... the mornings were so busy with people swarming all over, and the excitement of children's voices and laughter mingled in with the smiling faces of Hunter Moss and Eleanor Bird, along with myself, as they helped greet the children at Registration Desk.
A special thank you to Hunter and Eleanor (who also helped me coordinate the Outreach visitors each day), and to Jan Coleman and Janet Boody who helped with preparing lunch for the children.
We collected many items through the week which were donated to the Valley Mission, our mission focus for the week.
A few of the highlights for our week included the visit from George Laase, coach of the Staunton Braves, as he revved up the kids for real life with his pep talk! Also visits from beekeepers who taught us about God's creatures and the tasks He gave them to help our earth, farmers who showed us how to eat and grow our own foods, and the community members such as Augusta County Sheriff's office K-9 units and Staunton Fire & Rescue who help keep us safe.
It was a remarkable time to spend with children, to see life through their eyes, and to remember to be simple, loving and show kindness.
Trinity is one of five churches that support this program each summer, along with First Presbyterian, Central Methodist, Emmanuel Episcopal, and Covenant Presbyterian.
|Youth Speak about Honduras Trip
This summer in the middle of June a group of my peers and I went to Honduras on a mission trip through Trinity. We worked in a small village outside of the town of Copán. While we were there we started to build an addition to the church with two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a vestry room for Father Hector, along with the add-on we were tasked with raising the floor about one and a half feet. It was a lot of hard work but by the end of the trip our work had really paid off. I went on this trip simply to help people who do not have any of the luxuries that we are blessed with, it was wonderful and by the end I was sad to leave. The people we worked with were so kind, amazing, and hardworking. I can definitely say I was spiritually uplifted by this trip, my time in Honduras really showed me the importance of love and kindness within a community. I hope my presence positively affected the people there and I think the work we got done there also really helped them.
I went on the youth trip to Honduras because I felt it would have a positive effect on me. On the trip, we raised the level of a church so that the water runoff from the streets did not flood the church. We also built the foundation for four other rooms and moved a lot a lot of dirt! We had two days off of work which we spent extremely well in my eyes. Saturday, the first day off, we visited the Mayan Ruins of Copan and went horseback riding. This horseback riding was different than anything in the US. There were no safety waivers, no helmets, and little instruction and we were off to the races... literally. More than half of the group had never ridden a horse before, and there we were dashing up a mountain with no guide in sight. Sunday, the second day off, we went to church and then half of us went ziplining. I feel as if the trip and work we did had a bigger impact on me as a person than it did on those in Honduras. I was able to see a side of the world that most people never see. I will no longer worry as much about the day to day difficulties that occur in my life. Now that I have seen the bigger problems some face, there is no comparison. As a Christian I believe it is my duty to help those in need and this trip really gave me the opportunity to do so. Despite having so little, it amazed me how happy the Hondurans were with life. Honduras was simple, everyone looked out for each other and did their part in the community. Because of this trip, I am much more appreciative of the things I have.
, I left Dulles airport headed for Honduras. I was going to Honduras to learn about the Honduran lifestyle and about the hardships the people of Honduras face everyday. The plan was for myself and our Trinity youth to help raise a church so that it wouldn't keep flooding. I chose to go because it was a one in a million chance to have such an opportunity and I thought it would be an adventure as well as a way to take me out of my comfort zone. As we flew over the area, all I could see was farmlands. Even on mountains, the people would grow coffee plants and other fruits that would later be on our plates. Upon our arrival, we were bombarded with children selling $1 toys that adults sent them out to sell for food money. It really broke my heart to see that these helpless children were so desperate. This came to be a common sight everywhere we went. As we ventured over to they worksite for the first time, we spotted houses that were made from the cheapest of materials such as tin from garbage disposals. But that did not get me down. It actually raised my spirits so that I was able to work better and harder at the church. Normally, the sweat running down my face, insects eating at my skin, and muscles becoming sore would stop me from any activity I was doing and bring me inside to cool down with air-conditioning. The people we worked with, of course did not have those comforts. So, I persevered on through the 90 degree weather. The thing I longed for the most during the work days was the hour of dinner we had at new restaurants each night. The best part was that you could actually see where your food came from each meal! I met several great friends in Honduras. A couple of them didn't speak English, so I tried my Spanish and used hand gestures. That worked out pretty well. The few that spoke English were also great to talk with. We shared funny stories and had lunches together each work day. The day they left us made me very sad. It was hard to say goodbye but I knew we would keep in touch. Overall, I wish I could have done more but I know friends we met are hard workers and will get the job done. I hope to visit them another time so that I can continue to do the job I was meant to do. Giving and having empathy were the most spiritual part of this journey for me and I don't think going to church would have done as much towards those two Christian values as working in Honduras did. I am grateful to Trinity for giving me this chance.
|Trinity Historical Highlight
This is a repeat of last month's Highlights as I discovered that I had incorrect information on both the Miller and Braxton families. My sincere appreciation and thank you to Lisa Moore for working with me to correct what I had written and for providing additional information. I apologize to you for my misinformed writings last month.
The Miller - Braxton - Holt Windows
Michael Erskine Miller from Sequin, Guadalupe County, Texas, fought in the Civil War in Virginia, was wounded and probably brought to Staunton where he met Harriett Echols, only daughter of Gen. John Echols. Michael fell in love but Gen Echols said Harriet was too young. Michael returned to Texas, but came back to Staunton and married Harriet. They had 2 children who both died in early childhood. In 1884, soon afterward, Micheal's brother, James Mason Miller in Sequin, lost his wife, Bettie Kounslar Miller Miller who died after giving birth to their 4h child, Betty. Because Michael and Harriet were devastated after loosing their children, they asked James to let them help raise his 4 children. James and the children moved to Staunton and lived with Michael and Harriet at Eastwood, a beautiful white house. Eastwood was later bought by VSDB and used as the infirmary. The whole family were members of Trinity.
Micheal's and Harriett's niece, Mary Patterson Miller married Allen Caperton Braxton. Their nephew, Alexander Erskine Miller, is named on the WW I plaque. There is a plaque to him and his wife on the back wall of the St. Columba Chapel. Both Michael and Harriett are buried in Thornrose Cemetery.
Jewels of the Lord Windows
Mary Patterson Miller, born in Sequin, Guadalupe County, Texas in 1874, was the 3rd child of James Mason and Bettie Kounslar Miller Miller. She came with her father and siblings to Staunton in the mid 1880's and lived at Eastwood with her Aunt Harriet and Uncle Michael. She married Allen Caperton Braxton in December, 1913. After Caperton's death, Mary stayed here and never remarried.
Mary Patterson Miller Braxton died in 1958 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery beside Caperton.
The Archangel Michael
Born in Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1862 Allen Caperton Braxton, known as A Caperton, was a son of Dr. Tomlin and Mary Caperton Braxton. He grew up at his father's ancestral home Chericoke in King William County.
Caperton came to Staunton in the late 1870's to read law under his uncle, Gen. John Echols. He then took a class at UVA and received his law license in 1883. From 1885-89, he was twice elected Commonwealth's Attorney and Staunton City Attorney. In the mid to late 1880's, he bought a home on E. Beverley Street and then sent for his family, who had lost almost everything in the Civil War, to move to Staunton. He later moved to Richmond, practiced law, established the State Corporation Commission in 1902 and, served as President of the Virginia Bar Association in 1906.
He came back to Staunton where he met Mary Miller. When he developed Bright's Disease, she wanted to go with him to Atlantic City and take care of him. Her step-mother refused to let her go unchaperoned. Caperton's older sister-in-law Esta (for whom the Braxton Room is named) volunteered. Caperton and Mary wed in December 1913. They came back to Staunton to her home, Eastwood, but sadly, he died in March 1914. He is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
The Madonna and Child
Allen Caperton Braxton's younger sister, Mary Caperton Braxton, was also born in Monroe County, Virginia, in 1863 and grew up at Cheericoke. Mary loved the white Cherokee Rose that grew on the estate which is represented in the window above her name. She came to Staunton with her parents in the 1880's. In 1891, Henry Winston Holt came to Staunton as the new Commandant of Staunton Military Academy. He and Mary were married June 6, 1894. At the time of his death in 1947, he was Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court of Appeals.
Mary and Bessie Catlett (Nativity window) were very good friends so when Bessie died in 1905, Charles asked her to be one of Mercer's Godmothers. Mary Caperton Braxton Holt died in 1935 and is buried in Thornrose Cemetery.
Mary and Winston's granddaughter (Allen's great-niece), Lisa Braxton Moore, is a member of Trinity as are her son and family.
This is the last of the Tiffany windows to be installed and came in 1937. It is the only one of his 12 windows to have his name, Louis C. Tiffany, on it.
If you like to create with your hands, there is room for you at the table making our personalized baptismal banners. Contact Carrie Tucker if you would like to be part of a small group that could meet perhaps every other month.
Dear Parish family,
I joined Trinity in 2003 when I was at Augusta Correctional Center. I am finally being released after 35 years in the VA prison system.
I want to thank you for remembering me in your weekly prayers for the past 14 years. I am truly sorry that I did not get to meet Ted Jordan or Andrew Lane.
I will be living in a Christian halfway house in VA Beach, but when able to travel, I will come to worship and visit with you.
You remain in my prayers.
In Christ's Deep Peace, Love, & Light,
Br. Jonathan D. Asher, OSF
|New Printed Newsletter Format
|Deidre Jones, Parish Communications
For the past several years, I've been formatting both the printed newsletter and the online newsletter separately. In order to streamline the newsletter process, beginning in September, the hardcopy newsletter will be a printed version of the online newsletter. We will test this format for several months and make a decision at the end of the year whether or not the new format works. We thank you for your patience and your helpful feedback.
|NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
The Staunton Branch of the NAACP annual Freedom Fund Banquet is scheduled for
Saturday, October 14, 2017
at Covenant Presbyterian Church. If you would like to purchase a ticket, $40 per person, please contact Diane Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you open the following link, you will see our current Trinity Church calendar. You may wish to bookmark this page as it will automatically update with any changes.
When we switched database systems, the new system did not keep on file anyone's birthday that lacked the year. Therefore, if your birthday is not listed below please contact the office with your birth month, day, and year to be added into our system. Thank you.
George Henry Bolena