The E-Tower

News and Notes from Trinity Church
for Sunday, December 13, 2015
In This Issue

How are you? 

Seems like we ask, or are asked, this all the time. And how do we normally answer? "Fine. You?" or some variant of those words. 

But are you? Are you fine? Because I'm not. On any given day I might be considerably better than "fine." Or so not fine. I have joys and sorrows, wins and losses, ups and downs. I'm guessing the same is true for you. 

Which is why I am so glad to be part of a community of faith in Jesus Christ. We share the bond of baptism, the joy of being the body of Christ. As we read in Galatians 6:2, " Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill  the law of Christ." And not just burdens, but joys, too. 

How are you? You are created in the image and likeness of God, you are broken, you are beloved, you are fine, you are sad, you are joyful. You are a child of God.

In Christ,

Anne Marie+

The Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards, Rector
office: 401-846-0660 x203
cell & home: 401-324-9832

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Grow with Us!
Building the New Community at Trinity Church Newport
Operating a complex organization like Trinity comes at a not-insignificant annual cost, and despite our numerical growth in recent years, our annual fundraising totals have actually fallen. If this trend is not dramatically reversed we will face staff and program reductions.
We have what we need to continue to grow and thrive, except one thing:
Sufficient Annual Giving.
Now is the time to grow our giving. Consider how much Trinity means to you and your family. Think about Sunday Stories, Pumpkin Patch, thoughtful sermons, TLC, our fabulous choir. Think about how God is using this place to serve those in need. And then give as large a gift as you can possible imagine - larger even. 

A brochure with pledge card has been mailed to every household on our current mailing list, and an extra pledge card will be included in Sunday's leaflet - please complete it and return it to the church no later than December 20, 2015.
A beautiful pendant from Gemstones Unveiled
Christmas Treasures at Trinity this Saturday from 10am to 4pm
Please join us in Honyman Hall where you will find an outstanding selection of local Artisans offering their treasures. From jewelry, to paintings, to sweet-scented soaps, there is something for everyone. Shopping for that perfect gift for Mr. or Ms. Hard-to-Buy-For? Done. Bring family and friends, tell your neighbors - the Treasures are at Trinity!
Church Office Christmas Week Schedule
Please note that the Church Office will be closed, Thursday & Friday, December 24 & 25. Announcements for Sunday, December 27 should be submitted to the office no later than Monday, December 21.
We will also be closed Friday, January 1, 2016. Announcements for Sunday January 3, 2016 should be submitted to the office no later than Tuesday, December 29.
Sunday, December 13 after 10am Service
Potluck Lunch and Wrapping Party
Mark your calendars, gather your wrapping supplies, and make a dish to share to support Gifts for Teens. See announcement below for details!
Christmas Morning 2011
Preparing the Church & Grounds for Christmas
Sunday, December 20 after the 10 o'clock Service

Join the fun and help us get ready for Christmas! Inside the Church, helping hands are needed to set up the large crèche in the Tower Room and generally give the church a good once-over. Outside we'll be attempting to add some tasteful decorations to the fence on Mill and Spring Streets and tidying up any leftover traces of autumn. If you can help, please stay after church on the 20th. Thanks!  
Lifelong Christian Formation

"Letting-Go: Memorial Services and Resentments" On Sunday, December 13 , The Reverend Alan Neale (Assisting Priest) will lead the final conversations on "Preparing for the Inevitable". 9:00am-9:45am in Honyman Hall. Coffee Provided. For more information please call Fr. Alan Neale at 215-510-1518 .

Helpful Hint! Even if you are unable to attend these helpful sessions, you can still make your final wishes known. Click here to download a simple form which you can complete on your own or in consultation with clergy. Once you return the form it will be kept on file in the church office. 

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Advent Series
Part III of the Wednesday Advent Series is CANCELLED for Wednesday, December 16. Thanks to everyone who participated in the first two sessions!
For more information please contact Alan Neale (Assisting Priest) 215.510.1518

christmastree The Family Giving Tree

Thank you to everyone who took a name from our list! Please remember that all gifts are due this Sunday December 13! Please place your items in a gift bag, attach the tag you were given when you signed up (being sure to remove the portion with your name on it!), and place all gifts under the tree in the Hawes Room. Gifts will be delivered on Monday, December 14th .
winter-gift-holding.jpg2015 Gifts for Teens Program

Gifts for Teens is a unique Christmas outreach program where teens from Trinity and other Episcopal parishes raise money and then shop for Christmas presents for their peers who are in need. In addition to funds raised from donations, this year we are excited to announce that we have received a grant from Child and Family. This is great news, but we still need your help to meet the needs of the needy teenagers on Aquidneck Island.
The young people will do their shopping on Saturday December 12. Then, on Sunday December 13, after the 10am service and coffee hour, all are invited to a Pot Luck Lunch Wrapping Party.  In addition to a dish to share, we'd love it if you would please bring wrapping paper, tape, and a pair of scissors.
Questions? Want to help shop? Please call Diane Myers at 401-924-5531
Let's finish 2015 in good financial health!
Trinity's carefully managed budget is based on the pledges received from her members, and to end the year as projected requires the timely fulfillment of those faith-filled promises. If you are not current on your pledge for 2015, please make every effort to catch up before the end of the year. If you did not pledge this year, please consider making an end-of-the-year gift to support the work of the parish. Your gifts are essential, and are sincerely appreciated!
If you have any questions, please contact Brian O'Malley at the church office 401.846.0660
Twelfth Night Party
Christmas is just around the corner, so it is nice to know you can look forward to an opportunity to relax after the hustle and bustle of the season when you join us to celebrate Epiphany or "Little Christmas." Anne and George Oliver are hosting this wonderful celebration at their home at 29 Greenough Place Newport on Sunday, January 3, 2016. This festive cocktail party is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 pm.
Please sign up beginning Sunday, December 13 during Coffee Hour in the Hawes Room of Honyman Hall. For planning purposes, we need to know both a head count and your food offering: hors d'oeuvre, cheese, or other food dish. We hope to receive a variety of goodies on which to indulge. We hope to see you there!
Capital Campaign Updates
Plenty of **NEW** Information!

Preserving Trinity's Future
Trinity is ready to act with a bold plan to rehabilitate and upgrade our centrally-located campus to better serve the parish and the people of Newport and the surrounding areas. Maintaining the historic church building as the central feature of the campus, the project will:
  • Increase and improve usable program space through the construction of a new, environmentally and historically sensitive building on the site and foundation of the existing Carr-Rice House;
  • Restore Honyman Hall for continued and expanded use;
  • Positively affect the preservation of the historic church building by ensuring that the surrounding campus is vibrant, and the supporting organization healthy and engaged;
  • Address critical issues of pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow on the campus.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! 
Special All Parish Meeting Announced
Please mark your calendars now and gather in Honyman Hall after the 10 o'clock service on Sunday, January 10, 2016. On that day we will share all kinds of exciting news from the project - building renderings, a newly-drafted business plan, fundraising updates, and leadership announcements. And there will be plenty of time to ask questions.
Historic District Commission (HDC) Process Update
After a very positive dialogue at a second design review session on November 25, we are continuing on to the full commission's meeting on Tuesday, December 15 and hope for approval of the design of Trinity's new building. Taking the time to answer questions from the commission, and consider the finer points of the design resulted in a stronger submission, and we continue to be grateful for the HDC's assistance.
What about the money? We are in what is known as the "quiet phase" of the fundraising efforts right now. That means we are building the infrastructure of the campaign, researching potential donors (both individuals and foundations), and securing early pledges of support from major contributors. When will funds start coming in? Once a pledge of support is received, donors have the option of making the entire gift right away, or spreading their payments over a period of time as long as three years. From a "cash flow" point of view, that means we'll begin receiving contributions before the end of the year, and will continue to collect gifts through 2019. When will I be asked to contribute? Soon! Every member will be asked to make a gift to the capital campaign. Some folks will be part of the early solicitations, others will be contacted in the first half of 2016. Of course, if you are ready to make your gift now, we will be happy to talk with you. Please contact Barbara Roos in the parish office to make arrangements.

Come and see what is happening at Trinity. Come and be part of the New Community. Come and catch the excitement of new growth in this great old place!
Thank You Corner
Trinity's choir is working overtime to get ready for Christmas. Maybe you know that the choir rehearses for two hours every Thursday night, but did you know that for the big feasts (Christmas and Easter) they also dedicate an extra weekend day to prepare? Last Sunday, after singing at the 10 o'clock service, the choir gathered for three hours of rehearsal. Then they went out caroling at local nursing homes and for a community gathering. And then, after a lovely supper at the Vareika's house (thanks Allison and Bill!), they shared their gifts one more time with the gathered guests. Thank you to our choir members for your incredible dedication to your craft, for the wonderful gifts you offer in worship, and for your service to the wider community. Bravo!

TLC "Empathizes"
Recently, I've received messages from several sources about one of the great paradoxes of this festive, busy holiday season. As many of us know, Christmastide is regarded as a joyous and "merry" time of the year but, for many, it is a time of significant pain, loneliness and despair. In fact, many of our elderly tend to "leave this life" in December. This month can be a time of great vulnerability, sadness and the crushing sense of "being alone." The many reasons for this are legion - past loss of spouse, family or friends, secrets unexpressed, the depressed emotion of "just something missing," exhaustion or disappointment due to "too much to do" or unrealized expectations, etc. Perhaps you've experienced one or more of these situations, or one equally unsettling, during this "season of light and life," over the years? Or, you may know someone who has.
Given this very real human, holiday irony, I would urge you to reach out to folks that you feel may be suffering or at risk of emotional distress. Perhaps a visit, a call, an email, a card, etc. would be appreciated? It is possible that something more proactive is needed to allay such severe loneliness or depression. By all means, use your best judgment to help your neighbor and/or talk to someone with whom you trust. By acknowledging an issue, we immediately remove some of the negative power it holds over us. In any event, TLC stands committed in assisting any of us who could use a ride, a visit, a chat, a card, a meal or a hug. Please let us know how and who we might help! Through it all, the joys and the sorrows, may the glories and wonders of the season be yours for a Happy and Healthy Christmas season!
Yours in Christ,
From the Altar Society
Advent is one of the seasons in our church calendar that we put away our flowers, quietly waiting, reflecting and preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ. This leads up to the great splash of color for our celebration on Christmas Eve and throughout the Christmas season! And, once again, the Trinity Church Altar Society is looking for your help in preparing for this special time, in the form of donations.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a special blessing, please mail or bring your check made out to the "Trinity Church Altar Society", to the church office. The deadline will be on Friday, December 18th. Be sure to include a statement of how you would like to have your gift acknowledged in the Christmas leaflet. The suggested donation is $15. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Pimentel, Flower Chair, by e-mail at or by phone at 401-683-5188.
Support Trinity's Music Program
Our festive Christmas services are greatly enhanced by the presence of special guest musicians. To make this possible, we rely on special gifts from members and friends. Have a special occasion to celebrate? Want to commemorate a loved one who has passed away? Gifts to the music fund, along with your personal dedicatory message, are highlighted in the Christmas leaflets. Make your checks payable to "Trinity Church Music Fund" and include a note indicating the wording you would like for the leaflet, and deliver both to the church by Monday, December 21.
Christmas 2015 at Trinity
Christmas Eve, December 24
4:00pm Family Celebration of Christmas
The Christmas Story in word, action and song. Children of all ages invited to participate in a "come as you are" pageant. Favorite carols, shining stars, and sharing Holy Eucharist. Perfect for young and old alike .
10:30pm Trinity Choir shares Music of the Season
11:00pm Festive Christmas Eucharist
Gather in the candlelit church. Hear again the Good News proclaimed to the shepherds. Join together at the Lord's table to share the sacred meal. Go out into the night renewed and strengthened to serve the Prince of Peace.
Christmas Day, December 25
10:00am Holy Eucharist with Carols
At St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
61 Poplar Street, Newport
A Joint Celebration of Trinity, St. John's, and Emmanuel Churches
The First Sunday of Christmas, December 27
8:00am Holy Eucharist Elizabethan language spoken service
10:00am Holy Eucharist  Modern language, with hymns and Christmas Carols
4:00pm Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Lessons & Carols
Trinity's masterful Choir. Voices from throughout the community. A candlelit church. All are welcome as we continue our Christmas celebrations. Hear again the message of the angels: the Savior is born!

Tower Lightings         
The tower will be lit on Thursday, December 17 in loving memory of her father Karl Preston, by Nancy Bredbeck
The tower will be lit on Friday, December 18 in honor of the anniversary of her marriage to Bill Bredbeck., by Nancy Bredbeck

In Need of Prayers? 

Please remember that it is never too late to add a name to the prayer list! Simply phone the office (401-846-0660) and leave the information with the volunteer, or email the details to

Coffee Hour: Fellowship and Refreshments          

Please join us every Sunday directly after the 10am service for Fellowship and refreshments in the Hawes Room. And if you see new folks, or visitors, please extend a special welcome to them, and bring them with you to Coffee Hour.

News to Share? Announcements to Make?


Have News for the Parish? Share it! (But, please, get it in on time!)

Announcements for the Sunday leaflet and Thursday's E-Tower are due no later than the end of the day each Tuesday. Email your information to 


Participants in This Week's Liturgies 

Celebrant: The Rev. Alan Neale
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards
Lector, Acolyte, Intercessor & Chalicist: Miriam Smith
Altar Society: Nancy Bredbeck, Jane Burrow, Ellen Patterson,
Connie Peckham, Chris Pimentel, and Wendy Neale

Celebrant: The Rev. Alan Neale
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards
Acolyte: Larry Pulice 
Chalicist: Stephen Rous
Lector: Joan Bartram
Prayers of the People: Tony Simpson
Greeters: Sid and Jean Gorham
Ushers: Dennis Kretzschmar, Alan Bernard,
Stephen Rous, and Winston Smith
Altar Society: Nancy Bredbeck, Jane Burrow, Ellen Patterson,
Connie Peckham, Chris Pimentel, and Wendy Neale
Coffee Hour: Susan Millis and Bob Smith

Sunday's Readings


You may find Sunday's readings at The Episcopal Lectionary Page,