A Note From

Associate Rector Amy Peterson

Dear ones,

This week at women’s Bible study, we spent some time with Pentecost, a sculpture from Japanese artist Gako Ota. I love the way this piece embodies our movement from Easter to Pentecost, the yellow and orange flames emerging from and descending upon the lilies, all enfolded within a suggestion of arms lifted in praise. 

In his 14th century poem, medieval mystic poet Bianco da Siena called for the Spirit to descend:

Come down, O Love divine, 

Seek Thou this soul of mine, 

And visit it with Thine own ardour glowing; 

O Comforter, draw near, 

Within my heart appear, 

and kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

Gako Ota (Japanese, 1904–1972), Pentecost. Belvedere, pampas grass, paper bush, lilies, and rib of fan. Source: Consider the Flowers: Meditations in Ikebana, ed. Masao Takenaka (Tokyo: Kyo Bun Kwan, 1990)

(You can listen to one of my favorite arrangements of this hymn here.) As we gather (wearing red!) to celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, perhaps these two pieces can aid you in preparing your heart to invite the Spirit to become manifest in your life in new and surprising ways.

Do you have a favorite piece of Pentecost art or poetry? Send it to me!



This Sunday at Trinity

This Sunday is Pentecost.

On this day we celebrate the birthday of the church upon the coming of the Holy Spirit. Wear RED this Sunday to celebrate


Eucharist at 8 and 10:45, and a candlelight Celtic Evening Worship with Eucharist at 5:30. Breakfast is served in Tuton Hall from 9 to 9:30, and Christian Formation happens for all ages from 9:30 to 10:30. Also, there is Eucharist at the Church of the Advocate at 1:30.

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour happens immediately following the 10:45 service in the Church Street Courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there and especially welcoming all those visiting Trinity today.

Summer Schedule for

Trinity Offices

I want to let you know that we’ve made a decision to close Trinity’s office on Fridays during the month of June and July. And our Monday hours will be 9-4. Robyn McNeal has moved into the Assistant Finance role and is no longer in place in the reception area. Our amazing staff will be on vacation at various times this summer and until we are able to replace that position, we feel this is the best option. With prayers for a blessed summer.  Scott+

Trinity’s Summer Schedule begins June 11

when our 10:45a service moves to 10:00a. The full schedule for Sundays June 11 to August 20 will be: 

New Parking Available on Sunday Mornings 


Please note that we have made arrangements to have a new parking lot available to us on Sunday mornings. The lot is that of the Ravenscroft Office Suites on Ravenscroft Drive, across the street from Trinity. The address is 29 Ravenscroft Drive. There will be a sign out front on Sundays to signify parking for Trinity Church. Trinitarians who do not have difficulty walking may choose to park here to leave more parking close to the church for those who have mobility issues and to welcome newcomers.  

This Week at Trinity


  • Vicar, Church of the Advocate/Assistant Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Email Scott White at [email protected] including a cover letter, OTM, and resume.
  • Program Assistant, Trinity - the position description may be found at trinityasheville.org/staff - send cover letter and resume to Jo Rice at [email protected]


Adult Forum

Sundays at 9:30a

The Cherokee Nation and Christianity

May 28, and June 4

with James Bradley Trinity member and Tribal Elder of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee

more information on Adult Forums >>>

Parents in Conversation

Joining Adult Forum for

The Cherokee Nation and Christianity


more information on PIC >>>

Read Stories that Matter Now!

Stories That Matter

Please read the latest edition by clicking the link on the website homepage or by clicking: Stories that Matter. Among the new stories: Creation Care Group has been hard at work caring for our grounds!

Do you have something wonderful to share? An interesting story? Celebrating a momentous occasion? Please reach out to Nanette Popa by email: [email protected] to be featured in your own edition of Stories that Matter.

Other Adult Opportunities

Sundays | Daughters of the King (monthly after the 10:45 service)

Tuesday 9:30a | Women’s Bible Study (open to all women)

Tuesday 10:00a | Second Chapter Book Group (Second Tuesday)

Wednesday 6:30p | Becoming Beloved Community Book Group (Third Wednesday)

Thursday 7:00p | Rector’s Online Bible Study

Friday 1:00p | Trinity Caregivers’ Group (Second Friday)

Save the Dates!

Day Retreat for Rest, Renewal, and Connection, October 28 at Lake Logan

Women’s Retreat at Valle Crucis with Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, April 12-14


Children & Youth

Opportunities for Children & Youth

VBS Summer 2023 is open for registration! Dates are June 26-29 from Nine am-noon. You can register your 

child OR register to volunteer.

Collection of Items Needed for VBS.  We need the following items for our VBS on June 26-29.

Paper towel and toilet paper tubes, clean tin cans, empty juice and milk cartons, and styrofoam (as what is used for packing electronics.)

Sundays 9-12p | Nursery Open

Sundays 9:30a | Sunday School for All Ages

Sundays 10:30a | Children’s Hour (3-5 yrs) before going into church for Eucharist

Sundays 10:45 | Acolyte Ministry for the 10:45 service (Children and Youth)

Wednesdays 5:00p | Children’s Choir

Summer Experiences

June 11 | End of the Year Pool Party for Youth (more info)

June 25-26 | Vacation Bible School at Trinity

July 10-13 | Middle School Summer Experience “Appalachian Regional Ministry”

July 21-27 | High School Summer Experience “Blue Theology”

July 4-9 | Episcopal Youth Event, Baltimore, MD

Click below for more information on our programs for Children & Youth


Office Volunteers Needed

Welcome visitors who come to the office, answer the phone, help prepare mailings, and more. It is possible to create your own schedule of helping, including days and times. This position helps immensely in letting staff and clergy concentrate on their responsibilities through the day. The usual time periods are either 9a-12:30p or 12:30p-4:00p but any amount of time is appreciated, so if you have an hour or so free that is also a big help.


Creation Care Corner

“In the arena of faith, I think one of the best antidotes to human hubris is a robust creation theology… [In Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes,] “In our time the Church does not simply state that other creatures are subordinate to the good of human beings, as if they had no worth in themselves and can be treated as we wish.” Rather, “They have an intrinsic value in God’s eyes independent of their usefulness to us” (No. 140).

Note the very deliberate language that challenges the hierarchy of being. And why? Because God loves them, even the little mayflies. This leads to a radical claim: “[T]he final purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward, with us and through us, towards a common point of arrival, which is God” (No. 83).”

-Elizabeth Johnson (read the whole essay here!)

Interested in Creation Care? Join Trinity’s newly forming creation care committee.

Contact Amy for details ([email protected])

Episcopal Relief and Development

Relief for Turkey, Ukraine, and other National and International Concerns

Trinity partners with Episcopal Relief and Development to respond to national and international disasters. You can make your donation with a check payable to Trinity Church earmarked ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development) and the word “Turkey” or "Ukraine" or donate online by choosing Episcopal Relief and Development from the drop-down menu. Please add “Turkey” or "Ukraine" to the memo line.



You can make your donation to Trinity by any means that is convenient for you. Our address is 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC, 28801. Our website has a “Donate” button in the upper right-hand corner (be sure to choose the right fund from the drop-down box). It works well on any mobile device (trinityasheville.org). CLICK HERE TO DONATE.