Volume I | Number 15 | December 14, 2017
Trinit- e Weekly Newsletter
Christmas Tree Trimming and Decoration
(TONIGHT!)
Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 pm
Trinity Church and The Parish Life Committee will be hosting a tree-trimming party on Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 pm. Hyde and Lee Carby will provide a light supper of Jambalaya. Join in fun and fellowship as we welcome the Christmas season!
Winter Wonderland at Trinity
View pictures of Trinity Church during the recent snowfall on December 8, 2017 by clicking here .
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has proclaimed the importance of restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ - specifically through building our relationship with God (evangelism), with each other (reconciliation), and with creation (environmental stewardship).​ The Trinity Evangelism Committee embraces all of these ministries, and as such will support the work of the local Audubon Christmas Bird Count on December 16th by hosting the day's wrap-up "Tally Rally" in the parish hall at 6:00 pm that will feature Ed Bond's famous red beans and rice. If you are interested in learning more about the event or participating in the day of counting local birds, or in helping with the Tally Rally, please contact Stratton Bull , or Kathleen Bond .
Advent Lessons and Carols - December 17th at 5:30 pm
Mark your calendars for the 26th annual Advent Lessons and Carols on
December 17th at 5:30 pm.
Plan to join us for this beautiful service of Scripture and Music, the perfect preparation for the coming of the Christ Child! Reception to follow
Christmas at Church Hill
There will be an early Christmas service at Christ Church, Church Hill on December 17th at 3 pm, with reception to follow.
Christmas Memorial Poinsettias to Decorate the Church 
The deadline for order submissions is NOON on Monday, Dec 18th .
The poinsettias are $25 per memorial or thanksgiving
you can come by the Parish Office to pick up a form or call 601.445.8432
THE ONLINE CHURCH DIRECTORY IS NOW AVAILABLE
Trinity Episcopal Church now has an online directory! This directory contains the most up to date information and will also include a pictorial directory. Your member information is safe and secure. Instant church directory uses secure servers and will never share you or your family’s information. I have included directions on how to sign in to the church directory here !. Please, electronically submit photos for the directory to Katie Ernst via e-mail here. Once photos are approved, they will appear next to your name in the directory. Direct any questions or concerns you may have to Katie Ernst. More information to follow! 
Santas for Seniors
Santas for Seniors is a ministry of Trinity Church that provides gifts during the Christmas season to dozens of nursing home-bound seniors. We also sponsor monthly birthday celebrations on the last Friday of each month which provides a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to befriend a local senior.
This year's Christmas party will be held at Adams County Nursing Home Friday, Dec. 22, at 2:30 pm . Volunteers are needed. All monetary donations and gifts need to be turned in to myself or delivered to Trinity Church no later than Sunday, Dec. 17th. If needed, arrangements can be made for pick up.
Refuel yourself by becoming a Santa this holiday season. Doing so not only allows you an opportunity to provide gifts for a Senior in need, but possibly initiate a much-needed, lasting friendship.
check out their Facebook page
For more information please contact
Melinda Ballard by e-mail: melbllard@gmail.com or by phone: 660-988-9167
On the 21 st of January, Trinity Church will hold its Annual Meeting. On the agenda of the Annual meeting will be the election of four members to serve on the Vestry. There is a slight change, however, in that the four members elected in January will serve for two years instead of the normal three-year term. You may remember that at the Town Hall meeting in October it was explained that because of the search for a priest earlier in 2017, the Vestry membership was “frozen” for a time until the church had a priest full-time. With that expectation now fulfilled, the Vestry is permitted to elect new members. The process for electing new vestry members is as follows:

Nominees must be Episcopalians in good standing (or eligible for and working toward membership within 60 days of the annual meeting). “Good standing” equates to:

  • regular attendance at services and church events
  • being officially pledged to the church (for the year 2018) and will continue pledging
  • the ability to attend most Vestry meetings (usually held once per month)
  • being involved (or will become involved) in service and ministry at Trinity Church
  • being “visible” in the life of the parish

Nominators should first check with potential nominees to ascertain their willingness to stand for Vestry election. Nominees are responsible for ensuring that they meet the above criteria.
Nominations may be made by completing a paper form that can be obtained in the Church Office, or (after December 1 st ), nominations may be posted directly through the parish website here .

  Nominations are due by December 25 th (Christmas Day) to Fr. K en.
T rinity Note Cards - On Sale Now!
These new Trinity Episcopal Church notecards feature an original watercolor/pen-and-ink design of Trinity Church and Kuehnle Hall by Will Smith Jr. of Natchez and New Orleans. The original art work, completed in 1996, hangs in the parish hall. Proceeds of card sales will go to outreach programs supported by the ECW (Stewpot, Habitat for Humanity, Trinity Episcopal School, and other charities).
Note cards and matching envelopes are packed 5 to a set and sell for $10 per set. Think Christmas gifts! The note cards help promote the celebration of Trinity’s bicentennial, 1822-2022. You can purchase these note cards from the church office.

For more information about Trinity's bicentennial please contact  Carolyn Vance Smith
Your prayers are requested for....
Spencer Allen, Dylan Pressgrove, Ginny Patterson, Edwin Erinne, John and Mimi Bornman, Charles Johnson, Emmalee Cupit, Coral Byrd, Linda Dustin, Kathy Hester, Bob Mims, George and Pat Dickens, Richard Parker, Judy Coker, Ellen Sessions, Mary Scott, Megan Mascagni, Laura Williams, Linda Lundy, Barham Moss, Katharine Garner, Josh Byrd, Pearl Kumi, Rigby Robinson, Brandon Larrson, Tony Cavazos, Jennifer Shane, Corky Vess, Aurora Shane, Virginia Salmon, Regina Charboneau, William Browning, John Dobson, Jim Overton, Tyler Morrison, Virginia Siddall, Jeanie Peabody and our Armed Forces
Happening This Week at Trinity
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Instructions for viewing the Church Calendar or downloading it to your phone, Apple product or PC are here
Serving This Week at Trinity

Sunday, December 17 -  Third Sunday of Advent: Advent 3

Eucharistic Mi nisters:
  • 8:00 a.m. - Ann O'Bryant
  • 10:30 a.m. - Ann O'Bryant
Lectors:
  • 8:00 a.m. - Ed Bond
  • 10:30 a.m. - Marc Taylor, Stella Carby
Intercessor (10:30): Woody Allen
Usher Captain: Gerry Winters
Greeters:  Gerry and Phebe Winters
Oblationers:  Russell and Stephanie Butts
Altar Guild: Ann O'Bryant, Cyndy Stevens
Flower Guild:  Rena Jean Schmieg, Meg Hazlip, Emily Fox
Sunday Readings - December 17, 2017
Third Sunday of Advent: Advent 3
(click on links below for readings)


A Prayer For This Week

Heavenly Father,
as once again we prepare for Christmas, help us to find time in our busy lives for quiet and thought and prayer, that we may reflect upon the wonder of your love and allow the story of the Savior's birth to penetrate our hearts and minds. So may our joy be deeper, our worship more real, and our lives worthier of all that you have done for us through the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
Trinity Episcopal Church
305 South Commerce St.
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Phone: (601) 445-8432
Fax: (601) 442-4939
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