Volume I | Number 16 | December 21, 2017
Trinit- e Weekly Newsletter
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas message
“Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2017.
Parish Offices closed for Christmas Holiday, Monday-Thurs, Dec. 25-28
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 Monday, December 18th. 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
THE ONLINE CHURCH DIRECTORY IS NOW AVAILABLE
Trinity Episcopal Church now has an online directory! You can now access the directory through Trinity's website click here . The password for the directory is "graceisfree". 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 .
Trinity Winter Wonderland
View pictures of Trinity Church during the recent snowfall on December 8, 2017 by clicking here .
  Nominations are due by December 25 th (Christmas Day) to Fr. K en.

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 .
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
If you have something for the Church Calendar, please let the Church office know  here  
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 24 -  Christmas I

6:00 pm Service
Eucharistic Mi nisters: Russell Butts, Hyde Carby
Lectors: Philip Carby, Anne MacNeil
Intercessor: Stella Carby
Usher Captain: Woody Allen
Greeters:  Woody Allen, Trippy Shields
Oblationers:  The Lewis Family
Altar Guild: Ann O'Bryant, Elizabeth Swalm

10:00 pm Service
Eucharistic Minister: Kathleen Bond
Lectors: Ed Bond, Donna Harrison
Intercessor: Br. Vincent Ignatius, OSB
Usher Captain: Trippy Shields
Thurifer: Ann O'Bryant
Monday, December 25 - Christmas II

Eucharistic Minister:
  • 8:00 am - Bruce Scarborough
  • 10:30 am- Adam Gwin
Lector
  • 8:00 am- Grace Steiner
  • 10:30 am - Ben Hillyer, Rena Jean Schmieg
Intercessor (10:30): Donna Harrison
Usher Captain: Phil Lindley
Greeters: Phil and Donna Lindley
Oblation Bearers: Carolyn and Marion Smith
Altar Guild: Phebe Winters
Flower Guild: Edna Ferguson, Carolyn Gwin
Sunday Readings - December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve
Christmas I
(click on link)



Monday Readings - December 25, 2017
Christmas Day
Christmas II
(click on link)


A Prayer For This Week

 A Prayer for the Days After Christmas
Dear God,
Help us to focus on you today, remembering that the gift of Christ, Emmanuel, is our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that your surround us with favor as with a shield, we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today… In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ Debbie McDaniel
Trinity Episcopal Church
305 South Commerce St.
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Phone: (601) 445-8432
Fax: (601) 442-4939
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