Apalachicola, Florida
September 17, 2021
A Message from the Senior Warden
Dear Trinity members & friends -- I want to let you know that Eric became ill a few days ago and is recovering at Weems Memorial Hospital here in Apalachicola. The Rev. Martha Harris will lead both of our services this Sunday. If you need assistance from Trinity, please call Donna in the office, or contact me. Due to the up-tick in COVID infections locally, the hospital is not allowing visitors; however, please keep Eric in your prayers.
-- Lee Bettis, Trinity Senior Warden
Readings for September 19, 2021, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings for September 26, 2021, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Monday School Starts New Video Series
Trinity's popular Monday School begins a new video series, History of Christianity, on Monday September, 20 at 10 am. The series is based on Diarmaid MacCulloch's New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time. MacCulloch is also the award-winning author of The Reformation and Silence.

A product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. 

MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discovers Christianity's essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church.
Franklin's Promise -
Food Pantry and So Much More
Franklin’s Promise is a coalition of local, state and federal agencies whose mission is to address multigenerational poverty holistically. The Apalachicola-based organization began informally in the late 1990’s and was incorporated in 2001 as a non-profit. Trinity church was a founding member of the coalition that sought, in director Joe Taylor’s words, “to identify gaps in services and fill them.” 

Early on, Franklin’s Promise established a community food pantry which was originally housed at Trinity. What began as a modest program that met the needs of several hundred persons—including home delivery of food to elderly clients as well as twice monthly food distribution for individuals and families in and around Apalachicola—has become a county-wide food distribution network, including Port St. Joe and serving over 1,000 persons in 2020. A “Toys for Tots” program was also begun—spearheaded by Kay Wheeler, a Trinity Deacon.

After the 2010 BP Oil Spill, Franklin’s Promise was the recipient of a grant from the Rockefeller Philanthropy Fund. This grant, and an explicit focus on the plight of oystermen, led Franklin’s Promise staff and volunteers to the work of Ruby Payne on understanding and remediating multigenerational poverty. Indeed, Sister Jean (of St. Patrick’s, Apalachicola) remarked that many of the people Franklin’s Promise fed, clothed, housed, counseled, and supported were the “children and grandchildren of the same people.” Betty Webb, who currently works at Franklin’s Promise coordinating grants administration, said that she offered financial literacy for oysterman around that time, and the reality and hope of putting a budget on paper brought some of those stalwart men to tears. In 2010, then, the staff decided to focus on “root causes” and help locals “build social capital” rather than simply providing social service “band-aids.”

The programs that have organically developed focus on breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty and target young adults, aged 18-25. With a Conservation Corps (working closely with ANERR, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center) and an Education Corps, Franklin’s Promise has trained over 250 young adults in construction, conservation, and disaster assistance skills. Through the Education Corps—an independent accredited high school directed by Eleanor Mount-Simmons—a growing number also have degrees. Many are now professionally employed in related jobs across the region. Some have risen to management positions at Franklin’s Promise. 

Trained young adults are a backbone of the food pantry operation. When older volunteers dropped out during the pandemic and food distribution and mobile meal delivery expanded, it was the Corps who stepped up to unload trucks, sort, and distribute needed food. And it is the work of these young adults—and the larger network of Conservation Corps that Franklin’s Promise spawned in Pensacola and Panama City—that continues to support disaster assistance and coastal remediation. In fact, a next step for Franklin’s Promise is the development of a Coastal Resilience Training Center to equip others to address climate change and its environmental, social, and economic consequences. We hope to find more ways to support the Corps in the future.

The Outreach Committee is proud to sponsor the food pantry of
Franklin’s Promise through a $300/month donation and the ongoing collection and delivery of non-perishable food items. But there is more
that our church (and you) can do. The food pantry in Apalachicola
currently needs volunteers several mornings a week to bag food
for weekly distribution and emergencies. 

The director is Lori Switzer-Mills, and you can find out more at https://m.facebook.com/FPC.FranklinFoodPantry 

Your contributions of time and money to Outreach through Trinity matter. Thank you.
-- Penny Marler for the Outreach Committee

Martha Harris, Outreach Chair; Committee Members - Jason Carter, Dee Crusoe, Penny Marler, Patti McCartney, Susie Wagoner, Steve Watkins, and Myrtis Wynn.
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September 19

First Lector - Randy Mims
Second Lector - Rick Watson
Prayers of the People - Tom Edwards
Altar Guild - Gloria Austin
Flower Guild - Penny Marler

September 26

First Lector - Carole Brazsky
Second Lector - Susan Galloway
Prayers of the People - Rick Watson
Altar Guild - Gloria Austin
Flower Guild - Martha Harris
Worship Services at 8 & 10:30 am Sunday, Eastern time

Church address: 79 6th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Office address: 76 5th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Mailing address: PO Box 667, Apalachicola, Florida 32329

Phone number: (850) 653-9550