Apalachicola, Florida.......................................................September 6, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

Proverbs 28:19 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” George Harrison sang, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” I find that both statements are true and both are speaking to my heart at this moment.

Doing ministry without a vision is much like camping in the wilderness without a map or compass. We can accomplish a lot of necessary and even urgent things right where we are; however, once we get ready to break camp, we have no idea where to head next. The business of the necessary and urgent is important and fulfilling until we observe that we are not quite sure why we are working so hard and where we want to go next.

I have been here a month now and I have tried to listen attentively to everyone’s visions, dreams, and desires for Trinity. All I can say is, “Wow!” I have heard of the desire for children/youth and children’s/youth ministry; I have heard of the desire to feed the poor, having a prison ministry, and visions for this ministry or that ministry, and on and on.

Unfortunately we cannot be all things to all people; however, don’t let me rain on your parade. If you feel called to these special ministries, you don’t need my permission to visit hospitals, prisons, or nursing homes. If that is where God is calling you by all means go!

Since we are first and foremost, the Body of Christ, let us remember that our primary goals are these three:

  1. We are to gather frequently in common worship.
  2. We are to be fed by both Word and Sacrament.
  3. We are then sent out in mission to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ by promoting justice, peace and love.

But, what is our mission as the Body of Christ in this place and at this time? Christ asked the blind man in the 18 th chapter of Luke, “What would have me do for you?” We need to ask the community, “What would you have us do?”
I think it will take a few more months for me to get to know Apalachicola and the community living here, and I want you to know that I’ll be thinking, observing, dreaming, and listening to you, the folks of Apalachicola, the Church, and our Lord.

I think it is wonderful that there are so many ideas for ministry and I say if you're interested in them, maybe even take on a role individually, and then bring your excitement to the Outreach Committee, who will then forward it to the Vestry.

I have been at other churches where parishioners believed it was the priest’s job to do the ministry of the Church. I’ve also been in churches where the priest had little to do with mission. It is extremely important that everyone remembers and lives out what our Outline of Faith states on page 855, “The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.”

Finally, there is a hymn entitled, “We All Are One in Mission” and somewhere within that hymn are these lyrics,

         “We all are one in mission, we all are one in call,
        our varied gifts united by Christ the Lord of all.”

As we move forward as priest and people, let us discern how Christ is calling this new community of love to unite in mission and service. Whether you discern by listening for the still small voice, or you look for the fire of heaven, or you wait until you experience the peace which surpasses all understanding, I urge you to discern…not what you want to do but where do this community’s greatest need and Trinity’s great passion intersect. When we find that, we will know where we as a congregation are called. I am …

                                                              Faithfully yours,
                                                                        Eric+
Readings for Sunday, September 8, 2019 , the thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost.
Readings for Sunday, September 15, 2019 , the fourteenth Sunday in Pentecost.
AROUND THE CHURCH
Flowers Enhance Our Sunday Worship Services
Don't forget the Flower Chart in the Narthex, where you can choose a date in memory, honor, or celebration of a friend, relative, or event. Just sign up for the Sunday of your choice, complete the flower form hanging by the chart, and return it to the church office.
IMPORTANT DATES IN SEPTEMBER
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) semi-annual meeting -- Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 2 pm in Benedict Hall. Coffee, tea, & dessert will be served.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training -- Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm in the Church. All who signed up last month are invited to attend this hands-on session.
Nominations Now Open for Three Vestry Positions
Our Vestry will have three vacant positions for the 2020-2022 term. The three members, whose terms will expire at the end of December, are Patti McCartney, Paul McAbee, & Gary Ulrich. Please consider offering to serve Trinity in one of these leadership positions. Just stop by the Church office and pick up a qualification sheet & nomination form; then, turn in your completed form, along with a 250-word biography by November 4, 2019 . Voting will be held at our Annual Meeting in December.
Harrette Jane Kennedy
1922 - 2019

Harrette Jane Kennedy passed away peacefully at her Eastpoint home
on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. You can read her obituary here .
OUR GREATER COMMUNITY
LAY MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Lay Ministries Schedule – September 2019
If you have a conflict, please get someone to cover for you and call the office with the changes.
September 8      
Acolyte: Debbie Flowers                               
Lectors: Ralph Wagoner & Randy Mims                  
Prayers: Tom Edwards                                  
Greeters: Steve Watkins & Karen Brown                
Chalice: John & Dee Crusoe                         
Healing: Kristin Anderson                            
Flowers: Dee Crusoe                                       
Altar Guild: Nita Morgan                                       
Hospitality: Choir         

September 15
Acolyte: Paul McAbee
Lectors: Dave McLain & Carole Brazsky
Prayers: Ralph Wagoner
Greeters: Ralph & Susie Wagoner
Chalice: Patti McCartney & Susie Wagoner
Healing: Kristin Anderson
Flowers: Wesley Chesnut
Altar Guild: Nita Morgan
Hospitality: Vestry
CALENDAR
Sunday Services are 8 am & 10:30 am, 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