Apalachicola, Florida......March 5, 2021
Your Ministry Through Trinity
Saves and Changes Lives
Dear friends in Christ,

What a week! Most parishioners do not know what goes on behind the scenes here at Trinity and how our ministry in Christ is lived out.

On Sunday evening, a couple came to the church looking for a way to get to the airport in Tallahassee. They had lost their jobs and their home because of the pandemic. At 11 pm, I drove them to the airport and gave them enough money to get something to eat when things opened up. They arrived safely in Kentucky the next day.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I call as many parishioners as possible. I am usually on the phone from 9 am until 9 pm. This is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes I’ll make 40 calls a day. Since we cannot yet gather in small groups or in one another’s homes, this is how I stay connected to you. If I have not yet called you, PLEASE call me.

This week I learned of three deaths— two in Apalachicola and one in Baltimore. The one in my former parish was a 40-year-old man with a young daughter. It was sorrowful. The two here in Franklin County, although unknown to me, were still sad but holy times. This took up a considerable amount of time and energy. These are the days when my spirit aches and I yearn to be with those who are hurting.

As I write this, I’m reminded that March 3 is the feast day of John and Charles Wesley. John preached under the same type of trees as we have in Gorrie Square and Charles wrote over 6,000 hymns before they returned to England. They revitalized and changed the history of the Church. With Trinity’s visible services under the trees and our “invisible ministry”, we too are changing the Church and the world.

Finally, I just want to thank you and remind you of the the impact you
and Trinity make in the lives of folks you may never see. Your
ministry through Trinity saves and changes lives. Yours in Christ,

Eric+

PS - I’m getting my second vaccination Friday. Yea!
Readings for March 7, 2021, the Third Sunday in Lent
Readings for March 14, 2021, the Fourth Sunday in Lent
AROUND THE CHURCH
Penny's Worth to Re-Open in April
Spring always brings sunshine and flowers, but this year, we can look forward to something else -- the Re-Opening of Penny's Worth! Following a year when our routines were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the time has come to carefully re-emerge and once again serve our beloved community.

Penny's Worth offers our neighbors the best in gently-used clothing, household goods, and seasonal decor at bargain prices. Plus, the revenue supports Trinity's programs and services that further benefit our community.

If you are a Penny's Worth volunteer, watch for a call from one of our office volunteers who will fill you in on re-opening details, and see if you are ready to come back to work. Detailed health & safety precautions will be established, including mask-wearing and limits on the number of shoppers inside the building at one time.

To prepare the building and the merchandise, there will be three work days on Tuesdays - March 9, 16, & 23, from 9 am until 12 noon. Then, beginning on Tuesday, April 13, Penny's Worth will open its doors to shoppers two days a week -- Tuesdays & Saturdays, from 10 am until 3 pm.
Seen Around Trinity

Our Lenten Banner reminds our community of the significance of this profound season; Trinity Men enjoy a casual conversation before the service begins; Martha Gherardi Watson's beautiful music returns to our services now that the painting project is complete; and, Eric invited Leslie McWilliams, a community friend, to ring the bell last Saturday.
Trinity News & Reminders:

~ In-person, outdoor worship -- Saturdays at 5 pm & Sundays at 10 am
(IF it is above 50 degrees and IF it is not raining)

~ The Vestry will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 8 at 5 pm.

~ Eric's email address is: vicar.zile@verizon.net

~ The Church Office is open by volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10 am 'til 12 noon beginning Monday, February 8. Voice mail and email (info@trinityapalachicola.org) are monitored daily.

~ Don't forget to share your birthdays & anniversaries, as Eric has requested. Send these dates to info@trinityapalachicola.org.

~ If you have any updates to your directory listing, such as new email, address, or phone number, please send them to info@trinityapalachicola.org.

~ Here is current Trinity contact information; save it to your desktop or print it, for your convenience.

~ Watch out -- Daylight Saving Time is coming on March 14. Set your watches and clocks one hour ahead on Saturday evening, March 13, so you won't miss church services on Sunday morning.
Sunday, May 23 -- Pentecost Sunday

We will welcome The Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick, Bishop
of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, to Trinity.

If you wish to be confirmed or received into the
Episcopal Church at this time, please let Eric know.
Bunny Hop Stop at Trinity This Year
Trinity is a Bunny Hop Stop on this year’s Apalachicola Bunny Hop Bingo, a COVID-safe and inventive way for families to enjoy the Easter season. Trinity is joining other organizations and local businesses in our Historic District in this alternative to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Apalachicola Main Street, Inc., Apalachicola Margaret Key Library & Bring Me a Book Franklin. Susie Wagoner is heading up the creation of Trinity’s display.

Beginning on Monday, March 15, families with children ages 2-12 can stop by the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library to pick up a Bunny Hop Bingo Card; then, visit the locations, such as Trinity, shown on the card, and answer the question for that location.

When children complete a row of questions, or even the entire card of 25 squares, they can return it to the library by Tuesday, March 30 and pick up a Spring gift bag full of sweet treats, prizes, and books. (The library is open Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm)

Every child who returns a Bingo card will be entered into a drawing, by age groups, and will be eligible to win prizes, including Spring baskets and scooters.
OUR GREATER COMMUNITY
Services at 5 pm Saturday & 10 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