August 26, 2020

The mission of Trinity Church is to share Christ's love and grace in a vibrant community whose joyful spirit empowers people to do God's work.

The first two words my opponent saw in the Boggle word game were “holy” and then “hell”. He briefly wondered if he was receiving a message from the Lord before he went on to find many other secular words and beat me at the game.

I have some questions but, I warn you, no answers today.

How do we know when we are receiving a message from God? Some would say everything in life is such a message. Others would say we receive inklings or premonitions that serve as messages. Some go downtown on Caroline Street and have the psychic help them find their messages. Remember in our college days when we used Ouiji boards and those Magic 8-Ball things to ask for answers? Those were about as effective as pulling off daisy petals and saying, “He loves me, he loves me not…” Some search for clarity in such “thin places” as Iona and other sites in the world considered holy. Some would say it’s easy to spot the message -- but only in retrospect.

What form does a message usually take? It’s probably not going to be an email, text, or old-fashioned telegram, so we may not need to search for it on our telephone or computer screens. It’s not likely to be a Tweet or an Instagram, or inspiration found in the depths of a computer game (or Boggle, for that matter). Bambi and David bring us Sunday homilies that some denominations call “message”, as in, “Rev. So-and-So will bring the Message today.” Do the words of a hymn move you? Does the shaft of light coming through the stained glass over the monk’s door in our sanctuary ever speak to you? Does seeing a new bird you’ve never seen before in your life give you hope and direction? Do the examples of Trinitarians who dedicate their lives to the parish ever give you direction or inspiration for your own life?

The Covid-19 pandemic is uppermost in our minds right now. The over-arching question is, “What is the meaning (if any) of this awful time?” Is God sending us a message, and if so, what is it? In the Bible a plague, flood or other disaster is sometimes intended by God as a message.

Right now we’re just trying so hard to live through this difficult and often terrifying time, that it’s difficult to step back enough to ponder whether God is sending us a message. And if so, what is it? And why is it being sent? And how long will it take us to get whatever the message is so the pandemic can go away? What is our ark these days?

These are very simplistic questions that have been rattling around in my head. I do know a few messages I’m getting. Stay calm, be careful, take care of others, stay involved in life and as active as possible, and pray. In the sense that all thoughts may be considered messages from God, then these are, too.

Is there an overall message to the world right now? I’m not smart enough to figure that one out. Let’s keep listening and always be open to whatever God is telling us.

Claire Curcio, Senior Warden
Trinity Discernment Prayer

O Everlasting, Omniscient, and Loving God
We confess that our daily worries and concerns often blind us to your voice and guidance in our lives. We thank You for this time of change, may it be an opportunity to grow together more closely as followers of your son Jesus Christ as we work to discern your path forward for our congregation. We pray that You will watch over the Bishop, diocesan transitional ministry team, the parish clergy, members of our vestry, and the other leaders of our church as they lead us on a new path for our parish. We pray for the members of the discernment committee as they endeavor to do Your holy work in calling a new rector for Trinity. We pray for all the members of our parish family during this time of transition that we come closer to You and feel your presence in our hearts. AMEN.
Music Minister Search Committee Update
The committee is seeking your help!
As we go through this period where we are not able to worship together in person, we want to expand the music offerings during our Virtual Services. Do you or a family member play the piano, guitar, or maybe the flute or trumpet? The Music Minister Search Committee and the members of Trinity encourage those that play an instrument to help make joyful music for our Virtual Services.

If you or a family member have an interest, please contact Anne Adams, Wendell Anderson, Tim Allison, Sven Rundman or Val Folden should one feel the calling to lend their musical talents.

Anne Adams -
Tim Allison -
Wendell Anderson -
Val Folden -
Sven Rundman -
 Bring to the Lord a Joyful Noise.
                                               Thank you!
Treasurer's Report

Below is the Year to Date Summary of our Income and Expenses.

In order to meet our Budgeted Income for this year we will need to average
$43,689 per month for August through December.

We appreciate your continued support of Trinity. 
Stewardship in a Virtual World
Please join me as we enter an entirely different Stewardship Campaign for this year! The navigation will be interesting, so I am hoping we will have smooth sailing.
The Vestry and the Finance Committee are now beginning to plan how we will proceed if we are not able to conduct services in person. 

As always, I, as Treasurer, am grateful for your continued financial support as many of you continue to mail in your checks or take advantage of our Online giving option. Without your support we cannot continue to operate and survive.
I continue to pray for Victory over the Virus, the Violence and No Vicar!
Val Folden
Upcoming Forward Day by Day Discussions on Zoom
Starting on Monday, September 7, 2020, Randall Clingenpeel will lead, over Zoom, a discussion for six weeks on selections from the Forward Day by Day publication. These 45 minute conversations will begin at 7:00 PM. Twelve slots are being made available for this initial offering, a few of which are still available. Copies of the current Forward Day by Day can be found in the box on the breezeway connecting the main building to Jamison Hall, or you may prefer to access this publication online. Please register with Randall by emailing him at no later than September 2nd.
Special Labor Day Weekend Services

On Sunday, September 6 (Labor Day Weekend), we will gather online, as the Diocese of Virginia, for a worship service led by your bishops. Bishop Goff will preach and Bishops Brooke-Davidson and Taylor will be there, too.
We want to gather with you – and we want to give your devoted priests and pastors a break. As you know so well, your clergy have been working heroically since early March with online and outdoor worship, pastoral care, and formation, all in a strange new world of electronic connection. We honor their commitment and we hope that you will be as eager as we are to create a tiny sliver of real Sabbath time for them. 
We will broadcast the service via Facebook and YouTube and will publish the links where you can tune in. Please mark your calendars for this worship service with the 60,000+ members of the Diocese of Virginia, and many friends, families, saints, and seekers. 

Can’t wait to see you there!
School Dressing Days
will occur in modified fashion this year, with the assistance of the Salvation Army. The Interfaith Community Council will assist with staffing. If you feel comfortable volunteering for this, please sign up as indicated in the announcement. We will not be collecting clothing this year, since the church building is not open, but will instead send donations of money to the effort. If you want to assist and haven't already, please send a check to Trinity with the notation "School Dressing Days" in the memo line. This is a very worthy project which Trinitarians have always supported generously. Though the times are different, the need is still very much present this year.
A Prayer for Back to School
by Traci Smith

At the start of the school year, we are beginning something new.
New things can be exciting
New things can be scary
New things can be wonderful
New things can be confusing.

God, you are always with us.
You are with us when things are exciting, or scary, or wonderful, or confusing.
You are with us every day
And all the time.
God, please help us to feel your presence with us on the first day of school, and every day. Amen.
SAD NEWS about Ron Dobey – We learned that former Trinitarian Ron Dobey passed away last week in Missouri. Before moving, Ron was quite active at Trinity including several terms on the Vestry and a term as Senior Warden. His wife, Vivian, who was also active at Trinity, passed away earlier this year. Their ashes will be interred in Trinity’s Memorial Garden at a later date. Cards may be sent to the Dobey family at 400 S. Route O, Rocheport, MO 65279. "The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God."

There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday. Online Sunday school will resume on September 14th at 10:30 a.m. with the start of the new program year. An email with the sign-in information will be sent on Friday, September 12th. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton at

The YOUTH GROUP will not meet this Sunday. The next Youth group meeting will be held on September 14th on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Log in information will be sent by email on Friday, September 12th.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY for August through October have been put in the wooden box outside the Ida Beck doors.

Denise is back working for Trinity! Please remember to send her all NEWSLETTER and CALENDAR items. Don't hesitate to call the office if you need something. Phone calls are returned as soon as possible.

CAMPUS MINISTRY will continue to meet through the summer on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm! We would like to invite all college students (no matter which college!) to gather with us by Zoom. A Zoom link may be found on our church website,, or find the event on our Facebook page .

During this time when we cannot be together physically, let’s keep in touch virtually.  Please check out the TRINITY FACEBOOK PAGE for information, inspiration, and some things to make you smile. Messages from Bishop Curry and from our Bishop Susan Goff are posted as they are received. Don't forget our follow Instagram page and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


This week's DIOCESAN MEDITATION for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, "Get Souls to the Polls" from Bishop Goff can be found here.

HABITS OF GRACE - An invitation for you from Bishop Michael Curry. Please read more here.

THE WAY OF LOVE podcast continues this week. Find the podcast here.
Wednesday, August 26
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Thursday, August 27
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Friday, August 28
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Saturday, August 29

Sunday, August 30
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Monday, August 31
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Tuesday, September 1
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group online
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry Online
Wednesday, September 2
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
2:00 pm Goals Team - Dismantle Racism-Online
6:30 pm Daughters of the King Online

Thursday, September 3
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Friday, September 4
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Saturday, September 5

Sunday, September 6
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Diocesan Morning Prayer Online
No Sunday School or Youth Group today
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