December 11, 2019

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.

What a week of joy and sorrow we have experienced.

Chief on our minds is the sudden death of Carolyn Frye, a parishioner we depended on for so many different things. We have yet to realize all the things Carolyn’s absence will mean to us. And we grieve with and for her husband Mike and their family.

The joy of the presence of Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson on Sunday is still with us. Her sermon to us on CHAOS – Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome -- really made me think about Trinity, who we are, and what we are doing. The good news is that we are not in CHAOS; we welcome each other and any new faces each Sunday. The Bishop went on to say she’d read advice on-line that said to really clean up your kitchen sink first – “Shine your sink” – and move on from there, but to just do it, as the Nike commercials, starting somewhere.

During her visit, we showed and described to the Bishop many of our ministries at Trinity. She saw the elves working on gifts, the Healing Prayer Team in a meeting, and the Sunday School meeting. She was particularly impressed with the number of young people at the 9:15 service. And, of course, she heard our beautiful music and saw the fine preparation of our confirmands. As she was leaving, Bishop Brooke-Davidson commented to me, “Trinity’s not just maintaining; Trinity is thriving.”

I began wondering just how we need to shine our sink, because everyone needs to do that from time to time. We are holding things together well at Trinity as we experience our period of Discernment, but where might our sink need shining? Perhaps instead of just maintaining, there are some areas we need to tighten up, to amplify, or to change. If this triggers your thinking in a particular area, please let us know so we can have the shiniest sink possible.

Along the same vein, Rev. Bambi Willis at the 8:00 service suggested we as individuals lighten our load. She told us to pay attention to what is important in life, to lighten our luggage and “pack lightly for the journey”.

These two ideas fit together. We can have a shinier sink if we remember what’s most important and tend to that first. In this contemplative time of Advent, maybe we can take a few minutes from the holiday hooplah and be sure we are not in CHAOS, maybe lighten our luggage a bit.

Perhaps the best way to do that is to love and tend to the grieving families in our congregation this Advent season.

Claire Curcio , Senior Warden
Parish Survey Update

Thanks again for your participation in the parish survey. As we review and analyze the responses, we'd like to start sharing results with you. For a summary of the quantitative results from the survey, click here . The summary file includes both a bar chart and percentage table for each of the questions with responses that could be readily and graphically quantified. We are still analyzing the narrative responses and comments and will be sharing more information about the survey at a later time.
Trinity Discernment Committee

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.
This year’s Christmas Special Offering will go to Micah Ecumenical Ministries to support the powerful work that we share in caring for the homeless and struggling people in our area. Please make your checks payable to Trinity Church with Micah in the memo, use your Christmas Offering envelope, or go to Trinity’s website and click on Online Giving and include Micah in the memo. Many homeless people make do on $2.00 a day; how many days will you be able to give to make a difference in 2020?
DECEMBER 12 - The Health Ministry Committee cordially invites Caregivers to a HOLIDAY BRUNCH. If you are a caregiver who has attended any of our support meetings over the last few years, we hope you will join us for some food and fellowship in the Lounge at 9:00 a.m. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE . If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Chase (540-226-2628).
DECEMBER 14 - BAPTISMAL CLASSES will begin on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in preparation for the baptisms that will take place during the 11 AM Eucharist on Sunday, January 11, 2020 when we commemorate Jesus’ own baptism in the Jordan River.
DECEMBER 15 and 22 - Rehearsals for the Children's Christmas Pageant...

DECEMBER 15 - SUPPORTING GRIEVING PERSONS DURING THE HOLIDAYS—Most everyone knows a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker who has lost someone and is struggling with how to deal with the holidays. Coping while grieving especially when others around you appear to be in a festive mood can be exhausting. Come join Randall Clingenpeel in the lounge at 10:20 a.m. for pointers on how to help grievers cope with the holidays.
DECEMBER 16 - CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS will decorate the church this Christmas. The cost is $10 per plant. If you wish to donate a plant, envelopes are available in the church entryway. Please place your donation in the offering or bring it to the office by TODAY.
DECEMBER 16 - Trinity’s Monthly DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets again on Monday, Dec. 16 in the Health Ministries Room at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Coping with grief during the holidays will be the focus. Direct any questions or concerns to either Randall Clingenpeel or Ruth Brancolini .

DECEMBER 22 - Join us after the 11 AM Eucharist for fellowship, food, and a little bit of work as we observe the annual GREENING OF THE CHURCH. Help prepare Trinity for our upcoming celebration of Christmas—and get to know some other folks in the process.

CONGRATULATIONS to those who were confirmed, received, or who renewed their baptismal vows when Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson visited Trinity last Sunday! Patrick Brantley, Johanna Burton, and Michelle Deppel we’re confirmed. John Deppel and Nancy Griswald were received into the Episcopal Communion, and David Hosaflook renewed his baptismal vows.

ALTAR GUILD MEMBERS - There is a sign-up sheet on the church door. Please sign-up to help for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The ROBERT GARNETT family wishes to express their love and appreciation for acts of sympathy and words of kindness that have been so truly shown. “Thank you all for sharing in our loss of our dear family member Robert (Bowie) who will be greatly missed.”
BJ would like to thank all the people who volunteered and brought food for the Bishop’s reception this past Sunday. It was greatly appreciated.

ACOLYTE TRAINING – Anyone above fifth grade interested in becoming an acolyte is encouraged to contact Harry Dickinson at or 540-785-6023 so we can arrange a time for training. We need youth and adult help.

YEAR-END GIFT PLANNING – Did you know if you are over 70 1/2 and have to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from traditional IRAs, you can have the custodian send a check to Trinity as a qualified charitable distribution that does not count in taxable income? This is a tax efficient way to take all or part of your RMD. It only works for IRA’s, not 401k’s. Consult your tax advisor.


CLUB 45 will meet this Sunday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Jamison Hall. We will have lunch together and watch a movie. Please bring a holiday snack to share.

A brief rehearsal for the CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be held during Sunday school this Sunday, December 15th. Parents, if your child is in the pageant or is interested in participating, please make sure they are present on Sunday so that they will feel comfortable with when to walk in and where to stand during the pageant. Older children who will be narrators or members of the chorus should also attend the rehearsal. Children who will not be in the pageant should also come as Sunday school will follow the rehearsal. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sam Burton with any questions.

YOUTH GROUP MEMBERS – Your next event is helping with the Greening of the Church on December 22nd following the 11:00 service. We will have lunch afterward and play some games.


The CHAMBER CHORALE OF FREDERICKSBURG is performing a winter concert, “Rejoice! A Celebration of Hope, Joy and Peace” here at Trinity this Saturday, December 14th. There will be two seatings, one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature a collection of holiday music including Randol Allen Bass’s Gloria , Martini’s “ Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina ”; excerpts from Britten’s “ Ceremony of Carols ,” and chorale excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio . Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, available in advance at .
Wednesday, December 11
10:30 am Advent Lectio Divina Series (L)
12:30 pm Trinity GEMS (K/BH)
4:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack (BH)
5:00 pm Evening Prayer (IB)
6:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting (R)
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting (BH)

Thursday, December 12
TBD Blessings in a Backpack delivery
9:00 am Caregivers' Support Group Brunch (L)
11:00 am Burial Service & Reception - Frye (N/K/BH)
7:00 pm Musician Rehearsals (CR)

Friday, December 13

Saturday, December 14
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew (K/BH)
9:15 am Pastoral Care Committee (L)
10:00 am Baptismal Class - First (L)
3:00 pm Chamber Chorale Concert (Nave)
7:30 pm Chamber Chorale Concert (Nave)

Sunday, December 15
10:15 am Pageant Rehearsal (Nave)
10:20 am Casual Adult Ed (L)
10:30 am Sunday School
11:15 am Club 45 (J)

Monday, December 16
3:00 pm Drop-In Grief Support Group (Rm 14)
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, December 17
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group (L)
12:00 pm Knaughty Knitters (L)
1:30 pm Health Ministries Meeting (Rm 14)
5:30 pm Tuesday Night Outreach (J)
Wednesday, December 18
9:30 am Staff Meeting (Rm 14)
10:30 am Advent Lectio Divina Series (L)
4:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack (BH)
5:00 pm Evening Prayer (IB)

Thursday, December 19
TBD Blessings in a Backpack delivery
7:00 pm Musician Rehearsals (CR)

Friday, December 20

Saturday, December 21
8:30 am Breakfast with Santa (BH/L)
7:00 pm Act-Along Christmas Carol (BH)

Sunday, December 22
10:15 am Pageant Rehearsal (Nave)
10:30 am Sunday School
10:20 am Casual Adult Ed (L)
12:30 pm Youth Groups (J)
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