December 18, 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.

Did you notice the beautiful full moon last week? Perhaps because we’ve had so many cloudy nights, it seemed to shine brighter than usual.

Surely we needed a beacon this week while Trinitarians, as always, pulled together to do what needed to be done in what is perhaps the busiest time of the year.

A few examples of our Trinity fullness this week:

Seven parishioners with SUV’s and trucks delivered the elf stuff to a designated site in Stafford. Add cheerful transportation to the work of the other elves this year.

Office staff moved heaven and earth, plus risers and chairs from a choral concert practice, to make a funeral and reception occur last Thursday even though we had committed to other groups to use our facility. Even though Denise was going out of town due to her own family funeral, all was in place before she left. “It’s what Carolyn would have done,” she said when I thanked her for her ingenuity and hard work to make it happen.

The Vestry members are unnoticed heroes right now at Trinity, making difficult decisions and running the church fairly seamlessly during our time of Discernment.

The Discernment committee reported on most of the survey data they’d received, published for us in last week’s newsletter. And I hope you noticed, as I did, the positive trend of most folks’ responses.

Several already-busy parishioners came together to feed more than seventy homeless Micah clients Friday morning. That’s a lot of sausage-and-egg burritos and tater tots!

Enough Trinitarians have volunteered to work at the cold-weather shelter on Friday nights so that most are working only one or two Friday nights for the shelter months.

And thanks to the EM’s, the ushers, the musicians, the litanists and lay readers, the acolytes, the staff, our visiting priests, shepherds, leaders of groups, the Altar Guild, the teachers and leaders of youth activities, volunteers who fed the recent record number of 78 hungry families at Outreach, those who moved furniture and made sure the heating system was working last week, reception organizers, those who give generously of their funds so all this can happen … how long could this list be? 

One of our breakfast Micah workers on Friday, a young woman who attends Mary Washington, took off her own shoes and gave them to a woman who needed them, then made the rainy, chilly walk to her car in stocking feet. While most of us don’t go quite that far, her act of charity is a reminder to all of us to do what is needed.

Our Old Testament reading for last Sunday, Isaiah 35:1-10, says, “Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.” Clearly God was with us in our many tasks at Trinity last week.

We indeed had a full-moon week at Trinity. Let’s take a deep breath and remember that Advent is a time of quiet waiting. Let us cherish each other’s love and friendship and service this season.

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.
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?
Hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's 2019 Christmas message here !

There will be NO NEWSLETTER next week, Christmas Day! The OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED, Thursday, December 26.

Our CHRISTMAS OUTREACH program was a huge success. Thank you to all those who purchased gifts, helped on Elf Sunday and helped to deliver the gifts. It is the generosity and support of all of you that ensures we can support those children in need of our community. Peace and blessings to each of you. Donna Krauss 
REHEARSAL FOR THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be held immediately following the 9:15 am service this Sunday, December 22nd in the church. 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 stay in church until the pageant rehearsal is over, Sunday school will follow the rehearsal. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sam Burton with any questions.

Join us after the 11 AM Eucharist this Sunday, December 22nd, 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.

ALTAR GUILD MEMBERS - There is a sign-up sheet on the church door. We still NEED HELP on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2020 will be available in the back of the church this Sunday.

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.

On January 8th, the GEMS will meet at 12:30 PM in Barber Hall, for a soup luncheon. We will participate in a discussion on WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GEMS. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Sug Clingenpeel (540-840-6255) or Joan Rice (540-755-2353).


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


This Saturday join ArtsLIVE! for Act-Along Christmas Carol, directed by Fred Franklin, right in our own Barber Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone knows the story, so join in this improvised holiday classic. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Click here for more information.
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 Greening of the Church
12:30 pm Youth Groups (J)

Monday, December 23
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, December 24
4:00 pm Children's Eucharist & Christmas Pageant
6:00 pm Family Eucharist
10:30 pm Christmas Music
11:00 pm Midnight Mass
Wednesday, December 25
10:00 am Holy Eucharist of the Incarnation

Thursday, December 26

Friday, December 27

Saturday, December 28

Sunday, December 29
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