December 23, 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.

We need to learn how to want what we already have.

The Dalai Lama XIV tells us this in The Art of Happiness.

That statement has so much meaning for me this year. It would be all too easy to focus on what we don’t have, and I don’t need to detail those things for you. Instead, I am feeling so thankful for what I do have.

The Christmas decorations in our home are more special this year because we put them up just for ourselves, and included only the things that we particularly like. We made sure to put something lighted in the windows to be visible from outside, hoping that our gratitude for and joy in life will be a beacon to others.

There are fewer presents under our little tree because nobody is coming to our place this year – but everybody in the family is well-gifted through the mail. There was no rummaging through stores, which I don’t particularly like, and much thoughtful study of various things on-line – including some shopping by mail from local merchants. Everybody got a Christmas mask, with the suggestion to put it away after the season as an artifact of what this year has been like, and in hopes that the mask will never be needed another Christmas season.

It appears that a vaccine will be available to us soon, and Selby and I, with the encouragement of our family physician, will be in line when that happens. Nobody in my family is in the hospital or rehab as I write this, and that’s a huge Christmas joy this year.

You each have your own list of things you want that you already have. The gift of Jesus’ birth and the anticipation of Rev. McKenna’s arrival are sure to be prominent on all our lists.

Merry Christmas, dear Trinity family.

Claire Curcio, Senior Warden

The Children’s Christmas Pageant is an event that is not to be missed! Be sure to check your email on Christmas Eve after 4:00 p.m. for a message from Trinity with a link so you can watch the Pageant online. While not the same as being present in person, the children hope the pageant will bring you joy.
Trinity's Christmas Eve service will be online this year. We will have a Rite II Spiritual Communion service with The Rev. Bambi Willis as Celebrant and The Rev. David P. Casey, OP as preacher. The service will be sent out in a Constant Contact email on Christmas Eve at 6PM. We want to wish you all a blessed Christmas season!
Sunday, December 27th

All members of the Diocese are invited to share in the joy of this diocesan-wide gathering of a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music service. Bishop Goff will preside and the service will feature Scripture readings and music from congregations across the Diocese.

The service premieres at 8:00 a.m. on YouTube (here) or Facebook (here) and will be available to view at any time following the 8 a.m. premiere time. The service bulletin may be found here.

Trinity members are encouraged to join in this service. We will not be offering a Spiritual Communion service that morning.
REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR ITEM COLLECTION – If you collected items for the Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit Lucha Ministries, please bring them to the circular driveway on the College Avenue side of the church on Wednesday, December 30th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton.

OFFERING ENVELOPES - A drive-by to pick up your offering envelopes is scheduled for Sunday, December 27th, and Sunday, January 3rd, from 10AM to 1PM. Michele Brantley or Val Folden will be at the church to pass out the envelopes. Can't make it on those Sundays? Denise will be in the office on Wednesdays from 9AM to 2PM. Please give her a call before you stop by - (540) 373-2996. Questions about your envelopes, please contact Val Folden.

FINAL DONATIONS - Please have your final 2020 donations to Trinity Church into the parish office by WEDNESDAY, December 30th, at 12 Noon to be included in your giving statement for this year. Denise will be in the office to accept donations. If mailing, your donation must be postmarked by the 31st in order to count toward your 2020 donation. Gifts to the parish budget will further the work of God through Trinity Episcopal Church.

CHRISTMAS AND THANKSGIVING SPECIAL OFFERINGS – The Vestry has designated the special offerings for Thanksgiving and Christmas to be split between the school at El Hogar and Micah Ecumenical Ministries. We have supported El Hogar for more than 25 years. Micah started in our Jamison Hall and continues to do great work getting homeless folks off the street. Please send a check to Trinity Church (825 College Ave., 22401) with Christmas or Thanksgiving offering in the memo space, use the special offering envelopes, or go to the Trinity website, pick online giving, and select Christmas as the fund. Hopefully we can be generous in continuing our support for these programs in this time of great need. 

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS/EPIPHANY IN A BAG – How have you used the items in your bag? Post a picture of you and an item from the bag that you found helpful or fun on the Trinity Religious Education FaceBook page at under the comments for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Bag.

There WILL be VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR this Sunday, December 27th at 9:30 a.m. Zoom meeting ID # 441 267 3172 and the password is 6YiW22. This will be a recurring Zoom meeting with the same ID and password each Sunday. We ask that everyone mute their microphones when we start the Zoom meeting to minimize background noise. You can unmute when and if you want to speak. We look forward to seeing you!

There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday, December 27, 2020. Miss Sam is looking forward to seeing you in the New Year on January 3, 2021! Look for an email with sign-in information on Friday, January 1st.

YOUTH GROUP - Have you solved the Nativity Escape Room activity yet? Be sure to email Miss Sam the 4-digit answer code at as soon as you figure it out. The first three people to do so will earn a prize! Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Look for an email with sign-in information on Friday, January 1st.

"OUR DEEPEST WANTING", a Meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, by The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, can be found here.

PLEASE GIVE TO THE BISHOP'S APPEAL TO HELP COVID-RELIEF MINISTRIES - Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal will help feed those who are hungry, without shelter, and provide access to other basic needs in communities of the Diocese of Virginia affected by the crisis. Through the generosity of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund all online donations up to $25,000 will be matched so your gift to help is doubled. Encourage friends, family and fellow parishioners to join you. Share on social media what our mission means to you. Use the special hashtag #OneTogether so we can harness the power of social media and connection to help share your story!
All the Ways to Give
  1. Online: Make double the impact and help us meet our $25,000 match through your gift @
  2. Mail: Send your check to Bishop’s Appeal, PO Box 27426, Richmond, VA 23261
  3. Text: Text DIOVA APPEAL to 73256 to give to the DOV Appeal fund [Bishop’s Appeal] using your text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

TryTank presents: LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, by the Virginia Theological Seminary. For almost 20 years, beginning just after 9/11, futurist Bob Johansen has been wrestling with the question of leadership profiles that will be required to thrive in the VUCA World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). He wrote a trilogy of books that share the profile he's convinced will work to help us get ready for the next future shock. Our new Rector encourages us to participate in this online webinar, January 13, 3-4PM. Find more information and register here.

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Christmas Message 2020 - “Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2020. Read more:

Tell Me Something Good, a new web series from The Episcopal Church, highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests. New episodes of Tell Me Something Good will be released every two weeks. Episodes 1-3 are available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV, @theepiscopalchurch. On Episode 3, Rebecca Hall visits with hosts Marcus Halley and Jerusalem Greer about her work with intentional small groups at The Abbey, and how they have blossomed during the pandemic in surprising ways. The Abbey, an extension of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, is a space for spiritual practitioners to meet, primarily online, for classes, groups, and retreats. They draw from both ancient and modern sources with a focus on contemplative practices. Although their particular path is Christian, they welcome all seekers with or without religious affiliation. Read more:

Season 4 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with Bryan Stevenson – author, lawyer, and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama – about what it means to remember, reorient, and renew an active faith in Jesus and his Way of Love.
Wednesday, December 23

Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Children's Christmas Pageant online
6:00 pm Christmas Eve Rite II Spiritual Communion service online

Friday, December 25
Christmas Day

Saturday, December 26

Sunday, December 27
The First Sunday after Christmas Day
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
8:00 am Diocesan-wide Rite II Spiritual Communion service online
10:00 am Offering Envelope Drive-By

Monday, December 28

Tuesday, December 29
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
Wednesday, December 30
1:00 pm Reverse Advent Calendar Item Drive-By Collection (circle off College Ave in front of church)

Thursday, December 31
New Year's Eve

Friday, January 1
New Year's Day

Saturday, January 2

Sunday, January 3
The Second Sunday after Christmas Day
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:00 am Rite II Spiritual Communion online
10:30 am Sunday School online
(540) 373-2996