February 10, 2021

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 will be electing new members to the Vestry.
Nominations will be taken from the floor.

Full email with details will be sent next week.
A DRIVE-BY WELCOME!
Let’s give Mother Cynthia a happy, hearty official welcome on Sunday, February 14, in a drive-by between 11 AM- 1 PM in the circle in front of the church. Bring a note, a valentine, some message of greeting, a picture drawn by a child, something that shows our thankfulness for her presence. It would be nice if you could include a photo of your family, labeled with names, to aid her in putting names and faces together. A party would be more fun but not feasible at present, so let’s do a pandemic-style welcome with lots of warmth!

As part of the drive-by, pick up your LENT TO GO bag from Sam. There’s a rumor about cookies...
LENT TO GO Bags will take us FROM ASHES TO ALLELUIAS!

Lent to Go bags will help individuals and families observe Lent in their own homes since we are not able to gather for worship in person. Some items included in the bags are ashes and a brief liturgy so that ashes can be imposed on yourself and family members, a Lenten meditation booklet, a votive candle, a mite box, a Holy Week pop-up calendar, and some alleluias. 

Come to Trinity’s drive-by on
February 14 from 11am to 1pm to welcome our new rector, Mother Cynthia, and to pick up your
Lent to Go bag and a special treat!
SIGN-UP FOR TRINITY'S LENTEN SERIES!

Walk the way of love this Lent with our beloved presiding bishop Michael Curry! We, at Trinity, are doing something exciting for our LENTEN SERIES this year; a parish-wide read of Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book, Love is the Way; Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.   Al Roker says of the book, “I can think of nobody better to help shine a light during these difficult times than Bishop Curry. His wisdom and his smile are a beacon for my soul right now.” 

Trinity parishioners will meet online via Zoom during Lent to discuss the book. So that everyone will have an opportunity to participate, we will have two groups for conversation. SIGN UP NOW!! There will be a group that meets on Monday mornings for five weeks from 10:30 to about 11:45am, beginning on February 22nd. You may sign up for this group here. The second group will meet for five weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to about 8:15pm, beginning on February 24th. You may sign up for this group here.

The book may be purchased from Amazon and from Barnes and NobleIt is also available as an audio book from Audible.  If you have any questions, or need assistance purchasing a book, please contact Mother Cynthia at cmckenna@trinity-fredericksburg.org or Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org


LECTIO DIVINA ZOOM GROUP
Thursdays, February 25-March 25, 10:30 am - 12 Noon

In addition to our evening and morning discussions of Love is the Way; Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times by Bishop Curry, we will offer a Lectio Divina Zoom group. Lectio Divina simply means “sacred reading”. We will meet as a small group on Thursday mornings to read scripture, pray, share and listen as the Spirit leads. Sign up for the group here.

We look forward to growing in community as we discern God’s word for us today. Why not join in this time of holy listening? Questions about Lectio Divina? Contact Robin Barrett at robinhandfordbarrett@gmail.com.
FEBRUARY’S GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
 
February can be difficult for grieving persons because of Valentine’s Day – a day to emphasize romance, love, and togetherness, a day that brings forth powerful emotions and memories of deceased loved ones. At this month’s Grief Support Group we will provide an opportunity to reflect on special memories participants shared with someone who is dearly missed. The group will meet on Monday, February 15th, over Zoom, from 10:30 A.M. – Noon. The ID number is 994 8002 5394 and the Passcode is 6YiW22. For more information call Randall Clingenpeel at 540-207-0600 or Ruth Brancolini at 540-760-6636.
EASTER LILIES
will decorate the church for our online Easter Day services!

Why announce this so early? You will receive an envelope for lily donations in your LENT TO GO bags!

Each plant is $12.00. To donate: write your name and your remembrance names "in memory of" or "in thanksgiving for" (please print clearly) on the outside of the envelope; place a check made out to Trinity inside the envelope; and mail to the church; or put in the mailbox outside the red front doors.

If you do not get a donation envelope, you are still welcome to donate a lily or lilies. Write down your name and your remembrance names on a sheet of paper (please print clearly), then mail with a check to Trinity Episcopal, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
BOOK AND VIDEO REVIEWS BY THE
TASK FORCE TO PLAN TO DISMANTLE RACISM

Let the Children March, Monica Clark-Robinson, grade 1-4

It’s 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. African American families have answered Martin Luther King’s call to plan and organize peaceful rallies opposing Jim Crow laws that have kept black people separate from white people. Children and teens volunteer to march for their civil rights in the place of their parents who are fearful of losing their jobs. Many are mistreated and jailed during the 7 day protest. The children’s march, televised around the country, plays a pivotal role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964!

The book’s author believes that the stories of our past can help us create the story of our future. This picture book brings to light a part of history that can empower children to make a difference. It is a good read for young adults and adults as well.
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A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO HELP!

Trinity’s Daughters of the King are introducing a new ministry, FROM OUR HEARTS TO STUDENT'S HANDS. Destine Bradshaw has made us aware of an urgent need among school children during this time of COVID and virtual learning. It seems that the reading scores of many children are dropping because, without regular visits to the school library, they have no books at home to read. These children are much less likely to read digitally. They need to hold a book in their hands. Teachers at Anthony Burns Elementary met to discuss ways in which they might get books into the hands of these children. 

We are excited to be able to make this kind of difference in young children’s lives. We thought many in our Trinity family might also like to help. We will be accepting new and gently-used books for children in grades K – 5. While all books will be welcome, the teachers suggested that current titles would be most appreciated.  A REVISED list of teachers' suggestions can be found HERE; or ask your children and grandchildren what they like. They might even wish to donate favorites they have finished. 

We will have a large tub placed in the Trinity breezeway between the Ida Beck Chapel/ Library and Jamison Hall starting this weekend, which will be checked regularly for your donations. Books will be delivered to students as they are made available. Thank you for helping foster the love of books and reading in children who might otherwise be left behind.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II, 9:30AM

The service will be live-streamed on Facebook  at https://www.facebook.com/trinityfredericksburg/
(You can view the service any time following the live feed.)

We apologize we are not able to offer livestream from YouTube at the present time.
The service will be available later in the day on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL2SQhSlT-4rhMPQuuy8Dvw


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Morning Prayer, Rite II, at 6:30AM weekdays
Live on Trinity's Facebook page
The Book of Common Prayer can be found here.
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR!

We will now gather for virtual fellowship at 9:00 AM via Zoom. The 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!
Would you like to donate the VIGIL CANDLE for a Sunday during Lent? Call or send Denise an email with your donation request ("in memory of" or "in thanksgiving for"); then send a check to Trinity for $5.00 with "Vigil Candle" in the memo line to Trinity Episcopal, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL will not meet this week. Instead, please join us for the drive-by to welcome Mother Cynthia to Trinity on Sunday from 11AM – 1PM.
The YOUTH GROUP's next meeting will be Sunday, February 28th, at 2:00 pm. Contact Sam Burton for more information.
"A MEDITATION ON FORGIVENESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY", A Meditation for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, by Bishop Goff can be found here.
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers daily Lenten devotional series
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), in partnership with members of the Episcopal Asylum Ministry Network, is offering a daily Lenten devotional series. Written reflections will be released daily beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, through Easter Sunday, April 4. Reflections will also be available on the EMM website blog.  

Life Transformed - The Way of Love in Lent revised for 2021
New and updated Lent and Easter resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are available from The Episcopal Church, with additional offerings coming soon. Available and upcoming resources include: Updated Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent curriculum; Sermons That Work for Holy Week and Easter; a new podcast series, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community. Find resources here.
Read more (In English, Spanish, and French): http://iam.ec/pa2021LentResources
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, February 10
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting


Thursday, February 11


Friday, February 12
8:30 am Micah Breakfast delivery


Saturday, February 13
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew online


Sunday, February 14
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 am Virtual Coffee Hour
and YouTube
11:00 am Drive-by Welcome and
Lent To Go bag pick-up


Monday, February 15
10:30 am Grief Support Group online


Tuesday, February 16
10:30 am Book Group (Tuesday AM) online
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry online
Wednesday, February 17
Ash Wednesday


Thursday, February 18


Friday, February 19
8:30 am Micah Breakfast delivery


Saturday, February 20


Sunday, February 21
The First Sunday in Lent
9:00 am Virtual Coffee Hour
and YouTube
10:30 am Sunday School online
11:30 am Trinity's Annual Meeting on Zoom
Links
(540) 373-2996