February 17, 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.

Plan to attend Trinity's Annual Meeting

Our meeting includes: the 2021 budget, reports from Junior and Senior Warden, update on the building, and the rector’s report from Mother Cynthia.

And you will be able to vote for new vestry members. Full bios of the Vestry candidates for Vestry can be found here. Information was sent in an earlier email with the Zoom link and instructions on how to cast your vote. We will re-send the email again on Saturday.

This is a wonderful time to hear about the state of our parish and to participate in choosing our leadership team. We hope you’ll be able to join us.  

The current candidates for Vestry are:

I have enjoyed being a part of the Trinity family since I started attending as a Mary Washington College student. Over many years I have served in a variety of capacities but never chose to run for the vestry. I feel that I now have the time to seriously commit to the responsibilities of being on the vestry and serve the Trinity community that has always meant so much to me. 

I believe that any and every congregation needs new individuals to stand for election to the Vestry. In my experience, I have seen many vestries that seem, in membership, to skew toward the older demographic of the congregation. Trinity needs a wide variety of people and perspectives working together faithfully in leadership, alongside the rector, to make decisions that affect both the business and spiritual sides of Trinity. I believe I possess a mix of gifts and experience that would make my service on the Vestry both representative and productive. I pray that you all will make the best decision on behalf of our congregation.

As we begin a new chapter in Trinity’s life with a new Rector, I believe that my many years of experience on the Vestry and executive committee along with my accounting background would be helpful in the work of the Vestry. We still face many challenges related to the pandemic and planning to regather when it is safe to do so. The Rector and Vestry working together can meet those challenges. I am deeply committed to Trinity and would be honored to continue my service to our church and community.

I would like to serve on Trinity's vestry as I see this as an opportunity to contribute to our church, its programs, and its positive impact on our community.

I have been a member of Trinity since the early 80’s. I have recently retired after a 45 year career in banking. I now have the time and energy to devote to Trinity in achieving its mission.  

With the arrival of Mother Cynthia to Trinity, being called to pray and be a servant leader with others in the life of Trinity and the church, especially during these days of Covid-19, is the opportunity to have spiritual renewal, and to see our community grow not just from within, but outward too.

I would like to participate more in the church management. I feel drawn to God's calling to make more of my life in the church.

I have always thought of Trinity Church as my home church. I was baptized, confirmed and married at Trinity. It has indeed been a part of my life. Currently, I am a Eucharistic Minister at Trinity, a member of GEMS, a member of the Book Group, assist with Blessings in a Backpack, member of the Dismantle Racism Task Force, and member of Knaughty Knitters. It would be an honor to be a member of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church.

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.  

Trinity parishioners will meet online via Zoom during Lent to discuss the book. Even if you haven’t read the book you are welcome to join us for the discussions. So that everyone will have an opportunity to participate, we will have two groups for conversation. 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

FACILITATORS for the Lenten Series - please sign up for the day you will be leading a small 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.
Trinity's Tuesday AM Book Group WILL meet
next Tuesday at 10:30 AM on Zoom.

We will complete the book we have been discussing at that time.
Apologies for last week's mix-up!
will decorate the church for our online Easter Day services!

Envelopes for lily donations were 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.

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.

Now that we are live-streaming from the church for our Sunday services, we would like to train several volunteers to monitor our live-stream equipment. Services are Sunday mornings at 9:30AM. Volunteers would need to be at the church NLT 9:00AM to prepare. If you are interested, contact Barry Holliday at bwholliday@verizon.net or (202) 415-1332.

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

Click here for instructions.
Morning Prayer, Rite II, at 6:30AM weekdays
Live on Trinity's Facebook page
The Book of Common Prayer can be found here.

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.
There WILL be Sunday school this Sunday before the Parish Meeting! Families with children are invited to join us for Online Sunday School this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a 40 to 50-minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom. Our time together will include a few minutes of social (gathering) time, some songs we all know, some prayer time, a story, and an easy craft response to the story. This will be geared for children ages 5 through fifth grade, but older and younger people are welcome too. Each child/person will need a pencil, a few sheets of paper, and some crayons or colored pencils. I will email additional materials to everyone on Friday. If you have not received emails in the past with the information to join the class meeting and would like for your child to participate, please contact Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org.
The next YOUTH GROUP meeting will be Sunday, February 28th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM via Zoom.
"WATER IN THE DESERT", A Meditation for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, by Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson 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
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
10:30 am Sunday School online
11:30 am Trinity's Annual Meeting on Zoom

Monday, February 22
10:30 am "Love is the Way" Lenten Book
Discussion on Zoom

Tuesday, February 23
10:00 am Staff Meeting online
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry online
Wednesday, February 24
3:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack packing
7:00 pm "Love is the Way" Lenten Book Discussion on Zoom

Thursday, February 25
9:30 am Blessings in a Backpack delivery
10:30 am Lenten Lectio Divina online

Friday, February 26

Saturday, February 27
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew online

Sunday, February 28
The Second Sunday in Lent
9:00 am Virtual Coffee Hour
and YouTube
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online
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