February 3, 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.

will be held Sunday, February 21st, at 11:30am on Zoom!
We will be electing new members to the Vestry at that time.
Nominations will be taken from the floor.
Stay tuned for more information and a link to the meeting.
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 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!
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. 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 Noble. 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

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 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.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.
Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. Former President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 5443 which proclaimed that “The foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity.” This proclamation stated further that this month was a time “to celebrate the many achievements of African Americans.” The theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and DiversityA theme is set every year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Apologies for an incorrect link in last week's newsletter. See correct link below:

These books are recommended by Mona Albertine and her staff, Jabberwocky Children’s Book Store, downtown Fredericksburg. The entire list of recommendations are available on the Jabberwocky Book List link.

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.  Click HERE for a list of teachers’ suggestions; 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.
Many apologies if you weren't able to view this past Sunday's service (January 31). The snowy weather made for a quick change in our service. If you would like to view Sunday's service on YOU TUBE, you may click here.


Practice up on your thees, thous, and thys for this Sunday's Rite I service!
Be ready to enjoy the beautiful music by Leslie Maragoni!

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

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 ALTAR FLOWERS or VIGIL CANDLE for Sunday, February 14th? 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 OR $37.50 with "Altar Flowers" in the memo line to Trinity Episcopal, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Do you have an address, phone number or email address change? Please remember to notify the office so we can keep in touch! Email Denise at dsymonds@trinity-fredericksburg.org
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 YOUTH GROUP will meet this Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00pm online via Zoom to watch a short video, have a discussion, and play some games. Watch for an email on Friday with information for joining the meeting and for game handouts. 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 MERCY THAT ADDS US TO ONE ANOTHER", A Meditation for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, by Bishop Porter Taylor can be found here.
Episcopal Church Executive Council: opening remarks from the Presiding Bishop
The following is a transcript of the opening remarks of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, currently meeting virtually through January 25. Read more (In English and Spanish): https://tinyurl.com/y6y3ahvw
Episcopal Church Executive Council: opening remarks from the President of the House of Deputies
The following are the opening remarks of President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings at the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, currently meeting virtually through January 25. Read more (In English and Spanish): https://tinyurl.com/y5wu2p6x
Wednesday, February 3
6:30 pm Daughters of the King online

Thursday, February 4

Friday, February 5

Saturday, February 6

Sunday, February 7
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 am Virtual Coffee Hour
and YouTube
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm AntiRacism Training via Zoom
2:00 pm Youth Group online

Monday, February 8
10:00 am Task Force to Plan to Dismantle Racism online

Tuesday, February 9
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry online
Wednesday, February 10
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Thursday, February 11

Friday, February 12
8:30 pm 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
10:30 am Sunday School online
11:00 am Drive-by Welcome and
Lent to Go bag pick-up
(540) 373-2996