February 5, 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.

“Step up” has become my new favorite phrase.
We owe Rev. Bambi Willis a huge thank you for stepping up to become our long-term supply priest. We will all feel more secure knowing we will see Bambi usually conducting our services and sitting in the office or doing pastoral care work a few days a week.
Last week I wrote a newsletter item about some unfilled needs at Trinity, including assisting with some volunteer obligations that have fallen to a few, as well as filling some vacant needs.
Here are the results, those who have stepped up, in just the past five days:
  • Three people volunteered to help assemble new library bookcases, saving $480 by not having to buy them already assembled.

  • One person agreed to coordinate home communion and has already begun that task.

  • Three people offered to coordinate weddings; one person will be doing that and the other two have agreed to volunteer in other areas instead.

  • Six parishioners said they would be a funeral reception committee, on condition that two other teams be established, as the newsletter had suggested. So far their team has added one more person to their committee; another team of six has formed; and the third team is well underway. How’s that for people stepping up in a short time?

  • The Executive Committee asked five Trinitarians to serve as a Minister of Music search committee and all five stepped up.
So how’s that for Trinity enthusiasm and willingness to share responsibility? And that’s 25 people agreeing to new roles, in addition to all the other wonderful volunteers we already have.
Thanks be to God! And please, help us not to need any more funeral receptions for awhile.

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.

We obtained insightful comments from the small group discussions on Sunday. Sessions continue on February 9 and 16 to help us identify what our church needs are at present, and what gifts our new rector will need in order to help us address these concerns. Sign-up sheets are posted on the church door. 

Please visit the page devoted to Seeking a New Shepherd on Trinity's website to see a word cloud visual of the things that our parish values most about Trinity (per the survey) and an overview of the discernment process. 

Earlier, we shared the quantitative results from the survey. The overall parish survey results, including summaries of the comments, can be accessed here . A hard copy of the results is currently available in the church office, and will be available in Cafe Trinity the next couple of Sundays.

When Kent Rahm retired as our rector, the Vestry voted to seek an interim rector from those recommended by The Diocese. There are many other churches in the search process and a limited number of qualified interims. It appears that other churches needed help more than Trinity and no interim candidates were suggested by the Diocese. After five months, the Vestry voted in December to take the suggestion of the Diocese and seek a long-term supply priest. The priest in that part-time position would lead worship services, maintain some office hours, and make pastoral visits, but would not attend Vestry meetings, supervise staff, or tend to the business of our church. 

It is our great pleasure to announce that the Reverend Bambi Willis has agreed to serve as our long-term supply priest with the agreement of the Diocese. We are delighted that Bambi has accepted the position and we look forward to continuing our work together while the Discernment Committee continues the process of searching for our new rector.

It’s time to begin signing up for this year’s Lenten Series! Our Lenten Series begins Wednesday, March 4, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation for dinner is $5/person or $15/family. We will begin the different series at 6:15 p.m. and finish for the evening by 7:30 p.m. Please sign up early so that we can be ready for you! The sign-up sheets are on the church door. There will be three offerings this year:           

Signs of Life: Why Church Matters  This series of weekly discussions is based on materials prepared by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and Lifelong Learning at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Each discussion focuses on one of the central themes of Christian worship: Light, Water, Food, Shelter, and Community. Harry Dickinson and Rosemary Arneson will lead the weekly discussions. To hear more about what the series will involve, we invite you to watch Br. James Koester's introduction here . More information, include the Signs of Life reader, can be found here .
Lectio Divina for Lent  Let’s share some reflective time together in a small group using the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina, or “Divine Reading.” This group will be limited to the first eight people who sign up. Together we will read scripture, pray, meditate and open ourselves to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.  We will let the Spirit guide us as each of us is drawn to a particular word or phrase within the text. Listening to each other’s reflections will give the words of the text new life and meaning. Tom Rotella will facilitate the group.
Journeying with Jesus   This program for children and youth is a Bible study which allows the children to reflect on Bible stories about Jesus’ life through various art forms including building with Lego pieces, sculpting, painting, and arts and crafts. Participants will learn about a different Bible story each week and have time for prayer and reflection as they work with different media. This program is most appropriate for ages 4 through middle school.
SCOUT SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 9th!  We would like to recognize these important programs for our youth, so we encourage all Scouts (present and past) to wear their uniforms or pins this coming Sunday.

The GEMS will meet on February 12th, at 1:00 p.m., at O’Charley’s Restaurant for lunch celebrating Valentine’s Day. Please contact Sug Clingenpeel (540-840-6255) or Joan Rice (540-755-2353) by this Saturday, February 8th , to make reservations.

Let the Good Times Roll – Come join your Trinity’ family for food and fellowship at the SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER on February 25th from 5:30-7pm in Barber Hall.  Chicken and sausage gumbo will top off this Fat Tuesday's celebration along with all you can eat buttermilk pancakes, butcher cut bacon, sausage, desert and beverages.  All proceeds support Trinity’s Brotherhood of St. Andrew outreach activities.  

PRAYER PARTNERS FOR LENT - Prayer is the glue that binds us together. So why not consider being a Prayer Partner to another Trinitarian during Lent as a means to enhance and deepen your Lenten experience this year. Make a commitment to pray for your partner daily, every other day, or whenever you can and try to honor it. Sign up is easy. This Sunday, print your first and last name on the slips of paper in the pews and simply drop your name into the basket as it is passed around during all three services. Families can participate as a household or as an individual family member. On February 16th, the names collected from all three services during these three weeks will be combined and you will receive the name of your Prayer Partner in the mail. We suggest you begin prayer for your partner on Ash Wednesday and continue until Lent ends.
The 2020 REBUILDING TOGETHER—FREDERICKSBURG (RTF) planning sessions are beginning and applications being reviewed for possible support. Over the years, Trinity has stepped up and provided outstanding help in this worthwhile effort. Although the notional work weekend is the last weekend in April (this year, April 25), the work schedule is fully dependent on the volunteers' availability. Please seriously consider signing up to help out. Sign-up lists will be put up in Barber Hall and on the church door soon. Please sign up as soon as possible so we know how many projects and what kind of projects we will be able to support. If you have any questions, please contact Geoff Pomroy by e-mail or on his home phone (540.659.9434).
There are only a few spots left on the PROGRESSIVE KISS AND TELL DINNER luxury bus scheduled for Sunday, February 23rd! We have room for 40 Trinitarians and singles are certainly welcome. We will meet at 4:00 O’Clock at Tapa Rio (1101 Sophia St). This is where we began our great night last year. The cost remains unchanged at $55.00/person. The restaurants this year are Tapa Rio, Amy’s Café, Dark Star Saloon and Café, Juan More Taco, and The Old Silk Mill. If you haven’t been on a dinner with us for the last 7 years, ask someone who has! We have great food and a great chance for camaraderie. Please sign up on the front door of the church and either send me a check to Bruce Adkins, 6 Bainbridge Lane, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or pay me at Church. Join us for food and fellowship in grand style!

It was a wonderful time at the   22405 ZIP CODE GATHERING at the Richardson's home. Ham biscuits, various other dishes and desserts lined the tables, while conversation, laughter and chatter filled the spaces. Thirty one Trinitarians gathered in fellowship to catch up on the happenings of the church and each other.  New folks were introduced and regular folks, some meeting for the first time, all came together to share a meal, friendship and God's love. Thank you all for a happy afternoon. Check the website for pictures.
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FUN STARS are going bowling this Sunday, February 9th, at Splitsville in Spotsylvania Towne Center! We will leave for splitsville at 11:30 a.m., right after Sunday school; parents should pick up their children from Splitsville at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5.00 and includes pizza, drinks, and bowling. Children will be transported to the bowling alley in Kelly Carniol and Mandy Anderson’s personal vehicles. If your child uses a booster seat please bring it to Sunday school. A permission slip may be found here . If there are any questions, please contact Sam .

The JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP are going bowling this Sunday, February 9th, at Splitsville. We will leave Trinity at 11:30 a.m., right after Sunday school. The cost is $10.00 and includes pizza, drinks, and bowling. Parents should plan to pick up their youth between 2 and 2:30 p.m. A permission slip may be found here . If there are any questions, please contact Sam .

CLUB 45’s next event is a Game Day on Sunday, February 16th from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. We will have lunch together and play our favorite games. Bring a game for us all to play. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton .

PARENTS OF CLUB 45ers - This year the diocese is offering a retreat at Shrine Mont especially for children in grades four and five. It will be held April 17 – 19.   The retreat is a weekend gathering of 4-5 graders from churches all over the Diocese of Virginia. It is held at Shrine Mont, which is the diocesan camp and conference center in Orkney Springs, VA. Youth will listen to a motivational speaker, meet in small groups to discuss matters of faith, play games, sing songs, worship, and have a wonderful time meeting youth their age from other Episcopal churches in our diocese. The retreat is an awesome experience for the youth, both in their faith and in the connections made with other Episcopal youth. The cost is around $150 but Trinity will pay $75.00. More information will be coming soon. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton .  

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C REATION CARE AND ADVOCACY WORKSHOP - On Saturday, February 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Diocese will be holding a workshop on our environment here at Trinity. Learn how carelessness for creation affects the most vulnerable and how we can be advocates for change. You can find more information and register for the workshop here .

DIOCESAN VISIONING TOUR - Take part in our Diocesan Visioning Tour with Bishop Goff and Bishop Brooke-Davidson. The questions we'll discuss will be publicized before the sessions so that participants will have a chance to give them some thought, and so that people who can't attend might have a chance to submit their thoughts.
Visioning Tour Dates and Locations

  • Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. - Calvary, Front Royal
  • Saturday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. - Good Shepherd, Burke
  • Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. - St. Peter's, Arlington
Click here to register.
Wednesday, February 12
9:30 am Staff Meeting (Rm 14)
1:00 pm Trinity GEMS (O'Charleys)
6:30 pm Executive Committee (R)
7:00 Vestry Meeting (L)

Thursday, February 13
9:45 am Fresh Start (all rooms)
10:00 am Caregivers' Support Group (Rm 14)

Friday, February 14

Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 16
8:30 am 9:15 Song Leaders' Rehearsal (CR)
9:00 am Small Group Discussions (L)
10:15 am Small Group Discussions (L)
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