January 27, 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.

Dear ones,

It’s a joy to be here, serving among you as your Rector. Even though I just arrived, it’s obvious to me that Trinity is thriving.

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our first live-streamed service. There is a big learning curve with this for us all, and I’m grateful for your encouragement and patience. We have an amazing group of people gathering to support this ministry and I am grateful for their creativity and curiosity.

As I announced last week, the parish is going to read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s new book, “Love Is The Way.” It’s available in hardcover and audiobook. Watch for more details about joining the Lenten book study.

For the health, safety. and love of our people, the building remains closed. This isn’t a decision made by Trinity alone. Your Vestry and I are guided by our Bishops as well as local authorities. Even with the building closed, we are still a community of love and compassion. We are still the Church.

A final note of gratitude to Denise Symonds, Michele  Brantley, and Priscilla Turner for their care and diligence over these past months. Thanks to Sam Burton for her continued love for our children and youth. Thank you to the Vestry for your wisdom and good works. Finally, thanks to Claire Curcio for serving as senior warden. She has held this parish with great love and care, and we are all deeply grateful.    

Blessings and love,
Mother Cynthia+
Bishop Susan Goff Announces Appointments to Executive Board
The Executive Board of the Diocese has been expanded to include three at-large members to be appointed by the Bishop. The Board expansion, approved by the 2020 Annual Convention of the Diocese, seeks to enhance diversity of board membership in many forms - race, gender, age, parish size, skillsets, and professional expertise.
Bishop Goff, with the advice of the Standing Committee, selected three talented lay leaders, all of whom are active in the life of their congregations; Cheryl Groce-Wright, Garway Bright, and Alda White.
The Executive Board will continue to have elected representatives from the 16 geographic regions of the Diocese. Three appointed members will allow the Bishop to draw on the strengths and richness of talent within the Diocese, while also tailoring the appointments to the needs and tasks anticipated for the coming year.

Alda L. White, now retired, was the first woman County Attorney of Stafford County, and the first African-American local government full-time attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a member of Trinity, Fredericksburg, where she previously served as Co-Chair of the Discernment Committee.
Would you like to donate the VIGIL CANDLE for a Sunday service? Call or send Denise an email with your donation request ("in memory of" or "in thanksgiving for") and send a check to Trinity for $5.00 with "Vigil Candle" in the memo line.

We experienced technical difficulties with the live YOU TUBE viewing on Sunday, January 24th. If you were not able to view Mother Cynthia's first service with us, you will find the YouTube link here. Please bear with us as we continue to work on this!
Join Mother Cynthia for Morning Prayer, Rite II, at 6:30AM weekdays

Live on Trinity's Facebook page

The Book of Common Prayer can be found here.
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 11:45 AM, beginning on February 22nd. The second group will meet for five weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to about 8:15 PM, beginning on February 24th. 

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

On Super Bowl Sunday Trinity will be offering some “super” training. Our first live (Zoom) training on anti-racism is scheduled for February 7th at 2PM. We are blessed to have Aisha Huertas, the Diocese of Virginia (DoV) Minister for Missional Engagement, to facilitate “Learning to be Anti-Racist – Practical and Behavioral Approaches.” 

The training will consist of some very simple ideas about building relationships and what that looks like, information about implicit bias, links to other useful training, etc.  It will last approximately 60 minutes and will be followed by a time for questions and answers. 

All Trinitarians are encouraged to participate in this significant step in our efforts to dismantle racism. To register, send your name and email address not later than January 31st to Jean Hunt at the following email: dehunt14@msn.com. 


The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA., Brenda Woods, grade level 5-6
This is the moving story of the friendship between a young white boy and a black WWII veteran who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South.

The Story of Ruby Bridges, Robert Coles, grade PK-5
“It’s 1960, and Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. This moving picture book captures the spirit of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism”.

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 Task Force link.

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!
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 again on Sunday, February 7th. Stay tuned for more information. Questions? Contact Sam Burton.
"TRUTH", A Meditation for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, by Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson 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

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 1-6 are available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV, @theepiscopalchurch. In this sixth episode of Tell Me Something Good, hosts Jerusalem and Marcus chat with the Rev. Canon Broderick Greer and Evans Ousley, both from St. John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado, about how their staff has learned to shift gears and work both more broadly and more specifically during Covid-19.
Wednesday, January 27

Thursday, January 28

Friday, January 29
8:30 am Micah Breakfast Delivery

Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 31
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 am Virtual Coffee Hour
and YouTube
10:30 am Sunday School online

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2
10:30 am Book Group (Tuesday AM) online
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry online
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
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