January 29, 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.

Trinity needs YOU!

I have written in recent weeks about all the things we get done at Trinity thanks to all of you who make our many projects and community services possible.

But today I am making a plea for more helpers. We are tiring some of our most dedicated folks out with repeated requests for help, and many parishioners may not be aware of some of our needs. Here are a few areas in which we need more help. If you see an area that interests you, please let me know at curciocc@msn.com or call me at 540-479-6988.

Unfortunately, we have had an unusually high number of funerals and funeral receptions lately and the work of preparing and cleaning up has become problematic. People generously bring food when we send out a call, but we need some folks to organize, set up tables, receive food, and straighten up afterwards. These jobs are not difficult or time-consuming but they are an unseen part of the reception. One nearby church has three different teams and they take turns doing funeral receptions, meaning no one has to do it very often. With enough volunteers, we could establish teams. While BJ has many Sunday morning responsibilities and helps us out in advance for funerals, the receptions rarely fit a working chef’s schedule and we ask parishioners to step up. Many hands make light work, so please let us know if you can help with this. This will require a few hours of work fairly infrequently (we hope!).

In a few months we’ll be electing five new Vestry members. Please make a prayerful contemplation of whether this is an area where you may be willing to help. Vestry meets usually once a month and sometimes not during the summer. The Executive Committee recognizes that parishioners who are still working have constraints on their time, and we try to take that into consideration as we make requests of Vestry members. We welcome self-nominations, or you may nominate someone else with his or her permission. Please talk with a member of the Executive Committee if you are willing to be nominated for this very important and rewarding 3-year commitment.

The Library Committee has identified bookshelves they plan to use in the room they are setting up for our parish library. The cost of the bookshelves will be almost double if they order them already assembled. The shelves come with directions for assembly and for anchoring the shelves to the wall for safety. The Committee requests that anyone willing to help with this assembly contact Selby McCash . This will be a one-time volunteer project.

Our previous wedding coordinator was Carolyn Frye. While this service is only occasionally needed, someone needs to connect the folks having the wedding and Trinity. The coordinator does not plan the wedding or direct or set up any part of it but instead serves as liaison between the parish and the couple getting married. Please contact me if you are interested in this activity, which needs a person with tact and good communications skills. This would be an infrequent volunteer activity.

We are one-third of the sponsorship of The House, sharing duties and opportunities with Christ Lutheran and St. George’s. A few times a semester we are asked to provide meals for students on Tuesday evenings. It is an easy task, especially if two people volunteer together to make a simple meal. When I’ve signed up, I’ve baked a Stouffer’s lasagna and purchased salad, with Beth Schroeder providing dessert and bread. Some folks have told me they don’t have time to make a home-cooked meal. Well, in my home, baking a frozen lasagna IS a home-cooked meal! Please consider volunteering for this – you don’t have to provide dishes, napkins, etc., just show up with food for about 10 people at 5 PM on a designated Tuesday at The House, across the street from Trinity. Please sign up on the door of the church when we post the dates for a given semester. If we could get a few more folks to sign up, the assignment would be only once a semester or even once a year.

Again, many, many thanks for all the volunteering you parishioners already do. Please search your heart and your schedule and see if one of the above activities will fit your interests and talents. And if you have skills or interests that you would like to volunteer in another capacity, please let me know that, also.
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.

On February 2, 9, and 16, Trinity's Discernment Committee will be facilitating small group discussions after the 8 am services and after the 9:15 am services. The purpose of these small group sessions is to explore more deeply the things that make Trinity so special to us all, as well as areas where we would like to grow and what direction we would like our church to head in the future. We are not looking to solve these problems, as that is not the purpose of the discernment committee. We are looking to 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.
We received the sad news this morning that long-time member Sabra Carter has died. Sabra had been attending the 9:15 a.m. service with her aide until recently. A service will be held in Rhode Island at a later date. "The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God."

A BURIAL SERVICE will be held for Betsy Maloney this Saturday, February 1st, at 2 PM. There will be a reception following in Barber Hall. "The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God."

TRULY EXCITING NEWS! For many years, members of Trinity have wished for an elevator. Now it may be possible. An anonymous donor has made a $300,000 gift toward the construction of an elevator. We will form a committee to look at several other churches that retro-fitted for elevators and talk with architects or engineers. As we develop plans, others may wish to support this project. We are so grateful for this generous donation. Stay tuned for more information.
The Health Ministry Committee will be doing BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS between services this Sunday, February 2nd. Do something good for yourself and stop by the Health Ministries Room to have your blood pressure checked.

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 February 8th , to make reservations.

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. Beginning this Sunday, February 2nd, and continuing for three weeks, 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. Please be sure to include your first and last name. At the end of the sign-up period, the names collected from all three services 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. Watch the newsletter and website for more information in the coming weeks.
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).
It’s that time of the year again! The PROGRESSIVE KISS AND TELL DINNER on our luxury bus is 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!
GOOD NEWS! BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK has been serving the weekend food needs of 75 elementary school children at Rocky Run since September 2019. The donations received during the BIB campaign were approximately $9,000., so Trinity can support 10 more children beginning February 5th.  The money is used to purchase food packs, in addition to macaroni and cheese or chicken noodle soup. The children really look forward to receiving their weekly bag of food.  As of February 2020, the good news is, Trinity will supply food for 85 Children .  Donations are accepted throughout the year. If additional donations are received the number of children supported will be reevaluated and adjusted accordingly. Just remember to include on the memo line of your check BIB or Blessings in a Backpack. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the BIB Ministry through monetary donations and/or volunteerism. Without your help this Ministry would not be possible. Susan McSpadden - BIB Coordinator 540-899-0696
Injured? Need a bandaid? If so, you can find FIRST AID KITS attached to a cabinet in the kitchen, on a bulletin board in the Health Ministries Room, or in drawers in the Lounge and Outreach Room in Jamison Hall. Please use if necessary.
PROTECT YOURSELF! Many Media Services are advising viewers and readers to WRITE THE FULL YEAR, 2020, ON ALL CHECKS AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS. This precludes the possibility of scammers trying to modify the date to their advantage. Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated "1/1/20" into "1/1/2000" or even "1/1/2021. Writing out the full date could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork. See link here from USA Today for more information. 

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The SENIOR YOUTH GROUP will have their regular meeting this Sunday, February 2nd, at 12:30 p.m. in Jamison Hall.

The JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP will meet on Sunday, February 9th, at 11:30 a.m. in Jamison Hall.

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 at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org .  

The EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT - EYE is a triennial event for youth from the entire Episcopal Church (pronounced E-Y-E). Over 1000 people (high school students, their adult mentors, and Bishops from around the church) come together and live on a college campus for a little under a week. Time is spent in worship, large group presentations, small group discussions on the presentations (youth lead), workshops on a variety of topics, and a lot of time hanging out and meeting people from around the world. This year EYE will be held July 7-11 on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.  Click here for more information on this amazing opportunity for high school students. 

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C REATION CARE AND ADVOCACY - 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

  • Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. - St. Paul's, Ivy
  • 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, January 29
9:30 am Staff Meeting (Rm 14)

Thursday, January 30

Friday, January 31

Saturday, February 1
2:00 pm Burial Service & Reception - Maloney
5:00 pm 1st Saturday Eucharist

Sunday, February 2
9:00 am Small Group Discussions (L)
10:15 am Small Group Discussions (L)

Monday, February 3
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, February 4
12:00 pm Knaughty Knitters (L)
(The House)
(540) 373-2996