January 8, 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.

The Christmas spirit truly descended on Trinity during the greening of the church on Sunday, December 22nd.

More than just about any other time I’ve seen in my years at Trinity, an inter-generational group worked together to make our sanctuary ready for Christmas Eve and Day. The youngest workers were probably less than ten years old; the oldest, in their 70’s and 80’s.

Under Rosemary Arneson’s gentle direction, we had different tasks. Our youngest volunteers, Emma and Hunter Gudowicz, each had a pair of wire clippers and struggled valiantly and successfully to free the garlands from their coils so their dad Corey, the Bennett brothers, and the Brantley boys could climb the ladders to get them hung.

Those of us in our upper decades toted poinsettias from down the hall to the sanctuary and arranged the window decorations with magnolia leaves and poinsettias – no ladder needed!

The Altar Guild, led by Terry Newcomb, Mandy Anderson, and others brought in a lovely lunch for the workers so we also broke bread together.

Too often we segregate ourselves by age at Trinity, with older parishioners at 8 AM and somewhat at 11 and mostly younger families at 9:15 AM. Except for Trinity Sunday, we rarely come together as a group to worship together. We do have some intersection in our volunteer areas: some volunteers bring a child or two with them to help at Micah Breakfast on early summer Friday mornings. Four of us who work at Outreach ask our grandchildren to help carry people’s groceries to their car and Patrick Brantley is a dependable and valued volunteer there. None of those grandkids attend Trinity but what the hey, they’re in a church for a little while periodically. And some grandchildren help packing items for Blessings in a Backpack.

When Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson visited us a few weeks ago, I saw her bend down at Café Trinity and say to a young parishioner, “Hi, I’m Jennifer. What’s your name?” as she shook his hand. What a wonderful example for all of us.

I hope we can find more opportunities to bring the various age groups at Trinity together periodically during the coming years. Thanks be to God for the coming together for the greening of the church.

Happy New Year from your Vestry!

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.

REMINDER - we will no longer insert the Good News Daily (or more commonly referred to as "the blue thing") in the bulletin. You are welcome to pick up a copy from the table in the church entryway (narthex).

Campus Ministry students begin classes soon. Along with St. George's and Christ Lutheran churches, Trinity provides a home-cooked meal for about 8-10 students
for their Tuesday evening meetings at The House.

Dates for Trinity meals are: January 28, February 18, March 17, and April 7.
Pending new students this spring, there are no dietary restrictions.
The House has plenty of utensils, plates, napkins, etc. 
The ideal time for drop-off is between 430pm and 5pm.

Will you consider supporting this ministry?
A sign-up sheet is on the church door or you may call the office (540) 373-2996.
Trinity families that live in the 22405 ZIP CODE AREA are invited to an Open House at The Richardson's residence (85 Ringgold Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405) on Sunday, January 26 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Baked ham, rolls, dessert, and drinks will be provided. If you would like, please bring a side dish or finger food to share. We hope you will join your church neighbors in fellowship and friendship as we begin the New Year!

The BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT ANDREW is an organization of men and boys with a mission to lead others into a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is done through the observance of the disciplines of daily Prayer, regular Study, and continuous Service. The Trinity Chapter officers for 2020 are as follows: Director – Raleigh Jimenez; Vice Director – John Henze; Treasurer - Richard Brace; and Secretary - Jim Carlock. Meetings are held in Barber Hall from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month with Eucharist, breakfast, a business meeting, and Bible study. More information may be found on Trinity's website.

ACOLYTE TRAINING – Anyone above fifth grade interested in becoming an acolyte is encouraged to contact Harry Dickinson at 540-785-6023 so we can arrange a time for training. We need youth and adult help.

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The JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP will meet this Sunday, January 8th from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Jamison Hall for lunch and Epiphany activities.

CLUB 45 is going to play Laser Tag! On January 19th, Club 45 will meet at Fun Land in Fredericksburg from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to play Laser Tag. The cost is $8.00 for one game of Laser Tag plus money for a drink or snack. Trinity will pay for one or two games of Laser Tag, depending on time. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton . A permission slip may be found here .

The JUNIOR AND SENIOR YOUTH GROUPS will visit an “escape room” on Sunday, January 26th. We will meet at Rush Hour Live Escape Games behind Sears at Spotsylvania Towne Centre at 1:30 PM and will be done by 2:45 PM. The cost for each youth is $18.00. If you are planning to come or have any questions, please contact Sam Burton . A permission slip may be found here .
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A wonderful EPIPHANY MESSAGE from Bishop Susan Goff can be found here .

 Don't forget about the GOOD BOOK CLUB during Epiphany. From January 6 to February 25 the Episcopal Church will be reading the Gospel of John. Join us! http://www.goodbookclub.org/

During her Pastoral Address at our Diocesan Convention last month, Bishop Goff articulated her vision for our Diocese for the next few years. She added that, "If the vision belongs to the bishops alone, it will never be ours. So let's continue this address as a conversation. I invite the people of the Diocese to come together in a series of vision gathering during the season of Epiphany." You may call the Diocese to register, (804) 346-2373.
This is your invitation to 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

  • Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. - Christ Church, Glen Allen
  • Thursday, January 16, 3:30 p.m. - Christchurch School, Christchurch
  • Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. - Aquia Church, Stafford
  • 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.
(540) 373-2996