March 25, 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.

SENIOR WARDEN'S NOTES
“Are we there yet?”

My kids used to drive me crazy when they were little asking that question. Most of us right now have the same feeling because we clearly are not there yet. But this time we have no map, no road signs, no GPS to help us know when we’re going to get there – however we define there.

These are surely unprecedented times for us as we all chart new territory. Never before have I known a season when the church doors were closed for services for reasons of health – racism, yes, but not for a pandemic.

Never before do I remember feeling the world so united. We are all sharing the same fears, worries, and deprivations right now, though our degree of deprivation is markedly different from our neighbors’ in other parts of the world.

Yet I feel us pulling together, even as we are physically more separated. I get texts and telephone calls and email notes from people whom I may not speak with frequently enough. Members of a book group I belong to (not Trinity) have helped each other figure out how to Zoom and we will continue our book discussions using that method over the next several weeks – and more important, our contact with each other.

Three different Trinitarians not yet in the high-risk age group have contacted me about providing grocery pick-up and delivery service or helping with similar critical errands. If you have interest in being part of such a delivery project, either providing or receiving the service, and you don’t have anyone in your family available to provide this help, please contact me and we’ll develop a communication system. If anyone would volunteer to head up such a project, you would earn stars in your proverbial crown! I personally think the rough guideline would be for parishioners under 65 to offer to deliver and people over 65 or otherwise health-compromised to ask to receive the help. This will be a chance for us at Trinity to reverse some roles since much of the volunteer work at Trinity is done by the over-65 crowd simply because we have more time.

While our elder pride may prevent us from seeing ourselves as needing help, it really is the time for as many of us as possible to hunker down and accept assistance that might keep us healthier. If we doubt we are older, all we have to do is listen to our children tell us that! We elders chuckle among ourselves as we relate to each other the constant advice/directives we are receiving from our adult offspring. But we appreciate the love that impels that.

I saw a sign on a church that says “God is in control”. My first irreverent thought was well, He/She isn’t doing such a great job right now. But I know the sign is true; we will find new ways of being by enduring this ordeal.

I wish peace and health and prudence for all of us.

Claire Curcio , Senior Warden
TRINITY NEWS
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.
 Jesus At Home

Several years ago, we introduced a fun way for members of our Trinity family to stay connected during the summer whenever we couldn’t be at church. Now that we are all stuck at home due to the corona virus, I thought this would be a good time to “resurrect” Jesus on the Go. The original Jesus on the Go is a flat foam Jesus perfect for taking along on all your in-home adventures and documenting them in photos. If you no longer have your Flat Jesus, you can find one here . Simply print and cut it out. Home-schooling now that school has been cancelled? Attacking all those cleaning or home improvement projects that you had put off when there wasn’t any time? Trying some new recipes? Taking a walk while practicing social distancing? Working in the yard? Watching a movie or curling up with a book? Include Jesus! Take a photo and post your picture and a brief description of the activity to Trinity’s Flat Jesus Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trinityflatjesus/ . We will feature a photo each week on Trinity’s regular Facebook page. Let’s stay connected!

Jesus At Home
We can’t go to school, to work, to church or the mall
We must stay at home to protect us all.
Jesus told us to love one another
Though for now we must stay apart from each other.
It’s the loving thing to do
To keep our neighbors healthy too.

But while at home there’s things to do
We can learn, work, play, and exercise too.
We can help and be kind to our families
Saying thank you, I love you, and please.
We can fill lots of buckets with smiles and hugs,
Or even offer to vacuum the rug!
Whatever you do, snap a pic and include Jesus too
And remember, He is always with you!

During this time when we cannot be together physically, let’s keep in touch virtually.  Please check out the Trinity Facebook page for information, inspiration, and some things to make you smile. Posts from “Signs of Life” the Lenten series from the brothers of SSJE and Virginia Theological Seminary are posted each day. Messages from Bishop Curry and from our Bishop Susan Goff are also posted as they are received. The address for Trinity’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/trinityfredericksburg/.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

THERE WILL BE NO CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday School or Youth meetings
until at least May 15th
by decree of the Bishop.

Meetings at Trinity have been cancelled.

TRINITY'S OFFICE IS CLOSED.

The Rev. Bambi Willis is available
for appointments by phone only.
Please call the office, (540) 373-2996


 
Please remember your support to Trinity with your PLEDGES and OFFERING . They can be mailed in to Trinity, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, or you may give online here. NOTE: The only giving options at this time are from a checking or savings account.


PRAYER PARTNERS - It is especially important to remember your prayer partner during this time. Here is a sample prayer: Holy Spirit, you are the Comforter and the Advocate. We all need your tender mercies. Give them in abundance to (name) and to those he or she loves. Amen.


WORSHIP RESOURCES WHILE YOU'RE HOME:
Trinity's Good News Daily ("the blue thing") can be found here.
Readings for Sunday , March 29, can be found here .
Online Worship - Sundays - Washington National Cathedral
Micah Ecumenical Ministries' Lenten Services - Wednesday, 12 Noon, Click here .
Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry, Rev. David Casey is offering a few simple services live on facebook twice a week. —- compline or night prayers on Thursday and morning prayer with a meditation Sunday morning. Click here.
Trinity's Facebook page offers a variety of at-home resources every day. Keep in touch here.


LENTEN OFFERING - We remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief and Development this Lent. Their campaign this year is called One Thousand Days of Love. It is a grassroots campaign dedicated to expanding the organization’s global programs, improving the lives of children up to age six. To learn more about One Thousand Days of Love, go here . You may mail your Lenten offering to Trinity, 825 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.


It is a perfect time to work on your ANNUAL REPORT that will be included in the Annual Meeting publication! Send your completed reports to Denise.


The TRINITY BOOK GROUP developed a group poem, keeping us connected and giving our minds something to do. You might want to try it with your family and friends. We started with a couplet (you can borrow ours) and each person added a few lines and hit "Reply All". Then we molded it into this coherent (relatively!) poem with the name of the contributor of each part in parenthesis. It was fun to do. Click here to read Virus Blues.


The Trinity Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Sisters of St. Jane Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King (DoK) , have been encouraged by their respective national offices to collaborate on a National Day of Prayer - May 7th .  The Director of the Trinity Chapter has encouraged all members to pray individually at 12:00 Noon on May 7th.  An recent article titled “Shared History, Shared Future” describes the partnership of the Brotherhood and DoK. It may be found here . Jim Carlock of the Trinity Chapter has been appointed by Bishop Susan Goff to serve as the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (DoV) Coordinator for the Brotherhood. In such capacity, Jim will serve as Bishop Goff’s advisor and point of contact for all Brotherhood items within the Diocese. Additionally, he will work with the Bishop and clergy to encourage greater participation in the promotion of the Brotherhood and its ministry within the Diocese. 


REBUILDING TOGETHER FREDERICKSBURG has postponed all Rebuilding Together projects planned for April 25th to a date to be decided. Any questions may be directed to Geoff Pomroy at email: g_w_pegasus@yahoo.com .
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, March 25


Thursday, March 26


Friday, March 27


Saturday, March 28


Sunday, March 29


Monday, March 30


Tuesday, March 31
Wednesday, April 1


Thursday, April 2


Friday, April 3


Saturday, April 4


Sunday, April 5
Palm Sunday
Passion Reading for Matthew found here
Links
(540) 373-2996