March 4, 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.

FROM THE TREASURER

January – February Financial Recap:       
Income = $115,845 ($ 35,787 Year 2020 pledges paid in advance)
   Expense = $ 81,290
   Surplus = $ 34,555
Please be aware that January’s income is skewed by the large amount of annual pledges that were paid this month and won’t be reflected in income for the rest of the year. We need to average $40,723 in income each month to meet our budgeted expenses. As you are aware, we had a very generous donation made to Trinity designated for adding a much needed elevator. We are moving forward with this project, getting cost estimates as well as evaluating the best option to locate the elevator.

For those of you who like the convenience of Online Giving, there are cards in the back of the Nave for you to place in the Offering Plates during the collection.

If you happen to miss a Sunday or two, please use your current date envelope, as you do not need to place multiple envelopes in the plate.

Stewardship is a year-long process, not just in October-November when we emphasize it during our Annual Campaign. Please consider lending your time and talents to Trinity.

The Gifts Team is looking for parishioners willing to help keep the outside of Trinity and Jamison Hall
looking neat and clean by adopting an area. For example:
  • From the front edge of the church to the Trash Bin area.
  • From the front edge of the church to the Monk’s door.
  • From the Monk’s Door to the entrance
  • From the Entrance to the Breezeway Sidewalk
  • From the Breezeway Sidewalk to the Sunday School Room Door.
  • From the Sunday School Room Door to the sidewalk entry to the Choir Room
  • On the William Street side of Trinity from the Kitchen Door to the Lounge Door entry.
You may contact me at 540-656-8824 should you be interested in this important Ministry.
Only through your continued financial support can the Vestry operate the church and continue the many and varied programs to support our Spiritual Life at Trinity.

Just as importantly, as the Discernment Committee continues its work, we need the financial resources to adequately compensate a full time Rector.

On behalf of the entire Vestry, I want to thank you for your generous support of Trinity’s programs.

Val Folden, Treasurer
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.


LENTEN SERIES 2020

Our Lenten Series begins this evening, 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 Groups  - Lent is one of the holiest seasons of the liturgical year. Let’s share some reflective time together this Lent in a small group using the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina, or “Divine Reading.” 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. The Evening Lectio Divina Group will be facilitated by Tom Rotella and will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. This group will be limited to the first eight people who sign up. The Morning Lectio Divina Group , facilitated by Robin Barrett, will meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge. There is nothing you need to bring but an open heart.
 
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.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Many Trinitarians remember Vivian and Ron Dobey who were active at Trinity before moving to Missouri. Ron let us know that Vivian passed away. His address is The Bluffs, 3105 Bluff Creek Dr, Elm 402, Columbia, MO 65201

Here is a sample prayer for your PRAYER PARTNER:  Lord, I remember (name) today.  Keep (him or her) safe and out of harm’s way.  Walk beside (name) on his or her journey.  May (name) know that he or she is never alone.

This Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m., our own WILL DICKINSON will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons (transitional) at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 3301 Hidden Meadow Dr, Herndon, VA 20171. Congratulations, Will! 

Join us for the 1st SATURDAY EUCHARIST at 5 p.m. this Saturday. Come as you are to worship.

Micah Ecumenical Ministries’ network of churches will host NOONDAY WORSHIP SERVICES throughout the Lenten season. Services will be held in a different church each week, with a pastor from another Micah congregation delivering the message. Lunch will follow at each worship site and an offering will be collected to benefit Micah. The service next Wednesday, March 11, will be at Shiloh Baptist Old Site with the Rev. David Casey.  The full schedule can be found 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 . Mite boxes are available on the table in the church entryway (narthex).
 
LENTEN MEDITATION GUIDES are available on the table in the church entryway. There are several to choose from. Please choose one that you feel will enrich your devotional time during this penitential season. 

The CAREGIVERS' SUPPORT GROUP will meet Thursday, March 12, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the Health Ministries room (Rm. 14) for our monthly meeting. 

VESTRY MEETING HIGHLIGHTS – The February Vestry meeting included the following items: The final December Treasurer’s report was accepted with the allocation of the investment gains. The January Treasurer’s report noted that several Trinitarians had prepaid their 2020 giving, so year-to-date giving is above budget, but will balance out over the year. Expenses were near budget. A job description for the minister of music was approved. A list of tasks for a part-time sexton was presented. The parochial report was approved. The Vestry approved adding Bambi Willis to the Rector’s Discretionary checking account. The outgoing members of the Vestry were elected as the Nominating Committee for the Annual Meeting on April 26. Sug Clingenpeel was elected delegate and Rosemary Arneson alternate to the Annual Convention in November. The Vestry designated the Lenten mite box offering to Episcopal Relief & Development and the Easter offering to support Rise Against Hunger. Senior Warden Claire Curcio reported there was a good response to her newsletter article asking for volunteers. 

The TRINITY ANNUAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, April 26, between the 9:15 and the 11 AM services. We will elect Vestry members and briefly review the business of the church. If you are interested in and willing to be nominated for the Vestry, please notify one of the Nominating Committee members -- Rosemary Arneson, Mike Frye, Dave Henderson, or Barry Holliday – or discuss with any member of the Vestry. ANNUAL REPORTS to be included in the Annual Meeting publication are due to Denise by Wednesday, April 1. Please contact a member of the Executive Committee – Claire Curcio, Barry Holliday, Val Folden, Harry Dickinson, or Mike Gannon – if you have questions. 

 

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YOUTH NEWS & EVENTS

THE JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP will meet this Sunday, March 8 in Jamison Hall from 11:15 – 1:30 for a movie and discussion.

CLUB 45’s next event will be bowling at Splitsville on Sunday, March 15 from 11:45 – 2:30. The cost is $10.00. A permission slip may be found here .  

Registration for the Diocese of Virginia’s SHRINE MONT SUMMER CAMPS has begun! There are ten different camps offered; from art camp, and music and drama camp to sports camp and explorers’ camp. All Shrine Mont camps offer a mixture of fun, team building and spiritual development. 
Scholarships are available. See the posters and flyers on the youth bulletin board or go here to find a description of the camps offered and to register. If you have any questions, contact Paris Ball in the diocesan office of Christian Formation for more details.  There are scholarships available from the diocese. Trinity can help a little with the cost too, contact Sam Burton for details.

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.

PARENT 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. Registration has started. If your child is interested in attending or if you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton .  

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 21-29 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!  No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun! For more information and to apply, visit summa.sewanee.edu .
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, March 11
10:30 am Lectio Divina Group (L)
12:00 pm Holy Eucharist w/ Laying on of Hands
12:30 pm Trinity GEMS (K/BH)
5 :30 pm Lenten Dinner & Series


Thursday, March 12
9:45 am Fresh Start (all rooms)
10:00 am Caregivers' Support Group (Rm 14)
6:30 pm Executive Committee (R)
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting (L)


Friday, March 13


Saturday, March 14
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew (K/BH)
9:15 am Pastoral Care Committee (L)
10:00 am Baptism Class - First (L)


Sunday, March 15
8:39 am 9:15 Song Leaders' Rehearsal (CR)
Links
(540) 373-2996