May 6, 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 .

What’s your favorite slogan these days?

T-shirts say things like “Pray, don’t spray” and “Share love, not germs”. I heard a minister say “Social distancing does not mean spiritual distancing.” And someone (not an Episcopalian) suggested we have “BYOB communion”.

Some humor is really welcome during these long weeks of stay-home time. I find myself musing about how good my life is, and how thankful I am for so much. At least this week, these things are true.
  • My family is all well, employed, and in loving contact with each other.
  • I figured out how to do curbside pick-up and also home delivery so my freezer is full of food
  • The produce truck at Hurkamp Park has luscious strawberries.
  • My taxes are paid and I don’t have to think about that for awhile (thanks, Harry!).
  • Trinitarians are helping each other in so many ways – offering to shop, fitting out all of us who need masks, and calling, texting, and emailing each other.
  • Our Discernment Committee has posted the Community Ministry Portfolio on-line and should soon begin receiving names of those interested in our Rector position. We remind you that their work is absolutely confidential from this point on, until they bring a recommendation for a candidate to the Vestry.
  • We are connected by internet so we can still keep in touch, hold meetings, and offer worship and children’s and youth activities. I think how different life would have been in a pandemic a few decades ago when speedy communication was not available.
  • Congress worked together to pass some much-needed legislation.
  • My condo is crammed with books, so I won’t run out of things to read in this lifetime.
  • My neighbors check on each other when several of us older residents “pop out” and check in with each other daily at 6 PM.
  • Our Bishop and the Diocesan Standing Committee (thanks, Bambi) and our physician-Governor are providing us with rational guidelines and information to help us make plans.
  • Parishioners are not putting pressure on Vestry members (as far as I know) to rush to premature decisions on re-opening the church, but rather applauding prudence. Hey, there’s a slogan – Prudence, not Pressure!
  • We can afford to pay staff because parishioners continue to honor their pledges to the church. Denise still keeps us all straight; Sam and David are coming up with innovative programs; Michele is writing the checks; Priscilla is making our website the most interesting and accessible site possible, both for parishioners and for prospective Rector candidates.
  • Strong people have agreed to run for Vestry; a few more nominees are needed, though.
  • Old friends, some of whom I haven’t heard from for years, have been in touch, a welcome and unexpected bonus of this stay-home time.
  • I have many gatekeepers in my life, as Bambi brought this thought to us in her homily Sunday.

Yesterday my granddaughter texted me, “Look out the window, Nanny.” All four of her family were out enjoying the walking/bike path near our condo building. We looked down from our second story window and shouted and waved as they responded enthusiastically -- a small pleasure, but so important in times like this.

I am so thankful for the large and small gifts in my life right now. I hope you are, too. This prayer especially speaks to me in these unsettling times.

Oh, God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed,
 those who cry out for what we take for granted.
 --Samuel F. Pugh
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.

In a called meeting on April 21, Trinity's vestry approved the discernment committee's responses for the Community Ministry Portfolio (CMP). Those responses then were submitted to the diocesan Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) for publication in the national database, where priests will access them to determine whether they are interested in being a candidate for Trinity's new rector. As displayed on the diocesan website, Trinity is now in the second phase of the discernment process, Receiving Names. This phase is strictly confidential in order to protect the priests and their current parishes. From hereon, the committee will not be able to share any information about the number of candidates, who they are, where they're from, etc. (Note that. while the purpose of the CMP responses is to inform prospective candidates about our parish - not for presentation or wider distribution - the committee will make available the narrative responses in hard copy in the church office, when it is deemed safe to access the building.) Meanwhile, please keep praying the Trinity Discernment Prayer.
Financial Update from the Treasurer of Trinity

As a frame of reference for understanding Trinity’s Budget, there are basically three main areas from which we derive income to meet our needs:

  1. Pledges
  2. Plate offerings from those who do not pledge but put a check in the Offering Plate when they attend a service.
  3. Loose Cash – coins and cash donations placed in the Offering Plate.

To date, despite our inability to conduct our normal Sunday and Wednesday Services, our pledge income is on target. Where we are lacking is plate offerings and cash donations, since we have not been able to conduct services in our church building.

One of results from the Parish Profile was the desire for more financial information and updates.

Your continued financial support is greatly appreciated and, on behalf of the Vestry, I want to thank all of you.
A letter from the Bishops of the Dioceses of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland regarding A Phased Regathering as Church can be found here.

"If we choose to embrace this moment and learn all that we can from it,
we will emerge as a stronger church, with greater capacity
for faithful and fruitful ministry when this season passes."

A Follow-up letter from Bishops of Virginia re: Planning for Regathering as Church can be found here. Trinity will soon offer guidance as to when it is safe to resume gatherings at the church. Until then, please stay home and be safe!

ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL!! Families with children are invited to join us at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings for a 30 – 40 minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom. Our time together will include a few minutes of social (gathering) time, a few 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 some additional materials to everyone on Fridays. If you did not receive an email last week with the information to join the class meeting and would like for your child to participate, please contact Sam Burton .

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS VIA ZOOM!! Y outh are invited to join us for a youth group meeting via Zoom on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. We will catch up with each other, do a brief Bible study, and play a game. This week we will be playing Pictionary! If you did not receive an email last week with the information to join the youth group meeting and would like for your youth to participate, please contact Sam Burton .

CAMPUS MINISTRY will continue to meet through the summer on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm! We would like to invite all college students (no matter which college!) to gather with us by Zoom. A Zoom link may be found on our church website,, or find the event on our Facebook page .

VESTRY MEETING - The Vestry will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on May 13, 2020, by Zoom. The link to the meeting is: Click on Join a Meeting, Meeting ID is 624-162-8468
The meeting password is 419119.

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. Messages from Bishop Curry and from our Bishop Susan Goff are posted as they are received. Don't forget our follow  Instagram page  and subscribe to our newly formed  YouTube channel .

MASKS FOR TRINITARIANS- Trinitarians, we are so grateful for your response to the initial phase of getting washable cloth masks into the hands our most at-risk members! We have been able to provide over 60 masks to our older community members and those with pre-existing health concerns. As Fredericksburg, our nation, and our world continue to fight against the spread of COVID-19, we hope we can continue to provide cloth masks to whomever is in need. By contacting your Area Care Coordinators, Jennifer Gates Gray , or Rosemary Arneson , all Trinity members are encouraged to make requests so that we can collectively help in reducing the transmission of the novel coronavirus and in keeping our community safe! You can find the list of Area Care Coordinators here !

SELF-CARE FOR FAMILIES  - We have been staying home to be safe from the corona virus for weeks now. It is a stressful time for many. Some of us are dealing with the stress better than others but we could all use some self-care. The SALT Project and Jonas Ellison have produced a Guide to Self-care for Families Together at Home which is based on the Scandanavian tradition of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). Hygge is a feeling of coziness, contentment, and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. The SALT guide,  found here , contains some suggestions for cozy activities and building relationships to generate a feeling of hygge in our homes.

SPECIAL OFFERING  – In anticipation of possible needs by members of Trinity affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Vestry approved a special offering to add to our Parishioner Aid designated fund. Please consider making a donation by mailing a check to Trinity (825 College Ave., 22401) with Parishioner Aid in the memo or by going to  and clicking on the link to Online Giving where you can select the Parishioner Aid fund from the drop-down menu. If members of Trinity need assistance, they can contact Claire Curcio, Senior Warden, at  or 540-479-6988 or Barry Holliday, Junior Warden, at  or 202 415-1332. 

TRINITY’S PRAYER LIST - It is once again time to purge Trinity’s prayer list. Please look over the list on the Good News Daily or on Trinity's website . If you know of anyone that can be deleted, or needs to be added, please call the office and leave a message or email Denise .

ANNUAL REPORTS  are due to the office by May 15th!   Please email your report to  Denise .


MICAH ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES continues to help our neighbors. Follow their Facebook page here and consider becoming a BATTLE BUDDY!
Wednesday, May 6
Morning Prayer with Bambi
5:00 pm Campus Ministry via Zoom

Thursday, May 7

Friday, May 8

Saturday, May 9

Sunday, May 10
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Morning Prayer with Bambi
10:15 am Online Sunday School
2:00 pm Youth Group via Zoom

Monday, May 11

Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 13
Morning Prayer with Bambi
5:00 pm Campus Ministry via Zoom

Thursday, May 14

Friday, May 15

Saturday, May 16

Sunday, May 17
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Morning Prayer with Bambi
10:30 am Online Sunday School
2:00 pm Youth Group via Zoom
(540) 373-2996