November 6, 2019

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.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a parish to support each other.

We had an example of that last Sunday when our priest Bambi (Rev. Bambi Willis) “took a sinking spell”, as we say in the South, as she was standing at the altar. She was unable to continue as she was beginning the communion service. The acolyte and the LEMs, recognizing what was happening, supported her to her chair and gently questioned her to discern the problem. A nurse and another trained medical person quickly went forward to assess the situation.

At least two parishioners hurried out to call 911 on their phones, after the nurse signaled to us that this was the prudent action. A Vestry member waited outside for the ambulance to arrive.

In the meantime, the congregation remained seated, unsure of what to do next, and I am quite certain many prayers were offered on Bambi’s behalf. At least one parishioner prayed fervently that we didn’t have to use our new AED (we didn’t). We dismissed the 8 o’clock service by saying the Lord’s Prayer together, clearing the sanctuary so the EMTs could do their work.

Two Vestry members flew to the phone and began calling priests, very mindful that a baptism was scheduled for the 9:15 service. David (Fr. David Casey) was already conducting a service at another church and didn’t answer his phone, which we guessed to be the case; he called us back at his earliest opportunity, as well as a few other times during the day to check on things. However, our hero Jere (Capt./Chaplain/Rev. Jere Hinson) did answer the phone, was thankfully in Fredericksburg this weekend (thank you, US Navy!) and hurried immediately to the church to conduct the 9:15 and the 11:00 services. So the service started at 9:30, the baptism went as scheduled (well, almost on schedule) and her family and friends were received warmly at the reception afterwards.

We alerted the two Vestry members on duty at the 9:15 and 11:00 services and the head of the shepherds to be ready to explain the situation to parishioners as they arrived for the two services following the incident. Some parishioners arriving saw the ambulance departing.

Some of us went to be with Bambi at the hospital and ferried her car there when it looked likely that she would be released (she was home by about 2:30 PM after a reviving IV and a thorough check-up).

Were we prepared for this? No. Had we done this before? Well, sort of, except it wasn’t the priest needing attention, so he directed the “show”. Will we be prepared next time? Yes, we will, and we do know how the AED works, just hope we never have to use it.

If you are a medical professional, we would appreciate it if you would tell us which service you attend by emailing Brenda Chase , chair of Health Ministry Committee, or calling or texting her at 540-226-2628. We were very fortunate to have that help available last Sunday when we needed it to assess the situation.

We know that we can switch to the Morning Prayer service without a priest standing in front of us. Some of us will prepare ourselves to do that. As a Vestry, we will discuss our leadership role if an emergency occurs during the service we are attending.

The good news? Bambi is fine, probably just depleted by not having eaten breakfast – she likes to share the meal with us at Café Trinity on Sunday mornings. And as we age, we all learn the hard way how critical hydration is to us. She wants us all to know how thankful she is for her Trinity family.

We pulled together as a parish to do what needed to be done. As usual with Trinitarians, people stepped up and did what they knew how to do without waiting to be asked. And other parishioners will do the same, should another such emergency occur in the future.

So thanks to all, from me, the Vestry, and most of all, Bambi. We are indeed a family.

Maybe we should start handing out donuts with the bulletins to be sure everyone’s had breakfast!

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.

are due this Sunday, November 10, 2019!!

Read more about our 2019 Annual Giving Campaign here!
The Worship and Liturgy Committee, along with the entire Vestry, is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment in which to worship. To that end, we would like to be able to handle emergencies as they arise. Please let one of the following members of the Executive Committee know if you are a Doctor, Nurse or other person with medical training and which service you normally attend. ( Claire Curcio , Barry Holliday , Val Folden , Mike Gannon , Harry Dickinson ). We appreciate your cooperation. Val Folden, Chairman, Worship and Liturgy Committee

Collection for Trinity's TURKEY FUND continues this Sunday, November 10 after all three services. This fund provides for turkeys and groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our Outreach families. Canned goods needed for our baskets include sweet potatoes, gravy packets and cranberry sauce. Thank you for helping those in need this holiday season.

The ADVENT LECTIO DIVINA GROUP began today in the Lounge. It will continue on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 AM through December 18th.  Come as your schedule permits.   

On Nov. 13th, the GEMS will meet in Barber Hall at 12:30 PM. Meghann Cotter, Executive Director of Micah Ecumenical Ministries will be our guest speaker. We would like to make a special effort to donate household items for Micah's re-housing program. Our luncheon menu will feature barbecue. If possible, please bring a side dish to complement the barbecue. Dessert and drinks will be provided. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call Sug Clingenpeel (540-840-6255) or Joan Rice (540-755-2353).

The CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Thursday, November 14th, from 10:00-11:30 AM in the Health Ministries room. All adults who care for ill or disabled adults or children are invited to attend. If you have any questions, call Randall (540-207-0600), Claire (540-479-6988), or Brenda (540-226-2628).
Would you consider helping with the CAMPUS MINISTRY MEAL for Tuesday, November 19th? Hungry students are counting on us!! There is a sign-up sheet on the red door or you may contact Denise .

The monthly meeting of the HEALTH MINISTRY COMMITTEE will take place on Tuesday, November 19th at 1:30 PM in the Health Ministries room.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Daughters of the King are hosting BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at Trinity on Saturday, December 21st. Sign-up sheets for this event are posted on the red doors.  When signing up for the event, please indicate your preference for 8:30 or 9:30 AM seating. Sign up early, because space is limited. 

The Health Ministry Committee is pleased to announce that the RED CROSS collected 28 units of blood at our recent blood drive. Thanks to all who took the time to donate and share the gift of life with others.

To the whole Trinity family, who embraced us in time of need to help make the funeral service for him so warm and special, With our deep gratitude, The family of Robert Waring.

CLUB 45 - your next event is a SERVICE PROJECT! We will meet Sunday, November 17th to pack bags for the Tuesday Night Outreach Thanksgiving food baskets. We will gather in Jamison Hall after Sunday school for lunch followed by packing the food baskets and, if time, some games. We should be finished by 1:30 PM. Parents and youth, if you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Sam Burton .


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Wednesday, November 6
8:00 am Warden's Breakfast
6:30 pm Daughters of the King (L)

Thursday, November 7
7:00 pm Musicians Rehearsal (CR)

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BH)
9:15 am Pastoral Care Committee (L)

Sunday, November 10
10:15 am Sunday School
10:20 am Casual Adult Ed (L)

Monday, November 11
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, November 12
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group (L)
12:00 pm Knaughty Knitters (L)
7:15 pm Healing Prayer Team Meeting (L)
Wednesday, November 13
12:30 pm Trinity GEMS (K/BH)
6:30 pm Executive / Finance Meeting
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting (BH)

Thursday, November 14
10:00 Caregivers' Support Group (Rm 14)

Friday, November 15

Saturday, November 16

Sunday, November 17
8:30 am 9:15 Song Leader's Rehearsal (CR)
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