October 23, 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.

A few weeks ago, Rev. Jack Sutor, Jr., was our supply minister. I have been thinking about his sermon on thankfulness ever since and from comments you’ve made, so have other Trinitarians.

For those of you who missed it, he used the text from Luke 17:11-19 where Jesus healed ten lepers and only one returned to say thank you. Jack detailed many things in his life he’s thankful for and challenged us to do the same.

I’m sure we’re all aware of our blessings but when we’re stressed, sad, complacent, anxious, or really busy, we may forget just what they are and where those blessings come from. Right now I’m thankful that none of the spots and lumps we’ve had checked lately turned out to be serious – you’ll understand that one better as you age. When the phone rings these days from one of my grown children – and I’m VERY thankful that they stay in touch – mostly no one’s in crisis. Thanks, God, for my family.

It’s Estimate of Giving time and I realize my good fortune to have enough energy and money to share some with Trinity. I give great thanks daily for the strong Vestry at Trinity and the willingness of the Executive Committee to tackle some vexing situations and for our staff. Thanks, God, for those who lead and serve Trinity.

We went to the wonderful Brotherhood Spaghetti Dinner this week, taking a Methodist neighbor with us. What could be better than eating a fine dinner surrounded by your best friends in life? As we introduced her to people, I was reminded of how much gratitude I have for our parishioners and how much you enable the work we do here at Trinity. Thanks, God, for friends and fellow parishioners.

I’ve belonged to other churches where the women cooked in the background at “men’s suppers” while the men stood around and tried to figure out how to tie their aprons. Not so with our guys! The Brotherhood produced a fine dinner, from planning to purchasing to preparing to cleaning up afterward, all with great cheer and welcoming smiles. So thanks, God, for the Brothers, the Daughters, and all the other groups at Trinity.

I hope Rev. Sutor’s remarks caused you to think about gratitude in your life, too, and to thank God and your fellow persons for them.

Thank you, God, for Jack.

Claire Curcio , Senior Warden
Trinity Parish Survey


Thanks to the 128 respondents thus far. For those who haven't yet responded, please complete your surveys by noon on Sunday, October 27. After that, we will be closing the survey in order to review the results and use them in preparing our parish portfolio for candidates.  Anonymous and confidential, the survey is available  online . Printed surveys are available in the church entryway.

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.
This year’s Stewardship Campaign has begun with the testimonies by Trinity members and the distribution of Estimate of Giving Letters.

As you consider what your financial gift to Trinity may be, please remember all that your contributions support. First of all, we could not open the doors at Trinity without paying the necessary bills to heat, cool, light and maintain our facilities. Secondly, your contributions allow us to provide Sunday School for our young people as well as the other activities they enjoy. Groups and activities such as GEMS, Pastoral Area Coordinators, Outreach (including the weekly Micah breakfast), Elf Sunday, Blessings in a Backpack, Rise Against Hunger, and the Trinity Adult Group, to name a few, are made possible by your generosity.
The Budget Committee greatly appreciates your support and hopes you will be timely in returning your Estimate of Giving Letter as we use them to develop the Budget for the coming year. Again, thank you for your continued support of Trinity.
Val Folden, Treasurer
one of the Sundays particularly appropriate for baptisms.

We will have a baptism at the 9:15 AM Eucharist with a reception following in Barber Hall. 

Another ALL SAINTS' TRADITION is to pray for people who have died. If there are people you would like to have remembered on All Saints’ Sunday, please PRINT their names on the sign-up sheet on the church door by Sunday, October 27th or contact the office .
Our TRINITY RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be Saturday, November 2nd, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in Barber Hall. You may sign up after services this Sunday Oct. 27th, OR you can go online to redcrossblood.org to pick your time. Let's help the American Red Cross save lives by having a good turnout on November 2nd.

TRINITY MEN - There will be a rehearsal tomorrow evening, October 24, at 7:00 PM in the choir room for a men's piece we will sing on Sunday, November 10, at 11AM. Email Denise if you have questions.

Advent is a holy season of the liturgical year. Come share this special time with a small group using the ancient contemplative practice of LECTIO DIVINA, or “Divine Reading.” Through reading scripture, listening to each other’s reflections, prayer and meditation, we will give the scripture new life and meaning and let God speak directly to our hearts.  Facilitated by Tom Rotella, the Advent Lectio Divina Group will meet in the Lounge on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 AM beginning November 6th and ending December 18th.  Come as your schedule permits.   If you plan to attend, a call to the church office is helpful but not required.   You needn’t bring anything but an open and loving heart.

Mark your calendars! Trinity will have a SPECIAL VISITOR joining us for breakfast on Saturday, December 21st.  He’s dusting off his RED SUIT, so get your cameras ready!  Look for sign up sheets in November, and sign up early because spaces will be limited.

VESTRY MEETING HIGHLIGHTS – The October Vestry meeting included the following items: The Treasurer’s report noted that year-to-date plate giving is below budget, but expenses are also below budget. Year-to-date total revenue exceeded total expenses through September. The Gifts Team reviewed the Annual Giving Campaign. The Vestry approved the $1700 pledge to the Fredericksburg Regional Council for 2020. The Vestry agreed to designate the Thanksgiving offering to El Hogar and the Christmas offering to Micah. The Chili Cook Off is planned for Jan 4th. A Spirituality of Aging Group will meet in the spring. The Bishop’s visit was announced for January, but was subsequently changed to December 8th.


HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH - SAVE THE DATE!  The Senior High Parish Youth Ministries Retreat at Shrine Mont will be held November 1 – 3, 2019. All youth in high school are invited to attend. Trinity will pay half the tuition for each youth, so each person pays $80.00 plus money for lunch on the way home.
Registration forms may be found here Forms and payment are due to Sam by TODAY.  Parents, Sam Burton will be unable to attend the event. If you are interested in chaperoning , please contact Sam Burton .

CLUB 45'ers - your HALLOWEEN LOCK-IN PARTY is this Friday, October 25th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM! We’ll have fun painting pumpkins, making Halloween lanterns, playing games, and eating snacks. Costumes may be worn. Please bring a favorite snack to share.  Parents, please let Sam Burton know by TOMORROW, if your child plans to attend so enough supplies will be purchased.

The JUNIOR AND SENIOR YOUTH GROUPS have their regular meeting this Sunday, October 27, from 12:15 – 2:00 PM.  Please note the change in ending time . We will have lunch together and make plans for our Advent and Christmas activities.  If you have any questions, contact Sam Burton .
Wednesday, October 23
4:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack (K)
5:00 pm Evening Prayer (IB)

Thursday, October 24
AM Blessings in a Backpack delivery
7:00 pm Musicians' Rehearsal (CR)
7:00 pm Fredericksburg Regional Council Meeting (BH)

Friday, October 25
6:00 pm Club 45 Lock-In (BH)

Saturday, October 26
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew (K/BH)

Sunday, October 27
Blood Drive Sign-Ups
9-11:15 am Cafe Trinity
10:15 am Sunday School
10:20 am Casual Adult Ed (L)
12:15 pm Youth Groups (J)

Monday, October 28
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, October 29
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group (L)
12:00 pm Knaughty Knitters (L)
5:00 pm Campus Ministry Meal & Worship
(The House)
Wednesday, October 30
4:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack (K)
5:00 pm Evening Prayer (IB)

Thursday, October 31
AM Blessings in a Backpack delivery

Friday, November 1

Saturday, November 2
9:00 am Red Cross Blood Drive (K/BH)
10:00 am Baptism Class & Rehearsal (L/N)
5:00 pm 1st Saturday Eucharist

Daylight Savings Time
(turn your clock back 1 hour)

Sunday, November 3
All Saints' Sunday
9-11:15 am Cafe Trinity
10:15 am Reception for the newly baptized (BH)
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