October 28, 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.

Do you know that there are children in our community that face hunger on the weekends? It's true. But because of a special ministry called Blessings in a Backpack approximately 60 children at Rocky Run Elementary School in Stafford will leave school at the end of the week with a packet of food.

The cost to sponsor a child for an entire year is $100 or $50 for a half year. Because this is a year like no other we will only be sponsoring the children for a half year. If you would consider giving a $100 you could actually sponsor two children. Ideally, as more children attend classes we would increase the numbers upwards to 75-100. The program will begin on November 18th.

Here's what past recipients have to say about the meals they go home with on Friday afternoons: cool! delicious; great! It appears as they love getting the packets! Can we count on you to help us with this Ministry? The Blessings in a Backpack is a non budgeted ministry and relies solely on your donations. If you feel as though this is something you would like to become involved in, please send a check to Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 and include Blessings in a Backpack on the memo line.

Thank You.
Nancy Griswold
Coordinator, Blessings in a Backpack
ALL SAINT’S DAY is this Sunday, November 1st!

We are all part of the communion of saints, the whole family of God, so let’s celebrate!
Bambi Willis would like folks to post a picture of their baptismal certificates on Trinity’s Facebook page for All Saints’ Day. You can post your baptismal certificate as a response to the post for All Saints’ Day. If you would like, you may send a picture of your certificate to Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org BY TODAY and she will post it for you.

ALSO, it has been our tradition to pray for those who have died that are dear to us. Bambi will pray for those we remember by name during the November 1st All Saint’s Day online service. If you would like her to pray for someone dear to you, please email Denise or leave a message at the office by TOMORROW, October 28th. Please speak clearly and spell those names that might possibly get misspelled. (540) 373-2996.

The Collect for All Saints’ Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one
communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son
Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those
ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love
you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

We in the Diocese of Virginia join with Episcopalians across the nation and around the work of a Novena - nine day of prayer from October 27 through November 4. This A Season of Prayer: For an Election has been organized by Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.  
A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this time in our national life, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.

The prayer for today is found above. You can sign up for the daily prayers here or you can find a printable pdf of all of the prayers here.
Bi-monthly book review

This week the task force will be reviewing just one book: LOVE IS THE WAY: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.

In his most recent book, Bishop Curry shares with us his personal story, his deep faith and his absolute conviction that love is the only way to mend our country and our planet Earth. The love that he writes about has to do with action, not sentiment. It is a love that seeks the good and well-being of others, of society and of the world. The book is both inspirational and pragmatic. The moving lessons from his own life’s journey serve as guideposts for the reader. This book from our presiding bishop is a “must read” for our parish as we live into the part we will play in dismantling racism.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, HOLDING ON TO HOPE: A NATIONAL SERVICE FOR HEALING AND WHOLENESS, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live streamed in English and Spanish. Click here for more information and to watch the service.

The Micah churches are inviting the community to prayer to help get us through the upcoming election.
  • St. George’s is offering an opportunity to pray by phone together the evenings of Oct 27-Nov 4, in response to a call from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to surround the election with prayer at 8-8:30 p.m. each evening. Format is an opening spoken meditation, a 10-15 minute period of silent prayer, free responses by participants, and a closing spoken prayer. To join, call 929.205.6099 and enter meeting code 816 6473 4107. All are welcome. 
  • St. Mary’s Catholic will have a service on Monday, Nov 2 at 7 p.m. The church will be open for prayer until midnight.
  • There will be a prayer vigil on the green of Fredericksburg United Methodist from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov 2. 
  • St. Mary Catholic and Fredericksburg Baptist will be open for personal, silent prayer from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on election day, Nov 3.

  • November 15 | The Annual Convention Worship Service (Rebroadcast from the previous day’s Convention)
  • December 27 | The Sunday following Christmas
We are 179 churches worshipping together in one faith community. Join us for these two special diocesan online gatherings. Both services will premiere on Facebook and YouTube. More information will be distributed as the service dates approach.

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as “NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH,” thereafter commonly referred to as “Native American Heritage Month.” The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people, also known as “Indigenous People.” For more information, click here.

VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR continues this Sunday, November 1st at 9:30 a.m. Zoom meeting ID # 441 267 3172 and the password is 6YiW22. This will be a recurring Zoom meeting with the same ID and password each Sunday. We ask that everyone mute their microphones when we start the Zoom meeting to minimize background noise. You can unmute when and if you want to speak. We look forward to seeing you!

Families with children are invited to join us for ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a 40 to 50-minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom. Our time together will include a few minutes of social (gathering) time, some 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 additional materials to everyone on Friday. If you have not received emails in the past with the information to join the class meeting and would like for your child to participate, please contact Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org.

YOUTH GROUP will meet this Sunday, November 1st, from 2:00-3:00 pm by Zoom. We will watch a brief TED Talk video and have a discussion afterwards. We will also catch up on what everyone has been doing and play some games. Sam will send a reminder email on Friday with handouts and the instructions for getting into the meeting. I hope your youth will be able to join us! Trusted friends may be invited to participate in the Zoom meeting as well, just forward Friday’s email to them.

St. George’s Episcopal Church will host a virtual concert via Facebook of SCARY MUSIC FOR ORGAN on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. This crowd favorite concert will include several works by J. S. Bach, including Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Fantasia in G minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, along with pieces by Johann Pachelbel, Max Reger, and Olivier Messiaen. The concert is free with donations gladly accepted. For more information, contact 540.373.4133, music@stgeorgesepiscopal.net., or click here.


"JOY COMES IN THE MOURNING", a Meditation for the 21st Week after Pentecost, by Bishop Goff, can be found here.

General Convention Task Force invites Episcopalians to participate in survey “SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: A CALL FOR STORIES” Responses requested by: November 5, 2020. In the work of contemplating the theology of social justice advocacy in The Episcopal Church, the Task Force recognizes that different people have vastly different perspectives and experiences. For some, social justice advocacy may seem somewhat peripheral to their spiritual lives in the church; for others, social justice may have become an important focal point of their theology over time; for still others, the struggle for social justice is fundamental to and inseparable from their experience of what it is to be a Christian. The members of the Task Force would like to gather stories and deeper perspectives to support their work on behalf of the Church and invite Episcopalians to consider sharing their experience by completing the survey, “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories”. The survey can be found online hereThis is a nationally-sponsored endeavor, not directly related to the work of the Trinity Dismantling Racism Task Force.
Wednesday, October 28

Thursday, October 29
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Friday, October 30
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Saturday, October 31

Sunday, November 1
All Saints' Day
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online

Monday, November 2

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry Online
Wednesday, November 4
4:00 pm Blessings in a Backpack packing
6:30 pm Daughters of the King online

Thursday, November 5
Blessings in a Backpack delivery
10:00 am Task Force to Plan to "Dismantle Racism" online

Friday, November 6

Saturday, November 7

Sunday, November 8
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online
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.
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