October 30, 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.

Have you noticed the hedges have been trimmed and some of the mulched areas no longer have weeds? Marti Harrington and Jan Savage have voluntarily trimmed the hedges and otherwise improved the looks of our Trinity yard – even carrying off clippings for disposal.

This is just one example of our “unsung heroes” at Trinity who do things on their own that benefit all of us. Sometimes a group agrees to take on a task in the church. But often an individual or a few people recognize a need and simply take on and complete the task. As Nike says, they just do it.

Some members of the book group stayed after a meeting and weeded some beds, just as a few had painted church baseboards awhile back, after consulting with the Junior Warden. Harry Dickinson prepared the earth in the Memorial Garden to receive ashes a few weeks ago and arranged for the pretty little red berries to be swept off the church sidewalks so we didn’t have to crunch through them. And if a tricky lightbulb or other repair has been made lately, chances are very good that Barry Holliday did that work himself, rather than calling a worker we would have to pay. Likewise, Val Folden repainted the red doors. The tablecloths we use at our receptions are washed and bleached by Sug Clingenpeel and Cindy Marshall and returned in spotless condition. Young Trinitarians often show up on Tuesday Outreach nights to help patrons, many of whom are disabled, carry their bags of groceries to their cars.

Some of our Trinity heroes quietly take care of others in the parish. Two of our men take turns ferrying to church services an older parishioner who no longer drives. Three women in our church diligently tend another parishioner who has no family to help her, taking her to doctors’ appointments, being sure she has food and other things she needs, and helping her manage her finances. When I had a low blood sugar “sinking spell” during church services one day, no fewer than five parishioners followed me out, including a nurse or two and an EMT, to be sure I was okay. Randall Clingenpeel and others often check on the welfare of an individual in distress.

Impromptu groups form to address a specific area of concern or need. Some folks have talked with the Junior Warden about possible improvements for the Memorial Garden. Another small group is preparing a proposal for a lending/learning library at Trinity. Others have come together informally to help BJ prepare receptions at Trinity as a need arises. Tom Rotella has established the Lectio Divina groups to lead us in a new direction in our spiritual development. Fred Kerby is investigating a group that builds ramps for disabled community members who cannot afford the needed modification. The Healing Prayer Team, the Caregivers’ Group, GEMS, the TAG group, and the Grief Group are all examples of something that arose from someone’s recognition of a need.

So thanks to our many “unsung heroes”, only a few of whom I’ve named.

Richard Rohr, the prominent theologian, recently wrote a column suggesting the church as a whole reforms itself every 500 years or so, and that Christianity may be in a time of reformation. The church as we know it today may be very different in fifty or a hundred years, and we need to be open to what those changes might look like.

Trinity is a dynamic church. If anyone has an idea for a new direction or endeavor for us or a project you’d like to undertake, the Vestry would like to hear it.

And in the meantime, if any “unsung hero” out there is poison-ivy-resistant and willing to do a little yard work, please call us and volunteer!

Claire Curcio , Senior Warden
We are in the midst of our Annual Stewardship Campaign. On behalf of the entire Vestry,
I want to thank you for your continued support for all we do at Trinity.

Think of just some of the programs that your generosity supports:

  • Trinity Adult Group (TAG – age 25ish to 45ish)
  • GEMS (self-selected seniors)
  • Our new joint campus and young adult missioner
  • Micah Ecumenical Ministries
  • Worship services and music
  • Christian formation
  • Baptism and confirmation classes
  • Youth Group
  • Care Givers Support Group
  • Pastoral Care Areas
  • Tuesday Night Outreach
  • Fellowship activities
These programs help support our mission and provide a sense of community within our church family. Of course, these programs would not be possible without facilities and staff, which are funded by your gifts. We are reminded of the “wonder in all” and of our mission to serve God each Sunday in our post communion prayer which includes the phrase “Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart.”

Those of you who have not picked up your Estimate of Giving Statement will be receiving it in the mail within the next few days. We hope you will prayerfully consider your giving for 2020, knowing that, like your household, Trinity’s costs go up each year.  In addition, it is quite important that Trinity will be able to offer an appropriate compensation package to attract the best candidates for rector. Please return your statement to Trinity no later than November 10th to give the Vestry time to plan next year’s budget. 

Let us go forth into the world to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!

In Christ,

Val Folden

We will have a baptism at the 9:15 AM Eucharist with a reception following in Barber Hall. 
Don't forget the TRINITY RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE on Saturday, November 2nd, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in Barber Hall.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins this weekend! Turn your clocks back 1 hour Saturday before bed and get that extra hour of sleep before church on Sunday!

A big THANK YOU to all who completed the parish survey! We are pleased with the response rate and appreciate your having taken time to give us your feedback. Stay tuned for more from the Discernment Committee regarding survey results and additional opportunities for your input.
Collection for Trinity's TURKEY FUND begins Sunday, November 3 and continues Sunday, November 10 and 17 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.

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.

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 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. 

Thank you for your generous donations to this fall's UTO INGATHERING! Donations from Trinity totaled $2,223.46. United Thank Offering prayer books and blue boxes are located in the church entryway. The prayer book has been expanded and I have found the additional prayers have enriched my prayer life tremendously. The 2020 United Thank Offering grant application materials are now available. The focus of the 2020 UTO grants is Bless - share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility . Have you imagined starting a new ministry? Does your existing ministry want to take a new direction? More information on the grant process can be found here . Jeanie Hunt, Trinity's UTO Coordinator


There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday, November 3rd. Please join us for a reception for the newly baptized in Barber Hall following the 9:15 AM service.

The SENIOR YOUTH GROUP will not meet this Sunday, November 3rd.

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 .


Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 6: Go, the latest installment of the first season of the Way of Love video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, is now available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website  and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page . Hosted by Chris Sikkema, the Office of Communication’s manager for special projects, Traveling the Way of Love shares stories of the ways people across The Episcopal Church practice the Way of Love with each episode highlighting one of the seven Way of Love practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. This sixth episode focuses on Go. 

The Virginia State LARCUM Conference on how to renew or restore the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in your community will be held on November 22 and 23, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Postcards with information about the event are available in the church entryway on the tract rack or you can go here for more information. The registration deadline is November 15th.
Wednesday, October 30

Thursday, October 31

Friday, November 1

Saturday, November 2
9:00 am Red Cross Blood Drive (K/BH)

Sunday, November 3
All Saints' Sunday
10:15 am Reception for the newly baptized (BH)

Monday, November 4
6:00 pm Yoga

Tuesday, November 5
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group (L)
12:00 pm Knaughty Knitters (L)
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