September 25, 2022

Sharing Christ's love and grace in a vibrant community whose joyful spirit empowers people to do God's work.

Sunday Service Bulletins

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8:00 am service bulletin (Rite I)

10:00 am service bulletin (Rite II)

Good News Daily!

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Good News Daily - September 25, 2022

Serving This Week

8:00 am

Acolyte - Val Folden

Lector - Dick Ayres

Vestry Member - Val Folden

10:00 am

Crucifer - Adrian Smith

Lector - Jessica Smith

Intercessor - Anne Adams

Vestry Member - David Stokes

Digital Ministry - Priscilla Rakestraw

Ushers - David and Randi Stokes

Parish Shepherd - Claire Curcio

Flower Delivery - Mike Frye

Meet Michael Cooper-Smyth,

Our New Associate Pastor for Liturgy and Music

Michael Cooper-Smyth is a native of Norwich, Norfolk. He was brought up in the Church of England, and brings rich experience of the English choral tradition from his youth. He studied music at university, and took coursework in piano and voice performance, choir, hymn study, jazz, and various other instruments. His true musical passion is the study of the music of world cultures, and he hopes to one day pursue further education in it and teach at university. He is thrilled to be working with the choir at Trinity, and looks forward to bringing his own experience to the already talented members here.

Coffee with the Rector Report

The Fall 2022 “Coffee with the Rector” on the morning of Saturday, September 17th, attracted five new children of God. 

After a warm welcome by the Trinity Rector, Mother Cynthia McKenna, thirteen regular members each gave an introduction and explained which ministry and/or activity they were involved with in the parish.  

New attendees also made individual introductions and shared various reasons for their attraction to Trinity, including: feeling comfortable after attending another church; being impressed by how parishioners were welcoming of them; and accepting a co-worker’s invitation to visit during a Sunday morning service. Mother Cynthia gave out folders with information about the church ministries and a schedule of upcoming activities. She also explained how to join the church.  

There was an air of excitement and cordiality with the fellowship over coffee, pastries and fruit.

Friday Night Fire Pit and S'mores!

Friday Night Fire Pit and S'mores will return on September 23rd from 7-8:30 pm! 

Bring a lawn chair and your favorite beverage and join us for conversation, fellowship, and chocolatey sweet goodness!

Let's get Trained!

The Episcopal Church invites full participation by the laity in leading worship. People of all ages are welcome to read lessons, serve as acolytes, and help with communion. If you are a reader or chalice bearer, you serve under the direction of your rector. Once you are trained, you will be licensed by the diocese to serve in your ministry/ministries.

Want to get involved with Trinity and participate in our Sunday services?

Reading the Lessons and Prayers of the People

During the pandemic, all licenses, including Lay Reader licenses, expired. We trained a lot of people at our summer training. If you want to read, but were unable to attend that training, if you were at the last training and want some more practice, or are willing to serve as the supportive listeners, come join us!

Saturday, September 24th, 9:00 – 10:00 am in the sanctuary

-Children and adults are welcome to serve as readers.

-All Lay Readers will be asked to attend yearly training

Lay Eucharistic Minister / Chalice Bearer Training

The Blood of Christ, The Cup of Salvation

These words are spoken when the chalice is administered during communion. They haven’t been spoken at Trinity since March 2020, when the church closed due to the pandemic. We now know more about how COVID-19 is spread and most of us are vaccinated. The infection rate continues to rise and fall, and we are in the “new normal” of our worship life. Masks are encouraged but not required. We continue to ask that people stay home if they feel ill. 

I’m happy to announce, beginning Sunday, September 25th, we will begin offering communion “in both kinds,“ both bread and wine. What do you need to know right now?

-Receiving the wine is, and always has been, optional.

-We will offer two chalices, one for those who wish to receive the cup, and those who would like to instinct (dip the wafer)


-Come to training September 24th, 10-12 pm in the Sanctuary 

-Both terms “Lay Eucharistic Minister” and “Chalice Bearer” are used to refer to the people who help administer the wine at communion.

-Anyone who wants to administer the chalice must be trained and licensed.

-High school age through adults can administer the chalice 

-Chalice bearers will be required to attend yearly training

-You will be trained to administer the cup and how to assist those who wish to instinct.

-You are welcome to vest and process in the service but that isn’t a requirement, 

All are welcome! 

Blessing of the Animals

All animals (great or small!) are welcome for a blessing on the lawn, weather permitting on October 2nd! Our 8 am service will be pet free, but our 10 am service will contain the blessing of the pets. 

We will also be collecting food for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to donate to the FXBG SPCA.

Please bring pet food and place it in the back of the church or in the Narthex. All donations will be taken to the SPCA on October 10th. 

Fall Lectio Divina Series with Tom Rotella

Come and join me in the ancient practice of Lectio Divina whose roots trace back to St. Benedict in the 6th Century.  

Lectio is a sacred way of reading and engaging scripture, letting the words speak directly to you in very personal and often profound ways. For this series, however, let’s think out of the box a bit.  We will not only read from scripture, but also from contemporary writings, poems, song lyrics, all of which can uplift and connect us to the Divine (and we hope St. Benedict won’t be spinning in his grave.) 

We’ll make time for reading, silence, prayer and sharing, understanding that everything we share in group is confidential.  The group will meet in the Lounge every Thursday morning from 10-11:30 am beginning October 6th and ending November 17th

Registration is not required. Just drop by as you can. I will supply copies of each week’s reading so you don’t have to bring a thing with you expect an open heart.  

Doodling with Jesus

led by Alice Berecka

Zen, n. = a state of meditative calm, a feeling of peace and relaxation

Doodle, v. = to make designs on paper

Alice Berecka returns to lead us through this fun and prayerful workshop! In this Zen Doodle workshop, you will learn a simple, 8-step process that will allow you to doodle your way into a state of zen, no artistic skills required!

You will discover that anything is possible, one stroke of the pen at a time. 

Follow along with Alice Berecka and join with parishioners from Trinity Episcopal Church and All Saints' Episcopal Church on Saturday morning, October 8th at 9:30 am (EST)/8:30 am (CST) as we use simple materials to create small works of art such as those pictured here. 

Sign-up sheet in the Narthex! Open to all ages, no experience necessary. All materials provided. All are welcome! 

Blessings In A Backpack Update!

Our Trinity Blessings in a Backpack project would like to thank our generous parishioners for their donations and volunteer efforts!

Each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Barber Hall, a faithful group of six to twelve people help pack bags for 90 Rocky Run Elementary School students to meet their weekend nutritional needs. This group includes Claire Curcio, her granddaughter Maggie Lacy, Kathleen Carroll, Paige Kerby, Michael Hubbard, Carol Walker, Mary Ann Myrand, Judy Owens, Alva Windham, John Henze and Leigh Morris 

On Thursday mornings, Jim Ripley and John Henze take turns delivering the bags to Rocky Run.

Each child receives a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ($1.00) and a healthy, non-perishable collection of snacks from Optimum Foods, including pepperoni meat sticks, sunflower kernels, savory herb crackers, cheese sticks, Gogo Squeez yogurt, whole grain grahams crackers and Kellogg's Fruit Loop pouches ($2.98).

At $3.98 a week, this helps the children come to school nourished and ready to learn on Mondays. We will also include treats for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day.

This effort costs at least $360 a week, so your donations are crucial to continuing this ministry, and we thank you for all your support!

Sunday School Kick-Off!

The next Youth Group meeting will be on September 25th, from 11:15 – 1:30 pm in Jamison Hall. Lunch will be provided. We will play some wacky pool noodle games and afterward walk to Sweet Frog for some tasty treats. 

Each youth should bring $5.00 to offset the cost of dessert at Sweet Frog. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Burton at A permission slip may be found here

Halloween Costume Collection - Trinity’s Sunday school will be collecting gently used and new Halloween Costumes from Sunday, September 25th to Sunday, October 23rd. There will be bins for donated costumes located in Jamison Hall foyer, Barber Hall, and the narthex. 

Gently used and new costumes will be donated to the Friday Friends program at Cedar Forest Elementary School in Spotsylvania. Cedar Forest is a Title 1 school serving 800 Kindergarten thru 5th grade students with greater than 50% of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. Additionally, Cedar Forest serves multiple developmental preschool classes. Please keep the Cedar Forest Friday Friends in your prayers. If you have any questions please contact Sam Burton at

United Thank Offering

We have so many reasons to be thankful and the sharing of our resources helps us express our gratitude to God. 100% of all United Thank Offerings go to support God’s mission in the world. 

UTO's focus for the next three years addresses all aspects of the incarceration crisis. This week emphasis is on Post-prison Re-entry. This could include projects which enhance success in the job market, support family reunification, or provide assistance with transportation, housing, and medical treatment.

Please use the blue UTO boxes or blue UTO envelopes provided in the pews and the Narthex and place your contribution in the offering plate. Contributions can also be made through Trinity’s website using the drop-down menu on the donation page. 

For further information, please contact Peggy Jacobson at or Jean Hunt at

News from Trinity's Library

I want to share with you some of what’s happening in our library.

We have a new pamphlet/magazine/flyer rack where the desk use to be.  The rack will also hold the booklet Forward Day by Day that so many of you love.  Selby intends to purchase a couple magazine subscriptions for the library. Maggie Jarvis is making a sign to fit in the holder at the top of the rack.  The sign will simply say WELCOME.

All of us library folk love to see families stop by on Sundays to select books for the kids.  Parents, please remember to complete the Checkout Sheet on the clipboard.  But no need to list all the books by name.  Just put “10 kids books” and the date as an example. We hope you keep coming back for more books.  Soon, we will put a book shelf in the Health Ministries Room and move the books on Health, Grief, etc. currently in the library to this new location.  

Thanks Mother Cynthia and Brenda for giving us the okay to make the change.

This will free up some badly needed space in the library.  Stay tuned for next week’s Newsletter where I will fill you in on the progress we are making to rollout the online catalog.  I will also tell you about a plan to have a “bookmobile” deliver a curated collection of books, including many Large Type books, to groups and ministries at Trinity.  

The brainchild of Beth Schroeder, the Library Committee’s Recording Secretary, Mother Cynthia and I and the whole Library Committee are very excited about this new initiative.  Kind of reminds me of the saying “If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain.”

-Tom Rotella, Chair, Library Committee

Trinity's Italian Dinner

Top off your holiday weekend on Monday, October 10th from 5:30 until 7:00 pm at Trinity's Italian Dinner in Barber Hall. 

Specially prepared lasagna with braised beef short ribs (meatless lasagna available) and a special dessert will highlight this year’s event. Delizioso! Garlic bread, meatballs, salad, pasta (including gluten free) topped with your choice of homemade tomato or Alfredo sauces and beverages for all ages will provide a memorable evening of good food and fellowship. 

There is no charge for the dinner; donations will be accepted. All proceeds support the outreach efforts of Trinity's Brotherhood of Saint Andrew Chapter. Mangia! Mangia!

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