September 30, 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.

SENIOR WARDEN'S NOTES
Jim Carlock has written an update for us in this week's newsletter. Members of the Dismantling Racism Task Force are Wendell Anderson, Ruth Brancolini, Sam Burton, Jim Carlock (chair), Jean Hunt (co-chair), Selby McCash, Carol Walker, and Alda White. Watch for their updates in future newsletters and check out their information on the Trinity website, www.trinity-fredericksburg.org.
 
Dismantling racism for the sake of all people includes the holy and life-giving work of becoming an anti-racist: one who supports an anti-racist policy through their actions or expressing anti-racist ideas. Such actions include speaking up when you witness discrimination against anyone and interrupting offensive jokes or stories and explaining why such acts are offensive/disrespectful. The Episcopal Church has the following statement:    

    ”As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.”

This also relates to one of our baptismal vows, which we renew several times a year, either at a baptism or on the feast days at which baptism is appropriate: 

      “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” We, the people respond, “I will, with God’s help.”
The Trinity Vestry has assigned a Task Force to investigate and develop a Plan to Dismantle Racism. This group has been meeting regularly since early August and working diligently in the areas of conducting outreach, developing goals, and providing opportunities for education and training. 

Members of the Task Force have been communicating with a coalition of local clergy, as well as leaders from churches both in the Fredericksburg and Richmond areas to share ideas, approaches and resources. Additionally, Task Force members are applying a strategic planning approach in developing a plan to dismantle racism, including creating a vision statement, mission statement, identifying opportunities and threat, and plotting a course for short- and long-term strategies. Guidance is being received from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Minister for Missional Engagement. Also, the Trinity Vestry is being given updates on progress.

Task Force members will be reviewing 3-5 books bi-monthly (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) in the newsletter. The books will be selected from the comprehensive list (currently 23 books) found on the Trinity homepage under the “Let’s Dismantle Racism” website. The titles of the first books are: 

1. His Truth is Marching On - John Lewis and the Power of Hope, Jon Meachem, 2020, nonfiction, 341 pages
This is an excellent biography of John Lewis written by a fellow Episcopalian. Meacham reflects on the theology which shaped Lewis and the 20th century civil rights movement.

2. So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Olio, 2019, nonfiction, 272 pages
This is an easy read. It’s a practical discussion of topics including racism related to such topics as police brutality, micro aggressions, school-to-prison pipeline, model minority, and many others.

3. White Rage, the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson, 2016, nonfiction, 246 pages
This is a sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy.

4. White Lies: Nine Ways to Expose and Resist the Racial Systems That Divide Us, Daniel Hill, 2020, nonfiction, 288 pages
This book delves into the structure of the white Christian church of the 20th century. The author investigates the ways it supported segregation and Jim Crow laws. He also gives advice on how to develop an anti-racism movement within the 21st century church.

5. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (2017), fiction, 444pp., age13+
This is a powerful story about a teenage girl who grapples with racism, police brutality, and activism after witnessing her black friend being murdered by police. The book won a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor as well as other awards.

If you would like more information about the Task Force, you may contact the Assistant Leader, Jean Hunt, at email: dehunt14@msn.com
TRINITY NEWS
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.
More from the Treasurer

Our Stewardship Campaign is virtually upon us and it will be virtual this year.

The big challenge for the Finance Committee is to develop a budget for Year 2021
which will include compensation for a new Rector. The Discernment Committee has been working diligently since it was created and I’m confident we will have a new Rector in 2021. Our responsibility, as a Church Family, is to be able to provide adequate compensation in order to attract the best candidate. From a financial standpoint, we have been fortunate this year not to have had to pay a full-time Rector. Going forward that will change!

Please remember these facts when completing your Estimate of Giving Card this Fall.

As always, I’m grateful your continued support.
RESCHEDULED!
Come Walk the Labyrinth!

The Daughters of the King invite you to come walk our canvas labyrinth on Saturday, October 10th, between 10 am and 2 pm. The labyrinth will be set up in the William Street parking lot, and members of the DOK will be there to answer questions. We ask all who come to walk to wear masks, and we will make sure people maintain adequate physical distancing. No more than 2 people will be allowed to walk the labyrinth at the same time. We ask that shoes be removed, but socks should be worn. Walking a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice, and the labyrinth pattern plays a part in many world cultures. It can be a powerful tool for meditation, reflection, and prayer. 
Virtual Coffee Hour continues this Sunday, October 4th at 9:30 a.m. 

Zoom meeting ID # 999 7723 0413 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!
Hello from Blessings in a Backpack!

My name is Nancy Griswold, the new coordinator for the program. Many thanks to Susan McSpadden who has led the charge for the past four years. I am going to have some tough shoes to fill but I'm ready to give it a try.(I have to do something other than watch PandaCam!) As of right now we do not know when the students will return to the classroom. I understand there are some people meeting about different proposals right now. Hopefully they will make some decisions soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming a donor, a packer or a deliverer or all of the above, please contact me at nkg90@aol.com. I will keep you updated.
Families with children are invited to join us for Online Sunday School this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a 30 – 40-minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom. Our time together will include a few minutes of social (gathering) time, a few 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 some 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 - All middle school and high school students are invited to join us for a Youth Group Meeting this Sunday, October 4th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Zoom. We will play some games, and have a brief Bible study, and a discussion. An email will be sent out on Friday with the information to join the meeting and some handouts needed for the activities. If you have not received emails in the past with the information to join the meeting and would like for your youth to participate, please contact Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org.
OTHER TRINITY NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
ECW's FALL MEETING will be held via a Zoom Webinar on October 15 from 9:00 am - 12 noon. Registration ends on October 8 with a suggested donation of $35. Click here to view the details.


New copies of the FORWARD DAY BY DAY (November - January 2021) are now available in the box outside the Ida Beck doors. Please feel free to pick up your copy. Donations may be left in the mailbox near the red doors in front of the church.


2021 EPISCOPAL CALENDARS are now in. The cost is $5 each. If you would like to reserve a copy, please email Denise.


PRAYER FOR OUR PEOPLE - Responding to a request from Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Trinity is delighted to announce the establishment of a prototype prayer initiative for the Fredericksburg Region named PRAYERS FOR OUR PEOPLE. Using a web-based form found on this link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqIiIbyf-Jr-FBlsWdgCpGXKhcvXl8bJLCJQUnvX6MRCgRcA/viewform), individuals can request prayers for their needs or the needs of others. The initial phase of the pilot will be staffed by members of Trinity and Bishop Brooke-Davidson has extended an invitation to participate to the other churches in the region via the Fredericksburg Region leadership.


CAMPUS MINISTRY has begun its regular semester meetings online on Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm! We would like to invite all college students (no matter which college!) to gather with us by Zoom. A Zoom link may be found on our church website, www.trinity-fredericksburg.org, or find the event on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/trinityfredericksburg/ .


During this time when we cannot be together physically, let’s keep in touch virtually.  Please check out the TRINITY FACEBOOK PAGE for information, inspiration, and some things to make you smile. Messages from Bishop Curry and from our Bishop Susan Goff are posted as they are received. Don't forget our follow Instagram page and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA

"Deeper than Melodrama", a Meditation for the 17th Week after Pentecost, " by Bishop Porter Taylor, can be found here.
NEWS FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Episcopalians are invited to join churches around the world in celebrating the SEASON OF CREATION; a time for people of faith to renew their relationship with God and all creation through celebration, prayer, and action. The Season’s roots rise from the Orthodox Christian tradition; the World Council of Churches was instrumental in making the special time a season, extending the celebration from September 1 until St. Francis Day, October 4. The Episcopal Church Office of Creation Care offers Season of Creation and St. Francis Day Resources to help plan. 


WAY OF LOVE -- The Episcopal Church continues to offer new resources for congregations interested in following the Way of Love as a way of life by starting small group ministries. New resources include the Building an Intentional Small Group Ministry information packet, an infographic, video compilations, and social media graphics. These resources are available in English here, Spanish here and French here. For more information and resources visit iam.ec/smallgroups or email wayoflove@episcopalchurch.org.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, September 30


Thursday, October 1
10:00 am Task Force to Plan "Dismantle Racism" online meeting
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program


Friday, October 2
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program


Saturday, October 3


Sunday, October 4
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 2020
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online


Monday, October 5
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
7:00 pm Forward Day by Day Discussion online


Tuesday, October 6
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry Online
Wednesday, October 7
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
6:30 pm Daughters of the King online


Thursday, October 8
11:45 am School Children Feeding Program


Friday, October 9
8:30 am Micah Breakfast Delivery
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program


Saturday, October 10
7:30 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew online
10:00 am Labyrinth Walk
(William Street parking lot)


Sunday, October 11
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online
Links
(540) 373-2996