September 9, 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.

Rev. David Casey recently commented in a clergy meeting about the friendship, mutual caring and trust he’d observed among Trinity’s parishioners.

We exhibit that when we meet and greet each other on Sundays, but also when we “porch-sit”.

Porch-sitting is my new favorite pastime. It was probably my grandparents’ favorite thing. Are we rediscovering some joys our ancestors valued?

We recently met a couple of parishioners for a bring-your-own-picnic and fine conversation on the deck of our clubhouse – our “porch”. We visited other friends’ porch for another bring-your-own-lunch, smelled the mint in their yard as we ate, and waved to those walking by, whether we knew them or not. Periodically we meet friends in the back garden or outdoor tables at coffee shops. The outdoor dining areas of some downtown restaurants give you a view of the river and you never have to enter the building. Others have lovely outdoor seating and you can people-watch the sidewalks. Small groups of parishioners bring their chairs and visit outdoors at Trinity from time to time. Neighbors of my daughter regularly host a Friday evening bring-your-own-wine to their large porch. A myriad of parks, walking trails, and other outdoor areas in our region invite outdoor conversation.

As this pandemic drags on, mental health becomes a concern for many – maybe all-- of us. Sunday’s Free-Lance Star’s article on mental distress ranged from angst to depression and deplored the lack of available mental health professionals to help people deal with their feelings.

Being outdoors with friends embodies at least two or three things that bring comfort to us. Being with other people, absorbing nature, and getting exercise are all healing. The internet is wonderful for communication, but a porch picnic, stroll together, or yard visit may be even more heartening. Most of us have access to some sort of outdoor space, even if it means driving to a public park, a birding trail, or a waterfront place that’s not too crowded. We have re-learned the healing value of God’s creation simply by being outdoors more often with those whose conversation we enjoy.

We are not alone, even if we may feel that way sometimes. So the next time you’re feeling lonely or isolated, you might call a fellow parishioner and ask them to your literal or figurative “porch”, wear your mask when not eating, keep your distance, you know the drill. And don’t touch each other physically, a surprisingly had habit to break – no handshakes, hugs, or blown kisses.

That’ll work for now, but it’s going to get cold. We pray we have a vaccine before too long and we are able to regather as a parish. Just as we have re-invigorated porch visiting, we’ll find some other way of being in contact during cold weather, too. I am amazed at the resilience and ingenuity we are showing as a group. I may lobby our condo association to put in a conversational fire-pit. We all own jackets and sweatshirts.

So thank you, David, for reminding us of our solidarity and our vulnerability. And thank You, God, for binding us to each other.
Claire Curcio, Senior Warden
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.
Virtual Coffee Hour - On Sunday September 13, we will try a virtual coffee hour at 9:30 a.m. The Zoom meeting ID # and password will be distributed by email. We ask that everyone mute their microphones when we start the Zoom meeting to minimize background noise. You can unmute when if you want to speak. We look forward to seeing you for quick updates. It’s been so long and we miss you.
Thank you to Nancy Griswold. She has agreed to lead the Blessings in a Backpack program. A member of Trinity for four years, she usually attends the 11:00 a.m. service and has occasionally attended the 8:00 a.m. service. Nancy has been a member of the 22405 zip code Pastoral Care Group, sending anniversary and well wishes to our parishioners. Welcome to the BIB team! 

This month Stafford County will assess an October opening of the elementary schools. In the meantime, Nancy will be looking for volunteers to deliver the backpacks on Thursday mornings and volunteers to pack the food bags on Wednesday afternoons, so that when schools open BIB will be ready to begin. Nancy will be sending out information about the school year in future newsletters. Please help her by donating, volunteering and introducing yourselves to her so that she will know who you are. Please contact Nancy at to offer your assistance in helping to keep this ministry active at Trinity. 

It has been a pleasure working with the folks of Trinity, Blessings in a Backpack employees and the administration at Rocky Run Elementary School. The students love receiving their bags on Friday...... Benefits and Blessings Abound! 
Peace and Blessings! Susan McSpadden
Stewardship in a Virtual World
Please join me as we enter an entirely different Stewardship Campaign for this year! The navigation will be interesting, so I am hoping we will have smooth sailing.
The Vestry and the Finance Committee are now beginning to plan how we will proceed if we are not able to conduct services in person. 

As always, I, as Treasurer, am grateful for your continued financial support as many of you continue to mail in your checks or take advantage of our Online giving option. Without your support we cannot continue to operate and survive.
I continue to pray for Victory over the Virus, the Violence and No Vicar!
Val Folden
SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES THIS SUNDAY, September 13th! Join us as our fall program begins with songs, Bible stories, games, crafts and fun from 10:30 to about 11:15 am Sunday mornings.  An email will be sent on Friday with information on how to join us via Zoom.  If you have not received emails in the past or have any questions, contact Sam Burton at

There will be a YOUTH GROUP MEETING THIS SUNDAY, September 13, by Zoom.  All youth in 6-12th grades are invited to attend.  An email will be sent on Friday with login information.  Join us for a brief Bible study and games!  For questions, contact Sam Burton at

MISTAKEN IDENTITY- Holy Scripture informs us of the creator God’s knowledge of each of us, both in this life and even before. This knowledge helps me to be secure in my relationship with the Lord.  Such a sense of security however waivers in regard to how I am known by friends and acquaintances.  Let me explain.  I’m having a recurring experience some others of you may have had as well.  I am not currently, nor have I ever been, on Facebook.  Yet, I repeatedly hear from Trinitarians that they have seen my posts and that the entries just do not sound like me.  Furthermore, it appears some of you have had ongoing exchanges with “me.”  Apparently we are not acquainted as well as I thought.  The Randall Clingenpeel you see on Facebook and I are not one-in-the-same.  I’m trusting God to know the real me and in the end that’s the Good News.

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 (, 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.

ORDINATION – God willing, our own Will Dickinson will be ordained from transitional deacon to the Sacred Order of Priests on September 14 at 1:30 p.m.  A link to the livestream of the service will be available at the website for the Diocese –  Congratulations, Will!  Please pray for him.

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,, or find the event on our Facebook page .

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.


A Meditation for the 14th Week after Pentecost: Our Need to be Holy, by Bishop Taylor Porter can be found here.

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. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has joined the leaders of other major religious groups in signing a friend of the court brief in support of the City of Philadelphia in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a case now before the United States Supreme Court. He has done so to affirm the commitment of The Episcopal Church to both equal protection of the law for LGBTQ persons and appropriate protections for religious liberty. Read more here.

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 or email

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, is the featured preacher September 13 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and by podcast. He has preached on the program numerous times since 1990. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 75 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, check the program’s website,
Wednesday, September 9
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting online

Thursday, September 10
10:00 am Task Force to Plan "Dismantle Racism"
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Friday, September 11
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Saturday, September 12
8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew online
10:00 am Daughters of the King

Sunday, September 13
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Youth Group online

Monday, September 14
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
1:30 pm Will Dickinson Ordination
7:00 pm Forward Day by Day Discussion online

Tuesday, September 15
10:30 am Tuesday AM Book Group online
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
12 Noon Knaughty Knitters online
5:00 pm Campus Ministry Online
Wednesday, September 16
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program
6:30 pm Daughters of the King online

Thursday, September 17
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Friday, September 18
11:40 am School Children Feeding Program

Saturday, September 19
38th Anniversary of the Consecration of
Trinity Episcopal Church
10:00 am GEMS Micah Drop-Off (Jamison
parking lot)

Sunday, September 20
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
10:30 am Sunday School online
2:00 pm Club 45 online
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