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WORSHIP RESOURCES:
Trinity's Good News Daily ("the blue thing") can be found here.
Readings for November 22, can be found here.

 

ZOOM with Santa! The Daughters of the King are hosting Santa Zoom sessions for Trinity children and grandchildren on December 14th and 15th at 6:00pm. Children will listen to Santa as he talks about Christmas, reads a story about the birth of Baby Jesus, and answers some questions submitted in advance.  If you would like to participate in this event, send an email to Paige Kerby no later than November 25th. The email should include the name and age of each child participating and the email address you wish to use for the Zoom meeting. You will be notified of the date you are scheduled to Zoom with Santa. If you need to be assigned on a specific date, please include that information in the email. Santa is looking forward to spending some time with his Trinity children! Hope you can join in the fun!

 

"Holy Jolly Bags"  Fellow Trinitarians- With the corona virus environment, Micah has decided not to provide the use of the homeless shelter on Route 3 but to put up the homeless in local hotels this winter. As such we will not have to provide volunteers to help with the shelter on Friday nights as we have done in the past. However, Micah is looking for the local churches to provide help in other ways. One of their suggestions is to provide “Holy Jolly Bags”, back packs to the homeless for this Christmas. Back packs are highly prized by the homeless, because they carry all their belongings in them. I have volunteered to coordinate Trinity’s efforts for this. Micah has suggested that we could provide new back packs with Christmas goodies in the bags along with a letter. They are requesting that the back packs all have same items so that it would be easy to distribute. From their suggested list, I am proposing the back packs could be filled with a $5 gift card from Walmart, a fleece blanket, wool socks, Christmas candy, a small foldable umbrella and a personal note. (I have researched this on the Web and all items including the back packs, except the candy, are available on Walmart’s website for about $50-$60.)  You might like to do this as a family or jointly with another family. Micah is requesting the donated back packs be delivered to them by December 18. Since I would be collecting them, I would like you to bring them to the church parking lot next to the kitchen along William Street between 10:30 AM and 12 noon on Sunday, December 13th. If you plan to do this, please let me know beforehand so that I have an idea of how many will be donated and can look for you on the 13th. My phone number is (540) 371-0074 and email is pfarr@verizon.net. Thanks for considering this worthwhile effort! At this time of year, let us share our blessings with those in need!  Yours in Christ, Bill Farr

 

Christmas Pageant - Advent starts in just a few weeks! This year we will not be able to have an in-person Christmas Pageant, but we would like to try a Christmas Pageant by Zoom. If you are interested in having your child participate, please let Sam Burton know. 

 

2021 Budget Requests - Please send your 2021 Budget Requests to Michele Brantley by Wednesday, November 25th. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Trinity Christmas Outreach - Fellow Trinitarians, I hope this message finds each of you doing well. Times have changed as we all recognize and thus our Christmas Outreach program must adapt. This year you will have the opportunity to sign up online through signup genius. If you have any difficulty, please call Donna Krauss (540) 907-1136 or email. This year we have adopted 20 children from 6 families in the region. Your support is greatly appreciated. Check the newsletter for more details. Peace and blessings to each of you -Donna

 

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.

 

Regathering for In-Person Worship – The Vestry appointed a task force to prepare a plan for regathering for in-person worship when the local health conditions improve to the point where the 7-day rolling average of new COVID cases per 100,000 persons meets the Diocesan guidelines of 5 or under. When completed, the plan will be submitted to the Diocese for approval. People would need to register, provide contact tracing information, and agree to keep appropriate distances. Given the social distancing requirements, only about 40 people would be allowed to attend a service and would need to wear masks. Those attending would wait for ushers to guide people to pews to ensure distancing. There would be no singing, but there could be instrumental music. If the eucharist is offered, there will only be bread, which would be delivered to attendees in their pews rather than going to the altar rail. At the end of the service, ushers would remind people to exit rather than linger to keep appropriate distancing. There would be no café or Christian education. As you can see, the gathering would be quite different from our traditional worship service and, given the increasing rate of new cases recently, it will likely be a while longer before Trinity can offer in-person worship after the plan is approved.    

 

Coffee Hour will continue this Sunday at 9:30 am. Information was sent in the newsletter.

 

Online Sunday School this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a 40 to 50-minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom.

 

Youth Group will not meet this Sunday. The next meeting will be Sunday, December 6th. 

 

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.

 

NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA 
"Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses", a Meditation for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, by Bishop Susan Goff, can be found here.

Highlights from the 226th Annual Convention can be found here.

 

NEWS FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Season 4 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast "The Way of Love" with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with the Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba [TAH-boh Mac-GO-bah], Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of Southern Africa. Archbishop Thabo’s life is punctuated with stories of hope and oppression, joy and anger, truth and reconciliation. The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is available on most podcast apps and at episcopalchurch.org. Visit the Way of Love podcast webpage to subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify. If you missed Seasons 1 and 2, or want to go back and listen again, individual episodes, including bonus episodes and reflection guides are here and here. Listen to Season 3 here.