News and Upcoming Events


The GEMS meeting, celebrating Christmas, will be held on Dec. 11th, at 12:30 PM, in Barber Hall. Elizabeth Ciresi, a harpist, will perform. Ham, dessert and drinks will be provided. If possible, please bring a holiday side dish. Please remember your gift for Toys for Tots. Contact Sug Clingenpeel (540-840-6255) or Joan Rice (540-755-2353) if you have any questions regarding this meeting.


The Health Ministry Committee cordially invites Caregivers to a HOLIDAY BRUNCH on December 12th. If you are a caregiver who has attended any of our support meetings over the last few years, we hope you will join us for some food and fellowship in the Lounge from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Chase (540-226-2628).


BAPTISMAL CLASSES will begin on Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. in preparation for the baptisms that will take place during the 11 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, January 11, 2020 when we commemorate Jesus’ own baptism in the Jordan River.


The CHAMBER CHORALE OF FREDERICKSBURG is performing a winter concert, “Rejoice! A Celebration of Hope, Joy and Peace” at Trinity on Saturday, December 14th.  There will be two seatings, one at 3:00 PM and one at 7:30 PM.  The concert will feature a collection of holiday music including Randol Allen Bass’s Gloria, Martini’s “Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina”; excerpts from Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” and chorale excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, available in advance at


SUPPORTING GRIEVING PERSONS DURING THE HOLIDAYS—Most everyone knows a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker who has lost someone and is struggling with how to deal with the holidays. Coping while grieving especially when others around you appear to be in a festive mood can be exhausting. Come join Randall Clingenpeel in the lounge at 10:20 AM on Sunday, December 15 for pointers on how to help grievers cope with the holidays.


CLUB 45 will meet on Sunday, December 15 from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Jamison Hall.  We will have lunch together and watch a movie.  Please bring a holiday snack to share.


CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS will decorate the church this Christmas. The cost is $10 per plant. If you wish to donate a plant, envelopes are available in the church entryway. Please place your donation in the offering or bring it to the office by Monday, December 16th.


Join us Sunday, December 22, at 12:15 p.m. for fellowship, food, and a little bit of work as we observe the annual GREENING OF THE CHURCH.  Help prepare Trinity for our upcoming celebration of Christmas—and get to know some other folks in the process.


This year’s CHRISTMAS SPECIAL OFFERING will go to Micah Ecumenical Ministries to support the powerful work that we share in caring for the homeless and struggling people in our area.  Please make your checks payable to Trinity Church with Micah in the memo, use your Christmas Offering envelope, or go to Trinity’s website and click on Online Giving and include Micah in the memo.  Many homeless people make do on $2.00 a day; how many days will you be able to give to make a difference in 2020?


The Vestry has approved the establishment of a LENDING AND RESEARCH LIBRARY at Trinity offering reading and audio/visual material on a broad range of religious and spiritual subjects. The library will also serve as a one-stop information center for church-connected activities and volunteer programs.  A recently-formed committee (Beth Schroeder, Robin Barrett, Tom Rotella, and Selby McCash) is planning the project. Committee membership is open to all interested Trinity members.  The projected opening of the library is early spring. It will be located in the opposite end of the Ida Beck Chapel where bookcases will be installed and the art work currently displayed on the walls will be relocated. Donations will be requested prior to the opening. Although a previous Trinity library was closed for lack of use, planners believe the new library can be made more useful by maintaining a more comprehensive and relevant collection.   


ELECTRONIC GIVING—Small laminated cards are available in a basket at the back of the church for those who want to participate in the worship service by placing something in the offering plate but actually give their money on-line. Prudence Jarvis brought us the idea and made the cards. If you give electronically and wish to have the tangible experience of Sunday participation, please pick up one of the cards when you come in and place it in the plate during the offering. If you don’t now give electronically, you can take a picture with your phone of the QR code on the back of the card and be directed to the Trinity site that shows you how to begin doing that. We are so thankful for the generosity of Trinitarians, however you wish to deliver it.


DONATIONS FOR OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS—It’s Cold Weather Sheltering time again in Fredericksburg, which brings with it van loads of hungry homeless to our Friday Micah Breakfasts. Our numbers have swollen to 60 guests already this year. This has made it important for us to ask our Trinity Family for help. Our volunteers supply the food necessary for one breakfast a month, along with some donations of toiletries, socks and warm clothes. But when the numbers spike this time of year, we could really use your help! If you travel regularly and stay in hotels, would you consider bringing your unused hotel shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, etc. to Trinity? Also, as you purchase or are gifted with NEW warm sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, would consider bringing your give away items for our Micah Breakfast friends? We will have a marked bin in the church entryway to receive your donations. Thank you in advance for your generous support!


ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available on the table in the narthex. There are several to choose from; one for families with children, one for teens and young adults, and two different ones for adults. Please choose one that you feel will enrich your devotional time during this holy season.


ADVENT BOOKLETS containing readings and prayers for use with Advent wreaths are available on the table in the narthex.


MICAH - Winter solutions - meet people where they are! MICAH is seeking donations to cultivate community and care for our neighbors. Would you donate $25 for a sleeping bag or tent; or take some new long johns, hats, gloves or hand warmers to Micah? Maybe you're handy and can help with winter maintenance on the Cold Weather shelter. There are many other ways to volunteer or donate. Call Lori at (540) 479-4116 x11 for more information.


ACOLYTE TRAINING – Youth in grades six through twelve interested in becoming acolytes are encouraged to contact Harry Dickinson at 540-785-6023 or so we can arrange a time for training.




Last Published: December 8, 2019 5:53 PM