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News and Upcoming Events

WORSHIP RESOURCES:
Trinity's Good News Daily ("the blue thing") can be found here.
Readings for July 12, can be found here.
Online Worship - Sundays - Washington National Cathedral
Trinity's Facebook page
 offers a variety of at-home resources every day. Keep in touch here.
 

Office Update - Denise Symonds, Trinity's Office Manager, will be out of the office starting July 13, 2020 due to knee surgery. Priscilla Turner, Office Assistant/Webmaster, will handle office duties while Denise is recovering. Please email Priscilla newsletter items, updates to the prayer list and any pastoral care concerns. Her email is pturner@trinity-fredericksburg.org.

 

Rebuilding Together - As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the Fredericksburg Rebuilding Together leadership is trying to get an idea of what support can be marshaled to help with this year's delayed Rebuilding Together efforts. No date has yet been set and, I'm presuming, will be based on level of anticipated support. Since having a sign-up list isn't practical, please let Geoff Pomroy know if you're available, willing, and/or interested in this year's program. Please send him and e-mail at g_w_pegasus@yahoo.com to provide him your information and/or ask any questions. Thanks for your consideration.

 

Our efforts in the process of calling a new rector are ongoing and steadfast. We appreciate your continued prayers for the candidates, discernment committee, and our parish during the discernment period. Trinity Discernment Committee

 

Annual Meeting - Yes, we will have an Annual Meeting. No, we don't know when it will be. We have discussed holding a Zoom meeting but do not believe we can guarantee that everyone will be able to participate on this platform, a requirement of the Diocese to hold a virtual meeting. We are very certain that we want to be sure every parishioner has an equal opportunity to participate. For now, the officers and Vestry members already elected are extending their terms. When we can meet, we will elect 4 new members and new officers who will comprise the Executive Committee. Until then, we assure you both the Executive Committee and the Vestry continue to meet and make decisions for Trinity.

 

Micah Ministries is sponsoring a high school Planning Group for Justice to be organized by Ritta Amstead (Shiloh Baptist Church - Old Site). The purpose will be to bring young people together to discuss questions such as the role of the church, of the community, of elected officials. The group will provide a safe space for discussion of such issues. Micah is requesting two high school students from each of the nine Micah churches to participate in the discussion and perhaps plan for a larger group discussion at a later time. For now, the meetings will be on Zoom. Please contact Claire Curcio or Sam Burton if you would be willing to be a high school representative from Trinity to participate in this important discussion.

 

Vestry Meeting Highlights June 2020—The June Vestry meeting included the following items: In the May Treasurer’s report, Val Folden noted that collections were at 43% of the annual budget, partly because several Trinitarians had prepaid their 2020 giving. Non-pledge giving was below budget, as expected since we are not holding worship services at Trinity. Expenses were only about 36% of budget mainly because we are not paying a full-time rector. (Five months of the year would be 42%.) There was discussion about resuming worship services, but the Vestry agreed that until we have further guidance from the Diocese, we will continue to suspend worship services in our building. In opening a discussion on dismantling racism in America, several suggestions were made about possible activities. Suggestions included reading a book or watching a movie and then offering discussions via internet-based meeting software such as Zoom or inviting a speaker or panel discussion via Zoom. After the discussion there was a proposal to put up a sign in support of our community and a committee was appointed to recommend wording back to the Vestry. Barry Holliday reported that the Technology Committee was looking into ways to continue to broadcast or live-stream worship services after we re-gather for physical worship at Trinity. Lastly, the Vestry agreed to designate the Trinity Sunday offering for School Dressing Days.

 

Cultivating Community: Carrying the Load - While some of our churches are still closed, Micah Ecumenical Ministries continues to help those in our community. They are always in need of volunteers and supplies. Read more about ways you might help on their Facebook page here.

 

Vacation Bible School - Join us for Compassion Camp, an online VBS, this summer! We will learn some new songs, play games, do arts and crafts, and learn about compassion and how we can show compassion to others. Compassion Camp will be five weeks long instead of five consecutive days. It will meet at the normal Zoom Sunday school time of Sundays at 10:30 a.m. beginning July 12th. There will also be a 30 minute mid-week check-in session. These could be held on either Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., or Tuesdays or Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Please email Sam Burton at sburton@trinity-fredericksburg.org to let her know if you are interested in online VBS and which mid-week session time would be best for your family so that at-home materials can be prepared. “Be loved, Be Kind, Be You!” 

 

United Thank Offering presents the Inaugural Great EpisGOpal Race! The United Thank Offering (UTO) invites all to support the 2020 Ingathering by joining them in gratitude, grabbing a pair of sneakers, and racing YOUR way in the Great EpisGOpal Virtual Race. Anytime between July 22 - July 31, choose a preferred mode and distance and race to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Participants can bike a 10K, run a half marathon, skate a mile, and more—the options are limitless. All of the funds that are raised will be collected for the 2020 UTO Ingathering and dispersed to ministries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking for some friendly competition? Start a team with friends, church, or diocese and see how far the team can collectively go. Registration is just $15 with the option to purchase a race shirt with an amazing original design by Chris Corbin. With a whole week to complete the event, UTO asks that participants please adhere to all CDC recommended social distancing guidelines, maintain a safe distance from others, and avoid trails and walking paths during peak times. To learn more about the race and how to participate, click here.

 

United Thank Offering - More than $1 million awarded in 2020 for Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion mission and ministry and young adult, seminarian grants. To see a list of recipients, click here.

 

Forward Day by Day and Good News Daily - Reminder: copies of the Forward Day by Day and the Good News Daily are available in the wooden box outside the Ida Beck doors. You are free to take copies. Please let the office know if there are no more copies or if the box has turned up missing.

 

Online Sunday School!! Families with children are invited to join us at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings for a 30 – 40 minute Sunday school lesson on Zoom. Contact Sam Burton for more information.

 

Youth Group Meeting Via Zoom!! Youth are invited to join us for a youth group meeting via Zoom on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Contact Sam Burton for more information.

 

Campus Ministry will continue to meet through the summer on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm! We would like to invite all college students (no matter which college!) to gather with us by Zoom. Find the event on our Facebook page.

 

NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA

Welcome Bishop Porter Taylor to the Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Taylor joins us as the Assisting Bishop. Find out more about Bishop Taylor here.

 

This week's Diocesan Meditation from Bishop Porter Taylor "Lighting Small Fires to Bring About Lifelong Change" may be found here.

 

Parish Youth Ministries is seeking applications for committee membership for 2020-21. Find more information or how to apply here.

 

 

NEWS FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Habits of Grace, July 7, 2020 - An invitation for you from Bishop Michael Curry. Please read more here.

 

The Episcopal Church invites everyone to participate in Good News Gardens. Join the movement to Plant, Pray & Proclaim! More information can be found here.

 

Season 3 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. To read more about the podcast, click here.

 

The Episcopal Church encourages support of the DREAM ACT. The Episcopal Church has long advocated for legislation that protects Dreamers and offers a pathway to citizenship. Through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows those brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation, nearly 800,000 Dreamers have come forward, passed background checks, and been granted permission to live and work legally in the U.S. Ending DACA in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic would be detrimental to the health and safety of families and communities around the country. For more information, click here.

 

 

Last Published: July 8, 2020 9:29 PM