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December 11th

Elf Sunday

As we begin the holiday season please consider signing up to provide gifts to a child.


This year, Trinity is responding to a special request. We are adopting 15 children who are in the care of grandparents. We will be using sign up genius again this year; look for the link in next week’s newsletter.


The deadline to sign up will be December 7th. Contact Donna Krauss at dkrauss33@verizon.net with any questions. Thank you for you support. 

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Nov. 21, 10:30 am - Noon, in the Lounge

Drop-in Grief Support Group

Why have a grief support group meeting? 


The simplest reply is that grieving can be lonely, confusing, and exhausting. A support group can be a place where you can go and rest “Until You Find Strength” (title of a new book by Jason F. Wright). 


While a grief support group cannot take away a grieving person’s pain, it can be a reminder you are not alone: a grief shared is a grief less heavy.


Trinity’s November meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, from 10:30 am – Noon, in the Lounge. 


Please use the William Street parking lot. For more details, contact Randall Clingenpeel at (540) 207-0660.

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Saturda, December 17th, 9 am, in Barber Hall

Breakfast with Santa

The Daughters of the King and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew are hosting Breakfast with Santa at Trinity on Saturday, December 17th at 9:00 am. There will be pancakes, hot chocolate, fun, and fellowship! 


Bring your cameras and make some memories with Santa! 


Sign up on the narthex table or email your information to Paige Kerby (paige.kerby1@gmail.com). Please include the names and ages of children attending and the number of accompanying adults in your sign up information. 


Sign up deadline is December 1st.

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News From Trinity's Library

I’d like to introduce you to a book in our library, Faith After Doubt by Brian McLaren.


Brian is an American pastor, author, and speaker. Richard Rohr writes, “Anything written by Brian McLaren is always filled with insight, courage, and creative theology, refining the meaning of orthodoxy in our time.” 


Brian asks these questions: “Was Jesus a fool to keep faith through his dying breath, to translate his feelings of forsakenness into a prayer? Was he a fool to think the legacy of the prophets, his cousin John, and his mother Mary were worth staying for, to save that legacy from corruption by the religious gatekeepers of his day? Was Jesus a fool to think that the tiny handful of people who got only a sliver of his message could outlive him and do greater things than he had done?  Are you willing to be that kind of fool?  I am.”


When I read this quote for the first time it stopped me in my tracks.  How might I answer McLaren’s question?  We have two copies of Faith After Doubt in our library. I’ve put them in the book rack across from Ida Beck.  Consider borrowing one and see what you think.


-Tom Rotella, Chair, Library Committee


What's Mother Cynthia Reading?

Looking for something to read this Summer? Here are just two selections from Mother Cynthia's own reading list!


Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown


In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.


To check out the book, click here.


The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker


Welcome to the era of white noise. Our lives are in constant tether to phones, to email, and to social media. In this age of distraction, the ability to experience and be present is often lost: to think and to see and to listen.


Enter Rob Walker's The Art of Noticing—an inspiring volume that will help you see the world anew. Through a series of simple and playful exercises—131 of them—Walker maps ways for you to become a clearer thinker, a better listener, a more creative workplace colleague, and finally, to rediscover what really matters to you.


To check out the book,click here.


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