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Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church
PO Box 308 (200 German St., corner of Church & German Sts.)
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

(304) 876-6990
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The Rev. Dr. George T. (GT) Schramm, Rector
The Rev. Frank Coe, Priest Associate
The Rev. Charlie Holder, Priest Associate
Ms. Diane Johnston, Parish Administrator
Mrs. Lora Hammersla, Organist
Mr. David Bryant, Choir Director 

April 12, 2018

REMEMBER  THAT EASTER  LASTS  FOR 50 DAYS!  Our Holy Week and Easter services were wonderful and we are grateful to so many for their help.  Our Seder was taken care of by Amy DuBrueler, Jean Jacobs, the Asams and the Bavarian Inn and all who helped with the cooking and setting up: Judy Michael, Tom Miller, Jenny Hollis, Roy Winkel, Margaret Coe, Anne Belota, Carolyn Banks, Aileen Boyd  Thank you to all who read for Tenebrae on Good Friday.  We are grateful to all who kept watch through the night, to all of the members of the Altar Guild who seemed to work almost constantly, to Lora Hammersla, David Bryant, and our Choir for wonderful music, and to all who provided for Easter lilies that so beautified the Church.  Many Thanks to Eunice Earle for processing over 1,000.00 items to ensure that we had a sufficient amount of Easter Bulletins.  And we are also thankful for the Easter Bunny (Michelle Casuccio) who hopped in to visit us and to Sarah’s Sewing Group who filled the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. Keep raising those Alleluias!

OUR BOOK CLUB meets on Mondays at 9:30 AM in the Parlor of Trinity House.  Currently we are reading our way through The Jesus Heist written by The Rt. Rev. Andrew Doyle.  New folks are always welcome.  Next Sessions are on Mondays, April 16 and 23.

THERE IS A NEW COFFEE HOUR SIGN UP SHEET FOR 2018 on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  Please begin to fill in the dates you are willing to serve.   More than one family can serve together.

THE NEW COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT SAFETY here at Trinity met.  We have met with the Shepherdstown Police Department who was very helpful.  The Committee will meet next on Sunday, April 15 in the Parlor following the 10:00 AM service.   We are also in consultation with other organizations to see what security measures they employ.

AS WARMER WEATHER APPROACHES it is time to begin thinking about the lawn and gardens here at Trinity.  Shannon Taylor is gathering the Garden Guild back into work mode.  They are planning to begin with some raking and cleaning up the beds and then proceed to more beautification projects.  If you can help please let Shannon know as soon as possible.  A special day of mulching, etc. will be held on Saturday April 21 beginning at 10:00 AM.

IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO BEGIN TO PLAN TO GO TO PETERKIN. Summer Camp registration forms and camp descriptions for Peterkin 2018 are available on our website.  If you have any questions, please contact the Peterkin office at 304-822-4519.   Printable forms can be found at   As always Trinity provides at least one half scholarships for those who attend.  Please get your forms back to the Office.  If you intend to go, it is most helpful if we make the reservation prior to May 1 so that you and Trinity get the offered discount.

THE SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION is extended to Ann Taylor and her family on the recent death of her husband, Michael TaylorMay Mike’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon them.”

THE VESTRY will meet in regular session on Tuesday, April 17 beginning at 7:15 PM in the Parlor.  If you cannot attend please let the Office know as soon as possible.

A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL QUARTER began on April 8.  We are grateful to Molly, Michael, Beth McCook and Amy Leonard who taught the last quarter and to Mia Humphreys and Jan Hafer who will teach Preschool, Liz Metz who will teach Primary and Elizabeth Cuthbert who will teach Intermediate this quarter.   

OUR PROGRAM SELLING   Martin’s, Food Lion and Sheetz Gift Cards have started to count again for 2018.  In 2017 we sold over $100,000 cards.  Trinity gets about 5% of what we sell.

THE ST. JAMES SCHOOL CHOIR who has just returned from a tour of England will be here at Trinity on Saturday, April 14 for a concert sponsored by Friends of Music that begins at 7:30 PM.  Please contact FOM at 304.876.5765 for more information.  Proceeds will be shared with Trinity Treasure Kids.

OUR NEW PICTIORIAL DIRECTORIES HAVE ARRIVED!  Of course there are some mistakes and changes despite our best efforts.  If you have corrections to the directory, please email them to the Office as soon as possible.  We will provide a list of changes in the coming days.  Soon, too, the Directory will be available on line.  Instructions are coming soon.

YOU ARE INVITED to a concert featuring Brendan May and Peter Magen at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on May 2 beginning at 7:30 PM.  Proceeds from the concert will go to World Hunger projects.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN UP for Altar and Organ flowers in the coming months.  There are spaces available for both.  Each is $40.  If you do not provide the designation you will be called to see how you would like your flower memorial designated that day.  Remember that the Altar Guild distributes them to shut-ins following the Sunday services.

OUR SPRING FLING organized by Mark and Elaine Dorosh for last Saturday evening was an absolutely delightful evening of music.  We are sorry so many of you missed it.  Nonetheless, a great time was had by those who were here and some money raised for the Building Fund.  Many thanks to Mark and Elaine.


8 a.m. Chalice:  Mark Abdy                 10 a.m. Chalice: Bill Baker

Lesson and Psalm: Bob Singdahlsen (Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4)

Epistle: Shannon Taylor (1 John 3:1-7)

Prayers: Christel Devlin (Rite II, Form IV)

Coffee Hour:  Carol and Erwin Asam

Greeters: Paula Lelansky and Aileen Boyd

Acolytes: Kira Baldau; Olivia Pierce; Ashley Study; Molly McCook; Madison McCook; Scott Leonard; Max Romine

Altar Guild: Lane Donley; Lucille Waltz (emeritus); Wendy Moseley (emeritus); Flora Henderson; Pat Egle; Bonnie Austin; Sue Lane; Amy Debreuler; Judy Michael; Melissa Chapman

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder                     Backup Layreader for April: Bob Singdahlsen

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Katrinak.


8 a.m. Chalice: Tom Miller                10 a.m. Chalice: Bob Devlin

Lesson and Psalm: Sam Cuthbert (Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23)

Epistle: Hans Fogle (1 John 3:16-24)

Prayers: Sam Cuthbert (Rite I)

Coffee Hour: Paula Lelansky and Jenny Hollis

Greeters: Steve Hutzell and Tom Harris

Acolytes: Will and Hannah Moerschel; Olivia Asam; Campbell Asam; Jimmie Goldsboro; Sam Goldsboro; Jackson Thompson

Altar Guild: Lane Donley; Lucille Waltz (emeritus); Wendy Moseley (emeritus); Flora Henderson; Pat Egle; Bonnie Austin; Sue Lane; Amy Debreuler; Judy Michael; Melissa Chapman

Nursery:  Caitlin Degenfelder                       Backup Layreader for April:  Bob Singdahlsen

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Katrinak.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God in thanksgiving and celebration of David and Margaret Coe’s 53rd wedding anniversary and son David’s 51st birthday.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by GT Schramm and the Schramm Family in celebration of Susie Schramm’s Birthday on April 24.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Melissa and Bill Chapman in celebration and thanksgiving of Marian’s second Birthday.