The Tower

The Tower

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 

September 14, 2017 

THE HOLY EUCHARIST  is a the principal act of Christian worship on Sundays.  So often we take words and meanings for granted.  The Spiritual Life Committee determined last Spring that the Eucharist would be the subject of our Fall Series this year.  We will begin our series this Sunday, September 17 at the 10:00 AM service with an Instructed Eucharist—a celebration with commentary throughout.  Then beginning on Thursday, September 21 we will do more study following a soup, salad, dessert and bread supper.  Supper begins at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  We will make sure to have everyone on their way home not later than 7:30 PM.  The series will continue on Thursdays, September 28 and October 5. 

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM began anew on Sunday, September 10.  As always this time of the year we are in search of teachers for our wonderful children.  If you would be willing to help, please see either Mary Lee Blue or the Rector.  Teachers are in place for the first quarter.  As is our custom, children and teens are asked to follow the Cross from the Church during the last verse of the Processional Hymn to the Parish House for classes.  They will return to the church to take communion with their family.  

OUR BOOK CLUB has finished the Book on which they were working.  The new book is The Jesus Heist: Rescuing the Gospel from the Church by C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas.  We will continue our discussions on  Mondays, September 18 and 25 beginning at 9:30 AM in the Parlor of Trinity House.  As is our custom, we promise to finish by 11:00 AM.    Please join us!

ALTAR FLOWER SIGN UP is on the Board in the Narthex of the church (Notice it has been moved).  The flowers are $30 for each week.  You will be called for your designation and you can put your check in the plate.  Flowers are then distributed to sick, shut ins and nursing homes following the services on Sunday by the Altar Guild.  We are grateful to all of you who participate in this ministry.  In addition we have now been able to provide Organ Flowers for your designation.  They too are $30.00.  There is a NEW sign-up sheet in the narthex.  The system is the same as for Altar Flowers.

THE REITRED MENS GROUP will meet next on Thursday, September 21 beginning at 8:00 Am at the Bavarian Inn.  All retired and semi-retired men are invited are encouraged to attend.

TRINITY HAS SPACES on our beautiful grounds that are gardens.  Those gardens need special attention all summer.  As a result we have formed a Garden GuildShannon Taylor has agreed to be the coordinator of the group.  Please let her know that you will help.  We are so grateful for all the weeds already pulled and the new plants that are in the ground!!  Many thanks to all who have been helping keep our ground so beautiful this summer.  Additional help is always welcome.

KERYGMA is a focused Bible Study program.  Last year a group used the program under the guidance of the Rev. Charles Holder to study the Psalms.  This year they are studying The Parables of Jesus.  Sessions meet just after the 10:00 AM Sunday service twice a month in the Parlor.  See Father Holder for information.

THE VESTRY will meet in regular session after their summer hiatus on Tuesday, September 19 beginning at 7:15 PM in the Parlor of Trinity House.  All members are encouraged to be present.  If your presence is not possible please let the Office know as soon as possible.

IT FINALLY HAPPENED.  Our 30 year old oil fired boiler that provides heat for the church has died.  We are delighted to report that as a result of your overwhelming generosity we have the money to replace it.  We are particularly grateful to Betty Ramsay who gave us $10,000 in memory of Dave and put us way over the top.  It has been ordered and should be in place well before heating season begins.   

THE DEVASTATION FROM HURRICANES HARVEY  AND IRMA is moving to all of us.  Our continued prayers are with the people of Texas and Florida.  The easiest and most effective way to help is through Episcopal Relief and Development.  See the following link. .

PARKING behind the church is very limited during the week.  It will get more congested soon when Treasure Kids begins anew and our teachers need to park as well as the Thrift Shop workers on Thursday.  As a rule there are no available spaces Monday through Thursday in the mornings.  Please respect the Reserved Parking signs at all times.  Also if you are going to park in our parking lot in the afternoons, please let the Office know.  From time to time it has become necessary in the past to have interlopers towed and we certainly don’t want it to be you!

WE JUST PRE-PURCHASED PROPANE for the coming heating season.  Doing that allows us to capture the best possible price for the season.  We are grateful for the income from Martins, Food Lion, and Sheetz cards that allows us to be able to do that each year.  Please keep using those cards!

THE SYMPATHY OF THE CONGREGATION is extended to Margaret and the family of Lowell Writt, who died September 5.  A service will be held here at Trinity on Saturday, September 30 beginning at noon in the Church with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Our sympathy is also extended to Richard Blue and his family on the recent death of his mother, Frances Blue.

“May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon them.” 


8 a.m. Chalice:  Mike Jacobs                       10 a.m. Chalice: Henry Evans

Lesson and Psalm: Hans Fogle (Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114)

Epistle: Hans Fogle (Romans 14:1-12)

Prayers: Shannon Taylor (Rite II, Form IV)

Coffee Hour:  Melissa and Bill Chapman

Greeters: Rick and Shannon Taylor

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

Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis; Annette vanHilst; Sue Collins; Jo Ann Knode; Margaret Coe; Janice Smith; Aileen Boyd; Jane Cook; Elaine Dorosh; Libby Sturm

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder                     Backup Layreader for September: Jack Egle

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Katrinak and Flora and Roy Henderson.  

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

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Mary Lee and Richard Blue in celebration and thanksgiving of the marriage of Thomas Blue and Molly Rogers.


8 a.m. Chalice: Mike Jacobs                 10 a.m. Chalice: Henry Evans

Lesson and Psalm: Carol Mannel (Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45)

Epistle: Carol Mannel (Philippians 1:21-30)

Prayers: Renny Smith (Rite I)

Coffee Hour: Tom Miller

Greeters: Chris and Karissa Horowicz     

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

Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis; Annette vanHilst; Sue Collins; Jo Ann Knode; Margaret Coe; Janice Smith; Aileen Boyd; Jane Cook; Elaine Dorosh; Libby Sturm

Nursery:  Caitlin Degenfelder                       Backup Layreader for September: Jack Egle

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Katrinak and Flora and Roy Henderson.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Miller in loving memory of Donald Leslie and Ruth Leslie.