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, Business Manager
Ms. Jennifer Perrotte, Admin Assistant
Mrs. Lora Hammersla, Organist
Mr. David Bryant, Choir Director   

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

THE FEAST OF ST FRANCIS OF ASISSI is commemorated on October 4.  This year we will celebrate it on Sunday,
September 30
with a service of Blessing of the Animals at “Mass on the Grass”.  
You are invited to bring your pets for a blessing as a part of the Holy Eucharist celebrated on the lawn between the Church and the Fellowship Hall.   Bring a chair if you like.  The morning will also include a potluck picnic.  Trinity will supply utensils and fried chicken and drinks.  A-M you are asked to bring salads and vegetables and M-Z you are asked to bring a dessert to share. The 8:00 AM service will be held as usual, but there will be no 9:00 AM Bible Study that morning.    In the unlikely event of rain we will move the service inside.  

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS IN SESSION – Sunday School takes place during the first part (Ministry of the Word) of our 10:00 AM service.  The children go to their classes during the first hymn and then return in time to take communion with their family.  The focus of Sunday School classes are the scripture readings for the day so both adults and children study the same lessons.  The Teen class is held in Trinity House at the same time.  Their focus is the material provided by the Journey to Adulthood series.  Make sure your child(ren) are part of this important program.   

OUR BOOK CLUB will meet on Mondays, Sept. 17 & 24 at 9:30 AM in the Parlor of Trinity House.  We have begun a new book, Thirsty for God, A Brief History of Christian Spirituality by Bradley Holt. New folks are always welcome.   

WARM WEATHER AND RAIN CONTINUE, and our grounds have seldom looked better.   There is still much to do and of course it will all require maintenance throughout the next few months.  If you can help, please contact Shannon Taylor (  

TRINITY THRIFT SHOP   Come see the “Fall Line” at the Trinity Thrift Shop! 104 S. Church in Shepherdstown.  We’re open Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 – 4:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 – 1:00 pm. Our proceeds are donated to local charities. We also accept donations of gently used clothing, books, kitchen items etc. Due to health and space issues, we cannot accept toys, VCR tapes, furniture, electronics such as TVs or computers etc.                       

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.  We have solved the recent problem with Food Lion cards.  Please get yours on Sunday or arrange for week day pick up.

THE VESTRY will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 18 beginning at 7:15 PM in the Parlor of Trinity House.  All members are encouraged to be present.  Please let the Office know if you cannot be here.   

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held here at Trinity on Saturday, September 22 beginning at 11:30 AM for John Campolieto“May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon them.” 

THE DAY OF HOPE WEEKEND, is this weekend, September 15-16. We will focus on prevention and recovery and the opioid crisis in our community.   On Saturday, September 15th in the evening, we will have a short worship service focused on recovery, followed by a candlelight vigil for those who have died from this disease.  On Sunday, we will have a guest speaker at our 10 am Sunday worship service, Mr. Michael Chalmers, owner and editor of the Observer.  After the service we will gather in the parish hall for fellowship and informal education on addiction.  For more information or to help, please contact:  Jan Hafer, chair of Trinity’s Opioid Crisis Committee at

OUR RETIRED MEN’S GROUP is back in full swing. The group meets the third Thursday of each month at the Bavarian Inn beginning at 8:00 AM for breakfast and stimulating conversation.  The next meeting is Thursday, September 20th.  All retired and semi-retired men are welcome! 

ALTAR & ORGAN FLOWERS: We have plenty of open Sundays for you to donate and dedicate flowers. Please use the board in the Narthex or contact Jennifer in the office.  Flowers are $40. Thank you for beautifying our sanctuary to the glory of God.  

JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMUNITY MINITRIES is in need of the following for their Food Pantry: tomato and chicken noodle soup, pork and beans, macaroni and cheese, syrup, pancake mix, canned fruit, canned chicken, rice, spaghetti sauce.   You may put your contribution in the Fellowship Hall.  

THE WOMENS CONFERENCE of the Diocese originally scheduled for September 28-30 at Peterkin has been cancelled  

AUTUMN AT PETERKIN will be held October 5-8 coinciding with the Columbus Day Weekend.  You may register for either two or three days.   Share this lightly structured weekend with family and friends in the beautiful Potomac Highlands.  Registration is available at  Tee-shirts are available until September 20.  

 ASSISTANTS – September 16, 2018 (PROPER 19)

8 a.m. Chalice:  Mike Jacobs                   10 a.m. Chalice: Shannon Taylor
Lesson and Psalm: Elizabet Cuthbert (Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19)
Epistle: Hans Fogle (James 3:1-12)
Prayers: Elizabeth Cuthbert (Rite II, Form V)
Coffee Hour:  Mike and Jean Jacobs
Greeters: Shannon and Rick Taylor
Acolytes: Ashley Study; Molly McCook; Madison McCook; Scott Leonard; Max Romine
Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis, Annette van Hilst, Sue Collins, JoAnn Knode, Margaret Coe, Janice Smith, Aileen Boyd, Jane Cook, Elaine Dorosh, Libby Strum, Carolyn Banks

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder                     Backup Layreader for September: Jack Egle  

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Aileen Boyd in loving memory of her parents, Edward and Margaret Hurd.  

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Bill and Melissa Chapman in thanks and celebration of Josephine’s 4th birthday.  


ASSISTANTS – September 23, 2018 (PROPER 20) 

8 a.m. Chalice: Mark Abdy                     10 a.m. Chalice: Bill Baker
Lesson and Psalm: Carol Mannel (Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1)
Epistle: Chazz Printz (James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a)
Prayers: Renny Smith (Rite I)
Coffee Hour: OPEN
Greeters: Steve Hutzell and Tom Harris
Acolytes: Will and Hannah Moerschel; Olivia Asam; Campbell Asam; Jimmie Goldsboro; Sam Goldsboro; Jackson Thompson
Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis, Annette van Hilst, Sue Collins, JoAnn Knode, Margaret Coe, Janice Smith, Aileen Boyd, Jane Cook, Elaine Dorosh, Libby Strum, Carolyn Banks

Nursery:  Caitlin Degenfelder                       Backup Layreader for September: Jack Egle  

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