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
Email – trinityshep@citlink.net

Facebook: Trinity Episcopal Church Shepherdstown

 


Staff

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  

December 6, 2018

KERYGMA CLASS will be held December 9th, please join us in Trinity House following 10am worship at about 11:45. A 2019 schedule of classes will be available at that time. See Charlie Holder with questions.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS AND GREENS: As is our tradition, we will decorate the Church with poinsettias and pine garland for Christmas. Your contributions “in thanksgiving for…”
or “in memory of…” will be gratefully received. Please send a contribution with your designation no later than December 17. Contributions may be mailed to the office or put in the Offering Plate. Email is preferable for designations: trinitys@trinitys.comcast.net.

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CARING CUPBOARD, Thursday, December 13 and 20 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Pack and deliver bags of food to our local children in need. This is a fun ministry and a great chance to help Shepherdstown students.
Contact the office to volunteer: trinitys@trinitys.comcast.net

ANGEL TREE AND TOYS FOR TOTS
Trinity is offering two ways for you to help children & families in need this Christmas season. First, we have a Toys for Tots collection box at the front of the sanctuary for you to donate unwrapped toys for all ages. Second, we have “adopted” four families from Shenandoah Women’s Shelter. Their needs are listed on tags on our Angel Tree. These gifts should be returned to church unwrapped with tag attached no later than December 6th.
We will also add tags for Cleary Grove Nursing Home residents. Thank you for your kindness.

OUR J2A/RITE 13 class is in full swing for this year. We are grateful to Kristin Henson, Bill Simmons, Kelsey LaRose, Kirsten Grimm, and John Bryant all of whom share the leadership. Recently, it was decided that beginning in December, on the first Sunday of the month, the class will be in Church for the service so that they have that experience as well.

OUR BOOK CLUB will meet on December 10th and 17th at 9:30am in the parlor. We are reading, Thirsty for God, A Brief History of Christian Spirituality by Bradley Holt. New folks are always welcome.

THE VESTRY WILL MEET on Sunday, December 16th between 8am and 10am worship. Please let the office know if you cannot attend.

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. Please get yours on Sunday or arrange for week day pick up.

THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be held Sunday, December 23rd at 10am.
Sign-up sheets for the Pageant were sent home with Sunday School students and are available in the Fellowship Hall. All ages are invited to participate! We need players, narrators and cast coaches. Rehearsals are during Sunday School on December 9, 16. Dress rehearsal and pizza party on Saturday, December 22 from 10am -12:30pm. Contact Julie Study with questions: studyjb@comcast.net or 757-876-5390.

GREETERS WANTED: Do you know the best way to start a Sunday service? Be a greeter!
Sign-up to welcome our congregation and guests to worship. It’s a great way to get to know new people and put a smile on your face. Email the office if you can help pass out bulletins and shake hands one Sunday in the New Year. trinitys@trinitys.comcast.net

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord:

Sunday, December 23 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist and Christmas Pageant

Christmas Eve, December 24 5:30 PM Setting of the Creche and Holy Eucharist
10:30 PM Christmas Concert
11:00 PM Candlelight Service of Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day, December 25 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Christmas I, December 30 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 Lesson and Carols and Holy Eucharist

TRINITY DEPENDS almost totally on your generosity with us. We do not have large sums in investment accounts or endowments. That means that our Annual Pledge Campaign for the next year is particularly important as we prepare our Budget for the next year. You have received a letter and a Pledge Card from us. You are also being asked to pledge to our Building Fund. We still have a little over $500,000 in a loan from the construction of the Fellowship Hall. Money pledged to the Building Fund is primarily used to pay the loan. We hope that you will prayerfully consider your giving for next year and return the card as soon as possible either through the Offering Plate or in the mail.

THE TRINITY CHOIR NEEDS YOU! The choir, like most of the ministries at Trinity, is composed of dedicated and willing volunteers. The choir continues to face an acute shortage of regular singers, particularly in the upper (women’s) voices. If you enjoy singing, please prayerfully examine whether you are willing to share your voice with the community of the faithful here at Trinity by singing in the choir. Choir rehearsal is held following coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. The ability to read music is a plus but is not required. If you are interested, please see David Bryant.

WE ARE GRATEFUL to all who helped with our Living Nativity this year. Though the weather did not cooperate we moved inside the church and in addition to being in the Christmas Parade there were 8 fully staffed showings.
We are so grateful to all who participated and especially to Bob Study who coordinated it all.
We are also grateful to all who helped with our Cookie Walk, especially to Elaine Dorosh who coordinated it all and to Bill Simmons for his famous barbeque. Once all the expenses were paid, we netted almost $1600 for Youth Ministry.
Thank you to all who helped, made soup, and to all who baked the 100 dozen cookies that were sent out the door!

ASSISTANTS –DECEMBER 9, 2018 / SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

8 a.m. Chalice: Annette van Hilst 10 a.m. Chalice: Bob Devlin

Lesson and Psalm: Carol Mannel (Malachi 3: 1-4 and Canticle 16)

Epistle: Hans Fogle (Philippians 1:3-11)

Prayers: Christel Devlin (Rite II Form I)

Coffee Hour: Beverly Van Metre

Greeters: Richard and Mary Lee Blue

Acolytes: Jimmy Goldsboro; Sam Goldsboro; Jackson Thompson, Ashlee Study,
Scott Lenard, Max Romine, Nathan Rouse, Elizabeth Krogstad

Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis, Annette van Hilst, Sue Collins, Jo Ann Knode, Margaret Coe,
Aileen Boyd, Jane Cook, Elaine Dorosh, Libby Strum, Carolyn Banks

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder Backup Layreader for December: Christel Devlin

ASSISTANTS –DECEMBER 16, 2018 / THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

8 a.m. Chalice: Mike Jacobs 10 a.m. Chalice: Bill Baker

Lesson and Psalm: Shannon Taylor (Zephaniah 3:14-20, Canticle 9)

Epistle: Carol Mannel (Philippians 4: 4-7)

Prayers: Dale Walter (Rite I)

Coffee Hour: Jan Hafer

Greeters: Steve Hutzell and Tom Harris

Acolytes: Jimmy Goldsboro; Sam Goldsboro; Jackson Thompson, Ashlee Study,
Scott Lenard, Max Romine, Nathan Rouse, Elizabeth Krogstad

Altar Guild: Jenny Hollis, Annette van Hilst, Sue Collins, Jo Ann Knode, Margaret Coe,
Aileen Boyd, Jane Cook, Elaine Dorosh, Libby Strum, Carolyn Banks

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder Backup Layreader for December: Christel Devlin