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 

November 21, 2017

 COME AND GIVE THANKS!  There will be a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day here at Trinity Church.  We have so much for which to be grateful.

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK will be held on Saturday, December 2 in the Fellowship Hall. We are in search of helpers to bag and mark cookies on Friday, December 1 and for kitchen helpers on Saturday.  If you can help, please speak to Elaine Dorosh.   Also, please begin baking cookies for us to sell.  We need over 100 dozen.  The Fellowship Hall will be open beginning at 9:00 AM on December 1 to receive cookies.   

TREASURE KIDS SPAGHETTI DINNER  was a great success thank to the generosity of so many.  Almost $2800 was raised to support this wonderful program.  Please remember that no child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM has begun to prepare for this year’s Christmas Pageant which will be held on Sunday, December 17 as part of the 10:00 AM service.  Parents are encouraged to have their children here for Sunday School for ongoing practice of the story and songs.   Julie Study is in charge so please speak to her to make certain we know your child is part of the Pageant.   Dress Rehearsal and Pizza Party is Saturday, December 16 beginning at 10:00 AM.

OUR ANNUAL MEETING was held on Sunday November 19.  Bill Chapman, Alice Wilson, Tom Miller and Bob Study were elected to 3 year terms on the Vestry.  Jean Jacobs, Kirsten Grimm, and Tom Miller were elected Convention Delegates for 2108 and David and Margaret Coe were elected Alternates.  A Budget for 2018 in the amount of $31874 (and increase of 2.5%) was passed.   

YOU HAVE RECEIVED PLEDGE CARDS FOR 2018.  Please fill your card out and return it to us as soon as possible.  Please remember that Trinity has no large pots of money out there to draw upon.  We depend almost totally and solely on the generosity of our parishioners—YOU! 

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, November 27 and December 4 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 $40 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 $40.00.  There is a NEW sign-up sheet in the narthex.  The system is the same as for Altar Flowers.  Please note the price increase from the florist.  

OUR THRIFT SHOP does not employ anyone.  It is operated solely by volunteers which allows us to distribute almost all of the proceeds to the community.  The Shop is in need of new volunteers.  If you can help, please speak to Aileen Boyd or call the office.   

OUR ANNUAL PRESENTATON OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS, known as the Living Nativity will take place this year on Saturday, November 25 at 5, 6, and 7 in the evening and on December 2 in the Christmas parade and at 12 and 1 and again at 5, 6, and 7 in the evening..  There are signup sheets in the Fellowship Hall on the table.  This is a wonderful outreach from Trinity.  Please help us by being part of it.   

PARKING behind the church is very limited during the week.  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!

THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE will meet in the Parlor of Trinity House beginning at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 7.  We welcome interested people to be part of the committee.

WE ARE GRATEFUL to Tom Miller for repairs in Trinity House and to Cam Trowbridge for raking leaves, Paula Lelansky and Melissa for managing the Shenandoah Women’s Group Christmas Gift Project, and to Frank Coe for all kinds of odds and ends to keep us going. Also, many thanks to Melissa Chapman for making our Veteran’s commemoration such a special affair.

THERE ARE TWO OPPORTUNITES FOR YOU TO HELP THIS CHRSITMAS.  We have adopted four families in cooperation with Shenandoah Women’s Center this year.  Tags for requests by the families are on the tree now in the Narthex (thanks to Mellissa Chapman and Paula Lelansky).  Those gifts should not be wrapped but should be returned with the tag attached no later than December 17.  Also in the Narthex is a box to receive new toys for “Toys for Tots”.  The box will remain there until December 23 for your use.  Toys should not be wrapped.

“God is hidden in plain sight.”  The Rev. Richard Rohr



8 a.m. Chalice:  Mark Abdy                       10 a.m. Chalice: Ted Walton

Lesson and Psalm: Hans Fogle (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Psalm 100

Epistle: Bob Singdalsen (1 Ephesians 1:15-23)

Prayers: Renny Smith (Rite II, Form IV)

Coffee Hour:  Julie and Bob Study

Greeters:    Kris MacNichols and Paula Lelansky 

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

Altar Guild: Shannon Taylor; Rozzy Garner; Anne Small; Vicki Lanham; Jane McSwain; Kris MacNichols; Roy Winkel; Paula Lelansky; Michelle Cassucio

Nursery: Caitlin Degenfelder                     Backup Layreader for November: Renny Smith

ORGAN FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Tom Miller in thanksgiving and in glory to God.

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

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Hank and Dale Walter in thanksgiving and celebration of their daughter, Anne Sechler’s Birthday.

          ASSISTANTS –DECEMBER 3, 2017 ADVENT 1 

 8 a.m. Chalice: Tom Miller                  10 a.m. Chalice: Bill Baker

Lesson and Psalm: Jack Egle (Isaiah 64: 1-9, Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18)

Epistle: Carol Mannel (Corinthians 1:3-9)

Prayers: Elizabeth Cuthbert (Rite I)

Coffee Hour: 1st Sunday Breakfast 

Greeters: Shannon and Rick Taylor       

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 December: Renny Smith

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.