Activities

What we do….AND lots of ways you can participate at Trinity!

 ACTIVITIES DURING SERVICES 

CHOIR – sings at 10:00 AM Sunday service, practices each Sunday following 10:00 service.

Choir Director Dave Bryant & Organist Lora Hammersla

  ACOLYTES – carry crosses, torches/ elements/flag or banner at 10:00 AM service; may serve at funerals & other functions; ages 8 years old and up.

2018-09-09 our Acolytes with leader Richard Blue-Scott Leonard, Max Romine, Elizabeth Krogstad, Sam Goldsborough, Jackson Thompson, Ashlee Study

LAY READERS – parishioners read lessons & psalms at both Sunday services.

CHALICE BEARERS – parishioners serve upon invitation by Trinity Rector.

GREETERS AND USHERS – parishioners greet at10:00 AM service; Ushers serve at funerals & other events as necessary.  

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Fellowship Hall 9:00 AM each Sunday (except for First Sunday Breakfast).

COFFEE HOUR – after 10:00 AM service Fellowship Hall; parishioners sign up to provide drinks &   snacks, set/clean up.

FIRST SUNDAY BREAKFAST – first Sunday each month 9:00 AM Fellowship Hall; parishioners cook  (beginning @ 7:00 AM), set/clean up for Coffee Hour.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Josephine Chapman holding hymnal for GT while he’s holding Marian Chapman

SUNDAY SCHOOL – Sunday after Labor Day-early June during 10:00 service; broken up into 4 terms. Trinity follows curriculum, with basic church teachings & lessons following lectionary cycle. Parishioners serve as Sunday school teachers for Preschool (ages 3-5), Elementary (grades K-2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Rite 13 (grades 6-8), and J2A (grades 9-12).

2018-09-09 Sunday School Teachers-sitting Elizabeth Cuthbert, Kristen Henson, Melissa Chapman, Co-Leader Anne Belota; standing Julie Study, Christel Devlin, Beth McCook

Sunday School Co-Leader and Teacher Mary Lee Blue
Sunday School Teacher Amy Leonard

NURSERY – available for children under 3 during 10:00 service.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL – for those too young to sit in church, generally mid-June-late August.

COMMUNITY BIBLE SCHOOL – week in July by Shepherdstown Ministerial Association

ADVENT – Children help our Rector begin the season

First Day of Advent Dec 2, 2018

 CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Sunday before Christmas by Sunday School groups. 

Dec 23, 2018 GT & children discussing the Christmas story

EPIPHANY –

Jan 6, 2019 Celebrating Epiphany, adding Wise Men to the creche

 TREASURE KIDS – Christian education preschool program for 2-4 year olds Monday-Thursday;  day after Labor Day-Thursday before Memorial Day.     

Treasure Kids trick-or-treating!
Treasure Kids Halloween 2018-10

PETERKIN CAMP – summer; Trinity provides at least 1/2 scholarships. www.peterkin.org.

OTHER ACTIVITIES – throughout year & announced ahead of time; for some, Trinity offers to pay expenses.

COMMITTEES/GROUPS 

VESTRY – oversees operations & financial status of Trinity. 

SPIRITUAL LIFE – plans/provides events, such as Lenten & Fall Series.

OPIOID – explore ways in which Trinity can help the community with this epidemic.

Opiod Committee 2018-Rev. Dr. GT Schramm, Charlie Holder, Rich/Michelle Casuccio, Jan Hafer, Mike Austin

SAFETY (Ad Hoc) – explore ways to ensure the safety of the congregation, Treasure Kids, staff and others who visit Trinity.

PARISH FAMILY – plans/sets up/serves/cleans up meals, such as Seder Dinner & funeral receptions. Parishioners provide dishes.

 OUTREACH – reviews & proposes financial donations for various local charities. 

 COMMUNITY RELATIONS – provides articles for local newspapers.

WELCOME – helps newcomers acclimate & plans newcomer events.

   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS – maintains Trinity’s buildings & churchyard, raking, painting, etc. 

    GARDEN – maintains Trinity’s gardens – mulching, planting & weeding.

Vigil-Ginnie Singdahlsen & Shannon Taylor preparing garden

   ALTAR GUILD – set up/take down for services, maintains linens, brass, candles, etc.

    BOOK CLUB – Mondays 9:30 to 11:00 AM in Trinity House, read/discuss religious, thought-provoking books.

RETIRED MENS GROUP – 3rd Thursday each month 8:00 AM breakfast & conversation at Bavarian Inn.  Community welcome.

 SARAH’S TUESDAY AFTERNOON GROUP – This group is named in memory of Sarah Drennen, who put it all together in 2010.  Crafters, such as knitters, quilters, rugmakers, needlepointers, etc. meet every Tuesday, working on their own projects and enjoying each others’ company.  The meeting is held in the Fellowship Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

Sarah’s Tuesday group out to lunch! Nancy Burke and Sarah Drennen (who we named our group after)
Sarah’s Tuesday Group made a quilt in celebration of Shepherdstown’s 250th year-hangs in Town Hall-Wendy Moseley and Kris McNichols

  MINISTRY TO CANTERBURY NURSING HOME – 2nd Wednesday each month 10:30 AM during school year; parishioners gather with residents in Dining Room for service of old hymns, scripture  readings & prayers.

  TRINITY THRIFT SHOP – 201 Church St. open Thursdays/Fridays 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturdays   10:00 AM-1:00 PM; staffed by volunteers. Items sold include clothing, jewelry, purses, books, movies, house wares, & holiday items donated by community. ; collects used eye glasses for Lion’s Club. Donated items can be left on back porch anytime. Tax receipts available during business hours. Proceeds donated to local charities.  Due to space limitations and health/safety reasons,  we cannot accept  furniture/TVs/computers/toys.

Trinity’s Thrift Shop- proceeds of sales go to local charities
Trinity Thrift Shop-back porch in Trinity parking lot – drop-off location for donations
Some “Thrift Shop ladies” enjoying Betty’s after working hard! Jenny Hollis, Paula Lelansky, Aileen Boyd, Pearl Corliss
Thank you! Thrift Shop Volunteer Luncheon Mar 23, 2019

EMERGENCY PRAYER CHAIN – parishioners who commit themselves to pray for 48 hours for people    having emergency surgery/are involved in major accidents, etc.

ANNUAL SEASONAL EVENTS

  JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Epiphany   (Jan 6)  – Feast of Epiphany held on nearest Sunday    

Jan 6, 2019 Celebrating Epiphany
Jan 6, 2019 Feast of the Epiphany (our first one!)
Jan 6, 2019 Feast of the Epiphany
Jan 6, 2019 Feast of the Epiphany

HOSPICE – distributes cookies close to Valentine’s Day to thank workers.  Parishioners bake many dozen. 

Valentine’s cookies for Eastern Panhandle Hospice – Feb 10, 2019

 FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL  

  SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER – Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, held by  Trinity’s Youth; nominal cost. 

Youth making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday – Mar 5, 2019

  ASH WEDNESDAY – services 8:00 AM, 11:00AM, 7:30 PM 

  LENT – begins Ash Wednesday. Lenten Series dinners/discussions Sunday evenings. 

PALM Sunday – week before Easter

Altar Guild Palm Sunday prep- Amy DeBruler (kneeling), standing L-R Flora Henderson, Bonnie Austin, Wendy Mosely, Lane Donley, Jenny Hollis
Palm Sunday service-Apr 14, 2019
Palm Sunday-The Rev. GT Schramm playing processional hymn in fellowship Hall with granddaughter Bailey assisting!
Palm Sunday, Apr 14, 2019-Kris MacNichols, Jan Hafer with grandson Henry Frey
Palm Sunday-Apr 14, 2019- Pat & Jack Engle
Palm Sunday-Apr 14, 2019 – Bill, Melissa Chapman w/ daughter Marian at table

 SEDER DINNER – Maundy Thursday evening before Easter, similar to Last Supper; nominal cost & sign-up sheets for food preparation.

  MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE – 8:00 PM 

 EASTER VIGIL – begins after Maundy Thursday service 9:00 PM – noon Good Friday; parishioners sit 1/2 hour in the Church.

Vigil-sitting in the Garden with Jesus-Apr 18, 2019

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – noon.

BAPTISMS can be held Easter Eve.

EASTER SERVICES – Easter morning; Easter Egg Hunt for children after 10:00 service.

 FLOWERING THE CROSS – at Easter services; flowers welcome from gardens!

Flowering the Cross on Easter

  APRIL/MAY/JUNE/JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

   WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – in Spring; West Virginia Diocese women join together in worship, fellowship, service & community; www.wvdiocese.org/pages/aa-women.html.

  MASS ON THE GRASS & BLESSING OF PETS – in Churchyard during Summer or early Fall at Sunday service; picnic afterwards, dishes & clean up by parishioners.

Mass on the Grass-Sept 30, 2018

BOOK BAG PROJECT – in July, in conjunction with Jefferson County Ministries; provide book  bags & supplies for children in need.

Paula Lelansky working on Book Bag project

 FALL SERIES – pot luck dinner/spiritual discussion series.

  NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

THANKSGIVING SERVICES – held by Shepherdstown Ministerial Association (Sunday  before); Trinity on Thanksgiving 11:00 AM. 

 LIVING NATIVITY – presentations in afternoons & evenings last Saturday of November &  first Saturday of December in Churchyard. Volunteers portray Joseph & Mary, angels, Wise Men  & shepherds [Jesus is a doll]. Group participates in Shepherdstown Christmas Parade.

Annual Living Nativity -weekend after Thanksgiving & first weekend in Dec
Living Nativity participating in Shepherdstown’s Christmas Parade

 COOKIE WALK – Fellowship Hall in conjunction with Shepherdstown Parade. Parishioners  make 100 dozen cookies for sale; activities for children; vendors.

Ready for the Annual Cookie Walk! 1st weekend in December

CHRISTMAS DECORATING OF CHURCH – 2 days before Christmas parishioners decorate church with live greens & poinsettias, set up luminaries for the 11:00 PM Christmas Eve service (“UNDECORATING” after Epiphany).

Decorated Nave for Christmas

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES –5:30 PM, 11:00 PM.

CHRISTMAS EVE music and bell concert led by the Choir 10:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE 11:00 AM.

 CARING CUPBOARD – local charity in which Trinity & other Shepherdstown churches participate; each Thursday in Dec, volunteers pack food bags for Shepherdstown Elementary & Middle schools/deliver them to the schools.

…and on Dec 26, 2018 a new event was added by Shepherdstown – Tour of Historic Churches.  We participated,  with our very own Mark Hollis providing guests with history of Trinity …

Tour of Historical Churches-Mark Hollis at Trinity Dec 26, 2018

DONATIONS/FUNDRAISING

Pledge Cards – generally mailed to members in early Fall for next calendar year.

Altar & Organ Flowers – purchased with donations from parishioners, usually made in honor or memory of person or occasion. The flower calendar is by the front door in the Narthex. The cost is $40.

  Martin’s, Food Lion, Home Depot and Sheetz gift cards – available for sale at Sunday coffee hours & during office  hours; no service fee; cash or personal checks accepted. Trinity earns 5% of the total sales – earnings  defray heating/air conditioning costs in Fellowship Hall.

Box Tops for Education – collected & sent to Boy’s Home.

Soda can tabs -collected & sent to Ronald McDonald House.