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Church Offices will be closed November 26 & 27for Thanksgiving Holiday

Trinity Office Hours:


The Trinity office is open virtually Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until further notice, the physical office of Trinity will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Fridays. 


Some members of our staff are working remotely, some are working remotely part-time and in the office part-time. Some members have health concerns or family with health concerns that will require them to be fully remote until a vaccine is available. Additionally, we are trying to limit exposure for Trinity staff so that our Sunday LiveStreams are not interrupted. 

Please know that if you leave a voicemail message for any staff member they will receive that message no matter where they are physically located -- home, or office. Phone, email, Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime are all available to Trinity’s staff for you to connect with them.


Thank you for your continued prayer and support. 

828-253-9361, Trinity Office


  • Beth Chestnut, Ext. 234

  • David Henson, Ext. 225

  • Debbie Cox, Ext. 229

  • Dillon Manly, Ext. 236

  • Jan Hildebrand, Ext. 228


Email = staff member’s first name @trinityasheville.org. For example, scott@trinityasheville.org.

  • Jo Rice, Ext. 224

  • Ken Wilson, Ext. 222

  • Scott White, Ext. 223

  • Sharon Boone, Ext. 226

  • Tim Ervolina, 803-622-9176


Trinity Daily Devotions for Advent

This Advent devotion represents one of the ways Christians have always persevered in times like these, by deepening our connection to each other, by sharing our journeys, and by setting aside additional time for prayer and reflection as a community. Since it’s not something we can do in-person much this booklet, written entirely by members of our parish, offers a chance to lift one another up in love, encourage each other in the faith, and buoy one another in hope.

Special thanks to Connie Wilson for the cover art and for all of our writers.


Trinity Advent Devotional Cover 2020 web

Christmas for Children


Again, this year, Trinity has the opportunity to support Children First/Communities in School by sponsoring a child at Christmas. Our Christmas tree will be virtual (online) this year. It will be "filled" with the Christmas wishes of children just as the tree in the Tuton hallway has been in the past!

Instead of taking an ornament from the tree, you will select a child from the list below to support.  The list contains the child's name, age, sizes, gift suggestions, and their favorite color.



9:30 am

(note change of start time)


sunday mornings 10:00 am


Spirituality in the Wilderness 

Coffee Conversations Live Sundays in Advent

Gather together at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom. 


The Wilderness features prominently in Scripture, from the Israelites wandering in the wilderness after being liberated to Jesus fasting in the wilderness after his baptism. Moses famously told Pharoah, Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to me in the wilderness." Hikers and backpackers have transformative experiences in it and we send our kids to camp in it at Camp Henry. Millions of people flock to our Blue Ridge Mountains each year for a taste of the wilderness. What is it about the wilderness that makes it such a spiritually significant place? What does the wilderness evoke for you, a place of freedom and independence, danger and desolation? 


Join us Sundays in Advent for informal coffee conversations together on Zoom with a few special guests who will share their experiences of the outdoor, like Trinitarian High Garst who recently completed a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Jessica Forbes LeFiles, new director of Camp Henry and Outdoor Programming, and more. 

Meeting will open at 9:20 and begin at 9:30.


Link to join: 




Worship & 

Formation Opportunities 

On Wednesday, November 11,  Governor Roy Cooper issued a new Executive Order restricting indoor gatherings to 10 persons. Trinity’s Vestry has unanimously decided to abide by this order for the time being. We want to be part of the process that protects all, especially as cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations increase rapidly, even to levels above the beginning of the pandemic. 


As of  November 11, worship and formation at Trinity will return to online only. 


9:30 a.m.  Godly Play (ages 3 - 5th grade) on Zoom

9:30 a.m.  Youth Formation on Zoom

10:45 a.m. Livestream

  5:30 p.m. Livestream

for more Information and Schedule for Weekly Activities and Formation
Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gift Market

Giving Gifts That Matter!
November 22, 2020 – December 18, 2020


Since 2001, Loaves & Fishes has been an important way to make a difference in the lives of many in our community. Spread the word to others and say “YES” to giving gifts this holiday season that truly matter!

Loaves and Fishes is an alternative gifts fair in which First Presbyterian, Central United Methodist and Trinity Episcopal Churches of Asheville join forces to enable our members and the Asheville community to give gifts that matter during the holiday season!

Online orders will be accepted through December 18, 2020


Bible Study 

women's bible study
tuesday mornings at 9:30 am

Each Tuesday morning at 9:30 women gather for community, prayer and bible study. The upcoming Sunday readings are discussed, and time is set aside for the sharing of prayer concerns and prayers and a strong community is formed. Our clergy lead this group

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88993836604

rector's bible study
paul the apostle
thursday evenings at 7:00 pm

One of the pillars of our Mission Statement at Trinity is Explore Faith, "Explore Faith, Embrace Community, Expect a Difference, and Make a Difference." We continue to embrace this mission even during difficult times. On Thursday the 19th of Nov. we begin a new session of the online Rector's Bible study to explore Paul the Apostle and how his theology shows up in his renowned Letter to the Romans. I don't need a reply but if you would like to be on the notification/information list about this class click here: https://forms.gle/2UdQHTwi5bo5z8BU6. Also, feel free to forward this to someone you may think is interested.In our reading of Romans, we will explore questions like Paul's role in the foundations of Christian theology, which books in the New Testament he wrote, his position on women in the church, homosexuality, the place of Judaism for Jesus's followers, and much more. The class is every Thursday in a relaxed setting and strictly for one hour. Meet new people, spend time with Trinity friends, exchange prayer, and dig into the bible, all from the comfort of your home. Homework is optional. Again, here is the link to be added to the notification/information list: https://forms.gle/2UdQHTwi5bo5z8BU6


Music for

Sunday, Nov. 29

10:45 am

Sharon Carleton Boone, organ

Michael Jones, oboe

Ken Wilson, baritone

5:30 pm

Leslie Welker, flute

Nana Hosmer Griffinsoprano

Advent in a Box


Our children and youth ministers, Beth Chestnut & Debbie Cox are preparing an 'Advent in a Box" to send to families with children and youth.

Each box will contain the makings for an Advent Wreath (without greenery) and instructions to re-fill the box as a Reverse Advent Calendar. Instead of revealing an item each day of Advent, they will be adding something from the list provided to them to be given to Church of the Advocate.


Sign in on the Zoom link that is provided through parent emails on Sunday morning at 9:30 am.

Youth Formation

Currently, Youth Formation is meeting on Zoom every Sunday from 9:30 am -10:15.

More information and details are provided on the

Youth Formation Page


Photo Directory Updates


Time to update your photo in the online directory? Or do you need to supply one for the first time! Please email headshots (non professional) to Ken ( ken@trinityasheville.org ) to add/update the Directory.


Let's Kick Ash





WE NEED YOU!!   (and/or some of your adult children)






  • General Labor - disassemble & move furniture

  • General Labor - remove wallpaper, linoleum, and carpet

  • "Roller" painters - walls & ceilings

  • "Brush" painters - trim & cutting in

  • Carpenters & Woodworkers - flooring, hardware, & trim installation

  • Electrical Labor - ceiling fan, lighting, bath heather, and fixture installation






The drawing for the winner of our raffle should be in December – once all tickets are sold. We are excited to begin this long-awaited project and even more excited to add to the value of Lake Logan and its future. It truly is a very special place.


With gratitude,

Carlyn and David Pheil, Nancy Swann  Co-chairs


Gospel Based Discipleship 

Our parish-wide program called Gospel Based Discipleship is underway. It is a means for all members of Trinity to be bound together spiritually by our engagement of the Sunday Gospel. Every household of Trinity has received a booklet on Gospel Based Discipleship. If you did not, or you would like more copies, please let us know. Also, you can find it on our website by clicking here


Cold Weather Appeal - Church of the Advocate




Shoes - warm, sturdy            

Hand and Foot warmers

As cold weather approaches, we invite our Trinity supporters to join us in extending warmth and care to those most in need. We are asking for the following winter items:
            One-or-two person dome tents
            Sleeping bags
            Waterproof tarp/groundcover
            Coats, Sweaters

Items may be dropped off at the Trinity office during the week or we will be glad to pick up from your home.


You may also contribute by making a monetary donation to the Cold Weather Appeal. Use the arrow drop down on the General Fund line to select Cold Weather Appeal. Checks are always welcome.

Text "REDDOORAVL" to 73256 to give using your mobile device.  This number will never sned unsolicited texts to you.  To cancel further messages, text STOP. A receipt will be e-mailed to you.

The members of the Church of the Advocate are ever grateful for the ongoing support of Trinitarians. We thank you especially at this time for your generous response to the Cold Weather Appeal. Your donations have helped in large part to make the appeal a great success. We are blessed by your care, your thoughtfulness, and your action. Thank you.

We are ever grateful for the generosity of Trinitarians!  Contact Dena by phone at 910-899-0715, or email vicar@reddooravl.org


Trinity Learning Co-op 


Trinity is offering a space for members 3 or 4 weekday mornings in Tuton Hall for middle and high school students to conduct remote school learning. Each family group would have one round table that is six feet or more from others. We have one to two adults would be present at all times. The first week went well and hope to continue this all year. 

"This year, my “first day of school picture” is below. I am profoundly and deeply grateful to the way Trinity is being creative to meet the needs of parents and children at this time. A big shout out to Scott, David & Debbie for being open to provide space for a learning co-op so that together with parents we can support our children and youth".

Taken from a Facebook post


Ways to Give to Trinity


We continue to be deeply grateful for continued support of the mission and ministry of our church community. Even when we begin to gather again we will be limiting the handling of alms basis and cash. So one of the ways below will continue to be a primary means of making an offering. The mobile options, especially the Give+ app and the Text Giving option are extremely easy once they have been set up. During the offering it would be a sinch to make your offering on either one of these apps on your phone. A short video on setting up the Give+ app is included. Any of the following methods are ways to continue to support Trinity: 

  1. The US mail always works. We are at 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

  2. Contact Dillon Manly to set up a recurring gift through an automatic bank draft. 

  3. On the top of the homepage of our website there is a “Donate” button (www.trinityasheville.org)

  4. On any mobile device you can download the Give+ app. Once you set up that app any additional gifts are as easy as one or two clicks.

  5. You may also use Text Giving. Again, once this is set up, any additional gifts are an easy one, two click: 

  • Text 828-548-1332 (you may save this number in your phone contacts as "Text Giving"and then click "Send Message" for future donations)

  • The first time you text this number, a return text will come to you containing a link for you to click and register

  • Complete the information on the registration screen

  • You then enter an amount and will be prompted for where the money is to go, ie.Pledge, Memorial Donation, etc., etc. 

  • After this initial registration, you simply need to text the number and enter #funds. You will then get a screen with the possible areas for payment. Click, and enter the amount, and you're done.


If you need assistance with any of these methods, please contact Dillon. 828-253-9361 dillon@trinityasheville.org

Now Scheduling

Family Baptism


In the interest of safety for all, we are now scheduling baptisms by individual families. Please complete the form below and we will get back to you to schedule. We will plan to hold the sacrament outdoors in our beautiful memorial garden. 


There is one Body and one Spirit;

There is One hope in God’s call to us

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

One God and Father of all.

Click HERE to complete a Baptism Form.


Watch a short video.


Daily Reflection and Bible Reading

Forward Day by Day


For years, many Episcopalians have used a small devotion booklet called, Forward Day by Day. We normally have these booklets out in our welcome center for members and friends to take each quarter. Now that we are not together we want to be sure you know that you access Forward Day by Day online and have it delivered to your inbox each day. There is a small subscription fee of $10 per year! You can find the signup page for Day by Day at by clicking here. 


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