A Message from Our Associate Rector
The Rev. David Henson
No one could have guessed where we would be at this point in 2020 when we first rang in the new year so many months ago. The emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic forced churches to adapt nimbly and effectively to the suspension of in-person worship with no advance preparation. Trinity, of course, was no different, and much of our 2020 annual report is sure to speak to how each of our ministries adapted to this new reality.
"As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—
in person, not in heart—we longed with eagerness to see you face to face.
1 Thessalonians 2:17
Trinity Church is the family of Trinitarians, full of wonder and joy, walking the Way of Christ together. We saw that clearly this year, when we could not meet together due to the pandemic. Some congregations stepped back from their mission to bring the Reign of God into the world. But Trinity doubled down.
[As a Deacon], you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the
sick, and the lonely. [And], you are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.
— BCP, 543 (The Ordination of a Deacon)
Class of 2023
"[Ministry] teams promote parishioner involvement
at the grassroots levels of our mission."
Senior Warden, 2015
The Senior Warden's Report - Vestry
The strength and energy of Trinity has been especially visible over these past seven months. Our Outreach committee continues to do amazing work supporting our local non-profits, allowing them to continue to help our neighbors in need. Our Youth Ministry continues to work with our teens to make an impact in so many ways.
"...the effective operation of a church is multi-layered,
and is certainly a team sport." Senior Warden, 2014
Financials and Stewardship
The finances at Trinity Church are divided between the Investment Team, the Stewardship Team, and the Budget Team. All three are committed to bringing recommendations to the Vestry as well as being good stewards of the money that has been entrusted to Trinity Church.
"We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul..."
Bible Study & Group Learning
Trinity has a vast array of programs for Nursery through Adult. Children are taught through a method termed "Godly Play" based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.
Adult programs are varied and are co-planned by the Clergy and Lay members to encompass issues that are both Biblical and current. The classes are taught by Clergy and by members bringing a wide assortment of backgrounds and expertise to encourage questioning, searching and learning.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
Worship is at the very heart of our life together. In it we are drawn inward as God discovers us and we discover God. We are drawn together as we support one another on our journey. We are drawn into the world around us as we share the experience of the living Jesus we find here. We are fed by both word and sacrament to live our faith that we share.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe
filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings:
with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Outreach and Pastoral Care
The strength of a church is definitely not confined to Sunday worship. As much prayerful work goes on outside the nave as within it, through the time and energy offered by a host of volunteers. Much of this work is invisible, but crucial not only to the stability and smooth operation of the parish, but to the joy and comfort of the church community as a whole.