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TRINITY CHURCH
ANNUAL REPORT - 2021

A Message from the Rector

The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White

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Rector's Report as presented

at the Annual Meeting on

November 14, 2021

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Associate Rector

 

After five years of faithful service, the Rev. David Henson accepted a call to be the next Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC. A search for a new Associate has been initiated. Faithfully Submitted Scott White.

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"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

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Deacon's Report

 

Being brand new at Trinity, I have been working prayerfully at discerning where God is leading me in my ministry here. I am thankful for all the love and support I have received from each of you. I dare say that I am the happiest I have ever been in my ordained life of 20 years.

[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)

Vestry Nominees

Class of 2024

I am deeply appreciative of the Vestry of Trinity Church,

which has worked so hard to ensure that our parish stayed connected and informed

during our isolation as well as to be able to re-open and worship and gather together safely.

Senior Warden, 2021

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The Senior Warden's Report​ - Vestry

 

Three years ago, I would have never believed you if you had told me that the world would be thrust into a pandemic and that the majority of my tenure on the Vestry would be dealing with this public health threat. If I’m being honest here, which I have to be because I am in church, I would much rather have dealt with the typical “church” issues such as reviewing the church’s finances, discussing building and grounds issues, etc. But the one thing that I can be certain of and thankful for is that Trinity Church has been preserved through the grace and presence of the Holy Spirit.

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While we still do not know what is yet to come,

I pray and am certain that, with God’s help,

Trinity Church will continue to be a beacon of His love and joy amid the darkness of the world.

Senior Warden, 2021

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. 

Accountant

This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24

Programs

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.

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And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

 

Luke 2:52

Worship

 

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.

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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.”

Isaiah 6:1-3

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. 

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Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father,

inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing,

I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

 

Matthew 25:34-36

Buildings & Grounds and

Service Groups

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For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

Isaiah 56:7