ANNUAL REPORT - 2020
OUTREACH & PASTORAL CARE
Our team continues to seek God’s will and the direction of the Holy Spirit in seeking to serve those in need in our community. We welcome your participation and encourage you to become involved by joining our team and/or getting involved in an ongoing Outreach activity.
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Pastoral Care Team
The Pastoral Care team meets monthly to oversee Trinity’s many pastoral ministries, coordinate efforts to care for the parish’s sick, grieving, or in need, and to discuss the pastoral cares and concerns of the community. The goal is to avoid institutionalizing care, as multifaceted care is ongoing with clergy, staff, and parishioners.
During this time of social distancing we have been meeting on Zoom, and this method of meeting has been positive overall. Often our meetings last 30 to 40 minutes and pre-COVID-19, the time spent traveling to and from the church can add another 30 to 40 minutes for some members. It is a positive saving.
Additionally, we have added a number of members to the team to help us oversee our pastoral care.
Our meal team continues to deliver hearty meals to those recovering from health issues and those who are in the midst of difficult times or times of grief. Trinity’s Encouragement Ministry, led by Jennine Hough and consisting of around a dozen people, continues to offer written cards with words of comfort, prayer, and encouragement to many of our parish members who are sick, unable to travel, or grieving. This year, they sent 365 notes and cards to parish members—an average of one every single day! Corkie Morrill continues to host a group for caregivers of those with dementia or other such cognitive illnesses.
One of the great additions to our pastoral care at Trinity is the development and implementation of a new ministry titled Flower Delivery Guild. We have a whole host of volunteers who dismantle the altar flowers from Sunday, arrange them in individual containers and deliver them to Trinity’s sick, homebound, as well as those who have blessings in life, birth, baptisms, weddings and confirmations. This is a wonderful addition to our overall pastoral care.
The Pastoral Care committee is comprised of The Rev. Scott White, The Rev. David Henson, Jennine Hough, Jeanette Smith, Kary Deuel, John Hoskins, Liz Trask, Chris Dismukes, Connie Wilson, Debbie Cox, Dennis Fotinos, Hope Byrd, Ralph Simpson, Bill Smyth, and Corkie Morrill.
This group meets the second Friday of each month and is a support group for those who are providing care for loved ones who have terminal illnesses, especially those diagnosed with some form of dementia. Currently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the group continues to meet through Zoom technology. This is especially important at this time because caregivers are often caring for their loved one 24/7 alone since professional help is often unwilling to come into homes.
Florence M. Morrill, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church or churches in communion with it. Today, our membership includes women in Episcopal, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
As Daughters, we undertake a Rule of Life, which can be thought of as a covenant between God and ourselves. It helps us to focus on our walk with Jesus Christ. Our Rule of Life incorporates a Rule of Prayer and a Rule of Service.
Daughters seek to grow and deepen their relationship with God through the Rule of Prayer. We fulfill this vow by praying daily for unity in Christ’s church, the spread of Christ’s kingdom; God’s blessings upon the members of our chapter and our clergy, and the spiritual growth of our parish. We also pray specifically for members of our parish who request prayers and for those on the Sunday prayer list in the bulletin. Our members are involved in various services throughout the church such as vestry, altar guild, garden guild, Sunday school teachers, lay readers, outreach in the community, volunteering with the Church of the Advocate, and more.
Through the Rule of Service, a Daughter seeks to do the will of God every day. It is the application of her baptismal vow in which she strives to be Christ’s faithful servant by growing His Kingdom, participating in worship and study and assisting clergy in the outreach and work of the church.
The Order of Daughters of the King at Trinity has two prospective members who will be inducted when we reconvene at church. We had a quiet day planned for March, but had to postpone it because of COVID-19. We hope to have it when we return. We met monthly after the 10:45 service until March and have been meeting monthly on Zoom. Our book study was led by Nancy Dexter and the book we read was Flash, the story of a homeless donkey. We have participated in a food drive for AB Tech and fixed gift bags for Trinity Place. We have provided underwear and shoes for the Church of the Advocate. We also helped with breakfast and funerals. We fixed lunch bags for the women from Homeward Bound, who are housed at the Red Roof Inn during the pandemic. Five of our members attended the Fall conference on Zoom. Two of our members have led the contemplative prayer service on Zoom. Any interested women are invited to contact Nancy McCorkle at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 912-224-5387.
Nancy McCorkle, President
Ada Jo Foley, Secretary
Marty Boone , Treasurer.
Mission Statement: Parish Life works to strengthen social and spiritual ties within the members of Trinity Church. Our goal is to foster bonds which hold Trinitarians together.
We did the following until Mid March.
Breakfast is served every Sunday in Tuton Hall at 9:00 am. The cost is $4.00. Sandy Grant and Glenn Childes along with volunteers help with this fellowship every Sunday. On Easter, we provide a champagne breakfast.
Funeral receptions provide refreshments with graciousness and abundance thanks to volunteers who come forward on short notice. Receptions generally follow funerals or memorial services, but may include concerts and other church occasions.
Parish Lunch and Dinners
This year, Trinity lunches and dinners included Kick off Sunday, Shrove Tuesday, Lenten lunches, Music Review, Stewardship, and the Oyster Roast.
Beginning Mid March
Called and wrote notes to 3-4 parishioners every week
Made meals for Church of the Advocate and meals for parishioners
I have been serving on 2 additional committees: Pastoral Care Committee and Regathering Task Force.
Delivered flowers to parishioners when asked
The Parish Life Committee made sandwiches for Homeward Bound in August
We meet 3 times a year.
Sandy Grant, Susan Haldane, Jeannie Powell, Binford Jennings, Ralph Simpson, Art Garst, Adrian Vassallo, Barbara Setzer, Ada Jo Foley, David Hensley, Michael Andry, Robert Haden (Vestry liason) and Debbie Cox.
Submitted by Debbie Cox
Flower Delivery Ministry
The Flower Delivery Ministry was inaugurated after Easter Sunday, 2020.
I see this as another silver lining of COVID 19, as this was an unusual Easter to say the least. As Scott, David and staff scrambled to get a virtual service together, the Flower Guild continued with plans to beautify our sanctuary on this Holy Day.
But what to do with all the flowers, since our usual method of sharing with attendees was not possible?