TRINITY CHURCH

ANNUAL REPORT - 2020

ADULT MINISTRIES

A Message from the David

Director of Adult Ministries

Faith formation is a lifelong process, a belief that Trinity lives out by offering a diverse, engaging, and timely slate of Adult Education opportunities throughout the year. 


In 2020, faith formation has largely unfolded online through a variety of digital platforms. When the pandemic made in-person formation opportunities an impossibility, Trinity was in the middle of a strong slate of offerings, including a Faith in the 828 series that featured the presidents or chancellors of all the major colleges or universities in our immediate area.

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Dr. Tony Floyd

Mars Hill University

Dr. David Joyce

Brevard College

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Though a challenge, Trinity immediately pivoted to online platforms, activating our rarely used YouTube channel and within a week from the suspension of in-person worship, began hosting half-hour digital Adult Forum sessions. These have included multi-week series from Dr. Lisa Toland on Lost and

Forgotten Christian Communities and Dr. Elizabeth Colton on Public Diplomacy. We took a brief break in July for planning and returned in August with series featuring but local and regional guest in conversation. These Adult Forum programs remain available to watch on-demand on our YouTube channel.

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our Adult Education page for these and more.

Our rector, Scott, added a Thursday night Rector’s Bible Study on Zoom that has been consistently well-attended, averaging 20-30 people each week. Other adult formation offerings, including the Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study, and Parents in Conversation have also moved online during the first five months of the pandemic. 

Under Scott’s guidance, Trinity launched a parish-wide program called Gospel Based Discipleship that includes participation from all of our parish’s adjunct clergy and seeks to gather our folks around the gospel text for the week so that we can all be contemplating in a similar direction. It’s one more way to build more connection in spite of the distance we are experiencing because of COVID-19.

 

We give thanks especially for all those who led formation series or offered their professional expertise and spiritual wisdom.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. David Henson

Women’s Bible Study

 

The Women’s Bible Study continued its faithful weekly meetings this year to hold morning prayer and to discuss the past Sunday’s lectionary texts. Averaging between 10 and 20 participants each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., the WBS provides a warm, engaging, and fun environment in which those gathered share their joys and prayer requests, listen for God together, and enjoy each other’s companionship. Conversation around shared life together and around the scripture text for the week, is lively, engaging, and encouraging.

 

Because of the pandemic, the WBS moved to an online platform only since March. However, Zoom has enabled participants who had not been able to attend for many months (whether by location or health) to rejoin this beloved group and find weekly support and connection during a time of social isolation. We’ve had folks join from multiple states away at times. 

 

The Rev. Scott White and the Rev. David Henson continue to alternate weeks leading the group and facilitating discussions, with adjunct clergy, Nancy McCorkle, or other members of the group on occasions when diocesan commitments require our clergy to be at other meetings. The Women’s Bible Study remains a strong, important spiritual gathering in the life of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott White

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Rector's Bible Study 

 

The Rector's Bible Study has been a bright light in the middle of this dark time of COVID-19. The study was born out of COVID-19 and our inability to gather in person. Begun soon after in-person worship was suspended, the study continues to flourish and has become one of the largest online gatherings at Trinity, drawing up to 60 participants or more. Our first book studied was Paul's Letter to the Galatians. Now we are working our way through the Acts of The Apostles. We have every intention of continuing this study even when in-person gatherings resume. God has the power to take our darkest moments and do something amazing with them. This study is one of the blessings of COVID-19. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Scott White

Women’s Bible Study

 

The Women’s Bible Study continued its faithful weekly meetings this year to hold morning prayer and to discuss the past Sunday’s lectionary texts. Averaging between 10 and 20 participants each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., the WBS provides a warm, engaging, and fun environment in which those gathered share their joys and prayer requests, listen for God together, and enjoy each other’s companionship. Conversation around shared life together and around the scripture text for the week, is lively, engaging, and encouraging.

 

Because of the pandemic, the WBS moved to an online platform only since March. However, Zoom has enable participants who had not been able to attend for many months (whether by location or health) to rejoin this beloved group and find weekly support and connection during a time of social isolation. We’ve had folks join from multiple states away at times. 

 

The Rev. Scott White and the Rev. David Henson continue to alternate weeks leading the group and facilitating discussions, with adjunct clergy, Nancy McCorkle, or other members of the group on occasions when diocesan commitments require our clergy to be at other meetings. The Women’s Bible Study remains a strong, important spiritual gathering in the life of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott White

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Rector's Bible Study 

 

The Rector's Bible Study has been a bright light in the middle of this dark time of COVID-19. The study was born out of COVID-19 and our inability to gather in person. Begun soon after in-person worship was suspended the study continues to flourish and has become one of the largest online gatherings at Trinity, drawing up to 60 participants or more. Our first book studied was Paul's Letter to the Galatians. Now we are working our way through the Acts of The Apostles. We have every intention of continuing this study even when in-person gatherings resume. God has the power to take our darkest moments and do something amazing with them. This study is one of the blessings of COVID-19. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Scott White.

The Men’s Morning Prayer and Bible Study 

 

“Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and a delight of my heart, O Lord, God of hosts.”

Jeremiah 15:16

 

The men’s group meets using ZOOM at 7:30 A.M. for approx. an hour and a half each Friday. The group has grown to an average of 10 often gathering 12 or 13. Still, in the quietness of the early hours, we continue to pray for the health of Trinity Parish family, the local community, our Country, our nation, and the world. We also pray for those of personal concerns. We than take time to reflect on the following weeks Gospel lesson. 

We welcome any and all to gather with us using ZOOM at the following address  https://zoom.us/j/7480056  which can also be found in the weekly updates at trinity.org. 

 

Submitted by Bill Myrick

contact # 262-203-2670 or 4wmharris@gmail.com

Education for Ministry

 

EfM provides a four year curriculum that develops theologically informed laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call.  EfM helps participants discover and exercise their varied gifts for ministry in their everyday lives.

An EfM group is 6-12 participants who met weekly over 36 weeks.  The classes are about 3 hours in length.  Students are given weekly assignments to study and then come back to class ready to discuss the readings.  Year One students study the Old Testament, Year Two, the New Testament, Year Three is Church History and Year Four is interfaith encounters and ethics.  

EfM is open to all denominations and is an international program.  

Trinity currently has three EfM classes representing all four years of study.  Two of the classes are held on Monday evenings at Trinity.  One class is held during the day at Deerfield.  

New classes begin in September 2020 and would welcome new students.

For more information, please contact Peggy Buchanan or Sandy Grant for the evening classes or Rhonda Kilby for the day class.

2nd Chapter Book Group

 

What better way to share in our community of faith than to come together in a small group for honest conversation about a good, or not so good, book?  We are a group of women who enjoy reading and getting together to talk about what we have read.  Sometimes you read a book you may never have chosen if it was not on the “list” and it opens new horizons of thought.

This daytime group meets six times per year on the second Thursday of the even numbered months at the church from 10-11:30AM.  2020 marks our seventh year of meeting to discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction books chosen by the group that lend themselves to good conversation.  The year started normally with our first meeting at the church but quickly changed in April to a Zoom format online.  Attendance usually varies from 6-8 women from our list of regulars and continues to see those numbers as we adjust to virtual meetings.  Anyone interested in joining us should contact Barbara Fotinos (bfotinos@gmail.com) for more information.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Fotinos

The Men’s Morning Prayer and Bible Study 

 

“Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and a delight of my heart, O Lord, God of hosts.”

Jeremiah 15:16

 

The men’s group meets using Zoom at 7:30 A.M. for approximately. an hour and a half each Friday. The group has grown to an average of 10, often gathering 12 or 13. Still, in the quietness of the early hours, we continue to pray for the health of Trinity Parish family, the local community, our nation, and the world. We also pray for those of personal concerns. We then take time to reflect on the following weeks Gospel lesson. 

We welcome any and all to gather with us using ZOOM at the following address  https://zoom.us/j/7480056,  which can also be found in the weekly updates at trinity.org. 

 

Submitted by Bill Myrick

contact # 262-203-2670 or 4wmharris@gmail.com

Education for Ministry

 

EfM provides a four year curriculum that develops theologically informed laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call.  EfM helps participants discover and exercise their varied gifts for ministry in their everyday lives.

An EfM group is 6-12 participants who met weekly over 36 weeks.  The classes are about 3 hours in length.  Students are given weekly assignments to study and then come back to class ready to discuss the readings.  Year One students study the Old Testament, Year Two, the New Testament, Year Three follows Church History and Year Four students learn about interfaith encounters and ethics.  

EfM is open to all denominations and is an international program.  

Trinity currently has three EfM classes representing all four years of study.  Two of the classes are held on Monday evenings at Trinity.  One class is held Wednesday mornings at Deerfield.  

New classes begin in September 2020 and would love to welcome new students.

For more information, please contact Peggy Buchanan or Sandy Grant for the evening classes or Rhonda Kilby for the day class.

2nd Chapter Book Group

 

What better way to share in our community of faith than to come together in a small group for honest conversation about a good (or not so good) book?  We are a group of women who enjoy reading and getting together to talk about what we have read.  Sometimes, you read a book you may never have chosen if it was not on the “list” and it opens new horizons of thought.

This daytime group meets six times per year on the second Thursday of the even numbered months at the church from 10-11:30AM.  2020 marks our seventh year of meeting to discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction books chosen by the group that lend themselves to good conversation.  The year started normally with our first meeting at the church but quickly changed in April to a Zoom format online.  Attendance usually varies from 6-8 women from our list of regulars and continues to see those numbers as we adjust to virtual meetings.  Anyone interested in joining us should contact Barbara Fotinos (bfotinos@gmail.com) for more information.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Fotinos