ANNUAL REPORT - 2020
The Worship Team is composed of both lay and ordained people at Trinity and is charged with assisting the Rector in planning, organizing, and implementing parish worship.
In the Episcopal Church, the Rector has sole responsibility for leading and shaping worship in the congregation. However, liturgy cannot happen by the work of the Rector alone. It takes a large group of dedicated individuals to offer liturgy that is meaningful and lifts up the presence of Jesus among us. This team seeks to work together so that the worship of Trinity is edifying to all.
In normal times we meet four times a year to assist the Rector with planning. The team comes together to review and coordinate upcoming services; critique past services for any new learning and help cast a vision for worship at Trinity.
Beginning in March of 2020 the Worship Team stopped its regular gathering as Trinity’s worship was suspended and moved to livestream only. With the restrictions that only 10 people could be present to produce the livestream service, the responsibilities of worship moved completely to the clergy with oversight from Trinity’s Vestry.
As we are only now beginning to gather for outdoor services, we continue to respect the abilities of all members and are not requiring our regular ministers of the service, ushers, chalice bearers, etc. to be present. Consequently, these services are being organized and led by the clergy, staff, and a small group of volunteers who feel comfortable being present.
When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we look forward to resuming our ministry as a group and the clergy definitely look forward to sharing more of the responsibilities of our Worship life together.
Trinity’s music ministry continued to thrive and grow during the past year, despite the unexpected disruption and restrictions brought about by the pandemic. From concerts and seasonal music series that have reached beyond our own parish, we filled the Asheville community with the balm of sacred and beautiful music. Even when restrictions on communal singing began because of COVID-19, Trinity still found ways to uplift our souls with song, relying on vocal soloists and guest instrumentalists.
The ministry of the Altar Guild is the “quiet ministry” at Trinity Church. It is the role of the Altar Guild to prepare all things that are necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist, Sacraments, and Offices of the Church.
In 2020, Trinity’s Altar Guild consisted of 20 active members. We had several retirements this past year and one member who requested to be a substitute. As with all other ministries of the Parish, we have dealt with the challenges of the pandemic the best we could - keeping in mind that we are all dedicated to serving God by preparing the sanctuary, the altar, the hangings, vessels, and elements for service and worship.
Jane Exner and Brad Wilson
The Linen Guild is the part of St. Hilda’s Altar Guild that launders, maintains, and cares for the Eucharistic linens used in all our services. These beautiful sacred linens include: purificators, corporals, credence table covers, baptismal towels, altar cloths and fair linens.
Even though we are worshiping virtually or in small outdoor settings due to COVID, Trinity’s altar cloths and linens are being used on a regular basis. Trinity’s Linen Guild is still caring for our beautiful linens during this unusual time.
Membership in the Linen Guild is not exclusive to members of the St. Hilda’s Altar Guild. Anyone who has an interest and will care for the linens in a reverent, careful manner is welcome. Linen Guild members currently serve on a rotating schedule of two weeks twice a year. Members take the used linens home after the Eucharist to launder and iron them, returning them to the church the following week.
We presently have 17 members on this guild. We are grateful to those who serve in this ministry and we welcome anyone who would like to be a part of this dedicated group. Linen Guild members, through their service, deepen their faith and their knowledge of the church and the Sacraments.
Nancy Whisenhunt, Chairperson
Trinity’s Acolyte Ministry is the largest, most active group of youth in the church. We have 45 youth that serve on a regular basis, at least once a month but sometimes more.
Trinity Flower Guild
"It is the Lord himself who urges us to “consider the lilies, how they grow” (Matthew 6:28). In doing so, he directs us in an awesome encounter. The use of flowers in the church is an expression of joy and love to our Lord and gives our worship life.
USHER MINISTRY TEAM
Instituting the new “Ministers of the Service” notification program to be effective in January 2020. This new initiative was tested through the shutdown of live services. It will resume when we reopen.
Drafted the usher schedule for 2020 with seven teams of five ushers each. The schedule covers the 52 regular 10:45 services and 14 special services. This team strategy may change as we reopen and acknowledge a smaller per service attendance.
We have lost a few ushers on teams and still have a substitute pool of 7. We will be required to reorganize the teams.
The all-usher dinner and social planned for March did not happen. When we return to normal services in the church, this event will occur.
As we reopen (hopefully later this year) but for certain by January 2021, we will conduct usher training sessions for all ushers, to revisit the changed environment and how we, as ushers, can best serve our clergy and the congregation. These meetings will cover:
1- Review of the new automatic MSP (Ministers of the
Service Program) notification & substitution process.
2- Distribution of next year’s (2021) usher duty schedule.
3- Distribution a revised usher team structure that best
meets our overall needs.
Submitted by: David Pheil
The Congregational Development Ministry Team’s mission is to:
Extend Trinity’s ministry beyond our walls and out to the wider community.
Make the experience of a newcomer as welcoming as it can be.
Fully incorporate newcomers and help them move beyond membership to participation.
Encourage current members into participation.
This past year we have specifically done the following:
Provided Welcome Ministers at our Sunday morning services.
Reviewed all printed publications as well as our website, to make sure we remain current and welcoming.
Provided updates to our Pictorial Directory.
Continued “Trinity Connect,” a Sunday School class held every six weeks to welcome newcomers to our church community.
Made weekly calls to anyone who submits a Welcome Card.
Continued our Stocking Ministry to regularly restock each pew card holder with Welcome Cards and Scribble Cards.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our sixth annual Newcomer Brunch in March was cancelled. And, other than some occasional calls to connect with newcomers, all of what our team does came to a halt as well.
Our dreams for the future are to continue to incorporate both oldcomers and newcomers into becoming more engaged at Trinity.
Team Members: Ed Bleynat, Jim Deuel, Kary Deuel, Bill Dockendorf, Ben Powell, Cheri Taylor, Brad Wilson, and Scott White.
Carlyn Pheil, Convener