Good Newsletter | April 2017

Because You Give…

Your stewardship team will be sharing monthly examples of how your time, talent, and treasure sustain our Holy Trinity community.  Look for these stewardship moments in the Good Newsletter, social media, and bulletin inserts.

At first glance, this photo may not speak to you about stewardship.  In actuality, this photo of daffodils surrounding St. Francis symbolizes an important aspect of your giving during the past year.  Budgeted money, made possible by parishioner pledged giving, allowed us to do much needed landscaping on our grounds.  Shrubs had become overgrown, flower beds needed grooming, and sustained lawn maintenance will allow us to maintain these improvements.  Our grounds are the backdrop for so many sacred events at Holy Trinity including celebrations of life and marriages, baptisms, community gatherings and fundraisers, and weekly worship.  We wish to be good stewards of our building and grounds, and we have taken further steps toward this goal.

There are upcoming opportunities to play a role in maintaining and enjoying our grounds.  We are fortunate to have the Fayetteville Camellia Club offer to help us prune our camellia garden AND share their knowledge with those interested in keeping our garden healthy and beautiful.  Anyone is welcome to come out on April 8 @ 10:00 and learn these skills.  And our lawn will be full of life (and good food) at the upcoming Holy Smokes Stewardship celebration on April 22 @ 4:00.   We hope you all will join us!

Whether you have been a part of our community for decades or for a short time, please know how much we appreciate what you do to make our community a special one.  As Father Jeff would say, we are better because you are here!   Respectfully, Your Stewardship Team


 One more Tuesday, Lenten Simple Soup Supper, on April 4th at 5:30 pm followed by a class on David Brooks bestselling book, The Road to Character @ 6:30pm in the Johnston Wing.

 Labyrinth Walk – April 6 at 7:00 pm.  The April evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, April 6, between 7 and 9 pm.  Please come promptly at 7 pm if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive no later than 8:15 pm if you just want to walk it.  Candles and soft music accompany the walk.  Tara Bartal

The Camellia Club has graciously volunteered to prune our Camellia Garden. They would love to share their knowledge with the Parishioners of Holy Trinity; enabling us to maintain this precious gift. The Camellia Club will be at Holy Trinity on 8 April 2017 @ 10:00 am. All are welcomed.

ASP Lemon Chess Pie Fundraiser:  The ASP Team will be baking lemon chess pies on Sunday, April 9. They will be available after the 8:00 and 10:30 service. We will have 2 sizes available – regular 9 inch pies and miniature single serving pies. Perfect for Easter…and they freeze well 🙂 If you would like to preorder a pie, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the Parish Hall or email Sarah Moorman at No set price – accepting donations

Church Office is closed the week after Easter:  Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21

Holy Smokes Stewardship Celebration 2017– Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 4:00-7:30pm. Nursery provided. Join HT’s Pit Masters for a great spring evening of smoked/grilled delicacies and covered dishes on the patio and back lawn. All grillers welcome! Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Tea and lemonade provided. BYOB/Wine. Please sign up on sheets in the Narthex or on our webpage so we know how many to set up for. A suggested contribution of $8/adult; $20 per family will help offset costs.

May Fair 2017


It’s time once again to gather your items to donate to Holy Trinity Church for our annual MAY FAIR on Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  We will begin collecting after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, April 30th. Click here for more details.


Bring items to the container parked in the parking lot by the office.

  • Saturday April 1st from 5 to 7 pm (Jimmy Driscoll)
  • Saturday April 8th from 5 to 7 pm (The Russells)
  • Wednesday April 12th from 1 to 3 pm (Jim Thomas)
  • Saturday April 22nd from 12 till 3 pm, during Holy Smoke – Find Jim Thomas on the Johnston Wing patio.
  • The entire week before May Fair – Sunday, April 30th onward

We are also in need of your time and help on the days leading up to and on Saturday, especially volunteers with trucks or SUVs to help with pickups.  Please help us organize, price and set up for this great fundraiser

 Contact Jim Thomas -910-964-1631 or 910-860-3986 or

(1) To help with pickups, (2) To arrange a pickup; (3) To volunteer


Easter Lilies may be given as memorials, in honor of someone, or as a gift of thanksgiving. A list of those being honored and memorialized will be published in the Easter bulletins.  Sign-up sheets are on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall.  Please complete and place it with your payment in the offering plate, or mail/deliver it to the parish office no later than Palm Sunday, April 9th.    The cost of each plant is $10.00; your payment must accompany your request.   Click here for the form.

Greeters Needed:  Have you thought about becoming a greeter?  Are you interested in welcoming people to Holy Trinity?  Are you already a greeter?  If yes, please plan on attending a greeter-interest meeting on Sunday, April 30 @ 12:15 in the library.  Please contact Amy St. Peter( or Dane Reid ( for more information.

PARENTS FORUM:  Come meet with other parents of children and youth. This series is not a parenting class or a lecture on discipline. It is a moderated, casual conversation among parents, providing time and space to share thoughts, questions and concerns, and building community among parents. A team of 2-3 parent moderators will keep conversation going, impart a bit of their parenting experience and wisdom, and share both their best parenting moments and their mistakes. The Sundays for these forums this spring are April 9th and May 7th.  We will meet in the Library. Please join us!  If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg at

The Holy Trinity History Project has partnered with the Methodist University (MU) History Department! June Lancaster and Wendy Hustwit, together with Dr. Patrick O’Neil in MU’s History Department, have recruited three MU History majors to conduct and record interviews with parishioners. The interviews will focus on those who were present during Holy Trinity’s founding in 1951 and those who were involved in the early growth during the 1950s and 1960s.

You may recall that Dr. O’Neil presented an Adult Formation series on the History of Marriage in the United States during the summer of 2016 at Holy Trinity. The three students will work with June and Wendy to conduct interviews with up to six parishioners as part of an assignment in Dr. O’Neil’s upper division Oral History class. We are thrilled with this partnership that benefits both Holy Trinity and students in our community.

Reports and Updates

March 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, March 16.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Julie Lee-Jacobs and was called to order by the Rector.  Financial Statements for February were presented, with comments, by Treasurer, Neil Bergman, and were accepted.  No significant issues were found, and operations are within budget. A new building maintenance account was created to hold funds paid to the church by organizations for use of the building.  These funds will be used for ongoing building upkeep.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons.  The Communications committee met and identified areas of overlap, as well as areas where communication by all parish entities and the congregation can be improved.

The Preschool has received enough interest to consider adding another 4-year-old class.  The vestry approved moving forward with plans for that expansion, contingent on receiving sufficient registrations to financially support the class, and adoption of a formal teacher hiring process by the Preschool Board.

The Rector announced that, under the direction of The Rev. Annie Thornberg, healing stations will be offered every Sunday of the program year, beginning Palm Sunday.

Members of the Margaret Willis ministry team are completing a grant request to be submitted to the Diocesan Disaster Relief committee.  The grant will help Margaret Willis families who still have not been able to return to their homes due to Hurricane Matthew flooding.

Parish Life is working to formulate a better process for Sunday Coffee Hour.  There are a number of vacant Sundays on the sign-up sheet, and the parish is invited and encouraged to consider joining with others to sponsor a Sunday Coffee Hour.

The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be April 27.   Tom Holt 

News about all those plastic bags!


Pictured:  Annie Thornberg and Lacy Kells.    Thank you for donating all the plastic bags for this worthwhile project – crocheting sleeping mats for the homeless.  Thought you’d like to see a finished product.  Karen and Sharon Robertson

News from the Preschool
!   Spring is officially here. Caterpillars are in their chrysalises, eggs are in the incubator and we are ready to plant!

Plans are being made for summer at Holy Trinity Preschool.  Click here for form.  We need a minimum enrollment of 8 children to offer a week. The weeks that will be offered will be decided by May 1st. Children must have completed a year of preschool, not necessarily at Holy Trinity.

There are still a few openings in each age group (2,3,4) for the fall. Come by the preschool office for more information.  Thanks again for your continuing support of the preschool.  Ruth Gillis

Wonderful Wednesday: Many thanks to Phil Harris and his team from the Red Cross for a most informative program. We learned the steps in assessing a person’s condition and beginning life saving measures. Instructions will be posted on the various bulletin boards around the church building and another opportunity will be made available in the future to learn these life-saving measures. The April Wonderful Wednesday falls in the week the church will be closed following Easter Sunday.  A new date will be forth coming so keep an eye out for the new time. Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

Youth Update! Help needed! Ten youth (Rite 13 and J2A) and 4 adults will be travelling to Washington, DC April 28th. We will stay at the Washington Seminar Center which is blocks away from the Capitol!  On Friday night, we will hear a speaker from the National Coalition for the Homeless who will talk about homelessness. On Saturday morning, we will participate in an “Outreach Run” with someone from this organization. We will take bags of items and distribute them to the homeless that we encounter on our route. In addition to giving them the bag of goodies, we will also talk and listen to them. We need your help! We are asking parishioners to bring items on the list below to the church. You can place them in a box for the Youth in the Parish Hall.  We have been discussing homelessness during our Sunday morning formation and have come up with this list:

 Needed Items: Socks, wash cloths, travel sized shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, healthy snacks (granola bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, bags of nuts or trail mix) and gum

In addition to this project on Homelessness, we will tour the National Cathedral on Saturday, participate in a Scavenger Hunt on the mall, and take a walking tour of the monuments at night. On Sunday morning, we will worship at the National Cathedral and then return to Fayetteville.   Thank you for all of your support for our youth!  Judy Philbrook


2 Ernie Suguitan, Ona Udoh, Melissa Cardinali 3 Catrina Carpenter, Robert Zimmerman 4 Dan Middleton, Keola Keanaaina 6 Victoria Hall, Mary Syms  7 Shane Larson  8 Milton Turner 11 Jordan Capps 12 Preston Rich, Dickey Jones 13 Eric Fleming, Rachel Davis 14 Eden Suguitan, David Zimmerman, Myles Annas 15 Isobel McCaffrey 16 Douglas Kelly, Jamie Wilcutts 18 James Goodwin 19 Edie Binkley, Courtney Goodwin, Marie Parker, Davis Saint-Amand, Ridgley Hudgens 20 Bill Goble, Hannah Morketter 22 Owen Fiebig, Betsy Gardner, Cameron Karrenbauer 24 Jimmy Driscoll, J.R. Hustwit 25 Al Alvarez , Kristopher Sabatinos 26 Amanda Zimmerman, Hallie Horrocks 27 Laura Jones, William Sherman 28 Greg Seawell, Peter Gordon 29 Dillion Stoffer 30 Bob Shouse, Mimi Spears Mimi Spears

Note about birthdays: Our database was migrated to the “cloud” and only birthdays with the year you were born converted.  If you don’t see your name in the birthday list, please call the office and give us the year you were born.  Thank you, Janice

PRAYER LIST:   Ernie Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, Beene Family, Renate Blanton, Ryan Boddenhammer, Broadwell Family, Kathy Broughton, Bruns Family, Florence Campbell, Cavano Family, Victor Coggins, Patti Dill, Deb Fleming, Gabel Family, Ming Gardner*, Louise Hall, Al Hardee, Scott Hardee, Justin Hickman, Hollinshed Family, Patrick Hooper, Hustwit Family, Bridget Irwin, Jean, Larry Jensen, Melvin and Judy Johnson, Louisa Karp, Louise Kelly, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, Janice McFadyen, Shawn Marshall, William Maxwell, Shenlie Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Sandra Moore, Susie Nicholson, Marie Parker*, Wilbur Peffley, Margaret Peterson*, Tim Plemmons, Pam Powell Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Morton Rivkind, Samuelson family, Lonnie Setzer, Art and Rosetta Sheeder, Debby Sims, Hilda Stamey, Leigh Stevens, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Justin Thompson, Traci, Vallery Family, Adlai Wood, Anita and Cornell Young and Zinn Family.  * Denotes Visitation Welcomed.

Military Prayer List:  Leroy, John, Cedric, Daven, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Jon, Stephanie, Sam, Trey, Ed, Amanda, Robert, Augustus, Roger, Brian, Oliver, Thomas, Nicholas, Alex, Matthew, Mitch, Abigail, Patrick, Geoff, Mark, Eric, Andrew, Nick, Shayla and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or with prayer requests or fill out a prayer request form found in the narthex.

Holy Week – April 9 – April 16, 2017

Palm Sunday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with foot washing.  (Childcare available)

Good Friday, April 14, 12:00 (noon) – Good Friday Service  (Childcare available)

Good Friday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. service at St. James Lutheran (details below)

Holy Saturday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. – A Festive Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.Easter.    Egg Hunt following 10:30 service

Good Friday at St James: On Good Friday, the congregations of Holy Trinity Episcopal and St. James Lutheran will observe a time of meditation and reflection through song and drama. The Shadow of The Cross, a musical cantata, will be presented in conjunction with a special drama narrative (written by Anna Lisa Johannessen of St. James). Several companions and acquaintances of Jesus share their emotional pain and suffering in the shadow of the cross of Christ. This dramatic staging is a very poignant interpretation of Jesus’ passion. Members of both congregations will be participating.  If you are interested in attending, please meet at Holy Trinity at 6:30pm to travel over to St. James.

Staff and Clergy

The Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector

The Rev. Anne C. S. Thornberg, Assisting Priest for Children’s Education and Pastoral Care

The Rev. Joe Running, Assisting Priest

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal and Jeremy Fiebig,  Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

2019:  Amy Beene, Jimmy Driscoll, George Harrison, Elaine McKay

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm       Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

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