Good Newsletter | May 2017

Because You Give…

Psalm 100: 1 – 2 Make a joyful noise to the Lord; all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.

 Psalm 150: 3 – 5 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet; praise him with the harp and lyre. Praise him with timbrel and dancing; praise him with the strings and pipe… praise him with resounding cymbals.

Scripture is full of references to worshiping God with music. At Holy Trinity, we are blessed with many adult and child parishioners who share their vocal and instrumental talents with us and to the glory of God. Our hearts rejoice in the sight and sound of our children raising their voices to praise the Lord! We are inspired and moved by the voices and music of our adult choir, bell choir and accompanists. All of us who attended services during Lent, Holy Week and Easter know how much our music ministries enriched and enhanced our worship –from choral and solo voices to the musical offerings of organ, piano, handbells, flute, cello, and trumpet. How fortunate we are to have the music leadership of Beth Jordan!

Your pledged gifts to Holy Trinity make this music ministry possible – from salaries to vestments; from the tuning and refurbishing of bells, organ and piano; to the purchase of sheet music and more.

Thank you!    Your Stewardship Team

May Fair 2017


Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

  • Raffle tickets – Buy 50/50 raffle tickets during donation drop off times and at May Fair. Prices are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. The church and the raffle winner will split the pot.  Everyone is a winner.
  • Plants – Please donate plants to sell at May Fair and leave them on Thursday or Friday in the left transept of the Sanctuary.
  • Baked Goods – All baked goods may be dropped off Friday evening in the kitchen or brought in early Saturday morning.
  • Pickups – Please contact Jim Thomas for all needed pickups of large items at 910-964-1631.
  • Drop offs – Monday – Friday evenings 6 – 8 and during some daytime hours.
  • Trucks and trailers needed– All those with trucks, trailers and able bodies are needed for pickups. Please contact Jim Thomas or Jimmy Driscoll 910-2379430
  • Volunteers – All volunteers are appreciated and needed to sort and hang clothes during daytime hours M – F and evenings 6-8.

Thank you all for your time and effort to make May Fair 2017 a successful Holy Trinity outreach event.

Any questions contact

Jim Thomas 910-964-1631

Mary Russell 910-527-1467

Jimmy Driscoll 910-237-9430



Going to the Parish Weekend at the Beach?   May 26 – 28, 2017.  Final payments are due Sunday, May 14th by 12:30pm.  Contact Amy St. Peter (910) 977-6141 or Beth Early (910) 481-0806 if you have any questions.

Wonderful Wednesday: On Wednesday, May 17, our topic will be personal safety.   On June 21, we will enjoy a 2 hour cruise down the Cape Fear River. Space is limited to 16 passengers so get your reservation in early!!  Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

Labyrinth Walk – May 18 at 7:00 pm.  The May evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, May 18, 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

Bishop Skriving’s Visit – Sunday, May 21st at 4:30

Vacation Bible School – June 18-23 from 9am-noon at Holy Trinity.  Holy Trinity joins St. Johns to enjoy an upbeat and sensory exploration through the Creation.  Explore God’s love through the Bright and Beautiful world!  Forms available in the Parish Hall and online:   Registration Form; Youth Volunteer Form; Adult Volunteer Form; Medical and Photo Release

Questions:  Contact Annie Thornberg


May 7th is Church Periodical Club Sunday.  The purpose of the Periodical Club is to spread the written Word throughout the world.  Today free Bibles, prayer books, literature and periodicals are supplied throughout the Anglican Communion worldwide.  In our diocese funds are supplied yearly to our seminarians to supplement the cost of their books.  CPC is supported solely through donations to finance its operations; therefore, we need your help!  Contributions come from parishes, clergy, individuals and Episcopal Church Women to further this ministry but the primary source of funds is collected in the church pews on CPC Sunday.  Your support is both needed and appreciated.
Interesting fact:  Both Revs. Annie Thornberg and Joe Running received funds from CPC when they were seminary students.

Painting the Parish Hall –  Yes, the Parish Hall will soon have a new, cleaner look.  May 10 and 11th, the Parish Hall is booked for a facelift.

BAKERS WANTED!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 20th at 2:00pm for the fun and fellowship of baking our communion wafers.  Young people are welcome.  Please contact Roya Taheri (910-964-3911; or Susan Stephany (910-824-6285; for more information.

Reports and Updates

April 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, April 27.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Elaine McKay and was called to order by the Rector.  Financial Statements for March were presented, with comments, by Treasurer, Neil Bergman, and were accepted.  No significant issues were found, and operations are within budget.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons.  Parish Life is in the process of reassessing Coffee Hour to determine how best to “staff” it on a regular basis.  A much simpler offering may be an answer, and the Vestry will revisit the issue at a later meeting.  There was a discussion of how to appropriately address the many reception needs of the parish, particularly funerals.  Amanda Zimmerman will be moving in June, so a replacement chair for receptions is needed.  Please see Dane Reid, Elaine McKay or Amy Beene if you are interested in using your gifts in this important ministry.

The Parish Life Liaisons and Amy St. Peter are moving forward with plans to increase participation and training for Greeters.

Outreach reported that the Margaret Willis Team was very active and working hard.  The team was awarded a $7500.00 grant from the Diocese Disaster Relief Fund to help families affected by Hurricane Matthew to bridge the expenses related to being unable to return to their former residences, primarily the Mount Sinai community.  Other families from Margaret Willis will be receiving vouchers to be used by them at May Fair.

May Fair raffle tickets were not mailed out to the congregation this year due to concern that the timing for any effective mailing would have been during Holy Week.  Parishioners are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from May Fair committee members.

The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be May 18.   Tom Holt


Holy Trinity received a $7500 grant from the Diocesan Hurricane Matthew Relief Grant!!! The grant will assist at least 15 MWES families whose households were displaced or damaged by Hurricane Matthew. A maximum amount of $500 per family will be available to replace necessities such as linens, furnishings and household goods not covered through FEMA or other means. The school social worker will refer families needing this assistance.

In addition to the assistance provided for MWES families, the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund has provided financial assistance for numerous other individuals and families. It is anticipated that recovery from Hurricane Matthew will be long term, and ongoing support will be needed in Eastern North Carolina. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is partnering with our diocese to assure that support is available for longer term needs for those deeply impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

If you are looking for a way to support these longer-term recovery needs, visit our diocesan website at You may donate to these efforts by clicking on “News and Events” and choosing “Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund.”


May Greetings from the Preschool!

We still have a few openings for the fall AND a few places for the summer weeks.   Call or see Ruth (484-0250) for details.

All are invited to our “SimplyFun” Board Game Fair May 10 and 11 in the preschool entry way. Come see quality learning for children of all ages. Profits benefit the preschool.   Ruth Gillis


Youth Bowling at B&B Lanes, May 13th

Where:  3003 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC (910-484-5178)

When:  MAY 13, 2017 Saturday, 3:30pm-5:30pm

How Much:  $10 per person includes shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling.

YES, you can bring a friend!

We need one more adult chaperone for this event. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Karen Saracen at!  Also, RSVP for this event to Karen

MAY BIRTHDAYS:  2. Phil Smith, Stacy Bailey 3. Gauge Francis 5. Bette Scott, Emily Rister, Nathan Byrne, Katie Thompson 6. Harriett Thornberg 7. Brenda Nunnally, Lawrence Feraca 10. Beth Helsinger 11. Keith St. Peter 12. Zoe St. Peter, Carly Reeves 13. Roger Watts, Libby Lee 14. Brian Hoffman, Matthew Davis, Terry Lowinger, Elizabeth Scott 15. Winston Hoffman 16. Barbara Heine, Ray Vallery 17. Ryan Connor, John Whiteman, Jake Fleming, Leslie Allison 19. Elyse Sprengle 20. Amy Beene, Elizabeth (Ann) Phillip 21. Lorette Hollinshed 22. Stacey Alecca, Cai Davis, Ron Quick, Margaret Larson 23. Martha Booth 24. Robert Grantham, Frank Whitworth 25. Julie Lee-Jacobs 26. Stephanie Hecker, Kasey Quick, Michelle Turner 27. Spencer Harris, Charles Moorman 28. Cody Lutes, Jake Jacobs, Rosemary McLean 29. Reed Swinford, Lyn Whitehead, Frank deBros 30. Daniel Robert, James Simpson 31. Larry Scott, Carol Middleton, Jack Boissonneau, Faith Stoffer

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


Ernie Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, Askins Family, Beene Family, Renate Blanton, Ryan Boddenhammer, Broadwell Family, Kathy Broughton, Mike Brown, Bruns Family, Florence Campbell, Cavano Family, Clark Family, Victor Coggins, Deb Fleming, Gabel Family, Ming Gardner*, Ron and Pam Gladney, Louise Hall, Al Hardee, Scott Hardee, Jeff Haynes, Justin Hickman, Hollinshed Family, Patrick Hooper, Bridget Irwin, Jean, Larry Jensen, Louisa Karp, Louise Kelly, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, John Lancaster, Jr., Janice McFadyen, Shawn Marshall, William Maxwell, Shenlie Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Sandra Moore, Susie Nicholson, Marie Parker*, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Tim Plemmons, Pam Powell,  Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Morton Rivkind, Lonnie Setzer, Art and Rosetta Sheeder, Terry Sheehan, Debby Sims, Hilda Stamey, Dixie Stanton, Curt Strickland, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Justin Thompson, Vallery Family, Katherine Whaley, Adlai Wood, Chet Wooster 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, John 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.

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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