Good Newsletter | September 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Amidst the return of students and teachers to classrooms, we now stand on the precipice of a new program year at Holy Trinity.  Being that this is a new “season” in the life of our church family, I write to you to communicate what this new season will bring.

  • Sunday, September 10th will be Rally Sunday. Between the services (9am to 10:15am), all ministries are invited (but not required) to have a table in the parish hall where they might elicit and recruit participants in their ministries.  At the August 26th ministry day, ministry leaders spoke about the need for ongoing, year-round recruitment.  Please join us on Rally Sunday, while you continue to consider participation in new ministries throughout the year.
  • As of Sunday September 10th:
    • The Adult Choir, Children’s Church, and Healing Teams will return to their ministries in worship each Sunday.
    • We will be utilizing Eucharistic Prayer 2 from Enriching Our Worship (a supplement of The Book of Common Prayer) during the 10:30 service. We have used Eucharist Prayer 2 before.  It emphasizes Jesus’ work with the poor, and the unique role of Mary in the incarnation.
    • We will also be marking the season with different “service music” than that which we’ve used this summer.
    • We will be removing the stage in order to emphasize the importance of the laity as we live out our life of faith in ministry.
  • As of Sunday September 17th:
    • Formation for all ages will be offered for all ages from 9:30-10:15am.
    • This includes Sunday School, Youth Group, and Nursery Care.
    • On Sunday September 17th and Sunday September 24th our Youth Group will be making presentations to our Adult Education classes. You won’t want to miss it!
  • Your Stewardship Team will be holding Home Meetings this coming fall. You will hear more about them on Rally Sunday, and receive a letter stating such the week after Rally Sunday.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 12th, I will begin office hours at Leclair’s General Store (1212 Fort Bragg Rd). This will be two opportunities each week for individuals to meet with me about whatever they may choose (without making an appointment)! My office hours will be every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and every Thursday morning from 8:00am to 9:30am.  Please come join me for coffee and conversation!I am deeply grateful for the abundant life and excitement at Holy Trinity in general, and in this new season in particular.  I invite you to discern which ministries you might be a part of this program year, and then in joining us as we Come In To Worship; Go Out to Serve!  Faithfully,  Jeff+


    Skip Walker’s Ordination, Tuesday, September 5, 6:30pm at Holy Trinity.  Everyone welcome.

    Finger Foods Needed for Ordination Ceremony:  The Reception Committee will be hosting the reception for Skip Walker’s Ordination on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. We will be serving finger foods and welcome your contributions of tasty treats. If you are able to bring something, we ask that you drop it off in the Parish Hall by 6:15pm, plated and ready for the table. Please contact Linda Smith at or Susie Harris at if you have any questions. Thank you.

    Women’s Connection is a place for moms of every kind to gather, share their lives, and grow in faith.  We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 4pm to 5:30pm @ Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (childcare available) AND First Friday’s @ 7pm @ LeClair’s General Store beginning September 8th.  While the nature of the group lends itself to mothers of small children, we hope that wherever you are on your journey through motherhood, you will consider joining us.  We are all enriched by the stories and experiences of one another, especially ones who have gone before.  Contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg @ for more information.  Please pick up a flier in the Narthex, join our Facebook group and come whenever you are available.

    Music Ministry News:  Practices have begun. Handbells @6:00pm, Choir @ 7:00pm with fellowship afterwards

    All are welcome to choir. Simply come to rehearsal and we will provide you with music and a section to sing in. If you’re interested in handbells, please contact Beth Jordan at 817-793-9903 or  

    Children’s Choirs resume on September 13!  Cherub Choir (children ages 4-K) 4:00-4:30pm and Children’s Choir (grades 1-6) 4:45-5:30pm.

    We will rehearse on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays during Women’s Connection. Childcare is available. Please contact Beth Jordan at or 817-793-9903 for more information.

    Labyrinth Walk – September 7 at 7:00pm.  The September evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, September 7, between 7 and 9pm.  Please come promptly at 7pm 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

    Wonderful Wednesdays will meet on Tuesday, September 19th this month.   We will visit Fayetteville State University’s Planetarium on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Their programs are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at no charge. We will be carpooling to FSU from the Holy Trinity parking lot, Parish Hall side, at 8:15am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. There will 2 programs that day. The first concerns the coastline of North Carolina and is entitled “The Reef” and begins at 9:00 AM. The planetarium program follows at 10:00am. Each program is 50 minutes long. We have reserved seats for 16 but more can be reserved if needed. After the programs, we will enjoy eating out at the “Hudson Bay ” seafood restaurant on Ramsey Street.  Please call Joyce Lipe to reserve a seat for the programs and lunch reservations. This outing will take the place of the monthly WW bag lunch and program. There will be no meeting on Wednesday, September 20th.  Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

     Save the date for the Newcomer Gathering hosted by the Newcomer Committee on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the library following the 10:30 service. Childcare will be provided. If you are new to Holy Trinity please consider joining us for light refreshments and fellowship. Please contact the church office with your contact info, admin@holytrinityfay.orgAmy St. Peter


    Episcopal Relief for Hurricane Harvey: Episcopal Relief and Development is in touch with all dioceses that are being affected by Hurricane Harvey and stands ready to send money and personnel to assist in relief and recovery just as this diocese received after Matthew. You can be a part of this effort by contacting Episcopal Relief and Development at  No contribution is too small as it combines with contributions from many fellow Episcopalians.   Nancy Broadwell

     Bakers Wanted!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, September 9th 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.

    Diocesan Hurricane Matthew Relief Grant:  Holy Trinity has received a second Diocesan grant for $7,500. This grant is a partnership with Catholic Charities and will serve Hispanic households that sustained losses due to Hurricane Matthew. Grant funds can be used to replace household items, repairs for home/trailer owners or assistance with new housing if required. Long term recovery for Hispanic households is primarily through faith based groups. All families served through this grant will be authorized by Catholic Charities based on documented findings by their caseworker.  Barbara Brooks

    Did You Know……..? Holy Trinity has a Memorial Garden where the ashes of Holy Trinity members may be buried? The Garden is located in the tree- and shrub-filled area between the semi-circular drive on the Devane Street side of the church. A wrought iron gate leads into the Garden. A plaque in the Narthex to the left of the door leading into the Parish Hall lists the names of those persons whose cremains are buried in the garden. Guidelines for use of the Garden are available in the Church Office.  (This is the first in a series of brief articles about Holy Trinity that will also appear in a more expanded form in Our Story: The History of Holy Trinity, Fayetteville that is currently being written and will be available in the future for sale.)  June Lancaster

     Telephone Tree:  It came to our attention that some parishioners might not be aware of quickly organized or sudden church events because they may not have access to a computer or receive the local paper.  Holy Trinity wants to include everyone and will start a Telephone Tree if there is interest.   If you’d like to be part of a telephone notification system, where one person calls another and that notified person calls another, please let Janice know in the church office.  910-484-2134.

    Shoes for God’s Children – “Heeling Our World”  Holy Trinity received a thank you note from Mitch Lewis, Executive Director, Arts To End Genocide stating:   “Dear Holy Trinity, I want to express my sincere appreciation for hosting the “Healing Our World” program to make shoes for God’s children.  The volunteers that attended the workshop at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church completed 28 pairs of shoes.  They also produced 230 shoes in various stages of completion.  The sewing was among the best that I have seen.  The shoes that were finished are being shipped to children in African orphanages.  The others will be completed at subsequent workshops.  The children will have a chance for a healthier life because of your generosity.  I hope that we can make this an annual event.  Once again, thank you for caring.  Sincerely, Mitch”

    Reports and Updates

    August 2017 Vestry Highlights

     The Vestry met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 17. The meeting was opened with prayer led by the Rector.  Treasurer Neil Bergman reported that pledge and non-pledge contributions in July were up significantly, in part due to the fact that July has five Sundays, but also to the fact that many pledges were “caught up” during the month.  The church remains in solid financial condition and potential cash flow issues have diminished.  Further, arrangements to seamlessly provide for electronic giving to Holy Trinity continue apace, and we hope to have that ready in September.

    The in-house audit has been completed, due to the generous efforts of Rob and Carla Richardson.  Preliminary analysis indicates few significant issues, and revealed past issues that had been noted have been successfully addressed.  The vestry offers its heartfelt thanks to Carla and Rob for their offering of time and talent in this critical endeavor.

    Reminders were made regarding a number of special events coming up, all of which the congregation is strongly urged to attend:  Deanery Shoe making ministry at HTEC on August 19; Ministry Day for all lay leaders of Holy Trinity ministries on August 26 at 9:00 in the Parish Hall; Ordination of Skip Walker, from Good Shepherd Massey Hill, at 6:30 PM on September 5 at HTEC; Rally Sunday on September 10; and a Friends of Trinity Center event on October 15 at St. John’s for all persons.

    Jeff will be modifying his office schedule beginning September 12.  He believes, and the Vestry agrees, that we are called to do ministry outside the walls of our church campus.  As a partial way of doing that, Jeff will spend part of his regular office hours outside the administration building (tentatively at LeClair’s General Store in Haymont and the Coffee Scene across from Westwood).  Those hours will be from 3:30 to 5:30 on Tuesday afternoons and 8:00 to 9:30 on Thursday mornings.

    The Vestry confirmed allocation of May Fair proceeds as recommended by the Outreach Committee.  That committee received requests for double the amount available, and from many new organizations. The Vestry hopes to spend some intentional, quality time in examination of how it may best use budgeted outreach funding in the future.

    The Stewardship committee is working diligently.  It expects to hold house meetings this year to provide information, and especially discussion, on a number of matters of importance to all parishioners, whether new or “seasoned”.  Please look for that invitation in the coming months and make plans to attend!

    The Vestry is pleased to be working with, and for, the growing, vibrant Christian community based at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.  We are especially excited to see the results already being felt from lay leadership at the ministry level.  We are blessed to have the resources of people and their talents at Holy Trinity, and we are thankful for what each of you do. Tom Holt


    Thank you to everyone who helped Margaret Willis students with their back to school needs.  The families and students are very appreciative.

    Planning ahead for the cold weather… When you look through your children’s winter coats and find gently used coats that no longer fit or have no hand me down sibling who can use them, please share them with children who have no coats. New coats are also a wonderful gift to a child who has no coat. Margaret Willis is a kindergarten through 5th grade school so a full range of sizes are appreciated. Beginning October 1st, please place them in the blue tub in the Narthex.  Nancy Broadwell 

    News from the Food Pantry

    Look at all those packed bags.  Thank you to John and Matthew Whiteman for working so hard in July to keep our food pantry well supplied with bagged groceries and giving our regular baggers a month off.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    After many years June Pearce is retiring from double-bagging the grocery bags.  Is there anyone out there who would like to volunteer to double bag the grocery bags to save the baggers a bit of time?  This is one job that can be done at home.  We would also like to get more volunteers to work in the Food Pantry and others who would be willing to be substitutes for the various jobs.  Please contact the office or call me:  Sharon Robertson 485-1372.

    And of course, we’d like to thank everyone who works with the food pantry ministry and who donates to it.  Thank you so much for your service to Holy Trinity and to our customers.  Pat Stang, Toy Brown, Karen Robertson and Sharon Robertson

    September Greetings from the Preschool!

    Another preschool year starts Sept. 5. We are delighted to add another 4-year-old class this year. Sarah Kasco will be lead teacher and Sara Sperling, assistant teacher.

    Many, many thanks to all who came August 5th to help spruce up the preschool, inside and out. The Pinson clan moved sand the night before, so the outside crew concentrated on moving wood mulch to the areas around the play equipment. Inside, people painted and cleaned.  Special thanks to Brad Loase for underwriting the rug cleaning. You’ve added a few more years of life to them!

    We do have a couple of more openings for 3s and 4s so spread the word.  Once more, thank you all for the support you give YOUR preschool. Thank you, Ruth Gillis

    Preschool Fundraiser:  It’s almost time to deck the halls! Holy Trinity Preschool can help you do that with our 2nd Annual Wreath Fundraiser. Reserve your hand-crafted wreath fresh from the North Carolina mountains. This year, our wreaths come from a new vendor in West Jefferson, N.C. The wreaths are around 22 inches in diameter and are made from N.C.-grown Frasier Fir. It will be a great way to brighten your home and help Fayetteville’s best choice for early childhood education. Keep your eyes open for more details.


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: 1 Hampton Horrocks, Tamara Feraca, John Lancaster, Sr., Brad Loase 2 Eric Johnson, Heather Quick 3 June Pearce, Ed Wise 4 Jeff Jones, Susan Gaffnery 5 Sarah Moorman, Liliana Turner 6 Molly-Mae Pinson, Cynthia Sabatinos 7 Brodrick Carpenter, Anna Marr 8 Kat Burgdorf 9 Cydnee Scott, Meredith Bailey 10 Madeline Binkley, Terry Levitt 11 Carla Richardson, Marcus Melnick, Morgan McCaffrey 12 Susan Stephany, Fitz Lee 14 Brielle Lancaster, Tim Harris 15 Yolanda Scott-Chisolm, Kristin Smith 16 Christina Blackburn, Laruie Cherry, Abigail Karp 18 Lenny Salzberg, Wendy Hustwit, Adrian Perez 19 Ed Burkett, Mary Mac Shields, John Ashford 20 Kathie Dees 21 Cason Verhine 22 Jimmy Teachey 23 David Booth, Peter Apone 24 Dave Harsant, Ann Morketter 25 Mary McCaffrey, Nathan Clark, 26 Melissa Yoakum, Jackson Hallman 27 Betty Chiles 28 Devon Chisolm, George Franks, George Harrison, Greg Whitley, Danny Reeves 29 Elliot Fiebig, Hailey Fowler, Dudley Buck, Adlai Wood 30 Emma Driscoll

 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:  Frank Allison, III, Alvarez Family, Sean Amon, Brewer Family, Bridgeman Family, Brooks Family, Carolyn Cassan, Diane, Driscoll Family, Karen Estep, Frank Fedele, Ming Gardner*, Gladney Family, Charles Grantham Family, Shirley Heine, Ted Heine, Debbie Holfelder, Holt Family, Jeanette, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Doris Leggett, Lexi, Robbie Lipe, Janice McFadyen,  Shenlie and Cindy Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Julia Ann Odom, Packer family, Marie Parker*, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Diane Rauch, Mary Russell and family, Margaret Sieh, Sims Family, Becky, David and Tom South, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey*, Michael Thaman, and Tom.  The families and friends of Kathryn Bailey and the 4 other crew members who died in the helicopter crash off the coast of Hawaii and everyone affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  * 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, James, Tony, Shane 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.

Wonderful Wednesday, July Cape Fear River Boat Cruise

Dudley Buck tries his hand at navigating the Cape Fear River.

Karen Robertson and Vicci Fix supervise from the back of the craft



Susan Stephany, Jane Squires and Joyce Lipe enjoy the River.





Youth FALL Activities

September 10            Rally Sunday – Youth kick-off

September 17            Parent meeting after 10:30 service

October 1                   Raven Rock –hike/worship

October 20-21            Happenings (high school Diocesan event)

October 21                 Lock-in (date can be changed if there is interest in Happening)

October 28                 Halloween party

November 4              Climbing Place (Courtney)

November 17-19       Fall conference (middle school Diocesan event)

Get Ready for the FALL and WINTER

Sunday, September 10 – Rally Sunday

  • Healing services begin
  • Children’s Church begins

Sunday, September 17

  • Baptism at 10:30 service
  • Adult Formation and children’s education begins

Sunday, October 1

  • Parenting Forums begin, 9:30, meeting the first Sunday of every month
  • Blessing of the Animals, 5pm

Sunday, October 15

  • Trinity Center Event at St. Johns, 5:00pm

Sunday, October 22

  • Newcomer Gathering after the 10:30 service, library

Sunday, November 5

  • All Saints Day

Sunday, November 12

  • Bishop Skirving visits during the 10:30 service

Sunday, December 10

  • 9:30am – one service only
  • Annual Meeting

Sunday, December 24

  • Christmas pageant, 4pm

Other Fall/Winter Dates

  • Thursday, September 7, Labyrinth Walk, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
  • Tuesday evenings, September 12- October 24, Book Discussion Group, 7pm
  • Wednesday, September 13, Children’s Choir begins, 4:30pm
  • Saturday, October 28, Children’s Halloween Party
  • Saturday, November 18, Oyster Roast
  • Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9, BEHOLD Performances, 7pm

    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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