Good Newsletter | November 2017

Appalachia Service Project

by Keith St. Peter

In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans — a United Methodist minister — became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor.

They worked on-site during the day and worshiped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had warmer, safer, and drier homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever — and a forty-seven-year-long legacy was born.

The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation – bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

After just a few days of hard work, your knowledge grows, hands become tougher, arms a little stronger, and body exhausted.  But ASP is so much more.

I set forth on this journey to repair a home – warmer, safer, drier.  After years of witnessing the darkest side of mankind and the chaos at work, my compassion and appreciation level was on (E)mpty.

The ASP mission trip was GOD’s call to me and I am glad that I answered.  It renewed my compassion towards others and faith in mankind.  It allowed me to foster new relationships.  It gave me a fresh appreciation of my place and purpose in this world.  But most importantly, it deepened my relationship with GOD!

When you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.

Thank you to Highland Presbyterian for the hospitality, friendship, and worship.  A special thanks to Sarah Moorman for coordinating, planning, and fundraising; we couldn’t have done this without you.  To my fellow adult leaders – Judy Philbrook and Champ Saint-Amand.  I appreciate your time, talent, energy, friendship, and faith; it truly takes a village.  To the youth of Holy Trinity – Elizabeth, Catherine, Davis, Adlai, Zoe, Covey, and Olivia.  I stand in awe!  Your hard work, compassion, faith, and always playfulness is truly refreshing and inspiring.  I am honored to have served.  To my Holy Trinity family, I am forever grateful for this opportunity and your support.



 Labyrinth Walk – November 2 at 7:00pm.  The November evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, November 2, 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.   Please note, there is no labyrinth walk in December.  Tara Bartal

 Time Change, Sunday, November 5thRemember to “FALL BACK” an hour on Saturday night as daylight savings time ends at 2:00am on Sunday, November 5th.

 Sunday, November 5th The Feast of All Saints will be observed, and we will remember those who have died in the last year.  There will be an All Saints Procession where children will process as a “saint” during the 10:30 service.  Each child will dress as a different Saint from throughout history and then they will join the procession as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints!  It’s a fun and hilarious event that you will not want to miss!  Additionally, there will be baptisms during the 10:30 service.

 Voting Location, Election Day, Tuesday, November 7thThe Parish Hall will be used for the November elections all day, November 7th.

 A Celebration of Homecoming and Healing – Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  The Episcopal churches of Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear Deanery together with the Episcopal congregation at Fort Bragg will host a service of support for our returning Veterans.  Dinner ($8 per person) will be served following the service.  The Rev. John Frazier will preach at the service which will include healing and Holy Communion.  Please RSVP to let us know if you plan to attend the dinner by contacting Trishia Medema at 910-483-7405 or

 Tasty Treats Needed for Reception during Bishop Skirving’s Visit on Sunday, November 12th:  The Reception Committee is hosting the Bishop’s Reception where we will be serving muffins and coffee cakes during coffee hour after the 10:30 service.  We welcome your contributions of tasty treats!  If you are able to help, please bring your baked goods to the parish hall before the service begins. Thank you!

 Wonderful Wednesday – November 15. Wonderful Wednesday is all fun and games this month! We’ll have a variety of board games available or bring one of your favorites. Remember to bring a light lunch. Dessert will be served. See you on Wednesday, November 15 following noon Eucharist.  Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.

 2017 Stewardship Oyster Roast @ Holy Trinity, Saturday, November 18th   5-8:00 pm    Please join your Stewardship team as we celebrate the ingathering of pledged financial gifts to God, Holy Trinity and each other on the 18th.  Rain or shine.  Everyone is invited, and childcare will be provided.  Burgers ‘n dogs for non-oyster eaters.  Lemonade, tea and water provided.  BYOBeer/Wine.  Contributions will be accepted to help off-set costs.  Sign up requested either online or on sheets in the Parish Hall.  (Please only register by one method.)  Please come enjoy the fellowship, the oysters, music and great fun!

A folk Christmas cantata
December 7, 8 & 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road

Pay What You Will.  Proceeds benefit Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Sweet Tea Shakespeare.

Church members: we are seeking holiday treats and beverages for sharing at this festive event. If you’d like to contribute cookies or holiday snacks, beer, wine, cider, or sweet tea, please email


Rector’s Office Hours:   Join our Rector for office hours! These are opportunities each week for individuals to meet with me about whatever they may choose (without making an appointment).  Office hours are every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and every Thursday morning from 8:00am to 9:30am at Leclair’s General Store (1212 Fort Bragg Rd).  Please come join him for coffee and conversation!

 Girl Scout Troop #1095 is open to new or returning girls scouts in Kindergarten through 4th grade. We meet at Holy Trinity on Saturday mornings and would love to have some new girls join us! Interested parents can contact Nina Gordan, the troop leader by email or phone to ask questions or get their daughter signed up. Nina Gordon:  910-229-1445

 News from Episcopal Relief and Development:  How you can help with recent disasters. 

Episcopal Relief and Development is in touch with all dioceses that are being affected by recent hurricanes and other disasters 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

 Episcopal Relief and Development has great ideas for Christmas Gifts:  Thinking about Christmas Gifts?  Some of us have reached the stage of life when we don’t need or want more “stuff “. Episcopal Relief and Development has a solution called Gifts for Life for those people in your life who don’t need more stuff. The catalog can be accessed online at   OR they will be available on the table in the parish hall.   Opportunities range from mosquito nets to pigs, chickens or financial aid to start a business to providing a well for a village. Gift cards can be e-cards or sent to you to give to those you honor in this way.

 On-Line Giving:  Thanks to the great work of your staff and Stewardship Team, online giving is now available at Holy Trinity!  You may give online securely and safely using the ACS software that Holy Trinity uses for all financial giving.  Moreover, using this portal, you may:

  • Review your giving history
  • Make a one-time payment via checking account draft, or credit/debit card
  • Set up recurring payment using those same options
  • Update your personal information

PLEASE NOTE: For every credit/debit card transaction, there is a 2.6% fee through this system.  Holy Trinity has enabled this function for your convenience, at the request of Holy Trinity parishioners like yourself.  Therefore, if you choose to utilize this option, we ask you to prayerfully consider adjusting your pledge to pay for the convenience so that we might be able to continue to offer this option while also funding the mission and ministry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

The link on Holy Trinity’s website ( is active.  From that link, you will be able to sign onto the portal and access these options.  If you have any questions, please contact our financial administrator, Jewely Schroeder at 910-484-2134 or

 Did You Know Holy Trinity’s library was built in 1957 as part of the first building expansion since the first sanctuary and the parish hall were built in 1952?  The other rooms in the expansion included the Rector’s study, church office, children’s chapel (which could be converted into two classrooms) a nursery, a classroom and a new furnace room. The library was dedicated to the memory of Louise Huske Jordan, a charter member of Holy Trinity and former parish secretary.  (This is the second 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

Reports and Updates

 September 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, September 21.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Wendy Hustwit and was called to order by the Rector.  Reports were received from the Rector, Junior Warden and Vestry Liaisons.  The Treasurer reported that the parish remains within budget, with an increase in memorial giving.  The audit required by the Diocese has been successfully completed by Rob and Carla Richardson and Charles Koonce.  The vestry, on behalf of the parish, thanked that audit team, as well as staff members Jewely and Janice, for completing this important task.  The Treasurer’s report was approved and accepted.

The Rector reported that there has been positive feedback from the elimination of the stage in the sanctuary.  The vestry agreed that they had heard nothing negative, so the change will continue.  The Rector also reminded everyone that he will be leading a Trinity Center event at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 15, and all are invited to attend.

Annie Stoller Thornberg is attending a training session for a new pastoral care program that she hopes to implement in the future.

The vestry had an extended discussion concerning Holy Trinity’s building use policy, and agreed to continue the discussion and review at its October meeting.  The vestry received and approved the new job description for Holy Trinity’s Pre-School Director.  The meeting concluded with Compline. The vestry will next meet on October 19.  Tom Holt

 October 2017 Vestry Highlights

 The vestry met Thursday, October 19.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Fitz Lee and was called to order by the Rector.  The Financial Report was presented by Neil Bergman and accepted.  The vestry authorized a $600.00 donation for the Family Promise ministry, as prepared meals are no longer needed due to a change in how families supported by that ministry are housed.  The people being served no longer move around to different living quarters, but stay in one place while in need of support.  Financial gifts are what is now sought for that ministry.

A first, rough draft of a budget for 2018 was circulated.

The vestry passed a motion to conduct the Annual Meeting of the parish a little differently this year.  The meeting will commence, as usual, at 9:30 on the second Sunday of Advent (December 10).  The only business conducted on that day will be election of new vestry members, effective 2018, as well as the announcement of delegates to Diocesan Convention.  Upon the completion of the vestry election, the meeting will be suspended and adjourned until the final Sunday in January (the 28th).  Other matters, historically handled on Advent II, including the Rector’s, Wardens’ and ministry annual reports as well as the budget for the new year (2018) will be presented when the Annual Meeting concludes on January 28, 2018.  This change permits a number of benefits that the vestry is convinced will help the work of the parish.  Among the benefits identified: 1) permitting an accurate presentation of the 2018 budget based on actual pledges (some of which are historically not received until late December or January); 2) the vestry will be able to finalize the budget at its retreat during the second weekend in January; 3) the vestry will be able to present a vision plan to the parish for the coming calendar year, again, after its retreat; 4) Annual reports will not be rushed, or based on less than a full year’s activity.  These factors alone were sufficient to convince the vestry that such a change should be tried this year.

The vestry allocated $2,500.00 from funds received by the church from the estate of Eve Nichols to be added to another gift received for this purpose, to use towards the initiation of a landscaping plan and its execution on the parish grounds, beginning at the foyer entrance to the Johnston Wing.

The vestry received an excellent report from Annie Thornberg on her trip to Chicago to learn about, and be trained in, a new pastoral wellness program called Living Compass.  Annie is excited to bring this program to Holy Trinity and the parish will be hearing more about it in the very near future. The meeting concluded with prayer. The vestry will next meet on November 16. Tom Holt


Adopt A Family/Margaret Willis:  Holy Trinity is partnering with Margaret Willis Elementary School families again this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Please look for the Giving Trees in the narthex and consider helping with our Adopt A Family effort by picking food items from the trees, shopping for the food, and bringing it back to Holy Trinity to be delivered to our adopted families.  If you prefer to make a donation to help us shop, just write “Adopt A Family” in the memo line of your check and put it in the collection plate or take it to the church office.  We ask that all food be delivered back to the church by Sunday, November 19th.  In addition to shopping for the Thanksgiving meal, we need Holy Trinity families, individuals, or groups to deliver the food to the Margaret Willis families before Thanksgiving.  There will be a sign-up sheet for those willing to deliver in the narthex also.  Bette Scott

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 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. Please place them in the blue tub in the narthex. Nancy Broadwell

News from the Food Pantry


Total households served:  561        Total number of individuals served:  1244

First time households:  145           Interesting:  About 40% of the clients served were over 60 years old.

Just in case you didn’t know, the Food Pantry is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Each bag that we give out contains cookies, crackers, peanut butter, two canned vegetables, two canned meats, one canned fruit and macaroni and cheese.  To the homeless bags we add a small sandwich bag containing small toiletries and plastic ware.

The first Sunday of the month is In-gathering Sunday and we welcome any canned vegetables or meat, Mac and Cheese, pasta or rice.  We can also use travel sized or hotel sized toiletries, can openers, plastic ware and sturdy grocery bags that we use for our “homeless” bags.

In the past, we have asked and received donations of soup from Campbell Soup Company in Maxton, NC.  To pick up the donated soup, we need a truck and driver.  If you can help, please contact one of us.  We so appreciate everything that everyone does to support the Holy Trinity Food Pantry, either by volunteering or donating canned goods or money.  Thank you so much!! Pat Stang, Toy Brown, Karen Robertson and Sharon Robertson

November Greetings from the Preschool!

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.  Deadline for orders is November 21st.   Order forms available in the Narthex, Parish Hall and click here.   Once more, thank you all for the support you give YOUR preschool. Thank you, Ruth Gillis

 Wonderful Wednesday by Sharon Robertson

On September 19th, a few members of the Wonderful Wednesday group traveled to the Fayetteville State Planetarium.  We took time to stop by “The Reef” to view the display and received a behind the scenes tour to see what keeps the huge salt water fish tanks working as well as heard what is done to get a fish ready for display in the tanks.  We got to see the beautiful “glow fish” as well as their residential large lobster that is not on display to the general public.

Afterward we went into the Planetarium for the planned program and were treated to a new program that had just been designed that morning.  It was a yearly view of the night sky over Fayetteville with the 12 constellations that make up the astrological signs and the major stars located in the figures.

We also saw a program on the spacecraft Cassini that crashed into Saturn on the 15th of September after being in space for nearly 25 years.  We ended the program with a 20 to 30-minute question and answers session.  Afterwards we had a late lunch at KFC before traveling home.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS: 1 William Emmons, Julian Tietje 2 Neil Bergman, Barbara Lowinger, Dan Thoma 3 George Franks  6 Tara Bartal, Ingrid Burgdorf  7 Tim Lancaster 8 Nancy Stoller, Lily Adams 9 Joy Van Hout, James McKay 10 Phil Caldwell 11 Toy Brown, Bill Smith 12 Magdalena Brown, Leonora Hall 13 Matthias Brown 14 Amy Lancaster 15 Sarah Middleton, Sidney Spiegelberg 16 Lauren Alecca, Eddie Burkett, Andy Boissonneau, Laura Jean Coombs 17 Nick Ashford, Dannielle Steele 18 Peter Fleming 19 Joyce Loughlin, Catherine Moorman  20 Winnie Daws 22 Hastings Holt  23 Athena Clark 24 Matt Karrenbauer, Nate Bartlett 26 Hans Burgdorf 29 Ed Fields 30 Hannah Davis, Laurel Hustwit, Qin Rich

 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, Sean Amon, Rosemonde Angrand, Tony Argo, Brewer Family, Brooks Family, Pat and Fred Brown, Cade Family, Carolyn Cassan, Ann Copeland, Driscoll Family, Joe Edwards,  Frank Fedele, Penny Gardner Family, Ming Gardner*, Marie Jeanne Geme, Gladney Family, Forrest, Hardin, Doris Hawley, Heine Family, Holt Family, Larry Jensen, Louisa Karp, Kiata Family, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Judy Krantz, John Lancaster, Jr., John Lancaster, Sr., Lee Family, Doris Leggett, Terry Levitt, Joyce Lipe, Mays Family, Mike, Anne Mizelle*, Brenda Nunnally LaRita Parker, Marie Parker*, Karen Perrenot, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Diane Rauch, Justin Stewart, Becky, David and Tom South,  Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey*,  Melissa Yoakum and Katherine Whaley.  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 hurricanes and forest fires.  * 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, Matt 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.

Saints We Remember on All Saint’s Day:  Bruce Caley, Bernard Brooks, Jr., Kyle Logan Gardner, Vivian Edward Hollinshed, Jr., Janet M. Cavano, Nancy Ruth Saint-Amand Holt, Deborah W. Sims, Betty Palmer Bullard Dumas, Frank Allison, Jr., Maria Cunningham, Francis Winter, Billie Jackson Driscoll, Mary Georgina Maxwell, Mrs. Bobbie Lucille Reeves Walker, Mr. Carmen Joseph Piccolo, Jr., Mr. James “Jamie” Martin Craven, Mr. Spurgeon Vaniel Barbee, Mr. Gary Eugene Wright, Morton Rivkind, Leonard Smith, Warren Judge, Eve Nichols, Ian Kermath, Anne Johnson, Michael Alecca, Richard Kelderhouse, Ernest A. Suguitan, Calixto G. Suguitan, Ponciana M. Suguitan, Vicente A. Agustin, Felicisima P. Agustin, Jesus Agustin, Samuel Agustin, Presentation Agustin, Norberta Agustin, Lourdes Agustin, Eulogio Pandongan, Ildefonso Remigio, Leocadia Pascual, Argel Allegrid, Maxine Pettinger, Coach Michael Burks, Suzie Porter, Patricia Brown, Martha Cade, Elliott Hooker, Wheeler Dudley, Molly Bridgers, and Martha Cade.


Sunday, November 5

  • All Saints Day

Sunday, November 12

  • Bishop Skirving visits during the 10:30 service

Sunday, December 10 – Annual Meeting

  • 9:30am – one service only

Sunday, December 24

  • 4:00pm Christmas pageant, 8pm service with HE, 11pm contemplative service

Christmas Day, December 25

  • 10:30am service


YOUTH LOCK-IN, October 28

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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