Good Newsletter | December 2017

2017 Calendar of Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve

8:00am       Holy Eucharist

10:30am     Holy Eucharist with music

4:00pm. –   Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant

(Ideal for families with young children and those wishing to worship with families of young children – Childcare provided)

7:30pm –    Festive Prelude

8:00pm –     Holy Eucharist with Sermon, Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Strings

(Ideal for all – Children welcome, but Childcare not provided)

11:00pm –   Candlelight Vespers with Holy Eucharist

(All who desire to end their Christmas Eve celebration in prayer and silence are welcome – incense will be used at this service)

 Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day

10:30am     Holy Eucharist with music

Wednesday noon service on December 27 is cancelled.

 Sunday, December 31, 2017

8:00am service with Holy Eucharist

10:30am service with Holy Eucharist

The Holy Trinity Office will be closed:

Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st

The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd


ANNUAL MEETING:  One service at 9:30am on Sunday, December 10th

The Reception Committee will host a potluck brunch following the Annual Meeting on Sunday, December 10th. If you would like to join our Holy Trinity family for fellowship after the 9:30 combined service, we welcome your tasty sweet or savory dishes to share. We will be ready for crockpots, casseroles, or trays of goodies if you would like to drop them off in the Parish Hall before the service. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Smith at 910-425-3942. Thank you in advance and we look forward to spending some holiday time with all of you.

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

ADVENT AND ALES @ LeClaire’s:  Advent can be defined as an arrival or coming, especially one which is awaited. During the season of Advent, we will begin a series of theological discussions to help foster learning and mindfulness as we await the arrival of Christ Incarnate. Jeff will offer teaching to help facilitate conversations. This is also a wonderful opportunity to build relationships in a relaxed environment! We will meet at Leclaire’s General Store on four consecutive Monday’s from 7-8:30 PM (December 11th, and 18th). Beverages and pastries will be available for purchase. You need not RSVP, just come. All are invited, and please feel free to invite friends! If you cannot attend all 4 sessions, join any that you can!

St. Nicholas Party for Kids:  Every Advent, St. Nicholas makes an appearance at Holy Trinity.  This year, we have decided to throw a party for him!  We would like to invite all children and their families to join us on December 23rd at 10:00am to meet St. Nicholas, learn a little about his story and spread some Christmas cheer. We will have Christmas Pageant Practice the same morning.

BAKERS WANTED!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, December 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.

 The Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra @ Holy Trinity on Sunday, December 17th at 6:30pm.  They will perform a concert of Christmas music.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Offerings will be accepted.  The FJO is an 18-piece band, in the style of the big bands of the 1940’s.  Directed by Dr. Neal Finn, the band is composed of many of the best local musicians (and a Holy Trinity parishioner) and music educators who love playing big band music.

 Wonderful Wednesday –will meet on Wednesday, December 20. We’ll watch a fun movie, “The Muppets’ Christmas Carol” with Michael Cain. It’s a tender, funny and incredibly clever rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. Bring a light lunch.  Movie popcorn will be provided.  We’ll also share our “best Christmas ever” story! Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.

Youth Group Christmas Celebration – Saturday, December 16th – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  We will have a meal at Holy Trinity at 5pm and WALK to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for the 7pm performance.  The cost is $15 per person.   We will NOT exchange gifts.  Please respond by December 3, 2017 if you plan to attend, payment by December 6, 2017 to reserve seating at the theater.  Parents and leaders, I need another adult chaperone if anyone is available.  Thank you.  Karen Smith Saracen

No Labyrinth Walk in December.  The next walk will be on Thursday, January 4th.  Mark your calendars.    Tara Bartal


Poinsettias:  If you’d like to give a poinsettia (s) in honor, thanksgiving or in memory of someone, please complete the form available on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall and return to the office by Sunday, December 17th. Thank you.

Giving Envelopes:  Holy Trinity will soon receive Giving Envelopes for 2018.  Please let Janice know if you want envelopes by calling 910-484-2134 or

End of the year deadline: the last day to turn in any money to be attributed to your 2017 account is NOON on Thursday, December 28.

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!

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.

 Seeking Acolytes, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Youth Ushers in 2018: We invite currently licensed and trained worship leaders to sign up to assist in leading worship in early 2018. We particularly want to encourage young readers and new acolytes of any age to sign up.

  • Please do not schedule yourself as an LEM, acolyte, youth usher, or lector if you were not trained by vergers and/or clergy in the last year.
  • *Young readers (High School and below) can go ahead and schedule themselves 1-2 times in this period, even if you need some extra refresher training.
  • Please do not double book yourself in conflicting service areas. For instance, LEMs cannot usher, choir members cannot acolyte, and so on.
  • Readers may sign up for one reader/LEM slot per month to make opportunities for others to serve.

If you’d like to join a worship ministry and have not been licensed or trained, please contact a verger for consideration. There are currently several openings in the acolyte and verger groups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 Thanks for your work in Holy Trinity worship ministries.

 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 opened a kindergarten class for 5 year-olds in 1959? There was no public-school kindergarten program in Fayetteville then. The Holy Trinity Kindergarten ran continuously until the 1973-4 school year when public schools began kindergarten classes.  The Holy Trinity Kindergarten closed for a year and reopened in 1975 as a pre-K class for 4-year-olds. Since then, the preschool program at Holy Trinity has grown by leaps and bounds!

(This is the third 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

November 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, November 16.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Julie Lee-Jacobs and was called to order by the Rector.  The Financial Report was presented by Neil Bergman and accepted.  Neil also presented a preliminary draft budget for 2018, which will be worked on as pledges are received and 2017 expenses are fully paid.  The vestry will submit the 2018 parish budget at the concluding session of the Annual meeting on January 28, 2018.

The vestry thanked Jim and Barb Heine for providing a defibrillation unit to Holy Trinity.  The unit will be placed in a convenient place as soon as possible.  Training for using the unit will be offered to ushers and other interested persons within the congregation.

The rector announced that the sanctuary seating will be arranged quite differently for the four Sundays of Advent.  Beginning Advent I (December 3) the chairs will be placed to face the font rather than towards Raeford Road.  The purpose behind this arrangement is to recognize that Advent is the season when we prepare for the birth of our Savior, beginning with the pronouncement by John the Baptist, as reflected in the Lectionary.  The font will serve as our altar as we await with anticipation the coming of our Lord.  The chairs will be rearranged after Advent.

The rector also informed the vestry that Holy Trinity will be participating in a Deanery Lenten Program jointly with St. John’s Episcopal Church.  St. John’s, along with Daughters of the King, will be hosting prayers during Lent at St. John’s led by Jeff Thornberg.  Holy Trinity will be hosting the Reverend Robert Alves, from St. John’s, for Tuesday evening Lenten programs at Holy Trinity.

The vestry received the news that our Minister of Music, Beth Jordan, has accepted a full-time position with a Lutheran church in Roswell, Ga.   Beth has been an integral part of the worship of Holy Trinity since her arrival, and she will be missed.  The rector will begin forming a lay committee to search for her replacement.  The vestry thanked Beth for her ministry among us, and wished her Godspeed and all the best in her new position.

The vestry met with Mary Mac Shields as part of her continuation of the process of being ordained a Vocational Deacon.  The vestry unanimously supported Mary Mac and signed a Letter of Support for her admission as a Candidate for Holy Orders.  The meeting concluded with Compline. The vestry will next meet on December 14.   Tom Holt

Appalachia Service Project – Cranberry Pie Sale   Wow! It is clear that Holy Trinity members LOVE pie. On November 19, the ASP team baked and sold 74 pies and raised $1564. Our goal was $750 – we clearly surpassed that. Many thanks to all of you who gave so generously. We will be selling chocolate pies in February and hope we can count on your support again.  Sarah Moorman


Margaret Willis Adopt a Family: Beginning Sunday December 3rd, the Angel Tree will be up and ready for you to find gift items to be purchased for our “Adopted” families from Margaret Willis Elementary.  We would like to have all of the gifts returned to the church no later than Sunday, December 17th so that we can get them delivered to the families before Christmas.  Please keep the “Angel” or tag that you take from the tree and attach it to the outside of the WRAPPED package.

Monetary donations are most welcome.  We will shop for gift items and we would also like to provide each family with a gift card to a grocery store.  Note Adopt A Family on the memo line of your check.

Planning ahead for the cold weather:  We’re still collecting coats for Margaret Willis.  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

 Christmas greetings from Holy Trinity Preschool

Thank you very much for your generous support of our wreath and garland fundraiser. We hope to make this a yearly part of your holiday plans!

The children again are collecting hats, mittens, gloves and scarves on our “Mitten Tree” to support the outreach ministry to Margaret Willis Elementary School.  What a good way to learn about generosity and sharing!

We wish you and your families health and happiness as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  P.S. Save the date for our annual lobster sale. Delivery date is February 17. You’ll hear more in January!   Ruth Gillis, Preschool Director


Holy Trinity and the Food Pantry thank the preschoolers for all the food they donated this holiday season. 

Youth Adventure at the Climbing Wall – November 2017

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  1 Matthew Whiteman 2 Brian Timpac, Jamie Watts, Jamie Tosi, 3. Harper Hoffman 4 Victoria deBros, Dane Reid, Taylor Whitworth, Frank Moorman, Henry Redman 6 Amy St. Peter. Katie Redman 7 Roscoe Annas, Jim Heine, Dean Swinford, 8 Mary Anne Brooks 10 Annie Thornberg, Phil Harris 12 Amadee Chisolm, Frances Morketter, Kevin Smith, Ryan Janovic, Jr. 13 Mike Morketter, Grayson Hudgens 14 Tom Morketter, Pat Stang 15 Stephanie Odom-Rzonca  16 Tom Baucom 18 Jim Goodwin  19 Harry Horrocks 20 Emily Karpowicz  21 Jacob Connor, Maddox Broughton-Hayes, Dennis Brewer  22 Mailah Timpac, Ann Wood, John Cardinali, Lila Wood 24 Alice Bull 25 Laura Reeves 26 Suzy Spiegelberg  28 Ryan Janovic  29 Angela Francis, Phillip Harris, Tom Holt, Roxana Ross  30 Bob Pinson, Gina Whiteman, Heidi Koehler 31 Patsy Brown

 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, Rosemonde Angrand, Tony Argo, Pat and Fred Brown, Cade Family, Tammy Chitwood, Chad Cohoon, Ann Copeland, Bishop Daniel’s Family, Frank Fedele, Ming Gardner*, Marie Jeanne Geme, Jimmy Fields, Michael Fisher, Fisher Family, Vicci Fix, Forrest, Hardin, Doris Hawley, Matthew Humphrey, Jack, Louisa Karp, Kiata Family, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Judy Krantz, Susan Krause, Lloyd Lagrange Family, John Lancaster, Sr., Lee Family, Terry Levitt, Joyce Lipe,  Cathy Lovato, Mona Luce, Mike, Cindy Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Brenda Nunnally LaRita Parker, Marie Parker*, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Rachel, Diane Rauch, Schultz Family, Becky South, Tom South, Garrett Stang, Justin Stewart, Becky,  Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey*,  Warren, Melissa Yoakum, Wesley, and Katherine Whaley.  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, Alex 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.

  The Holy Trinity Office Staff wishes everyone a Blessed and Festive Holiday Season.


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,  Jeremy Fiebig, and Jackson Rednour,   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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