Good Newsletter | February 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We need Lent.  More than ever, individually and collectively we need a time of prayer, fasting, and introspection.  A season to pause and turn towards God.  That season is upon us.  I bid and implore each and every one of us to a holy observance of Lent in 2018, beginning Wednesday February 14th.  There are many ways to observe this holy season: prayer, spiritual practice, and/or self-denial.  Holy Trinity has several opportunities I would like to tell you about:

Participating in Ash Wednesday services is a great way to start a season of prayer and spiritual conversion.  We will be offering 4 Ash Wednesday services to our community on February 14th, to accommodate varied needs and schedules.  I strongly encourage you to be a part of this holy day in your community of faith.

  • 8:00am Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Eucharist (spoken)
  • 12:00pm Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Eucharist (spoken)
  • 4:00pm Simplified Children’s Ash Wednesday Service – (spoken, less than 30 minutes)
  • 7:00pm Primary Ash Wednesday Service with choir and music

Our Sunday morning worship will look slightly different during Lent.  We will be utilizing the “Penitential Order,” (BCP page 351).  We will have silent processions and recessions.  The altar will be placed at the head of the church, in a more traditional and contemplative manner.

As is our custom, we will be offering Simple Soup Suppers during the season of Lent (Tuesday 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20) at 6:00pm.  Following, there will be a Lenten program at 7:00pm, led by Deanery clergy (described below).

This season of Lent, clergy of the Upper Cape Fear Deanery will lead a Lenten program titled “The Joy of Reconciliation.”  This program will be offered on Monday mornings (at St. John’s and Tuesday evenings (at Holy Trinity).  On the five Mondays starting February 19th, the study will begin at 10:30am followed by Holy Communion and a lunch prepared by St. John’s ECW.  On the five Tuesday evenings starting on February 20th, the study will begin at 7pm, preceded by a simple soup supper at Holy Trinity at 6pm.  Each session will include a presentation by deanery clergy, followed by a discussion.

On Sunday mornings during the season of Lent (2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18,) The Rev. Adam Tietje will lead an Adult Education class at 9:30am connecting Holy Saturday and his experience of combat.  Please join us for this class!

The Rev. Anne Thornberg will be leading two Lenten classes on Monday evenings following The Living Compass Curriculum.  Please consider being a part of one of these classes!

There are two Lenten devotionals available in the Parish Hall.  One is from Episcopal Relief and Development and the other is from The Living Compass.  I invite you to pick one up for use during this Lenten season.

Lastly, one of the great gifts of our Anglican heritage is our worship during Holy Week.  In addition to Ash Wednesday, I strongly urge to worship with us during Holy Week:

  • Sunday, March 25th                 Palm Sunday (8am and 10:30am)
  • Thursday, March 29th             Maundy Thursday (7:00pm)
  • Friday, March 30th                  Good Friday (12:00pm)
  • Saturday, March 31st              The Great Vigil of Easter (8:00pm)
  • Sunday, April 1st                      Easter Sunday (8:00am and 10:30am)

However you choose and are able to participate this year, I urge you to invite God into your life this Lent.  Inviting transformation requires intention, openness, and community.  I pray this season finds you able to authentically and whole-heartedly enter into the story of our Christian faith.  Faithfully,   Jeff+


 Appalachia Service Project Fundraiser:  – What says LOVE more than a chocolate pie?  Buy your sweetheart a chocolate pie or buy one for your neighbor or your BFF or your mom or treat yourself. The ASP Team is selling homemade pies again!  On Sunday, February 4th, we will bake and sell 90 chocolate pies. These pies are perfect for Valentine’s Day…and they freeze well. You may preorder a pie by calling Sarah Moorman at 910-484-0118 or emailing   We have decided to sell them for a minimum donation of $10/pie. Please keep in mind when donating that each pie costs $4.50 to make. Your generous donation will allow our youth to have an experience of a lifetime. Our goal is to raise $900 after expenses. Hope we can count on your support!   Sarah Moorman 

Healing Ministry Meeting – On Sunday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. the pastoral care team members, who provide prayers for healing, will hold a meeting in the Holy Trinity library.  Our team has two goals for this meeting.  First, we would like to provide information and answer any questions from parishioners, who might be interested in joining this ministry.  Second, we would very much appreciate feedback from the congregation.  Our team believes this ministry can have a meaningful impact on the spiritual lives of those experiencing troubled times.  Your thoughts and suggestions will assist in guiding our team’s future actions.  Please join us for this meeting. 

The Story of Holy Saturday-Lenten Adult Education Study

February 18               Holy Saturday as the Story of the Disciples

February 25               Holy Saturday as the Story of the God

March 4                      Holy Saturday as the Story of the Church

March 11                    Holy Saturday as the Story of the World

March 18                    TBD

March 25                    Holy Saturday as the Story of Combat Veterans

 Living Compass Wellness Circle – The Rev. Anne Thornberg will be facilitating two wellness circles this coming Lenten season. The wellness circle is a group of 6-8 people who gather on Mondays for 6 weeks to intentionally make space to discern God’s call toward wholeness in their lives. There will be a 5pm group and a 7pm group.  If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact Anne Thornberg @

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 in the Parish Hall (beginning February 14th) and First Fridays at 7pm @ LeClair’s General Store beginning February 2nd.   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. Please contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg at

No Labyrinth Walk in February.  The next walk will be on Thursday, March 1st.  Mark your calendars.    Tara Bartal

Beach Weekend – Save the date!  Our annual parish weekend at the beach (Trinity Center) is May 25-27. Registration will start on Sunday March 3 and 11. There will be a table in the narthex during adult Sunday School and after the 10:30 service.  Rooms are first come, first served.  Rooms typically go fast.  A $50.00 deposit is required to hold your room. Please contact Amy St. Peter @ if you have any questions.


 Lenten Devotions:  Episcopal Relief and Development has daily Lenten Devotions both online at and a print copy which will be available on the table in the parish hall before Lent begins on February 14.These are written by a variety of people and provide information about the world wide work of Episcopal Relief and Development as well as thought for the journey through Lent.

 Living Compass Lenten Booklets: Loving With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind – Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life. And there is nothing more central to that life than loving—loving with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. For people of faith, love is not an abstract or feel-good concept, but an urgent call to radically incarnate love in how we relate to God, our neighbor, and ourselves. Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of love and Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Please pick up your copy in the office or the Parish Hall.

 Giving Envelopes:  It’s never too late to request Giving Envelopes.  Just let Janice know if you want them.  Contact:  910-484-2134 or

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!

 Did You Know…Holy Trinity’s first Vestry, elected in a congregational meeting on August 1, 1951, included three women? In electing women to the Vestry, Holy Trinity was doing more than building a new church in the Diocese of East Carolina, the church was also setting a precedent since it was not common practice in 1951 to elect women to serve as members of a Vestry. It is very possible that Holy Trinity was the first church in the Diocese to elect women to serve on a Vestry. Since that time, Holy Trinity women have regularly been elected to the Vestry and more than a few have served as Senior Warden.  (This is the forth 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

January Vestry Highlights

Your 2018 Vestry gathered at Trinity Center on January 12th-14th for a time of work, spiritual formation, fellowship, and retreat.  In preparation for our time together, we read “The Agile Church” by Dwight Zscheile.  This book informed our discussions about how Holy Trinity may further live into its values to worship God, welcome all, and serve our community.  I can write with confidence that these discussions were fruitful, honest, forward-thinking, and honoring of our history and tradition.  Recognizing that cohesion and relationship-building are essential to effectively working together.  Vestry started the weekend by sharing aspects of our personal life stories with one another.  We are so grateful that Annie Thornberg was present to facilitate that time of sharing.  Sonny Brown, Canon for Diocesan Life, joined us for the weekend and offered welcomed insights and facilitation.

Retreat also offered an opportunity to focus on several important ‘business’ matters at Holy Trinity.  These included plans for addressing aging facilities, continued efforts to be good stewards of our resources (time, treasure, and talent), improved budgeting for growing ministries, and an action plan for long term visioning to assure that we are focused in our growth and mission.  We certainly recognize that these business matters are also sacred in nature.  To conclude retreat, we celebrated Eucharist together and jointly acknowledged our gratitude for the wonderful people who make up Holy Trinity.  Your vestry anticipates a full and joyous year as Holy Trinity continues much good work and spends time in community with one another.  We consider it a privilege to serve alongside the faithful disciples at Holy Trinity.  Julie Lee-Jacobs

News from the Food Pantry

The Food Pantry had a good year and we would like to thank the congregation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for the support they have given throughout 2017.  In 2017 we served 1,654 households.  For 383 of those households, it was the first time they visited our food pantry and 978 were new individuals.  Grand total of individuals served in 2017 is 3,577 compared to 3,358 people in 2016.  It was a very busy year.

We want to thank those who have contributed to In-Gathering Sundays and those who have contributed supplies for the homeless bags. A special thank you to the preschool which gave canned goods in November. And a thank you to everyone for all that you have done to support the food pantry.  Those who pack, distribute, shop, donate, volunteer –  you are a blessing!  Special thanks to June Pearce for double bagging half the year and to those that took over this necessary task!!

Please remember that the first Sunday of the month is In-gathering Sunday.  We accept donations of canned vegetables, crackers, peanut butter, mac and cheese, rice, canned meats, canned fruit and cookies.  Anything given will be accepted and appreciated!!  Thank you!

There is a chance we can go to Campbell’s food if someone with a large pickup truck would be willing to drive to Maxton, NC.  The last time they donated about 1,400 pounds of soups and drinks.  Please let me know if you can drive so that I can submit a request to Campbell.  Pat Stang, Toy Brown, Sharon and Karen Robertson


The Margaret Willis/Adopt A Family committee would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with this important ministry.  Whether it be shopping for food or gifts, donating money, delivering food and gifts plus sorting and organizing the presents, we thank you.  At Thanksgiving, we were able to provide a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and a $25 grocery gift card to six families.  At Christmas, we provided Christmas gifts for 21 children in seven families along with much needed household items and a $100 grocery gift card for each of the families!  All of the families were extremely grateful for the help.  The families were chosen by the social worker at Margaret Willis Elementary School.  And, thanks to Holy Trinity Preschool, we were able to provide many pairs of gloves and hats for the adopted families as well as other students at Margaret Willis who need them.  We could not do any of this without the support of everyone at Holy Trinity.  Thank you!  Bette Scott and the MWES committee

HOLY TRINITY PRESCHOOL NEWS:  Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is ongoing in the school office.  Classes are offered for children 2 to 5 years.

CLAWS for a CAUSE:  Buy lobsters and help the preschool.  Place your order by February 12.  Order forms are on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall or in the back of this newsletter.  Lobster pick-up and dinner on February 17th.  To order your cooked lobster, indicate on the form that you will come to the dinner, and bring a couple of side dishes to share with the others. Dinner in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m.  Ruth Gillis, Preschool Director


 Your Snacks and notes of encouragement were appreciated by our college and boarding school students:  We’ve heard from several.  Here are a few remarks.  “I wanted to thank the church members for the package of snacks I received for finals week. I really enjoyed the snacks while studying. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness,” John Whiteman.    Madi Lee wrote, “Thank you so much for thinking of me during my exams.  The finals care package was exactly what I needed to finish out the semester.  So many of the treats inside were some of my favorites.  Thank you again for thinking of me. It meant a lot.”

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 is active on Holy Trinity’s website (  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

 Seeking Acolytes, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers and 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.




FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS:  1 Carl Beene 2 Sally Caldwell 3. Richard Karp, Soren Verhine 4 Coleman Smith, Liam Thoma 5 Ginny Franks, Zakiera Langbis 6 David Alecca, Florence Alvarez, Chick Chisolm, Leroy Chisolm, Katie Jenifer 7 Rosemary Zimmerman 8 Nancy Broadwell 9 Cooper Wilson 10 Alison Fleming 11 Martha Brown, Stuart Jordan, Chris Sims 12 Nan Fiebig, Jeff Thurnher 14 Mia Carpenter, Olisaemeka Udoh 16 Gabriella Holliday 17 Bethaney Armstrong, Brittney Armstrong 20 Karen Corey, Mamon Albawarid 21 Jessica Nelson, Libba Pate, Mary Lynn Mercer 22 Linda Karp, Liam Wylie 24 Derrick Nadalini 25 Charles Koonce, Linda Taylor-Lau 26 Meredith Philbrook 27 Cindi Slappey, Finnegan Nelson  28 Reagan Francis

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  Meredith Adams, Frank Allison, III, Martha Booth, Pat and Fred Brown, Jan Burgess, Tammy Chitwood, Debbie Clark, Chad Cohoon, Bishop Daniel’s Family, Alicia and Tyler Duel, Eden, David W. Edwards, Jr., Joe Edwards, Tom Ficklin, Fiebig Family, Michael Fisher, Fisher Family, Vicci Fix, Louise Hall, Jack Hancox,  Steve Hardin, Doris Hawley, Kim Holt, Sandra Howell, Matthew Humphrey, Jack, Larry Jensen, Jim and Eddie, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, Katie Koch, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, Lloyd Lagrange Family, John Lancaster, Sr., Joyce Lipe,  Cathy Lovato, Mona Luce, Mike, Cindy Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Marie Parker*, Kelly Person, Margaret Peterson*, Philbrook Family, Rachel, Schultz Family, Becky South, Tom South, Jim St. Peter, Garrett Stang, Devin Stout, Becky,  Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey*, Warren, Wesley, Katherine Whaley, and the Aaron Whaley Family.  Everyone affected by the devastation of 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, Kyle, Devin 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

Dr. Jae Won Kim, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal, Jeremy Fiebig, Jackson Rednour-Hallman, Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

Tom Holt, Building Steward


Senior Warden:  Julie Lee-Jacobs

Junior Warden:  Jimmy Driscoll

Treasurer: Neil Bergman

Clerk:  Wendy Hustwit

2018                                                                              2019                                                     2020

Scott Hancox (Outreach)                         Amy Beene (Parish Life, Youth)               Susie Harris (Parish Life)

Wendy Hustwit (Communications,     Jimmy Driscoll (Finance/Executive)         John Kells (Youth, Finance/Executive)


Julie Lee-Jacobs (Stewardship,           George Harrison (Communications)        Suzanne Pinson (Outreach)


Mike Morketter (Outreach,                    Elaine McKay (Parish Life)                        David Samuelson (Youth)


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

1601 Raeford Road     Fayetteville North Carolina 28305


Office hours: Monday-Thursday    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Office email:

Office phone: 910-484-2134       Pre-School: 910-484-0250