Good Newsletter | August 2018

ASP is a Christian ministry that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. Each year, they choose a different Bible verse to serve as their motto – this year it is Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ Below are reflections from ASP team members on their time in Cocke County, TN in June.

Davis Saint Amand: The experience of going on the ASP trip is truly life changing. My group was amazing for the second year in a row. Our leaders were Bobby and Steve and the group was made up of Luke, Ransdell, Lea, Mary Anna, and me. Throughout the week I grew closer and closer with my group and shared lots of great memories with them. One of the best moments on the ASP trip was when one of our home owners (Tom) told us that his wife had lung cancer. Luke and I immediately went and got Bobby off the bus and he came over to Bonnie. We all put our hands over her heart and prayed for about 5 minutes. Shortly into the prayer she was crying and whispering that she could feel him (Jesus) with her in that moment. This is a moment that will be in my heart forever.

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 fifty-year-long legacy was born.

Our assigned team name was Trunko Tom, part of an overall theme.  It was a mix of new and old ASP volunteers, consisting of two adults (Karen and Keith) and five youth (Celia, Emily, Max, Will, Alex) from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Highland Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Church.

Our team was assigned to Ms. Tina’s home. She was a warm and loving grandmother who cared for her grandchildren.  Her home was built without insulation and heated by a small wood stove, which can’t compete with the cold winters in Tennessee.  The home had suffered damaged due to a previous leak in the roof.

I set forth on this journey to repair a home – warmer, safer, drier.  Sometimes when you set out to change the lives of others, it is your life that is changed.  Our final day began with a devotion and closed with a silent prayer walk, both events stirred emotions and tears.  GOD’s presence was amongst us.  To my Holy Trinity family, I am forever grateful for this opportunity and your support.  I am both humbled and honored to have served.

Zoe St Peter:  As the days grew closer to ASP, I couldn’t help but envision the wonderful week I would have, the people I would meet, the friends I would make and the things I would do.

My ASP experience exceeded all of my expectations and dreams. I had the pleasure of meeting a kind-hearted, loving family, Mrs. Maxine, Mr. Harold and their son in law, Mr. James. While working alongside four other youth, Grayson, Joe, Paige and Jackson, and two amazing group leaders, Mr. Scott and Mrs. Pam, we helped to re-support the exterior of their home with girders. Not only did we help make their home safer, we built a relationship with our family. We spent countless hours during our day telling stories, sharing jokes and of course working hard! During one of our lunch breaks, we ventured out to a family owned restaurant in Pigeon Creek with Mr. James. That is when I learned that sometimes the relationships you make throughout a journey are more important than what you accomplished on your project.

At the center, we started our morning with a group devotion followed by breakfast and preparing for the departure to our worksites. When we returned in the afternoon, we took much needed showers, followed by dinner, an Evening Gathering (EG) and time spent playing games, meeting new friends, learning about our wonderful staff members and of course sleeping!

As the week came to a close, we were given a chance to reflect on our time at ASP through a prayer walk. We traveled to several stations, giving us the ability to take in our surroundings and see the true work of GOD throughout the week. I was able to see that not only did we complete the girders on the exterior of our home, but my team welcomed Mr. Harold, Mrs. Maxine and Mr. James into our ASP family. I have met friends that I’ll never forget, seen beautiful Tennessee mountains and I can officially say that I showered in a shower trailer at 10:15 PM! I have had the experience of a lifetime at ASP this summer and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Carys Gardner:  I had such a good time at ASP. I made friendships I already had closer and I made great new friendships. My family was so amazing, they had 2 really sweet kids that we played with sometimes and it was great getting to spending time with the family. We put up a fascia board and repaired some things in their bathroom. All of their faucets dripped water and so we put in new faucets. It was a great experience and I hope I get the chance to do it again sometime in my life.

Judy Philbrook:  I served on a team with Rich Falter and 4 youth – Carys, Jamie, Thomas and Annie. We were the Montauk Monster group and I am still trying to figure out the connection of all the weird group names!

Our team worked on a house owned by a young couple who had 2 children. The father was at work during the day, but we established a great relationship with Kimberly and the kids. Our youth loved to play with the kids. As part of our parting gift, we gave the little girl a doll and the little boy a basketball hoop. The backboard was cardboard, so our youth fashioned a plywood backdrop using their power saw skills! They painted it, attached the hoop and hung it. Kimberly asked the entire team to sign the back of it and she planned to go over our signatures with permanent markers so she does not forget us! We also took our family to lunch at McDonald’s on the last day and then went to an ice cream shop in town.

Our time at the Center was filled with preparations for the next day, eating, sleeping and playing games or talking with each other! We had morning devotions, an evening gathering, a Wednesday evening dinner and service at a local church. My group spent some time at lunch each day studying the Bible verse for this year (“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ Isaiah 6:8) and going through the meditation and questions prepared by ASP about this verse and what we were doing.

I should probably mention that we worked on our house too – we put fascia up, replaced drywall around the bathtub, replaced faucets, repaired the bedroom ceiling and started replacing the bathroom floor but ran into a rotten main girder that was a bigger job than we could handle.

I am always amazed at the transformation of the team members as our time on our projects goes from the beginning to the end of the week. The spiritual growth and sense of accomplishment that they have done something that is worthwhile is what makes this effort worthwhile. I am also amazed at our families – they have so little, but yet, they have so much. I would like to thank Holy Trinity for the support given to our youth for this ASP mission trip and for all of the other investments we are making for our youth!


 Labyrinth Walk in September.  The next walk will be on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm.  Mark your calendars.    Tara Bartal

 Wonderful Wednesday – After the noon Eucharist on Wednesday September 19th, Sheriff Wright and some of his detectives will speak to the group and on October 17th, Major Whitaker, from the Fayetteville Police Department will join us.  They will be available to answer questions from the group.  If there are any questions, contact, or 910-339-0982 (Home) or 910-364-3774.

SUMMER FEST –Join us from 4-6pm on August 19th for the final evening of family fun.  $10.00 per family, per time.  Contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg for more information.

 Newcomer Get Together:  Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 3-5pm at the Revs Jeff and Annie Thornberg’s home.  Please join us for light refreshments and fellowship.  Child friendly.  RSVP by Wednesday, August 22 to 910-484-2134.

 ICONS are Coming!  How Can I Help?

*We are in need of docents. The primary role of the docent is to welcome visitors and guide them through the exhibit.  Docents are an integral part of making this exhibit a success. If you are interested, please contact Annie Thornberg at

 *Be a sponsor of this event. There are many costs associated with having the Icons at Holy Trinity. Please consider helping offset some of the expenses. We have multiple levels of giving:

Partner – $50-99

            Benefactor – $100-249

            Artist’s Circle – $250-499

            Bishop’s Circle – $500+

Sponsors will be acknowledged at the Artist’s Gala Reception and your name/name of your company will be on display for the duration of the exhibit.

If interested in sponsoring Icons in Transformation, please contact Janice at 484-2134 or

 *Attend the many exciting events we have planned – AND bring a friend or three!

MOD SQUAD is back with some get together ideas.

Cooking Classes at FTCC:  

  1. Authentic Mexican Cuisine  – Mondays August 20 – October 1 from 6-9 pm:

Do you love Mexican food and the rich spices in every dish? The best part of Mexican cuisine is how delicious it is and how healthy many of the dishes have become. Join this class as your instructor teaches you the secret behind preparing truly authentic Mexican cuisine. Cost is $65.

  1. Holiday Entertaining Saturdays October 20 – December 1 from 9 am – 12 noon

Every good Southern host is ready for company! Join us and learn some of the best recipes and menus for entertaining, from quick and easy appetizers to beautiful table decor ideas. We will learn some tips and tricks to be sure you are the definitive “hostess with the mostest”!  Cost is $65.

If interested in either of these classes, contact Sarah Moorman at (910) 977-1376 or Registration deadline is 5-10 days prior to the class. While you do not have to attend all the classes, you will need to pay the $65 regardless of how many classes you attend.

Foreign Film Series (Amelie):  Friday, September 7th @ 7 pm at Methodist University in Nursing Building Auditorium.

Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County 10th Anniversary Dinner: A Celebration of Giving Together for Greater Impact – Thursday, October 4th @ 6 pm – This is a dinner at Highland Country Club with author/speaker Lisa Napoli. Lisa wrote the book Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away.  Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at  Tables will be reserved so that the Mod Squad can sit together for the evening.

For more information or reservations, contact Sarah Moorman, Susie Harris, or Amy Beene.

Chancel, Handbell and Children’s Choirs:  Please join one or all of our musical groups if you like music! Do not hesitate to join us just because you cannot read music or you think you don’t have musical talent. We can all help each other! Rehearsals for both the Handbell & Chancel choirs start on September 5th, and the Children’s choir starts on September 16th. For more information, please contact Jae Won Kim at

  • Handbell Choir rehearsals – Wednesdays, 6-6:50 p.m.
  • Chancel Choir rehearsals – Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9:45-10:15 a.m.
  • Children’s Choir rehearsals – Sundays, 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. (age 6-5th grade) and 12:05-12:20 p.m. (age 4-5)


 The Reception Committee is hosting the gala on Saturday, 9/8/2018 as part of the Icons in Transformation and we have lots of opportunities for you to participate in making this an amazing evening! If you are able to assist with the food or set up/clean up, please contact Linda Smith at The Reception Committee thanks you in advance for your help!!

 August/September Highlights

Sunday, August 19, Summer Fest, 4:00pm, Parish Hall

Monday, August 20, Cumberland Oratorio Singers, Cambellton Youth Choir, 4:00pm, Choir Room and Sanctuary

Thursday, August 23, Preschool Staff Meeting, 8:30am, Parish Hall

Thursday, August 23, Grouping Meeting, 6pm, Parish Hall

Thursday, August 23, COS Board Meeting, 7pm, Library

Sunday, August 26, Blessing of the Back Packs at 10:30 service

Sunday, August 26, Newcomer Gathering, 3pm at Thornberg’s.

Monday, August 27, Cumberland Oratorio Singers, Cambellton Youth Choir, 4:00pm, Choir Room and Sanctuary

Monday, August 27, Newcomer Committee Meeting, 5pm, Library

Monday, September 3, Office closed, Labor Day

Wednesday-Friday, September 5-7, Sweet Tea production of Comedy of Errors, outside by the administration office

Saturday, September 8, ICON Gala, 6-8pm, Parish Hall

Thursday, September 13, Labyrinth Walk, 7pm, Sanctuary

Saturday, September 15, Mini-shrine art workshop for kids, 10:30am and 1pm, Parish Hall

 Did You Know? ….. In 1959, the Fayetteville Camellia Club, founded in 1955 and led by the late Dr. W. T. Rainey, completed a plan that Dr. Rainey had envisioned for a garden on the Church grounds at the corner of Raeford and Sylvan roads. Holy Trinity members used to drive to a plant nursery in South Carolina to buy camellias to be planted throughout the church grounds.

According to an undated extract published in the Carolina Camellia Society Magazine, and provided by Jack Dewar, Secretary of the Club in 2017, a “Camellia garden, open to the public and constructed on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In it were….the finest varieties of camellias, an underground sprinkler system, a fountain, and plenty of pine shade.”

In 1961, the Camellia Garden was named the Rainey Memorial Camellia Garden, to honor the founder and first president of the Fayetteville Club.

 Reports and Updates


Growing God’s Garden at Holy Trinity:  As Holy Trinity’s summer begins in earnest, the Stewardship committee has planted a Victory Garden in the Narthex to visually remind everyone of our personal growth in God’s world, and the need to nurture and grow our relationship with God, Holy Trinity and each other.  As of June 30th, our financial support (pledges and non-pledged contributions) are moderately behind what was budgeted for the year.  Like your personal involvement in God’s church, your financial commitments to HT are the soil, water and nutrients on which our physical campus, ministries and programs depend.  Giving is also a sign of your own growth in Christ and a step towards the life of generosity that God calls us to.

 Stewardship Snapshot:  As of July 31, Holy Trinity has received $268,079 out of $456,000 in pledged income, and $26,944 out of $54,500 in budgeted non-pledged income (includes plate offering budget).

July Vestry Highlights

Your vestry met for a four-hour mid-year retreat in July, choosing to stay for an extra hour as we found that we were engaged in meaningful and productive conversation about community life, finances, and mission at Holy Trinity.  Many thanks to the Child Advocacy Center and their generosity in opening their conference room to us, allowing us to think and talk together in a creative and healing environment.

Discerning a formal visioning process at Holy Trinity was at the top of our agenda.  You will hear more about this visioning process in the coming months.  While visioning will include opportunities to give your feedback about all aspects of Holy Trinity, we will collectively go much deeper, identifying areas of potential growth at Holy Trinity that will allow us to live out our ministries to the fullest.  At retreat, vestry reviewed the budget and financials (as we do at each vestry meeting) and identified areas for partnership with our Stewardship team.  Woven throughout our conversations during retreat was the desire to know and serve our neighbors well and to continue to invest in the thriving community and relationships at Holy Trinity.

As we look ahead to fall, your vestry is excited for a number of reasons.  Just to name a few, there will be continued opportunity to engage parishioners in ministries that are meaningful to them, creative collaboration with the arts, and new opportunities for outreach in our community. We are so grateful for each of you and our Holy Trinity family.  Julie Lee-Jacobs, Senior Warden  

 Holy Trinity Preschool News 

Holy Trinity Preschool announces a new group – two mornings per week for 1-year-olds.

Details: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 9 to noon. The group, limited to 6 children per day, will meet in the church nursery.  Registration fee is $100 ($75 if a sibling is already enrolled). Tuition is $87.50 for one day per week, $175 for 2. Also, the preschool still has a few openings for 2- to 5-year-olds.

 NEEDED for our 1-year olds:  toys for indoors and some outdoor equipment. We plan to set up a play area behind the church office.  Contact Ruth Gillis (910) 484-0250.

News from the Food Pantry

A HOLY TRINITY OUTREACH MINISTRY … PARTNERING WITH MARGARET WILLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  Margaret Willis Elementary School (K-5) is a Title I school located in Haymount. Outreach activities are coordinated with the school social worker who identifies needs and also the students/families who can benefit from our partnership.

Heads up, Everybody!

In August, Holy Trinity will begin a shoe and underwear drive for Margaret Willis Elementary School (MWES). Every Sunday in August, we will have boxes in the Narthex to collect new or gently used shoes.

SHOE SIZES NEEDED:    Girls 1,2,3,5 Boys 13 – 4

Underwear: Whatever would fit a 5-13-year-old

We will also accept monetary donations that will be used to purchase additional shoes and underwear. Please help us provide needy students with these essentials!

Looking forward to the 2018-19 school year, here are some of our plans:

  • Gently used and new winter coats in sizes identified later by the social worker;
  • Adopt-a-Family for Thanksgiving and Christmas;
  • Boxtop collection drive;
  • Mayfair Voucher Shopping for 5 families, selected by the school social worker, to shop at Mayfair on Friday.

Be on the lookout for details about these opportunities. Everyone can participate in this ministry.

Fall Youth Ministry for Grades 4th-12th graders!!!


Club 456 is a ministry designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The club meets on the 2nd Sunday after church. Once a month, students are invited to go on Club 456 outings where they will enjoy fellowship and fun with their friends. This group will also work on a number of mission projects throughout the year. Club 456 will foster relationships with peers and encourage discipleship through service.


Youth@HT is a loving, welcoming and fun place for teenagers in grades 6-12th to learn more about themselves and deepen their Christian Faith. Throughout the year, The Youth@HT take part in activities on Sunday evenings and with exciting and meaningful special events throughout the year. From worship and study to mission work and fun outings, The Youth @HT strives to make our group a place where everyone can participate in something meaningful and sharing experiences that will last a lifetime.


If you would like to mentor/volunteer within our youth ministry, please contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Alyssa Stoffer at

Upcoming dates:


August 26th Blessing of the Backpacks- 10:30am

Sept 15th yOUTREACH -Diocese Event

Sept 28th Defying Gravity  6-9pm

*New* Youth Group Mini-Series Meeting Time!

“Minute to Win It” 6 weeks

Sept 16th-October 21st

Sunday Evenings 4-6pm @HT

Club 456

August 26th Blessing of the Backpacks- 10:30am

Sept 9th 12-1:30 First Club meeting!!

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS :  1 Brennan Binkley, Sara Boissonneau, Stephen Rumper, Gillian Merrill  2 Robert Yoakum, Savannah Larson 3 Luke Hancox, John Kells 4 Courtney Samuelson, Austin Kelly 5 Annabelle McLean 6 Janice McFadyen, Margaret Samuelson 7 Leroy Chisolm IV, Joe Running 9 Louise Hall, Alison Jones, Sybil Marks, Julia Snellgroves, Geoff Childs 10 Kathy Grantham, Ed Whiteman 11 Johanna Thoma 12 Carter Childs, Clare Whitworth, Brian Stoffer, Michael Ishee 14 Jack Slappey 15 Cobi Lancaster, James Baillie 16 Greg Rich 17 Zachary Parisian 19 Wilbur Dees, Ray St. Onge, Abigal Towles   20 Carson Estheimer 22 Jane Buryk, 24 Adam Milby, Karen Saracen 25 Suzanne LaGrange, Mark Philbrook  26 Martha Vallery, Brandon Lau, Colin Stoffer 26 Zoey Larson  30 Deborah Brewer, Bella Bennett, Carol Burkett, Marlee Bourey 31 Nina Gordon, Jane Horrocks

 Prayer List

 Frank Allison, III, Tony and Karen Argo, Ralph Aument and Family, Linda Berckman, Martha Booth, Janet Boudreaux, Jeff Clark, Vikki Clark Family, Coach, Victor and Gary Coggins, Rick Daniels, Durnan Family, Erica, Edwards Family, Madison Fedak, Tom Ficklin, Vicci Fix, Gehring Family,  Sandra Hawke, Hunter Hedgecoe, Malcolm Howard, Mark Ivey, Larry Jensen, Joe, Mel and Judy Coggins Johnson, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, John Lancaster, Sr., Lee-Jacobs Family, Doris Leggett, Chuck Long, Cathy Lovato, Matthew, Andrew Mianulli, Mizelle Family and Friends, Mya, Brenda Nunnally, Doris Page, Marie Parker*, Joellen and Frank Pauze, Margaret Peterson*, Rachel, Alison Smith Reaves, Isolene Robertson, Andrew Robinson, Charlotte Robson, Soldier Roy, Becky and David South, Cheryl Spears, Amelia Steele and Family, Suguitan Family, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey*, Jim Thomas, Roxanne Wood, caregivers of our homebound parishioners,  all those immigrant families who are still separated, and for all who are working to reunite them.

* Denotes Visitation Welcomed.

 Military Prayer List

John, Cedric, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Sam, Amanda, Robert, Brian, Oliver, Thomas, Nicholas, Alex, Mitch, Abigail, Patrick, Geoff, Mark, Eric, Andrew, Nick, Shayla, John, Tony, Shane, Matt, Alex, Devin, Geoffrey 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

Edward Lowe, Seminarian

Dr. Jae Won Kim, Music Minister and Organist

Alyssa Stoffer, Youth Coordinator

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:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

2019:  Amy Beene, Jimmy Driscoll, George Harrison, Elaine McKay

2020:   Susie Harris, John Kells, Suzanne Pinson, David Samuelson

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