Edward Lowe’s Departing Sermon

Click this link to read Fr. Edward Lowe’s final sermon to us on July 12.


A Farewell Letter from Tara Bartal

We wish Tara Bartal blessings and love as she leaves us to begin seminary studies at Sewanee.  Here is her farewell letter to us.



The Thomas Family and Mayfair Outreach

The Thomas Family wants you to help our Mayfair charities. To find out how, read this letter from our Senior Warden. Read more

A Fond Farewell to Fr. Edward Lowe

Our beloved associate rector, Edward Lowe, moved July 12 to Ft. Benning, GA to be with his wife, Charley, as she continues her military duties there.  Read more

Visitation, Service, and Obituary for Jim Thomas

It is both with a sense of sadness and resurrection hope that I invite you to join us for Jim Thomas’s visitation and graveside burial service at the end of this week.  On Thursday, June 11, there will be a visitation at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home form 6 – 8 p.m.   The graveside service will be held at Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street at 10 a.m.  I ask that you wear a mask and ty to maintain social distancing precautions.  We will provide bulletins for the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church. There will be a memorial service held at a later date as so many are unable to travel or visit with one another during this pandemic.

I invite your prayers and presence as we remember Jim and pray for him – giving back to him some of the love he gave and shared with us.




Click here for Jim’s Obituary

Read Bishop Rob’s Easter Letter

Click here to view Bishop Rob’s Annual Easter Letter

Easter Lily Dedications

A Message from Bishop Skirving

See the following announcement from Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.

New Parish Administrator

An announcement from our Associate Rector and Senior Warden:

As many of you already know our brave and fearless administrator Janice Luce planned to retire this year. As a vestry and leadership team, we discussed ways in which we might seek to find a qualified candidate to replace her during our January Vestry Retreat. After posting the job on our parish website and on Diocesan websites, we interviewed all candidates and are proud to announce that Susie Harris is by far the most qualified and capable candidate that we interviewed. We decided to hire her last week and announced the decision to the vestry late last week. Our original plan was to have Janice and Susie work together for a period of two months (April and May) so that Susie could learn the job and Janice might have more flexibility to work on long-term projects that we have not had the resources to address until now. It is unclear how the Covid-19 outbreak is going to impact our planned administrator transition, but we hope to have a clearer understanding in the days and weeks ahead. A warm round of virtual applause for our new Parish Administrator, Susie Harris!

Meet Your 2019 Vestry Nominees

The vestry has presented a slate of candidates for the upcoming 3-year term.  Read about them here.

A Celebration for the Life of June Lancaster

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

June Lancaster, a long time parishioner of Holy Trinity and our official Church Historian, died on October 14, 2019 at her home in Fayetteville in the presence of family and friends.

June has been active in our parish for decades. She was loved by many in our church and in the surrounding Fayetteville community. June was a writer and put her writing skills to the service of our community by composing the official history of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 26th at Holy Trinity. There will be a reception following the service.

I invite your prayers and presence as we celebrate the life of this wonderful person who gave so much to our community.



Help Say Goodbye to the Thornbergs

The vestry invites you to celebrate Jeff and Annie’s ministry at Holy Trinity and to honor the entire family as we bid them farewell.

First, come to a potluck lunch in the parish hall next Sunday, August 25 following the 10:30 service. This will be their last Sunday with us, so come share your memories and enjoy the fellowship.

Second, write them a farewell note in the Holy Trinity history book that’s just been published. The book is located on the table in the narthex (lobby).

Third, you may make a donation to Operation Lullaby.  If you have not received information about Operation Lullaby, just ask any vestry member or call the church office.  You may place a check in next Sunday’s offering plate or mail/deliver it to the church office. Make your check payable to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and put  “Operation Lullaby” on the memo line.

Let’s give the Thornbergs a Holy Trinity sendoff they will cherish, as we have cherished their time with us.

Tea & Book Signing – July 21

Please join us on Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. for a tea and book signing in honor of June Lancaster, who has written a book about Holy Trinity. Copies of the book will be on sale at that tea for $20. Please spread the word! ALL are welcome to this tea, whether or not you are members of HT.

Three Important (and unrelated) Announcements from the Rector

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I write to you this day with three important, exciting and unrelated announcements.

Firstly, on Thursday, July 4th Holy Trinity will host a worship service at 3:30pm. The service will be adapted from the BCP’s Evening Prayer and include music from guitars and banjo. It will last about 30 mins. Following the service, we will have a cook out on the meadow. ALL are welcome to both the service and the cook out (whether or not you are members of HT). If you attend the cook out we ask that you bring a dish to share and RSVP to John Kells (jlkells1@gmail.com).

Secondly, on Sunday, July 21st at 3pm Holy Trinity will host a tea and book signing in honor of June Lancaster, who has written a book about Holy Trinity. Copies of the book will be on sale at that tea for $20. Please spread the word! ALL are welcome to this tea, whether or not you are members of HT.

Lastly, I am very excited to announce that Aleasa Watson (pictured with husband John and daughter Lillie) will join our staff as Interim Preschool Director. She will be with us on beginning July 15th through the 2019/2020 school year.


Aleasa is originally from California and spent over a decade in Arkansas, though the military has allowed her family to call many places home. She comes from a diverse Christian background: she was born into a pastor’s family, attended both Episcopal and public schools, and graduated from a Baptist university. She is passionate about theology, administration, her family, and cooking. Aleasa has a BA in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University and is working toward a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Gateway Seminary.

As Aleasa states, “I’m thrilled to be joining the community at Holy Trinity! We are a military family, but originally I’m from California. My husband John is from Arkansas, where we met in college. Our daughter Lillie began attending the preschool last year and I was so glad to have her in an Episcopal school, just like I attended when I was younger. When I heard that the position of interim Preschool Director was available, I knew God was nudging me to submit my resume. I love theology, cooking, and video games. I am passionate about religious education and I love the vision that Pastor Jeff and the board have for the school. I look forward to meeting more of the congregation as I work alongside the staff to continue to cultivate a thriving school and ministry. I came to worship — now it’s time to serve!”

These are all great things! As always, if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me.



A Celebration of the Life of Lorette O. Hollinshed

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Many of you know that Lorette Hollinshed, long time parishioner of Holy Trinity, died on July 19, 2019.

Lorette was dedicated to her family, Holy Trinity, gardening, as well as the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Lorette’s obituary may be found here:


A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27th, 2019, here at Holy Trinity. There will be a simple reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens.

I invite your prayers and presence as we celebrate the life of this wonderful person who gave so much to our community.



Celebrations for the Ministry of Ruth Gillis at her Retirement

A note from our rector…Ruth Gillis, our Preschool Director, is retiring after 26

years. I invite you to celebrate Ruth in three ways. The first will

be on Sunday, May 19th during the 10:30am service at

Holy Trinity. At that service, we will celebrate and thank Ruth as a parish

community. Secondly, I invite you to an open house in the narthex of the

church on Wednesday, May 29th from 9am to Noon. Refreshments will be

served as the preschool community is given the specific opportunity to thank

Ruth. Thirdly, I invite the church and preschool community to contribute to a

gift for Ruth, to be given to her as she departs. Simply send a contribution to

the church office indicating “Purse for Ruth” to contribute (1601 Raeford Road

Fayetteville, NC 28305).

From the Easter Bulletin – Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Alleluia, Christ is risen! Today, we gather with Christians near and far to celebrate the miraculous fact that the tomb
was empty: Jesus rose from the dead. With that divine act, Jesus broke the bonds of death and now offers us the hope
and knowledge of new life, even in death.

Please click here to read the entire Easter welcome from our rector, The Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg.


New Preschool Classes & Registration Begins

Holy Trinity Preschool announces a new group – two mornings per week for 1-year-olds.  Details: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. The group, limited to six 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 days.

Registration for School Year 2019-2020: Registration for church members and families of children currently enrolled in Holy Trinity begins January 16, 2019 in the preschool office. “First   come, first served” basis. Registration will be open to the public starting January 28th, 2019.

Call the Preschool at (910) 484-0250 for more details.

New Vestry Members

Learn more about the parishioners who are our new vestry members.

Vestry Members 2019 – 2021



Stewardship – Grateful for God’s Garden

Friends, We all have so much to be grateful for at Holy Trinity; wonderful liturgies, music, fellowship, youth and community ministries, inspired Clergy and a unique campus where we gather in God’s name, to do God’s work. It seems all we have to do is show up
and be a part of it. But there’s more needed from each of us.

As we move through our annual budget process in October and November, your Vestry and Stewardship team ask that you prayerfully reflect on your gratitude for the amazing place that is Holy Trinity. We need everyone here to actively commit to the financial needs of growing a modern church community. It cannot continue to happen without your help. Please find a way to give graciously and in Thanksgiving for the gifts you and your family have been entrusted with and that are Growing in God’s Garden at Holy Trinity.

If you have not received a pledge brochure and card in the mail, please call the church office to request one.

Parish Hall

Voting Location, Primary Election Day, Tuesday, May 8th. The Parish Hall will be used for the May primary elections all day, May 8th.

A Celebration of the Life of Nancy Holt – Saturday, Aug. 12

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with very deep sadness that I convey the news that Nancy Holt, longtime Holy Trinity parishioner, teacher, sister, grandmother, mother, wife, and friend died very early this morning.

There will be a celebration of Nancy’s life at Holy Trinity this coming Saturday, August 12th at 3pm with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to Holy Trinity (1601 Raeford Road, Fayetteville NC 28305). Additionally, we are asking for finger foods for the reception, as we expect a great number of people to be in attendance. If you are willing/able to bring finger foods, please RSVP to annethornberg@gmail.com. Childcare will be available for the worship service and reception.

I ask your prayers for Nancy and for the entire Holt family. Holy Trinity is a community that holds one another up, even when the eternal hope of resurrection appears beyond comprehension. I ask your prayers and presence on Saturday, as we celebrate a beautiful and wonderful woman who is now with God.



Women’s Connection

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 first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall (there will be childcare provided for these events), on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall for an outreach project with the Daughters of the King, and one Friday a month for a more social and informal gathering. 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 pick up a flier with our winter/spring dates in the Parish Hall, join our Facebook group and come whenever you are available.

If you have questions or need more information please contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg at annethornberg@gmail.com


Going Out to Serve – Partnering with Margaret Willis Elementary School

School is back in session this month and so is the need for donated school supplies. The social worker has asked for help with specific items that are out of stock in her ‘supply room’. These items are: hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, baby wipes and/or kleenex, pens, pencils, boxes of crayons and/or highlighters, glue sticks, clear back packs (NO rolling backpacks). In addition, the school ‘clothing closet’ can use a fresh supply of shoes and belts. These may be new or gently used: shoes should be lace-up tennis shoes in black or brown, no logos, avg sizes K- 3rd grade; belts must be black and will be worn through belt loops. Bring your items to the designated Margaret Willis baskets in the Narthex. You can also help by donating money to be used for purchase of these items; write a check to Holy Trinity and designate Margaret Willis on the memo line.

News from the Rector – July 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last week, 15 staff members and lay leaders assembled off site to pray, study, and plan for life and ministry at Holy Trinity for the 2016/2017 program year.  It was a productive, prayerful, and enthusiastic meeting.  Our theme to reflect on was from Deuteronomy 30:19, “choose life.”  As we walk through the summer months, I write to update you about some of what we spoke.

Click here to read the full letter from the rector: July 2016



Children & Youth Readers

We are looking for children and youth who are interested in reading in worship. Please contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg  at athornberg@holytrinityfay.org if your child or youth is interested. There will be training after the 10:30 a.m. service on May 1.

Greetings from our NEW RECTOR! – March 2015

The search committee and vestry are thrilled to announce that a new rector has been called to Holy Trinity! The Reverend Jeffrey Stoller Thornberg begins his work on March 16, 2015. We can hardly wait! Father Jeffrey’s greetings are below.

Christmas Eve 2014 Photos

We had a very special Christmas Eve pageant this year. Enjoy the photos!