Worship Leaders for Advent 3C, Sunday, December 16th, 2018


Worship Leaders for Sunday, December 16


8:00 am 

Reader:  Greg Francis

Usher:    Gauge Francis


10:30 am

Acolytes:  Kasmin Davis (Crucifer), Winston Hoffman, Harper Hoffman, Eleanor Thornberg (Gospeller)

Director/ VOD:  Tara Bartal

Readers: David Samuelson (First Reading), Michael Rednour-Hallman (Second Reading), Susan Stephany (Prayers of the People)

Eucharistic Ministers:  David Samuelson, Michael Rednour-Hallman, Susan Stephany, Cheryl Spears

Healer:  Jane Squires, Heather Glidden

Ushers:  Karen Smith, Jake Jacobs

Greeters:  Sarah and Frank Moorman

Vestry:  Scott Hancox, Elaine McKay

Altar Guild and Flowers:  Mary Erwin Olive

Liturgy and Leaders for Confirmation and Service with the Bishop, Saturday, December 15th, 2018


Worship Leaders for Saturday, December 15


11:00am service with the Bishop

Acolytes:  Laura Reeves (Crucifer), Winston Hoffman, Wendy Hustwit, Carly Reeves (Gospeller)

Director/ VOD:  Tara Bartal

Readers: Susan Stephany (First Reading), Lacy Kells (Second Reading), Joyce Lipe (Prayers of the People)

Eucharistic Ministers:  Susan Stephany, Lacy Kells, Joyce Lipe, Louise Hall

Ushers:  Jim Thomas

Vestry:  Julie Lee-Jacobs

Altar Guild and Flowers:  Mary Erwin Olive




Liturgy and Leaders for Advent 2C, Sunday, December 9, 2018


Worship Leaders for Sunday, December 9

Annual Meeting only 9:30 Service


9:30 am

Acolytes:  Keith St. Peter (Crucifer), Zoe St. Peter, Winston Hoffman, Addison Hudgens (Gospeller)

Director/ VOD:  Tara Bartal

Readers: Tom Holt (First Reading), Courtney Samuelson (Second Reading), Nathan Bartlett (Prayers of the People)

Eucharistic Ministers:  Tom Holt, Courtney Samuelson, Nathan Bartlett, Heather Glidden

Healer:  Rob and Carla Richardson

Ushers:  Bob Pinson, Tim Lancaster

Greeters:  Ann Morketter, Louis Feraca

Vestry:  Amy Beene, George Harrison

Altar Guild and Flowers:  Martha Clark






Announcements from the Bulletin

Check out what’s happening this Sunday, next week and in the weeks ahead in the announcements from the bulletin.

Click here:announcements from the bulletin.


2018-2019 Church League Basketball – Pre-Cadet Team

Check out the Church League Pre-Cadet Schedule for December and January at the link below. Let’s all turn out to cheer on our team!

Schedule 2018-2019 Pre-Cadet Church League Basketball

2018 Calendar of Christmas Services

Sunday, December 23rd

8:00am       Holy Eucharist

10:30am     Holy Eucharist with music


Monday, December 24th, Christmas Eve

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 –   Simple 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)


Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Day

10:30am     With Holy Eucharist


Wednesday noon service on December 26 and January 2 are cancelled.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

8:00am service with Holy Eucharist

10:30am service with Holy Eucharist


The Holy Trinity Office will be closed:

Tuesday, December 25th through Monday, January 7th.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 7th.




Adopt-A-Family Angel Tree

Holy Trinity is partnering with Margaret Willis Elementary School families again this year for Christmas. The Angel Tree will be in the Narthex beginning Sunday, November 25. You will find gift items to be purchased for our 10 adopted families on the tree. Please return all gifts to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 16–BEFORE the 10:30 service. Keep the “Angel” or tag that you take from the tree and attach it to the outside of the WRAPPED package. If you would rather donate money, we will shop for gift items from the tree and we would also like to provide each family with a gift card to a grocery store so cash donations will be used for that as well. Note Adopt-A-Family in the memo line of your check. If you would like to help by shopping for some of the gift items that do not get
taken from the tree, please let us know and keep your receipt for reimbursement. We also need more people to deliver gifts to the adopted families so if you are interested in helping with that, please see Bette Scott or send an email to jlste@embarqmail.com.

New Vestry Nominees

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

Vestry Nominations 2018



Icons in Transformation: September 8 – January 11

Icons in Transformation, an internationally renowned exhibit by Russian-born contemporary artist Ludmila Pawlowska, will be on display at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, beginning September 8. The exhibit will run through January 11, 2019. It is free to the public. Guided tours will be conducted every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and every third Saturday from September through December from 9 a.m. to noon. Other times for viewing the exhibit may be arranged by appointment by calling the church office at (910) 484-2134 or emailing the office at admin@holytrinityfay.org.

More information about the artist and events scheduled during the exhibit time frame that are open to the public is available here:

Icons Exhibit

Preview Video


Celebration of Life of Mary Lynn Haigler Jordan

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with both sadness and resurrection joy that I relay the news that Mary Lynn Haigler Jordan, long time and beloved parishioner, died Monday, November 5, 2018.

A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Trinity this coming Saturday, November 10 at 2 pm with a simple reception following in the parish hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (1601 Raeford Road Fayetteville NC 28305) or to the Cumberland Community Foundation (308 Green Street Fayetteville NC 28301).

Holy Trinity is a community blessed with saints like Mary Lynn who have shared their faith and gifts for decades.  I ask your prayers and presence as we celebrate this saint on Saturday.



Celebration of Life of Margaret Peterson

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with both sadness and resurrection joy that I relay the news that Margaret Peery Gose Peterson, long time and beloved parishioner, died on Sunday evening, October 28th.

A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Trinity this coming Saturday, November 3rd at noon with a simple reception following.  A visitation will be held at Holy Trinity immediately prior at 11am.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity is a community blessed with saints like Margaret who have shared their faith and gifts for decades.  I ask your prayers and presence as we celebrate this saint on Saturday.



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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.

Evening Labyrinth Walk – No evening walks in December or January

Labyrinth walk are usually held on the first Thursday evening of each month. However, due to other parish activities, there will not be evening walks in December and January.

All interested persons are cordially invited to participate in our labyrinth walks. For the scheduled evening walks, we ask that participants come promptly at 7 p.m. if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive by 8:15 p.m.  Candles and soft music will accompany your walk.

Prayer for a Labyrinth Walk

By Jean Sonnenberg

Bon Secours Labyrinth, Marriottsville, MD – by permission

O God of many paths, I stand before this labyrinth today, metaphor of my journey to you.  In the Western world, I have been taught that “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line,” and being an impatient person, I am uncomfortable with waiting.  I have often modeled my journey to you on the straight line.  But you, God of infinite patience, have shown me that there is another path, a curved path.  On this path, my anticipation is heightened as I approach the center, only to be led out again to the periphery.  But this path more closely resembles life itself.  On this path, if I just put one foot in front of the other, it may seem at times as if I am not approaching my goal, while in fact, I am drawing closer all the time.  But you are a God of surprises and mystery, and I don’t control the path.  The labyrinth is a symbol of my surrender to mystery, trusting, not knowing for certain, that the path which curves in and out again ultimately leads to the Center, which is You.

To learn more about Holy Trinity’s labyrinth, please click here. 

Celebration of Life – Harold Syms

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harold Syms on September 29, 2018. There will be a celebration of Harold’s life at Holy Trinity, Saturday, October 6 at 1:30pm.

Prayers go out for his wife, Mary McNeill Syms; son, Harold E. Syms III; daughter, Tisha R. Syms; four grandchildren, Kya Syms, Kyndra Syms, Myles Syms and Corynn Cameron; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fayetteville Chapter of Disabled Veterans, 520 Johnson Street , Fayetteville, NC 28303 & Multiple Sclerosis Foundations Eastern Carolina Chapter, 3101 Industrial Dr #210, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Club 456 & Youth@Holy Trinity

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 youth@holytrinityfay.org

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!!

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 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.

 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.

Also, the preschool still has a few openings for 2- to 5-year-olds. Call Ruth Gillis at (910) 484-0250 for more details.

Rector’s Office Hours

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

Sermon from Sunday December 3rd, 2017 by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector


Sermon from Sunday November 26, 2017 by the Rev. Joe Running


All Saints Day Sermon – the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector

Sermon from All Saints’ Day, Sunday November 5, 2018

Episcopal Relief for Hurricanes

Episcopal Relief and Development is in touch with all dioceses that are being affected by this fall’s devastating hurricanes 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 www.episcopalrelief.org  No contribution is too small as it combines with contributions from many fellow Episcopalians.

Sermon from Sunday, August 27th – The Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg


Sermon from Sunday, August 20th – The Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg



Sermon from Sunday, August 13th – The Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg


Music Ministry News

Practices have begun.     Handbells @ 6:00pm, Choir @ 7:00pm with fellowship afterwards

All are welcome to choir. Simply come to rehearsal and we will provide you with music and a section to sing in. If you’re interested in handbells, please contact Beth Jordan at 817-793-9903 or musicminister@holytrinityfay.org.  

Children’s Choirs resumed on September 13!

Cherub Choir (children ages 4-K) 4:00-4:30pm

Children’s Choir (grades 1-6) 4:45-5:30pm

We will rehearse on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays during Women’s Connection. Childcare is available. Please contact Beth Jordan at musicminister@holytrinityfay.org or 817-793-9903 for more information.

Margaret Willis Back to School Needs

We are currently collecting much needed school supplies to assist the students at Margaret Willis in getting ready for school. Many of these families were affected by Hurricane Matthew and have suffered financially. All donations are greatly appreciated. There will be a collection point in the Narthex during the month of August. Items needed are: Glue Sticks, Disinfectant wipes, Hand sanitize, Composition books, Pencils, Crayons, Expo Markers, Kleenex, Earbuds, Belts, and BACKPACKS *** really needed. No rolling backpacks please. Thank you.

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.



Sermon – The Feast of the Transfiguration by the Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg


How to Use the Website to Make a Request

In case you didn’t already know, the church’s website has changed so now it’s easier than ever to make a request to the church administration and vestry. Click on the ‘Contact Us” button at the top of the page to:

* Make a prayer request

* Use church equipment

* Use church facilities

* Receive a church grant

Once you click on the “Contact Us” you’ll see a menu selection for the above items. You can click on the selection, which will take you to the proper forms to submit your request.

We hope this new website change will be useful for church committees and groups, as well as outside organizations. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact George Harrison, Vestry Communications Chair, at gharrison@nc.rr.com.


Sermon – First Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon from June 11, 2017  by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector