Liturgy and Leaders for Sunday, Pentecost 7A, July 23, 2017

Worship Leaders for Sunday, July 23

8:00 am

Reader:  Steve Johnson

Usher:  Gauge Francis


10:30 am

Acolytes:  Heather Albawarid (Crucifer), Laura Jones, Winston Hoffman, Harper Hoffman

Director/ VOD:  Tara Bartal

Readers:  Joshua Busman (First Reading), David Samuelson (Psalm), Cheryl Spears (Second Reading), Mary Mac Shields (Prayers of the People)

Ushers:  Jimmy Driscoll, Bob Pinson

Youth Ushers:  Thomas Driscoll, Ian Jones

Vestry:  Elaine McKay, George Harrison

Altar Guild: Martha Brown



Liturgy and Leaders for Sunday, Pentecost 6A, July 16, 2017

Worship Leaders for Sunday, July 16

8:00 am

Reader:  Harry Horrocks

Usher:  Mary L. Mercer


10:30 am

Acolytes:  Jackson Hallman (Crucifer), Victoria Hall, Laura Reeves

Director/ VOD:  Tara Bartal

Readers:  Jane Squires (First Reading), Julie Lee-Jacobs (Psalm), Cheryl Spears (Second Reading), David Samuelson (Prayers of the People)

Healer:  Heather Albawarid, Katherine Whaley

Ushers:  Karen Saracen and Mark Saracen

Vestry:  Scott Hancox, Amy Beene

Altar Guild: Nancy Holt, Louise Hall



Labyrinth Walks

Evening labyrinth walks are typically held on the first Thursday of each month. All interested persons are cordially invited to participate in our labyrinth walks. Please 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.


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


Announcements from the Bulletin – Summer 2017

Please check out the announcements from the bulletin.


Bakers Wanted! – July 29

Please plan to join us on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. 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.

Sermon – First Sunday after Pentecost

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



Pentecost Sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector

Sermon from Bishop Rob Skirving, Sunday May 21st.


Sermon from Sunday May 14th by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector


Sermon from Sunday, May 7th from the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector

Sermon from Sunday April 30th by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector



Palm Sunday Sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, Rector

Sermon from the Rev. Joe Running from the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Gospel Lesson and Sermon from Sunday March 26

Were you in the Mike to Mike Half Marathon, “running” away from church on Sunday? Here is Sunday’s Gospel Lesson and sermon. You’ll hear introduction to the lesson, followed by a dramatic reading of John 9:1-41 and the homily by the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg.

March 19 Sermon From the Rev. Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg

March 12 Sermon from the Rev. Jeff Thornberg

Being Born Again.  And Again.

(sermon begins at 2:47 after the reading of the Gospel).


Parish Beach Weekend

Holy Trinity’s Parish Weekend at the Beach is May 26 – 28, 2017 at Trinity Center on Bogue Banks.

Please print the Registration Form,  complete it, and turn in with a $50 deposit or your whole fee to:
Amy St. Peter or Beth Early or the Church Office
by 12:30 p.m.  on SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017.

Reservations are first come / first served.
We’ve sold out many of the last few years! Get your room(s) now!

The remainder of your fee must be submitted
no later than 12:30 p.m., SUNDAY, MAY 14TH
or your deposit will be returned and your room(s) offered to others.

If you wish for your family to be considered for a partial scholarship,
please indicate so on this form. All scholarship assistance will be confidential.

Questions? Please call Amy @ 910-977-6141 ( or Beth @ 910-481-0806 (


Parents’ Forum – Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9 & May 7

Come meet with other parents of children and youth. This series is not a parenting class or a lecture on discipline. It is a moderated, casual conversation among parents, providing time and space to share thoughts, questions and concerns, and to build community among parents. A team of 2-3 parent moderators will keep conversation going, impart a bit of their parenting experience and wisdom, and share both their best parenting moments and their mistakes. The Sundays for these forums this spring
are: February 12, March 12, April 9th, and May 7th. We will meet in the Library.
Please join us! If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic please contact The Rev. Anne
Thornberg at

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


Preschool Registration

Preschool Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is ongoing in the school office. Classes are offered for children 2 to 5 years. For more information, please contact Ruth Gillis at


Giving Envelopes for 2017

Giving Envelopes:  Holy Trinity received Giving Envelopes for 2017. Pick yours up in the Narthex. Please let the office know if you DON’T want Giving Envelops for 2017 or if you don’t see yours on the table. Please note: you do not have to pledge to have envelopes. If you would like some, please contact the office:  or 910-484-2134.  

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir is in full swing, but there is still time to join!  Children 2nd through 5th grades are invited to join us at 4:30 p.m. Children ages 4 years old through 1st grade are invited to join the choir at 5 p.m.

Children’s Church

Children ages 4 to 5th grade are invited to follow the Bell Cross out of the sanctuary for Children’s Church. They will go down the hall to the Godly Play room in the Johnston Wing to sing, hear a sacred story, and join together in prayer. Please join us!

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.

Building & Grounds Committee

Anyone interested in future opportunities to work on various building and grounds projects is invited to contact Keith St. Peter at with name, email and telephone number.

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



Website update

Check out the new on-line multi-use form on our website. The form titled “Outreach Requests” is located under the Outreach tab on the home page. One use of this form is to make requests for May Fair funds for your organization. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1. In addition, the form is available to request the use or rental of Parish buildings, grounds or equipment, including tables, chairs and kitchen implements. And the form is used to request an announcement during the services.

Children & Youth Readers

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

Worship Ministry

We are seeking new members of all ages for worship ministries at Holy Trinity as we begin the new year. These ministries include:

  • Lectors/Lay Readers – Reading scriptures and prayers of the people. We are particularly looking for younger voices from our upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers – Assisting with the administering of the Eucharist.
  • Acolytes – Carrying our crosses, torches, banners, Gospel and other elements, participating in our worship processional, and assisting the celebrant in administering the Eucharist.

We invite anyone interested in active, regular, or occasional involvement in any of these ministries to join us in 2016. Contact the church office to sign up or for more information.