Good Newsletter | July 2017

Holy Trinity Youth and Adults Volunteer in Central Appalachia

Love in Action

Appalachia Service Project 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 1 John 3:18 – Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. The 2017 motto is “Love in Action.”

Holy Trinity partnered with Highland Presbyterian to form 6 teams (2 adults, 5 youth plus a floater) for a total of 43 volunteers to work June 11-17, 2017 in Johnson County TN. Our weekdays consisted of awakening to blaring loud music at 7:30 am, meeting outside for morning devotions at 7:45 and then having breakfast at 8 am. Chores were distributed among the teams, some had breakfast dishes or clean-up to do, others got to clean the bathrooms!  We made our lunches, collected our materials for the day and traveled to our work site. We began our work day with prayer with our families, then began our tasks, took frequent water breaks, had lunch and left between 3:30 and 5 pm.  Dinner was at 6:30, followed by chores, and Evening Gathering.  This was followed by free time, and lights out at 11 pm.

The Bluth’s Frozen Bananas crew (Keith St. Peter, myself and 5 youth) was assigned to work on a house that needed a new kitchen and bathroom floor, a room built for the granddaughter, a chimney removed and a new roof. We had high hopes to accomplish a couple of these tasks, but actually only completed the kitchen floor – We removed the old floor and found a layer of wood slats under the linoleum, then wood that went diagonally one way, then wood that went diagonally the other way. We also found that only one joist was holding up the wall. So, we had a few unexpected repairs to complete.  Pictured at right, kitchen during renovations and below, afterwards.

Other Holy Trinity youth and Champ St. Amand were on different teams doing other projects which ranged from digging a ditch to drain water away from a house, replacing a deck, and adding a wheelchair ramp.

Although one of our tasks was to work on the homes, a larger part of the experience was to establish relationships, to grow spiritually, and to learn new things about ourselves and others.  We had discussions with the youth each day and at the end of the week, and we spent time sitting on the new floor summarizing our adventure. We talked about first impressions (ours of our family, and what they thought about us), how fortunate we are, and about how grateful and happy our family is despite their circumstances!

Despite the sadness of things that our family shared with us, it was a wonderful experience. Wayne Birch, one of the adult leaders, summed it up well….

“ASP does not build character, it reveals character!”

We would like to thank Holy Trinity for their support of this mission trip. We thank all who purchased stock, bought lemon pies, made survival kits and prayed for us! Judy Philbrook

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

There will be Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, July 5.

 RESCHDULED:  Wonderful Wednesday Cape Fear River Cruise is rescheduled for 1pm Wednesday July 12. There are still tickets available and the cost is 25.00.  Please give your money to Jane Squires or the church office before July 10th.  Make your checks payable to Holy Trinity.  After the noon Holy Eucharist, we will car pool to Campbellton Landing parking lot just across the Person Street Bridge on the right. We may bring our lunch on board.  Join us for a view of history and experience a little bit of long ago! Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

Did you know:  The Cape Fear River was vital to the early communities that formed Fayetteville.  Steam ships carried products up and down the river to Wilmington.

 Labyrinth Walk – July 6 at 7:00 pm.  The July evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, July 6, between 7 and 9 pm.  Please come promptly at 7 pm if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive no later than 8:15 pm if you just want to walk it.  Candles and soft music accompany the walk.  Tara Bartal

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Bakers Wanted:  Please plan to join us on Saturday, July 29th at 2:00pm for the fun and fellowship of baking our communion wafers.  Young people are welcome.  Contact Roya Taheri (901-964-3911: taheriroya@hotmail.com) or Susan Stephany (910-824-6285: susangs456@gmail.com) for more information.

REQUESTING MAYFAIR FUNDS FOR OUTREACH:  On May 7, 2017, and the weeks leading up to that day, faithful people gathered to prepare for Holy Trinity’s annual Mayfair.  For those who may be newer to our community, or for those who may not know, Mayfair is a HUGE event.  Mayfair is a yard sale organized by Holy Trinity parishioners, made possible by donations from parishioners and others in our community and the tireless work of those who sort, price, organize, clean, pick up, and donate goods.  EVERY PENNY raised through Mayfair is granted to established Outreach programs within Holy Trinity and in the greater Fayetteville Community.  These funds are entrusted to individuals and groups who have experience, knowledge, and skills to help those in need in our community.  And most of the organizations/ministries who have requested funds in the past have active participants who are also Holy Trinity parishioners.  Please consider helping any way you can with Mayfair 2018.

 Due to website changes, please follow these steps if you wish to submit a request for Mayfair funds for your organization.  From our website, holytrinityfay.org, choose the Outreach Tab.  From the drop-down menu, choose “Make A request”.  Then select “Receive Funds for My Organization”.  Grant requests for Mayfair funds are due by August 1st.

 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.

 A bit of Holy Trinity History:  On April 8, 2017, several Holy Trinity parishioners and members of the Fayetteville Camelia Club trimmed, pruned and cleaned up Holy Trinity’s Camellia Garden.  Jack Dewar, the club’s secretary, explains how our Camellia Garden came to exist.  In 1959 the Fayetteville Camellia Club, led by Dr. W.T. Rainey, in cooperation with Holy Trinity, completed a 1957 plan by Dr. Rainey to plant 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 garden was named the Rainey Memorial Camellia Garden, to honor the founder and first President of the Fayetteville Camellia Club, founded in 1955.  Coincidentally, in 1957 the City of Fayetteville designated Fayetteville as the Camellia Capital of North Carolina.  NOTE:  Information from undated extract, Carolina Camellia Society Magazine (now defunct)

 Reports and Updates

June 2017 Vestry Highlights

 The vestry met Thursday, June 15.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Mike Morketter and was called to order by the Rector.  Reports were received from the Rector, Junior Warden and Vestry Liaisons.  The Treasurer reported that the parish remains within budget, but there is a need to remind Parishioners that pledge commitments need to be made in a timely manner, especially with summer months upon us.  Arrangements are being made to allow and encourage Parishioners to pay pledges electronically.

George Harrison will be working with our website to make the application process for funding and the facility use more visible and accessible.  The Rector reported that he will be in Chicago the week of June 19-23 for a class towards his degree.  There will be a Deanery event on October 15 at St. John’s for Trinity Center.  Both Bishop Skirving and Penn Perry are planning to attend.  There may also be a Deanery event for the African Shoe Ministry to be held at Trinity Church, Lumberton on or about July 22.  There will be a special Rally Sunday preparation meeting for all ministry leaders on Saturday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting concluded with Compline. The vestry will meet for a special mid-year planning retreat on July 22 and the next regular vestry meeting will be August 17th.    Tom Holt

GOING OUT TO SERVE …. PARTNERING WITH MARGARET WILLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Margaret Willis/Adopt A Family committee of Holy Trinity applied for a grant from the Diocese of East Carolina. The purpose of the grant was to help satisfy unmet needs of Margaret Willis families displaced by Hurricane Matthew.  The committee asked for and was granted $7,500.00.  Our plan was for Megan Hatem, social worker at Margaret Willis, to identify 15 families who were displaced by the hurricane and flooding and needed help replacing household items lost in the storm as they are able to move back into permanent housing.  We planned to spend approximately $500 per family.  To date, 11 families have been identified and members of the committee and/or Megan Hatem have shopped with them for needed items.  There are two more families that we may shop with and any funds left over after that will be used to offer additional help to some of the 11 families that might need more assistance.  We will report to the committee of the Diocese on the results of our grant spending.  Bette Scott

 News from the Food Pantry

In the month of May we served 25 new households at the Holy Trinity Food Pantry, a total of 61 new individuals. The total number of households served was 131, a total of 210 people served.  About 40% of the individuals are senior adults that are finding it hard to make ends meet.

The Food Pantry is looking for additional packers to make up the food bags.   If you have one weekday morning you can volunteer it would be a great help.  If packing bags isn’t your “thing”, you could shop or help distribute food.  We also need a person (s) to double the plastic bags we put the food items in.  This is an activity you can do at home in front of the TV with a drink.

Reminder: The first Sunday of every month is In-gathering Sunday.  Thank you in advance for your donated food items.   We can always use those little hotel freebies.   Food bag packers, please remember that we have a short summer vacation thanks to John and Matthew Whiteman.

Any information or questions about the Food Pantry can be shared with Sharon Robertson at 483-1372, Pat Stang at 425-6132, or with Janice Luce, Parish Administrator.  Thank you, Pat Stang, Toy Brown, Karen Robertson and Sharon Robertson

 

July Greetings from the Preschool!

Summer is in full swing and so is the Preschool Summer School.  We still have some summer openings – the week of July 10-13, July 24-27 and July 31 – August 3. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 till 1.  Cost is $100 per 4-day week.  We also still have a few openings for fall preschool. Call the school office for more information – (910)484-0250.  Happy Summer!!   Ruth Gillis

 

Wonderful Wednesday, May Gathering

If you were not at the Wonderful Wednesday on May 17th, you missed a very interesting event!   Three ladies from the Fayetteville Crime Prevention and Fraud Unit spoke to our group about how to prevent crime.  They gave us an update on recent scams and how to protect ourselves and property.   Hint:  if you get a telephone call asking, “Can you hear me?”  Do not answer, just hang up.  The caller may be recording your “Yes” to confirm your agreement to order something.  Also if someone comes to your door to let you know he has noticed something wrong outside your house, do not follow him outside without securing your house first as he may have a partner waiting to enter your home while you are inspecting the “problem”.  Hope to see you on July 12thSharon Robertson

 JULY BIRTHDAYS:  1 Maureen Running 2 David Samuelson, Max Adams  6 June Lancaster, Mary N. Mercer, Pat Spears  7 Carly Chang 11 Maureen Middleton, Carol Dosher 12 Donna Morse 14 Richard Bull 15 Kasmin Davis, Jacob Salzberg, Clara Schwamm 16 Grace Salzberg, Karen Goble 17 Alison Van Nyhuis 18 Zane Jordan  20 R.G. Heckerman 21 Alexandra Carter 22 Roddy Davis 23 Patrick Grimes, Jacob Nadalini 24 Pam Harsant, Kathy Thaman 26 Susanne Kohrman, Chayla Scott, Caroline deBros, Ilse Burgdorf  27 Stephanie Holliday, Amy Lynne Todd  28 Amy Davis, Sheryl Jordan, Carol G. Oates, Norman Snellgroves, Camdyn Holliday 29 Scott Hancox, Isaac Anderson, Nathan Clark 30 Carlon Mercer 31 Mackenzie Davis, Virginia Franks, Ian Jones, Jenavieve Blackburn, Gayle Franks Mimi Spears

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

Jenny Abrahamsen, Lori Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, John Ashford, Liza Bonanno, Mike Brown, Burkett Family, Clark Family, Karen Estep, Ming Gardner*, Ron and Pam Gladney, Charles Grantham Family, Jeff Haynes, James, Jeanette, Larry Jensen, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Suzanne LaGrange, John Lancaster, Jr., Shenlie and Cindy Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Morketter Family, Julia Ann Odom, Packer family, Marie Parker*, Bill Perkins, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Diane Rauch, Morton Rivkind, Bud Roland, Terry Sheehan, Debby Sims, David Smith, Sova Family, Dixie Stanton, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Michael Thaman, Justin Thompson, Tom, and Angela Tyndell.

* 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, and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org with prayer requests or fill out a prayer request form found in the narthex.

DATES TO NOTE

Saturday, August 26, Ministry Workshop, 9-noon, Parish Hall

Saturday, August 26, Family Pool Party @ Nancy Broadwell’s, afternoon

Sunday, August 27, Blessing of the Back Packs, 10:30am service

Wednesday, August 30, Handbells and Adult Choir Rehearsals begin

Sunday, September 10, RALLY SUNDAY

 

End of the year youth pool party at Philbrook’s home.

 

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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal and Jeremy Fiebig, Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

Good Newsletter | June 2017

Holy Trinity Youth at National Cathedral, Washington, DC, April 28-30, 2017

Nine Holy Trinity youth and 4 adults traveled to Washington, DC in April to learn about and work with the homeless, tour the city and attend Sunday service at the National Cathedral. From our arrival on Friday evening until we left Sunday afternoon, our days were filled.  Highlights:  Listening to a speaker from the National Coalition for the Homeless who talked to us about homelessness and shared her story; handing out bags of necessities to the homeless during the Outreach Run and during the services at the National Cathedral, some of the youth were asked to bring the elements to the altar.

When asked some questions about the trip, the youth replied……..

The most memorable thing that happened on our trip to DC was: Seeing the White House, riding bikes, handing the bags out to the homeless and seeing smiles come to their faces, visiting the Capital building -it was a lot larger than I expected, listening to Ms. Karen (our Homeless Coalition volunteer) speak about her story, learning how the homeless had their own community and helping the homeless.

The most memorable part of the Outreach Run was: Seeing the homeless people’s faces grow smiles as we handed the bags out, talking to the homeless, seeing all the homeless people sleeping on the ground, realizing the homeless people seemed to enjoy talking to the group.

 If I could do this again, I would: Bring a credit card for the bike, give much more thought about what the homeless life was like and it makes me want to help more, and have a nap time.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 No Noon Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, June 7.

 Newcomers: The Newcomer Committee will host a Newcomer Gathering on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 5 to 7pm at the church.  Childcare will be provided.  If you are new to Holy Trinity, please consider joining us for an evening of food and fellowship. Dinner will be served. Please contact the church office with your contact info,  admin@holytrinityfay.org   Amy St. Peter

 Wonderful Wednesday: The Cape Fear River cruise is scheduled for 1PM Wednesday June 21. After the noon Holy Eucharist, we will car pool to Campbellton Landing parking lot just across the Person Street Bridge on the right. We may bring our lunch on board. There are still seats available and the cost is $25.00 per person to be given to Jane Squires or the church office by June 14th.  Please make the checks payable to Holy Trinity.  The cruise will be held rain or shine and is 2 hours in length.  Looking forward to a great afternoon! Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

 Labyrinth Walk – July 6 at 7:00 pm.  The July evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, July 6, between 7 and 9 pm.  Please come promptly at 7 pm if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive no later than 8:15 pm if you just want to walk it.  Candles and soft music accompany the walk.  Tara Bartal

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

 REQUESTING MAYFAIR FUNDS FOR OUTREACH:  On May 7, 2017, and the weeks leading up to that day, faithful people gathered to prepare for Holy Trinity’s annual Mayfair.  For those who may be newer to our community, or for those who may not know, Mayfair is a HUGE event.  Mayfair is a yard sale organized by Holy Trinity parishioners, made possible by donations from parishioners and others in our community and the tireless work of those who sort, price, organize, clean, pick up, and donate goods.  EVERY PENNY raised through Mayfair is granted to established Outreach programs within Holy Trinity and in the greater Fayetteville Community.  These funds are entrusted to individuals and groups who have experience, knowledge, and skills to help those in need in our community.  And most of the organizations/ministries who have requested funds in the past have active participants who are also Holy Trinity parishioners.  Please consider helping any way you can with Mayfair 2018.

 We are now accepting grant applications for Mayfair funds, and the application deadline is August 1, 2017.  Please submit an online request for Mayfair funds by following these steps:  1) Visit holytrinityfay.org 2) Choose the “Outreach” tab 3) Choose “Donations” 4) Complete the online form and check the box by “Mayfair.”  We invite your request.  Julie Lee-Jacobs

 Reminder:  If you purchased pictures from Life Touch Directory, you are entitled to a free picture directory.  Contact the office if you didn’t pick yours up earlier this year.

 Plastic Bags: We are overwhelmed with plastic bags.  Thank you to everyone for dropping off so many plastic sacks to be made into crocheted sleeping mats for the homeless.  No need to bring more for a while.  Thank you.  Sharon and Karen Robertson

 We send our deepest thanks to Angela Francis for arranging the incredibly beautiful flower arrangements at the Bishop’s Reception.

 Reports and Updates

May 2017 Vestry Highlights

 The vestry met Thursday, May 18.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Tom Holt and was called to order by the Rector.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons. Initial reports regarding Mayfair were received, and it appears that, despite the timing of where it fell on the church calendar and poor weather, Mayfair was a significant success, with over $9,000.00 raised for Outreach.  The vestry is mindful of all the work put in to this year’s Mayfair, and especially thank all the donors, the committee, and the “worker bees” during the days preceding the event itself and on that Saturday.  Applications for Outreach grants are due before August 1, and the Outreach Committee is looking forward to seeing how Mayfair funds will be used outside our parish.

 We continue to spend on repairs to the buildings’ heating and air conditioning units.  This will continue for the foreseeable future, as the age of all our HVAC units is such that we will soon be replacing and/or upgrading most of them.  Painting of the Parish Hall has been completed, and well done.

 The Vestry continues to discern how Holy Trinity is called to worship and how it serves our community, our deanery, our diocese and the world.  We pray for guidance as we continue to live into what it really means to be “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”   We remain excited to see how our future unfolds.  The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be June 15.   Tom Holt

GOING OUT TO SERVE …. PARTNERING WITH MARGARET WILLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Holy Trinity expanded its Margaret Willis Elementary School (MWES) and May Fair outreach by offering shopping vouchers to 5 MWES families. These families, selected by the school social worker, received a voucher worth up to $50 in May Fair goods. Families were excited to ‘purchase’ small kitchen appliances, bed linens, children’s items and clothing. We hope to make this an annual part of our MWES partnership and May Fair outreach.  Barbara Brooks

 News from the Food Pantry

March and April

 In March 2017, the Holy Trinity Food Pantry operated for a total of 18 days.  We served 32 new families and 115 returning families, totaling 147 households and 371 individuals.  In April, the food pantry was closed for a week after Easter when the office was closed.  We were open for 12 days in April and still served a total of 97 families (16 new) a total of 211 individuals.

 Pat Stang attended the training given by Second Harvest Food Bank for the churches and community groups that use their facilities.  Second Harvest prefers that food be ordered on-line and then picked up when the order is ready.  We can make purchases for as low as 19 cents a pound which is quite a savings.  Unlike some other agencies, they are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  We would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and are looking for some strong people with access to trucks who are available to help with picking up the food items.

John and Matthew Whiteman will be home from college in July and will give the regular food pantry packers a break by packing bags that month.  We so appreciate their help.  We’re looking for volunteers to pack bags on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the 4th week of the month.

 Finally, in May, the Holy Trinity Food Pantry donated food items during the US Postal Service Food Drive.

 Any information or questions about the Food Pantry can be shared with Sharon Robertson at 483-1372, Pat Stang at 425-6132, or with Janice Luce, Parish Administrator.  Thank you, Pat Stang, Toy Brown, Karen Robertson and Sharon Robertson

June Greetings from the Preschool!

Another preschool year has come and gone and we are into summer fun.  We still have some summer openings – week of June 12-15, July 10-13, July 24-27 and July 31 – August 3. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 till 1.  Cost is $100 per 4-day week.

We also still have a few openings for fall preschool. Call the school office for more information – (910)484-0250.  Happy Summer!!   Ruth Gillis

 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS:   1 Sylvia Ray, Stephen Middleton, Elwyn Simpson 2 Sara Lowinger, John Blackburn, Jarrett Redman 3 Cheryl Spears 5 Nathan Byrne, Sarah Franks 6 Howard Loughlin, Becca Lee, Greer Goodwin  7 Don McFadyen, Mary Lynn Jordan, Christian Jones 8 Margaret Peterson, Joely Davis, Chiagozie Udoh 9 Alexa Haar, Suzanne Pinson  11 Debby Sims, 12 Anne Mizelle 13 Louis Feraca 14 Shoshana Annas, Avery Watts 15 Molly Ellen Beene, Anthony Bishop, Sarah Franks 17 Trey Whitworth, Edward deBros, Michael McCaffrey 18 Bill Barnwell, Leonnie Chisolm, Judy Philbrook, Ezemdi Udoh, Alyssa Stoffer 19 Grant Childs 20 Richard Hall, Abby Witty, Lindsay Hudgens 21 Kenniston Carpenter 22 Inez Elliott, Rob Russell, Anna Simpson 23 Christian Davis, Patrick Mitchell 24 Joseph Edwards, Jr., Sam Nelson, Thomas deBros 25 Greg Francis 26 Pam Smith, Davis Childs   28 Stewart Harsant, Clara MacMillian 30 Addison Watts, Veronica Lloyd

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

Ernie Abrahamsen, Jenny Abrahamsen, Lori Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, John Ashford, Askins Family, Renate Blanton, Liza Bonanno, Kathy Broughton, Mike Brown, Bruns Family, Burkett Family, Cavano Family, Clark Family, Victor Coggins, Deb Fleming, Gabel Family, Ming Gardner*, Ron and Pam Gladney, Al Hardee, Scott Hardee, Jeff Haynes, Justin Hickman, Hollinshed Family, Patrick Hooper, Bridget Irwin, James, Larry Jensen, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, Suzanne LaGrange, John Lancaster, Jr., Janice McFadyen, Shawn Marshall, Jeanette Martinez, Shenlie Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Morketter Family, Packer family, Marie Parker*, Bill Perkins, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Tim Plemmons, Pam Powell,  Diane Rauch, Morton Rivkind, Bud Roland, Terry Sheehan, Debby Sims, Hilda Stamey, Dixie Stanton, Curt Strickland, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Michael Thaman, Justin Thompson, Angela Tyndell, Chet Wooster and Zinn Family.* 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, and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org with prayer requests or fill out a prayer request form found in the Narthex.

 

Vacation Bible School – June 19-23 from 9am-noon at Holy Trinity.  Holy Trinity joins St. Johns to enjoy an upbeat and sensory exploration through the Creation.  Explore God’s love through the Bright and Beautiful world!

Forms available in the Parish Hall and online.

Questions:  Contact Annie Thornberg at annethornberg@gmail.com

 

“A life changing experience”  “We realized how blessed we are.”

Holy Trinity Youth and Adults with Ms. Karen

We would like to thank you, the parishioners, for your support of the youth group. As you can see, this was a very meaningful trip – we grew in our community and learned from our experiences.   The Youth

 

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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal and Jeremy Fiebig, Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

 

Good Newsletter | May 2017

Because You Give…

Psalm 100: 1 – 2 Make a joyful noise to the Lord; all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.

 Psalm 150: 3 – 5 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet; praise him with the harp and lyre. Praise him with timbrel and dancing; praise him with the strings and pipe… praise him with resounding cymbals.

Scripture is full of references to worshiping God with music. At Holy Trinity, we are blessed with many adult and child parishioners who share their vocal and instrumental talents with us and to the glory of God. Our hearts rejoice in the sight and sound of our children raising their voices to praise the Lord! We are inspired and moved by the voices and music of our adult choir, bell choir and accompanists. All of us who attended services during Lent, Holy Week and Easter know how much our music ministries enriched and enhanced our worship –from choral and solo voices to the musical offerings of organ, piano, handbells, flute, cello, and trumpet. How fortunate we are to have the music leadership of Beth Jordan!

Your pledged gifts to Holy Trinity make this music ministry possible – from salaries to vestments; from the tuning and refurbishing of bells, organ and piano; to the purchase of sheet music and more.

Thank you!    Your Stewardship Team

May Fair 2017

FOOD – BARGAINS – 50/50 RAFFLE – GOOD TIMES

Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

  • Raffle tickets – Buy 50/50 raffle tickets during donation drop off times and at May Fair. Prices are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. The church and the raffle winner will split the pot.  Everyone is a winner.
  • Plants – Please donate plants to sell at May Fair and leave them on Thursday or Friday in the left transept of the Sanctuary.
  • Baked Goods – All baked goods may be dropped off Friday evening in the kitchen or brought in early Saturday morning.
  • Pickups – Please contact Jim Thomas for all needed pickups of large items at 910-964-1631.
  • Drop offs – Monday – Friday evenings 6 – 8 and during some daytime hours.
  • ALL DROP OFFS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE NARTHEX DOORS.
  • Trucks and trailers needed– All those with trucks, trailers and able bodies are needed for pickups. Please contact Jim Thomas or Jimmy Driscoll 910-2379430
  • Volunteers – All volunteers are appreciated and needed to sort and hang clothes during daytime hours M – F and evenings 6-8.
  • ALL ARE WELCOME TO VOLUNTEER AND MAKE MAY FAIR 2017 A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR OUTREACH IN OUR COMMUNITY FROM 6:30AM-3PM OR ANY TIME YOU CAN SPARE.

Thank you all for your time and effort to make May Fair 2017 a successful Holy Trinity outreach event.

Any questions contact

Jim Thomas 910-964-1631

Mary Russell 910-527-1467

Jimmy Driscoll 910-237-9430

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Going to the Parish Weekend at the Beach?   May 26 – 28, 2017.  Final payments are due Sunday, May 14th by 12:30pm.  Contact Amy St. Peter (910) 977-6141 or Beth Early (910) 481-0806 if you have any questions.

Wonderful Wednesday: On Wednesday, May 17, our topic will be personal safety.   On June 21, we will enjoy a 2 hour cruise down the Cape Fear River. Space is limited to 16 passengers so get your reservation in early!!  Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885 or Joyce Lipe at 910-485-3443.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

Labyrinth Walk – May 18 at 7:00 pm.  The May evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, May 18, between 7 and 9 pm.  Please come promptly at 7 pm if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive no later than 8:15 pm if you just want to walk it.  Candles and soft music accompany the walk.  Tara Bartal

Bishop Skriving’s Visit – Sunday, May 21st at 4:30

Vacation Bible School – June 18-23 from 9am-noon at Holy Trinity.  Holy Trinity joins St. Johns to enjoy an upbeat and sensory exploration through the Creation.  Explore God’s love through the Bright and Beautiful world!  Forms available in the Parish Hall and online:   Registration Form; Youth Volunteer Form; Adult Volunteer Form; Medical and Photo Release

Questions:  Contact Annie Thornberg   annethornberg@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 7th is Church Periodical Club Sunday.  The purpose of the Periodical Club is to spread the written Word throughout the world.  Today free Bibles, prayer books, literature and periodicals are supplied throughout the Anglican Communion worldwide.  In our diocese funds are supplied yearly to our seminarians to supplement the cost of their books.  CPC is supported solely through donations to finance its operations; therefore, we need your help!  Contributions come from parishes, clergy, individuals and Episcopal Church Women to further this ministry but the primary source of funds is collected in the church pews on CPC Sunday.  Your support is both needed and appreciated.
Interesting fact:  Both Revs. Annie Thornberg and Joe Running received funds from CPC when they were seminary students.

Painting the Parish Hall –  Yes, the Parish Hall will soon have a new, cleaner look.  May 10 and 11th, the Parish Hall is booked for a facelift.

BAKERS WANTED!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 20th at 2:00pm for the fun and fellowship of baking our communion wafers.  Young people are welcome.  Please contact Roya Taheri (910-964-3911; taheriroya@hotmail.com) or Susan Stephany (910-824-6285; susangs456@gmail.com) for more information.

Reports and Updates

April 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, April 27.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Elaine McKay and was called to order by the Rector.  Financial Statements for March were presented, with comments, by Treasurer, Neil Bergman, and were accepted.  No significant issues were found, and operations are within budget.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons.  Parish Life is in the process of reassessing Coffee Hour to determine how best to “staff” it on a regular basis.  A much simpler offering may be an answer, and the Vestry will revisit the issue at a later meeting.  There was a discussion of how to appropriately address the many reception needs of the parish, particularly funerals.  Amanda Zimmerman will be moving in June, so a replacement chair for receptions is needed.  Please see Dane Reid, Elaine McKay or Amy Beene if you are interested in using your gifts in this important ministry.

The Parish Life Liaisons and Amy St. Peter are moving forward with plans to increase participation and training for Greeters.

Outreach reported that the Margaret Willis Team was very active and working hard.  The team was awarded a $7500.00 grant from the Diocese Disaster Relief Fund to help families affected by Hurricane Matthew to bridge the expenses related to being unable to return to their former residences, primarily the Mount Sinai community.  Other families from Margaret Willis will be receiving vouchers to be used by them at May Fair.

May Fair raffle tickets were not mailed out to the congregation this year due to concern that the timing for any effective mailing would have been during Holy Week.  Parishioners are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from May Fair committee members.

The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be May 18.   Tom Holt

GOING OUT TO SERVE …. PARTNERING WITH MARGARET WILLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Holy Trinity received a $7500 grant from the Diocesan Hurricane Matthew Relief Grant!!! The grant will assist at least 15 MWES families whose households were displaced or damaged by Hurricane Matthew. A maximum amount of $500 per family will be available to replace necessities such as linens, furnishings and household goods not covered through FEMA or other means. The school social worker will refer families needing this assistance.

In addition to the assistance provided for MWES families, the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund has provided financial assistance for numerous other individuals and families. It is anticipated that recovery from Hurricane Matthew will be long term, and ongoing support will be needed in Eastern North Carolina. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is partnering with our diocese to assure that support is available for longer term needs for those deeply impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

If you are looking for a way to support these longer-term recovery needs, visit our diocesan website at http://diocese-eastcarolina.org. You may donate to these efforts by clicking on “News and Events” and choosing “Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund.”

 

May Greetings from the Preschool!

We still have a few openings for the fall AND a few places for the summer weeks.   Call or see Ruth (484-0250) for details.

All are invited to our “SimplyFun” Board Game Fair May 10 and 11 in the preschool entry way. Come see quality learning for children of all ages. Profits benefit the preschool.   Ruth Gillis

 

Youth Bowling at B&B Lanes, May 13th

Where:  3003 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC (910-484-5178)

When:  MAY 13, 2017 Saturday, 3:30pm-5:30pm

How Much:  $10 per person includes shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling.

YES, you can bring a friend!

We need one more adult chaperone for this event. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Karen Saracen at ksaracen@yahoo.com!  Also, RSVP for this event to Karen

MAY BIRTHDAYS:  2. Phil Smith, Stacy Bailey 3. Gauge Francis 5. Bette Scott, Emily Rister, Nathan Byrne, Katie Thompson 6. Harriett Thornberg 7. Brenda Nunnally, Lawrence Feraca 10. Beth Helsinger 11. Keith St. Peter 12. Zoe St. Peter, Carly Reeves 13. Roger Watts, Libby Lee 14. Brian Hoffman, Matthew Davis, Terry Lowinger, Elizabeth Scott 15. Winston Hoffman 16. Barbara Heine, Ray Vallery 17. Ryan Connor, John Whiteman, Jake Fleming, Leslie Allison 19. Elyse Sprengle 20. Amy Beene, Elizabeth (Ann) Phillip 21. Lorette Hollinshed 22. Stacey Alecca, Cai Davis, Ron Quick, Margaret Larson 23. Martha Booth 24. Robert Grantham, Frank Whitworth 25. Julie Lee-Jacobs 26. Stephanie Hecker, Kasey Quick, Michelle Turner 27. Spencer Harris, Charles Moorman 28. Cody Lutes, Jake Jacobs, Rosemary McLean 29. Reed Swinford, Lyn Whitehead, Frank deBros 30. Daniel Robert, James Simpson 31. Larry Scott, Carol Middleton, Jack Boissonneau, Faith Stoffer

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

Ernie Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, Askins Family, Beene Family, Renate Blanton, Ryan Boddenhammer, Broadwell Family, Kathy Broughton, Mike Brown, Bruns Family, Florence Campbell, Cavano Family, Clark Family, Victor Coggins, Deb Fleming, Gabel Family, Ming Gardner*, Ron and Pam Gladney, Louise Hall, Al Hardee, Scott Hardee, Jeff Haynes, Justin Hickman, Hollinshed Family, Patrick Hooper, Bridget Irwin, Jean, Larry Jensen, Louisa Karp, Louise Kelly, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, John Lancaster, Jr., Janice McFadyen, Shawn Marshall, William Maxwell, Shenlie Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Sandra Moore, Susie Nicholson, Marie Parker*, Margaret Peterson*, Wilbur Philbrook, Tim Plemmons, Pam Powell,  Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Morton Rivkind, Lonnie Setzer, Art and Rosetta Sheeder, Terry Sheehan, Debby Sims, Hilda Stamey, Dixie Stanton, Curt Strickland, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Justin Thompson, Vallery Family, Katherine Whaley, Adlai Wood, Chet Wooster and Zinn Family.

* 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 and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org 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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal and Jeremy Fiebig,  Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm       Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

Good Newsletter | April 2017

Because You Give…

Your stewardship team will be sharing monthly examples of how your time, talent, and treasure sustain our Holy Trinity community.  Look for these stewardship moments in the Good Newsletter, social media, and bulletin inserts.

At first glance, this photo may not speak to you about stewardship.  In actuality, this photo of daffodils surrounding St. Francis symbolizes an important aspect of your giving during the past year.  Budgeted money, made possible by parishioner pledged giving, allowed us to do much needed landscaping on our grounds.  Shrubs had become overgrown, flower beds needed grooming, and sustained lawn maintenance will allow us to maintain these improvements.  Our grounds are the backdrop for so many sacred events at Holy Trinity including celebrations of life and marriages, baptisms, community gatherings and fundraisers, and weekly worship.  We wish to be good stewards of our building and grounds, and we have taken further steps toward this goal.

There are upcoming opportunities to play a role in maintaining and enjoying our grounds.  We are fortunate to have the Fayetteville Camellia Club offer to help us prune our camellia garden AND share their knowledge with those interested in keeping our garden healthy and beautiful.  Anyone is welcome to come out on April 8 @ 10:00 and learn these skills.  And our lawn will be full of life (and good food) at the upcoming Holy Smokes Stewardship celebration on April 22 @ 4:00.   We hope you all will join us!

Whether you have been a part of our community for decades or for a short time, please know how much we appreciate what you do to make our community a special one.  As Father Jeff would say, we are better because you are here!   Respectfully, Your Stewardship Team

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 One more Tuesday, Lenten Simple Soup Supper, on April 4th at 5:30 pm followed by a class on David Brooks bestselling book, The Road to Character @ 6:30pm in the Johnston Wing.

 Labyrinth Walk – April 6 at 7:00 pm.  The April evening labyrinth walk will take place on Thursday, April 6, between 7 and 9 pm.  Please come promptly at 7 pm if you wish to view the optional orientation video; otherwise, please arrive no later than 8:15 pm if you just want to walk it.  Candles and soft music accompany the walk.  Tara Bartal

The Camellia Club has graciously volunteered to prune our Camellia Garden. They would love to share their knowledge with the Parishioners of Holy Trinity; enabling us to maintain this precious gift. The Camellia Club will be at Holy Trinity on 8 April 2017 @ 10:00 am. All are welcomed.

ASP Lemon Chess Pie Fundraiser:  The ASP Team will be baking lemon chess pies on Sunday, April 9. They will be available after the 8:00 and 10:30 service. We will have 2 sizes available – regular 9 inch pies and miniature single serving pies. Perfect for Easter…and they freeze well 🙂 If you would like to preorder a pie, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the Parish Hall or email Sarah Moorman at moorman1425@gmail.com. No set price – accepting donations

Church Office is closed the week after Easter:  Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21

Holy Smokes Stewardship Celebration 2017– Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 4:00-7:30pm. Nursery provided. Join HT’s Pit Masters for a great spring evening of smoked/grilled delicacies and covered dishes on the patio and back lawn. All grillers welcome! Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Tea and lemonade provided. BYOB/Wine. Please sign up on sheets in the Narthex or on our webpage so we know how many to set up for. A suggested contribution of $8/adult; $20 per family will help offset costs.

May Fair 2017

FOOD – BARGAINS – 50/50 RAFFLE – GOOD TIMES

It’s time once again to gather your items to donate to Holy Trinity Church for our annual MAY FAIR on Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  We will begin collecting after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, April 30th. Click here for more details.

DROP OFF DATES AND TIMES

Bring items to the container parked in the parking lot by the office.

  • Saturday April 1st from 5 to 7 pm (Jimmy Driscoll)
  • Saturday April 8th from 5 to 7 pm (The Russells)
  • Wednesday April 12th from 1 to 3 pm (Jim Thomas)
  • Saturday April 22nd from 12 till 3 pm, during Holy Smoke – Find Jim Thomas on the Johnston Wing patio.
  • The entire week before May Fair – Sunday, April 30th onward

We are also in need of your time and help on the days leading up to and on Saturday, especially volunteers with trucks or SUVs to help with pickups.  Please help us organize, price and set up for this great fundraiser

 Contact Jim Thomas -910-964-1631 or 910-860-3986 or bthomas659@aol.com

(1) To help with pickups, (2) To arrange a pickup; (3) To volunteer

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Easter Lilies may be given as memorials, in honor of someone, or as a gift of thanksgiving. A list of those being honored and memorialized will be published in the Easter bulletins.  Sign-up sheets are on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall.  Please complete and place it with your payment in the offering plate, or mail/deliver it to the parish office no later than Palm Sunday, April 9th.    The cost of each plant is $10.00; your payment must accompany your request.   Click here for the form.

Greeters Needed:  Have you thought about becoming a greeter?  Are you interested in welcoming people to Holy Trinity?  Are you already a greeter?  If yes, please plan on attending a greeter-interest meeting on Sunday, April 30 @ 12:15 in the library.  Please contact Amy St. Peter(luv2gab@nc.rr.com) or Dane Reid (danecorr@gmail.com) for more information.

PARENTS FORUM:  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 building 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 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 annethornberg@gmail.com

The Holy Trinity History Project has partnered with the Methodist University (MU) History Department! June Lancaster and Wendy Hustwit, together with Dr. Patrick O’Neil in MU’s History Department, have recruited three MU History majors to conduct and record interviews with parishioners. The interviews will focus on those who were present during Holy Trinity’s founding in 1951 and those who were involved in the early growth during the 1950s and 1960s.

You may recall that Dr. O’Neil presented an Adult Formation series on the History of Marriage in the United States during the summer of 2016 at Holy Trinity. The three students will work with June and Wendy to conduct interviews with up to six parishioners as part of an assignment in Dr. O’Neil’s upper division Oral History class. We are thrilled with this partnership that benefits both Holy Trinity and students in our community.

Reports and Updates

March 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, March 16.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Julie Lee-Jacobs and was called to order by the Rector.  Financial Statements for February were presented, with comments, by Treasurer, Neil Bergman, and were accepted.  No significant issues were found, and operations are within budget. A new building maintenance account was created to hold funds paid to the church by organizations for use of the building.  These funds will be used for ongoing building upkeep.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons.  The Communications committee met and identified areas of overlap, as well as areas where communication by all parish entities and the congregation can be improved.

The Preschool has received enough interest to consider adding another 4-year-old class.  The vestry approved moving forward with plans for that expansion, contingent on receiving sufficient registrations to financially support the class, and adoption of a formal teacher hiring process by the Preschool Board.

The Rector announced that, under the direction of The Rev. Annie Thornberg, healing stations will be offered every Sunday of the program year, beginning Palm Sunday.

Members of the Margaret Willis ministry team are completing a grant request to be submitted to the Diocesan Disaster Relief committee.  The grant will help Margaret Willis families who still have not been able to return to their homes due to Hurricane Matthew flooding.

Parish Life is working to formulate a better process for Sunday Coffee Hour.  There are a number of vacant Sundays on the sign-up sheet, and the parish is invited and encouraged to consider joining with others to sponsor a Sunday Coffee Hour.

The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be April 27.   Tom Holt 

News about all those plastic bags!

 

Pictured:  Annie Thornberg and Lacy Kells.    Thank you for donating all the plastic bags for this worthwhile project – crocheting sleeping mats for the homeless.  Thought you’d like to see a finished product.  Karen and Sharon Robertson


News from the Preschool
!   Spring is officially here. Caterpillars are in their chrysalises, eggs are in the incubator and we are ready to plant!

Plans are being made for summer at Holy Trinity Preschool.  Click here for form.  We need a minimum enrollment of 8 children to offer a week. The weeks that will be offered will be decided by May 1st. Children must have completed a year of preschool, not necessarily at Holy Trinity.

There are still a few openings in each age group (2,3,4) for the fall. Come by the preschool office for more information.  Thanks again for your continuing support of the preschool.  Ruth Gillis

Wonderful Wednesday: Many thanks to Phil Harris and his team from the Red Cross for a most informative program. We learned the steps in assessing a person’s condition and beginning life saving measures. Instructions will be posted on the various bulletin boards around the church building and another opportunity will be made available in the future to learn these life-saving measures. The April Wonderful Wednesday falls in the week the church will be closed following Easter Sunday.  A new date will be forth coming so keep an eye out for the new time. Please call Jane Squires for more information at 910-433-2885.   Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

Youth Update! Help needed! Ten youth (Rite 13 and J2A) and 4 adults will be travelling to Washington, DC April 28th. We will stay at the Washington Seminar Center which is blocks away from the Capitol!  On Friday night, we will hear a speaker from the National Coalition for the Homeless who will talk about homelessness. On Saturday morning, we will participate in an “Outreach Run” with someone from this organization. We will take bags of items and distribute them to the homeless that we encounter on our route. In addition to giving them the bag of goodies, we will also talk and listen to them. We need your help! We are asking parishioners to bring items on the list below to the church. You can place them in a box for the Youth in the Parish Hall.  We have been discussing homelessness during our Sunday morning formation and have come up with this list:

 Needed Items: Socks, wash cloths, travel sized shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, healthy snacks (granola bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, bags of nuts or trail mix) and gum

In addition to this project on Homelessness, we will tour the National Cathedral on Saturday, participate in a Scavenger Hunt on the mall, and take a walking tour of the monuments at night. On Sunday morning, we will worship at the National Cathedral and then return to Fayetteville.   Thank you for all of your support for our youth!  Judy Philbrook

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

2 Ernie Suguitan, Ona Udoh, Melissa Cardinali 3 Catrina Carpenter, Robert Zimmerman 4 Dan Middleton, Keola Keanaaina 6 Victoria Hall, Mary Syms  7 Shane Larson  8 Milton Turner 11 Jordan Capps 12 Preston Rich, Dickey Jones 13 Eric Fleming, Rachel Davis 14 Eden Suguitan, David Zimmerman, Myles Annas 15 Isobel McCaffrey 16 Douglas Kelly, Jamie Wilcutts 18 James Goodwin 19 Edie Binkley, Courtney Goodwin, Marie Parker, Davis Saint-Amand, Ridgley Hudgens 20 Bill Goble, Hannah Morketter 22 Owen Fiebig, Betsy Gardner, Cameron Karrenbauer 24 Jimmy Driscoll, J.R. Hustwit 25 Al Alvarez , Kristopher Sabatinos 26 Amanda Zimmerman, Hallie Horrocks 27 Laura Jones, William Sherman 28 Greg Seawell, Peter Gordon 29 Dillion Stoffer 30 Bob Shouse, Mimi Spears Mimi Spears

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:   Ernie Abrahamsen, Frank Allison, III, Beene Family, Renate Blanton, Ryan Boddenhammer, Broadwell Family, Kathy Broughton, Bruns Family, Florence Campbell, Cavano Family, Victor Coggins, Patti Dill, Deb Fleming, Gabel Family, Ming Gardner*, Louise Hall, Al Hardee, Scott Hardee, Justin Hickman, Hollinshed Family, Patrick Hooper, Hustwit Family, Bridget Irwin, Jean, Larry Jensen, Melvin and Judy Johnson, Louisa Karp, Louise Kelly, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Susan Krause, Janice McFadyen, Shawn Marshall, William Maxwell, Shenlie Mink, Anne Mizelle*, Sandra Moore, Susie Nicholson, Marie Parker*, Wilbur Peffley, Margaret Peterson*, Tim Plemmons, Pam Powell Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Morton Rivkind, Samuelson family, Lonnie Setzer, Art and Rosetta Sheeder, Debby Sims, Hilda Stamey, Leigh Stevens, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Justin Thompson, Traci, Vallery Family, Adlai Wood, Anita and Cornell Young and Zinn Family.  * 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 and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org with prayer requests or fill out a prayer request form found in the narthex.

Holy Week – April 9 – April 16, 2017

Palm Sunday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with foot washing.  (Childcare available)

Good Friday, April 14, 12:00 (noon) – Good Friday Service  (Childcare available)

Good Friday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. service at St. James Lutheran (details below)

Holy Saturday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. – A Festive Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.Easter.    Egg Hunt following 10:30 service

Good Friday at St James: On Good Friday, the congregations of Holy Trinity Episcopal and St. James Lutheran will observe a time of meditation and reflection through song and drama. The Shadow of The Cross, a musical cantata, will be presented in conjunction with a special drama narrative (written by Anna Lisa Johannessen of St. James). Several companions and acquaintances of Jesus share their emotional pain and suffering in the shadow of the cross of Christ. This dramatic staging is a very poignant interpretation of Jesus’ passion. Members of both congregations will be participating.  If you are interested in attending, please meet at Holy Trinity at 6:30pm to travel over to St. James.

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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal and Jeremy Fiebig,  Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm       Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

Good Newsletter | March 2017

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

March 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We need Lent.  More than ever, I believe we individually and collectively 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 holy observance of Lent in 2017, beginning Wednesday March 1st.  There are many ways to observe this holy season: prayer, spiritual practice, and/or self-denial. In addition to individual practices you may choose to bring into your home, Holy Trinity has several opportunities I would like to tell you about:

 

  • 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 into and out of worship.  Like last year, our chairs will be arranged such that some (but not all) chairs are facing one another, for those desiring a contemplative experience.
  • As is our custom, we will be offering Simple Soup Suppers during the season of Lent (Tuesday 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4) at 5:30pm. Following these Simple Soup Suppers, I will be leading a Book Group, a discussion of David Brooks’ The Road to Character from 6:30pm – 8:00pm).  This book group will do more than discuss the book.  We will intentionally engage one another and reflect on our experiences in a complex world.  If you are interested in this Book Group, please email me at rector@holytrinityfay.org
  • On Sunday mornings during the season of Lent (9:30 – 10:15am), I will be leading the Adult Forum in the Parish Hall. We will be studying the 1979 Book of Common Prayer following Derek Olson’s new book, Inwardly Digest.  This will be an opportunity to intentionally engage the season of Lent through a uniquely Anglican/Episcopal lens.  Please join us!
  • SAVE THE DATE. Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving will be visiting Holy Trinity on Sunday May 21st at 4:30pm offering Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation.  If you would like one of these sacraments, I ask you to attend the Tuesday evening class and/or the Sunday morning classes during Lent.  I will also gather the group during the season of Easter before the bishop’s visit.  Please email me at rector@holytrinityfay.org
  • 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, April 9th                 Palm Sunday (8am and 10:30am)

Thursday, April 13th           Maundy Thursday (7:00pm)

Friday, April 14th                 Good Friday (12:00pm)

Saturday, April 15th            The Great Vigil of Easter (8:00pm)

Sunday, April 16th               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+

Save the Date!

Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations

Sunday, May 21st at 4:30pm

Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving, will make a special visit to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 21st at 4:30pm. It will serve as a time for Bishop Rob to better know our church, support our leadership, and guide our common life (please come!) Furthermore, Bishop Rob’s visitation will be an opportunity for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation for individuals in our community.

The sacrament of confirmation is the opportunity for individuals already baptized (in an Episcopal Church or in another Christian denomination) to make a mature public affirmation of their baptismal vows and receive the laying on of hands by our bishop.  Any members of Holy Trinity who have not yet been confirmed, and who will turn 16 years of age by the end of 2017 will be eligible for this sacrament.

Reception will be offered for any individuals who have been confirmed in another Christian denomination, but who would like to reaffirm their baptism vows and be received into the Episcopal Church by the laying on of hands by our bishop.  I have spoken to several members of Holy Trinity, new and seasoned, for which this option might apply.  This is the manner in which one would officially become “Episcopalian.”

Reaffirmation is open to anyone who has previously been confirmed (or received) as an Episcopalian, yet desires to publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows and receive the laying on of hands by our bishop.  The opportunity for reaffirmation is open to anyone, and I have personally experienced how helpful it can be for one’s journey of faith.  Therefore, if your journey of faith at present is such that you desire this experience, I invite you to be reaffirmed on Sunday, May 21st as well.

The preparation for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation will essentially be the same.  I will be offering classes during Lent.  One on Tuesday evenings during Lent 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 and 4/4) at 6:30pm.  This class will follow and expand on David Brooks’ bestselling book The Road to Character.  Additionally, on Sunday mornings during Lent (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 and 4/2) at 9:30am, I will be teaching the Adult Forums in the Parish Hall following Derek Olsen’s book Inwardly Digest.

I ask those requesting Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation to attend either the Tuesday evening classes or Sunday morning classes during Lent.  I will also gather all receiving these sacraments for 2 sessions sometime during the Easter Season.

In addition to participants in the class, I would like to find others who might pray with and offer hospitality for the individuals in this class.  Whatever your current spiritual practice and theological foundation, I invite you to prayerfully consider participating in one of these three opportunities.  If you are interested in be a part of these classes, I ask that you email me (rector@holytrinityfay.org) before January 28, 2017.     Faithfully,   Jeff+

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Labyrinth Walk – there is NO Labyrinth Walk in March.  Mark your calendars for April 6th at 7:00 pm.   See you then.   Tara Bartal

 The Raleigh (Handbell) Ringers will be performing on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst. Group rate for Fayetteville/HT folks is $14 per ticket. Children 12 and under are $10. Please contact Beth Jordan at 817-793-9903 or jordanem8@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Parish Weekend at the Beach!  Registration for the Parish Beach Weekend will start on Sunday, March 5.  Registration forms will be available in the narthex before and after the 10:30 service AND linked here.   Rooms are first come, first serve.  There is a $50.00 deposit due to hold your room.  Please contact Amy St. Peter (910) 977-6141 or Beth Early (910) 481-0806 if you have any questions.  Amy St. Peter & Beth Early 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

EPISCOPAL RELIEF and DEVELOPMENT:  The Lenten Devotional printed booklets are available on the table in the parish hall. You can also go to erd.org and read them online or sign up to have them sent to you electronically. These are a way to intentionally connect your private devotion with learning about the work done by Episcopal Relief and Development around the world.

 LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS:   Lay Eucharistic Visitors are individuals trained and empowered to bring the sacrament of Holy Communion to others who are unable to receive the sacrament in church, yet desire to do so.  This can be a very spiritually rich and life giving ministry and we are hoping to expand our current list of visitors.  If this is something you feel called to be a part of or find yourself interested in learning more, please join us for an information session on March 12th after the 10:30am service.  If you have any questions, please contact The Rev Anne Thornberg @ annethornberg@gmail.com      In faith, The Rev. Anne Thornberg

PARENTS FORUM:  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: March 12th, 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 annethornberg@gmail.com

 ACOLYTE Exploration:  4th to 12th grader?  Here’s your chance.  Don’t sit out there like a bump on a log! Come to the acolyte exploration meeting Sunday March 5, right after church and see what you have to offer!  Signup sheets on the table in the narthex and the parish hall bulletin board.  – Want more information? Phone Katherine Whaley at 484-1389, or talk to one of the teaching crucifers.  Look for their white robes.

 Reports and Updates

February 2017 Vestry Highlights

The vestry met Thursday, February 16 and all members were present.  The meeting opened with prayer led by Scott Hancox and was called to order by the Rector.

Financial Statements for January were presented, with comments, by Treasurer, Neil Bergman, and were accepted.  No significant issues were found, and operations are within budget.  Significant discussion followed regarding the need for the budgeting process to be formalized for specific ministries supported by the parish, and to communicate to ministry leaders procedures for securing payment for budgeted expenses as well as non-budgeted expenses.  The Finance/Executive committee is working on developing processes for vestry consideration under the capable leadership of Wendy Hustwit.

Reports were received from the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and vestry liaisons. The Rector brought the vestry up to speed on his doctoral degree progress as well as our clergy’s support of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Massey Hill. Keith St. Peter, along with John Kells, will be investigating what appears to be a potentially significant problem with the Parish Hall floor.

Planning is beginning for “Holy Smokes” (formerly known as “Smoke Fest”) to be held the Saturday after Easter (April 22).  Holy Smokes will be sponsored by the Stewardship Team.

Outreach to Margaret Willis continues to expand.  Members of that ministry team are working with the school’s social worker to identify needs of those still suffering from Hurricane Matthew that may be met by Holy Trinity and/or the Diocese.  The meeting concluded with Compline. The next vestry meeting will be on March 16.   Tom Holt

 News from the Food Pantry

 January was a good month for the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.  Thanks to all who remembered us on In-gathering Sunday.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

In January, we served a total of 273 individuals in 133 households.  Currently the majority of clients served are under 59 years of age and we are serving more families.  During the winter, we are still adding an extra can of soup to each bag.

The congregation of St. Paul’s in the Pines blessed us with five boxes of assorted soups, juices and crackers to help us in this ministry.  We thank both congregations for seeing our need and helping out!  Thank you also to the volunteers who do so much!  Sid Gardner, Pat Stang, Karen and Sharon Robertson

News from the Preschool!

Thanks so much to all for your support of our lobster fundraiser! We netted more than $3500. Super!   Registration is continuing in the preschool office for school year 2017-18. Share the word with your friends and neighbors!  Ruth Gillis

Wonderful Wednesday: The February Wonderful Wednesday was well attended with a presentation of library information by Friends of the Library member, Toy Brown. Ms. Brown showed us how to reserve books using the library site and also how to obtain e-books. With countless books at our fingertips we will all be able to navigate the system and find old favorites as well as new best sellers. Toy gave a gift certificate for Barnes and Nobles that was won by Joyce Lipe. A delicious assortment of Valentine candy was a gift from Carolyn Tosi and enjoyed by all. No calories in Valentine candy!

On March 15th, a team from the Red Cross will demonstrate and teach the latest in CPR.  The April 19th meeting will be conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department on personal safety.   Our May meeting will find us drifting down the Cape Fear River on a riverboat cruise.

There are endless things to do and learn about in the Fayetteville area.  Suggestions for future programs are always welcome. Please call Jane Squires at 910-433-2885. Come join your friends for Wonderful Wednesdays held the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  We gather for Holy Communion at noon, enjoy a bag lunch, followed by a program or outing. See you there!    Joyce Lipe and Jane Squires

GREETINGS FROM THE LABYRINTH

The next scheduled evening labyrinth walk will be Thursday, April 6th. If you are interested in watching the orientation video please arrive no later than 7pm. For regular walkers, please arrive no later than 8:15pm.

Some of you may be familiar with the labyrinth and some of you may not understand what it is and what purpose it serves. A labyrinth is not a maze that goes in different directions where one could get lost. A labyrinth is one path. An archetype symbol of spiritual journeying and renewal. Many pray while walking the labyrinth. Just as one uses a rosary to pray, some choose to use the labyrinth.

We have a variety of visitors; people who are not members of Holy Trinity and some who aren’t Christian. Just recently, a gentleman from another church and denomination came to the labyrinth for healing. His wife had recently passed away and he was walking the labyrinth because she had done it. In some way, this may have helped his grieving process. Another man was in tears walking the labyrinth. He didn’t share anything personal with the volunteers, just that God was good!

I just wanted to share with the Holy Trinity Family some of the good things that are happening with the evening walks. A light is shining from this place and it is reaching outward to the community!

Thank you to all those who assist in moving chairs and volunteer for the labyrinth walks! If anyone would be interested in volunteering please contact the church office or email me, Tara Bartal at tarabartist@gmail.com. Tara Bartal

 

Daughters of the King Tea

Holy Trinity

February 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J2A CHILI FUNDRAISER!

 

 

 

 

“Thanks to everyone who participated in the J2A Chili Fundraiser. We will use the money raised for our Pilgrimage next year.”  Judy Philbrook and Garvin Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER

MARCH BIRTHDAYS  1 Julia Odom  2 Joyce Lipe  3 Barbara Brooks, Mary Erwin Olive, Ann Ashford, Roxolana Wise, Linda Smith, Mark Saracen 4 Justin Thompson  5 Champ Saint-Amand  6 Carmen Kelly, Abby Byrne  7 Jacob Spiegelberg, Eleanor Thornberg  8 Beth Early, Roya Taheri 10 Ming Gardner, Isabel Holt, Lucas Vaughan 11 Garvin Ferguson  12 Annie Chisolm, Nate Middleton, Matt McLean 13 Laura Childs, Harold Syms 14 Patricia Driscoll  16 Connor Harding 17 Madeline Russell, Patricia Brewer, Tom South  19 Heather Albawarid  20 Valerie Connor  21 Heather Harding, Teena Morris  22 Martha Clark, Ron Saracen, Elle Zimmerman, Patrick Carter  24 Tinsley Olive, Benjamin Udoh, Carolyn Tosi  25 Tommie Brown, Connie Koonce, Carl Mitchell, James Mixon  26 David Witty, Greg Hudgens  27 Elliana Wise  28 Luke Saracen, Kealy Carter  29 Martha Owens, Thomas Driscoll, Zachary Lutes  30 Hunter Olive, Amy Whitworth, William Swinford

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

Frank Allison, III, Beene Family, Ryan Boddenhammer, Broadwell Family, The family of Chase, Patti Dill, Tom Ficklin, Tera Gardner, Ming Gardner, Louise Hall, Cindy Humphrey, Hustwit Family, Larry Jensen,  Melvin and Judy Johnson, Louisa Karp, Louise Kelly, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Joyce Lipe, Lacey Lou McFadyen, Kaylee McFarland, Marti Mansfield, William Maxwell, John Milton-Benoit, Anne Mizelle*, Susie Nicholson, Bruce and Joann Parker, Marie Parker*, Wilbur Peffley, Margaret Peterson*, Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Morton Rivkind, Samuelson family, Davin Schmidt, Lonnie Setzer, Art and Rosetta Sheeder, Debby Sims, Leigh Stevens,  Doug Stewart, Trey Stidham, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Justin Thompson, Traci, Vallery Family, Adlai Wood, and Anita and Cornell Young.  * Denotes Visitation Welcomed.

Military Prayer List

Leroy, John, Cedric, Daven, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Jon, Stephanie, Sam, Trey, Ed, Amanda, Robert, Augustus, Roger, Kyle, Brian, Oliver, Thomas, Nicholas, Alex, Matthew, Mitch, Abigail, Patrick, Geoff, Mark, Eric, Andrew, Nick and all their families.

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org 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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal, Jeremy Fiebig and Jon Hecker, Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm       Office: 910-484-2134          Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

Diocesan Life Blog

“Communion of Saints” by Elise Ritter

Our ‘Advent Reflections’ piece brought light, love and connection to our community. Because so many of you felt that it was meaningful in your lives, we have decided to start doing more of them. While they may not all be spiritual in nature, our hope is that they continue to be an opportunity for learning and connection. The next series is a three part offering about ‘Diocesan Ministry.’

But what exactly is ‘Diocesan Ministry?’ As a member of the Episcopal church we are connected to other churches in our community, in our region, in the nation, and in the world.  The Episcopal Church is governed by a General Convention and consists of more than 100 dioceses across the world. Each diocese includes all the congregations (or Episcopal churches) within its geographical borders and each is led by a bishop. Holy Trinity is a part of the Diocese of East Carolina and led by Bishop Rob Skirving. Our Diocese has ministries just like our parish. They range from being a part of the convention where we make decisions about our collective life to youth ministry where youth from across the region get together to journey through life and faith together.  There are many different ways to share in the life of our church beyond our Holy Trinity family.

I have asked three members of our community to reflect upon why they choose or chose to be involved in Diocesan Ministry, what brings them joy and how it calls them into deeper connection with God and community. I have also asked them to reflect a bit about why some of you may want to follow the call to become a part of this ministry.  As you share in these stories, I also ask you to reflect a bit about whether and how you may want to follow the call to become a part of this ministry.

I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Good News Letter | February 2017

Good News Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

We need Lent.  More than ever, I believe we individually and collectively 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 holy observance of Lent in 2017, beginning Wednesday March 1st.  There are many ways to observe this holy season: prayer, spiritual practice, and/or self-denial. In addition to individual practices you may choose to bring into your home, Holy Trinity has several opportunities I would like to tell you about:

 

  1. 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 March 1st, to accommodate varied needs and schedules.  I strongly encourage you to be a part of this holy day in our 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

  1. 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 into and out of worship.  Like last year, our chairs will be arranged such that some (but not all) chairs are facing one another, for those desiring a contemplative experience.
  2. As is our custom, we will be offering Simple Soup Suppers during the season of Lent (Tuesday 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4) at 5:30pm.  Following these Simple Soup Suppers, I will be leading a Book Group, a discussion of David Brooks’ The Road to Character from 6:30pm – 8:00pm).  This book group will do more than discuss the book.  We will intentionally engage one another and reflect on our experiences in a complex world.  If you are interested in this Book Group, please email me at rector@holytrinityfay.org
  3. On Sunday mornings during the season of Lent (9:30 – 10:15am), I will be leading the Adult Forum in the Parish Hall.  We will be studying the 1979 Book of Common Prayer following Derek Olson’s new book, Inwardly Digest.  This will be an opportunity to intentionally engage the season of Lent through a uniquely Anglican/Episcopal lens.  Please join us!
  4. SAVE THE DATE.  Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving will be visiting Holy Trinity on Sunday May 21st at 4:30pm offering Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation.  If you would like one of these sacraments, I ask you to attend the Tuesday evening class and/or the Sunday morning classes during Lent.  I will also gather the group during the season of Easter before the bishop’s visit.  Please email me at rector@holytrinityfay.org
  5. 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, April 9th Palm Sunday (8am and 10:30am)

Thursday, April 13th Maundy Thursday (7:00pm)

Friday, April 14th Good Friday (12:00pm)

Stations of the Cross (7:00pm)

Saturday, April 15th The Great Vigil of Easter (8:00pm)

Sunday, April 16th 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+


Save the Date!

Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations

Sunday, May 21st at 4:30pm

 

Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving, will make a special visit to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 21st at 4:30pm. It will serve as a time for Bishop Rob to better know our church, support our leadership, and guide our common life (please come!) Furthermore, Bishop Rob’s visitation will be an opportunity for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation for individuals in our community.

The sacrament of confirmation is the opportunity for individuals already baptized (in an Episcopal Church or in another Christian denomination) to make a mature public affirmation of their baptismal vows and receive the laying on of hands by our bishop.  Any members of Holy Trinity who have not yet been confirmed, and who will turn 16 years of age by the end of 2017 will be eligible for this sacrament.

Reception will be offered for any individuals who have been confirmed in another Christian denomination, but who would like to reaffirm their baptism vows and be received into the Episcopal Church by the laying on of hands by our bishop.  I have spoken to several members of Holy Trinity, new and seasoned, for which this option might apply.  This is the manner in which one would officially become “Episcopalian.”

Reaffirmation is open to anyone who has previously been confirmed (or received) as an Episcopalian, yet desires to publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows and receive the laying on of hands by our bishop.  The opportunity for reaffirmation is open to anyone, and I have personally experienced how helpful it can be for one’s journey of faith.  Therefore, if your journey of faith at present is such that you desire this experience, I invite you to be reaffirmed on Sunday, May 21st as well.

The preparation for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation will essentially be the same.  I will be offering classes during Lent.  One on Tuesday evenings during Lent 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 and 4/4) at 6:30pm.  This class will follow and expand on David Brooks’ bestselling book The Road to Character.  Additionally, on Sunday mornings during Lent (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 and 4/2) at 9:30am, I will be teaching the Adult Forums in the Parish Hall following Derek Olsen’s book Inwardly Digest.

I ask those requesting Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation to attend either the Tuesday evening classes or Sunday morning classes during Lent.  I will also gather all receiving these sacraments for 2 sessions sometime during the Easter Season.

In addition to participants in the class, I would like to find others who might pray with and offer hospitality for the individuals in this class.  Whatever your current spiritual practice and theological foundation, I invite you to prayerfully consider participating in one of these three opportunities.  If you are interested in be a part of these classes, I ask that you email me (rector@holytrinityfay.org) before January 28, 2017.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Labyrinth Walk – February 2 at 7:00 pm.  The Evening Labyrinth Walk for February will take place on Thursday, February 2 from 7 – 9 pm.  Please arrive at 7:00pm if you want to watch the optional orientation video. If you just want to walk, please arrive no later than 8:15pm.   Tara Bartal

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – J2A CHILI FUNDRAISER:  No time to cook during this busy SUPER BOWL SUNDAY? J2A will be selling containers of DELICIOUS beef and vegetarian chili following the services.  The cost is $8.00 a container and the money raised will be used for their 2018 pilgrimage.

 

Lobster Dinner – February 11th See below for details.

Adult Formation:  Reading and Writing the Holy Trinity Church Doors -You may walk through our church doors each week, but how well do you know them? In this three-week course, author and medievalist Dr. Dean Swinford will guide a reflective consideration of the various panels, the Biblical passages that influenced them, and the significance of their interconnections.  Classes begin February 12th.

February 12:  You are cordially invited to St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church for Holy Eucharist in celebration of Absalom Jones Day.  The service will take place at 4:00pm.  The Rt. Reverent Robert Skirving, Bishop of East Carolina, will be the guest speaker and celebrant.

February 28:  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Family Mardi Gras Party (more details coming)

Parish Weekend at the Beach!  May 26 – 28, 2017.  Where will YOU spend Memorial Day Weekend?  You have a place at the beach, and a family to share it with!  Trinity Center is our beautiful diocesan camp and conference center on Bogue Banks. (The property goes from the sound to the sea.)  Our church family has been going there for more than 20 years on Memorial Day weekend for a relaxing fun weekend together.  If you have never been, please consider joining us this spring!  Rooms go fast so don’t wait to sign up!  Look for the registration form in the March Good Newsletter and on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall beginning in March.    Amy St. Peter & Beth Early


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hurricane Matthew Assistance – The Diocese has money available to help persons still in need due to Hurricane Matthew.  The grant application is online at the Diocesan website:  www.diocese-eastcarolina.org

 

PASTORAL CARE:  We are in the process of discovering the ways we care for one another here at Holy Trinity, creating systems to more carefully and intentionally live out pastoral care and assessing what has been working, what is not working and how we can build for the future. Some of the ministries we are expanding, changing and working with under the umbrella of pastoral care are: Lay Eucharistic Visitors, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Meal Trains, the Healing Team and Immediate Visitation needs. Moreover, we are beginning to dream about how we can best use our resources to care for the people in our midst. As with most ministries, we are always looking for more people who feel that God is calling them to use their gifts in this way. Please be on the lookout for more information about these current ministries, please feel free to share with me your experiences, ideas or thoughts about them and prayerfully consider joining with us to more intentionally care for our community.

In faith, The Rev. 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 first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30am to 11:00am in the Parish Hall (there will be childcare provided for these events), on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm in 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

 

PARENTS FORUM:  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 12th, March 12th, 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 annethornberg@gmail.com

 

CURSILLO meets the third Thursday of the month from 6pm-7:30pm in the Parish Hall, beginning February 16.  If you’ve been to Cursillo or just interested in knowing what Cursillo is about, join us.  Everyone welcome.

 

PLASTIC BAGS NEEDED:  A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought plastic bags.  We have enough for the moment and ask that you bring them on the first Sunday of the month.  Any plastic grocery bags are welcome, and yellow and blue are particularly appreciated!  There will be a bucket in the Narthex for bag collection.  See Sharon Robertson if you are interested in more details about this ministry.


Reports and Updates

 

January 2017 Vestry Highlights

In lieu of its regular meeting for January, the vestry held its annual retreat at Trinity Center from January 13-15.  We were fortunate to have Howard Loughlin with us as facilitator, enabling us all to participate fully in the conversation(s) and decisions made during our time together.

 

The busy weekend included time to get to know each other better, planning for 2017, and structured time for meditation and prayer.  We continued previous inquiry regarding our parish size, both in numbers and budget, and how that impacts our parish ministries in Fayetteville, the Diocese, and the world.  It is an exciting time, to say the least, and the vestry is dedicated to improve parish culture and infrastructure.

 

The vestry clearly recognizes that Holy Trinity falls on the cusp of what is described as a “program-sized” church based on our average Sunday attendance of 280 people.  A parish of this size requires different roles for not only the vestry, but also for clergy, staff, and lay leaders.  The vestry is committed to begin the process of empowering non-vestry lay leaders to manage ministries (programs) within the church by organizing, budgeting, recruiting volunteers, and conducting activities needed to successfully accomplish the goals set for each parish ministry. In turn, the vestry will be more intentional about visioning and planning for Holy Trinity for both the short and long term.

 

One focal point identified by the vestry is improving our ability to engage new and existing members.  By any standard, Holy Trinity has been blessed with significant growth in membership, and with that brings the challenge of forging new ways for us all to employ our time, talent, and treasure. When we all work together, God’s work is accomplished.

 

The vestry also conducted some regular business during its retreat, including accepting the end of year 2016 financial statements as presented by Neil Bergman, Treasurer. Thank you to the lay leaders and clergy who covered the regular vestry duties while we were on retreat. We look forward to working together as a parish this year!   Tom Holt

 

News from the Food Pantry

 

We ended the old year on a high note with the Food Pantry.  The move, the flooding from the hurricane and the “snow storm” in January did not slow us down too much!  In December of 2016, we served 122 households. We had 32 household receiving food for the first time and gave away 1190 pounds of food in total.

 

Our Food Pantry is thankful for a grant received from the May Catherine Huske Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  We are looking forward to another great year with the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.  We thank all who do so much to help us out. Sid Gardner, Pat Stang, Karen and Sharon Robertson

 

News from the Preschool!

 

CLAWS for a CAUSE:  Buy lobsters and help the preschool.  Place your order by February 6.  Order forms on the Activity Table in the Parish Hall.  Lobster pick-up and dinner on February 11th.  Come celebrate Valentines’ Day early at the lobster dinner hosted by our local Cursillo group. Just order your cooked lobster, indicate on the form (Lobster Order form) that you will come to the dinner, and bring a couple of side dishes to share with the others. Dinner time – 5 p.m.   Return the completed form to the preschool office.  Thanks for your support!    Ruth Gillis, Director

 

It’s not too late to join us for “Parenting with Love and Logic for Early Childhood”, a series of 5 evenings exploring learning ways to parent that are fun and rewarding instead of stressful and chaotic. We’ll provide practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. Classes will be Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30, beginning February 16th. Childcare will be provided. Call Ruth in the preschool to reserve a spot. Cost is $12 per couple for the workbook, or free if you already have the workbook.

 

PRESCHOOL:  Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is ongoing in the school office. Classes are offered for children 2 to 5 years.

 

 

GOING OUT TO SERVE …. PARTNERING WITH MARGARET WILLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Holy Trinity adopted 9 families for Christmas including several families displaced by Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to everyone who took an ‘angel’ from the tree and/or gave a cash donation. There were toys, books and clothing for the children as well as household items the families needed. Each family received a grocery gift card.

Many families displaced by the hurricane have found other housing but those who lived in Mt. Sinai Apartments are still in temporary housing. It is expected to be 2 more months before their apartments are ready for occupancy. The funds donated by Holy Trinity will be used after other resources, e.g. FEMA, are spent.

 

Wonderful Wednesday:  In January everyone enjoyed an informative program concerning dialing 911- when to call and what transpires when you do. The speaker described the 24/7 availability of highly trained professionals who fill 12 hour shifts ready to help as needed. She encouraged all of us to call so help an be delivered quickly and transportation to the hospital take place as necessary. We all felt appreciation that these EMTs are always there to help.

 

February 15th will be the next meeting with information regarding our wonderful, awarding winning library system. Come out to hear all you are missing if you have not taken advantage of our state’s library programs. March 15th will find us drifting down the Cape Fear River aboard a river cruiser!   Join in the fun and fellowship offered the third Wednesday of each month as we attend Holy Communion followed by a brown bag lunch and program!  Joyce Lipe, Jane Squires

 

YOUTH:   Rite 13 held their spaghetti lunch fundraiser on January 22nd. We cooked and served spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert and raised a little over $700.00 for our Washington DC trip.  The youth groups will be travelling to Washington DC April 28-30 to participate in a service project with the Homeless Coalition, tour and attend worship at the National Cathedral, participate in a scavenger hunt on the mall and museums, and take a walking tour of the monuments at night. This is a great trip; previous youth have enjoyed it immensely!  We would like to thank you, the congregation, for all your support.  Judy Philbrook

 

YOUTH GROUP ICE SKATING – attended by 3 adults and 14 youth!

BIRTHDAYS

FEBRUARY:  1 Carl Beene 2 Sally Caldwell 3. Nancy Holt, Richard Karp 4 Coleman Smith 5 Ginny Franks 6 David Alecca, Florence Alvarez, Chick Chisolm, Leroy Chisolm, Katie Jenifer 7 Michael Ashford, Rosemary Zimmerman 8 Nancy Broadwell 9 Cooper Wilson 10 Alison Fleming 11 Martha Brown, Stuart Jordan, Chris Sim 12 Nan Fiebig 14 Mia Carpenter, Olisaemeka Udoh 16 Gabriella Holliday 17 Bethaney 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

Glenn Allen and Bill Emmons Family, Frank Allison, III, Ryan Boddenhammer, The family of Chase, Coleman Family, Patti Dill, Tom Ficklin, Tera Gardner, Ming Gardner, Cindy Humphrey, Hustwit Family, Melvin and Judy Johnson, Louisa Karp, Matthew Kirec, Susanne Kohrman*, Joyce Lipe, Kaylee McFarland, Marti Mansfield, Janice McDevitt, John Milton-Benoit, Anne Mizelle*, Bruce and Joann Parker, Marie Parker*, Wilbur Peffley, Margaret Peterson*, Diane Rauch, Paul Reichle Jr.*, Isolene Robertson, Alicia Russell, Samuelson family, Davin Schmidt, Debby Sims, Leigh Stevens,  Doug Stewart, Trey Stidham, Mary and Harold Syms*, Jimmy Teachey, Joe Thaman, Justin Thompson, Traci, Anita and Cornell Young, and Jeanette Zabala.

* Denotes Visitation Welcomed.

Military Prayer List

Leroy, John, Cedric, Daven, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Jon, Stephanie, Sam, Trey, Ed, Amanda, Robert, Augustus, Roger, Kyle, Brian, Oliver, Thomas, Nicholas, Alex, Matthew, Mitch, Abigail, Patrick, Geoff, Mark, Eric, Andrew, Nick and all their families.

 

Contact the church office at 910-484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org 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

Beth Jordan, Music Minister and Organist

Tara Bartal, Jeremy Fiebig and Jon Hecker, Vergers

Janice Luce, Parish Administrator

Jewely Schroeder, Financial Administrator

Ruth Folger Gillis, Preschool Director

Melissa Hickman, Nursery Coordinator

 

VESTRY:  Senior Warden: Tom Holt, Junior Warden: Keith St. Peter, Treasurer: Neil Bergman, Clerk: Wendy Hustwit

2017:  Tom Holt, Fitz Lee, Keith St. Peter, Dane Reid

2018:  Scott Hancox, Wendy Hustwit, Julie Lee-Jacobs, Mike Morketter

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

 

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Office: 484-2134 Preschool: 910-484-0250

Website: www.holytrinityfay.org          Email: admin@holytrinityfay.org

Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Frank Moorman

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Elaine McKay

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Nan Fiebig

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Phil Caldwell

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Anonymous (12/19)

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Champ Saint Amand

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Augustus Turner

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Ellen Hancox

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Libba Pate

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Joshua Busman

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | John Kells

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Mary Mac Shields

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | George Harrison

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Dean Swinford

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Kasmin Davis

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Libby Demmon

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Jeff Jones

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Carla Richardson

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Katie Byrne

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Nancy Broadwell

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Tara Bartal

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Julie Lee Jacobs

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Presence: Seeking God in Advent | Hallie Bartlett

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