Small enough to be family. Large enough to make a difference.

Dear Trinity Family:
While we’ve been cautioned to keep our distance, I hope that you are finding ways to stay connected among friends, family, and/or fellow church members. Each morning, I lift up each of you by name in prayer.
This announcement, sad as it is, should come to you as no surprise. We have been strongly requested by our Virginia Synod Bishop Robert Humphrey, to cancel services of worship until at least May 17. This request applies to all churches of the Synod. Dale Hurt, our President, and I have talked and we agree that at least through the month of April that we nether have worship services nor any other church activities. This cancellation may well have to be extended not only to May 17th, but even beyond, depending on how this virus may continue to expand and what health officials are advising. 
Worship is so essential to our life as Christians, but so is the Biblical commandment to love our neighbor. By following the guidelines to stay at home, we are caring not only for ourselves, but for the safety and well-being of our community.
While it is the right thing to do, this decision is also heart-breaking. It means we do not gather for Easter, the highlight of our worship year. For us as a church family, it is especially sad that we shall not be together in what was to be our last Sunday with each other before my retirement.
On the bright side, Pastor Derrick of St. Philip Lutheran Church, has offered us the technology of his church to produce for us an Easter service/sermon led by me to be aired on Easter morning by way of Facebook and our church website. I shall keep you posted as Pastor Derrick and I proceed to set up this exciting possibility.
I also invite you to see this withdrawal from our normal routine as an opportunity for growing more deeply into the life we are given in Jesus Christ. Our Savior comes to us as the Prince of Peace. By his death and resurrection, he lives in us. We’ve also been given the discipline of prayer by which to grow in the experience of his peaceful presence. . In addition to our praying for one another, feel free to experiment with meditative prayer. Many of you have heard me describe one form of this called Centering Prayer: Find a quiet place, close your eyes, take deep slow breaths, inwardly match your inhale and exhale with the name Jesus or the prayer, “Let go, Let God”. 
Remember we also been given the discipline of giving of our tithes and offerings. Sending in your weekly/monthly contributions is not only crucial for the church to fulfill its mission, but remaining generous in spirit is a way to give thanks to God.
Another reminder, just now texted to me by a friend, quoting Luther that confession of sins can be done directly before God when Christians are unable to gather. When something comes to me out of the blue like that, there must be a reason. So I pass it on.

Please feel free to call me (540-312-6984). I can  pray with any of you over the phone who might like that. This invitation to call extends especially to any of you for whom this anxious time is especially lonely or distressing. Likewise if you have any suggestions or concerns during this time of physical separation 
Christ’s love and Peace be with you.

Our annual Wednesday night shared Lenten services begin this week of the 4th.  Trinity is hosting a soup and bread supper at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall with Lenten service to follow at 7 pm.  The service theme is “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear.” Pastor James Davis of St. Timothy Lutheran Church will be preaching Wednesday and the services will then rotate among the other 3 participating churches: St. Marks, St. Philip, and Glade Creek. 

Ash Wednesday service on February 26th ~ 7 pm.

Time of Epiphany

Welcome to the church season of Epiphany which lasts until Ash Wednesday on February 26th. It is a time for exploring who Jesus is now that Christmas has once again brought him near to humankind. The important question is

“Who is Jesus to you and Me?”

This Sunday, the focus is on the baptism of Jesus, with the revelation that He is God’s beloved Child, a reminder that we are each addressed in the same way in our baptism.

Christmas Eve Service

We were blessed as our congregation and guests from the community joined us for our annual service welcoming the Christ Child.

In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child. Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people. The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds. Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.

Thanks be to God.

Rev. Sue Bentley, St. James Episcopal Church, for successful evaluation at Duke

Heather Garnette, strength & comfort on loss of her husband, rq by Tracey Driscoll

Nicole Kidd, success of third heart surgery, requested by Sue Stahl

Keith Milder, success recovery of back surgery

Family of Cliff Phillips, comfort after his passing

Rev. Dwayne Westermann, successful treatment for cancer

Charlotte Woolwine, positive evaluation of medical testing

Ongoing requests

Liz Alls, Donna Barger, Minota Beckner, Bo Bradbury, Buttons Craft, Sarah Crawford, Betty Crockett, Sylvia Croom, Phyliss Crowgey, Mary Divers, Robert Freeman, Nita Garman, Ashley Gordon-Armstead, Deb Gordon, Cindy Jennings, Orion Lane, Ron Pagano, Michelle Parzyck, Michael Puckett, Jewel Reed, Owen Schuetz, Lois Smith, Elaine St. Clair, Margaret & Sonny Umberger, Bunny & Tom Warme, Clifford Weckstein, Betty Weddle, 

Special March Events

  • Mar 1 ~ Vision Team Meeting 12:15pm
  • Mar 2 ~ Council Meeting 7pm
  • Mar 4 ~ Lenten Soup 6pm & Service 7pm
  • Mar 8 ~ Congregation Lunch 12:15pm
  • Mar 11 ~ Lenten Soup 6pm & Service 7pm ~ Glade Creek
  • Mar 13 ~ Farewell Dinnwe 6pm
  • Mar 15 ~ Vision Team Meeting 12:15pm
  • Mar 18 ~ Lenten Soup 6pm & Service 7pm ~ St. Philip
  • Mar 25 ~ Lenten Soup 6pm & Service 7pm ~ St. Timothy
  • Mar 29 ~ Vision Team Sponsored Pizza Party 12:15pm