Christmas Auction 2017


December 1
Preview Night Shopping

December 3
12 Noon
Shopping and Live Auction

You are invited to do your Christmas shopping with us!

In order for the Christmas Auction to be a success, we will need everyone’s participation. We need you to bring treasured items, any time between now and November 22, to be sold at the Auction on December 1 and 3. You may bring them directly to Betsy or to the Stable Tour office, or you may call Ellen Hall or Nicky Perry and we can arrange to have the items picked up.

The lovely items that you do donate will be sold at the Preview Party on December 1 and again on December 3, between services. It is only after the 10:30 service that the Live Auction of special gifts will take place.

Please remember that the Christmas Auction is a fundraiser and not a bargain sale. We ask that you be as generous as you possibly can be, both in terms of the treasures you donate and the gifts you decide to purchase. Again, the success of this event depends on you and we trust that the results will celebrate your generosity.

Worship Fair and Thank You Luncheon

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YOU ARE INVITED TO A Worship Fair and Thank You Luncheon
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:30 am—2 pm

All members of the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Ushers, Lay Readers and Lay Eucharistic Ministers are invited to gather for instructional refreshment of their duties and a Thank You luncheon for your dedicated service. Persons interested in serving in one of these capacities are also invited to attend to learn more about how they can participate in these service ministries. Please call Betsy in the church office (540-592-3343) if you are participating and will be attending the luncheon.

Flower Guild
10:30-11 am

Altar Guild



Lay Readers

Lay Eucharistic Ministers


Music News November

Once upon a time there were ten virgins (yes, it was a long time ago). Five of them were wise and five were foolish. When they went to meet the bridegroom for the big wedding banquet, the wise virgins took flasks of oil to refill their lamps. The foolish did not. When the bridegroom was delayed the ten virgins fell asleep waiting. At midnight there came a shout that the bridegroom was on his way so they awoke in the dark and trimmed their lamps at which point the foolish asked the wise for some of their extra oil. The wise said no and sent them off to the Palestinian Southern States to get more. While they were gone, the bridegroom ar-rived and took the five wise virgins to the wedding banquet while the foolish ones missed out. And so it is with the coming of the Kingdom of God. Wake up and be ready or you will miss out. 

This famous parable, another eschatological allegory, is appointed for one of the last Sundays in year A of the three year lectionary and this year falls on Sunday Nov. 12. Our music that morning will follow this theme using the great German hymn “Wachet Auf” (Sleepers Wake). Often called “the King of Chorales”, both words and hymntune were written by the German pastor Philipp Nicolai around 1597 in Unna, Westphalia using the parable of the wise and foolish virgins as its foundation. More than a hundred years later, the ever energetic J.S. Bach, who wrote sacred cantatas for every Sunday of the three year lectionary and then some, composed his cantata 140 for the 27th Sunday after the Trinity using the Wachet Auf Chorale as its theme. It is Bach’s harmonization of the tune that we will sing from our hymnal and the choir will sing a movement from the cantata at the Offertory. In a somewhat more indirect reference to this theme, the Handbell Choir will play during communion a piece based on Westminster Quarters which is the tune clocks play indicating it is time to Wachet Auf (Wake Up)! 

It should also be noted that reading the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in church does not hap-pen very often. This parable is only in Matthew and only in year A of the lectionary which means it on-ly comes up every three years at best. Further, the 27th Sunday after the Trinity does not happen eve-ry year A, but only when Easter comes early enough to allow that many Sundays after Trinity Sunday which moves with Easter. It is believed that Bach performed his Wachet Auf Cantata only once, in part because of how rarely the appointed Sunday comes up. And yet, Bach composed what many musicians and scholars believe is one of his finest cantatas for this infrequent occasion. I like to think it is because this famously devout musician well understood the lesson of this special parable that is applicable to so many parts of our lives. From the Boy Scout motto to birth control to the coming of the Kingdom of God: always be prepared, for you never know when the time will come. Don’t be caught sleeping. Wachet Auf! 


Whose Money is It Anyway? An Appeal to Stewardship

The following is a transcript of the homily that was given by Jim Hoecker during the 8:00am and 10:30am services on Sunday, October 22, 2017: 

It is a privilege to give the lay sermon today on behalf of the Vestry and your fellow parishioners. My mother, who would have preferred I join the ministry instead of studying the law, is probably looking down with skepticism as I attempt to achieve some measure of redemption. 

After reviewing my paean to Christian charity this morning , my lovely wife Becky told me that if she were suddenly taken critically ill and had but one hour left in this world, she would want to spend those last precious moments listening to me talk about stewardship. That’s because “it would seem like an eternity.” 

In the end, eternity is our business here at Trinity but I speak to you today with the utmost humility about something closer to home. As I prepared this week, I was haunted by a challenging question: What do we owe God? Whose money is it anyway? 

What is Stewardship all about? Is it merely an obligation? Paying a debt? Is it a sacrificial offering, the more it hurts the better? Or is it just being an example for others? I doubt there’s a single pat answer to those questions but I’m certainly not the first to ask them. 

The best definition of stewardship I have found says that a steward is a manager who administers that which belongs to someone else. A steward has a duty to oversee the assets, finances, relationships that rightly belong to another. In that sense, it is not an overstatement to say we are stewards of the lives we are given, stewards of this church, the outdoor chapel, stewards of the environment, and stewards of our worldly possessions back home. They all belong to God and they’re on loan to us. 

How do we repay that loan? Perhaps by growing in our spiritual lives, which means growing in our lives as stewards of Trinity Church, which is one of God’s many gifts. 

In my letter to the parish last week, I explained the Church’s needs in pretty frank terms. To con-duct all its ministries and activities and continue as a vital part of the community, Trinity’s budget is over $1 million annually. However, in 2017, pledges covered slightly over 50% of that. In fact, we fell well short of some basic operating expenses. But, I hasten to add that we should celebrate that gen-erosity and commitment, because with a little sweat and ingenuity from you and scores of your fel-low Episcopalians as well as some special gifts, we closed the gap. We began work on our organ, un-covered and began addressing some challenging plumbing and electrical problems, and responded in real time to the disastrous hurricanes that hit the country. 

Nevertheless, pledging remains central to our fiscal well-being. Our pledge goal this year is a modest one in light of our total needs -- $675,000. That’s a good deal more (about $100,000) than we col-lected last year. I urge you to meditate positively on those numbers but also to remember that even if Trinity’s budget were fully funded through some miraculous intervention, you would each still be called upon to pledge and to participate fully as a steward of Trinity Church. 

Now I admit, the value I may assign to Trinity Church in Upperville Virginia, financially and otherwise, may be different than how other parishioners see it. We are each finding redemption and purpose here in various ways. For me, one of the bright spots of serving on your Vestry the past year has been our efforts to ask very basic questions about Trinity: what is the purpose of this institution and what are all the things that it does, and should do, for us and the community? We drew on a book called The Purpose-Driven Church, which among other things explains that any single church can play a variety of roles in the lives of its congregation. The Vestry has been considering what this means for our future work to sustain and improve Trinity. Let me explain these different perceptions of the Church’s meaning for its congregants, as the author sees them -- 

1. A church can be primarily about winning souls. In a “Soul-winning church,” words like witnessing, evangelical, or salvation are most important themes. 

2. If the Church is about “Experiencing God,” words like praise, prayer, spirit, worship come to mind. 

3. A Church can be seen as a “Family reunion” with a focus on fellowship. Words like belonging, caring, and relationships are most meaningful – not to mention potluck. 

4. Churches can be “Classrooms” where preaching, Bible study, doctrine, and childrens’ education are the currency of conversation and work. 

5. Finally, Church can be the outward manifestation of “social conscience”. Sharing, service, out-reach, taking a stand – all those are important missions within that view of its value. 

It seems to me that Trinity is (and needs to be) all those things, even if one or two characteristics are especially meaningful for your relationship to Trinity. No matter how you might see this building, this service, or Trinity’s mission, I hope it is speaking to you. I hope you understand how important you are to it and that you are its principal hope and sustaining foundation. 

There is a story about the Dean of St. Patrick’s in Dublin, Jonathan Swift, the Eighteenth Century di-vine known for his sharp tongue. He was once reprimanded for an exhaustingly long sermon on chari-ty. Determined to make the next one terse, he quoted Proverbs 19: “’He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord, and that which he hath given will he pay him again.’ (The modern transla-tion is “Whomever is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord and will be repaid in full.”) You have heard the terms of the loan,” Swift continued, “and if you like the security, put down your money.” His parishioners responded to “repayment in full” as you might expect. 

Likewise, Jesus promises to repay us yet again – in ways that surpass all other gifts and perhaps all un-derstanding. That is his eternal promise – long sermon or short , good homily or bad. He offers security for the loan he provides – the loan of life, of nature, of our society, our children, our posses-sions, our sustenance and wealth (no matter how meager), even our planet. In other words, he owns all of these things already and we are therefore His stewards here on earth. 

Again, how do we repay that loan? I hope that one important part of that repayment involves your strong support for Trinity. It is an integral part of your Christian life. It is not dues to cover the price of admission. It is not a burden to be endured. And, in truth, the amount of that repayment is not as important as the gift’s relationship to the giver’s heart and his or her desire and ability to give. 

In the next two weeks, you will hear more from Trinity and Father Banse about stewardship. We ask that you bring your 2018 pledge card to church with you on November 5, and that you place it wor-shipfully in the plate. It will make you feel good. After all, even the money you give joyfully to Trinity is something God has entrusted to your care for the purpose of your wise investment. You may, of course, pledge anytime, including today. I am simply saying that a pledge made now and a pledge thereafter kept will also give your Vestry the opportunity to plan wisely for next year and the chal-lenges and uncertainties it will bring. 

After his father died, Joe Scarborough (former Congressman and TV host) turned to his friend Zbig-niew Brzezinski for guidance and support. Brzezinski was a much older man and also a former pub-lic official. “I explained to him,” said Scarborough, “that I was overwhelmed – I had become the parent to 4 children and seemingly a parent to everyone else around me, including my elderly mother. At home and at work, it felt like the burden of everyone else’s well-being was being placed squarely on my shoulders.” In sympathetic response to Scarborough’s plight, Brezinski responded cheerfully, with a twinkle in his eye— “I know. Isn’t it great to be trusted by God with such tremendous respon-sibility?” 

That, my friends, is the real spirit of stewardship. Lord, open our hearts to the spirit of giving and to accepting tremendous responsibility. 

November Vestry Notes

At the recent October meeting of Vestry we elected new officers and wardens. I am pleased to report that Jolly de Give continues to serve as Registrar and Carol Miller continues to serve as Treasurer. We are extremely fortunate that these two parishioners are willing to be of continued service to our church. I was elected to serve as Senior Warden and was willing to serve because I knew I could rely upon the able assistance of our re-elected Junior Warden Ellen Hall. Jim Gemmer provided extraordi-nary service to Trinity and leadership to Vestry over the course of his two years of service as Senior Warden. He certainly set a high bar but I will do my best. 

Your 2018 Vestry, pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Mark Thompson. Sanford Diday, Ellen Hall, Debra Latiolais, Johanna Jackson, Melissa Neal, Kathryn Gemmer, Martha Williamson, Jim Hoecker and Matt Blunt (not pictured: Troye Plaskitt and Kevin Fox). 

Your 2018 Vestry, pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Mark Thompson. Sanford Diday, Ellen Hall, Debra Latiolais, Johanna Jackson, Melissa Neal, Kathryn Gemmer, Martha Williamson, Jim Hoecker and Matt Blunt (not pictured: Troye Plaskitt and Kevin Fox). 

At the October meeting the Treasurer provided a financial report. We remain slightly ahead of budget for 2017 though the final months of the year are extremely important to Trinity. Both the Christmas auction and year end gifts to the church are vital. 

You may have heard that recently Trinity decided to transition the endowment to the financial manage-ment of the Trustees of the Funds (TOTF). The Trustees of the Funds is a related organization of the Diocese of Virginia and provides its services to Episcopal churches and entities in all three of the dioceses within Virginia. Overseen by an elected board of trustees, TOTF currently serves nearly 150 churches and organizations with the management of almost $140 million in assets. The Trustees will manage our endowment in trust for us and Trinity will retain the same legal control over the endowment that it has today. Vestry and appropriate committees will continue to monitor the endowment’s performance. This was a significant decision and one that was undertaken after a great deal of due diligence and consideration by both the Endowment Committee and the Finance Committee. The chief executive officer of the Trustees of the Funds, Mike Kerr, will be at Trinity at 9:30 on December 10, 2017 to make a presentation and answer any questions you may have. I urge you to attend. It remains important that we continue to increase the size of our endowment for the long term maintenance of our campus and the fulfillment of our mission. 

In the coming weeks we will prepare our budget for 2018. Jim Hoecker’s excellent message on stewardship was a great reminder of our obligation to be good stewards of God’s blessings. He also did a great job pointing out how important it is to Vestry to have a record of pledges so that we can appropriately plan for 2018 and craft a budget that allows for Trinity to fulfill its mission. 

As we finish 2017 and head into 2018, I hope you will feel free to reach out to any member of Vestry if you have thoughts or concerns. November and December will be busy months at Trinity! 

In faith, 
Matt Blunt
Senior Warden 

Community Thanksgiving Service

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Please Join Us
Upperville Baptist Church
9070 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville 

Enjoy a Great Evening with your Neighbors
Trinity Bell-Ringers, Mt. Pisgah Choir & More Local Talent 

Everyone is Welcome! 

The Offering Benefits: 
The Churches of Upperville Outreach Program
Providing food during this holiday season and throughout the year to those families who need help in our community! 

Music News October 2017

I've never been to Wittenburg nor seen the church there, but I've always imagined that it's door must be very similar to ours with it's arched top and heavy timbers bound together with iron straps and hand cut nails. I have also, on a few occasions when I disagreed with church policy, imagined nailing my own set of theses to the door as a German monk did exactly 500 years ago this month. While I would be hard pressed to come up with more than just a few insignificant ones, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg church in October of 1517 and set in motion the most significant event in the history of the Christian Church outside of the life of Jesus and the conversion of Constantine.

With a little help from John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and Johannes Gutenberg, Luther's Reformation transformed both the Christian faith and Western culture leading to the development of the Protestant church, the English Reformation, the Counter Reformation, and the 30 Years War. Luther's initial gripe was with the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints and the selling of indulgences where the pope essentially offered credits for heaven in exchange for money to help build St. Peter's Basilica. Luther believed that salvation could only come by grace through faith in God and that scripture was the ultimate religious authority rather than the Pope.

The effect of the Reformation on western music was trans-formative as well. The Protestant doctrine made worship more participatory and accessible to the average person in many ways including the translation of both the Gospel and the language of the service to the vernacular. While Calvin and some of the other reformers wanted to reign in the role of music in the church, Luther believed that music was the greatest gift from God after only religion itself. He wanted the congregation to be able to participate and not just listen to the beautiful polyphony of the choir, and so he applied sacred texts to simple unison tunes including well known secular ones that the people could easily sing. The classic example of this is Martin Luther's great hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" set to the tune of a common German drinking song. These chorale tunes were then harmonized by composers such as J.S. Bach and hymn singing as we know it today was born.

My observation over the years is that Episcopalians, somewhere in between Catholics and Protestants, are not quite sure what to make of the Reformation. While Lutherans, Presbyterians, and other Protestants see it as the birth of their denominations, for the Anglican tradition, of which we are a part, it is not quite so clear. Although the less than noble genesis of the Anglican Church was born out of Henry the VIII's lust and desire for a male heir, the influence of the Reformation on the development of the Anglican Church is still enormously significant. Signs of this can be seen in both word and song. If you are in doubt, take a stroll up the aisle to see the image of Martin Luther carved into our pulpit and browse the index of the hymnal to see the multitude of hymn tunes with German names. And finally, on Sunday, October 29, Reformation Day, remember, as you walk through those heavy oaken doors, the 95 theses that started it all exactly 500 years ago.


Outreach Committee - Puerto Rico Efforts

“The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me." ... Matthew 25:40

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Members of the Outreach Committee invite you to join them in making a personal donation to help our brothers and sisters on the devastated island of Puerto Rico. Due to our response to the overwhelming crises that already occurred in Florida and Texas, the Outreach Committee decided to make personal donations to aid Puerto Rico. After some investigation of organizations sending aid to Puerto Rico, we suggest that you donate directly to one of them if you feel so called. The Outreach Committee members made a donation directly to United for Puerto Rico, which was initiated by the First Lady of Puerto Rico and has the support of many corporations and prominent aid groups. Other options are listed below. Should you wish to to donate by check, please make your check payable to Trinity Episcopal Church and mark "Puerto Rico" on the memo line. You may place your check in the collection plate on Sunday, or leave it with the church office.

United For Puerto RIco
Global Giving
The Salvation Army
The American Red Cross.

Thank you for considering this request.
The Outreach Committee

S.O.M.E. Just Like Home

A guest at Trinity’s SOME luncheon service in September was overheard exclaiming, “This tastes just like home.”

To hear that our meal is well received is music to our ears and one of the reasons we have carried on this Outreach program for 30 years.

Not only did we manage to feed over 400 men, women and children, we effectively transported about 650 apples to DC so that every diner had a take out fruit snack. A SOME worker also prepared a mound of “to go” bologna and cheese sandwiches to help satisfy evening hunger as breakfast and lunch are the only meals served there, albeit 365 days of the year.

The apples were kindly donated by the Oak Spring Garden Foundation of Upperville and parishioners Tom and Katherine Anderson. We are so appreciative of their generosity. Oak Spring provided Gala apples and the Andersons donated the Red Delicious variety. Several of our volunteers sampled both and found them very tasty.

Tommy Breeden ably loaded the 650 apples as well as all our cases of fish, 8 rice casseroles, desserts, slaw, green beans and cornbread into the van with ease. We still had room for our loyal crew of: Ann MacLeod, Deon Bezaguet, Claude Prozinski, Jim Gemmer, Ken Knapp, Gina Hammond, Carol Miller, Mary MacDonnell and Robin Keys. Maggie New met us in town and joined in serving our guests.

The previous day, we had a small but highly skilled group in the kitchen chopping vegetables for our rice casserole. Among those attending: Holly Bimba, Ellen Hall, Kit Hemion, Robin Keys and Ann Macleod.

Our final SOME service for 2017 will be held November 16, when we cook and November 17, when we serve. Please try and join us as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving

Vestry Updates October 2017

Our Vestry met on Wednesday, September 20th for its monthly meeting. As always, the minutes for the meeting will be filed and available for your review. As this was the last regular meeting for the “senior” Vestry class, we celebrated their dedicated service and we thanked them for their hard work and for the many hours of extra time spent at Trinity over the past three years. Our new Parish Administrator, Jane McGee, was in attendance, much to the pleasure of all. The Vestry gave Jane a seat and voice at the meeting which means she could contribute, but not vote. It is a tremendous help for her, and for those of us doing the follow up actions from the meeting, to be present and hear what was actually discussed. This level of coordination will help all of us communicate and engage more effectively.

Our Treasurer, Carol Miller, presented the financial summary for the year. While our cash position was still down mostly due to the normal summer pledge payment slump, our year-to-date income was on budget and we anticipate our cash position will recover by year-end with continued pledge payments and our final endowment draw. We were told that the final tally for the Stable Tour was $57,024- Bravo!! The Organ fund has received $80,000 and continues to seek additional contributions. We continue to make significant progress in the quality of our music offerings through this effort. The better we are able to make these repairs now, the longer they will last into the future. Please consider a contribution.

Other business included updates to our new Vestry candidate list. We eagerly anticipate our annual meeting and the election of four new Vestry members. With the current list of candidates, the upcoming elections are sure to bring a highly talented team to join our important work. Vestry already has our first retreat scheduled for the last weekend in October (27/28) where we will continue working on the vision/planning effort that I’ve mentioned in earlier reports. We will be discussing many short and long term plans for Trinity at the retreat that will help us set the overall agenda for the new year. Please keep us in your prayers as we undertake this endeavor.

We discussed the previously approved distributions from Outreach in the wake of the two devastating hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. In case you were not aware, Trinity provided $5000 to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund and another $5000 to the Salvation Army. While that may be just a drop in the bucket, we are confident that both are good stewards of the monies they receive and will be using them to provide as much direct assistance as possible. Vestry also approved additional Outreach distributions to various worthy causes in our area. These will be detailed in the minutes.

Of course, we spent a fair amount of time preparing for the Annual meeting which is likely to have occurred before you read this. If that’s the case, hopefully you were in attendance, were able to cast your vote for new Vestry and shared our enthusiasm for the coming year. We continue to thank you all for your prayers, support and assistance in our work.

Finally, this is the last Vestry note that I will write, at least for the near future. I am one of those “seniors” I mentioned in the opening paragraph so after the new Wardens are elected at the first meeting of the new Vestry in October, I’ll be done. I have truly enjoyed my time on Vestry and I am grateful for the support that the whole congregation has provided to me and to all of Vestry. There are three people I wish to thank by name… Rob, our Rector, for his friendship and trust over the years; Ellen, who I was blessed to have as my Junior Warden and who has become my confidant and my friend; and my wife, Kat, who lovingly supported me, as she always does, and regularly served as my sounding board, coach and cheerleader all rolled up into one. Thanks to all of you.

In faith,
Jim Gemmer
Senior Warden

Shrine Mont Retreat

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On October 13th, with the leaves turning their beautiful colors, members of Trinity church will be descending on Shrine Mont for our (hopefully) annual retreat. It will be a weekend of fellowship on the beautiful campus of the Episcopal diocesan conference and retreat center located in Orkney Springs, Virginia. Families and couples have already signed up for activities on the campus such as bike riding, touring Shrine Mont, tennis, and hiking. Others will be riding the chair lift at Bryce Mountain Resort, zip lining, playing golf, or for the younger crowd, miniature golf. With some couples, they simply want to relax in the many rocking chairs available and walk in the peaceful setting. Nighttime activities include our own private Eucharist service in the Shrine, which is the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, finished with a campfire with s’mores and beautiful music led by Christian Myers and others. Last, but not least, is the fantastic food provided at Shrine Mont. When one mentions it, the response is always “And they have the best fried chicken!” By the time we leave on Sunday, we are relaxed and sated with the spirituality of Shrine Mont, ready to begin our week.

Fall Coffee Hours

It is once again time for families to sign up to do coffee hours. These do not have to be elaborate af-fairs. All summer long parishioners enjoyed doughnut holes, coffee cakes, fruit danishes, cookies, fresh fruit and juices along with their coffee. You do not have to set up the coffee urns; they will be already to plug in on Sunday Morning. Join with some friends and be our coffee hour hosts. Thank You. 

Goodbye from Phil Mohr

As I prepare to leave Trinity for the next chapter in the journey the Lord has set before me, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the Trinity church family. Your warm welcome, and your supportive spirit made my time here a happy one. The clergy, lay leaders and staff of Trinity Church have been a joy to work with, and it is with a degree of sadness that I will be leaving you. I am convinced many of you have angel wings hidden in your closets at home. I am excited about the energy and enthusiasm surrounding the direction of the church, and I believe the Vestry is engaged in some very fruitful discussions about the future. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of it.

As you know, I have discerned a call to ordained ministry, and will begin my studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in the fall as I prepare for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. In the Methodist Church, the Deacon acts as a bridge between the church and the world, and my focus will be missionary work and ministry with the poor. I will also be working in a local Methodist church as the mission ministries coordinator.

I have found it a privilege to share in ministry with you, albeit for a much shorter time than any of us had anticipated. It is with sorrow and a grateful heart that I say goodbye.

In Christ,
Phil Mohr

Vestry News

Our Vestry last met on Wednesday, July 19th for its monthly meeting. The minutes for the meeting will be filed and available for your review. We did not have a regular meeting in August. However, we did have an unofficial meeting/discussion on August 9th to discuss plans for the fall and the upcoming annual meeting to be held on October 1st.

At the July meeting, we received the financial summary from our Treasurer. While our cash position was down slightly because of the normal summer deficit, it is still healthy. The revised 2017 budget was presented by our Treasurer, Carol, in her exceptionally skilled manner, at the July 23rd congregational meeting. If you were in attendance, you would have seen that we are performing well for this year, but we have identified some trends that are worth further review and that Vestry, in collaboration with the Finance committee, will be considering as we start to review the plans for our 2018 budget. It is certainly worth noting that we had another clean financial audit for 2016. Vestry accepted and approved the 2016 audit.

So by now you are probably aware of this, but for the record, Vestry did approve the use of monies from the music fund to allow the reparations of our beautiful organ to get started this summer. It is our intent to get the repairs completed before we kick off the fall season with our full choir and music programs. We also wanted to be sure we did not lose the availability of the highly skilled craftsman that are conducting the work. We hope that the donations to the Organ Fund will continue as we progress which will allow us to replenish the music funds. So please consider making a donation to this important effort.

You have probably noticed that there remains a fairly large hole in the ground behind Cox Hall. Vestry has approved the use of funds to replace the water supply lines the run from the sanctuary to most of the rest of the campus. There are several steps required in the process, but the end result will be a much safer, cleaner supply of water and lines that can be controlled at each building instead of at only one spot in the system. Unfortunately the repairs will cause a few deep digs in the Bishop’s Garden. We will make the cosmetic repairs after the new pipes are in as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order that the lawn can be returned to normal.

I want to be sure to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who have been keeping things going this summer. We had a great turnout for the Vestry sponsored picnic on the July 26th with many people helping out and bringing dishes to share. We had another successful year supporting the motorcycle rally on Aug 19th that supports Boulder Crest in Bluemont. Many of you contributed dozens of delicious cookies and pastries which the riders all enjoyed while taking a break from their ride. Many thanks to Gina Hammond for keeping the coffee hours supplied with goodies during the summer months. And thanks to all of you for pitching in wherever you have as I’m sure I missed something or someone that should have been recognized specifically.

I think that’s all the space I’m allotted for this month. Please continue to keep Vestry’s efforts in your prayers. We eagerly await Rob’s return so we can discuss this summer’s happenings and our plans for the fall. I’m sure we all look forward hearing of his travels and studies.

In faith,
Jim Gemmer
Senior Warden

Music News

With the departure of both our Parish Administrator and Assistant Rector just before the program year begins and while Rev. Banse is still away, it would seem, there is a bit of uncertainty in the air at Trinity this Fall. Perhaps it is just my longevity, but I’m really not too worried about it. When I start-ed counting, I was surprised to see an interesting coincidence. Since I have been here I have seen five Assistant Rectors, five Christian Education Directors, five Parish Administrators, and five Rectors (counting interims) all come and go. Ok, actually not quite five Rectors since Rob is the fifth and he is thankfully still here. At any rate, with each and every departure we wonder what we are going to do now, but my observation is that we always end up just fine. In fact, there are three things that you can certainly count on regardless of the transition.

The first is that no matter what happens we will still have lovely and meaningful music. I am very pleased to say that almost all of our musicians are returning this year including our renowned organist Richard McPherson, our wonderful Intern Sarah Saul, and four of our five outstanding choir section leaders, Hannah Glass, Justin Price, Michael Forest, and Jason Labrador. New this year will be sopra-no. You probably are still stuck with me as well, the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. (Seriously, I live right next to a big creek). The second thing I am certain you can count on is that God loves you no matter what and the third thing is that anything not covered by music or God, Betsy can take care of until we get it figured out. And like unto these, a new thing I am just learning is that Jane McGee is very cool and is going to be a great Parish Administrator.

So, there you have it. Not much to worry about. Instead, please help us spread the word about our wonderful choirs here at Trinity which will be resuming over the next few weeks. Please consider joining a choir or recommending it to people you know. In this age of technology, there is still no better way to get people involved than word of mouth. So, if you know someone who likes to sing, no matter how great or small, tell them that Trinity Church is the place to be. We will welcome them with open arms, minds and hearts.


Choirs begin
Adult Choir – Any and all adults
Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 (Choir Room, basement of Cox Hall)

Jr. Choir – Age 4 -2nd grade
Wednesday, September 13 at 4:00 (Children’s Choir Room, Basement of office building)

Choristers – Grades 3 and older
Wednesday, September 13 at 4:45 (Children’s Choir Room, Basement of office building)

Handbell Choir – Adults
Tuesday, September 19 at 7:15 (Cox Hall)

S.O.M.E. News

Please join us in Cox Hall Thursday, 14 September 2017 to prepare the rice casse-role for our visit to SOME. We will gather about 7:30am to chop vegetables.

The next morning, Friday, 15 September 2017 we will depart the church parking lot at 8:30am sharp and travel to Washington, DC to serve our meal.

You may also participate by donating baked goods such as brownies, cupcakes, cook-ies or rolls and cornbread. Store-bought items are just as welcome as homemade. Please deliver to the kitchen by 8am Friday.

Ann MacLeod is our loyal organizer and you may reach her at 540-592-3313 if you would like a spot in the kitchen or a seat on the Trinity van.

Thank you for your continuing support of this 30-year program.

School of the Piedmont News

Community Music School of the Piedmont is pleased to announce the creation of the annual Kathe-rine Jameson Piano Scholarship. The scholarship honors the late Katherine Jameson, a well-known and much-loved musical educator in our community.

“Katherine was our first piano instructor at CMSP”, said Martha Cotter CMSP Executive Director. “She was devoted to music and to educating children about the power and joy of music. Katherine taught all ages, from early childhood through adult students. She covered the widest spectrum, from shy beginners to promising, motivated musicians. She met her students where they were and helped to launch their progress. Many of her former students have continued their musical studies and they credit Katherine with inspiring them to do so”.

CMSP now invites students with a dedicated interest in piano instruction to apply to receive the Kath-erine Jameson Piano Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship, which is organized in partnership with Katherine’s family, will provide one student with piano instruction from the CMSP for one academic year.

Students between the ages of 10 and 18, regardless of previous piano instruction, are eligible. They must have demonstrated a passion and ability for music. The application consists of two things. First, submit a letter of recommendation from someone outside their family (ideally a music instructor) fa-miliar with their musical interests. Second, write a 500-word essay on the role that music plays in their life and why they consider musical study to be an important and valuable undertaking. A success-ful essay will also demonstrate the student’s interest in studying the piano in particular.

The Scholarship Committee will accept applications from September 1 to September 30, 2017. A committee comprised of piano faculty and CMSP board members will review the applications and announce the winner by October 15, 2017. Lessons through the Katherine Jameson Piano Scholarship will be available beginning the month of November.

Serving our community since 1994, CMSP is dedicated to providing high quality music instruction and performance opportunities to all members of our Piedmont community, offering private lessons and group classes on a wide variety of instruments.

To apply for the Katherine Jameson Piano Scholarship please go to our web-site: