Music Notes

It’s been eleven years since Rev. Rob Banse made his way to Trinity Church and in that time, he has been my supportive supervisor, cheerful colleague, trusted pastor, and dear friend.  I will miss him greatly.  Rob’s steady temperament and calm demeanor were just what this congregation and staff needed after a very divisive period and difficult transition in the life of this church.  His sincerity and integrity helped restore faith in the clergy for me, as I’m sure it did for many others.  Since that time, I have had the privilege of working with Rob as he has pastored this community with great love and sensitivity.  For eleven years he has baptized us, married and buried us, celebrated countless worship services, led bible studies and other spiritual programs, and counseled us all, including me personally, in times of sadness and joy.  He has always been supportive and appreciative of music and served as frequent soloist for the 8:00 service.  

While we will all miss Rob’s loving presence in our lives, I know that he has made the decision to leave with the same deep thoughtfulness that he has given to all his work here and completely trust that he has made a wise choice.  We will all look forward to celebrating his ministry over the coming months and wish him the very best in his next endeavors.  

In that spirit, we will do our best to continue God’s work here in Upperville as we begin yet another season of ministry at Trinity Church.  We will kick things off with the annual Activities Fair on Sunday, Sept. 9, and various choir rehearsals will begin in the following weeks.  I hope you might all take the opportunity to encourage people to join one of our choirs as we prepare to have our upcoming transition accompanied by music that is both beautiful and spiritually uplifting.    

Christian

Fall Music Dates  

Adult Choir  
Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:00pm
Choir Room  

Jr. Choir  
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:00pm  
Children’s Choir Room  

Choristers
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:45pm  
Children’s Choir Room  

Handbell Choir Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:00pm  
Cox Hall  

Activities Fair
Sunday, Sept. 9  
Full choir resumes for 10:30 service  

Commissioning of choirs and other ministries
Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:30 service  

Vestry Notes

I hope that you and your family have had a refreshing summer.  As it neared its end we received important news for our church from our Rector.   

While we are saddened by Rob’s announced departure we know that he has sought God’s guidance as to what is best for Trinity and  his own ministry.  

Rob Banse has been a source of strength for Trinity for more than eleven years and the congregation has benefited immeasurably from his steady leadership.  He has challenged us to live out the Gospel in word and deed.  Trinity like all communities of faith has its challenges but remains a vibrant church committed to displaying the love of Christ to one another and to our broader community. Times of transition always require us to rely on our faith and this will be no exception.  Vestry will be meeting very soon to discuss our path forward.  We have been been in touch with the Diocese to acquire their guidance and assistance and will meet with a representative of the Diocese at our next meeting.    

We continue to be thankful for Rob and his compassionate and strong ministry to Trinity over the past eleven years and wish God’s continued blessing on Rob and his Family as he continues to serve Christ.  

Regards,  
Matt Blunt  

Calling All Volunteers

The Golden Rooster Thrift Shop needs shop volunteers for 3.5 hours on Saturday mornings from 8:45am-12:15pm. Volunteers welcome and assist customers, help sort donations, and organize the shop. It’s fun! Volunteers are assigned to a team with four members each calendar year, so no one works alone. Teams are scheduled every six weeks. We also need weekly volunteers who have a truck or a trailer to take excess inventory to The Potter’s House in The Plains or Goodwill and refuse to the dump on Saturday mornings.  

Call Betsy if you are interested: 540-592-3343. 

2018 Activities Fair

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September 9  

Mark your calendar for our 2018 Fall Start-up Activities Fair!    

Join us for worship as we celebrate the start of the new program year.  All of our ministries will be on display.  Our choirs and children’s programs will be starting up again in the days to follow.    

Come one – come all! 

Stay for a delicious BBQ lunch, prepared by our own Tommy Breeden, with sides lovingly prepared by our own amazing Parish Life Committee. Join in the conversation and see what volunteer opportunities Trinity has to offer throughout the year. See you there!! 

Hope to see you there! 

Trinity Shrinemont Retreat

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October 12-14, 2018

Enjoy the beauty of Shrine Mont while engaging in fellowship with Trinity members and their families! Feel refreshed after participating in various activities, including games and hiking or by doing absolutely nothing! 

Hiking  
Choose easy or more strenuous paths Walk the labyrinth or hike the Stations of the Cross.
AND AT THE END OF THE DAY… Camp Fire with s’mores! Ice Cream Social!  

Games
Croquet, tennis, horseshoes.  

Bryce Mountain    
Zip line, 9/18 holes of golf, frisbee golf, miniature golf

Cost:   $76/night - $152/weekend double occupancy (meals included) $100/night - $200/weekend single occupancy (meals included) $30/night - $60/weekend kids 4-12 (meals included)

Interested? Call Marguerite Sweeny for details:   703-431-9962  margueritesw@gmail.com

 

 

Meet the Vestry Candidates

Make Sure to Join Us for our Annual Meeting and Vestry Election October 21st
Immediately following the one worship service that will take place that morning at 9:30am


Who is Eligible to Serve on the Vestry?  

According to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Canon 11, Section 4:  

Only lay persons who are confirmed adult communicants in good standing of the church, as defined in General Convention Canon 1.17., shall be eligible for election as Vestry Members of such church.  However, regardless of eligibility of a person for election, no person shall be elected at a duly convened congregational meeting to consecutive full terms on a congregation’s Vestry or Vestry Committee.    

So what does this mean in plain English?  
“Confirmed Adult Communicant in good standing” means the following:  
- You are age 16 or older.  
- You have been baptized and confirmed in the church, and we have your baptism and confirmation duly recorded.  
- You are active in worship, and have received communion at least 3 times this year.  
- You have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God (meaning you are active and intentional about your participation in the life of the church and are known to the treasurer of the church).

Furthermore, this Canon states that you can only serve one consecutive full term (3 years) on the Vestry.


Louise Crane

I was so honored when asked to be a candidate for the Vestry of Trinity Church and thank those who proposed me for this position. I was confirmed into the Episcopal faith at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, MS in 1989.  At Trinity, I served on many committees including, Parish Activity, Altar Guild, later the Flower Guild, worked with Christian Services Center preparing and cooking meals for the less fortunate, helped in the business office, the church school, and others.  I first attended Trinity, Upperville, in 2012 when I visited the area.  Since becoming a resident and marrying Carey, we have been faithful members worshiping here, as well as working on the Stable Tour, being ushers, and supporting all the fund raisers being held here at Trinity.  I am also a member of Parish Life.  While Carey grew up in Trinity, even being an acolyte many years ago, I have only begun my journey into the depths of the Christian fellowship and spiritual healing found here.  I pledge, if chosen to be on the Vestry, to continue my journey and to help others achieve this same feeling of spiritual peace.

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Hurst Groves

A native Hoosier, father (2 daughters), and grandfather (3 girls and a boy), I spent most of my career as a lawyer for Mobil Oil and its affiliates.  I’ve lived in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Fairfax, and spent significant time in Latin America, the Middle East (almost a year in Qatar), Asia and Africa.  In 2000, when Mobil merged with Exxon, I retired from the company and became the director of a new energy policy center at Columbia University.  I commuted weekly to New York from Washington and Middleburg for the next six years. After my wife’s death in 2007, I began to spend more time with my daughters’ families in Takoma Park and New York, occasionally flying to New York in my single-engine Cessna.  I continued to practice law, but on a part-time basis.  For example, I acted as special counsel for Overseas Private Investment Corporation on a project supported by the Skoll Foundation to provide laptop computers to school children in the West Bank of Palestine. I’ve been an Episcopalian since 1968, when I joined Trinity Church in Wall Street.  I was invited to sing in Trinity’s “family choir”, then directed by Larry King.  This was a wonderful experience, since Larry was not only a fine organist and choir director, but also a highly regarded composer.  We often tried out music he had composed to see if it appealed to the congregation.  I’ve also sung in the choirs at St. Alban’s Tokyo and Emmanuel Middleburg.  I have been a member of Emmanuel’s Vestry and was its Senior Warden for two years, before moving (with my fiancée, Barbara Sharp) to Trinity about 5 years ago. At Trinity, I’ve worked with the Finance and Outreach Committees, at the Stable Tour, and with Christian Myers to raise funds to pay for tuning our historic Aeolian Skinner organ.  If elected to the Vestry, I hope to strengthen the funding for Trinity’s music program.  Our organ will require a major refurbishing within the next 10-15 years that will substantially exceed the existing budget.  Developing an endowment or other strategy to provide for these costs before they are upon us is important as we plan for the future of our beautiful church.

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Jake Hambrick

I am honored to be nominated as a Vestry candidate. My family has been coming to Trinity since 2008. Many of my family members have played a role in facilitating church activities since. I have been away from the church for several years as I pursued an education in Texas, visiting several churches in my travels.  Upon my return to northern Virginia, I met my wife Ashley and we began to pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord.  Ashley and I recently got married at Trinity and have enjoyed growing deeper in our faith as a couple while being supported by the church community and congregation. As we went through couple’s counseling we enjoyed cultivating a relationship with Reverend Banse and appreciate his guidance. I am fond of Trinity for several reasons; the congregation, the ministry, and the architecture of the church.  As a professional engineer, I would love to serve the Lord by helping to maintain our beautiful house of worship.  I look forward to furthering my spiritual journey and will follow where the Lord leads me.  

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Peter Hitchen

I am delighted to be considered for the Vestry class of 2021.  In 1997 I founded , and continue to own and operate, Tilton Enterprises which is an excavation company that specializes in equestrian projects, as well as BAC, a roll off and front load dumpster service that donates a portion of revenues to the Childhood Cancer Charities. I graduated from the Hill School and Loudoun Valley High and received my Bachelor of Arts from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. In addition to my work, I enjoy serving as a licensed professional Mate and Captain on sport fishing boats in Bald Head, NC. I am devoted to the community and participate in local nonprofit organizations, including our beloved Trinity Church, as well as serving on the Board of Buchanan Hall. I live with my wife Melanie and daughters Madilyn and Elaina in Marshall, VA. 

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Joe Markus

Joe Markus has been a member of Trinity Church for over 30 years.  He is married to Sandra Markus with whom he resides on Trappe Road in Upperville VA.  He has three daughters and four grandchildren.  His daughter, Stacy, and her husband, Jason, have recently been attending Trinity with   their three children.  Joe has a varied business background which he has used previously, serving for 2+ years as chair of Trinity's Finance Committee.

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Trinity Tables

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Parish Life is once again starting up Trinity Tables.  Trinity Tables are small groups of 8-10 adults sharing simple meals and fellowship.  The intention is to have fun and provide an opportunity for us to meet parishioners we may not know and /or to become better acquainted. Each group meets about once a month  for a simple meal and relaxed conversation in the homes of the members.  Soon there will be a sign up sheet in Cox Hall.   So, if you are interested, sign up.  Then you will be assigned to a group.  

We will have a Kick-Off Potluck Dinner on Saturday, September 22 in the Parish Hall.  You will have dinner with your group and then you can decide how often and where you will be meeting.  This is a wonderful way to meet and get to know better your fellow parishioners.  Any questions or comments? Call Betsy in the church office, 540 592-3343. It’s lots of fun!

Stewardship News

June 23 was Church Vitality & Stewardship  Day  in the Diocese of Virginia.   On that day, the Diocese conducted a set of stewardship workshops designed  to help Virginia congregations use “the gifts God gives us to do the work God calls us to do.”   Held at historic  Aquia Church near Fredricksburg, the meeting was  presided over by Bishop Shannon Johnston, and Bishops Susan Goff and Bob Ihloff and largely orchestrated by Julie Simonton, Director of Congregational Development and Stewardship for the Diocese.  It was both an inspiring and useful exploration of the modern Church’s role in society and the ways in which it can be more effective in serving the needs of parishioners while it is also securing its own financial and operational future.  The information shared at Aquia about annual and proportional giving, bequests and related financial instruments, endowments, and the communications and other opportunities that technology affords us will benefit Trinity Church  and  help us leverage the skills of  our own talented parishioners and  the experiences of other churches to enable Trinity to attain new and higher goals and commitments.    

Meanwhile, Trinity’s Stewardship Committee has been active in reassessing what can be done to strengthen connections among the congregation and investigating how to strengthen Trinity’s  budget and provide the support that enables Trinity to  care for and serve its members and the larger community.    In that spirit, the Committee and the Vestry met in Cox Hall with Julie Simonton on June 11. It was clearly an eye-opening conversation that ranged over a number of important aspects of stewardship and how Trinity’s message can be made more apparent and relevant to parishioners of all ages and to people in the region.  The Cox Hall meeting generated  new spirit and enthusiasm and a number of proposals for action that we will evaluate over the summer.  Julie has assured us it will not be her last trip to Trinity.  But, the job is now ours to undertake.  We would absolutely WELCOME additional ideas from our Genesis readers – consider this YOUR invitation.    

These two meetings have set the stage for future  decisions about how to freshen up our annual giving requests, make planned giving easier, and  improve the Church’s long-term financial outlook in order to enhance outreach, music,  congregational care, and to do God’s work as He gives us to see it.  The Diocese’s annual motto – NOW into the World! – captures that spirit.  As Bishop Goff told us in the context of “changing the verb” in pursuit  of our mission in this time of change and uncertainty:  focus on what there is to  “gain” by change and innovation, not on what is  “lost”; instead of asking people to “come” to church,  be willing to “go” where the need is;  instead of saying I “have” a church, “be” the church;  instead of trying to “survive” be willing to let old ways “die” when the need to modernize our Church requires it -- while maintaining our commitment to Christ and each other, of course.  That’s both a challenging and an optimistic message.  It’s about everyone at Trinity being its steward.            

Jim Hoecker
Stewardship Chair 2018

Outreach News

The Trinity Outreach Committee would like to thank Kat Gemmer and her amazing team of volunteers for creating an outstanding and highly successful 2018 Stable Tour!  Because of their hard work and the generosity of those attending, the Outreach Committee will be dispersing $50,000 this year!  The committee will meet in September to review funding requests submitted in 2018 and will decide how best to utilize the funds.  (The list of non-profits and suggested funding amounts will be submitted to the Vestry for final approval.)  

The Outreach Committee carefully reviews every submitted proposal; interviews (when possible) the executive directors and leaders of the non-profits; and, in many cases, volunteers directly with the organizations.  These organizations not only benefit from needed funding – they also benefit from the love, compassion, skills and expertise of many Trinity volunteers.    

Should you know of an organization in need of funding that you feel would benefit from Trinity’s Outreach program and would like to serve as the organization’s sponsor, please contact Debra Principi at 703-919-0182 or email debraprincipi@aol.com.  Or, you may suggest the organization complete the PDF application here:  https://trinityupperville.org/outreach/

Music Notes - Credo

Credo.  In Latin it means, believe, and is commonly used to mean a statement of belief.  The Credo is also the central (third of five) movement of the Latin Mass and in that form is what we know as the Nicene Creed.  We say the creed, in English, every Sunday and while it is a very powerful part of the Eucharist Service, it can’t compare to singing it in Latin.    

First there is the language.  Here is an excerpt in both English and Latin so you can decide for yourself.  

God from God  
Light from Light  
True God from true God  

Deum de Deo
Lumen de Lumine
Deum verum de Deo vero

Now really, which is the more inspiring, or even just fun to say.  Add to this the emotion that music can bring to words and you have the perfect anthem for the day of the Bishop’s visit and Confirmation.  

For this occasion, on Sunday, June 17, we sang the version of the Credo from the Mass in G by Franz Schubert which he composed in less than a week during 1815 when he was just 18 years old.  The musical scholar can find examples of inexperience in this work but they are far outweighed by Schubert’s youthful romanticism which is both beautiful and expressive but also innocent and light.  It is earnest in a way that later, dark and heavy romanticism could only reminisce about.  The defining characteristic of Schubert’s Credo is the juxtaposition of smooth drawn out vocal lines over a staccato walking bass line which never stops through the entire piece.  Together it creates the sense of a relentless pilgrimage, a journey towards an unwavering faith. It is a journey that our confirmands are just beginning and which we hope will be relentless and unwavering.  And for the times when it is not?  That is why we all recite the creed together, each and every Sunday, at the sacred hour, on the sacred day, in this sacred space.      

Christian

Outdoor Sanctuary Picnic

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The next potluck picnic at the Outdoor Sanctuary is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at 6 PM.  Hotdogs, burgers, and veggie burgers will be provided.  Also provided will be wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water.  (If you are particular about pairing your wine with our burgers, you are welcome to bring your own wine).  

Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring a side dish to compliment the picnic.  Suggestions include salad, baked beans, cole slaw, hors d’oeuvres, vegetables  and desserts.  June 14 also happens to be “Flag Day” so feel free to be creative.  

The picnic will be followed by a service of Evening Prayer celebrated at the Outdoor Chapel. Please invite your friends!  These picnics can serve as a welcoming outreach to our neighbors in the community.  

If you are able to walk to the Outdoor Sanctuary, please park in the Trinity parking lot.If it is more convenient for you to drive, you may enter via Lafayette Street located between the Thrift Shop and the Post Office.  Someone will be available to direct you.  

Watch for announcements about subsequent picnics at the Outdoor Sanctuary as the summer progresses !

New Pews for the Outdoor Chapel

If a tree fell in the forest, could it become a new pew for the Outdoor Sanctuary?  

The answer is YES!  An Osage Orange tree fell in the back yard of Gulick House (the old Rectory) during one of Upperville’s countless wind storms.  

Thanks to Fred Briggs, owner of Belle Grey Farm and recent Stable Tour host, this fallen tree is on its way to providing new pews for the Outdoor Chapel.   Fred brought his enormous portable sawmill to the back yard of the Rectory, and shaped the fallen tree into rough boards suitable for benches.  Over the winter, Eric Westergard fashioned the boards into smooth pews.  Then, following even more storms, new pew bench supports were uniformly cut by Fred Briggs to hold the new pews in place. This process continues throughout the summer.  

Thank you, Fred Briggs!  You are a true friend of the Trinity Outdoor Chapel! 

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S.O.M.E. in May

A steady rainfall did not deter our guests from gathering for their fish at our SOME outreach service in May. About 400 were served and for one of the first times in recent memory, we actually ran out of rice casserole. It was a popular item, along with all of our homemade goodies. Fortunately, we had an abundance of fish.  

The van was full and included among the dining room volunteers: Ken Knapp, our oven master; Jim Gemmer, the jack of all trades, John MacDonnell, the casserole prep man; Bob Appenzeller; the green bean chief and primary seasoner; newcomer Paul Edmundson who assisted on the serving line as well as in the kitchen. Also on the line and directing the baked goods department were: Gina Hammond, Mary MacDonnell, Ann MacLeod, Maggie New and another first-timer, Wendy Glorioso. Robin Keys served as the driver to and from D.C.  

We had an early crowd of prep workers in the Cox Hall kitchen the previous day to include our Rector Rob Banse, Harriet Condon, Joan Eliot, Ellen Hall, Richard Taylor, Ann MacLeod and Robin Keys.  

Our July SOME mission will be held Thursday, July 19, when we cook, and Friday, July 20, when we serve. Our summer efforts present a great opportunity for youth involvement. Participants must be at least 16-years old and are reminded to wear closed toe shoes and a hat. Please contact Ann MacLeod for further information. 

Mammography Van Visit Update

Saturday May 19 was a rainy day, but the weather did not dampen the success of the visit of the Novant/UVA mammography van to Trinity Church.  

The purpose of the van’s visit was to provide early breast cancer screening to ladies over 40 regardless of their ability to pay. The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, based in Middleburg, helped to make the van visit possible.  Trinity Church’s Outreach mission efforts have long supported the Cherry Blossom Foundation’s objectives which include early detection and education about breast cancer.

 Pictured above: Cherry Blossom Board members Carol Miller, Liz Washington, Cindy Zeni, Barbara Augenblick 

Pictured above: Cherry Blossom Board members Carol Miller, Liz Washington, Cindy Zeni, Barbara Augenblick 

The ladies from Novant/UVA who staffed the van screened patients every 20 minutes from 9 AM - 4 PM.  They worked through their lunch hour, and stayed after the 4 PM  closing time to serve as many women as possible.  

Many thanks to Betsy Crenshaw who ensured that the appointment scheduling went smoothly, and to the many members of Trinity Church who also serve on the Board of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, and who gave of their time to welcome the ladies to the Mammography Van.

Education for Ministry Class

Join Our EfM (Education for Ministry) Class: Want to dig deeper into the Christian faith, study the Bible with greater intellectual integrity, learn more about church history, theological ideas and, most importantly, connect your faith (and doubts) more strongly to your own life experiences? Then consider enrolling in Education for the Ministry – or “EfM”. EfM is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

The class convenes once a week on Tuesdays from September through May for 3 hours (11:00AM—2:00PM) at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg and does require weekly personal study. Created by Sewanee Seminary and administered locally via the Diocese of Virginia, the tuition is $375 per year and scholarships are available. You only need to commit to one year at a time. Feel free to contact Trinity EfM graduates Melissa Neal (540-255-8596), Joe Fluet (540-869-0858), Jolly de Give )54-592-3889) or Gina Hammond (540-665-5744) or current student Laurie Volk (540-539-1734) for more information and their personal experiences with the program. 

Music News

One of my great joys at Trinity Church is working with our Church Music Interns.  The program is designed to be one of mutual ministry, giving a music student the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience with our wonderful choirs while also sharing their unique gifts with the congregation and providing valuable assistance to me. Over the years we have been blessed with many wonderful and talented interns who have enriched our music and our lives in many ways as well as letting me feel like I have, in some small way, also offered them something of value.  Our current Intern, Sarah Saul, has most ably continued that tradition.  

All, of our interns have had different gifts, but Sarah has been more out of the ordinary than most.  Usually the interns are here for just one year, much of which is spent just learning the ropes.  Having served in this position for two years, Sarah is easily able to read my mind and usually know what needs to be done before I do.  While most of our interns come from a choral background, Sarah is a supremely gifted flutist with an orchestral background.  Not only have we had the pleasure of her artistry on the flute, we have also benefited from her instrumental perspective.  

Due to Sarah’s instrumental training and skill, I gave her an opportunity that no previous intern has had.  Last month, Sarah conducted the prelude for brass and organ on Easter Sunday.  It has been exactly ten years since the first and only time I have used this wonderful piece of music and in the second part of this article I include what I wrote about it at the time.      

Sarah will be conducting her final anthem on Pentecost Sunday and then winding up her time here in June leaving us all a few weeks to thank her for her service and wish her well as she pursues a graduate degree in flute.  In her time here, Sarah has touched the lives of many, both young and old, and been a dear friend and trusted colleague to me.  And so, I offer to Sarah, Farmer Hogget’s words of highest praise on a job well done.  “That’ll do pig, that’ll do”.    

From Genesis – April 2008:  

I must admit, I’m curious as to how many people recognized it…    

A month or so ago I was reviewing pieces for brass quintet and organ to use for the Prelude on Easter Sunday when I found an arrangement of the Maestoso from the Organ Symphony by French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.   It was everything I was looking for.  It was the right length, used the instruments I had available, made a grand musical statement to set the tone for the service and expressed the triumph of Easter.  There was only one problem.  This very piece of music was used as the main theme for the children’s movie “Babe” and I wanted this first piece of music heard on Easter Day to create images of victory over death and not visions of a talking pig.  I went back and forth on it for a few days soliciting opinions from a trusted few.  I shared my dilemma with the rest of the church staff who assured me that very few people would make the connection.  I felt more confident.  Just before a children’s choir rehearsal I asked our music intern, Drew, about it and he agreed that no one would recognize it.  I felt more confident still.  Not ten minutes later, as the children were coming into the choir room, I was diddling on the piano a few bars of the main theme.  Completely unsolicited, they immediately asked, isn’t that the song Farmer Hogget sings in “Babe”?  So much for confidence.  

And so it was that I began the greatest celebration of the Christian year wondering if my choice of prelude music was a mistake.  At 10:25 I gave the downbeat, a grand fortissimo C major chord in the organ followed by an introductory fanfare in the brass.  Then came the moment of truth; Farmer Hogget’s theme.  It is introduced by just the organ so softly that I felt sure I could hear a murmur in the congregation.  As the piece went on to its triumphant conclusion and into the opening hymn, I hoped that it had conveyed the desired effect and that I had not turned Easter into a secular farce.  

Through the next bit of the service, I continued to privately fret about what the reaction to this music would be:  And then came the sermon.  The first words out of our beloved Rector’s mouth were “What’s the deal with the Easter Bunny”.  My concern vanished instantly.  First of all I now knew that anyone who had a problem with music used in a children’s movie would probably have a much bigger issue with a sermon about the Easter Bunny and forget all about my prelude; (Thanks, Rob).  More importantly, I realized that this sermon was drawing everyone into the story of new life.  A church brimful of people of all ages and backgrounds, some regulars and others who had not been here since Christmas, all found something familiar and accessible about this sermon introduction and then listened carefully to its real message of Jesus’ Resurrection.  I can only hope that the same is true for a piece of music that has been played in the greatest of concert halls and churches for more than a century as well as accompanying a little pig who also triumphed over death.  

Mammography Van to Visit Trinity Church

On Saturday, May 19, from 9 AM – 4 PM, the Novant Health / UVA mammography van will be located in the parking lot across from Trinity.   This visit is the coordinated effort of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation and Trinity’s Outreach mission. The purpose of the visit is to offer early detection of breast cancer by providing 2-D mammography screening.    

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Ladies over age 40 may come for a mammogram whether they have insurance or not. Historically, the van’s primary mission has been to reach the uninsured, underserved community.  More recently, to maximize the utilization of the van’s visit, the mission has been expanded to also include ladies with insurance.  

1. If you have insurance, including Medicare:
. You must have a doctor, and be able to provide doctor’s name and location of practice.   . Your doctor must have seen you within the last 24 months.
. You must not be breast feeding.
. You must not have any history of breast cancer.
. You must not have had a mammogram within the past 12 months.
. You must provide your insurance information when you register, and bring your insurance card to the appointment.

2. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for a grant:
. In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, you will be asked to provide the following information: Name Race Ethnicity Family size Estimated annual gross income (This information will not be verified. It is required by the organization funding the grants. The goal is to provide as much grant funding as possible to those in need of assistance.)    

The sign-up / registration process has two steps:

1. Sign Up – call Betsy Crenshaw in the church office (592-3343) to reserve an appointment time. Please also provide your best telephone contact information.  
2. Registration – after Betsy has given you an appointment time, please call Novant (703) 369-8073 to provide registration information. This will ensure that your visit to the Mammography Van is quick and efficient.    

A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be on site during the van’s visit.  Please help spread the word to ladies you know and love about this important opportunity.  If even one life can be saved through early detection, the van’s visit will be well worth the effort.

Vestry Notes May 2018

We are experiencing a great spring of worship and service at Trinity.  I hope that you are enjoying the weather, change of season, and opportunity to get outside and experience God’s creation.    

You may remember that in November of 2017, I reported that Vestry had decided to transition the endowment to the financial management of the Trustees of the Funds (TOTF).  This decision was made after a great deal of consideration and tremendous due diligence by the Endowment Committee, the Finance Committee and Vestry; however, almost immediately after the decision had been made questions emerged about certain aspects of the relationship between the TOTF and its participants.  Until those questions are resolved it makes more sense for the Endowment Committee to continue to manage the Endowment.  We are fortunate that we have a cadre of financial and legal experts who are willing to do this.  

Thanks to their efforts the Endowment continues to do well.  Your gifts and bequests to the Endowment make a tremendous difference both now and for the future.  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.  

On another note, Kat Gemmer and her committee are organizing a wonderful Hunt Country Stable Tour.  If you have not donated or volunteered yet, and you are in the area for Memorial Day weekend, I urge you to pitch in and assist.  

In faith,    
Matt Blunt