Holy Week Art Exhibition Opening Night

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You are invited!

Walking the Way of Love: A Visual Prayer Journey

Opening Gallery Talk and Reception
The event begins Monday evening, April 15th at 7:00 pm with a reflection on the works by artist/collector Edward Kate Knippers. Introduction and comments provided by artist/curator Jerry L. Eisley. 

The exhibit includes 9 art installations/stations accompanied by interpretive text that will be placed throughout the sanctuary. The artworks are created by a wide range of artists and craftsmen with themes on the life of Christ and faith of the church.
Join us for a reception immediately following the talk, across the street at "The Bridge," Trinity's Gulick House at 9105 John S. Mosby Highway 20185. 

Following our opening reception, the exhibit may be viewed Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, closing on Holy Saturday at noon. The visual prayer walk is available before and after Holy Week Services.: 
Monday through Wednesday at Noon
Maundy Thursday at 7:30 pm
Good Friday at Noon and 7:30 pm 

Hunt Country Stable Tour Updates

Greetings from the Hunt Country Stable Tour Committee!

We are so excited to be near the 60th Anniversary of this event. Did you know that back in 1959 the first Stable Tour included four farms and a sneak preview of our current church sanctuary which was not in use until 1960?

Here we are as a congregation 60 years later and this wonderful community tradition is still a part of our fundraising effort for our Outreach work here at Trinity.

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This year promises to be one of the best tours to date. We have ten outstanding farms who promise beauty and excitement for our tour goers this May. How can you help you ask? Well, you can give to our patron campaign, it’s the seed money that allows us to advertise and plan for the weekend, and more importantly, the net proceeds generated by your initial contribution are 100% of our Outreach Budget. Just go visit, or get a patron card from our church. It’s as simple as that.

Mark your calendar for May 25 and 26. Join a volunteer team at one of our farms! It is such a fun experience and you will form friendships with church members and other volunteers as you serve the Lord in a completely unique experience. Farms are beginning to fill so reserve your farm early.

Just visit or contact Jim Gemmer at The church will also have sign up sheets in Cox Hall the Sunday after Easter.

Help with advertisement! Do you know a business that would buy a small ad in our booklet or sponsor our maps? Contact Kat Gemmer at or pick up advertising brochures and forms in the church office.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

In Christ,

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Spotlight on Easter Sunrise Service

The first of Trinity’s three Easter services will take place at 6 AM at the Outdoor Chapel.

Those wishing to make their way to the Outdoor Chapel together should plan to meet in the church parking lot at about 5:50 to walk to the Outdoor Sanctuary together with Ed. Please bring a flashlight as it will still be dark. If you are concerned about walking to the Outdoor Sanctuary, the Trinity van will be available to transport you to the service. The van will depart the church parking lot at 5:55 AM on Easter Sunday.

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Our worship service begins at the Council Ring where the fire will welcome worshippers, and our prayers begin. After we light the Paschal candle, the congregation will process to the cross for the rest of the worship, and hopefully will greet the rising sun. The service consists of readings, songs and a homily. Communion will be celebrated at the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services only.

Please invite your friends and neighbors to this service, as it is a great opportunity to encourage ecumenical community worship. Also, after the service has been concluded, please feel welcome to return to the council ring and linger by the fire for coffee, hot chocolate, juice, donuts and Easter fellowship.

He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

Kairos Cookie Ministry

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It was traditional in many societies to clear our cupboards of foods made with butter, eggs and fat that would be given up during the Lenten season. However, may we offer an alternative suggestion, use those ingredients to make cookies. We don’t need them until April 7th but they can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Please make each cookie with prayer. These cookies help open hearts to repentance and forgiveness and an awareness of God’s vast love.

Bake any recipe you would like, but please keep in mind that if we are to take each and every cookie into the institution, we need to follow certain guidelines.

This means that specific ingredients cannot be used. When baking, please remember:

  • NO raisins or other dried fruit or coconut

  • NO toppings such as sugar, decorations or icing

  • NO candy such as M&Ms

  • NO nuts

  • YES to chocolate and butterscotch chips

  • COOL COOKIES completely before placing them in 1 quart zip lock bags

Cookies should be approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches in size.

12 cookies per quart size ziplock bag
Please indicate the type of cookie on each bag
We need 100 dozen cookies so feel free to start baking now and put them in your freezer.

Questions? Please call Cheri Martin @ 540-837-1774

All cookies need to be here by Sunday, April 7th.

Hunt Country Stable Tour Updates


Mark your Calendars!

This year, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of our treasured annual tradition - the Trinity Episcopal Church Hunt Country Stable Tour. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th and May 26th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

As always, all proceeds go directly to the Outreach program here at Trinity, supporting various missions including S.O.M.E., Helping Haitian Angels, and Piedmont Child Care Center, to name a few.

This is an amazing congregation-wide event, with everyone in the parish participating. So mark your calendars and when the signup sheets go up in Cox Hall, pick out your favorite farm and spend a wonderful day visiting with guests and teaching them about the farm and Trinity Church. If you want to be part of this momentous event call Kat Gemmer at 540-338-7130 or email

Join our celebration with your early commitment to support this historic Memorial Day tradition.

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Friday Night Lights

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Every Friday during Lent, beginning on March 8, the church will be lit from dusk until 9pm to welcome and invite passersby to end their week with reflection and prayer..

Parishioners have noticed that Trinity receives visitors when the Church is lit in the evening and we want to encourage those in our community as well as commuters from surrounding areas to stop by and experience our sacred space.

Clara Gerdes in Recital

Friday, March 22, 2019
7: 30 PM

Musicians and the general public alike have a special opportunity on March 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville to hear an outstanding performer on an outstanding pipe organ. CLARA GERDES, the award-winning organist, will play works by Reubke, Hakim. Dupre and others. The program is designed to feature the talent of this exceptionally gifted virtuoso and to feature Trinity Church's recent tonal revision and regulation of the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.

The recital is free with a suggested donation of $10. Inquiries should be made to Dr. Steven Cooksey at or to the chapter's web site at WAGO. org

Ms. Gerdes website is

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Thrift Shop Update

Just want to continue to remind everyone that the Thrift Shop is always looking for new volunteers to help out with receiving and going through the donated items. Items in good shape can go onto the shelves/hangers and not so good items can be put out for recycling. You can go into the shop anytime you want, just ask Betsy for the code for the key to the front door.

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We also have openings on the Saturday selling teams. The schedule is on a rotational basis and we have teams that come in on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to noon. It’s fun and rewarding working in the shop. You get to visit with neighbors and visitors alike, and the proceeds from the shop help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the neighborhood.

If you don’t know where the shop is located, it’s across the side street from the Upperville Post Office, right on route 50. So give Betsy a call in the church office (540)592-3343 and give it a try.

S.O.M.E. Updates

Undeterred by a messy weather forecast, and in the midst of a partial government shutdown, a full load of volunteers with a delicious and hearty lunch meal for So Others Might Eat (SOME) coasted into Washington, DC in January in the Trinity van to begin our 32nd year of service.

Our fish lunch, with rice, green beans, coleslaw, and featuring an abundance of desserts and bread donated by parishioners, was well received by about 300 guests and staff.

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Notable on this visit were a table of children, accompanied by their grandmother. The grandmother has ten daughters of her own and 30 grandchildren, 10 boys and 20 girls. There are two sets of twins and one set of triplets among her brood. We lavished treats on the young ones in attendance who were enjoying an early dismissal from District schools. The kids were curious and polite, and content in their grandmother’s care.

It often goes without mention that much of the success of our visits to SOME lies with the long time dining room manager, Lynette Moore. Lynette has the biggest smile and is full of grace, leading our chorus welcoming the guests in the door. Lynette is supervising a new service at SOME, a soup course mid-morning. About 80 guests partook prior to our arrival.

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The handy Bob Appenzeller is taking on an important task at SOME, the repair of one of the industrial can openers. A master at green bean making, ranking alongside the skills of Florida bound Len Shapiro, Bob made the right call deducing that two quality can openers are better than one. He donated the one good one on a previous visit.

Ably joining Bob were Ken Knapp, Jim Gemmer, Ann MacLeod, Gina Hammond, Josefina Hooker, LeighO and Liza Wood, Becky Hoecker, Carol Miller, Sheryl Mazzatenta, and Robin Keys. All of these folks are so handy and fell into rhythm at the ovens, on the sink and along the serving line.

We are ever grateful to our congregation who rallied and provided a wide away of mouth-watering desserts and breads. We especially appreciate the individually packaged items and encourage others to donate a box of Little Debbies brand snacks, or mini packs of potato chips, raisins, etc. The guests appreciate something portable and non-perishable that they can take away with them. Lunch is the last meal served at SOME and it is a long time until breakfast rolls around the next morning.

As the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King was about to be observed, we were advised that members of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. family would be at SOME volunteering and serving the soup course on his day of remembrance. The MLK Day of Service honors a man who espoused, “What are you doing for others?”

Our experience serving at SOME was supported by a wealth of experienced cooks who assembled the rice casserole in the Cox Hall kitchen the previous day.

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Among those in attendance: Carol Miller, Richard Taylor, Ellen Hall, Holly Bimba, Jolly de Give, Robin Keys, Ann MacLeod, Joan Eliot, Harriett Condon, Mark Thompson. The vegetable chopping was dispatched with in near record time.

Lord willing, we will gather to cook again on Thursday, March 14 and return to SOME on Friday, March 15 to prepare and serve lunch. Please make every effort to join us, either with prayer, or in the Upperville and/or DC kitchens, on the serving line, or by donating baked or individually wrapped goods. We appreciate your continuing support.

Christmas at Trinity


Christmas Eve Services 

4:00 pm Family Service 
Featuring the Children’s Christmas Pageant and celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

8:00 pm Festival Service 
With the full Trinity Choir, soloists, and strings and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

11:00 pm Candlelight Service 
A more quiet and contemplative liturgy, a cappella music, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

Christmas Day Service 
10:30 am Celebration of the Holy Eucharist 

The Church Office will be closed from Noon on Dec 21 and reopen on Jan 2. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

December 2: Advent Wreath Making after 10:30 Service 

December 5&6: Christmas Auction Set up 

December 7: Christmas Auction Shop & Bid 5-7pm 

December 9: Christmas Auction after 10:30 Service 

December 14: Musica Viva 7:30pm 

December 15: Men’s Breakfast - 8am - Men’s Bible Study - 9am 

December 16: Lessons and Carols - 4pm 

December 17: Vestry Meeting - 6:30pm 

December 22: Pageant Rehearsal - 9am 

December 22: Flower Guild Decorates - 10am 

December 24: Services at 4pm, 8pm, 11pm 

December 25: Service at 10:30am 

December 30: Services 8am & 10:30 Baptism(s) 

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!

Trinity Episcopal Arts Weekend

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Friday October 26th through Sunday October 28th, 2018

A weekend of Visual Arts, Film, & Music to celebrate the release of the new book The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon is a lavishly illustrated book that features the public and private gardens that Mrs. Mellon designed, including Trinity Episcopal Church, by author Linda Holden, published by Vendome Press. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase throughout the weekend with a generous portion of the proceeds to benefit the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Church.

Opening Reception Friday, October 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Holy Stories: Image and Word
An exhibition of Collage and Sculpture, October 26-28 by artists Sandra Bowden and Karen Swenholt. Art is available for purchase in addition to a book signing of “The Gardens of Bunny Mellon.” Donations welcomed.

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Compline Service Friday, October 26th, 8:00 PM
A meditation on the Psalms featuring choral and organ music with a display of an ancient Book of Hours. Donations welcomed.

Artists Luncheon & Church Tour Saturday, October 27th 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Artists gathering and luncheon followed by tour of Trinity Church’s Sanctuary hosted by artists and friends of Trinity and the Bridge at Glymfeather Hallows Artist Group. This will be a time to welcome new area artists and to share with others the rich tapestry of visual artists in the area. A special welcome and thank you to the new artists in residence and ongoing outreach at Oak Spring Foundation here in the area. Book signing of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon will be available.

Space is limited. Contact Jessica Van Heim Diday for reservations:

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Screening of “Many Beautiful Things” Saturday, October 27th 7:00 PM
A documentary film by award winning Laura Waters Hinson and Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa (Dreams, Ran). A film about Lilias Trotter, 19thcentury botanical and landscape artist who was John Ruskin’s protégé and one of the world’s greatest female artists that was almost lost in history. A story of the struggle over creativity and calling featuring the voices of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and John Rhys- Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones). Donations encouraged.

Sunday, October 28th
8:00 AM Worship Service
9:00 AM Book signing of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon available at Cox Hall during coffee hour.
10:30 AM Worship Service
12:00 PM Book signing of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon available at Cox Hall during coffee hour.

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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


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 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!