S.O.M.E. News in June

355 guests plus many school volunteers were fed this month!

Thursday Cooking Crew

Holly Bimba
Valerie Davis
Ellen Hall
Robin Keys
Stephanie Knapp
Ann MacLeod
Jennifer Youngman

Friday Serving Crew

Jim Gemmer
Gina Hammond
Robin Keys
Ken Knapp
Beth Lamond
John MacDonnell
Mary MacDonnell
Ann MacLeod
Carol Miller
Len Shapiro
Mark Thompson

Next S.O.M.E. Schedule:

We will cook on Thursday, July 20 starting at 7:30 AM. We will go to DC to serve on Friday, July 21. The van will leave the church parking lot at 8:30 AM.

This is our only summer visit and youth age 16 and over are encouraged to participate. Please contact Ann MacLeod at 592-3313 for more information.

Pentecost at Trinity

Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter, this year, June 4, and we will celebrate Pentecost by wearing red (if we have red to wear or perhaps pink) and by reading Scripture together, some of us in other languages. But why do we do this? Why is Pentecost important?

After his death on the cross and his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and gave them proof that he was alive. He told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. Jesus ascended to heaven and the disciples returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room.

Acts 2: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

We celebrate Pentecost to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit to the believers, to all believers, to “everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” We bear witness to this gift on Pentecost by wearing red to symbolize the color of the tongues of the flames that rested on each disciple; and we bear witness to this gift by speaking in other languages - modern languages today - by those who have the ability, to symbolize the diversity of languages that were spoken in the upper room.

2017 Stable Tour Results

Over $14,000 in Thrift Shop Sales!

Over 35,000 views on the Stable Tour Facebook page!

775 advance-sale tickets sold!

Over $53,000 Raised for mission outreach projects!

12 Vendors at the Country Fair!

12 Farms on the tour!

Music News

The origins of the pipe organ can be traced to 3rd century BC ancient Greece and it has continued to grow in size and complexity throughout history.  In 812 AD, Charlemagne commissioned a large pipe organ for the Chapel at Aachen which began the enduring association of pipe organs with western church music.  While pipe organs have been used in theaters, concert halls, and even private homes, there is no other instrument more associated with churches and thus more ultimately sacred than the pipe organ.  At Trinity Church, we are greatly blessed with what is one of the finest pipe organs in the area.  In addition to supporting the rest of our music ministry, it is used for lessons, recitals, concerts, and educational forums all of which provide sacred inspiration to those in our community and beyond as well as furthering the development of church music and church musicians.  Trinity’s pipe organ is not just a musical instrument but an instrument of ministry.  Much like the rest of our invaluable campus, our pipe organ is also a unique religious resource whose stewardship requires special care to maintain it to its original standard.

Trinity’s pipe organ was built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston and originally installed in the church in 1960.  By the early nineties, it was in desperate need of major repair.  In 1996, the Lawless-Johnson Organ Company of Hagerstown, MD, performed an extensive rebuild of the organ including some greatly needed additions bringing the total size of the organ to approximately 3000 pipes in 55 ranks at a total cost of $250,000.  Within five years, there were more problems so in 2002, a professional organ consultant, Haig Mardirosian, was brought in to perform an unbiased evaluation and deliver a consultative report which outlined three phases of work to be done.  Phase I involved bringing the organ up to workmanlike order by correcting many mechanical deficiencies from the 96 rebuild.  This work was performed by David Storey of Baltimore, Md. in 2005 at a cost of approximately $50,000.  Phase II involves a thorough tonal finishing of the organ which was not done in 1996.  This work was estimated at $50,000 in the 2002 report.  The music committee has been asking for funds to accomplish this phase ever since and has gradually raised our estimate of the cost to $100,000 to reflect both inflation and continued deterioration.  Phase III involves additional expansion and reconfiguration which may be included in the next major rebuild of the organ.  It should be noted that the life cycle of rebuilding large pipe organs is 30-40 years so we should be planning for this in the next 10-20 years at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars.

In the last year, an organ fund was created to begin to collect money for both short term Phase II tonal finishing and long term Phase III rebuild and this fund has now been seeded with the gift of $50,000 from the Lambert Foundation.  Considering this, we have brought in renowned organ builder Larry Trupiano of NY and Curator of the National Cathedral organ, Bard Wickkiser of Baltimore to examine the organ and develop a joint proposal for accomplishing the Phase II tonal finishing work.  We have been in constant dialogue with them about tailoring their work to our needs and at their April meeting, the Vestry voted to approve the thoughtful and thorough Trupiano/Wickkiser proposal at a cost of $100,000 with work to potentially begin this summer.  However, final ratification of a contract is pending raising the additional $50,000.  Hurst Groves has agreed to lead this fundraising effort.  For more information about this project or to consider donating, please contact me at the church or Hurst at hkgroves@aol.com.  Completion of this project has been a long time coming and will finally bring the organ up to its full potential as we continue to build the body of

Christ using music as an instrument of God’s peace.

Vestry Notes May 2017

Our Vestry met on Wednesday, April 19th for its monthly meeting. The minutes for the meeting will be filed and will be available for your review. Your Vestry wants to sincerely thank ALL of the many people and groups who helped with this year’s Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We are blessed with a beautiful campus and a wonderful membership who pulled together this year to ensure it was a success. The Sunrise Service was one of the best ever. If you missed it, please consider joining us next year and of course, also for the many special events that happen around Easter… Thank you Trinity!

In case you have not been made aware yet, Trinity has secured a weekend at Shrine Mont for another congregational retreat! It will occur the weekend of October 14/15. More information will be forthcoming, but if you can, please put a hold on that weekend and join us for Friday and/or Saturday night. Depending on the weather from now until then, it may just be the peek weekend for fall foliage viewing.

We had a fairly regular Vestry meeting this month. We received the Treasurer’s reports. Our cash position is good. Pledge income was a bit down for the month, but with our impending draw from endowment, we will remain in good standing through the next several months. Pledge income for the year was up compared to our budget so we’re looking okay.

A couple of items from the Finance Committee to report are 1) the Spending Authority policy was updated to reflect changes approved by Vestry last year- mostly dealing with the approval of funds by Vestry and acquisition of bids; 2) upon discovery that there was no formal oversight of the Food Closet, Vestry approved that the Food Closet be formally assigned to the Outreach Committee for financial oversight; and 3) Vestry unanimously authorized the Parish Administrator to enter into a new contract for a leased printer/copier as described in the Finance Committee Report.

Vestry received a Proposal for Organ Improvements submitted by Mann & Trupiano Organ Builders in partnership with Bard B. Wickkiser Organ Builder. Trupiano and Wickkiser are two of the most skilled organ builders in the country, especially for Aeolian-Skinner organs and Wickkiser is the curator of the National Cathedral organ- also an Aeolian-Skinner. Considering the funds already in our recently created Organ Repair Fund, Vestry concluded that it could not approve a contract until the additional funds have been secured. Vestry formally accepted the proposal from Trupiano and Wickkiser as presented, and voted that a contract for the work be ratified upon receipt of the required additional $50,000.

We received the Stable Tour update. Thanks be to God for the remarkable response to this year’s donor campaign which was reported to be at $25,000 already. I won’t go into a lot of detail here as more information will be given elsewhere, but I will ask that everybody please consider how you can pitch in to help. Our Outreach efforts for the whole year are dependent on a successful Stable Tour and as Rob has been telling us, Vestry has been considering ways that we can have a greater impact with our Outreach activities as we attempt to clarify and carry out our purpose and mission.

We briefly discussed the need to identify new Vestry candidates. This month we have identified a list of eligible candidates and the outgoing Vestry members will be taking this issue for action. You may start seeing reminders that we are seeking candidates for nomination so if you interested in learning more about what it takes to be on Vestry, please let us know. 

As always, thank you again for your prayers, participation, engagement and support.


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Community Music School of the Piedmont

Thank you for our World Headquarters!

It is fifteen years ago now since Christian Myers, Trinity’s Director of Music, had the wonderful idea that The Community Music School of the Piedmont (CMSP) might make its home at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville.  The Vestry agreed with Christian’s idea, and CMSP established our World Headquarters in the basement of Cox Hall where we have been ever since.  We have satellite locations throughout Fauquier, Loudoun, and Clarke Counties, but Trinity is our home.  Thank you so much for having us!  From our base here,  we have been able to provide high quality music instruction and performance opportunities for all members of our Piedmont community.

It has been a wonderful partnership.  It has been our great good fortune to work with so many excellent people over the years at Trinity, from rectors to staff, to members of the Vestry, and congregants.  Christian remains our dear friend and supporter and we are delighted to know and work with Rector Rob Banse, with Betsy Crenshaw, Phil Mohr, and of course, Tommy Breeden.

Our operating model of sharing space with churches started with Trinity and has been repeated in a number of our other locations, including Aldie, Purcellville, Stephens City, and Warrenton. By keeping our occupancy expenses at reasonable levels, we are able to participate in various communities.  It also greatly helps us to fund our scholarship programs so that music education is affordable and available across the community.  Over the past fifteen years, we have been able to provide over $75,000 in scholarships, including scholarships for music therapy students.

CMSP has had a fabulous time at Trinity and looks forward to continuing our relationship for many more years to come! Whether it be the lessons held throughout the week in the classrooms or Strings Days in the Spring, or the week-long Chamber Music Camps in the Summer, or the numerous recitals at Cox Hall and in the church itself, CMSP has thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and welcoming location.  Thank you for our World Headquarters!

With much appreciation,
Martha Cotter
Executive Director,
The Community Music School of the Piedmont

Vacation Bible School

June 12-16, 2017
9 AM - 12 Noon

A little about this year’s program:

At the Maker Fun Factory, kids explore what it means to be created by God for a purpose. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play team- building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ love, and make crafts that represent their uniqueness and creativity. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Maker Fun Factory closing that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.

Age Requirement and Placement:

This adventure is available to all children, age 3 through current 5th grade (Children must have turned 3 by June 12, 2017 and be potty-trained). Preschoolers will be placed in separate small groups, and elementary-age children will be placed in small groups of similar age and grade levels.

Registration Information:

Please complete one registration form per family - download via the button below. The cost of the program is free (although you may purchase a VBS t-shirt for $10 per child).

Full instructions for registration are included in the form. REGISTRATION ENDS ON JUNE 1. No walk-ins will be accepted on June 12.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Many volunteers are needed. If you are able to volunteer during VBS week, we need your help! Teens are also encouraged to volunteer - just click the button below to fill out our online registration.

If you have any questions or are interested in a volunteer opportunity, please contact: Rachel Rickenbaker, (540) 592-3343, rrickenbaker@trinityupperville.org

Vestry News

Our Vestry met on Thursday, March 16th for its monthly meeting. The minutes for the meeting will be filed and will be available for your review. The meeting was held on Thursday this month so as not to conflict with the Wednesday Lenten dinner series that Rob is leading on the Five Marks of Love. If you have not joined us yet for that, you should come next time. It’s a refreshing and lively discussion about how we can live more fully into God’s calling.

Welcome to Spring 2017! The clocks are moved up, the days are getting longer. Hopefully the last snow has fallen and the blooming flowers, greening pastures and, of course, the Cherry trees are reappearing everywhere. Thanks be to God for another season of renewal and resurrection.

At our meeting in March, we received the Treasurer’s reports and I’m pleased to pass on that our finances remain in good order. While our plate collections are slightly behind budget, our pledge collections for 2017 are ahead of budget and we received a few catch up payments from 2016. I think that is a good trend and I like to believe that you all have listened and responded to Vestry’s plea that we take ownership of our beautiful place we call Trinity. Thanks to all of you for your dedication to Trinity and your diligence in helping us to stay on track with our commitments and goals. We remain hopeful that those who have not yet done so this year will prayerfully consider making a pledge of support to Trinity’s missions. We are all in this together and we still need your help in order to realize our full potential. As I said last month, it is never too late to make your pledge and it will ensure that we can support the missions and programs that we have set for the year.

We received a full report from Buildings and Grounds primarily focused on the much needed repairs that are underway in the Nursery. From fully rewiring the building to plumbing, painting and new floors, the refurbished old building is hardly recognizable. I invite you to go over and take a look when you have time. If you’ve noticed the lighting in the sanctuary is better and brighter, that’s because the first phase of that project has been completed too. The old dimmer unit in the basement is gone and new light controllers are in place. The next phase will be to improve the lighting in the choir. B+G continues to use the Facility Condition Assessment in planning future renovation priorities. As always, we’re in this together so if you see something that needs attention, please let us know.

We also received a detailed report from our Music Director, Christian, on the process and progress of repairing Trinity’s Aeolian-Skinner organ. We are fortunate to have located two experts on this type of organ who have completed an examination of needs and we are awaiting their proposal. If we accept the proposal, a plan will be created to supplement the $50,000 gift received from the Lambert Foundation to the Organ Fund so we can complete the project.

Not to be forgotten at this time of year, and actually at the start of our meeting, we received a report on the 2017 Stable Tour. This year’s tour is shaping up to be a grand one with several farms that have not been on the tour for a several years. The committee is in full swing and you will be hearing much more about this as we get closer to Memorial Day weekend. Watch for the May edition of the Country Spirit magazine for a cover story on the tour! That’s all for now- Thank you again for your prayers, participation and support.

S.O.M.E. News

A wee bit of Ireland by way of Upperville, VA traveled to So Other’s Might Eat (SOME) in Washington DC on St. Patrick’s Day where over 320 guests were fed a festivities appropriate meal, minus the green beer.

Thanks to Gina Hammond, who personally made and decorated a ton of shamrock cookies and to Mary MacDonnell who baked up a generous batch of Irish soda bread, our Friday fish repast complemented green SOME aprons in a gaily decorated Irish themed dining room.

   Here's our SOME serving crew getting ready to board the van for DC from last week. Thank you all for your servanthood!


Here's our SOME serving crew getting ready to board the van for DC from last week. Thank you all for your servanthood!

All told, with the breakfast production included, over 700 homeless and hungry men and women were fed at 71 O Street, NW, a typical day in the operation of one of the District’s most active daily feeding programs. Trinity Church has been involved in preparing and serving a meal there now for 30 years.

With all the ovens working and a thoughtful group of Georgetown students on hand to assist, we set about diligently. Kitchen duties were led by: Jim Gemmer, a champion at dishwashing; Len Shapiro, the green bean king; and John MacDonnell and Carol Miller who cooked the abundance of fish.

The aforementioned Gina and Mary laid out all the breads and cookies, along with Ann MacLeod and Maggie New. Robin Keys tried to be useful out in the dining room.

The previous day, our own Rev. Rob Banse assisted with the assembly of the rice casserole, handily chopping carrots, celery and green peppers. Joining Rob were: Holly Bimba, Ellen Hall, Bob Eliot, Jennifer Young, Carolyn Parks, Robin Keys and Ann MacLeod.

Please consider joining us on Thursday, May 18 when we will cook again in Cox Hall and the following morning Friday, May 19 when we will travel to Washington, DC.


Holy Week at Trinity


April 9
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Matthew
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II


April 13
6:30pm Agape Dinner (Shrimp Boil with a Vegan/Gluten Free Chili)
7:30pm Worship | Holy Eucharist (includes stripping of the altar and a service of foot washing)


April 14
12pm Noon Worship
7pm Concert: "The Last 7 Words of Christ" by Haydn

Other Holy Week Events

HOLY EUCHARIST offered during Holy Week
12pm Noon on April 10, 11, and 12

PRAYER VIGIL - sign up in Cox Hall for a 1-hour Time Slot
April 13 at 10pm
April 14 at 10am

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2 & 16

On April 2nd, we will meet from 12-2pm, to share lunch and to fill Easter eggs forTrinity’s Easter egg hunt. Then we will head down at 1pm to Upperville Baptist to unload canned goods to help with the local food basket ministry.

Then, on Easter Day, April 16th, please arrive at 9:30am in the Bishop’s Garden to help hide the Easter eggs for our kids at Trinity, who will hunt for them after the 10:30 service. We need your help! 

St. Patrick's Day Youth Party

March 12

Calling all EYC, 6th-12th graders! We will meet on Sunday, March 12th, from 3-5pm, for a St. Patrick’s Day Party. We will gather in Cox Hall for some good snacks and games to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick. We will also be baking and decorating shamrock cookies to be shared later in the week with our homeless brothers and sisters in DC.

Come join us, wear your green, and bring a friend! 

Sunday Morning Lenten Studies

Becoming Like Jesus: Practicing the Christian Disciplines

Sunday Mornings
March 5th - April 2nd

Have you ever tried taking on a discipline, during Lent or at another time of year, and found it difficult to continue? The wonderful news is that Jesus is our perfect example of practicing the spiritual disciplines, and we can look to his example to help guide our own. In a world where spirituality is often so lacking, how can we help deepen our own connection to God, to our neighbor, and to all creation?

Jesus says in the Gospel of John that He is the living water and that those who drink of the living water will never again be thirsty. As Christians, we need to dig that well and keep that water replenished again and again. This Lenten season is the perfect time to be refreshed!

Come explore, learn, and practice the Christian disciplines of prayer, fasting, study, and worship, as we seek to deepen our own spiritual wells. We will be meeting on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15, from March 5th-April 2nd. Join at any time; drop-ins are always welcome!


Music Updates

The Book of Psalms or Psalter is essentially the hymnal of ancient Israel.  It was compiled from older collections of lyrics and used to accompany acts of worship in the Second Temple.  Although actual authorship is uncertain, many of the Psalms are attributed to King David and thus date back to at least 1000 BC.  Containing 150 psalms, the Book of Psalms is one of the longest in the bible and contains some of the most beautiful and beloved verses in all of Christianity. 

While the original music is long lost, it is certain that the Psalms were intended to be sung.  There are many references to this in the Psalms themselves as well as elsewhere in the Old and New Testaments.  In the early Christian church the Psalms were probably sung in similar fashion to the lost ancient Jewish tradition.  However, by the fourth century, plainchant was developing and used to sing the Psalms.  With the Reformation came renewed interest in the Psalter as theologians/composers wrote metrical versions of the psalms set to hymn tunes, making them easier to sing, many of which are still part of our hymnody today.  Similarly, English reformers devised Anglican Chant which allowed the psalms to still be sung with speech-like rhythm but over a simple harmonic structure.  This form of psalm singing is part of our current Hymnal 1982.

During this season of Lent, our music will focus on the Psalms.  Each Sunday, the Offertory Anthem will be a choral setting of the appointed Psalm for the day.  In addition, we, as a congregation, will attempt to sing the appointed Psalm using Anglican Chant in place of our usual antiphonal reading.  Hopefully, with a little bit of practice, we will all be able to experience the full meaning of these beautiful words as they were meant to be expressed as well as continuing an ancient tradition.

Vestry Notes March 2017

Our Vestry met on Wednesday, February 15 for its monthly meeting. The minutes for the meeting will be filed and available for your review.

We received the Treasurer’s reports, as usual, and I suppose it’s a good thing that there is nothing unusual to report. The 2017 budget has been recorded in our accounting system and we are tracking with this plan. Since the beginning of 2017 we have received 7 new pledges, thanks be to God, which brings our count to 158 for a total of $567,549. That puts us at about an 83% participation rate. As I often say- it’s never too late to submit your pledge for the year and Vestry remains committed to full participation. We will continue to encourage each other in this endeavor and we ask that you do the same. Your presence, participation and pledge are the foundations on which we will continue to build Trinity Upperville through the year and helps us to ensure we can support the missions, programs and goals that we have set for 2017. 

Speaking of goals- as we have reported to the congregation, Vestry continues to discuss ways that we can use the four priorities we have set for 2017 (encourage our Stewardship, enhance our Christian Education, grow and strengthen our Congregation and expand our Outreach) to make Trinity a force for the betterment of our church, our community and our world. We seek to build up new leadership that can help us sustain our efforts to increase our inward and outward presence and to become a place where current and new members can come to listen to and learn about the opportunity and responsibility to participate in God’s will for our lives. You will be hearing more from Vestry as we develop our plans for this year that will further our intent to support the Faith, Place and Mission of Trinity Church. We hope and pray that you join us. As it has been in the past, our key to success will be our engagement. We encourage all of you to engage with us. Let us know what is going well and tell us what can be improved. It is only together and with God’s blessing that we will succeed.

A bit more business of the Vestry is worth noting this month:

The Buildings and Grounds committee has been working diligently to get the nursery back up and operating. Updates to flooring, electrical, plumbing, windows, furniture and a new coat of paint inside are ongoing and will ensure that we can continue to offer this important service in a safe and secure environment. The nursery building is also used to support various other ministries of Trinity. If you have time, please walk over and check out the improvements.

We were pleased to hear that the Art Show reported income from sales of about $1500. It was a delightful event that showcased the amazing talents of our members and friends. Thanks to all of you who attended and especially to those who made a purchase.

We received reports from all committees. I want to give a special thank you to Parish Life, Worship and Ambassadors. The often behind the scenes work that these committees do to support Trinity is remarkable. Please let them know you appreciate their efforts when you get a chance to do so.

I want to use a bit of space to encourage you all to support and engage with our 2017 Stable Tour. There will likely be another whole section in the Genesis, but this is a big and important event that will take all of us to be successful and supports our significant Outreach ministry. Please let Kat Gemmer, our 2017 Chair, know if you can help.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers, input and support!