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Trinity Topics VOLUME XXX | Number 3

March 2014 ...............................................

Staff, Vestry, & Officers Rector | The Reverend Brad Mullis Parish Administrator | Susie Medlin Organist/Choirmaster | Sam Holt Preschool Director | Sherry George

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Inside | ________

Liked, Loved, and Shared


Forgiving Ourselves and Each Other


Senior Warden Report & Financial Update


From Around the Parish


Events; Community Garden News


A Hunger for Mission: Vestry 2014


Vestry Minutes; Education Notes


Coming Back to Lent


Five Tips for Lent


Milestones; Service Schedule


Sharing Our Faith; Story Minute


ABOUT THE COVER | The Trinity church steeple at sunset. Photo by James Hogan

Senior Warden | Will Fanjoy Junior Warden | Rob Hites Adult Ed | Clay Crouch Newcomers & Evangelism | Kim Dockery Outreach | Layton Getsinger Finance | Nimocks Haigh Communications | James Hogan Young Adults | Amy Lawton Parish Life | Carol Leach Pastoral Care | Cathy Marshall Youth | Scott Rankin Music & Worship | Anne Rhyne Vestry Secretary | Susan Cardwell Treasurer | Jim Lawton Assistant Treasurer | Evie Caldwell ...............................................

Trinity Topics is a monthly publication of Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesville, NC. The views and opinions that appear in this publication are not necessarily those of the church, vestry, diocese, or The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. © 2014 Trinity Episcopal Church. ...............................................

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liked, loved & Shared | ________

Each month we feature a few quotes, images, and comments shared on our social media channels, plus your letters, comments, and cards. Send your thoughts to Sermon Hits the Right Note

Once again Brad preached a message that hit close to home for me. Forgiveness is a powerful human trait to have and if you can do it over and over again you are richly rewarded with God's grace and mercy. Serving Him in any way that you can is what He calls us to do. We just need to do it for God's glory and all will be well with our souls. Way to go Brad!!” – Pamela Haynes, via Facebook. Feb. 2, 2014

I wanted to take just a minute to thank you and Trinity for the support you have shown and given to Habitat Iredell. I have been a board member for the last five or six years, and the continued support of our community is one of the many joys of serving. The oysters were great! I shucked several that evening and had a wonderful time. Thank you for supporting Habitat!” —John Childress, Board Member, Habitat for Humanity Iredell County

Family Fun Night Was a Smash

Love!! Thank you for letting us visit and making us feel so welcome (and so full! :) )” —Anna Johnson, via Trinity Talks, Feb. 21, 2014

A Word of Thanks from Ginger

Thanks to each and every one for your kind hugs, emails, wishes and notes on my retirement, and for the hugely generous monetary gift. Like I said, our church and our kids make youth ministry a joy instead of work. Love to all!” —Ginger Hester

Trinity’s Gifts Spark Appreciation

Thank you so much for the blankets that you donated to the Birth Place Nursery. We look forward to giving them to babies in need. It seems that lately we’ve had more needy families than we have had in the past. Thanks to donations like yours, we are able to help get these families off to a good start with their newborn baby. Thank you again.” — Cynthia Gibson RN and the Birth Place Staff at Iredell Memorial Hospital

Susan Cardwell, via Jeff Foxworthy, shared on Trinity Talks

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forgiving ourselves and Each Other | ________

s I’ve written earlier, I’m asking us to view this year through the lens (if you will) of the word “hunger.” Taking that word for all its literal and symbolic value, what do we and the world hunger for? How can we as God’s people have those hungers satisfied and feed those around us who are hungry? We are barreling hard upon the season of Lent, what I like to think of as the great season of truth, when we take stock of who we really are and of who God really is. We remember both that we are dust and to dust we shall return, and that God hates nothing that God has made. It’s a sobering season that leads us to a cross— but then to resurrection. That stock-taking in Lent confronts me with the reality that I have a heart hungry for forgiveness. I want to want to give it, 4 | Topics March 2014

and I want to receive it. I’m guessing I’m not alone in that. This longing is as old as Adam and Eve, who felt ashamed and sought to hide when they knew they had disobeyed God. As an example, we really need to forgive ourselves. We compare ourselves with others who may seem more beautiful or glamorous or driven or sensitive or right, and

“The great good news of Lent is that God forgives us even before we forgive ourselves.” wonder why our lives are not like theirs. We view ourselves as inadequate and as failures. I guess that was how Cain felt about Abel when, for some reason, one of their offerings was accepted and one wasn’t.

Or, we consider all those to whom we are responsible -- our families, our neighbors; those with whom we work and serve, those institutions which depend upon our labor and resources—and focus, rightly or not, on the ways we have come up short. You get my meaning. We carry around a lot of stuff, and cannot give ourselves permission to put it down. We hunger to know that we are forgiven those unhealthy, unhelpful things we have done to ourselves. I think we really want to forgive others and receive their forgiveness, too. None of us is perfect. We do things we shouldn’t, and leave undone those things we ought to have done. And these things are not small, especially when they are done to us. It’s easy to hold on to offenses, to protect our dignity and guard our pride. To do what this week’s gospel tells us

continued from page 4 to do—turn the other cheek— seems impossible. We make a choice to cling to our hurts and wrongs. But at the same time we know what we lose when we do that. We lose relationships. We lose that vulnerability which allows us to enter relationships in the first place. We lose perspective. We lose the peace of saying our prayers knowing that we are in right relationship with our neighbors. Those are deep losses and deep hungers. The great good news of Lent is that God forgives us even before we forgive ourselves. And being forgiven by God, we can forgive ourselves of those things that have bound us, and can be empowered to offer and receive forgiveness in our relationships with others. We can satisfy our longing to participate in restored relationships, and avoid the corrosion of bitterness and wounded pride. We find the “freedom again to be at peace in our own skins and to be glad in the other’s presence.” (Frederick Buechner) I know forgiveness can be a lifetime’s undertaking. There is no suggestion here that it is easy. But it is what God wants for us because God loves us and desires the best for us. It’s not a punishment for a wrong, but a door opening to a new future. So, among all it is, Lent is a time to remember the gift of forgiveness and our need of it. When we receive those ashes, and hear the words, “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” we are once again brought back into focus. The distortions all disappear. We see who we are, and are then freed to marvel anew at God and God’s love for us. — Rev. Brad Mullis

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from the Senior Warden | ________


t has certainly been a long, cold winter, and I do hope as you read this that spring is right around the corner. Whether the weather is warm or cold, Trinity continues to be a very busy place, full of activities and programs. There are many opportunities to get involved, so please find an area that is a passion of yours and jump in! Your Vestry has been very busy trying to take action on the many great ideas that we had at our Retreat in January. You will soon start seeing information on a weekly basis in the bulletin on our financial situation. It will not be in great detail, but we are trying to do a better job of keeping you up to date in this area. We are also going to start summarizing the Vestry minutes for you each month in the Topics. Be sure to catch up on January’s meeting on page 11. Your Vestry is looking into starting a Sunday evening service this summer and you will hear more about this in the coming months. We also want to do a better job of staying in touch with our fellow members who are homebound, either temporarily or permanently. We are going to try to keep these parishioner’s names in front of you and encourage those who are so inclined to visit these homebound, or to send then a note just to say hello. We want them to know that they are still an important part of our Church family. On another subject we all need to be aware of visitors and try to reach out to them and welcome them warmly. Our Newcomer committee is working on some pew cards with a warm welcome and instructions for our visitors and/or newcomers. Sometimes our service can be a little difficult to follow and we want to help people through this! We are working hard to offer high level programs in Adult Sunday School and the video series that is currently underway should be well worth your time and very interesting. We are also going to try to explore some intergenerational events, maybe during the Sunday School hour. As you can see there is a lot of activity and thought going into these areas of worship. We want to provide what you want and need as a part of the Trinity family, so please let us know what appeals to you and your family. —Will Fanjoy

— | Financial Update | — Month Ending January 31, 2014 January General Income: $43,079.42 January Expenses: $22,024.54 January Surplus: $21,054.88 YTD January 31, 2014 General Income Expenses YTD Surplus

$43,079.42 $22,024.54 $21,054.88 | 5

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from around the Parish | ________ Daughters of the King

2014 Retreat Contemplative Prayer Saturday, March 8th 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon Contemplative Prayer, continuing Prayer and Lectio Divina are all part of one another and except for lectio are essentially for the use of a person at prayer. Lectio can be used by more than one person.


ooking for a way to get involved with Trinity and free your garage of all the stuff quietly gathering dust and forcing you to park your car out in the driveway? We’ve got the solution! Coming up soon on the Outreach calendar is our Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Harriette Andrews, Betty Cotham and Billie Bourgeois have graciously agreed to again chair the event this year. As you prepare for spring cleaning around the house, please keep in mind that the Trinity Yard Sale is a great place to take those items that may no longer have a place in your home or life. As a reminder, Trinity’s “House Calls” group is made up of church volunteers who are available to assist infirmed or elderly members of our church who have a need for assistance that is beyond their abilities, i.e. snow removal, limb and debris removal, small repairs around the house, transportation to the doctor, etc. If you have a need please call either Susie Medlin in the church office or Jim Rhyne. Also, the House Calls group meets monthly at a local restaurant for a fellowship breakfast. If you would be interested in joining the group please send your name and e-mail address to and we will gladly include you in our numbers. —Layton Getsinger

An Update from Our Parish Life Chair The theme of our church for 2014 is “Hunger”. For this committee, this theme is obvious, because feeding each other is what we do! However, I feel that what we actually “hunger for” is the fellowship that we enjoy when we get together for Parish events. Having wonderful cooks to provide delicious food is just a bonus! I am in the process of restocking the Parish Hall closet with supplies for 2014. Already this year, there have been three events held in the Parish Hall—Epiphany Feast, Oyster Roast and Souper Sunday. I would like to remind everyone that uses the kitchen to please leave it clean and to remove any food that could attract critters. —Carol Leach

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They date from the very early church. Distance made Christian prayer difficult in groups. Men and women would go out into the desert, live in caves or shacks put together by themselves and live a life of prayer away from everyone. Contemplative Prayer has spanned the centuries, is still used today, and is growing all the time. It has also spanned the east and the west; eastern religions have something very similar to our contemplative prayer. Join us on March 8th at 8:30 a.m. to learn more. Please be sure to sign up on the sheet located in the Narthex. Betty Coltham President, Daughters of the King Bro. Andrew Thomas OSF Speaker

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Events | _____ MARCH

1-2 | Rite 13 dinner and ceremony 4 | Shrove Tuesday Pancakes 5 | Ash Wednesday 8 | DOK retreat 8:30 —noon 9 | Lent 1; Lenten groups begin; stations of the cross presentation; Family Fest before church— ”Jesus Feeds 5000” 16 | The Trinity Artist Series presents Kathy Estes & her Celtic Ensemble

APRIL 13 | Palm Sunday 18 | Good Friday (Youth Lock-In) 20 | Easter

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a church Reaching Out | ________


t’s time to start thinking about your spring and summer garden. For those not able to prepare a plot at home, we have just the deal for you! Dee Ham, the Community Garden Chair, is nowtaking reservations for plots in Trinity’s Community Garden. We have just a few plots left. We would love to help you enjoy fresh vegetables for your family as well as support the Iredell Christian Ministries with our harvest proceeds. Please contact Dee soon to get your name in the “plot.” We are hoping to develop a long range plan for our community garden. This would involve future gardens, artwork, picnic areas, flower areas, fruit trees, different berry producing plants, etc. If you would like to serve on this committee please e-mail Dee at or call him at 704-873-2362 by the end of March. Knowledge in these areas is not required but would be helpful. Thanks for your help! —Layton Getsinger

Weekly Events: Children’s Choir Practice Tuesdays at 4:30 pm EFM Meeting Tuesdays at 6:00 pm Bible Study Wednesdays at 10:45 am Midweek Eucharist Wednesdays at 12:15 pm Parish Choir Practice Wednesdays at 5:30 pm Yoga (free) Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Recycling Reminder — Bring Your Cans! Each Sunday morning a red recycling container will be on the sidewalk next to the bench for the deposit of aluminum cans. We are asking all members to please consider collecting cans at home and bringing them to Trinity on Sunday mornings. The proceeds from the sale of the cans come back to the Trinity Rector’s Discretionary account which extends Trinity’s outreach ministry to those around us.

Right: Andrew Rutter shared this Instagram snapshot of children having fun in the nursery during Sunday service. Thanks to Andrew & Lauren and all of our nursery volunteers for your hard work! | 7

gregation and ensure that every member of Trinity feels wholly welcome to worship and fellowship together. The Vestry will work toward establishing visitation teams, connecting with home-bound church members, publishing interviews between congregants, forming groups around Lent and other purposes, and engaging our youth with larger parts of the church.

Above: Layton Getsinger and Nimocks Haigh talk at the 2014 Vestry Retreat.

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a hunger for Mission | ________


ach January, Trinity’s Vestry, including its newly-elected members, gather for a daylong retreat to discuss their duties as volunteers for the church and their aspirations for the year to come. This year, Father Brad urged them to contemplate the year through the lens of hunger, both in a literal and figurative sense. As the Vestry talked through their assignments, they began to focus on three distinct areas within the church: moving into a year-round stewardship model, connecting folks with and within the church, and improving Sunday attendance.

bility of our budget and possible solutions moving forward. One such solution included an aggressive and earnest campaign seeking increased pledges in the 2014 year, and thanks in large part to that campaign’s success, the church was able to pass a balanced budget for 2014. Given the extra sacrifice our congregation has made, the Vestry feels it is best to ensure that the talents and treasures shared within our parish are properly recognized. To that end, look for more reports of funds received and expended , the impact those gifts have enabled, and special appeals throughout the year for your support of specific projects, programs, or endeavors at Trinity.

Year-Round Stewardship After a difficult 2013 budget year, which included a budgeted deficit, the Vestry and budget committee engaged in several difficult conversations about the sustaina-

Connecting With & Within The laypeople of our congregation are our most important evangelical and spiritual asset. To that extent, the Vestry has set several goals to more fully engage our con-

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Increasing Sunday Attendance Finally, after a year of decreased attendance in 2013, the Vestry set goals to grow our Sunday worship group in 2014. One of the most visible and important priorities the Vestry discussed involved making sure that families—and their children—felt welcome in the Sunday morning service. To that extent, the Vestry discussed ways to help parents of small children: refreshing our children’s worship bags, offering nursery training for nursery volunteer staff, considering purchasing rockers for mothers, and training ushers to offer Trinity’s services for young children when they arrive. Although it will be a longterm and likely capital project, the Vestry discussed ways to improve the sound system projection and quality, so all congregants would be able to hear well. Finally, the group began brainstorming around the idea of offering a Sunday evening service in the summer that would be geared toward families who were traveling on vacation and who missed Sunday morning worship. These are ambitious goals, and the Vestry will need your help to accomplish them. If you have suggestions for the Vestry, or would like to offer your help this year, please contact Brad Mullis or Will Fanjoy. —James Hogan

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vestry Minutes | _____

Overview of January Vestry Meeting Will Fanjoy made a motion that Rob Hites be elected as Junior Warden. James Hogan seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Susan Cardwell was elected as Vestry Secretary by an email motion. Will Fanjoy made the motion that the bequest of $50,000 by Wendy Dalehite be distributed per her request of $35,000 to the Capital Campaign and the remainder to the Memorial Fund. Anne Rhyne seconded. The motion passed. Will Fanjoy reported on the conclusion of the Stewardship Campaign. After some last minute pledges, the result was better than originally expected. Will moved that the Vestry approve the budget as seen. Layton Getsinger seconded the motion, and the motion carried. The Vestry responsibility schedule, preliminary event schedule, and the Vestry meeting schedules were distributed. There was much brainstorming for each of the committees centering around hunger. Brad will write up the ideas discussed and distribute them at the February meeting so that goals may be set. The next meeting will be February 16, 2014 after the 10:30 service. — Susan Cardwell, Secretary

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Also please keep Charles Mullis, Salem Haire, and Carter Payne in your thoughts and prayers as they have their Rite 13 celebration at Trinity on March 2nd. Please plan on attending to support these young people as they continue their Journey to Adulthood.— Scott Rankin Young Adults Updates I have procured a plot for the group in the community garden and am hoping to get the YA's involved in planting, maintaining, and harvesting it in the coming growing seasons. All items we harvest will be donated to ICM. In other garden and Young Adult news, we will be partnering with Cameron Rankin to add some upgrades and assisting him with his Eagle Scout project. — Amy Lawton

education Notes | _____

We’ve started a new study in Adult Forum. Simply Christian is a ten week video series based on Bishop N. T. Wright’s book of the same name. It’s not too late to join us in the parish hall at 9:30 each Sunday for what promises to be serious and challenging look at the basics of our faith. Participant guides will be provided. Lenten study groups are forming now. Check the narthex for a group that meets at a time the fits your schedule, and be sure to sign up. Each group meets for a light supper and then breaks for a moderated discussion around the a particular topic. Youth Updates The Super Bowl Sunday lunch was a huge success!! Thanks so much for all the help, and all the soup, bread, and desserts. The Youth raised over $850.00! The next fund raising opportunity is our Pancake Supper on March 4th. This event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing you. | 9

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coming back to Lent | ________

arch 5 is Ash Wednesday, the day we officially mark the beginning of Lent. This is the part of the liturgical calendar that shepherds us to the cross. At some point that day I will try to duck into church and receive the pair of ashen smudges upon my forehead, a reminder that from dust I was created and to dust I shall return. Human life is temporary. The cross continues. I was thinking about Ash Wednesday and what I'd like to do to observe Lent, and about what it means to me in a spiritual sense, last night as I rocked our children to sleep. Those are quite often the most tender moments of my day, the time when I read Julia a book or sit in the darkness with Thomas as he finds his slumber, and I feel my own vulnerability well up inside me. It's a good time for spiritual reflection. We often say our nighttime prayers, murmuring them softly until the kiddo falls asleep, but recently I felt compelled to pray again, in my own head this time, prayers specifically for Julia's and Thomas's safety and well-being. And I realized it was such a selfish 10 | Topics March 2014

thing, my petitions for them. I've written before that when our children were born, it was as if someone sliced off a portion of my heart and took it away, exposing forever a dull ache of unfulfilled worry, the natural concerns of any father. If something happened to them, my heart would be broken. So I prayed then for my heart. I prayed that my own selfish sense of protection would never get in the way of what it is I am supposed to be doing, or what it is our children are supposed to be doing. Every time I rock our children, we pray also for those who are cold, or hungry, or who wish to be loved. We pray for God to help us realize that we are the warmth, that ours is the food for sharing, that our love is there to be employed. And coming back to Lent, which is a time of self-denial, a time to feel the weight of the cross and the resolve of the earth to reclaim our bodies, a time to free ourselves of earthly things and create new space within our hearts and minds for God to inhabit, I feel challenged to do something beyond what I've done before. This year I want to challenge myself to more meditation, more

reflection. This isn't just about giving up fried foods, which I typically do every Lenten season. It's about seeing if I can actually find a way to fast. It's about seeing what that might do to a normal, three-hotmeals-a-day guy like me. It's about carrying my Book of Common Prayer around with me and finding time each day to engage in morning or evening prayer or reading the psalms for the day. It's about trying to free my mind of the cynicism that burdens me when it comes to talking about politics. It's about prying away some of the dark sarcasm that has saturated my thoughts. Otherwise I worry I’ll go through the motions of Lent without feeling much reward for the little sacrifice I put in. Back in 2012, I wrote that “The hardest part about life, even good life, even Christian life, is its inestimable capacity to keep you lost in its pattern. Wake up. Eat. Do things. Sleep. Repeat. Even when God is subbed into the pattern, the repetition of adoration can wear away its luster. God becomes two consonants and a vowel. Maybe that's the point. Maybe Lent is God's way of working into

Above: Father Brad sings a song with kids at Family Fun Night Feb. 21. (photo by Heather Harwell, from Trinity Talks)


(continued from page 6) the pattern. Lent is part of the liturgical cycle, after all. We'll have another Lent next year. There will be another chance, another opportunity to improve and persist, and another chance for me to see if I can gather the courage to do something entirely more brave than avoiding McDonald's.” So this year I am going to seek opportunities to deny myself the daily repetition of life. I am going to try as hard as I can. I want to do something that will teach me about God, something that will require a little courage. Here’s to courage, then. —James Hogan

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5 tips for Lent | ________


ow will you observe Lent? You may abstain from chocolate or other sweets. You may give up some other pleasure. Many folks take on a discipline in Lent, such as letter-writing or journalkeeping. May I offer some other suggestions? 1. Pray. If you do not pray regularly, do so. If you do pray regularly, alter your prayer discipline in some meaningful way during Lent. You might consider attending Evening Prayer regularly at 5:30 weekdays. 2. Do something to make your days quieter and simpler. Consider mindful meditation, or just carving out ten minutes of your day to sit in peace and away from the distractions of your day. 3. Take part in a Lenten fellowship group and enjoy fellowship with other folks keeping Lent. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. 4. Attend the 12:15 Eucharist on Wednesdays. Breaking up your week with the Holy Eucharist is a great way to keep Lent. 5. Balance your personal devotions with corporate worship. If you and your family have not been here as much as usual lately, make it a priority to get to Sunday School and church. Hearing the lessons, singing the hymns, and praying as a community keeps you focused on where you’re headed -- to Easter! — Rev. Brad Mullis

Iredell Christian Ministries (ICM) continues to have an immense need for canned goods of all kinds, paper supplies for the household, housekeeping supplies, personal hygiene supplies, dried beans, pasta, etc. Please make it a habit to pick something up for this community ministry every single time you shop at the grocery store. Your donations can be deposited in the baskets in the narthex at any time. Haydee and Walter Patterson take collections to ICM on the last Sunday of each month. Thanks to everyone for your generosity and loving kindness to help feed the hungry in our community. | 11

________ | Birthdays 3 | Joan French 4 | Walter Rogowski 5 | Caroline Beard 7 | Elliott Harwell, Mildred Johnson 8 | Tommy Allison 11 | Hilda Romano, Sonny Shelton 12 | Zephyr Dearman 13 | Jonathan Dearman 16 | Joan Martin 17 | Bob Foster 18 | Amy Brier 19 | Inga Balatow 21 | Phil Dulin, DeNeale York 22 | Diane Kines 23 | Pam Haynes 24 | Julia Hogan, Doug Stobbe

________ | SUNDAY, 3/2: Lectors: Clay Crouch (8), Andrew Rutter; Chalice: Roger Davidson (8), Kim Docery, Sam McDowell*; Greeters: Maggie Shoobridge, Linda Thornton; Ushers: Locke Allison*, Amy Brier, Haydee Patterson, Scott Rankin; Oblation: Joan & Don French; Nursery: Amy Lawton, Katie Harknett; Acolytes: Meredith Dockery S, Sally Mullis C, Kaid Mitchell T, Hailee Mitchell T; Assistant: Pat Henley

Milestones | ________

25 | Susan Crouch, Stokes Haire, Brandon Oswalt 30 | Layton Getsinger 31 | Anna Kirkland Anniversaries 25 | Gary & RaeMarie Clark 31 | Walter & Haydee Patterson Deaths Elizabeth “Lib� Norwood, 88, passed away Sunday, February 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, Flint Norwood, and is survived by her daughter, Margaret Louise Norwood and husband, Steven C. McLester.

service Schedule | ________ bridge*; Greeters: Tommy & Wendy Allison; Ushers: Will Fanjoy*, Don French, Sam McDowell, Julian Sisk; Oblation: Diane & Cindy Kines; Nursery: Susan Cardwell, Ginny Devine; Acolytes: Alexandra Martin S, Madison Peters C, Salem Haire T, Stokes Haire T; Assistant: Katie Payne

Sally Mullis; Nursery: Tommy & Wendy Allison; Acolytes: Samantha Holland S, Cameron Rankin C, Ellison Johnson T, Christian York T; Assistant: Margaret Johnson

SUNDAY, 3/30: Lectors: Clay Crouch (8), Ellyn Mullis; Chalice: Sam McDowell (8), Harriette Andrews, Nick Harknett*; SUNDAY, 3/16: Lectors: Sam McDowell Greeters: Bob Foster, Lori Martin; Ush(8), Jim Rhyne; Chalice: Roger Davidson ers: David Alexander*, Evie Caldwell, (8), Bill Balatow, Anne Rhyne*; Greeters: Jonathan Dearman, Pat Henley; OblaAndrew & Lauren Rutter; Ushers: Bob tion: Walter & Haydee Patterson; NurseFoster, Jim Johnston, Sonny Rankin*, ry: Ashley Alexander, Laura Peters; MadiRichard Tatum; Oblation: Michele & Hail- son Peters S, Maribeth Peters C, Carter ee Mitchell; Nursery: Arna Deter, Ellyn Payne T, Ben Hites T; Assistant: Katie Mullis; Acolytes: Tessica Martin S, Reid Payne Balatow C, Charlie Mullis T, Carter Payne T; Assistant: Bill Balatow

ASH WEDNESDAY, 3/5: Lectors: Diane Kines (10am), Bill Balatow (7pm); Chalice: Harriette Andrews (10am), Betty Coltham (7pm), Sam McDowell* (7pm); Ushers (all 7pm): Chuck Dockery*, Andrew Rutter; Oblation: Evie Caldwell (10am), Bob Foster(10am), Wendy & Tommy Allison (7pm); Acolytes 7pm: Buchanan Deter S, Cameron Rankin C, Sarah Alexander T, Mary Hudson Alexan- SUNDAY 3/23: Lectors: Lisa McBroom der, T; Assistant 7pm: David Alexander (8), Scott Rankin; Chalice: Arna Deter (8), Margaret Johnson, Kaye Taliana*; SUNDAY, 3/9: Lector: Roger Davidson Greeters: Bill &Inga Balatow; Ushers: (8), Leslie Lackey; Chalice: Roger DaBuddy Johnson, Bill Leach, Joe Peters, vidson (8), Arna Deter, Chris ShooJim Rhyne*; Oblation: Ellyn, Charlie &

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Please send any obituaries or birth notices to for inclusion in Topics.

Altar Guild: March 1-15: Harriette Andrews, Lynn Lawton, Ginger Hester, Cathy Marshall; March 16-31: Betty Coltham, Harriet Foster, Diane Kines, Natalie Marsh, Cindy Kines

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coming Soon | ______

At the 198 t h Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Michael Curry challenged us to go deep, go speak, and go do. As a diocese, we'll be tackling his challenge to go speak — to share our faith. How it works: On May 15, 2014 small groups of 8-10 Episcopalians—as many groups as we can possibly organize, with some meeting during the day and some in the evening—will gather in homes or other informal settings across the Diocese. Under the direction of a trained moderator, participants will practice sharing personal stories in matters of faith with people we know and some we don't but with whom we share a common worship life. The process for the event is designed to create a comfortable situation in which everyone present discovers they have a story of faith to tell. Even more importantly, participants will experience the power of deep listening. This will not be an evening of discussion, debate or even dialogue. While there will be an element of fellowship because the sharing takes place over a meal, this is not primarily a social event. It is a chance to practice listening and speaking about those things nearest to our hearts. Watch your email announcements and next month’s Topics for more information on this exciting opportunity. — Clay Crouch

story minute: Lisa McBroom | ________

What path in life brought you to Trinity? I had quite the spiritual journey before I came to Trinity. I was raised in a Baptist Church where God was portrayed as hateful and revengeful. That just was not for me. I searched other churches for answers and then in 1980 I attended a wedding at Trinity. I knew I was at home! I love the sacred ritual and how the people take part in it. —LM | 13

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Topics | March 2014  

Including "Forgiving Ourselves and Each Other," Updates from around the parish, "A Hunger for Mission," "Coming Back to Lent," "Five Tips fo...

Topics | March 2014  

Including "Forgiving Ourselves and Each Other," Updates from around the parish, "A Hunger for Mission," "Coming Back to Lent," "Five Tips fo...