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One quarter, four pennies. Twenty-nine cents. That’s all the money it takes to purchase a simple meal to feed a hungry person in our world. Join us as Trinity Episcopal Church works to package 10,000 meals with the Stop Hunger Now program, and bring your twenty-nine cents as many times as you can.

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Topics TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Volume 31, Number 2

February 2015 ...............................................

Staff, Vestry, & Officers Rector | The Reverend Brad Mullis Parish Administrator | Sarah Wilkinson Organist/Choirmaster | Sam Holt Preschool Director | Sherry George Senior Warden | Kim Dockery Junior Warden | Rob Hites Parish Life | Tommy Allison Outreach | Layton Getsinger Music & Worship | Jerrie Greene Finance | Nimocks Haigh Communications | James Hogan Young Family Ministry | Amy Lawton Pastoral Care | Carol Leach Newcomers & Evangelism | Bud Martin Youth | Scott Rankin Adult Ed | Chris Shoobridge 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. © 2015 Trinity Episcopal Church. ...............................................

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In This Issue FEATURES


Jazz Concert Set for St. Valentine’s Weekend The Trinity Artist Series presents the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble with Tim Gordon.


A New Opportunity for Fellowship Monthly Parish Dinners designed to bring us together—along with our community.


Liked, Loved, & Shared


From the Senior Warden


Around the Parish


Vestry Minutes


Milestones, Service Schedule

and See 10 Come Jesus calls his disciples to “come and see”—and he calls us to go deeper in our worship of Him.

Successful Roast 12 Another Oyster Roast sees a new attendance record; gifts to Fifth Street will go far.

Youth on the Move 15 Trinity February shapes up to be a busy month for Trinity’s young folks.

Submissions We welcome your submissions or ideas for articles or photos as well as your comments. Email with your input. Back cover: An old copy of a Book of Common prayer. | 3

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 comments to

Technology does great things—like helping Harriette Andrews Skype into Wednesday Bible study from California last December

Church Buildings are Vital

With all due respect to Frederick Buechner, I have to take great exception to his quote in the January Topics, ”They make you wonder if the best thing that could happen to many a church might not be to have the building burn down and to lose all the money.” In the early 1970’s in the little community of Denver, NC on Lake Norman, there were 5 Episcopalian families looking for a place to worship. All Episcopal churches were at least 35 minutes away and thus hard to have a church life on any day but Sunday. No church in the area would allow our group to meet in a fellowship hall ANYTIME as we were Episcopalian. In fact churches in 4 | Topics February 2015

the community were encouraged to NOT host Episcopalian services. We were located in the Western North Carolina Diocese, had a supply priest appointed by Bishop Weinhour and no place to call home….so our small group worked and grew. For five years we met in either homes each Sunday, a seafood restaurant or a boat dealership lugging EVERYTHING with us…Sunday school supplies, altar linens, etc. At the five year point, we were ready to dedicate our new church building on our land…a simple multi-use building. There was an abundance of sincere tears of gratitude on the day our church home was dedicated. That church is now a thriving 35 year old parish St. Peter-By-The-Lake. St. Patrick’s in Mooresville has a similar history although it took a little longer and two churches grew out of the mission effort (St. Alban’s). I have a huge appreciation for my church home and I am grateful anytime upon entering a church for the many lives that have consecrated it. When you are building a church, it is very hard to have outreach. One is focused on the building!! We have a church home.

It is better to appreciate the building and look outward! —Jane Getsinger, in response to “Food for Thought” in January’s edition of Topics. Preschool Food Donation Welcome

On behalf of Iredell Christian Ministries, Inc., I gratefully acknowledge Trinity Preschool’s donation of 96.4 pounds of food during the fourth quarter of 2014. We greatly appreciate your concern for the people in our community who in these difficult times rely on our pantry to provide food for families. Your contribution along with other food donations is distributed wisely to the folks who come to our doors for help. We remain encouraged in our service by churches like yours who so generously partner with us in this good work. —Joy Morrison, Director of Operations, ICM EDITOR’S NOTE: ICM also wrote the church to express her gratitude for Trinity’s Can-Do food drive, which delivered 1,944.9 pounds of food for their pantry.

The 2015 Vestry at their January retreat.

From the Senior Warden


he year 2015 is off to a busy and productive start for Trinity Church! We had our Epiphany Celebration on Sunday evening, January 4th, in our parish hall. Food and games were enjoyed by a fun intergenerational group. Thank you to Ellyn Mullis for planning the evening's activities and to Carol Leach for coordinating our meal. Your Vestry held its annual retreat on Saturday, January 10th, at the Rankins' lake house. (See picture above from our retreat.) Many thanks to Sonny and Scott Rankin and the entire family for so generously sharing their lake house for several consecutive January Vestry retreats. Our retreat was very productive. We welcomed new Vestry members—-Tommy Allison, Jerrie Green, Bud Martin, and Chris Shoobridge. We made some exciting plans for the coming year and also had our January business meeting. On Friday, January 16th, we had another great annual Oyster Roast. Thank you very much to Rowdy Armistead, Layton Getsinger, the Outreach Committee, and all who planned and worked hard to make this event so successful.

We are looking forward to our annual Souper Sunday youth fundraiser immediately following the 10:30 service on February 1st. Please sign-up in the narthex to help with this event and join us for delicious soups, breads, and desserts. Funds raised will support our youth programs and this summer's J2A pilgrimage. We are starting something new this month-Wednesday Supper. Please mark your calendar for February 11 and March 11 (future dates to be announced) and join us in the parish hall for food and fellowship from 5-7pm. Supper will be provided with donations accepted to cover expenses. All are welcome and please consider bringing a neighbor, friend, or acquaintance who might have limited resources and would enjoy a nice warm meal and the good company of Trinity friends. February's Wednesday Super will be homemade spaghetti-- yum! Please remember our Vestry meets once per month, usually on the third Sunday. We welcome your ideas and all meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please do not hesitate to make us aware of your thoughts or concerns. ◊ —Kim Dockery, Senior Warden | 5

Around the Parish Evening Prayer Offered During Lent


rinity will again offer Evening Prayer services weekdays at 5:30pm throughout Lent. The first service will begin on Thursday, February 19th (the day after Ash Wednesday). Evening Prayer, which is prescribed in both a Rite I and II form in the Book of Common Prayer, is a simple service that invites reflection and contemplation at the close of day. Each service is led by a volunteer from the parish (there is no Eucharist in the service) and follows the daily lectionary readings. Engaging in evening prayer is one way to “Go Deeper” in your worship. Leading the service is quite simple— easy-to-follow directions are made available for all. If you’re interested in signing up to lead Evening Prayer, please contact Brad Mullis. ◊ 6 | Topics February 2015

Flowers for the Altar


n late November, Anne Rhyne asked four members of the Altar Guild to form a committee to review Altar Flowers schedules, Flower Guild, and things related to try to form better communication and organization. Jerrie Greene, who was on that committee and who now serves on Vestry, met with the group. Now that she’s replaced Anne’s position, she’s ready to start implementing the suggestions made by the committee. One recommendation is to put a reminder to those who have signed up to provide the altar flowers each month in Topics: Altar Flowers for February We appreciate these parishioners who have signed up to provide the altar flowers in February. Sun., Feb. 1 Kim Dockery Sun., Feb. 8 Mr. Fishburn Sun. Feb. 15 Billie Bourgeois

Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. During Lent, all altar arrangement will be greenery only. Sun., Feb. 22 Greenery Parishioners may also sign up to provide an arrangement of greenery during Lent. The Flower Guild is an opportunity for service in our parish using your time and talent. Members of the Flower Guild ensure that no Sunday goes without a floral or greenery arrangement on the altar— which in turn adds to the beauty of our worship services. The Flower Guild encourages anyone who has a love of flowers and a "knack" for arranging to join the group. If interested, please contact Jerrie Greene. ◊ TOP: The altar flower arrangement from November’s All Saints Day services, one of many beautiful arrangements provided through the course of the year.

News and Notes Pastoral Care Pastoral care is especially involved when Trinity’s parishioners experience the difficulties and joys of life. Some of the needs that this committee tries to meet, along with our Rector, are sickness, death of a loved one, birth of a new child, help from “House Calls”, transportation and home visits. Needless to say, this committee is very dependent on volunteers to form “cooking teams” to deliver meals and to help as needed with food at funerals. Many of you have already indicated your willingness to serve on this committee, but even more volunteers would certainly be appreciated. I will be forming teams soon and a list will be sent to all volunteers. Please call me if you are willing to help but did not indicate on the “time and talent” card. —Carol Leach

Adult Education Program We are working on our lineup of adult education topics for this year. We will be reviewing and discussing some Ted talks programs, as well as some topics from the public radio program, On Being, Including an upcoming review of a discussion with Bishop Desmond Tutu. In keeping with the current theme of going deeper we are also going to be encouraging daily use of the Forward Day by Day booklet as a way to deepen past doll and corporate faith. Any suggestions of topics and or volunteers to lead programs would be much appreciated. —Chris Shoobridge Memorial Garden Workday March 7 It’s time to do a little spring cleaning in our Memorial Garden—mainly pruning the holly bushes and the pair of camellias. We’ll work on March 7th

from nine in the morning until noon or one. If you join us, be sure to wear long sleeve shirts and gloves. We’ll also need pruning saws, chain saws, long clippers, and tarps to haul away debris. —Dee Ham Lost and Found Overflows Our Lost and Found box is overflowing with unclaimed items, and it’s time to clean them out. There is a Ford key fob, multiple sets of glasses, an orange moleskin notebook, and even a pink tiara comb. We’ve tried to identify some items, but please make plans to claim these items before we donate them to a better cause. Reminder to Lock Doors If you have a key to Trinity, please remember to lock doors after you open them. This helps keep our facility safe. ◊ —Sarah Wilkinson BELOW: A sampling of lost and found items unclaimed.

1 Souper Sunday Youth Fundraiser


Wednesday Night Parish Supper


The Trinity Artist Series presents the Davidson College Jazz Band w/ Tim Gordon


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 7pm


Ash Wednesday; services at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm


Youth Retreat at Kanuga Center


Lent I / Lenten Groups Begin | 7


Jazz Ensemble Set for Valentine’s Concert

Food for Thought The Church Cannot Survive the Decline in Worship.

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble. (Photo submitted by Bill Lawing.)


he Trinity Artist Series is delighted to host its third concert offering for the 2014-2015 season. The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bill Lawing will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, February 15, at 3:00 pm. Tim Gordon, saxophonist, will perform with the ensemble. The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble consists of about 20 Davidson College students, many of whom also perform in the Davidson College Orchestra; others form the core of the Davison Jazz Combo. The ensemble’s director, Bill Lawing, is a long-time music faculty member who’s worked with the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Pops Orchestra. Tim Gordon, who is also on faculty at Davidson, will join the ensemble on saxophone. Gordon, who is from Matthews, North Carolina, has 8 | Topics February 2015

performed with several big names in the music recording world, including The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roger Waters, the Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, and Bonnie Bramlett. Gordon teaches Applied Music and directs the saxophone quartet at Davidson. As is customary for Artist Series concerts, a special reception for guests and artists will follow the performance—and in honor of Valentine’s weekend, we’ll be serving up chocolates and something nice to drink. ◊

Want to go? Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at You can also purchase your ticket at the door.

I deeply believe that when we say, “The future of the Church is service,” we are allowing our culture, once again, to get the best of us. We so desperately want to be popular that we are sacrificing our distinctiveness as church. So we create worship where our prayers are innocuous, so as not to scare busy people away. Or we devise a little prayer before or after a meal and pretend it is worship. Let’s be the ACLU, Sierra Club, United Way or YouTube at prayer. You know: let’s be spiritual and a little — but only a little — religious. If that is the Church’s future some see for us, then we are committing suicide. John Calvin wrote, “To know God is to be changed by God; true knowledge of God leads to worship.” The future of the Church is worship.

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A New Opportunity for Fellowship Monthly parish suppers offer new chance to fellowship together and build our community.


f you’re looking for fellowship and a convenient meal for you and your family, please mark February 11 on your calendar. Simple supper will be served from 57:00 pm. Our congregation will host monthly parish suppers where all who wish can gather for hearty food and conversation. The menu for the first meal is spaghetti, (with sauce options) salad, and bread. A donation is requested if you can afford one. An RSVP is not required this time, but will be helpful. At its retreat the vestry reflected on the Bishop’s call to “go deeper.” In response to this call the vestry discerned a call for Trinity to deepen connections within the parish and between the parish and our community.

These suppers are one step in that. As we move forward our hope is intentionally to invite neighbors who may not always have access to a hot meal to be with us—and if you already know of someone who could benefit from that, please invite him or her to this first monthly supper. We would love the company. So what do you need to do? Just come to the parish hall anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 and enjoy a good supper with your fellow members of the household of God in this place. Simple as that! If you’re the type of person who loves cooking for others, or if you’re interested in hosting a monthly supper, please let Amy Lawton or Carol Leach know. There will certainly be room for you in the kitchen. And if you’re planning ahead, the second parish supper will be March 11th. ◊ | 9


ome and see.” I love those three words from John’s gospel. Those words, and this entire story from chapter 1, seem to me one of those passages which speak particularly to us as Episcopalians. “Come and see” is an invitation to engage in the great mystery of life and love, an invitation to begin, or in most of our cases I suspect, deepen a journey, even if we don’t know where we’re going, and an authentic example of how to welcome and be welcomed. Just as the first week in Epiphany is about the baptism of Jesus, the second and third weeks of this season show us the calling of Jesus’ disciples. Here, after John the Baptizer identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, two of his followers take his cue and begin to follow Jesus. They ask him where he lives and hear him offer that invitation to “Come and see.” One of the two turns out to be Andrew who brings his brother Simon to Jesus. As the circle of encounters widens we see the call of Philip and Nathanael to discipleship. And so across the pages of John’s Gospel there are women and men, Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, powerful and vulnerable, people of all shapes and sizes and varieties that Jesus meets. And to each one, in one way or another, he says the same thing: come and see. 10 | Topics February 2015

Come and see God do a new thing. Come and see as your future opens up in front of you. Come and see the grace of God made manifest and accessible and available to all. We see in the call to Philip and Nathanael a call to explore and to come to understand for ourselves the one doing the calling. Nathanael asked, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” and Philip responded, “Come and see.” The call to discipleship which comes from God through Christ is a call to encounter the divine. It is a call to experience the forgiving love of God, to listen to God in scripture and in prayer, to enter into relationships which the church can offer, to take part in the work of the community of faith. Come and see. Wherever we consider ourselves to be in our spiritual lives, the call to “come and see” is also our call to go deeper, to grow deeper. It is our call to the consistent, daily spiritual exercise which can tune our hearts and our senses to God’s voice. At our diocesan convention in November, Bishop Curry’s takeaway message was “go deeper.” Both Bishop Curry and speaker Jay Sidebotham exhorted us all to take our spiritual growth seriously and to commit ourselves to daily spiritual practices. And so, wrapping my invitation in these

JOHN 1:35-39 “The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to

three wonderful words, “come and see,” I urge us all to read scripture daily, to pray daily, to practice forgiveness daily, to practice hospitality and generosity of spirit daily. They said (and Sidebotham studies these things) that vital churches, those that are growing, are the ones where the individuals are growing spiritually. They are also congregations where folks see that “this is a place where I can grow.” If you’re not aware, we provide little booklets called “Forward Day by Day,” which offer a brief meditation on a portion of each day’s daily office readings. These are great for helping us learn and reflect on some scripture. If you don’t like books, the Forward Day by Day app is available for your phone. That’s just one way. Committing yourself to participation in some sort of Chris-

them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

tian formation through this congregation is another way. Taking steps in the direction of this call to come and see brings us ever deeper into relationship with the One who brings God and God’s life to us. As we live more and more toward that call each day, we come to penetrate something of the mystery of who God is and to know God on the way as we do the things God calls us to do. If we listen and follow, step by step, day by day, we find our way to that place, where, as Frederick Buechner says, our deep joy, and the world’s deep hunger meet. That’s the place where we abide. For these fisherfolk in today’s gospel, for all of us no matter what our stage of life, Jesus is not only the Word become flesh. Jesus is the Way become flesh. Following Jesus is a daily journey.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer talks about the journey of faith with these words: If we answer the call to discipleship, where will it lead us? What decisions and partings will it demand? To answer the question we shall have to go to him, for only he knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows the journey’s end. But we do know that it will be a road of boundless mercy. Those first disciples were not called to go somewhere in particular—they were called to go anywhere Jesus might lead. They were not called to renounce this thing or that thing, but to be able to walk away from anything and everything, for only then would they be free— only then would their lives fully belong to Jesus. (cont. on next page) | 11

If we continue on the adventure of discipleship, we will find the relationship becoming ever deeper and stronger. We will eventually find ourselves less focused on what Christ does for us and more and more aware of who Christ is to us – the friend, the Guide, the comforter, and source of strength. The promise of Jesus to Nathanael and to us is that anyone who hears his call to discipleship and responds with earnestness and expectation will begin to know God not as a casual acquaintance but as a friend. Andrew and Philip could not keep this encounter with God to themselves. The words, “come and see” are the heart not only of John’s Gospel but Christian evangelism, as we are called not to cram our faith down another’s throat or question their eternal destiny or threaten them with hellfire, but instead simply to offer an invitation to come and see what God is still doing in and through Jesus and the community of disciples who have chosen to follow him. What an authentic way to offer good news! To say friend, I do not have all the answers, but I know that God has somehow been made real to me as I worship, study scripture, pray, and serve among this fellowship. Why don’t you come and see? And so for you, whether it’s the first step or the next step, take it, and come and see. The journey awaits. ◊ —The Rev. Brad Mullis

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Another Successful Roast

A whole lotta shuckin’ goin’ on. Via Trinity’s Instagram feed @trinitysvl


he Outreach Ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church kicked off the New Year in grand fashion with our 13th Annual Oyster Roast on January 16th. For the middle of January we could not have had a better night for an outdoors event. It was 54 degrees with a cloudless sky at the beginning of the event; perfect weather for a wonderful evening of oyster shucking and eating. Under Rowdy Armistead’s leadership a multitude of volunteers contributed to our best attended event to date. What made this event so special was the immense team work and cheerful willingness of all to help. There isn’t enough space here to thank everyone but please know that your involvement, contributions and efforts are deeply appreciated. It was truly a festive evening with cheerfulness and fellowship experienced throughout the night. While the oyster roast remains the annual chief fund raising event for the Outreach Ministry it has also become a major evangelism tool as well. James Hogan, our church communications expert, has done a masterful job of connecting with the regional community via the various social media. From casual observance it appears that a good three quarters of the attendees this

year were not members (yet) of Trinity. Based on the overwhelming positive feedback that we received and the widespread newspaper coverage we believe it will help us connect with people looking for a church home. While the attendance numbers were above previous events the net proceeds were down slightly due to the increased cost of oysters. We had 175 paying attendees this year. The final numbers are still being tabulated at this writing but it appears we will present a check in the amount of $4,600 to 5th Street Ministries at the Souper Sunday event on February 1, 2015. There was keen competition to get to the oyster shucking tables again this year. Due to the size of the crowd for the past 2 years a decision has been made to add a third table next year. It will be dedicated to novice and reluctant oyster eaters. We will have a coach or two to teach the technique of opening and devouring a steamed oyster. Hopefully this will allow more people to enjoy the event and become a regular attendee for future events. The Trinity Episcopal Outreach Committee and Youth Group are partnering with Grace Baptist Church on Sunday March 1st for the “Stop Hunger Now” campaign. There

will be a joint lunch following church; location yet to be determined. Afterward we will reconvene in the Trinity parish hall to package 10,000 meals. Each meal cost approximately $.29 each. The total cost to participate is $3,000. Each church will contribute $1,500 each. We will have a basket at the back of the sanctuary each Sunday near the exit for those able to contribute $.29 to pay for one meal. Obviously if you wish to contribute more your generosity will be immensely appreciated and help us reach our goal quicker. We hope to have at least 40 volunteers for the event. It should only take a couple of hours to complete. More will be promulgated by Brad on Sundays to keep us abreast of the event. Iredell Christian Ministries (ICM) continues to have an immense need for canned goods, dried beans and pasta, household paper supplies, housekeeping supplies, personal hygiene supplies, etc. Please continue to pick up a few extra items each time you go to market and bring the items to church each Sunday. Donations can be deposited in the baskets in the narthex at any time. The collections are taken to ICM on the last Sunday of each month by Walter and Haydee Patterson. ◊ —Layton Getsinger, Outreach Committee Chair

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

—Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks | 13


St. Andrew’s and the Kids Next Door An Alamance County church makes a big difference in the lives of neighborhood children.

The Rev. Miriam Saxon, Vicar, St. Andrew’s, Haw River


n mid-January, the Southern Education Foundation reported a statistic that astonished many across the country: for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school children come families in poverty. According to data collected in 2013, the report found that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were eligible for the federal government’s free and reduced-price lunch program. “When [my students] first come in my door in the morning, the first thing I do is an inventory of immediate needs,” Sonya RomeroSmith, an elementary teacher from Albuquerque, NM told The Washing14 | Topics February 2015

ton Post. “Did you eat? Are you clean? A big part of my job is making them feel safe.” The data shows that some of the highest concentrations of impoverished children reside in the southern United States—including North Carolina. That’s where St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Haw River found an opportunity. “In my interview [with the church], they asked about working with the neighbors in the trailer park,” the Rev. Miriam Saxon said in a video interview published by the Diocese of North Carolina and part of a series called “Going to Galilee with Bishop Anne.”

“So we started playing with ideas. St. Andrew's started a community garden two or three years ago—but wanted to reach out all year long to the neighbors.” The parish hosted a summer camp for the children who lived in the park, which was directly across from the church. But as summer turned into fall, a new need came to the forefront for the neighborhood children. “They really needed help with homework as the school year started,” Rev. Saxon said. “Their parents were either working all the time, or they don’t speak English well enough to help them.”

Homework Helpers came next. The church found a few volunteers to meet with the students outside on a wooden picnic table in the church yard to go over homework problems and tutor them. “We felt like we were more visible , and that parents were more willing to let their children come outside with us,” she continued. “We’re doing this totally on a shoestring,” the Rev. Jan Lamb, deacon at St. Andrews added. “There was not a dime spent in order to set this program up. We have volunteers and we have volunteered materials.” The program reaches beyond children, though. Recently, a grandfather came over with one of the students, a big grin on his face. He had homework, too—paperwork to help him become a citizen of the United States. “One of the exciting pieces about this is that we have a number of children’s books that were donated to us, so that when the kids come, they can pick out two books to take home and read,” Rev. Lamb said. “They have been faithful in bringing their books back, and they can’t wait to pick out new ones.” You watch Bishop Anne’s video from Trinity’s website—simply look for the link about St. Andrew’s online at ◊

Trinity Youth Are On the Move


he Youth have a busy month planned! We kick it off withSouper Bowl Sunday- on Februst ary 1 . Come celebrate “deflate-gate” with us and wear your team colors. The price will be $7.00 for adults $4.00 children under 12 and $18.00 for a family of four - $2.00 for each additional child. The money raised will go to the Stop Hunger Now 10,000 meal project and the Youth Pilgrimage coming up this summer. The youth group is also invited to a Super Bowl party at The Rankin House from 6:00 pm until halftime. Usually this is 8:30 pm. Food and drinks will be provided. Also, please plan to join us on Tuesday February 17th from 5:30-8:30 in the Parish Hall for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This is another great annual fundraiser for our youth group, and it’s a yummy event.

Enjoy fellowship and relax as our youth serve up yummy pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. It’s always nice to get one last indulgence in before we begin the season of Lent. Trinity’s youth, along with outreach and Grace Baptist Church, is sponsoring the Stop Hunger Now 10,000 meal day. This event will take place on March 1st after church in the Parish Hall. This is going to be an awesome event! Learn more about the event by visiting Stop Hunger Now’s website ( or by looking for upcoming news articles on Trinity’s website. And don’t forget to bring your 29 cents! Every donation of $0.29 buys a meal that we can send to someone who’s hungry. ◊ —Scott Rankin, Youth | 15


Marcus Borg Dies at 72


Meet Sarah Wilkinson New Parish Administrator Quickly Adjusting to Role

Progressive but controversial author known for being engaging and generous. (RNS) Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on January 21st. He was 72 and had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. Borg emerged in the 1980s just as academics and theologians were bringing new energy to the socalled “quest for the historical Jesus,” the centuries-old effort to disentangle fact from myth in the Gospels. “Imagine that Christianity is about loving God. Imagine that it’s not about the self and its concerns, about ‘what’s in it for me,’ whether that be a blessed afterlife or (continued on page 18) 16 | Topics February 2015

Sarah Wilkinson and her daughter, Clara. (Submitted photo)


ate last year Trinity welcomed our new parish administrator, Sarah Wilkinson, who replaced departing administrator Susie Medlin. Sarah was born in Kansas, grew up in Joplin, Missouri, and moved to Statesville when she was 19. “My father had been transferred [to Statesville] with his company (Vickers, which has long since closed). My mother stayed behind with me so I could finish high school,” Sarah recalled. Sadly, her mother passed away that year. “I made my way here the next year and have never found my way back home. North Carolina is home now.” Sarah married her husband, Mark, in 1994 and together

the couple has a daughter, Clara. They enjoy spending time together hanging out at home, going for drives with the top down and for long walks, and looking for a good yard sale on Saturdays. The Wilkinsons currently attend Western Avenue Baptist Church. Sarah and Mark’s daughter, Clara, has mild cerebral palsy and is on the autism spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome). “She'll soon be 13 and is the sweetest, most outgoing, friendly girl I know. Like her mother, she never meets a stranger,” Sarah shared. “She's looking forward to meeting everyone here.” Sarah’s husband, Mark, is a lifelong resident of Statesville. He works at the City Recreation De-

partment as the Fitness Director. “Between the three of us, we know most everyone in town,” Sarah joked. “Any stranger is just a friend we haven't met yet.” Sarah was the secretary at Statesville Christian School when the doors first opened in 1995. In 2001 she began working at Iredell Memorial Hospital as the Anesthesia Department secretary. During her time at IMH she was active with Relay for Life and United Way. “I am so blessed to be your new Parish Administrator,” she said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting folks in this parish, and I appreciate your kindness and patience as I learn my way here.” She continued, “This is a multi-layered position. I promise I'll do my best to keep it running smoothly. I'm glad to be here!” You can find Sarah in the church office—and you can also reach her at ◊

Financial Update


or the year 2014, we recorded a surplus of collections over expenses of $12,740. While this is good, a couple of unplanned items kicked in to help us. Notice the "Other" column in the month of December is $12,049. This is almost entirely made up of pre-payments of 2015 pledges. Though always welcome and appreciated, we cannot count those as collections against our 2014 Pledge budget. Pledge collections for the month were below Budget however, for the year we were at $206,808 versus a Budget of $207,528...or 99.6% of Budget.

2014 Expenses Expenses for the year totaled $221,937 compared to our Budget of $227,363. This reflects a savings of $5,436 and is attributable to the open Education Director position. We budgeted $7,362 for that ministry and spent less than $50. Without the sav-

ings, we would have been over at 101% of our Budget. COMMENTS ON 2015: The 2015 "100 Campaign" is essentially over but not quite closed as we are hoping to add a late pledge or two. At our January 8 Vestry Retreat, a Preliminary 2015 Budget was approved which projected a deficit of just over $20,000. Our hope and prayer is that this gap will be closed by pledges and changes we receive late. Bishop Curry framed our challenges to "go deep, go speak, go do" and followed on with "keep going!" at the November Diocesan Convention. We have so many opportunities to take up this challenge. A clear cut opportunity is before us and we can close or eliminate this $20,000 gap if we all "go a little deeper" if not in dollars then in prayerful support that we bridge the gap in a positive way...together! — Nimocks Haigh

Artist Series Elects Officers I would like to thank each person on our committee for their help in steering our efforts these past three years. I appreciate their individual talents and willingness to take on the jobs at hand. The work they’ve accomplished has helped place our artist se-

ries on firm ground moving into the future. We are now looking forward to preparing to announce an exciting slate of artists and performances for our 2015-2016 year under the leadership of Nick Harknett, newly elected Chair, Anne Rhyne, ViceChair, Haydee Patterson,

Secretary, and Richard Holshouser, Treasurer. The Artist Series looks now toward our forthcoming St. Valentine’s Concert (see article on page 8) as well as a very special visit from the Choir School at St. Peters later this May. ◊ —Jane Getsinger | 17

Continued from page 16 prosperity in this life,” Borg wrote. Borg was the youngest of four children, born March 11, 1942 in Minnesota and raised in a traditional Lutheran family. He attended Concordia College in Minnesota where he majored in philosophy and political science. In 1979 he joined the faculty at Oregon State University and taught religion there until his retirement in 2007. Borg’s 1987 book, “Jesus: A New Vision,” launched him to prominence. The book summarized and explained recent New Testament scholarship for a popular audience while presenting Jesus as a social and political prophet of his time who was driven by his relationship with God. Borg viewed this relationship as more important than traditional Christian beliefs based on a literal reading of the Bible. In subsequent books, three of them cowritten with Crossan, Borg continued to press and expand on those ideas, becoming a hero to Christian progressives and a target for conservatives. Borg loved to debate but was no polemicist, and over the years maintained strong friendships with those who disagreed with him, developing a reputation as a gracious and generous scholar in a field and a profession that are not always known for those qualities. 18 | Topics February 2015

For example, Borg co-authored a 1999 book, “The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions,” with N.T. Wright, an Anglican biblical scholar who took a more orthodox view of the Gospels. But Wright also recommended many of Borg’s books and lectured alongside him on occasion. “Spanning the study of Jesus and a wide variety of subjects, Marcus shaped the conversation about Jesus, the church, and Scripture in powerful ways over the space of four decades,” Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr., of GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary, wrote on his blog on hearing of Borg’s passing. “I came to different conclusions about a number of issues, but Marc was always incisive, tenacious, thoughtful, and unfailingly gracious; and over the years he became a cherished friend,” Schmidt wrote. While raised a Lutheran, Borg gravitated to the Episcopal Church, which was his home for much of his life. His wife, Marianne, is an Episcopal priest and former canon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., where Borg frequently lectured and was given the title of canon theologian. With characteristic humor he said his wife informed him that “canon” means “big shot.” ◊

Vestry Minutes Vestry Retreat/Meeting January 10, 2015 Members present were Nimocks Haigh, Bud Martin, James Hogan, Jerrie Greene, Rob Hites, Layton Getsinger, Kim Dockery, Tommy Allison, Scott Rankin, Chris Shoobridge, Carol Leach, Amy Lawton, Brad Mullis, Rector and Susan Cardwell, Vestry clerk. The retreat opened with Morning Prayer. Session 1 Vestry responsibilities, descriptions and notebooks were updated. Vestry persons and their area of responsibility are as follows: Amy Lawton, Young Families; Bud Martin, Newcomers/Evangelism; Carol Leach, Pastoral Care; Nimocks Haigh, Finance; Chris Shoobridge, Adult Ed; Scott Rankin, Youth; Tommy Allison, Parish Life; Kim Dockery, Senior Warden; Layton Getsinger, Outreach; Rob Hites, Junior Warden; Jerrie Greene, Music and Worship; James Hogan, Communications Session 2: 2015 Opportunities and Challenges Touching on Bishop Curry’s sermon at Convention, how is God calling us to go deeper? Where and how do you see God acting in this congregation and community? How can we get on board with that? Business Meeting Rob Hites made a motion, seconded by Scott Rankin to elect Kim Dockery as Senior Warden. The motion passed. Scott Rankin made a motion, seconded by Layton Getsinger to elect Rob Hites as Junior Warden. The motion passed. Rob Hites made a motion, seconded by James Hogan to elect the slate of Susan Cardwell, vestry secretary; Jim Lawton, treasurer; and Evie Caldwell, assistant treasurer. The motion passed. Layton Getsinger made a motion, seconded by Scott Rankin to pass a preliminary budget. The motion passed. A final budget vote is forthcoming. The preliminary event calendar for 2015 was presented. Topics deadline is January 23, 2015. The next vestry meeting is February 22, 2015. The meeting was closed with prayer. —Susan Cardwell, Vestry Secretary

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BIRTHS Amelia Rose Solberg was born January 9, 2015. She is the granddaughter of John and Carolyn Solberg.

DEATHS Allen Crouch, father of Keith Crouch, passed away on January 21. He was 83. Judy Burns, Richard Holshouser’s cousin passed away. The date of her death was not available at press time.

Service Schedule SUNDAY, 2/15: Lectors: 8am – Trudy Goodman; 10am Diane Kines; Chalice: 8am – Roger Davidson; 10am *Kim Dockery, Sam McDowell; Greeter: Rowdy Armistead, Lula Cheatham; Usher: *Joe Peters, John Philip Dulin, Walter Patterson; Oblation: Chuck & Kim Dockery; Nursery: Amy Lawton, Margaret Johnson; Acolyte Assistant: Pat Henley; Acolytes: S:Madison Peters; C: Blair Warren; T:Sarah and Mary Hudson Alexander; Altar Guild – ASH WEDNESDAY 2/18 Lectors: Roger Davidson, Sarah Borders; Chalice: Harriette Andrews, Nick Harknett, Chris Shoobridge; Greeter: Kim Dockery, Bob Foster; Usher: Chuck Dockery, Will Fanjoy; Oblation: Will & Susan

Fanjoy; Nursery: Jennifer Griggs, Laura Peters; Acolyte Assistant: Katie Payne Acolytes: C: Quinn Payne; S: Cameron Rankin; T: Carter Payne, Ali Warren Altar Guild – February 16-28th: Allison Hughes, Heidi Goldstein, Billie Bourgeois, Jerrie Greene, Jennifer York

Altar Guild: February 1-15: Joanne Schinaman, Julia Scott, Susan Cardwell, Alice Hunsucker, Susan Long February 16-28th: Allison Hughes, Heidi Goldstein, Billie Bourgeois, Jerrie Greene, Jennifer York

SUNDAY, 2/22: Lector: 8am Sam McDowell; 10am Amy Lawton; Chalice: 8am Will Fanjoy; 10am Betty Coltham, Bill Balatow Greeters: Bill & Inga Balatow; Usher: *Bill Leach, Don French, Jeff Holland, Jim Johnston; Oblation: Ellyn, Sally and Charlie Mullis; Nursery: Katie and Quinn Payne; Acolyte Assistant: Pat Henley Acolytes: S: Sarah Kate Rankin; C: Maribeth Peters; T: Reed Hassler, Hailee Mitchell | 19

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