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					Vol. XVIII, No. 12 December 2008

TIDINGS

Jeremiah Secures Funds for 1,500 Homeowners
by Canon William Barnwell Priest Associate and Liaison to Jeremiah

ONE OF THE FOUNDING CHURCHES of Jeremiah in the late 1980s, Trinity has played a key role in securing government funds for soft second mortgages (that replace the down payments) for over 1,500 low and moderate income residents of our city. At a lively meeting on October 26 at St. James AME Church on North Roman Street, developers, bankers, and public officials all pledged to do their part in making Jeremiah’s Project Homeownership a reality. City recovery director Ed Blakely agreed that the Finance Authority would run the $52.3 million Jeremiah project and create a $4 million “loan and loss” reserve fund that would help financial institutions cover any shortages caused by delinquencies or losses. Thirty-five Trinity members participated in the gathering of 350 plus persons, who represented churches and other institutions across race, class, denomination, and political party lines. The Trinity effort was led by vestry member Nell Bolton, Janet Barnwell, Paul St. Martin, and Rob Steinfeld, all of whom had important roles in the gathering. Finance Authority of New Orleans director Mtumishe St. Julien said, as he agreed to work with the project, “Jeremiah, you are important to our people and our recovery!” Besides securing promises to implement the housing project, Jeremiah celebrated another recent success

in registering 2,000 new voters, including one 87-year-old man who voted for the first time this year. (As a young man he was not allowed to register because he was black, and he never tried again.) Jeremiah leaders stress that the voter registration was conducted in a non-partisan and professional way, with the support of both registered Democrats and Republicans. The registrar of Jefferson Parish wrote to thank Jeremiah for our effort. “Seek the welfare of the city,” said the prophet Jeremiah, “for in its welfare, you will find your welfare.”

TLB Course Begins in January
THE TRANSFORMING LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE course is being planned for Wednesday nights, beginning in January. If there are enough participants, additional groups can form and meet at another time. This course will "plow deep" as small groups of up to 12 people read and discuss the great literature of the Bible. Although developed as a follow-up to DOCC, DOCC is not a prerequisite. Participants need to spend two to four hours of study to prepare for each session and bring with them their response to the biblical passages and the commentary. Participants will purchase The Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version, a commentary and a book of short stories. The Hebrew Scrip-

tures will be covered in 17 sessions. The Christian Testament, in 19 sessions, will be offered at a later date. One of the first TLB groups was held at Trinity, led by Brucie Rafferty and Lee Winter. Participants, on the whole, gave the program a high evaluation. "We have now offered the course 31 times at 10 different sites," says Canon Barnwell, the author of the material. "While the format is similar to EFM, the content is quite different as we explore in depth the great passages of Scripture. TLB is less of a survey than EFM.” If you want more information, contact Merry Toups at 866-0157 or merryparis@yahoo.com, or William Barnwell at 504-862-0311.

Turn to pages 4 and 7 for other Trinity courses

FROM THE RECTOR
by Henry L. Hudson, Rector

Trinity Artist Series
December Brings Extra Concerts All Month Long!
December 4
Thursday, 6:30

THE ADVENT SEASON . CALLS US TO PREPARE for the celebration of Christmas in ways very different from the chaos around us. The themes of expectation, listening, preparation of ourselves, and watching for God’s work in our own lives remind us of the precious gift of Christ Jesus, the Prince of Peace. In church, the colors change to royal purple, the Advent wreath marks off the weeks and the characters of the season – John the Baptist, crying out for repentance; Mary, whose faithfulness and courage accept God’s promise; angels who proclaim God’s plan and purpose will be fulfilled. In the midst of darkness, we see the light of Christ, and follow. Those themes proclaim the birth so long ago, but also call us to prepare and remember God’s living presence in our life today. Around us the world’s economic and political crises are painful and fearsome, and at home the political transition for our nation brings great hopes and expectation, as well as fears. The Church throughout the world struggles to see God’s path, God’s light in this very human institution. Our story, our hope, our strength is in God’s purpose and plan, and the world needs to see us faithful to that work. As this year draws to a close, I am grateful for Trinity Church, her love and courage, and the great willingness to open her arms to so great a cloud of witnesses. We celebrate with great joy, we care deeply and with compassion. We listen to the voice of God in so many different voices, and continue to work, pray and give generously that the Kingdom of God will be known and prosper. Advent is a gift to each of us, to our families, and through us, to the world. A blessed Advent to you all, and a blessed Christmas!

Photo by Adam DeGenova

Choral Evensong followed by a concert of jazz and pop favorites with Eddie Freiberg, keyboard/sax, Stephen Smith, guitar, and Albinas Prizgintas, keyboard/synthesizer. There is a reception afterwards. New Orleans Black Chorale directed by John Ware. 29th Anniversary Christmas program Xavier University Symphonic Band, directed by Tim R. Turner. Popular Classics.

December 6 December 7
Sunday, 5:00

Saturday, 7:00

December 11 The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra plays Thursday, 7:30 at Trinity Church: The Christmas Oratorio. December 13 Tickets start at $15. Call 523-6530 or visit Saturday, 8:00 www.lpomusic.com for more information. December 12 Patriotic music program by Valerie Jones-Francis’ Friday, 7:00 Community Children’s Choir December 14 22nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along with the Eleon Sunday, 5:00 Ensemble from Russia and exciting soloists and instrumentalist from the Greater New Orleans area. Scores are provided . December 16 From Russia, with Love...The Eleon Ensemble, an Tuesday, 7:00 exciting group from St. Petersburg shares a program with the Yellowdog Prophet Choir. Featuring Rus sian folk music with classical and contemporary nuances. December 21 Zulu Gospel Ensemble directed by Rodney Mason. Sunday, 5:00 Music for Advent and Christmas. December 28 Popular New Orleans gospel singer Jo “Cool” Davis Sunday, 5:00 and Friends present their Annual Christmas Spectacular. OTHER OFFERINGS IN DECEMBER Monday, 6:00 Taize Tuesday, 6:00 Organ and Labyrinth Wednesday, 6:30 Gospel Workshop with Al Bemiss Thursday, 6:30 Choral Evensong Sunday, 9:00 PM Compline

The Trinity Book Club meets in two groups on the first Monday of each month. On December 1, the times and places are noon in the boardroom (bring a bag lunch) and 6:30 PM in the faculty lounge. Both groups will discuss The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner, available at a 10% discount from Trinity Treasures. For more information call Phoebe Roaf, 670-2584. Christmas Memorial Flowers. The last day for listing names of those to be remembered in the Christmas Eve bulletin will be Monday, December 15. Please send the names and your donation to the church office, attention: Dianne. Any money received after December 17 will be used for flowers, but we will be unable to list the names in the bulletin. The church offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 26, December 31 at noon, and January 1 and 2. 2
Musicians Chip Wilson and India Stewart take a break with Albinas. They perform at the Healing Services every Thursday morning.

Wit & Wisdom from the WOTC

Children’s Ministry
by Alyce Jefferson, Director of Christian Formation

Christmas in a Jar?
by Catherine Freeman, WOTC President

I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller AS I SAT DOWN TO WRITE MY COLUMN for the December issue of Tidings, I realized there was so much I wanted to say but I was having trouble getting my thoughts organized around the many wonderful WOTC activities in December. So I took the lazy way out and searched for inspiration from others by going on Google and typing in “Christmas quotes.” I read hundreds of quotes but then stumbled across the short one above and for some reason read it over and over several times. The first time I read it, I thought, what a brilliant idea…Christmas spirit in jars! I’m sure the WOTC could find a way to market this product at our next bake sale or better yet, we could offer it at rummage sales or even every Sunday at coffee hour. Think of the money WOTC could raise all year long to enhance the grants given each spring to so many worthy ministries?! But then I came back to reality, read the quote again and realized that we already do “open jars of Christmas spirit” here at Trinity every month, every day and every minute. What do I mean? We at Trinity Church are blessed to have parishioners who give of themselves not only during the Christmas season when giving is emphasized, but all year long. This has been especially evident to me through my involvement in the WOTC in observing the work of the literally hundreds of dedicated female parishioners who give of their time and talent throughout the year to many important WOTC activities and projects. These include rummage sales, flower arranging in the church and chapel, bake sales, weddings, funerals, altar guilds, flower delivery, coffee hours, special events and so much more. So a big thank you to the many WOTC volunteers who “open jars of Christmas spirit” all year long. If you want to join in the giving through the WOTC ministry, it’s always the right time to get involved! UPCOMING WOTC EVENTS December 13 and 14: Bake Sale at the PRC Holiday Home Tour Boutique. To donate items or staff a shift contact Jenny Moses at 895-7817 or jenmo@cox.net. December 21: Christmas Pageant reception in Bishop Polk Hall following the 10:30 AM service. To donate items or to help staff, contact Mathilde Currence at 895-4141 or mathildecurrence@yahoo.com. January 15: WOTC board meeting 9:00 AM, boardroom.

ST. NICHOLAS WILL VISIT the Children’s Gift-Making Workshop. On Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM to 12 noon in Bishop Polk Hall, children ages 3 through 11 are invited to make Christmas crafts and ornaments, decorate holiday cookies, and enjoy a visit from St. Nicholas himself! Parents, especially of little ones, are invited to stay and help. Children are encouraged to wear play clothes and bring a can of food to donate to the hungry. Contact Elizabeth Crawford at elizcrawford@gmail.com if you are coming, or if you can volunteer. ADVENT WREATHS. Our families gather on November 30 to make Advent Wreaths for their homes. Children bring candy and Christmas cards for the Christmas on the River 2008 project.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will take place on Sunday, December 21 at the 10:30 service. Rehearsals for the major roles will be held on the first two Sundays in December and the Saturday before the pageant. On the morning of the Pageant, children aged 3 through 11 in the congregation will be invited to be angels, animals and shepherds in the manger scene. COMING IN JANUARY: New group for parents of young children meeting once a month for fellowship and dinner, prayer and study, speakers and discussions. More information will follow. Ministry on the River 2008 The Seamen's Church Institute is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and is the largest mariner's agency in North America. Since 1934, it has offered a holiday outreach program, Ministry on the River. Candy and Christmas cards are being collected for the tow boaters away from home for the holidays. Look for collection baskets at the welcome desk and at Bishop Polk Hall through November 30. Contact Alyce Jefferson at 670-2519. The Guild of the Christ Child We support families with infants and children with prayers and personal communications prior to the new child’s arrival and after the birth or adoption of a child. We celebrate with families at the hospital, at their home and at the time of their child's baptism. We hope to help each family and young child find their place within the Trinity church family. Notify us when you are expecting, preparing for adoption, and when your baby arrives. Contact Michelle Ryan at 866-6330 or cox.michelle@cox.net.

Photo by Sandy Courvoisier

Eucharistic Visitors and Hospital Ministry
We have trained Eucharistic Visitors who bring communion to parishioners who are in hospitals, nursing homes or residences and cannot be with us on Sundays, and also to Episcopalians in two local hospitals on Sunday afternoon. If you or a loved one would like a Eucharistic visitor, call Alyce Jefferson at 670-2519. 3

Alyce Jefferson to Be Ordained December 27
GOD WILLING, our own Alyce Jefferson, our Director of Children’s Christian Formation, will be ordained to the Vocational Diaconate on December 27, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans. Alyce has served on staff at Trinity for two years and we have endorsed, supported and prayed with her through this long process. God be praised!

A Big Thank You from the Office of Community Ministries
by Joe Wallace, Outreach Director

Praying a Prayer of Gratitude: With Truly Thankful Hearts
New Sunday Class Starts November 30 at 9:15 AM
THE GENERAL THANKSGIVING (BCP p. 58 and p. 101) is a treasured prayer that not only directs our hearts to the underlying verities and touchstones of the grace of God in Christ, but also engenders thanksgiving for the love of God expressed in Christ. Participants will be invited to let the words of this prayer ground them in the substance of God’s meaning and inspire them in offering back to God lives of thanksgiving, service, and praise. Leader: Rob Goldsmith. Sunday mornings from 9:15 AM to 10 AM in the Parish House parlor, beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 30.

I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK all of you for your support during the school supply drive. With your help we raised $1,515 and a car-full of school supplies. I also wish to thank you for your help in making our ministry fair a success – it was wonderful to see our many ministries in one place. We are truly a vibrant congregation. As many of you know from following the news, the Horns for Guns program achieved its aims. None of it could have happened without volunteers from our parish family who are committed to doing whatever they can to end the violence in our city. The Jeremiah rally on October 26 sought commitments from our political leaders to a housing program to provide soft second mortgages and to reserve Road Home properties for affordable home ownership. Your participation helped make this event a success, as well. Christmas Adoption Program Advent is upon us. I would like to ask for your help in putting smiles on children’s faces and letting them know that they too are loved. We will be adopting families in our community and helping them celebrate this joyous holiday by providing Christmas gifts for them. Students, faculty and staff of Trinity School will host a food drive to provide meals as well for these families in our Christmas adoption program. There is a place in the undercroft where you can select names of individual children or of a family you may want to adopt.

Faith and Fiction Returns in January!
THIS POPULAR ADULT CLASS begins Sunday, January 11 at 9:10 AM and will run through May. Participants will read assigned short stories – most of which are written by persons of faith – and discuss them from a faith perspective. Discussion leaders include Paula and Charlie Zeanah, Emily Shelton and Marcia Cooke. Clergy mentors are William Barnwell, Phoebe Roaf and Rob Goldsmith. Participants will be asked to purchase Volume I of the paperback of short stories “Listening for God” which costs about $13. So that we order enough copies, please email Merry Toups at merryparis@yahoo.com (phone 866-0157) if you plan to attend or if you have questions. Scholarship assistance is available for the cost of the book if necessary.

Compline Service Begins in Advent
by Albinas Prizgintas, Director of Music Ministries

Thanks for Supporting the Wednesday Night Program!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU who have joined us on Wednesday nights. The last Wednesday Night Program in 2008 will be held on December 17. On December 10 and 17, Beckye Taylor of Trinity School will lead a two-part series entitled Share Save Spend, focused on the relationship between our values and the monetary and financial decisions we make, in particular what lessons we transmit to our children. Following a break for Christmas, the Wednesday Night Program resumes on January 7, 2009. 4

BEGINNING ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, November 30, at 9:00 PM in the church, we will begin the service of Compline, the final service of the Daily Office, on Sunday evenings. It is based on medieval forms and derives from the universal practice of praying at bedtime. It is a short service, which includes the singing of psalms, the Nunc Dimittis, an evening hymn, confession and absolution, and a short lesson. It will be a great way to end the week and prepare for the week ahead. Mobile Loaves and Fishes is accepting donations of outerwear – coats, jackets, parkas and the like – and toys, and blankets to distribute on the truck during the holiday season. Please contact Sarah Minge for more information at 670-2532 or sminge@trinitynola.com.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES December 24, Christmas Eve: 4:00 and 10:30 PM December 25, Christmas Day: 10:00 AM

A Stewardship Minute Stewardship News A Call to Give, by Maria Elliott, Stewardship Coordinator

a Call to Love
by Michelle Cox

By the Light of the Star
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance! - Dennis Bratcher, THE VOICE AS WE WAIT during the season of Advent for the coming of Jesus once more, I can’t help but think of the light of the star that guides us once again to the manger. Those gathered around to pay tribute to the child seem to glow with the pleasure of adoration. At this writing, we are grateful to 287 Trinity families who have pledged $838,875.00 so that our light can shine more brightly in the world in 2009. Please join us and make your pledge today! Remember that there are many ways to show your love for Christ and all are valued here!

Blessing of the Prayer Shawls December 7
by Dee McElroy

We are constantly called upon to give. We give money, time, and energy to many. And, honestly, most important people or organizations in our lives receive all three. The reasons we give are varied and personal. I can not tell you why you should give of your time, or your money, or your energy. But I can tell you why I give some of mine. God has called me to love. His greatest gift enables me. He gave so much, his gift an expression of an incomprehensible love. So I give as an expression of love. I give to Trinity Church because I love the people, I love the feel inside the church, I love spirit bags in the narthex, and the Children’s Christmas pageant. I love the Trinity Counseling and Training Center, TEEP, and the wealth of outreach services we have. I love living in God’s community and I love knowing that my dollars will go further towards helping others and spread more love when I give them over to Trinity. Giving, whether it is of money, time or energy, can be a positive, empowering, and humbling practice, a loving practice. And Trinity Church, just like us, could always use a little more love.

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 at the 10:30 AM service there will be a Blessing of the Prayer Shawls. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the lovely work of this faithful ministry and the opportunity to literally enfold someone in a visible sign of caring and prayer. Who might welcome such a gift? Those facing difficult transitions, grief and illness in their lives certainly. But there are many other possible recipients: √ expectant parents and new mothers √ engaged couples and newlyweds √ those with a new job √ people moving to another city √ those celebrating birthdays √ those leaving for college √ graduates √ parents with newly-empty nests √ anyone to whom you might wish to say "I am thinking about you" for any reason If you would like to give one of these, or are the head of a ministry that would like to incorporate this practice, please contact Rob Goldsmith at 670-2528 or rgoldsmith@trinitynola.com. To join this ministry as a knitter, contact me at 897-9990 or deemce50@gmail.com. Visit Turkey! The Atlas Foundation is planning a trip to Turkey next May or June, with the goal of promoting peace and understanding between Muslims and Christians. A big side benefit: you'll see fantastic sights and eat fabulous food! The only cost is the flight to and from Turkey. The Turkish organizers, in a gesture of amazing generosity, will provide rooms in hotels they own and meals at no cost! Con-tact Pat Corderman, pcord@bellsouth.net, Patty Jackson, pattyjack13@cox.net, or Phoebe Roaf, proaf@trinitynola.com.

Moving Beyond the Vineyard
by Clay Beery I HAVE BEEN BLESSED to spend a significant portion of my life in this place or, more aptly, in this vineyard that we call Trinity – to use the picture from our Gospel lesson and Peter Marty’s wonderful sermon on it that first Sunday of this stewardship season. Over the years, there have been so many occasions when members of this community, both ministers who wear collars and those who do not, have been present to me and my family, have witnessed the power of Christ to us, or supported and encouraged us in our faith. I truly love this place, this vineyard. I tell you this only to let you know that my family and I have decided to do something difficult this stewardship season, and that is to devote some time to putting whatever feelings we may have about Trinity aside and to go to the Father, our gracious Landowner, to seek His guidance in our stewardship decisions and, more generally, in our relationships with money. Seeking God’s guidance, through prayer and consideration of what Jesus said about money, may be the most important thing we can do this season. So please join the Beery family (Leslie, Julia, Jack and me), during this time of remembering Trinity, in setting aside some time to forget about Trinity and to prayerfully consider and focus on God’s call to us regarding our resources. We look forward to walking and working with you in the vineyard and to the many harvests to come. 5

Youth Ministry News
by Joe Wallace,Interim Youth Minister

Trinity School Topics
Trinity staged its annual Olympics, a field day designed to celebrate friendship, teamwork, and sportsmanship, on Friday, October 31. The event pairs students from the different grades, First with Eighth, Second with Seventh, Third with Sixth, and Fourth with Fifth, with each Olympic squad choosing a name and designing a t-shirt for its team. This year, because of the Halloween date, the theme was “Things that go Bump in the Night.” Olympics is a highlight of the school year at Trinity and a cherished memory for generations of alumni.

Important Changes to EYC Meeting Times
BEGINNING DECEMBER 7, all of EYC will meet on Sunday evenings from 4:00 to 5:30 in the youth room. (Wednesday night EYC is now a Bible study night.) There is also an ongoing Sunday morning coffee talk and Bible study from 9:00 to 10:00 in the youth room.

Youth Retreat: Dreaming with the Maker
On January 16, 17 and 18, there will be a Diocesan Youth Event at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana. This is a new offering for youth from Grades 6 to 12. Our theme is Dreaming with the Maker. What is your dream? What are your hopes for the future? What is the world’s expectation for you? What is God’s dream for you and the world? We will explore these issues. We will also play games, gather in small groups, have a bonfire, pray and even have an American Idol lip-sync contest! Who: Youth in grades 6 through 12 Where: SECC When: Friday, January 16 through Sunday, January 18 To register, go to www.solepisc.org and click on Info about & Registration for Upcoming Events and look under Youth Events. Early bird registration (before December 25)is $86; after December 25, $97. Registration closes January 9. I hope to see all of you soon !

Join us for the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 19 at 5:30 PM. The celebration features the songs of the season, lessons read by Trinity students, and a homily by Father Michael. An alumni reception follows in the Parish House. There are two more Fabulous Fridays, the Admission Open Houses for parents of prospective students at Trinity Episcopal School. Upcoming dates are Friday, December 5, and Friday, January 9. Open houses begin at 8:45 AM in Bishop Polk Hall.

Time to Think about Rummage...
by Elaine Haney, Rummage Chair

AS YOU PREPARE for the Christmas season, what a good time to organize your home, de-clutter your space, and donate items to Trinity’s fabulous and most successful fundraiser – the Rummage Sale! Money raised from this all-volunteer effort is donated to church ministries and community projects. Did you know that we have a special storage room for rummage where dedicated volunteers sort, price, and store items year-round? We’re accepting clothes (on hangers if possible), shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats, toys, books, CDs, records, kitchen items, baskets, linens, decorative items, picture frames, artwork, small electronics (in working order), sports equipment, and so on. If you know any retail stores that can donate items or need help with pick up, please contact me at 866-5811 or elaineshaney@aol.com. Thanks for supporting this great WOTC ministry! 6

FROM THE PARISH REGISTER
Baptism Mignon Vallee Ogden, daughter of Michelle Kence Ogden and Roger Hadfield Ogden Marriages Jason Anthony Mead and Elizabeth Lee Jahncke Eric Ransavage and Deirdre Cecile Danos Transferred to Trinity Amanda Griffin from St. John’s Episcopal, Decatur, Alabama Transferred from Trinity Sarah Hoffman to St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana Janice Barden to Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena, California Sarah Mister Mills and daughter, Lillian McQuitty Mills, to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas Burials Phyllis Thompson Doris Logrie

Trinity Treasures Wise and Wonderful Books and Gifts
CELEBRATE THE SEASON in all its wonderful facets with Trinity Treasures. Browse our beautiful Advent observances to make intentional the quiet anticipation of this holy time of waiting – beautiful Carruth Advent wreaths, daily devotional books, Advent cards and calendars of all kinds for adults and children. For Christmas, we offer an abundance of gifts and decorations from the whimsical and fun to the lovely and inspirational – ornaments, angels, candles, delectables, pre-lighted table-top trees and so much more. Let us help you simplify your preparations and highlight the meaning of this very hallowed and hectic season, while your holiday shopping becomes a gift in itself through the dollars generated for Trinity and the larger New Orleans community.

Stephen Ministry Retreat
by Linda Stone

WHO KNEW THAT JESSE ADAMS COULD PLAY the guitar, piano and whistle three different ways?! These were just a few of our many gifts Stephen Ministers shared while at our Stephen Ministry Annual Retreat at the Solomon Retreat Center during a magnificently crisp and sunny November weekend. We are coming to the end of our Fall 2008 twelve week training course which was overseen with the energetic commitment of Stephen Leader Duane Page. In addition to Duane, the Stephen Leaders – Jesse and Nancy Adams, John Harkins, Beth Sheridan and Linda Stone – helped to design a stimulating and meaningful course. All current Stephen Ministers played a significant role by participating as presenters in the various training sessions. We also had Walt Ehrhardt, Debby Poitevant, Priscilla Maumus, Kathy Meunier and Meg Bradley share some of their fields of expertise with our trainees. (Kathy and Meg helped to start Stephen Ministry at Trinity Church in 1996.) The twelve members of the fall training class have been enthusiastic and inspiring in their dedication to both their training and to each other. These participants will add their names to the list of over 450,000 people who have trained as Stephen Ministers from more than 10,000 congregations in all 50 states and 21 other countries. Three of our current trainees plan to take what they’ve learned and start a Stephen Ministry program at Holy Name of Jesus Church. We look forward to having our new Stephen Ministers commissioned on Sunday, December 7 during the 10:30 service. Please keep these individuals in your prayers as they embark on their new Stephen Ministry journeys. The members of the class to be commissioned on December 7 include: Lisette Charbonnet - Holy Name Ninette and Perry Eastman Ann Ewin Marion Johnson David Musser Mignon Parker - Holy Name Annie Phillips Ann Preaus Virginia Dare Ruffin Jack Ryan Clara Vella - Holy Name

PAIRS Class for Couples
By Jesse Adams, Assistant Rector

PAIRS is a program that teaches relationship enhancement skills to help you and your partner... Develop easy-to-use yet powerful communication techniques that turn conflict into connection; Use problem-solving tools that enhance intimacy; Acquire insights about the package of learnings and attitudes we each bring with us into our intimate relationships; Deal with unconscious expectations and hopes usually not made expressly known to ourselves or our partners; Learn caring behaviors that deepen the pleasure in relationships. CLASS DATES: Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:30 to 5:30. Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 to 8:30 Wedesday, January 28, 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday, January 31, 9:30 to 5:30 All Classes in Trinity Parish House Requested donation for materials: $75 per person Come to a PAIRS Preview on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 PM, to learn about the details of the class. Call me for information at 670-2512 or 812-5533. 7

Clergy and Staff
The Rt. Reverend Charles E. Jenkins ................................................ Bishop The Reverend Henry L. Hudson ........................................................ Rector The Reverend Robert Goldsmith ...................................... ....Associate Rector The Reverend Phoebe A. Roaf ............................................ Associate Rector The Reverend Jesse Adams.....................................................Assistant Rector The Reverend William Barnwell..............................................Priest Associate The Reverend Dr. Michael Kuhn........................... Trinity School Headmaster The Reverend Richard Easterling............................................School Chaplain The Reverend Ormonde Plater.............................................................Deacon The Reverend Dagfinn Magnus ............................... Theologian in Residence The Reverend Dr. Hill C. Riddle ......................................... Rector Emeritus Albinas Prizgintas .......................................... ..Director of Music Ministries Albert Bemiss...........................................................Associate Music Director Victor Atkins...........................................................Children’s Choir Director Sandy Courvoisier ...................................................... ...Executive Assistant Michael Taylor, MS, CCIM .................................. ..Chief Operation Officer Stephen L. Harris, MS, CPA.....................................Chief Financial Officer Roger Ward, PhD................................................Outreach Director Emeritus Alyce Lee Jefferson..............Deacon Candidate/Director of Christian Formation Maria Elliott ........ ................................................ Stewardship Coordinator Susan Cooley, PhD ........................................... Counseling Center Director Kriste Buck... ................................................................. .Database Manager Dianne de Vienne.................................................................Communications Sarah Minge.........................................................Disaster Relief Coordinator Cambre Eagan.............................................................................Receptionist Joe Wallace .....................................................................................Outreach Lloyd Edwards.....................................................................................Sexton

Vestry
Edward N. George .............................................................. Senior Warden Clare Stewart ...................................................................... Junior Warden Ann A. Crane ............................................................................. Secretary James C. McElroy, Sr. ................................................................. Treasurer Paul St. Martin ............................................................ Assistant Treasurer Nell Bolton Elizabeth C. Crawford Kathy Eastman Dabney M. Ewin Katherine W. Gelderman J. William Groome John P. Harkins G. F. Gay Le Breton Henry F. “Skip” O'Connor, Jr. Reese Pinney Brucie Rafferty C.W. “Toto” Robinson Linda Stone

Hirschel T. Abbott, Jr. ................................................................ Chancellor Catherine Freeman ........................................................... WOTC President Sandy Whann .............................................. Trinity School Board President

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