Calendar for the week ahead

Saturday, September 30th
10:00 AM Fall into Jesus! Children’s Fall Festival & Book Fair in the Parish Hall
10:00 AM Daughters of the King Monthly Meeting in the Education Building

Sunday, October 1st
  8:00 AM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
  9:00 AM Rector’s Forum in the Education Building
  9:45 AM Sunday School and Childcare
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church
11:15 AM Special Coffee Hour to Welcome Back the Boys & Girls Choir in the Parish Hall
                  Children’s Book Fair in the Parish Hall
11:30 AM NO Boys & Girls Choir Rehearsal in the Music Building

Monday, October 2nd
  1:00 PM GriefShare Support Group Program continues in the Office Conference Room

Tuesday, October 3rd
12:00 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
12:45 PM Knitter’s Group Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Education Building

Wednesday, October 4th
  5:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal in the Music Building

Thursday, October 5th
12:00 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

Events at a glance

Sunday, October 8th
  8:00 AM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
  9:00 AM Rector’s Forum in the Education Building
  9:45 AM Sunday School and Childcare
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church
11:15 AM Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall
11:30 AM Boys & Girls Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, October 12th
  5:00 PM Forgiveness Book Study and Potluck Dinner begins in the Parish Hall

Saturday, October 14th
10:30 AM Funeral Service for Frank Winders in the Church.

Wednesday October 18th
12:00 PM Special Feast Day Holy Eucharist: St. Luke the Evangelist in the Chapel

Thursday, October 26th
11:30 AM Men’s Group Lunch and Meeting

Saturday October 28th
12:00 PM Special Feast Day Holy Eucharist: Ss Simon and Jude in the Chapel

Saturday, November 4th
  4:00 PM Trinity’s Annual Fall BBQ in the Parish Hall


Special Coffee Hour to Welcome Back Trinity’s Boys & Girls Choir

Sunday, October 1st
This Sunday, please join us for a Special Coffee Hour to welcome the Trinity’s Boys & Girls Choir back from their summer respite and to kick off the beginning their new season. This year Trinity welcomes back many familiar faces and some new ones too. Dr. Anthony Baron & Darlene Rodgers have a full schedule prepared for this year’s choir; some of it will include the young choristers performing in Church! So come to Coffee Hour this Sunday and show your encouragement and support for our young choristers.

Children’s Book Fair

Sunday, October 1st
Attention all parents, grandparents and Godparents! Trinity Episcopal Church & School Book Fair will continue through Coffee Hour this Sunday. Please take a few minutes to peruse through the books that are available. The teachers in the school also have baskets of books that they would love to have in their classrooms. The books are great gifts to show appreciation to the teachers for all they do and a great Christmas gift for children!

GriefShare Support Group Continues

Monday, October 2nd
GriefShare is a Grief Support group that is led by Fr. Josh Gritter for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. There are 13-weekly sessions with a video introduction from experts in the field, a group discussion time and a workbook for personal use. Each session is self-contained, so you are welcome to begin attending at any time. Everyone in the Vero Beach community is welcome to attend.

This session of GriefShare began on Monday, September 18th and will continue through Monday,
December 18th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the office conference room. (Please note that there will be NO GriefShare Support Group on Monday, October 23rd.) If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at If you would like to signup for GriefShare, please send an email to

Book Study and Potluck Dinner: Forgive: Why should I and how can I?

Thursday, October 12th
Meaningful forgiveness is one of the hardest things a person can do. Even so, meaningful forgiveness should be a central part of everyone’s lives. This begs the question, Why should I and how can I? On Thursday, October 12th, Trinity will have the first Book Study and Potluck of the season. The Rector, Fr. Chris Rodriguez will present Tim Keller’s book, Forgive: Why should and how can I?

The Potluck Dinner and Book study is a 6-week program that will begin on Thursday, October 12th and continue through Thursday, November 16th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. The Potluck dinner will begin at 5:00 PM and the Book Study will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM sharp! Please bring a dinner entrée or side dish to share with 8 to 10 people. If you plan to attend the study, please sign up either on the bulletin boards in the Parish Hall or email If you have any questions, please contact the office at 772.567.1146.

Books for the study will be available at the Welcome Table for $25.00. Please bring a check payable to, Trinity Episcopal Church & School and earmark the check, 2023 Fall Book Study. Books are also available online at your favorite book supplier.

Special Feast Days Holy Eucharist

Please join us for Noon mass in the Chapel to celebrate the following special feast days:

Wednesday, October 18
St. Luke: Evangelist, Physician, Historian, Iconographer, Rhetorician and author, and faithful travel companion of St. Paul – St. Luke was a man of many gifts. How surprising then that he is remembered to have been a Gentile by birth!

St. Luke’s Gospel account and its sequel, the Book of Acts are known for their great emphases on such things as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the necessity of prayer, the power of parable, the inclusion of the Gentiles in the Church, Jesus’ love of healing, and the elevation of the poor and of women in the Kingdom of God.
St. Luke is historically depicted in Church art with the symbol of the Ox, as his Gospel especially depicts the priestly and sacrificial aspect of Jesus’ ministry.

Saturday, October 28
Ss. Simon and Jude: This day we celebrate two of the 12 Apostles together – partners in mission during their earthly lives and now partners in the glory of the Kingdom of God.St. Jude, A.K.A. Thaddeus, is the author of a short Epistle in the New Testament by his name. As he encourages us there to ‘Contend for the faith delivered once for all to the saints’ and to stand firm against heresy, so he set us an example when he was martyred for his faith in Persia.

St Simon was called ‘the zealot’ – whose zeal, formerly misplaced, was converted by Christ into a zeal for the Gospel. Little is known of his life except that, according to legend, he joined St. Jude in Persia after preaching for some time in Egypt, eventually ending his life in martyrdom by being sawn in half, as it is said the Prophet Isaiah once was. He is usually depicted carrying the saw as a sign of victory.

Next Men’s Group Meeting and Lunch

Thursday, October 26th
The next Men’s Group Lunch and Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 11:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Our guest speaker is Paul Gallagher and he will present on The Vietnam War. As always, this meeting is BYOB…bring your own bagged lunch! If you have any questions regarding the study, please call the office at 772-567-1146.

Save the Date! Trinity’s Annual Fall BBQ

Saturday, November 4th
Save the Date! Trinity will host its Annual Fall BBQ on Saturday, November 4th beginning at 4:00 PM. More information to follow in next week’s announcements!


Trinity Episcopal School Highlights from Last Week

Week of September 25th
Trinity Episcopal Church & School students are enjoying a great start to the fall season!

Kindergarten and First Grade students are studying birds. Kindergarten students made bird nests using twigs from the church grounds. They used tweezers shaped like a bird beak to slowly and deliberately build each piece of their nests. The children were completely engaged making the nests with Mrs. Kulczycki, their Kindergarten teacher, at their side for help and encouragement. First Grade students, led by Mrs. Scales their teacher, made Aviary books as they learned about birds. These students are happy, engaged and learning! (See Trinity’s Weekly Email Announcements to see pictures of the students making their bird nest and Aviary books.)

In addition, Kindergarten and First Grade students also made apple sauce. They used an apple peeler and corer appliance to remove the skin and core of apples into thin strips. The children stretched out in a long line so that they could see how long the apple strip would be. They discovered that all of them could stand in a line holding one apple skin strip. They were fascinated! (Please see Trinity’s Weekly Email Announcement to see pictures of the students making apple sauce.)

Most school and Sunday school families have signed up to attend this Saturday’s Fall into Jesus! Festival and Book Fair. There are almost 200 adults and children signed up to attend! We are looking forward to having lots of fun and making memories together.

October will be a full month with the following activities:
• October 1st: National Episcopal Schools Week
• October 5th: Bring Your Bible to School Day
• October 9th: Parent Teacher Conference – No School
• October 12th: Class Group Picture Day

There is much more planned on the horizon, and lots of exciting things happening in our school this fall. The great new is… All the students of Trinity Episcopal Church & School are learning in many ways. One of the ways is through hands-on activities. The students are engaged, they are happy, and they are learning. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, and for all the blessings He has bestowed on our school!


Pastoral Care

Trinity’s clergy are available for Pastoral Care and to bring Holy Communion to our sick parishioners and shut ins. If you or someone you know needs Pastoral Care, please call the office at 772-567-1146. Your call will be answered by the office staff. If your call is after office hours, please press ‘1’ at main menu on the phone system and you will be connected to our on-call clergy.

Weekly Noon and Feast Day Holy Eucharist

Weekly Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel. In addition, Trinity celebrates Holy Eucharist on major Feast Days of the Church year on their annual feast day whenever they happen to fall outside of the regular Tuesday/Thursday Weekly Mass Schedule. Major Feast Days will be added to the announcement the week before and the mass will be held in the Chapel at noon.

Trinity’s 10:00 AM Mass is Live Streamed Every Sunday

Trinity’s 10:00 AM Mass is live streamed every Sunday on the website at, Facebook and on YouTube.  The weekly Service bulletin is located on the page next to the live stream to aid in participation. In addition, Prayer Requests can be submitted, and safe and secure weekly contributions can be donated on the Live Stream page, as well. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 772-567-1146. 

Trinity’s Sermons are Available Online and On Podcast

Trinity’s sermons are available online and on Podcast. The podcasts are easily accessible on our website: If you missed the sermon or just want to listen to it again, go to our website and click on the “Sermons” tile.

The Rector’s Forum

— Sunday Mornings
The Rector’s Forum is held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Education Building. During the Rector’s Forum, the preacher of the day dives deeper into the Sermon topic. This is a Bible study that is interactive, extremely informative and highly educational. You will be amazed at how much you learn in a short time. So come to church with your Bible a little early, grab a cup of coffee and join your fellow parishioners. You will not be disappointed! 

Sunday Morning Opportunities for Children

Sunday School and Childcare
Trinity has childcare for children ages 6 months and up. We also have Sunday School for children PreK through 5th grade, where the children are taught an age-appropriate Bible lesson that is supported with songs and activities. Both programs begin at 9:45 AM in Building 4. Once Sunday School is over, children are brought to their parents in church shortly before Communion. Children up to age 5 can remain in Childcare until parents pick them up after the service. Sunday School is taught year-round, and children are welcome to join at any time. Weekly lessons can be found on the Sermons4 Kids website at

During the 10:00 AM Service
If you prefer that your children be with you in church, we offer activity packets and crayons which can be found in the narthex of the church. The packets pertain to the gospel reading for that day.

Trinity also has a Quiet Room located in the back of the church that welcomes families with small children under the age of 18 months. There, parents have the benefit of participating in the service in a soundproof room while caring for their young children. In the Quiet Room, there is an adjoining room where mothers can nurse their child in private.

If you have any questions regarding Sunday School and Childcare, please contact Mary Louise Kolakowski, Director of Sunday School & Childcare, in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Boys and Girls Choir

Sunday mornings
The Boys and Girls Choir rehearses on Sundays at 11:30 AM in the Music Building. If you would like your child to join the Boys & Girls Choir, or would like more information about the choir, please contact Darlene Rodgers at

Visitor and Prayer Request Cards

Please note that there are “Visitor Welcome” and “Prayer Request” cards in the pews. The cards are located in the book holders, attached to a clip board. The “Visitor Welcome” is on the front of the card and the “Prayer Request” is on the reverse side. The cards can be completed and put in the collection plate during the mass or brought to the Welcome Table after. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Rodriguez in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Prayer Requests

If you have a friend or a loved one that you would like to be prayed for by the Daughters of the King, please complete a “Prayer Request” form that is in the pews in the Church and Chapel and place it in the collection plate during the service. The person requested will remain on the Daughters of the King prayer list for 2 weeks, unless otherwise indicated. You can also call the Church office at 772-567-1146 or email Kathy Rodriguez at to have someone put on the prayer list.

Hearing Aid Headsets Available

Hearing aid headsets are available in the church for all services. If you are interested in using a hearing aid headset, please see one of the ushers in the Narthex, and they will retrieve one for you and show you how to use the headset. At the end of the service, please be sure to return the headset to an usher on the way out of church. The headsets need to be recharged so that they are available for use for the following service.

Coffee Hour 

Sundays after the 10:00 AM Mass
Coffee Hour is held in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings after the 10:00 AM service. Come grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, while welcoming visitors and getting to know other members of the church. Coffee Hour is also a great way to keep in touch with what is going on in the life of the Church. Families are encouraged to attend Coffee Hour. There are activities for children of all ages so kids can connect as well.

Please sign up to host Coffee Hour for a Sunday in the coming weeks, on your own or with another family. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, or contact Lisa Offutt in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Susan Miller
is our host for Coffee Hour this Sunday, October 1st.

In addition, Trinity will have a cake to Kickoff the Boys & Girls Choir Season.

Coffee Hour items can be homemade or purchased, such as cakes and brownies, finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, cookies, fruit, cheese, bagels, etc. Items should be brought to the Parish Hall between 9:15 and 9:45AM already on serving platters, covered and ready to serve. Trinity has plates, napkins and serving utensils already on the tables. Rich Christie, Trinity’s Coffee Hour Emcee, will put your items on the tables for you. If your items need to be refrigerated, or you need additional serving platters, etc., please contact Lisa Offutt in the office at 772.567.1146 or through email at before the end of the week before you are scheduled to host and they will be provided to you. Thank you for hosting a Coffee Hour or two. Your fellow clergy and parishioners appreciate it!

Activities for Children During Coffee Hour

Trinity has engaging activities for children of all ages during Coffee Hour. In addition to the beautiful playground, there is a corner of the Parish Hall that is dedicated to young children. This space is safely contained and has a child caregiver to help the parents monitor their children while they are playing. In addition, there is an area for older children to make crafts, play games, and draw on the white board. A third area is dedicated to older children where they can play games such as Ping Pong and Air Hockey, etc. We look forward to seeing you at Coffee Hour! If you have any questions regarding the activities for children during Coffee Hour, please contact Mary Louise Kolakowski, Director of Sunday School & Childcare, in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Knitters Group Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesdays at 12:45 PM
The Knitters meet on Tuesdays at 12:45 PM in the Education Building. Anyone interested in making prayer shawls for those in need is welcome. The group has yarn and needles for those who want to learn to knit. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Anselmini at

The mission of the Trinity Church Prayer Shawl Ministry is to bring people of similar interests together to share in fellowship and to use our time and talents to produce prayer shawls that will be given away to help comfort those who need the loving hands of God surrounding them because of illness or grief. Each one is blessed by our priests.

Altar Flowers Sign-ups

Altar Flowers can be donated for any given Sunday of the year, except for during Lent and Advent, when there are no flowers on the Altar. Flowers can be donated “In Memory of” or “In Thanksgiving for” a loved one. For more information or to sign up to donate flowers, contact Michelle Clevenger in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Emergency Contact Information

Trinity is in the process of updating our parishioner files with Emergency Contact Information. This information has proven to be very helpful in the past few months. Therefore, please contact Lisa Offutt, Trinity’s Receptionist, at 772-567-1146 or through email at and provide her with your Emergency Contact name and preferred number. Thank you very much for taking the time to provide this information to us.

Interested in Becoming a Member of Trinity?

Are you interested in becoming a member of Trinity Episcopal Church? Becoming a member is easy! Online membership forms are now available on Trinity’s website at Click on the Contact tab and scroll down. If you prefer a paper copy of a membership form or you have other questions about becoming a member, please contact Kathy Rodriguez in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at

Trinity Legacy Society

The Trinity Legacy Society consists of people who name Trinity Episcopal Church as a beneficiary in their final plans. Naming Trinity as a beneficiary is most commonly done as a Bequest in a Will; however, it can also be done in an IRA, Retirement Plan, through life insurance or other planned gifts. The venue of giving and the amount that is given are your choice.

Everyone is invited to join the Legacy Society. Participation allows you to honor and give thanks to God, while giving back to him what was already his. We are reminded in 1 Timothy 6:7-8, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we cannot carry anything out.” Why not give to the church what you cannot take with you? Doing so is continuing to ensure the church will be in existence for many years to come. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (ESV).

If you are interested in having someone contact you about Trinity’s Legacy Society, please call the office at 772-567-1146. Someone will contact you to give you more information on the Legacy Society and Planned Giving.

Home Addresses

Please note that the office will be using your Vero Beach mailing address for church mailings, unless notified otherwise. The office frequently has mail returned with messages stating, “Unable to forward, Return to sender” etc. If you would like the Church to use another address during different times of the year, please email Michele Hanlon at Please let us know a start date and an end date for the other address.

Parking on Sundays

Please note that the parking lots next to the Church and Chapel are for elderly and handicapped use only on Sunday mornings. Everyone else should use the parking lots behind the Parish Hall and the Triplex (across Granada). Thank you!

Church Office Hours

The Church office is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays and on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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