Rector's Note

Thanksgiving 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

I would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.  Please remember that there will no Thanksgiving Day mass this year.

The Collect for Thanksgiving Day is below.  When reading the Collect, we are reminded that everything we have comes from God and He is the one that we are thankful to:

Collect for Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

So when people ask you what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving Day, remember to mention that you are thankful to God.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.  Until then, I remain

yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez


What's New at Trinity?

NO Thanksgiving Day Mass

— Thursday, November 26th

Please note that there will be NO Thanksgiving Day Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day this year. 

Church Office Closed

— Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th

The Church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The office will re-open on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 AM.

Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program begins

— Sunday, November 29th

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program begins this weekend!  Trinity’s Christmas tree is up in the narthex of the Church and decorated with little Angels in need of gifts. This year there are two ways to support the Angel Tree program. 

One way to support the program is to choose an Angel or two from the tree and purchase the gifts for them.  Here is what you do:  Select one or more Angels from the tree and then proceed to the adjacent table to pick up a plastic bag for each Angel you selected. (Gifts need to be returned in the individual plastic bags for each Angel.)  Then put your name and phone number on the Sign-out sheet located on the table so that we know who is shopping for each angel selected.  Gifts can be dropped off to Church on Sunday mornings or dropped off at the Church office during the week. Office hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday, or Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  All gifts need to be return to Church by Sunday, December 6th, or returned to the Church office by Thursday, December 10th.   

The second way to support the Angel Tree program is to donate a monetary gift.  Our volunteer shoppers will use your donation to purchase gifts for the remaining Angels on the tree.  Here is what you do:  Pick up an envelope marked “Angel Tree” that can be found on both the Welcome Table and the Angel Tree table on Sunday morning.  Make a check payable to “Trinity Episcopal Church” and write “Angel Tree” on the memo line.  Place the envelope in the collection plate on Sunday or bring it/mail it to the Church office.  Please return your monetary gift early to ensure that there is enough time for volunteer shoppers to purchase gifts. All gifts need to be received by Thursday, December 10th. If you have any questions, please email Janet Barkett at [email protected].  Thank you again for your generosity towards this program.

Christmas Poinsettia Remembrances begin

— Sunday, November 29th

If you have a loved one that you would like to be remembered or honored this Christmas with a beautiful Poinsettia on the Altar, please complete the form that can be found in your bulletin. Dedications can be made, “In Memory of,” “In Honor of” or “In Thanksgiving for” a family member or friend. Once the form is completed, either drop it in the collection plate during one of the services or bring it/mail it to the Church office by Sunday, December 20thPlease print the names clearly and legibly as the donor’s names and dedications will be listed in a special booklet that will be handed out at the Christmas services. Please include a check in the amount of $45.00, made payable to, “Trinity Episcopal Church” and write, “Christmas Poinsettias” on the memo line. If you have any questions regarding the Christmas Poinsettias, please call the Church office at 772.567.1146 or email Kathy Rodriguez at [email protected].

First Steps Meeting

— Sunday, December 6th

First Steps is an opportunity for visitors and new members to meet with Trinity’s Rector, Fr. Chris Rodriguez and become better acquainted with Trinity Episcopal Church. The meeting is a time of personal interaction for those who are interested in learning about Trinity’s mission, ministries and programs. Come get plugged into Trinity with a cup of coffee and some pastries! First Steps will be held on Sunday, December 6th immediately following the 10:00 AM Eucharist in the Education Building. If you would like to sign up to attend a First Step meeting, please contact Alyssa Hiser in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected].

Men’s Group Meeting

— Thursday, December 10th

The next Men’s Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall. The meeting will be a bring your own Brown Bag Lunch.  Fr. Chris Rodriguez will present The Virgin Birth from Joseph’s Perspective.  We know Mary’s doubts and fears that she had and the steps that she took to try to make sense of Angel Gabriel’s message to her that she would give birth to God’s son. But have you ever thought about how Joseph processed this overwhelming news? Bring your lunch for some fellowship and learn Joseph’s perspective on the Virgin Birth.  If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Fr. Gritter in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected]

Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Food Drive a Success!

Thank you for your very generous support of this year’s annual Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Food Drive!  Your gifts enabled us to purchase 50 turkeys and still have over $2,000 to give to the Salvation Army for them to purchase additional food items needed this Thanksgiving.  The lives of many in our community will be blessed by your abundant giving.  Thank you and God bless you for sharing your gifts. 

Important Reminders

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 at and click on the “Sermons” tile.

The Rector’s Forum continues

— Sunday Mornings beginning at 9:00 AM

The Rector’s Forum is held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall. 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 School and Nursery Care Continues this Sunday!

— Sunday Mornings beginning at 9:45 AM

Sunday School and Nursery care is held on Sunday mornings in the Education Building.  Sunday School begins at 10:00 AM; however, students and children for Nursery care can be dropped off at 9:45 AM.  Sunday School students are brought to Church after the lesson is over, around the time of the Announcements.  Children in Nursery care should be picked up in the Nursery after the service by 11:30 AM.  If you have any questions regarding Sunday School and Nursery care, please contact Kathy Rodriguez in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected].

Sunday School Lessons and Crafts on the Website

Each week a new Sunday School Lesson and Craft can be found on Trinity’s website on the Live Stream page at:  These are great for not only Trinity’s children, but for grandchildren and neighbors.  Feel free to pass the link along!

Youth Group

Trinity offers a Youth Group for young adults, grades 6 through 12. The Youth Group meets on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. The youth play games, study the Bible, have Biblical discussions and have dinner — typically pizza.

Trinity’s youth group is engaging and Christ-centered, focused on imparting the love and knowledge of God. We use games and discussion-based teaching to serve our students. Our prayerful desire is for our students to then take the Good News of the Gospel and introduce it to their communities. We welcome all Middle and High School youth, from those who are merely curious about God to those who have a full-fledged desire to follow him. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected]

Knitters Group Weekly Meeting Resumes

— Tuesdays at 12:45 PM
The Knitters have resumed their weekly meeting 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 [email protected]

Coffee Hour Continues this Sunday!

— Sunday Mornings after the 10:00 AM Mass

Coffee Hour is held Sunday mornings after the 10:00 AM Mass in the Parish Hall. Coffee, decaf, lemonade and water are served, along with individually wrapped packets of cookies, etc. Come and grab a cup of coffee and connect with your friends and fellow parishioners before you go and tackle your week!

Altar Flower Donations

Flowers for the Altar in the Church and Chapel can be donated “In Memory of” or “In Thanksgiving for” a loved one on any given Sunday of the year (except during Lent and Advent.)  If you are interested in donating Altar flowers, please contact Alyssa Hiser in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected]

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 Friendship 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 Alyssa Hiser at [email protected] to have someone put on the prayer list.

Pastoral Care

Father Rodriguez brings Holy Communion to our sick and shut ins. We also have a team of people who visit the Indian River Medical Center on a weekly basis for prayer and pastoral support. If you or someone you know needs Pastoral Care, please call the office at 772-567-1146. If your call is during normal office hours, your call will be answered by the office staff and you will be directed to Fr. Rodriguez. If your call is after office hours, please press ‘1’ at main menu on the phone system and you will be connected to Fr. Rodriguez’ cell phone.

Weekly Eucharist at Noon — Monday through Thursday **Suspended**

Noon Eucharist has been temporarily suspended.  The date will be posted when Noon Eucharist will resume.

The Eucharist is celebrated Monday through Thursday at Noon in the Chapel. Rite I is used on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Tuesday Eucharist uses the 1928 Prayer Book. The Wednesday Eucharist includes Prayers for Healing.

Adult Choir 

The Adult Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. If you are interested in joining the Adult Choir, please contact Dr. Anthony Baron in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected] to schedule an audition.

Boys & Girls Choir Rehearsals **Temporarily Suspended**

The Boys & Girls Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Beyond singing, this group teaches the children what it means to be a chorister in the Anglican tradition. They rely on using Christian hymns and prayers to teach children how music can be an offering to God in our liturgy. Children ages 4 and up are invited to join. If you have any questions or are interested in your children joining the Junior Choir, please contact Darlene Rodgers through email at [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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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