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Week of February 23, 2020

Readings for this Coming Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd and 23rd 

Every Sunday we read texts from the Bible: a lesson from the Old Testament and/or the New Testament, a Psalm and one of the Gospels. That’s a lot to take in all at once. To prepare us for the coming weekend, we are presenting the texts to you ahead of time. The texts for this Sunday appear below.   

First Lesson: Exodus 24:12-18

Psalm: Psalm 99

Second Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Daughters of the King (DOK) Estah Outreach Ministries Project – Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd & 23rd

The Order of the Daughters of the King in the Diocesan Assembly of Central Florida have chosen this year to financially support Estah Outreach Ministries Inc. This organization, based in Orlando, goes out into the community and meets the needs of the people where they are, whether they are the working poor, the homeless or women in domestic violence shelters. It also seeks to help people in weather related crisis situations, such as those affected by hurricanes. Estah Outreach Ministries has partnered with Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Help Now Domestic Violence Shelter by donating food and clothing and by providing ministry services to them. It has also provided classes of empowerment to students in area schools. Everything they do is meant to show people in need the love and mercy of God. Their goal is to instill the belief that all things are possible with God.

A table will be set up outside the chapel before and after the Saturday, February 22nd 5:00 PM Eucharist, outside the Chapel before and after the Sunday, February 23rd 8:00 AM Eucharist, and outside the Church before and after the Sunday, February 23rd 10:00 AM Eucharist. Please consider donating to this cause by making your check payable to, “Trinity Episcopal Church” with “Estah Outreach Ministries” on the memo line. If you have any questions about the Estah Outreach Ministries Project, please email Audrey Richey at audreykrichey@gmail.com.

Attention All Youth Group Students and Candidates for Confirmation – February 22nd

Beginning at this Sunday’s Youth Group Meeting and continuing at all meetings until April 26th,  Fr. Gritter will begin to teach the students about the sacrament of Confirmation. All candidates who would like to receive Confirmation must attend the next four Youth Group Meetings: February 22nd, March 8th, March 22nd and April 26th and complete a form that will be handed out on Sunday.

In addition, all candidates for Confirmation must watch Trinity’s Anglican 101: A History of the Anglican Communion study. The study teaches how the Anglican Church was established: beginning with the Old Testament and continuing through present day. The study includes six 1-hour sessions and is found online on Trinity’s YouTube channel: go to www.YouTube.com and search for “Trinity Episcopal Church Anglican 101.” This  Sunday’s meeting will be an overview of Confirmation and The Anglican 101 study.  A schedule of when the six sessions of the study will be discussed will be distributed at this Sunday’s meeting. If you have any questions regarding Confirmation or the Anglican 101 study, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter at 772-567-1146 or through email at jgritter@trinityvero.org. 

Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins – Wednesday, February 26th

This coming Wednesday, February 26th is Ash Wednesday, thereby beginning the season of Lent. Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be held at Noon in the Chapel and 6:00 PM in the Church.

NO Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday, February 26th 

There is NO Choir Rehearsal on Wednesday, February 26th due to the Ash Wednesday 6:00 PM Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes in the Church.

GriefShare Support Group continues – Wednesday, February 26th

GriefShare is a Grief Support group that is led by Fr. Robert Switz 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 Wednesday, October 30th and will continue every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00 PM in the Church office conference room until March 4th.  If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at jgritter@trinityvero.org. 

Screwtape Letters Book Study – Thursdays beginning February 27th

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you succeed spiritually and sometimes you fail? Are there in fact spiritual forces at work against us, and how might they operate? What are their tricks; how do they succeed in knocking us off course? Is the Devil real; and if so, is there a way to spot him, to see his actions in our lives? 

There is an old expression, “know thine enemy” and this Lent we are going to do exactly that in our seven-week study of CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Written after Lewis’ brother narrowly escaped from the Nazis at Dunkirk, the Screwtape Letters are 31 short letters from a senior demon named, Screwtape, to a junior tempter named, Wormwood. Wormwood has just been given his first human, a young man (referred to as “the patient”) to corrupt and secure for eternity. This book was an enormous influence on Fr. Rodriguez, as it made him see the spiritual warfare in his own life and the solution that only Jesus Christ can give. 

This seven-week class will be held on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:15 PM starting on Thursday, February 27th in the Education Building. Please consider this study as a central element of your Lenten disciplines as we seek to understand the nature of temptation and the weapons that Jesus gives to us to combat it. If you have any questions regarding the study, please email Fr. Josh Gritter at jgritter@trinityvero.org. 

Stations of the Cross – Thursdays beginning February 27th

Beginning this Thursday, February 27th, we will walk the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel every Thursday at 

5:15 PM. This is a short half hour service where we are called to trace the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.  (Via Dolorosa, which means “Way of Grief” in Latin, is a road in the old city of Jerusalem and the path where Jesus was led in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross.) Please consider making this part of your Lenten devotion.

Confirmation and Receptions – Sunday, May 3rd

Bishop Gregory O. Brewer, the Bishop of the Central Diocese of Florida, will be visiting Trinity on Sunday, May 3rd to Confirm and Receive candidates into the Episcopal Church during the 10:00 AM Eucharist.  If you are interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation or being Received into the Episcopal Church, please email Kathy Rodriguez at krodriguez@trinityvero.org and a form will be sent to you to complete. 

In order to prepare to be Confirmed or Received, all candidates must watch Trinity’s Anglican 101: A History of the Anglican Communion study. The study teaches how the Anglican Church was established: beginning with the Old Testament and continuing through present day. The study includes six 1-hour sessions and is found online on Trinity’s YouTube channel: go to www.YouTube.com and search for “Trinity Episcopal Church Anglican 101.”  If you have any questions regarding being Received or Confirmed, or the Anglican 101 study, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter at 772-567-1146 or through email at jgritter@trinityvero.org.

Important Reminders…

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: www.TrinityVero.org. If you missed the sermon or just want to listen to it again, go to our website and click on the “Sermons” tile. 

Weekly Eucharist at Noon — Monday through Thursday 

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 abaron@trinityvero.org to schedule an audition.

Boys & Girls Choir Rehearsals

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 islandsong47@msn.com.

Trinity’s 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 p.m. The youth have dinner, play games, and have Biblical discussions. 

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 jgritter@trinityvero.org.

Coffee Hour Host

The Coffee Hour Sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the Narthex of the Church and in the Parish Hall. Please take a moment to sign up for a Sunday or two of your choice to provide the treats. They can be homemade, or store bought: a batch of cookies, coffee cake, crackers, etc. On Sunday, bring your treats to the Parish Hall kitchen and they will be set out at the proper time for you. Your fellow parishioners will thank you. 

Alan and Susan Miller are our hosts for this Sunday’s Coffee Hour. If you have any questions regarding signing up for Coffee Hour, what or how much to bring, please contact Kathy Rodriguez in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at krodriguez@trinityvero.org.

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 ahiser@trinityvero.org.

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 ahiser@trinityvero.org 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.

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 mhanlon@trinityvero.org. 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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