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Weekly Events

Corona Virus Updates

RECTOR'S NOTE

July 23, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Last weekend was a real treat as I was invited by two of our parishioners, Bruce and Mary Rinehart, to All Saints’ Mission in Linville, North Carolina to be their MOW (minister of the week!).  Many of you know that there is a long history of such “seasonal chapels” in the Episcopal Church, small churches that are only open part of the year (typically summer) and are cared for by visiting priests.  I was warmly received by the congregation; the location was absolutely beautiful, and it didn’t hurt that it was 68 degrees when I woke up in the morning.  I am glad to be back home, but a special thank you to the Rinehart’s for making this happen and to the good folks at All Saints’ Linville.  Their joy and hospitality reminded me of my folks back at Trinity Vero. 

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, until then I remain

yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez

Rector

PROCEDURES FOR SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP

 

• The Sunday live stream will continue, so if you are uncomfortable attending or at high risk for infection, you can worship with us online at www.trinityvero.org.

We will continue with only the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass.

• We strongly encourage everyone to bring and wear a mask. For those who do not have one, we will have some available and the Ushers will provide them for you.

• We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer; however, we will have some on hand at stations in the Narthex.

• Those in the same family may sit together; otherwise, everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Ushers will be on hand to assist with seating and coordinate social distancing during Holy Communion and dismissal.

• Members of the choir will maintain a distance of 12’ apart.

• Per Diocesan guidelines, Holy Communion will be in one kind only (bread); no chalice will be offered to the congregation.

• Offertory plates will not be passed but will be available for you to place your offering when you come to Communion.

• No handshaking, hugging, or other physical contact during the passing of the peace; a simple smile and nod or wave is sufficient.

• Coffee Hour is suspended until further notice.

July 2, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

We continue this weekend with our sermon series on the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It has been, and will continue to be, an interesting case study on the brokenness and sin of humanity, even among the great heroes of the Bible.  To this very point, on June 28th, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, had an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Even the Bible is full of flawed characters.”  Cardinal Dolan reminds us that this brokenness extends to all human beings when he writes, “isn’t the same true of America’s historical personalities?”  Cardinal Dolan continues to lament that the “defacing, tearing down and hiding statues and portraits is today’s version of the Puritan book burnings” and warns, “beware those who want to purify memories and present a tidy – and inaccurate history.”   

I think Dolan is correct because our culture is wrestling with this question even now.  What do we do with historical figures with broken pasts?  Do we emulate them or attempt to erase them from memory by destroying images and rewriting history?  As Christians let us consider a third way, and dare I say it, the Biblical way to think about humanity at large. All of us are sinners.  All of us are broken and  “all fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  The solution is not a 21st century cultural revolution, or a rewriting of history.  Instead the Christian view is to acknowledge the sinfulness and brokenness of all mankind; and to also see that God can — and does — use sinners like Abraham, Isaac, you and me – to fulfill His will.

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday, as we pray for our Nation and its leadership.  Until then I remain

yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez

Rector

June 25, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

I have some good news to report.  This week we began the installation of new video equipment in the Church.  The equipment will provide additional video feeds during our Sunday worship and hopefully add enhance streamed worship.  As I said last week, worship is not a spectator sport; and so while our live stream is available for those who are unable to attend due to health concerns or distance reasons, the last thing I want to do is create an incentive for people to avoid Corporate worship.  We are the Body of Christ which means we are called to gather together in worship.

Speaking of gathering together, thank you to all who continue to observe social distancing and wear a mask while in the pews.  I am grateful for your mutual respect and charity on Sunday mornings.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, until then I remain

yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez

Rector

June 18, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

The Live Stream Mass on Sunday has been a great success with roughly 150 live connections during the service and another 1800 connections during the week. The Live Stream was started as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; but by God’s Providence, out of crisis comes opportunity. As a result, we are investing in new cameras and sound equipment to enhance the production quality of our services which will allow us to reach beyond the walls of our buildings. Please stay tuned over these next few weeks as our Live Stream ministry is enhanced.

On another note, we are physical beings. In-person, corporate worship is the norm and standard of Christian worship. Yes, you can watch the liturgy online; but you can participate most fully when we worship together. Yes, you can watch the liturgy online; but you can only receive the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in person. Even as we pursue excellence in Live Stream services, let us all strive to worship the Lord in-person on Sunday, as our health and circumstances allow.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

This Sunday marks the first Sunday after Pentecost. We will remain in the season after Pentecost until Advent this November. It is the longest season of the Church’s year and I think one of the most important. The other seasons: Advent, Christmas, Easter, etc., all revolve around a theme or an event. For example: the birth of Jesus. But the season after Pentecost isn’t about an event, but about all of us, specifically us and our spiritual growth in the Lord. So for the next few months we’re going to be looking at the practical side of faith and how God uses the events of our lives to make us into the men and women he desires us to be. This week we will kick off with Abraham and his wife Sarah, a married couple who struggled and doubted like we all do – even became cynical (Gen 18:1-15). But God has “the last laugh” and proves once again to them, and us, that He knows what He is doing, and He’s got this.

See you Sunday, online or in person, until then I remain

yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

It was wonderful to be back together in worship last Sunday for the Feast of Pentecost.  It was a bit unusual to wear a mask and practice social distancing in worship, but everyone was understanding and “played ball”.  I have not yet heard from the Bishop when he intends to lift the restrictions in place, but I will let you know as soon as I hear.  In the meantime, our worship procedure for the foreseeable future is found below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please also pray for our nation. This year has been off to a rocky start with a Pandemic, and now the social discord and fear which grip our nation. Please pray for all in civil authority, especially Ron our own governor and for Donald our President.  Pray that our religious and civil leaders will exercise caution and restraint in their language. And I especially bid your prayers for the repose of the soul of George Floyd, for his family and for those in law enforcement seeking to protect the innocent and do the right thing.  I’ve known a lot of cops in my life and the vast majority are solid folks who want to “serve and protect”.  “No one hates bad cops more than good cops” the Seattle Chief of Police said on Wednesday.  I think we could use a collective deep breath and use this time as an opportunity to “love our neighbors as our ourselves,” just as Christ loves us.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday, until then I remain

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Its homecoming weekend! This Sunday we will (finally!) resume public celebrations of the Eucharist and I am really looking forward to having the Body of Christ back together in worship. It’s been a long several weeks and while we have pressed on with Live Stream Mass (which we will continue), it will be wonderful to be back together again.

Details of our Reopening procedures, which are in place to protect you and your neighbor from getting sick, are available to you above. Some key highlights are as follows:

1. Everyone in the congregation is strongly encouraged to bring a mask and wear it during worship. Those on the altar will only wear a mask when in proximity to the congregation during the distribution of Holy Communion. If you do not have a mask or have forgotten it, the Ushers will provide one for you.

2. Please bring a personal container of hand sanitizer, although hand sanitizer will also be available for use in the Narthex.

3. I am asking everyone to practice social distancing of 6′ at all times. Again the Ushers will be on hand for a friendly reminder.

I know some of you will be resistant to some of or all of these measures, but I am asking you in the name of Christian charity to comply with these procedures as promulgated by the Diocese and approved by your Vestry. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them my way. Let’s make getting back together again a holy exercise in worshiping Jesus together.

In Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As you know, we will be restarting public worship on the Feast of Pentecost next Sunday, May 31st.  It is a fitting and appropriate date for a restart since the first Pentecost was indeed the birth of the Church, with Her guidance and direction under the power of the Holy Spirit.  So mark your calendars as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost together at Trinity Episcopal Church at 10:00 AM on Sunday, May 31st. Thanks be to God!

Last week the Diocese released their requirements for our resumption of public worship.  Just an hour ago another announcement clarifying the use of face masks was released from the Bishop, and I expect that over the next several days the situation will evolve. That being said, I have asked a team of people to help formulate a policy for our restart at Trinity Episcopal Church that is consistent with both Diocesan and secular authorities.  I will make this available to you as soon as it is finalized.

In the meantime, please attempt to secure a face mask for use during Mass on Pentecost, as we will have a limited supply available. Also know that we will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing (6 feet apart) between non-family members and that the Holy Eucharist will only be distributed in one kind.

Finally, let me remind you that Christians do not operate or live in fear.  Common sense, yes… fear, never.  By God’s grace we will get through this restart as a parish, and I ask for your prayers for Trinity as we move forward.

With love and prayers for you, I remain

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As of this writing, we have yet to hear from the Bishop about his plan for reopening public worship in the Diocese. Please be assured that once I know the dates and parameters, I will send the information out to you. We have already made plans for social distancing in the church and having masks available for the congregation. My prayer is that we reopen sooner than later, with the caveat of course, that those who are high risk exercise discretion and remain at home. No matter what happens, Sunday Eucharist will continue via live stream and we will continue to pray for our Nation, our parish, our own needs and the needs of others. I look forward to worshipping with you soon. Until then I remain

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

This weekend is the fifth Sunday of Easter and it is also Mother’s Day.  I will offer a prayer for all mothers at the 10:00 AM Mass and thank God for those mothers, grandmothers and godmothers whom He has placed in our lives.

I am waiting to hear from Bishop Brewer about the reopening of public worship and he has committed to have an update on or before May 15th.   He has already indicated that reopening worship will be a gradual process to include social distancing, masks and new protocols in line with directions from public health officials.  Stay tuned. I will keep you posted. 

Finally, on a happier note, I am very pleased to report that Alan and June Enos were released from IRMC yesterday after being hospitalized in the ICU for COVID – 19. Because both were admitted at the same time and both in very serious condition, last month the hospital allowed me into the ICU for the administration of Extreme Unction (aka Last Rites). Neither was conscious during my visit, and I was only able to minister to them from behind the containment glass. Thanks be to God that they both have recovered, and I was able to visit with Alan this morning since he is no longer in isolation. He asked how Kathy was doing so we Face Timed her from the room and she cried with joy. Thank you, Jesus for saving them and giving them grateful hearts for Your Mercy. And thank you to all my Trinity folks who prayed for the Enos family.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As I mentioned last week, today, Thursday, April 30th at 4:00 PM, we will relaunch our Screwtape Letters book study via Live Stream at www.TrinityVero.org.  This is a first for us at Trinity.  So far, our Live Streaming has focused only on our Sunday worship together.  But out of crisis comes opportunity’ and Live Streaming our educational content will allow our seasonal folks (or anyone else for that matter) to access our educational offerings online.  

Each week I receive several reports about people from literally around the world accessing our Sunday Mass Live Stream, and now our educational materials will be made available as well.  Let me encourage you to jump on the Live Stream today at 4:00 PM, and even submit a question or two by texting the question to Trinity’s Google Voice account at 772-202-0078.  If 4:00 PM doesn’t work for you, the classes will be recorded and made available permanently on our YouTube channel via Trinity’s website, www.TrinityVero.org. 

So please join us today with an open heart and an adventurous mind.  I am sure the Live Stream will need to be “tweaked” a little as we move forward, but tomorrow is a start.  Thanks be to God.


Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Alleluia Christ is Risen!

Maybe it is just me, but I feel that we are settling into the new normal. Face masks, take-out only, social distancing, work from home and school from home. We are settling into these restrictions as the new normal. I pray that we have indeed “flattened the curve” and that we are on the downside of the COVID 19 pandemic. In any case as Christians, and indeed as Trinity Episcopal Church, we press on. 

Sunday liturgy continues via Live Stream. And next Thursday, April 30th at 4:00 PM, I will relaunch the Screwtape Letters study online. In addition, we are working on a way to bring back the Adult Forum, our interactive weekly Sunday morning Bible study. The point is that even in struggle we do not despair (2 Cor 4:8). So stay tuned. Say your prayers. Join us in virtual worship on Sunday. And please pray, as I do daily, that we shall soon be able to worship Jesus together soon.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Alleluia Christ is Risen!

This past weekend was subdued, to say the least, from our regular Easter worship. Ordinarily we would have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1200 people in attendance on Easter, which is a far cry from the handful we had in the Church this past Sunday. Still our Live Stream has been well received. We had roughly 250 live connections on Sunday morning. Many of these were families gathered together. I am also personally aware of one family who joined us Live Stream from overseas with several family members connecting from different countries. In addition, since Sunday roughly 1000 people have watched the Easter services and I continue to receive heartfelt and sincere notes of thanks and encouragement from people who enjoyed our Easter Mass; some of them are not even members of the parish.

So, while this past Easter was “quiet,” it was well received by many folks from around the world. It also bears repeating that the first Easter was indeed a small and intimate affair. No brass horns, grand hymns or churches packed with the faithful. But literally the first proclamation of Easter was to Mary Magdalene, in her loneliness… in quiet. I preached about this on Sunday and you can catch that sermon here: https://youtu.be/4n6DAP85zaM.

Our Easter celebration will continue, as we read Biblical stories of the Resurrected Jesus meeting men and women in small groups, in quiet… one at a time. So, join me in our journey this Easter, quietly victorious.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As I mentioned in my sermon last weekend, this is perhaps the strangest, saddest and in some ways most authentic Holy Week that I have ever experienced. The church is locked and empty; my folks are hunkered down at home; and our fellowship is necessity restricted. This is surely an uncertain and fearful time. 

But in one sense, perhaps this Holy Week and Easter is a closer approximation of the first one.  After Jesus’ arrest, His own apostles and disciples were sequestered in fear – not of COVID 19, but from the Romans! So let me encourage you to embrace the tensions of the moment, the mixed emotions of loneliness, longing and fear, that will soon be turned into victory and joy.

Our Holy Week services will proceed as scheduled, the main difference of course is that we will be offering Live Stream only. This certainly is not ideal. The Body of Christ (that’s us!) is called to worship together in body, side by side, with one another and our Lord.  Still, let me encourage you to join our Holy Week and Easter worship via Live Stream, as we worship together in spirit.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As you know, for the past two weeks we have moved our Sunday morning Eucharist to “Live Stream” and have been encouraging everyone to join us for worship via Trinity’s website. This is a Live stream, so while receiving the physical Body and Blood of Christ is impossible, we are still praying together as a community. Thanks be to God.

Until just yesterday, it was my intention – with the Bishop’s permission – to leave the church doors unlocked during the service. If people came to church for worship, they would be admitted with proper social distancing, and other safety protocols. However on Thursday, Bishop Brewer issued a Pastoral Directive that “all public celebrations of the Eucharist are to be suspended.” In other words, only those involved in the Live Stream service will be admitted into the Church Building for worship. Bishop Brewer is a faithful man and I know he did not make this decision lightly. Even though our doors will be closed, we will continue to Live Stream the Sunday Eucharist, Holy Week services and Easter Eucharist as per usual at Trinity’s website: https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/

If you’d like to receive Holy Communion, please call the Church Office at 772.567.1146 to make arrangements for private administration of the Sacrament.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. This will be the strangest Palm Sunday ever for me, and I am guessing for you as well. We will sing “All glory laud and honor” to a largely empty Church. Still worship will go on. 

Today Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order requiring all Floridians to remain at home except for “Essential Services”.  Section 3.A.i of the Executive Order states that “attending worship services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship” fall into this category.  Thus, the Sunday 10:00 AM  Eucharist will be Live Streamed, and I am encouraging you to login to your computer and join us.  You will find the link to our Live Stream on Trinity’s website: https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/.  Last weekend some people experienced difficulties accessing the service.  If you are having problems with the video on the website, there are two new buttons below the video for “YouTube” and “Facebook”.  These will take you directly to the video feed.  

Speaking of Palm Sunday, I will have blessed palms available for you to pick up starting Thursday at 10:00 AM.  The blessed palms can be picked up on the picnic table outside of the Church office. This way you’ll be “palmed and ready” for Sunday.

We will continue to keep you informed of any updates or changes via email, our website (www.trinityvero.org) and our Facebook page.   

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters of COVID-19 and its impact on our parish and community, I thought I would share some good news with all of you.

First of all, I’ve asked Susan Miller to coordinate a team of Trinity volunteers to reach out to our parishioners and friends in an effort to keep us connected while we cannot be together for worship, etc. We have a group of 30 volunteers in this effort, including your clergy. If your name and contact number is in Trinity’s Directory, you can look forward to hearing from someone from Trinity to make sure that you are enduring COVID-19 as best as possible.

Secondly, as you know last week was our first attempt at Live Streaming our Sunday Service. It was very well received by our parishioners. In fact, the Live Stream reached over 3,000 people, with 400 folks watching the Mass in its entirety! This is an amazing statistic. I even had a priest friend of mine celebrate the Mass with us from his home in Maryland. A special “shout out” to Fr. Gritter for leading the Live Streaming effort, to our Tech folks who made it happen and to all of you for participating.

We will continue to Live Stream our Sunday Mass at 10:00 AM. You will find the Live Stream on our website or by clicking here https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/. We’ve made some enhancements to the site including a copy of the bulletin which can be scrolled alongside the video so that you can participate – even sing the hymns if you are so inclined.

Even as we “shelter in place”, we are trying new ways to hold our parish community together. Please do not neglect Sunday worship and continue to pray for our parish family.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Pastoring and leading a congregation through a Pandemic is something which never crossed our minds until now. We are all trying to do our very best to manage a situation that is both fluid and largely out of our control. Jesus reminds us that, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV) We remain confident and bold in the face of struggle only because we know that the Lord is in control.

As you know, we restricted our Sunday worship this past Sunday, March 22nd to one Eucharist at

10:00 AM and began streaming the service. The effort was well received with over 1,400 views as of this writing. (You can find the Live Stream page and the Coronavirus updates page on Trinity’s website at www.trinityvero.org.)

One of the challenges of moving to an online format is that folks are not on campus. This past weekend, our giving decreased significantly, and after just two weeks we are $20,000 behind our budgeted income. Left unchecked, this will have a lasting and detrimental impact on our staff and operations. Many of you have already pre-paid your Annual Pledge for 2020 and for that we are thankful. If you have not, we encourage you to pay your Annual Pledge in full now rather than over the course of the year. However, if you choose to continue to support the parish weekly, we ask that you be intentional about your continued support. Many have already chosen to pay their pledge online via PayPal at www.trinityvero.org/giving. You may also mail your pledge to:

Trinity Episcopal Church

Attn: Pledge

2365 Pine Avenue

Vero Beach, FL 32960

If you have any questions, please contact our Bookkeeper, Jeanne Mudge, at 772.567.1146 or [email protected].

As Thomas Paine said, “these are indeed times that try men’s souls…” But at Trinity Episcopal Church, we will continue to pray, to preach, to offer the Eucharist and to be ready to minister side by side in new and different ways. We will persevere through this Pandemic. Thank you for supporting your parish family.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Mr Lee Rodgers
Senior Warden

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

I have just learned that one of our parishioners, Pinky Regan, has been diagnosed positive for Coronavirus.  I called Pinky at home. She is tired, but otherwise in good spirits and upbeat. To her recollection, she has not been in church for at least three weeks, and so the likelihood of her affecting anyone during worship is minimal. Please continue to pray for Pinky and her husband, Bill. They are lovely people and I commended Pinky for her bravery and being open about her condition.

All this being said, I have decided that Sunday Eucharist will be Live Stream only. There will be a few folks in attendance to read and assist at the Altar; however, the church will be largely empty.

As stated in my earlier email, the Live Stream and related resources can be found on Trinity’s website and by clicking here: https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

As you are well aware, we are all wrestling with the reality of the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is no exaggeration to say that I have laid awake at night praying and thinking through how we at Trinity Episcopal Church will respond. I remain confident that the Lord will see us through this crisis, and I ask that you join in prayer for our discernment even as we stay abreast of the information we receive from our governing officials and our Bishop.

On Wednesday I had a special conference call with our Vestry and our plan is as follows:

First, given the fluidity of the situation, all decisions will be made with a two-week time frame in mind. I ask for your patience and forbearance with the uncertainty of longer-range planning. The fact is, we just don’t know.

Given the two-week time frame, the following changes will be in effect until at least March 30th, 2020.

1. The parish office will remain open.

2. All on-campus non-worship activities are canceled.

3. The Holy Eucharist services on Saturday night at 5 pm an Sunday at 8 am are canceled.

4. The 10:00 AM Sunday Eucharist will continue and will also be live streamed so that you can join us in worship. The link for the live stream will be on our website: https://www.trinityvero.org and on our Facebook page. An act of Spiritual Communion will also be made available on our website for those who worship from home. These links will be sent out on Saturday. Sunday School, Nursery and Coffee Hour are canceled.

Everyone must use their own discretion as to whether they will attend. If you do attend on Sunday, we ask that you respect the 6-foot distance from your neighbor. Some people gain comfort and long to be in Church, especially given the gravity of the situation. Others believe remaining quarantined is in their best interest. Please know that my love and concern for all of you does not change, regardless of your decision.

Please keep in mind that if you have a Pastoral emergency, call the office at 772-567-1146 and someone will redirect you to me. If your call is after office hours, you will be prompted to press ‘1’ at the main menu recording and you will be connected to my cell phone.

Finally, as I have said earlier, it is my great privilege as your Rector to walk alongside you for the duration of this crisis. Remember that we are called as Christians to pray and trust in the Lord. I will continue to pray for God’s continued guidance on how to move forward in the weeks to come, as well as for all of you and those who care for the sick.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

We are continuing to monitor the progression of COVID-19 and the recommendations of the CDC. As you may be aware, many institutions are temporarily suspending their activities and recommending self-quarantine. Therefore, we will be amending our scheduled events and worship services for the week as follows:

• We are temporarily suspending our weekday noon masses.

• The Screwtape Letters Lenten Study has been postponed until further notice.

• We will not be holding Stations of the Cross.

The situation is very fluid and as your Rector, it is my great privilege to walk alongside you for the duration of this crisis. I am not alarmed, but I do think we need to be prepared for any contingency. To that end, we will be providing a form for Spiritual Communion for those who cannot physically attend public worship. It is our intention to continue to offer the Mass as long as our Ecclesiastical Authority permits; however, we will continue to communicate any further updates through email, our website https://trinityvero.org/ and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/trinityvero.

And as always, if there are any pastoral emergencies please contact the front office. Your call will be redirected to me. If your call is after office hours, press ‘1’ at the main menu and you will be connected to my cell phone.

Psalm 46:1-3 reads:

1. God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

2. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

3. though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

It is times like this that prove our trust in Him. We will walk through this together with God as our hope and strength.

I remain faithfully yours in Christ,

Fr Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

Many of us have been following the news about COVID – 19, also known as Coronavirus. There is plenty of fear surrounding this potential pandemic. But remember, as Christians our first response is always to pray. Pray for those who are ill and their caregivers. Most importantly, pray for the peace of the Holy Spirit and that we, as the Church, will be examples of calm assurance even in the midst of seeming uncertainly. The Lord is in control.

Bishop Brewer has distributed a pastoral letter which I will read at all Masses this weekend. You can view it by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/BishopBrewerCoronavirusLetter

With regard to Holy Communion, The Blessed Sacrament will continue to be offered in both kinds (bread and wine) at Trinity Episcopal Church. According to The American Journal of Infection Control, “no documented transmission of any infectious disease has ever been traced to the use of the common communion cup.” This fits with a report in The Journal of Infection, which stated, “Currently available data do not provide any support for suggesting that the practice of sharing a common communion cup should be abandoned because it might spread infection.”

Per the Bishop’s letter, I will instruct the Eucharistic Minister’s not to allow personal intinction. If you desire to receive the Chalice you may consume from the Chalice directly or leave the Host on your hand and the Chalice bearer will intinct it for you and place it on your tongue. The full sacramental grace of the Blessed Sacrament is present in either the Bread or the Wine, so you are not required to receive both at Holy Communion.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Rodriguez
Rector

Mail your gift directly to:

Trinity Episcopal Church,

2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope so that your donation is properly applied and credit may be provided for tax purposes.

Schedule Updates

Due to the current situation surrounding the Coronavirus, Fr. Rodriguez has made the following updates to Trinity’s schedule of events.

Sunday 10 AM Eucharist in the Church - Public worship

See Fr. Rodriguez’s Letter from the Rector for more information. 

Live Stream will continue:  Click on the LIVE STREAM tab at the top of the page to access the Mass and bulletin.

Suspended until Further Notice:

• Noon Eucharist:  Monday-Thursday

• Saturday 5 PM Eucharist

• Sunday 8 AM Eucharist

• Coffee Hour

• Rector’s Forum (Adult Forum)

Sunday School 

**Weekly Lessons from Mrs. Yergler are found under Resources on the Live Stream page**

• Nursery Care

• Knitting Group

• Boys & Girls Choir

Foyer Groups:

• Fr. Rodriguez leaves the decision to gather, up to the discretion of group members.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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GriefShare Support Group

— Wednesday, July 29th

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 will continue until Wednesday, August 12th. 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 [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: https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/.  These are great for not only Trinity’s children, but for grandchildren and neighbors. Feel free to pass the link along!

Trinity’s Youth Group – Summer Meeting Schedule 

Attention all Youth Group! The Summer meeting schedule has begun. Youth Group will meet every Thursday in the Education Building from 3:00 to 5:00 PM until the new school year begins. There may be day trips scheduled throughout the summer.  In that case, the time of the meeting will change.  If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Josh Gritter in the Church office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected].

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 **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 – Will resume in September

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]

Coffee Hour Host **Temporarily Suspended**

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.

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]

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: https://trinityvero.org/sunday-eucharist-live-stream/.  These are great for not only Trinity’s children, but for grandchildren and neighbors.  Feel free to pass the link along!

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.

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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