Rector's Note

January 21, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church,

First let me thank all of you for your prayers and well wishes regarding my recent diagnoses with COVID 19.  The virus took me completely by surprise, but my symptoms have been relatively mild.  I continue to thank God for His continued provision for me and my family.  I will abide by the CDC protocols and remain in quarantine for ten days.  Fr. Gritter also continues to be in quarantine, although he remains asymptomatic. 

There is a blessing in all of this.  This weekend we will try something unusual for Trinity.  Instead of celebrating Holy Eucharist, Dr. Baron will lead the congregation in Morning Prayer. Some of you may be familiar with Morning Prayer because it was the standard for Sunday worship for many years in Anglican Churches. It is a much shorter service than Holy Eucharist, as there is no Holy Communion and no sermon.  A bulletin will be provided, and the service will be live streamed, as has become our current practice. Next weekend we will resume our regular liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, which I will celebrate God willing.

Next weekend is also our Annual Meeting and I hope that many of you will join us.  The meeting typically lasts less than an hour and lunch is served. (Please see the details below.)  The Annual Meeting is a great chance to review the year behind us, which was actually a very busy year all things considered, as we look forward to the year ahead. 

So I look forward to seeing you next weekend.  With continued gratitude for your prayers for me and my family I remain,

yours in Christ, 

Fr. Chris Rodriguez 


What's New at Trinity?

Rector’s Forum Canceled

— Sunday, January 24th and 31st

The Rector’s Forum is canceled this Sunday, January 24th and next Sunday, January 31st.   The Rector’s Forum will resume on Sunday, February 7th, same time, same place.

Daughters of the King (DOK) Service of Admission Canceled – To Be Rescheduled

– Sunday, January 24th

The Daughters of the King Service of Admission is canceled for this Sunday.  An announcement will be made once the service is rescheduled.

Men’s Group Lunch and Meeting  

— Thursday, January 28th

The next Men’s Group Lunch and Meeting will be held Thursday, January 28th in the Parish Hall beginning at 11:30 AM.  Doug Ell will present his new book, Proofs of God: A conversation between Doubt and Reason.  In Doug’s words, “If you’ve ever wanted a short, easy-to-read book on the scientific evidence for God, this could be your book.” Come bring your lunch and join the Men’s Group on January 28th to see Doug Ell present his new book. You will not be disappointed!

Annual Meeting and Brunch

— Sunday, January 31st

Please note that the Annual Meeting and Brunch will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, January 31st after the 10:00 AM Mass.  Given the pandemic, the entree for this year’s brunch will be different.  The menu will be individual boxed lunches that need to be ordered in advance.  When signing up for the Annual Meeting, please indicate which boxed lunch you would prefer.  Your choices the following:

Choice #1: Steak & Arugula Sandwich

Choice #2: Turkey Sandwich

Choice #3: Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich

Choice #4: Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Choice #5: Caesar Salad

Each boxed lunch comes with a bag of chips and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. In addition, there will be fruit cups available for anyone who would like one. 

Signing up for this year’s meeting is imperative in order that we can order the correct amount and type of food.  Orders for lunch are due by Monday, January 25th.  Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or email Alyssa Hiser at [email protected].   

New Vestry Nominees for 2021

Three individuals have been nominated by the Vestry Nominating Committee to replace the vestrymen whose terms will expire. The new nominees are Doug Ell, Christine Kahler and Jim Large. 

If you would like to nominate a person for the Vestry or if you have any questions, please contact

Don Herrema, Chairman of the Vestry Nominating Committee at [email protected].  Nominees must be a “Member in Good Standing” of Trinity Episcopal Church and be willing to accept the “Qualifications and Expectations of Vestry Members” document.  Nominations must be received by January 24th, 2021.

2021 Offering Envelopes

If you would like Offering envelopes for 2021, please stop by the office this week to pick them up or call the office to make other arrangements. The envelopes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please call the office at 772-567-1146.

Stock Transfer Information

When making a donation of a stock transfer, please be sure to notify Jeanne Mudge in the Church office so that we can inform our agents at Northern Trust of the impending transaction.  If you need wiring information, we can provide that to you as well.  Contact Jeanne Mudge in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected].

An Opportunity to Donate to Trinity Episcopal Church and Lower Your Taxes Using Your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)

If you are 70 ½ and have an IRA or 401(k) retirement account, you know you must take an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). This is treated as taxable income unless you donate it directly to a charity, like Trinity Episcopal Church.

Even if you no longer itemize deductions, you can use a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) and donate all or some of your RMD to Trinity and lower your taxes.

For example, if you are in the 22% tax bracket, a $10,000 QCD will save you $2200 in taxes while benefiting Trinity. It will also lower your adjusted gross income (AGI), which could mean having less of your Social Security payments taxed and possibly lower your Medicare premiums.

Your investment advisor or broker must send the RMD amount you donate directly to Trinity (or can provide a check made out to Trinity). However, you cannot collect the money and then donate it, or you will lose the tax benefit of the QCD.

You will need to do this by December 31st to have it count for 2020. You also need to note on your tax return that your RMD was used for a QCD and, therefore, is not taxable. You should also get a letter from Trinity acknowledging the gift.

Lastly, if you do itemize deductions, you can still do this, getting the same tax benefit. You just cannot “double count” it as a separate deduction. (Consult with your financial advisor or accountant regarding your own situation.)

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

— Sunday Mornings 

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 

— 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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