Weekly Events

Corona Virus Updates

April 3, 2020

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

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 - Live Streamed

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

• Screwtape Lenten Book Study

• Coffee Hour

• Adult Forum

• Sunday School

• Nursery Care

• Knitting Group

• Youth Group

• Boys & Girls Choir

Foyer Groups:

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

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

Sunday, April 5th

Palm Sunday

10:00 AM Palm Sunday Eucharist Live Stream at http://www.TrinityVero.org

Thursday, April 9th

Maundy Thursday

6:00 PM Maundy Thursday Eucharist Live Stream at http://www.TrinityVero.org

7:30 PM Altar of Repose Live Streamed at www.TrinityVero.org

Friday, April 10th

Good Friday

12:00 PM Good Friday Service Live Stream at http://www.TrinityVero.org

Sunday, April 12th

Easter Sunday

10:00 AM Easter Sunday Eucharist Live Stream at http://www.TrinityVero.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

What's New at Trinity?

Week of April 5, 2020

Palms for Palm Sunday Available for Pick Up

– Thursday, April 2nd 

Blessed palms for Palm Sunday will be available to be picked up on Thursday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM on the picnic table outside of the Church office. If there aren’t any left when you arrive, please knock on the office door and we will replenish the palms.

Readings for this Coming Weekend

 – Sunday, April 5th

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: Isaiah 50:4-9a

Salvation Army Easter Food Drive

– Ends Sunday, April 5th 

Because of the state of affairs with the Corona Virus, there will be no grocery bags or monetary donation envelopes distributed this season for the Salvation Army Easter Food Drive. However if you would like to make a financial donation towards the Salvation Army’s Easter Food effort, please send a check to the office that is made payable to, “Trinity Episcopal Church” and earmarked, “Easter Food Drive.” Trinity will send the funds to the Salvation Army.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Rodriguez in the office at 772-567-1146 or through email at [email protected]

Altar of Repose Live Stream

 – Sign ups Ongoing

On Maundy Thursday, the Chapel is transformed into the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus took his apostles after the Last Supper to pray before his arrest and betrayal. Please remember our Lord’s words on the eve before his crucifixion and death, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’” (Matthew 26:38)  

This year, the Altar of Repose will be via Live Stream. Please sign-up to keep watch with our Lord in his Sacramental Presence for one half hour on Maundy Thursday evening from 7:30 PM to midnight from your home. Email Kathy Rodriguez at [email protected] to sign up for any of the following time slots:

7:30 to 8:00 PM

Lee and Darlene Rodgers

8:00 to 8:30 PM

Maryanne Boettjer

8:30 to 9:00 PM

 

9:00 to 9:30 PM

 

9:30 to 10:00 PM

 

10:00 to 10:30 PM

Kathy Rodriguez

10:30 to 11:00 PM

 

11:00 to 11:30 PM

Janet Barkett

11:30 PM to 12:00 AM

 

Good Friday and Easter Monday

Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th 

Please note that the Church office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will re-open on Easter Tuesday at 9:00 AM.

Weekly Email Announcements

For some reason, some people’s announcements have been going into their Junk or Spam folders.  If you are not receiving your weekly email announcements, please check your Junk and Spam folders.  Since each provider has different processes to mark emails safe, please check with your provider on how to mark the weekly email announcements as safe to receive.

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 **Suspended**

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 **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]

Trinity’s Youth Group **Suspended**

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 [email protected]

Coffee Hour Host **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]

Required Minimum Distribution

If you are using your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to make a donation to Trinity, please be sure to advise your financial institution to include your name in the transaction. In addition, Trinity has an increasing number of members choosing an RMD to donate to the Annual Fund in memory of a loved one or stipulated the donation for local parish use only.  All of these transactions are acceptable. However, when choosing to make such a donation, please send an email to Jeanne Mudge at [email protected] to advise us of the pending transaction.

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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