Worship Times:Church

  • Sunday – 8:30am and 11:00am
  • 1st Sunday – 10am in Parish Hall
  • Wednesday Eucharist – 6pm
  • Mon & Wed – Morning Prayer @ 9am

Our Vision is to be relevant to the Lake Region Community; serving and drawing others to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a growing Episcopal Church.  Please join us!

Server Schedule January through March 2020

Colossians – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Liturgy of the Psalms
Palm Sunday Order of Worship
The Gospel: Matthew Passion 26:14-27:66


All Glory Laud and Honor 154
Ride On Ride On In Majesty Lyrics Only
Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy S130
Jesus, Lamb of God S164
O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded 168
Lift High the Cross (in the bulletin)



March 31 – A message from Fr. Tony… In accordance with the national guidelines and the continuing spread of the coronavirus, Bishop Howard has suspended all in-house services through the end of April.

This means we must be creative in keeping Holy Week and Easter. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Fr. Les Singleton, Figg, Kristi and I will conduct a virtual service via Facebook Live this Sunday at 10 am. The bulletin and hymns will be emailed to you tomorrow so you can participate, and you will need a small piece of bread from your pantry for Communion. 
You can watch the service LIVE on Facebook at 10. Afterward we will post it to Trinity’s Facebook page (search for Trinity Episcopal Church Melrose Florida) for anyone who was not able to catch us live.
Holy Week services are still in the planning process. Linda will notify you as soon as we finalize the schedule.

March 31 – A message from George, our Sr. Warden: Many of you have been taking the Bible in 90 days course. I have as well. This past Sunday, I finished reading 2 Corinthians and have started Galatians. For me, as your treasurer, it is no coincidence that during these times of difficulty, no services, no gatherings, and offerings being down, I reached 2 Corinthians, Chapter 9, verse 6:

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.”

This really resonated with me. I do not know how many of you have been able to mail in your offerings, but I thought I would use this opportunity to remind you not to forget that expenses continue and also that based on our 2020 budget, we need approximately $2,900.00 a week in offerings in order to be able to meet expenses. This does not include other income, such as rent, ECW contributions, bazaar, and so forth. The service of March 15, 2020 generated only $2,175.00. Attendance was already understandably lower than normal. I don’t know how much was received for the service of the 23rd since the mail was not collected until the 30th, however, a deposit totaling $3,646.35 was made today. Thank you to all those who despite our current situation remembered Trinity! For the last three weeks of March, we needed approximately $8,700.00 to stay within budget, so we are about $2,800.00 short for March.

Please don’t forget Paul’s words quoted above, and please don’t forget that Trinity still incurs expenses during this difficult time, even though some do not continue while we are closed. Please be as generous as you can.

Trinity’s mailing address is:  PO Box 361 Melrose, FL 32666

Within the next few weeks, Ameris Bank will launch Zelle, a program that will allow you to send money electronically directly into Trinity’s operating account. It’s as simple as downloading an app. If your bank supports Zelle, and most do, the idea would be to give you the option to send your offering electronically. I will keep you updated regarding this option as well.

If you have any questions, please call me or call Father Tony. My cell phone number is 727-744-2146. Also, if you don’t have a stamp, if you cannot get to the post office or to your mail box, I’ll be glad to make a house call. Call me if you would like me to pick up your offering. Social distancing would require that you leave your offering in an envelope at your front door. I’ll let you know when I’ve picked it up.

Thank you and I miss you all. Stay safe!

March 24 – A message from Fr. Tony…You are an awesome, caring family! Given the option of continuing limited activities this week, most of you chose to stay home and avoid any chance of catching the virus.   This week, and especially next, seem to me to be the most critical times to stay isolated.  So as of today, all church-related  activities at Trinity are canceled until further notice. This includes Morning Prayer, the B90 Bible study, and Sisters Circle.   AA and Balance Class have elected to continue and will sanitize after their meetings. 

 I will be in and out of the office, Linda is working from Home, and Figg will be in only as needed.  The office is effectively closed, however I am available.  Please call or text me for any reason. To talk, to bring you food, to answer questions, what ever your need. 352-727-0354

Please, please, continue to pray for Trinity family, pray for your staff and vestry, that we may all come through this in good health and glorious spirit. God’s blessings! Amen.

March 22 – A message from Fr. Tony…God’s blessings and peace. Trust you are safe and well. Though we can’t be together for worship at Trinity this morning, still, we can pray together. Please join me in reading Morning Prayer together at 10 a.m., or anytime at your convenience today.

And if you let me know that you participated in the service (what ever time you were able), you will be counted in the Service Book as attending church today. Just reply to this email or text me. And yes, we have the Bishop’s permission. Extraordinary times call for creative measures.
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March 21 – A message from Fr. Tony…A devotion for us this evening.


God’s peace,

March 19 – A message from Fr. Tony…Let’s take five minutes each evening and pray together. Say, 7:00pm, around the kitchen table, or in the easy chair, just a few moments spent together reflecting on our blessings, praying for those affected; praying for Trinity, our nation and the world. Pray for the doctors and nurses and those brave souls who are keeping the grocery stores open.

God our Father
we come to You in our need
to ask Your protection against the 2019 N-coronavirus
that has claimed lives
and has affected many.

We pray for Your grace
for the people tasked with studying the nature and cause
of this virus and its disease
and of stemming the tide of its transmission.
Guide the hands and minds of medical experts
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion
and of those governments and private agencies
that must find cure and solution to this epidemic.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health soon.

Grant us the grace
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.  Amen.

Monday, March 16 – Updates:

  • For those who might be wondering, out of a regard for caution, all of the remaining Soup Suppers have been cancelled.  As of now however, the Seder Dinner at Immanuel on the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8th is still scheduled.
  • All of the remaining Community Lenten luncheons at area churches have also been cancelled.
  • The B90 class will meet tomorrow afternoon at 1:30.
  • Because LAM is closed until April the Front Door Ministry which is in the office is beginning to bag up more food than usual for people who may come to Trinity for food.  Anything you might be able to donate would be a great blessing.  You can drop any donations off at the office.
  • Our Thrift Shop will be closed until April and we are asking that no donations are brought until that time so we don’t have an overflow of items.
  • We may have some shortened office hours but if you should need Fr. Tony when the office is closed, please use his cell phone number  352 727 0354.
  • As things evolve and change, we will try to keep you informed and up to date as quickly as possible.
  • In the meantime you will each be in our prayers and please keep one another in yours.

 Philippians 4  Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! … And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Out of a regard for caution, all of the remaining Soup Suppers and Community Lenten Luncheons have been cancelled

Wednesday, March 11
Trinity hosted the Community Lenten Luncheon.  

This year we will share our Lenten Soup Suppers with St. Mark’s in Starke and with Immanuel Anglican Church in Keystone. The subject of the dinners will be “Entering the Passion of Jesus, A Beginners Guide to Holy Week” by Amy-Jill Divine. There will be a short 10-15 minute video with some explanation and discussion.

As always the evening will also include music and a Eucharist Service as well as a soup dinner with many delicious soup choices, fruit, bread and drinks. Below is the schedule of dinners concluding with a Seder dinner on the Wednesday of Holy Week at Immanuel.

Trinity hosts the soup suppers on MARCH 18 and APRIL 1. If you are able to make soup or bread, bring fruit or help with set up and/or clean up for the dinners at Trinity, please get in touch with Cinnie Brown.


Sunday – February 2
Each year Trinity holds an annual meeting so everyone can hear about the budget for the coming year, learn the news from our Diocesan Convention, catch up on any church news, and elect new members of the Vestry and a Convention Delegate for next year. Everyone will also receive a copy of the Annual Report which gives details about all of the ministries and their activities for the past year. Please plan to attend this important meeting.


For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

December – Let there be light!
Thanks to the work of a few persistent individuals, the Trinity lanterns in the front of the church have returned!   Many thanks to those who worked to get these beautiful new lanterns.

December – Trinity’s Annual Angel Tree
Presents were delivered to both Melrose AND Ochwilla Elementary schools. Thank you Angels!!!


Saturday, December 14 – Merry Melrose!

The Merry Melrose Parade – Trinity Elves handed out stuffed animals to children along the parade route. This has been an ongoing project since last Christmas…stuffed animals are donated to the Thrift Store, volunteers collect and launder them, and finally hand them to many many children. It has been reported that they handed out forty-five bags full of animals!  Thank you Greg and Jeanne Homany and all of the elves who made this parade so fun for the little ones.

Following the parade – The Annual Nativity Walk – Nativity scenes on the tables, Carols sung by the tree, Cookies and Cocoa…what a great combination for a lovely December day.


WEDNESDAY, December 4th – ECW will have a Thrift Shop Work day starting at 9am. Any time that you may be able to help will be very much appreciated and help organize the Thrift Shop for the Christmas Holidays.
SATURDAY – December 7 – This coming Saturday is the ECW potluck luncheon in the parish hall. We will have a gift exchange of items not more than $5.00 from the Thrift Shop. Any bags of pet food are also requested to be given to LAM.


Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving in the Park!

Thanksgiving in the park – fantastic!  Many thanks to all, for everything you did to help with Thanksgiving in the Park. We could never begin to have this without knowing how many good and loving hearts we have at Trinity and in the community. As well as our own members, there were a great many helpers from the community who pitched in with food as well as helping hands. And best of all there was much laughter, music and playfulness throughout the park on a bright sunshiny day! Thank you so much!

Saturday, November 23
Saturday is the Men’s Breakfast and all men of the church are invited to attend.


Trinity’s Annual Fall Bazaar!  November 8-9
The Bazaar Team put on a terrific event this year!  There was a great deal of donated furniture and lots of clothing in the Forum Room.  Many beautiful items from Sister’s Circle handcrafters, baked goods, canned goods, plus glassware and jewelry filled the tables.  A delicious chili dinner was also served.



Saturday, October 12 – Trinity’s Iron Chef 2019!
Secret Ingredient: Orange Vegetable
Proceeds benefit Trinity Outreach Projects
PHOTOS NEEDED! Please send to Laurie 🙂

Saturday, October 5
Heritage Park (across from Trinity)


September 28 – Men’s Club Breakfast
All of the men of the church are welcome to come and join in prayer, a delicious breakfast and plans for the future.


September 21 – SongFarmers Gathering, 7pm
The SongFarmers will once again bring their music and joy to the parish hall.  If you or a friend have an instrument to bring and play, please feel welcome to join in.  Or if you would like to come and sing (all voices are encouraged, high, low and even off key). 


Thursday, September 19 – 7pm
It’s time for the monthly Grill-n-chill! Bring your item for the grill…and, most importantly, bring a friend for an evening of fellowship!

September 12 – Movie Night
Thursday is Movie Night. Doors open at 6:00pm and the movie will start at 6:30 which will give you lots of time to pick up your popcorn and drink and maybe even some candy so you can find your favorite seat. 


September 9 – Home Study – 6pm
The Monday evening Home Study resumes at the home of Ann and Fr. Tony Powell


September 8 – Ultreya
The Cursillo Community of the Santa Fe Region will have an Ultreya @ 4pm, hosted by St. James, Lake City.


September 5 – ECW Dinner Meeting
The ECW will hold it’s first meeting of the “new” year. The meeting will be a dinner meeting which will be provided by the ECW. The meeting will start at 6:00pm. All of the women of the church are invited to attend to learn more about the ECW, enjoy a delicious meal and join together with the other women of the church in fellowship. Newcomers are welcomed and introduced to others so don’t be shy, come and join us.

August 31 – Men’s Club Breakfast
All of the men of the church are welcome to come and join in prayer, a delicious breakfast and plans for the future.


August 17 – SongFarmers Gathering
The SongFarmers will once again bring their music and joy to the parish hall.  If you or a friend have an instrument to bring and play, please feel welcome to join in.  Or if you would like to come and sing (all voices are encouraged, high, low and even off key). 

August 11 – Ultreya
The Cursillo Community of the Santa Fe region will have an Ultreya on August 11 @ 4pm, hosted by St Luke’s in Live Oak.


Welcome to Jonathan Dees, our new organist!


Sunday, July 20 was Figg’s last day as our organist…although happily, she will remain as our financial administrator 🙂  


July 27 – Men’s Club Breakfast
All of the men of the church are welcome to come and join in prayer, a delicious breakfast and plans for the future.


July 20 – SongFarmers -7pm
Join the fun! Bring an instrument or be a listener…you’ll be glad you did!

July 18 – Grill ‘n Chill -7pm
The grill will be hot!


July 13 –
Chicken Dinner & Basket Auction
Our auction baskets have everything from fresh baked goodies to things for hobbies and crafts. We have baskets for each month of the year…for all ages and delights!


JULY at-a-glance
Another busy month at Trinity!
Looks like a lot of fun ahead for us!


June 9, 2019 Pentecost Sunday!  Glorious day at Trinity on the Day of Pentecost!
Celebrating Pentecost, Confirming, Receiving, Fellow-shipping! Happy to have Bishop Dorsey celebrating this day with us!

Pentecost Sunday – June 9 – WEAR RED!
Bishop Dorsey will be with us on Pentecost Sunday and will happily receive all those who wish for him to bring them into the Episcopal Church, “officially.” On this day, Marilyn, Lindsay, and Gianna will be Confirmed by the Bishop and Lynn will be Received. It will be a wonderfully happy day and a great celebration of the Holy Spirit’s grace, guidance, and continued presence with us!

We hope that everyone will WEAR RED, the color that symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, June 9 – Ultreya – 4:00pm
Trinity will host the June Santa Fe AND River Region Ultreya.  All are invited to join the Cursillo community for worship, fellowship, and dinner!  Contact John Katterhenry, if you need more information.


Starting June 2, there will be only ONE SERVICE each Sunday, at 10am. On 1st Sundays, the service will be in the parish hall with a potluck afterwards.

Sunday, June 2
10am service – summer schedule begins
Graduation Celebration and Potuck

Sunday, June 9 – Pentecost
The Bishop will be with us for confirmation

Sunday, June 16 – Trinity Sunday
Celebrate Trinity!


Saturday, May 25 – BBQ
The Men’s Club is going to have the annual Memorial Day BBQ on Saturday, May 25, serving in the yard in front of the parish hall beginning at 11am.

Your choice of a Pork Sandwich ($10) or Ribs ($12) with all the fixins’ – beans, slaw, and a drink.  Please call Rodney or see him after church to make a pre-order and make sure able to get one of these delicious meals. They will be serving until 2pm OR until all meals are sold out.

Saturday, May 25 – Men’s Club Breakfast
Saturday morning is Men’s Club, including a terrific breakfast and business meeting.


Wednesday, May 22 – 6:30pm
The 4th Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner features Bob Branson of the College of Missionary Aviation to speak about the program. A brief Eucharist service is at 6pm prior to the dinner.

Saturday, May 18 – 7pm
Whether you are a new or seasoned musician, singer, or just love good music, you are welcome to join the May gathering of the SongFarmers!

Thursday, May 16 – 7pm
It’s time for the monthly Grill-n-chill! Bring your item for the grill…and, most importantly, bring a friend for an evening of fellowship!

Thursday, May 9 – 6pm
Movie Night returns! Popcorn, candy and drinks are available for all. Invite a friend! Copyright laws prohibit us from advertising the actual name of the movie, but it’s a fun and very happy movie, suitable for all ages and even has a cameo appearance by Dick Van Dyke of the original movie…did you get the hint??


Tuesday, May 7 – 10am
Join the women of the church in the Wicker Room at 10am for the ECW meeting


 The Confirmation class, which begins on Sunday, May 5 at 9am, is for anyone interested in being Confirmed, Received, or Affirmed…or if you’re just interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church.
The Bishop will be with us on Sunday, June 9, Pentecost Sunday, to celebrate our Inquirers. Please call the office or speak with Fr. Tony if you would like to take part in the class.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 – Celebrating Easter at Trinity!

Sunday, April 21
10:00am service
Easter egg hunt after the service 🙂
Come celebrate with us!


April 14 – Palm Sunday 10am
April 15 – Evensong Service 6pm
April 16 – Taize Service 6pm
April 17 – Tenenbrae Service 6pm
April 18 – Maundy Thursday Service 6pm
April 19 – Good Friday 12 and 6pm

Sunday, April 14 – 10am
Palm Sunday service begins on the veranda with the procession of the palms


Wednesday, April 10 – Lenten Soup Supper – 6pm
Trinity hosts the Soup Supper and Lenten Program in Melrose, beginning at 6pm


Sunday, April 7 – First Sunday
On the first Sunday of the month, we collect items for Lake Area Ministries.  If you are able to bring some non-perishable food items, pet food, or paper goods, ie. Tissue, Toilet Paper, Paper towels etc., we will see that they are blessed and sent on to LAM.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 3 – Lenten Soup Supper – 6pm
St. Mark’s hosts the Soup Supper and Lenten Program in Starke, beginning at 6pm


Wednesday, April 3 – Lenten Luncheon – 12pm
The Community Lenten Luncheon will be held at Trinity Baptist in Keystone and the speaker will be Rev. Joey Hay.  


Tuesday, April 2 – ECW dinner at 6:00pm
There will be a wonderful chicken dinner and Will and Carol will be showing some slides and talking about their trip to Jerusalem.


Saturday, March 30 – Men’s Club Breakfast
Saturday morning is Men’s Club, including a terrific breakfast and business meeting.


March 27 – Lenten Soup Supper – 6pm
Trinity hosts the Soup Supper and Program in Melrose, beginning at 6pm


March 27 – Community Lunch – noon
The Community Lenten Luncheon will be at St. William’s Catholic Church in Keystone with Rev. Jeff Tate from Keystone United Methodist Church as the speaker.  These lunches are always free though love offerings are gratefully accepted.

March 21 – Grill-n-Chill


March 20 – Lenten Soup Supper – 6pm
St. Mark’s hosts the Soup Supper and Program in Starke, beginning at 6pm


March 20 – Lenten Community Lunch
Trinity hosts this week’s lunch, beginning at noon.


Saturday, March 16 – SongFarmers
Join us for the March SongFarmers Gathering at Trinity, 7-9pm.  Whether a new or seasoned musician, singer, or just love good music you are welcome! Bring your guitar, fiddle, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer or upright bass…or just sing along with the musicians.


March 13 – Lenten Soup Supper – 6pm
The first in our series of Wednesday Soup Suppers and Programs will be held at Trinity.  Please contact Cinnie to sign-up to bring soup, fruit, bread, or to set-up/clean-up.


March 13 – Lenten Community Lunch
St. William’s Catholic Church, in Keystone Heights hosts the first Lenten Luncheon, beginning at noon.


March 6 – Ash Wednesday
Services at noon and 6pm


March 5 – Pancake Supper
The scouts of Boy Scout Troop #109 are serving pancakes for dinner for all, beginning at 5:30pm. You can expect pancakes with all the works! For the adventuresome, there are fruit toppings and whipped cream in addition to a variety of syrups. Ham, juice, and coffee complete the meal.  The cost is $5.00 a person, but not more than $20.00 per family.


Tuesday, March 5 – ECW
The monthly ECW meeting begins at 10am in the Wicker Room.


Sunday, March 3
Baptismal Celebration
Welcoming the newly baptized!


February 27 – 4th Wednesday!
The Spaghetti Dinner this month will be on Feb. 27th at 6:00pm, and the speaker for the evening is Joan Vaughn, one of the founders of Lake Area Ministries Food Pantry.

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If you haven’t had a chance to come to one of the dinners yet, the food is always delicious and the speakers are very interesting.


February 23
Men’s Breakfast


Saturday, February 16 – SongFarmers
Great turnout of musicians and appreciative audience.   Thank you for your support!
Next SongFarmers Gathering – March 16

Thursday, February 14 – Movie Night
Doors open at 6pm
Movie starts at 6:30pm
filmed entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia, this 2018 romantic comedy is sure to give us a fun evening! Rumor has it, there might even be special Valentines treats along with the drinks and popcorn. As always, all are welcome and everything is free!


Tuesday, February 5 – ECW
The monthly ECW meeting begins at 10am in the Wicker Room.


February 3 – The Annual Meeting
Many thanks to outgoing vestry members, Joyce Chesnut and Brian McRae for three years of service. New vestry members, Jean Giesel and George Letchford were voted in by acclamation. A report of the Diocesan Convention was made by Fr. Tony and Elaine Ashley.  If you were not able to attend the meeting or you did not receive the Annual Report, there are copies in the office.


Sunday, February 3 – 10am
1st Sunday Service & Annual Parish Meeting
Each year Trinity has an annual meeting during which everyone is given a copy of the written annual report, including reports of the previous year’s activities by each of our ministries. The Treasurer will go over the coming year’s budget, and we will elect two new Vestry members, a convention delegate and an alternate. Please plan to attend and enjoy a wonderful pot luck lunch as well!


Saturday, January 26
176th Diocesan Convention
Our delegates are Wells and Delia Hood


Wednesday, January 23 – 4th Wednesday
A fantastic spaghetti super, prepared by John Katterhenry and friends, was followed by a delicious sampling of coffees and an interesting presentation by William Beck of FirePower Coffee Roasters LLC.

Appreciated is the fact that this roaster participates in the Café Femenino program to help support women coffee farmers in producing countries. Find out more here: https://firepower.coffee/about-our-coffee/


Saturday, January 19 @ 7pm
Trinity Episcopal hosted the inaugural meeting of the Melrose Chapter of SongFarmers, a gathering of local musicians and singers who came together to share their talents; bringing instruments, voices, or listening ears for a wonderful evening of picking, playing and singing. Everyone welcome!


Other 2018 Events

 On-going programs:

The Home Fellowship meeting at Fr. Tony’s and Ann’s starts at 6:00pm every Monday evening.  We are currently studying Ephesians. 


Sunday School – JC and the Gospel!
JC and the Gospel – Sundays at 9:30am in the Forum Room.  Everyone is welcome!  It’s a fun and informative class and discussion.


Tuesday Afternoon Study is held at 1:30 in the Wicker Room.  Everyone is welcome!  Most lessons will be independent and not depend on having been here the prior week, so if you need to miss one or two, that won’t mean you have to miss the others.


Betty’s on Tuesdays at noon. There is often a discussion of the coming week’s lessons and sometimes just a discussion, but it’s always fun and interesting!

morning_prayerMorning Prayer Monday and Wednesday @9:00am
Everyone is welcome to the service which brings much
tradition and is part of the history of the Episcopal
Church. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to start the day!


Trinity Men’s Club Breakfast
Last Saturday of each month
Begins at 8:30am


Sister’s Circle
Tuesdays at 10am



CampWeedOnline registration for Camp Weed events
Summer Camp, Happening, The Bishop’s Institute, Cursillo, Vocare, BreakOut!, New Beginnings and more;  click on the Camp Weed logo at left.


Doing God’s work through Trinity!



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