Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
Service information this week:
Celebrate Christmas with us!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Trinity services are STREAMED LIVE on the Trinity Melrose FaceBook page, a public site – a facebook account is not necessary to watch it.
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY
- Morning Prayer is each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00am in the church and is live-streamed on Facebook.
- Monday Study Group is held in the Wicker Room at 1:30pm each Monday. The video “The Chosen,” a historical drama based on the bible, is the subject of the study with one episode being shown and discussed each week. You are welcome to join the group at any time.
- Evening service is at 6:00pm on Wednesdays. Will and Father Tony are providing themusic and the service is a sweet service of Eucharist and healing.
- Sister’s Circle meets every Tuesday from 10:00am until noon in the Wicker Room. All are invited to come and knit, crochet, do other crafts or just sit and talk for a time of fellowship.
- Every Tuesday at noon members of our congregation meet at Betty’s Pizza for lunch and conversation. This is a fun time of fellowship and everyone is happily welcomed, please join us.
Pledge Cards may be mailed in, dropped in the offering basket or brought into the office. We would like to have them all in as soon as possible so that we can put together a budget for next year. Please catch up with your pledge for this year if you need to since we are approaching the end of the year. Thanks!
Eucharist and Healing Service
Evening service is every Wednesday at 6pm. Will and Father Tony are providing the music and the service is a sweet service of Eucharist and healing.
Altar Flowers If you would like to donate flowers one Sunday to celebrate a special occasion, in memory of a loved one or simply to the glory of God, please call the office and we will put your dedication in the bulletin. You can order flowers from one of the local florists, (Flower Petals is most often used), ask us to order them or ask our Altar guild to make a lovely arrangement for you.
Trinity Episcopal Church supports…
- Lake Area Ministries
- Pack a Sack – school weekend food program
- Boy Scouts Troop 109
- St. Mary’s Mission, Jacksonville
- Rodeheaver Boys Ranch
- Trinity Church, Bermejas, Cuba
- Our Little Roses Orphanage, Honduras
- Mobility Worldwide
- Episcopal Relief and Development
- Melrose Community Outreach
- Melrose Boutique Thrift Shop
- Thanksgiving in the Park
- Snack Packs for homeless people
What’s Happening at Trinity?
ANGEL TREE – Thank you! Packages delivered 🙂
Merry Melrose Parade
Lots of stuffies were handed out along the parade route – thank you elves!
The Nativity Walk
Saturday, December 10 After the Merry Melrose Parade, stop by Trinity to see a display of beautiful Nativity scenes from around the world. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for you to enjoy while you linger a bit longer. And, there’s always a children’s table for creating and coloring.
Thanksgiving at the Park
Thanksgiving in the Park – an annual community celebration! Dinners were prepared, sacked, and placed on the table for pick-up – 325 dinners in all! Members of Trinity, Boy Scouts, and people from the community pitched in to help with the success of the day.
The Annual Fall Bazaar – Friday-Saturday, November 11-12. There were lots of wonderful things, arts and crafts, furniture, Christmas wonders, jewelry, jams and jellies, antiques, furniture, art and yummy baked goods at the Trinity Bazaar. Chili Dinners were sold on Friday evening and a delicious BBQ lunch was served on Saturday 11:00am.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!
First FRIDAY, November 4 – Contemplative Prayer, a time of soft music and quiet prayer, is held every first Friday. Everyone is welcome to come and spend some lovely quiet time of music and prayer with Our Lord.
TUESDAY, November 1 – ECW meets 10am at church and then travels to Debbie’s home for the meeting .
Beginning a study on The Chosen, the story of Jesus’ life. We will meet in the Wicker Room in Parish Hall at 1:30, Monday, October 10, and every Monday until Thanksgiving.
Our Stewardship Campaign kicks off with a potluck dinner after the service on October 9. Join us for fellowship, a delicious lunch and also a chance to celebrate our church!
It’s time for the Annual Blessing of the Animals at the Heritage Park on Saturday, October 1st
The Trinity “Boutique” (aka the Thrift Store) is open every Thursday and Saturday mornings, 9am-noon.
The Sister’s Circle meets every Tuesday at 10am in the Wicker Room. Join them for an opportunity to knit or crochet a prayer shawl…and of course, lively conversation!
Grill and Chill – Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:00pm. Please bring any meat you would like to grill and your own drink. Side dishes, fun and friendship will be provided.
Service of Remembrance for Ramona Woods will be Saturday, September 10 at Trinity, beginning at 10am. Dulcimers will lead the music at this memorial for Ramona who was such a big part of our Melrose Dulcimer jam sessions for many years.
Memorial Service for Jean Stegall will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2022, beginning at 11:00am. Jean was an active member of Trinity serving as the financial secretary for the church as well as chairing the Altar Guild, where her beautiful flower arrangements were well appreciated. She was a passionate seamstress and was known for the many altar hangings, priest vestments and quilts she created.
ECW will resume meetings Tuesday September 6 at 10:00am. A salad luncheon will follow the meeting with the greens and drinks being supplied and you are requested to bring any additions or salad dressing you would like. All women of the church are invited, please feel welcome to the fun.
September 6 – Tables were strewn with shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, and much more. Empty purses, satchels, and backpacks were paced on another table. Following a brief meeting, ECW members filled the bags to the brim with items on the table. Twenty-one bags in all were then contributed to Grace in Gainesville.
Contemplative Prayer which is a time of soft music and quiet prayer is held every first Friday of the month, Friday, September 2 at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and spend some lovely quiet time of music and prayer with Our Lord.
The Men’s Club will meet Saturday, August 27th at 8:00am in the parish hall. There will be time for devotionals, a business meeting, breakfast and some terrific fellowship. Every man of the church is invited to come and join us
Contemplative Prayer, a time of soft music and quiet prayer, is held every first Friday of the month – Friday, August 5, 6:30pm Everyone is welcome to come and spend some lovely quiet time of music and prayer with Our Lord.
The men will be meeting Saturday, July 30 at 8:00am in the parish hall. There will be time for devotionals, a business meeting, breakfast and some terrific fellowship. Every man of the church is invited to come and join us.
The Annual Good Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner and Basket Auction will be held on July 16.
Men’s Club will hold a Grill and Chill this Monday, July 11. Bring whichever meat you’d like to grill and a drink of your choice and come and join a happy evening!
Men’s Club will be meeting Saturday, June 25 at 8:00am in the parish hall. There will be time for devotionals, a business meeting, breakfast and some terrific fellowship. Every man of the church is invited to come and join us.
Trinity hosts Santa Fe Region Ultreya, Sunday, June 12, at 4pm
Anyone who has attended or has an interest in Cursillo is welcome to attend this Eucharist gathering and Pot Luck dinner.
Enjoy good food and fellowship with other churches in our region.
Furniture Bazaar! Many thanks to this hard-working crew who spent countless hours polishing, painting and setting up the “showroom.”
Furniture Bazaar! And then voila…a furniture showroom! May 20 (9am-5pm) – May 21 (9am-2pm) COME EARLY!!
Friday, May 20 from 9am-5pm, and Saturday, May 21, 9am- 2pm. There are some wonderful pieces of furniture. The behind the scenes work to get ready for the event is very impressive! Polishing, painting, repairing, reconstructing…just the beginning of the list.
Celebrating the life of Edna Spratt
Grill and Chill will be held by the Men’s Club next Monday, May 9 at 6:00pm on the veranda of the Parish Hall. Please bring the meat and drink you would like to have and it will be grilled. Sides are provided.
ECW The last meeting before our hiatus for the summer will be this Saturday, May 7th, at noon. With a Potluck luncheon in the parish hall. All women of the church are invited to come and enjoy the fun! POSTPONED!
Contemplative Prayer which is a time of soft music and quiet prayer is held every first Friday of the month, which will be this Friday, May 6th, at 6:30pm in the church. Everyone is welcome to come and spend some lovely quiet time of music and prayer with Our Lord.
The Music of Jane K comes to Trinity Melrose, on Saturday, April 23 at 4pm. Jane K will be joined by an amazing assemblage of talented musicians.
Easter Sunday, April 17 The Lord is Risen Indeed!
The ECW gathered on Tuesday, April 5, for a program given by Sandy Pardee, of Flower Petals. From clusters of flowers on the table, Sandy created beautiful arrangements, giving suggestions for designing.
Trinity is hosting an Organ Concert here on Sunday, March 27th at 4:00pm featuring Stephanie Smith and Lake Region musicians as well as organ scholars from the UF Organ Studio. The concert is part of the Gainesville American Guild of Organists Spring Recital Series and will be live-streamed.
Trinity hosts the Lenten Soup Supper on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30pm.
Cursillo members will meet in the parish hall on Sunday, March 20th at 4:00pm to help prepare for the upcoming Cursillo.
A Vestry meeting will follow the service on Sunday, March 20, at approx. 11:15am.
Trinity hosts the Lenten Soup Supper on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30pm.
On Wednesday, March 16th at 10:00am there will be an Outreach meeting in the office. If you would like to join the team to work on one project or all of them, if you are just interested in what we’re doing or if you would like to suggest a new project, please come and join us.
An all-church Grill-n-Chill is set for Monday, March 14, at 6pm. Bring your item for the grill…and, most importantly, bring a friend for an evening of fellowship!
Sunday, March 13, immediately following the 10:00 service, the Altar Guild will meet in the sacristy of the Church itself. Everyone who might be interested in helping to prepare and set the Altar or to learn more about altar hangings and preparation is welcome to come. For those who attend the meeting there will be lunch in the parish hall.
Contemplative Prayer, a time of soft music and quiet prayer, is held every first Friday at 6:30pm in the church. Everyone is welcome to come and spend some lovely quiet time of music and prayer with Our Lord.
Ash Wednesday – March 2nd Services at noon and 6pm will include the dispensing of ashes. This is the official beginning of Lent. If you have not picked up your Lenten meditation booklet yet they will be available at the back door as you leave.
March 1 – ECW Meeting
It’s time for the Troop #109 Pancake Supper! March 1 – Shrove Tuesday, 5:30pm-7:30pm! The Boy Scouts will be cooking pancakes for all. There will be a suggested donation at the door.
February 20 – Scout Sunday is celebrated at Trinity
February 6 – Annual Meeting with news from the Diocese, election of new vestry members, review of our 2022 budget, and light refreshments following the meeting. We will also have a copy of Trinity’s Annual Report for everyone.
Fr. Les Singleton and I will be presenting a resolution at this year’s Annual Diocesan Convention, January 29, 2022, to honor Fr. Fred Yerkes at a Diocesan level and eventually and hopefully at the General Convention.
The Resolution Committee gave its overwhelming support this afternoon during a Zoom meeting with the Bishop. Bishop Howard fully expects and is looking forward to its approval at the Convention.
I am very grateful and appreciative of Fr. Les who put this together and included Trinity as the co-sponsor of the Resolution. There is a soft bound Resolution booklet in the office with nearly a hundred pages of historical information, articles, pictures, interviews, and clippings for your purview.
Interesting tidbit: From 1940 to 1988, Fr. Yerkes baptized nearly 140 children and adults at Trinity, Melrose. And we were just one of the 27 churches he cared for during those 48 years. Amazing man!
Christmas Eve at Trinity
THE CAROLING CARAVAN Jean Giesel did a fantastic job organizing our Caroling Caravan, complete with pizza, maps and song lists. (Our group sounded much, much better when we were joined by Margaret at her home 🙂
Vestry Zoom Meeting for December – Kudos all around in the Outreach report:
- Thanksgiving in the Park – 325 meals served by members of Trinity, the community, with help from Troop 109
- Served pizza to Troop 109 in thanks for all of their help
- A Caroling Caravan organized for 12/19
- Merry Melrose – Over 300 toys were handed out at the parade
- Nativity Walk – Many thanks to folks for sharing a Nativity display
- Angel Tree – Packages were delivered to MES; thank you Angels!
- Pack-a-Sack – Kudos to Elaine, Joyce, and Glenda for filling the sac ks each week. Tax-deductible contributions are needed to cover what weekly expenditure for this worth-while program.
The Nativity Walk followed the Merry Melrose parade on Saturday, December 11. Nativities from different countries were on display, made of various materials from palm leaves to stone and tin are on display. Cocoa and cookies with Christmas music led by Will Flynn were enjoyed by all.
Wednesday, December 8 GRILL ‘N CHILL Bring what you want to cook on the grill. We will furnish salad and dressing, baked potato, ice tea and water. If you what a different beverage you can bring that. Everyone is invited not just men!
Saturday, December 4
- lunch and fellowship
- decorate Chrismon ornaments
- select a child from the Angel Tree
- fun gift exchange
Thanksgiving in the Park
Dinners were prepared, sacked, and placed on the table for pick-up – 325 dinners in all! Members of Trinity, people from the community and Boy Scout Troop 109 pitched in to help with the success of the day.
Vestry on Zoom – November’s very productive meeting! What’s ahead?
- Thanksgiving in the Park!
- Search continues for a church organist
- Calling all pledges for 2022!
- Kudos to all volunteers for a spectacular TRINITY BAZAAR!
Friday, Nov. 12, 2-6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 13, 9-3 pm
Chili Supper Friday begins at 3 pm
Barbecue Saturday, 11-1 pm
Bake Sale, Jams, Jellies, Antiques, Furniture, Collectibles, Art, Quality Housewares – Renewed, Recycled, Repurposed! Plants, Christmas Selection, Crafts, Jewelry, Quality Pre-owned Clothes
November is Stewardship month when our pledges are collected enabling our budget to be made for next year. Please thoughtfully and prayerfully consider your pledge and drop in in the offering plate or mail it to the office. If you’ve lost track of your pledge card there are extras in the bulletin basket.
United Thank Offering gives grants to many ministries throughout the church which need a helping hand. The Ingathering for UTO is at the end of November and there are boxes and envelopes at the back of the hall if you would like to pick one up. These are also handy to keep in your car or on your counter top to be able to express your thanks to Our Lord with a prayer and a coin throughout the year.
Tuesday, November 2 – Meeting begins at 10:00am in the Parish Hall. Making beautiful Fall swags!
Tuesday, October 5 – Meeting begins at 10:00am in the Parish Hall.
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 2
Melrose Heritage Park
Bishop Howard to visit Trinity
Bishop Howard will be visiting us on Sunday, September 12 at 10am. If you would like to be Confirmed, Received, or want to reaffirm your faith in Christ, please contact Fr. Tony.
Good Old Summertime Dinner & Basket Auction
The Good Old Summertime Chicken Dinner and Basket Auction should be more fun than ever this year! The dinner will be on Saturday, July 24th, at noon rather than in the evening so we can spread out a little more. Amazingly each year we have held the auction we have had a different selection of fascinating and wonderful baskets so it will be fun to see what we have this year.
Photos from the 2021 Good Old Summertime event:
Elder Options is holding a Balance Class starting Monday, July 12th, There are still a few spots left and if you’d like to join the class just come to the Parish Hall a little before 10:0am on Monday. This class helps to learn some basic techniques for those who may have a difficult time will balance and much of it will be sitting. Exercises can be done with or without a chair to help. The classes will be for two hours each on Mondays and Thursdays.
The Furniture Bazaar
The contents of a prestigious home in Jacksonville and a lovely farmhouse in Waldo were donated to Trinity Episcopal Church for the Furniture Bazaar on May 20 -22. Many thanks to all who organized the event and also to those who supported the sale, thereby supporting Trinity’s outreach!! Find out more here!
Vestry Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, May 19
HAPPY EASTER! It was a glorious day! Do you have any photos to add? Please send your favorites to [email protected] and they will be included in our Easter Gallery!
April 4, 2021
Seating is limited
Reservations are required.
Masks are required.
Please call 475-2177 and leave a message by Wednesday at noon if you would like to make a reservation for the Easter service. We will then be able to properly distance the seating.
Holy Week Services:
Maundy Thursday @ 6pm
Good Friday Services @ noon and 6pm
Please remember that masks are required at all services you attend in person. We will have some masks available at the door if you don’t have one or should forget yours.
Sunday, March 21
A DAY TO CELEBRATE!
Parishioners, friends, family, and Scouts were present to witness the dedication and unveiling of the State Historic Marker installed in front of the church.
Hats off to the committee of Kathy Warren, Jean Marshall, and Jean Giesel, who worked on this project for over a year to make it happen!
Thursday, March 18
Troop 109 service hours at Trinity. Great job! 10 yards of mulch!
Vestry Zoom Meeting
THE PARISH ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, February 14
Immediately following the service
Vestry Zoom Meeting
Doing God’s work through Trinity!
During these days of staying at home, there is a way to give remotely: you may give through secure PAY PAL transactions.
1. You may use on-line giving to fulfill your pledge, OR
2. You may wish to make a one-time donation.
If you wish to make a secure payment using
https://www.paypal.com, payments are directed to [email protected], selecting “FRIENDS” and NOT “payment for goods or services.”
Ameris Bank has launched 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. Find your bank here: https://www.zellepay.com/get-started
And as always… Trinity’s mailing address is: PO Box 361 Melrose, FL 32666
Trinity’s Online Bazaar
NEW! THE VIRTUAL BAZAAR (download form here: Virtual Bazaar)
The Bazaar committee reminds us that if you would have donated anything, prepared things for the bake shop or purchased some goodies, perhaps you would consider donating an equal amount for the operating budget. We usually take in about $6,000 or more from the bazaar but because of the pandemic that became a hole in our budget. Any gifts to help fill that hole would be very much appreciated.
Sister’s Circle Online Bazaar
Sister’s Circle is back at work in the parish hall on Tuesdays from 10 til noon and anyone who would like to come and knit or crochet (or learn to) or would just like to sit and chat is welcome to attend. Social distancing is in effect and masks are required.
The Sister’s Circle has been busy! Here is a preview of their items for sale. Stop by on Tuesdays at 10am!
On-going programs will resume when we gather again:
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 & 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!
Trinity Men’s Club Breakfast
Last Saturday of each month
Begins at 8:30am
Tuesdays at 10am
Online 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!
Have you visited the Trinity Episcopal Church Facebook page? Check us out and please “LIKE” the page. When you click “LIKE” the page, it will then appear in your feed so that you can keep up-to-date.
Also, did you know that when you “react” a post, it helps get the word out about the good things we are doing at Trinity.
So, get your pointer finger ready and give Trinity a Facebook boost!