Trinity's Ministries

Trinity UMC is the place where we worship the risen Christ, nurture our faith, and reach out to the world with love, charity, and justice. These ministries are just the beginning of what God is inviting us to do.

The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is collecting a love offering for Trinity's staff.  If you would like to recognize the hard work of Trinity's staff this holiday season, please put your gift in the offering plate or drop it by the church office before December 24th.  Please indicate that your contribution is for the Love Offering.   You may also consider including a note of gratitude or well wishes.


Trinity now has the building permit that is needed to move forward with the elevator phase of our renovation project.  Construction will begin on January 2 and we’ll have the official ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday, January 7. 


Are you interested in joining Trinity United Methodist Church?  We generally receive members during the seasons of Advent and Easter.  The next series of new member classes led by Pastor Joe will begin in February 2018.  Please contact Pastor Joe for more information.


Devotionals for adults and families, Advent sticker books, and Advent wreath craft kits for children are available on the front pew and on the table in the Narthex. 


Please bring baking supplies to church during the month of December for RARA’s food pantry.  Donation baskets are located in the Narthex and the hallway downstairs.


Trinity's Kids are collecting new hats, socks, mittens and gloves for adults and children throughout December.  In January, they’ll be taken to the Community Closet in Buena Vista.  Please leave your donations on or under the Christmas tree in the Narthex.


The Outreach Offering for December will benefit UMFS. When you make a donation to UMFS, you become an unwavering champion for high-risk children and their families across the state of Virginia. Your donation makes a tremendous impact, empowering high-risk children to reach their full potential. As a nonprofit social service organization, UMFS does whatever it takes to empower high-risk children, their families and communities. From addressing behavioral and emotional issues to finding foster homes, UMFS never gives up.  Please write your check to Trinity, with UMFS written on the memo line.


If you know of someone who would be appreciative of a beautifully-knitted, Trinity prayer shawl, someone who may need physical or spiritual comfort, please contact Lynne Laraway, 460-7552.  Prayers Shawls are also available in the church office.


Note cards with the beautiful painting of Trinity, by Rev. Louis Caddell, are now available in the church office.  Price is $20 for a box of 10 note cards and proceeds will benefit the Capital Campaign. 


Year-End Gifts to Trinity--Please remember that you can make a stock gift (or mutual funds, IRA’s, 403(b), etc.) to Trinity through the Virginia United Methodist Foundat


ion (VaUMF).  Going through VaUMF could help:  a) avoid broker fees,  b) avoid capital gains taxes, c) take the security’s market value as a 2017 tax donation (regardless of the original cost), and /or d) possibly satisfy your 2017 Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) if you are over age 70½.  You could also fulfill some of your 2018 pledge and record it as a 2017 deduction.  For further information, contact Ted Soto at the Virginia United Methodist Foundation at 804-521-1122.  You may also speak with Tres Mullis, Bill Shrack, Susan Young, or Julia Arndt about these options. 


Also remember that VaUMF has great rates on 6-month to 5-year CD’s.  Rates of return range from 1.7% to 3.15%.  Details can be found on the website


Stephen Clark, from the VaUMF, spoke with us about giving options at a breakfast at Trinity last fall.  There are pamphlets on giving options available in the Narthex for anyone who is interested. 


As in past years, instead of purchasing poinsettias for display in the sanctuary, friends and members of Trinity are invited to donate a similar amount of money that will benefit a local charity, the Rockbridge Area Relief Association.   Please make your check out to Trinity UMC, designated, Sacrificial Poinsettias. Recommended donation is $15.  A list of names will be printed in the Christmas Eve worship bulletin.


Contemplative Worship

In the midst of the holiday rush, do you long for a time of quiet reflection?  Do you want to listen for God's voice speaking to us through scripture, prayer, communion, and silence?  Come and be present to the Lord.  Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.


Lessons and Carols Sunday Morning Worship

Trinity UMC will have one morning worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 24. 


Communion and Candlelight  Christmas Eve

On Sunday, December 24, we’ll worship in the sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. for a traditional Christmas Eve worship service.   


Sunday after Christmas Day

Trinity UMC will have one worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31.



Trinity's Calendar



17—UMM Breakfast Meeting at 7:45 am

17—Contemplative Worship at 5 pm

18—Pastor Joe’s Weekly Prayer Group meets at 10:30 am in the church library

19—Men’s Prayer Meeting at 8 am in the church library

20—Shenandoah Preschool’s Christmas Program at 6 pm in the sanctuary

21—Choir Practice at 7 pm

24—One Morning Worship Service at 11 am and a Candlelight Service at 5:30 pm

25-27—Church Office Closed for Christmas