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.


Wear Your Nametags!  Trinity is almost always blessed to have guests and visitors each week, along with a number of new members.  Please wear your name tags!  Contact the church office if you need a new one.



Potluck Lunch Next Sunday, October 29th after 11:00 a.m. worship in the fellowship hall. Our Nurture Ministries Team will provide drinks, just bring your favorite dish or two to share. Let’s celebrate fall!


Stewardship for 2018--Next Sunday, October 29, turn in your filled out 2018 Stewardship Card and your Blue Sheet, “What is God calling Trinity and me to do  and be in the years to come.”

Trinity Church Conference--November 5, 2017  Each year in the fall, Trinity UMC must formerly approve the salary for the pastor for the upcoming year and approve the church members who will be serving in church leadership positions. We also give thanks to God for the ministries of the past year, and pray God’s blessing on the ministries for the year ahead.  We’ll do all of this at our Church Conference on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  All members of Trinity (confirmation age and older) are members of the Church Conference and can have voice and vote.


Building Project Update--We’ve been asked by the building inspector to make adjustments to the windows in the building addition.  As planned the 6-8 new windows would have to be fire-rated, which would cost us an additional $30,000-$40,000.  The trustees have decided to do away with the windows and will be submitting our revised plans to the architectural review board and the building inspector. This may (or may not!) delay our proposed building start-date of October 31.   In the meantime Kjelstrom and Lee has created a sample wall to ensure the new bricks and new mortar match our existing building.  The trustees have approved the sample (pictured here). The sample is still on display on the Fire House parking lot side of the building. 


Rockbridge Interfaith will be hosting a panel discussion "Who is a stranger?" on Monday, November 13, 6:30-8:00 pm at the W&L Hillel House. Light refreshments will be provided sponsored by Mountain Mama Catering.  In a time when we are gripped by the ‘Us vs. Them’ dichotomy, we must stop to ask: Who, really, is a stranger? What is and should be the relationship between the ‘outsider’ and the ‘insider?’ And what is the implication of that relationship for society as a whole? We hope, through a conversation initiated by representatives from various faith and spiritual traditions, to engage the question of the stranger from a broad perspective.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit us at our Facebook page: Rockbridge Interfaith or contact us at


We'll soon be putting together care packages for Trinity's students who are away at college.  If you haven't already done so, please send your student's college mailing address to Pastor Joe or Paige Williams ( by October 24.

Please bring canned pumpkin to church during the month of October for RARA’s food pantry.  During November, please bring Thanksgiving food.  Donation baskets are located in the Narthex and the hallway downstairs.


Please send your family pictures to the church. We are updating our church phone/email/address/photo directory.  Send a family photo (informal is just fine) to the church office by November 20.  An e-mail or hard copy will work.  If you want to use the photo you sent last year, please let Stephanie, our church secretary, know.  You many also have your photo for the directory taken on Sunday  Nov. 5th, 12th or 19th  from 10:00-10:45AM and from 12:00-12:30PM in the conference room next to Pastor Joe’s study.  Contact Paige Williams for more information.

The Outreach Offering for October will benefit the World Communion Fund.  World Communion Sunday is an ecumenical celebration by people of many denominations in an effort to promote unity among Christians around the world. Offerings collected in United Methodist churches on World Communion Sunday are used to fund scholarships for young scholars and seminarians.  Please make your check out to Trinity with “World Communion Fund” written on the memo line.  Thank you.


Faith Build Update:  The home that Habitat volunteers are building for Mac and Olivia Smiley is progressing rapidly.    Many Trinity volunteers are contributing to this effort, but there is still room for more.  In particular, the Construction Supervisor has expressed a special need for help on Saturday morning November 4th, Saturday afternoon November 14th, and Saturday morning December 2nd.  Of course, there are other dates available, as well.  Anyone wishing to be part of this exciting effort can contact Pete Hamilton at 261-9501 or  Also, the Board of Rockbridge Habitat is seeking members for its "Faith Engagement Committee" which would connect with the area faith communities to keep us all informed on ongoing Habitat opportunities and needs.  Time commitment is estimated to  be an hour or two per month.  If anyone feels that they might be able to serve on the Faith Engagement Committee, please contact Pete Hamilton.


Prayer Shawl Reminder: 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 stop by the church office to pick one up.


The 50 Ways-Rockbridge Racial Justice Issues Group is sponsoring a panel, "Race in Our Community," on Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-8pm, LDMS Cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


You are invited to an Affordable Art Sale Party on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm at the DuPont Community Credit Union.  The event will include a raffle and silent auction and will benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Rockbridge Area Leadership Scholarship program.





Trinity's Calendar


22—RAT Party at 12 pm at the Crossman home

22—Youth meet after church to plan for the Pet Food Drive

22—New Member Class at 3 pm

23—Pastor Joe’s Prayer Meeting at 10:30 am in the church library

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

24—Church Council Meeting at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall

25—Handbell Practice at 5:45 pm and Choir Practice at 7 pm’

28—Church Work Day begins at 8:30 am

29—Potluck Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall following worship


1—Tina Ravenhorst Morning Circle meeting at 10:30 am in the sanctuary

3—Youth dinner and football game at 5:30 pm

5—Church Conference at 2:30 pm