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.



RARA’s food pantry needs COOKING OIL for the month of September.  Please bring your donations to church and drop them in the basket in the narthex or in the basket downstairs.  Thank you.


Confirmation– 7th and 8th grade confirmation students, families and mentors will gather for a potluck supper at Trinity at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept.22.  Sunday morning classes begin Sunday, October 6.


Sign Up for Home Church!  Each year, Trinity creates small supper groups which meet each month.  Typical groups have 6-8 folks.  One person (or a couple) hosts the meal and provides the main dish, the rest of your home church group brings the sides.  The next month another member of your group hosts.   Sign-up sheets are in the narthex and on the bulletin board downstairs.


There were twelve Trinity Trekkers out walking on Tuesday with 33 miles logged this week. We have a total of 597 miles now which puts us in Opdyke, Illinois. We are within 100 miles of our final objective of the Mississippi River!  Come walk with us along the beautiful Chessie Trail, Tuesdays at 9. 


The Outreach Offering for September will benefit the Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity.  Putting faith into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat seeks to eliminate substandard housing in Rockbridge County by partnering with the community to make safe, decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action.  Please make your check out to Trinity and write “Outreach Offering” on the memo line. Thank you.



United Methodist Women

Kingsways Prison Ministry provides Christmas gifts for inmates in Virginia.  They also serve ex-offenders and their families as well as families of current inmates.  They begin getting the gifts ready very early.  Our District UMW collects the following items and takes them to our District Annual Meeting each year.  This year the meeting is on October 5.  There will be collection baskets in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your generosity.  Items needed are:

  • #2 unsharpened pencils
  • 5 x 8 notepads bound on top (not from Dollar Tree)
  • 6 oz. tubes of toothpaste
  • blank note cards
  • money toward of the purchase of chapstick


Are you looking for creative meaningful ways to pray?  Have you considered coloring as you pray? Sharon Seyfarth Garner, an ordained United Methodist pastor, certified spiritual leader and retreat leader, recommends coloring mandalas!  Mandalas are circular geometric patterns.  They are used in Hindu and Buddhist religions to help one on their spiritual journey.  In her book Praying with Mandalas, the author helps readers nurture their relationship with God by coloring these geometric designs while praying.  Come and join us on Sunday, October 27 as we learn about coloring mandalas.  Our UMW sponsored retreat will take place at the home of Natalie Garvis from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  We will have a soup and salad lunch and dessert.   To RSVP, that you will attend and bring soup, salad, bread, dessert or drink, please call or text Helen Hopkins  by October 22.  If you wish to order a book, let Helen know also or you can get one yourself.  The books are about $10.50 from Amazon.  Please join us for an enlightening and spiritual journey into praying.  All are welcome.


Bring in those bras!  The UMW is collecting clean, slightly used or new bras of all shapes and sizes for the Free the Girls program through the end of October.  Pass this information on to all your girlfriends so we can collect more bras than last year!  There’s a collection box in the narthex or you can drop them off in the church office.  Thank you!


Remembrance Matters, a community event designed in honor of suicide prevention awareness month, will be held September 14 at Jordan’s Point from 3 to 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to partake in fellowship, music and family-friendly activities designed to bring hope and healing.  For more information go to


Rockbridge Interfaith Panel and Discussion

Beyond Kumbayah: Dealing with Doubt in Faith

Thursday, September 26 at the W&L Hillel multipurpose room from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Faith does not always come neatly wrapped. It is not impossible for people of faith to have occasional doubts about their faith. If we didn’t have doubts, we would not be human. Doubt is not necessarily synonymous to lack of faith. In fact, while unresolved doubt may or may not lead to loss of faith, questioning what we believe may actually lead us to stronger convictions, hence a healthier faith. As French Enlightenment philosopher Dennis Diderot said, “That which has never been questioned has never been proven. Skepticism is the first step towards truth.”  The goal of this discussion is to allow members of the panel (and eventually the audience) to speak openly and confidently about how they may have faced and dealt with challenges to their faith, both from within themselves and their specific faith tradition and from outside.  Visit the Rockbridge Interfaith Facebook page for more information.

Calendar of Events

September 2019

 15–Contemplative Worship at 5 p.m.

16—Pastor Joe’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m. in the church library

Finance Committee Meeting at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall

Afternoon Circle Meeting at 1:00 in the church library        

Lay Nominations at 6 p.m.

18—Handbell Practice at 5:45 p.m. and Choir Practice at 7 p.m.     

22—Confirmation Family Potluck Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

23—SPRC Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

29—Potluck Luncheon following the 11 a.m. service