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.


On Monday, October 21 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will welcome David Baluarte and several W&L law students for a presentation titled “Reflections from the U.S. border with Mexico”.  Prof. Baluarte currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Washington and Lee School of Law.  Prof. Baluarte has directed the Immigrant Rights Clinic, a practical lawyering experience for upper-level students, since 2013.  In December of 2018, Prof. Baluarte led a trip to the southern border of the United States with Mexico to volunteer in assisting migrants.  Prof. Baluarte and some of the W&L law students will share their reflections on their time spent at Mexican-U.S. border talking with migrants and providing legal advice.  A dinner of pizza and salad will be served.  


Ladies–how can you spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in the fall?  Join others  for a delicious soup and salad lunch and learn to pray in a different way!  Oh my, that rhymes. Sharon Seyfarth Garner, an ordained United Methodist pastor, certified spiritual leader and retreat leader, recommends coloring mandalas!  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.  It 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 25.  Books are available on Amazon.  You will need colored pencils or crayons for the coloring.  Please join us for an enlightening and spiritual journey into praying .  All are welcome.


Trinity’s Church Conference is Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.—This is our annual congregational meeting to celebrate the ministries of the past year, to pray God’s blessings on the ministries for the year to come, to elect the nominated church leaders, and to approve the pastor’s compensation for the upcoming year.


Faith at Home: Ecumenical Parent Discussion Group and Dinner

Sundays, October 20, November 3 and November 17

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church


Please join us as we discuss Wendy Claire Barrie’s Faith at Home. Home and parents are the key mechanisms by which religious faith and practice are transmitted inter-generationally. Recent studies indicate that the single most important factor in youth becoming committed and engaged in their religious faith as young adults is that the family talks about religion at home. However, for many parents in the United States, religious language is a foreign language.


Faith at Home will help parents learn this “second language” and introduce it to their children in simple, meaningful, concrete ways. Parents often ask: How do we introduce prayer to our children if we do not necessarily believe prayer changes outcomes? How do we approach reading the Bible with our children when our own relationship with it is mixed or complicated? How do we talk about difficult things and where do we find God in the midst of them? How do we teach our children to make a difference in the world? How do we connect what happens at church to what happens at home? These questions and many more are addressed with talking points, practices, and resources provided for each subject.


Books are available for purchase for $14.00 in the office at Grace Episcopal or you may download on your e-reader from


Questions? Email Sharon Massie 

Childcare is available in the nursery.


The Outreach Offering for October will benefit Rise Against Hunger.

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.  From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to the meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, RAH strives to make a global impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among the communities. Please make your check out to Trinity with “Outreach Offering” written on the memo line. 


On Sunday, November 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Trinity UMC will join with Lexington Presbyterian at their church to create and package family-sized containers of rice, dehydrated vegetables and spices, which will provide 15,000 individual meals. Folks of all ages can participate.    


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


Thanks for your donations to Free the Girls over the past several weeks. We will collect again for a (hopefully) large shipment next spring. Please continue to save your gently used bras over the holidays so we can really make an impact next spring. If you have any questions, contact Natalie Garvis. 


Trinity Trekkers will continue to walk the Chessie Trail this fall. In fact, as long as the weather continues to be nice, we will continue to walk!  Join us at 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings.

Calendar of Events


20—Youth go to the corn maze, 12 p.m.

       Contemplative Worship at 5 p.m.

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

        Afternoon Circle Meeting at 1 p.m. in the church library

        Reflections from the Border with Prof. David Baluarte at 5:30 p.m.

        Church Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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

27— Youth Family Breakfast at 9:45 a.m., third floor youth room   

        Women’s Fall Retreat at Natalie Garvis’s house, 1 p.m.