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.
Town Hall for parents of Trinity youth.
Parents of middle and high school students are invited to share their thoughts, suggestions, and feedback for youth ministries at TUMC in a town hall style meeting with Joe and Kate Crossman and Tom Stanely, chairs of Trinity’s nurture ministries. We hope to give parents the opportunity to hear and discuss proposed plans for some activities and options for Christian education and get a sense of what the interest level is for participation and involvement. We are offering two times to gather, if you can’t make one, we hope you can find time to make the other – Sunday, Oct. 17th at 2:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 24th at 2:30 pm. We’ll gather in the fellowship hall. 
Taste and See, a study on food and faith
Beginning the week of Sunday, October 17, Trinity UMC will offer two opportunities to nurture our faith with Margaret Feinberg’s book “Taste and See” which provides a culinary exploration of Scripture, recipes, and how sharing a meal heals our souls and helps us see God’s goodness. 

You’ll descend 400 feet below ground into the frosty white caverns of a salt mine, fish on the Sea of Galilee, bake fresh matzo at Yale University, ferry to a remote island in Croatia to harvest olives, spend time with a Texas butcher known as “the meat apostle,” and wander a California farm with one of the world’s premier fig farmers.  With each visit, Margaret asks, “How do you read these Scriptures, not as theologians, but in light of what you do every day?” 
Sunday mornings beginning October 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
Karen Carlton will lead the in-person Sunday morning discussion.
(We’ll spread out in the fellowship hall for social distancing)
Tuesday evenings beginning October 19 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Pastor Joe will lead the online-only discussion on Tuesday evenings.  
(Please contact Pastor Joe to get the Zoom link).
The class runs for eight weeks. You can purchase your copy of the book on Amazon or from Cokesbury or at your favorite bookstore!  This class is geared toward adults and older youth but all are welcome!  


Trinity’s UMW will be collecting things over the next few months for Western State Hospital in Staunton, Casa de Amistad in Waynesboro, and Henry Fork Service Center in Rocky Mount. Baskets will be in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Hall. If you wish to give a monetary donation, please put it in the UMW box or give/mail it to Helen Hopkins, Betty Conger, Alma Flippen or Natalie Garvis. Below are the needs of each group. 
Western State Hospital
Monetary donations, new or gently used men’s athletic shorts and boxers, ankle socks, washable markers, composition books, word search books, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, hair ties, individually packaged candy bars and crackers
Henry Fork Service Center
Paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates (no Styrofoam), copy paper, birthday
gifts for girls and boys of all ages (usually more gifts are needed for boys)
Casa de Amistad
Small hats, gloves, heavy socks, card games and games appropriate for children
Clean out your closet for Free the Girls
After a year+ of Covid the Trinity’s UMW are supporting Free the Girls in 2022. Free the Girls helps young women and girls, who have been rescued from sex trafficking, to set up a business to support themselves and their families. Click the link for more information Free the Girls.
This announcement is a heads-up for next spring. Please save your clean, slightly used, or new bras of all shapes and sizes for the donation program. Pass this information on to all your girlfriends so we can collect more bras than last in 2019! 
The Outreach Offering for October will benefit RARA.
Founded in 1972, the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) is the largest not-for-profit organization alleviating hunger and addressing poverty in the Rockbridge area. Headquartered in Lexington, the Food Pantry and Helpline serve Rockbridge County and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington. RARA’s mission is to aid Rockbridge area households in a time of emergency to meet life’s basic needs. The Food Pantry is open four days a week and serves more than 600 families a month. The HelpLine offers a lifeline to ensure warm, safe shelter by preventing evictions and utility cutoffs.
Please make your check payable to Trinity UMC, designated for RARA.
Please bring CANNED PUMPKIN to church during the month of October for the RARA Food Pantry. The food pantry also needs a variety of canned and boxed foods as well as plastic grocery bags. You may drop them off at the church between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each weekday.