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December 3, 2014


Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
and In the Garden at 2:00 p.m.

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Serving this Sunday
December 7, 2014

Presiding & Preaching:

The Rev. Richard A. Burnett


The Rev. Douglas Argue

Robert Hill

Eucharistic Minister:

8 Rich Giroux

10:30 Susan McKinley


8 Jeff McNealey

10:30 Stuart Hobbs

Director of Music/Liturgist:

Kevin N. Wines


10:30 Debbie Wiedwald

Altar Guild:
8 Rhoda Allen

10:30 Andrea Govan

Floral Decorations:

Kent A. Phillips


8 Jeff McNealey

10:30 Bob Griffith

Coffee Hour Host

10:30 Deborah Miller

Nursery Supervisor:

Teresa Lonas

In the Garden meal by:

Everybody Eats Interfaith Group


Sunday's Service bulletin
can be read online at
or it can be downloaded.
Click here.


Sunday's lectionary:
2 Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8





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If you have family events to share with us at Trinity please email pictures to Kevin Wines.


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The Vestry & Wardens
of Trinity Church

Sr. Warden:
Patricia Rugola

Jr. Warden:
Joel Norris

Vestry Members:
Bill Case
Mary Gahbauer
Don Galbraith
Andrea Govan
Mark Lewis
Karen Peeler
John Redden
Sharon Whaley
David White

Bill Forbes


To reach any vestry member simply contact the Parish Office. Messages will be forwarded as desired.



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Procter Camp

Procter Summer Camp info now available. Click the image below.


Greening of the Church

THIS SATURDAY, December 6—9:00 a.m.
Gather with friends to decorate for the season



Rice for Liberia

LiberiaThis fall, students of Trinity’s Church School are raising money to send bags of rice to the Liberian families we have worked with through PIMIL (Partners in Ministry in Liberia). Due to the Ebola epidemic these children are not in school, so they are not getting the meals they are used to.  We were hoping to raise enough money to contribute one bag of rice—at the cost of $50.  Each bag of rice feeds a family of 4-6 for 2 weeks.  The actual bags of rice are not shipped to Liberia - we will be sending the money via PIMIL, and local Episcopal Church agencies in Liberia will buy the rice for the families.
Trinity parishioners will remember that Mother Abby Flemister, Trinity’s priest associate, is a prominent leader for the PIMIL organization in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
The Church School has turned this into a six week project - they are learning about Liberia, praying for all people suffering from Ebola,  and working toward helping to feed children and families in this time of need.. They will be collecting money through December 7th. - please join them as you are able.

A great start to our Annual Giving Campaign which runs through Dec. 7—
We celebrate Trinity’s generosity….
As of December 2nd, there have been 66 pledges made for 2015 totaling $175,696. In 2014, Trinity received 99 pledges totaling $233,540.  The current total is 75% of the amount pledged in 2014. The online pledge form is available here.

Christmas Pageant 2014

It’s time for the Trinity Episcopal Church 2014 Christmas Pageant!!!
When – Wednesday, December 24th, 5:30 pm Family Service
Roles available for children of all ages!!!
Practice schedule:
Sunday, 12/14 – First rehearsal, after the 10:30 am service, approx. 2 hours
Saturday, 12/20 – rehearsal and costume pick up, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday, 12/21 – dress rehearsal after the 10:30 am service, approx. 2 hours
Please contact John Redden at 614.322.0586 or if you have a child who would like to participate, or if you are just young at heart and would like to be involved. 

GiftBagTrinity’s Giving Tree 2014!

Starts Dec. 7 – runs all through Advent!

This Christmas season Trinity Church seeks to find small and meaningful ways to give to others, far and near, through a multi-pronged program, Trinity’s Giving Tree 2014.
Hanging on the tree in the west end will be tags symbolizing a financial gift you can make to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life program, in amounts ranging from just $15 or $20, or as high as you can dream. Take a tag and include it with your gift of a check made out to Episcopal Relief & Development/Gifts for Life, and place it in the offering plate. You can choose to educate a child, feed a family, build a well, or give a plow and donkey to a woman farmer – and many other deeply meaningful gifts. Plus, 100% of your donation goes straight to the work, not to administrative costs or overhead. Also hanging on the tree will be tiny Christmas stockings made of mosquito netting which you can purchase for $12.00 each.  This single gift will provide one mosquito net for persons living in Africa, saving them from malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases (deemed to be the single most significant small thing one can do to defeat illness and disease in foreign nations!).  You may then place the tiny stocking on your own tree to remind you of this great need and your own generous response to it. Finally, beneath the tree will be a collection box for our friends at In The Garden. Bring personal care items such as toothpastes and toothbrushes, bath soap, razors and shaving cream, combs and hairbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and disposable baby diapers; men’s and women’s socks and briefs, warm hats and gloves, neck scarves, sweaters, and children’s outerwear; pop-top cans of vegetables, meats, and fruit, instant coffee, and Christmas candy; flashlights and batteries, and matches and candles. Questions? Please contact Emily Pucker at or Karen Peeler at


L&C 2014


Holiday Schedule for
Trinity Episcopal Church

on Capitol Square

A Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 21—4:30 p.m.

Gather for this annual celebration on the fourth Sunday of Advent

Interfaith Memorial Service
Monday, December 22—7:00 p.m.

Remember the lives of homeless & formerly homeless individuals who died in 2014

Christmas Eve Services
Wednesday, December 24

5:30 p.m. Family Service of Holy Eucharist with the Christmas Pageant
10:30 p.m. Choral Prelude of Appalachian music for Christmas
11:00 p.m. Festival Holy Eucharist with choir

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with carols
1st Sunday after Christmas

Sunday, December 28

10:00 a.m. One combined service of Holy Eucharist with a carol sing
In the Garden fellowship at 2:00 p.m.

Call for Vestry Nominations:

The Vestry Nominating Committee is seeking people interested in standing for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting in January. Trinity Vestries are warm, collegial and dedicated; serving with the group is a privilege. If you would like to serve Trinity in this way, or if you know of someone you’d like to nominate, please speak to Nominating Committee Chair Don Galbraith, Senior Warden Pat Rugola, or the rector.

coffee hourCoffee Hour Hosts are Needed

Please visit the online doodle poll to select the Sunday(s) you would like to host coffee hour following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy.
For those who are hosting Coffee Hours, you should know that a number of items you might needs are available in the unlocked "Coffee Closet” in the Undercroft. If you know of any supplies you would like to have available in the coffee closet to make hosting easier, please tell Karen Peeler and she will see that they are provided. Thanks for Hosting!

An Opportunity to Serve:

The "Everybody Eats" interfaith group will be hosting In the Garden on Dec. 7.  Those interested in representing Trinity, contact Jean Cotting 561-1488.

flowersAltar Decoration Memorials

If you would like to place a flower memorial or thanksgiving in the Sunday bulletin, contact Diane Donato in the Parish Office via email or at 221-5351.  A donation of $50 is suggested, but any reasonable amount will be accepted.  Only a few dates are spoken for currently. An album of altar decoration has begun online. Click this photo to see more.


Disposable Diapers are always in need

Please don't forget our neighbors on the street. Candles, diapers, and new dry socks are essential for this time of year. We have many weekday requests for snacks and canned self-opening food items as well. Remember to save hotel toiletries from your travels. All donations are greatly appreciated.





The Rev. Charles Wilson has been called as the 12th Rector of St. Philip Episcopal Church in Columbus. He will start there on January 1. Charles currently serves as Rector of St. Peter's in Delaware. His letter to that congregation can be read here.


We remember all who work for peace around the world, and especially this day we pray for our nation and other international partners discerning war and peace and wisdom in this time of terror and violence.
remembering friends and family members related to this community, we pray for Petty Officer Kristy Sizemore, Cynthia Epler, Jordan Sellman, Matt Schumann, Commander Scott Whaley, Gunnery Sergeant Robert A Griffith Jr., and all who serve our country.
We continue to remember all suffering with the Ebola Virus in Liberia, the greater West African region and elsewhere, and those caring for them.
We renew our commitments to serve the poorest in our midst and remember all who are homeless and hungry in our city today.  We give thanks for the generous hospitality offered this afternoon at In The Garden, and pray for the Holy Spirit’s abundant grace in our fellowship.
We pray for all who are sick or suffering at this time –Gayle Nash, Lori Clark, Jayla Kennedy, Josh McKinney, B. J. Artrup, Steve Pogson, Sharon Whaley, Jon Nusbaum, Marjorie Dotson, Hal Duryee,  Bob Park and others whom we name silently or aloud.
Birthdays: Janice Griffith, Lisa Wu Fate, Madeline Arndt, David White.
Floral Decorations are given to the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Frank Elmer.


Altar Guild - Andrea Govan, Vestry Liaison (VL), Rhoda Allen, director—Prepares the altar for Holy Eucharist and maintains the altar and linens.
Buildings & Grounds - John Redden, VL, Alan Sheppard, chair—Oversees the maintenance of the Church facilities, and considers improvements to our interior and exterior space.
Christian Formation - Joel Norris, VL, Rachel Friend, chair—Develops the Christian education programs for adults and youth.
Communications - Mark Lewis, VL
Community Ministries - David White, VL, Karen Peeler, chair—Develops and participates in programs reflecting Trinity's mission to the community.  Works closely with the In the Garden leadership team.
Endowment - Joel Norris, VL, Jeff McNealey, chair
Finance Committee - Patricia Rugola, VL, Bill Forbes, chair
Future Trinity - Joel Norris, VL, Bill Mains & Bill Bronson, Chair—A mission-oriented invitation to our downtown Columbus neighborhood(s).
Leadership Development - Patricia Rugola, VL, Richard Burnett, chair
Parish Life - Sharon Whaley, VL, Paula Redden, chair—Plans social activities for the parish throughout the year.
St. Margaret’s Pastoral Care Circle—Andrea Govan, VL, Mary Gahbauer, convener - Offers support for fellow congregation members in time of need.
Personnel - Don Galbraith, VL, Richard Burnett, chair
Stewardship - Karen Peeler, VL, John Redden, chair—Nurtures and develops year 'round giving of time, talent, and treasures of parishioners.
Worship, Music & Arts - Karen Peeler, VL, Kevin N. Wines, chair—Participates in structuring worship services and plans special music, concerts, and evening services.
For more information or to join any of these Ministry Teams, please speak to the team coordinators, the Rector, or call the Parish Office 221-5351.

Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square
125 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-5351; fax (614) 221-3716