Dear Friends in Christ, 

Just a reminder of  upcoming

events and other news around the parish.

Many blessings to you and your family!

will be the recipient of the November outreach efforts. Parishioners unable to attend the monthly luncheon are encouraged to make a donation earmarked for Unbridled Change
The October Outreach project, will receive $500 from the parish. 
Thank you to everyone who made this possible
Beginning this month Angel Tree tags for residents of the nursing & rehab center (formerly known as Trinity Mission) will be available. Sometime before the end of the month the Social Services names will also be available. It is anticipated that Trinity will participate in the New River Valley gift program for children whose parent(s) are incarcerated.
The following column appeared in the Smith Mountain Eagle on November 22nd, 2017
 We do not need more spoiled children in the world.
The Rev. David Taylor
Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Mount
Popular entertainment has a way of both reflecting and reinforcing a society’s values, as the public, quite literally, buy it because they value it. By looking at popular entertainment one can see how American society has changed dramatically with respect to manners and social discourse in a short period of time. The polite society reflected in television shows of the 1950s and early 1960s, think of “Leave it to Beaver,” is gone. Those old sitcoms have been replaced today by gaudy reality programs that showcase domestic and social interactions driven by narcissism, factionalism, and selfishness.
One program reflective of the whole ugly reality show genre was the show “The Weakest Link.”  For a short time more than a decade ago it was very popular.  The presumption that we’d all enjoy watching the host be so mean to the contestants was troubling. The first host, Anne Robinson, it seems, was made for the job.  She got to say what the producers apparently thought all of us would like to say if we were not so inhibited by good manners and common decency. For Anne Robinson, and others, pointing out that someone else is the weakest link,  and why they are the weakest link, is telling the truth the way we’d all like to tell it.
I wonder if that’s true. I suppose there is a part of all of us that does somehow feel superior, if we can point out the inferiority of others.  Yet, for as much as that might be something of a natural inclination in me, or in you,  I think that we are made for much better, called to be something very much better.
The practice of mercy, as well as charity and justice, is a sign of a true follower of Christ.  Simply reciting the creeds is not enough to make one truly a Christian.  What you believe to be true is important, but not singular.   Being a faithful member of Christ’s church also involves some action.   Action with motives aimed at obedience to God, and at treating our neighbors with the wondrous respect due their creation in the very image of Almighty God.
The church father, Justin, in his First Apology said this, “When we are together we remind one another of these things, and help all who suffer want as best we can, and keep together in harmony.”
In a world where road rage, and air rage, and all kinds of other rage, have become common place. Where bad manners and “in your face” have become the attitudes of the “successful” people, Christians are meant to hold to a different standard. We are citizens of heaven, and members of the household of God. We remember and celebrate the fact that you are to be, not the weakest link, but in fact a link to all that is good, and righteous, and holy.
We do not need more spoiled children in the world, demanding their own way, and disrespecting one another. We need more women and men who look and act like they are adopted children of God.  If you continue to listen to the voice of the Lord,  you will have the strength to live as you ought, to live out your call to be a light in this world, to be goodness and love in the flesh, to be holy and godlike, the strong link to God that we all need.
Blessing Box
Just a friendly reminder of our “Blessing Box” Donations are much appreciated. Some ideas: canned food, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers. Non-Perishable items only. It is located outside of Fr. Taylor’s office. Thank you to those who have donated.

Beans & Rice

The Beans & Rice Ministry is now back to accepting donations of beans & rice and/or monetary donations.  Donations of each product may be left in the parish hall.  We will begin delivering firewood towards the end of October.

Adult Education
The Adult Education Class meets at 9:05 AM Sunday mornings. All are welcome. If you have not come in the past, please send  your email address  
(to: so I can send you the weekly Readings and Hymns etc. which will guide our ponderings. ”

Tuesdays at Trinity

 We will be 

meeting December 5th 5:30-6:30.  We will be discussing “Forgiving & Reconciling: Bridges to Wholeness and Hope”, by Everett Worthington. Please read through page 166, Chapter 8.  


Our next meeting will be 

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  at 8:30 am 

at the Hub.

Monday December 18th, 2017 at 9:00 am 
The next Vestry Meeting will be held  Sunday at noon
on December 17th, 2017.

Join us at Ippy’s in Rocky Mount at noon the first Monday of each month for our Trinity Ladies Connecting luncheon.  We’ll have a blessing, a meal, and conversation.  Contact Ann Cook at 483-5738 if you have any questions.   
Our next luncheon will be Monday,
 December 4th, 2017 at Noon at Ippy’s
     December & January 2017
Everyone looks forward to spending time after service, chatting, having a cup of coffee and a tasty snack. In order for this to happen we need you to “host” a Sunday fellowship. Please sign up in the kitchen on the bulletin board, see Ann Cook or call the office.

Let us not forget our shut-ins.

Please let Lesley know of anyone who needs to be added to this list.


Mrs. Frances Nix
1365 South Main Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Ms. Nancy Shively
969 Old Ferrum Road
Ferrum, VA 24088
Jack & Barbara Garst
472 Apple Rd
Boones Mill, VA  24065

 December 3rd, 2017:

New Testament: Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm:                 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
The Epistle:        1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel                Mark 13:24-37

                    HYMNS FOR 

December 3rd,  2017
Processional:               Hymnal, 68

Sequence Hymn:         Hymnal, 65

Communion Hymn:    Hymnal, 339 & 331

The Recessional:         Hymnal, 74



  • Choir Rehearsal – Sunday at 9:30 am
  • Tuesday’s at Trinity – 5:30 pm
  • 1st Sunday – Loose collection given to the Rectors Discretionary Fund
  • 1st Sunday – Soup and Salad, unless otherwise noted
  • 3rd Sunday – Vestry Meeting at Noon
  • 3rd Monday – Soup Kitchen at 9 am
  • 3rd Monday – Daughters of the King at 5:00 pm
  • 1st and 3rd – Tuesday Men’s Breakfast at 8:30 am
  • 1st Monday – TLC Luncheon at Ippy’s at noon
Prayers: For healing, thanksgiving or any other reason. 
Please pray for these people throughout the week.
 Please let the office know if there are any changes or additions that need
 to be made to the prayer list.
Arthur Raine Ralph Knoebel
Eloise Raine
Adam Nichols
Richard Smith
Carol Henry
Susan Mullins
Preston Mason
Frances Nix
Kelly Austin Tuck
Lauren Roberts
Addie Lang
Elizabeth Knisely
Emily Shaffner
Faith Gibson
Kendyl Dellis
Claudia Clark
Bill Mays
Peniche Family
Sally Busch
Nancy Shively
Maryann Tarvis
Bill Salisbury
Gayle Salisbury
Rev. Jim Wilson
Carolyn Hopkins
Bill Craig
Marilyn Struzziery
Norma Martin
The Wood for Warmth Crew
Mark Gibson
Becca Depp
Skip Fletcher
Flynn Miller
Juanita Wilburn
Sarah Smith
Harry Gibson
The Peter’s Family
The Family of Tim Quade
Carroll Wilferson
Rhonda Schroeder
Tyson Daniel
Jeff Pertchik
Earl Plyler
Gene Weaver
Michelle Holling-Brooks
Alvan Aron
Joann Smith
Susannah Raine-Haddad
Jack & Barbara Garst
Richard Turner
Bob Wiseman
Judy Gibson
Van Renick
John & Sherri Reith
Roan Vern & Sue Schrag
Judy Breznay
Michael Wilson
Katherine Turley 
Senior Warden: George Gautsch (Jan 2018)
Junior Warden: Bill Alexander (Jan. 2019)
June Hogan (Jan. 2018), Leland Smith (Jan. 2019), Mack Riddick (Jan. 2019) Susan Henry (Jan. 2020), Keith Wilson (Jan 2020)
Clerk of the Vestry: Mollie Anderson
Treasurer: Clark Childers
Asst. Treasurer: Bill Lee


As a friendly reminder!

Please remember to lock all doors,

especially the hall door

upon leaving the church.


The Rev. David Taylor                          Tuesday – Friday   9:00am – 12:00pm
Parish Administrator (Lesley Wray)   Wednesday 8:30am-12:30pm
                                                               Thursday     8:30am-12:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 15 E Church Street, P O Box 527, Rocky Mount, VA 24151