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Trinity Together | January 2018

News for 01.17.18
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A MONTHLY LOOK AT our life with God,
one another, and our neighbors

Ministry Spotlight


Trinity is proud to be an official host church for the 2018 Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. The event will take place at more than 350 churches around the world on February 9, 2018, including here at Trinity from 6–9pm.

Night to Shine 2017 Every guest of Night to Shine will be paired with a companion for the evening and will enter the prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming, friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup touch-up stations, shoe-shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, food, a karaoke room, and of course, dancing!

Many volunteers are needed, with a variety of time commitments and skills, including preparation and setup beforehand. To learn more, click the Volunteer Registration link below.



Financial Update TT 2017


BY Stu scott, Chairman, finance committee

Trinity finished the 2017 fiscal year exceeding our $2.6 million goal with the wonderful generosity that will empower and equip Trinity to be fully the church that our Lord calls us to be. By exceeding our 2016 giving goal we are well positioned to continue to implement the plans and actions to help us achieve our five-year mission goals:

By 2020, Trinity Presbyterian Church will try to show, by demonstration in our lives and work, the existence of the Triune God in this secular age: through the truth and beauty of biblical orthodoxy, by the transformation of people's lives through spiritual formation practices, in the unity of a multi-ethnic and multi-generational community, with a sacrificial commitment to local, national, and global mission, and generosity to others with all we possess.

As you plan your giving for 2018, please note that we have changed our online giving platform from ACS to Planning Center. This change will make it easier to set up both recurring and one-time donations. It will also allow you to access your giving history whenever you like. To preview this system, watch this video.

The new system offers various ways to give:
1. Debit/credit card: Please consider giving an extra 3% to cover processing fees.
2. Bank account (ACH): Transfer from your bank account to ours.
3. Text message: Text-to-Give any amount to 84321. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Thank you, one and all, for your generosity and your prayers for the financial health of our church. We look forward to all that God has prepared for us in 2018.

Session Summary

session summary: DECember

BY elder bill cassidy, clerk of session

Amidst the normal routine of our meeting of December 14, we elected and welcomed Walter Kim as our Moderator, acknowledging with gratitude the fruitful service of Fitz Green whom Walter is replacing.

We also approved November minutes, elected commissioners to the January Presbytery meeting, and happily received our 42 (!!) most recent new members.

Walter led us in a discussion of an upcoming gathering of the congregation at which we will present the budget for the coming year and report on ministry highlights and objectives. Keep an eye out for the announcement and mark your calendars for February 4.

In response to requests and inquiries about memorials, we asked a new committee to form and present recommendations for a memorial garden where the memory of deceased loved ones could be honored with a plaque.

Deacon and Finance Committee Chair Stu Scott presented the committee’s work to date on the budget for 2018. At the time we didn’t know the extent of your generous   year-end giving, but in hopeful expectation the committee asked us to consider a significantly larger budget for next year. You can learn the details at the meeting on February 4.

Finally we reviewed and discussed at length and ultimately approved a second letter to you from the Session regarding race. Please do read it if you haven’t already.

Have a question about our Session? Email


A native of upstate New York, Bob Byrne first visited Charlottesville when he brought his wife, Lauren, here from their home in Tidewater to celebrate their first anniversary. At the time he was clerking for a judge and she was working as a lawyer. They had met as students at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach. Later Bob saw a job advertised in Charlottesville and, thinking they might like to live here, he applied and was offered the position. They moved to the Zion Crossroads area and Lauren, who was then expecting their first child, began working from home for the same Tidewater judge Bob had previously served. In their new community, following their previous church background, they became part of a Baptist church plant. Soon after that their son Robbie was born.

Byrne family Two years later, with a second child on the way, Bob and Lauren faced the most difficult period of their lives when Robbie died accidentally just short of his second birthday. This was a time that challenged their faith but also led them to new avenues of spiritual growth. In looking for guidance Bob was drawn to the teaching and writing of Tim Keller, which then led him to an interest in learning about reformed theology. That in turn brought them to visit Trinity and to closely connect with the Gilliam family, who had suffered a similar loss. Bob and Lauren now have five children, ranging in age from two to ten. Bob joyfully speaks of appreciating each of his children as these little people mature and demonstrate their own big personalities.

After five years of telecommuting Lauren suspended her legal career. She has since helped lead a ministry for moms of preschoolers, and she and Bob have been part of the team teaching some of Trinity’s parenting classes. Two years ago Bob’s widowed mother moved to this area, and her help with their youngest child has allowed Lauren to return to part-time practice of law as well as to join the teaching team for Women Together in the Word.

Bob works as a civil trial attorney with the MartinWren firm. In 2014 he was nominated to become an elder at Trinity and after training under John Cunningham he was ordained the following year. He has served in several capacities with the Session, currently on the Ruling Elder Oversight Committee and as the East Parish Point Elder. Bob has a particular interest in helping our large church become smaller by building community and fellowship opportunities through small groups and parish activities.

Calendar new TT

Sundays, 5pm

Evening Prayer, alcove

Friday, Feb 9

Night to Shine

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