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Trinity Together | March 2016

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Drew and Emily Massengill started attending Trinity in May of 2014, and joined the church in January of 2015. The Massengills have attended several Trinity retreats, and agreed to share a bit about what to expect on a Trinity retreat and how they have benefited from these times.

What to expect on a Trinity Retreat | Drew Massengill

Questions about retreats at Trinity can fall within two major categories: what does happen, and what can happen.

What does happen on a retreat is pretty straightforward. You start by winding south down the Blue Ridge Parkway until you reach mile marker 25. The drive is beautiful and tranquil, which sets the mood for the weekend.

You’ll be greeted by Wade and Chryse Bradshaw, who will no doubt have some kind of warm beverage prepared. Once everyone is settled, Wade will provide an introduction and instructions for the time, and a meal will follow. Though the time you actually spend on the retreat is relatively short, approximately 5pm on Friday to 9pm on Saturday, the rhythm of the retreat seems to expand time beyond its normal bounds.

Wade and Chryse have developed a schedule that roughly goes: food, prayerful reflection, bedtime story, sleep, food, reflection, food, reflection, food, reflection, food, and worship. Chryse cooks all the meals, and they are delicious.

What can happen on a retreat is a bit more complex. Each person will meet with God, or not, in his or her own way. There is nothing formulaic or guaranteed about your spiritual life while on a retreat. In fact, the major idea behind a retreat is to create space where you can rest, free of anxious expectations.

Retreats can be a kind of conceptual exploration of Sabbath, a special time of freedom to live in the presence of God and others without the fear of failing. It is a time and space in which one can be free to experiment with both new and familiar ways of relating to God, self, neighbor, and creation.

No two retreats are the same. The dynamic variables of people, seasons, food, and reflections provide an iterative environment where one can always experience something new, regardless of whether it's your first or tenth time on retreat.

How Retreats Have Blessed Me | Emily Massengill

I’ve been deeply blessed by participating in retreats during my time worshiping at Trinity. For me, retreats have been a place of rest, comfort, and respite during a challenging and chaotic season of life. Unlike other retreats I’ve been on, these retreats are intimate and allow significant time for reflection, so I leave feeling refreshed rather than exhausted. Retreats offer a structure to carve out time for silence, reflection, and prayerful meditation on Scripture—all things I struggle to do in my regular life. I’ve found the structure to be helpful, but appreciate that there is freedom for each person to make the weekend whatever they need it to be.

Though retreats involve times of silence and reflection, I have been blessed by the community I experience through the shared meals and spontaneous conversations. Each retreat I’ve attended has allowed me to connect with others at Trinity whom I might not have met otherwise. It is a joy to see these smiling faces months later and to know each person’s name and a little bit about them.

Drew and I have both benefited so much from our time on retreats that we have made them a regular part of our practice, and we try to attend as many as we can. Even if your life is busy, and the thought of adding another thing seems stressful, I believe that you will find investing your time in this practice to be well worth it. This has certainly been my experience. For me, retreats represent an opportunity to commune with God while enjoying His creation and His people, and I leave refreshed and better able to carry that communion with God into every aspect of life.

To learn more about retreats at Trinity, watch the video below, or click here. To sign up for an upcoming retreat, click here.




During the fall, all of our church’s Leadership Teams, along with related staff, prayerfully set goals and corresponding priorities for their spending in the year to come. Then, in the first week of January, the Finance Team, comprising officers and lay people in the church, set an overall budget goal based on giving and spending from the past year. For 2016, the goal was to keep the giving target at $2,350,000 (the same as the 2015 budget).

With this overall budget goal set, the month of January is then spent by Ministry and Leadership Teams working to adjust their budgets as needed so that all of our various ministry budgets can coexist under our overall budget target. This is a process where different Ministry Teams or committees give recommendations, and where teams needing increases in one area may work to cut back in others to reduce their overall budget impact. The portion of the budget relating to staff salary and benefits is proposed by the Personnel Committee of the Session, with final Session approval.

In February, the budget approved by the Finance Committee for the year is made available to the congregation, both electronically and through a congregational budget meeting, during which the Finance Committee presents and fields questions about the budget. If you were unable to attend Budget Night a few weeks ago and have not yet seen the budget, you can access it here. The packet includes a detailed FAQ covering the most common questions about our budget. This budget will be finally reviewed and approved by the Session later this month.


The Session met on February 11 for a long meeting with many items. After welcoming visitors and praying for the congregation and ministries of the church, the Session processed the basic administrative matters of minutes, reviewing the deacons’ minutes from the previous year, heard the report from the latest Presbytery meeting, and transferred members.

The Ruling Elder Oversight Committee (REOC) led the Session to assign elders to care for other elders in their region, granted a sabbatical to David Turner with thanks for his service and proposed a policy on disclosure of competing interests. After discussion, the new policy was adopted.

The Session then discussed the contours of a potential policy for additional unordained deacons with respect to our denominational boundaries and current structure. This was a preliminary discussion, with hopes to carry on further discussion in the coming months.

A new parish care plan was discussed at length and then adopted. The CCLT, which developed the plan, will test it during this year and then refine or improve it as needed. The CCLT will communicate the plan to the congregation. The plan redraws the boundaries of the parishes, to help balance the number of congregants and officers in each region. It also clarifies the roles of elders in providing care.

The Session then went into executive session to review the budget and continue a set of personnel committee items.

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 7:00PM in room 201 as a full Session meeting.

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We’ve run out of questions that people have asked about the Session. Do you still have a question about how our Session or CGC works? Let us know by emailing and we will address it in future issues of the Session update.

Nine men nominated as officers last fall are completing their time of training and prayerful consideration for this undertaking. The congregation will be asked to elect them at a meeting on May 15. Click here to see their names and faces so you can get to know them and pray for them.


Michael Martin has had connections to Trinity since his second year at UVA, first attending a worship service at St. Anne’s School auditorium in 1978. He became a Trinity member before he graduated, and over his moves of the next 14–15 years he maintained his membership and visited frequently. During that period he obtained a master’s degree in communications from Regent University in Virginia Beach and cared for his mother during the last two years of her lengthy battle with breast cancer. Just over 20 years ago he returned to live full-time in Charlottesville and reconnected at Trinity, where he served with the Stephen Ministry and discipled young men through small groups.

Michael now works as a mortgage consultant. In 2005 he and his business partner established the local office of Crown Mortgage and have expanded with more staff over the years. In a prior career Michael was a writer for several television shows, and he continues to find a break in writing as he works on a novel. He also enjoys watching movies and working out. For eight years he has given time to serve as the president of his homeowner association.

In 2004 Michael was ordained as a Ruling Elder at Trinity. He has added the unique perspectives of a single man to the Session’s deliberations, feeling that his singleness can give him a generalist view of an issue and an ability to serve as a mediator between differing views. He has served the Session on the Presbytery’s RUF and Leadership Development committees and for over six years as a member of Trinity’s Personnel Committee - work Michael especially prays for wisdom to do well as directed by God.


Bob and Nancy Muir moved to this area in summer 2008 from Northern Virginia, where they had spent most of their married life raising their son and daughter. Sending both children to Mr. Jefferson’s University, the Muirs found the area to have increasing appeal with each visit. Son Drew first brought them to Trinity on Easter 2004, and they began connecting with people they met here.

In NoVa Nancy had a private practice as a registered dietician, and Bob worked for AES Corp., an international energy company. To escape the NoVa pace, they bought a home in Afton on Route 151. Bob was on the road most of the week during their first three and a half years here, while Nancy began work with Legacy Hospice. Together they found serving on the local Young Life committee an important activity as they reflect on its role in their daughter Missy’s life. She now lives with her Ecuadorian husband, Francisco, in Quito and is the mother of two young daughters. Her brother, Drew, is an executive consultant with CEB and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sharyn.

In 2012 after retiring from AES, Bob began to have time available during the week, and he accepted nomination as a Deacon and was ordained the next year. He immediately found a call to the Facilities Committee as the Diaconate grappled with the need to spend increasing time and resources for upkeep of our building and its systems. Bob was initially contracted to assess and catalogue the immediate and longer-term facility needs and to plan with our leadership how best to address them. He later joined the church staff on a part-time basis to continue that process and oversee ongoing maintenance and periodic special projects.

Bob is grateful to have been given this opportunity to use his gifts for the service of our church and for the way the church with its members and staff have ministered to his family. He comments that as Trinity reached out with its Sunday morning van to serve his children while they were at UVA, he wants to help see that activity and many others continue for the advance of the Kingdom.



Giving so far in 2016 is close to last year at this time. We are behind budget by roughly one Sunday worth of giving, possibly because we canceled a worship service due tosnow. Please pray that our giving catches up.


Live close to UVA or the UVA hospital? Have some extra room in your driveway? Consider renting out a parking space to students, professors, sports fans, doctors or nurses! There are even websites and apps that can facilitate the rental. Visit and similar sites for more details.

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March 18-20: Student Ministry Beach Weekend
Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm
Friday, March 25: Good Friday Service, 12pm
Sunday, March 27: Easter Sunday Services, 7:45am, 9:30am, 11:15am
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