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Trinity Together | September-October 2018

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September October 2018

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

Ministry Spotlight


Did you know each of our parishes has a care team? The team consists of an elder, one or two deacons, a prayer coordinator, and a communications coordinator. The goal of parish care teams is to enhance the shepherding and mercy care of our church, and we hope that this care will flow out to our neighbors.

We'll be using this space to introduce you to the care teams. And even if you're in a different parish, you might like to learn more about some of your fellow congregation members.

Elder Bill Porter: Bill was ordained as a Ruling Elder in Richmond in the late 1970s at Stony Point RPCES. He and his wife, Sheila, moved to Charlottesville and have been at Trinity since 1984 (with brief sorties to New Mexico and Colorado for work projects). They participate in a small group and are a Fellows host family. Sheila is involved in Women Together in the Word, and Bill is engaged in Reformed University Fellowship, as well as the Blue Ridge Presbytery. Bill was made Elder Emeritus by the Trinity Session in August 2018. Bill is a retired professional engineer (civil). Sheila is a retired Albemarle County School teacher. They have two children and three grandchildren. You can reach Bill at

Deacon Jim Garmey: Jim has attended Trinity since 1979. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1992, beginning his work with the Mercy Ministry. Jim has also served as chair of the Mercy Team and the Diaconate and has played a role in helping his brothers work through our denomination’s policies and other documents to determine ways to serve together. The Garmeys have hosted and mentored Trinity Fellows. Jim has spent his career in medical research at UVA, primarily in diabetes and cardiology. He and Maureen, a nurse at UVA Medical Center, have two daughters and a grandson. Jim’s prayer for Trinity is that we allow God’s Word to be the foundation for all that we do as we seek to impact a culture estranged from Christ and unfamiliar with Christianity. Jim can be reached at

Deacon Jeff Johnson: Jeff and his wife, Sandra, moved to Charlottesville in 1978, for Jeff’s job with what is now Northrup Grumman, and so Jeff could attend graduate school at UVA. They joined Trinity in 1982. Jeff has served as a Deacon since 1986, including five years chairing the Diaconate or a committee. His main area of service has been on the Mercy Committee, which he chaired for several years. Jeff is happy that while Mercy Ministry has always involved direct service, recently it has produced greater personal blessings through more relational roles and one-on-one mentoring. Jeff and Sandra have four children and seven grandchildren. Sandra recently became one of Trinity’s first deacon assistants.

Communications Coordinator Audrey Kattwinkel: Audrey has been a member of Trinity for over 20 years, having arrived in Charlottesville just after graduating from JMU. She met her husband, Frank, at Trinity and they have two teenage sons. Audrey has enjoyed being involved with small groups in her parish and in Women Together in the Word, the Parish Ministry, and the Hospitality Team. She feels called to serve on the North Parish Care Team because of her desire to help people feel known, loved, and cared for in our church and community. Reach Audrey at

Prayer Coordinator Carey Bailey: Carey is married to Rives and they have been members since 1984. They have raised four children at Trinity. Carey is a pediatric nurse, currently working at Jefferson Area CHIP, a nonprofit that offers home-based services to families with young children. Carey says, “It has been a joy to be asked to pray for people and to engage the local body of Christ in praying for each other. Serving in this role has helped to invigorate my own prayer life.” Contact Carey at

Financial Update TT 2017


BY deacon Stu scott, Chairman, finance committee

During the month of September we received $209,808 in contributions to the general fund and additional dedicated contributions of $65,000. The September year-to-date contributions total $1,619,792, representing 7.7% growth over the 2017 October total. With your help, a strong fourth quarter in 2018 will allow Trinity to achieve our $2,858,533 contributions target.


Session Summary

session summary: august/september

BY elder bill cassidy, clerk of session

AUGUST: We opened our August meeting by forming smaller groups for a season of personal praise and prayer for one another, for the congregation, and for the city in anticipation of the anniversary observance of last year’s civil protests.

Next, we heard a ministry update from Abundant Life Director of Leadership Development Richard Feero, who is also a member of our Local Mission Ministry Team. Richard told us about a new Abundant Life initiative, the Abundant Life Fellows Program, inspired by our own Fellows Program.

Newly arrived Director for Spiritual Formation Lane Cowin introduced herself and talked about her role at Trinity. Working with Pastor Wade Bradshaw, she will be responsible for the relational and administrative oversight of formation ministries. She told us that lately she has been particularly inspired and encouraged by John 15 teachings about our abiding in Christ, knowing the joy of union with him and abiding by obedience through the Spirit. Lane has a long history with Trinity, and we are most grateful for her presence on our staff.

Pastor Joe Magri told us about a new Deacon Assistant training plan. He explained that a retrospective review of our initial program had revealed ways we could improve the whole process. After a brief explanation of the changes, we approved the new program, which he will implement with the next class.

We ask for your prayers as the Session enters a season of reflecting on how we can best structure ourselves for faithful pursuit of our calling. In the August meeting we took time to consider and evaluate, in the context of 1 Timothy 3 and 1 Peter 5, our individual and collective growth during our tenure as elders in the following ways:
– Faithfulness of life (have we been sharpened and shaped by these scriptures and able to encourage others in them?)
– Faithfulness of management (of the church)
– Faithfulness of shepherding
– Faithfulness of teaching (the scriptures)
Generally we saw faithfulness in management and teaching as relative strengths. We perceived more room for improvement in our faithfulness in life (as defined above) and in shepherding. The group responses were preserved and will help in directing our work. We welcome any thoughts you may have on these matters.

Finally, with considerable reluctance but with even greater gratitude for his years of extraordinary service, we granted Bill Porter Elder Emeritus status.

SEPTEMBER: At our September meeting, as is our regular practice, we opened in prayer. Pastor Wade led us in the Thursday evening liturgy that many of you use in your personal devotions. We prayed for several known needs among you—a particularly good way to help focus us on the Lord and the task before us as we begin our meeting. If you ever want us to include in our prayers a concern you may be aware of, please contact me or any pastor or elder. We welcome any such requests.

Our meeting featured a a discussion of group leadership values, based on comments received during our joint Chapter, Diaconate, Session retreat in August. In small groups we talked about both what we loved and what frustrates us about how things get done. We then brainstormed about group leadership values that we should consider using in our meetings. This is still a work in progress.

Pastor Wade led a discussion about his plans for joint pastor/elder visits to small groups. If you’re in a small group, be prepared! As you prepare you may want to consider how you would answer these questions:
– How can we improve communication and care?
– What is one thing you appreciate about Trinity?
– What is one thing you would like to change about Trinity?

We also discussed our baptismal practices and, as a separate matter, whether we should return to a former way of structuring the Session to better balance our governing and shepherding work. If you’d like more detail on these discussions, I refer you to the minutes of the September 13 meeting.

To simplify them and to make them more descriptive of their roles, we decided to change Wade’s title to Pastor for Discipleship and Walter’s to Pastor for Leadership. The duties of both remain unchanged.

Have a question about our Session? Email

Calendar new TT

Sunday, Oct 14, 10:00am

Sunday School Open House: Meet teachers and helpers; get to know other parents. Sunday school rooms
Pastors Meet-and-Greet: Meet our pastors and their wives. Rooms 201-203

Friday, Oct 26, 6:00pm

Technology & Society: A Faith Seeking Understanding Forum. Information and registration.