3M Study Group

3M Study Group

3M to Study Esther 

Our 3M group began Beth Moore’s study of Esther on Wednesday, April 20: this study will conclude on Wednesday,  June 1.  Persons may join us anytime, we meet by Zoom, 6 – 730 PM.  Contact Judy Oguich for the Zoom link. 

Prayers of the Heart 

If you are unfamiliar with the Psalms, or just curious, or interested in deepening your prayer experience, join us for a twelve-week study of the Psalms. We will be using the book, Prayers of the Heart by Eugene Peterson. As the author notes, the Psalms are poetry and prayer – tools not “for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.” Because the use of Psalms has “shrunk in our time to a mere remnant,” Eugene Peterson writes to help us recover them as indispensable tools for sharpening and exposing “the experience of being human before God.” Join us on Sundays in room 317 from 10-11 AM beginning March 27. If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Dwyer at elizgaydwy@gmail.com.

Introducing Rev. Brian Siegle

Introducing Rev. Brian Siegle

Rev. Brian Siegle

On Sunday, our SPRC announced that the Rev. Brian Siegle has been projected by the cabinet and Bishop of the Virginia Conference to be Trinity’s Senior Pastor beginning in July. We asked him to introduce himself to Trinity and here’s what he writes:

“I am a preacher’s kid that didn’t want to be a pastor. But God’s plans are not always ours, and are always better! I am married to my wife, Holly, for 26 years. We met while students at Virginia Tech. I majored in Electrical Engineering and Holly in Human Nutrition and Foods. I received my Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington DC.

We have two wonderfully talented daughters. Lee is a graduate of UVA with a degree in global public health and lives in New Zealand working as a project manager improving substandard housing. Anna is in her third year at George Mason majoring in conservation and sustainability studies with a minor in nonprofit studies. We also have two dogs and three cats who keep us entertained.

I have been in ministry since 2002 when we came back to Virginia from South Carolina where Holly and I both worked on Kiawah Island. I have served 4 appointments in those 20 years, the most recent being at South Hill United Methodist Church for the last 7. Holly currently works as a unit secretary at a VCUHS-affiliated extended care facility. I served for many years on the Conference Board of Communications and the Annual Conference Planning Committee. I currently hold the conference position of Technology Director for the Annual Conference Session.

In a nutshell, I would say that my ministry passion is bringing together worship, preaching, teaching, and mission; making our faith our own, so that we can share it more genuinely and effectively with the world around us. This involves questioning, studying, and working together, all through the power and grace of God’s love.

I am a technology nerd: I tinker. I love sci-fi. I sing, play the string bass and guitar, and have occasionally shown up on a theatrical stage.

We are excited about being close to… everything!”

Pastor Brian will begin at Trinity in July. We look forward to welcoming and being in ministry with the Siegle family!

Healthy Church Team Update – February 23

Healthy Church Team Update – February 23

Dear Church family,

The Healthy Church Team (HCT) continues our given task of monitoring and adjusting policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.    We continue to closely monitor Covid metrics in the Henrico/Richmond area, public policy and guidance from public health officials.  We know that all are weary and looking toward normalcy.  We so very much want to be together.  In view of declining Covid-19 numbers and case outcomes, we believe that we can now make changes to our church mitigation policies.  These policies are effective for worship and all other activities at the church, including Trinity Preschool:

  • Beginning Sunday, March 6 (and Tuesday, March 1 for the Preschool), we will change our mask policy.  While the HCT recommends that individuals continue to follow CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance for masking while indoors, masks will not be required.
  • The exception for our worship services will be the Sanctuary balcony.  The balcony will a space for those who prefer to be in proximity to other masked persons.  In the balcony, masks correctly worn (covering both nose and mouth) are required.  Please do not lower your mask to sing or speak.  In addition, we request that those worshipping in the balcony continue to observe social distancing practices. 
  • Regular worship services (both 9 AM and 11 AM) will continue to be livestreamed.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on food or drink.
  • While we are removing the mask mandate, we would ask that all ministries, classes and small groups discuss whether they would prefer that the group wear masks when meeting indoors and consider the needs and requests of their members in reaching a consensus on this decision.
  • Some activities may be moved outside as soon as practicable as a safety measure.

We know that these changes will be welcome news for many.  We also know that the presence of unmasked people will be a cause of concern for others, or even a reason to stay away.  The differences of feelings and comfort levels have made this pandemic all the more difficult.  Let us remember that we are Christians and have been charged by our Lord to treat one another with love and respect.

We hope that we are moving into a new normalcy.  But we must all be aware that a surge in cases or the rise of a new variant could cause a return to mitigation measures.  The HCT will continue to monitor conditions and may make changes to this policy in the future if warranted.  In all things, our hope and trust are in God, and our prayer is that we may be found faithful in all things.

In Christ,

The Trinity UMC Healthy Church Team

Corey Booker                         Larry Lenow                                       Sheila Pedigo

Jim Crowder                           Hung Su Lim                                      Bill Pike

Alice Hirata                            Mike McCullough

UMW Events: Coming Soon

UMW Events: Coming Soon

May Banquet and Program

Join us in Trinity Hall on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 AM for The Hermitage Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Everyone is invited to hear Amy Chapman, executive director of the Hermitage Richmond, present a program on its history and Trinity’s ties to it, which go back to its founding over 70 years ago.   We will have a covered dish luncheon after the program.  Bring your dish before 10:00 AM.

Healthy Church Team Update – January

Healthy Church Team Update – January

The Trinity Healthy Church Team (HCT) met on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Team members discussed the current Trinity COVID policies in place and the fact that adult small groups have made different decisions for their meetings (some deciding to gather remotely, some meeting in person while masked, and meeting unmasked) as well as feedback received that groups appreciate the autonomy to make their own decisions. 

Team members also noted the significantly high levels of COVID transmission in Henrico County (as of this writing, there are an average of 672 new cases a day in Henrico County, almost triple the number of average cases (240) recorded during the previous high as of January 20, 2021) as well as the current capacity constraints in local hospitals and the recent decision by VCU to cancel elective surgeries due to high numbers of COVID patients.

In addition, team members discussed the contingency plans in place in case Trinity staff members test positive for COVID and are unable to lead worship or other church functions for a period of time.

After discussion, the HCT agreed that it would not make any changes to Trinity’s healthy church policies in place at this time, although it would continue to monitor conditions and make future changes if warranted.  During this time the HCT respectfully requests that:

  • all Trinity members make prudent decisions about their participation in church activities and avoid in person activities if you have tested positive for COVID in line with CDC guidance.
  • adult small groups making decisions about in person gatherings continue to do so with the input of all members.
  • Trinity members consider the use of KN95 masks (which provide a higher level of protection) during worship or other indoor functions where masks are used. 

Masks will continue to be required for all worship services and any other large (more than 30 persons) indoor gatherings, as well as for activities involving students and kids.

HCT members (like everybody) expressed weariness with COVID, and we prayed to God to guide our decisions and to end this pandemic.  In the interim, we will continue to pray, diligently monitor conditions, solicit feedback and make the very best decisions we can for our church.