A Note From the Creation Care Committee,

Dear Church,

“A sower went out to sow his seed…” Luke 8:5

From the creation story to the feeding of the five thousand to the Last Supper, food has been an important part of who we are as people of faith. Throughout the stories of the Bible, we read about agricultural acts and food systems. Like our food system stories today, these Biblical accounts are ones of destruction and re-creation, of depletion and regeneration, of death and resurrection. They show that how we grow our food is integral to the way we care for the earth and each other as God’s people.

On Sunday, April 21, Trinity will host its second annual Earth Day celebration, in collaboration with Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Trinity’s theme this year is “Food for Thought; Seeds of Change.”

On Saturday, April 20, from 7-9 pm at the church, we will be hosting a free screening of the movie Common Ground. This winner of the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival is an important film about how regenerating the world’s soils and how we grow our food can help solve the climate crisis.

Both events will showcase some of the many wonderful agricultural gifts of our mountain home. Our goal is to not only raise awareness of these riches around us, but also to inspire us to support our local farmers and growers and the land that supports them. We invite everyone to join us next weekend.

Together we can protect the climate and our future. Let us all be good soil and find our common ground.

Susan Edwards and Barbara Matthews 

Co-chairs, Earth Day Committee

This Sunday at Trinity


Each Sunday, we celebrate the Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:45. Breakfast is served from 9:00 to 9:30, Christian Formation for all ages takes place from 9:30 to 10:30, and our Nursery is open from 9:30 to Noon. We host a Coffee Hour after the 10:45 service in the Church Street Courtyard. The Church of the Advocate celebrates the Eucharist at 1:30, and we celebrate a candlelight Celtic Eucharist service in the church at 5:30.

Clark Room Conversations

Sundays 9:30-10:30

April 7 and 14 - Clark Room

Getting to Know the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with Rev. Dennis Fotinos

Sunday’s Clark Room Conversation is titled Getting to Know the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with Rev. Dennis Fotinos (April 14, Clark Room). What is the BCP? Where did it come from? How do I use it? In April, we experiment with a minimal paper bulletin and encourage everyone to pick up those red books in the pews. If the Book of Common Prayer is Greek to you, have all your questions answered by our fabulous Fr. Fotinos.

Trinity’s Sunday Worship & Formation Schedule

Scott to Lead CREDO Program

The Rector will leave following this Sunday's service for a week leading a wellness conference for 30 Episcopal Priests. A gift of the Church Pension Fund, CREDO, is a week away for clergy to examine their spiritual, vocational, financial, physical, and psychological health. Scott heads a team of eight who lead the program. Our former Rector, Bill Whisenhunt, was a faculty member as well. The program is credited with being a lifeline to clergy whose roles demand the most of their body, mind, and soul.

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Sunday Parking at Trinity

Additional Parking on Sunday Mornings

Additional parking spaces are available at the Ravenscroft Office Suites at 29 Ravenscroft Drive, across the street from Trinity. A sign signifies parking for Trinity Church. The lot is available to all. If you can, please leave parking closest to the church for those with difficulty walking.

Looking Ahead

Marilyn Keiser and her Babies

This Thursday, April 18 at 7:00

Marilyn Keiser is one of the greatest performers and teachers of our time. In 1970, she became organist and director of music at All Souls Parish in Asheville and music consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. She held both posts until 1983. During that time, she taught many students who took on the title, “Marilyn’s Babies.” She also has babies from her days teaching in Indiana.

This concert will be a celebration of Dr Keiser’s devotion to her profession, and for the great skill she passed on to her talented students. Come experience the joyful camaraderie of her and her thriving students, who are great performers and church musicians in their own right. The “babies”: Ned Tipton, St. Mark’s Episcopal, New Canaan, CT and Kyle Ritter, The Cathedral of All Souls. Marilyn’s concerts sell out quickly, so get your tickets now!

Admission: $20 for adults; $10 for students.

Click here to to buy your tickets online.

Trinity Earth Day Celebration

“Food for Thought;

Seeds of Change”

April 21, 2024 9:30-10:30 am and

12:00-1:00 pm Church Street Courtyard

On Sunday, April 21, Trinity will hold its second annual Earth Day celebration in collaboration with Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian. 

Each church will host Earth Day activities for children, youth, and adults, allowing us to partake at Trinity and visit our sister churches. Trinity’s theme this year is “Food for Thought; Seeds of Change.”  We plan to explore all facets of our Common Ground – cultivating connections between our faith, food, and climate. There will be fun and educational activities for children and youth, as well as informational opportunities for everyone.  Our celebration will focus on local, sustainable food, farming and CSAs, composting and recycling, climate advocacy, environmental stewardship, and native plants and pollinators.  Along with coffee hour refreshments, there will be local food samples, “dirt” cupcakes, seedlings, and an animal guest or two.

Movie Screening –

“Common Ground” 

Saturday, April 20, 7-9 pm Clark Room

As kickoff to our Earth Day Celebration weekend, the Creation Care Committee will be hosting a screening of the movie Common Ground on Saturday, April 20, from 7-9 in the Clark Room.  This winner of the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival explores the environmental benefits of regenerative farming.

Available dates for Altar Flower dedications:

The following dates are available if you would like to remember or honor a loved one. The flowers not only enhance our worship together but, thanks to our Flower Delivery Team, also bring joy to homebound parishioners.  Open dates are: May 19, May 26, Aug 18, Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 17. Email jan@trinityasheville.org if you are interested.

Help Plant Geraniums

On Thursday, May 2 a group will gather at Lake Logan to fill 30 window boxes with red geraniums and trailing vines. If you would like this 3 hour job in one of God’s most beautiful places, please contact Grace Pless.


Trekking in the 828

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Join our Trekking in the 828 group on Wednesday, April 24, for a private Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site tour, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, we’ll visit the historic Episcopal Church of St John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock for a private tour followed by Evening Prayer. $10/limited to 20 participants. Registration is now full—email nanette@trinityasheville.org, and she will add you to the waitlist.

Only a Few More Days "Mike on a Bike" - Donations still accepted

Join Rev. Mike Reardon as he takes on the RockStar Challenge bikepacking race, a thrilling 250-mile journey from Harrisonburg, VA, to Roanoke, VA, on April 20th on behalf of the Church of the Advocate.

This ride isn't just about the miles – it's about making a difference. Rev. Mike decided to dedicate his race to the Church of the Advocate, and he's asking for your support! Every donation to the Church of the Advocate Bike Race Fundraiser will help us reach our goal of $2,500 by the finish line.

As a thank you for your generosity, contributors will receive exclusive access to a blog series featuring pre-race reflections, race diary entries, pictures, and a post-race debrief. Plus, you'll get a link to a real-time "dot tracker" to follow my progress!

Here's how you can give:

Let's ride together for a cause and support the Church of the Advocate!


Caroline Barton, a member of Trinity and junior at Carolina Day School, founded a nonprofit during her sophomore year focused on keeping girls in sports, and they are collecting new and lightly used sports bras for the USATF foundation Bras for Girls, which donates sports bras to low-income competitors to help keep them in sports. Collection boxes will be in Tuton Hall, the entrance to the nave, and in the main hallway through April 19th! Learn more on Instagram @strivetogethernc, and reach out to Caroline Barton (25.caroline.barton@carolinaday.org or 828-747-7135) if you have any questions. Visit Trinity’s Stories that Matter (trinityasheville.org/trinity-blog) for more about Caroline and her venture into nonprofits.

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Lake Logan & Camp Henry Benefit - May 30

Benefit for Lake Logan/Camp Henry with heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations. Music will be provided by Fireside Collective. Join the Art Guild and Deacon Bob Zito and Dana Cole for a night to remember to benefit Lake Logan and Camp Henry. May 30, 2024, 6-8 pm. $100 per person, limited to 100 tickets.

Christian Formation for All Ages

Adult Education coming up in April:


Next Sunday, the Trinity Connect class will be from 9:30 to 10:30 in the Conference Room. This is a one-time, every six-week opportunity for those new to Trinity to meet others, the clergy, and staff members and learn the basics about Trinity Church.

Parents in Conversation:

In Defense of Challenge

(April 21 and 28, Clark Room)

Presented by Tricia Chan, Program Director - The French Broad River Academy Challenge is becoming a lost art. The world is an uncertain place- and what might feel best on any given day is to curl up under the covers with a comfort snack and a good book. And sometimes, that is the perfect way to rejuvenate a weary spirit! But we also know that the ability to cope with challenge is an art to practice, in the same way that it’s a muscle to exercise. We’ll hear from Tricia Chan on April 21, and we will gather for informal follow-up conversations on April 28.

The Rector's Bible Study:

The Rector’s Online Bible Study will resume on Thursday evenings in September.

Confirmation and Bishop Visitation

On Sunday, April 28, we will welcome our bishop, the Rt. Rev. José Mcloughlin, for his annual visitation. He will preach, preside, and confirm at our 8:00 and 10:45 services and lead the Adult Forum at 9:30.

Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study meets on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 in the conference room. Open to all women.

Click here to register.

Education For Ministry

EfM is a class that explores the Bible, History, Theology, Prayer, and more. It meets on Mondays at 6:00. Contact Peggy Buchanan at the church office.

Becoming Beloved Community Book Group

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00

Becoming Beloved Community Book Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 in the Clark Room and on Zoom. We discuss the intersection of social and environmental justice. Apr 17: The New Jim Crow | May 15: The Night is Long, but Light Comes in the Morning—contact pageconnermccorkle@gmail.com.


Godly Play

GODLY PLAY classes - 9:30a - 10:30a We offer three classes: 

  • Godly Play 1 for 3-year-olds fully potty trained through PreK
  • Godly Play 2 - Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • Rite in the Middle - 3rd-5th grades

These classes are located downstairs in the children’s area. (Enter the church 

through the doors at the covered porch by the playground and immediately head down the stairs.)

Children’s Hour from 10:30-11:30.

This is a separate worship service for ages 3 (potty trained) through 2nd grade.  We head straight to the Undercroft after our Sunday School classes and then to the Redwood Chapel for our worship service. (For children that were not at Sunday School, simply meet us in the Undercroft at 10:30 a.m.)  We join parents upstairs after The Peace.

Children’s Choirs

The Alleluia Choir, for ages 4-2nd grade, meets Wednesdays from 5:00-5:30. The Jubilate Choir, for grades 3-8 meets Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00. Rehearsals begin September 13. Contact Sharon Boone at sharon@trinityasheville.org or Beth Chestnut at beth@trinityasheville.org


VBS 2024

Registration is open for VBS, June 24-27 "Creation Celebration." You may now go online and register your child(ren) or register to volunteer for our hands-on, fun-filled VBS!  Our theme is the Creation story.  Follow the QR Code to either register a child participant, or yourself as a volunteer.


Youth Formation Sundays, 9:30a

Middle School Class (grades 6-8) 9:30-10:30a The class meets in Trinity’s youth area and can be accessed from the stairs to the right of the Tuton Hall kitchen or from the outside door into the same stairway. The classroom is on the left, past the game room.

High School Class (grades 9-12) 9:30-10:30a The high school class meets in Trinity’s youth area. It’s located under Tuton Hall and can be accessed from the stairs to the right of the Tuton Hall kitchen or from the outside door into the same stairway. The classroom is the first room on the right of the youth kitchen.

Youth Formation in April, 9:30a

April 14 - James Bradley 

Trinitarian and Vestry member James Bradly will be with us to share his experience as a member of the Cherokee Nation. James will share his experiences, the history of the Cherokee, current challenges, and the future of the Tribe. 

April 21, 28, and May 5 (Planning for Youth Sunday)

All high school youth come to the formation hour from 9:30-10:30a to plan Youth Sunday, which is Sunday, May 12. Youth will participate as ushers, musicians, and lectors. Frida Vassallo will give the homily. If you play an instrument, please bring it so we can rehearse the music.

EYC - Episcopal Youth Community (grades 6-12)

Sunday April 21 12:00-300

Lunch at Mamacitas then volunteering at the Church of the Advocate

Lunch at Mamacitas, please plan on bringing cash or a credit card and plan on spending $10.00-$15.00. We will then attend the Church of the Advocate service and help serve the meal. What is the Red Door/Church of the Advocate?

Questions About Youth?

If you have any questions about youth ministry, please contact Debbie Cox at debbie@trinityasheville.org or 828-253-9361.


Other News and Opportunities

Chancel Choir Rehearsals

Wednesdays at 7:00

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00. We welcome new singers! Children’s choirs meet at 5:00; the Handbell Choir meets on Mondays at 4:30—contact Sharon Boone at the church office.

2nd Chapter Book Group

This traditional ladies' book group meets the second Thursday of every other month at 10:00 to discuss current books of interest (fiction and nonfiction). For more information, contact Barbara Fotinos at bfotinos@gmail.com..

June 13  Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Trinity Caregivers’ Group

The Trinity Caregivers’ Group meets by Zoom every second Friday. We welcome all who care for a loved one(s), local or at a distance, diagnosed with some form of dementia. Challenges and experiences are shared.

Dr. Corkie Morrill is a retired geropsychologist, and Peggy Buchanan is a retired Deacon and nurse, and they facilitate the group. Corkie Morrill 828-684-3972, corkiemorrill@charter.net.

Creation Care Corner

Asheville Herb Festival

April 26-17

WNC Ag Center

You don't want to miss this! Fresh herbs are easily grown in pots or gardens and taste so much better!


The Appalachian Regional Ministry  is a partnership with churches and other leaders in Graham County, one of the poorest in our region. We travel to Robbinsville monthly to cook, distribute food, and work with community leaders in other ways. We welcome your presence! Contact the church office to reach Tom Goodrich.

Help cook and serve breakfast from 8:00 to 9:30 on Sundays. Paul Hatfield does most of the work, but help scrambling eggs or flipping pancakes is greatly appreciated! Sign up on the bulletin board in Tuton Hall or contact Debbie Cox at debbie@trinityasheville.org.

Every Sunday after the 10:45 service, the Church of the Advocate can use your help to serve a meal to the homeless. No cooking skill is needed—contact the Rev. Mike Reardon at mreardon@reddooravl.org.

Trinity volunteers travel to Lake Logan every Thursday for service and fellowship to paint cabins, repair furniture, sew curtains, and landscape. Contact Carlyn Pheil (carlynpheil@gmail.com).



You can donate to Trinity by any means that is convenient for you. Our address is 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC, 28801. Our website has a “GIVE” button in the upper right-hand corner (be sure to choose the right fund from the drop-down box). It works well on any mobile device (trinityasheville.org). CLICK HERE TO GIVE.

Trinity Clergy, Staff, and Vestry


Our Prayer List

The Following Immediate and Ongoing Prayer concerns remain for a period of six weeks 

unless they are intentionally renewed by calling the church office. 

IMMEDIATE CONCERNS: Gene and his grandmother the Rev. Alison Schultz,Tonya Fotinos, 

Charlie Howell, Mary Bruce Woody, Jerry Tanner, Howard Oakley, Perry Parkhurst, Jim Tyson, Wes Kihlmire, Bill Fowler, Jane Clark, and Don Baker

ONGOING CONCERNS: Gene and parents Ned and Jenai Broadbridge (friends of Beth Chestnut), Neal Merriwether (friend of Graeme Browning), Molly Gray (granddaughter of Sam & Paul Faeth)


Evelyn Hemphill, Gus Boone, Karen Taylor, Clare & Hugh Stephens

FOR THOSE IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY: Lt. Cmdr. Alexander M. Ford (son of John Mark and Charlene Ford), WO. Brendan Gilbert (grandson of Curt Gilbert); Davis N. Graham, Lieutenant J.G. (grandson of Jane Clark), Captain Brooks Jarnigan, Army Intelligence (nephew of Dale & Cindy Carroll); Col. Jon C. McDaniel, U.S.M.C. (son of Mr. & Mrs. R. Allison McDaniel), Adrienne Welker, US Navy Band (daughter of Leslie Welker), Gerald Welker, Jr, US Air Force Band (son of Leslie Welker), SN John Work, US Navy (son of Becky & Jack Work)

BIRTHDAYS: Elias Larimer, Sarah Sharpe, Katherine Hyde-Hensley, Robbie Hendon

Clare Stephens, Nene Gunn, Susan Covington, Amy Godleski, Jason Hamlin, Terry Prime

Russ Cooper, Jeff Stingel

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Rich & Hope Apolinar, Parker & Janet Moore,

Gordon & Susan Groh