March 2022
Message from the Pastor
Ashes for the Redemption of All Creation
On Ash Wednesday, we remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return, as God told the first human beings in the garden of Eden. The crosses on our foreheads, the smudged mixture of oil and ashes, are a sign that we are of the ground. “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
Tertullian, a third-century church leader and theologian asked, “What is flesh but earth?” Tertullian saw, “muscles as clods, bones as stones, nerves as roots, veins as rivulet, and hair as grass.” As such “every living body incarnates the world.”
The ashes remind us that we are earth formations, that the material of our bodies is in solidarity with the rest of creation. All of life sprouts from the earth, flora and fauna together, each as part of the other. I was shocked to reading about a medical study several years ago which revealed that more than half of my body is not human—that, at a given moment, approximately 57 percent of my cells belong to other species. I contain multitudes: bacteria, viruses, fungi, archaea, a whole microbiome of life. Our bodies are microcosms of the world around us. Human life exists as an arrangement of mutual belonging with our environment. We are coming to understand our bodies as habitats for hundreds of species. We are much of what is other to us, each of us teeming with other creatures. (If you want to know more about that study, you can read this article from the BBC).
When I’ve preached on past Ash Wednesdays, I’ve said that the ashes confront us with mortality – a reminder that life is a gift, not property, that we have no good reason to tighten our grip on possessions because everything is grace, because existence comes from God. All of that is still true for me.
But the ashes this year—after summers of unprecedented forest fires in the West, leaving blackened landscapes from California to Washington and carrying ashes all the way to the East Coast – remind me that we’re in this mess together, this planetary devastation we’ve instigated as human societies.
In his novel The Overstory, Richard Powers, cites this little known fact, “You and the tree in your backyard come from a common ancestor. A billion and a half years ago, the two of you parted ways. But even now, after an immense journey in separate directions, that tree and you still share a quarter of your genes.”
The palm ashes of the ritual affix us to cremated trees, our skin welcoming their remains into our bodies. The ritual displays our mutual belonging, that the material of their lives becomes ours. This liturgical practice offers a moment to contemplate the features of our relationship—to notice, for example, that we share the intimacies of breath: their oxygen and our carbon dioxide, a rhythm of inhale and exhale, one becoming internal to the other. The breeze carries the trees’ sighs to our lungs, as if conspiring with the God who breathed into the first human beings. Each tree in my neighborhood is the tree of life.
In the eighth century, the tree upon which Christ was killed appeared in a dream to a Northumbrian poet. “I beheld the sorrowful tree of the Savior,” the author of The Dream of the Rood recounts. “It began to bleed on the right side.” The wounded tree soon moaned sounds that became words. “I was cut down from the edge of the woods…They seized me there, these enemies, who made me into a rood, a spectacle.” The crucified tree describes the moment when the soldiers execute Jesus. “They pierced me with nails; on me are the wounds visible…I was all drenched with blood poured out from that man’s side.” The two are victims of human violence together. The story of Jesus cannot be told without the story of the tree. The crucifixion fastens their identities to one another.
My favorite Christmas Carol is a poem written by a British Calvinist in 1761 and set to music by several composers across the years. The poem compares Jesus Christ to an apple tree…
The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green;
The trees of nature fruitless be,
Compared with Christ the Apple Tree.

For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought;
I missed of all but now I see
'Tis found in Christ the Apple Tree.

I'm weary with my former toil -
Here I will sit and rest awhile,
Under the shadow I will be,
Of Jesus Christ the Apple Tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the Appletree.

On Ash Wednesday we are drawn into Christ’s relationship to trees. To receive the sign of the cross in ashes is to bear witness to a truth: that we are fragile, our bodies easily broken, our flesh an extension of this endangered world.
During our years together with our neighbors in this habitat, we wear ashes on our foreheads once a year as a kind of prayer—to offer ourselves as a walking plea for the redemption of all creation. For God to redeem our bodies involves a world of material relations, because other lives compose our own. We are composed of reciprocal attachments, bound up in mutual care for a life that possesses all of us. The ashes gesture toward our hope for a resurrection that will mean renewed life for each of God’s creatures.
 March Special Offering 

Per Capita Assessment is a fundamental way in which all the approximately 10,000 congregations share in the administrative costs of sustaining our witness to Christ through the Presbyterian Church (USA). Per Capita represents the primary cost of operation of the three levels of governance common to all congregations, being the Presbyteries, the Synods and the General Assembly.

This shared cost allows all congregations to work together to determine the direction of the denomination moving forward. Here at Trinity these three levels of governance are as follows:
1. The first level is the Presbytery of New Harmony in Florence, SC which includes churches in the north-east section of SC.
2. The second level is the South Atlantic Synod in Jacksonville FL, which includes all churches and presbyteries in SC, GA and FL.
3. The third level is the General Assembly which is located in Louisville, KY and includes all churches, presbyteries, and synods.

Because every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s system of government, the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system should be shared by all members as well. Here at Trinity our share in those expenses represents approximately $17.50 per member. If you choose to support this opportunity for giving, not only will you be supporting your church denomination you will be offsetting expenses in Trinity’s operating budget


Deacon of the Month
Gail McCann - 843-492-5078

Upcoming meetings, events and Zoom Links
can be found on our online calendar.

March Birthdays & Anniversaries 


Let's Celebrate! 

Happy Anniversary to... 
 Patsy and Randy Jennings            03/03
Vicki and Ron Mildenstein             03/06
Alice and Ben Hartman                  03/08
Gloria and Jay Olson                     03/27

Happy Birthday to... 
Cherie Hall                              03/02
Evelyn Brodrick                       03/03
Sandra Ackerman                   03/06
Dylan Coppel                          03/06
Barbara Bultz                          03/07
Jacob Marshall                        03/08
Alice Feeny                             03/09
Marian Shelton                       03/09
Steven Larson                        03/10
Beverly Hall                            03/15
Austin Brown                          03/19
Erin Brown                             03/19
Linda Goehring                      03/19
Beth Isel                                 03/22
Germaine Smith                     03/26
David Hall                              03/29
Yvonne Beale                        03/30
Sarah Christian                     03/30
Barbara Minners                   03/30
Lynn Edwards                       03/31

Dear Trinity Family and Friends,
The Session met on Monday evening and voted unanimously to revise the health and safety protocols we put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  The CDC released new guidance for masking and social distancing based upon hospital bed utilization, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in each county. Horry County is currently a medium-risk area where the CDC counsels only those who are at high risk of severe illness to take precautions in consultation with their healthcare provider (Link to CDC map and guidance).
Therefore, the Session is no longer requesting that members and visitors either wear a mask of practice social distancing. The decision to wear a mask or practice social distancing is up to each individual. In addition, the Session voted unanimously to resume regular fellowship activities at Trinity.
The Session thanks everyone for their willingness to follow the health and safety protocols we have had in place since resuming in-person worship in November of 2020.  We recognize that some people will continue to wear a facemask and/or practice social distancing out of concern for their personal health or that of family members, friends, or neighbors – we affirm and support those decisions and ask our community to as well. The Session also understands that some people will choose to return to remote worship as a result of our lifting protocols, we will continue to livestream worship services and provide ZOOM links to meetings, bible studies, and other activities to encourage everyone to participate safely.
We look forward to resuming many of the events that make Trinity such a warm and welcoming community of faith.  Keep an eye out for future fellowship events in The Mustard Seed, This Week at Trinity, and weekly announcements.
--Pastor Tony and the Session of Trinity
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PW Circle Gatherings
Have You Joined a Circle?  
Our PW Circles are open to all women seeking sisterhood and study. 

  • Margaret L Circle is led by Marian Shelton on the first Tuesday each month at 10 AM in Trinity's lobby (the area outside the office). March 1st. 
  • The Ruth Circle led by Penny Beauchesne meets in the Sewing Room on the second Wednesday each month at 1 pm.  Each lesson is presented by a volunteer member.  There are still a few lessons that you can volunteer to present if you would like.  Presenter or just participant, please plan to join us.
  •  For those who can’t meet during the day, we have an evening meeting over Zoom.  The Martha Circle, led by Yvonne Beale meets at 7 pm on the last Thursday each month. A Zoom link will be sent out by the church office each month and is also available on Trinity's online calendar. 

Circle Bible Study for September 2021 - May 2022
is from the Horizon Bible Study series,
God with Us”

The organization of Presbyterian Women of Trinity Church is conducted by a PW Coordinating Council.  The Council oversees PW activities and maintains a budget for mission projects, activities and events.  Council meets the second Tuesday of each month.  If you wish to learn more about PW Council, please contact Moderator Liz Montgomery.

Gathering of Presbyterian Women
of South Atlantic

The 12th Triennial Gathering of PW Synod of South Atlantic will be October 21-23, 2022 at Epworth By the Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia.   The theme will be Plug in and Recharge.  If you have never been to one of these meetings, you are in for a treat.  This large gathering is a chance to enjoy fellowship and worship and Bible study at a love resort.

Copies of the Registration Forms are available on the Synod website ( You may request registration forms to be mailed or emailed to you.  Registration opens on April 1.  After April 1, register for your room directly through Epworth by the Sea (
Habitat for Humanity Meal

Presbyterian Women will provide a meal for 27 people on Wednesday, March 16th for the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. 

If you are interested in participating by supplying snacks of chips or vegetable strips, please contact Cheryl Roach at 843-650-0230. 

The meals will be needed at Trinity by 10:30 on the 16th. 

March 19th, 2022  - The spring Arts & Crafts Fair is almost here, and we need your help! 

There is a volunteer sign-up sheet in the narthex, or email Katie in the church office or Diana Scroggins to add your name to the list of helpers.

Volunteers needed for all of the following times: 
  • Setup: Friday evening from 5 - 7 PM
  • Parking / Unloading:  Saturday morning 8 - 9 AM
  • Craft Show Helpers: Saturday 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Cleanup after the event: Saturday afternoon 3 - 4 PM


Forms are available in the narthex or can be downloaded and printed from here.
Easter Schedule

Ash Wednesday - March 2 at 7 PM
Maundy Thursday - April 14 at 7 PM
Good Friday - April 15 at Noon
Easter Sunday - April 17 at 10:30 AM
Terrariums and Tiny Gardens
Hosted by Vicki Mildenstein – March 6th from Noon to 2 PM. Bring your own container or choose one when you arrive. All supplies will be available at the church. 

Small: $10
Large: $20
Letter from Birmingham Jail Study Series
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) is a significant document concerning social justice, racism, and the role of the Church in society. Its observations are poignant and timeless. It is such an important document that it is being considered by the Presbyterian Church (USA) for inclusion in our Book of Confessions.
The Christian Education committee invites you to join us for a 6-session study of that letter, the challenges it poses, and our response. We will study together on six Thursdays during Lent, from Thursday, March 3, 2022, through Thursday, April 7, 2022. The study will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last about an hour. We are offering both in-person gathering (n the Media Room with masks) and a Zoom link.
If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex or email the church office. If you are able to receive and read electronic resources (pdf’s) please provide your email address.
The Swap Spot

Have you visited our church library lately? Peruse and borrow any of our many books on theology and faith or borrow one of the novels and non-fiction books that have been recommended by Tony and other avid readers in our congregation. Read something great lately? Write a short review and post it on our bulletin board to suggest it to others!

Trinity Book Club

Join us for some good conversation about food and modern culture. On Wednesday, March 16th at 10 am, we explore the world of Southern food in the 20th century in THE POTLIKKER PAPERS  (non- fiction) by John T. Edge. One reviewer said “This is a people's history of the modern South told through the lens of food… traces how the food of the poorest Southerners has become the signature trend of modern American haute cuisine.”  We will meet in person in Trinity's Library.

All readers are welcome!
Margaret Fain is our book club leader. 

Meetings will be held on the First and Third Thursdays of the month at 10 AM.
Please join us in March on the 3rd and 17th. 

Trinity Crochet Club welcomes anyone interested in learning the craft.  They provide tools, yarn, and instruction. Are you a beginner looking to improve your skills? Stop by and try out this peaceful hobby with friends and fellowship. If you have any questions about Crochet Club please contact Lynn Edwards -

Mission Sewing continues to meet at Trinity
on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 9:30 -11:30

Please join us in March on the 10th & 24th. 

Help4 Kids is accepting donations of Easter Baskets,
stuffed animals and candy. 

Help4Kids ongoing Winter Wishlist: 

Cold weather items: 
- Small space heaters
- queen-sized blankets
- warm sleeping bags
- socks
- coats and jackets of any size
For Backpack Buddies:
- soups
- pudding
- Vienna sausages
- instant flavored oatmeal
- shelf stable snacks
- fruit cups
These donations can be dropped off in the Help4Kids donation box in Trinity's lobby.

Help 4 Kids office also accepts donations directly. 
 2523 Forestbrook Road
 Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
M-F, 9am-4pm

For more information please contact
Cindy Kidd (843-748-0536)

 Many thanks to the people of Trinity who donate food, clothes, and necessities. Your warmth and kindness will shine on in our community's children for years to come.

Holy Grounds Men's Fellowship

All men are welcome to attend Holy Grounds Men's Fellowship on the first Tuesday of the month. The next gathering will be March 1st at 9 AM in Trinity's Lobby.  

Brian Flint is our Holy Grounds leader. 
Upcycled Card Ministry 
We have cards for all occasions, beautifully decorated gift bags, and short stories for children at our Card Ministry table in the lobby... $2 each, or a deal of 3 for $5.  All money goes directly to Debt Reduction. Keep in touch with friends and loved ones while supporting Trinity! 
And yes, we do appreciate the donations of card fronts, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, etc. as well as the return of the cellophane sleeves for a second use. You can leave those supplies for Mary Terwiske in the office. Remember to recycle the cellophane sleeved from your card purchases by returning them at the table. Thank you!   


What fellowship events are you interested in?

You don’t have to be on the Fellowship Committee to make suggestions! Share your ideas with us and we’ll see if we can make them happen. Feel free to send me an email ( or leave a note in my mailbox at the church with your ideas.  
Trinity Card Studio

Card-making in The Studio continues! Come and share your artistic talents by making greeting cards. As you know, we sell them in the lobby at Trinity, and all money goes to debt reduction. Look for the weekly “This Week at Trinity” emails for upcoming dates and times. Everyone is welcome! If being creative isn’t your thing, come let us prove you wrong!  
Trinity Yard Sale 

For many years the Trinity Yard Sale was organized as a fundraising project for the Presbyterian Women (PW) with the funds raised donated to many local and national missions as well as a large portion to Trinity Church.  The 2021 total raised was $12,267, and a copy of the 2022 PW Budget is posted on the PW Bulletin Board in the Church’s hallway.  PW Coordinating Council was not able to secure volunteers to coordinate the project for 2022.  It does not have to be an individual or a couple - it can be a group of individuals who would like to work together to continue the tradition.  An outline of potential assignments and timeline follow.  If you or a group of your fellow members would like to coordinate the yard sale for 2022, please Contact Alice Hartman, PW Moderator, or Liz Montgomery, PW Treasurer.  Alternative suggestions for holding the Yard Sale are also welcome. 
More information including yard sale duties and schedule can be found here
Trinity Prayer Chain

We will pray for any special need you may be facing.

Please contact Linda Goehring by phone (724-601-4478) or email ( to share your Prayer Request or to join our email Prayer Chain in praying for others

We look forward to seeing you!  Come shop and browse the beautiful variety of handmade goods.
Come ready to buy a ticket for a chance to win one of our many raffle baskets! 
Are you handi-capable?  

Barbara Affrunti is hosting a new fellowship group for “handicapable” folks on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 11:30 AM. Please come as you are with wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and personal assistants. Come to share your handicapabilities with us. Call Barbara with any questions at (843) 299-0702. The first meeting is Thursday, March 3rd.

MOBILE MEALS – Looking for Clients and Volunteers
Mobile Meals of the South Strand is a 6 church ministry program that relies on volunteers and local contributions.  Openings are available for clients in need of meals.  If you, your friends or anyone in your community would benefit from having meals delivered to their homes, please let me know or contact the Mobile Meals Client Coordinator at 631-766-5606.

Mobile Meals continues to deliver meals 3 days a week while taking all necessary precautions.  Thanks to Penny Beauchesne, Jan Christensen, Reid McBride, Harry Walker and Marge Hawkins for delivering meals in January.   If you would like to help deliver meals, please let me know.  Next meal delivery will be the week of March 7-11, 2022.    
Jim Montgomery, Coordinator
2022 Lent Study Series

Printed booklets, daily devotional cards and reflective assessment pages are available in the narthex. 

Suggested Donation: $2 

If you would prefer to print your own materials, please email the church office for download links. 
Superbowl Subs & Chili

Many thanks to Ed and Judy Oskandy for organizing the event and everyone who worked to make it a success! There wasn’t a better deal to be had, and there was lots of love in the chili and subs!


Thank You ❤️

Dear Trinity family— Michael and I thank you for your continuing outpouring of love and support! It will soon be three months since Michael was hospitalized and diagnosed with having had a stroke. He’s making great progress and we’re so grateful to be together! You all have been steadfast with your calls, cards, prayers, and terrific soup. We’re so grateful for all our friends in this loving community of believers.
--Marian Shelton

     The Worship and Music Committee is responsible for everything that goes on in the worship service, from music to handing out communion cups to offering – everything except Tony’s sermon and the bulletin.  We are responsible for getting information to Katie as to flowers, liturgists, accompanists, special music, and worship hosts.  We are also responsible for special services during the year.

     Members of the Music and Worship committee do not have to be in the choir or even have to sing! Our monthly meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 PM.  If you can help with this committee, please call Diana Scroggins at 843-333-1980, and we will be happy to have you.
Thank you.
Gardening Corner

Sand, gumbo, tree roots.
Bad news for gardeners.
My solution is to build good soil from ground level upward.

Adding compost and manure, will require copious amounts of product as well as digging and incorporation with not much success.

In establishing new planting beds my usual method is to gather cardboard, newspapers (harder to come by these days), leaves, any organic matter that will decompose. We start by laying cardboard on top of the area we want to develop, then get a good quantity of compost, layer on leaves and other organic items. You can then wet this down and cover with black plastic and let is sit for a few months in which heat will break down matter. Personally, I skip the black plastic and leave it sit for a month or so, wetting it down when it gets dry. Then I plant my garden and put mulch on top. I’ve had great success with this method and the neighborhood is overwhelmed at my green thumb.

I continue to add to the beds I have created, I scored a large quantity of composted horse manure last year and I add more compost and mulch.

I encourage everyone to compost. In America we are still throwing away 40% of our food. Probably not from families but from restaurants, schools, hospitals, grocery stores. I personally have watched all the food left on the buffet at the end of the day thrown into garbage cans. We waste more food than any other nation on earth, many of them having much larger populations than us.

I do easy compost. We have a small metal can on our counter. Fruit and veggie scraps go in there as well as coffee grounds and egg shells. When the can gets full I dig a hole in one of the beds and bury it. I decomposes in 3-4 weeks and is improving my soil. Easy to do and local animals do not seem to bother with it.

Happy Gardening
Finance Update

                                   Year To Date Ending  January 31 2022
CONGR    $15,794    $19,000
OTHER    $7,173    $7,097   
TOTAL INCOME    $22,967    $26,097
EXPENSES    $24,324    $26,709

Debt Reduction Number as of 1/31/2022            
Checks written to reduce mortgage =======>     $ 227,517
Projected Balance at 02/2031===========->     $ 34,009
Contributions January 2022=============>     $ 656
Balance as of 1/31/2022===============>     $ 481,447
Acknowledgement of Gratitude
  • Thanks to Lynn Hayn for volunteering to take minutes for the Fellowship Committee.
  • Many thanks to Diana Scroggins, the choir, Rev. Joel Long, Heather Larson, and Rev. Tony Larson for their work in putting together the Service of Prayer for Peace in the Ukraine on short notice.
  • There are many options to help with serving Lent this year.  Check your email.
January Session Notes
  • At this time, the wearing of masks is a personal decision.  Normal fellowship activities will resume.  This includes Fellowship Hour after church and the selling of food at the Arts & Crafts Festival.
  •  There will be a committee formed in the near future to discuss The Annual Yard Sale.   A suggestion was to have smaller sales such as a book and bake sale. 
  • Mary Terwiske reported on the presbytery meeting that she attended via ZOOM.
  • Session approved a Building & Grounds request to form an Ad-Hoc subcommittee for the sole purpose of pond cleanup and beautification.
  • The Presbyterian Women and the Mission Committee will work together to provide lunch for a Habitat Build on March 16th and possibly the 18th .
  • There are now two Disciple Bible Study classes.  Rev. Tony Larson is leading Part 3 and Rev. Don McCann and Rev. Joel Long are leading Part 1.
  • Rev. Don McCann will be leading a class on Rev. Martin Luther King’s letters from the Birmingham jail.
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