May 2022
Message from the Pastor
Some people interpret the book of Revelation as if it were so many tea leaves. Invariably, the verses converge at the bottom of their cups to reveal references to current political leaders and dire predictions of disaster. This approach to the book’s interpretation has devoted followers (like the gentlemen who questioned me about the book at the dog park – you can listen to that story, starting at minute 53:43, on YouTube). But many Christians, including a healthy percentage of Presbyterians, are uncomfortable with such conjurings and too often allow the book to fall into disuse. Skittish about its misinterpretations, repulsed by the way it has been appropriated by Hollywood to inspire horror films, and uncomfortable by those Christians who are most passionate about the book – we treat it like Bruno from Disney’s Encanto – we don’t talk about it (If you’ve missed Encanto and the song, We Don’t Talk about Bruno – follow the link and give it a listen!).
If Christians has a keener sense of Revelation as book of comfort, we might not be so reluctant to read it. Penned in the context of persecution, St. John the Divine’s vision of the consummation of Christ’s Kingdom seeks to reassure its readers that no matter how bad things get, God’s justice will ultimately prevail.
Nowhere is this message more apparent that in Revelation 6: 9 – 11:
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; they cried out with a loud voice, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed.”
In these verses John describes the souls of the martyrs crying out for justice. “How long?” they plead with the Lord. “How long will it before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?”
Ok, so the theme of comfort isn’t immediately obvious. Cries for vengeance rarely make 21st century Christians “comfort-able.” If we try to hear the passage with 1st century ears, however, it may sound a bit different. If you knew that you might be called up to bear witness to your faith with you life, and more than that, through a horrible death, wouldn’t this cry for vengeance sound forth from your heart as well? It is no coincidence that the Greek word for “witness” is martus, a term that even in the 1st century was well on its way to becoming the technical term “martyr.” Christianity was a capital offense in those days, and many believers bore witness to it with their lives.
Let’s listen again for the comfort. First, the martyrs are depicted as being “under the altar” of God. While this might strike us as being an undesirable place (like being “swept under the rug” in modern lingo), there is, in fact, no place nearer to the heart of God for the ancient Christian. Picking up on Old Testament images of the altar as a place of sanctuary (read 1 Kings 1: 49 – 53 for a sample), this picture presents the martyrs as awaiting the resurrection in a place where no harm can possibly come to them. They are, literally, under the protection of the Most High God: “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.” (Ps. 84:3). The location also puts their deaths in the proper perspective. It reveals that their lives were not so much taken as sacrificed, that their blood was a symbol of life rather than death.
The martyrs’ cry for vengeance has it comforting aspects as well. The Greek word that is usually translated as “avenge” also means “procure justice for.” It is justice the martyrs long for, justice for themselves and, by extension, for all who have suffered unjustly throughout the ages. The moment for which the martyrs long is the one for which all long. It is that moment when the world will know that God is not some sort of absentee landlord, oblivious to all that is going on. The martyrs’ cry reminds us that, in spite of all appearances, there will be a day when justice will “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).
It says something about the faith of these martyrs that they do not ask “whether” God’s justice will win out, but “how long” will it be until it does. Ever after enduring unspeakable horrors at the hands of their persecutors, they still bear witness to a God who is holy and true. This may be the most important message from the martyrs. In a world where murder no longer merits the front page, where the eyes of the innocents look out at us from scene after scene of gun violence and cry “how long?” it is important for us to be reminded that God does not sit dispassionately by. If we ever needed proof of it, we need only look to Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, who mingled his own blood with that of the martyrs.
 Special Offering 

Deacon of the Month for May
Linda Goehring – 724-601- 4478

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

Birthdays & Anniversaries 
Happy Birthday to... 
Phyllis Wicker                                05/04
John Goodwin                               05/06
Jim Montgomery                            05/13
Dorothy Gottshall                           05/14
Debbie Davis                                 05/20
Annika Liger                                   05/20
Pat Dean                                        05/24
Greg Majersky                               05/26
Cheryl Roach                                 05/28

Happy Anniversary to.. 
Jannette and Bill Forman                      05/01
Courtney and Benny Johnson              05/06
Sandy and Greg Eaton                         05/09
Susy and John Howard                        05/12
Penny and Don Beauchesne               05/15
Liz and Jim Montgomery                      05/13
Becky and John Bacot                         05/21
Beverly and David Hall                        05/24
Barbara and Joseph Affrunti                 05/25
Judy and Art Junga                              05/29
Linda and Allen Goehring                     05/18


PW Circle Gatherings
Our PW Circles are open to all women seeking sisterhood and study. 
Have You Joined a Circle?  
  • Margaret L Circle is led by Marian Shelton and meets on the first Tuesday each month at 10 AM 
  • 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 Alice Hartman.


Welcome to our New Vice Moderator!

Jannette Forman has graciously agreed to our new vice moderator on PW Council.  We are thrilled to have her accept the office and she is already at work planning our Spring Luncheon.

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 is open now! You can register for your room directly through Epworth by the Sea (
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 May 3rd at 9 AM in Trinity's Lobby.  

Brian Flint is our Holy Grounds leader. 
In 2023, Trinity Presbyterian Church will celebrate 40 years of ministering to this area of the Grand Strand, and we want to acknowledge and celebrate that history.
At the Session meeting held on Monday, March 28, 2022, Session voted to create an Anniversary Committee to plan the celebration under the leadership of Kathleen Fair.
After forming the committee, the first task will be to create a new, updated history of the church through the memories of its members and others associated with Trinity over the past four decades.

To make this all happen, we are asking for two types of volunteers. First, volunteers are needed for the committee itself. Obviously, there will be planning how and when to celebrate, but other tasks will be to find and scan photographs and identifying any people in the pictures, if possible.  We will need people to do interviews so we can create a more personal history. There will be decisions to be made about the format of a publication, the layout, the printing. The publication will need a title and cover art. A timetable and schedule need to be put into place as soon as possible.

Then people are needed to share their memories about Trinity—from the days in the fire station, to the original building, and expansion. You may not think your memories are important, but they might be essential to the final project. Most of you will be interviewed once, but for some of you, we might need to do a second visit. And if you have pictures, we will be delighted to scan them and return them to you.

Please let Kathleen Fair and/or the office know how you are willing to help us celebrate this event. If you are willing to be interviewed, just let us know by saying “memories.” If you want to work on the planning, let us know by saying “committee.”

Email Kathleen at or leave a note in the office (she has a mailbox) or just call Katie and ask her to give the message to Kathleen.
Are you handi-capable?
Gatherings are held on the 1st & 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 Affrunti with any questions: 843-299-0702
Next Meetings will be Thursday, May 5th & May 19th at 11:30 AM. 


Remember how much fun you had at the last Corn Hole tournament? The Fellowship Committee is organizing another one for May 14 at 4 PM. 

Come for food, fellowship, and some friendly competition. No experience necessary, and there’s room for everyone! Spectators welcome!

Menu to include: 

  • Hot Dogs & rolls
  • cookies
  • coleslaw
  • baked beans
  • chili
  • chips
  • water & soda


Movie Night 

June 11th is the date of our first movie night since the pandemic began. The choice is the romcom favorite “When Harry Met Sally” starring Billy Joel and Meg Ryan. In keeping with the most famous scene, dinner will be a deli plate. The movie will be shown at 4:00 with dinner immediately following. Please watch for the sign up sheet in the middle of May. 
A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex for a trip to Brookgreen Gardens on May 23rd. Discounted tickets will be available for $14. Here is some helpful information about visiting the gardens, provided by Vicki Mildenstein, a volunteer at Brookgreen, and trip organizer:

Park at the main parking lot, browse the sculpture gardens and galleries. Check out Keepsakes Gift Shop. There are benches throughout the area to sit and enjoy the gardens. Galleries are all at no charge.
There are several options for lunch, including the Harvest Restaurant (reservations are recommended), the Old Kitchen (near the sculpture gardens, galleries and gift shop), the Courtyard Café (near the Lowcountry Center), or at the picnic area, if you’d care to bring your own lunch.   
Purchase tickets at the Lowcountry Center for the Pontoon Boat Ride for $10.  It’s a short walk from the Center down to the dock, you will ride on the boat out to the Waccamaw and then back to the dock.  Pontoon is covered and has a docent who will tell about the area and the history of Brookgreen and takes approximately 1 hour.  Several displays are available at no cost in the LowCountry Center.  
Other activities are available that will show you other areas of Brookgreen that are not accessible by car or shuttle.  Cost for those may vary and involve buses and rough terrain.  These tours are not always available and are generally more costly than the boat tour.  Check availability online.
Drive or take the shuttle to the Lowcountry Zoo and walk in to see animals that were utilized when the plantation was in operation.  We have baby otters and goats that you may be able to see while there.  
The Butterfly House is open and there is a separate charge to enter.

Brookgreen Gardens! May 23rd
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed 

One of the most integral portions of our Sunday worship experience is the Coffee Hour held after worship each week.  This hour of fellowship offers visitors their first opportunity to meet our congregation, while also providing current members and friends an opportunity to share and socialize.  None of this would be possible without the hosts who make coffee and clean up each week!

Coffee Hour Q & A
  1. Do I have to know how to use the Bunn coffee machine in order to host coffee hour?
    No, there are several church members who set up the coffee between worship services and get it started as the 10:30 service is ending so that so that it’s ready to go after worship.
  2. Are paper goods available, or do I need to supply them?
    Paper goods are available; you don’t have to bring them.
  3. I’ve seen some pretty elaborate spreads at coffee hour. What do I need to bring? All you need to bring are snacks and friendliness. It’s also nice to include something suitable for diabetics, such as fresh fruit or cheese. You can choose to keep it simple: for example, we had a box of goldfish crackers and leftover choir snacks one week. You can partner with others – one of you can bring a sweet snack such as cookies; the other can bring something savory, such as cheese and crackers. Use your imagination … and your pantry! Juice and half & half creamer for coffee are optional.
  4. Must my baked goods be home-made? No! While everyone loves a home-made treat, it’s not a requirement.
If you have further questions please contact Mary Terwiske -
Second Sunday Seminars Starting Soon

Before our world got turned on its ear, we enjoyed gathering before the 10:30 service for 30 minutes or so on the Second Sundays of the month for interesting, informative and FUN presentations from some of our members. And the Christian Education team is happy to share our plans to start back soon, with some of our favorite presenters and new ones, too! Do YOU have something to share with our congregation for a one time 30 minute chat? Marian Shelton or Yvonne Beale, CE moderators, would love to talk with you!
Coming Attractions / Save the Dates!
May 14:                              Cornhole Tournament
May 18:                              Lunch Bunch
May 23:                              Brookgreen Gardens
June 11:                              Movie Night
August 28:                         Church Picnic
Summer:                            Peach Festival
Fall:                                    Pasta Dinner, Craft Day, Game Day, Scrapbooking,
                                          Dinner for 6/8, Arts & Crafts Fair, Trivia Night
What other activities are of interest to you? Drop a note to Mary Terwiske ( and we’ll see if we can create a fellowship opportunity!               
Let's Help Each Other
 Trinity is building a volunteer network to help our members with small tasks. to assist with short term wants and needs in your life. For example:
  • move heavy items
  • repairs
  • change lightbulbs
  • remove high cobwebs
  • mail a package
  • hang a picture
  • change filters
  • write notes
  • buy a gift
  • change smoke detector batteries
  • trim shrubbery
  • fix broken outlets
  • connect to Wi-Fi
  • solve computer issues
If you need help with small tasks like these, or if you're willing to help others with your own skills and talents please contact Ann Long or 336-432-5580
Trinity's Library - 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!

While you're here please browse our selection of magazines! With a wide variety of topics- archaeology, science, fashion, quilting, cooking, and much more - there is something for everyone! 

Exchanges welcome. Please share your magazines for others to enjoy. 

Trinity Book Club

Join the Trinity Book Club on Wed. May 18th at 10:00 am in the Library for The Once and Future Witches by Alia Harrow. From the Goodread summary: “In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters--James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna--join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.” Imaginative and well written award-winning title.

On June 15th Trinity Book Club will discuss 
Anxious People by Fredrick Bachman.  From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

For more information, contact Margaret Fain, 843-602-7178.

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

Meetings will be held on the First and Third Thursdays of the month at 10 AM.
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 -

MAY 15, 2022 - 2 PM
          Conductor Stephen Williams (that’s right, our own Stephen Williams) is bringing the best of the best of his High School Orchestra to our church on Sunday the 15 of May.  Music you will hear include “Phantom of the Opera”, “A Thousand Years” from THE TWIGHTLIGHT SAGA; and “The Best of QUEEN” to name a few.

     Stephen’s chamber orchestra has delighted the audiences at this church for several years prior to COVID and we are glad to have the students back.

     If you would like to hear Stephen’s entire 220 high schoolers perform, their concert is the May 19th at the Carolina Forest High School.

 Household items:

  • hygiene items
  • books
  • Small space heaters
  • queen-sized blankets
  • warm sleeping bags
  • socks
  • coats and jackets of any size
For Backpack Buddies:
  • soups
  • pudding
  • canned pasta
  • pop tarts / breakfast bars
  • Vienna sausages
  • instant flavored oatmeal
  • shelf stable snacks
  • fruit cups
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Ramen Noodles 

Cash or Gift Cards for Help 4 Kids are always welcome and allow us to purchase fresh meat, dairy, produce and breads.

 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.

Save the Date: Our Fall Arts & Crafts show is on November 12, 2022,
*There are no vendor spaces remaining!* 
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!   
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. Check your inbox for upcoming times and dates in April. They will be listed in “This Week at Trinity” emails and included in the church calendar.

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

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.
If you would like to help deliver meals, please let me know. 
Jim Montgomery, Coordinator

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     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.

File of Life 

Medical emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency. Paramedics arrive on the scene with no information about the person in need. Seconds count – they can make the difference between life and death. Does the patient have prior medical conditions? Allergies? What medications are they taking? Who do they want us to call? How do we contact their family or friends?

File of Life puts these answers at their fingertips. It allows first responders to immediately begin the best possible treatment, notify loved ones, and pass this vital data on to awaiting physicians at the emergency room. File of Life has already saved thousands of lives. It is an absolute asset to emergency preparedness, and peace of mind, for every household and community across the nation.

Get yours today, or pick up a Like of Life for friends or neighbors.
Available in the church office for $1. 

Finance Update
Year To Date Ending  March 31 2022
Income                    ACTUAL             BUDGETED
CONGR                   $49,473               $55,000
OTHER                    $24,271               $22,011
TOTAL INCOME      $73,744               $77,011
EXPENSES              $76,784              $80,544
Debt Reduction Number as of 3/31/2022                             
Checks written to reduce mortgage ==============>       $  232,748
Projected Balance at 02/2031===================->      $  26,847
Contributions January December 2022==============>   $  5,888
Balance as of 3/31/2022========================>     $  468,432
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