This year, in addition to its traditional Bible study programs, Trinity Episcopal Church is offering an “Education for Ministry” class. With the idea that every baptized person is called to ministry, the program provides people with the education needed to carry out that ministry. The program includes a three-hour Friday class each week during the academic year; the entire course runs for four years.
The Old Testament is the subject of the first year’s studies, followed by the New Testament, church history and, in the final year, theology and philosophy. The class can accommodate between six and 12 people. Each week, each person explains the important points learned from the weekly readings, while Rev. Jenks Hobson mentors the participants and leads the discussions. Oftentimes Helen Williams substitutes when Jenks is unavailable. Learning to think theologically is a mainstay of the course.
Designed at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., the “Education for Ministry” program was originally meant to enroll only a few hundred students but has grown to an international program with more than 70,000 participants. Sometimes it’s difficult to find an EfM course being offered and many are forced to take the course online: That’s what makes this opportunity so unique.
Rev. Hobson, Mary Frances LeMat and Russ Collins of Trinity Church visited the St. Marc Schools in the village of Trouin, Haiti, earlier this month. While the trip’s primary purpose was to continue to build relationships with the people of Trouin, the three travelers also reported great progress made to improve education over the last couple of years, including an eight-room school (with solar power) replacing the one destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
The three reported spending a rewarding time helping teachers and students learn to use donated laptops and educational software, observing the trade school’s new sewing machines (everything was previously hand-sewn) and being treated to a delicious Haitian meal prepared by the cooking class using its new stove.
Trinity will join its sister church in Haiti in a celebration of St. Mark’s Day on April 27 — a day which also includes an afternoon public forum to discuss Haiti and Trinity’s relationship with St. Marc. Everyone is invited, and several traditional Haitian dishes will be available to sample.
The volunteers at the Thrift Shop have finally gotten all of the donated winter items on the racks and are ready for a Bag Sale — just in time to help outfit you for the rest of this brutally cold winter. There are sweaters, slacks, athletic gear, coats, boots, shoes and lots of children’s clothing to keep you and your family warm. The sale is this Saturday (Feb. 1) through Feb. 15.
Due to the severity of recent weather conditions, the shop has decided to follow the policy of the public school system: If they’re closed, the store is closed as well. Otherwise, look for Bag Sale signs on Warren Avenue in front of the fire department and on U.S. 211 (small household goods and items that have been specially priced are not included in the sale). The Thrift Shop is open 10 to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 to 3 Saturday.
R.H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home is having a Valentine’s sale (15-percent off) through Feb. 9. Stop by and be sure to check out watches for both men and women, jewelry and Valentine’s cards — for that sweet holiday that’s just around the corner!
Congratulations to Joshua and Amanda Alther of Washington on the birth of their son, Caleb David. Born Jan. 22 at Fauquier Hospital, Caleb weighed nine pounds, nine ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The proud grandparents are Steven and Judy Alther of Washington, and Don and Alice Magill of Culpeper. Both mom and Caleb are doing well.
Congratulations also to Jonathan Clatterbuck and Amber Cooke of Front Royal on the birth of their daughter, Olivia Grace Clatterbuck. Olivia was born on Jan. 10 at the Winchester Medical Center. Olivia’s brothers — Jackson, Kain and Lukas — welcomed their baby sister home.
Sean M. Knick II of Washington was one of several cadets who marched in the inauguration parade for Virginia’s new Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Jan. 11 in Richmond. He’s also headed to Bolivia this spring with a group of students from VMI, as part of the school’s Engineers Without Borders. Cadet Knick’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Sean M. Knick of Washington.
Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Linda Clark. She celebrated her special day on Tuesday (Jan. 28).
The next quarterly Business Link Networking Social is 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Gadino Cellars in Washington. The evening’s foods will be prepared by Malinda Fisher from the Old Hollow Store.
Other sponsors include Beech Spring Gifts and Quilts, Bill Pragluski-Critical Stages, LLC, Far Ridge Ceramics, Henselstone Farm, TC2 Design, TG Taylor & Son Construction. All Biz Link members may attend free of charge. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up for just $25. For more information, call 540-675-1373.