Burning of the Palms

One of the long-held traditions in the Church is to burn the previous year’s palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will join our sisters and brothers at St. Peter Lutheran Church for a service of the burning of the palms. The service will be held at St. Peter’s Labyrinth on Tuesday, February 25, at 4:15 pm. After, all are invited to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper here at Trinity in Murrow Hall at 5:00 pm.

Join us for Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 25th

Please bring your family to join us at the church on the evening of Tuesday, February 25th, at 5:00 pm for a pancake dinner to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and begin the Lenten season in style with the Dixieland Band. Shrove (or "Fat") Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

SOIICF Lenten Service Schedule

Plan to attend the annual series of Lenten inspirational services sponsored by the Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship. The services are held at various churches; they all begin at noon, with a light lunch following. Trinity is the host church for the first one, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. The speaking clergy will be Rev. Joanna Hipp, Associate Pastor of Southport Presbyterian. On March 4th the host Church will be  Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian. The speaking clerygy will be Reverend David Hobbs (Christ Coastal Church Pastor). For the schedule of remaining services, see the list on the home page of the Trinity Web site.

Trinity's Ash Wednesday Service

Please plan to join us on Wednesday evening, February 26th at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

Six-week study, "The Easter Earthquake" starts Feb. 25

In "Easter Earthquake," James Harnish invites us to place the resurrection at the center of our Lenten journey. This six-week study explores how Christ's resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. The earth-shaking promise of Easter is that God has not forsaken any of us, Harnish writes. "The risen Christ will meet us along the confused, chaotic, fearful paths of our lives and speak the same words the women hear at the tomb: do not be afraid. This book reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. Join James Harnish in this energizing exploration that will inspire you to live as a more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Two classes will be offered for this study. One will begin on Tuesday, February 25th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 213 upstairs in the church. The other class will begin on Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 204 upstairs in the church. Please go to the home page of the website to register for more information and to register for either one of these classes.

Walking Through Grief

Walking through Grief, a support group for bereaved people will be offered jointly by St. Philip’s and Trinity's Stephen Ministry Team. The group will meet from 2-4 on Wednesday afternoon in the library at Trinity beginning March 4. The series of eight sessions provides information, practical tools, and a safe, confidential environment to help individuals navigate their grief journey. The program is offered at no cost to participants. Members of the two churches are encouraged to invite friends, neighbors, and colleagues who may be in need of grief support to attend. Whether the death of the loved one was recent or not so recent, participants find this program helpful. People may join the group at any time. Fr. Bill Eberle will be the head facilitator of Walking through Grief. There is no need to pre-register, but please direct any questions you have to Janet Fox at or to Bill at or (540) 212-3094.

You are invited!

                     WHEN: BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, March 4th - April 3rd


TIME: * see below for sanctuary hours

During the season of Lent, you are invited to go into the sanctuary and participate in a time of personal reflection and worship. Each week a different LENTEN area will be set up near the altar. These areas will have an interactive Lenten theme to help us focus on areas in our life using thoughtful intentional meditations. You are welcome to come any time the sanctuary is open.*The Sanctuary is open Monday - Thursday 9:00-3:00 and Friday 9:00-12:00. Also, each Wednesday, the doors from Murrow Hall and the main entrance hall will be open going into the sanctuary from 4:30-7:pm. We pray that we might have a holy encounter as we journey through Lent. May the Holy Spirit direct our hearts and minds to truth, love, and grace during these forty days. Prayerfully yours, The Prayer Team


Trinity UMC was presented with the honor of being an Ocean Friendly Establishment by Keep Brunswick County Beautiful. Trinity UMC is the first church to receive this recognition. Thanks to the Creation Care Ministry team for their work in bringing about changes in the church buildings as well as giving information to the congregation about recycling, reducing, reusing and refusing. North Carolina is fortunate that we have many recycling companies here that still need our products, just in a cleaner form. That's why it's important to stop placing nonrecyclables in the bin so we can supply a good quality product. Plastics, ONLY MARKED 1 & 2, plastic drink bottles (rinsed and let dry), glass containers (cleaned and dried), newspaper, cardboard, paper that is in full sheets, no scraps or shredded paper.Thank you, Micki Bozeman, Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Executive Director/Keep Brunswick County Beautiful.

Easter Basket Ministry

If you are interested in participating in Trinity's Easter Basket Ministry, PLEASE PICK UP A "BAG WITH A TAG" AT THE WELCOME CENTER TODAY AND/OR NEXT SUNDAY. Simply choose a bag for an elementary-aged girl or boy, fill up the bag with Easter candy and toys, and return it to Trinity on MARCH 8. The Trinity women will construct the Easter baskets the following week and they will be delivered to children at Southport Elementary as they participate in Matthew's Ministry. Don't forget to fill out the slip on the back of the tag with your name and phone number, tear it off, and put it in the basket so we know who has each bag. Suggestions for filling the bag are on the back of the paper attached to each bag. Questions? Email Vicki Caruso at the following email address:

The Annual Day of Service is March 28

For the past 19 years, the Trinity family has come together to participate in the Day of Service (actually a half-day!) at the church and in the community. On Saturday March 28, we will once again gather for a hearty breakfast and then carry out a variety of projects. We will conclude back at the church for lunch. Please save the date and be prepared to join us for fellowship and service. Sign up sheets will be coming. For more information contact Woody Johnson, at

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