Annual Meeting 2020

Please join us at 9:15am on Sunday January 26th for the 2020 Annual Meeting. We will have a regular service schedule with services at 8am and 10:30am. The meeting will be held between the services starting at 9:15am.  Our annual meeting is traditionally a potluck brunch.

Annual Meeting is an important moment in the life of an Episcopal Church. As a denomination, we are governed by our members. At the Annual Meeting we make important decisions together. We elect our representatives to the wider church governance body: the diocesan convention. We elect members of our vestry, the board which governs the parish throughout the year. The list of nominees will be available soon. During the annual meeting, the parish receives reports from ministries, the vestry, the treasurer, and a “State of the Church” report from the rector.

 Sign up online to let us know what you’re able to bring. 

The nursery and Godly Play will be available for children during the meeting.

Below, you will see our Annual Meeting Booklet broken down by report. (Reports links will become active as reports are submitted).

  • Agenda
  • Archives  
  • Breakfast Program 
  • Children’s Chapel
  • Albert Ellicock Fund
  • El Salvador Partnership Report
  • Flower Ministry
  • Godly Play
  • Junior Warden’s Report (Including Report of the Building Committee)
  • Laundry Love
  • Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting
  • Music Program
  • Nursery
  • Parish Guild
  • Parish Day Out
  • Pastoral Care 
  • Rector’s Report
  • Register Report
  • Robert Fund
  • School Supplies
  • Senior Warden’s Report
  • Theology on Tap
  • Treasurer’s 2019 Year-End Report
  • Trinity Hot Lunch Program
  • Vestry and Delegate Nominee Biographies
  • Young Adults/ 20s and 30s
  • Youth/FaithQuest
  • 2020 Budget

We Honor Dr. King, a Music Festival

A Music Festival Service.

Sunday January 19 at 10:30am

Join us Sunday as we honor The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special service at Holy Communion tp celebrate Dr. King’s holiday with soul. Join us for this music festival service as we lift our voices to remember Martin and sing songs of protest and resistance.

This service is part of our series of Music Festivals at Holy Communion.

Epiphany at Holy Communion

On January 5 we return to our regular schedule of Sunday Services and formation.

Godly Play and the Adult Forum will meet together upstairs with an Intergenerational formation program focusing on the visitation of the Wise Men at 9:15am.

The 10:30 service includes a procession of the Magi and their gifts, following  the star. After the 10:30a service, the children get to break open the star (piñata).

This service is fun for all ages, and serves as the bookend to the Christmas season.

All are welcome to join us as we mark the end of the Christmas Season and a return to our Ordinary schedule at Holy Communion.

Christmas Pageant Sign up

Teens of Holy Communion, time for you to shine! Help produce the annual Christmas Eve Pageant. We need directors, speaking and non-speaking parts. Let the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti know what part you want. First come, first served! Practice on Sunday, December 22nd from12-2pm and show time of 4pm on Christmas Eve. Adult volunteers must be willing to have a background check.

Sign up today to let us know you’re coming!

Email Laurie to sign up

Christmas at Holy Communion

Christmas is one of the Church’s great feasts. We celebrate God’s decision to dwell with us, to come among us in the person of Jesus. This year, we will mark the whole season of Christmas with special services. Join us as we celebrate.

Make a donation to support Christmas Flowers and Music

December 22 Sunday  

8:00am      Advent IV

The 8am spoken service will be held as usually, marking the final Sunday of Advent.

10:30am      Blue(s) Christmas

Christmas is not a joy-filled season for everyone. For those who have experienced loss, particularly of a close family member, the holidays can be a difficult time. Two days before Christmas eve, Sunday December 22, the Gene Dobbs Bradford group is back to lead a different sort of service at 10:30am. We will bring some beautiful blues music alongside prayers for those who struggle with the holidays. The 8am service that day will be a traditional Advent 4 service. Read more about the Blue Christmas service.

December 24    Christmas Eve

5:00  pm      Carol Sing, Pageant, and Holy Eucharist

All children are invited to participate in our pageant. Children who want to participate are encouraged to come a little early (about 4:45p). The older children who are regulars at Holy Communion will lead the telling of the story, and any child that arrives (and who wants to participate) will be issued angel or shepherd costumes to join the holy band around the manger during the service. Read more and sign up for the pageant here.

10:00pm      Carol Sing and Festival Holy Eucharist 

On the Eve of the Nativity we gather in the dark night to hear the news that Christ has been born. Our late service features Traditional Carols, and Selections from Chilcott’s “Little Jazz Mass.” We will sing Silent Night by candlelight in the darkened church to conclude the service. Join us as we mark the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.

December 25    Christmas Day:

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Carols

 Christmas day we have a single Christmas day service at 10:30am. There will be a simple spoken Eucharist.

December 29   First Sunday after Christmas

We will have our regular schedule of Sunday services at 8am and 10:30am. Adult Education and Sunday School will remain in recess.

January 5  Epiphany Sunday with Visitation of the Magi

9:15am   Intergenerational Formation for Epiphany

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Procession of the Three Kings

On January 5 we resume our regular schedule of Sunday Services. Christian Education returns with an Intergenerational activity with crafts and breakfast focusing on the visitation of the Wise Men. The 10:30 service includes a procession of the Magi and their gifts, following  the star. After the 10:30a service, the children get to break open the star (piñata).

2019 Advent Party

Hark! Advent Revelry at Holy Communion!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In the Lounge and Mitchell Hall

Food, fun, and entertainment for all ages
All Are Welcome!
Bring your family and friends.
Please sign up on the Bulletin Board in the Entrance to the Church
or online by clicking here.
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Holiday music presented by the Holy Communion Choir
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Nursery Care will be available from 4:45 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Special activities and food will be provided for children.

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No donation is required. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to make a donation we recommend $5 per adult to offset the cost of refreshments, and $10 per child to offset the cost of childcare.

Also consider making a donation of socks, hats, or gloves for Trinity Food Ministry

or making a gift to the youth supported by Episcopal City Mission more information by clicking here.

Sign up by clicking here

The Advent Journey 2019

The Season of Advent is a time of waiting, watching, and expectation. In counter to the cultural season of frantic preparation for Christmas by buying, shopping, and rushing, Advent invites us to slow down. This season asks us to think about our hopes and dreams for the world.

A “retreat in the midst” Wednesdays at Holy Communion.

Engage in this season of hope and expectation in prayer. Holy Communion invites you to weekly “retreat sessions” throughout the season.

Starting December 4th and each following Wednesday evening of Advent, you are invited to step away from the busy holiday pace for a shared meal and some quiet prayer time.

We will gather at 6pm for contemplative prayer, including a facilitated labyrinth walk, for those who wish. Then we will have a simple soup supper, and a discussion on the Advent themes: “Wait, Hope, and Give Thanks.”

On Social Media

Follow the hashtag #adventword on social media for a digital Advent Calendar, you can even tag your own images with the daily word. This year the online advent calendar is being sponsored by the Society of St. John The Evangelist and Virginia Theological Seminary.

What exactly is Advent?

Our rector has written a short practical guide to advent on his blog. You can check that out by clicking here.

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury speaks about Advent in the video below:

Christmas Gift Drives

As we prepare for Christmas, we are mindful that many in our city are facing cold weather and difficult family circumstances. There are two gift drives going on concurrently at Holy Communion.

  • For our partners at Trinity Food Pantry, we are collecting clean socks, gloves, and warm hats for those who are housing insecure.
  • For our partners at the Episcopal City Mission who work with youth in detention, we are collecting gifts and gift cards for children. You can download a full list of requested items here.

We are especially encouraging anyone coming to our Advent Party on December 8 to make a donation to one of the drives.

All gifts need to be turned in by December 15. Please turn gift cards into the parish office, or place them in an envelope in the offering plate.

You can find baskets ready to receive gifts in the main entryway. Please do not wrap the gifts, to make work easier for our sorters. Thank you for helping brighten this holiday season for someone in need.

Contemplative Prayer

Looking for a little quiet?

We offer Contemplative prayer each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the chapel at 6pm. The basic practice will be very simple. Each week will we spend 10 minutes in shared silence. Leaders may offer chant, a reading from scripture, a poem, a prayer as a way to introduce and conclude the silence.

Some may choose to stay for a short conversation after the prayer is done. Those conversations will take place in the lounge.

Video of chant from our Lenten Contemplative series: