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Tedde Gibson Concert

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TeddeGibson-headshotOrganist – Pianist Tedde Gibson

comes to Church of the Holy Trinity

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Thomas Beard

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Lyric-Dramatic Baritone Thomas Beard

returns to Church of the Holy Trinity

Thursday, July 28th at 5:00 pm

ECW Annual Oxford Day Plant Sale

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The Oxford Day Plant Sale is a regular sight each Oxford Day. Members of our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) group along as well as men of the parish, roll up their sleeves and promote, collect orders, lift PlantSaleMuscle-webpostand carry flowers and more flowers on this once a year event.

While known for its wonderful geraniums, the Annual ECW Plant Sale also includes hanging baskets of assorted flowers, PlantSaleFlowers-webpostimpatiens, begonias and daisies as well as a variety of herbs and vegetables.

All proceeds of this event go to local missions in support of their important work.



Annual Christmas Bazaar

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Holy Trinity’s ECW Christmas Bazaar is the first Saturday of December from 9am to noon. Visitors and shoppers will enjoy:

Women, and men, coming together to support local missions.


Welcoming room with gifts galore.

Welcoming room with gifts galore.

Welcomes visitors with coffee, tea, cider and sweets and the Parish Hall will be filled with homemade treats, crafts and wreaths.



Home baked cookies are wrapped and ready, small breads freshly baked and spiced and salted nuts, as well as candy are found in every size and flavor to tantalize the most discriminating taste buds.


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Jellies & Jams and Cookies well done


Frozen appetizers, soups & one-dish meals come in both pint- and quarts-sized containers. All are ingredients are listed for each item. Perfect gift for the busy person during this festive time or preparation.



The men of Holy Trinity are excellent purveyors of food including—pies, soups, relish, sauces, breads, spice mixtures, cookies, cakes, and candy. They have a great tradition of yumminess to uphold.



Wreaths, and wreaths, and wreaths

Wreaths galore is how we categorize our Christmas Wreaths tables. Guided by expert arrangers and wreath makers, our wreaths include branches and bows of many winter floral bushes and trees: (holly, winterberry, juniper, blue spruce or others). Finishing each wreath are amazing fruits and materials including: pine cones, dried hydrangeas, magnolia leaves, boxwood, fir, pine or cedar branches, artificial berries to name a few.


Our mini trees are the perfect addition for centerpieces and small spaces.


Our crafts table holds a variety of hand crafts: knit, crochet, ceramic and hand- and machine-sown, often holding to that year’s theme.


Each year, we offers 4-5 themed gift baskets for raffle, arranged and wrapped.



Geraniums Pre-orders

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Order your Spring Geraniums before April 19

Geraniums2To add savings to your wallet


to be sure that you have just what you want

for your spring plantings

Pick up your plants April 23 at the



East End Saxophone Quartet

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EastEnd-ConcertBulletinChurch of the Holy Trinity hosts

7th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition

East End Saxophone Quartet

April 10, 2016

2:00 pm



Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans

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To Commemorate the Landing of Scottish Settlers in Oxford on July 20, 1747

Manifest of English Sailing Ship Johnson

Scotsmen were taken prisoner after the Battle of Culloden Moor in Scotland on April 16, 1746, and were transported to America. On July 20, 1747, the sailing ship Johnson disembarked the Scots in Oxford where they were sold as indentured servants for a five-year term after which they were given fifty acres of land, tools, and corn. Several of the proudest families in Maryland are descendants from the Scots transported in the Johnson on the certified list that is housed in the Oxford Museum.

History of The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan

After the defeat of the Scots by the English at the Battle of Culloden 1746, the Act of Proscription banned the wearing of tartans and kilts, speaking Gaelic and other Highland ways in hopes the rebellious Scottish spirit would be subdued. But the canny and defiant Scots preserved their traditions underground. According to legend, one way was to hide pieces of tartan and bring them to church to be secretly blessed at a particular point in the service. Kirk is the Gaelic word for church.

The American roots of the Kirkin’ service are well-documented. The Reverend Peter Marshall, born in Scotland, was the pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington DC, and served as Chaplain of the United States Senate before his death in 1949. (He was the subject of the 1955 movie “A Man Called Peter.”)

During the Second World War, Dr. Marshall held prayer services at New York Avenue to raise funds for British war relief. At one of the services, in 1941, he gave a sermon titled “the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans,” and a legend was born. Dr. Marshall was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington DC, which assisted with the first Kirkin’ services. In 1954, the Kirkin’ was moved to the National Cathedral in Washington, where it continues to be held today.

Across the United States and Canada many Scottish, Caledonian and St. Andrew’s Societies hold Kirkin’ of the Tartan services. Many are in Presbyterian Churches but they may also be found in Episcopal, Methodist, Roman Catholic and other denominations.  Celebrations of Scottish roots are especially appropriate for Episcopalians, who owe a debt of gratitude to the Scottish Episcopal Church for its help in the aftermath of the American Revolution. The clergy of Connecticut elected Samuel Seabury as their bishop in 1783, but there were no Anglican bishops in America to consecrate him. He sought consecration in England, but as an American he could not make the required oath of allegiance to the Crown.  Seabury went to Scotland, and Scottish bishops consecrated him in Aberdeen on November 14, 1784. In return, the bishops requested that Seabury study the Scottish Rite for the Eucharist and work for its adoption rather than the English rite of 1662. He honored the request and some features of the Scottish Rite continue in our liturgies today.

Talent and Fun(d)raiser – November 7 @ 5:30 pm

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Are you getting ready for a great evening of food, great auction items and entertainment?

Saturday, November 7 will start at 5:30 pm with a silent auction and cocktails followed by dinner and a talent show.

Suggested ticket price is $100, and all are welcome!

Blessings and Gratitude – September 2015 Lifeline

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In our family blessing at meals we always remember those who are less fortunate than we. It is difficult sometimes to remember those less fortunate. This morning, a beautiful Wednesday, we walked our pups first thing. A delightful breeze coming from the north bathed us in fresh air and the humidity was practically nil. On such a wonderful day walking around wonderful Oxford one might be forgiven for not remembering the misfortune of others.

Growing up in a Southern Baptist family, card playing was not allowed. That notwithstanding, my father used the aphorism play the hand you’re dealt on frequent occasions. Play the hand you’re dealt, bloom where you’re planted; there are many such aphorisms. Great dicta but I’m not sure they’re great advice. No one living in poverty or pain wants to play such a hand. No one living in a hovel with three other families wants to bloom where they’re planted.

What does that have to do with Holy Trinity Parish? In 1 Chronicles, 4:10, Jabez prayed, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” For many, Holy Trinity Parish is indeed blessings in deed: Wednesday lunch bunch, Camp Royal Oak, Camp Agape, the Food Bank and support of our friends in parishes less fortunate than we. To those in need to whom we reach out, we are blessings.

One of the blessings the Lord bestowed on me was the opportunity to help others. I am blessed to have enjoyed a career in healthcare where care for others was the primary cause. To care for others in any capacity is a blessing. Every week at Holy Trinity I see and hear of the blessings parishioners have received as part of our parish family. Whether it’s a pastoral visit from our busy priest, receiving the body and blood of Christ, the wonderful music of Cora and our choir, the quiet solitude of our columbarium, our blessings abound.

Among our many blessings is the generosity of our parish. All of the blessings we have enjoyed and enjoy are supported by contributions to the parish from members of the parish family. These include time to spiffy the grounds, prepare the meals, oversee receptions when grieving families are in need and on and on. Stewardship includes all those and contributions to the parish treasury.

This is the time of year when we come to you and say, We want the blessings to continue. We want to serve those less fortunate than we. We want Holy Trinity Church to continue to be a place of warmth, encouragement and solace. To maintain our flow of blessings, we need your help. Soon you will receive a stewardship letter and an opportunity to pledge for the following year. Pledging allows us to plan for programs in anticipation of receiving the money essential to maintain our effort. Always you have been generous. Please continue. If you have not pledged before, please do. If you have questions regarding pledging or the employment of your contributions, ask any of the parish leadership. And always remember, “Of thy own have we given thee”.

Bill Dial
with Simon Arnstein
Stewardship Co-Chairs

Dinner Groups

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We are now registering those of you who would like to be part of our small monthly dining experience. Once you have signed up you will be assigned to a group of 6 – 8 of your fellow parishioners. The groups will make plans to dine together each month for the next 6 or so months. Groups can choose to rotate among each other’s homes or dine together at a local restaurant. Fr. Kevin and Barbara will make sure they are able to join each group once during its cycle. This is a great way to get to know your fellow parishioners and broaden your palate!  Come ready for daring dining and good fellowship. Please call Cynthia Pyron (410) 763-7363 or sign up in the parish hall.  We hope to have these groups underway later this autumn.