228 - 29th Street, Newport News, VA 23607
DIRECTIONS AND MAP: http://members.cox.net/premmaus/TrinityNN.htm
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of
VA - 10/12/10
WOWZERS! Thanks, Dave!
|WAY BACK THEN:|
|Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/20/04||Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/16/04||Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/01/06||Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/22/03||Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/19/03|
|WOWZERS! Thanks, Dave!|
Sunday, May 13, 1962
Sunday, September 30, 1962
Certificate of Promotion
|May 1963||about 1965|
|Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 02/26/17||Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 01/03/04||Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 02/20/06||Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 01/03/04||Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 01/27/04|
|A view of 29th Street in Newport News in 1944. Trinity United Methodist Church is in the background. (HPL)||
This was found in
my mother's papers, as these were the students in her Sunday School class:
FRONT ROW: Marta Copeland, Sue Ellen Smith, Fowler White, Susan Comer;
2nd ROW: Scotty Jeffers ('68), D'Arcy Phillips, Debbie Muir, Janet Hogge;
3rd ROW: Randy Wood, Forrest Wall, Eddie Spain,
Mary Webster Keane
Of the three
signatures on this Promotion Certificate:
Mary Sue Nelson ('52) is the sister of Jack ('54), Lloyd ('61), and Doug ('64) Nelson; W. Kenneth Bradshaw is the father of Billy (HHS - '65) and Susan (HHS - ?) Bradshaw; and Esdras S. Gruver is the father of Bill ('62) and Susan Gruver
Notice the two signatures on this
Mr. Gruver (03 Jan 1912 - 03 Aug 1989) is the father of Bill ('62) and Susan Gruver; Mr. Coulter is mentioned below
|Trinity's Altar at Christmastide|
|about 1966||about 1966|
|Courtesy of Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 12/27/03||Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/15/04|
Thanks so much, Fred!
My mother had a box or two of these note cards; I remember them well!
...The brick chapel shown on the right side of the photo (in the last two
images) was dedicated in mid 1966.
Phillips (WHS - '73) of VA - and present member of Trinity - 06/27/04
|Saturday, October 28, 2000||Saturday, April 3, 2004|
|Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 01/03/04||
Courtesy of Dave
of VA - 04/03/04
|Pipe Organ||Rose Window||Revelations 3:20 Window||Matthew 9:14 Window||Ruth 1:16 Window|
|The 2,360 pipe organ was built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, CT in 1950.||Over the Back Balcony||Over the East Balcony||Over the West Balcony||Below the West Balcony|
These magnificent images were all shamelessly pilfered from Trinity's web site: http://www.gbgm-umc.org/tumcnn/
Coulter, J. Richard, (Dick) 15860 Poppy Lane, #9 Los Gatos, CA, 95030 - (408) 395-0909 email@example.com --
involvement with handbells began in 1960 at Trinity Methodist Church, Newport
Victorian Choir Member
|Courtesy of http://www.knology.net/~jkearns/who'sc.htm - 08/22/03|
I have so many precious
memories of my years at Trinity.
Some of my favorites revolve around my choir participation.
The Antiphonal Choir was composed of eighth and ninth grade girls who sang at the early (8:30?) morning service.
We wore robes like those pictured above, and we sang,
I believe, but once a month.
During the school year of 1960-61, worshipers at this service were startled by what awaited them: six little girls with very big voices. We sang in three part harmony: Becky Goolsby ('64) and Brenda Smith (WHS, '65) on first soprano; Rose Woodard ('65) and I ('65) on second soprano; and Paulette Westphal (HHS, '64) and Bettyrene Cook (HHS, '64) on alto.
In preparation we practiced
one afternoon a week, during which time Mr. Coulter gave us what was
tantamount to free private lessons - a very priceless gift, indeed which has
remained with me through the years, surpassing even the training which I
received in college.
Our voices were strong and sure, and blended so well that parishioners often told us it was hard to believe that there were only six of us, as we were able to fill the sanctuary.
As we grew older and
graduated into the Epworth Choir - tenth through twelfth grade boys and
girls who sang twice a month -
|- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 04/15/04|
A favorite memory of the Gruvers and Trinity: one lovely spring Sunday
morning, Rev Gruver, Bill, and I were standing outside the church between
Sunday School and the 11 AM service,
Of course, the inevitable happened: SPLAT!. A hug gob
I seriously doubt he would have -- but maybe just said that
Just an interesting insight into the man.
Another VERY interesting note, in the "small world" department: turns out
my wife is related to the Gruvers -- therefore I am now also! We just
located the wife's family reunion in Winchester, VA about 3 years ago. We
haven't got it all sorted out yet, but I believe it's her first cousin that
married a Gruver, who was Esdras' first cousin. Esdras was born & raised in
that area -- they live about
a half mile from the house in which Esdras
So I may be Esdras' first cousin by marriage,
By the way -- I was at Trinity just this past Sunday, June 6!! I took Dad
(age 91) back to visit Mom's gravesite.
- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/12/04
HA-HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Ron!
"The Methodists' chief Newport
News citadel in those early days was Trinity Church on Twenty-Ninth Street.
I never got to know many of its preachers, because the Methodists moved them in and out of town too fast.
But Trinity usually had a strong preacher - one of Newport News's best."
- Parke Rouse, Jr., (The Good Old Days in Hampton and Newport News, 1986) , p. 195
Bless This House
- Words by Helen
Taylor, Music by Mary Brahe, 1927
Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day;
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out:
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there, with smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee.
(This page was created on 08/22/03.)
House" mid courtesy of
located by my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 01/03/04
"Bless This House" lyrics courtesy of http://www.joemcpartland.com/tenors.html - 01/03/04
United Methodist Church logo courtesy of http://fumcwg.org/tp40/Default.asp?ID=78518 - 01/10/08
Divider Line clip art courtesy
of http://webclipart.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.geocities.com%2FParis%2FRue%2F3695%2Fborder2.html - 12/15/03
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