TRINITY EPISCOPAl CHURCH L d hip Leadership Honorary Chairs Kay & Buck Cannon Harriet Hendon Clergy The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White Rector The Rev. Carol Hubbard Associate Rector The Rev. Peggy Buchanan Deacon Campaign Team Spencer Atwater Judy Baldwin Courtney Blossman Gay Coleman Todd Cross Paul Dismukes Erwin Gunnells Robert Haden Susan Haldane Carole Hilderbran John Hoskins Stan Hubbard Anne & Jeff Imes Chris Kamm Tina McGuire Catherine Metzger, Senior Warden David Pheil Candy Shivers Ralph Simpson, Chair Hugh Stephens Cissie Stevens Marti Touchstone Adrian Vassallo, Junior Warden Ken Wilson Mary Bruce Woody

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The Church Trinity Episcopal Church occupies the third structure on the same site. The original church building, which saw seven parishioners at its first service, was completed by 1851 but was replaced shortly by a larger one as the congregation grew. That structure was destroyed by fire in 1910. The present church was completed in 1913 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains, among other architectural treasures, stained glass windows by renowned artist Mary Elizabeth Tillinghast. The congregation now numbers approximately 515 families. There is a core of long-time parishioners, but more than 60 percent of the members have joined since 2000, years that have seen a renaissance in both numbers and spirit. There are three services every Sunday. Downstairs the children’s Sunday School rooms buzz with three well-attended classes. The youth meet Sunday morning and again in the afternoon in their own cool space, engaging enthusiastically in community service and mission. Adults have a variety of forums and classes. The

music is noted for both the quality of performance and spiritual aptness of repertoire. The Chancel Choir, in addition to singing at weekly worship services, presents Evensongs and concerts several times a year. Two children’s choirs practice weekly, and a large group of acolytes serve faithfully every Sunday. Parishioners join with each other at the church during the week in activities from prayer and outreach to sewing and yoga, and young families meet here with church friends for hikes, outings, and ballgames. Continued…

Trinity Episcopal Church | 60 Church Street | Asheville, 1 NC 28801 | 828-253-9361 |

The church building provides a home for another parish congregation, the Church of the Advocate, begun as a street ministry and now a worshiping community for the homeless of Asheville. Other congregations and non-profit groups such as schools volunteer regularly to provide meals and supplies. Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step groups have met in our space for many years, as have the Civitan Club, the Community Chorus, Room in the Inn, and many other sacred and secular organizations.

Why now is the time for a capital campaign For many years the needs of the physical church have been recognized, but the means to meet them were not there. As Trinity finally began to resurge and rebuild in both numbers and spirit, only the most pressing maintenance and repair could be done, as limited resources had to go elsewhere. The Vestry and Clergy have spent two years in prayerful discernment and decided to attack these needs now, to restore, protect and repair the fabric of our beloved church

building that encompasses 27,000 square feet of space. Our congregation is large and growing, leadership is strong, the economy has improved and the normal deterioration of a century-old building is at a critical point. A group of knowledgeable parishioners inspected and assessed the building over six months and created a list of long-deferred and vital work to be done, and an estimate of the cost.

PROJECTS and COSTS (Costs listed below are projections based on a six-month assessment of our building and grounds and preliminary estimates from knowledgeable contractors. As with any renovation project, there are uncertainties that could alter these estimates, possibly making actual costs higher or lower.)

Stained Glass Windows


Our beautiful windows have always been a source of joy and are deeply important to the congregation. The restoration and replacement project during the 1960s cost almost as much as the new church wing had in the 1920s. Today, our windows need attention again. The Plexiglas protecting the windows is scratched and yellowed and needs to be replaced with a non-

yellowing acrylic shield that will let the beauty shine through. During that process, the windows need to be cleaned. Stained glass is held in place by wires that stretch over the years, allowing the glass to bulge. The wires need to be tightened periodically. Some of the lead has deteriorated and needs to be repaired.


Building Interior


The Nave has crumbling plaster and damaged woodwork. The old carpet is thin and worn, as is the carpet throughout the office wing and elsewhere in the church. This is our heart, our primary worship space, and its beauty has often been cited as the original attraction for new parishioners. We need to keep it in good shape with re-plastering, repairs to trim work, electrical improvements, heat and air conditioning upgrades and painting. In Tuton Hall we have walked, run, crawled and danced on the floors at breakfast and coffee hours, children’s activities, receptions, and parish gatherings, and the floors have been cleaned innumerable times, sometimes with water. They are“cupping” and need to be refinished.

Organ Repairs & Upgrades

The demands on our electrical system have increased as it has aged. The old wiring is not up to code. This spring we had to spend more than $50,000 on rewiring, new circuit breakers and other upgrades, but there is more to do. The various heating and air conditioning systems were installed at different times. There are still window units, and seventeen different compressors sprout all over the grounds. The plan is to pull together the various elements into one very efficient system. The compressors will be combined into three “gardens,” with coolant lines running straight into the church. They will be surrounded by a wall to conceal the unsightly mechanical units, prevent vandalism and theft, and provide safety for the people who have often found them a warm hiding place.


It has been 40 years since the pipe organ, purchased by an earlier capital campaign, was dedicated. Organs need to be kept up: the console — the control center — takes a lot of use, and is expected to last about 40 years. Ours has stops that stick and notes that don’t always sound - all reliability issues. Other parts, such as the leathers, part of the wind chest that provides wind to the pipes, wear out. They are not replaced all at once, but as needed, in this case, over a period of 5 to 10 years. The pipes need to be revoiced. The “voice” is the tone quality of the pipe and is controlled by manual

adjustments to direct the airflow so that the pipe “speaks” as intended. We need new reeds. All these parts, and the people who work on them, are in an ancient and skilled tradition of craftsmanship and don’t come cheaply. It would be nice to replace the plywood cabinetry on part of the organ with something more in keeping with the irreplaceable American chestnut used throughout the Nave. Central to our worship, the organ is especially valuable to us, creating the music that lifts and inspires.

Improvements to Security & Technology


The world has also moved a long way in communication. A new telephone system would greatly simplify the complexities of many calls to and from our parish family. The big screen in Tuton Hall allows a much wider participation in services, but there is a glare that prevents a consistent view. There are now screens that are glare-free. The video as well as the audio need to be upgraded throughout the church. We need the capability to use all spaces throughout the building for overflow and special events.

The world has moved a long way in both the factors that threaten things we value and the means of protecting them. There are cameras and other security systems that allow someone in an office to view and buzz in visitors at the main door to the office wing without having to go out to the desk and physically look down to see who wants to enter. There are much more sophisticated systems to keep the church safe at night, systems that don’t easily get set off by accident. We need to upgrade our security. The sound system in the Nave is far from perfect. An upgrade would make the spoken word clearer and the music lovelier. 3

Building Exterior


Our beautiful Neo-Gothic building has loose stones and crumbling mortar. The porch and steps on the Church Street side need reinforcing: built-in gutters have leaked into the supporting walls and weakened them. The best fix is to take out the bricks and replace them with limestone, like that on the Aston Street steps. The gutters and downspouts are appropriately made of copper, which makes them a target for theft. Churches in other cities are installing protective cages to prevent this theft. These wrought iron cages

Foundation & Grounds

along with security cameras should secure our gutter downspouts. We have 185 casement windows that have not been operating properly. We have already begun replacing the latches and cranks and lubricating all the windows for better operation. Many of the 24 exterior doors (6 double and 12 single) have intricate carving and are made of irreplaceable wood, but they have been damaged by weather or rot or hammer and nails. They need specialized restoration.


The foundation of the office wing needs to be waterproofed. Because the ground slopes away from the original church building and was not properly graded when the new wing was constructed, it receives runoff from the courtyard. Numerous fixes have been attempted from the inside over the years, but nothing has worked permanently. That foundation wall needs to be sealed from the outside and proper drain fields installed to dissipate the storm water.

Walkways and shrubbery have to be dug up in the excavation for the foundation. Plants will be saved and replanted, and the walkways, which are crumbling, will be replaced. We have hundreds of night-time meetings a year. Improved exterior lighting is a necessity to ensure the safety of our parishioners and visitors.

Trinity Place Roof $8,300 Our neighbor and special outreach project Trinity Place, a shelter for runaway and abandoned youth, needed a new roof. That replacement has been done, and the funds that paid for it need to be repaid—as it is a capital expense.

Reserve Funds for Maintenance $300,000 Buildings as old as Trinity’s require constant attention. This reserve fund will provide money to allow the Church to stay current in maintenance needs that would otherwise put a strain on annual operating budgets.

Endowment for Outreach & Ministry $250,000 Trinity has a rich tradition of outreach and ministry to our broader community, including those closest to us, Trinity Place and Church of the Advocate. This component of our campaign represents a tithe to outreach and ministry and will supplement income from the existing Patton Fund.



Estimated Cost

Repairs & Improvements Stained Glass Windows


Building Interior


Organ Repairs & Upgrades


Improvements to Security & Technology


Building Exterior




Trinity Place Roof


Repairs & Improvements Total


Reserve Funds for Maintenance


Endowment for Outreach & Ministry


Total estimated cost for all proposed projects:



Essential Gifts Chart This chart illustrates the size and number of gifts necessary for a successful $2,385,800 capital campaign.

Size Number Cumulative Monthly of Gift Needed Total (over 3 years) $500,000 ...........................1 ....................... $500,000 ................. 13,889 $250,000 ...........................2 .................... $1,000,000 ................. $6,944 $100,000 ...........................4 .................... $1,400,000 ................. $2,778 $50,000 ...........................7 .................... $1,750,000 ................. $1,389 $25,000 .........................10 .................... $2,000,000 .................... $694 $10,000 .........................13 .................... $2,130,000 .................... $278 $5,000 .........................20 .................... $2,230,000 .................... $139 $3,000 .........................30 .................... $2,320,000 .......................$83 $1,000 .........................40 .................... $2,360,000 .......................$28 $500 .........................50 .................... $2,385,000 .......................$14 Less than $500 Many Goal Achieved Variable

Mission Statement Trinity Church is a nurturing Christian community providing opportunities for worship, spiritual growth and commitment in a supportive and open atmosphere.

Trinity is where we Explore Faith • Embrace Community • Expect a Difference.

Vestry Class of 2015 Sally Cochran Catherine Metzger David Pheil Adrian Vassallo Charlie Waddell

Class of 2016 Hope Byrd Vince Childress Todd Cross High Garst Sandy Grant

Class of 2017 Spencer Atwater Courtney Blossman Elizabeth Boulter John Hoskins Bonnie Scothorn

Katie Chappell—Clerk of Vestry Jeff Covington—Treasurer