News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
May 26, 2019 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter                                                                                                        Volume 4, Number 26
Scriptures for the Sixth Sunday of Easter:  Acts 16:9-15Psalm 67Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, and John 5:1-9
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes "The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord" by Jean Berger (1909 - 2002). 
There will be no 6 PM Community Eucharist on Sunday, May 26.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Dogwood Days
Growing up in North Carolina, I was used to seeing dogwood trees blooming in the spring-- white ones, pink and red ones, ivory-colored ones; those bought at a nursery, planted in a yard, and carefully nurtured; as well as the many that grew wild in the woods. The flowering dogwood tree is actually the state flower for North Carolina and Virginia, so I thought I knew the range of colors and types pretty well.  That is, until I came farther north.  

The first summer I spent at seminary in New Jersey, I was blown away by the strange-looking, Kousa, or Japanese dogwood. The dogwood in front of St. Christopher's House is one of these, and its blooms differ slightly from the more typical dogwoods of North America.  The petals are almost sitting on top of the branches, and they are narrower and slightly pointed, with less pronounced markings.  One parishioner thinks of our dogwood as a "wedding tree," since she remembers it being in full bloom on her wedding day at Holy Trinity. 

Every spring, I'm reminded of a wonderful (if sentimental) legend about the dogwood tree. The story goes that the tree used for the cross of the Crucifixion was taken from the trunk of a dogwood.  Ever after, to show its penance and sorrow, the dogwood tree has bloomed with with four petals, representing the Cross, with a crown of thorns in the middle, and wounds like those from the nails appearing on each of the petals.  The slightly red color near the wounds reminds one of the Blood of Christ, and the white color points to his purity and innocence. 

Especially in this spring of so many cool, wet days, our church garden is a present reminder of God's beauty and bounty in creation. We can give thanks to God, to those who planned our church building to include a garden, and especially to thank Helen Palmer and Pat Voehl, who do most of the gardening and maintenance  (enhancing what God began).

The famous English gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, once wrote, "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." (Wood and Garden, 1899)  Let us give thanks to God our Creator.  John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)

Enormous thanks to Barbara Whitney and her team of volunteers who gave tours of the church during our open house for Sacred Sites Weekend with the NY Landmark Conservancy . . . On Sunday, May 26, at 4:30 PM, in Mendham, N.J., Father John will be preaching at the 50th Anniversary of the Profession of Sister Suzanne Elizabeth, CSJB, a nun in the Episcopal Community of St. John Baptist. Please keep Sister Suzanne Elizabeth in your prayers on this important occasion, pray for all Episcopal religious communities, and pray that others might consider religious life in the future . . . Copies of The Sunday Paper, are available on the information table in the church. It has cartoons that tie in with today’s liturgical lessons. Please take a copy or two . . .Our attendance on Sunday, 19 May: 8:00 AM: 15; 11:00 AM: 119; 6:00 PM: 9
In our prayers: Joseph, Oswin, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Bea, Kelly, Anne, Rhonda, John, Jean, Deborah, Chris, Michelle, Sue, Jan, James, and Sylvester, Chris, Monica, Ian, Virginia, Diane, May, Michael, John, Jim, John, and Peggy. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.  We pray for Sister Suzanne Elizabeth on the 50th Anniversary of her profession to religious life.

We pray for those who have died, especially Bo Father, Elaine, Berdie, Agnes, and Steve.
Praying for our link parish of St. Stephen with St. John, in the Diocese of London, we especially pray for the Vicar, the Rev. Graham Buckle, as he begins a three-month sabbatical, and for their Curate, The Rev. Catherine Duce, who is leading the parish. We also pray for for the spiritual growth of the congregation, the many outreach programs, and for all those affected by the social and economic implications of the ongoing Brexit process. 

The Prayer List
Please note: We keep names on our prayer list for one month, but begin fresh on the first Sunday of each month. If you wish to be included or have someone included, you will need to alert the parish office by Thursday before the first Sunday of the month or add your prayers to the board in the back of the church that Sunday.
The Week of May 26, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter
The flowers on the stone altar are given to the glory of God, in memory of Mark Gardner Tompkins.
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Adult Christian Education: The Book of Revelation
11:00 AM Sunday School for Children
11:00 AM  Choral Eucharist
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
There will be no Community Eucharist today.

Monday,  May 27, 2019
The Parish Office will be closed for Memorial Day.

Monday - Thursday, May 27 - May 30, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer

Tuesday,  May 28, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, June 1, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Adult Christian Education: The Book of Revelation

Using Conversations with Scripture: Revelation by Frederick W. Schmidt as a guide, we will spend Sunday mornings May 12 through June 16 (Trinity Sunday) studying the difficult-but-beautiful, often-misquoted, rarely studied book in the Bible called “The Revelation.” Feel free to attend when you can (there will be a brief summary of what we’ve covered so far at the beginning of each session). Led by the rector in Draesel Hall.
Children's Sunday School Is In Session!
Meeting Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM in the round Cloister Chapel. 

All children are invited to join us at the Cloister Chapel from 11:00 AM. (We request that children under the age of 2 years and those not yet potty-trained be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.) Children will be brought back to the service for the Peace Greeting and blessing at Communion. 

Yoga on Wednesday Nights
In the main church following Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist
Come join us for yoga in the main worship space of our church from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesdays. Learn the basics or enhance your current practice.  All levels welcome!  You’ll leave feeling more comfortable in your body and calmer in your mind. Bring your mat or borrow one of ours.  No charge, free-will offering only.  Proceeds will be donated to the Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center.  

Questions? Contact Registered Yoga Teacher and parishioner Liz Poole at
Get Your (Very Fresh) Veggies Here!
Holy Trinity is a distribution site for Stoneledge Farm  88th Street CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Beginning Monday, June 3, through mid November, you can pick up fresh, organic vegetables if you buy a share.

Interested? Here are the details: There are still shares available for the upcoming season, which runs every Monday from June 3 - November 14.  You pick up your CSA delivery from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at The Church of the Holy Trinity on East 88th St. between First and Second Avenues.  

To place your 2019 CSA order, please go to the farm website home page.  You will also find detailed information regarding how our CSA works.  To place your order, click on Member Login or New Member Registration
If you have any questions or need help with the website, please email the farm.

(Please note that CHT is a distribution site. We do not handle the ordering or membership.) 
Holy Trinity Young Adults
A monthly gathering for people in their 20s and 30s
Holy Trinity Young Adults is a new, monthly gathering of people in our their twenties and thirties to connect, break bread and explore how faith moves us in our everyday lives. 
For further information, please contact Eunice and Sarah at
Holy Trinity Environmental Ministry
The Environmental Ministry committee is putting faith into practice as stewards of our environment.
Please join our effort, and the members of our environmentally mindful congregation who are ready, willing, and able to put their belief into action that includes recognizing as Christians that we have a unique, integral, and spiritual relationship with our environment.  
We invite you to tell us about your ideas to help Holy Trinity to protect natural resources, reduce energy use, and costs, and to engage our community, and youth in these efforts.  Here are a few recommended links to explore: 

Earth Day
Grow NYC (the sustainability resource for New Yorkers)
Project Farmhouse (a state-of-the-art sustainability center and event space)
DSNY Zero Waste Program (committing to sending zero waste to landfills by 2030)
The Episcopal Church's Care of Creation Ministry
The Anglican Communion Environment Network (in over 165 countries)
The Season of Creation (Christians of all traditions on six continents) 
Green Faith, Interfaith Partners In Action for the Earth (an interfaith coalition for the environment)
Tour Holy Trinity
Join Us for a 15 Minute Guided Tour
Sunday,  following the 11:00 AM service
Meet the tour guide and greeters in the Narthex (entrance.)
Tours are free!
For further information, please visit our website:
Copies of “A Short History of Holy Trinity” and “The Windows of Holy Trinity”
are available on the information tables
HTNC Neighborhood Supper Volunteers
Please consider donating your time and talent on a Saturday or two, between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to help with our Neighborhood Supper. Every Saturday, we welcome 80-125 adults, seniors, and children to a freshly prepared, restaurant-style meal. 

The Neighborhood Supper is completely voluntary, and that's where YOU come in: We need people to set up the room, prepare and serve the meal, and then clean up. The work is easy, and fun because volunteers work together as a team! Many hands make light work, and we would love to have your hands on board. We need help every Saturday, particularly the second Saturday of the month. 
For further information, or to say, "Yes!" please call the parish office at 212.289.4100, ext. 201.
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