News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
May 12, 2019 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter                                                                                                        Volume 4, Number 24
Scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 9:36-43Psalm 23Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes "The Lamb" by John Tavener (1944-2013).
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "Savior like a shepherd lead us" arr. by Leigh Nash.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Monica: The Matron Saint of Mothers?
Though May 4 is not usually celebrated as Mother’s Day, the feast on the church calendar for the 4th would be a good day to give thanks for mothers and to recall their influence and power in our lives—especially those mothers, grandmothers, and those who have been “spiritual mothers” in our lives, moving us somehow closer to God. May 4 commemorates St. Monica (sometimes spelled “Monnica”), who was a fourth century holy woman, remembered for the persistence of her prayers, especially for her son, Augustine of Hippo.

Long before Augustine wrote The City of God or his Confessions, long before he became Bishop of Hippo, or was regarded as one of the wisest and most thoughtful theologians of the Church, Augustine was Monica’s boy.  And he was a mess.  He ran with the wrong crowd, he got married to a wealthy older woman to increase his social standing, he kept a mistress on the side and ignored her when she became pregnant, and on, and on, and on.  All the while, his mother Monica prayed for him.  She cried for him.  She even went to see the local bishop about her problem son, who seemed doomed. And most important, Monica prayed.   Augustine described his eventual conversion to Christianity (like the conversion of his father) as being largely due to the witness of Monica.  He wrote, “She never let me out of her prayers …”

Prayer has that kind of power.  It has power for the one who is doing the praying and it has power for the one included in prayers—sometimes independent of whether the “prayed for” even knows of the other’s prayers. 

When I pray for someone, something happens.  Through prayer, I enter a new place, a spiritual place, and I take the person I’m praying for with me to that place.  We are there, in some way, in the presence of God and I believe that the effects of that presence linger into our lives. 

Whether you were spiritually influenced by a mothering figure or whether you may be called to serve as a spiritual mother for another, let us give thanks for the faith of St. Monica and all those who have prayed for us and led us into God’s love.  
 John Beddingfield
Happy Birthday, Holy Trinity!
Our current location is 120 years old!
From our archives:

"On November 1, the cornerstone for the church was laid. Construction proceeded rapidly, and the church was consecrated on May 6, 1899. It was an imposing ceremony, the third in as many years, as neighbors witnessed first the dedication of St. Christopher's House, then the laying of the cornerstone of the church, and now the consecration of the completed complex. . . Many thousands of persons evinced deep interest in the ceremonies attending the consecration of the new Church of the Holy Trinity."   
Happy Birthday to us!

Mark your calendars for May 5, 2024, when we celebrate our Quasquicentennial!  (Or, we can just say, "Our 125th!")
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)

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, 5 May: 8:00 AM: 11; 11:00 AM: 83; 6:00 PM: 21.
In our prayers: Oswin, Ashley, Pearl, Jeff, Vienna, Felix, Bea, Kelly, Anne, Rhonda, John, Jean, Chris, Monica, Diane, Michael, May, Pat, Ms. Virginia, Chanae, Ian, Aashim, Barbara, Jane, Lily, Lilac, Shawn, Alan, Tulor, Jack, Maddie, Nancy, Caryl, Mercedes, Kathy, . We pray for Judith Gwyn Brown, currently at Upper East Side Nursing Home, and Betsy Forster who is gravely ill and resting at home.

We pray for victims of violence everywhere, especially the students and others in Colorado.

We pray for those who have died.
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 12, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Adult Christian Education
11:00 AM Sunday School for Children
11:00 AM  Choral Eucharist
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist

Monday - Thursday, May 13 - May 16, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer

Monday,  May 13, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Triangle Rehearsal
6:00 PM Finance & Budget meeting

Tuesday,  May 14, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon
6:00 PM The Vestry meets

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
(No Yoga this week. Yoga resumes on May 22.)

Thursday,  May 16, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Triangle Rehearsal
7:30 PM Young Adult gathering

Friday,  May 17, 2019
7:00 PM Triangle Theatre presents a Monologue and Scene Evening

Saturday, May 18, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Adult Christian Education: From Resurrection to Revelation
Enormous thanks goes to parishioner Simone Crockett, who lead our Easter exploration of the trial of Jesus and the Resurrection appearances.  

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 (Except for May 15)
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.  
Classes resume May 22, 2019.

Questions? Contact Registered Yoga Teacher and parishioner Liz Poole at
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.  
The next Young Adult session will be on Thursday, May 16 at the Rectory. Shamika Goddard, a tech chaplain, will be speaking about her work on technology, faith and social justice.  The session starts at 7:30 for dinner, followed by our discussion. 

For any questions and RSVPs, 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
More about the Episcopal Church's Care of Creation Ministry can be found HERE.
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

Sacred Sites Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19

The Church of the Holy Trinity will once again participate in New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, May 18-19, 2019. Since 2011 congregations throughout the State have been invited to open their doors for Sacred Sites Open House so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of New York’s religious sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities. Here is what Holy Trinity is offering:
Saturday, May 18: Tours of the Church at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
The Church will be open for self-guided tours and visiting from 8:30 AM until Noon.
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Sunday, May 19: Tour of the Church at 12:30 PM
The Church will be open for self-guided tours, and regular worship services: 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM

At 3:00 PM (Sunday), The New Amsterdam Singers present Martin Palmeri’s Missa a Buenos Aires, sometimes known as the “Tango Mass.” This splendid work, with strings and bandoneon, premiered in 1996 and has been performed frequently since then. Tickets, starting at $25, may be purchased by visiting: 

At 8:00 PM (Sunday) 13Tet brings Jazz to Holy Trinity!
A hard driving swing band in the Great Jazz Tradition, brought into the twenty-first century! Veterans of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Lady Gaga, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, as well as Broadway Shows, and their own small groups. Tickets are $25 in advance, and may be purchased by credit card by visiting: Here 
Tickets at the door: $30 (cash or check)
Jazz Comes to Holy Trinity
Sunday, May 19, 8:00 PM (A Fundraiser for Holy Trinity!)
13tet: It's All About the [13] Players!

13tet is a group of seasoned New York jazz players, playing charts that let them blow!

Smaller and leaner than the usual big band, 13tet emphasizes the players as soloists and personalities, with arrangements rooted in the big band tradition, but brought into the 21st Century. It's hard-driving jazz that explores interesting textures and meters - as long as it swings!

The current lineup are veterans of the bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Christian McBride, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and others, as well as Broadway orchestras and their own groups!

Dave Glasser, (alto sax); Ralph Lalama, (tenor sax); Ryan Anselmi (tenor sax); Andrew Hadro (baritone sax); Sam Hoyt, Dave Smith, Scott Engelbright (trumpets); Ed Neumeister, Matt McDonald, Dale Turk (trombones); Todd Coolman (bass); Alan Simon (piano); Peter Manheim (drums)

Charts are by Chris Gulhaugen, an arranger with a varied history in the business: composer, player, copyist, contractor, roadie, and conservatory administrator.

Tickets are $25 in advance:
$30  at the door (cash or check).

For further details, please visit: http://

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.
Get Involved!
Would you like to be more a part of something? We'd love to have you!
Acolytes (volunteer in worship and help everything go smoothly): Susan Valdes-Dapena;
Altar Guild (help with linens, vessels, and set up for worship): Alden Prouty;
Choir & Music: Cleveland Kersh directs the 11:00 AM choir: Calvyn du Toit leads the 6:00 PM band and can be reached at
Communications (Digital and print communications such as weekly newsletter, social media, and outreach to greater community): Alexandra Harrington;
Environmental Ministry (help to plan & organize Stewardship of Creation initiatives): 
Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center (lunch, dinner, shelter or other programs):
Hospitality (help to plan and organize parish social events): Inez Lambert;
Lay Readers (serve as readers in worship services): Yvonne O’Neal;
Newcomers (plan events and help the church be more welcoming): Jim Synk;
Sunday School:    Oluyemisi Ariyibi;
Tours (serve as guides Sundays & Sacred Sites Weekend): Committee Chair; 
Trinity Cares (assists with such tasks as grocery shopping, dog walking, or escort to a doctor, or to church): Patsy Weille;
Ushers (volunteer to greet people at worship services and offer hospitality): Liz Poole;
Yoga at Holy Trinity (offered in the church on Wednesday nights at 7 PM) Liz Poole:
Youth Group  Susan Valdes-Dapena;
Young Adults at Holy Trinity (a community of people in their 20s and 30s): Eunice Ng and Sarah Montgomery:
Did you miss last week's sermon?  You can read it here, or listen to it here
Do you have something you would like to include in an upcoming newsletter? Email your announcement to by Wednesday at noon. 
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