News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
June 16, 2019 - TRINITY Sunday                                                                                                                 Volume 4, Number 29
Scriptures for Trinity Sunday: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31Romans 5:1-5, and John 16:12-15.
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes organ music, hymns, and anthems by the choir.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes acoustic songs, simple chant, and new interpretations of familiar hymns.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
The idea of Trinity Sunday might seem a little daunting if one imagines that on this Sunday we are going to try to sort out the mystery of the  Holy Trinity (the idea that God is three, but one; Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  While we will hope to learn something more about why and how God comes to us in different manifestations/persons/ways/modes, the primary tone of Trinity Sunday is one of thanksgiving.  Coming as it does in mid-June, Trinity Sunday also works for our parish as a kind of liturgical exclamation point, making the end of of a season and a break for summer months.  We give thanks for God's presence among us, but we also give thanks for the Holy Trinity Choir (which will sing its last official service of the year this Sunday), our new Sunday school program for children (which will take a break until September), and our Sunday 10 AM Adult Christian Formation classes, (which will  also resume in September.)

Cleveland Kersh, our director of music, has again shown amazing leadership and planning with our mixed choir of volunteers and professional singers.  Cleve balances the limited resources of the music budget, the busy schedules of volunteers, the demanding careers of musicians, the liturgical seasons, the rhythms of other parish programs, and the expectations of a clergy colleague--- all while taking in stride wildly fluctuating temperatures in the church and occasional plaster falling into the organ pipes!  Thanks to all who have sung with the choir this year and enormous thanks to Cleve. 

Supporters and friends of our music program will notice that this year, we have not talked about an Eastertide Friends of Music fundraising campaign nor offered a celebration for donors around Pentecost.  For a variety of reasons, we have decided to postpone our fundraising until late summer/early fall, and being the season with a celebrate Choral Evensong on September 29, 2019, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. 

We owe Yemisi Ariyibi and her team of teaching volunteers enormous thanks for organizing and staffing a Sunday morning program for children that has been creative, inviting, and fun. The teachers this year have included Oluyemisi Ariyibi, with help from Tiwani Ariyibi, Wendy Wright, Jenny and Aris Diaz, Gus Christensen, Lydia Colon, Diana Conley, Bethany Hatheway, Suzanne Julig, and Carolyn Reus. Though we only have a handful of children and families all have very busy and demanding schedules, our teachers' dedication has made it possible for regular-attending children and for one-time-visitors to join the Sunday school. We look forward to an exciting fall!

Finally, we also take a break from Sunday morning 10 AM Adult Christian Education after Trinity Sunday. (In July and August, we will again offer  25-minute Centering Prayer or Meditation in the Cloister Chapel for those who wish to enjoy the quiet in company.) It is remarkable to me that on the first Sunday of June, we had fourteen people who came to the 10 AM Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. 

This year, especially on Trinity Sunday, we can give thanks that God is growing the Church of the Holy Trinity.  We are growing slowly, but growing surely and faithfully.  We face continual setbacks whenever a beloved, older parishioner dies, or when a young person or family moves away, but we continue to trust in the Holy Spirit's movement among us.  Let's enjoy the change in pace for the summer months, but then bring renewed energy, commitment, and faith when we resume programs in the fall.  John Beddingfield
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 . . . This Sunday, we say goodbye and Godspeed to Alex Latendresse and Becky Rosen, who will be moving to the Portland area of Maine. Last summer, the Rev. Richard Smith officiated at their wedding in Maine. Though we will miss them, we know they are moving closer to family and other opportunities for Becky's art and Alex's law practice. We will miss them, but send them forth with all the blessings and love of Holy Trinity. . . Parishioners and visitors will notice fire blankets positioned in four places in the church, in the sacristy, and in the church kitchens.  "Fire blankets" are what they sound like-- a low-tech way of smothering a fire. Studies have shown that some people are more likely to use a blanket to put out a small fire than to try to use a fire extinguisher. In addition to providing another way for fire prevention, the bright red package also helps to remind us all to be careful around candles and fire and always to be watchful. We hope that all our fire blankets will remain cozy in their pouches-- but we have them, should we need them . . .Cards with information on activities for Pride Week here at Holy Trinity are available on the information tables in the church, and in St. Christopher’s House. Please take them and share with your friends and family. . .Copies of State Senator Liz Kreuger’s Community Bulletin are available on the information table in the church. Please take one. . .Copies of Health Advocates for Older People’s June Newsletter are also available on the information table in the church. Please take one.
Our attendance last Sunday, 9 June 2019: 8:00 AM: 27; 11:00 AM: 95; 6:00 PM: 19. 
In our prayers:
We pray for Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Oswin, Yvonne, John, Jean, Kirk, Javan, Alan, Shawn, Marcia, Mr. Ifield, Mildred, Anine, Stephanie, Leslie, Kathy, and Sunny. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.   We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died.

The sympathy and love of the parish are extended to Jackie Price and her family upon the death of her brother Brian. Pray for the repose of the soul of Brian. Pray for his family, and for all who mourn.

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.
Presiding Bishop’s Pride Month statement honors LGBTQ Episcopalians

June 12, 2019

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry today offered the following statement:  

Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

In my years of ministry, I have personally seen and been blessed by countless LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings. Dear friends, the church has in like manner been blessed by you. Together with many others you are faithful followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his way of love. You have helped the church to be truly catholic, universal, a house of prayer for all people. You have helped the church to truly be a reflection of the beloved community of God. You have helped the church to authentically be a branch of the Jesus movement in our time. 

Your ministries to and with this church are innumerable. I could speak of how you often lead our vestries, and other leadership bodies in the church. I could speak of how many of you organize our liturgies of worship, lift our voices in song, manage church funds, teach and form our children as followers of Jesus, lead congregations, ministries and dioceses. But through it all and above it all, you faithfully follow Jesus and his way of love. And in so doing you help the church, not to build a bigger church for church’s sake, but to build a better world for God’s sake.

During June, Americans and people around the world observe Pride. Today, as we mourn the 49 people who were murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago, I am mindful that Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended. Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.

The Week of June 16, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - Trinity Sunday
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
Coffee Hour follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist

Monday - Thursday, June 17 - 20, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer

Tuesday,  June 18, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Thursday,  June 20, 2019
7:30 PM Young Adults' June Gathering

Saturday, June 22, 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. 

We have 2 sessions left after which Sunday School will close for Summer. This is a good time to prayerfully consider your plans for the fall and next year. We hope to resume after homecoming Sunday in September. Have a good week!

Following is a message from Wendy Wright, one of our Sunday School teachers:

Good morning everyone.
Carolyn, Yemisi and I lead Sunday School. Thanks Carolyn for stepping in for Gus and thanks Yemisi for being there. Three students and two Moms joined us. 

We opened with a Prayer for Pentecost:
Dear God,
May the boldness of your spirit transform us
May the gentleness of your spirit lead us
May the gifts of your spirit be our goal and our strength now and always
May we come to trust the word of God in our heart
To speak it with courage, to follow it faithfully, and to fan it to flame in other.

We read from the Sunday paper. We did some coloring of the poster and we finished making the windsocks.
We also sang our two songs: Yes, Jesus loves me and Feed my Lambs.
We walked behind the cross when the bread, wine and offerings were brought forward waving our windsocks. It was a lot of fun and a great idea. Thank you John.

Thanks everyone.
For Pentecost Sunday, June 9, the children made colorful windsocks to be used as they helped bring in the Bread, Wine, and Gifts at the Offering in the Choral Eucharist.  
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
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with Holy Trinity
This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, which marked a turning point for cultural change in how sexual minorities are regarded, first by the law, and then gradually, throughout our culture. The name refers to the Stonewall Inn, located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.  In 2016, the Stonewall National Monument was named the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning and/or Queer + others) movement.

Though members and friends of Holy Trinity have long participated in the Pride Parade, this year, we are also offering additional events to welcome all in the name of Christ and to help people know that even as some churches and religions continue to oppress sexual minorities, we welcome all in Jesus' name. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7 PM
Keeping Faith in a Changing World

A conversation with the Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and first open lesbian bishop in the Anglican Communion.  Free Admission. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:30 PM
Saint of 9/11: Father Mychal Judge

A film about the gay Franciscan friar and chaplain to the FDNY who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Free Admission.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
11 AM Choral Service

Our Sunday Choral Communion Service will feature musical anthems and compositions by LGBTQ+ composers.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
(Time to be announced.)
Pre-Parade Afternoon Tea
Meet together for an informal bite to eat and drink before joining other Episcopalians in the Pride Parade or simply come to the tea and join us for fellowship before sending us off.  Our 6:00 PM Community Eucharist is cancelled this day to allow as many as wish to join the parade. 
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 their twenties and thirties to connect, break bread and explore how faith moves us in our everyday lives. 
The next Young Adult session will take place on June 20th. In honor of Pride month, we will be reading Psalm 139 through a queer lens. Psalm 139 is one of the most well-known Psalms, but it isn't read often enough in a way that affirms queerness and other marginalized people, so we're aiming to change that.

We will be meeting at the Rectory and start at 7:30 for dinner and discussion. For more information, please email Eunice and Sarah at
Holy Trinity Environmental Ministry
The Environmental Ministry committee and the members of our environmentally mindful congregation recognize that as Christians we have a unique, integral, and spiritual relationship with our environment.  Believing we are stewards of our environment we are putting faith into action.  We are ready, willing, and able to implement the ideas that will help Holy Trinity to protect natural resources, reduce energy use, and costs, and to engage our community, and youth in these efforts.  
We invite you to join us.  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)
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
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:
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. As summer approaches, we really need extra hands and bodies to fill in for volunteers on vacation. 
For further information, or to say, "Yes!" please call the parish office at 212.289.4100, ext. 201.
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