News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
September 8, 2019: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                         Volume 4, Number 41
Scriptures for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Deuteronomy 30:15-20Psalm 1Philemon 1-21, and Luke 14:25-33.
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes new arrangements of old hymns, and indie-folk-Gospel music.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Hurricane Victims
Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm slowly moves north along the eastern coast of the United States. Program staff remain in daily contact with impacted dioceses as they prepare for and wait out the storm. Working through the Anglican Alliance, Episcopal Relief & Development will be supporting a response in the Bahamas as the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos begins to evaluate and assess the needs of local communities in the diocese.Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development’s Church partners respond to the storm. Please continue to pray for the individuals and families affected as well as the first-responders providing emergency assistance.  
Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development Hurricane Relief HERE
Taking up Our Cross
Holy Cross Day is September 14

The story goes that Helena, the mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the early 4th century.  She asked the locals where certain events in the life of Christ had taken place and wherever they pointed, she commissioned a church to be built.  It was also during this pilgrimage, on September 14, 320, that she discovered what she believed was a relic of the True Cross of Christ. The next day, the cross was displayed for veneration and prayer, and from that day onward, September 14 has been observed as Holy Cross Day.  

The Romans used the cross as a means of torture and subjugation.  It was meant to keep people in their place. From the very beginning, the cross was used a symbol of strength to keep weak people in their place. 

One of the most famous crosses is the one that appeared in the sky for Constantine, just before the Battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312. The symbol of the Chi-Rho, forming a cross and representing the first two initials of Christ appeared in a vision. The vision assured Constantine that he would have victory over his opponents. Because of this, Constantine instructed his soldiers to put the symbol of the cross on their battle standards, and they marched forward. It was victory, and Christianity was soon legalized.

There are many places in the history of our faith where the cross has been used as a symbol of victory over other people, over people we disagree with, people we dislike, or people we believe to be our enemies. But to use the cross in such a way, to imagine the cross as a weapon over other people is to misunderstand completely the language of Holy Scripture, the teachings of Jesus and the very power of the cross.

Philippians 2:5-11 proclaims that God has exalted Christ with the cross. Christ is raised up, but he is elevated by making himself the servant of others. Christ's exaltation is won through obedience, humility, service, hardship, sacrifice, and love. Jesus, “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.” He is exalted when he heals a blind person. Jesus is exalted when offers food to a hungry person. He is exalted when he kneels to wash the feet of his friends.

As we take up our cross, may we know the exaltation of those who offer themselves in the service of others. May we use the cross, and be used by the cross, to draw others to Christ, to his love and to his life everlasting.  John Beddingfield

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
 -- Book of Common Prayer Collect for Holy Cross Day
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
 For children (and for adults who enjoy the simplicity of the message or the cartoon!), copies of The Sunday Paper, and The Sunday Paper Junior and crayons 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 last Sunday, 1 September 2019: 8:00 AM: 22, 11:00 AM: 69, 6:00 PM 18.
In our prayers:
We pray for Fabio Sr., Elaine, Kit, Richard, Meghan, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Virginia, Judith Gwyn Brown, Betsy Forster, , Evely, Elaine, Pat C., Mary, Shaun, Javan, Lateet, Alan, Cecile, Parker, David, Adele  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died, especially Elaine, Oswin, and Charles Boit.

The sympathy and love of the parish are extended to Karen and Jean-Louis Dumonet on the death of Karen's father, William Matheson, who died last week.

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 has returned from sabbatical and into the full round of parish life again.  We pray for the former curate, The Rev. Catherine Duce, who will begin serving as Assistant Vicar for Partnership Development at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 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 September 8, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Midsummer Meditation (continuing through September 22)
11:00 AM  Sung Eucharist, followed by Coffee Hour
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist, followed by Potluck supper

Monday, September 9, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Finance & Budget meeting

Monday - Thursday, September 9 - 12, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon
6:00 PM Vestry

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, September 14, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Coming this Fall: Better & Stronger Connections
Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping system called "Realm." (The name, "Realm" helps us remember that as followers of Jesus Christ in this place, we're called to participate in the beginning of God's Holy Realm, or God's Kingdom, right here on earth.)  More than simply serving the administrative and online giving needs of the church, Realm encourages better connection, communication, and participation in the life of our parish.  Stay tuned for upcoming information. 
Children's Sunday School Begins September 29
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.
Adult Christian Education resumes September 29
Faith and the Environment 
For five Sundays this fall, we’ll look at the Episcopal Church House of Bishops' Pastoral Teaching on the Environment (2011). Though the bishops’ statement is several years old, global changes have only become more apparent.  The statement invites the whole church to reflect on our place in the world, using prayer, conversation, scripture and the Book of Common Prayer.  Our discussions will be based on a study guide available for purchase online or in the back of the church. 

Morning Prayer
Monday through Thursday at 8:30 AM

Most days of the week, a few of us gather in the Memorial Chapel (within the main church worship space) and share in Morning Prayer. Every once in a while there is only the rector or a lay leader, but often, there are 3 to 7 people. The service lasts about twenty minutes and includes readings from scripture, psalms, and prayers for ourselves and others. On Fridays and weekends, some of us read Morning Prayer, the Noonday Office, or Evening Prayer on our own, either using the Book of Common Prayer or an online resource such as Mission of St. Clare or Electronic Common Prayer. Some people come several days a week and others join us every few months.  Please feel free to drop in and see how we pray. 

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 in the Church. 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
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. 
We normally meet at the Rectory (at 332 E. 88th, under the scaffolding) 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
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.
Senior Luncheon Returns Tuesday, September 10.

Senior Luncheon resumes this Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 PM. Please join us for a scrumptious meal prepared by our Chef Emma Sebbane. Seniors are invited to enjoy delicious food, and wonderful fellowship! The cost of the lunch is $2.50. There is a place at the table just waiting for you!
Triangle Theatre Acting Class will begin September 21 Emoji

                                                                                 REGISTER NOW!
Triangle Theatre at The Church of the Holy Trinity (316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128) is now inviting actors of all levels of experience to join the Fall 2019 Acting Class. The class will be taught by director/actor/playwright, Constance George, who has taught the class many times since 2007.  
The fee for the class is $125 and must be paid in advance. Please register with Erlinda Brent at at least a week before the class starts and send the payment to her attention at the church (address above).  Please make checks out to Triangle Theatre.  It's important to register ahead of time so we know how many people will be in the class.

Classes will meet on eight Saturdays from September 21st through November 9th from 1:30PM – 4:30PM at the Church. The class will work on monologues and scenes.  As in the past, classical and contemporary material will be presented.

The class will present a performance on Friday, November 15th at 7PM, in Draesel Hall, followed by a reception. Actors can either perform two monologues or perform one monologue and be in a scene. Please note that the class is limited to twelve people.

So, if you've always wanted to try your hand at acting, sign up!  If you want to get back into acting, sign up!  In this class, you will learn new skills by working on material you enjoy and find challenging.  Being among your fellow thespians, you'll find it a creative and inspiring process.  
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:
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