News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
August 25, 2019: The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost                                                                         Volume 4, Number 39
Scriptures for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 58:9b-14Psalm 103:1-8Hebrews 12:18-29, and Luke 13:10-17
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
Reflections on the Diocese of New York Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
by Miss Tiwani Ariyibi
For 9 days, 32 other teens and I traveled to Puerto Rico for a mission trip. After Hurricane María, the island was completely destroyed. There were power outages everywhere, and clean water was not accessible to everybody. For the first five days of our trip, we stayed at Quinta Tranquila, a retreat center in the mountains of P.R, about three hours away from San Juan,  the capital. We had to drink bottled water, due to the lack of purification.

The first thing we did when we were in the mountains, was to go to a nearby church and start setting up the wiring system for the solar panels we would be installing in the upcoming days. The work was difficult, but the teamwork between the staff and the teens made it much easier. While at the church, we were hosted by Father Carlos who fed us, and made us feel welcome. In addition to installing solar panels, we repainted the retreat center at which we were staying, and set up a water purification system that will work for a year, so that the people who live there will have clean water to drink. Making this water purification system was difficult, but Michael Pollack, one of the chaperones, helped us build it effectively.

The next day, we went back to Father Carlos’ church to finish the wiring system. After we finished, a woman named Iris took us to a river where she and her family used to swim before Hurricane María. She explained that the hurricane destroyed everything, including the church. Walking through Yauco, there were chickens, wild horses, and stray dogs running around. The houses were painted in beautiful bright colors, and the people were more than welcoming. We spent time with some of the kids who lived nearby, and had bible studies with them. 

After setting up the wiring system in Father Carlos’ church, we went to another church, about 10 minutes away, to set up the wiring system there as well. On Wednesday and Thursday, we installed the actual solar panels on the roofs of the churches. We climbed on the roofs, while other people would pass them on top. There were 6 solar panels in total, three on each side of the roof, and everyone took turns to fix the screws so that they would be placed properly.
On Friday, after completing the work, we had church. Father Carlos gave a sermon about the importance of preserving God’s creation: the earth. He thanked us for our work on the nearby churches and told us about the amazing impact we had on him and the locals. He told us to always do everything to protect the earth and to never destroy what God has given to us.

After the sermon, the Young and Arts kids gave a performance. They performed numerous songs such as: Killing Me Softly by Lauryn Hill; Love’s In Need of Love Today, by Stevie Wonder; Carnaval del Barrío by Lin-Manuel Miranda; and Oyé Como vá, by Tito Puente.
On Saturday, we took a bus to San Juan and stayed for two days. We explored San Juan, and the Young and Arts kids practiced for their large concert on Sunday with ex-baseball player Bernie Williams, who is now a musician. We walked through the streets of San Juan and saw the beautiful artwork that covered the walls, and the brightly  colored homes.  That night after dinner, we went out, found live music, and danced in the street with the locals for about an hour. We took a ferry to the island of Vieques the next morning. Vieques is a very small island, about the size of Manhattan. We were introduced to the history of Vieques, and learned that it was first occupied by the indigenous people in the 15th century. We also learned that P.R is the oldest colony in the world to date. There were always horses running up and down the roads and the beach. After our tour of Vieques, we then went to the Playa Carácas where we spent the rest of our day.
After our day at the beach, we then went to the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques in which we kayaked. At night the bioluminescent bay glows when you put your hands through it, because of the living organisms that are activated. Our tour guide explained to us that after Hurricane María, the bioluminescence left for about seven months because all of the water was wiped out. Later, we returned to the hostel and spent an amazing last night in Vieques with singing and dancing! 

The next morning, we went to Old San Juan where we spent the day exploring and taking pictures. We bought jewelry and souvenirs, and saw the artwork on the walls. We then went to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a historical landmark  which is a 16th century citadel. After our day in San Juan, we returned to the hotel to pack, and spent time one last time together and played music.

In conclusion, this was one of the most enriching trips of my life. It was nice to be with other kids who are also in the church. I made friends from all over New York, and I know I can always go up return to visit. Staying in the mountains was an eye-opening experience, and made me realize how many things I take for granted, like drinking water. The Puerto Ricans were some of the nicest and welcoming people I have ever met, and I hope to go back sometime.         Tiwani Ariyibi
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
The Rector is on vacation through August 24 . . . 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, 18 August 2019: 8:00 AM: 12, 11:00 AM: 82, 6:00 PM 22..
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, Vanessa, Christopher, Mercedes, Patricia, Anabella, Yvonne, Ken, Ashley, Sunny, Cecile, David, Parker, Adele, Margarita, Eileen, Ralph, Chris, Rosario, Evelyn, and Pat.  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died, especially Max Murra, Pat Speed,Simpson, and Brenda Hill.

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 continues 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.
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. 
The Week of August 25, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Midsummer Meditation
11:00 AM  Sung Eucharist
followed by Coffee Hour
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist 

Monday - Thursday, August 26-29, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
7:00 PM Yoga
7:00 PM Prayer & Pie: Teresa of Avila

Saturday, August 31, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Teresa of Avila: Wednesday, August 28, 7 PM

Teresa of Avila wrote about the Lord’s Prayer “We ought to give great praise to the Lord for the sublime perfection of this evangelical prayer…I marvel to see that in so few words everything about contemplation and perfection is included; it seems we need to study no other book than this one.”  On August 28 we will explore Teresa’s understanding of the Lord’s Prayer as the foundation of our prayer life. Our discussion will be led by Simone Crockett.

Join us if you're interested in the topic, want to learn and talk about something spiritual in the midst of summer, or simply want to come for the pie.

Prayer & Pie follows the regular Wednesday schedule of 6 PM Evening Prayer & 6:15 PM Holy Eucharist.
Midsummer Meditation
Sundays in July and August, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Cloister Chapel
After a 5-minute introduction, we meditate or pray in silence for 25 minutes, concluding with the St. Francis Prayer. All are welcome.

Whether one practices "Centering Prayer," repeats a favorite prayer, or uses a mantra or sacred phrase, the goal in our prayer is to rest deeply in God in silence and to let go of the thoughts, emotions, memories, images or sensations that will inevitably come into awareness during prayer. We don't try to stop thinking or combat thoughts when they arise, but rather, try to let them go gently so they can pass through one’s awareness. Thus the believer can return with his or her whole being to an awareness of God.

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
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.
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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