News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
June 2, 2019 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter                                                                                                        Volume 4, Number 27
Scriptures for the Seventh Sunday of Easter:  Acts 16:16-34Psalm 97Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21, and John 17:20-26
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes "Lift up your heads, O ye gates" (based on Psalm 24) by George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759).
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "God the Maker," by Porter's Gate. 
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
The Ascension
Owning a car in New York City might possibly bring a person to faith.  Not only might praying for parking spaces increase one’s prayer life, but also, if one noticed the calendar of days for which alternate side of the street parking is cancelled, one might then be led to wonder why and look for an answer to the question.

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, alternate side parking rules are suspended for the “Solemnity of the Ascension.”  Following the accounts given in in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51 and Acts 1:2, forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus “ascended” to God the Father.  Some scriptures picture this in graphic terms, following the Hebrew Scripture model of the ascension, of suddenly being taken from earth and moved into a holy realm. But “ascension” is not a concept that is meant to describe a geographic direction, as though Jesus was launched into heaven like a holy rocket of some sort.  Rather, Jesus ascends into the love of God, into the fullness of God, into the ongoing life of the Holy Trinity.

Austin Farrer, an English theologian who died in the 1960’s, writes of the ascension of Jesus by first reminding us of the ascension of Elijah the prophet. It was Elijah who was thought to have ascended into heaven on the crests of flaming horses, horses on fire. But with Jesus, the flame that carried him into heaven is what Farrer calls the “flame of Christ’s own sacrifice.” Look at the flame of a candle, he says, the flame always is drawn upward.

All his life long Christ’s love burnt towards the heart of heaven in a bright fire, until he was wholly consumed in it, and went up in that fire to God. The fire is kindled on our altars, here Christ ascends in fire; the fire is kindled in the Christian heart, and we ascend. He says to us, Lift up your hearts; and we reply, We lift them up unto the Lord. [The Crown of the Year, p. 34.]

One way the church observes Ascension Day is quiet, but symbolic.  On the Eve of the Ascension, after we read the Gospel, we extinguished the Paschal Candle, that great Light of Christ that we first burned at the Easter Vigil, and we moved the candle from the chancel to the columbarium, where it remains unless there is a baptism.  The symbol doesn’t mean that the Light of Christ is any less important, but instead, that the Light of Christ—with the Ascension—has come among us in a new way for us to bear in the world.

As we lift our hearts to God, it is especially appropriate that we claim for ourselves the full power of the Ascension.   And we can ask God to lift us up higher, to give us a new perspective on one another, to see ourselves more like God sees us, and finally, to be lifted into the very presence of God.   John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
Thanks to Chris Gulhaugen at 13tet for the Jazz Fundraiser here Sunday, May 19. . .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 . . .Parishioners and visitors will notice new 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 . . . Our attendance on Sunday, 26 May: 8:00 AM: 11; 11:00 AM: 83. 
In our prayers:
We pray for Joseph, Oswin, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Bea, Kelly, Anne, Rhonda, John, Jean, Deborah, Chris, Michelle, Sue, Jan, James, and Sylvester, Monica, Ian, Virginia, Diane, May, Michael, John, Jim, John, Peggy, Jackie, Harrel Family, Jack, Maddie, Debbie, Kirk, Lucy, David, Adele, Larry, Shaun, Tulor, Alan, and Margarita.  We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.   We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died, especially Arthur Whitman, and Rena Kleiman.

The parish rejoices with Jenny and Aris Diaz as we celebrate the Holy Baptism of their daughter, Marion Rose Diaz at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist.

The parish also rejoices with Scott Alexander Hess and Marcos Antonio Rodriguez upon the celebration of their marriage at Holy Trinity on June 1, 2019. 

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 June 2, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter
The altar flowers are given to the glory of God, in thanksgiving for the marriage of Marcos Rodriguez and  Scott Hess.
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, and Holy Baptism of Marion Diaz
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist, followed by First Sunday Potluck

Monday - Thursday, June 3 - 6, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer

Tuesday,  June 4, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, June 8, 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! These are the last days to sign up!
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
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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