News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
May 19, 2019 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter                                                                                                        Volume 4, Number 25
Scriptures for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 11:1-18Psalm 148Revelation 21:1-6, and John 13:31-35
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes "Ye choirs of Jerusalem" by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924). 
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes the Taize chant, "Bless the Lord, my Soul."
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Remembering Frances Perkins
Some years ago, when I lived in Washington, D.C., I was asked to preach and celebrate at the Church of St. Monica and St. James on Capital Hill. The church was in an in-between state after the appointed interim priest had finished his contract and before the new rector had arrived.  After I agreed to celebrate the evening service, the warden of the church added, “Oh, by the way, it’s Frances Perkins’ Day, a big celebration in our parish.”  I told the warden I would see him in a few weeks, and I immediately looked up Frances Perkins.  I remembered her as having something to do with the Roosevelt years, but did not know why the little church in Washington would be commemorating her.

You may know that Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve a President of the United States as a member of the cabinet. Born in Boston in 1880 and educated at Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, Perkins was passionate about the social problems occasioned by the continuing effects of industrialization and urbanization.

As a young adult she discovered the Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois, on June 11, 1905, and was a faithful and active Episcopalian for the remainder of her life.

After moving to New York, she became an advocate for industrial safety and persistent voice for the reform of what she believed were unjust labor laws. This work got the attention of two of New York’s governor’s, Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in whose state administrations she took part. President Roosevelt appointed her to a cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, a position she would hold for twelve years. As Secretary of Labor, Perkins would have a major role in shaping the “New Deal” legislation signed into law by President Roosevelt and which had great impact upon the nation as it emerged from the Great Depression of the early 1930’s.

During her years of public service, Frances Perkins depended upon her faith, her life of prayer, and the guidance of her church for the support she needed to assist the United States and its leadership to face the enormous problems of the time. During her time as Secretary of Labor, she would take time away from her duties on a monthly basis and make a retreat with the All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, Maryland.  She began most days of the week with Morning Prayer at St. James’ Church, followed by coffee with the rector, with whom she would discuss ideas, hopes, and plans.  

In the Episcopal Church calendar, Frances Perkins is remembered on May 13.  Though she died in 1965, we can give thanks for her life of faith and service and pray that God would raise up new and faithful leaders for our country and the world. 
 John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)

Special thanks to those who are volunteering this weekend to give tours of the church during our open house for Sacred Sites Weekend with the NY Landmark Conservancy . . . First quarter contribution statements were mailed in April. . .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, 12 May: 8:00 AM: 11; 11:00 AM: 110; 6:00 PM: 14.
In our prayers: Oswin, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Bea, Kelly, Anne, Rhonda, John, Jean, Deborah, Chris, Michelle, Sue, Jan, James, and Sylvester. 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 those who have died, especially Kenneth Joseph
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 19, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Adult Christian Education: From Resurrection to Revelation
11:00 AM Sunday School for Children
11:00 AM  Choral Eucharist
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
3:00 PM New Amsterdam Singers present "Tango Mass"
6:00 PM Community Eucharist
8:00 PM 13tet: A Jazz Concert Fundraiser for Holy Trinity

Monday - Thursday, May 20 - May 25, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer

Tuesday,  May 21, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, May 25, 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!
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. 

The next Young Adult session will be TONIGHT,  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 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

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
This 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:

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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