News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
June 9, 2019 - The Day of Pentecost                                                                                                                  Volume 4, Number 28
Scriptures for the Day of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21Romans 8:14-17 Psalm 104:25-35, 37, and John 14:8-17, 25-27
Music at the 11 AM Choral Eucharist includes "If ye love me," by Philip Wilby (b. 1949).
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "The gravity of love" by The Brilliance.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Pentecost: When Everyday is a Birthday
I often hear the Day of Pentecost described as “the birthday of the Church.” Some may have seen or grown up in churches where a giant birthday cake is brought out, everyone sings “Happy Birthday,” and then cake is spread around.  The Day of Pentecost marks the experience of the early disciples 50 days after the Resurrection, when they suddenly perceived the Holy Spirit in the vision of tongues of fire and the experience of suddenly being able to understand one another across culture, language, and difference. (Acts 2:1-21) But I think it’s difficult to point to one event as the “birth of the Church.”  

Our Book of Common Prayer (especially in the Catechism found in the back) reminds us that the Spirit does not simply arrive on the Day of Pentecost.  Rather, the Holy Spirit is first revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures as “the giver of life, the One who spoke through the prophets.” In Wisdom literature, Sophia is the personification of the Spirit, who moves through the cities, calling any who will follow her in the path of God's wisdom. In the New Covenant, “the Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.”  In the section on Baptism, we are reminded that the outward and visible sign of baptism is water, while the inward and spiritual grace is “union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.” 

While the Holy Spirit may sometimes invite gifts that seem miraculous or supernatural, more often than not, the Holy Spirit leads us through the everyday and the mundane.  The Spirit enables us to follow the loving way of Jesus and to be brought (and bring others) into “harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.” 

While the events of the Day of Pentecost added energy and new life to the disciples, faithful people had already chosen to follow Jesus long before what became recognized as “the church” began to take shape.  Every new day of faith is a day with the Spirit, so in a sense, a Christian could eat birthday cake every day of the year, celebrating the new life we have in Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
 John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
Last Thursday, Holy Trinity was used as a location for the filming of a video by the bachata superstar Romeo Santos.  Though Santos grew up in the Bronx, he is widely regarded as helping bring Dominican bachata music more into popular culture . . . 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 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 . . . This Sunday is Pentecost. Feel free to wear something Red, Orange, Yellow, or a combination! . . .Our attendance last Sunday, 2 June 2019: 8:00 AM: 18; 11:00 AM: 104; 6:00 PM: 12. 
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.

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 9, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - The Day of Pentecost
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
6:00 PM Community Eucharist

Monday - Thursday, June 10 - 13, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Finance & Budget meeting

Monday,  June 10, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Tuesday,  June 11, 2019
12:30 PM Senior Luncheon

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, June 15, 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. 

To get a sense of the fun our children are having, thanks to good volunteer teachers and leaders, here is an except of last week's update, sent from Sunday School coordinator Oluyemisi Ariyibi:

It was an abbreviated session due to Marion's baptism. We welcomed a new student, who is 3 years old. After praying, we read today's lesson from the Sunday School Junior paper. (The Sunday school junior paper has been useful because it provides a link to the church year and what is happening during the service.) The children sang 2 songs that they have been learning since March: Yes Jesus loves me, and Feed my lambs.

There was little time left, enough to start work on coloring a poster depicting the events of Pentecost which will be celebrated next Sunday.

We have 3 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!


For Pentecost Sunday, June 9, the children will make colorful windsocks to be used as they help 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. 
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 their twenties and thirties to connect, break bread and explore how faith moves us in our everyday lives. 

Join us next on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 PM at 332 E. 88th Street (Rectory of Holy Trinity).

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.
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