Back to School

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to go back to school.  The time for reading, writing, and arithmetic. Teachers and students ready themselves for another year of learning, challenge, exploration, and growth. 

I must admit that when I look at the course offerings from which my children have to select, I’m a little jealous – there are so many amazing subjects to choose from. It is a truly unique season of life when one’s primary “job” is simply to learn, to explore, to grow. The older I get, the more I realize just how much I don’t know and the limits of what I think I do know.

In the days ahead, students put on their backpacks and head back to school. I want to remind all of us that we are still and always will be students of life and students of the faith. There is more to learn for ALL of us. No matter how much we know or how much we “think” we know.

As we enter our new program year, I am challenging myself to take more seriously my priestly call to be an intentional “student” of the faith. That is a disciple. A disciple is a student or follower of a mentor or teacher. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. We are called to continually be about the practice of learning and growing in our faith.  As a priest, I can often get lost and distracted by the duties of church work. I can all too easily neglect to sit at the feet of the Lord in prayer and study because there is always “work to be done.”

As we enter this new year, I challenge you to be a true disciple of the Lord, a student of the faith. What does the Lord want to teach you? What do you need to learn?  Where to do you need to be challenged? What aspect of faith do you need to explore more deeply?

So, it’s that time of year again. Time to go back to school. The time for reading, writing, arithmetic, and ... JESUS!  It’s time to learn. 

I’m excited. I hope you are too!!

Peace,

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The Rev. Paul Jeanes III
Rector

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Scripture Readings

 

The flowers at the altar are
given to the glory of God and in memory of

Charles C. Townsend, Jr.


 

Worship Leaders

 

8am Rite I

Preacher
The Rev. Allen Wakabayashi

Reader & Intercessor
Brandon Smee

Chalicist
Guy Pierson

Acolyte
Amelia Willson
Micah Cronin

Ushers
Joanna Storrar
Bill Vogt

Prayer Partner
Shirley Pietrucha

10am Rite II

Preacher
The Rev. Allen Wakabayashi

Reader
Lily Leonard

Intercessor
Linda Twining

Chalicists
Brian Duane
Noreen Duncan
Scott McGoldrick
Becky Reynolds

Acolytes
Aleksandra Zasada
Zbigniew Zasada

Crucifer
Victor Gibbs

Ushers
Bucky Brown
Guy Dean III
Tracy MacGregor
Trudy Sykes

Audio
Michael Unger

5pm Evensong will resume September 15.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Scripture Readings

 

The flowers at the altar are
given to the glory of God and in memory of

Edward States


 

Worship Leaders

 

8am Rite I

Preacher
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III

Reader & Intercessor
Micah Cronin

Chalicist
Nancy Metcalf

Acolyte
Tracey Kreer

Ushers
Trey Delany
Costa Papastephanou
Dottie Werner

Prayer Partner
Amelia Willson

10am Rite II

Preacher
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III

Reader
Ira lackey

Intercessor
Tom True

Chalicists
Heidi Currier
Ira Lackey
Lucia Huebner
Sylvia Temmer

Acolytes
Juliet Richardson
Lily Leonard

Crucifer
Will Brown

Ushers
Brett Boal
Dan Haughton
Robert Hearne
Neal Herstenberg
Dulcie Muncaster

Audio
Marc Sibilia

5pm Evensong will resume September 15.

Ordinary Thoughts in Ordinary Time

Summer marks the long stretch of the Sundays after Pentecost that are sometimes called “Ordinary Time.” This doesn’t mean ordinary as in run of the mill. In this case ordinary, is used in the sense of counting or numbering, as we do with the weeks after Pentecost until Advent. In this season, we have already heard again the story of the Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus told through the Church year. Now we turn to the business of living as a people for whom that story has made all the difference in the world. It is, I believe, a matter of living an extraordinary life in ordinary ways, of doing “small things with great love,” as one quotation attributed to Mother Teresa says. 

In addition, it is a time for focusing of the gift of the Eucharist, the weekly practice that brings the presence of Christ as close as possible to us, and then sends us out into the world to share that presence with others.  I wanted to share with you a beautiful poem by the English priest and poet Malcolm Guite entitled This Table. It reminds me so much of the table I have the honor to stand behind at Trinity Church, and of the community that gathers around it each week:

The centuries have settled on this table
Deepened the grain beneath a clean white cloth
Which bears afresh our changing elements.
Year after year of prayer, in hope and trouble,
Were poured out here and blessed and broken, both
In aching absence and in absent presence. 

This table too the earth herself has given
And human hands have made. Where candle-flame
At corners burns and turns the air to light
The oak once held its branches up to heaven,
Blessing the elements which it became,
Rooting the dew and rain, branching the light.

Because another tree can bear, unbearable,
For us, the weight of Love, so can this table.

However, beyond participating in the weekly practice of the Eucharist, there are other ways to do “small things with great love.” In particular, I would like to encourage each of you to discern how God may be calling you to serve in specific ministries at Trinity Church in the coming year.  I guarantee that they will be rewarding to you spiritually, as well as an essential help to the parish. At the start of the fall, on September 8, we will have our traditional ministry fair, where you can learn more about our lay ministries from acolytes to altar guild to outreach. If you are not currently involved in any of these ministries, please pray about making it a part of your life at Trinity Church. In the end, it isn’t about what the church needs you to give, it’s about what you can receive as a gift through loving and serving both God and our neighbors. 

Yours faithfully in Christ,

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The Rev. Dr. Kara N. Slade
Associate Rector for Operations & Discipleship

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Scripture Readings

 

The flowers at the altar are
given to the glory of God and in memory of

James Rogers Ewing


 

Worship Leaders

 

8am Rite I

Preacher
Eric Tuttle, Postulant for Holy Orders

Reader & Intercessor
Curtis Hoberman

Chalicist
Donna Laessig

Acolyte
Amelia Wilson
Micah Cronin

Ushers
Art Eng
Nina Kola
Ed Metcalf

Prayer Partner
Shirley Pietrucha

10am Rite II

Preacher
Eric Tuttle, Postulant for Holy Orders

Reader
Michal Kraus

Intercessor
Jody Stebbins

Chalicists
Michael Kraus
Jim Phillips
Linda Twining
Connie White

Acolytes
Aleksandra Zasada
Zbigniew Zasada

Crucifer
TBD

Ushers
Bill Burks
Charlie Chesebrough
Jim Duffy Jr.
Grant Fraser
John Tomasulo

Audio
Mike Deverell

5pm Evensong will resume September 15.

Hunger Fund Sunday

Sunday, August 11
The Second Sunday of the Month
Must be Hunger Fund Sunday!

Trinity’s Hunger Fund Sunday is dedicated to their monthly collection using the Hunger Fund envelopes in the pews. For many years, we have had a Hunger Fund collection each month of the year. For the past seven years, we have been able to donate 100% of the funds collected to our five Hunger Fund partners. To celebrate Trinity’s Hunger Fund efforts, this month we have posted this Outreach bulletin board outside Pierce Bishop Hall an exhibit about our partners with a seven year history of who they are and who they serve.

You will be pleased to know that over those seven years, Trinity members have donated over $85,000 to these organizations. We thank each of you that have contributed money, food, and volunteer time. It is a meaningful response to today’s hunger problems.


Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons. Besides the four million meals TASK has served since its founding — 350,000 last year alone; when the need became apparent, TASK created adult education, then case management and arts programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve patrons’ quality of life.

100% of the December 8 Hunger Fund collection will go to support TASK’s Christmas Dinner serving 600. This is our fourth year supporting this Christmas Day dinner.

Joyce Campbell, TASK Executive Director, spoke at a well-attended One Table Café in April 20, 2018 and will come and speak at the First Sunday Breakfast on December 1. 

Over the past 7 years, Trinity Hunger Fund has dedicated over $22,000 to TASK and it hunger program.

Mercer Street Friends

Serving Mercer County, their mission is nourishing minds and bodies; empowering families and communities. Providing a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, they offer resources for children, families, and communities to overcome poverty. They distribute food to the 75 Mercer County food pantries — the largest of the area distributors of food and a signifcant provider of the Send Hunger Packing program in Mercer County. Mercer Street Friends has received $19,000 of our Hunger Fund collection in the past seven years.

Bread for the World

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, they advocate for a world without hunger. We can end hunger in our time, but churches and charities can’t do it all. Our government must also do its part. Trinity support over the past seven years is just over $20,000.

Episcopal Relief & Development

ERD works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster, and disease. They also work around the world and in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters. ERD programs impact the lives of over three million people annually.

They respect the dignity of all people and view them as our neighbors, working alongside participants regardless of religious affiliation or background. They were instrumental is bringing back to the southwestern USA the needed food and disaster relief caused by the series of hurricanes a few years ago.

Over the last seven years, we have given ERD $22,000 including a $3000 grant matching funds given for hurricane victims by Trinity parishioners.

Arm in Arm

Trinity along with Nassau Presbyterian Church helped start Crisis Ministry, now called Arm in Arm. Trinity has weekly red wagon food drops for the three Arm in Arm food pantries located in Trenton and Princeton.

Trinity also supports the Valentine Food drive in February with both food drives and that month’s Hunger Fund Collection going to the Valentine Food fund.

On Thanksgiving morning, Trinity hosts over 2000 Turkey Trot runners that are encouraged to bring canned food for the Arm in Arm food pantries, where the Arm in Arm food van is filled, delivering thousands of cans of donated food.  


Hunger Fund Goals for 2019

In the past seven years thru the second Sunday Hunger Fund collections and with some help from the net proceeds of our One Table Café, we have been able to give out Hunger Fund Grants totally $85,000 to the aforementioned partners. We’re aiming to raise that number to $100,000 by December 31, collecting at least $15,000 over the twelve second Sunday collections. We would also like to jumpstart TASK volunteers, dedicating a specific day where Trinity can fill volunteer needs once a month.

Thanks to Trinity from the bottom of our hearts for your strong support to help minimize and eliminate hunger in our community and throughout the world. We appreciate the many hours you put into volunteering and for generous Hunger Fund contributions. May God continue to provide ways to ensure no one suffers from a lack of food and housing.