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Advent and Christmas 2019

Trinity invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us! Our theme for 2019 is

“Keep Christ in Advent. Celebrate Jesus in Christmas”. 

Advent

December 1st – Keep Christ in Advent: Faith

December 8th – Keep Christ in Advent: Hope 

December 15th – Keep Christ in Advent: Joy

December 22nd – Keep Christ in Advent: Love

Pageant Rehearsals – Sunday the 15th and 22nd. Time TBD

christmas-worshipChristmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

Trinity in Warren at 5:00 PM

A service for families and children of all ages, featuring our Christmas pageant, a brief children’s sermon, and carols.

 Trinity in Warren at 8:00 PM

A festive worship, complete with incense, prelude music, sermon, and candlelight prayers.

 

Christmas Day

St. Francis in Youngsville at 9AM

A simple yet wonderful Christmas Day service with Father Matthew leading us musically on guitar.

 

Note: The week between Christmas and New Years the office is closed with the clergy available for emergencies.

 

Adult Education Wednesday Evenings Fall 2019: Sabbath Keeping

Beginning Wednesday, October 9th at 7PM, join friends at Trinity in learning all about Sabbath, the ancient practice aimed at cultivating a deeper connection with God, to one another, and to the world around us. From our discussions participants will get the opportunity to design their own individual Sabbath ritual and observance. See Father Tim for more information.

Children, Youth, and Family Ministries return

Our Fall programming starting up in September means that many children and youth ministries are returning to our lives.

Sunday School Begins September 8th– Our Sunday school program, aimed at kindergarten through 5th graders, lets children to engage with scripture and prayer through crafts and games during our worship service. Children are invited to begin worship with their families and then following our opening prayers head out with their teachers to engage in activities focused on where their curious minds and open hearts are. They return to the worship space as we prepare to celebrate the Eucharist (communion). See Nancy Scott for more information.

Youth Adventure Club Begins September 15th – All youth grades 6 and up are invited to gather after worship to share lunch, games, and conversations about faith and life. We typically meet every other week. See Jill Woody for more information.

Acolyte Training September 29th – 6th graders and any other youth who have not been trained gather to learn how they can help us in worship with their presence at the altar. Once they’ve been trained with the help of our clergy and volunteers, they can join our current acolytes in adding majesty and beauty to our liturgy.

Trinity Community Sunday – August 25th – All are Welcome!

Our second annual Community Sunday on August 25th has even more events and fun than our successful first day in the park last year. We will once again take over General Warren Park next door to the church and set up a tent for worship, music, and several kids events. This year we will feature family events like Marti Loomis and the Bubblegum Machine, various crafts, activities, and a Bouncy House! Facepainting and a featured balloon animal artist will delight us with the story of Jonah and the Whale.

All this while we enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, and shared dishes from members and friends. We will also welcome back several musical ensembles from last year who will again fill the tent with music while the kids enjoy the Bouncy House and other events.

The schedule:

  • 10:30AM Worship in the Big Tent
  • 11:45- 12:30 Marti Loomis and the Bubblegum Machine / Picnic opens
  • 12:30 Blessing of the Backpacks
  • 12:35 Musical guests on the main stage / Children’s activities
  • 3:30PM Closing prayers

We’re blessing all of our Warren community with this opportunity for family fun. Come join us!

Sign up to bring a dish and to volunteer by clicking here!

Warren Gives 2019: Help our Holiday Hot Meals Program!

7th Annual Warren Gives,  Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Community Foundation of Warren County is pleased to announce the return of Warren Gives on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Trinity will once again participate in Warren Gives, the online fundraising campaign from 6 AM –10 PM on May 22nd.  As we did the last three years, all proceeds raised will go towards our Holiday Hot Meals program. Spread the word, be generous, and we’ll see you May 17th online http://warrengives.org/.

Tens of thousands of dollars in match pool money makes your donations mean even more.  This year’s match sponsors are the Community Foundation, the Betts Foundation, Blair Corporation, The DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, the Northwest Charitable Trust, KCS Foundation, the Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund and United Refining Company.

Volunteering

The church is a place to offer your time in service to God’s mission. Consider volunteering!

Email us now with your interest at trinity@trinitywarren.org

Sunday Morning

Ushers – Help welcome all worshippers to our space and direct them in how to participate in communion. Ushers are an essential element of hospitality and worship. John Willis coordinates  this ministry.

Readers and Intercessors – Give your voice in leading our worship. The beautiful and passionate reading of scripture and the leading of our prayers is done by volunteers. Father Matthew coordinates.

Eucharistic Ministry – Helping to distribute communion is a licensed volunteer position. You will receive training and be expected to vest and join the altar party on assigned Sundays. See Father Matthew to learn more.

Hospitality – Help host Coffee Hour and maintain our welcome spaces! Jill Woody and Cindy Elmquist lead our efforts.

Sunday school – Lead teachers and assistants are always welcome to join us in leading our 5-10 year olds in lessons and activities. Nancy Scott leads this ministry.

Office

Phone Coverage – Offering a human voice to those who call is a great gift to offer the community. Volunteer for a 2 or 3 hour shift sometime during the week and be a voice of friendliness and Christian love. See Father Matthew to learn more.

Bulletins – Bulletins take two steps: 1) sort and file used bulletins from the previous week, and then 2) edit, print, fold, and distribute the bulletins for the upcoming week on Thursday or Friday. See Dee Stewart or Father Matthew on this to help out.

Finances – Our finance team would love others who feel confident spiritually to help us keep track of contributions, deposits, and expenses. See Lana Creal or Father Matthew.

Outreach

Food Pantry – We look to staff our food pantry twice a week to welcome those in need to come receive groceries. See Addy Landrio to volunteer

Diapers and Such –  Every Wednesday we distribute diapers and other needed products to families in need. See Jenn Campbell to learn more.

Staff Reorganization News April 10, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

With the support of the Bishop’s Committee and our Bishop, I have decided that in moving forward with our staff structure it is best for us not to try and replace our present Parish Administrator position. To try, with one employee, to replace all that our Parish Administrator has done would be to grossly underestimate the unique gifts, prodigious skills, and 27 years of experience with which we have been blessed. It would also set up the new person for frustration and the congregations for disappointment.

Instead, our plan is to break up the many roles and responsibilities between a new and specialized part-time staff position, independent contractors, increased duties for lay leaders, and new volunteer opportunities. We will restructure our parish staff and lay leadership around four key areas:

Bookkeeping. An independent contractor will provide us bookkeeping services. They will report directly to the Vicar and the Treasurer and continue to provide a professional-level of attention to our financial systems. We can announce that we have already hired this position and are working to make sure the transition is seamless for our operations.

Communications. We will be advertising a part-time position that will focus on communications. Our hope is that this person will help us both maintain our current communications systems and increase our social media presence, as this is becoming a vital need for all churches. Click Here to read the position description. We invite all members and friends of our congregations to reach out to those you know who might be interested. Parishioners are welcome to apply.

Ministry Support and Building Administration. Lay leaders and clergy will work together to plan for and support our many ministries. Volunteer coordination will fall to designated leaders to organize. Supplies ordering will be planned for by ministry leaders and ordered through the Vicar. Building monitoring and maintenance will be overseen by the Building Team and the Vicar.

 Public Presence/Receptionist. To provide a public presence in our buildings and a human voice on the phone we will turn to volunteers. Father Matthew and interested individuals will work to create a volunteer receptionist system whereby individuals can staff our phone, answer common questions, take messages, and most importantly provide a loving presence to all who call or stop by.

All transitions come with difficulties and opportunities. Please speak with Father Matthew with any concerns or ideas that you have as we move forward together in pursuing Jesus’ call to follow him, inviting all around us into his Way of Love.

Matthew

Community Lenten Worship & Study Opportunities

ashAsh Wednesday, March 6th
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

8:00 AM – Trinity, Warren
5:30 PM  – Trinity, Warren
7:00 PM  – St. Francis, Youngsville

Your Lenten Journey

All Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word”

Make worship a part of your Lenten journey this year with the several opportunities available to you.

Schedule for Lenten Services in Warren
Tuesday Evenings at 7 PM
Holden Evening Prayer, fellowship time follows
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March 12th    St. Joseph Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Fr. Matthew Preaching
March 19th    Trinity, 444 Pennsylvania Avenue West
March 26th   
First Lutheran Church, 109 West 3rd Avenue Fr. Larry Scofield, preaching
April 2nd         St. Paul Lutheran Church, 306 Conewango Avenue
April 9th          First Presbyterian, 300 Market Street

Wednesday Evenings, 5:30 PM Worship Service, Trinity, Warren

Schedule for Lenten Services in Youngsville
Wednesdays Service @ 11:30 am, Lunch Noon

March 6th             First United Methodist Church, 225 East Main Street
March 13th           Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis Street
March 20th          St. Francis of Assisi, 343 East Main Street
March 27th           St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 420 N. Main Street
April 3rd                Otterbein United Methodist, 258 Dalrymple St. Pittsfield
April 10th              Saron Lutheran Church, 148 West Main Street
April 17th              Presbyterian Church, National Forge Road, Irvine

Additional ways to observe a Holy Lent: 2019 Lenten Learning and Discipline Opportunities

uto_mission_mark_0Please join with the rest of your EMWC friends in supporting the United Thank Offering (UTO) this Lent with the 2019 Lenten Devotional Calendar. Pick up materials near the entryway, including your own iconic Blue Box. By participating, you will learn more about this beloved ministry of the Episcopal Church, practice the spiritual discipline of gratitude, and benefit ministries of hope and faith all over the world. A great activity for disciples of all ages! Collections are due back on Easter Sunday (April 21).

wollentcir_0Wednesdays in Lent will include a study program at 7 PM in Warren beginning March 13th. Each week during Lent, The Episcopal Mission of Warren County is offering, Practicing the Way of Love, at 7 PM at our Warren location. This opportunity is part of our traditional understanding of Lent being a time for special devotion and study in our faith lives.

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.  For more information on the Way of Love and a video presentation by our Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry go to https://www.episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love.

Single Use PlasticEMWC Single Use Plastic Challenge – Each year we individually decide how we will fast during Lent, maybe giving up a food or drink, Facebook, or something else that may help us focus more on our spiritual lives. This year we are introducing a congregational fast, a fast from single use plastic, which is choking our earth and, in some cases, killing animals who become entangled in it or eat it. For example, numerous whales have been found dead, their stomach’s full of plastic.

Please prayerfully consider giving up one or more types of single use plastic: bags, straws, water and soda bottles, cups, coffee stirrers, eating utensils, food packaging, etc. We will provide a few helpful incentives: reusable metal straws, reusable shopping bags, reusable water bottles.

Lenten reduce plastic useage calendar Final Calender

 

 

 

 

 

New Seating – Chairs in the Sanctuary!

We are very excited to have received our first donation supporting our project to bring more chairs into the worship space!

Along with hearing from Father Tim at the Annual Meeting, you hopefully have received the Trinity CMT letter inviting you to join in supporting our vision for Trinity that includes replacing some of our pews with chairs. This change helps us bring more flexibility with how we use our sacred space to support and promote our faith lives together. Small group ministries, further experiments in worship, and increased comfort are just some of the benefits we see in this, all helping us worship God and workshop our faith lives together.

If you did not receive the invitation letter please pick up a copy in the entryway, click here or see Father Tim for more information.