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Acolytes

Acolyte Training, September 2nd and 16th

Acolyte training will follow the 10:30 AM worship in Warren and be followed by lunch and then YAC fun (see article above.) We schedule youth acolytes as a group every other week. We ask that all youth between sixth grade and their 16th birthday participate in acolyting as they continue their growth in Christian life. They are invited to then explore other ministry opportunities on the non-acolyte Sundays.

 

Back To School

Helping Our Children (HOC)

Thank you to all the individuals and congregations that supported the “Back to School” needs at Warren Area Elementary Center, Beaty Warren Middle School, and Warren Area High School.  To give you an idea of the generosity and support, the HOC (Helping Our Children) committee wants to share what we were able to do:

  • At WAEC: We distributed 38 pairs of sneakers; 52 backpacks with school supplies, assorted additional school supplies, 26 winter coats and hats and mittens, and many, many articles of clothing.  We also have a supply of tissues, sanitizers, and classroom snacks on hand.
  • At BWMS: 19 pairs of sneakers, 4 backpacks, and 4 boxes of school supplies
  • At WAHS: 26 pairs of sneakers, 3 pairs of boots, 6 boxes of personal care items, 3 backpacks, and 4 boxes of school supplies.

Currently the schools appear to be ready for the students, but there will be ongoing restocking needs as well as additional winter clothing needs.  We will continue to collect personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, razors, body wash, etc.) for BWMS and WAHS.  WAEC will need additional sizes in winter coats so as you clean your children’s closet, please remember us.  We have quite a few girls’ coats on hand, but we will need boys’ sizes 5, 6x, 7, 10, 12, 14, and 16.

The appreciation of the parents at WAEC when they picked up articles for their children was so rewarding!  One little girl was over the top that she could get purple sneakers!   The staff at each school is also very appreciative of all that we do through our churches.  Please pray for these children, their families, and our teachers as they begin a new school year.

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Family Fun Day, Sunday August 26th

From 2-6PM, join your neighbors and the Trinity community in an afternoon of family fun. Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church will be hosting afternoon events in General Warren Park, next door to the church at 444 Pennsylvania Avenue West. Musical guests performing under the big tent will include Trinity’s Music Team, the women’s barbershop group Chautauqua Shores , the men’s barbershop group Conewango Clippers, contemporary worship group Nautical Miles, and others.

Family activities will include children’s games and crafts, the Enchanted Fairytale Troupe, giant soap bubble making, a jump rope contest, bracelet making, and more.

Make sure to include a tour of the church during the all-day open house, the beautiful 19th century stone construction, its J.R. Lamb stained glass, and marble altar space. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch as you enjoy the music and fun; the church will provide water, some light snacks, and bathrooms inside the facility.

The afternoon concludes with all invited to a 6PM prayer service of Thanksgiving and Healing as we celebrate our community.

Click here for our Flyer.

 

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Summer Book Club at Trinity

Come join us each month to share time together, hear what others thought of our book, and share your thoughts, too! We’ll meet Wednesday nights in Warren after the Wednesday Evening worship service.

 

June:         Grounded by Diana Butler Bass

Book Night: June 20th

Diana Butler Bass draws on many themes, including the environment, biblical interpretation, family history and genealogy, and contemporary church participation to encourage us to seek a firm foundation for discovering who we are in Christ. Like many of her books, she moves between personal reflections, anecdotes from her research, and insights from sociology in very inviting, encouraging ways. Sure to be a book that makes you think yet also know that you are loved by God.

July: Before I Close my Eyes by Mikael Andreasen

Book Night: July 18th

Gary Landrio will join Father Matthew in sharing this book that stood out in the midst of his recent readings. At the surface it is a real email exchange between an agnostic inquirer and the author. But appreciated as a whole, it is an admirable exploration of spirituality and a helpful guide in how to approach conversations about faith.

Note: We have 10 copies available in the office, each for only $1!

 

August: This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry

Book Night: August 29th

Berry, at first glance a rural farmer in Kentucky, is a preeminent poet and essayist in America. With over 50 books published, including poetry collections, essays, and novels, it is hard to pick just one. This Day focuses on one of Berry’s spiritual practices, that of taking a weekly Sabbath day, in which often times he writes poetry. He offers selections from each year between 1979-2013.

Note: Lots of poems here, so pick one year to focus on and bring your nomination for best of that year. It’s ok to not try and read every one!

Advent and Christmas

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Blessed Advent to you and your family! While it may seem more and more counter cultural, what with all the Christmas displays in the stores and holiday specials on TV, we are expectantly joyful as we are in our four-week journey to the stable.

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County Church invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us.

Your first opportunity is our Youth and Family Event: Movie Night on Friday, December 15thAll youth (and all adults who can bring a child or youth as admission to the event) come enjoy a family holiday movie, popcorn, and other activities. Start gathering after 5, movie starts at 6.

Sunday December 17th finds our youth rehearsing for the first time for the Christmas Pageant. Then on Christmas Eve they will rehearse at 4 PM and eat pizza.

Join in the fun on Tuesday, December 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Youngsville when we will partake in some wine, cheese and crackers while we sort out and organize our greens.

Our hot holiday meals is next on our journey as we sign up now to prepare and deliver on Christmas Day to those who are shut-in and/or alone.  Add your name to the list of volunteers and prepare to wield a spoon, donate Christmas Cookies, or drive a car as we bring the love of God out to all those who would be alone on Christmas.  Organizing this ministry takes place on Saturday, December 23 at First Lutheran in Warren.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent occurs in the morning on December 24th with our Worship Service at 8:30 AM at St. Francis in Youngsville and our 10:30 AM Worship Service with Baptism at Trinity Warren.  Following both services greening of the churches will happen.

christmas-worshipTwo opportunities are being offered to you on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24.

A service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant with young voices filling the Sanctuary, a brief children’s sermon, and hymns at Trinity in Warren at 5:00 PM.

Our musical offering with congregational singing, special music, candle lighting in celebration of the Lord’s birth at Trinity in Warren at 8:00 PM.

On Christmas Day join us at St. Francis in Youngsville for an 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet and a 9:00 AM simple Eucharist in celebration of Christmas.

 

The week between Christmas and New Years the office is closed on December 25th & 26th and January 1.  Barb will be in Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th with the clergy available for emergencies.

 

 

 

 

Trinity at 150: A Celebration

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 Trinity has one heck of a birthday party to celebrate! Make plans now to attend our celebration of 150 years of ministry. We are delighted to welcome our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, to be with us and are gearing up to host an evening full of interaction, history, and praise.

As a part of our celebration, you have the opportunity to participate in a diocesan project entitled We Found Hope, where congregants from around the diocese share stories and reflections of their faith life. Learn more at their website (http://www.wefoundhope.org/home) and sign up for a time slot on Wednesday from 3PM and to 9PM by calling the office, 723-9360.

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Forgiving

In a world that seems to be at war with itself and a society that points fingers and places blame on others or condones the seeking of revenge it is  important for us to  examine our Christian principle of forgiveness. If we follow the belief of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth, we would all soon be blind and toothless. Forgiveness is one of the basic tenets of our faith and yet it is one of the most challenging things for us to do.  We are often surprised by extraordinary acts of forgiveness. Many may remember in October of 2006 when a gunman entered an Amish school and killed 2 girls and shot 8 others and then took his own life. After this horrific and tragic incident, the Amish community forgave the    killer and his family. The community responded this way because of their belief in the words of Jesus Christ who tells us to forgive one another and to think of the needs of others before ourselves.

Forgiveness isn’t something that’s just practiced in extraordinary circumstances. Forgiveness is something that takes place in our everyday lives. It takes place in all of our relationships.

We would like to invite you to join us in exploring this aspect of our faith this fall. We will explore why we should forgive, the meaning of forgiveness including what forgiveness is not, and a fourfold path to learning how to forgive. We will be reading a book written by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu entitled The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. All materials for this class/book study will be provided at no cost. We will gather every Wednesday evening at 7 pm starting September 13 and continue through November 1. It is our hope that in offering this class/book study that we will not only improve and strengthen our relationships with others, but also deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions, please call the office (723-9360) and speak with Father Tim.

 

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Warren Gives – Hot Holiday Meals Program

5th Annual Warren Gives,  Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Community Foundation of Warren County is pleased to announce the return of Warren Gives on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Trinity will once again participate in Warren Gives, the online fundraising campaign from 6 AM –10 PM on May 17th.  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. The 2017 match pool will increase to $40,000!  This year’s match sponsors are the Community Foundation, the Betts Foundation, Blair Corporation, The DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, the Northwest Charitable Trust, the Sara Sokolski Family Fund and United Refining Company.