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 15th. All 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Come join us for the journey through Holy Week to the great Feast of Easter. Both Trinity and its sister church St. Francis in Youngsville will be hosting parts of the great yearly cycle of worship and events that culminate with the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection, this year held on April 16th. Continue reading
Make worship a part of your Lenten journey this year.
Servant Songs, 5 Marks of Love, and Soup!
There are several opportunities to worship this Lenten Season. Just click on the following link for more information and to download the schedule.
Trinity and our sister congregation St. Francis in Youngsville celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with many wonderful gatherings for all to share in:
Christmas Eve in Warren
5PM Family Worship with Pageant. All children are invited to participate! (Call us at 723-9360 if you are visiting for the holidays and your children would like to participate). Come to the 4PM rehearsal to get a part.
8PM Festive Mass. Special music, candlelight carols, incense…is there any better way to celebrate the birth of the Savior?
Youngsville: 8:30AM Buffet Breakfast followed by Father Matthew’s guitar-led Folk Mass. Come enjoy a wonderful morning meal with everything you could imagine. No charge, just bring tidings of great joy! Then join the congregation as Father Matthew brings his guitar and we enjoy a relaxed, family friendly worship service to celebrate the child born this morning.
Warren: 10:30 AM spoken service.
First Sunday after Christmas
8:30 AM worship in Youngsville, 10:30 AM worship in Warren (no Sunday School)
Trinity will feature many events this Advent, including:
- Presentation on Standing Rock
- The Ordination of Timothy Dyer to the Priesthood
Click here for our Advent Flyer to learn more.
Trinity and St. Francis kick off their fall programming this Sunday. Here are just some of what is coming:
Children’s Chapel, our during-worship Sunday School, returns Sunday, September 11th. Leaders Jen Dilks, Addy Landrio, Pam Taylor, and Nancy Scott, along with other parents and youth volunteers, will offer weekly lessons based on our Sunday morning readings. Remember that our children begin worship with us and then proudly tromp off to Children’s Chapel as we continue with our scripture lessons.
Confirmation and Reception class starts Sunday, September 18th, from 3PM to 4:30. For those looking to officially join the Episcopal Church and for those of any age looking to make an adult profession of faith, these classes will involve both experiencing key elements of our faith practices and studying the history and theology of our denomination life. Please contact Father Matthew to express your interest and to ask any questions.
Adult Studies: Two sessions are forming now for Fall Faith Studies. Monday Evening at 7PM and Friday afternoon at 4:30. Gary Landrio and Father Matthew are helping to coordinate topics and leaders.