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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!


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.


2016 Fall Program season begins!

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.

Faith 5 – A family faith program

Families with children of all age levels are invited to come discuss a method for introducing a rewarding daily family faith ritual into their homes. Called Faith5, the program entails five daily faith practices: Sharing Highs and Lows, reading a Bible verse, talking about it, praying together, and blessing one another. We’ll discuss them on March 2nd and send you home to practice for a week. Then on March 9th we’ll celebrate the experience and offer help in continuing and growing this practice. Childcare and Youth activities provided!

Our program starts at 7PM. Childcare and a snack are provided!


Lenten Formation on Wednesday Nights

Each week during Lent, The Episcopal Mission of Warren County offers faith formation events on Wednesday nights. These opportunities are part of our traditional understanding of Lent being a time for special devotion and study in our faith lives.



February 17 and February 24 – led by Ms. Diane Brant

Anti-Child Trafficking. What can we do?

Over 200,000 children are trafficked for sex in the United States annually.  The best strategies for keeping trafficking out of a community or a family include learning about it, becoming vigilant, taking action. With this in mind, the Anti Child Trafficking (ACT) ministry is offering two Lenten presentations on Child Trafficking in the United States. After viewing videos, we will discuss what we have learned and consider the many ways we can fight trafficking, protect vulnerable youth and/or provide services to rescued victims.



March 2 and March 9 – Led by The Rev. Matthew Scott

Faith Practices for Families: Faith5

Families with children of all age levels are invited to come discuss a method for introducing a rewarding daily family faith ritual into their homes. Called Faith5, the program entails five daily faith practices: Sharing Highs and Lows, reading a Bible verse, talking about it, praying together, and blessing one another. We’ll discuss them on the first night and send you home to practice for a week. Then on March 9th we’ll celebrate the experience and offer help in continuing and growing this practice. Childcare and Youth activities provided!



March 16 – Led by The Rev. Tim Dyer

The Eucharistic Prayer – History and Theology

We will briefly explore the traditions and roots which have shaped The Episcopal Eucharistic Prayer Rite I and Rite II. The goal is to briefly touch on aspects of our worship that date back almost two thousand years. When we gather on Sunday mornings and participate in worship, we join with millions of Christians who have spoken the same words as the body of Christ throughout history.




And do not forget our Monday night Bible Study, led by Mr. Gary Landrio, as another opportunity for faith formation!

Anti-Child Trafficking Ministry

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County began an Anti Child Trafficking (ACT) ministry in the fall of 2015, learning about the horrific lives of child victims of sex trafficking. Because this tragedy is so painful to consider, many of us actively ignored it for years. Through God’s Grace our hearts have been opened and we are now committed to help these children. We are praying for vulnerable and trafficked children, educating ourselves, knitting prayer scarves and seeking donations for groups who provide homeless shelters and/or street support for homeless and trafficked children. 

We seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in this ministry, praying that the ministry will expand into even more meaningful service. We dream of educating others so child trafficking will end. Dare we dream of partnering with others in the diocese and in Northwestern PA to help create a shelter or support services for homeless and trafficked children? These dreams require God’s Grace and many more committed people, churches, agencies and groups. 

Please pray for these children and for our ministry. Please knit prayer scarves and donate to our ACT ministry.

We are eager to speak to churches or any other interested groups about Anti Child Trafficking (ACT). Please call me at 814-688-4425. Let’s see where God’s Grace leads.

Diane Brant

Child Trafficking Awareness and Action Workshop – December 16th

First Meeting of ACT (Anti-Child Trafficking ministry)! Parishioner Diane Brant will lead a worship Wednesday Night, December 16th, at 7PM in Trinity’s parlor. Inspired by recent articles and news, Diane began investigating human trafficking, focusing on children. After much research and networking with regional groups involved in fighting trafficking, Diane will present a wealth of information and then lead a discussion about what we can do. From personal choices to public awareness, we can act, and our faith calls us to action.  Come join us for prayer, conversation, and the power to do something for the hundreds of thousands of children victims right here in our country and the millions around the world.

Sermon December 13, 2015

Father Matthew finds rejoicing in the words of St. Paul to his church in Philippi and in the crazy words of John the Baptist to the crowds. Most important for us: even as we wait, we rejoice!

The Readings:

Sermon December 13, 2015

Begin with the End in Mind – Fall Education 2015

Trinity and St. Francis Episcopal Churches will host a series of educational forums this fall aimed at equipping individuals and families to discuss and prepare for ‘the inevitable’. Starting Wednesday, October 14th at 7PM at Trinity, participants will engage in presentations, conversations, and Q&A sessions each Wednesday night for 6 weeks. Led by the Rev. Matthew Scott, Trinity and St. Francis’ vicar, the classes will focus on the many practical decisions that surround death and dying, as well as some theological and ethical concerns. To help us engage more deeply, presenters including attorney Andrea Stapleford, funeral director Mike Lewis, and hospice workers Lisa To and Ellen Scalise will join us during sessions that focus on their specialties.


“The only real mistake is to avoid talking about these topics, as we will have to face them one way or the other. Better to do it with information, courage, and most importantly the trust and hope that our faith provides us,” says Father Matthew.


The classes are open to all, regardless of faith or denomination. Please call the office to reserve a space and info packet at 723-9360 or email your interest to

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Children of Abraham event set for September 12th

From our Clergy Associate Tim Dyer:

I am pleased to announce that a date has been set for a fifth event for The Children of Abraham Project. On September 12, 2015 starting at 2pm Trinity will be hosting its first Children of Abraham event. Some people may be familiar with this interfaith project from past events. For those that are not familiar, let me please explain what The Children of Abraham is all about.


This interfaith initiative actually started to be developed in summer of 2011, and the first event was in October of 2012. That summer I was on a break from my studies, and I was reading over our Baptismal Covenant. While each question struck a cord with me, there were two that particularly stood out. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I wondered if I was living into the vows as well as I could be.

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