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Youth Adventure Club at Trinity

flat,800x800,075,f.u2 Trinity began hosting regular meetings in April of the Youth Adventure Club (although our young members are invited to come up with a better title than what the adults have here). Focusing on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the club will enjoy all that role-playing has to offer while reflecting on how we live out the Baptismal Covenant as followers of Jesus.

A recent newspaper article in the Times-Observer highlighted the increasing interest found at Warren-Beaty Middle School in a weekly afterschool D&D club in which some of our youth participate.  Around the same time, Father Matthew ran across an article on how an Episcopal youth group uses D&D as part of their youth group.

Important too is that Father Matthew has had a life-long relationship leading D&D adventures, stretching all the way back to sixth grade. He even continues a monthly web-based game that includes two of the players from that sixth grade group! But it was Jill Woody approaching him saying that she is finding our youth interested in hosting something since the middle school has a waiting list that made this all come together for us here.

Our plan is simple: invite our youth and their friends to come explore the fun of role-playing games, relying on a player’s covenant to remember our baptism while we play. Food, generous space, and exploring how to be Christian in this adventure called life will help nurture community. We’ll meet every other week or so (catch the latest updates on Facebook and the weekly E-News email for our next meeting dates).

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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!

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Christmas at Trinity

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?

Christmas Day 

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)

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

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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Holiday Hot Meals fully supported for next year

 Give Thanks to God for his incredible blessing upon us! We have received over $3300 in support for our Holiday Hot Meals through the Warren Gives fundraiser. This means next year’s ministry is fully funded, and we are set to once again deliver over 700 meals to shut-ins throughout Warren and Forest counties.  We’ll see you this fall on Thanksgiving for the beginning of another successful year sharing the healing we find in Christ through this amazing ministry.