From September 16th to November 13th, our Vicar, the Rev. Matthew R. Scott, will be away on sabbatical. Read his letter to the congregations here. Picking up the pastoral leadership will be the Rev. Timothy Dyer, who has been serving as our Assistant Vicar these past three years under Fr. Matthew’s leadership. While we will miss him, we pray for his growth in ministry and look forward to sharing all that God does with us while he is away.
In our Baptismal covenant we are asked to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” We are also called to “respect the dignity of every human being.” In a world that is ever more diverse our neighbor could be someone of a different faith. How then do we faithfully live into our covenant to seek and serve Christ in a person that is not a Christian?
This fall we will be exploring the similarities and differences of various world religions and discover commonalities that many faith traditions share. Our religious and sacred understandings are shaped and formed through the lens of our culture, the world we live in, and our lived experiences. This class will provide us with the opportunity to begin to understand different philosophical and spiritual approaches to our common human experience of the sacred. We will briefly explore traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
Our Kitchen Fellowship welcomes our second Paint & Sip. Join us in Warren at 6 PM on Sunday, September 30th for a relaxing evening of painting a picture while sipping the artist, Michelle Fox-Crowther. Wine and other non-alcoholic beverages provided. The cost is $20. Please sign-up in the entryway. Below is the painting:
Sunday, September 2nd our worship will feature a time to pronounce God’s blessings upon the people of God and the things they use in their callings of life. Students of all ages should bring a backpack for their school things. Workers should bring an item that they use at work (and creativity is always appreciated). Retirees should bring something that they use in their lives as part of living out their callings, too (even bridge cards have had God’s blessing go with them to their sacred tables). Don’t miss this chance for us to recognize and welcome God’s place in our daily life and work.
The Next Meeting is Sunday, September 2nd at noon. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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!