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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!

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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

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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.

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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