The Becoming Beloved Community Advent Study is an outgrowth of the Episcopal Church’s call to boldly address racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Over three weeks participants will get to discuss different aspects of racial and cultural injustice that continue to keep us from realizing the vision of Jesus for us his church. This is an invitation to consider our unique perspectives in our local community and the stories of our personal lives, all built on the hope of what our baptismal covenant calls us: to be congregations of love, liberation, and hope. We will meet on Wednesday night at 7 for the next three weeks. See Father Matthew for more information.
Our Kitchen Fellowship gathers Sunday, December 2nd and includes a Paint and Sip. Join us in Warren at 6 PM on Sunday, December 2nd for a relaxing evening of painting a picture while sipping the artist, Michelle Fox-Crowther. Wine along with non-alcoholic beverages provided. The cost is $20. Please sign-up in the entryway. Below is the painting:
We all gather for worship, celebration, confirmations and receptions when The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania makes his Annual Visit to the Episcopal Mission of Warren County on Sunday, November 11th.
We will have only one service on the 11th. The service begins at 9:30 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 343 East Main Street, Youngsville.
A festive brunch follows the service and you are welcome to bring a dish to share. We hope so see everyone at what is sure to be an inspirational get-together!
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 Associate 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.
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.
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.