Stories and Announcements

Staff Announcement: Director of Youth Ministry

We are excited to announce a new addition to our ministerial staff this month. We have called Ms. Addie Tapp to be our new Director of Youth Ministry. She comes to us from Houston, Texas, by way of Furman University. Addie is warmly engaging, spiritually committed, and possesses a charming and quick wit. She is a grounded and gifted leader with special skills in logistics, organization, communication, and mentoring.

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Christian Significance

Have you ever noticed how many octagons there are in Trinity Cathedral?  The most prominent is the baptismal font, created by the great American sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-1873). Baptismal fonts and baptisteries are traditionally made with eight sides. The pulpit, from which the good news of resurrection is preached, is also octagonal in shape.

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The Healing Power of Prayer

You may have noticed that our Dean has been announcing at worship that Trinity members can receive healing prayers in Seibel’s chapel during Holy Communion every Sunday.   In addition to Sunday services, Trinity provides a weekly healing service on Thursdays in Keenan Chapel at 12:30 pm.  Below is a type of prayer typically used for healing:

Holy God, Divine Physician and Healer of our souls. Send now as promised through Jesus Christ, Your Comforter, to ease anxiety and address the needs of your servant (name).  We place ourselves in Your hands. We ask that You heal and restore Your servant (name) to health again so that she/he may rise to serve You.  And grant us the grace to accept that whatever You do, You do for the love of us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.   
(See James 5:14; Mark 11:23.)

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May Vestry Meeting Highlights

The May Vestry meeting was held on May 24, 2018. Following approval of the April 2018 minutes, Senior Warden Phil Johnston presented his report which included the following items: (i) the Kitchen Renovation Committee is moving forward with initial discussions on design and formation of subcommittees that will assist with this project, (ii) the Trinity Center repairs are also moving forward and it is expected that design drawings should be received within the next 7-10 days, (iii) a study has been received regarding the moisture issues in the Diocesan House and Administrative Building, and it is expected that bids will be obtained for completion of the repair work; the Diocese has agreed to pay the cost of the repair work relating to the Diocesan House, (iv) the Security/Emergency Manual should be completed soon after final revisions are made and it is expected that the first thing to be implemented will be the use of walkie-talkies to better coordinate information and response for any events that occur on campus, and (v) The Stewardship Committee continues to meet monthly and is in the process of finalizing its plans for the Fall Stewardship Campaign.

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Lemonade on the Lawn Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with Lemonade on the Lawn all summer. This is a very easy way to show hospitality to friends and visitors each Sunday after the 10:00 service. Click here to sign-up to help and for more information.  

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Bishop Michael Curry's Sermon from the Royal Wedding

The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, preached a stirring sermon at Saturday's royal wedding at England's Windsor Castle. Curry's message has gotten an avalanche of coverage in the popular media, even a comedic, good-natured version of the bishop appearing on Saturday Night Live that same evening! Some commentators have said his appearance was a "show stopper" at the already majestic affair. Here is a link to a video of the sermon, along with brief commentary. --Dean Tim Jones

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Trinity Forward Update

We write with some exciting news. The Trinity Forward Capital Campaign has now reached the $3 million mark in gifts and pledges received. You will recall that our goal for the campaign is $3.9 million, and that goal looks increasingly attainable every every day. We are profoundly grateful to the 269 parishioners and others who have graciously and generously support the campaign's primary aims - repairing the Trinity Center, renovating the kitchen and establishing an organ endowment. The names of those who have made commitments to the campaign are listed here. We anticipate that they will be honored permanently on or more plaques that will be placed in or near the spaces that will benefit from the campaign's proceeds, similar to the way contributors to the Bicentennial Restoration Campaign have been recognized. 

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Hospital Visits

Hospital Visits - How do clergy and other Trinity caregivers find you or a family member in an area hospital? It has been true for many years that hospitals do not notify churches that their members are now patients in the hospital. In recent years with HIPPA laws the rules are tighter. Hospital admission forms usually still have a place asking for religion affiliation and perhaps denominational affiliation. Again this is not done so that the hospital will have an available list of all patients who are Episcopalians. It is for the hospital records.

In most cases when a church or clergy call a hospital asking for a list or if any Episcopalians are patients, the church or clergy will be told that the hospital can not give out that list.  Now, if a church or clergy call a hospital asking if a specific person is an admitted person, then the hospital will give a yes or no and a perhaps a phone number for the patient's room, but only if church or clergy have used the patient's correct name. For instance if inquiry is made for Jim Smith and the patient's name is Thomas James Smith, the response will be "We have no Jim Smith" 

As you can see, it is difficult for clergy to know when Trinity members and family have been admitted to a hospital. Please let us know by calling the Cathedral office or one of us.

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Recreation, or Re-Creation?

We all need regular opportunities for rest and relaxation, especially in a culture like ours that demands so very much of us.  But unfortunately the expectations manifest in our culture regarding rest and relaxation can be just as much a challenge to the life of faith as are those we have about work.  When opportunities for rest and relaxation are compressed into arbitrary timeframes organized around the demands of labor and activity, the result can be a frenzied attempt to squeeze as much rest and relaxation into as short a time as possible.  We come back from vacation in need of a vacation to recover from our vacation!

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Lemonade on the Lawn

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Most of us can relate to those familiar song lyrics. We move a little more slowly, take more vacation time in the summer than in other seasons. It is a good time to pause, have a little lemonade, chat, check in with friends, share stories, and maybe meet someone new. 

Nancy Dunbar remembers The Rev'd James Stirling saying to her, “Summer tea on the lawn was to be a social time for those church members going to different services.” As Trinity grew in the decades after WWII, the size of the congregation dictated the need for more than one Sunday service. Having a social time on the lawn between services became a lovely way to stay in communion. In the 1970s the Daughters of the Holy Cross listed as one of their service projects, “Service of tea after church in summer months.”

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