Stories and Announcements

Mother/Daughter Self Defense Class

There will be a Mother/Daughter Self Defense Class for 1st - 5th grade girls and their mothers (grandmothers, aunts, Godmothers, babysitters). The class will be held April 29 from 2:30-4 pm in the gym. There is no charge for the event but please help us plan by registering in advance online. More information about the trainer can be found here.

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Trinity Foundation Recognizes Legacy Builders

The Trinity Foundation Commission recently hosted a reception to recognize Trinity’s Legacy Builders.  Legacy Builders are those who have made a planned gift or bequest to Trinity in the past or have included Trinity in their future estate planning. 

At this inaugural reception, Mark James, the current President of the Foundation, announced that the following members of the Trinity Foundation Commission have been appointed to serve on its Planned Giving Committee: 

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Bishop George Sumner's Service Recording

The Right Rev'd George Sumner preached for the 2018 Lenten Speaker Series at Trinity on Wednesday, February 21. Click here to listen to his sermon from noonday prayer in the Cathedral.

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2018 Vacation Bible School

This years Vacation Bible School "Prayer Warriors"  will be at Trinity will be June 11 - 14 and will take place Monday through Thursday from 9 am - 12 pm each day.  If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Bibs Babson at bbabson@trinitysc.org.

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A Decision about our Cathedral Shop by Dean Jones

I love books, and I love bookstores. But I also know that the way many of us acquire books and gifts no longer involves bookstores. So-called “brick and mortar” shops have closed in droves around the country, as many of us know so well. And church stores, like that of Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco have also found themselves making the hard decision to close down or find alternative models.

For years the Vestry has been monitoring the financial status and the missional character of our own Trinity Bookstore (more recently named the Cathedral Shop). The store, first opened in the 1980s, was seen as an instrument of Christian formation. Later, during an era when bookstores could routinely operate profitably, the Vestry designated all profits to go to outreach projects. Not only has that latter benefit not been realized for some years, the store has operated at an accumulating deficit of almost $60,000, as an unbudgeted item, which means that the bookstore deficit expended scarce funds that could have been used for other ministries.

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Harnessing Momentum

If you attended Trinity's Annual Meeting, then you heard the exciting announcement of a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor to the Trinity Forward Campaign to be used in renovating our kitchen. This remarkable gift will allow that project, one of the central goals of Trinity Forward, to finally begin.
 
The receipt of this gift brings the total amount of gifts and pledges to the Trinity Forward Campaign to $2,952,339.65. We are therefore just about $1 million shy of our original goal of $3.9 million. Please consider joining your fellow parishioners in making a meaningful commitment to address the Cathedral's capital needs. We are starting repairs on the Trinity Center and we need commitments from those of you who still have not made a pledge to the Trinity Forward Campaign. Repairing the roof and replacing the windows is an urgent necessity.

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God on Tap

Join the Young Adult Ministries of Trinity for conversations about the intersection of life and faith, the spiritual side of things, and what God is up to in the world.
 
The group will meet at The Kraken Gastropub at 2910 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205 from 6-7:30pm on the 2nd and  4th Tuesdays of the Month.

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January/February 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Patti Trotter

The first Spotlight for 2018 falls on Patti Trotter, volunteer extraordinaire.  Patti has been a member of Trinity for approximately four years. She quickly became involved as she participated in a Spiritual Gifts workshop to help her discover where God was calling her to be active in the church at this stage of her life. Since that time she has become actively involved in several Trinity ministries.

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Music is My Refuge

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” This quote by Maya Angelou pretty much sums up my life. It's not that my life is terrible and music is the only thing I have or something like that, because I'm a lucky person and have a lot to be thankful for, but this quote represents how music has never ceased to lead me through my life and help me through both the hard times and the easy times.

When most people think of me, they think of music. I used to hate that. I wanted to be recognized by my personality or my traits, not just something I liked to do, but then I realized that music is all of that and more. It ties into everything that is important to me. Trust me, there are so many things that I could tell you about myself, but I’ve chosen music because it ties everything about me together. There are things in my life that I feel embody Maya Angelou’s quote more than others. These things are my experience in the church choir and my way of life relating to music.

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Updated Vestry Bylaws

The Vestry has approved minor changes to the Cathedral by-laws to clarify wording and bring the by-laws in line with best practices, current Cathedral practice and current TEC and diocesan canons.  The revised by-laws will be voted on at the Parish Meeting on January 28.  To see a copy of the revised by-laws click here

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