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From the Rector
Keeping the Sabbath Holy God had a busy six days. He created the earth, the sky, the sea creatures, the birds of the air. He created the sun and the stars. God even created a perfect place, Eden, where he placed the first people. God declared all these things ‘good,’ and then... God rested. God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Gen 2:2)
n the Christian tradition, we also have a day of rest: Sundays — the
day of resurrection. A day off, some might call it; a day to cease from the routines of the workweek; a day to appreciate the gift and beauty of life. It is also a day of new beginning and remembrance, of taking stock of who we are and to whom we belong. I enjoy hearing stories of how Sundays have been treated as special days. I remember one gentleman telling me, “Sundays were very special days in my family. They were so special that on Saturday night, my brothers and sisters and I polished our shoes so that they’d be extra shiny on Sunday mornings.”
Another person said of Sundays, “The only thing my mother did on Sundays was cook lunch. After lunch, we’d all sit on the porch and watch the day go by.” Even recently, I hear people speak of the extra efforts that they go through to attend church on Sunday mornings. While I am persuaded that the Trinity community holds Sundays as sacred, the rest of the world tends to treat Sunday like any other day. In the past stores were closed on Sundays, but now some of us have to work so that the patterns of shoppers and diners go uninterrupted. We need to be available to our bosses through phone or e-mail. Our children have all-day athletic obligations. Extra-curricular activities have crept far beyond the confines of a school week. Sundays just aren’t special. But as Christians living in the world, we are called to live differently. We need to ask ourselves, “How can we keep Sundays special? How can we live into Sunday’s sacredness?”
by Rev. Charlie DuPree and Danica D’Onofrio
We begin by simply recognizing and remembering that God created a day of rest — a day to recharge ourselves. Doesn’t it make sense that if a perfect God needed to rest, then it is good for us imperfect people to rest?! While sleeping in on Sunday mornings seems like the perfect answer for achieving this rest, true rest and rejuvenation comes through our gathering for Sunday worship. Our goal in worship is to join with our spiritual family in giving thanks to God for the gifts of life. When we individually and corporately identify our blessings, we restore our identity as children of God, not children of the world. When we take the time to do these things, we are able to reconnect with how deeply we are treasured by God. And so we can rest. We can rest in God. But, sometimes, our attending church challenges Sunday’s very sense of sacredness. Sometimes, church seems more like work than rest! We come to church and we wonder if we’re doing the liturgy (the “work of the people”) right. We exhaust ourselves by “shushing” our children and keeping them still because we are worried they are distracting. We talk about Trinity business. We conduct church meetings. Too much of this activity can turn the Sunday morning experience into one that is pressure-filled instead of light-filled — one that is work-full and not restful. Herein
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The Rev. Charlie Dupree CLERGY ASSISTANT
The Rev. Virginia B. Hall DEACON
The Rev. Connie Peppler PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
Janet Brinkworth BOOKKEEPER
Mona Baker ADULT EDUCATION/NEW MEMBERS
Ross Martinie-Eiler DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Danica D’Onofrio YOUTH COORDINATOR
lies a challenge. Our morning worship is an opportunity to slow down and to rest in the presence of God. Our Sunday is also a time to connect with our faith community; say hello to old friends and make our guests feel welcome. So, will you please explore with me ways to reacquaint ourselves with the sacredness of Sunday? As a way of doing so, I’d like to suggest trying the following Sunday practices to try at church and at home: n Carve out some special time for yourself and your family on Sundays. Do something different: go on a picnic, go get ice cream, go on a hike, sit on your porch. Live a day “unplugged.” n Declare Sunday a non-work day for yourself. Work can creep into our day. Don’t mow the lawn. Put off laundry for another day. A simple declaration of, “No work today,” can set us free to take a deep breath and move more freely. n Plan church meetings on days other than Sundays. It’s great that Trinity is such a busy place.
There is a lot to plan. If a commission, committee, or task force needs to meet, refrain from doing so on Sundays. n Refrain from chatting about church business on Sundays. It’s easy to slip into ‘shop talk’ at church. Try to politely redirect discussion of church business by saying, “I really want to talk about that. Can we set up a time to talk about it during the week?” Instead, you may want to discuss what “Sunday rest” means to you. I realize that this may be difficult for some of us, especially those of us whose weeks are absolutely packed. The work of life is incredibly important, as is the work of the church. But the work we can do to reorganize and reprioritize our lives will be work well done. So when we begin our week with rest, we live into God’s desire for us to have a time and a place to refocus, recharge, and re-acquaint ourselves with the very One who created us, blessed us, and made time for rest.
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VBS 2010: A mission trip in Bloomington open to all ages By Alex May
or three evenings the last week in July (26, 28, and 30 from 5:30-8 p.m.), Trinity will join with First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church to volunteer in the Bloomington Community. We will gather briefly at one of the churches before setting off to several prearranged locations. Options include: gardening in the Wonderlab garden, sorting food at MCUM, clerical work at VIM, sorting clothes at Hannah House and much more.
There is something for every skill level and every age. There are outside and inside activities. For those who would rather stay at church, we will participate in ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ and pass out free lemonade or popsicles. On Sun., Aug. 1 we will have a wrap up pool party at Bryan Park Pool. This week takes the place of Vacation Bible School and is intended for ALL AGES. For more information, download the brochure and registration form or contact Alex May, (812) 334-4057 or email@example.com. Registration forms are due July 11.
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He’s got mosquitoes and Skittles...
Photos courtesy of Danica D’Onofrio
...in his hands!
nd so we sang of God’s blessings during our outdoor community Eucharist at our May 29 “Family Fun and Fellowship Day.” More than fifty people (at least half of them children) came together for a day of adventuring at Waycross, the diocesan retreat and conference center. With no cellphone reception our afternoon was spent “unplugged” and enjoying the wonders of God’s creation. We pranced in sprinklers and slid down a giant slip ‘n slide. We climbed the rock wall and paddled canoes. We explored the wilderness trails and collected geodes and crawdads from the meandering streams. And, of course, we ate! At the end of the day, nine families remained and spent the night in cabins, including Johannes (8 mos.) and Tressa (5 weeks.) Trinity Episcopal Church
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Reflections on EfM; preparations for new year begin A new year of Education for Ministry (EfM) will begin in late August. If interested in learning more about EfM, please plan to attend an introductory meeting, Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 – 8 p.m. or call Trinity’s co-mentors, Gloria Hasler, (812) 334-1599, or The Rev. Virginia Hall, (812) 336-4466.
ducation for Ministry (EfM) is a program from the School of Theology of the University of the South. As every baptized person is called to ministry, EfM provides people with the resources to explore and carry out that ministry. With the Bible in one hand, great theologians, the newspaper and our personal lived experiences in the other hand, week to week we search for God’s voice. One year at a time we engage one another and all that is available to us to pray, think, reconcile and live out the questions of life. Over a course of four years (the whole program) we become more cognizant of the directions that our personal ministries appear to take and how our call to ministry can change. First year student, Susan Siena: More than 30 weeks of Sunday afternoon meetings, more than 600 pages of commentary, and countless chapters of the Old Testament: along with some great snacks, fellowship, and theological discussion of personal & current issues: this was my first year of EfM. Would I do it again? Yes! What I have gained is a road map that will help me navigate the Old Testament and by extension Christianity. The Old Testament is much too complicated to completely understand even in a lifetime of study, so
30 weeks and 600 pages only scratch the surface. But EfM gives a framework for understanding each of the books in the Old Testament – who might have written it and why, to what extent the text tells us about actual, historical events, and what might have been added or edited later. EfM is not a purely academic study, however — the course also encourages us to wrestle with the theological questions within the Old Testament and think about what these very old texts have to say to us today. EfM is organized a little bit like a one-room schoolhouse: this year we had members working in all fouryears of the course. This structure allowed those of us in our first year to have a sneak peek ahead into the New Testament, church history, and theology. The issues brought to the table depended upon the interests of each student because there is far too much to cover even in two and a half hours. Reflecting upon our assigned texts, some of us brought questions, others criticism, and one the always funny “K-Mart version” of church history. Each week’s study included a common lesson — usually a “TR” or “theological reflection,” during which we worked as a group to apply our faith to personal and public concerns ranging from in-law troubles
to I-69. EfM is a thought-provoking and demanding course that was worth every one of those 34 weeks. A reluctant, questioning student: Nancy Hutchens: Making the decision to take EfM was difficult for me. I’d heard so many people talk about how much time it took and how intense the reading load is. Well, it does take time. It is a serious commitment. And, yes, there is a lot of reading — both Bible and commentary. But, the work and time commitment was manageable. More importantly, the experience was more than worth the effort. In the first year, we systematically plowed through the Old Testament, which I had never read in it’s entirely. Every page wasn’t assigned reading, but we certainly covered everything but the most extraneous areas. The first five books are treated in considerable depth — to give us grounding in the foundations of Judaism. The EfM experience was deeply personal, but not too touchyfeely. I really got that we are all on a shared faith journey. My initial reaction to our group was to ask myself, how much do I have in common with others in the class? Would I ‘fit in?’ Sometime during the course of the year, a rewarding fellowship and Christian love emerged. As someone new to Trinity and Bloomington who left long-time friends behind in New York, this strengthen my sense of belonging. We embraced each others differences; we supported each other in the face of a tragedy when one of our members died unexpectedly; and, we deepen our knowledge of the basis of our faith. And, I do plan on taking the second year. Trinity Topics
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Book Reviews by Barbara Bloom The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity, by Wm Paul Young (2007). Los Angeles, CA: Windblown Media.
Some Things Are Unbreakable by Kate Willette (2006). Seattle, WA: Coal Creek Press
This is an unusual book, which I would not have chosen for myself, but many people around me were reading it and were enthusiastic about it, so I decided to read it. It is book of fiction and I would call it a fantasy. It is the story of Mack, a man whose little daughter was murdered and who, in the midst of his painful grief, receives a cryptic invitation to visit the shack where Missy was killed. To his surprise, he discovers that the current occupants of the shack are God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Wisdom. As you can imagine, Mack has a lot of grief and pain and many questions to express. Through conversations with these unique individuals and through activities with them, Mack grows in his ability to assess his situation and to see the cosmic significance of this tragedy. Painfully, he grows in forgiveness and in understanding. In the process, many sophisticated theological issues are presented to the reader in understandable and practical language. We learn along with Mack. This is a sad book with an edifying and joyful and hopeful message. I recommend it to everyone, especially to young adults.
Kate Willett is a wife, mother, teacher, and parttime leader of a youth group at her local Congregational church. She is the mother in the family of this memoir describing the process of recovery of her husband, Bruce, following his spinal cord injury. This book is a well-written and very honest account of a family’s surviving and eventually thriving despite the very serious injury of its primary breadwinner. As well, it is an excellent description of how a community of faith organized themselves to provide necessary support — practical, emotional and spiritual — to a family in desperate need of immediate help. This is a thoughtful and beautiful memoir which offers practical information for all people involved with persons with disabilities. While this book is specifically about spinal cord injury, the imaginative reader could apply the message to any person or family with a “difference.” This book can help us as family, or as church, or as a school, or as a society, to enlarge our lives, so that people who are different can be included within our circles and can take part as much as possible. This would be an excellent choice for any book group, especially a book group within a community of faith.
September book group to read The Help Have you read, or might you enjoy reading the 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett, The Help about black domestic servants in Mississippi around 1960? A discussion group with Marci Bryan, (812) 340-2827, and Pat Agnew, (812) 339-0063, is planned for Mondays, September 20 and 27, 7–8:30 p.m. in the Library. A few copies of the book will be available in the office. If you’re interested, give one of us a call.
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Notes from a trip to
By Jennifer Lloyd
hile Trinity marked the end of its Centennial year in the days leading up to Pentecost, I traveled to Brazil with a small group from the Diocese of Indianapolis to join in celebration of another milestone: 50 years of the Anglican presence in our companion diocese of Brasilia. My participation in this pilgrimage was partially funded by the Outreach Commission’s Mission Trip fund. Here are some highlights of the trip; more photos can be seen on the Outreach bulletin board, and a live presentation will be made this fall. SUNDAY, MAY 16 After 22 hours of travel, our group of eight arrives in Palmas, Brazil. Located 400 miles north of Brasilia, Palmas was founded 20 years ago as the capital of the newly created state of Tocantins. The Diocese of Brasilia includes Tocantins as well as the state of Goia (where the Federal District of Brasilia is located) and part of the state of Minas Gerais. The tropical rainforest climate makes getting off the airplane feel like walking into a hot, wet blanket. In the company of Bishop Mauricio and Sandra Andrade and Denilson Olivato, we stop at our hotel before heading to evening services at Christ the Liberator, a store-front church that is one of two Anglican
missions in Palmas. After a leisurely (45-minute) guitar prelude, husband-and-wife priests Luis and Lucia lead the small congregation in a service that features contemporary Brazilian music and significant youth involvement— themes we will see repeated throughout our visit. The gospel procession consists of young girls in simple robes who sing and dance as they carry the bible from the street outside to the altar. MONDAY, MAY 17 In the morning,
we travel to Christ the Redeemer, the other Palmas mission, which holds services in the front courtyard of a small house. The back yard of the house is the construction site for Casa A+, the newest project of the Diocese, which is nearing completion. This simple 3-room building will provide short-term housing for patients visiting Palmas for treatment of HIV/AIDS. Local health officials, GBLT advocates, and clergy from Tocantins and Goias gather as Bishop Mauricio blesses the house, which represents the culmination of many hopes and dreams. It is a very emotional moment. After sunset, we visit a tract of land which the government of Palmas has recently presented to the Diocese. The size and location offer many opportunities to develop the Anglican presence in Palmas over
the next several years. Bp. Mauricio leads a prayer, and we sing hymns of thanksgiving in English and Portuguese. WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 After returning to Brasilia (a cooler and much less humid city!) on Tuesday, we head to Pedregal, a neighborhood in Novo Gama, a satellite city of Brasilia. Here we visit a S.A.M.E. program. Run by the Diocese, the program provides supervision and tutoring to about 25 young students. Later, we visit Holy Spirit church in Pedregal and its youthful priest, Luciano. Last year Holy Spirit became the first parish in the diocese besides the Cathedral to become self-sufficient.
3 1 Chancel, Holy Spirit Church, Pedregal 2 Gospel procession at Christ the Liberator, Palmas 3 Bishop Mauricio and Tocantins clergy at Casa A+ 4 Bp. Mauricio and Indiana visitors on the floor of the House of Deputies 5 Chancel, Holy Spirit Church, Pedregal 6 Jennifer with kids at S.A.M.E., Pedregal 7 Vivian and Walster at Holiest Trinity, Paranoal
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van and travel two hours outside Brasilia to the city of Anapolis, the home of Reconciliation Mission and its priest, Rev. Lucia. Marylin Day (St. David’s Bean Blossom) and I are thrilled to see the completed S.A.M.E. classrooms we helped build in October, 2008. FRIDAY, MAY 21 Bishop Cate Waynick joins our group . We are privileged to sit on the floor of the House of Deputies at the National Congress as Bishop Mauricio receives a formal commendation on behalf of the Anglican Church
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for its 50 years of work in the city. Clergy and friends of the Diocese are assembling from all over Brazil and the world for the weekend’s celebration. SATURDAY, MAY 22 We make a short trip to Paranoa, another satellite city of Brasilia, which is home to The Most Holy Trinity mission. Under the direction of Rev. Josias, this two-room church serves a tiny congregation consisting almost entirely of women and children. It also hosts a S.A.M.E. program, a Sunday School, and several educational and formational programs
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for its parish and the community. While here, I have the opportunity to meet with parishioner and S.A.M.E. teacher Vivian and her son, Walster, who has Down Syndrome. Under the leadership of Nola Bloemendaal, Trinity and Down Syndrome Family Connection raised funds through calendar sales toward Walster’s education, and I have the privilege of presenting that gift to Vivian. At night, we all gather at the Cathedral for presentations of the 50 years of history in Brasilia. Nearly all of the former priests, deans and bishops are still living,
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Diaper ministry hopes to help rash of families By Marci Bryan
f you’ve been around the Trinity Office on certain Wednesday afternoons, you may have noticed more babies and toddlers with their moms than usual. They are participating in the Outreach Commission’s newest ministry: end of the month diaper distribution. This new ministry is the brainchild of Charlie+ and diaconal intern Jim Lowney. When Jim was working with Trinity staff last fall, Charlie asked him to identify a way that diapers cold be provided for community members in need. Since diapers cannot be purchased with Food Stamps but require cash, families often found their money wouldn’t stretch far enough at the end of the month CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
and most have been able to come for the event. It is touching to see so many happy reunions taking place around us. During the reception, Bishop Cate announces that the Diocese of Indianapolis has collected a gift of $10,000 toward the Casa A+ project. With tears in his eyes, Bishop Mauricio later confides to some of us that this is the exact amount that had still been needed for completion of the project. PENTECOST SUNDAY The procession of bishops and clergy (Five bishops! Twelve clergy!) wearing Pentecostal red is a stirring sight. Bishop Cate delivers the sermon at this Eucharist service that is the pinnacle of the anniversary celebration. Remembering the beginnings of the early Church during a PAGE
to buy diapers for their littlest members. When Jim made a presentation to the Outreach Commission, they agreed that this new ministry should be included in the Commission’s 2010 budget request to the Vestry. Four volunteers agreed to work out the logistics of the distribution: Katie Bambrick, Marci Bryan, Erin Thompson, and Jill Wood. They decided to package 10 diapers per size plus a supply of wipes, using supplies purchased with a cash card and plastic bags donated by Eastside Kroger Manager and Vestry Member Todd LaDow. After consulting with Parish Administrator Janet Brinkworth who (along with office volunteers) would be distributing the packages, the volunteer team settled on the fourth
Wednesday of the month as “Diaper Day.” Wednesday afternoons were already a time when those needing financial assistance could be seen by Father Charlie or Mother Virginia. The word was spread to Shalom and other community agencies about this new ministry in time for the first distribution in April. Three families came to receive diapers and wipes. By May it was clear that news of the new ministry had gotten around: ten families with 13 babies and toddlers came to Trinity. Everyone associated with the new ministry is eagerly awaiting the June 23 distribution date to learn how many families will participate in the June distribution.
week when we have witnessed the challenges and joys of the many tiny missions in the Brasilia diocese has created a new understanding and immediacy of our own faith for those on our pilgrimage. After the service, we gather under mango trees in the yard behind the Cathedral for a cookout. There is no chocolate fountain, but there are entire racks of beef ribs on skewers! The day is marred only by the absence of our friend Denilson, who has been hospitalized after contracting the dengue fever that is rampant in the area.
during this conversation and later as we talk among ourselves. In the evening, we say goodbye to many of our friends during a farewell reception at Mauricio and Sandra’s home. Tomorrow we leave for home.
MONDAY, MAY 24 We meet with Bishop Mauricio and Sandra to discuss our visit and consider future directions for the relationship between our dioceses, and with our third companion diocese of Bor, Sudan. Many ideas percolate, both
AFTERWARD Two days after our group leaves Brasilia, Bishop Mauricio and Sandra head south to Sao Paulo for their General Convention. In addition to serving as the Bishop for the Diocese of Brasilia, and currently as interim Dean of the Cathedral, Mauricio is also the Primate (Archbishop) of the Province of Brazil, and he is up for re-election at the convention. He is in fact re-elected, unanimously and by acclamation. Denilson recovers from his illness. I start researching Portuguese language classes.
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The faces of Trinity you may not see
or many people Trinity Church is the beautiful sanctuary where we gather Sunday mornings to sing praises to God, listen to what ancient scriptures might possibly have to say to us or where we lay heavy burdens on the altar. To others it is a quiet weekday service on Wednesday or a service with our campus Chaplain on Thursday evenings. There is another “congregation” that meets with office volunteers and the clergy any hour of the day or day of the week. They know that, whether we can answer their question or give them financial assistance, they will be welcomed and heard. Here, we see and hear what some of the most basic needs of our community are: health, food, shelter and friendship. As this “congregation” grows, and because of limited financial and human resources (ie. time), we have restricted requests for financial assistance to Tuesdays and Wednesday when we are assured that one of the clergy will be in the office to respond to the need. Our office volunteers triage calls and set up appointments. Our greatest requests come for rental assistance, deposits and utilities. Here are some of their stories. An office volunteer told me this story and how sad it makes her feel to see so many needs when people come into the office: One morning, before the Sunday 9 a.m. service began, I noticed a man with a back pack and disheveled clothing. I presumed he was one of our homeless guests in his early 50’s.. I said, “Hello.” His response was, “I don’t know if I should be here.” I leaned forward and showed him our bulletin pointing to “Open to all. Open to love. Open to serve.” He looked at me and said, “Oh you took letters and made words out Trinity Episcopal Church
of them.” I then realized he couldn’t read. He started telling me about his plight, pleased to have a shelter to stay in and for Trinity. He had the nicest smile and kept smiling. He stayed for the service and I showed him where we were in the bulletin. When I stood, he stood. When I kneeled, he kneeled. When it was time for communion, he came with me and knelt at the altar and received the bread and wine. When the service was over, I said, “It’s good to have you here.” He kissed my hand and said, “Thank you.” Another volunteer especially likes to connect with women: I especially like helping people to feel at ease — moms and kids or adults of either gender who are waiting to hear about a very important decision concerning them that is being made by other people. Yes, some of the people are trying “to pull a fast one”, but that is not my concern. Most are honest and simply trying to survive and we at the desk can check our records for previous help given, which excludes people for at least 6 months. I can usually keep the kids busy with the candy that is on the desk which they eye longingly. Questions and stories interest the kids, too. With the adults, I simply visit with them. Very quickly we can get to a topic that helps to pass the waiting time. Just being friendly and displaying some compassion goes a long way to help our visitors, who because of circumstances, are forced to ask for help when they would prefer to meet their own needs themselves, just like all of us. My experience raising three kids alone, like many of these women, often helps me to connect with the women. They see a survivor in me. They can do it, too. We also see students: A first time older Ivy Tech student came in and requested help with school supplies and was thrilled and grateful that we could help.
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Another volunteer reflects on requests for financial assistance: These are people, people like us, who need help with rent, utilities, or transportation. These are the faces of the silent amongst us, the ones clergy assist with their discretionary funds. It is heartbreaking to turn people away as there won’t be any money to help for perhaps 3 weeks. My wife and I make our pledged donation to Trinity electronically. On the occasion that we are in Bloomington and in the congregation, an extra check is written to Trinity for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund” on the memo line. Won’t you please consider doing the same? The Discretionary Fund is what is available for the above needs. Our clergy do a wonderful job in screening to assure that these funds are used wisely. St. Matthew states that “ just as you did to one of the least of my family, you did to me.” The Canons of the Diocese of Indianapolis are clear: The first Sunday of the month, any undesignated funds that are received in the offering are to be given to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. After each first Sunday, Mona Baker, our office accountant, deposits these funds in a separate account. Only the clergy have access to these funds and they must be used for outreach to those in need. We are grateful to each of you who make this possible. In March, April and May, we assisted 59 individuals for an average of $65-75 dollars for rent, utilities, some prescriptions, phone cards or transportation, a total of over $4,300. of your contributions. The needs increase with our economic situation and we are always grateful for your generosity. Charlie, Connie and I thank you very much. — Virginia+ PAGE
Choir to welcome new music intern this fall
History Commission honors contributions to Centennial
By Marilyn Keiser, Director of Music
uring our Centennial Year there have been so many wonderful highlights — the All Saints Day service, The Advent Lessons and Carols, Easter services and anthems week by week that comfort and inspire. The choir members exemplify amazing dedication, loyalty, good humor, and magnificent musicianship. I am writing to tell you about our plans for the choir during this coming year. Our Music Intern, Hillary Sullivan, will be getting married in early September. Hillary has brought wonderful musical gifts to us, and I rejoice for her in her new life with Mark Doerries. (The Church Music Intern position has been in place since 1984. It is funded in part by Indiana University. It is open for a student actively enrolled in a degree program.) Since Hillary has now completed her course work in the MM program, with a double major in voice and organ. The new intern will be Elaine Sonnenberg. Elaine is a DM student, a skilled organist and director, and a musician with lots of experience in working with children and handbells. We will welcome her at the beginning of September. Within the next month we find a time to honor and thank Hillary for her outstanding work this year. Josef Ciskanik will continue for another year as the Organ Scholar. I send my profound thanks for your abiding support and for your heartfelt singing every Sunday.
ABOVE (front row) Nancy Rayfield, Committee Chairman John Johnson, Liz Winkler; (back row) Gates Agnew, Steve Gable, and Chuck Watson. RIGHT Chris Johns and Nancy Rayfield Photos courtesy of the History Committee
by Gates Agnew
n Saturday night, June 19, the History Commission honored Chris Johns and Nancy Rayfield for their superlative contributions to the 2009–10 Trinity Centennial Celebration. Chris was Chairman of the yearlong event, and Nancy led the History Commission’s Timeline in the Great Hall and its offerings in Topics. Commission members gathered for dinner at the Johnson’s were (first row) Nancy Rayfield, Chairman John Johnson, Liz Winkler; and (back row) Gates Agnew, Steve Gable, and Chuck Watson. The History Commission is currently preparing an article on the four Trinity rectors who served during the last four decades of the twentieth century: the Revs. Bill Eddy, Charles Perry, Don Davis, and Hugh Laughlin. Any member would be glad to receive your memories and stories from these crucial years. Trinity Topics
A summer quiz that’s over your head By Patrick Martin
Q : What do Up On The Roof, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Fiddler On The Roof have to do with Trinity?
We are getting a new roof!
Weather pending, from August 2 through the 20, we will be replacing all asphalt shingles on the Sanctuary, Great Hall, and courtyard walkways. New shingles will match those used in the recent construction of our Administrative/Classroom wing.
Importantly, for the past 100 years, the roof of our beloved Sanctuary has not been insulated! By adding insulation Trinity Church can reduce its heating and cooling costs and reduce its impact on our environment. So, for the Sanctuary only, we will remove all old shingles, install a pre-prepared “sandwich” of vented foam insulation and nail-board, and then add our new shingles. The interior will remain untouched. Christine Matheu, our architect, is working with Steve’s Roofing to confirm the procedure is sound and
that the resulting appearance will stay essentially the same, though several inches thicker. Building & Grounds recommended, and Vestry approved, the expenditure of $34,000 for the entire project. There was sufficient income this past year from the Goullick Family Trust and the I. M. Falwell Endowment to adequately cover this expenditure. By the time school starts (and real quizzes), we will have an insulated Sanctuary, a new roof over Trinity, and one more reason to celebrate our Centennial.
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