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Chimes of

Trinity Cathedral Vol. MMXVIII, No. 1

Summer 2018

Dear People of Trinity, I’m writing this on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived, taught, and performed almost all of the miracles recorded in the gospels. I’m here with our cathedral pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It’s a powerful experience to walk the same hills where Jesus first revealed what the fullness of God’s power to heal, to reconcile, and to restore looks like. But the revelation of God’s power to save didn’t end with Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father, and it’s not confined to the hills of Palestine, or the pages of scripture. I can see God’s love being revealed every day around our cathedral, and small miracles of grace and healing abound in meetings, in our weekly worship, at choir rehearsals, Sunday School classrooms, in Bible studies, dinners, new friendships being formed, babies being baptized, at the hospital bed, and even at the grave, where we sing alleluia as so many have done before us in this place for generations. This issue of the Chimes offers a small glimpse of the amazing things God continues to be up to among us. As you read through these pages looking back at all God has done here in recent months, and look forward to all that yet awaits us, I hope that you will pause for a moment, as I am doing right now, to give God thanks for the great gift we have received in the person of Jesus Christ, and in the gift we have been given in one another.

Craig The Very Reverend Craig Loya Dean


Omaha, Nebraska

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Summer Calendar

Visit and social media for updated calendar and event information. Sunday, May 27

Trinity Sunday, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day - Office Closed

Sunday, June 3 Second Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Clinging: The Experience of Prayer 9:30 am Gardner Hall Sunday, June 10 Third Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & Holy Baptism 10:30 am Clinging: The Experience of Prayer 9:30 am Gardner Hall Saturday, June 16

Diocesan-wide Prayer Walk, Lake Zorinsky, Omaha

Sunday, June 17 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Clinging: The Experience of Prayer 9:30 am Gardner Hall June 17 – 23

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to Rosebud Reservation

June 18 - 21

Bigger Bible School & Vacation Bible School

Thursday, June 21

Confirmation Eucharist, 6:30 pm

Sunday, June 24 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Clinging: The Experience of Prayer 9:30 am Gardner Hall Trinity Tent at Shakespeare on the Green, 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 27

Food and Creation: Experiencing God in the World Around Us, 5:30 pm

Sunday, July 1

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Summer Choir, 10:30 am Eucharist Summer Sunday School, 9:30-10:15 am

Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day – Office Closed

Sunday, July 8 Wednesday, July 11

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Summer Choir, 10:30 am Eucharist Summer Sunday School, 9:30-10:15 am Food and Creation: Experiencing God in the World Around Us, 5:30 pm

Sunday, July 15 Wednesday, July 18

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Summer Choir, 10:30 am Eucharist Summer Sunday School, 9:30-10:15 am Food and Creation: Experiencing God in the World Around Us, 5:30 pm

Sunday, July 22

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Summer Choir, 10:30 am Eucharist Summer Sunday School, 9:30-10:15 am

July 23 – 27

Camp Canterbury

Wednesday, July 25

Food and Creation: Experiencing God in the World Around Us, 5:30 pm

Sunday, July 29 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Intergenerational Choir Day, 10:30 am Eucharist Red Cross Blood Drive, Gardner Hall Sunday, August 5 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Dean’s Sunday Series: Money and Possessions by Walter Brueggemann, 9:30 am Sunday, August 12 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Dean’s Sunday Series: Money and Possessions by Walter Brueggemann, 9:30 am Sunday, August 19

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Dean’s Sunday Series: Money and Possessions by Walter Brueggemann, 9:30 am

Sunday, August 26 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10:30 am Fall Kick-Off Block Party after 10:30 Eucharist


Summer at the Cathedral Trinity Sunday is May 27

Shakespeare on the Green

Celebrate Trinity Sunday at Trinity Cathedral! The Cathedral Choir has prepared festive music for the 10:30 Eucharist. An extended prelude will feature music of Handel and Bach for choir, brass, and organ. Classic anthems from the English cathedral repertoire will be sung, as well as our own “Trinity hymn” by Scottsbluff hymn poet, Rae E. Whitney. Please be seated by 10:20 to hear all of the inspiring music. Learn more on our music and liturgy blog, Praying Twice -

Debra Reilly and Bob Culver invite the cathedral community to join them starting at 6:30 pm Sunday, June 24th for the production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare on the Green. The play starts at 8:00 pm. They will provide personalized wood fired pizzas from Prairie Fire Pizza, plates, and wine. You are invited to bring other snacks, desserts and drinks you might want. This is a fun event for the whole family. Kids are welcome. We’ll fly an Episcopal flag outside the tent and show the Omaha community our festive Episcopal best! Wear your Trinity T-Shirt too!

Sunday morning June Book Study

“There is a moment between intending to pray and actually praying that is as dark and silent as any moment in our lives. It is the split second between thinking about prayer and really praying. For some of us, this split second may last for decades.” This is the opening of Emilie Griffin’s book Clinging: The Experience of Prayer, a short (seven chapters—67 pages), but deeply personal book about prayer/ praying. We invite you to join each Sunday in June for a discussion about this book, led by Char DeWitt, a member of the Stewardship Committee. We will meet from 9:30 to 10:15 downstairs in Gardner Hall; the book can be purchased in the Gift Shop. According to Char, “These three sentences describe me--how about you? I reach for this book frequently to provide thoughtful and meaningful guidance. I believe it will create a long-lasting impression and I can’t wait to share it with you!”

Food and Creation: Experiencing God in the World Around Us

Each Wednesday from June 27-July 25 (excluding July 4) parishioner Shaun Warkentin will lead a class on food, creation, faith, and the relationships that bind these together. Food sustains our physical bodies and the tables we gather around deepen our connectedness with one another. Join us at 5:30 on each night of this class for a soup supper before delving more deeply into the relationships we share with one another, the earth, and God’s creation - all through food!

Red Cross Blood Drive, Sunday July 29

the Cathedral Matters for sign Bigger Bible School & Vacation Bible School Watch up information in the weeks ahead. June 18-21 from 5:30-7:30 each night. Dinner served at 5:30 (all ages together), programs will start at 6:00 Bigger Bible School (adults): Walk in Love based on a book by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe - June 18-20: feature presentations and talks - June 21: Confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation with Bishop Barker The class is open to anyone and will serve as the spring new member class. Please RVSP to Dean Loya.

Dean’s Sunday Series: Money and Possessions by Walter Brueggemann

What does the Bible say about money, possessions, and the intersection of our faith and politics? In August, Dean Loya will lead a four-week series based on Walter Brueggemann’s book Money and Possessions as we seek to explore these themes. The world we live in and the reality envisioned by scripture frequently speak against one another especially when it comes to politics, and economics. Join us as we explore how the vision of the Bible can help us be agents of transformation, justice, and peace in our own lives.

Vacation Bible School (youth): Vacation Bible School June 18-21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. See page 4 for more information.


Block Party & Blessing of the Backpacks

Celebrate the start to the program year with a joyful party on 18th Street, outside the cathedral, on Sunday, August 26. Treats will be available all morning, and after the 10:30 service, lunch is provided, and kids (and kids at heart) can enjoy games and a bounce house. Students are encouraged to bring their school backpacks which will be blessed during both services with prayers for a great school year!

From the Director of Congregational Life

near future. In all of these, the people of Trinity are being formed and molded by the Holy Spirit into wellformed disciples of Jesus. In the dismissal on Pentecost, the deacon says, “Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.” Indeed even as we know so deeply the presence of the Holy Spirit in our community at Trinity, we are also empowered by that same Spirit to tell the world the Good News we encounter and live out at Trinity. Let us go out each day into the world of Omaha to our jobs, our homes, and our neighborhoods telling each person the joy and hope and love of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit.


s I write this article, we are anticipating our celebration of the Day of Pentecost in just a few days. It was that first Pentecost Day two thousand years ago when the disciples and the church they would bring into being received the Holy Spirit from heaven. This same spirit would empower and enliven their ministry from Jerusalem to their entire known world. It would be a comfort to them, a reminder and reassurance of God’s continued presence with them, and the guiding force for how they would carry out their ministry. It is difficult for me to count the ways that this same Holy Spirit continues to live and move among our community at Trinity Cathedral. In this edition of The Steven Chimes, you will see the youngest Trinity members The Reverend Steven King, participating in the church’s traditions and rituals, Director of Congregational Life serving the poor, and being formed in their faith. You will see voices raised in musical offerings to God, stories of our history told, service opportunities lived out, and many opportunities for more even in the

Around the Diocese Pray + Walk + Do (a 5K Prayer Walk)


oin us for our summer sesquicentennial event, Pray + Walk + Do on Saturday, June 16th. Bring the family and join us at beautiful Lake Zorinsky in Omaha for a 5K Run / Walk / Stroll on a well defined trail followed by a Prayer Experience and breakfast (featuring “over the grill” burritos). There will be a bounce house for children and lots of space to play. Check in begins at 7:30 am with the Walk/Run beginning at 8:30 am. As you check-in, each person will be given a small stone to carry. A liturgy of welcoming the new day will be offered right before “start” time and the stones will be blessed. All begin the journey (in whatever speed you wish) and are encouraged to find your prayer voice - it could be silence or it could be conversation. In the prayer we invite all to seek or hear what one thing God is calling you to do - to serve - to love. As you finish your walk each person will be invited to build a small altar from our stones in thanksgiving and in a renewed commitment to serve. There is no charge for participation, but we do ask that you register for the event at


Parish Records Baptisms

Ivy Mae Jacobson daughter of Zachary & Cara Jacobson Beatrice Wright Whelan daughter of Patrick & Laurel Whelan Oliver Matthew Garjeda son of Matthew & Debrenee Garjeda William Francis Teply son of Benjamin & Melissa Teply



Roger Elliot & Kathleen Mumgaard Martin Kreifels & Charise Nissen Christopher Carparelli & Autumn Cummings Robert DeLair & Christine Harpster Seth Holbrook & Katherine Gramlich


The Rev. Phillip Everett Chapman Robert W. Dowell Erika Adkins Annie Caldwell Loring J. Patrick Green Douglas Lynn Steinkruger Nathaniel Wesley Johnson Joe T. McCartney

Children & Families

he Sunday School spent the Lent and Easter T seasons learning about the people that have built our faith, both in the past and in the present.

Vacation Bible School June 18-21

Next up is VBS from June 18-21, 5:30-7:30 PM. We will be journeying through A Wrinkle in Time with Dare to be Different! Dinner will be provided starting at 5:30. All children in grades Pre-K–6th are invited. To register contact Sue Wilkins at or Erin Van Zee at

We participated in Lent Madness, where we learned about known and lesser known saints, and then voted for our favorites in a nationwide competition. The kids loved it, so much so that one student created her own crossword puzzle with the names of the saints and brought it to her class. We are also venturing through a unit on Trinity’s outreach projects. For this, visitors and guest speakers are speaking with the kids on various areas such as Magdalene House and Yates Community Center. The kids have also taken mini field trips to help in the Fricke Food Pantry and Suitcase Factory! We even received a special visit from Bishop Barker and Canon Easton. Thanks to all who’ve spent time with us.

Summer Sunday School

Children (and families) of all ages are invited to join us for Summer Sunday School the first four Sundays in July. This will be a fun way to engage our faith story this summer at Trinity. Several cathedral members will be sharing their gifts with our children and youth from 9:30am-10:15am July 1, 8 15, and 22. Guests include: Drawing and cartooning with Tom Kerr, Food, Farming and Creation with Shaun Warkentin, Arts Ministry with Amanda Stevenson of the Omaha Children's Choir, and Poetry Writing with Sue Wilkins. We hope you’ll join us!

Meet Sue Wilkins, our New Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries!


ue Wilkins started as Trinity Cathedral’s Director of Children, youth & Family Ministries on May 1, replacing Christine Misek, who stepped down after many years of serving the children of this cathedral and their families. In announcing Sue’s calling to the Trinity Cathedral community, Dean Loya was “impressed with her experience working with young people, her passion for that work, and most importantly, her commitment to developing her own faith and life of prayer. All of those qualities and more will be a great gift to the cathedral children and their families.” Sue grew up in small town Nebraska in a large family of five boys and two girls. After graduating high school, she left Nebraska to attend Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received her degree in English Literature and Writing. After graduating, Sue moved to Seattle where most of her ten years there were spent working with children in a long term mentoring program called Friends of the Children. She left Seattle to attend graduate school at Regent College in Vancouver, BC where she received her Master’s of Theology and then subsequently returned to Nebraska two years ago to focus on a writing project and spend time with family. Sue says, “I’m genuinely looking forward to being a part of Trinity Cathedral. Through the interviewing process, it became clear to me that Trinity is a place where the Spirit is at work and I’m happy to join such an excellent team. I’m also excited to know each of you at Trinity and I do hope that you’ll come up and introduce yourself if I don’t manage to do it first!”


Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center, Fremont, NE

Camp Canterbury is for youth entering 4 - 12th grade. Registration runs May 6 - July 6* Space is limited, so register early! Camp costs $250/camper

No camper should ever miss camp for financial reasons. Contact Noelle at if you would like information about scholarships. *Register by June 6th, 2018 and you'll be entered to win a travel hammock and insulated cup.

Our theme this summer is Following Jesus Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center is located just a few miles southwest of Fremont, Nebraska, Calvin Crest is a Presbyterian camp nestled along the Platte River.


Summer Choir in July

Worship & Music

During the five Sundays in July, adult singers are invited to participate in Summer Choir. No weeknight rehearsals or long-term commitment required – simply a love of singing and a desire to serve. Rehearsal meets at 9:30 on Sunday, and the choir provides musical leadership for the 10:30 Eucharist. For more information, visit http://

Lenten Evensong at All Saints - our annual joint service with the choirs from St. Andrew's and All Saints.

Intergenerational Choir Day

On Sunday, July 29, parents are invited to bring their children and sing together in Summer Choir. Rehearsal meets at 9:30. On this day, everyone will wear Trinity T-shirts (available for purchase in the Cathedral Shoppe). Visit our website and watch Cathedral Matters for more information as the date approaches.

Our Cathedral Choir and Brass Quintet after a joyous Easter Day service

Canon Precentor Summer Sabbatical

Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, our Canon Precentor, will be on sabbatical this summer. A sabbatical is time away granted for study, rest, and renewal after an extended period of service. Burnett will attend the Association of Anglican Musicians national conference and will serve as our diocese’s first alternate deputy in the lay order at General Convention. She has also been appointed as a Dean’s Scholar at Virginia Theological Seminary, where she will spend the month of August working on composition and writing projects. She will return September 4. During the summer months, staff singers and guest organists will provide music for worship. Paul Koenig will serve as our guest Summer Choir Director during the month of July. Koenig is an experienced choral conductor, soloist, and music educator. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Voices of Omaha and as a voice instructor at University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Cantate Choral Academy choristers enjoyed a trip to St. Mark's on-the-Campus Episcopal Church in Lincoln.

Congratulations to our choristers who were honored for their achievements and service this year! Four of our Cantate Choir choristers have advanced to the dark blue level in the Royal School of Church Music “Voice for Life” curriculum, and one has achieved the light blue level. Levels of achievement are signified by colored ribbons and medallions. Laudate Choir members received certificates of achievement.


The Trinity Cathedral Schola Cantorum offered monthly Compline liturgies on Sunday evenings in 2017-18. Compline returns on Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Several Cathedral Choir members participated in Craig Hella Johnson’s powerful and moving original work, Considering Matthew Shepard at the Lied Center in Lincoln in February.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, visited Omaha & Trinity Cathedral to commemorate the 150th year of the Diocese of Nebraska in January.

Holy Week & Easter


Images of Trinity

The 161st Annual Meeting of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in January

Maundy Thursday is a day when Christians remember, among other things, Jesus washing his friends’ feet as an act of service and loving care. This year at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, we held a foot care clinic where we gave our downtown neighbors pedicures, new shoes and socks, and visits with an orthopedic physician.

Ascension Day Eucharist with our friends from Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Bishop J. Scott Barker of Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska presiding and Bishop Brian Mass of Nebraska Synod, ELCA preaching.

Day of Lamentation, a vigil against gun violence in March 10

Yates Community Center

Parish Activities Historical Society



pril 22nd was our fifth annual Yates Day during which Trinity Cathedral awarded six $1,000 scholarships to very deserving students who are refugees connected with the Yates Community Center. The recipients, their families and Yates staff were most appreciative. Veronica Hill, the lead teacher at Yates, presented the awards and also gave a most informative presentation at Forum on the current refugee situation in Nebraska, in Omaha and at the Yates Center. Trinity Cathedral has had an ongoing relationship with the Yates Center since the fall of 2012. Members of the congregation have been volunteering at Yates since the beginning of our connection by assisting adult students in the English as a Second Language classrooms as well as the family rooms, helping with donations and teaching a Citizenship Class for the past year. In 2017, Trinity Cathedral received the annual Outstanding Volunteers Award from Yates (the first organization to be named). From 2013 to present, several members of the Cathedral have received this award: Vern and Gail Krenzer, Bernie and Kay Clark, Virginia Smith and Crystal Gale. Since 2012, Trinity parishioners have provided generous donations of money, clothing, household goods, sewing materials, educational supplies and children’s books to the Yates Community Center. Members have also purchased handmade sewing items made by the refugees at Yates. Many of these items continue to be available for purchase in the Trinity Gift Shoppe.

he Historical Society recently took a road trip to Plattsmouth. They visited St. Luke’s Church where they were given a tour by Mother Mavis Hall. St. Luke’s and Trinity share the fact that Bishop Clarkson set the cornerstone in the building and also use Francis Cooper silver vessels. The trip included a visit to the Plattsmouth Conservancy Inc.’s Costume Closet and The Bankers’ B&B. (see photo) During the summer, Historical Society members are busy researching for the coming fall schedule which will include a Clarkson Day mini-tour and the annual Open House. Wednesday Workshops continue as well. If you are interested in a private tour of the museum rooms, please contact Trinity’s office, 402-342-7010.


Stewardship Committee

emember the parable of the mustard seed? How the smallest seed grows into a tree which gives the birds a place to make their nests? Your commitment to the church also starts with a small step. You begin by coming to services, talking to people, praying, and growing in the family where the church is your home. Giving to the church starts a little at a time. There is no amount that is too small-- it’s important to begin. The decision to give whatever amount you choose, every week, will soon become a habit that will connect you more and more with the church. This could begin with a dollar a week and then, week after week, month after month, the habit of giving is formed. Like seeds that grow and provide abundance to us, we grow spiritually when we share our gifts.


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 18th Street & Capitol Avenue Omaha, Nebraska 68102 402-342-7010 Fax: 402-342-1865 J. Scott Barker, Bishop of Nebraska Craig Loya, Dean and Rector Steven King, Director of Congregational Life Teresa Houser, Deacon Ellen M. Ross, Deacon James Dowd, Monk in Residence Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor Stacy Gustin, Office Manager Sue Wilkins, Children’s, Youth & Family Ministries Christine Misek, Religious Education Erin VanZee, Sunday School Director Bill Dunbar, Head Verger Kyle Smith, Communications Director Linda MacTaggart, Administrative Asst.

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Chapter Helen Chapple, Senior Warden Vern Krenzer, Junior Warden Jeffrey Chapman, Treasurer Erin VanZee, Clerk Bill Brush Karen Burkley Alan Fisher Char DeWitt Marcia Morell  Bill Roberts Charlotte Shafer  Stan Standifer Sarah Watson Foster Weyand Peter Whitted Sunday Services (Cathedral) Holy Eucharist 8:30 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nativity Chapel) Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. Centering Prayer 12:10 p.m. Wednesday (Nativity Chapel) Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. Downtown Episcopal Outreach Lunch (Gardner Hall) Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. Thursday (Nativity Chapel) Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist  12:10 p.m. Friday (Nativity Chapel) Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist  12:10 p.m.

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