Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2016 Annual Report
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REPORT FROM YOUR DEAN
The Very Reverend Timothy Jones, Dean of Trinity Cathedral
The Year in Review Table of Contents:
Report from the Dean.......... 2 Children & Families............... 4 Youth Ministries..................... 5
We’re Building! “I’m Working on a Building” is the title of an old bluegrass Gospel song. It’s also a good description of what I see when I look back on 2016 and look ahead to the coming year.
Building Staff •
Adult Formation..................... 6 Pastoral Care........................... 7 Mission & Outreach ............. 8
Trinity Learning Center........ 9
Music Ministries.................... 10
Trinity Bookstore................... 11 Men of Trinity......................... 12 Daughters (DHC).................. 13 Stewardship............................ 14 Trinity Forward...................... 15 Trinity Foundation................ 16 Trinity Docents...................... 16 Treasurer Report................... 17 Year in Photos........................ 18 Clergy, Staff & Vestry........... 19
“Trinity Episcopal Cathedral invites all to experience a joyful relationship with God, to share friendship with one another, and to make Jesus Christ known in the world” Page 2
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Eleanor Smolen joined us as Director of Youth Ministry, and I’m excited about her strong start, her spiritual depth, and her relational approach. A remarkable search committee chaired by Lee Ayers helped us find a gifted minister. With funding from the Foundation, we are closing in on a promising candidate for a part-time development officer position. I fully expect this new staff member to bring renewed expertise to our long-range giving and Trinity’s ongoing health and vitality. I’ve made Ira Houck a permanent canon for pastoral care, and his kindness and wisdom bless us. I’ve arranged for Bob Riegel to regularly provide pastoral care, and I’m grateful that he is able to visit our home bound. Wayne Kinyon, formerly Still Hopes chaplain and chronically “un-retired,” is also assisting with pastoral care. With the departure of Canon Dane Boston, I continue a dedicated search for the just-right clergy person to deepen our congregational vitality. Pray for that search. Charles Davis has helpfully overseen liturgy, pastoral care, and the launch of a remarkable lay pastoral care program called Community of Hope, while Patsy Malanuk has continued to provide oversight for life-changing outreach.
In my vision for staff collegiality and strong working relationships, I am grateful for the work of a number of leaders to give a much-needed overhaul of our employee handbook. Refining or creating job descriptions for every one of our twenty-some positions was a herculean task, and many assisted, especially Norah Grimball, and a great HR committee (Donald Benson, Charles Davis, Jack Godbold, Norah Grimball, David Danforth, Belton Zeigler, Pamela Lackey, Judy Cotchett Smith, Susan White, Lura Folline, Pamela Woods, and Will Thomas).
For each of the last several years, including 2016, we have grown modestly in net membership. That growth matters. Our hospitality, our greeters, and our active newcomers program all are a big part of that. However, our Average Sunday Attendance has not kept pace. I continue to want to find ways for our worship services and programs to engage both members and nonmembers. I want to see our church attendance blossom. Help me in that. Please continue to make Sunday morning worship a family priority. As part of that interest, I met with Jared Johnson and others to strategize increasing more vigorous attendance at our weekly choral Evensong, one of the jewels of our tradition and a sometimesoverlooked treasure of our Sunday worship richness.
Building a Vibrant Faith
Formation opportunities for all ages abound, with an exceptionally strong children’s program, and profoundly inspiring music program. A Sunday morning three-session class series on Biblical Characters in the Advent Drama, co-taught by
me and my wife, the Rev’d Jill Zook-Jones, ended with standing-room- only in Saterlee Hall. Our Lenten Series saw strong attendance as well, with the likes of Will Willimon, Billy Shand, and Fleming Rutledge. I’m happy to report that I was able to convince (cajole, even) Dr. Sigel to return to teaching this January. And don’t forget how important it is for adults to be confirmed each year when our bishop visits in May! I want to help you personally make that significant step of commitment and reaffirmation of your faith if you haven’t. Speaking of deeper faith, I and some of our lay leaders have been gaining insight about making mature disciples of Christ in our changing world through an exciting program called Shift. The focus of our annual vestry retreat in February will enlist the architect of the Shift work, and we expect insights about seizing opportunities for ministry and mission.
Will Willimon preaching during our 2016 Lenten Series.
Speaking of mission, I have convened an Outreach Futures Committee to help Trinity envision how we can continue to make a lasting difference in the great needs of underserved communities around us. That group is Nela Edgar, Shirley Kuiper, Bill Matthews, Tommy Little, Donna Waites, and Beth Yon.
Building Deeper Generosity
We have made stewardship an important focus of our preaching. I have made personal contacts with a number of our members, encouraging new pledges. With the able and prayerful leadership of Wade and Lannie Stinnette, we saw a strong accent on the spiritual foundations of stewardship this past fall. I believe God answered our many prayers, and we finished the year in the black. Still, we are underachieving our wonderful potential. I believe stewardship is one of our most important areas for building. I’m convinced that God is waiting to release great new things as we explore the healthful joy of what someone calls “habitual generosity.” Significant gains were made in our capital campaign; however, I continue to be unsatisfied that only 265 of our households or individuals have given or pledged to Trinity Forward. I know we can do better. As a part of this year’s annual meeting, you will be hearing more. Kirby and Llewellyn Shealy and Vance and Linda Bettis have provided sterling leadership.
Building Life-giving Connections
I loved the “Wine and Cheese with the Dean” gatherings held in September and October. As I came to the homes of half of a dozen parishioners, more than a hundred people turned out for these informal evenings of conversation and fellowship and vision-sharing. One outcome of my listening was the charge I’ve given Allison Cox to create a parishwide program of supper clubs for the sheer delight of our joining together in friendship and faith.
Wine and Cheese with the Dean
I am excited that the reception area, now in the parish hall where most of our staff offices are, will be moving to the Welcome Center within days. With the renovation of our library (and have you noticed the remarkable face lift it’s been given by our faithful volunteers, led by Allianne Duvall) and an active bookstore, that part of the church campus is about to become a hub of hospitality. With the transfer of the telephone and our receptionists there, we will both improve our security and make better use of that great space. I’m excited that we are even now finalizing plans for the urgently needed overhaul of our Trinity Center roof and windows. I have had reason to be over there just about every day of the week I write this, and I have seen daily again how it is a treasure worth our great care and sacrificial giving. I witnessed energetic basketball across the young age ranges, thriving youth activities, a yoga class, a Bible study for high schoolers that had a palpable excitement, along with a parish event that had scores of us laughing, eating, and experiencing the sheer joy of being in one another’s presence. By the way, the title of that Bill Monroe Gospel song gives only a piece of the larger reality at the heart of the lyrics: I’m working on a building, for my Lord, for my Lord. Me, too! And I pray you join in that great work of building. It’s time! Page 3
CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Bibs Babson, Director of Children and Family Ministries The Children and Families Ministries of Trinity Cathedral have experienced the joy of God working in every area of our lives together this year. From Sunday school and Liturgy Preparation to Kid’s Movie Night his blessings and presence among us has been felt in all of our hearts. We have had a chance to learn of the Lord’s plans for each of us as a child of God but also as a family unit in Christ. Outlined below are just a few of the winter, spring, summer and fall fun programs the children and families of Trinity were engaged in for the year 2016:
• Sunday school classes again followed an intergenerational approach as we learned about the life of Jesus through the Gospel of John and then journeyed together through Exodus. • We learned about God’s Plan 4 us=Jesus through Vacation Bible School; co-chaired by Jane Clarke and Kelly Powell. Outreach lessons abounded as the children collected donations for Camp Bob. • Liturgy Preparation, taught by a host of “LP Angles”, followed the same liturgy as it occurred in the Cathedral through small group lessons and Godly Play. • Wednesday Night programs focused on the children finding Gospel lessons throughout many of Dr. Seuss’ stories in The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss.
Family Fun and Fellowship • • • •
From Shrove Tuesday, to Kanuga, to a child’s foot washing and instructional Eucharist on Maundy Thursday; Lent was an exciting family time for all. Spring found us searching for “Passages in the Park” together and enjoying kid’s movie nights. Fall brought family pumpkin picking and carving and Mad Platter Christmas projects. 3rd Friday Parent’s Night, paint-a-longs, Blessing of the Animals, Family Stewardship Project, A Woman’s Heart Bible Study, Safe Church Training….
The list of our precious Father’s work at Trinity could go on for pages, but I cannot wait to see what his provisions will be for growing the children and families’ ministries into an even more vibrant ministry to experience God, be transformed, and make Christ known in the world.
Eleanor Smolen, Director of Youth Ministries
Since the Summer, youth are heavily involved in outreach ministries, with projects such as partnering with Transitions Homeless Shelter for “Lunch on the Lawn” for our homeless guests on two occasions in July and December, Homeworks of America, serving at our Parish outreach breakfast, collecting donations for and hosting assembly for “Blessing Bags” for our homeless friends on Christmas. Looking forward, the Youth will continue to serve our Parish outreach breakfast guests on the 5th Sunday of each month; We will hold a 30 hour famine event in February as a fundraiser for outreach missions for the hungry in our community and abroad; We will take a Spring Mission Retreat that will encompass mission work and retreat/beach time; We will host Episcopal Outreach Camp in June to offer outreach assistance to several organizations in our community; We will attend Homeworks mission in Augusta, GA and John’s Island, SC. Various other mission projects will be offered through the Summer and Fall of this year.
The kickoff party in August was a huge success with a jousting arena, cookout, cotton candy and snowcones! In October, the Masquerade Ball was a huge and hopping party with about 250 youth and leaders in attendance. Two other local Youth groups were invited to attend the Masquerade Ball, and did so! November afforded us the ability to play Turkey Bowling - bowling with raw turkeys! We had a grand time with that event! Trinity Youth were invited to attend a Christmas Party with Youth at Eastminster Presbyterian, and happily did so. Trinity hosted our own Youth Christmas party and decorated cookies, made Christmas ornaments and had dessert from a Chocolate Fountain! On any given Sunday evening, fellowship time through games and socializing is offered for our students to build and nurture relationships with their Christian friends. Looking forward, as always, we will offer fellowship on Sunday evenings at Youth meetings. Coming events for great fellowship are Winter Retreat in January; Winter Jam Concert, Super Bowl Party and 30 hour Famine in February; Youth Passover Dinner and Passion, Youth Easter Egg Hunt in April; Spring Retreat in May; Episcopal Outreach Camp, Vacation Bible School, Homeworks Trips and other activities during the summer.
Since August, Youth Ministries has offered Created by God for Middle Schoolers, Confirmation Retreat for 11th grade students, weekly Sunday School formation and Confirmation for 6-12th grades, Tuesday and Thursday morning Breakfast Clubs/Bible Studies for Middle Schoolers, Tuesday and Wednesday morning Breakfast Clubs/Bible Studies for High School, Wednesday evening Bible Study for high school, and Sunday evening Middle and High School Youth Group. Students are offered multiple ways weekly to be engaged in the Word and with one another and solid Christian leaders. Looking forward to fall, a class will be added for High Schoolers to address relationships and sexuality as Christians; Created by God will be offered again in September; Sunday School formation will synchronize with a class for parents and the Children’s Ministry to offer a streamlined family curriculum for all ages. Great things are happening!
Trinity Basketball Ministries is thriving with over 200 kids in 2nd - 12th grades involved in weekly practices and games under volunteer Christian leaders. This is a great ministry that serves as a place to serve and a great outreach tool. Page 5
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION Adult Christian Formation at Trinity continues to ensure that Trinity is a vibrant place of transformation. The classes and other events flow out of the efforts, interests, and passions of an amazing array of people. At least 20 gatherings, both on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, engaged the intellects, fired the imaginations, and deepened the spiritual lives of 250 Trinity parishioners. Spring of 2016 saw the return of Dr. Charles Sigel, along with an adult confirmation and inquirers class led by Dean Jones and Canon Dane Boston.
Offerings Fall 2016 included: • • • • •
Liberty and Law: A Study of the Book of Exodus “All the Company of Heaven” Angels, Saints, and other Glimpses of Heaven’s Wonders St. Francis, a Spiritual Guide for the 21st Century Growing in Christ “Conversations”
And that was just on Sunday mornings!
Weekday Bible Studies and discussion groups included: • • • • • • • • • • •
Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study Tuesday Lunchtime Men’s Bible Study Wednesday Morning Bible Study The Ark Group Theology Through Film Grief Recovery Course Theology Thursdays “A Woman’s Heart” Bible Study Solomon’s Porch Bible Study “Footnotes” Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
In 2016, Canon Dane Boston and the Adult Formation Committee focused on bringing new energy, cohesion, and clarity of vision to our Adult Christian Formation efforts, consistent with the goals of our vision. In his absence, Dean Jones has been working with Ira Houck, Bibs Babson, and Eleanor Smolen to ensure coordinated planning. God continues to bless the Adult Christian Formation work of Trinity Cathedral with exceptional teachers and eager participants.
The Rev’d Charles Davis, Canon Pastor/Canon to the Dean Trinity continues to respond to the pastoral needs of the parish. The additions of Wayne, Ira and Bob have helped to meet the important work of caring for a large congregation. This past year we have celebrated the lives of 39 people; 39 deaths. I want to give thanks for one group who often does not receive attention. The committee which offers receptions for families after a funeral continue to do a wonderful job. There is no charge for a reception and it is the volunteers who make that happen. Because of the number of funerals and receptions I want to encourage you to volunteer for this important ministry. We need your gifts, whether it be in baking, serving or in helping to set up and take down.
Clergy • • • • • •
Hospitals: visits to sick parishioners using a rotating schedule, Monday through Friday. One clergy is available at all times for emergencies. Appropriate follow-up to discharged patients (calls, notes, casseroles) Visits to homebound and to nursing homes Deaths: meet with families to provide spiritual comfort and to arrange funerals Bereaved care: follow-up letters and grief books sent throughout the first year after death of immediate family member Healing services: held each Thursday at 12:30pm and quarterly memorial services held - invitations are sent to family Counseling: offered on an as-needed basis
Care Teams • • •
Care Teams’ work includes providing meals, transportation, home cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, visiting, and other services to enable elderly parishioners to remain in their homes. After-Care volunteers call on and pay attention to persons recovering from illness. Calls are made after anyone leaves the hospital. Bereavement Care Volunteers respond to all deaths within the parish with gift bags and visits made to bereaved families, notes, phone calls and funeral receptions
New Life Ministries • •
Hospital visits made to new mothers and special counseling with families with a baby in NICU or having lost a baby Meal deliveries with Baptism and church nursery information
Meals and Casseroles • •
Members of the Daughters of the Holy Cross make casseroles that are used by all of the above teams. These casseroles are taken to people who have been hospitalized or are sick and recovering at home. Andrella Brunson and her volunteers take leftovers from church suppers and lunches to shut-ins.
Eucharistic Visitors •
Visit and prepare communion to parishioners in hospitals, nursing homes and homebound after the 9am service.
Order of St. Luke Members • •
Meet with individuals in hospital or home for prayer, as requested Provide healing prayer during Sunday 9am service
Parish Nurse •
Mary Ellen Haile, Trinity’s Parish Nurse, continues to examine the needs of the parish emergency medical kits and made sure that Trinity’s are up to date. She also continues to be a remarkable resource for our common life as we seek to respond to those who are our most vulnerable.
Community of Hope •
We add this year a new ministry. Twelve members of Trinity have been through the intense training and have been commissioned as Lay Chaplains for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. They will be beginning their work this month. Page 7
MISSION & OUTREACH
The Rev’d Patsy Malanuk, Canon for Mission and Outreach Mission and Outreach Committee members for 2016 were The Rev’d Patsy Malanuk, Canon for Mission and Outreach; Tom Runge, chair; Nela Edgar, Betty Gregory, Nancy Holt, Beebe James, Bob Malanuk, Rusty Miller, Ryan Newton, Sharon Roach, Eleanor Smolen, Jonathan Vipperman, Eleanor Whitehead, and Lee Ruef. Each member has a particular area of expertise; some work in numerous areas of outreach.
Haiti/Morne Michel: In 2016 the school at Morne Michel became part of the www.summits.org network of schools. This
Sunday Morning Breakfast: Four teams of volunteers prepared and served a hot breakfast to 200+ people 52 Sundays in
Keepin’ it Real Community Worship Service: Every Sunday at 8 am, Trinity volunteers act as hosts at the Community Worship
W.A. Perry Middle School: Our 14-year partnership is a model for reaching out to meet needs of children in Columbia
Jump Start Ministry at Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution: Thirteen Trinity women attend Jump Start on
St. Lawrence Place In 2016, in response to the call to expand its presence in the city and more fully meet the needs faced
Trinity’s Advent Giving Tree provided Trinity parishioners an opportunity to participate in our long
Christmas Morning Breakfast: More than 75 volunteers cooked and served breakfast to 298 guests on Christmas Day.
Camp Bob: Trinity, W.A. Perry, and St. Lawrence Place joined together to send a bus-load of children and volunteer
Washington Street Soup Kitchen: Under the leadership of Ruth Tibshrany the group of Trinity women who prepare food on Thursday mornings at the Soup Cellar continues to be strong. These volunteers miss the presence of Rosemary Jones. Trinity’s Edgar Maxwell and Bob Riegel are among the Thursday servers, most of whom are not Trinity parishioners.
sustainable funding partner for the 40 schools in the central plateau was needed greatly.
2016. Over 11,000 nutritious meals were served to people in need. Dedicated volunteers arrive by 6 am every Sunday. Trinity stewardship provides $900 per week to reach out to our guests. Some are homeless, some are part of the growing numbers of working poor who cannot afford food. led by Oscar Gadsden in the Stirling Room. The service draws 20-25 worshipers from the Sunday Breakfast every week. Men of Trinity provide volunteers and other Trinity people also attend and find the service transformative. Through this, several Trinity groups have begun to serve food in Finlay Park on Sunday afternoons with Keepin’ It Real. public schools. Approximately 55 children are served every Thursday during Perry Clubs. The offerings for after-school enrichment clubs included cooking, sewing, golf, and tennis. Trinity volunteers also provided leadership in Perry Pays it Forward, a program which provides children an opportunity to reach out in service to their community. The Trinity Backpack program continued, serving 25+ children identified by the school as needing food on weekends. Wednesdays to participate with women inside the prison during a 40-week faith based course. Volunteers are finding this to be a profound experience and some attend every Wednesday for the 40-weeks. Led by inmates, each week’s lesson focuses on particular life skills and values for living. When Jump Start graduates are paroled, they are provided with housing, mentoring, and help in finding and keeping a job. In October, Trinity hosted a statewide Jump Start volunteer appreciation dinner. by today’s homeless families, the board changed its name from Trinity Housing to Homeless No More. Trinity supports St. Lawrence Place through volunteer involvement on site, and through two events: the Angel Tea, and Race for the Place. Trinity also provides budgetary support. time partnerships with W.A. Perry and St. Lawrence Place. This year Trinity parishioners helped Pack the Pantry for W.A. Perry’s weekend food program, providing backpacks and food as well as gloves and hats for children. St. Lawrence Place gifts included numerous household items including linens, small appliances, kitchen utensils as well as new board games.
Keepin’ It Real Ministries held a worship service during the breakfast. Gift bags containing a hand made card, socks, a flashlight, pen, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, handwarmers, crackers and an orange were distributed. Items were collected and placed in bags during an Advent event involving children, youth and adult Sunday Formation groups on the Sunday before Christmas. counselors to Camp Bob in June. This camp provides a life-enriching summer experience for children who might not otherwise be able to attend camp. For years, dedicated Trinity parishioners have made this possible through their financial support. Backpacks filled with toiletries and a flashlight are provided for each child and were packed by a group of Trinity Sunday School children.
Cooperative Ministry: Serving Columbia’s working poor with emergency needs, Trinity is a founding member of Cooperative Ministry. Trinity supports with volunteers and budget support. Page 8
TRINITY LEARNING CENTER
Jean Knowlton, Child Care Director
Trinity Learning Center has continued to expand and strengthen under the guidance of our Board of Managers in 2016. In our Nursery, Preschool, and After School programs there continues to be a waiting list with church members receiving priority placement. •
Our Nursery Hall continues to thrive with a long term team of teachers, many who have been employed here at TLC for 15 to 38 years. By qualifying for the highest standards of nutrition through the USDA food program all Infant formulas and meals are provided to enhance a healthy start in life. On our Preschool hall, our classrooms are homes to children ranging in ages Three to Five years. With several years of meeting high standards on various Preschool rating scales our Fabulous Fours/Fives Preschool class is a South Carolina First Steps Kindergarten Expansion class which is listed on the Department of Education website. Our certified teachers and assistants provide educational planning, instruction and assessments not only to our regularly enrolled children but also to children throughout the midlands who were unable to qualify for the public K-4 classes. We are honored to serve the community in this way. Our After School program which began 4 years ago with 3 children has soared in enrollment with 24 children anticipated for Fall, 2017. This year Trinity Learning Center purchased a new Van to support the growth of the After School program as well as providing a backup vehicle for field trips, and other transportation vehicle maintenance. The Board of Managers successfully spearheaded a campaign to raised funds for playground equipment and upgrades.
TLC Board of Managers Chair: Ian McVey Vice-Chair: Morris Lyles Treasurer: Thomas Anderson
Thank you Trinity Cathedral for your support in allowing Trinity Learning Center to BLOOM and GROW into the beautiful garden it has become…one which nurtures the spirits of our future… our children.
O’Neil Gilliam, Shannon Hope, Amanda Koehler, Joannie Nickel, Alexis Lindsay, Amanda Loveday, Kerri Rupert, Ann-Lamar Tuten
Summer, Fall, and Spring Semester 2016 at the Trinity Learning Center
Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness, and come before His presence with a song. Come before His presence with a song. – Psalm 100:1 The Music Program of Trinity Cathedral is at the heart of our life in worship and all musicians are dedicated to serving the church. Those who serve in the choir range from 3rd graders through to those in their 80’s. Music also serves as an outreach tool that draws people into worship and into the community of Trinity Cathedral. Following are some highlights of the past year. On behalf of our choristers and musicians, thank you for the ongoing privilege of leading the musical life of Trinity Cathedral. The music department is active year-round and particularly busy during the academic year when we hold 7-10 choir rehearsals and 3-4 choral services every week. There were 242 services at Trinity Cathedral in 2016 with music, and 148 at which the choirs sang. The music ministry provides Christian formation for children and adults who participate in the choir. We focus on creating a supportive and welcoming Christian community, starting each rehearsal with prayer and discussion of our prayers, readings and music. Our own boys and girls are being formed to love and serve the church for a lifetime.
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Choir of Girls (grades 5-12): 29 Novice Girls (new members): 3 Choir of Boys: 23 Novice Boys: 6 Choir of Young Men: 10 Choir of Adults: 35 Cathedral Singers: 13 (subset of Adult Choir) Trinity Youth Chorus: 12
Total: 118 singers
Mondays: 4:30-5:30 Boys Lessons & Classes; 5:30-6:45 Boys Rehearsal Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30 Trinity Youth Chorus Rehearsal; 5:30-7 Young Men’s Classes & Lessons; 6-7:50 Girls Rehearsal & Lessons Wednesdays: 4:30-6:30 Boys Classes & Lessons; 5:30-6:45 Boys Rehearsal; 5:30-7 Young Men’s Rehearsal; 6:50-7:55 Girls Rehearsal Thursdays: 4:30 Makeup Lessons; 6-8 Adult Rehearsal; 8 Compline (during Advent and Lent) Sundays: 8:15 Rehearsal; 9 Eucharist Rite II; 10:15 Rehearsal; 11:15 Eucharist Rite I (Cathedral); 11:15 Eucharist Rite II (Keenan Chapel, with music); 2:45 rehearsal; 4 Choral Evensong
Each week we sing an average of 12-13 pieces of music, plus 7 hymns. (9am: 2 pieces; 11:15am: 5-6 pieces; 4pm: 5 pieces) The music staff experienced a period of transition in 2016. In June Kenneth Miller, Associate Organist, was appointed to the faculty of the University of the South School of Theology (Sewanee), where he teaches church music to seminarians. Dido Heath, Music Administrator, moved with her family to Virginia. In August, Brent te Velde began work here as Associate Organist and Choirmaster; in September Linda Rogers began work as part-time Music Administrator. We strive to use music as outreach into the community, through concerts, tours, recordings, and broadcasts. In 2016 our choristers have sung for services at Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, and at Duke Chapel. They have been featured on ETV Radio’s “Carolina Live” program. Dean Jones has expressed a strategic vision this year of using Choral Evensong in particular to spread the reach of our music program. On Christmas Eve we invite alumni choristers to come home to sing at the 11 pm Eucharist. There were more than 20 choir alums home from college to sing in 2016. In December, the Association of Anglican Musicians announced that Trinity Cathedral has been chosen as the host institution for the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship in 2017-18, which will place a student at Trinity for 10 months to receive experience, training and mentorship in church music. Page 10
TRINITY CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE
Elizabeth Wyman, Trinity Bookstore Manager
The Bookstore has had an exciting year. In 2016, the Trinity Bookstore continued with its primary mission: to provide resources for Christian spiritual formation and to be a welcoming space for parishioners and visitors. The Trinity Bookstore is here to provide resources to parishioners, visitors and the community that are helpful in their walks with God and to further the ministry of the church. The Trinity Bookstore volunteers are a dedicated group. We have about 25 enthusiastic folks who help make the Bookstore run smoothly. We are always looking for smiling faces to join our group. The bookstore space has been well-planned to make a lovely and organized place to gather. We enjoy being a voice inviting guests to the Welcome Center. The Trinity Bookstore made several outings into the community. These provide an opportunity for the community to purchase books and to let them know we are open and here to serve. Some of our travels took us to the Lutheran Seminary for a day celebrating Martin Luther, and to the Diocesan Convention at St John’s and the Christmas Bazaar at Still Hopes. We continue to strive to be the “go-to” place to order books for individuals and large groups not only for our own formation classes but for classes at other churches in the area, like St. Martins In the Fields, and St Luke’s. We have offered many books of special interest to the Diocesan like Shift by Mark E Tidsworth. The Bookstore is striving to be an active seller and promoter for local spiritual authors and some are Trinity members. We have featured: Lloyd Edwards, Patricia Gaddis Brandon, Agnes Clawson, D.T. Siebert, Michael M. Stockdell, Sarah Graydon McCrory, Salley McAden McInerney, Thomas E Terrill, John Hammond Moore and Dean Tim Jones. And we are excited that Dr Charles Sigel has published a book, Did He Say That?, which is based on some of his Sunday School classes offered at Trinity. We are happy to support Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston by selling their beautiful book Designed by Grace. We also continue to feature the original music CD by our choir and John Fitz Rogers Magna Mysteria. In addition to books, the Trinity Bookstore also has available items sponsored by Trinity committees including Restoration, Bicentennial, Choir and The Daughters. We have jewelry and handmade specialty items such as Cremains boxes, cutting boards and canes. There are also a host of Trinity themed items such as Historical note cards which are printed in house, Christmas ornaments featuring Trinity and we continue to offer art work by our Trinity’s own Allison Fowler. We also offer Episcopal themed T-shirts and even leashes for that well-dressed Episcopal dog. This year we have initiated an ART wall. We started this endeavor to encourage folks to visit the Bookstore, to promote the beautiful work of our oh so many talented parishioners and to sell art. Our inaugural artist was Laura Spong and we now are featuring Nini Ward. We hope to spotlight a different artist every few months. So do come see who we’ve got hanging! The Advent festival was a big success. The Bookstore sold many Advent wreath kits. During Lent we had a “pop-up” store near the Lenten speaker’s presentations. The Trinity Bookstore is increasing its presence in the community by reaching out to our neighbors with brochures and through social media outlets. 2016 has been an exciting year at the Trinity Bookstore.
Come in for The Good Book and stay for a good chat! Page 11
MEN OF TRINITY
Rusty Miller, 2016 President of Men of Trinity; Ryan Newton, 2016 Vice President
About the Men of Trinity
The Men of Trinity (MOT) was reinvigorated in 2008 with the idea to give the men of the parish additional focused opportunities for spiritual formation, service in our church and community, and fellowship. Many events overlap and enrich in each of the three focus areas. We schedule events monthly throughout the church program year to include each of the above areas. The Men of Trinity is financially supported through the events we hold and individual contributions.
In addition to the three ongoing weekly Bible Studies, MOT held its 8th Annual Out of Town Retreat at Gravatt led by Rev’d Ira Houck, an Advent teaching program led by Canon Jared Johnson, an in-town marriage retreat led by Claudia and Bruce Guignard; and the Men of Trinity Fall father-child kickoff featuring University of South Carolina Head Basketball Coach, Frank Martin.
Service in Our Church and Community
Men of Trinity support of our community worship continued and expanded as we led the church in preparing and serving a dinner for the Keepin’ It Real Ministries on Sunday afternoon worship service and dinner in Finlay Park. This event is held weekly for the poor and homeless of our community; several different Trinity groups participated in serving on five Sundays throughout the year. MOT also participated in the St. Lawrence Place Fall Festival cookout providing volunteers for this event for the second consecutive year. MOT, in conjunction with other church ministry areas, cooked and served for the Epiphany, All Saints and Ascension Day Festival parish-wide events.
Continuing with the men’s BBQ at Belle Grove (more years than anyone can remember!) and three (or four) drop-in dinners at different Men’s homes throughout the year, our fellowship events provide a great opportunity for Men to gather, eat, and share in an informal and relaxed evening setting.
Research shows that congregations that offer a strong Men’s ministry are a good indicator of increased member engagement. Over 250 different men participated in at least one event over the year of 2016.
DAUGHTERS OF THE HOLY CROSS
Joie Ray, 2016 DHC President
“...and let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 •
The 68th Annual Bazaar held October 15, 2016 chaired by Katie Rankin and Jessica Shand netted $46,588.96. The four chosen agencies, God’s Storehouse, Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands each received a check in the amount of $10,500. Money also went to our standing missions and the chosen missions of ECW.
Four General Membership Meetings were held with the following speakers: - February: Judi Gatson - spoke on Faith and Flood - May: Susan Heath - spoke on the Bishops’ Public Education Initiative - September: The four Trinity Bazaar recipients (held at Still Hopes) spoke on their agencies - December: Cary Sanders told us his story and spoke on Jump Start
In January, Trinity co-hosted the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) convention with St. Luke’s.
In February, a Valentines Day Dance featuring live music and desert was held at Still Hopes.
In April, a Past Presidents luncheon was held at Still Hopes with over 30 in attendance.
The three DHC chapters, Bishop Finlay, Bishop Temple, and Elsie Lamar, met throughout the year offering fellowship, programs, inspirational speakers, and service projects.
During Lent, Lenten lunches were served every Wednesday and profits used to buy kitchen supplies.
Lemonade on the Lawn provided during summer months following the Cathedral service.
Casseroles were prepared and delivered to those in need.
Trinity’s United Thank Offering collected $3,312.00 at spring and fall UTO in-gatherings.
Church Women United (CWU) met around the community at different churches and also had their annual collection and distribution of the Migrant Workers Health Kits.
Jessica Shand and Diane and Oscar Gadsden(from “Keepin’ It Real” Ministries) were nominated by Trinity and honored by CWU. “Keepin’ It Real” also received a small grant from the Daughters to buy hoodies and backpacks. • Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas memorial/honorariums were collected and coordinated. Easter Lilies were delivered to shut-ins along with regular Sunday delivery of flowers. Page 13
Wade and Lannie Stinnette 2016 Stewardship Chairs “A Season of Gratitude and Growth” was the theme for stewardship this year. It was chosen because stewardship begins with gratitude for all of God’s blessings, especially for his greatest gift to us, Jesus, his only son. Giving to Trinity of our time, talent, and money is giving to God because we are actually giving through Trinity to accomplish God’s work here and in the wider world. To this end, parishioners were asked to use this Season of Gratitude and Growth to prayerfully consider God’s call upon their lives and God’s blessings in their lives, and then to make a pledge that reflected their trust in and gratitude to God. This message was first delivered in the stewardship brochure that was mailed with a pledge card to each parish household. Each week during stewardship season, which ran from September 25 through October 23, 2016, the message was reinforced through preaching, testimonials from parishioners, weekly emails, and posters placed around Trinity’s campus. For twenty-four hours beginning with Evening Prayer on October 5, 2016 and concluding with Evening Prayer the next day, a group of dedicated parishioners prayed fervently, giving thanks for God’s many blessings and asking that the stewardship campaign be successful, for the sole purpose of being better able to serve Him. We are very grateful for the support we received from the Dean, the clergy and staff, the Stewardship Committee, the Wardens and Vestry, and the many volunteers who gave guidance, stuffed envelopes, made phone calls, prayed, and spoke to the congregation. We are especially grateful to all who are making God’s work happen at Trinity by giving their time, talent, and treasure.
# of Pledges No Change Decrease Increase New
209 56 236 61 562
2016 $857,337.00 $273,442.00 $1,084,082.45 $0.00 $2,214,861.45
2017 $857,337.00 $183,044.18 $1,258,959.15 $184,104.51 $2,483,444.84
Difference $0.00 ($90,397.82) $174,876.70 $184,104.51 $189,071.98
Percent Change 0.00% -33.06% 16.13% 100.00% 12.13%
TRINITY FORWARD REPORT
Kirby and Llewellyn Shealy and Vance and Linda Bettis, Trinity Forward Chairs We resumed the Trinity Forward campaign in early 2016 after suspending it in the previous year due to the flood in October 2015 that impacted so many Trinity families. To date, the campaign has yielded 265 gifts and pledges totaling $2,350,475.79, leaving us $1,549,524.21 short of our goal of $3,900,000.00. The campaign leadership has been pursuing major gifts to help bridge this gap, but it will take participation by a broader cross-section of the parish to achieve our goals. The campaign took a back seat to the annual stewardship campaign in the fall, but soon calls and emails to those parishioners who have not yet made a commitment to the campaign will resume. As a reminder, the major priorities for the campaign are the repair of the Trinity Center, establishing an endowment for long-term maintenance of the organ, renovating our kitchen and reducing our debt. The funds that have been raised to date have been used to pay down Trinityâ€™s line of credit, which has saved the parish from having to make interest payments for several months. Also, in light of the robust response to the challenge gift made by Carter and Brice McEntire, much of the pre-construction work has been done to prepare the Trinity Center for repair, which will begin in the next few months. If you have not yet made a commitment to the Trinity Forward campaign, please prayerfully consider doing so. We remain as firmly convinced as ever that addressing the needs for which the campaign was established is the best way to put Trinity on solid footing for the foreseeable future.
TRINITY FOUNDATION COMMISSION
David Sojourner, Trinity Foundation President
The Trinity Foundation receives all memorials, honoraria and legacy gifts to the Cathedral. The Foundation’s current assets exceed $6.5 million and include the General Endowment Fund ($1.8 million), the Building and Property and the Cemetery Funds ($550,000), the Vernon Funds ($2.8 million) and other Special Purpose Funds ($1.5 million)
• Current Foundation Members
The current elected members of the Foundation are Dave Sojourner (President), Mark James (Vice-President), Tom Runge (Secretary), Helen Taylor, Kirby Shealy, Susie VanHuss, Bam Gressette, and Gus Brabham. The ex-officio members are Tim Jones (Dean), Norah Grimball (Senior Warden), David Danforth (Junior Warden) and Liz Summers (Cathedral Treasurer).
• Vernon Funds Administration
The Foundation continues to be actively involved in the administration of the Vernon Funds. A member of the Foundation board serves on each of the Vernon Fund sub-committees (Mission and Outreach, Education, and Facilities) and the Foundation is in the process of reviewing the current guidelines for grants from the Vernon Funds.
• Gift Acceptance Policy Review
The Foundation has recently updated and expanded Trinity’s Gifts Acceptance Policy. The revisions are intended to encourage gifts by providing clarity to donors about the gifting process so that their intentions are fulfilled. Pending Vestry approval, the revised Gift Acceptance Policy will be posted on the Trinity website.
• Development Officer Position The Foundation continues to consider ways to encourage additional gifts.
After much consideration and with the approval of the Vestry, the Foundation is currently seeking a part-time development officer to assist the Dean and the Foundation with their comprehensive fundraising efforts. We have developed a job description and are currently receiving applications.
Ann Osbourne, Docent Chair
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral regular spring and fall tours and special tour report for 2016. • • • • • • •
Total number of people taking tours in 2016: 793 (521 walk-ins and 172 special tours) Increase from 2015 number of tours: 694 Total number of special tours: Nine totaling 172 people Tours were given to a variety of religious affiliations totaling 17 different religious affiliations including Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Antiochian Orthodox, Unitarian Universalist, and United Church of Canada States and territories represented by people taking tours: 37 Countries represented by people taking tours: 12 including Belguim, Canada, Colombia, England, Germany, Greenland, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, and Sweden Tours during 2016 were conducted by 17 regular docents and 2 alternate docents: Ward Briggs, Connie Britt, Harry Bull, Jean Davis, Bob Dewey, Howard Duvall, Joe Husbands, Ann Osbourne, Michael Payton, Fran Potter, Lee Ruef, Henry Shaw, Sharyn Shaw, Judy C. Smith, Don Siebert, Doug Steimle, Ruth Tibshrany, Capers Tindal, and Frank White.
Liz Summers, Cathedral Treasurer
Thank you for your gifts of time and treasure which help make Trinity a magnificent place to experience God. Year-long parishioner support and a surge of donations in December enabled Trinity Cathedral Parish to end 2016 with a surplus. Contribution Revenue was over $2,890,000 and Total Revenue was over $3,000,000. Through good expense control and savings provided by several unfilled positions, total 2016 expenses were under budget. Had the open positions been filled, we would have ended the year with a significant deficit. Repairs and upfits to the campus included renovations in the Trinity Learning Center, new signage, a boiler replacement, repairs to the sacristy floor and hurricane damage as well as replacement of several large HVAC units. While the open positions were beneficial to the budget, the clergy and staff have been stretched thin and plan to return to a full staff in 2017. As a way to save on interest costs, some collections from the Trinity Forward campaign were used to pay the Parish’s bank line of credit down to zero. The line may be drawn against again as funds are needed for Trinity Forward projects or short-term cash flow needs. To put a formal closure on the 2015 financial year, an audit was performed by the Hobbs Group. The auditors gave the books a clean report, with no material corrections or findings. The Finance Committee and Vestry reviewed the audit with the auditors, and the report is available in the Administration Office for review. Donald Benson, Canon for Administration, and Julie Fulmer and Ryan Headley, Accounting Administrators, continue to do excellent work supporting all areas of Trinity, and we are grateful for their efforts. The budget approved by the Vestry and presented at the annual meeting is based on pledges and other anticipated revenues. Participation by all parishioners is needed to fully support our ministries, programs and outreach. If you have not made your giving intentions known to the Administration Office, please do so right away. There are great things happening at Trinity, and we can do even more with everyone’s support.
2016: The Year in Photos
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2016 Clergy, Staff & Lay Leadership
The Very Reverend Timothy Jones Dean The Reverend Charles M. Davis, Jr. Canon Pastor/Canon to the Dean The Reverend Patricia C. Malanuk Canon for Mission & Outreach The Reverend Ira Houck Canon Associate for Pastoral Care The Reverend Wayne Kinyon Priest Associate for Pastoral Care The Reverend Robert Riegel Priest Associate for Pastoral Care
Lay Canon Staff
Donald W. Benson, Canon for Administration Jared Johnson, Canon Organist & Choirmaster
Bibs Babson, Director of Children and Family Ministries Andrella Brunson, Kitchen Coordinator Carole Carter, Executive Assistant to the Dean Allison Cox, Newcomer Coordinator Allison Fowler, Receptionist & Membership Secretary Julie Fulmer, Accounting Associate Ryan Headley, Accounting/ IT Associate Jean Knowlton, Trinity Learning Center Director Curt Richardson, Sexton Linda Rogers, Music Administrator Tony Smoak, Sexton Eleanor Smolen, Director of Youth Ministries Brent teVelde, Associate Organist & Choirmaster Addie Thompson, Director of Communications Edgar White, Sexton Doak Wolfe, Associate for Liturgy, Music & Administration Elizabeth Wyman, Bookstore Manager
2016 Lay Leadership
Norah Grimball, Senior Warden David Danforth, Junior Warden Liz Summers, Treasurer Curtis Ott, Chancellor David Sojourner, Trinity Foundation President Joie Ray, Daughters of the Holy Cross President Jack Godbold, Immediate Past Senior Warden Ed Hickman, Still Hopes Representative
2016 Vestry Members
April Allen Wallis Bond Allison Cox Emma Dean Susie Dibble Marjorie Heggie Estefano Walter Edgar Rocky Hughey Robert Key Bill Matthews Ryan Newton Chris Ray Peter Shand Andy Slaughter Judy Cotchett Smith Jonathon Vipperman David Wolff Belton Zeigler
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