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What Does Christmas at Trinity Mean to You? —pages 8-9

INSIDE: • Advent and Christmas Worship Opportunities • Reaching Out from Trinity’s Kitchen • Evensong at Trinity • Spring Formation Preview


In This Issue

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




WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS AT TRINITY MEAN TO YOU? Stories from Parishioners’ Favorite Christmas Memories




CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES A Glance at Activities from Advent to Easter






Advent & Christmas Offerings

Christmas Cooking 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. 803.771.7300

December 2016/January 2017


Parish Weekend at Kanuga Volunteer Spotlight





Photo by Gerry Melendez.


Back to Sleep with a Smile

I went to sleep that night—for the second time—with a smile on my face. Here’s why: My smart phone is set to give a gentle notification for important headlines, and early (very early) that morning, it buzzed a notice that the Chicago Cubs, after extra innings and a rain delay, had won the series. The vibrating shook me out of peaceful sleep, and I didn’t have to look at the screen, but I turned over and checked the phone, knowing it might tell the outcome. It did, and I passed back into happy slumber. My interest in that hard-won clincher traces back to my having lived near Chicago for five years, and especially to the fact that a dear friend of mine who still lives there has been a Cubbies fan. He has been, shall we say, a long suffering fan. For as long as I’ve known him, Kevin has followed them, rooted for them, loved them when for others they were the butt of jokes. I mean, it’s only been 39,466 days since their last series win. Just a span equal to eighteen presidents of the United States! As one commentator put it on CBS News the next morning, “It’s not easy being a Cubs fan!” Well, it wasn’t easy, till the explosion of joy and triumph. But why this year’s victory? I’m no expert, but here are a couple of thoughts: Steadfastness. They hung in there. When Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the team, took over, he said, to paraphrase, we are going to get

the title, but it’s going to take a while. He knew there’d be losses as the team grew in cohesiveness and prowess. Simple words, but a great Advent truth, when I think about it: Something good awaits us, always, in our life in Christ, but sometimes it takes a while. Maybe a long while.

CATHEDRAL CONNECTIONS The Magazine of Trinity Cathedral Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Vision Statement: To be a vibrant place to experience God, be transformed, and make Christ known in the world.

Is there some area in your life right now that can benefit from persevering effort? Maybe it’s premature to conclude that a loss is inevitable. But one more thing, captured in a great phrase by management guru and author Michael Hyatt. The Cubs won in part because they played to the possibility. By game four, Cleveland was just one win away. But a vision for what could happen kept the Cubs going. Maybe a new infusion of hope will help you as this year winds up. And maybe you too will combine a sturdy persistence in becoming more than you already are with a steady assurance that it just might be possible. Advent is a great time to re-connect with God’s great vision for humanity and the promise that he has urgent, important work for us to do in the world. We play to his possibility now.

Addie Thompson, Editor Cover Design by: Susan Craig Cover Photo by: Allison Fowler

Trinity Embraces

Community of Hope The mission of Trinity Cathedral espouses the following core values: worship, community and fellowship, Christian formation, Christian responsibility to one another and the wider world, and outreach and service.

The mission of Community of Hope is

to help create and sustain Christian communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer; by Benedictine Spirituality; and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries.

By Henry Shaw, Jr. Trinity’s mission statement, similar to that of Community of Hope, suggests that pastoral care be afforded to all parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized, under assisted care in nursing homes, under hospice care, as well as to the homeless and underserved in the community. Besides normal visitations, on a given day the church office receives multiple calls for some form of pastoral assistance that would require a personal visit by our clergy. Out of urgent need to fulfill Trinity’s mission for pastoral care where resources have been limited, an intense and ambitious program with the right candidates and leadership has been introduced in the form of Community of Hope. With a grant from Trinity’s Vernon funds, coordination by Joan Danforth, and with supervisory guidance from the clergy, Community of Hope is in full progress of attaining its goal. This ministry provides pastoral care by trained volunteers under what is called The Rule of Benedict that has a mission is similar to Trinity’s. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be certified by Bishop Andrew Waldo as lay chaplains. Their mission to assist the Dean and clergy in responding to the pastoral needs of our parish community. Community of Hope began in 1994 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston as a 12-week

course for dedicated volunteers to experience together the will of God, deepen their faith, and ultimately use this passion to serve as lay pastoral caregivers. Having become a worldwide program, Community of Hope International consists of group volunteers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Malawi, Africa. Fifteen candidates, 13 from Trinity and two from other parishes, have committed this fall to attend 14 threehour training classes on Saturdays in at the Trinity Center. Acceptance to the program is not a shoo-in, as the application process requires a written essay, a personal interview with clergy, and a background check. Rule of Benedict by Joan Chittister is the handbook, and is considered to be the spiritual compass that guides caregivers along a personal balance with work, prayer and leisure. Seminars led by clergy and outside educators cover such subjects as Benedictine spirituality, listening skills, coping with grief, aging, pastoral care, and include practice pastoral visits. Lay chaplains will integrate themselves into their own Circle of Care, including their coordinator, Joan Danforth, and clergy. Such a Circle of Care will serve as an integral component of Community of Hope, to encourage caregivers to meet regularly, worship together, share their experiences, debrief and engage in support for one another, and commit to continual ministry at Trinity. These future caregivers, their God-given talent and the will to reach out, constitute some of Trinity’s strongest resources.

Christmas Cooking Ideas With Christmas gatherings and holiday parties in full swing, Andrella Brunson and her team of volunteers have provided two of their favorite recipes for your next family and friends gathering this Christmas/Advent season. Both recipes are simple and delicious. Andrella Brunson, Noel Faulkner, and Arney Love

Pork Tenderloin


1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 6 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard 2 pork tenderloins olive oil salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

1. Rub pork tenderloin with olive oil, salt and pepper; brown pork in a cast iron skillet 2. Cook pork tenderloin at 350 degrees for 10 minutes 3. Mix brown sugar, orange juice, and mustard. Pour mixture over pork tenderloins. 4. Place tenderloins back in oven to cook for 15 more minutes.

Tossed Salad with Apples & Nuts The pork tenderloin recipe pairs well with a fresh salad and light dressing. To make dressing: mix equal parts of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and real maple syrup. For salad: add romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, pecans/walnuts, apples and/or pears. Toss with homemade dressing and enjoy.


Kanuga 2017 Trinity Parish Weekend Join us this February for Trinity’s Annual Parish Weekend at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. Save the Date for the weekend of February 3-5, 2017. This year’s theme is “Salt and Light” Matthew 5:13-20. Join us for a more financial friendly parish weekend that the whole family will enjoy! Activities for adults include spiritual yoga provided by Anne


Miller and two Theology Through Film sessions with Peter Shand. There will also be special activities for children and youth. Check out the website for more information. Parish-wide activities include a line dancing hoe down on Saturday night and fun for all. Trinity’s Parish Weekend at Kanuga is the perfect way to find peace, fellowship and retreat this

winter with your parish family. Come make new friends and enjoy time with family! Register online at the link below. The deadline to register is January 30, 2017.

Register online at

Reaching Out from Trinity’s Kitchen By The Rev’d Patsy Malanuk


f you have attended any gathering at Trinity where food is served, you have probably experienced the gifts of the Trinity kitchen team. As Trinity parishioners, we are regular recipients of healthy, fresh, usually local and definitely delicious food prepared by Andrella Brunson and her crew of 20+ amazing, dedicated volunteers. But this is a column about Outreach and I’m guessing that most of you have no idea of the outreach to our Columbia community that Andrella and her generous volunteers create and distribute. As Canon for Mission and Outreach I knew that Andrella often takes extra food, including things like leftover cinnamon buns and Easter goodies, to Oliver Gospel Mission and other places. I knew that she shared food with people who are sick and homebound. I also knew that she and her team prepared food for the Angel Tea put on every year by St. Lawrence Place, and that they also volunteer their time to cater events by other nonprofits like a recent supper for 75 Jump Start prison volunteers. But a year ago, after Columbia’s devastating thousandyear flood, I began to understand more fully the impact of these loving gifts of Outreach. The Trinity kitchen became Action Central, with Andrella and her team preparing meals not only for Trinity families in those first disorientating days, but also taking food to powerless families at Gonzales Gardens, and in the heavily hit South Kilbourne/Beltline neighborhoods. When 17 AmeriCorps FEMA youth workers stayed in the Trinity Center for six weeks from mid-October into November, evening meals were provided by Andrella and the Trinity Kitchen volunteers.

In a recent conversation with Andrella, we talked about many ways in which the kitchen reaches out to the community. I asked her which of those held special meaning for her. She named two. On Wednesday nights, leftover food from our parish supper is often taken to the Killingsworth Home on Pendleton Street. Killingsworth provides a home for women recovering from traumatic situations – drugs or alcohol, mental illness, domestic violence, prison – women who are working to make a new start in their lives. Andrella especially enjoys sharing our extra food, lovingly prepared by Trinity volunteers, with this group of women who long for a new life. Another of Andrella’s favorite projects is preparing food for St. Lawrence Place. During their summer program for children, as well as on the 1st Friday of every month during the school year, Andrella joins with Hazel Fleming, who works at Trinity’s Learning Center, and Hazel’s friend Jean, who works at St. Lawrence Place. This project from the Trinity Kitchen has created a bond between the three women and is a delight to our St. Lawrence Place children, who have expressed gratitude for the gift of delicious caring which flows from Trinity’s kitchen. Working in the kitchen often involves hard work, but there’s also a joy there, and many of the dedicated Trinity Kitchen volunteers see themselves as family, sisters and brothers in their tasks, and their camaraderie goes beyond the kitchen into shared lives. But this is not a closed group. New volunteers to the Trinity kitchen team are needed and welcome. All one needs to do is walk in the kitchen when people are working and ask if they need any help. You will be welcomed. 7

Christmas Memories at Trinity What does Christmas at Trinity mean to you? The Christmas Season, for our family, begins when we head to church to make our Advent wreath. What a way to start the most wonderful time of year with our parish family! The wreath, and its candles, is such a big part of our tradition. Not only does it help us prepare our hearts each week to be ready to welcome the newborn King, but it helps tell the Christmas Story in pieces that are easy for our kids to understand and remember. The various giving trees that Trinity sponsors are the perfect opportunity to remember that it's so much better to give than receive. We love watching our boys pick someone their age off the tree and then shop for something they just KNOW the other child will like. We pray they will always remember how it feels to serve God and his people and to bring a smile to someone's face! God gave us the greatest and most generous of all gifts on that Christmas day. Let's be like him and give! The Nativity Pageant on Christmas Eve is also so special to our family. The way the story of christ's birth comes alive takes my breath away each year. There's just something so special about watching the angel Gabriel walk down the aisle holding baby Jesus and hand him over to his mother, Mary. Glory to the newborn King! Watching it all unfold speaks volumes to our kids, and being with them to help recreate that miraculous story is such a gift we thank our parish for. It's organized chaos in the back with all the sweet baby shepherds and angels, but the best kind of chaos for sure! We're so thankful for the many opportunities to worship and serve at Trinity during the Advent and Christmas seasons. As we wait and prepare our hearts, we continue to give thanks to God for our great Cathedral and how we grow closer to Him in this place.

—Michelle Thomas

For many years, it was my passion to help bring the Christmas Breakfast to life. Our gifts to those who attended grew from a piece of fudge, a comb and the word of God to packages containing toiletries, notepads, socks, grape juice, candy, oranges, homemade hats, scarves and gloves, and, of course, the word of God. Little did I know, I would also receive a gift —a stronger faith. The Bible says ask and you shall receive, and I did. But I asked only God. God answered through all of us. Our faith is imperfect and, sometimes, we ask our friends and neighbors but forget to ask God. During these years I asked only God to provide and learned that his gifts come with a grace and magic. Without our having a plan or even a budget, God supplied. Each year around Thanksgiving I started the work by asking, “Please, God, make it happen.” And God did. A few years in, I began to anticipate wondering what God, through Trinity members and friends, was going to give our breakfast attendees. God and Trinity never let them down. The breakfast grew and the gifts multiplied, sometimes in the most miraculous ways. For 15 years, wives of Lutheran pastors in our community made hats, scarves and gloves to give away. One Trinity member gave us $100 every year for nine years to buy toothbrushes, even when it was hard for her. People tucked cash in my pocket and sent checks. People also volunteered. The word spread that we needed help and people just showed up to prepare, cook, package gifts and, on Christmas, to serve with a smile. One couple who volunteered brought their child along throughout his childhood. I remember him 10 months old sitting in the sock box. In high school, he wrote a paper about his favorite thing about Christmas — the Christmas Breakfast. He’s in college now and still comes to help. He’s never missed a year. In the years since, my service has changed. Others carry the Christmas Breakfast forward. I still come to help package the gifts but now I stay on to decorate for the choir Christmas Eve dinner. God’s and Trinity’s grace still shine through. Trinity friends join together and we turn Satterlee Hall into an elegant, love-filled setting and the choir enjoys gifts of gratitude, fellowship, and wonderful cooking.

—Barbara Kovacs

The Christmas pageant has been a big part of my Christmas since I was a little girl. Every Christmas I remember, my sisters and I were decked out in matching dresses ( which meant I got three of the same dress as hand me downs!) The late afternoon pageant was always magic to me and symbolized the beginning of Christmas. Ms. Roberta and later Charlotte LeGrand staged beautiful scripted pageants with strict rules about who could be what part. Only 3rd grade girls were little angels, senior girls were big angels and Mary and Joseph were reserved for the senior boy and girl with the best Sunday school attendance. When I became a mother, I couldn’t wait to take my daughter to the pageant. Unfortunately the leadership of the pageant kept changing hands, and one year they staged “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” —which didn’t quite work! So… I complained that the pageant just didn’t seem to be as good as it used to be — and guess what? I have been doing it ever since (28 years!) We borrowed a great script from St. Martin’s that has the beautiful words from Luke, classic hymns, and roles are open to all! We have had boy angels, girl shepherds, grandmother angels, creative animals and always a real baby! Mary and Joseph are still seniors – and lately, they were once a Baby Jesus! It is still magical to me and the real beginning of Christmas.

—Arney Love


Beebe James has earned her nickname of “Volunteer Queen” by working and volunteering at Trinity for over 35 years. She began her work as the part-time coordinator of lay ministries, then as full time lay missioner and program coordinator and then as the founding director of Trinity housing corporation. Then in 2013, she re-joined Trinity’s staff as volunteer Coordinator of Lay Ministries. Her favorite volunteer experience at Trinity has been her work in creating Trinity housing and renovating of St. Lawrence Place. It was the most challenging of her time on the staff but also the most fulfilling.

Beebe has been involved in many volunteer areas at Trinity including Altar

Guild for approximately 15 years, Lay Eucharistic minister, President of the Daughters of the Holy Cross, Outreach Committee, Co-chair of Bazaar Baked Goods for many years, and has served on the Cooperative Ministry board. As of October 31, 2016, Beebe officially “retired” from her volunteer position as Coordinator of Lay Ministries but will still be assisting with recruiting volunteers, writing the volunteer spotlight and various duties. A big THANK YOU to Beebe for her many years and countless hours of service to Trinity. At the October 2016 Vestry meeting, the Vestry voted and unanimously passed the below Resolution.

Resolution of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral October 27, 2016

WHEREAS, Clara “Beebe” James has been an active member of Trinity Cathedral since 1960; and WHEREAS, Beebe has contributed in a generous and abounding fashion to the life of Trinity Cathedral in both volunteer and staff capacities including serving as a founding Board member and first Executive Director of Trinity Housing Corporation, Coordinator of Ministries for the Cathedral, and member and Chair of numerous committees; and WHEREAS, Beebe’s good work extends beyond the walls of the Cathedral including service to the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Prevent Child Abuse, SC; and WHEREAS, Beebe has touched many other lives in the Trinity Cathedral Community in ways too extensive to enumerate; and WHEREAS, Beebe has decided that it is time to enjoy some of the fruits of her labor and have more time with her extended family; and THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by unanimous vote, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, on behalf of the congregation, extends its greetings and heartfelt thanks for all of her contributions to the fabric of the community and the Cathedral. 10


DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016 DECEMBER Friday, December 16 10am TLC Christmas Pageant 6pm Third Friday Parents Night

Friday, December 2 12pm Men of Trinity Meeting 6pm 1st Friday Kids Movie Night

Sunday, December 18 Regular Worship Schedule 4pm Messiah Concert 4pm Advent Evensong for Children

Saturday, December 3 8am Community of Hope Sunday, December 4 Regular Worship Schedule 4pm Advent Evensong for Children Monday, December 5 11am DHC Event 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, December 6 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM 6 pm MOT Advent Drop-In Wednesday, December 7 9:30am A Woman’s Heart Bible Study 5:45pm Children’s Advent Supper Thursday, December 8 12pm Contemplative Prayer 6pm Footnotes 8pm Compline Sunday, December 11 Regular Worship Schedule 4pm Advent Evensong for Children Monday, December 12 6pm DHC: Bishop Finlay 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, December 13 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM 6pm Solomon’s Porch Wednesday, December 14 12pm Lunch in Satterlee 12:30pm Community Carol Sing 4pm Executive Committee 5:30pm Finance Committee 5:45pm Children’s Advent Supper Thursday, December 15 12pm Contemplative Prayer 6pm Vestry 8pm Compline

Wednesday, December 14:


Thursday, December 1 12pm Contemplative Prayer 6pm Footnotes 8pm Compline

Monday, December 19 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, December 20 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 10am Christmas Pageant Rehearsal 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm Outreach Meeting Wednesday, December 21 5:45pm Children’s Advent Supper Thursday, December 22 12pm Contemplative Prayer 8pm Compline Saturday, December 24 4pm Holy Eucharist & Pageant 7pm Holy Eucharist 11pm Holy Eucharist Sunday, December 25 7:45am Holy Eucharist 10am Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 18: Messiah

Tuesday, January 10 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM

Sunday, December 18: Parish-wide Formation Event

Wednesday, January 11 5:45pm Parish Suppers Begin Sunday, January 15 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, January 16 Offices Closed Tuesday, January 17 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM 6pm Solomon’s Porch Wednesday, January 18 4pm Executive Committee 5:30pm Finance Committee 5:45pm Parish Supper Thursday, January 19 6pm Vestry Friday, January 20 6pm Third Friday Parents Night Sunday, January 22 Regular Worship Schedule 10:15am Annual Parish Meeting

Tuesday, December 27 Offices Closed

Monday, January 23 9am DHC Board Meeting

Sunday, January 1 Special Worship Schedule 7:45am Holy Eucharist 10am Holy Eucharist 6 pm Holy Eucharist in Keenan

Tuesday, January 24 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM 6pm Solomon’s Porch

Monday, January 2 Offices Closed

Sunday, January 29 Regular Worship Schedule 4 pm Friends of Music Concert

Friday, January 6 5:30pm Epiphany Lessons & Carols 7pm Epiphany Oyster Roast Sunday, January 8 Regular Worship Schedule

Community Carol Sing at 12:30pm with lunch

Monday, January 9 6pm DHC: Bishop Finlay

Monday, December 26 Offices Closed

Tuesday, January 3 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 6pm Solomon’s Porch


Tuesday, January 31 8:30am Men’s Bible Study 12:30pm Men’s Lunch Bible Study 5:30pm EfM 6pm Solomon’s Porch

Concert at 4pm

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve worship services and Nativity Pageant Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day Services at 7:45 and 10 am Monday, December 26- Tuesday, December 27: Cathedral Offices closed Monday, January 2: New Years Day Cathedral Offices closed Friday, January 6: Epiphany Lessons & Carols and Oyster Roast Monday, January 16: MLK Day Cathedral Offices closed Sunday, January 22: Annual Parish Meeting at 10:15 am Sunday, January 29: A German Requiem Concert at 4 pm

SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE Cathedral 7:45 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 4 pm Choral Evensong Keenan Chapel 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II Daily Morning Prayer is at 8am and Evening Prayer at 5:30pm Tuesdays-Thursdays in Seibels Chapel.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS EVENTS Advent Festival - The Season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 27. What better way to start your family’s observance of this holy time than with our Trinity Advent Festival? We are looking forward to an evening of worship, fellowship, food, wreath-making, and more! • 4:00 pm - Advent Lessons and Carols in the Cathedral • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Advent Festival in Satterlee Hall

Men of Trinity Advent Lesson - On Tuesday, November 29, the Men of

Trinity will gather for an Advent Lesson at 6 pm in Satterlee Hall. Join for a light supper and Advent lesson by Jared Johnson. Cost is $10. Register online at

Wednesday Nights in Advent - Supper will be served at 5:45 pm (November 30, December 7, &

December 14) followed by an intergenerational program for children and parents to discover the Jesse Tree, holly and ivy and other plants at Christmas. There will also be an Advent Hymn study for other adults at 6:30 pm.

Sunday Mornings in Advent: Beginning the first Sunday morning in Advent, November 27, Dean Jones and

the Rev’d Jill Zook-Jones will co-teach a three-session series, “Biblical Characters in the Advent Drama.” It will be held in Satterlee Hall at 10:15 am.

Compline - Every Thursday during Advent (December 1, 8, 15, and 22) at 8 pm in the

Cathedral; Compline, the final office of the monastic day, is a 30-minute service of a cappella music, sung by candlelight.

Community Carol Sing - Wednesday, December 14 at 12:30 pm in the Cathedral. Bring your jingle bells (a ring of keys will do just fine) and raise your voice in a spirited half-hour of traditional carols as we look forward to the coming of Christmas. Lunch will be available in Satterlee Hall at noon and again after the Carol Sing.

Messiah by George Frideric Handel - Sunday, December 18 at 4pm. Come hear Handel’s

masterpiece with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Tickets available for purchase online at

Christmas Outreach - On Sunday, December 18, join the whole Trinity

parish for an intergenerational Advent devotional and help pack Christmas gifts for our Sunday Morning Breakfast guests. Gifts will be given on Christmas morning breakfast at Trinity.

The Feast of the Epiphany- Friday, January 6 at 6 pm. Celebrate

the coming of Christ’s light into the world with Epiphany Lessons and Carols in the Cathedral followed by our traditional burning of the greens and Oyster Roast. Get more information and sign up for the oyster roast online at


Thursday, December 1 Sunday, December 4


Holy Eucharist Advent Formation Advent Lessons & Carols

7:45 am, 9:00 am, 11:15 am, 6:00 pm 10:15 am in Satterlee Hall 4:00 pm in the Cathedral - Followed by the Advent Festival at 5pm


8:00 pm in the Cathedral


Holy Eucharist Advent Formation Choral Evensong

7:45 am, 9:00 am, 11:15am, 6:00 pm 10:15 am in Satterlee Hall 4:00 pm in the Cathedral

Thursday, December 8


8:00 pm in the Cathedral

Sunday, December 11


Wednesday, December 14 Thursday, December 15 Sunday, December 18

Holy Eucharist Advent Formation

7:45, 9:00, & 11:15 am, 6:00 pm 10:15 am in Satterlee Hall

Community Carol Sing

12:30 pm in the Cathedral


8:00 pm in the Cathedral


Holy Eucharist Parish-Wide Formation Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, December 24

CHRISTMAS EVE Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Nativity Pageant Festival Eucharist, Rite II Festival Eucharist, Rite I

Sunday, December 25

CHRISTMAS DAY Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 1, 2017

7:45, 9:00, & 11:15 am, 6:00 pm 10:15 am in the Workshop 4:00 pm in the Cathedral

4:00 pm in the Cathedral 7:00 pm in the Cathedral 11:00 pm in the Cathedral incense will be used

7:45 am, 10:00 am in the Cathedral (10am to include Blessing of the Toys)


7:45am, 10:00 am in the Cathedral; 6:00 pm in Keenan Chapel

CHILDREN MINISTRIES: ADVENT TO LENT • Kid’s Movie Night: The first Friday of each month from 6-8 pm children will enjoy supper together followed by a favorite flick in the Edward Room.

• Advent Evensong for Children:

Each Sunday in Advent (December 4, 11 and 18) 4-5 pm, children are invited to the Story Room to sing, dance and reflect on the season through Advent hymns.

• Wednesday Night Suppers during Advent:

Supper will be served at 5:45 in the Stirling Room followed by a special program to discover the Jesse Tree, holly and ivy and other plants at Christmas.

• Pageant Rehearsal:

Join us at 10 am on Tuesday, December 20 in the Cathedral for the Christmas Eve pageant rehearsal followed by brunch and costume fitting in Satterlee Hall.

• Wednesday Night Programming: The Gospel according to Ice Cream “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8). Your child will not want to miss one session of this 8-week study! This study will be followed by a look at Lent through the eyes of God’s animals. Stay tuned for more information on both of these exciting studies.

• Discovery Place: Meet us in the Cathedral parking lot on Monday, January 16 at 8 am to caravan to the Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC for a day filled with fun and discovery!

• Christmas Morning Service: On Christmas morning come worship with us at 10 am in the Cathedral. There will be a special blessing of the toys so be sure bring one special Christmas toy to be blessed.

• Kanuga Parish Weekend:

A parish weekend full of fun and fellowship with friends and our Father will take place February 3-5, 2017.

• Race for the Place: Get your running shoes on and come join us on Saturday, February 18 at 9 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the Kid’s Fun Run to support St. Lawrence Place.

• Columbia Children’s Theatre: “Ms. Nelson is Missing!” Come help find Ms. Nelson at the Columbia Children’s Theatre on Sunday, February 26.

• Shrove Tuesday: On Tuesday, February 28 join us at 5:45 pm in Satterlee Hall for a Pancake Supper followed by a bounce house, balloon twister and games for all ages in the gym.

• Ash Wednesday Service: On Wednesday, March 1 at Liturgy Prep will take place during the 5:30 pm service for a special observance of Ash Wednesday.



• Adult Confirmation and Inquirers Class with Dean Jones Need a refresher course on our

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convictions as Christians? A clearer understanding of Episcopal practices? Exploration of our heritage in the Anglican tradition? This series (which will be required for adults being confirmed in May when our Bishop visits Trinity) will offer an interactive overview of the Christian faith and the Episcopal tradition. All are welcome. There will be lively conversations about why we do what we do in worship; a place to make new friends among long-time and new attendees; or new ways to serve and be involved. Stories in Stained Glass We’ve all seen the beautiful stained glass in our Cathedral but do you know the stories behind those stunning windows? Come learn about the Biblical meanings and historical tidbits behind these historic windows. Led by docents and Trinity clergy. The Promised Land This curriculum series (which will also link Sunday-by-Sunday with what children and youth are doing) in their separate classes, will explore the Promised Land in the exciting biblical story of God’s people. It will trace the storyline of Scripture, taking participants step-by-step through the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Throughout, class members will encounter key figures and events, seeing how all of them point to ultimately to Christ and the Christian story. Not only that, but students will also be exposed to essential Christian doctrines along the way, being equipped to think with a Christian worldview and encouraged to live it out accordingly. Growing in Christ is a Bible Study for all. It is led by lay people trying to help lay people understand God’s love for all as expressed in the Bible. GIC has all generations of people with all levels of Biblical knowledge. Wonderful bonds and encouraging relationships constantly are formed in the class. During each class, the leader will make short presentations of the week’s passages followed by class discussions. The St. Francis team will continue in the spring with a new format and new topic. Stay tuned for more information.


• Alpha Marriage: The aim of the Alpha Marriage course is to help couples grow closer and build a

healthy relationship that will last a lifetime. The Alpha Marriage course consists of a series of talks addressing key issues relating to marriage and faith. Wednesdays from 5:45-7:30 pm • Discovering the Psalms: This study include seven sessions that explore the richness of the Psalms in terms of spirituality, personal growth and worship. This will be an inspiring, broad, and deep exploration of the Prayer Book of God’s people. Wednesdays from 6:30-7:00 pm


• Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program that encourages theological reflection that helps you

discern what God is calling you to do. It also provides an opportunity to study the Bible, church history, and theology and ethics. Our program begins in the September and ends in May. We currently meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8. Please consider prayerfully if this small group might interest you.


Spring Formation Classes will begin on Sunday, January 8 for adult, youth, and children. Class locations and class sign-ups can be found online at Wednesday Night Suppers will begin again in 2017 on Wednesday, January 11. Formation classes will continue until Sunday, April 2, 2017.

YOUTH: UPCOMING EVENTS • Advent Lessons & Carols and Advent Festival for all ages on Sunday, November 27

• High School Youth Christmas Party at Eastminster. All high

school students come celebrate the season with the high school youth group from Eastminster on Sunday, December 11 at 6 pm.

• Middle School Crew Night: Join us for Middle School Crew Night on Sunday, December 1. Your crew leaders will be in touch with crew night plans and locations. Stay tuned!

• Homeless Outreach Day: On Saturday, December 17, we will serve lunch on the lawn and prepare Christmas Blessing bags for our Sunday morning guests.

• Trinity Christmas Party: On Sunday, December 18 from 6-8pm there will be a Trinity Youth Christmas party for ALL ages. There will be a white elephant gift exchange. Bring your friends and a gift valued at $10 or less.

• Winter Retreat to Gatlinburg, TN: January 13-16, 2017. Cost is $330 per person and includes all meals, lodging, transportation and activities. Register online at

• Sunday Homeless Breakfast Youth Serving: On Sunday, January 29, the youth will be serving the Sunday morning homeless breakfast. Make plans to come serve our neighbors.

No Youth formation on Sunday, December 25 or Sunday, January 1, 2017.


10:15 -11am: Christian Formation with Breakfast; 5-7 pm: Middle School Youth Group and Dinner; 6:30-8:30 pm: High School Youth Group with Dinner

Tuesdays: • •

7 am: High School Breakfast Club at Dunkin Donuts 7 am: Middle School Girls Breakfast Club at Bruegger’s Bagels

Wednesdays: • •

7 am: High School Girls Breakfast Bible Study at Bruegger’s Bagels 7 pm: High School Bible Study at Trinity in youth room

7 am: Middle School Breakfast Club at Bojangles on Ft. Jackson Blvd.


For a full listing of youth events and to register for any of the events or retreats listed above, please visit For questions, contact Eleanor Smolen, Director of Youth Ministries, at or by cell phone at 912.332.2606. 16

Curt Richardson’s Deep Southern Roots: A Story By One of Trinity’s Sextons


harleston, South Carolina has a population of 309,000 people and more than 34 percent are African American. Charleston, known for its historic beauty, sits along the east coast along the Atlantic Ocean, is in between Georgia and South Carolina, and is a very busy seaport city. It is the main point of entry for Industrial ships entering the states on the east coast. Charleston was also the main point of entry for slave ships entering this country during the slavery era and is home to me, Curt Richardson. Of the four islands in the Lowcountry, Edisto Island, Wadmalaw Island, John’s Island and James Island, I grew up on James Island. All four islands are rich with African American heritage and culture. My family history, like many African Americans in the lowcountry, spans across the ocean. The slavery era brought many to the lowcountry aboard slave ships. I am a direct descendant of the former slaves. My great, great, great grandparents both were former

slaves from Barbados. I am very proud of my heritage and family history. Nothing in the world is more important than family. Family gives strength, love, faith, and compassion. One of my heroes in my family is my great-great-great grandfather, James Richardson, Sr. He fought in World War I. After returning from the war, he became a successful businessman of his era and a prominent African American in his community. He was a proud man dedicated to his deep Baptist roots. Mr. Richardson was one of the founding members of the Sea Shore Farmers Lodge in the early 1800s. I carry him in my heart daily and cherish his memory.

About Curt Curt Richardson has been on staff at Trinity serving as a Sexton since September 2014. His favorite part of being at Trinity is working with the public and meeting new people.

Charleston is a city with deep roots that I recommend everyone visit, take in its rich history, and learn about all the different cultures it has to offer.

Curt loves to write and talk about his heritage and family history. Curt was recently the guest speaker at the Bishop Finlay Chapter of the Daughters of the Holy Cross meeting in September 2016. Bishop Finlay members enjoyed hearing Curt share personal stories of his heritage and lessons learned from his greatgreat-great grandfather (including some delicious recipes.)

For me, my history is something that I feel proud of. My history gives me the feeling of dignity, knowing that I came from a family of strength and deep faith.

Curt loves to write and he is working on writing his first book. In his spare time, he also loves to work in the yard and loves to spend time with his family. 17

“Listen, the wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves…We have had our summer evenings, now for October Eves!” Humbert Wolfe

The Latest from the Trinity Learning Center by Jean Knowlton


he festive season is upon us here at Trinity Learning Center! From now through winter, the hallowed hallways of TLC will be experiencing the rising winds, wild with children filled with the excitement of the changes in God’s world. They will notice the leaves turning brilliant colors and falling from the trees, those beloved Trinity squirrels gathering nuts for their winter nests, and the mad dashes from the playground when the thunder BOOMS and the skies burst open with rain!

Our teachers share the story of Thanksgiving with our children to build in them a spirit of thankfulness, and the symbols associated with Thanksgiving including turkeys, Indian corn, the cornucopia, and the changes outdoors in the natural world reinforce this message of gratitude. We are also teaching children that God made all people. He made varying races with varying skills who can work to help one another just as the Native Americans and Pilgrims did all those years ago.

Our children are also experiencing the changes that are occurring within themselves…they are making new friends, building new relationships and learning new skills in their classes.

During the season of Advent we become so busy shopping for those perfect gifts, baking delicious foods, and decorating our homes for the holidays. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, so let’s not forget…a babe born in a humble stable over 2000 years ago, who grew up and brought hope and joy to the Earth. Take time to tell your children this miraculous story.

In October our teachers helped our children grow in their understanding and appreciation of persons in our community who help in assuring our safety and protection. We talked about police officers, firemen, nurses, and doctors. As we practiced keeping safe and learning how we too are community helpers, our children realized that God’s plan is for people to work with and for one another. As they watch parents perform chores and duties around the house their interest in the “real world” leads to an appreciation and understanding of God’s special plan for them.


We will have our annual Christmas program on Friday, December 16 at 10:00 am in Satterlee Hall. This event alone provides every bit of joy, celebration, and beauty needed to fill our hearts. In the midst of decorating our trees, baking our cookies, and wrapping our gifts, we remember to share with your children the excitement of the most precious gift of all, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Christian Worship as Christian Stewardship

by The Reverend Canon George Chassey

Photo by Gerry Melendez

Recent statistics revealed some facts about attendance at worship in the Episcopal Church that should make us pause and take note. The survey revealed that smaller numbers of Episcopalians are observing and keeping Sunday worship. Worship is central to the Judeo-Christian tradition as revealed in Holy Scripture. Jesus gives witness to that fact. He began his ministry in the synagogue. Following the forty days in the wilderness Jesus returned “in the power of the Spirit into Galilee.” The Gospel according to Luke continues, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah” (Luke 4:14-17). “As was his custom”: Jesus was faithful in worship and in prayer. The early church continued that example set by Jesus. They were mindful of his admonition to the disciples as they shared in the Passover meal, prior to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. “This is my body, this is my blood. Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19-29). In Acts there is recorded witness as to what took place on that first Pentecost. A powerful sermon by Peter concluded with these moving words, “Let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Then we read, those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:36,41, 42). Corporate worship is central to and an integral part of what it means to say, “I believe Jesus is Lord.” Jesus commands it not for his sake but for our well being in this life’s journey and for that journey which is yet to be. Coming together as the community of faith brings alive the words of the Psalmist, “Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms” (Psalm 95:1-2). Consider what happens when one uses his or her time, abilities, and wealth, in coming together with other like-minded

followers of Christ in faithfulness to the Lord’s command, “Do this in remembrance of me.” We hear the story of our salvation as told in Holy Scripture; we hear how we are to shape our lives as disciples of the Lord Christ; to God we sing songs of praise in gladness for the gift of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior; we offer prayers on behalf of the Church, the community, the nation and the world, and for our own needs and those of others; bread, wine and monetary gifts are laid on the altar, representing the thankfulness, the joys and sorrows, the hopes and fears, of the gathered faithful. Then, there is experienced the great mystery. God gives the offering back as himself, and sends the community of faith into the world, forgiven, and renewed, to be his people witnessing to his purposes in the world. Worship in the Holy Eucharist is a measure of one’s stewardship of his or her life of God’s purposes in their lives and in the lives of those they may touch. Liturgical worship is witness to one’s promises made in baptism and reaffirmed in confirmation. The worshippers experience God in a personal and intimate way. As one writer has expressed it, “in prayer we go to God; in sacrament God comes to us; the Eucharist is a personal encounter; it is the place where God and humankind meet within the life of the church; eternity comes into time and lifts time into eternity” (The Altar Fire by Olive Wyon). Every generation had been faced with the human predicament: how we are to live together and avoid self destruction. That is true at every level of human relationship: family, business, profession, among ethnic groups, religious differences, and among communities. In the midst of World War II, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple said in an address on the BBC, “The world will be saved from political chaos and collapse by one thing only: That is worship.” Then he defined worship: “To quicken the conscience by the holiness of God; to feed the mind with truth of God; to purge the imagination with the beauty of God; to open the heart to the love of God; to devote the will to the purpose of God.” “Alleluia! The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us; Come let us adore him. Alleluia!” 19

Advent Reflections by Pat Manley

Autumn has arrived with breezy and cool temperatures that makes us turn to thoughts of the next events of the year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the beautiful Christmas Season. One of my favorite times that sets the stage for the Christmas season is Advent. This year, the First Sunday of Advent falls on November 27. It always strikes me as a somber, yet exciting period as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This year, curiosity made me wonder how Advent came about. Of course, I know it’s a time of waiting, and praying in anticipation of Christmas, but that sense of curiosity kept nagging at me to find out how Advent began. Well, today it isn’t very difficult to find out just about everything by searching the Internet. I Googled “Advent” and came across tons of information on the subject. Although much of what I read about Advent was similar from article to article, I finally settled on facts I found most interesting about the history of Advent, presented by the Rev’d Justin Holcomb, an Episcopal priest and teacher. “Advent” is derived from adventus, a Latin word meaning “coming.” Yes, that would make sense because Advent is all about preparing

for the coming of the baby Jesus, isn’t it? Well, yes, but way back in the 4th or 5th century, Christians of that era used this time to prepare for baptisms that were performed in January, on the Feast of the Epiphany. Back in those days, ancient Christians spent 40 days in prayer, doing penance for their sins, and fasting. To my surprise, it seems there was little relationship between Advent and Christmas. But wait, there’s more… Around the 6th Century, Roman Christians changed Advent to the preparation of the coming of Christ, but not the baby Jesus. What they wanted to prepare for was the second coming of Christ on the Day of Judgment. That would have made this season quite somber. However, by the middle ages, the dimension of a time was changed to prepare for the event we celebrate today – Christmas and the birth of Jesus came back front and center. Although I’ve been a Christian all of my life, I was surprised that I had never come upon this history, but I, for one am happy that Advent became a time to prepare for the birth of Jesus, and all the wonders and blessings of Christmas.

Daughters of the Holy Cross 2016: Year-end Wrap-up

by Laurie Addy

“…and let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds.”

Hebrews 10:24

On Monday, December 5 the Daughters of the Holy Cross will welcome Cary Sanders from Jump Start, a faith-based prison rehabilitation program. Trinity Cathedral has several volunteers involved in this important ministry in a local women’s prison. These volunteers help inmates break the cycle of recidivism by using Christian love to mentor inmates while incarcerated and then after release to help these women return to productive lives.

2016 Bazaar Chairs: Katie Rankin and Jessica Shand

Cary Sanders’ visit from Jump Start is the last in a series of informative speakers the Daughters of the Holy Cross have welcomed this year. Judi Gatson visited the Daughters in February to speak to us on “Faith and Flood,” inspiration gathered from her coverage of the historic flood in Columbia. In May, Trinity’s own, Reverend Susan Heath, spoke to the Daughters about the Bishops’ Public Education Initiative. The Daughters gathered at Still Hopes in September for lunch and to hear from the four local agencies receiving funds from the Trinity Bazaar: God’s Storehouse, Mental Illness Recovery Center (MIRCI), Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. On October 15 under sunny skies and with beautiful autumn weather, the Cathedral campus came alive for the Trinity Bazaar. The Daughters of the Holy Cross want to thank Jessica Shand and Katie Rankin for their tremendous time and talent in chairing the event for our Cathedral community. Under their leadership, we enjoyed the Bazaar Bash in the courtyard, saw the return of many favorite Bazaar booths from the past, and listened to the music of talented church members, including Dean Jones, while lunching on delicious smoked barbecue. The Daughters would like to thank Jessica, Katie and the countless volunteers who came together to make this year’s Trinity Bazaar a great success! For 2016, the Daughters of the Holy Cross drew its mission from Hebrews 10:24 “… and let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds.” From the General Meeting speakers, the Trinity Bazaar, and to all of the good work that goes on in each and every committee and chapter, the Daughters did exactly that! Connie Britt, Dean Tim Jones and Jean Norman at the Bazaar Bash

Judi Gatson Speaking at the DHC February Event

The Rev’d Patsy Malanuk, Tricia Morris , & Phyllis Capehart at DHC Event

Louise Taylor and Joie Ray at the Trinity Bazaar


A Jewel in Our Worship By Dean Timothy Jones

There is a gem in our array of services on Sunday. Recently, at one of the Wine and Cheese with Dean events held in member homes, I arrived having just come from officiating at our 4 pm Evensong service. I asked, “How many have never been to an Evensong?” I asked not so much to take a count but to get a sense of our participation as a parish in this moving service. I realized that some of us, particularly those of us who have never put our toes in the water to show up at the Cathedral in the afternoon, could benefit from knowing more about it. For instance, the name itself has a simple basis: the office of Evening Prayer, when it is sung, is called Evensong. While we do the service 22

weekly, its origin goes back centuries. Thomas Cranmer, architect of the Book of Common Prayer, put down the outline in 1549. He wanted to include elements of the monastic offices of regularized, daily prayer, in this case, Vespers and Compline. Along with Morning Prayer he envisioned it being prayed every day. While it may, from a distance, seem elaborate, the elements of Evensong are simple: prayers, Psalms, Scripture readings, and music. It is not, as some consider it, a concert or even primarily a music event. It is rather one way the church stays at regular prayer, and indeed “prays without ceasing.” I also like how it reminds us that the church universal is always at prayer, and that when we join

in we are part of the larger and eternal prayer of the company of heaven. What happens in the lofty harmonies and sung prayers has a transcendent character that leaves participants lifted and inspired by heavenly reality. Interestingly, while Evensong is ancient, it enjoys a resurgent interest among younger generations in our time. In our experience it draws a diverse congregation of parishioners, visitors, students, and members of other churches. Evensong has a peaceful and serene nature and allows us to experience God in a meditative and beautiful way. Consider coming Sundays at 4:00 pm. All are welcome (and we have a receptions immediately following on the lawn under the Cathedral oaks).

Celebrate the Season with Angels The following best sellers on angels are available in the Trinity Bookstore. Come pick up your copy just in time for the season of Advent. Books include The Celebration of Angels by our very own Timothy Jones; the beautiful coffee table book, Angels in our Midst by Anne Nelson; and Saints and Angels by Claire Llewellyn.

Advent Books

Get your mind and spirit ready for the Advent by reading a special Advent book. There are Advent books for all ages in the Trinity Bookstore.

Beautiful, classic gold and silver Trinity Crosses are available in the Trinity Bookstore in two different sizes. These make great gifts for someone special.

Bookstore New Arrivals: Time to get organized! There are a variety of 2017 calendars available.

Grab a copy of Dr. Charles Sigel’s new book, Did He Say That? Advent calendars are a fun way to celebrate with children and adults.

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Cathedral connections December 2016 January 2017  

The magazine of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC.

Cathedral connections December 2016 January 2017  

The magazine of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC.