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INSIDE: • Holy Week & Easter at Trinity • Keepin’ it Real • The Ministry of Stewardship • 2017 Vacation Bible School

TRINITY CATHEDRAL’S CLERGY The Very Reverend Timothy Jones Dean The Reverend Patricia C. Malanuk Canon for Mission & Outreach

In This Issue 7 12-13

The Reverend Ira Houck Canon Associate for Pastoral Care The Reverend Wayne Kinyon Priest Associate for Pastoral Care

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Spring/Summer 2017

WHAT IS A COLLECT? A Look Inside Episcopal Prayer HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY AT TRINITY Worship Schedules and Special Events






MEN OF TRINITY A Recap from the One Day In-Town Retreat


THE MINISTRY OF STEWARDSHIP Written by The Rev’d Canon George Chassey

Trinity’s New Welcome Center


Keepin’ It Real

Volunteer Spotlight


A Prayer for South Carolina

Trinity’s Own Citizen-Scholar



Photo by Gerry Melendez.


A Rewritten Life

Ever wish you could revise parts of your life? Do you ever see ways you could have done better, and with regret wish you had? I do, sometimes. The late novelist and writing teacher John Gardner had an angle on this reality common to us all. He had given a reading of his published work to admiring fans when, during the question-and-answer time that followed, a woman raised her hand and said, “You know, I think I like your writing, but I don’t think I like you.” Gardner wasn’t fazed. “That’s all right,” he said, “because I’m a better person when I’m writing. Standing here, talking to you, I can’t revise my words. If I say something wrong or not quite right, or maybe offensive and it hurts someone, the words are out there … and I can’t take them back. I have to rely on you to revise or fix them. But when I’m writing, I can go over and over what I think and say until it’s right.” The story made the point that much of good writing relies on rewriting. But I see a parallel to the season we find ourselves in. I see connections to an important pattern and discipline for my life. Lent is the perfect time to examine our life story as it has unfolded thus far. This is the pre-eminent season to try to rewrite some of our standard and less-than-holy responses to the challenges and joys of life. We speak of Lent, therefore, not only as a “school of repentance,” where we sorrow over our failings and the griefs we cause others, we also see it as a nudge to change and re-dos and start-overs. As the Episcopal writer Christopher Wells writes in The Living

Church, “Conversion ought to be an at-leastdaily discipline,” where we let God shape and fashion and refashion every feeling, dream, worry, and desire. “We never pass the class of confession in this life,” Wells continues. True! But Lent also looks ahead. Easter holds out hope beyond our unfulfilled yearnings and sometimes squandered opportunities. We give ourselves time to deepen and grow. Sometimes we need to repent of the sin of self-centeredness or prayerlessness. But sometimes we need to let God season us, deepen us. You have to trust what someone has called the “slow work of God.” You celebrate the small steps. You expect growth in fits and starts.

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.

The soul shakes out of hibernation not so much from fierce concentration as from simple openness. Not gritting teeth and coercing eyelids open. No, when it comes to the Divine and what God wants to do in us, patience and standing in readiness form our method. In these days of Lent marching to Easter, ask God to do something new in you. I encourage you to come to God confessing sins but also asking for courage to live into newer realities. Let God help you revise and rewrite the story your choices make. “By small steps,” Christopher Wells writes, “our Lord leads us to degrees of holiness, which is his doing, and ‘it is marvelous in our eyes’” (Psalm 118:23).

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

Trinity Welcome Center:

Gateway to our Spiritual Community Today I visited the Welcome Center with the new reception area that was recently moved to the Education Building. As I walked through the double doors at the entrance to the building and ascended the stairs, I laid eyes on a very warm, inviting corner area that made me feel welcome. There at the top of the stairs is a beautiful desk and other furniture of dark woods, situated in front of the natural light emanating from the windows behind it; a friendlyfaced receptionist, already greeting me with a smile, and as I reached the top of the stairs, I realized we were just across the hall from the Trinity Bookstore! As brand new and impressive as the Welcome Center is, it also presents a combination of old and new elegance and warmth. There is an air of quietude — a similar feeling one gets when walking into the Cathedral before services. At the risk of being called a bit dramatic, it held for me a feeling of reverence. Okay, maybe a bit dramatic but it is there and I felt it. Trinity’s Welcome Center is designed to be the 4

by Pat Manley first weekday area visitors see as they travel in and out of the building to meetings, child care, Bible studies, and whatnot, some of whom might not be familiar with the room or destination they are trying to reach.

“I have loved the move to the Welcome Center. I see so many familiar faces and there is so much going on with the Bookstore, Trinity Learning Center, various volunteers and more!” —Nancy Crawford, Volunteer Receptionist

The best news is that this entrance is the only entrance to the areas and locations used by everyone. It is so much easier to find a destination when there is only one entrance for the Trinity campus. The Welcome Center is open on weekdays Monday through Friday. It doesn’t get simpler than that!

“Moving the reception area and receptionists to the Welcome Center (across from the Trinity Bookstore) not only will assist people who come to our church during the week, it now helps that whole central area become a hub of hospitality. Visitors to Trinity now come to this one central location and find there a friendly and knowledgeable person to welcome and direct them. Vernon Funds underwrote the original creation of the Center and the recent costs associated with moving the phone and computer. This move also complements nicely our recently having spruced-up our library and turned it into a wellfunctioning resource room and suitable meeting place.” —Dean Tim Jones

Each time a change is made to make it easier to be part of our Trinity Community, it is a blessing to all of us.

"We Bookstore folks are so thrilled to have the Welcome Center so full of activity. It’s the place to be!" —Elizabeth Wyman

I admit that although I’ve been a parishioner for almost six years, I am limited to directly locating the Daughters’ Room, Satterlee Hall, and of course, the Bookstore. It is a comfort to me that now, someone with a smiling face, and a friendly word is sitting at the desk and ready to direct me to wherever I want to go.

Trinity’s Own Citizen-Scholar by Dean Timothy Jones

Lots of folks at Trinity know Walter Edgar for his wellattended Sunday classes on the history of the Cathedral held here over the years. Or we know him through the hugely popular Walter Edgar’s Journal, broadcast on ETV Radio. I know it’s a rare week that I don’t hear his compelling, distinctive voice on a local station as I tackle chores at home or travel in the car for a meeting or visit. Dr. Edgar’s reputation as a USC professor is legendary, with students raving about his lively teaching of South Carolina history with exclamations like “He makes the student want to listen and learn.” And of course there are his definitive books. One scholar calls him the Palmetto State’s omnipresent public historian. It’s no surprise that Walter’s academic colleagues would want to acknowledge his manifold contributions to their work and their lives. In the world of the academy, one of the preeminent ways to do that is through a

collection of essays in honor of a scholarcolleague. CitizenScholar: Essays in Honor of Walter Edgar, just out, does that. Such collections from colleagues and former students are called Festschrifts, a German word, as the book notes in the introduction, “combining Fest (celebration) with Schrift (writing).” As Walter noted to me about the honor of the publication of such a collection, “It’s a lot better than a gold watch!” And he added, “I’m very humbled and tickled at the same time.” An opening essay, by Winston Groom of Forest Gump fame, with whom Walter grew up, gives some personal glimpses (with plenty of funny asides). Walter dead-pans, “Don’t believe

everything he said.” Walter’s faith not only infuses his work at Trinity (he currently serves on the vestry), his faith has also informed his scholarship; one of the essays highlights such an interest of Walter’s by a look at South Carolina African Methodism. While it will be of greatest interest to those intrigued by South Carolina history, Citizen-Scholar also helps us see the difference one of our parishioners has been making in the wider world. Our Trinity Cathedral Bookstore happily carries this engaging volume. 5

This postcard was recently found at an Estate Sale in Columbia, SC. The card from 1937, was sent by the Rector, The Rev’d Henry D. Phillips, to the men of the parish inviting them to a Good Friday Holy Communion.

What is a Collect? by The Rev’d Canon Ira Houck


mong the pearls of our Episcopal Church are the collects. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer established the Book of Common Prayer in 1549. He composed some of the collects while incorporating other more ancient ones.

the Father, often preceded by a descriptor such as “almighty” or “merciful” or “eternal.” Then follows a petition. Collects are singular in their petition, asking for forgiveness, protection, guidance, and comfort.

Following the petition comes The Collect, which is said at the what has been called the beginning of each Eucharistic “aspiration” or the reason for rite, is a time of collective prayer. the petition (“so that we …”). The celebrant opens by saying, For example, the Collect for All “Let us pray.” Then there is silence Saints’ Day: “Grant us grace so to as members of the congregation follow thy blessed saints in all collect their thoughts and begin virtuous and godly living, that to pray. we may come to those ineffable joys …” The word “collect” is derived from Latin, meaning to gather, Finally, the doxology, for or a gathering. Collects are found instance “… In the Name of Jesus in the Anglican, and Roman Christ,” since it is through Jesus Catholic, and Lutheran Churches, that we have access to draw near but are not used in the Greek or to God. Eastern Orthodox, nor in other Protestant churches. Collects are Try composing your own collect summary prayers in the liturgy. for personal or family prayer time. Name God. Describe a Collects turn on a biblical biblical attribute describing God. theme—as in the Collect for State the purpose of your prayer. Grace and the Collect for Purity Close with a doxology. on pages 57 and 323 of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Collects We do not simply read the are structured literary forms of Collects. We pray them as we liturgy. follow what has been written and used by Christians since A collect begins with an address ancient times. to God, usually naming God as 7

A Prayer for South Carolina

Francis Bowes Sayre Jr. was Dean of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for 27 years. He was the first grandchild of President Woodrow Wilson. He was a chaplain in the Navy during World War II. While serving as Dean of the National Cathedral, Sayer composed fifty collects for each state in this great nation. One of our members came upon a rare booklet with all the collects listed in it. The collect for South Carolina is written by Sayer for the people of this wonderful state to pray with thanksgiving. And we are glad for it.

—The Rev’d Canon Ira Houck

Grant, great Creator that we too may love what Thou has blessed so well: The Southland soil of Carolina. Praise Thee, Lord, for the blue of upcountry hills, and their grassy apron falling toward the sea; praise Thee for islands and salt marshes and birds which nest in the sand; praise and thanksgiving for the fruitful earth that cherishes a magnolia or laurel upon the mountain, or cotton for raiment. Soft is the wind, soft the speech of men, gentle Thy grace where the roots of Thy children are hid. May they in Thy goodness grow, reaching up their spirits toward heaven, until they shall have fulfilled Thy purpose for them. Amen. Francis B. Sayer, Jr. National Cathedral Association, 1972

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Polly Morrison By Beebe James

Trinity Cathedral is an active vibrant place with lots of opportunities to engage in our mission and ministry. As each of us becomes involved in an area that appeals to us on a deep level (or that just sounds like fun), we are gradually more at home at Trinity, we renew old acquaintances, meet and make new friends and most of all we experience God leading us on a deeper and deeper spiritual journey.

the register”. People regularly come to visit Polly in the bookstore – Trinity members, others who came into the church, and staff members just checking in. Be one that goes to visit and Polly will encourage you to join her . . . .hmmmm, I wonder if it’s something you would like?

But the bookstore is not Polly’s only volunteer ministry. She chairs our Bereavement Committee, coordinating a group of people who provide In each issue of Cathedral Connections, we highlight ministry when a family member has died. She’s a person who has given much of themselves to this quick to say she only coordinates – “other people place and in doing so has found great meaning do the work”. And she’s right; many participate in their engagement. In highlighting one person, visiting when a death has occurred and offering we hope to shed light on the meaning he/she supplies to help in the moment; being part of a experiences in one or more areas of involvement. larger team who plan and carry out the receptions We also hope to shed light on a ministry that might we offer following funerals, and another team who appeal to you for involvement. write notes expressing the sympathy of our whole parish. The care we offer in times of great crisis This issue, we want you to meet Polly Morrison. and sadness is important and this is another area Polly is a person who brings a smile to your face you might feel called to. If so, you would be very when she says hello. She has been a member of welcome. Trinity for a long time and for many years was occupied with her work life and raising two boys. Thank you Polly for your dedication to Trinity But in recent years she has re-focused her efforts as Cathedral! she volunteers at Trinity. The area she has chosen to focus on is The Trinity Cathedral Bookstore. Bookstore Manager, Elizabeth Wyman, says Polly is a double blessing because she works twice a week–on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is truly dedicated and seems to love every minute with the customers, knows the books and is great with the computer 10 system. “She is a delight to see behind

CATHEDRAL HAPPENINGS: SPRING/SUMMER 2017 APRIL • April 5: Lenten Speaker - Deb • • • • • • • •

Richardson-Moore April 9: Palm Sunday; Membra Jesu Nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude Sung by Cathedral Singers at 4 pm April 10: Clergy Renewal of Vows April 12: Lenten Speaker Bishop Waldo for Noonday only April 13: Maundy Thursday Service and Soup & Bread Supper April 14: Good Friday April 15: Holy Saturday April 16: Easter Sunday April 17: Easter Monday Cathedral offices are closed & no

MAY • • • • • • • •

services will take place April 21: Men of Trinity & Daughters of the Holy Cross Oyster Roast April 28-29: Boys’ Choir Lock-in April 30: Chorister Recognition Service & Reception May 5-7: Youth Spring Retreat in Myrtle Beach, SC May 12: Trinity Learning Center Mother’s Day Tea May 14: Last day of Adult Formation May 20: Confirmation Retreat May 21: Confirmation Sunday

JUNE • June 5: Trinity Learning Center

Sizzlin’ Summer Fun Begins • June 4: Pentecost Parish Picnic • June 7-10: Youth Outreach Camp in Columbia, SC

• May 22: Daughters of the Holy • • • • •

Cross General Meeting May 23: Quarterly Memorial Service May 24: Eve of Ascension Service and Parish BBQ May 19: Trinity Learning Center Spring Program & Graduation May 28: Summer Service Schedule Begins May 29: Memorial Day Cathedral offices are closed & no services will take place

JULY • June 16: Trinity Learning Center’s • July 10-13: Vacation Bible Donuts for Dad • July 4: Independence Day Cathedral offices are closed & no services will take place

School at Trinity. Register online at • July 23-29: High School Home Works Mission Trip in John’s Island

Worship Schedule

Summer 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

Summer Schedule Begins on May 28, 2017

Keenan Chapel 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Keenan Chapel 9 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Cathedral 7:45 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II


HOLY WEEK AT TRINITY • Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday - The Liturgy of the Palms will take place during the 9 am and 11:15 am Cathedral services. There will be no Christian formation classes on Palm Sunday.

• Thursday, April 13: Maundy Thursday - There will be a soup and bread supper at 6 pm

followed by Maundy Thursday Liturgy at 7 pm in the Cathedral. Maundy Thursday services will be followed by “The Watch.” The Cathedral will remain open for prayer throughout the night.

• Friday, April 14: Good Friday - Good Friday Liturgy will take place at 7:30 am (with

communion from the reserved sacrament), 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm. On Good Friday, clergy will be available all day for confession in Seibels Chapel. The labyrinth will be available in Satterlee Hall from 10 am until 5:30 pm. There will be no services in Keenan Chapel.

• Saturday, April 15: Holy Saturday - Holy Saturday Prayers at 10am for Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Easter Bakers and other volunteers.

Holy Week Children Activities Maundy Thursday: Children’s Service at 5 pm.

Service begins in the Cart Courtyard with Eucharist in Keenan Chapel.

Good Friday: Liturgy Preparation during the 5:30 pm service Holy Saturday:

• Dying of Easter Eggs at 9 am for Sunday morning breakfast guests in the Cart Courtyard. Please bring two dozen hard boiled eggs. • Calling All Easter Bakers! Children in grades 3-5, come bake with the Easter Bakers in the Kitchen at 10:30 am. Bring your rolling pin and be ready to bake some Easter goodies.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Service Schedule 6:00 am The Great Vigil, First Eucharist of Easter and Holy Baptism Cathedral 9:00 am Festival Eucharist Cathedral 11:15 am Festival Eucharist Cathedral There will be no Christian formation classes and no Keenan Chapel services on Easter Sunday.

2017 Vacation Bible School Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure!

This year VBS at Trinity will ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love. Kids will spend each day spelunking through field-tested activity stations with their Cave Crews. Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible Point in a hands-on, interactive way that keeps everyone engaged. Go spelunking through dark caves with Jesus as your light. We will learn Jesus is the solid foundation of God's love, who lights our way and gives us Hope, Courage, Direction, Love and Power for each new day. We will learn to follow Jesus where ever he will lead us!

When: July 10-13, 2017 Where: Trinity Cathedral Time: 9 am-12 pm Cost: $25 Registration:

Upcoming Summer Activities for Children Join us every Wednesday this Summer for Children’s Summer Chapel at 3:30 pm in Keenan Chapel! • Sunday, April 30 at 4:30 pm: Come pick strawberries at Cottle Farms and learn about the Fruits of the Spirit • Friday, May 5 from 6-8 pm: Kid’s Movie Night • Wednesday, June 14 at 4 pm: Come pick blueberries at Double A Farms

YOUTH: UPCOMING SPRING/SUMMER EVENTS April 9: Passion of the Christ Movie and Passover Dinner From 5-8 pm for youth of all ages.

April 23: 5th Grade Transition Time

Rising 6th graders are invited to “hang out with Eleanor and Bibs.” This transition event will give the 5th graders a chance to get to know our Youth Minister.

April 28-30: New Beginnings

Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to a diocesan-wide weekend of faith building and fellowship for middle school youth.

May 5-7: Spring Retreat in Myrtle Beach

The theme for the event is “As I have loved you…” from John13:34. We will have a great weekend of beach time, fun activities, games, fellowship, worship and spiritual challenges. This retreat is open to all youth.

May 14: Senior Sunday

Let’s celebrate our seniors and all of their contributions to Trinity’s youth program!

May 21: Confirmation Sunday May 21: Summer Kickoff Party!

All Youth including rising 6th graders are invited! There will be snow cones, hot dogs, games, music and fun. Join us to celebrate our summer season!

June 7-10: Youth Outreach Camp

The theme for this year’s camp is “Greater.” We will be working with various organizations to make our mark on Columbia in service to others! This camp is open to all youth.

July 23-29: John’s Island High School Mission Trip

We will be working with Homeworks of America to serve those in need in Johns Island, SC.



Keepin' It Real

by Peter Shand

have to admit, I was dreading having to participate in the Keepin' It Real outreach event at Finlay Park but I am so glad I did and I will try not to miss another one. Trinity's partnership with Pastor Oscar Gadsden and the Keepin' It Real ministry is a great thing to behold. Keepin' It Real is committed to serving Columbia's homeless population, and holds weekly church services at Finlay Park for worship and lunch. Last year Trinity offered Oscar the use of the Stirling Room for worship services for our breakfast guests, and the Men of Trinity offered to provide volunteers during this time. When Rusty Miller and Bill Matthews asked me to participate I reluctantly agreed–it would mean arriving at church more than an hour early to assist. But once I attended Oscar's service I was hooked. Later, when the Men of Trinity and the Daughters of the Holy Cross needed volunteers to serve lunch at the Finlay Park services, I welcomed the chance to participate. These are meaningful, grass roots 16

events, and I was glad to have the chance to do God's work for those less fortunate. Is this God calling me? Does God ever speak to you directly? Not to me, at least not in an obvious way. Instead I wonder: is God utilizing others to do his work? When Rusty calls with an opportunity to serve, is it really God nudging Rusty to do the calling? Through my work with Keepin It Real, I have seen some amazing things and met some amazing people. While serving lunch on the stage at Finlay Park recently I encountered numerous homeless people. Among them were: Homeless Santa Claus, who dresses up every year for homeless kids; the young person attending services that had an ankle monitoring device (I had not seen one of these before); the young man who went through the lunch line twice, so he could take food back to his room in the halfway house for dinner; the man who broke in front of the lunch line, looking to fight anyone who challenged him, and whom Oscar gently but firmly put his

arm around and walked to the back of the line without further discussion; and a large number of people with all of their worldly possessions in a suitcase or plastic garbage bag. You can imagine that the crowd at Oscar's worship service can sometimes get unruly. My first inclination would be to throw them out of the service, but not Oscar. He considers unruly folks to be possessed by a demon, and I am beginning to believe that myself. We have seen several occasions in which Oscar stood over and prayed for a disruptive guest, to the point the guest had calmed down and was no longer disruptive. These are amazing things to see, and are rarely experienced in a cathedral setting. In a nutshell, Trinity gives us many ways in which to worship and serve God and be a disciple for Christ. I would suggest that we will get much more than we give when we are active participants in the ministries of Trinity, and that goes double for the Keepin' It Real ministry.

Artist Feature:

Angela Zokan Since Angela was young, she has always been taught to embrace art to its fullest. As far back as she can remember her very first toy was not a doll, blocks, or a tea set, but a little yellow paint set with a blue brush. It didn’t matter that all of the colors ran together or the paints were cracked, what matter most was the fact that she was quickly transported to the place of her choosing with the simple swoop of a brush. Art has allowed her to express herself in ways she only dreamed possible. Angela grew up in the town of Summerville, SC and attended Rollings School of the Arts. After high school, she attended USC studying Art Education. Because of her passion for art and inspiring instructors over the years, she was inspired to become an art educator by career and practicing artist. In 2010, Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and an Interdisciplinary Masters of Arts in 2013. She has been teaching in Lexington School District One since 2010 while pursuing artistic endeavors in her free time. Her artwork has been displayed all over South Carolina from the Flowertown Festival, Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Charleston’s Artist Guild, SC State Fair, Tapp’s Art Center, Artista Vista, the Lexington Old Mill, Red Bird Gallery, Calhoun Street Gallery, and Midlands Pediatric Dentistry. Angela currently lives in Columbia with her husband, Brent and son, Blaise. Angela is a member of Trinity. Her artwork will be on display at the Trinity Bookstore and is available for purchase.

Hidden Truth Jewelry The Bookstore is delighted to be featuring Columbia Craftswomen Ashley Weston’s beautiful jewelry. Ashley has prayed over and etched scripture on the back of each piece. Handmade pieces include necklaces, earrings, and key chains. Items are selling fast so pick-up your one-of-a-kind piece today!

Easter Books The Trinity Bookstore has a wide variety of Easter Books for all ages! These books make great additions to your Easter Baskets, gifts for family or a treat for yourself.

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Consider the Lilies

by Connie Britt

"Consider the lilies" we are told. (Matthew 6:14) Be aware of the beauty that surrounds us. What a timely verse at this time of the year, particularly in our cathedral, as the flowers return after the austerity of Lent. On Easter Sunday the cathedral is literally overflowing with lilies and other beautiful Spring flowers. What better time than Spring to reflect on the great gift of flowers—what they mean to us and how fortunate we are to have the beautiful work of Trinity's Flower Guild to enhance our worship and our communal life. The Flower Guild, as a separate body from the Altar Guild, is a relatively recent development; but having flowers on the altar, taking flowers from the church to members who are in the hospital, giving flowers as memorials, all these are time-honored traditions. I remember a tour guide in Canterbury Cathedral saying, "The cathedral is a living body, and like all living bodies it grows and changes." I have used those words as a docent, explaining how different areas of the church have been added and/or changed over the years, and they certainly apply to the role of flowers at Trinity. Sometime when you are at the altar, look at the way the re-table extends and forms a small stand on either end, framing the altar and delineating the sections of the apse wall which contain the black marble tablets. These stands were created in 1998 when the altar was moved out from the re-table allowing the clergy to stand behind the altar and face the congregation during Holy Communion. A perhaps unintended consequence of

this larger space was that the flower arrangements on either side of the cross at the high altar got larger and more lush. Beautiful, but more difficult to deliver to hospital rooms. Now the flowers from the high altar are taken back to the flower room and re-purposed for different arrangements throughout the week. The smaller arrangements from the altar in Seibels Chapel are delivered after Sunday services. "Taken back to the flower room." There's another relatively new thing at Trinity. We have only had a separate flower room since the Cathedral restoration in 2012. Before the restoration there was a small sink in the "pass-through" between the "Chisholm Trail" and the sacristy. The sink was set in a little cabinet with a few shelves above and a few drawers on either side. This was where the flower arrangements were done. Thinking back, it is amazing to remember the gorgeous products of that small space; and, for those of us who do remember, a reminder of how grateful we are for the space we now

have. During the Restoration, Joan Danforth, who served as chair of the Flower Guild from 2006 until 2015, got permission to outfit the room next to the Daughters Room as a space set aside for the Flower Guild. A florist-sized cooler was installed so that flowers could last longer. A shelf, an exact replica of the cathedral re-table was built along one wall, and David and Jonathan Danforth made a cross in the exact dimensions of the silver cross in the cathedral from pieces of the beams that were removed from the cathedral during the restoration. This shelf and cross are great aids in the sizing of flower arrangements for the altar. Today, under co-chairs Melanie Crawford and Elizabeth Whitener, the Flower Guild is divided, like the Altar Guild, into teams for each week of the month with "all hands on deck" for Easter and Christmas. Each week the team produces two large arrangements for the High Altar, two small arrangements for the altar in Seibels Chapel, one or

two arrangements for Keenan Chapel, an arrangement for the reception desk in the Welcome Center, a small arrangement for the table at the entrance from the parish house into the sacristy, and often a small arrangement for the ladies’ room. In addition, many weeks at Trinity include weddings, funerals, receptions and/or other events for which there are flowers. These often call for special arrangements for the cathedral altar, large centerpieces for receptions, or small table arrangements. While talking about the role of flowers in the communal life of the cathedral, note should be made of a Pastoral Care ministry started in the 1990's under the leadership of Jane Moorefield and Betty Humphreys. They were asked if they could provide "lemonade and cookies" after a funeral for a family that had newly returned to Columbia and was living in an apartment without space for family to gather after a funeral. If you are going to set out a table with refreshments, they thought, it would be nice to have a vase of flowers. Offering to provide a reception for bereaved families after a funeral is now an accepted tradition at Trinity, and the flower arrangements for these gatherings have been a beautiful gift from the Flower Guild to the parish. So consider the lilies and all the other beautiful flowers that grace the campus of Trinity. The power of something beautiful, real, and fresh can cause us to stop a moment in this busy world, and take a deep breath, and be thankful.

Sizzlin’ Summer Fun at the Trinity Learning Center

Weeks Themes Thursday Visitors 5/29 All Aboard the Sizzlin’ Summer Express Ice Cream Social 6/5 Wild Wild West Eudora Farms “Petting Zoo” 6/12 African Safari Davin Lail’s “African Drumming” 6/19 Old Mexico EdVenture’s “Motion Commotion” 6/26 Native Americans Blue Grass Band 7/3 Grand Old USA Carolina “Choo Choo” 7/10 Bahama Blast Marionettes “Three Little Pigs” 7/17 Amazing Alaska Pelican’s “Snoball Truck” 7/24 Pirates of the Caribbean State Museum’s Star Lab 7/31 Tropical Rain Forest Sarah Dippity’s Magic Show 8/7 Volcanic Hawaii Hawaiian Hula Dancer 8/14 Blast off to a New School Year Ice Cream Social

Summer camp is from 7 am-6 pm each weekday. Registration cost is $165. Weekly tuition is $185 per week (8-week commitment requested.) Cost includes breakfast, lunch, snack, field trips, movies, visitors, and parties.)

For camp registration information, please email

A Big Book for a Profound Question by Dean Timothy Jones

A fundamental question rests at the heart of this book: Why did Jesus die? Fleming’s substantial volume, The Crucifixion, is her life work. She claims and reclaims the cross and its compelling meaning in a way that only someone with her breadth of insight and decades of teaching in the church could do. I think it is one of the important books of our time. I got a suggestion of how much of herself she poured into this work; she was laboring over the final pages when she joined us as preacherin-residence a couple of years ago. Now it is receiving wide acclaim, not only from within Protestant circles, but also Catholic. Christianity Today just named it 2016’s Book of the Year, a remarkable recognition. Just one of the accolades comes from George

Hunsinger of Princeton Theological Seminary: “After publishing numerous books of powerful sermons, remarkable for their biblical depth and their contemporary relevance, Fleming has now published this profound volume on the saving significance of Christ’s death.” It has just come out in paperback. While the book, at almost 700 pages, is challenging and thorough, there are great riches to plumb, and I recommend it highly!

Summer Brown Bag Lunch & Lectionary Series Grab your lunch and join us this Summer on Wednesdays, beginning in June, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for Trinity’s Brown Bag Lunch and Lectionary Series! This will be a clergy led weekly study. Bring your Bible and a friend! Stay tuned for more information. 21

Men of Trinity

by Rusty Miller

On Saturday, March 4, on a chilly morning that soon warmed up to become an almost perfect early spring day, the Men of Trinity convened at Belle Grove Plantation for a one day in-town retreat.

We ended the day-long retreat with a delicious Low Country Boil.

Forty or so men gathered around the fire pit to celebrate Morning Prayer and participate in six discussions focused on Leadership through Service.

The group of Men went home that night with a renewed energy and excitement about the positive impact that the Men of Trinity will bring to our Parish.

In the afternoon we had a skeet shooting competition and ATV tour of the historic Belle Grove Plantation. Skeet shooting champions were Sean Rankin and Adam Dougherty.

Be on the lookout for more details in the next issue of Cathedral Connections about how you can get involved with the group this year. A couple upcoming events are listed below.

Upcoming Events

• Friday, April 21: Parish-wide Oyster Roast jointly presented with the Daughters of the Holy Cross. This will be a fun event you won’t want to miss! • Tuesday, May 9: Wrap-up Fellowship Dinner at the Gluse home.


Rich in Relationship?

“A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.” Mark 12: 35-44

by The Rev’d Canon George I. Chassey


he concept of stewardship comes from the mind of God, and finds its way into the teaching about the right use of wealth by Jesus Christ throughout his earthly ministry. A passage from the Gospel According to St. Mark is but one of many stories and life situations Jesus used to illustrate that our relationship with God, with one another, and with ourselves, is related to how we use the time, talent, and wealth God makes available to us in our daily lives. Not long ago an interesting meditation crossed my desk. It was based on the passage from St. Mark having to do with the widow’s mite, the small coin she offered that caught Jesus’ attention. “Anyone who has ever worked on a stewardship campaign knows that there is no correlation between how much money people have and how much they give away. The person who drives to church in an emerald green Jaguar may make an annual gift of $250—the same amount he or she donates to other good causes such as the Humane Society and United Way—while the

retired schoolteacher who lives on a fixed income turns in a pledge of $2,500. The one who is rich gives as if he were poor, while the one who is poor gives as if he were rich. There is simply no telling what will fall out of people’s hands when they hold them over the offering plate. “As far as Jesus is concerned, the amount is not the point. The point is what the amount represents. Is it a tip or a tribute? Is it cash that will really be missed, or is it a gift that will entail the daily toppling of other idols? The two copper coins in the widow’s hand are nothing. If a wealthier woman dropped them, she might not even bend down to pick them up. In the widow’s hand, however, they sparkle like diamonds. They are everything she has. When she lets go of them, she will be the richest woman on earth.” The question for each of us is “How rich am I in my relationship with God?”



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Summer Schedule Begins on May 28, 2017

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Cathedral Connections Spring Summer 2017  

The Magazine of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC.

Cathedral Connections Spring Summer 2017  

The Magazine of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC.