CATHEDRAL CONNECTIONS THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL | OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015
A Deep Faith and a Long Obedience
INSIDE: • Meet the 2015-2016 Vernon Scholars • Sabbatical Q&A with Rev’d Charles Davis • Trinity Forward • A Look Back at Trinity Bazaar’s History
TRINITY CATHEDRAL’S CLERGY
In This Issue 9
The Very Reverend Timothy Jones Dean firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Charles M. Davis, Jr. Canon Pastor/Canon to the Dean email@example.com The Reverend Emily R. Hylden Canon for Young Adult Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Patricia C. Malanuk Canon for Mission & Outreach email@example.com
The Reverend Robert Riegel Canon Associate for Pastoral Care
2016 VERNON SCHOLARS Meet Trinity Cathedral’s new Vernon Scholars
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES A Takeaway Calendar of Cathedral Events
TRINITY GREEN “Come, Ye Thankful People...”
The Reverend Dane E. Boston Canon for Adult Christian Formation firstname.lastname@example.org
THE TRINITY BAZAAR TRADITION Stories of Bazaar’s Past, Present and Future THE CATHEDRAL ORGAN AT AGE 17 The History of Trinity’s Organ SABBATICAL Q&A An Interview with The Rev’d Canon Charles Davis
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. www.trinitysc.org 803.771.7300
Photo by Gerry Melendez.
FROM DEAN JONES:
avid Brooks, the columnist and commentator, tells how he began to notice certain people. He was impressed, but also a little unsettled. For he started to see the people around him, as he writes in The Road to Character, who radiated a kind of inner light. They had a special quality at the heart of their life. They were people, I might add, like the family members of Charleston’s Emanuel Nine. People like our own Rosemary Jones, profiled on page 6.
But he realized how his life paled next to theirs. As I mentioned in a sermon recently, it was while looking at people like that an insight came to Brooks. Our educational systems, our job hiring, our conversations at the office, he writes, usually concentrate more on “the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.” We have lots of incentives to concentrate our lives on surface fulfillment, don’t we? We give lots of attention to the applauded milestones in our social circles. So we go for the things we can put down on a spread sheet or job application. But then we realize that something is missing. As Brooks puts it, “Years pass and the deepest parts of yourself go unexplored …. You are busy, but you have a vague
anxiety that your life has not achieved its ultimate significance. You live with an unconscious boredom, not really loving.” That’s when Brooks realized that there are two big kinds of virtue: “the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues.” I love how he explains: “The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the [workplace, to the] marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful.”
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Well, of course those things matter more. Which are you spending more time pursuing? During a stewardship season, what might the idea of “eulogy virtues” say about how you approach your spending and giving? How might thinking about such virtues guide your time with family and friends? Might it not now lead you, as happened to David Brooks—and me—to ponder changes that will matter now, and when this life is over?
Addie Thompson, Editor Cover Design by: Susan Craig Cover Photo by: Allison Fowler
KEEPIN’ IT REAL MINISTRIES: TRINITY COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE
By The Rev’d Patsy Malanuk
arly this summer, Trinity Cathedral began hosting a worship service for our Sunday morning breakfast guests. For years, providing worship had been the persistent dream of a number of Sunday Breakfast supporters. In February, Mission and Outreach member Rusty Miller made a written proposal that Trinity Cathedral form a partnership with a man named Oscar Gadsden. New project proposals are always welcomed by Trinity’s Outreach Committee with valid questions and reasoned skepticism. Rusty’s determination was that “you just need to meet Oscar!”
definition of Milk Ministry is teaching hurting people the most basic reality: God’s love for each of them!
That statement has proven to be true. As Oscar Gadsden spoke to a meeting of the Outreach Committee, one could look around the room and immediately see that this new project was going to move forward. The same was true of Trinity’s Bill Matthews who quickly felt a passion for this possibility and arranged for the Men of Trinity to take on volunteer responsibility.
On a recent Sunday after a sermon and discussion on “turning the other cheek,” one of the worshippers asked how that teaching of Jesus could apply when you are homeless and need constant vigilance and defensiveness just for your own safety. Pastor Oscar gently explained that we should first trust in God and not first in ourselves, not focusing on vigilance, instead bringing God and prayer into our condition of vulnerability.
Oscar Gadsden is a pastor to homeless people in Columbia. Formerly homeless himself after returning from military service in Iraq some years ago, Oscar heard a call from God to help other people on the streets. Every Sunday afternoon in Finlay Park, Oscar and his team from Keepin’ It Real Ministries offer food, water, clothing, needed supplies, as well as powerful spiritual support to those in need. Oscar calls this preaching his “Milk Ministry.” Oscar’s
This love simply flows from Oscar Gadsden. Keepin’ It Real has evolved over the course of years into a non-profit ministry with a 9-person board and 15 participating team members which is affiliated with 18 local churches. Oscar’s wife Dianne and his stepson Brian Wright and other team members are also powerful preachers and prayer ministers, touching people in the most basic way. The love flows and the people connect.
The next week, during the sharing and prayer time, that same worshipper remembered the previous week and told how she tried putting God and prayer first in her everyday life. Then she described how much better everything had been; less fear and more peace in her daily life, and no incidents.
This is a great new Volunteer Opportunity for men and women! Greeters and musicians are needed. If interested, contact Allison Cox or Patsy Malanuk. Or simply join in with the worship any Sunday at 8:00 am in the Stirling Room. Maybe “you just need to meet Oscar!”
Fierce St. Francis!
orothy Sayers, the midtwentieth century novelist and theologian, wrote, “We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified Him ‘meek and mild,’ and recommended Him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.” As a former pale curate (and now, I suppose, a pale canon) who knows some pious old ladies, I should probably take offense at Sayers’ remark. Perhaps I would, were I not convinced that she is absolutely right. We like a tame Jesus. Think of the beautiful stained glass windows in our own Cathedral. Above the altar we gaze on Jesus the gentle teacher saying, “Let the little children come unto me.” In the clerestory we see Jesus the Good Shepherd gathering his lambs. In the baptistery we adore Jesus the precious infant, being presented in the Temple by his parents. All of these images are, of course, good and true. But they are also incomplete. If we are not careful, our own preferences and prejudices can obscure Jesus’ true identity and purpose. We might try to turn the fierce Lion of Judah—the one who drove out the moneychangers and who condemned pious people for their
By The Rev’d Canon Dane Boston hypocrisy—into a docile housecat: one who sits with us and keeps us warm and cozy, but who would never challenge or change us. The effort to tame Jesus often carries over to his most devoted followers. Think of St Francis of Assisi, whose feast we keep each year in early October. For modern American Christians, Francis is a soft, gentle figure—a simple friar begging alms and preaching to the birds. We put his statue in our gardens. We celebrate him annually with the Blessing of the Animals (Sunday, October 4 at 6pm outside of Keenan Chapel!). We sing his hymns about God’s glory proclaimed in the wonders of creation. All of this is, of course, good and true. But it is also incomplete. Francis was not tame. Francis, like the Lord he followed, was wild. His commitment to poverty offended the values of his family and culture. His ministry to the lowly challenged a Church that had become comfortable with this world’s judgments about who and what really mattered. In spite of the furry, feathery friends we associate with him, Francis was no household pet. He was a
fierce cub of the Lion of Judah. His preaching echoed with the roar of the Resurrected One. He clung close to Jesus like a feline refusing to let go. So how can we fight our inclination to clip those claws? How can we avoid the tendency to tame, whether those efforts are directed at Jesus himself or a fellow-follower like Francis? The answer is as simple as it is startling: we must fix our faith on the Cross. For the Cross of Jesus defies any attempt to domesticate the One who hung upon it. The Cross challenges us with the blunt announcement that the God we serve fiercely seeks us, even in this lost and fallen world. The Cross confronts us with the stunning proclamation that the God we follow freely chose death--even shameful death--in order to bring us life. The Cross awes us with the vision of a God who loves ferociously and faithfully. May we, with Francis, cleave always to the Cross of Christ. May we, like Francis, share forever in the Risen Life of the Crucified One.
A DEEP FAITH A A LONG OBEDIE By Dean Timothy Jones
her education. Educated, articulate, and committed to civil rights, Rosemary’s mother instilled in her children unselfconscious courage. Rosemary had many opportunities to live out such qualities instilled in her by her parents. When she went to Fisk University in Nashville, a friend of the family was an Episcopal priest at the nearby church, and Rosemary got her first regular exposure to Episcopal worship there. A Master’s degree in social work allowed Rosemary not only to serve as a guidance counselor and teach, but also to serve for years as a teacher at the Chestnut Street School for Pregnant Girls in Newark, New Jersey.
ou might not expect someone who has seen all that Rosemary Jones has seen to be so serene. But the 103-year-old Trinity member exudes a graceful, kind confidence. Her many experiences have led to a faith that has deepened with the decades. She traces much of that character and faith to her mother. “My mother’s father was a Confederate General,” she will tell you. “My mother ‘s mother was a maid and housekeeper,” a slave descendant in General John Robert Jones’s household. In the terrible injustice of the slave era and post-Civil War times, white heads of households sometimes fathered children through their slaves or servants. The daughter born in the Jones household of that union, Rosemary’s mother, Mary Magdalene Rice, had it better than some. Gen. Jones acknowledged his daughter as his own and paid for 6
As a widow of Hiram Jones, Rosemary moved to Columbia in 1988, to be near her son, Peter. She visited several churches. But at a Wednesday lunchtime program at Trinity, thenDean Jack Banks introduced himself. She’s been active at Trinity ever since. That service includes decades of volunteering at the Washington Street United Methodist Church’s soup kitchen. Her faith and her church community have also helped her face the challenges of two bouts with cancer. On each case she found a deep and profound peace. Something else has been life-changing. Every morning when she awakens, she says, “I open my bedroom window blinds. And I say [reciting a verse from the Psalms], ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.’”
And what a difference it makes. “Sometimes when I wake up,” she explains, “I’m not in my happy thoughts. But when I go to the window, it changes the picture.” And when she’s gotten ready for the day, her breakfast hour includes prayers: “I pray for my children,” she says. “I pray for family, for people on our Trinity prayer list.” And she includes a prayer that helps explain her long life and remarkable faithfulness: “I pray that for the day we’ll have the strength that we need—God’s strengthening love flowing through our bodies, giving us the strength to do well what God wants us to do.”
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 Photos by Allison Fowler.
A Story about Rosemary’s Sister Written by Carrie Allen McCray
I read Freedom’s Child after hearing my friend, Rosemary Jones, share stories of her extraordinary mother with the Ark Group. This book is her mother’s story. The book is written by Rosemary’s sister, Carrie, who was curious about a photograph in her childhood home of a white man in uniform. She later learned that this was her mother’s father, John Robert Jones, a retired brigadier general in the Confederate States Army. Her mother’s mother, Malinda Rice was his servant. Their daughter, Mary and her brother were born after the Civil War. General Jones was kind and generous to his children and he paid for Mary’s college education. The story tells of his immediate acceptance of his family responsibilities and the social consequences in the aftermath of the Civil War. Mary married Gregory Hayes, president of Virginia Seminary. After his death, she married attorney, William Allen. In 1920, the family moved from Lynchburg, Virginia to Montclair, New Jersey hoping to escape the racial discrimination they were experiencing in Virginia. I found this book to be a loving remembrance of a remarkable woman. Mary Rice Hayes Allen spent her entire life working for racial equality and social justice with generosity, courage, and grace.
Book Review by Allianne Duvall.
A Time of Great Joy “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Photo by Gerry Melendez.
t has been many years since my English teacher had me diagram a sentence, but in the first half of this well-known verse from John 3:16, I find two verbs: love and give. To this I will add two adjectives that describe us Christians who are children of a loving Father and who have been saved by His gift: joyful and thankful. I love the Episcopal Church because it is joyful. Each service is a celebration of the Good News, "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17). Thanks be to God! We are about to enter our annual season of stewardship. Sermons will include reminders that we are to give our time, talents, and treasure. Testimonies about outreach, wonderful youth and music programs, leaky roofs, and old air conditioning units due for replacement, will be heard. Pledge cards will be distributed. Phone 8
calls will be made. To many of us, it is drudgery, something to be endured, similar to when our favorite radio or TV program on PBS is cut short so that professional fundraisers can make “the pitch.” It works. We respond by giving at the next higher level so we can receive a free coffee mug or tote bag. Let us put things into perspective. God did not give us coffee mugs and tote bags, He gave us eternal life. What are our lives worth? To God, everything. We are worth His only begotten Son. Now, that is true love! How do we respond? What is God worth to us? Soon, we all will receive two pledge cards, one for our annual pledge and the other for the Trinity Forward campaign. Before you fill in the amounts, please remember Jesus’ teaching about money and possessions in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Begin by seeking God through
prayer. Prayer is the first step and is an integral part of stewardship. Ask God what His will is for you at this stage of life. What would He have you do? Then, list your blessings, all the things that have been added unto you: God’s grace, your family and loved ones, your job, your income, your home, Trinity. Be delighted and surprised. Be grateful. Stewardship season is not a time of drudgery. It is a time of great joy, immense gratitude, and abundant generosity. Don’t give until it hurts. Give because you love God. Give because you are joyful. Give because you are grateful. A loving heart is a joyful heart, and a grateful heart is a generous heart. Faithfully yours,
Save the Date!
Sunday, November 22, 2015 Celebrate Trinity’s Future - You won’t want to miss it!
Meet the 2015-2016 Vernon Scholars... The Steering Committee of the Vernon Scholars Program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is excited to share the five USC students who comprise the 2015-2016 Class of Vernon Scholars.
Charlotte is a senior and a double major in International Business and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, and a minor in German at USC. Charlotte is passionate about the outdoors and traveling the world. She has grown up in the Episcopal Church and has attended Trinity through her college years, being involved in Canterbury of Columbia and the Simple Way Bible Study.
Austin is a sophomore biology major at USC. Austin is very involved in Trinity’s youth ministries. He serves as a junior advisor and as Trinity’s youth intern. This past spring, Austin traveled to Haiti and has begun planning with Brian to build a future family mission to build homes and communities for the elderly in Haiti.
Joe is a senior studying organ performance at USC. He has been involved at Trinity since his first Sunday as a freshman. Joe is active in Canterbury of Columbia (the Episcopal College Ministry) as a peer minister. He is truly immersed in Trinity’s music program by singing in the choir, chaperoning choir trips, and playing the organ occasionally in church.
Matt is a sophomore English major at USC with plans to attend law school after graduation. Originally from Bamberg, SC, his interests include canoeing, kayaking, hiking, playing the piano and guitar, sculpting in clay, traveling and reading. He is truly blessed and continues to seek God’s purpose for his life while sharing his blessings with others.
Ashley is a Junior Early Childhood Education major at USC from Edisto Beach, SC. She has been very involved in her home church in Edisto, especially in areas of children ministries. Ashley’s hobbies include karate, soccer, and watching football.
Trinity Youth Member
ur Volunteer Spotlight this month falls on teenager Christopher Smith. While Trinity has a busy youth program with many teens involved in multiple aspects, Chris stands out as one of the most active. A junior honor roll student at Dreher High School, he is passionate about music and is a leader in the Dreher Marching Band, plays in the orchestra and this year has joined the chorus. At Dreher he is always ready to help and is known as having great compassion for younger students and students with disabilities. These activities along with his school work might be enough to tire many others his age but they are just the beginning for Chris. At Trinity, he is an acolyte captain who is described by the Rev’d Canon Emily Hylden as “timely and dedicated, volunteering for extra services and quick to attend training and improve his skills”. With skill on several instruments he has been part of the Trinity Youth Praise Band for more than four years and fills in with the instrument needed at the time. Chris enjoys the Mission Trips sponsored by the Youth Committee and has been to Costa Rica, John’s Island, the Augusta Mission Trip, and the Homeworks Blitz Days for several years. He has been a volunteer for Trinity’s Vacation Bible School and was a Camp Gravatt Counselor-in-training last year and a junior camp counselor this year . He also was a 2015 counselor for the LARCUM Reading Initiative camp. 10
By Beebe James His mother, Celeste, tells us he has learned so much while volunteering for Homeworks and has learned to do dry wall installation, even successfully completing a major dry wall project in their new home. Canon for Youth Ministries Brian Silldorf describes Chris as...
”Always willing to serve and often taking the initiative to get things done” According to Brian, “while in Costa Rica last year he communicated with the Spanish speaking foreman and led our team in constructing large outdoor gardens.” Without question, Christopher Smith is a talented, energetic and clever young man and we are fortunate to have him on our team here at Trinity. Thank you, Chris!
CATHEDRAL HAPPENINGS: OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 OCTOBER
Sunday, October 4 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, October 5
9am DHC Board Meeting 5pm Line Dancing 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, October 6
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4pm Trinity Forward Meetings Wednesday, October 7
6pm Parish Suppers Thursday, October 8
Monday, October 19
5pm Line Dancing 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, October 20
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4:30pm TLC Board Meeting 5:30pm Outreach Committee 6pm Baptism Class 7:30pm Governorâ€™s School Concert Wednesday, October 21
6pm Parish Suppers Thursday, October 22
9am Walking the Walk
9am Walking the Walk 6pm Vestry
Saturday, October 10
Friday, October 23
9am Bazaar Drop-off Sunday, October 11 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, October 12
5pm Line Dancing 6pm DHC: Bishop Finlay 7pm DHC: Elsie Lamar 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, October 13
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 5:30pm Spiritual Gifts Class 6pm Baptism Class
11am Senior Ministries Event 7pm Pre-Marriage Workshop Saturday, October 24
8am Pre-Marriage Workshop 9am Bazaar Drop-off Sunday, October 25 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, October 26
5pm Line Dancing 7:15pm Yoga Tuesday, October 27
6pm Parish Suppers
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4:30pm Trinity Foundation Meeting 6pm Baptism Class
Thursday, October 15
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, October 14
9am Walking the Walk 11:30am Trinity Center Meeting 5:30pm Finance Committee Friday, October 16
12pm Men of Trinity Meeting 5pm TLC Family Fun Night Sunday, October 18 Regular Worship Schedule
11:30am SLP Board Meeting 6pm Parish Supper Thursday, October 29
9am Walking the Walk 11:30am Trinity Center Meeting Friday, October 30
10am TLC Halloween Parade
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Sunday, November 1 Regular Worship Schedule
Wednesday, November 18
9am DHC Board Meeting
1:30pm Altar Guild Meeting 4pm Executive Committee 5:30pm Finance Committee 6pm Parish Suppers
Tuesday, November 3
Thursday, November 19
Monday, November 2
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga Wednesday, November 4
6pm Parish Suppers Thursday, November 5
9am Walking the Walk 6pm Vestry Friday, November 20
12pm Men of Trinity Meeting
9am Walking the Walk
Sunday, November 22 Regular Worship Schedule
Friday, November 6
Monday, November 23
6:30pm Bazaar Preview Party Saturday, November 7
11am 67th Annual Trinity Bazaar Sunday, November 8 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, November 9
4pm Trinity Forward Meetings 6pm Bishop Finlay Tuesday, November 10
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4pm Trinity Forward Meetings Wednesday, November 11
6pm Parish Suppers Thursday, November 12
9am Walking the Walk 11:30am Trinity Center Meeting Sunday, November 15 Regular Worship Schedule Monday, November 16
11:30am SLP Board Meeting 5:45pm Parish Supper Tuesday, November 17
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4:30pm TLC Board Meeting 5:30pm Outreach Committee
12:30pm Youth Convocation Meeting Tuesday, November 24
9am Walking the Walk 10am Yoga 4pm Trinity Forward Meetings Wednesday, November 25
11:30am SLP Board Meeting Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Office Closed Friday, November 27 Office Closed Sunday, November 29 Regular Worship Schedule
4pm Advent Lessons & Carols 5pm Advent Parish Festival
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 (4:30pm on Fridays) in Seibels Chapel.
2015-2016: ADULT FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES
WEEKDAY CLASSES TUESDAYS
Living as a Christian in a PostChristian World in Keenan Chapel Facilitator: The Very Rev’d Tim Jones
Simple Way Women’s Bible Study 7:30am in Canon Hylden’s Office
Scripture 101 in the Administrative Conference Room Facilitator: Belton Zeigler
Men of Trinity Morning Bible Study 8:30am in the Stirling Room Facilitator: The Rev’d Charles Davis
Growing in Christ in the Stirling Room Facilitators: Sharon Roach, Rox Pollard, Tommy Price, Lee Ayers, Emery Clark & Cubby Culbertson (3rd Sundays)
Men of Trinity Lunchtime Bible Study 12:30pm in the Stirling Room Facilitator: Dane Boston
“In the Beginning”: A Study of Genesis in Satterlee Hall Facilitator: The Rev’d Canon Dane Boston Knit Together in Your Will: The Gift of Parenting in Room 114 Facilitators: Dan Fritze, Kaki Zeigler, & Kelly Powell Trinity Green in the Daughters Room Facilitator: Kathy Robinson
Theology Through Film 6pm in the Edward Room Facilitator: Peter Shand
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS “Without Apology”: Men’s Group 6:30pm in Room 114 Facilitators: Bill Matthews, Shawn Reeves, Walker McKay, & Walter Edgar Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) 6:15pm in the Edward Room Facilitators: David Danforth & Emery Clark “In the Beginning” Group 6:30pm in the Stirling Room Facilitators: Dane Boston or Charles Sigel
WEDNESDAYS The Ark Group 10am in the Edward Room “In the Beginning” Bible Study 11am in the Daughters Room Facilitators: Dane Boston or Charles Sigel
THURSDAYS Theology Thursdays 8:30am and 6pm in the Daughters Room Facilitator: Dane Boston Education for Ministry (EfM) 5:30pm in Room 114 Facilitator: Karen Pearson Grief Recovery Method 6pm in the Edward Room Facilitators: Claudia and Bruce Guignard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS Parish suppers are each week at 6pm in Satterlee Hall. The supper menu each week and online registration can be found at trinitysc.org/supper.
UPCOMING FALL EVENTS & SERVICES • Sunday, October 4: Blessing of the Animals at 6 pm in Keenan Chapel Courtyard. Bring your pets!
• Friday, October 23: Senior Ministry Tour of Trinity Greek
Church followed by a lunch and learn at Trinity Cathedral with the Rev’d Canon Charles Davis
• Sunday, October 25: United Thank Offering Sunday—
Envelopes and Blue Boxes available in Daughter’s Room and at the Welcome Desk.
All animals are welcome to the Blessing of the Animals on October 4.
• Sunday, November 1: All Saint’s Day Requiem at 4 pm followed by a Parish Shrimp Boil at 5:30 pm in the Cathedral Courtyard —Purchase tickets online at trinitysc.org/allsaints or by calling 771.7300.
• Friday, November 6: Trinity Bazaar Preview Event at 6:30 pm—Purchase tickets online at trinitysc.org/ bazaar preview or by calling 771.7300.
• Saturday, November 7: 67th Annual Trinity Bazaar from 11am-2 pm • Thursday, November 12 - Friday, November 13: 24-hour Trinity Forward Prayer Vigil • Sunday, November 22: Stewardship Celebration Sunday • Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day service at 10 am in the Cathedral • Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27: Cathedral offices closed for
There will be a 24-hour prayer vigil to pray for our Trinity Forward campaign from November 12 - 13.
• Sunday, November 29: Advent Lessons and Carols at 4 pm in the Cathedral followed by a Parish-wide Advent Festival for all ages at 5 pm (more information below).
Save the Date! Parish-wide Advent Festival
The First Sunday of Advent: November 29, 2015, 5:00 pm (Immediately following Advent Lessons and Carols in the Cathedral at 4:00 pm) Food, Fellowship, and Seasonal Fun For ALL AGES! Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us to kick off the season of Advent.
YOUTH: FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH FORMATION 10:15 - 11:00 AM 6th-10th Grade 11th Grade Confirmation Class
High School Bible Study 7 pm in the Youth Office
Middle School Bible Study 7-8 pm at the Brabham’s (117 River Birch Ln.)
Middle School Breakfast Club 7 am at Bojangles on Fort Jackson Blvd.
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High School Breakfast Club 7 am at Dunkin’ Donuts on Devine
SUNDAY EVENING YOUTH GROUP
Visit trinitysc.org/youth for more information regarding upcoming youth activities, retreats, and news.
Middle School Youth Group: Middle School from 5-6:30 pm in the Workshop
10th Grade Girls Bible Study 7 am at Bojangles
Youth Dinner: For all youth from 6:30-7 pm in Satterlee Hall
11th Grade Girls Breakfast 7 am at Bruegger’s Bagels
High School Youth Group: High School from 7-8:30 pm in the Workshop
12th Grade Bible Study 7 am at Emilie Guignard’s home (1310 Brentwood Dr.)
Save the Date: October 25 Masquerade Ball
IMPORTANT DATES & UPCOMING TRIPS Saturday, October 24:
Sunday, November 29:
Sunday, October 25:
Sunday, December 13:
Homeworks Blitz Day Masquerade Ball
Advent Festival/Youth Group Live Christmas Extravaganza
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Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18, 2016:
Winter Retreat to Disney - Register online at trinitysc.org/disney
“Come, ye thankful people, come: raise the song of harvest-home…” by The Rev’d Canon Dane Boston
arvest is an alien concept for most of us today. Sowing, tending, waiting, reaping, and storing—these are strange, distant notions for people accustomed to choosing our produce at whim from a supermarket’s unfailing, unchanging bounty. And yet as the days grow shorter and the wind blows at least a little bit cooler, our hearts and minds still turn to thoughts of harvest. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and our great national feast of Thanksgiving all remind us of the abundance we enjoy from the good earth through the hard work of others and by the gracious gift of God. The fruitfulness of the earth and the cycle of the seasons are visible signs of God’s goodness, love, and constant care for his creatures. Autumn celebrations remind us of our duty to be responsible and reverent in our use of soil and water, plants and animals. And the harvest-time also expresses a deep spiritual truth about our lives as Christians and about the Kingdom of God. “All the world is God’s own field”, declares the second verse of the hymn quoted above. What an amazing affirmation of God’s good creation, and of our place in it! We are planted in the vineyard of this world to bear fruit—to show forth the praise and glory of God. But not all that grows in God’s field is God’s planting. Ours is a world of “wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown”. War, famine, and natural disaster reveal this on a global
scale. And we see it in our own lives, too. We want to be “wholesome grain and pure”, yet we must confess that many of our thoughts, words, and actions look more like weeds than wheat. This can make us fear the harvest. After all, the hymn asks that God would “give his angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast”. We sometimes turn that into a joyless warning: “You’d better hoe the garden of your heart before the harvest day!” Worse, we might make it a threat against others: “We’re sure glad we’re not useless weeds bound for the fire…like those miserable sinners over there!” But God’s true harvest promise goes beyond such shallow, self-righteous denunciations. The harvest we pray for—the harvest we anticipate when we say that Christ Jesus will “come again in glory to judge the quick and the dead”—does not mean the elimination of certain “bad people” in order that we “good people” can be happy and safe forever. Rather, we look for the day when God himself will purge away all evil in this world and in us. For that great harvest, may our hearts never cease to yearn. Even so, Lord, quickly come to thy final harvest-home; gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin; there, forever purified, in thy presence to abide; come, with all thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest-home!
The Trinity B Tradition
A HISTORY OF THE GIVING SPIRIT AND THE POWER OF FELLOWSHIP
There is a wonderful sense of purpose and place that we experience as a church family when reflecting upon Trinity Cathedral’s history. As the Daughters of the Holy Cross celebrate our long-standing commitment to service of our church and community, it comforting to consider that even as the world changes around us, there are traditions and commitments that endure. One such long-standing tradition is the Trinity Bazaar.
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The current theme for the Daughters is learning from Jesus’ female friends Mary and Martha. We are striving for our service on the Bazaar to be in Mary’s worshipful spirit, even as we accomplish the necessary tasks for a successful event as Martha would! Therefore, we are looking at 2015 as an opportunity to continue and grow what we do well as an organization, streamline logistics and celebrate the tradition of community support for this year’s grant recipients!
• FELLOWSHIP: One of the most important parts
of the Bazaar is the opportunity for us to know one another, while growing in our faith and our commitment to our community. Please join us for the Preview Party on November 6, from 6:30-9:30 pm for music, food, beverages and shopping.
even include furniture, furs, artwork, fine linens, silver and crystal! Drop Off Dates will be: October 10 and October 22.
• TRADITIONAL BOOTH NEEDS: Please look for work days and donation needs in upcoming Bazaar communications, including the Tidings, bulletins and Buzz on the Bazaar! Many hands make light work for our sandwiches, pickles, frozen foods, baked goods and MORE!
In summary, these updates will be a special opportunity for our church to be together, focus on the goal of supporting our grant recipients and starting some new chapters for our Cathedral community. The incredible women of the Daughters of the Holy Cross have always shared the unique ability to adapt to changing times and needs of our community – it is in this tradition that we look forward to another wonderful year for our grant recipients!
• EVENT STRUCTURE: This year’s Bazaar will focus on the opportunity to shop and eat lunch and the start time will shift to begin at 11am and end at 2pm.
• ESTATE SALE NEEDS: With the addition of the
“Bazaar Estate Sale” concept, the focus for this event will be on the treasures, rather than trinkets! Our hope is that members of Trinity all think of one or two items to donate to the sale. Examples can
2015 Bazaar Chair Team: Maryanne Belser, Eveleigh Hughey & Elizabeth Laffitte
Bazaar Bazaar Traditions Past and Present Did you know that…
…In 1908, “A motion was carried to the effect that the Bazaar hours be extended to the evening, and that a committee be appointed to take charge of refreshments and music” …In 1913, the Daughters voted “35 to 23 to abolish the Bazaar for that year…and each member was requested to bring her contribution in a sealed envelope” …In 1948, the “Bazaar was revived from years past. It was an all-day affair, starting at 8:00 am and going on to midnight… [including] a turkey dinner with all the trimmings!” From the beginning, the Daughters of the Holy Cross adapted and updated the Bazaar based on the needs and times of the church and the community. This year’s plan is the culmination of feedback from chairs both recent and past, financial assessments and efficiencies, reaction to increased downtown Saturday morning activities (races, farmers markets, etc.), a need for decreased disruption to our cathedral resources and shifting trends in volunteer availability hours. We are enthusiastic that these “best-practices,” combined with the support and encouragement by leadership to honor the legacy of past Bazaars while embracing new ideas, will result in both a successful and fun event!
2015 Trinity Bazaar
Join us on Friday, November 6 for a Preview Party at 6:30pm and for the Bazaar on Saturday, November 7 from 11am - 2pm.
THE CATHEDRAL ORGAN AT AGE 17 by Canon Jared Johnson
he organ of Trinity Cathedral was installed in 1998 and dedicated to the memory of Kirkman Finlay, Jr. (1936-1963). It was built by the renowned Canadian firm Casavant Frères and the process was overseen by Canon John Haney. Seventeen years later, the organ remains the foundation of our music in worship.
the organist “pulls out all the stops,” the organ is at its loudest.
The organ is a fact of life in the church, but most of its inner workings are invisible and largely unknown to those who hear the organ. More than 4,000 pipes are tucked away behind the façade of the two cases that flank the choir. Below the floor is a giant system of blowers that supply air for the organ. The organ is, after all, a wind instrument. You can see portions of the wind mechanism above the closets in the sacristy, where a special blower provides high pressure for the Tuba stop. The pressurized air passes through a series of wind trunks, is stored at high pressure wooden chests, lined with leather. The pipework rests in tiny toe-holes on these chests.
At Trinity, the organ is in use many hours each day, usually every day of the week. On weekdays the organ console is a busy crossroads where we practice for coming services, prepare new music, and where students learn how to master this ancient and complicated works. You will frequently encounter USC students practicing here and having weekly masterclasses on Monday afternoons.
On the organ console, where the player sits, are a series of knobs called “stops.” They stop the wind from going through the pipes. When a stop is pulled out, it releases the wind into a certain channel, and when the organists presses a key, the wind goes through the chosen pipe and we hear the sound. So when
The sounds of the organ are like an immense orchestra, ranging from very, very low rumbling pedal notes to very high and soft shimmers. The organ has the widest range of any instrument.
At the dedication of the Kirkman Finlay Memorial Organ, Canon Bob Riegel wrote the following: A great Cathedral should have great music and the extraordinary organ described in these pages. It is central in leading our hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God. It is powerful in lifting us to God’s presence. It is an essential evangelical tool which attracts new people to the Church where they may experience the Good News of God’s grace and love.
Quick Organ Facts: • The organ has 4,040 pipes, and three keyboards for the hands and one keyboard for the feet • Organ tuners adjust each pipe by hand several times each year to keep the organ in tune. • The organ was made by hand and includes many different metals, woods, and leathers, in addition to complex circuitry that relays signals from the keys to the pipes. • The pipework was removed for the Cathedral restoration and many of the pipes were passed by hand across the roof of the Cathedral to re-install them. • The organ was revoiced by Casavant during the Cathedral restoration, and two new stops were added thanks to a gift from the estate of John Haney. • The replacement value of the organ is $1.4 million.
Building Connections in “Our Home Away From Home”
by Jean Knowlton, Trinity Learning Center Director
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
e are living in an unprecedented age of cultural contact and flux. With constant reports of acts of violence in schools, churches, and communities, often by people who are barely young adults, I am convinced that what is best for infants and children is that the adults in their lives make “connections” with our children that build a sense of being a significant part of something greater. As mentioned in Dr. Becky Bailey’s book, Creating the School Family she states that, “Connection is that wonderful feeling you experience knowing you are a significant part of something larger than yourself....Connection is the knowing deep in our souls that each individual matters and we are intricately connected”. Humans build and rebuild on the early foundations of social emotional development. A successful social/ emotional foundation is created and enhanced in a safe and interesting environment provided by teachers who understand how to create diversive thinking. “The youngest infant comes to us, not as empty vessels to be filled,” according to Piaget, “but as individuals with experience.” The complex development of the brain plays a critical role in the acquisition of language, and language whether spoken, signed, or written is the most important tool we can utilize to learn from the past, plan the future, and function day by day. Individualized care honors a child’s developmental abilities, needs, temperament, interests, home language, and the families’ cultural preferences. Individualized care creates the “Connections” needed to nurture each child’s self concept and identity within the group setting and promote their ability to interact with and have empathy for all others. Connection…It is the power of being with others that shapes our brains. When you look at your baby and fall in love with each other you are facilitating your baby’s optimal brain development. Seeing a smiling face triggers a high level of endorphins within your child. Endorphins
are the body’s internal opiate and helps your baby sense that getting along with others is a pleasurable experience. In the first years of life Infants are unable to regulate the intense emotions of being tired, hungry, or frustrated. Through our interactions of rocking, holding, staying calm, we teach our infants how to recover from life’s upsets for the rest of their lives. Parents and Teachers regulate an infant’s internal state through touch, facial expressions, soothing voice tones, and in the end calm their own inner states as they calm their infant. How you touch and hold your baby communicates the following: • The world is a safe place or it is not a safe place • I can trust others or I can’t trust others • I can relax in the world or I can try to control it Playing Peek-a-Boo and “I Love You” rituals with infants and toddlers wires their brains for the following, for the rest of their lives: • Attention • Self-control and impulse control • Optimism • Social Skills • Emotional Control The Conscious Discipline Curriculum, implemented 3 years ago at Trinity Learning Center teaches that to regulate an infant’s arousal state (how upset she/he becomes) you must be able to regulate your own. When the world doesn’t go your way, practice being a S.T.A.R (Smile, Take a deep breath, And Relax) instead of being a nut! Health, emotional well-being, and life success have their roots in early childhood. The young child’s path winds like a labyrinth in which the parents and teachers first build trust, which grows independence, and then confidence, creative thinking, and industrious behavior blooms . As a child grows and their environment changes, the cycle of building trust, independence, and industriousness begins again. Each step in the path gives the growing child history from which to draw when facing life’s challenges. 19
BOOK BUZZ: What We’re Reading Now Suggested by: The Very Rev’d Timothy Jones
The Road to Character by David Brooks David Brooks’ column for the New York Times often conveys great insight. In this new book he responds, as one reviewer writes, “to what [L. Brooks] calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success.” Instead (as mentioned in my column
on page 3). Brooks encourages us to refocus on the right balance of “résumé virtues”—credentials, wealth, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that help us live deeper lives of kindness, honesty, and faith. It’s well-written and while challenging, also interesting, even entertaining.
All books recommended by Trinity’s clergy are available for purchase at the Trinity Cathedral Bookstore.
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Men of Trinity Re-Cap
By Rocky Hughey, MOT 2015-2016 President
n September 1, the Men of Trinity held their annual father/child fall kick-off. This year, we had the privilege of hosting USC head baseball coach Chad Holbrook. After an overview of the calendar year, the group heard from Brian Sildorff about the Youth Ministry at Trinity and what we can do as a community to strengthen what is already a thriving program. After settling down with some delicious BBQ, we heard from Coach Holbrook about “Winning Anyway.” Coach Holbrook immediately captivated the audience with the heartfelt story of how his faith helped guide the Holbrook family through an incredibly difficult time. Eleven years ago, Coach Holbrook and his wife Jennifer learned that their then two year old soon Reece had been diagnosed with leukemia. He described a sinking feeling of helplessness as he received the news while driving - and the difficulty of knowing he would have to explain the situation to the innocent toddler in the backseat.
Reece was immediately hospitalized. He had a port placed in his chest, a spinal tap, a bone marrow aspiration and began the painful process of chemotherapy. The Holbrook family was informed that Reece would be in chemotherapy for over three years. Coach Holbrook described stepping into a hospital hallway, wondering how he could remain strong for his family. A perfect stranger passed him, handing him a stone etched with scripture. The stranger stating simply “you’ll need this.” Coach told the genuine story of how his faith grew strong and guided him during the most difficult time he has ever known. Fortunately, young Reece is in remission and is a strong, healthy 13 year old boy who his dad describes as his “hero”.
Chad Holbrook, USC Baseball Coach
As was true for the Holbrooks, keeping faith and giving thanks in all circumstances allows us to win anyway – regardless of what life may throw our way. Chad Holbrook with Rawlings LaMott
Upcoming Men of Trinity Events: • Tuesday, October 6: Brian Silldorff to speak about Trinity’s Youth at Walter Edgar’s home • Tuesday, November 3: Men of Trinity Annual BBQ at Belle Grove Plantation All Men of Trinity Events are on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
Charles Davis with Wade Mullins and daughters
with The Rev’d Canon Q A
Why do priest take Sabbaticals?
The church has for many years offered sabbatical time for their clergy. Different churches do it different ways. Our Diocese has a sabbatical policy. The time away is intended to be a period of refreshment and of learning. Sabbaticals are opportunities for clergy to renew their ministry and their call from God as Deacon, Priest or Bishop.
How did you decide what your Sabbatical would include?
Trinity requires anyone who takes a sabbatical to establish a committee to help them organize their time away. My committee was Janie Godbold, Rich Umbach, Elizabeth Whitehead, and Mary Belser. We met for many months and with their help established two areas on which my Sabbatical was to focus - Byzantine Iconography and physical health. With the committee’s support we explored my opportunities of study and prepared for the three months I would be away.
Alicia and Charles in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Q A Babis was Charles’ teacher who taught him 14th century egg tempera Byzantine Iconography.
What did you learn in Greece?
The time I spent in Greece centered around Byzantine iconography and its history. Alicia and I toured ancient monasteries and basilicas in Athens, Delphi, Meteora and Thessaloniki. The most
n Charles Davis beautiful worship space I have ever seen was in Thessaloniki, the basilica of St. Demetrios was built in the fourth century over the place where he was martyred. It was stunning in its architectural design with some of the most beautiful icons. The highlight of my time in Greece was individual icon lessons from an iconographer in Athens. For 3 hours each afternoon Babis taught me the techniques used in 14th century egg tempera Byzantine Iconography. His gentle voice helped me to understand how an icon is “written.”
Have you always enjoyed painting icons or was this your first experience?
While I was at general seminary in NYC, I studied Christian iconography. I have always been fascinated with this remarkable way of teaching scripture and theology.
We traveled to New Madrid, Missouri and began a bike tour called RIDE THE FAULT LINE. We joined with 250 other riders on a course that took us through 4 states, covering 420 miles in seven days.
Dephi and Meteora, Greece
What was your number one takeaway from your Sabbatical?
I have just celebrated 30 years of ordained ministry. Sometimes in the midst of the busyness of life it is easy to forget to listen for God’s call. My sabbatical time allowed me to hear clearly again God’s call as priest and to be renewed by His spirit to live out that call.
What are three words you would use to describe your time away from Trinity?
Challenging, Remarkable, and Transformative.
n what ways did you focus on physical health during your Sabbatical?
I spent the month on May in retreat each morning. During that retreat I rode 15-30 miles on my bike and then painted 5-6 hours and rode another 10 or so miles that afternoon. This training was preparing me for a bike tour which Alicia and I took in June.
How do you hope your Sabbatical will impact Trinity Cathedral? I believe that God will continue to help me to hear his call to be priest and pastor in this place.
Church of St. Demetrios
Pictured left is the progression of the icon work.
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