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Worship During COVID-19 Protocol
September 11 - 9 AM Sunday Service - back in the Church proper!!!
The Vestry has decided that Church Eucharist Services, Sunday's @ 9 AM, will be in the Church proper. Diocesan recommendations will be followed - masks will be required (vaccinated or not) and social distancing of 3' will be required (every other pew).
On Sunday, October 3 at 9AM, Rev Ann Markle will lead services as a Supply Priest.
Rev Ann will be returning to Trinity as Priest in Charge pending the diocese’s approval of Trinity’s financial statements. When approved Rev Ann will have a congregational meeting to address the ideas and concerns of the parish.
Rev Ann will be leading service each Sunday as a Supply Priest until final approval of her official return by the diocese and Trinity vestry.
UPDATED REOPENING GUIDELINES (MAY 19)
MAY 19, 2021
Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania:
In the last two months, thanks to the increasing availability of effective vaccines against COVID-19, both cases and deaths have declined steadily across our region. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control relaxed its guidance for fully vaccinated people, and state and local authorities are also reevaluating existing restrictions.
Accordingly, we have prepared these guidelines to help congregations in our diocesan partnership navigate this transitional time. COVID-19 is not yet behind us, and risk remains for our children and youth and for those with health conditions that make vaccination inadvisable. As Christians, we must err on the side of welcoming and protecting those who remain vulnerable, while at the same time celebrating the progress we have made toward regathering our communities in the ways we have hoped to do for so long.
So that our congregations remain welcoming to everyone, I invite you to worship and gather outdoors whenever possible and recommend that you require masks and social distance indoors until all children and youth have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. However, recognizing that each of our congregations will face different questions and challenges during this transition, I would like each congregation’s vestry or bishop’s committee to work with their clergy to develop masking and social distancing requirements that fit your congregation and context. Once you have had a chance to discuss this issue and craft a plan for your congregation, please send it to Canon Vanessa Butler in my office. Partnership staff and I are available if you would like to consult with us before making your decisions.
The only remaining requirement in these guidelines is that programs for children and youth be held outdoors whenever possible, with masks and at least three feet of social distance. In July, after more of our young people, ages 12 and up, are fully vaccinated, we will be able to relax those standards. Programs for children under age 12 will continue to require appropriate masking and social distancing for the foreseeable future.
A final word for those of you who have not yet been vaccinated:
The pandemic has been long and hard, and although I know that at times it has been difficult to know whom to trust or where to turn for reliable information, I urge you to believe the science behind the vaccines. In clinical trials, all of the vaccines being administered in the United States are extremely effective in preventing both death and serious illness—the kind that can land you in the hospital. Although it may seem as if these vaccines were developed quickly, the underlying research that makes them possible has been two decades in the making, and we can rely on it. I was vaccinated as soon as my turn came, and I hope you will choose to do the same. In the last 14 months, we have lost too many people to this terrible disease, and too many others are still battling its aftereffects. By getting vaccinated, you can help make sure that we do not lose anyone else.
Sunday School has opened for the 2021-2022 year. To register contact Julia Tomaka (716-361-9008) or forms are available in the main hall of the Church.
Make Donations and Pledges
Thank you to all in maintaining your donations and pledges during this COVID-19 period by the placing them in the Sunday collection, or mailing/dropping donations off.
Make Gifts and Pledges to Congregations Online Although church buildings are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of congregations continues, and the need for pledge income and gifts is urgent. The bishop's office has launched a new online giving platform that accepts gifts and pledge payments for any congregation.
While in-person church services are suspended, the partnership dioceses will absorb payment processing fees so that your entire gift will go to your congregation for local mission. Please support our congregations during this unprecedented time by keeping your pledge payments current if your own income is uninterrupted.
Support your congregation online https://onrealm.org/EpiscopalDioces/-/give/wnynwpa
Trinity's Prayer List - submit names to the prayer list
With every weekly Sunday services using the FM broadcast at the 9 AM parking lot service our new prayer list will be included in the service. Please submit names to Craig Kornacki, 716-604-5814, until further notice.
Al Price, Dennis & Zoe, Dave S., Nancy D., Bob, Paul, Linda, Susan & Doug, Rosie Dombrowski, James, Mike, Andrew, Karen, Martha, Drew, Dan, Carol, Ruth Ellen, Christopher, Seamus (Shamus), Rose P., Larry P., Lynell, Jay, Denise B., Elaine Zamrok & the Zamrok Family, Vicki & Casey, Hans, Amanda,Ashley, Art, Jiil & Tom, Allen, Dennis & Arlene, Beverly, Ann T., Joyce Flack, Trinity Church
Ron Zamrok, Father Charles Deacon, Lisa Valvo (daugheter of Linda & Tom Stuber), Jay
Sexton assistance needed
Dennis Noonan will be having hand surgery on Sept 15 and will be on the mend for a period of time after that. Assistance will be need to perform the duties (cleaning the hall/church, emptying the trash, lawn mowing, etc) that Dennis does as Sexton during his healing time. A volunteer list will be posted in the Hall or contact Craig Kornacki to be added.
The new Vestry is planning on meeting meeting as normal - monthly meetings & as required. Vestry meetings will be posted and are open to the congregation for their input.
There are 4 new members to the Vestry - added until the Annual Meeting in January
- Repairs to the roof and skylight in the main hall are in progress
- Repairs to the boiler (placing a inline screen & valve replacement) will begin shortly
For information on Vestry Members click Read More
Trinity newsletter - submittals
Trinity News Lettter is preparing to starting up again! If you have items for the next newsletter please submit them to the church office (can be left in the slot in the office door) or sent by email to the Church or Pat Harder at hope to publish regularly to keep us all in communication about what's happening at Trinity!
All calendar items, info, & events that you want included in the newsletter must be submitted to the office by the 27th of the month to be published in the newsletter for the following month.
All calendar events should be submitted to the office marked "Attn - Don Harder" so they can be added to the website calendar, since it will only be accessible through a link on the e-mailed newsletter and this website. Also - please mark your events on the calendar on the office door.
Please submit e-mail addresses to receive the newsletter in your email and save the church paper and printing cost.
Trinity is always in need of Volunteers to team up and serve as Altar Guild Members, Ushers, Lectors, and Acolytes
Let Pastor Ann know if you can answer this call to action for our parish! Volunteering will help fill openings in the existing schedules, that require serving usually once a month.
You can contact Pastor Ann during her office hours or email her at for interest in any position.
Trinity Food Pantry
The Pantry is looking for donations of brownie mix, cake mixes, condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard). If you can assist it would be appreciated.
Check our Calendar or Facebook to see all information on hours and events
Go to our Facebook page, Trinity Episcopal Church, to find out what's happening here at Trinity!