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Worship During COVID-19 Protocol
9 AM Sunday Service parking lot service
Mother Freida will be Trinity's Supply Priest for the first two Sunday's in August with Father Terry Bull returning for the last two weeks in August. The service will be outside in the Church parking lot as usual and in the undercroft if the weather doesn't cooperate.
Trinity Listening Sessions
On Monday 8/2 and Wednesday 8/4, the diocese will be conducting listening sessions with the parishioners of Trinity. A listening session is a diocese person will ask you questions about Trinity church either by phone or by Zoom session. It’s your opportunity to have your voice heard! The steps for how to sign up for the listening sessions will be sent to you by mail and posted on our Facebook page.
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 is in recess for the summer period - hope to see you in the Fall!!
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.
It's with a saddened heart that Trinity was informed that Ron Zamrok has passed away on May 30. Ron has been a cornerstone of our church and touched so many lifes in a positive way. Please pray for Elaine and the family. Memorial service to be scheduled later in September.
Al Price, Dennis & Zoe, Dave S., Nancy D., Bob, Paul, Linda, Susan & Doug, Father Abuid Sam, Mother Ellen Montgomery, Rosie Dombrowski, James, Mike, Andrew, Karen, Martha, Drew, Dan, Carol, Ruth Ellen, Christopher, Seamus (Shamus), Rose P., Larry P., Elaine Zamrok
During Covid protocal Vestry is meeting as required versus the normal monthly meeting.
Danielle Abraham has resigned from Vestry - which now leaves ontly 3 active Vestry members. If you wish to serve on Vestry please contact Craig Kornacki - Trinity needs more active members!!
For information on Vestry Members click Read More
Trinity newsletter - submittals
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. We 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. 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!
Or join our Facebook group, Friends of Trinity, and keep up with the news even when you can't make it to Church.