is to build a healing community with God and each other through worship, prayer and living the Gospel.
Pray for relief from the Covid-19 and give us peace
Pastor Ann's Office hours - Covid-19
Pastor Ann will not be maintaining her scheduled office hours due to the Bishop's order to follow NYS essential business guidelines effective 3/22/20.
Pastor Ann is available by phone @ 716-777-9149 and will be available if you require her during this period.
Pastor Ann's Sunday Sermons
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the Bishop orders to cancel Church Services through Easter (for now) Pastor Ann will be posting her Sunday Sermons for this period. Please go to the Sunday Sermon tab and you can click on her sermons through June 28, 2020.
Pastor Ann every Wednesday Evening Prayer on Zoom
Pastor Ann has scheduled a service of Evening Prayer for tomorrow (and each Wednesday) at 5:30 pm. Bring your prayer book and join me on Zoom! The meeting information is as follows: Meeting ID: 956 636 4027. Password: Trinity. The free edition of Zoom doesn’t include a call-in option, sorry.
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Vestry - Covid-19 updates - Sr Warden Becky Arcese
June 27, 2020
Dear fellow parishioners,
We will begin having services next week, Sunday, July 5th at 9 am. Each Sunday, there will be one service for the time being, until we see what level of attendance we have.
A email & letter will be sent to all parishioners explaining all the particulars
Diocese online worship
ONLINE WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS AT 10 A.M.
While our buildings are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bishop Sean and other leaders from across the partnership dioceses are leading worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays via the Zoom platform.
Services can be accessed by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/127336938?pwd=cm8zUWh0Y2loTjYyKy91YURsTVBCQT0. If you are asked for a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 127336938#.
FROM BISHOP SEAN: IN-PERSON WORSHIP SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY 1
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP SEAN: KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE
MAY 22, 2020
Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania,
On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is now permitting New Yorkers to gather for worship in groups of ten people or fewer, as long as people wear masks and practice social distancing. Similarly, earlier today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf moved ten counties in our partnership into the state’s “green phase” of reopening, effective May 29. That phase permits gatherings of more than 25 people with appropriate social distancing. President Trump has also expressed the opinion that houses of worship should reopen immediately.
While I am glad for these indications in both of our states that we are making progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, and while I too think that faith communities are essential, this does not alter my request that our congregations refrain from in-person worship until at least July 1.
As Christians, our first responsibility during this pandemic is to ensure that we care for the most vulnerable people in our congregations and communities. The Centers for Disease Control has made it abundantly clear that people over the age of 65, and those with complicating medical conditions, should take special precautions to keep themselves safe from infection. This includes avoiding crowds. I do not want to re-open our church buildings at a time when it is dangerous for many of our clergy and members to join us. Nor do I want it to become our practice that we hold an in-person service for young, healthy people and an online service for those who are older or have pre-existing conditions.
Our partnership may be proceeding more cautiously than other churches and institutions, but wherever possible, we will move forward together and with an abundance of care for the communities we serve. Our ability to place the common good over our own very real desires for the Eucharist and in-person fellowship is borne of our Christian faith and charity. I encourage you to take heart from this powerful witness we are making in the face of uncertainty and fear.
As I wrote to you on May 6, the mission strategy group, which includes lay and clergy leaders from both dioceses, is developing a plan for returning to in-person worship as part of its larger exploration of how we will respond to the needs of our communities in the wake of the pandemic. In June, I expect to provide congregational leaders with detailed guidelines for re-opening buildings along with an update on possibilities for our shared mission in the months and years to come. These re-opening guidelines will take into account, but may not follow exactly, the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for faith communities released earlier today.
As Pentecost approaches, may the Holy Spirit renew in us a capacity for patience and perseverance and a willingness to sacrifice for the common good.
To read more news from the Diocese click the link https://episcopalpartnership.org/
A note from Pastor Ann
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we are living through the strangest of times, aren't we? It is so hard when we don't gather as a parish family once or twice a week, as most of us do, in one group or another. I want you to know that you are on my mind always, as I keep my office hours or sit here at my desk at home.
I find that I'm in prayer more often than usual for me, and you are always in my prayers. I feel a great sense of dislocation, sitting here at home, with all my normal routines disrupted, and I assume that you all are experiencing something similar. Our lives become smaller and smaller, unless we make deliberate attempts to connect, either by telephone or on line.
I have been working on setting up some sort of virtual worship for us to gather as a group. Apparently I can record on Facebook live, and you all would be able to participate, whether you are on Facebook or not. Getting the proper equipment has been more difficult than I thought -- the clerk at Best Buy reminded me that teachers are setting up online courses, and they are buying up equipment like hotcakes! I do hope that you can see this time of separation and isolation in two ways: perhaps as a Lenten discipline, a time to truly reflect and be a little less busy -- but most of all as an act of ministry.
We are loving our neighbor, and each other, by staying apart. Not only do we keep ourselves safer and healthier, but we avoid inadvertently spreading this virus to others, and we even love our health care workers by not overburdening the health care system. I will have much more to say to you in the coming days, but for now, stay home, stay safe, pray for me as I do for you, We are still family in Christ, even when we can not meet together and share a physical sign of the Peace.
Trinity's Prayer List
While we as a congregation cannot pray together for the people on our prayer list as we do each Sunday please take time to pray individually for the following:
Trinity Prayer List
Please Pray For: Johanna, Paul, Andrew, Brady, LuAnne, Tristan, Terri, Joyce Z, Janet, Joe, Dawn, Bill, Elaine, Ted, Kathy, Gloria O, Florence , Rachel, Karen, Jason, Casey, Erica J, Kathy G, Joanie, Charlie L, Kevin D, Brittany V, Dave S, Bob, Mary & Iz, Tom, Kathy T, Colleen, Gretchen B, Margaret M, Thomas S, Joyce F, Melissa, Sean R, Denise S, Ann, Michael, Drew, Linda N, Vicki A, Kevin & Carrie, and Dale F.
This list will be updated and published each week that we do not have services.
While we are under the guidelines of COVID-19 and postponing all Church services currently through Easter the Diocese is offering a way for pledges/donations to continue by online offerings waving any fees.
As a Parish we currently can continue to pay all of our monthly obligations and bills for a short duration of time.
If this period continues Trinity would ask, if possible, for you to continue with pledge/donations by mailing to the church or utilizing a electronic form of submission. Trinity understands that the closing of many business may not make this possible for everyone.
If the essential business restrictions continue and you find yourself at a financial loss and wish to amend your 2020 pledge please contact Don Harder, Trinity's Treasurer. This will enable Trinity to reassess its budget and fund raising for 2020.
Below is link that the Diocese offers electronic pledges/donations.
Thank you & may God carry you through these times.
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
Vestry - Old Business
● The Vestry met on Sunday, February 23rd and discussed the recent repair and
maintenance of the boiler. It cost more than we had originally thought, but as with
many things, the deeper the technician got into it, the more he realized that his original
intentions had to be modified. The boiler is about 50 years old, and may need a strainer,
which keeps sediment from building up in the pipes by catching it before it gets into
the system. That will be more costly, but, for this time, we had a benefactor who helped
us greatly with a donation which covered the original estimate, and we are so grateful
for the generosity.
● Then we discussed the skylight which is around 40 years old and has been caulked and
roofed around, and still leaks whenever it rains or snow melts. In the spring, Joe will get
up on the roof and see what size we need so he can see how much a new one would
cost. The parish hall would be so dark without that natural light that it would be
unpleasant, so taking the fixture out and putting a ceiling in would be do-able, but
should be reserved as a last resort. If anyone is so moved to contribute to the cost of a
new skylight, that would be appreciated.
● In that vein, we reviewed plans for a chicken BBQ in June in cooperation with the B & G
Club. Becky will call BW and see what dates are available, and then contact Jeff Kupka, a
director, to see what dates work for both of us. (Jeff said that June 7th or 14th would
work best for them, so we’ll decide soon) So, look for that to happen. We decided that
presale tickets are difficult to sell, and difficult to track when ticket-holders come after
the event and expect their dinner to be waiting. We could do it, by selling different
colored tickets and making sure that the number of presale tickets sold had chickens
reserved, but we don’t plan to be here after all is over. We could have sold more dinners
last year, but we didn’t count on such a great turnout.
● Our next meeting will be on March 22, due to there being 5 Sundays in March.
Sunday School registration for 2019 - 2020 is now in progress.
Sunday School meets every Sunday at 10:00 AM in their class room and always has room for more.
We encourage all children to attend. The teachers have spent time to plan their curriculum and have a lor coming up for the year.
Please fill out a Sunday School registration form for each child and return it to the church office or the Sunday School Teachers.
Another first for us this year...we are working on a Lenten project. Instead of "giving up" something in honor of the Lenten season, our kiddos are going to "give out" acts of kindness. Each week, they are given a paper chain link and then they choose an act of
kindness and during the week, they are expected to complete the act. It is very apparent in our busy busy world, we forget the simple acts of sharing a smile with a
stranger, picking up garbage in the neighborhood or sharing with a younger sibling.
● Upon completion, we plan to have a colorful chain to share with you! Please take a look
as we continue to build our chain throughout the next 40 days!
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.
To read more about the what the Altar Guild does click
here Altar Guild
To see the current Usher, Lector and Acolyte schedule click here Ministers of the Liturgy
Coming up ...
Don't forget our weekly programs
- Stitch 'n Chat - Meets Tuesday at 10:00 A.M.
- Wednesday mornings - Healing Service @ 11 AM followed by Bible Study
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.