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Mark your calendars for September 18-19, 2021! The Congregation Council at Holy Trinity invites you to a Festival Mass on Sunday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m. in which The Reverend Timothy Weisman will be officially and formally installed as Holy Trinity's 15th pastor. In attendance will be Bishop Paul Egensteiner, Assistant to the Bishop Kevin Vandiver, Conference Dean John Flack; and Pastor Tim's parents as our special guests. The Reverend Stephanie Kershner of the New England Synod will preach.
Join the Facebook event here:
This weekend also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Pastor Tim's ordination. Additional events will include a celebratory potluck dinner (the one we've promised!) on Saturday evening, September 18, as well as a festive reception following the Installation Mass on Sunday evening. As planning continues, we'll continue to share more details as well as send out a formal invitation. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for a party!
• On Sunday, June 20, Sunday Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in consideration of our summer schedule (and the heat). An in-person coffee hour will resume that same day, taking place both in the back of the nave as well as on the front stoop, weather and comfort permitting. Our last virtual coffee hour on Zoom will be held on Sunday, June 13, and will not take place that day.
• On Tuesday, June 22, Evening Prayer on Zoom will shift to Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. The format will stay the same (15-20 minutes in length) with plenty of time reserved afterwards to check-in with one another, much like our current Sunday virtual coffee hour.
---> We're making those changes now, because on Sunday, September 12, almost everything will change again (and that's not a bad thing either!)
• On Sunday, September 12, Sunday Mass will return to 11:00 a.m. In-person coffee hour will continue as well.
• On Tuesday, September 14, Evening Prayer will continue on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with a time for conversation and check-in to follow.
• On Wednesday, September 15, the mid-week Wednesday Mass will return to Holy Trinity at 6:30 p.m. That service will be a Eucharist with music, and it will be livestreamed on YouTube as well.
For 43 years, H.U.G. (Human Understanding & Growth) at Holy Trinity has served a meal on Saturday afternoons while providing friendly conversation and warm inclusivity to our neighbors on the Upper West Side.
After nearly a year and a half away due to the pandemic, H.U.G. will return to Holy Trinity on Saturday, September 25. The oven and stove in the kitchen are working, the electrical for the air conditioning (!) has already been installed, and we'll continue to work behind the scenes to bring back this ministry with hope and strength.
Once again, thank you to all who gave to the 2021 Lenten Penitential Offering - you helped make this happen!
From Pastor Tim: one of the things you'll hear me say over and over is I like to plan study groups by request - if there's something you want to read and study in a group, find one another person who's interested, and we'll do it.
I've got t̶w̶o̶ twelve people interested in studying the Small Catechism by Martin Luther, and I'm hoping you'll join us! If you grew up in the Lutheran tradition, you might remember studying "What does this mean?" in Confirmation Class - here's an opportunity to study it again in new and fresh detail.
For now, simply let me know whether you're interested, which will help me figure out the schedule and how many books to order. I suspect we'll be on Zoom, but maybe a hybrid is possible. We'll be looking at the Small Catechism itself, as well as two recent and diverse interpretations of Luther's words.
Just send me an email at email@example.com. Thanks.
Sunday, June 13 - Last virtual coffee hour
Sunday, June 20 - Sunday Mass moves to 10 am (with livestream online). In-person coffee hour resumes in the back of the Nave/front stoop.
Tuesday, June 22 - Evening Prayer moves to Tuesdays at 6 pm on Zoom
Sunday, September 12 - Sunday Mass moves back to 11 am (livestream online) with in-person coffee hour to follow
Tuesday, September 14 - Evening Prayer on Zoom continues at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 15 - Mid-week Wednesday Mass with Eucharist returns at 6:30 pm in-person and livestreamed on YouTube.
Friday and Saturday, September 18-19 - Installation Weekend for Pastor Tim, including a congregational potluck and special Mass on Sunday evening. More information TBA.
Saturday, September 25 - H.U.G. returns in the Community Room
I continue to follow the news out of Jerusalem, even as the U.S. Secretary of State attempts to intervene in the politics of the region. Two weeks ago, ELCA pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber hosted an Instagram conversation with Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Lutheran pastor and theologian living in Bethlehem. I want to share that conversation with you here, as a way of gaining perspective from two pastors worthy of deep respect.
This link should take you to Pastor Bolz-Weber's instagram feed. The conversation is about 30 minutes long. If you have troubles watching, let me know, and I'll see if I can help. Near the end of the conversation, Dr. Raheb mentions an organization called the Bright Stars of Bethlehem. To learn more: https://brightstarsbethlehem.org.
Take care, and see you soon,
Pastor Tim Weisman
For the past season, Holy Trinity has been blessed with the continuing ministry of music through (mostly) virtual choral music supplied by our parish choir section leaders and volunteers. I would venture that few outside this process actually know the countless hours spent by these dedicated musicians. he time it takes to learn one's part away from other singers, the organ, and the conductor, to carefully note all performance indications from the conductor's instructions (precision is critical for this process), to choose just the right background, dress, and visual aspects, to set up the listening and recording equipment (which takes three media devices: one for watching and listening to the conductor, one for recording, and one for reading the music), to test the recording setup, and then to make as many takes as the singer needs until they are satisfied with it....
Having done so much weekly recording myself this year, I can easily affirm that we musicians are both perfectionists and terribly self-critical of our own playing or singing. Add to that the matter of microphones catching absolutely everything, to be recorded and available for all eternity (well, maybe not all eternity) on YouTube, and you can see how easily a few minutes of music can turn into an hour or more of effort. I know from many in the congregation just how grateful you all are for the beauty, comfort, and inspiration they have given us through this year when we have all needed that beauty, that comfort, and that inspiration so very much.
So heartfelt thank yous to Franny Geller, Dixie Carroll, Darlene Challberg, Myrna Payne, Shannon Söderlund, Kate Maroney, Patrick Muehleise, Tim McDevitt, and Richard Tucker for all the wonderful singing in 2020-2021. You have done a beautiful and very important thing this year! And as we look forward to the new season in September, I have every hope and expectation that the choir loft will swell to include many more of our singers as we begin to open up and get back to in-person live (full!) choir. As always, email me if you are interested in singing with us, or want to just talk about music at Holy Trinity. You can always find me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or after church on Sunday. Happy summer!
Diane Meredith Belcher
Work on the Parish House elevator will commence on June 7th at 7:00 am. Visitors to the office and/or Parish House should be aware the elevator will be out of service until all repairs and refurbishment on the elevator are complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you would like to give altar flowers in memory of a loved one or in commemoration of an event, contact Tommy Bricco at email@example.com.