|In consideration of the heat in our sanctuary, Sunday Mass begins at 10:00 a.m, continuing every Sunday throughout the summer. You can still stream services online on either YouTube or our Facebook page. In-person coffee hour will be held immediately following mass in the Community Room.|
|This is to prepare for the return of the mid-week Wednesday evening Mass in September, which will once again be held in the sanctuary (with masks). For more important dates and schedule changes, please see the "Important Dates" section below.|
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
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.
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On Saturday, September 18, the day before Pastor Tim's Installation, we're having a celebratory potluck dinner starting at 5:00 p.m., and we'd love for you to participate! You'll have a chance to meet Pastor Tim's parents, and after dinner, we'll be playing Trivia hosted by Emmy Potter.
Holy Trinity will provide drinks and paper goods. Please RSVP and indicate what you'll bring by filling out this quick form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwjFAgwGVicDYGyz5Hxsbc--6bcaEUYIh1S-GJeGadEAbbjw/viewform
On Sundays at 11:45 a.m., we continue a DVD lecture series called "Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation." This series consists of 24 thirty-minute lectures, each followed by discussion prompts. We'll roll tape beginning at 11:45 a.m. and work our way through the lectures as we are able; feel free to stay after Coffee Hour when you can to participate. Thanks to Olaf Malcher for providing the materials.
The Service and Advocacy Committee is seeking volunteers who are able to make sandwiches and walk one morning or afternoon in Central Park or in the surrounding neighborhood, giving them out to the homeless. The ingredients for the sandwiches have already been donated and you can choose whatever morning or afternoon works best for you. It is always advisable that you walk in pairs so ask a friend to join you! If you are able to give some time to the Homeless Ministry please get in touch with Myrna Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Boccio at email@example.com for more details. The Homeless Ministry epitomizes doing the Lord’s work!
If walking is not your thing, you can still help with feeding the hungry of New York City by volunteering at our Saturday H.U.G.program, which reopens on September 25. To work with H.U.G. please get in touch with Jan Lindemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Christians we are asked to put our good thoughts into action. The Service and Advocacy Committee appeals to you for help with these two most worthy ministries! Thank you.
The Generosity Committee is thrilled to initiate support for two memorable events: the formal installation of Pastor Tim as Holy Trinity’s 15th pastor, and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of his ordination. What inspiring reasons for Holy Trinity to celebrate our coming together for worship again! We invite all of our congregation to participate in our small fundraising campaign to underwrite the weekend activities.
If you are able, we would prayerfully ask you to identify one of the needs you wish to support with a donation towards this glorious weekend of events and fellowship:
Our needs are as follows:
All total we need to raise $3,000, and we appreciate any amount you can donate towards that goal. If you wish to fully support one of the asks, please let Pastor Tim know of your generosity.
***UPDATE: We've raised $2,000 so far!***
You can donate by visiting the Giving page. There will be inserts in our church bulletins for those who prefer to mail in a check.
And you can always give via Tithe.ly as a fund called “2021 Pastor Installation Giving” has been added in the drop down of choices: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1636688?giving_to=2021%20Pastor%20Installation%20Giving
We thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us prepare for these blessed events. It’s truly time for us to celebrate and enjoy each other and our beautiful church again!
|Bach Vespers is back (in real life) on Sunday, October 31st at 5pm! Before we make our big season announcement, we’d like to share an exciting Bach Vespers preview. During the 11:00 a.m. Mass on September 12th, we will be presenting cantata 106 “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” (the actus tragicus) in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.|
On Sunday, September 12, in commemoration of 20 years since 9/11, our guest preacher at Holy Trinity will be The Reverend Stephen Bouman, who was serving as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod on that horrific day. I am so grateful that Bishop Bouman will join us and share the Gospel in the midst of his own experience and memories.
Sunday, September 12 is also the day Mass returns to 11:00 a.m., and Bach Vespers will come to the Mass that morning, with a performance of cantata 106 “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” (the actus tragicus).
I will be moderating a discussion with Bishop Bouman about his recent book Baptized for this Moment: Rediscovering Grace All Around Us.
I'm able to get a number of copies of this book at a steep discount. If you are interested in reading Bishop Bouman's book before September 12, will you please email me and let me know? I'd like a rough count of how many books to order, though I'll certainly order extras :) I'm at email@example.com.
Take care, and I hope to see you soon,
Pastor Tim Weisman
Cookies baked by Pastor Tim and Jeremy Friedland for a recent coffee hour :)
For the summer, coffee hour will take place in our NEWLY air conditioned Community Room following Sunday Mass at 10 am.
From Pastor Tim: "Trust me, I know that it gets hot in our sanctuary in the summer. One of the great joys of in-person coffee hour down in the air conditioned Community Room is that I'm able to have longer, in-person conversations with you all. If you haven't been to Holy Trinity in a while, I'd love the chance to meet you!"
With film and TV productions coming back to New York City, Holy Trinity is also back to hosting production holdings, which means our newly-air conditioned Community Room is transformed into a staging area for actors, extras, crews, their makeup, wardrobe, props, and meals. This is good news, and we're happy to have people back in this great space.
Whether it's been 30 years since you've sung in a church choir, you currently sing in a choir, or if you've never sung but have a musical background, we are planning some get-togethers for YOU!
On August 15 and 22, and possibly some other future dates, we're planning to meet after coffee hour to just enjoy each other's company, share stories, talk up choir, etc. etc. This is NOT a subversive plan to try to recruit people (although we're definitely open to that!), but just a lovely way to connect and reconnect through our love of sacred music. It will be completely informal — in fact I don't know exactly what this will look like, but am open to whatever. Feel free to bring your lunch, as coffee hour naturally creeps into that hour of the day.
Oh, and tell your friends. In fact, if you have friends who do NOT go to church but who love choral music, you might put a bug in their ear along the lines of "you know, at Holy Trinity they have a policy of welcoming people from all backgrounds and faiths into the community, and that definitely includes the choir!"
See you in August!
|From the Service and Advocacy Committee: The Service and Advocacy committee’s ministry is service to our community as well as advocating for those in need in the wider world. This brings us to the suggestion of one of our members, Dee Scholz-Beyer, that we support the work of the ELCA across the world. A meaningful way to thank God for our many blessings is to support the ELCA Disaster Response. This organization provides all sorts of disaster relief, in the US and internationally. They have a COVID 19 response which is explained on their website - just type in ELCA Disaster Response, and go to the appropriate page. Also, ELCA World Hunger is another excellent organization. They provide hunger relief nationally and internationally. On their website you can choose what to support. With all the droughts and famine in Africa, that would be an important place to donate. Let’s take the time today to say thank you by helping others less fortunate and in need.|
|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!
After several months of equipment procurement and custom machining, the much-anticipated elevator refurbishment at Holy Trinity has begun. Work is proceeding apace, and the guys from Slade Elevator are as hardworking and friendly as they come. We'll continue to update you as the project continues.
Work has also begun on the installation of a shower in the women's restroom downstairs for the Women's Shelter. This was made possible through your generous donations as part of this year's Lenten penitential offering. Thank you!
Sunday, August 22 - HT Choir meet and greet
Sunday, September 12 - Sunday Mass moves back to 11 am (livestream online). In commemoration of 20 years since 9/11, our guest preacher at Holy Trinity will be The Reverend Stephen Bouman with a special Bach Vespers performance of cantata 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit”
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.
Saturday, September 18 - Installation weekend celebratory potluck and trivia at 5 pm in the Community Room
Sunday, September 19 - The Installation of Pastor Timothy Weisman in a festival mass at 5 pm in the sanctuary
Saturday, September 25 - H.U.G. returns in the Community Room