Saturday, September 10, 2005

e-Citadel for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005

e-Citadel: News and Notes from Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton, PA

for November 9, 2005

You may also learn more about Trinity at our Web-site: www.trinityeaston.org

Current News and Comment found on our blog trinityeaston.blogspot.com.

Our Mission of the Month is Learning Center of the Salvation Army

The Learning Zone of the Salvation Army, Easton, provides a safe space an evening meal and homework help to students in need from Easton. Our offering will provide teaching software and other learning tools for the tutoring program. We already gave 24 backpacks filled with school supplies for the students, so the offering will also pay for supplies. The backpacks were delivered to the Salvation Army on Tuesday August 30, in plenty of time for them to be available to the children who attend the Learning Zone and its homework and computer activities program. Mission of the Month ingathering is Sunday, September 25!

Current and Upcoming

Altar Guild Chapel Candles: may be given as memorials, thanksgivings or blessings. (Cost is $20/month.) Please speak to an Altar Guild member.

Sitgreaves Coffeehouse—Sunday September 11, 7-9 p.m.: Enjoy quality acoustic and vocal music performed by local talent in a relaxed atmosphere. Admission is free and open to everyone. This month, we will be taking donations for ERD’s US Hurricane Relief Fund. Call Rob Gerns at 610-252-7645 (rgerns@earthlink.net), or Rob Fedorczyk at 610-252-1331 (fedorczyk@rcn.com).

e-Citadel –The e-mail version of the Citadel. Think about having one go to every family members e-mail address. Please use the special form on our web-site www.trinityeaston.org.

OFFICE COVERAGE: We are not out of the woods yet! We still need your help. Office hours continue to be as follows until Sr. Patricia Michael returns: Monday closed. Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 12 Noon, 1 pm – 5 pm; Friday, 9- Noon. Please sign up in the rear of the church or speak to Fr. Andrew.

Blessing of the Animals- Sunday, October 2nd, 3 pm at Thoreau Animal Clinic, VanBuren Fox Hill Roads, Palmer Township.

Adult Forum: Sunday, September 11—Orientation to Christian Education: The Church School and The Adult Forum.

Next Week: September 18 and 25, 2005

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Mission & Outreach News

ER-D Hurricane Fund Update: Last Sunday, at just the three services, Trinitarian’s gave $1432 to the ERD Hurricane Fund. More has come in this week. Thank you for generosity! Please support this ongoing effort! Click here.

--Fr. Andy+

ECW ‘Undie’ Project: The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese are collecting basic necessities for children at risk, size 2 to 16 years. New undershirts, briefs, undies and socks will be collected and then brought to Diocesan Convention on October 14-15 to be distributed to children in need around the diocese. Bring your contribution to the basket in the library.

Cathedral Artisans FairA fair showcasing artisans from the Cathedral, Diocese of Bethlehem and community will be held in November to benefit Aid to Swaziland, Southside Ministries, Sharecare and Sewing Machines for Sudan, all outreach ministries of the Cathedral and Diocese. Artisans participating covenant to give a tithe (10%) minimum of their sales to the charities. If you are an artisan and would like to participate please contact Mary Mulder, 610-807-9887 or foam@rcn.com.

Church School News

Church School: Church School starts Tomorrow, Sunday, September 11, at 9:15. Teachers will be Carmen Wilson, Shae Appleman, Maureen Kane, Terry Gangaware, Pete Olieman, with Cliff Wilson and Cheri DiGioralamo assisting. Classes will be for Pre-K-2nd grade; 3rd through 5tth/6th and Youth (6th/7th – up)

Building Improvements: The stage is in the midst of it’s transformation to the Children’s Loft (and will still be used as a stage!) Also see the wonderful mural in the main stairwell of the Christian Education Building. Also: Look for speakers to be installed in Conine Hall so that the service may be piped in there and for a new carpet in the Pre-K/K classroom.

Youth Group News

To view the Trinity Easton Youth Group Blog, click here.

Starting September 18: Youth group for those in grades 7 through 12 will begin again on Sunday, September 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. This first meeting will also include a meeting for parents to plan out the year’s activities. For more information speak to Rob Gerns at 610-252-7645, rgerns@gmail.com or http://trinityeastonyg.blogspot.com/.

Happening Applications are IN! Happening #15 will be November 11-13 at Kirby House. This is a weekend event for young people in grades 9-12 who have never been to Happening before. Happening is a spiritual retreat for teenagers by teenagers with the help of thoughtful adults. Deadline is October 10, 2005! See Fr. Andy or call the office.

A word to the congregation about Nursery:

We have always valued the presence of children in our church and in our liturgy. We have also, traditionally, offered a nursery program for parents of very small children. At the end of last Spring, we set out to hire new Nursery staff. We sought people who were very good with children, were good in a team setting—because we need to have a minimum of two adults whenever the Nursery is open—who came with good references. This person would also have to clear a criminal and child-abuse background check and complete the Safe Child Training offered by the Diocese. We advertised for the position and interviewed precisely two candidates neither of whom were either appropriate or available for our needs.

At this moment we have no staff to run a program and therefore we cannot hold one.

Some parents have told me that they prefer their children to be with them in church or that the Children’s Chapel program is sufficient for their needs. Others have told me that they would like to hear the service in Conine Hall so that they could take their child out if need be. For the moment, this is the process we do:

  • We will have Children’s Chapel for kids aged four to eight in the Chapel during the Liturgy of the word.
  • We will soon install speakers in Conine Hall so that the service may be heard in that room.
  • We will complete construction of the Children’s Loft and stage, and continue to search for staff. If we can get two reliable staff and volunteers then we will proceed.
  • We will continue to discern God’s will for this ministry and seek God’s guidance in whether we are called to continue this ministry.

I ask you continued prayers and invite your comments and suggestions.

-- Father Andy

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Parish Prayer List

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Hospitalizations Please call the parish office or either Fr. Andy or Mtr. Donna at home whenever you or a family member go into the hospital, even if you’ve signed the hospital clergy card! Do not count on the hospital to call the parish, they probably will not.

When you are discharged from the hospital, please call the office and let us know as the hospitals will not inform us of your discharge whether to home or to another facility.

Parish Prayer List: Click here to the prayer list. We update on a monthly basis. Let us know if a person needs to stay on our list.

1 comment:

B Rumfield said...

An update on Joan:
I had her admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital the other day. She had a fever that spiked and she became somewhat non-responsive. After several days of testing and hydration she showed pneumonia developing in her left lung. She is better now and should be returning to the nursing home towards the beginning of the week.