September 21, 2017

 

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Last Sunday we had two protesters outside the church. They had hateful signs and were shouting loudly. It is unclear who they were and what their agenda was. It is quite possible they were scammers trying to make money off of lawsuits. There are groups that try to incite either violence or a restriction to their first amendment rights that then gives them a reason to sue and make money. They had small video cameras attached to their signs so they could record the actions of those they were insulting. Regardless of their motivation, their actions, and the hate they were presenting, was disturbing. Fortunately, with the doors closed, we were able to worship.  I spoke about the protests in my sermon. The gospel reading was on forgiveness, and the protesters gave us a real-world opportunity.
This incident also gave us an opportunity to think about how we want to respond to protesters in the future. If we have protesters on Sunday morning, here is what I ask:

1. Don't engage them. They are not here to listen. They are not here for conversation. So please ignore them. If you can avoid walking by them, please do. They want a reaction, our best course of action is to give them no satisfaction.

2. We will have a staff member in the area of the protesters to monitor the situation and to help passers by. 

3. As best we can, we will guide the flow of people coming to church to alternative entrances, such as 27th street, or perhaps even the bookshop for people coming down Capitol Ave.  

4. Please know that they have a right to be there. If they are not on our property and they are not impeding traffic on the sidewalk, they aren't breaking the law.  Also, it is important to know that any physical contact, even if it a gesture of kindness such as a hug, can be considered assault. 

While the psychical presence of two men shouting hateful and degrading words at members coming to church was disturbing, I was pleased with the congregation's ability to move into the serenity of Trinity Cathedral and to worship, pray and be mutually supportive. Our world is dangerous, AND we can be agents of love in the midst of this brokenness.

Speaking of being agents of love in a broken world, I will continue the discussion on racism that we began last week. We will meet in the Assembly Area at 7pm tonight and will be discussing the first three chapters of Jim Wallis' America's Original Sin. Even if you haven't read any of the book, please come.
 
Blessings,
Brian
The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
A Garden Party...
Small Groups...
Secret Pals...
Box Tops for Education...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Ongoing...
Stewardship...
The Rev. Art Lillicropp...
Sing with the Cathedral Choir...
TNAC Classes...
This Sunday...
Bishop's Visitation...
Family Promise...
Trinity Cathedral Art Show...
The Rev. Peter Fritsch workshops...
Pet Service of Remembrance...
Ada Mew Memorial Service...
Plant for the Planet...
Reducing Political Polarization...
Thomas Merton Documentary...
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The Stewardship Committee...

...recognized and honored parishioners who have included Trinity in their estate planning with a garden luncheon on September 16th.

Small Groups

If you are interested in being a part of small group meal and fellowship groups that meet monthly, please fill out the survey so that we can create groups according to your preferences and interests. SURVEY: goo.gl/3dxXyc If you are having trouble with the electronic form, feel free to stop by the front office and fill out a hard copy. We hope that these groups will create space to get to know one another, have fun, try spiritual practices together, and be open and inviting to friends and neighbors who might be curious about faith and church life. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Megan at megan@trinitycathedral.org

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Secret Pals
Secret Pal
We are looking for Secret Pals for the teachers and staff at Leataata Floyd School. Each teacher and staff person fills out an information sheet about them self and the work they do at the school. The Secret Pal (parishioner) is encouraged to send little notes of encouragement, to remember his or her birthday, special holidays, and help with supplies that might be needed.
A sign-up sheet will be available at a table on Sunday or call Mary Hustler  at 916-715-6942 or email  at mmhust@hotmail.com with any questions.
Thank You for your support of the teachers and staff at Leataata Floyd School.
Box Tops
for Education
Can Help
Please don't throw away your cereal boxes without tearing off the "Box Tops for Education" coupon and bringing it to Trinity Cathedral for Gladys Hustler. You'll be helping a child. Thank you!
Cathedral Bookshop  
  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

In the...
Trinity Cathedral Library

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
   
Figuratively in the rain shadow of Earth Day, Ginger Strand has written Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies. She looks behind the scene of this supposedly natural wonder and exposes its "Disneyesque" nature. A reviewer describes the falls as a "monument to man's meddling" rather than to "nature's strength."
At the risk of stepping out of the box, African Saints, African Stories: 40 Holy Men and Women by Camille Lewis Brown is all about Roman Catholic figures in Africa. They are "stories," quickly read but memorable.

Ongoing... 

Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
 
We have begin our study of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.  The Cathedral Bookshop has the book and you are encouraged to read it to enhance our discussions. 
 
If you have any questions contact Susan Hotchkiss.
Lunch Bunch...
 
 
 
Thursdays at Noon in the Conference Room
 
  We are currently reading
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance.
 
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at pamela@trinitycathedral.org
 
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Writing Group...
Meets on Thursdays from 
3:00-4:30pm in the
Conference Room

Anyone can write and everyone is welcome. Come check us out.
 
For information, contact June Gillam at gorillagirlink@gmail.com
or Bruce Roy at barinsac@comcast.net
Journey with Jesus
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm,
Room J
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage.  Contact Jerry Pare' at jpare@trinitycathedral.org or 916-930-8032.
Women's Fellowship
 
2nd Saturdays 10 am 
Coffee and Continental
Contact: Susan at  sbush333@gmail.com
The Trinity Icon
  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
and
Thursday's, Noon-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
 
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.
Praying Hands
Prayer and Healing 
Fellowship
 
We meet the 1st Sunday of the month in the Conference Room at 10:00am

We will refer to Agnes Sanford's 
The Healing Light available online and The Order of St Luke the Physician's study guide
The Healing Miracles of Jesus  
available at orderofstluke.org
 
Contact is Elba White at elbawhite@yahoo.com


 
Find Your Passion, Feed Your Soul
The Stewardship Committee would like to encourage everyone to pledge something this year.  Start as small as $25 per month and if that works you can gradually increase the amount to fit your budget as you feel comfortable. 
Start looking for pledge cards in the
mail around the middle of October.

Welcome Back! The Rev. Art Lillicropp

 

Please join Dean Baker and Trinity Cathedral in welcoming Rev. Art Lillicropp back as an Associate Priest.  He will assist in particular with the 12:45 service on Sunday and other services as schedules work out.  Fr. Lillicropp is an Episcopal priest and most recently served as Director of Chaplain Services at Kaiser South.

Come and sing with the Cathedral Choir!

Ever wondered what it would be like to sing in a world-class choir?? The Trinity Cathedral Choir may just be for you!

The Cathedral Choir is a mixed-voice choir of volunteers and four choral scholars, and is open to experienced singers of High School age and older. The choir emphasizes a high standard of singing within the classic Anglican tradition, and the choir's repertoire encompasses a large variety of music from Renaissance, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. The Cathedral Choir rehearses in the Cathedral each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm , and sings for the 11:15 am Sunday Eucharist, as well as Choral Evensong at 6:00 pm on selected Thursdays of the season. 

The Cathedral Choir has made five pilgrimages to England, acting as "choir-in-residence" at several of the great English Cathedrals, and our fifth Tour in August of 2003 included performances at Peterborough and Canterbury Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey. In 2020, the choir will be "in residence" at Durham Cathedral. A personal interview and simple audition is required of new members, and may be scheduled by contacting Canon David Link at (916) 446-2513 ext 224, or sierracanon@gmail.com
TNACThursday Night At the Cathedral
 
Compline at 6:00pm
Fellowship: Bring Your Own Dinner at 6:15pm
TNAC classes at 7:00pm

How to Live as a Christian in This Crazy World
September 14 to October 19 - Assembly Area
Facilitated by TVR Brian Baker
 
With the breakdown of civility, chaos in our political systems and an increase of explicit racism, we are entering a frightening time of crisis. Dean Baker will lead a six-week conversation that will explore how our faith can both guide and sustain us as we strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.
 
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
September 14 to November 16 - Bookshop
Facilitated by Susan Hotchkiss

In 2010, Karen Armstrong, a renowned scholar of the world's religions, wrote Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life . The Washington Post stated: "Armstrong lays out a pluralistic and, ultimately, secular way to spread compassion that's easy to believe in." From learning about compassion to loving your enemies, this book is extremely timely for living in the world today. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book, available in the Cathedral Bookshop.
 
Journey with Jesus -- Your Journey of Faith
Ongoing, drop-ins are welcome! - Room J
Facilitated by Kelly Mieske and Jerry Paré
 
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage. Contact Jerry Pare' at jpare@trinitycathedral.org or 916-930-8032.
 

This Sunday - September 24

Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Celebration Choir sings "The Harvest of Justice" by David Haas.

11:15 am - The Cathedral Choir sings "My Eyes for Beauty Pine" by Herbert Howells, and the Communion Motet "God be in my Head" by Sidney Nicholson.
 
Canon David Link plays music by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Holy Health and Wellness Practices
 
Sundays  in the Assembly Area at 10:15am
 
Come explore how mindfulness and gratitude practices can tie to our everyday activities. Discover food for your body and soul, and empowerment in community so that you to continue in your call to be an agent of God's love in this chaotic and hurting world. Please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Megan with questions:
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15am in the Conference Room
   
The group will view and discuss a video.

Contact is Randie Strike: randie.trinity@gmail.com ;  916-446-2513
News from...
 
Please join us on Sunday, October 1st as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with the Blessing of the Animals at our 9:00 First Sunday Family Service upstairs in the Assembly Area. You are welcome to bring your pet, or a picture of your pet, or a stuffed animal to be blessed. (As usual we ask that you leash, crate, or contain animals to ensure a safe and harmonious service.) We'll follow our service with our simple kid friendly brunch, as well as arts and crafts.
 
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed markers and glue sticks to our Sunday School and Children's Chapel programs. This is wonderful and we are so grateful!!
 
This Sunday in Sunday School:
  • Preschool- 2nd grade: The Godly Play class will explore the second Creation Story - The Falling Apart
  • Faith Builders 3rd - 5th: Abraham and the Covenant
  • Junior and Senior High will explore today's gospel Matthew 20:1-16 - Fairness is Relative
 
Episcopal Youth Fellowship - EYF
EYF meets this Sunday upstairs in the Assembly area at 12:30. Usually we end at 2:30, but this Sunday we have the opportunity to experience the new program - Yoga in the Cathedral - from 2:00 - 3:00. Youth that would rather not participate in this program designed for all levels of ability are welcome to leave at 2:00. If you plan to participate, please bring a towel or yoga mat.
Yoga
Free Yoga in the Cathedral
Sundays 2-3pm
Beginning this Sunday, September 24th!
 
Come explore the link between the body-mind connection through the practice of yoga, meditation, and journaling. Classes will start with either light journaling and/or meditation and be directly followed by a gentle yoga flow. Please bring a mat, towel, and journal. Classes will be taught by Yoga Instructor Judi Moreno. This weekly free offering to the entire Sacramento community is sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Check out Judi's beautiful yoga journey here.

Click here for a flyer. Please feel free to print it and post it on community bulletin boards and share it with your friends!

With excitement for our practice together,
Megan
 
The Rev. Megan Anderson
Missioner for Fresh Expressions 
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, CA
916.930.8020

Next Week and Beyond... 

Bishop's Visitation

 

Bishop Barry Beisner  will be with us next Sunday, October 1 for the 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 services. The Bishop will preach at all three services.

Family Promise Family Promise Event
October 1, 2017
 
Approximately 25 former Family Promise guests have signed up to run the Urban Cow 5K run/walk on October 1 st in order to raise funds for Family Promise (FP).   It is their way as of saying thank you to FP and all of the congregations for the support and caring given to them while they were guests of our congregations.  They are looking for sponsors/ financial pledgers to support their efforts. You can pledge your support online at:  www.sacfamilypromise.org  or send a check to Family Promise at P.O. Box 1378 Sacramento, CA 95812.  If you have any problems with making your sponsor donation please contact our office at 916-443- 3107 and speak to either Marsha, Kelly or Kim.  Attached is a Flyer for the event.  There will also be a sign up sheet on the notice bulletin board along with a poster of the Family Promise participants.  Thanks for your support.
~~ Kevin Donohue
Light Out of Darkness:
Trinity Cathedral Juried Art Show
October 3-26 at Beatnik Studios on R Street
 
A reception will be held Friday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m. and a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 11 that will focus on the purpose of the show, the rationales underlying the pieces which were selected as winners, and the motivation of the various artists in creating the pieces.
 
The juror for the show is Frank Ordaz, an accomplished fine artist who was featured in The White House under the George W. Bush Administration. At one point in his career he was the artist who created the background paintings for Lucas Productions, notably for ET and the Star Wars series.
 
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The Trinity Art Show needs a volunteer as soon as possible who can distribute cards announcing the show and make phone calls to churches asking them to include notification of the show in weekly programs, bulletins or other circulars.  The announcement cards are already printed and ready to distribute.  The opening night for the art show is October 3.

Contact David Allen, 456-1071/ Pamela Anderson, 607-2016 / Randie Strike 203-7586
The Rev. Peter Fritsch presents
TWO workshops
Wednesday, October 4th.
 
9am-12pm: How God Speaks to Us in Dreams for Healing and Wholeness - This workshop provides an understanding of how God may be guiding or healing us through our dreams.
 
1-4pm: The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden: Recovering the Feeling Function and Creativity in Masculine and Feminine Psychology - Participants will learn how the Hero/Heroine myths of the Fisher King and The Handless Maiden, 12th Century European motifs, fit together to show the dynamics of transformation that every person can realize to become whole.
 
Cost: $40 for each workshop. Register with Peter prior to the workshop by emailing him at plfritsch@hotmail.com 

Service of Remembrance for our Pets

 

Altar Rail at the 2016 Service


On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm


All are invited to a service of remembrance for our pets who have passed away. God has generously graced us with loving companions who have brightened our path. This service gives us a chance to be thankful for their remarkable lives and the gift they have been to our families. You are invited to bring the ashes, a picture or any other memento of your loving companion to this service. Special prayers will be said in thanksgiving and in honor of their lives of love. All are welcome.

~~ Canon Walker+ 

Memorial Service
 
The Cathedral was saddened to learn of the death of Ada Mew. Her memorial service will be October 7th at 11am. May she rest in peace.

Plant for the Planet Academy
Saturday, October 7, 9:00am-2:00pm
at Washington Elementary School, 520 18th St.
 
This free climate change and recovery academy has youth reaching youth about climate change, its impact, and what they can do. The workshop is open to 4th through 12th graders and their parents. Snacks and lunch provided for participants. For more information see Ann Rothschild or another TREE member. Click here to register. Follow this link for a printable flyer with more information.

Reducing Political Polarization

The level of divisiveness and demonization in our politics and in our social fabric is unproductive and harmful to our country.  Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen group dedicated to bridging the political divide and building a new way to talk with one another.

For the last eight months, Better Angels has been facilitating conversations across the country between Red and Blue citizens for the purpose of understanding each other.  Click on the image below to see an example:

See an example
Steve Sphar is a local Better Angels leader and will be holding an informational meeting on this important work:

When:  October 9, 2017, 7 - 8pm
Where:  Sierra II Center, Room 12, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
Contact: steve@stevesphar.com for more information
Documentary on Thomas Merton
 
Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
at Trinity Cathedral
 

Thomas Merton,

Trappist Monk

A free showing of a film on the lasting impact of Thomas Merton's life will be presented Monday, November 6 at 7pm. The filmmaker, Morgan C. Atkinson will be on hand to share thoughts and answer questions after the showing. Click here for a printable flyer with more information.

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