eMessenger  | December 17, 2017
Trinity Episcopal Church - eMessenger
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018
Upcoming Calendar Events
Choir Practice 6:30 pm Thursdays and/or 9:00 am Sundays
Jan. 7- 5:30 p.m. Rt. II Holy Eucharist - Come As You Are - Sanctuary
Jan. 9 - 10:00 a.m. Rt. II Holy Eucharist - the Meridian
Jan. 11 - 1:00 p.m. ECW Board Meeting - Kelso Library
Jan. 12 - 7:00 p.m. Supper Club at the home of Walter and Olivia Meyer
Jan. 21 - 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Annual Parish Meeting - Sanctuary
Jan. 21 - 6:00 p.m. - Newcomer's Dinner with the Clergy
Calendar
CALENDAR PLANNING

With Eaton Hall out of commission, it is crucial that we know the  dates and time(s)  required for all church groups and activities. We will do our best to schedule accommodations in the Kelso Library. All committee chairs or group leaders, please provide the office with meeting requests just as soon as possible. It is suggested that your plans extend through at least January 2018.
Food Collection for St. Vincent's
THIS SUNDAY - FOOD SUNDAY
January 7, 2018
 
PLEASE DONATE POP TOP CANS OF VIENNA SAUSAGE, INDIVIDUAL PACKS OF CHICKEN/TUNA IN ZIP TOP POUCHES, PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS, CEREAL, FRUIT CUPS AND COOKIES

ANNOUNCING TRINITY'S JANUARY SUPPER CLUB

ALL OUR ADULTS ARE INVITED
7:00 P.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
AT THE HOME OF WALTER AND OLIVIA MEYER
Please bring a
main dish, side dish,  appetizer, salad, hot bread/rolls, dessert and a smile to share
BYOB - bring your favorite spirits or soda.
Please contact Judy Giovannini to coordinate dishes and RSVP
(409) 741-2399 or   jgiovannini1@comcast.net
Galveston's version of a "snowman"!
2017 ANNUAL REPORT

We are quickly approaching the time to compile information for our 2017 Annual Report. This document contains a summary of our operational status both fiscal and physical. It includes the Vestry as well as the head of all guilds and committees in the church. Copies of the 2016 report are available from Trish and can be forwarded to you for reference. All reports are due in the church office by the last week of December. 

Thank you advance for your attention to this request.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

At our annual parish meeting on January 21, 2018 we will, once again, conduct the business of our parish life. We will look at our finances, look at where we have been and where we are going, and we will elect vestry members and delegates to the diocesan council.

It has been our custom to receive names of potential nominees for several weeks, then a nominating committee meets confidentially, and then a slate of candidates is presented to the parish meeting. That nominating committee is made up of outgoing vestry members, our wardens and 1 or 2 non-vestry members of the congregation. They usually meet the first week in January.

If you desire to nominate someone, please ask them first (!) and then submit their name to Senior Warden Nancy Polk at ncpolk@msn.com

In order to stand for election, the individual must be an adult member of our congregation in good standing, and faithful in worship, service, and giving for the furthering of God's Kingdom in this place.

Thanks, Susan K.


      VESTRY AND COUNCIL DELEGATE ELECTIONS AT THE
              ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - JANUARY 21, 2018
IN THE SANCTUARY

COME VOTE FOR TRINITY'S NEW VESTRY MEMBERS
AND COUNCIL DELEGATES

   The Diocese has announced the 169th Diocesan council will be held in Waco
February 15-17, 2018

Details can be viewed on www.epicenter.org/council

ASSOCIATE’S CORNER

ADVENT CONSPIRACY: We Did It; Thank You

We did it. We conspired to highlight again the meaning of Christmas. Sure, billions were still spent on things but in the homes and lives of conspirators all around the world the same light that guided shepherds shined brighter than ever.

We gathered around the King. We Worshipped Fully, Spent Less, Gave More and Loved All -- hopefully.

You prayerfully signed and turned in pledge cards of financial commitment for 2018; you decorated the church for Advent and Christmas immaculately; you put on exquisite and delightful Christmas pageants and cheered for our kids; you helped lead worship; you played the music (on various instruments) effortlessly and sang your hearts out; you put your heart and soul in buying and wrapping gifts – or simply giving money for that – and thus helped put smiles on the faces and in the hearts of hundreds if not thousands of Galveston’s less fortunate families; you hosted parties big and small; you showed sincere appreciation to your clergy and staff (Church and School); you volunteered thousands of hours in God’s service by serving humanity. Yes, you – altar guild, acolytes, Daughters of the King, Women of the Church; musicians and choir, ushers and greeters, flower guild, wedding coordinator, hospitality providers, pastoral care givers, worship leaders, EFM participants, women’s Bible study group, young families hosts, director, cooks and servers (in Willie T’s), nursery staff, youth group leaders and participants, parish office staff (the nerve center), school administration, board, faculty, staff and students, cleaners, security, webmaster, and all. And the Vestry: your invaluable knowledge of the things of the world combined with your love of God and your spirituality make possible your fine stewardship of our financial resources and this historic and enormous physical plant. Not forgetting the grease that enables these wheels to turn without much friction: prayer. We thank those who pray quietly and those who ensure that corporate (Morning or Evening) prayer is lifted to God in these facilities nearly everyday . We couldn’t be more grateful, for you make it all seem so easy.

The Rector and I want to thank you sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, for all that you did and gave, and continue to do and give (your resources of time, talent and treasure). Thank you for welcoming me and my family, and for giving me the opportunity to serve God’s people alongside you.

Thanks for conspiring with us! 

        
   – Father Ed
The Wednesday night cooking crew and Willie T's students help prepare Bandana Chemo Kits.
Daughters
BANDANA CHEMO KITS
Daughters of the King New Project
In addition to the fleece prayer blankets made on the second Wednesday of each month, the Daughters of the King have initiated a new project for patients undergoing cancer chemo treatment.
The Daughters will collect the following products and deliver them to cancer patients wrapped in a bandana which can then be used as a head cover for those who have lost their hair from treatment. They are requesting donations of:
Colgate Wisp Max Fresh Toothbrush: to combat Chemo taste - $3
Breath Mints: Tic Tac, Altoid Peppermints, Lemon drops (small bag)
Hand Sanitizer: GermX , 98 cents (most important)
Gas Card: $10-$20 for trips to the hospital/doctor visits
Lip Balm:  Carmex, 98 cents - $1.00 size
Hand Lotion: Small size.  Bandanas: Walmart - 99 cents
Monetary donations to purchase these items or providing the items themselves are appreciated. Items can be left at the church office. 
If you can donate or would like to help with assembly, please contact Kathleen Galbraith, President, at kggalbraith@gmail.com . or 713.594.0543. If you have family or a friend that would like to receive a bandana kit please notify Kathleen or the office.
GODLY PLAY
Children's Sunday School / Nursery
Bring your children & friends 10:15am
Church starts 10:30am; Parents go and enjoy!
The children will have a lesson, enjoy snacks & crafts, and return to you in the
Service at the Peace!
(Nursery staffed 8:00am - 12 noon)
Can YOU teach or help any Sunday this Fall? 
Email me your availability ~ You will receive more than you give!
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YOUNG WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

A new class will begin on January 22, 2018 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 pm. in the Kelso Library

Matthew: A 12-Week Study

By  Drew Hunter , General Editor  J. I. Packer , Series edited by  Dane C. Ortlund Lane T. Dennis

The book of Matthew paints a powerful portrait of Jesus as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah, the one who would bring God’s kingdom to earth and fulfill his promises to his people.
Leading readers through this hope-filled book, this guide explains the biblical text with clarity and passion—inviting us to encounter God’s one and only Son: Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Over the course of 12 weeks, these studies explore books of the Bible and:

  • Ask thoughtful questions to spur discussion
  • Show how each passage unveils the gospel
  • Tie the text in with the whole story of Scripture
  • Illuminate the doctrines taught in each passage
  • Invite you to discover practical implications
  • Help you better understand and apply God’s Word

Part of the  Knowing the Bible  series.

Contact Danielle Alvarado at:  dalvarado@trintygalv.org  to join the group. 
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Jan. 8 - Eugenia Campbell
Jan. 8 - John VanDewalli
Jan. 9 - John Kelso
Jan. 9 - Mary Rudenberg
Jan. 10 - Sarah Holzheuser
Jan. 10 - Brittany O'Brien
FROM THE PULPIT
Missed church on Sunday? Want to listen again to a past Gospel or Sermon?
Now you can! When available, we'll try to post links to Sound Cloud of each week's
Gospel and Sermon. (taped during 8am service each week)

EDITOR'S NOTE : Our sound crew has been out of town for the holidays - check this spot next week for updates.

Click Here for Gospel and Sermon from December 10, 2017
(Gospel & Sermon - Rev. Kennard)

Click Here for Gospel and Sermon from December 3, 2017
(Gospel - Rev. Thompson & Sermon - Rev. Tucker)
The Reverend Susan Kennard
Rector - Trinity Episcopal Church
The Reverend Edward Thompson
Associate Rector - Trinity Episcopal Church
The Reverend Douglas Tucker
Assisting Priest - Trinity Episcopal Church
  WILLIAM TEMPLE CENTER (WILLIE T'S)
An Episcopal Ministry to College and UTMB Students
Larissa Botik, Executive Director
(409) 599.1457 or wtecgalveston@gmail.com   
We welcome dessert donations or if you would like to volunteer, call me at 409.599.1457 or wtecgalveston@gmail.com.
WILLIAM TEMPLE MINISTRY
The William Temple Center ministers to UTMB students providing nearly 100 free meals on Wednesday nights, a place to study, and a house of worship. Stop by at 6 pm and prepare to be amazed! The sanctuary opens at 5:00 pm for anyone in need of a quiet moment with God.

– Larissa Botik, Director of the William Temple Center.
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Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

A very sad thing has happened in our school community. Our beloved teacher was mother, wife, sister, daughter, colleague and friend passed away this Christmas break. Mrs. Michelle Funston, a dedicated teacher for over 21 years, the last eight which were at Trinity teaching in Grade 4 and Grade 1. She was the mother of Tyler (class of 2017) and wife of Sean. Michelle will most be remembered for her lively “Good mornings” to all students as she entered the building each day.

She taught with much enthusiasm and brought out the best in everyone she touched. We will miss her loving nature and her fierce loyalty to Trinity and the teaching vocation. We will miss Mrs. Funston’s “sweet dimpled smile” and her true love of teaching.

We are all profoundly shocked and saddened by her death. We will share this information Monday morning, January 8 th with your children in grades three and higher.

Our crisis plan is as follows: Our primary concern being to comfort, not upset. Reverend Susan and Amy Gaido will talk and listen individually to grades 3 through 5 and Fr. Edward and myself Grades 6 and 7. Dr. Micheletti will be in Grade 8 and we will have two other counsellors available Monday morning if students or teachers need one on one time. Bereavement counselors, teachers, and other support staff have been, and will continue to be available to students, teachers and parents. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

As a parent, you may want to talk to your child about death because it impacts each person in different ways. How children react will depend on the relationships they had with the person who died, their age, level of development, and their prior experience with death. Your child may: appear unaffected, ask questions about the death repeatedly, be angry or aggressive, be withdrawn or moody, be sad or depressed, become fearful or scared, have difficulty sleeping or eating.  We suggest that you listen to your children. If they want to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly. The attached website and the bullets below will be helpful to you with how children understand death and what to say.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean, Tyler and the entire Funston Family.

When Helping a Grieving Child, Please:
 
  • Listen and be honest. Never lie or tell half truths.
  • Answer their questions. Even the hard ones
  • Give the child choices whenever possible.
  • Encourage consistency and routines
  • Talk about and remember the person who died
  • Make a child's world safe for grieving
  • Expect and allow for all kinds of emotions
  • Get out the crayons, pens, pencils, paint, chalk, PlayDoh, clay
  • Run, jump, play and find other ways to release big energy and emotions
  • Be a model of health grief
  • Provide affection, reassurance and compassion
  • Practice patience
  • Support children even if they are in a bad mood
  • Expect some children to act younger than their age
  • Expect some children to act like little adults
  • Help the child at bedtimes. Sleep may come be difficult now.
  • Encourage healthy meals and plenty of drinking of water.
  • Keep parent-teacher communication open
  • Don't force kids to talk
  • Take breaks from grief
  • Remember that "playing" is grieving for a child
  • Seek additional help if needed
  • Help children know that they are not alone in their grief and help them identify safe adults at school
  • Set limits and rules and enforce them (helps child to feel safe)
  • Remember special days and anniversaries
  • Take care of your own grief and practice self care

With warm regards,


Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
TRINITY EPISCOPAL SCHOOL – WEEK AT A GLANCE
 
2018
 
Monday, January 8
Welcome Back! Classes Resume
 
Tuesday, January 9
  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)
  • Basketball Game – AWAY @ Brazosport (Girls), 4:00PM
  • Basketball Game – AWAY @ Brazosport (BGold), 5:00PM
 
Wednesday, January 10
 
Thursday, January 11
  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)
  • Basketball Game – HOME v. Eagle Heights (BGold), 5:00PM
 
Friday, January 12
  • Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
  • Report Cards go home
Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with church partners after disasters, equipping them to meet needs of those most vulnerable in their communities. Currently, our staff is responding to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and watching developing tropical storms. Because of our strong diocesan partnerships, Episcopal Relief & Development is ready to assist in the recovery of the impacted areas for as long as necessary. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to our Hurricane Relief Fund. To donate and read the latest updates, visit   episcopalrelief.org/irma
  PRAYERS OF HEALING FOR
Mary Margaret Dean, Bill Macdonald, Genie Tavener Rolff, Chase Adams, and Vivian Hall.

OUR ONGOING PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED FOR
Lillian Mayes, Jim Atchley, Mike Ellis, Steve Boling, Sissy Howell, Peggy McMullen, Linda Delaney, Kevin Godleski, Eleanor Otis, Jerry Cooper, Robert Bauder, Jeffery Horn, JBJ, Guy Griffith, Robert Hutchins, David Edwards, Elizabeth Stamile, Karen Rudenberg, Belva Funke, Louise Campbell, Betty Schroeder, Mary Cooper, Leta and  J oe Higgins, Will Blackshear,Joe Vance, Dan Vaughn,
 Frances Townsend, Mindy Bollinger, Margaret Lee, Phillip Head, Billy Garrison, Daryl Wilson, Rose Farmer, Kyle Brown and Ann Miller.       
We are updating our prayer list. Please notify the office if your loved
ones and/or friends have recovered or need to remain on the prayer list.

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE
John R. Kelley, Jarrod Johnson, John Wilkinson, Bo Lollar, John Kelso, Jr., David Middleton
and Nick Toombs .
  ALTAR FLOWERS
THE ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Laura and Ed Roach to the glory of God
and in honor of Mary Elizabeth Cooper and Mary Hutchings Cooper
and in loving memory of John Webb Cooper.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPHIPHANY

JANUARY 7, 2018
LEADERS IN SUNDAY'S LITURGY

8:00 a.m. – Rite I

Lector / Worship Leader --- Susan Duif

Eucharistic Minister --- Susan Duif

Sermon --- The Reverend Susan Kennard

Celebrant --- The Reverend Ed Thompson

Altar Guild --- Susan Duif and Emily Erdmann

Ushers --- Nancy Boling and Bill Kennard

9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
No Adult Education Class This Week

10:15 a.m. – Godly Play
The Kings Are Coming! Learn about The Epiphany and make your own crown!

10:30 a.m. – Rite II with Music and Choir

Music Director --- Ronald Wyatt

Current Choir
Isaias Degollado, Gretchen Lindquist,
Gayle Monsour, Edgar Moore, Bill Noble, Joanna Thompson,
Mary Townsend, Cheryl Tucker, Patty Wood

Prelude --- Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance? --- Harrison Oxley

Hymns --- 117, 121, 127

1st Lesson --- Genesis 1:1-5 --- Christopher Perkins

Psalm --- 29:1-11

2nd Lesson --- Acts 19:1-7--- Carol Malloy

Gospel --- Mark 1:4-11

Sermon --- The Reverend Susan Kennard

Offertory --- Bethlehem, of Noblest City --- Alan Bullard

Celebrant --- The Reverend Edward Thompson

Eucharistic Ministers --- Mike and Carol Malloy

Communion --- Wise Men Seeking Jesus --- Jonathan Willcocks

Postlude --- How Brightly Shines the Morning Star --- J. Pachelbel

Usher Team I
Trish Clason, Team Leader
Camille Haglund, Eugenia McDonald, Ed Muncey, Dixie Posert,
Jon Schultz, John Speich, Tom Wimbrow

Altar Guild Weekday --- Nancy Boling

Altar Guild Sunday
Bill Leopold, Gladys Stansberry

Acolytes
All Acolytes are requested to serve.
Christopher Perkins– Sr. Acolyte
Nathan Andrews, Gabbi Beebe, Peyton Botik, Preston Botik,
Jane Charpentier, Camryn Davis, Nathan Fiegel, Kaylee Fortune
Sam Fountain, Tyler Garcia, Heidi Haglund, Hunter Haglund
Walker Janek, Sasha Jaworski, Will McQuitty, Caroline Neblett
Max Patane, Elizabeth Pennington, Spencer Petty, Mary Katherine Piel
Ava Rawlins, Ashley Stanger, Gia Viggiano

Godly Play --- Danielle Alvarado, Linda Alvarado and Kay Perkins

Youth Group --- Larissa Botik, Jennifer Haglund and Shanna Pennington, Megan Pennington

E-Messenger --- Kathy VanDewalli

Newcomers/Visitors Ministry --- Carolyn Speich

William Temple Ministry --- Larissa Botik
2017 VESTRY
Pictured from left to right: Dan Freeman, The Reverend Susan Kennard, Susan Duif, Ann Anderson, Senior Warden Nancy Polk, Jim Byrom, Junior Warden Robert Ebert, John Speich, Walter Meyer and John Ferguson. Not in group photo: Jerry Jackson, Carolyn Clyburn and Maurine Nichols.

Vestry members not available for group photo (from left to right): Carolyn Clyburn, Jerry Jackson and Maurine Nichols.
Galveston, How May We Pray For You?
Galveston’s Episcopal Church Community is sponsoring an online prayer outreach and a series
of in-person gatherings for the sole/soul
purpose of prayer.

E-mail Rev. Susan with prayer requests or
Join us in person on Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
At MOD Coffeehouse Conference Room - 2126 Postoffice Street
Responses will be within 24 hours.
The Episcopal Church Community of Galveston, Texas

Trinity Directory
WE ARE PLANNING TO UPDATE THE PARISH DIRECTORY. IF YOU HAVE CONTACT INFORMATION TO UPDATE OR IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY JOINED TRINITY WE WANT TO INCLUDE YOU. PLEASE PICK UP A FORM IN THE NARTHEX, COMPLETE AND DROP IT IN THE DESIGNATED BOX. IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO TO INCLUDE JUST DROP IT BY THE OFFICE OR EMAIL TO INFO@TRINITYGALV.ORG.
PASTORAL CARE
For Pastoral Care please contact
The Rev. Susan Kennard
at 979-248-7849 or
The Rev. Doug Tucker
at 409-539-5079 or
409-370-5010
For pastoral care or emergency,
please contact
The Rev. Susan Kennard
SERVICES AT THE MERIDIAN 

Reverend Susan Kennard conducts a Eucharistic service at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at The Meridian on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Families and friends of residents are welcome to join the group regardless of denomination.
In addition, Rev. Susan has been playing some of the residents' favorite songs on her guitar accompanied by Mr. Wyatt on an electric organ.
PARKING LOT USE

Trinity is privileged to be permitted use of the  fenced parking lot across the street for weekly services and, with approval, for our special events. However, by owner’s terms, cars must leave the lot soon after services, lunches, weddings and funerals or risk being locked in behind the fence. We  certainly encourage use of the parking lot, but caution those planning lunch or other offsite  activities to please park elsewhere after church sponsored events. Thank you for helping us to  be good neighbors with the new owners. 
TREASURER’S REPORT
Year to Date Totals as of Nov. 30, 2017

Total Revenue                          $548,924
Tranfers from Reserves                  $29.749
Investment Earnings Used in Operations   $ 58,503
Less Total Expenses                     ($665,188)
Net Total Revenue(Deficit)               ( $ 28,012)
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ATTENDANCE

Dec. 31 - 142
Dec. 31 Memorial Service - 692
Dec. 25 - 25
Dec. 24 - 483
Dec. 17 - 174
Dec. 10 - 153
200+ at Advent Pilgrimage
Dec. 3 - 199
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Photo by Bill Schafer