August 10, 2017




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On Sunday morning, Andrea took me to the train station in Stuttgart, where I began my journey back to Sacramento. She will be done with her work with Special Operations troops in time to be home for Christmas. While we have had many separations in the 40 years we have been together, it never is easy. And we are aware that we have it better than many others in the military. Andrea works with soldiers who are often away from loved ones. Andrea is loving her work. I am convinced she was born to be an Army Chaplain and it is such a blessing that she gets to do chaplaincy as a later-in-life career. 

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be with Andrea, to write and to travel while on sabbatical. I realize that my absence increases the work of staff, vestry and other volunteers and I am very grateful for everybody's efforts to make this time possible.

I've had many people ask for an update on my summer so I'd like to provide a small summary here. My time away began with a talk I gave at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival on cultivating compassion and hope. Then I flew to Germany to see Andrea. I had a meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico before going to Austria to give my TEDx talk. That was a remarkable experience. My daughter, Laura, flew to Germany and Andrea and Laura drove to Austria for the talk weekend. Pamela Anderson was travelling in
Europe and came for the talk as well. You can see the video of the talk here:

One of the things that struck me at the TEDx event was the youthfulness and positive energy of the volunteers and attendees. It was a good shot of positive energy.

Andrea & Brian in Venice
For the rest of my time, I alternated between hanging out in Stuttgart with Andrea and travelling. Laura joined me for a trip to Budapest. Andrea joined me for a trip to Paris. I helped Andrea lead a retreat for military couples in Garmisch Germany and went with her to a chaplains conference in Naples. Mark joined us for a side trip to Rome, Vicenza and Vienna. I also went to Edinburgh by myself. I spent a good amount of time writing. At the encouragement of others I began working on writing stories of my ministry as well as my take on Christian spirituality. I got several chapters written and hope to keep working on this project over the next year or so.

This was a summer of exploring the world, connecting with Andrea and our newly adult children, and writing. The family part was particularly significant as we establish patterns of how to be adults together as a family. 

I was also struck by the religious art. It is hard to visit Europe and not be moved by the religious art. It is everywhere, and beautiful. I could have spent a week in the Louvre, or in the Vatican museum and St. Peter's. I will be reflecting on this trip for years.  Thank you.

And it is good to be back at Trinity. As my time was winding down and I was growing sadder about saying goodbye to Andrea, there was also an eagerness to return to Sacramento and to my Trinity family. It has been great to see everybody and I look forward to worship, and preaching, on Sunday. 

The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

In this edition....
Childcare Needed...
Ushers Needed...
Box Tops for Education...
Diocesan e-News...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
The Color of Law Book Review...
Small Groups...
Lou Petrasek...
Voices of Faith...
Journey with Jesus...
Women's Potluck Brunch...
This Sunday...
Call for Art...
Community Action...
Hunger Awareness...
Nancy Harvey Memorial...
Trinity Hiking Group...
Floyd School News...
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Childcare Needed

Part-time, in-home childcare needed for two young children in the River Park (East Sacramento) neighborhood.
$12-15 per hour
6-8 hours per day
2-3 days per week
If interested, please contact Ashley Simmons at
Ushers Needed
If you would like to help with our Ushering Ministry we have places for Ushers on the
  • Fourth Sunday at 9am 
  • Fifth Sunday at 9am

If you can help the Trinity Ushering Ministry please contact Kevin Donohue at 916-440-7735 orl or Randie Strike at 916-203-7586 or


Thank you for your help.

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Cathedral Bookshop  
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Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
A journalist, historian, and poet got together to write We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, the sad backstory of the 2015 shooting at a prayer meeting. Mother Emanuel AME Church is the oldest congregation in the deep South, fighting for freedom and civil rights but also for grace and understanding to transcend bigotry, fraud, hatred, racism, poverty, and misery. What an agenda.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government
Segregated America
By Richard Rothstein

Review by Shireen Miles

Intrigued by an interview with the author on NPR, I ordered two copies of this book, one for myself, and one as a gift for Mayor Steinberg, because I know that economic justice and housing policy are among his highest priorities.

Follow this link if you'd like to read more.


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
We have finished our reading of Proverbs and are now tackling Ecclesiates through August 29th Tuesday September 5th will be a day off and on September 12th we will 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.
Traveling Bible Study and 
 Spirituality Group
Trinity young adults (20s-30s) meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons for lunch, fellowship, and bible study around town.
The group also has community service opportunities and other social gatherings. If you would like to join the email list, email Rev. Megan at
Lunch Bunch...
Thursdays at Noon in the Conference Room
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at
Writing Group... taking the rest of the summer off. 
We will resume meeting on September 14.
For information, contact June Gillam at
or Bruce Roy at
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  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
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.

Interested in a Small Group?


If you are interested in being a part of small group meal and fellowship groups that meet monthly, please fill out this survey so that we can create groups according to your preferences and interests. 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

Lou Petrasek...

...a baptized member of Trinity Cathedral and a resident of the Chateau, would like to come to Trinity for the 11:15 AM Sunday service.  The Chateau would like Lou to be escorted across the street.  So "we" need to meet Lou in the lobby of the Chateau at about 11 AM bring him across the street and then escort Lou back to the Chateau Lobby after the 11:15 service is over.  If you can help please contact Randie Strike at or on my cell phone 916-203-7586.        
Voices of Faith
Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Assembly Area

August 10 --
Presented by Derek Murray and Bruce Roy
Poems, Prayers and Promises: The Music of Our Lives
Do you ever get an ear worm? You know, that tune that just keeps playing in your mind that you can't easily ignore. What's your favorite lyric and/or melody, or are there just too many good songs in your memory bank to choose from. Whether you most love gospel or rock, soul or opera, jazz or classical, folk or bluegrass, come share with us your feelings about the songs of your life. Do musical themes ride with you in your car or in your ear buds on a long walk?  Come join us for a fun evening of music appreciation of all kinds, including yours. Tell us your story about that special movie soundtrack or musical score that tugs at your heartstrings. Or just sit back and relax and let ex-DJ Derek Murray and music aficionado Bruce Roy spin some tales about the sacred and the profane in the world of music. If you'd like to play "show and tell," bring a favorite LP record or CD to share with the group. Our turntable awaits. Your ears and your soul will love it.

August 17: TREE (Trinity Respecting Earth & Environment) TREE Logo  invites you to c ome listen to the stirring words of Al Gore in his TED talk, entitled "The Case for Optimism on Climate Change," which was given on 10th Anniversary of his An Inconvenient Truth. The film is 25 minutes leaving time for discussion and post card writing after the talk.

Follow this link for the full schedule through August 31.
Thursdays at 7:00pm
in the Conference Room
Journey with Jesus continues through the summer on Thursday evenings 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Journey with Jesus is a small group Bible Study that focuses on the Sunday Gospel passage. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Women's Potluck Brunch
Saturday, August 12 at 10:00am in Room F.

All women are invited to come and hear Canon Tina Campbell talk to us about some of the things she has learned on her journey to becoming a member of the Third Order Society of St. Francis. This twelfth century saint offers a beacon of sanity and humanity in today's increasingly harsh and unforgiving world.   
So please join us for a potluck brunch, a great talk and interesting discussion. You may bring something to share but please do come in any event as there is always plenty to eat. 

This Sunday - August 13

Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Summer Celebration Choir sings "Precious Lord Take My Hand" by Thomas A. Dorsey. 

11:15 am - The Summer Cathedral Choir sings "The Song of Zechariah" by Annabeth McClelland Gay & Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Canon David Link plays music by J. S. Bach.
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15 in Room F.
A group will discuss Ministry Opportunities.

Contact is Randie Strike: ;  916-446-2513
Sunday Morning
Summer Meditation Experience

Continuing through the end of August, 10:30-11:00 am in the Conference Room

Whether you have never meditated before, or whether you meditate all the time, these gathering are for you! Rev. Megan will guide the group in a different practice each session. There will be time for discussion and questions after each practice. If you have questions please contact Rev. Megan:

Next Week and Beyond... 

Call for Art: Trinity Episcopal Church National Juried Exhibition Presented in Conjunction with Beatnik Studios

It is the mission of the Trinity Cathedral Christian Art Festival to encourage artists to create visual art providing a unique prospective on the Christian view and experience in contemporary life. The art is intended to allow personal expression and promote dialog.

PRIZES: Total Cash Awards - $5,200: First place - $2,500; Second place - $1,200; Three Honorable Mentions - $500/each

EXHIBITION DATES:    Oct. 3 - Oct. 26, 2017

ENTRY DEADLINE (online submission only):  Monday, August 21, 2017 11:59 pm MST
Theme: Light Out of Darkness

Submit at


Follow this link for much more information on eligibility, restrictions, entry fees and much more...

Sacramento ACT Community Action
Wednesday, August 23

All Trinity Cathedral members and friends are invited to join us at St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 2391 St. Marks Way from 7 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd for a Community Action meeting sponsored by Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sacramento ACT). The focus will be: "Homelessness:  Where do we go from here?"

Follow this link to

For more information or to RSVP, contact Shireen Miles at or (916) 203-5595.  Click here for a printable flyer.
~~Submitted by Shireen Miles


Hunger Awareness in America Exhibit

Friday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 30

at Congregation B'nai Israel

3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento 95818


Join us and embark on a 45 minute experience that will challenge your beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why. 


Reserve your free tickets by following this link.


For a printable poster with more information follow this link.

Nancy Harvey
Memorial Service
Saturday, August 26 at 1:00pm

Trinity was saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Harvey, mother of Eileen Harvey-Qualset. May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.
Hiking Trinity Hiking Group
Our next hike is on Saturday, August 26th and will be a local hike, returning by early afternoon. If you're planning on going please contact Amy Dierlam no later than Wednesday, August 23rd at 916-601-1699.

Floyd School News

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 Save the Date!

The start of school is coming soon, August 31, and

we need your help to make Back to School a success!

First we need gently used children's clothing and new underwear for the clothes closet.

We need food items for the Back Snack program.
Peanut butter, Raman noodles, fruit cups, tuna, Mac and cheese, granola bars, oatmeal packets.

2016 Trinity 'Welcome Back' Cheerleaders

We need your enthusiasm on August 31st  to welcome  the children Back to School. This is the easy part. We need you at the school from 8:00 to 9:00 am. We have pompoms and pennants to help us welcome them. We all had a fun time last year and this will be even better so please come to cheer them on.

Hope you will enjoy the summer but please start thinking about the children at Floyd School as we start anew year.


Canon Nancy Tennyson

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