August 31, 2017




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Like many of you, I watched with horror the torch carrying Neo Nazis in Charlottesville. The march brought back unwanted memories. I was a small child when the KKK showed up one night on our next door neighbor's front lawn, hooded and carrying a large wooden cross. They came, not because our neighbors were African Americans, but because they were Catholic and supported worker's rights. The Klan had haunted my family before; they chased my grandmother and her baby from the sidewalks of her small Colorado town; she, too, was Catholic. The sight of the torches and the sound of chanting voices reverberated in my soul. My husband never knew his grandparents; they were killed in the concentration camps of World War II. How did we again get to this point? How do we begin to respond? I felt so heart broken.  
In his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker Palmer suggests that this point is pivotal, "What happens next in you and the world around you depends on how your heart breaks. If it breaks apart into a thousand pieces, the results may be anger, depression, and disengagement. If it breaks open into greater capacity to hold the complexities and contradictions of human experience, the result may be new life."
This has happened for me over the past 3 days as I have watched Hurricane Harvey unfold in Texas. Hundreds and hundreds of people choose to respond to this storm with open hearts. Working together with local and military resources, people brought their boats, pontoons, skidoos, canoes, kayaks and rescued over 25,000. It didn't matter who people were, what they did, or where they lived. Over and over the rescuers said, "This is what you do. This is how I was brought up. You take care of each other."
I think it's that simple, and that hard. We take care of each other. We listen to each other's stories. We don't judge. We speak in ways that are faithful and courageous to each other and to our communities, recognizing that we depend on each other. We use language that brings us close to the truth. We do what we are called to do: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
Below you'll find a list of resources to help those in Texas. For those of us here, I offer you a resource for this time that we've been using in our family ministry. This comes from Meg Conley's blog for the Huffington Post entitled, "We ask our kids the same 3 questions every night." I invite you to ask these of yourselves, of your family, and of each other: "How were you brave today? How were you kind today? How did you fail today?" We need open hearts; this is a place to start.
Rev Kathy
The Rev. Kathy Hopner
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In addition to national organizations, like the American Red Cross, I also recommend:
In this edition....
Small Groups...
Secret Pals...
Box Tops for Education...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Children, Youth & Family News...
Voices of Faith...
This Sunday...
Bereavement Support...
Art of Hosting Leadership Training...
Whole 30 w/Rev. Megan...
Lunch Bunch...
New TNAC Classes...
Planned Giving Luncheon...
Christian Men's Conference...
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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: 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

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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 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...

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
Kent Keith sounds like he could sell ice to the Inuit! As a motivational speaker, his goal is to encourage people to find personal meaning and deep happiness in life, which he advocates in Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians. Lest one think he sounds superficial, he has academic credentials galore.


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
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.
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
Journey with Jesus
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Conference Room
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage.  Contact Jerry Pare' at or 916-930-8032.
Women's Fellowship
2nd Saturdays 10 am 
Coffee and Continental
Contact: Susan 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.
News from...
First Sunday Family Service is this Sunday, Sept. 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. upstairs in the Assembly Area.
Sunday School begins next Sunday, September 10th.
Parenting Matters -Please join me on Sunday, September 17th (and the third Sunday of each month) from 10:15 - 11:00 upstairs in the Assembly Area as we discuss a variety of issues concerning the joys and challenges of raising kids and teens!
Voices of Faith
Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Assembly Area

August 31: Water engineer Ethan Casaday will talk and TREE Logoshow slides about his work in Guatemala on water projects.
There will be time for a Q and A and maybe handouts on the project, with information about how people can support it.  He's also helped build a school there in addition to helping develop a water system.

This Sunday - September 3

Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Celebration Choir leads the congregation in singing "Guide my feet Lord" an African American Spiritual. 

11:15 am - The Cathedral Choir sings "With a voice of Singing" by Martin Shaw.
Canon David Link plays music by Louis Vierne.
Newcomers' Group
Meets in the Cathedral at 10:15am.
A group will Tour the Cathedral. ALL are welcome to join us!

Contact is Randie Strike: ;  916-446-2513

Next Week and Beyond... 

The Office will be closed on
Monday, September 4
in observance of
Labor Day
Bereavement Support at
Trinity Cathedral
Are you grieving the death of a loved one?
A new Bereavement Support Group will begin September 7 through November 16.  The group will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm, and will be co-led by Rhonda Canby, Elizabeth Kenealey, and Anne Arthur.
If interested please contact Rev. Anne Arthur by email at, or by phone at 916-718-7925. Group size is limited.

Art of Hosting Leadership Training

Sunday September 10, 12:30-2:30pm in the Assembly Area


In this training you will learn and practice deep listening and collaborative facilitation skills. You will also get the opportunity to dive deep into community formation. Ideal for all leaders, including those considering involvement in Small Dinner Groups. Light Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Rev. Megan at

A Deep Dive into the Spiritual Practice of Nutrition, Nourishment, and Food Justice with Rev. Megan
An Invitation to a
Community Whole30 Program:
September 11th - October 10th
Some of my core spiritual practices are tied to concrete daily wellness practices. I am specifically passionate about how nutrition can be both physical and spiritual nourishment. In a world where it is all too convenient to grab a delicious packaged treat full of mystery ingredients from a producer we will never meet, I believe our bodies and souls long to get back to the root of things. Our bodies yearn to get back to whole nourishing foods, and our hearts call us back to the roots of community and connection with the people who produce the food.
While I have always been passionate about nutrition, a huge turning point in my physical and spiritual relationship with food and nutrition came when I did my first round of the Whole30 Program. For more extensive details you can visit: Basically the Whole30 program is a 30 day challenge focused on eating whole nutritious foods, while cutting out a lot of the foods that may not be making us feel our best... Read more 
Lunch Bunch Book Study
Begins Thursday, September 14,
at noon in the Conference Room
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance.
Are you wondering what the main issues were that seemed to have plagued working-class whites and "HillBillies" for decades in America? Are you looking for answers to questions about the psychological effects of adverse childhood experiences and the way it affects people in the long run? How the author was able to use his negative experiences and turn it into a goal that will change his life forever. What "Hillbilly culture" is and how it affects the lives of people and so much more.
Thursday Night At the Cathedral
New TNAC classes
begin Thursday, September 14 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 or 916-930-8032.
Planned Giving
The Dean, the Planned Giving Team, and the Vestry invite you to join us for a garden party luncheon on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00pm at the home of Candace and Doss Miller in El Dorado Hills. Our gathering is to honor and thank individuals who have included Trinity Cathedral in their estate planning and charitable giving.
Please RSVP ASAP to:, or,
Candace Miller 415.305.4349
6101 Penela Way
El Dorado Hills, CA. 95762
Trinity Men's Group invitation to attend the
Christian Men's Conference
A Christian Men's Conference will be held Saturday, September 16 at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin 95765. The conference starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm.   Read more...
Per Ostlund at (916) 202-8993, or
Mark Lacher at or (916) 223-2627

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