Trinity Church News
December 22, 2021
In this issue:
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- Changes in Office Openings and Rector's Availability
- Death of Adam Smith
- Save These Dates
- Mask Reminder
- Choir Rehearsal Schedule
- Thoughts from Mother Suzanne
- Reminder--Pledges/Gifts Must be Postmarked by 12/31
- Moravian Christmas Traditions
- Photos from Hanging of the Greens 12/19
- The Fringe Receives Our Christmas Offering
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas Message
- Next Online Book Club
- Worship Times, Lessons, Links
- Birthdays and Marriage Anniversaries
- Calendar of Building Activities
- Credit Card and Check Draft Secure Link
- Mail Returned if Addressed to 6th St.
Reminder: ALL TRINITY MAIL MUST BE SENT TO
P.O. Box 851, Hamilton, Ohio 45012
Mother Suzanne will be
on vacation 12/27-12/31
Parish Office & Master's Closet Closed
12/27 & 1/3
No Newsletter on December 29th
No Online Book Club or Check-in and Chat on 12/29
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Adam Keith Smith, aged 38, the beloved son of Kathleen Smith. Adam was very smart and creative, but sadly never found his way out of the drug system. He died on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, of a drug overdose at Bethesda North Hospital. He will be missed by his family who loved him deeply – his mother Kathleen, sister Julie, and sister Laura and her husband Keith. He leaves behind a beautiful three-year-old son, Rowan. All of their hearts are broken.
Please keep Kathleen, and all of Adam’s family, in your prayers as they work through their shock and deep grief. Condolences can be sent to the home of Kathleen Smith, 4095 Bayberry Drive, Hamilton, OH 45011.
Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer, especially for Adam: Grant Adam your peace; let light perpetual shine upon him; and in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in him the good purpose of your perfect will, healing him and making him whole; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved, especially Kathleen and Adam’s family, the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Thank you for your faithfulness in compassion and prayer.
(Prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, 504 – modified, and 505.)
Save these Dates!
Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24
--Christmas Eve Eucharist – 8:00 p.m. - Sanctuary
Christmas Day – Saturday, December 25
--Christmas Day Eucharist – 10:00 a.m. – Sanctuary
Christmas I--Sunday, December 26,
--Euchartst, 9:30 a.m.
Christmas II--Sunday, January 1
--Eucharist, 9:30 a.m.
Reminder about Masks
Our Diocesan Bishop, Wayne Smith has asked that we continue to wear masks at our worship services. Please be certain that they cover both your mouth and nose. If you forget your mask, we can provide one for you.
Choir Rehearsal Schedule
Friday, Christmas Eve: 7 p.m.
Saturday Christmas Day: No Rehearsal
Sunday, December 26: 9 a.m.
Sunday, January 2: 8 a.m.
Sunday, January 9: 8 a.m.
If you are interested in joining the choir please simply show up at a rehearsal. You can join at anytime and make a commitment for just a season or for a whole year. Or contact our new Music Director, John Webb, at J_tw@live.com, for information. Choir masks will be provided and worn while singing. Look for anthems in several weeks once the choir members have some practices under their belts.
During the Advent and Christmas Seasons we will also be singing the Doxology as part of the Offertory. The congregation is free no join in on the singing of the Doxology.
Thoughts from Mother Suzanne:
Christmas Gratitude and Generosity
I am a bit down this Advent and Christmas Season. My plan was to travel to Berlin, Germany, the week after New Year’s Day to see my son Jesse, who is spending the year there working on an art project on the politics of climate change for his Fulbright Scholarship. I have only seen him for half of a day in the last two years. In those two years he has graduated from college (couldn’t go to the graduation because of COVID), had his first post college job in Los Angeles, attended the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and amazingly landed the Fulbright Scholarship. In other words, he has grownup, is now self-sufficient, and is adulting nicely! And I want to spend some time with this new version of this child of mine! But alas COVID has hit again in the form of Omicron. So, no traveling to Germany and seeing Jesse, and no traveling to Minnesota to see my older son Joshua, and no traveling to see my extended family in Pennsylvania.
So, I have had my pity party over the last two weeks, and now I am turning my thoughts towards gratitude.
I have a friend who has been through a gazillion difficult things in her lifetime. Her story would make an incredible biopic. Through all that she has been through see has maintained an amazing level of gratitude. And I have decided I need to take lessons from her in gratitude. I really don’t have anything of real significance to complain about, and a great deal to be grateful for.
Yes, I needed to work through my disappointment about not seeing Jesse or any of my other family members this holiday season, and now that that’s done, I am counting my blessings. I have two beautiful sons who are doing incredible things. A beautiful granddaughter who is happy and healthy and driving her father nuts with the terrible twos. A good home, more than enough to eat, my bills paid, some money in the bank. Good friends. Relatively good physical and emotional health. A great job. And not to be forgotten, Tortellini, my hairless cat companion.
I have a great deal to be grateful for. But, I also know there are many who don’t have these very things that I sometimes shamefully take for granted or forget to be grateful for. And, that I must always be aware of those who are in need. That in fact is the other side of gratitude, abundant giving from what we have been given. My friend is also one of the most giving people I know. It’s giving that comes out of her gratitude for what she has, for what she has been given.
Of course, as Christians the greatest gift we have is a God who created us in love and chose (and chooses) to come to live among us as Christ Jesus, to give to us of himself, to share with us both in our disappointments and struggles and in our joys and blessings. All that is good comes from God. It is ultimately to God that we are to lift our thanks and gratitude, always mindful of those in need, and always willing to share from the gifts God has given us.
So, this Christmas Season, may we be grateful for every perfect gift from God above.
And remember in turn, that every act of grateful giving is an offering of thanks unto God.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas,
REMINDER: End of the year contributions and pledges must be received or postmarked by December 31 to qualify for your 2021 tax deduction.
Moravian Christmas Traditions
--John Webb, Music Director
Christmas Eve is almost upon us. Many of us have different traditions that are cherished.
When I was in North Carolina, I worked in a Moravian church and learned of their traditions. In 2011, the Episcopal Church and the Moravian church (Southern and Northern provinces) united in full communion. Since we are in full communion, I thought it might be interesting to share some of their Christmas traditions as they were new and very interesting to me.
Moravians do not celebrate the Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. Rather, they have services called “the Lovefeast.” The Lovefeast is taken from the agape meals as found in the Bible. However, the Moravians made it a part of their tradition in 1727. The church had been divided on issues but then came together, celebrating with a simple meal.
This Lovefeast is primarily prayer and music with simple food that is served during worship, while the congregation sings hymns that tell a story. In the southern province, normally sweetened coffee and a lightly sweetened bun are served during the service. In other areas, milk or juice with cookies are served. After a unison prayer, there is normally special music while the congregation eats their simple meal together. Then the food items are picked up while the congregation continues to sing. During Christmas, beeswax candles wrapped in red ribbons are also given in the service.
There is so much more to tell, but I will focus on a hymn that is always a part of the Christmas Eve service: Morning Star, O Cheering Sight. This hymn normally involves a child singing a verse and then the congregation responds. The hymn is very simple but has a strong message. It was written by Johann Scheffler (1624-1677). In 1727, it was included as one of the hymns in the Moravian church. The tune was written by Francis Florentine Hagen (1815-1907) who was teaching in the Salem Boy’s School when he composed it in 1836. Ironically, Rev. Hagen’s great grandson sang in my choir.
I hope you will enjoy the song and recording as I have. Perhaps it will become a favorite of yours as well. Below is the text:
(All caps is the congregational response)
Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere Thou cam’st how dark earth’s night! MORNING STAR, O CHEERING SIGHT!
ERE THOU CAM’ST HOW DARK EARTH’S NIGHT!
IN ME SHINE;
In me shine,
JESUS MINE; FILL MY HEART WITH LIGHT DIVINE.
Morning Star, Thy glory bright far excels the sun’s clear light;
MORNING STAR, THY GLORY BRIGHT FAR EXCELS THE SUN’S CLEAR LIGHT;
JESUS BE MORE THAN THOUSAND SUNS TO ME.
Thy glad beams, Thou Morning Star, Cheer the nation near and far,
THY GLAD BEAMS, THOU MORNING STAR, CHEER THE NATIONS NEAR AND FAR,
Thee we own,
THEE WE OWN, MAN’S GREAT SAVIOR, GOD’S DEAR SON.
Morning Star, my soul’s true light, Tarry not, dispel my night;
MORNING STAR, MY SOUL’S TRUE LIGHT, TARRY NOT, DISPEL MY NIGHT;
IN ME SHINE,
In me shine,
JESUS MINE. FILL MY HEART WITH LIGHT DIVINE.
Here is a recording from the Moravian College Vespers Service:
I also included a recording of a virtual love feast from Home Moravian Church, in Winston Salem, NC.:
The Sanctuary is Greened and Ready for Christmas Eve Services!
Folks gathered on Advent IV to Green the Sanctuary and share a festive meal together. Thank you to all who pulled decorations from the attic, climbed ladders, readied candles, placed poinsettias, changed altar clothes, put out the nativity set, nestled baby Jesus in the manger, and a myriad of other things to prep the Sanctuary for our Christmas celebrations. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
And thank you to all who stayed to fellowship afterwards and enjoy the delicious food offered in thanksgiving by the Vestry. We had a great time, lingering long to enjoy one another’s company, along with chili, soup, salad, brownies and eclairs! Thank you Vestry for feeding us well!
See you at Christmastide worship to celebrate the coming of Christ!
A photo showing the sanctuary greens from Christmas Eve a few years ago. Dean and Tom King are pictured.
This Year’s Special Christmas Offering
is being collected for
The Fringe Re-Entry Ministry
The Fringe Coffee Shop, located at 918 High Street in Hamilton is more than a Coffee Shop. It is a ministry that helps rehabilitate ex-felons and those on the fringes of society so that they may live a whole and healthy life.
The"more" that The Fringe offers:
- A Customized Re-Entry Plan
- G.E.D. tutoring
- Financial Literacy Classes
- Parenting Classes
- The Fringe Recovery Addiction and Recovery Meetings
- Music and Art Therapy
- Free Tattoo Removal (gang and racist or employment barrier tattoos)
- Post Incarceration Counseling and Therapy
- Mental Health Support
- Job Training and Employment
- College and Career Prep
- Spiritual Formation and Guidance
They also offer a professional music/art studio for at-risk kids in the community free of charge, where they can partner with an instructor to learn an instrument, learn how to produce music, paint on canvas, learn professional photography and video, songwriting and more.
The Special Christmas Offering for The Fringe, can be made by writing a check to Trinity Episcopal Church with “Special Christmas Offering” or “The Fringe” in the memo. Or, you can give cash in an envelope in the sanctuary pews and writing "Special Christmas Offering – Fringe” on the envelope with your name. Also, the non-designated plate offering on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be designated to The Fringe.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s 2021 Christmas Message
‘In the name of these refugees, let us help all refugees’
From Episcopal Church News, December 15:
“The Christmas stories are reminders that this Jesus came to show us how to love as God loves. And one of the ways we love as God loves is to help those who are refugees, those who seek asylum from political tyranny, poverty, famine, or other hardship.
“In the 1930s, Episcopalians did this to love as God loves, and today, ministries like Episcopal Migration Ministries, the work of this church, have helped to resettle some 100,000 refugees as of December 2021. And that work goes on for refugees from Afghanistan and from other places around the world.
“The Christian vocation as Jesus taught us is to love as God loves. And in the name of these refugees, let us help all refugees.
“God love you. God bless you. And, this Christmas, may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.”
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
How to aid refugee neighbors this Christmas:
Learn more: Find out about Episcopal Migration Ministries’ work and how to get involved at episcopalmigrationministries.org. Sign up for the EMM newsletter or weekly news digest here.
Afghan Allies Fund: Those interested in helping with the urgent need for housing assistance for Afghan allies arriving in the U.S. can find donation information online.
Volunteer/sponsor: Those interested in volunteer opportunities or community sponsorship to support Afghan allies can fill out this interest form.
Trinity's Beloved Online Book Club
We are reading Holy Envy
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Next Zoom meeting is on January 5th, 10 a.m.
The book is a relatively easy read but with some challenging thoughts and ideas as we follow an Episcopal Priest - the writer - through her own journey away from and ultimately pilgrimage back to the faith that called her to Ordination. By turns funny, sad, and provocative, we look forward to some interesting discussion!
Please feel free to join in with us, meeting via Zoom initially, as we set off on our literary adventure together. Please contact Sarah Ruston at email@example.com
Until further notice, there will be.....
Sunday Worship Service
-- 9:30 a.m.
- During the Advent and Christmas seasons we will worship with Rite II Liturgy with organ and choir music.
As the pandemic lifts, we will return to two services.
- Masks are required for all parish activities including in-person worship.
- Singing is discontinued for all in-person worship.
- Communion, Bread only, will be distributed at the Chancel steps. We ask that parishioners then return to their seats prior to consuming the Bread.
Eucharist, Rite II
9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. On-line, Morning Prayer
Throughout the Week
9:30 a.m. Monday--Saturday, A Word and A Prayer,
8:30 p.m. Every Evening, Compline
Noon on Saturdays--Stations of Ordinary Time
Collect: Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
adorning the sanctuary
to the glory of God through the donations
from our members
and Trinity Episcopal
The Altar Flowers
are given by
Chris and Vic Russo
to the glory of God
and to wish a Merry Christmas
To provide flowers for a service,
please contact Sue Samoviski
at 513-478-8918. firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning with 11/28 through Advent, the altar is decorated with greens.
We encourage you to remember these people
on their special days!
If we don't have your birth or marriage dates,
please contact the office.
Reighllyn Smith 12/26
Mark Smith 12/28
Michael Dohn 1/2
Robert Jones 1/3
Tom Wilson 1/4
Janice R. Vanderplough 1/15
Chuck Blaylock 1/19
Renee Lorance 1/21
Leslie Grossklaus 1/28
JANUARY MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARIES
Bob and Karen Fuhrman 1/15/66
If there is someone you would like to include on or remove from the list, please email Lisa at email@example.com.
Prayer requests for:
Michelle, Chris Russo's daughter-in-law
Marge and Dave Belew
Judy--Dementia, friend of the Jordan Family
Nella Hurst, friend of Mike and Sue Samoviski
Carol and family, Stephanie Nowak's best friend and her family
Lisa, nurse for Covid19 patients. Chris Russo’s niece
Those with Covid 19
Those who continue to die from COVID and their families
Goldie, mother of Pat Combs
Joan Hoerst, Grandmother of Nick Eling
Barbara and Michael Clifton
Pam and Terry Hurst
Carl and Mary Bishop
Kevin and Conner Wolff. Kevin is Dean King's godson; Conner is Kevin's father
Joan, Dean and Tom King
Peggy and Bill Ziegler
Tom Snow, brother of Linda Griffin
Haley, Anne Elberfeld’s daughter
Ed Wendell, friend of Diane Line
Gregg, friend of Diane Line
Wesley and Mary Kay
Pam, friend of Tim Tidwell
Bob, father-in-law of Diane Line and father of Chris Cheshire
Bruce, nephew of Pam Bates
Doug Ottke, friend of Ginny and Tom Woods
Peter and Diane, Brother and sister-in-law of Susan Jones
Nancy Blaylock, mother of Chuck and mother-in-law of Beth
Carol Paschal and her family
Lee and Debbie Schutte, friends of Ginny and Tom Woods
Bill, Amy, William and Jordan
Don and Mary Knobeloch
Daniel Spring, great nephew of Joan and Dean King
The sister of Heather Komenovich
Janice Stratton, aunt of Michelle Anderson
John and Linda Diesh Cheshire
Dana Berry, who has died, and for her mother, Lee Davis, Dana’s daughter, Amanda, as well as Dana’s extended family.
Janet and Tom Wilson
Bill Adams, who has died, and for his wife Georgia, daughter Debbie and his grandchildren and friends.
Tim Johnson and Marcia Phillips, friends of Kathy Smith
Lynn Isaccs, who has died, and for her husband Richard, and her family and friends.
Tracy Komnenovich, who has died, stepmother of Heather Komnenovich and for Heather as she mourns this loss
Jim and Joann Miller, friends of Joan and Dean King
Adam Smith, who has died, and for his mother, Kathleen (Kathy) Smith, son Rowan, sisters Julie and Laura and brother-in-law Keith.
Upcoming Activities at Trinity
Wednesday--December 22--9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Office open.
Master's Closet Clothing Pantry closed . 7:00 p.m. NA Meeting, Fellowship Hall.
Thursday--December 23--7:00 p.m.--NA Women's Group--Fellowship Hall
Friday--December 24--Christmas Eve--7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal. Eucharist, 8:00 p.m.
Christmas, NA 12 Steps 24 hour Chistmas Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall . 8:30 p.m.---AA 12 Steps--meets upstairs in Sunday School Room.
Saturday--December 25--Christmas Day--Eucharist, 10:00a.m.
NA Christmas 24 Hour Meeting continues through the day ends at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Sunday--December 26--Christmas I--9:00 a.m.Choir Rehearsal Eucharist, 9:30 a.m.
Monday--December 27--Trinity Office Closed. Master's Closet Closed.
Wednesday--December 29--9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Trinity Office Open. 10 a.m. to noon, Master's Closet Clothing Pantry Open.
7:00 p.m. NA Meeting, Fellowship Hall.
Thursday--December 30--7:00 p.m.--NA Women's Group--Fellowship Hall
Friday--December 31--8:30 p.m.---AA 12 Steps, Fellowship Hall
Sunday--January 2--Christmas II--8:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal. 9:30 a.m. Eucharist.
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