HT Notes
news & updates Aug. 13, 2020
Ordination Thank You
I want to extend a warm and heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who contributed in any way to my ordination this past weekend and to everyone who has made me feel so welcome in my first weeks with you at Holy Trinity. I know that this is not the beginning that any of us wanted, but even so I have been so delighted to see many of you from a distance--our budding relationships are no less real for it! I often find myself telling others about the ways my heart has been touched by your outpouring of love and support. Every day I am freshly amazed and grateful that I get to do the work of ordained ministry, and that I get to do it here, among you.

A few years ago as I was celebrating a friend's ordination anniversary, he remarked that there are lots of reasons to go into ordained ministry but that at the end of the day ordained ministry is about falling in love. God loves us first, and as we learn how to respond to that love and move deeper into its ever-expanding depths, we find that we are captured by the beauty of God and of the Church, "that wonderful and sacred mystery". Like any relationship, our experience of this love that is grounded in Christ sustains us through good times and bad, helps us rejoice in each other's gifts and gives us a little extra grace when we annoy or hurt each other. Love between pastor and people is the bedrock of our work together; I give thanks for the love we have already begun to offer each other and look forward to falling ever more deeply in love with this congregation and this place.

Yours in Christ,
Love Your Neighbor
Now more than ever, it is an act of Christian love to wear a face covering when you are away from your home. Please love your neighbor by wearing a mask, including whenever you come to our church buildings! We have masks available in the church office and at our outside worship services, just in case you get out the door without one.
Parish Prayer List
Dot and Bill, Violet, Jude, Roy and Charlotte, Zanie Devareaux, Dave, Frieda Wald, Adam and Marilane Carter and family.
For our brothers and sisters in Cange and Bois Joli.
For those who grieve, those who have lost jobs. 
For healing for our nation.
For justice and peace.
For the President and all who are in authority.
For health care workers and all first responders.
For hospice care workers.
For all students, faculty and staff of schools and universities.

To add a name to the list, send an email to Serena DuBose at Please consider if you need to speak to someone before adding a name to the list to prevent misunderstandings.
Backpack Blessing
Holy Trinity continues our now-beloved tradition of blessing backpacks for the start of the school year. The blessing will be offered at two different times on Sunday, August 23: during the 9:00 service in the St. Paul's churchyard and at 10:00 in the upper parking lot at Holy Trinity. Bring your backpacks and/or devices to either location to be blessed and receive a special tag to remind you of the love your Holy Trinity family has for you as you begin a new school year. 

Our collection of school supplies for Helping Hands Children's Shelter will take place online this year. Helping Hands has a wish list at Amazon, through which you can make your donations. Click here to access it.
Tuesday Bible Study
I you would like to take part in the online Bible study which takes place on Tuesday at 11:00am, use the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 8967 8685
Passcode: 927305
Thanks to your continued faithful giving, Holy Trinity remains in good financial health. We are blessed by generous pledgers and other givers who support the mission and ministry of Holy Trinity. During this time, although we are not able to meet in worship as usual, the work of the Parish goes on. We hope that if you are able, you will continue to make your weekly contribution by mail or via our website.
We're Here for You Holy Trinity is working hard to stay connected and provide support through the trials of pandemic restrictions. The Vestry and Neighborhood Group Leaders continue to reach out to parishioners in their areas regularly. Please contact your Neighborhood Group Leaders or the church office if you have any need, and we will do our best to help you out. The office staff are not necessarily in the office at all times, but we are all checking email and phone messages regularly. The office number is 864-654-5071. To reach Lynne Farmer, Parish Administrator select ext. 3, or Sheryl Shankles, Parish Secretary select ext. 0. You can reach Mtr. Suz at 864-364-1952 to call or text. Noah Stansbury's cell number is 864-723-0391.
Clemson Community Care
Clemson Community Care's special needs this week are toiletries such as shampoo, bath soap, and deodorant. cleaning products such as dish soap and laundry detergent. dog food. Donations may be dropped off to the purple bin on the Purkerson's front porch (111 Dogwood Terrace Lane, Clemson) or taken directly to CCC (105 Anderson Hwy, Clemson). Thank you for your generosity! 

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation to enable CCC to buy food or help the community in other ways you can send a check to CCC, PO Box 271, Clemson SC 29633 or make an online donation via PayPal or credit card at Donations are tax deductible
Produce RX at Clemson Free Clinic
The Clemson Free Clinic has remained open throughout the pandemic and has supplied medical and nutrition prescriptions curbside each week. A few weeks ago, the leadership team, led by Dr. Quattlebaum, decided to resume seeing clients in-person, under strict protocols. Prescription deliveries are still curbside. We have enhanced our produce offerings this spring and summer to provide additional nutrients during this unsettled time--and are seeing more consistent participation.

One unanticipated consequence of the pandemic has been to the 3 local farmers from whom we purchase the produce. Their incomes have been impacted by the closure of restaurants and farmers markets, so we have been able to provide some consistency to their incomes.
We continue to rely on refrigerator and storage space at Holy Trinity and greatly appreciate that. A special thanks to Dr. Quattlebaum, Judy Surak and Sandy Smith for your steady guidance through this process, and to David Robb at the Student Organic Farm for growing amazingly delicious food and delivering it to the church while the farm is closed!  Beth Kunkel
Update on Family Promise
The Coronavirus has impacted all of us and has implications for the families supported at Family Promise. At the moment JoAnn Brink, Case Manager for Family Promise, is working with a few families. JoAnn said there is a need for Gift cards to local grocery stores, gift cards for gas, and gift cards to local restaurants are needed. FYI the Easley Walmart does not have a gas station connected to the store. Gift cards can be mailed directly to Family Promise of Pickens County, c/o JoAnn Brink, 104 Stewart Drive, Easley, SC 29640. We will keep everyone informed. We hope to count on your support for Family Promise of Pickens County. If you have any questions please contact me Liz Halpin (864) 903-6340 or Families are our neighbors. A check made out to Family Promise of Pickens County is always acceptable and welcome. Family Promise of Pickens is a United Way Agency and a 501©3.
Thank you and stay safe.
Phone: 864-482-2040
Address: PO Box 1246
               525 East Main St.
               Seneca, SC 29679
Our Daily Rest
Our Daily Rest homeless shelter in Seneca sends their thank you's to Holy Trinity for all your generous donations. At this time during Covid, especially needed are your prayers, and donations of cleaning supplies, trash bags, paper products, gift cards from Dollar General, Lowes and Walmart, and cash donations are always good too:)
Many thanks again from Our Daily Rest.

And By the Way...
We have an opening for someone to work the 1st Thursday of every month for 2 1/2 hours from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Please contact Diana Manly at 722-5112 if you are interested.
The Thrift Shop is open. The hours are: Mondays or Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 3pm. 3rd Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
Donations are gratefully accepted. Other than the open hours, contact Diana Manly (722-5112), Sally Mathiasen (654-1733/230-4024) or Wendy Longo (722-5477/353-6111).
Click here for a list of the Vestry members, their area of responsibility as well as contact information.
Lectionary Readings:
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 11-24, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
Just text Lynne Farmer at 864.710.0011 and let her know what you want to order.
The link to HTV is provided below and is also located on the home page of the Holy Trinity website.

Our outdoor worship service at St. Paul's continues to be such a joy even as we carefully follow social distancing guidelines. The service goes from 9:00 - 9:30am Sundays
Click the link below to join the Online Coffee Hour immediately following online worship