HT Notes
news & updates August 6, 2020
Love
Please keep Noah in your prayers as he takes this important step.
Ordination of Noah Stansbury
Noah Stansbury, our new Assistant to the Rector and Campus Minister, will be ordained on Saturday, at 1:00pm. Though the proceedings are closed to the public, you will be able to view the ceremony live on facebook here (facebook.com/holytrinityclemson/live) and the recording will be available to view on our website soon after.

You can watch live on any of your electronic devices, either at your home or, if you have registered, at the church. A monitor will be set up behind the breezeway, if you wish to watch it there.

Please do not come to the church on Saturday unless you have registered through the Engagement Committee announcement that went out on Tuesday or contact Sheryl by text or phone call (785-447-1810) today (Thursday) if you wish to come but have not yet registered. Please note: no one who is not part of the service itself will be able to go into the building.
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.
Online Worship Information
All the information you need for joining our online worship services can be found on the new HTV page on our Holy Trinity website. The HTV page has links to the bulletin for Sunday service, as well as videos of recent Morning Prayer and Compline services. Other topical videos, such as Rector's Forum, will also be located there. The link to HTV is provided below and is also located on the home page of the website.
Outside Worship at St. Paul's
Our outdoor worship service at St. Paul's continues to be such a joy! We're counting on those who attend to be very careful of the spacing before, during, and after the service. Please wear your mask at all times--we have some extras if you need one. During the service, we need to make sure that we are maintaining 10 feet of separation because we will be singing. Before and after the service, 6 feet of separation will be fine. Oh, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters can worship together!
Online Coffee Hour
Bring your favorite mug of coffee and join us this Sunday following Morning Prayer for an online coffee hour through Zoom. Because it's hard for a large number of people to chat through Zoom at once, we will have participants muted and a facilitator will call on each participant to share anything you like, or you may pass if you prefer to, when it is your turn.   
 
To join the meeting, click on the link below and follow the prompts. If this is your first time on Zoom, allow five to ten minutes for download. The password for this meeting is 020315.  
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking the link below.
Singing Rooster Coffee
We still have plenty of Singing Rooster coffee available for $10 a bag and chocolate bars for only $3 each. Just text Lynne Farmer at 864.710.0011 and let her know what you want.
Parish Prayer List
Christine Harvey, thanksgiving for the birth of Jaime and Jordan Gilmore, Dot and Bill, David, Brenda, Delilah, Violet, Jude, Roy and Charlotte, Zanie Devareaux, Dave, and Frieda Wald.
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.
For the repose of the soul of Brent LeTellier.

To add a name to the list, send an email to Serena DuBose at daffydubose@gmail.com. Please consider if you need to speak to someone before adding a name to the list to prevent misunderstandings.
Drop in Get-togethers for Noah
Some of our members have met Noah Stansbury virtually through Zoom or talked with him on the phone, but if you would prefer a real face-to-face (masked and social distanced, of course) conversation with him, we are providing the opportunity to you on Thursday, August 13th. The get-togethers will be outside in the Breezeway at Holy Trinity and the groups will be limited to 30 minutes with a maximum of 10 people. Masks and social distancing between family groups is required.

This will be a Great opportunity to get to know Noah in person and safely gather with a couple other parishioners whom you have not seen in months! The initial gatherings will be at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00pm and we may provide other dates depending on the response we receive. Please bring a bottle of water or other drink, if desired and your own chair, if possible. To register for a particular time, please CLICK THIS LINK, which will take you to Sign-Up Genius where you can follow the prompts. Each family member must be entered individually because of the 10 person limit.
Think
Thanks for Giving
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.
Lectionary Readings
This Sunday is August 9th, the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Our readings are:
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
Here's the link if you would like to join the study: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86459289074?pwd=WEVwMWs3Zi9Hc2NRL0RYakNROHJuUT09
Book Study Continues
Mtr. Suz will facilitate a study of the New York Times Bestseller, So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. It is highly acclaimed for presenting "a user-friendly examination of race in America." The book can be ordered from your favorite bookseller. Tonight's discussion will cover chapters six and ei. This discussion group will meet each week on Thursday nights at 7:00 through Zoom.
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.
Mtr. Suz On Fraudulent Texts and Emails
I've heard from several parishioners that they are receiving fraudulent emails or texts that ask favors posing as me. Please know that I have not sent these messages.
Other clergy and religious organizations have reported similar incidents in the past. The scheme involves scammers mimicking church staff, typically posing as someone in a position of authority asking victims for money transfers or gift cards. Many times, the scammers will manipulate the email address, name, or even the area code of phone numbers, so that it appears to be coming from someone you know.
The best advice is to confirm requests with a conversation
Even if the email or text seems legitimate, if a request seems even remotely "off," don't act on it until you confirm it with a phone call or face-to-face conversation. Some general suggestions:
  • Check sender details carefully. Any suspicious emails or text message should be investigated before replying. Pay attention to the message content, including attachments and URLs.
  • When in doubt, call: If there are questions about any email, do not reply. Instead, pick up the phone and call the main number of your diocesan office or parish.
  • Label it spam: If your email service has the ability, report the email as spam.
Here's how you can report these scams:
  • Report Phishing Attacks: the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has an Incident Reporting page to report email phishing, as well as an email to forward them to, at https://www.us-cert.gov/report-phishing.
  • Forward all emails to the Anti Phishing Working group at phishing-report@us-cert.gov.
  • Report text scams to through the Federal Trade Commission's Complaint Assistant which helps the FTC detect patterns of fraud and abuse.

Act
Vestry List
As you probably know, the term vestry refers to a body of lay members elected by the congregation to run the business of a church parish. Our Vestry is a very important part of our church. Each member is assigned as liaison to a particular area of ministry. Click here for a list of the Vestry members, their area of responsibility and their contact information.
Clemson Community Care
Clemson Community Care's special needs this week are soup, oatmeal, mixed vegetables, paper products and  toiletries of all kinds. 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! 
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 ehalpin59@gmail.com. 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.


Letter from Thomas Clanton

Due to the ongoing health crisis, Family Promise of Pickens County has been thinking of innovative ways to serve the homeless community in our area. The staff has been conducting contactless intakes, installing safety and cleaning equipment in the day center, and providing case management for those in need.

In order to host more homeless families during this time, we have brainstormed some ideas that could help create additional lodging space. (Read More)
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.
ST, PAUL'S THRIFT SHOP
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).