HT Notes
news & updates Nov. 12, 2020
Please note: everything you need for Sunday worship and fellowship, including bulletins and links, will be available by 7:00am each Sunday morning just by clicking on the Sunday morning update in your inbox, or you can find it 24/7 on the HTv page of the Holy Trinity website.
Holy Trinity Thanksgiving Lunch
Freshly and safely prepared and served by parishioners—In this year of limited travel and the need to distance in order to protect one another’s health, your parish family is working to make the holidays as special as possible. A team of parishioners will prepare and plate Thanksgiving Dinner to be enjoyed in one of three ways:

Option 1
Make a reservation and come eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal - served at noon. Bring your own tables, plates, cutlery (and serving ware if desired) and set up for your meal on the trinity lawn. Each group will be socially distanced from others. Our team will prepare the meal taking all plausible health precautions. This option is weather permitting

Option 2
Make a reservation to pick up a traditional Thanksgiving meal that will be brought to your car, 11:00 - 11:45. Our team will prepare the plates taking all plausible health precautions preparing the boxed lunch.

Option 3
We will deliver your meal(s) to you if you just indicate in your reservation.
Donations will be accepted. Reservations can be made to Bill Purkerson through text 864-202-2094 or email
Holy Trinity Thanksgiving Zoom Gathering
At 11 AM on Thanksgiving Day, please gather with us on Zoom for a brief gathering to mark the day together. We will hear a Thanksgiving hymn, Suz will bless our meals, wherever and whenever we plan to share them, and we will share our news, thanksgivings, and whatever else we want to share. Hope to see you there!

Cary Kaye is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: HT Thanksgiving Gathering
Time: Nov 26, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 969 5948 7384
Passcode: 292097
With Malice Toward None With Braver Angels
You are invited to participate in the next step of creating a culture of reconciliation and healing of political division. We held simultaneous “Red” and “Blue” gatherings on Tuesday night, providing each group the opportunity to reflect with like-minded people on division and reconciling. We will have the follow-up gathering this Saturday from 1:00-3:00. The goal of this gathering is to allow opportunity for finding the common ground that we all share as Christians and as Americans. 

Braver Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. Their guiding principles are:
We try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it.
We engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together.

We support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.
Learn more about Braver Angels here. (link:

Meeting ID: 895 6897 2610
Passcode: 981209

Children's Sunday School This Week
In-person Sunday school will take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month, during the in-person church service outside, using social distancing, masks and hygienic practices. The lessons will be about 30 minutes. Our meetings will be located at Trinity Place. We are committed to being flexible, safe and communicative under the constraints of the ongoing pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mary Beth Johnstone (864-506-5570;

Please arrive a few minutes ahead of 9:00am, so that we can gather into our respective groups. Each leader will have a sign indicating where each group will meet; the groups are: pre-K (3 and 4 years), Godly Play (K-2nd grade), Faith Travelers (3rd-5th grades), Middle School (6th-8th grades) and High school (9th -12th grade).
Compline: Bedtime Prayers for Us All
Nightly prayer time on our Facebook page began in mid-March as a way to connect and provide a sense of closure to each day during the lock-down, when our days seemed to melt together into a timeless goo. As the weeks went by, a small and faithful group of worshipers began to form into a community of prayer. People from around the diocese and around the country join us each night to ask for prayers and to settle their hearts for the night. We gather each night at 8:25 pm to prepare for this brief service of prayer, honoring the saints as they are appointed in Lesser Feasts and Fasts, with Compline beginning at about 8:30. Compline lasts about 15 minutes, including time to read our parish prayer list and other names and needs that are requested. 

Fourth Stewardship Message Tomorrow
You'll be receiving another special email message tomorrow regarding our Holy Trinity stewardship campaign, Faith-Filled Generosity. It will be the Fourth of five weekly communications and will contain a Reflection, a video link to a message from one of your fellow parishioners and a campaign update indicating how much has been given. Watch for it!

We are so grateful for the pledges we have received! If you haven't yet returned your completed pledge card, please do so today. If you need a new pledge card, please contact the church office, and we'll send one to you right away.
Advent Season Kickoff at Trinity Place
Dear families,

The Family Ministry Committee has been working hard to come up with creative ways to continue our traditional Advent festivities safely.  Please join us as we kickoff the Advent Season Outdoors at Trinity Place, Sunday, Nov 29th 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Worship
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Family Fellowship*

*Fellowship is open to all and will include cider and cookies individually packaged for families, Advent wreath kits, picture coloring for delivery to The Clemson Downs, collection of canned goods for Clemson Community Care and an Advent Care Package for all K – 12th grade families to take home and enjoy throughout Advent.  CDC guidelines will be followed including social distancing, masks and access to hand sanitizer.

To ensure we prepare enough supplies and Advent packages, please RSPV to Sheryl in the church office at:, by Tuesday, November 24th. In the event of inclement weather, it will be cancelled and announced on Facebook and by email on the morning of the event.

We hope to see you there!
-Your Family Ministry Committee.
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.
Y'all take care and stay well!
Eucharistic Visits
Knowing that there will be quite a few parishioners who do not feel comfortable or safe coming to church yet, Deacon Noah and Mtr. Suz will be available to bring Holy Communion to your homes. We will share the Body and the Blood from Holy Trinity’s outdoor altar, observing careful distancing and masking. The preference is to conduct these Eucharistic Visits outdoors, as much as possible. Please call Sheryl at the church office to request a visit. She will inform the clergy, and one of us will be in touch to schedule an appointment.
Sign Up for the Advent Play
The annual Advent play is going virtual! Children and youth pre-K through 12th grade are welcome to participate. Details about how to participate have been emailed to all parents of school aged children and youth. Please email Mary Beth Johnstone, if you did not receive this email and want to participate. 
Video submissions are due by Nov 29 and will be assembled into a movie and posted on the church website. We hope everyone can participate and that this will be a fun way to keep this long held tradition this Advent season!

-The Family Ministry Committee
 Questions? Contact Mary Beth Johnstone or 864.506.5570
Parish Prayer List
For Dot and Bill, Violet, Jude, Roy and Charlotte, John and William Gautsch, Frieda Wald, Luther and Dorothy, Michele Stefanyak, Beverly, Marie, Ned and Judy, Trey Russell, James Hamby, Laurie Dworak, Olivia Swafford, Keri, and Bill, Tish, Jonathan, Ross and Anita and in thanksgiving for all who are recovering and have recovered from COVID-19, for the birth of Simon Elias, the baptisms of Jaime and Jordon, for all veterans and their families.
For all who are suffering from wildfires, hurricanes, and floods.
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 souls of Christopher Jeffries, Ronald, and Lyn Ferguson.

Please send us your prayers of thanksgiving as well as prayer requests. All names will be listed for three weeks unless a longer time is requested. 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.
The Daughters of the King are still taking prayer requests. All prayer requests will be kept confidential. All prayer concerns will be lifted up daily for 2 or more weeks. There is an online prayer request on the Holy Trinity website, which you can find under the "Parish" tab in the "Forms" section. 

You can also go directly to the form by typing into the url bar on your web browser. The Daughters of the King are committed to the service of praying for all our concerns, a true blessing in this difficult and troubling time!
Health Bits by Kathy Hunter
TBT: (heard on the ending of a nightly news broadcast last night) “Stay positive and test negative.”

Today: Ditto.

Happy (Throw Back) Thursday, y’all
November Adult Forum: For All the Saints
Since the spring we've been commemorating noteworthy Christians at our nightly Compline prayers. Why do we do this? Who gets to be a saint? What do saints have to do with our everyday lives? Join Fr. Noah on November 5, 12, and 19 at 7pm as we talk about what our Episcopal tradition has to teach about this "great cloud of witnesses." Just click the Zoom link below.

Meeting ID: 845 5235 0764
Passcode: 534550
From the Day School Director
Dear Friends of Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School:
The Day School will be holding an online VIRTUAL book fair featuring Usborne Books November 16th- 30th. Having quality books in the home is essential for developing strong reading skills in children. Usborne books are designed to be highly educational, yet fun. The books have humor, color, a wealth of information on all subjects, stunning illustrations and age appropriate text. Besides helping the children in your life, the book fair helps our school- we get up to 50% of your purchase in free books for our classrooms.
This year will be a VIRTUAL book fair. All ordering will be done online and shipped directly to you. 

The book fair link:
Please contact Lauren Russell,, with any questions.
Thank you for supporting The Day School!
Advent Adult Formation: E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
The Church’s liturgical year begins with the season of Advent. This season invites us to turn inward and examine ourselves, our souls, in preparation for encountering Christ. Advent focuses our preparation specifically on expectation and anticipation—living into the season of Advent should bring us into a state of awe and wonder as we consider, not just in our minds, but also in our hearts, the marvelous thing that God is about to do, for us, among us, and within us. Mtr. Suz will lead three sessions on Thursday evenings in December exploring the gifts of the Advent season as we reflect on Lord Jesus who was, and is, and is to come. The dates for these sessions are 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17. Zoom Links will be sent included in HT Notes in late November.
FORWARD Day by Day
Daily Devotions for Disciples

You can pick up your November/December/January Forward Day by Day devotional in the the church office or the chapel (just don't go past the rope or you will set off the alarm!). These booklets are also available as you enter our in-person worship services at Trinity Place.
Tuesday Night's Sticky Faith Class Is Especially for Parents
How many of us over the past 5 months have seen a great deal more of our kids? Did we take advantage of this time to connect with them? Did we connect with them on their faith? Well just in case you don't have an answer to each of those questions, we have a class that can help! This Fall Bill Purkerson will host a weekly class/course on connecting with your youth on faith using a book called The Sticky Faith Guide. The overall purpose is to find avenues to help our youth develop a faith that will last them well into the future. There will be time to have discussion on a very basic level and even if you aren't able to complete the readings you can still participate. We will hold the class by Zoom on Tuesdays at 7:00. I hope you will be able to join us and please bring a friend. 

Meeting ID: 819 0839 6390 Passcode: 116738
Tuesday Bible Study
If you would like to take part in the online Bible study which takes place on Tuesdays at 11:00am, use the link below. We take a deep dive into the readings appointed for the following Sunday, finding ways to connect them to our lives each week.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 8967 8685
Passcode: 927305
Giving Thanks
for Your Giving
Your faithful and steady giving helps Holy Trinity through these difficult times. Thank you. The leadership of the parish is grateful for your hearing the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and responding with generosity. Because of that generosity, Holy Trinity continues to be a blessing in our community. May God continue to bless you richly also.
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.
Lectionary Readings
for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost:

Clemson Community Care
Clemson Community Care has a need for the following food items: Cereal, juice and soup. Toiletries such as baby wipes, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, soap and paper towels.

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) around back of the building before 11:00am any morning Monday through Thursday.

Holiday Turkeys may be purchased and donated at the Pendleton Bi-Lo, the Clemson Publix or Ingles on Hwy 93 beginning next week. The store will hold the turkeys for CCC to pick up.

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 and all donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for your continued support.
November: Pandemic Special


It isn’t too early to be thinking about those hard-to-shop-for people on your Christmas list.

·      FRENCH or VIENNA, CAF OR DECAF, ground or whole bean!!
·      Cange Kupps for Keurig also available in Vienna & Decaf!
·      Superb gourmet chocolate bars also available in festive Peppermint and Cranberry!

CONTACT HARRY MORSE BY TEXT, PHONE, OR EMAIL to place order and arrange for contact-free pickup! 864-314-9996 (phone or text). (email) $10 PER BAG Coffee; $4 PER BAR Gourmet Chocolate-- payable to: Holy Trinity, “Singing Rooster” in memo line.

Singing Rooster is great coffee, and remember that 70% of all proceeds go back to Haiti: 40% fair trade to growers and 30% to support our Haiti University Students. Order please by Sunday December 3 to ensure delivery by Sunday December 10. Thanks for your support of our work in Haiti!!

NB—An increasing body of scientific data suggest that coffee and organic chocolate consumption is linked to increased quantity and improved quality of life. Though data for chocolate consumption is less robust, some would hold this truth to be self evident!
There Is a Need for Gift Cards
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. Our churches are not open for hosting families. We are also reaching out to you as there is a need for a fund for keeping vehicles that belong to families in our program on the road. Families must have a vehicle to be in our program. A car is needed to transport children to day care and afterschool care. Checks can be made payable to Family Promise of Pickens County in the memo line Car Fund.  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 Men's pants sizes 32 and 34,
twin sheets, flat and fitted, fresh clothes for the folks at Our Daily Bread who come to the portable shower van, and cash donations are always good too. Many thanks again from Our Daily Rest.
There is a basket in the chapel marked "Our Daily Rest" where you can leave your donations.
And By the Way...
Church Mice On Parade
After over 75 years, we are going to miss our traditional annual Holy Trinity bazaar this year – at least in person. However, we will offer some of the favorite items on line. First will be the church mice that include a procession of choristers, bishops, priests, deacons, crucifers, acolytes, vergers, and thurifers. Plus we have angels and cheerleaders – both Clemson and that other state school... Each mouse requires hours of loving hand-crafting so quantities are limited. Cost is $25 each. (Knowing the labor involved, all “Mouse crafters” would say this is a real bargain!) To reserve your mouse, contact Sally Morrell at 864-654-5607, 864-710-5264, or at
Stained Glass Ornaments
Are you missing being inside the church? We have a few remaining stained glass ornaments of our church windows, and these can be lovely reminders of the space we now see only on line. The ornaments cost $25 each. If you would like to purchase one or to add your name to a waiting list for those that have previously sold out, please contact Sally Morrell at
Doll Clothes for Sale
For your own American girl – or other 18” doll – we offer these lovely handmade items. Whether she's headed to a fancy party, to her workout, or to snuggle into bed, we have something special. Most include shoes or boots and accessories, and most complete outfits are $25. Nearly all are one-of-a-kind originals, we do have a few others not pictured, but when they’re gone, they’re gone.

For more information or to view other outfits, contact Sally Morrell at 864-654-5607, 864-710-5264 0r
Click here for a list of the Vestry members, their area of responsibility as well as contact information.
St. Paul's Thrift Shop hours are Mondays or Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 3pm. 3rd Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Other than the open hours, contact Diana Manly (722-5112).
Singing Rooster Coffee
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 is held at Trinity Place each week. Hope you can make it! Just remember to follow social distancing guidelines.
Click the link below to join the Online Coffee Hour immediately following online worship.