HT Notes
news & updates Nov. 5, 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
With Malice Toward None Post-election Gatherings
Members of the Pastoral Care Committee and I have worked with Braver Angels to organize opportunities for members of Holy Trinity to process the election results and to plan for remaining in community with those who voted differently and have very different responses to the outcomes. The first two gatherings will take place simultaneously on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm--one for "reds" and one for "blues" (those who identify more in the middle must choose for themselves which way they lean). The idea is for like-minded people to gather together and reflect upon God's call to be reconciled with our brothers and sisters. These gatherings will each be led by one of the clergy of Holy Trinity, with trained facilitators and technical assistance provided by Braver Angels.

These two gatherings will take place by Zoom, and there is no registration required to attend. If you are interested in attending the "Red" gathering, click the red button. If you are interested in attending the "Blue" gathering, click the blue button. These links will be sent again next Tuesday.
RED                BLUE

There will be a follow-up gathering on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00-3:00 for members of both groups to be led in listening exercises to assist in the process of finding common values and concerns. It is recommended that that those who participate in this second gathering attend the first gathering, but it is not required. The link for that gathering will be in next week's HT Notes.
Third 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 second 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 each week. 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.
Daily Prayers for Our Beloved Community & Nation: because we are one in Christ, no matter how we vote.
Mtr. Suz and Deacon Noah will lead Prayers for Our Beloved Community & Nation twice daily for eight days prior to and eight days following Election Day. These prayers will be live-streamed on Holy Trinity’s Facebook page at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm from Monday, October 26 to Wednesday, November 11. The Order of Worship for each day will be posted on our website.

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.
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, Olivia and in thanksgiving for all who are recovering and have recovered from COVID-19, for the birth of Simon Elias, and the baptisms of Jaime and Jordon.
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.
Health Bits by Kathy Hunter
TBT: Focus on the calories you eat.

Today: Focus on the plants you eat.

Eat more plants. You'll be glad you did!

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."

Meeting ID: 845 5235 0764
Passcode: 534550
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-third Sunday after Pentecost:

Evangelism Team
Is Forming
God is doing a new thing in the Church during the pandemic. Would you be interested in helping us figure out what that might be? We need a few people who are creative, practical, outgoing, shy, older, younger, wiser, wise-cracking, serious, experienced, new-to-church, cradle Episcopalians, barely familiar with the liturgy, and beloved of God to brainstorm and plan for the future of Holy Trinity that begins anew each day.
We’ll be meeting by Zoom on Sunday, November 8, at 4:00. The Zoom link is provided below.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 3276 5806
Clemson Community Care
Clemson Community Care has a need for the following food items: cereal, oatmeal, grits, soup, any kind of canned meat. Also need for toiletries such as shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brushes, lotion; also paper towels and toilet paper.

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 keep 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
COVID19 Can’t Stop Christmas!
And it can’t stop the Holy Trinity Christmas Stocking Guild (I totally just made up that name) elves from working their magic! With many thanks to Mellie, Eunice, Sarah, Sue, Cindy and Frances for all their inspiring work, we have our gorgeous, traditional heirloom hand-knit and hand-
embellished woolen Christmas stockings ready for sale with your personalization! It is not too late to order. Price is $75 each. These treasures will last a lifetime. Please call or text me, Amy Agosti, at 864-650-3145 or to place your order. Contactless delivery available!
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, formerly at St. Paul's now takes place 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.