HT Notes
news & updates Oct. 15, 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.
Trinity Place Celebration This Saturday
Please join us on Saturday, October 17, for a celebration of Trinity Place. There will be opportunities for small groups to come together in the early afternoon (see details below), and at 4:00 we will raise a glass in thanksgiving to all who made Trinity Place a reality.
There will be three small group gatherings in the pavilion and on the green of up to 10, at 1:00, 1:45, and 2:30. These 30 minute gatherings are designed to allow parishioners who are not comfortable with larger groups to enjoy fellowship with Holy Trinity friends while they explore Trinity Place. A reservation is required to attend a small group gathering—click here to sign up.

At 4:00, we will have an open gathering to celebrate Trinity Place and all who made it possible. This is a BYOT event (Bring Your Own Toast). We will gather for a short program of recognition for all those who have given sacrificially of their time, talent, and treasure to make Trinity Place happen.
Worship Changes
We will continue to worship outdoors in our sacred space, Trinity Place, for the foreseeable future. We are moving the time of that service to 2:00 pm on October 25 and will keep that time until further notice. We will meet as often as the weather allows (the Worship Support Team declared that it will be too cold “when it snows”). Come when you feel safe doing so. 

If you don’t feel safe coming to in-person worship, please join us online at 10:30 each Sunday. We are changing up our online service from Morning Prayer to Ante-Communion, which is the churchy way of saying that we will follow the Liturgy of the Word from our Holy Eucharist liturgy. There are a couple of reasons for this change: this liturgy allows Noah the opportunity to fulfill his liturgical ministry as a deacon, and it allows us to plan for more fulsome expressions of our liturgical seasons. The latter is rather important as we approach All Saints’, Advent, and Christmas.  
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 25 to Wednesday, November 11. The Order of Worship for each day will be posted on our website. 

For Election Day, we will provide Prayers for Morning, Noonday, and Afternoon, also live-streamed on Facebook. After we’ve all voted, after the polls have closed, let’s come together in worship of the Risen Lord to remember our unity in Him. There will be no political debate, no discussion of issues. Just the Word of God, prayers for unity, justice, and peace in our fair land--and the breaking of the Bread, the sharing of the Cup. Join us at the Pavilion for Election Day Communion at 7:00 PM on November 3. All are welcome, and masks are required!
All Souls' Day Eucharist
This year we will observe All Souls' Day with a candlelit service of Holy Eucharist in the churchyard at St. Paul's, on Monday, November 2, at 7pm. Please consider joining us as we pray for our beloved dead and all the faithful departed.

As part of this liturgy we will read the parish necrology: the names of those who are especially on our hearts on this day who we wish to remember before God. Whether you are able to attend or not, please submit your names to Deacon Noah ( by Sunday, November 1 for inclusion on this list.
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.
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.
One Date Left!
We now have only one date open for someone to provide a meal for the Canterbury: 11/4. Please check your schedule and see if you might be available to serve on this date.
Parish Prayer List
For Dot and Bill, Violet, Jude, Roy and Charlotte, John Gautsch, Frieda Wald, Luther and Dorothy, Greg, Ana, Mandy and her family, Frances and Marlene, Michele Stefanyak, Beverly, Ahlam and her family, and Melanie and in thanksgiving for Maggie’s baptism.
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.

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.
Children's Sunday School Takes Place 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 now that construction is completed. 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).
How to Be a Crazy Christian
In October, Holy Trinity Adult Formation will offer a short course from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, “How to Be a Crazy Christian.” Building on his book, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus (2013), the course encourages us “to break away, to be different, to embrace the crazy hope of the Gospel.” He argues that ‘[j]oining the counter-cultural adventure of discipleship means beginning truly to live, to know peace and joy, to have hope, and to dream of glory.”
The course is composed of four short videos and structured discussions that we will divide into two sessions, at 7 p.m. October 15 and 22. It will be hosted on Zoom by Bob Green. If you are interested in what Bishop Curry believes it means to be a Christian, you should find this course enlightening. We realize that these dates correspond to the proposed dates for the last two presidential debates but suggest they might be a welcome palliative prior to them. If you are interested, please contact Bob ( or Sheryl ( at the church office so that we can forward Zoom information at the appropriate time.
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.

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.
Lectionary Readings
for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost:

Clemson Community Care
Clemson Community Care has a need for the following food items: soup, mixed vegetables, dry beans, cereal, oatmeal, grits, and pudding cups. There's also need for dish detergent.

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.

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.
Important Request From Family Promise
A single mother with three children that we have had in a motel since 9/14/20 has just this past weekend been moved into the house at Easley Presbyterian for continued sheltering. The mother is scheduled to begin work next week, and we have arranged for daycare and afterschool care for the three children. First Baptist of Clemson had generously agreed to get repairs done on her van, specifically the windshield wiper motors and arms plus the power steering. Today, it was taken to the repair shop for assessment, and the mechanic advised that there are numerous other repairs needed, including a soon-to-blow head gasket. He said a new engine is needed but said that the vehicle has so many other problems that it is not worth fixing. He does not know how long it will be drivable but said when it goes, it will simply not move and will leave her stranded.

I am reaching out to you you to request your assistance please! If you know of anyone who has an old vehicle that they would be willing to donate to her. Please share this situation with them and let them know this situation is an imminent request as the mother needs to begin working next week. Please contact me with any questions and with ideas and offers.

JoAnn Musto Brink
Case Manager
Family Promise of Pickens County
864-442-5829 Fax
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
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.