July 27, 2017




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I can't believe we have almost reached the end of our first week of Vacation Bible School! It's been such an amazing week with these 20 kids - full of Legos, crafts, games, and deep conversation. This week we've been exploring creation. We've talked about the story of creation that begins the Bible. After listening to the story, one of the girls said, "I don't think God ever stopped creating!"   We all agreed.
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But the most amazing realization was the discovery that out of all that God created, only we humans have been given the gift of creation, too. We can join with God and create new and wonderful things each day! This led to a list of amazing inventions that could take you to the far reaches of the universe or deep below the ocean. The ability to create is one of our super powers! It's a super power that must be used wisely, though; the ability to create comes with the ability to destroy. Many times, often many times every day, we have to choose - will we create or will we destroy? Every day, through our words and actions, we have the ability to create joy and hope for others, or pain and sadness. It's a gift to be used carefully.
VBS 2017
Our kids are deeply spiritual. One of my favorite things about Vacation Bible School is the space and time to have these conversations: to ask powerful questions, and listen intently for where God is at work in our lives and in the world, and to build friendships that help us live out God's call to us. In preparing for this week, I thought about how often we adults long for this kind of time and space, too. It's easy to get wound up in the stress of our lives, and live in the fear of angry and hateful rhetoric. Together, I believe that we have the ability to live into our super power; to build relationships that heal this broken world, and find creative solutions to the problems that confound us.
This process takes work; it is a spiritual practice. The more we engage in this work of asking powerful questions, and listening intently, the better we become. I'd like to invite you to become practitioners with me. On Sunday, September 11th from 12:30 to 2:30, Rev. Megan and I will be offering lunch and an introduction to The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter. The Art of Hosting has been used around the world to change communities - you can follow this link to learn how it has changed Columbus, Ohio . I am so excited to be able to offer this at Trinity; it isn't quite Vacation Bible School for adults, but it's close. Come and join us!

The Rev. Kathy Hopner
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
What's New in the Diocese...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Thank you...
Jayne Fehr...
Voices of Faith...
Journey with Jesus...
Betty Francis Memorial...
Cleo Wipff Memorial...
This Sunday...
Community Action...
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Cathedral Bookshop  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

Classes Coming Up?
The Cathedral Bookshop can help you have the books you need for the class you have planned. Simply stop by, give us a call or send us an email and let us know the title and author of the book and how many copies you would like. You may pick them up or we can ship them to you. What could be easier? Please allow a two week lead time to complete your order and delivery.   

The Reading Corner...

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
Ken Annan writes Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly in the World as a guide for people who, like him, want to make a difference in the world but get discouraged because of slow progress. He says that Christians have been called to this challenge and must persevere. Here he shares practices that he has found useful.


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
You are invited to join the TMG in the Conference Room at 10:00 am on Tuesday mornings. Currently we are reading through Proverbs and, as Lynell told us it would be, it's a hoot. We read different translations which help us get different points of view.
In September we will read Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life . This will also be a Thursday Night at the Cathedral offering - but if you can't make it then please join us on Tuesday mornings.
If you have any questions contact Susan Hotchkiss.
Traveling Bible Study and 
 Spirituality Group
Trinity young adults (20s-30s) meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons for lunch, fellowship, and bible study around town.
The group also has community service opportunities and other social gatherings. If you would like to join the email list, email Rev. Megan at megan@trinitycathedral.org
Lunch Bunch...
Thursdays at Noon in Room F
The Bishop suggests reading Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help by Robert Lupton. There has been a lot of positive feedback on the book and Eileen Harvey-Qualset will facilitate this discussion through August 10th.
Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
Copies are available in the Cathedral Bookshop.
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at pamela@trinitycathedral.org
Writing Group
Meets on Thursdays from 
3:00-4:30pm in the
Conference Room

Anyone can write and everyone is welcome. Come check us out.
For information, contact June Gillam at gorillagirlink@gmail.com
or Bruce Roy at barinsac@comcast.net

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  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
Thursday's, Noon-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.

Thank You


Bud and Dorothy Swank send their gratitude to the many members of the Trinity family who enveloped us in love and caring during the recent loss of our son Tim. To the many members who offered encouraging and healing words; to the Flower Committee and Hospitality Committee for their beautiful work graciously given; the staff, including most especially the custodians who prepared the spaces for the memorial service and reception; the musicians; the clergy; and particularly Lynell, a tower of strength and compassion: we know that "Thank you" is little to offer when so much has been given. However, it's all we have.

Jayne Fehr


Trinity Cathedral is saddened to learn of the passing of Jayne Fehr, a long time member of the Flower Committee and the Cathedral.


Her memorial service will be this Saturday in Salt Lake City where she will be buried next to her husband.

May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace. 
Voices of Faith
Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Assembly Area
July 27 -- Presented by Wanda Arnold: "Long Silence" This is a true story about a part of the author's life that changed everything. This is a story about her early childhood on her grandparents' farm and about all the stolen years that came after. A story about betrayal, sex, fear, anger, hatred, alienation, redemption, and love.

This is a story about the ways in which unthinking acts of sexual abuse and emotional cruelty can change an otherwise eager, loving, and creative child into a terrified, secretive, and silent creature. It is about the burden of secrets and lies and how it can corrupt a life and percolate through the generations. The author takes us on a journey through the years of abuse, through coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, through motherhood and beyond, into uncharted territory.

The story of the author's pilgrimage is meant as a gift to readers who have experienced sexual abuse. It is not a how-to or a recipe for sanity and success. It is a call to action. It is also an affirmation of our lives, of the hard-won ability to move beyond pain and mere survival to lives of meaning and joy.

August 3 -- Presented by Julie Montgomery-Ott, Mona Tawatao and Sarah Torres: These three speakers will address Immigration concerns in our communities and in our country. Discussion topics will range from the dynamics of farm labor and the challenges that farmworkers face as immigrant workers, to ad-dressing fears in the migrant community about seeking food assistance and medical care due to current government policies and messages. There will be much more including Mona sharing personal experience about growing up with immigrant parents and how that has shaped her career.
Follow this link for the full schedule through August 31.
Thursdays at 7:00pm
in the Conference Room
Journey with Jesus continues through the summer on Thursday evenings 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Journey with Jesus is a small group Bible Study that focuses on the Sunday Gospel passage. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Betty Francis
A memorial service for Betty will be 
at the Cathedral on 
Saturday, July 29 at 10:00am 


Cleo Wipff

Cleo Wipff

Memorial Service


There will be a Memorial Service at Trinity Cathedral to bless the ashes of Cleo Wipff (Dale Reinhard's mother) on Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm.  Everyone is invited. There will be a reception afterwards in the upstairs Assembly area.

This Sunday - July 30

Trinity to Bless Kelly Dunlap
on July 30th at 9:00am
This Sunday, July 30 th at the 9:00am service, we will have the privilege of praying for Kelly Dunlap, a postulant in the Companions of St. Luke, a dispersed Benedictine community of monastics. She is beginning a six-year journey of prayer and discernment that will inform her call to take life vows with this community of faith and service.   Kelly has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for many years and currently works as Chief of the Environmental Management Office at Caltrans' Division of Environmental Analysis.  

I have known Kelly to be a person of deep faith and holy curiosity.   She has intentionally sought to serve Christ in just the right place and has been open to exploring God's call in different settings.   Finally, the Order of St. Benedict - Companions of St. Luke appears to be her "yes".

On Sundays, we weekly pray for those seeking holy orders.   Historically that has been a time of intercession to include those serving the Church as Deacons or Priests.   It will now include those who are seeking calls to a monastic life.  

Just before the Peace, I will invite all those who are participants in any Religious Order (Associates of the Sisters of the Transfiguration, Third Order Franciscan, Order of Julian of Norwich and others) to join me as we lay hands on Kelly, asking God's blessing on her journey.

The Book of Common Prayer invites us to intercede for those seeking to live a monastic life.   Let us pray this prayer as we pray for all who have committed to a community of faith:
O Lord Jesus Christ, you became poor for our sake, that we
might be made rich through your poverty: Guide and sanctify,
we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows
of poverty, chastity, and obedience, that by their prayer and
service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and
worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Summer Celebration Choir sings "Gather us in" by Marty Haugen. 

11:15 am - Una Voce, our guest choir today, will sing, in Latin, "Sicut Cervus" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and "Agnus Dei' by Ivo Antongini.
Canon David Link plays music by Jean Langlais.
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15 in Room F.
A group will view and discuss a Video.

Contact is Randie Strike: randie.trinity@gmail.com ;  916-446-2513
Sunday Morning
Summer Meditation Experience

Continuing through the end of August, 10:30-11:00 am in the Conference Room

Whether you have never meditated before, or whether you meditate all the time, these gathering are for you! Rev. Megan will guide the group in a different practice each session. There will be time for discussion and questions after each practice. If you have questions please contact Rev. Megan: megan@trinitycathedral.org

Next Week and Beyond... 

Sacramento ACT Community Action
Wednesday, August 23

All Trinity Cathedral members and friends are invited to join us at St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 2391 St. Marks Way from 7 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd for a Community Action meeting sponsored by Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sacramento ACT). The focus will be: "Homelessness:  Where do we go from here?"

Organizing under the auspices of Sacramento ACT, St. Marks and Trinity Cathedral members and clergy have spoken out on behalf of the homeless, advocating for more emergency shelter, more supportive services, more affordable housing for our whole community and an end to practices which criminalize people for being poor and vulnerable. Panel members at this event will include Mayor Steinberg, City Council member Harris, members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Ryan Loofborrow, Executive Director of Sacramento Steps Forward.

Sacramento has made some progress on the issue, but our group is frustrated, because the efforts of the City and the County of Sacramento have not been coordinated. Additionally, both governmental bodies have backed away from their own previously-enacted measures which required developers to build a few units of affordable housing as a part of other projects. Several recent articles and an editorial in The Sacramento Bee have pointed out that our City and our County each continue to do their own thing, more or less in isolation. As a result, we have a disjointed service delivery system, and the numbers of homeless continue to surge.

At the meeting, we will present our organizing committee's research report, hear testimony from homeless individuals and those directly impacted by homelessness, including the Downtown Partnership. We will challenge our panelists to share what they will commit to do over the next year to create a common vision and a comprehensive plan to end homelessness.

Please come. We need you there to send a strong signal to elected officials that Sacramento can do so much more to address this problem. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shireen Miles at shireenmiles@comcast.net or (916) 203-5595.  Click here for a printable flyer.

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