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June 6, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

June 6, 2019

That is why I kneel before Abba God, from whom every family in heaven
and on earth takes its name. And I pray that God, out of the riches of
divine glory, will strengthen you inwardly with power through the working
of the Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, so that you,
being rooted and grounded in love, will be able to grasp fully
the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ's love and, with
all God's holy ones, experience this love that surpasses all understanding,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. To God-whose
power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or
imagine-to God be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus through
all generations, world without end! Amen.
                                                                                  --  Ephesians 3:14-21
On Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the moment the disciples experienced the Holy Spirit for the first time in a visible way. The story tells us that tongues of flame appeared on each of the disciples, and that many of the people began to speak in various languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. This feast day is one of our greatest celebrations in the church year, and you are invited to be a part of it.
But the message behind the Pentecost moment is often forgotten. The Holy Spirit remains misunderstood within the church. Often we try to contain God's wild and freeing actions, and we diminish the importance of an active and living God who dwells among us. Pentecost seeks to remind us of this. God is not dead. On the contrary, God is so alive, the Divine's Spirit is closer to us than the distance that separates the smallest atomic particles.  
Closeness is great, but why does this matter? God is close to us, so that God's Spirit can fill us with the ability to recognize how God is working through us to heal the world. When we pray, in fact, we are praying through Christ, by the actions/promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the great connector, connecting the presence of Jesus to our hearts, and in turn, prompting our hearts to sing back our prayers to a God who desires nothing but our greatest good.
The Holy Spirit unleashes a power to work in us, and helps us do more than we can ever imagine. The Spirit allows us to love in a greater way, with more depth, with more fervor. The Spirit builds on our own knowledge and equips us with words and with wisdom that surpasses our own book learning. In essence, the Holy Spirit is our ticket to living and breathing and walking every day with God. We do this and we experience the love God has for us in ways that satisfy and delight us. And when things do not go our way, the Holy Spirit helps feel safe to reach out to God and to depend on the guidance of God to right the things that have gone wrong.
We have much to celebrate when the church remembers that first Pentecost. After all, we're a cathedral that is reaching out to people in our neighborhood. We're expanding our worship offerings by enhancing them with new vocal and instrumental music. We participated in key community events, supporting marchers in the Pride Parade, openings our doors to everyone on First Friday, and gathering during times of crisis and sadness.
We've led the community in substantive conversations about racism, immigration, and taking care of those who experience homelessness, and we'll continue to do even more!    
Whatever good we have done at Trinity, we have done these things because the Holy Spirit has prompted us to do them. So, why not celebrate this Sunday for all the good that we've done, and the good that we're being called to do? God is very much alive. God is very much calling us to new opportunities for ministry. God is very much prompting us to celebrate love.
The fire of God's love burns brightly for us,
p.s. Remember to wear RED.
From Your Cathedral Treasurer
Dear Trinity Community,

With the first half of 2019 almost complete, we would like to share with you Trinity's finances. I won't go into great detail in this note, but please know that I, along with members of the Chapter, are available to answer questions and provide more specific figures.

Great News! We are on track for the year. Thanks to our very successful pledge campaign last fall, our revenue target for this year is significantly higher than 2018. We are on track with pledge giving through May. On the expense side, your cathedral staff continues to prove their ability to be faithful stewards of our resources. Our operating expenses are under budget year to date.

As you know, the summer months are always a challenge. With a significant number of congregants spending summer time away, our pledge giving typically falls off temporarily. We catch up in the fall, but the dip in summer cash flow, can throw our monthly income and expense management off track. If you are going to be away this summer, we encourage you to make your summer pledge payments in advance. The easiest way to do this may be setting up an automatic electronic payment from your bank account or a credit card. Please contact Cheryl Hamati ( or 602-254-7126 ext. 301) for assistance.

And lastly, it is not too late to make a pledge to Trinity for 2019. Pledge forms are available at the front desk in the gallery or online on our website ( Your financial commitment to Trinity is always welcome and very much appreciated.

Your Treasurer,
Don Marshall
Pentecost this Sunday

The Day of Pentecost (or Whitsunday) is coming up on THIS Sunday, June 9!

Remember to wear red to celebrate the day of Pentecost - the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples so that the Good News could be shared with all people! The color red reminds us of the tongues of flames that appeared above the disciples' heads. 
Summer Choir Begins!

Summer Choir Begins!  With the cathedral choir on recess following Trinity Sunday, Summer Choir begins in earnest on Sunday, June 23 and lasts through Sunday, July 28.  Summer Choir is open to EVERYONE!  All you need to do is show up in the choir area during these Sundays at 9:15 AM sharp for a quick rehearsal.  We will then sing for the service at 10:00 AM.  For more information, please see Erik Goldstrom.
Back-to-School Backpack Drive

This year we are going to make sure that every 1st  grader at Garfield Elementary starts the school year knowing how much Trinity Cathedral cares.
On June 9th pick up your tag to buy a backpack for a boy or a girl. The list of school supplies needed will be on the tag.
Bring the tag and your "filled" backpack to the Cathedral no later than JULY 14th.
Place your backpack in the bin at the front desk.
Any questions email Deacon Myra Kingsley at or see Julie Fischer for more information.
You too can be a hero for the kids at Garfield Elementary School!!
Summer Saturday Cinema

Join us for Summer Saturday Cinema the 4 th Saturday of June, July, and August.
Children, Youth, and Families are encouraged to bring your friends! Come comfortable - lawn chairs, jammies, sleeping bags and blankets! FREE ADMISSION, concessions available for purchase. Movies begin at 7:00 p.m. in Atwood Hall.
June 22nd feature - Inside Out: Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head.
When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home.
Summer Hours

Starting May 28, the Cathedral Offices are open Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Regular hours (Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) will resume on September 3.

Our Wednesday 12:10 p.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist will continue to be held during the summer.
Wednesday 12:10pm service

Wednesday 12:10 p.m. Eucharists will go on hiatus during the months of July & August.

In July and August, the cathedral will not hold the Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. service.

The cathedral is ALWAYS open for prayer and reflection during business hours each week, and of course our Sunday worship times will remain the same during the summer (8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.).   
Welcome the new Diocesan Canon to the Ordinary

Welcome to The Rev. Anita Braden, our new diocesan Canon to the Ordinary!

Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall, has appointed Anita Braden to be Canon to the Ordinary for the diocese of Arizona.  Braden brings to her position experiences with Episcopal schools, as well as with large and small parishes in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Milwaukee.  In her words, I am thankful and excited about being in ministry with the Bishop of Arizona and the people of the diocese.  May the Spirit of the Lord guide us."

She will begin her duties at the diocesan offices on June 16.   
Weekday Road Construction in Cathedral Neighborhood

The City of Phoenix Water Services Department will begin installation of a new water main on Roosevelt Street from 7th Avenue to 1st Avenue.

The project will begin Wednesday, June5, 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by Friday, August 16th, 2019.   Traffic will be heavily restricted.

Construction will occur 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please expect delays and use caution when traveling through the construction area and observe construction barricading and signage at all times.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the project hotline at (480) 281-1506, please reference Project No. WS85503000-1.

Summer Heat Respite 2019

Grace Lutheran Church Heat Relief Network Volunteer Orientation will occur on Sunday, June 9 from 11:30am until 1:30pm.  Lunch will be served.


At Grace, we are called by God to be in the city for good! To t hat end, Grace will host a heat relief sta tion in Hope Hall, June 10 - August 30 , Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Our calling during the summer months is to provide a cool place for those seeking r efuge from the heat, as well as a safe space for building community through the sharing of meal s, water, activities, community resources and ourselves.
For all those who are interested in volunteering this summer, we invite you to attend the orientation held in the North Room of Hope Hall on June 9 from 11:30 - 1:30pm. You are welcome to serve in any capacity, la rge or small, every day or one time only ~ please know every little bit helps!
During orientation we will cover important safety procedures, da ily routines, responsibilities, and the overall purpose and ethos of Grace and 2019 Heat Respite. This is also a great opportunity to meet the new coordinator, Clottee Hammons, as well as build relationships with your fellow volunteers.
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at or call Clottee Hammons at (602) 817-8996 if you plan to attend.
Volunteering is not contingent upon attending the orientation, but it is highly recommended.
If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Heat Respite and are unable to attend, please email us at for a digital copy of the orientation materials.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are sought to work on a new build by the Episcopal Habitat Coalition (EHC).

As always, no specific skills are required just a desire to fight homelessness, join this good cause, and have a great experience.

Our workday is Saturday, June 8.   The address is 5327 W Orangewood.

Please contact Joe Harte for more information, with questions, or to request a ride to the building site.  Phone/ text (602) 621-3673 or email
Are you up early on Sunday mornings?

If you are, the Trinity team of volunteers who support the breakfast for the homeless at Grace Lutheran Church (one of our downtown neighbors) would like to hear from you. Trinity helps cook and serve those breakfasts regularly, and the team of workers could use a few more Trinitarians who might be willing to participate one in a while. If you're available and willing, please contact Dave Howell at
ICM is always in need of volunteers Monday - Saturday

We serve 150-200 people per day with basic human needs and utilize volunteers to distribute food, clothing and basic necessities.  If you would like to become a volunteer or coordinate a drive, please contact Pia Brown at 602-775-5742 at   Thank you for helping others!
Hospitality Ministry at Trinity

If you love connecting with fellow Trinity Members, welcoming our guests, and having great snacks for coffee hour - WE NEED YOU!

Join Trinity's TEAM HOSPITALITY! Ready to jump on board? Questions? Contact Laura Bardaweel at
New Way to Contribute

Support Outreach!  Help those most in need! - Introducing a new way to contribute.  At the reception desk in the Olney Room art gallery, you'll see a device called a "DipJar."  Many older/traditional churches have "alms boxes" in the back of the church, where people would drop in a few dollars to contribute to the church's outreach efforts.  Here at Trinity, we are inviting you to contribute to outreach using this new device.   Any major credit card will work with the DipJar, and the transaction takes less than 10 seconds.  This is a fun and easy way to give directly to those in our community most in need.   Any of the Cathedral staff or clergy can assist you.  Check it out today!

June Art Show

Translations - Art by Gori Bautista and Armondo Williams

Gori Bautista and Armondo Williams, grew up worlds apart, both with love for comic books and both started their careers as graffiti artists. They offer two very different translations of the world around them.

Gori Bautista is taking a new approach to his signature motif the gorilla, which is a metaphor for the animalistic nature of humans. Typically, he is very focused on the details, like the eyes and fur, but in this exhibit, "I let my free will take over and made something unusual of me. ...This time, I depicted my ideas to their extremes without attempting to control the destiny of each painting, thus giving 'Gori' a new kind of world." His work has been shown in New York and Arizona, where he was an inaugural recipient of the 2018 Carmody Community Foundation Grant.

Armondo Williams paints with a loose quality in his line work and color transitions. His children have inspired this exhibit. "[As adults] I feel we over think and under appreciate everything." After his daughter asked him if they can go to the moon, he thought "no," but realized "why no? who ruined my imagination, and why would I ruin it for my daughter?" After that interaction, he started to collect their creations and drew his translation of their art, making each piece collaboration with his daughters. Armondo has shown his work at galleries in Arizona and Southern California.

First Friday artist reception, June 7, 2019, 6:00 pm -9:00 pm

Exhibit Duration: May 29 - June 26, 2019
This Week at Trinity
Friday, June 7
6:00pm - First Friday Art Opening - Olney Room

Saturday, June 8
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, June 9
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Wednesday, June 12
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. Meeting - Atwood Hall
Sunday, June 16
Father's Day
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Prayers of the People
Commended to our prayers:  Cindy & family, Wes, Adrian & family, Audrey, Katlyn, MaryCay, Ellyn & family, Paula, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays:  Sharon Huggins, Tim Sprague, Fred Glauner (6/11), Bill Van Arsdell, Sean Bryan (6/12), Connie Lewis (6/13) and Ernie Stuckey, Jennifer Valdez (6/15).
Anniversaries:  Jennifer & Tim Sprague (6/13), Kay & Jim Shumaker (6/14), and Myra & Don Kingsley (6/15).
Departed this Life:  Elnora Troxler.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Glendale.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma).
Community Prayers:  All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.