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The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

February 7, 2019

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent
me and to complete his work. Do you not say, 'Four months
more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you,
and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
                                                                          -- John 4:34-35
 
The Episcopal Church has experienced many "firsts" over the past few years. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the first African-American elected to be presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. In our diocese, our bishop elect, The Rev. Jennifer Reddall, will become the first woman to serve as diocesan bishop of Arizona. At Trinity Cathedral last December, the diocese ordained Susana Santibañez, the first native Spanish-speaking woman to the priesthood.
 
Across the country, the Holy Spirit is calling new leaders into ministry, and Trinity is very pleased to welcome The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop-elect of the Diocese of West Tennessee, the first woman and first African-American called to be bishop in that diocese. Bishop-elect Roaf will be preaching at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, as well as offering a reflection next Wednesday at the 12:10 p.m. Eucharist on the life and ministry of James Theodore Holly, the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church.
 
The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, Bishop-Elect
Diocese of West Tennessee

  Our Epiphany season calls us to see new horizons and to witness Christ's light and love in new ways to the world. The Episcopal Church, while viewed as traditional/mainline Christianity, is a denomination that seeks to hear the on-going call of the Holy Spirit towards a new reality. By listening closely for the Holy Spirit, our church models our way of life around the call of Jesus, and how he invited his disciples to continue to see new opportunities and new potential in everyone whom they encountered.
 
As the neighborhood around Trinity Cathedral continues to develop and expand, we are compelled to seek out new relationships with neighbors. We are called to see how the fields in our neighborhood "are ripe for harvesting." There are ample opportunities to connect people in our neighborhood with the work of ministry that we are all doing, to draw the people of Phoenix into a reality that looks much more like life in the kingdom of God. How we are going to do this requires creativity and requires new perspective. We need your willingness to engage and to offer your ideas! Only through a robust community discernment will we find the transformation of our lives that Jesus Christ himself desires for each of us.
 
New perspectives are essential for growth, and the Episcopal Church's "firsts" are a sign that our church is paying attention to how we might become a people wholly changed by God dwelling among us. Celebrating and inviting people from around the country who are "firsts" in the church allows us to hear new perspectives on life and the realities that our beloved family of God experiences around the United States. Hearing their perspectives on Christ's call upon us shapes our future.
 
Remember, we never engage the work of ministry alone. Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two. He never expected them to be alone. He does not expect us, even as a congregation, to act alone. We operate alongside other churches in ministry, and alongside other dioceses in the Episcopal Church. Together, we are the Body of Christ, and serve in ministry as Christ's heart and hands in the world. We are stronger when we embrace one another's ministries.
 
February is shaping up to be an outstanding time of learning, transformation, worship, and ministry engagement at Trinity. I'm so thankful you are a part of what we are doing.
 
In Christ's peace and love,


Guest Preacher THIS Sunday

The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, Bishop-Elect, Diocese of West Tennessee

The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop-elect of the diocese of West Tennessee, is a lifelong Episcopalian.  Originally from Arkansas, Roaf has served congregations in Richmond, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.   Prior to ordination, Roaf worked in the areas of law and real estate.  She completed her bachelors degree at Harvard University and MPA at Princeton University.  Bishop-elect Roaf attended Virginia Theological Seminary, and she currently serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees.   She will preach at Trinity at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.
Helios in Concert THIS Sunday afternoon

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On Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 PM, Music at Trinity presents the vocal chamber group Helios: A Modern Renaissance in concert here at Trinity Cathedral.  Titled "Shades of Grey", their concert features music from the office of Tenebrae.Tenebrae covers the listener in drapes of shadow, shades of gray. Be transported by the velvet wash of sound woven for this extraordinary penitential music. Music of Gesualdo, Victoria, di Lasso and others.  Admission is Free of Charge. A reception with the artists immediately follows the concert.
Second Half of Life Spirituality

 

The next Second Half of Life Spirituality session is scheduled for Saturday, February 23

Whether you attended a previous Second Half of Life Spirituality session or not...all who are 50 to 95+ are invited to join the group on Saturday morning, February 23, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Auditorium.

Each session stands alone and you can easily fit right in to the discussion! We will continue to share stories about navigating the second half of life and discuss-"How, where and why do we achieve community-wherever we are? Wherever we may be going?"  Linda Williams, Co-director of the Second Half of Life Spirituality ministry for the Diocese, will lead the exploration.

Come and share this path with others asking the same questions you are and anticipate God with us on the journey. Call Linda at 480-688-5600 or email her at IMISPirituality@aol.com to let her know how many will be attending.
Important Upcoming Dates

 
* Bishop Smith's Last Visitation: Sunday, March 3 (8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. services)

* Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 6, services at 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

* Bishop Reddall's Consecration: Saturday, March 9 at Church of the Nations
tickets - TBD

* Bishop Reddall's Enthronement: 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7 at Trinity Cathedral
Holy Baptism


Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of our amazing journey of faith as disciples of Jesus Christ.

You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.  If you are an adult who is seeking to be baptized, we're excited to invite you to join us at our annual Easter Vigil.  This year our vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, April 20.

If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, and are ready to be baptized, please contact Canon Holly Herring at holly@trinitycathedral.com to begin exploring what it means to be a Christian. 
Blood Drive to Save Lives

blood drive

There will be a Cathedral Blood Drive on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 9am until 1pm.

The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) Bloodmobile will be parked in the Cathedral's East Parking lot for scheduled donations.

Contact Cathedral member Robert Hagerty to sign-up at (602) 828-9989 or visit www.BloodHero.com (sponsor code: trinitycathedral).

Eligibility questions?  Call 1-877-258-4825, option 1.
Oh, the Places You Will Go...

OH, the places you will go...

March 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Garfield Elementary School.
Read Across America
Love Dr. Seuss? It's time to get
your reading glasses cleaned and practice
reading out loud. It's Dr. Seuss's
birthday. Interested? Email:
myra@trinitycathedral.com or
sign up at the welcome desk.

SO...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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Black History Month Guest Preachers

In celebration of Black History Month, Trinity Cathedral invites you to the Black History Month Guest Preachers at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday of February in the Cathedral.

Wednesday, February 13



The Rev. Phoebe Roaf (bishop elect of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee): celebrating James Theodore Holly




Wednesday, February 20



Hon. Wendell Hollis (retired U.S. Immigration Judge at U.S. Department of Justice- Phoenix): celebrating Sojourner Truth



Wednesday, February 27





The Rev. Bruce A. Jackson (rector of St. John the Baptist: Glendale) : celebrating Frederick Douglass
Absalom Jones Event


A Celebration of the Life of the Reverend Absalom Jones

11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

The Union of Black Episcopalians and the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, in conjunction with the 2019 Province VIII Black African Ministries Conference, invite you to this special service with The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, guest preacher.
ICM Food & Clothing Bank


ICM Food and Clothing Bank serves the working poor six days a week. Volunteers at ICM are the foundation of the organization! Trinity Cathedral folks your help is needed, please sign up to become a regular volunteer to help the least of those in our community:

Please contact Abby Loza at abby@icmaz.org or call her at (602) 254-7450 ext. 4 and leave a message. Questions or concerns email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at myra@trinitycathedral.com
Foundations- Children, Youth and Family Ministries


On Sundays we have Christian education and formation for ALL ages. All children and youth are encouraged to attend our offerings from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There will be opportunities for fellowship and service throughout the year for all ages. Calendars of events will be provided and daily information will be posted on the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries white board in Olney Gallery.

Wonder- The Nursery at Trinity opens on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and is available until 1:00 p.m. (closing by 12:00 p.m. if no children have joined us) in our nursery facility adjacent to our Godly Play model classroom in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Wonder is available for infants to the 4th birthday and offers loving care to children, in order that their parents (and adult caregivers) may attend worship, education and Christian formation, and my participate more fully in the life of the Cathedral. Each of our paid staff is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities. Summer hours continue through this Sunday (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

Godly Play- I Wonder occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our Godly Play model classroom (the Atwood wing) in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Godly Play is available for all children age three (3) through the 6th grade. While Wonder is available through the 4th birthday, and Trinitas is available to youth beginning in the 6th grade, families with children and youth are encouraged to self-select attendance in Godly Play instead, as they may deem helpful, developmentally. Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. We welcome four (4) new storytellers this year, to include Jana Sundin, the Canon for Children's Ministries for the Diocese of Arizona. Godly Play is provided in English for children from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each storyteller and door helper is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.

Trinitas - Youth at Trinity occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our youth room (adjacent to the Olney Gallery) in the northeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Trinitas is available for all youth grades 6th-12th. Trinitas offers youth opportunities to engage the "Teen Text" curriculum on Christian education Sundays and engage, inter-generationally, in service and fellowship Sundays as well. The lectionary-based Teen Text curriculum guides students into the text of scripture, and through a series of open-ended, text-related questions, as they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic, relevant resource-one that can inform them throughout their lives. Teen Text helps youth to connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives. Youth are also encouraged to invite classmates and friends to join them for fellowship and fun throughout the year. Trinitas is provided in English for youth from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each Trinitas mentor is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.
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 or Danielle Lowe at hospitality@trinitycathedral.com
Stewardship 2019

Stewardship 2019: Make a pledge today!  In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card online at trinitycathedral.com. It's fast and very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of Trinity Cathedral and 100% participation is encouraged. If you would like to discuss your pledge, or if you have any questions at all, please contact our dean, The Very Rev. Troy Mendez at: (602) 254-7126 ext. 308 or troy@trinitycathedral.com

February Art Show

An exhibit of Acrylic and Oil paintings by realism artists Ashwini Bharathula & Julie Frye.

Bharathula'swork captures eclectic subjects and scenes from her travels. She applies bold colors, painting scenes that juxtapose a subject in a moment of stillness, against an evocative textured background. She shares, "My aim is to create contemplative art that stimulates the viewer's senses and kindles nostalgia." Bharathula currently lives and works in the Roosevelt Historic District in downtown Phoenix. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, AcrylicWorks 4, Southwest Art and Phoenix Magazine.

Fryeis able to recreate the surface quality of her subject matter and imbue an ambiance to her paintings. "I try to focus on capturing the textures of old wood, the soft feathers of birds, the reflective qualities of glass and silver and the tranquility of horses." Frye has been active in the Valley art scene for many years. She is the past president of the Valley Artist League and current President of the Phoenix Artist Guild. 
On Exhibit through February 20, 2019
This Week at Trinity
 
Saturday, February 9
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall

Sunday, February 10
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
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
 
Wednesday, February 13
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. - Atwood Hall
 
Sunday, February 17
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
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
 
Monday, February 18
The Cathedral Offices will be closed in observance of President's Day. In event of a pastoral emergency (death, hospitalization or personal crisis) please dial (602) 254-7126. When automated attendant answers press 4 to page a member of the Cathedral staff.
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Donna, Mary Ann & Dennis, Meredith, Ellyn & family, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.

Birthdays: Eleanor Moore (2/10), Tanya Watt, Sam Ryan (2/11), Joe Harte (2/12), Joe Albo, Nor Binna (2/14), and Frances Sjoberg (2/16).

Anniversaries: Gail & Halldor Hjalmarson (2/9), Michelle & TJ Kuzell (2/14) and David Romako & Rocko Cook (2/15).

Departed this Life: Jason Ponce.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew's, Tucson.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Canada.

Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.