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January 3, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

January 3, 2019
Name him, Christians, name him, with love strong as death,
name with awe and wonder and with bated breath;
he is God the Saviour, he is Christ the Lord,
ever to be worshiped, trusted, and adored.
  • Caroline Maria Noel (1817-1877)
Every new calendar year, the church begins with a feast called the "Holy Name of Jesus," commemorated on January 1. The church designates this feast to invite our hearts to imprint Jesus' name upon all that we do in our lives. What a better time to invite us to do this than the beginning of a new year!
Most churches continue this invitation weekly through the singing of hymns, or through art or music. We see this invitation to Jesus and his story of salvation depicted in stained glass windows throughout the ages. We contemplate his message of love every time we walk the labyrinth. We see beyond ourselves every time we pray with icons, or in the absolute stillness and quiet of our beautiful sacred spaces. Jesus' name is never far from our hearts at all, and at Trinity Cathedral, we are constantly reminded of this call to live into and live up to Christ's name in how we pray, in how we love, and in how we serve others.  
One change that you might observe at Trinity upon the start of the new year is the absence of the outdoor stations of the cross. For the past 15 years, the Trinity community has benefited from Diana Hulick's imaginative metal sculptures depicting Christ's walk to the cross. These metal and glass sculptures were installed after the 2002 fire, and were a part of the cathedral's commitment to walk with Jesus in everything we do in life, in the good times and in the bad.
Several years ago, the cathedral chapter observed a significant weathering of the outdoor stations. Many were rusted, or leaning, or pieces of the glass were falling out of them. As a result, we sought help from the artist, Diana Hulick, and paid to have them repaired by her. Through her careful work, many of the stations were refurbished as best as they could be, and they continued to be displayed in the cathedral courtyard.
At the end of Summer 2018, two stations were vandalized. This prompted a more thorough inspection of the stations, only to find larger amounts of rusted bases, weakening structures, and glass panels that were further deteriorating. In the analysis, a decision was made by the chapter and staff that further expenditures to restore and repair the stations were not warranted, as they had essentially come to their "shelf life." The proper thing, therefore, was to discuss deaccession protocols and removal of the stations. After respectful consultations with members of the Phoenix Arts Commission, the Phoenix arts community, and with the artist, and after receiving permission from the chapter, we removed the stations earlier this week. The stations always reminded us about the importance of prayer in our lives.
The cathedral grounds are still a perfect environment to invite prayer and reflection.  As a new year begins, your cathedral staff and chapter will continue to think imaginatively about the use of our outdoor space. The name of Jesus is imprinted on our hearts, and we are called to show it forth in our lives. How then might we think about our entire campus being used to glorify God?

As we begin the year, let us not forget that we are called to bear the name of Jesus on our hearts and in our lives. Our walk with Christ begins again this year, and the people of Trinity will have continuous opportunities to engage with the holiness of our prayer, the sacredness of our campus, and in the love and dedication we offer our neighbors through our works of service. We will not diminish our commitment to our mission: Welcoming all to be transformed in Christ through worship, fellowship, and service.
Thank you for naming Jesus by your presence, and by your love. We are all blessed by you! Happy New Year!
In Christ's peace and love,
Annual Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the Annual Meeting of Trinity Cathedral to be held starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 in the Nave.

Proposed items of business are:
  • Treasurer's Report for the Year 2018
  • Budget for the Year 2019
  • Report of the Nominating Committee and Elections for the 2019 Chapter
  • elections for Trinity's deputies to diocesan convention
  • and Report of the Wardens.
Immediately following the meeting, dinner will be served.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon will occur on SUNDAY, January 20th, 2019 - over 30,000 runners will race through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, as they make their way to the finish line.  The nearest road closure to Trinity is 7th Avenue from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Access to the Cathedral will be easiest from I-10, exiting 7th Street or 3rd Street.  Visit the website for detailed information:
Memorial Service

A memorial service for Fay Marcus will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend.

If you would like to send your condolences to Ron Marcus and the family, they can be reached at the following address:

The Marcus Family
c/o Trinity Cathedral
100 W Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003


Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant Fay; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, you will receive her more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Save the Date

On Saturday, January 26, the choir will be hosting Sip and Sing, an interactive musical fundraiser.  Drinks, themed hors d'ouevres, entertainment, auction and sing-a-long are all a part of this festive afternoon.  The party runs from 4:30- 6:30; tickets $20.00.  Watch for more information!
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 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
Absalom Jones Event

Celebration of the Life of the Reverend Absalom Jones will take place at 11:00 a.m. on 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.

Additionally, in celebration of Black History Month, Trinity Cathedral invites you to the Black History Month Guest Preachers and Lecture Series. 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday of February in the Cathedral.
  • February 6: Anna Julia Cooper
  • February 13: James Theodore Holly
  • February 20: Sojourner Truth
  • February 27: Frederick Douglass
Urban Care Pack Collection

It's Urban Care Pack collection time!   These are the bags that we can offer to people who come to Trinity or are on the streets seeking help.

Right now we are extremely low on foodstuffs such as
  • granola bars
  • fruit and nut bars
  • crackers with peanut butter
  • vienna sausages
  • tuna in foil packs
  • fruit packs
  • and pudding packs
We will be collecting items now and the packs will be assembled on January 27.

Remember we accept cash and checks to keep our cupboards rotating items.

Please drop off your food at the Front Desk in the Olney Room art gallery.
New Reading Program at Garfield School

Garfield Elementary is seeking enthusiastic volunteers willing to give less than one hour a week (2:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.) for Kindergarten through Second Grade students. Trinity Cathedral volunteers will provide extra reading support to students using materials that teachers have selected and prepared.

With your help, kids in our neighborhood will be able to make progress with letter recognition and sounds and become better readers.

The volunteer timeframe will be from January 7 - May 22. Literacy is the foundation for all learning! Please consider helping these young children gain confidence and progress with their reading. If you are interested, contact The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at or call (602) 625-5774.
Loosely Knit Craft Guild

Loosely Knit Craft Guild is active year round with near monthly gatherings. Feel free to join us any time we'd love to have you on board.  For more information please contact Dyane Welt at
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 or call her at (602) 254-7450 ext. 4 and leave a message. Questions or concerns email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at
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

January Art Show

Kristine Kollasch & Jeremy Yocum present, "Monsters and Mischief" an enchanting exhibit of painting, ceramics, and faux taxidermy. Visitors will enter a magical place where creatures, real and imagined, bring a smile to your face.

Kollasch shows a playful part of her creative being, through paint and ceramics. She states, "I refuse to play by any rules that limit my style or medium. I want to play with every medium that interests me, explore everything, creating beauty, smiles or sometimes just a mess as I express my inner child or universal soul." Kollasch is the curator of First Studio's Art Gallery Space and has donated her time and talents for nearly 20 years to work with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. She is a two-time Governors Arts' Awards nominee and recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for her public art.

Yocum introduces us to Yocumonsters, "[They are] fun, snarky, and occasionally rude. They are known for their bug eyes, bright colors and silly smirks. Some of them even have some pretty foul mouths, so it is advised that their potential owner chooses wisely. "Inspired by 1980s cartoons, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Chuck Jones, and Dr. Seuss, the Yocumonsters grew from plush toys to faux taxidermy mounts and are an inventory of Yocum's childhood memories. He has been an educator for the past 18 years and has taught all ages and many different subjects in the arts. His pieces can be seen around the valley in restaurants and galleries.

First Friday Opening on Friday, January 4, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m.
On Exhibit through January 23, 2019
This Week at Trinity

Sunday, January 6, 2019
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 12:30pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. meeting - Atwood Hall
Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, January 13, 2019
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 12:30pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Ron & family, Ray & Mary, John & family, Meredith, Ellyn & family, Pat, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Lynn Wendling, Ken Gill (1/8), Tom Edwards (1/9), and Steven Valdez, Sean Gentile (1/11).
Anniversaries: Holly & Darren Herring (1/8), Carmen Arocho-Vera & Bill Van Arsdell (1/9), Lynette & Bob Spring (1/9), and Paula & Roy Aguayo (1/12).
Departed this Life: Fay Marcus, and Warren Buxton.
New Members: Kenny Kohberger.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ the King, Tucson.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.