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May 9, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

May 9, 2019

Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I
go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come
to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
                                                                       -- John 16:7
On Saturday, Trinity Cathedral hosts the people of the diocese of Arizona, as they gather with our bishop to worship, pray, and confirm, receive, or reaffirm adults into the Episcopal Church. Confirmation is one of the traditional sacraments of the church, and serves a two-fold purpose for both the recipient of confirmation and his or her worshiping community.
The first purpose is to claim the faith that was professed at baptism, and to invite the Holy Spirit to continue the good work that God is doing. The second is to commit to the on-going worship, discipline, and prayer of the Episcopal Church, as best as a person is able to do so. Alongside these promises, the confirmand's church pledges to witness and uphold the confirmand in his or her life in Christ.   
In these holy moments, the church recognizes that the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit is poured upon the confirmand. The on-going connectivity of the human and God's Divine Love gets celebrated. The newly confirmed receives spiritual gifts to carry them forward into the rest of their lives.
In many respects, this is the perfect celebration for the Easter season.
Our own spiritual lives at Trinity are blessed by hosting such occasions. The Sunday, we'll hear stories of healing miracles. We'll reimagine what life looks like at the very end of time. We'll hear a new affirmation from Jesus that his actions and promises to his followers are real and true, and that he will never let go of those who need his help.
The truth is that Jesus' promises are something that stay with us. They last a lifetime. In the excerpt above from the Gospel according to John, Jesus realizes that as a human being, he can be in fellowship with his followers when he is present with them. But he also realizes the Holy Spirit can be everywhere, all the time, and the Spirit lives inside those who are in fellowship with Jesus. In the words of Joyce Meyer, "being with Jesus is good, but having the Holy Spirit in us is even better." We don't have to go looking for God, because the gift of the Holy Spirit is that God is in us, and God is as close as God's presence can get.
I invite you, therefore, to think about how God dwells in you. How does the Holy Spirit guide you into a life of new possibility and discovery? Where does God's Divine Love radiate from you?  

Everyday that still small voice of God in you says, "You are my beloved son/You are my beloved daughter. In you, I am well pleased!" How are you taking time to connect with this voice?
Because of the Holy Spirit, God dwells in you...always.
In Christ's peace and love,
Organ Repair Campaign
May marks the beginning of Trinity Cathedral's Organ Repair Campaign. Throughout the month there will be various ways for you to participate in helping us raising the necessary funds to return the cathedral organ to its former glory. Here is a list of our activities:

May 12 Congregational Appeal; Buy a Stop!!

After services on Sunday, May 12, you will be able to "purchase" one of the
currently non-functioning stops on the cathedral organ. Whether it be the Solo Division's Resurrection Trumpet or the Swell Organ's Vox Humana, come help us make
these stops sing again!!

Thursday, May 23 Benefit Concert - Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
A chamber quartet led by cathedral member and ASU professor Robert Spring will
perform Olivier Messiaen's masterpiece. Scored for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano,
Messiaen wrote the piece while a prisoner of war in German captivity and it was first
performed by his fellow prisoners. It has come to be recognized as one of his most
important works. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets available at the door.

Saturday, June 1 The Cathedral Choir presents Sip and Sing
The Cathedral Choir hosts a musical evening (off-site) of heavy hors d'oeuvres,
beverages, cocktail music and a few choice sing-alongs to close out our Organ Repair
Campaign. Tickets will be $20.00 and available after services on Sunday May 10 and
May 26. Bring a friend and enjoy the show!  Time & location TBA
Happy Mothers' Day: Remember Mothers in Haiti

When you support Maison de Naissance (House of Birth) you create a safe place for women in southern Haiti to deliver their babies. You also help train midwives, nurses' aides and teachers to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in an impoverished country. 

The woman in the picture gave birth through the guidance of a trained midwife. She and her child benefited from health care and post-natal education provided by Maison de Naissance.

The MDG Committee's Change for Life will occur on Sunday.  MDG members will be in the Olney Gallery to provide information and accept gifts to Maison de Naissance. Please contribute your spare change. Cash, checks and credit card contributions are also gratefully accepted. Better yet-All donations will be tripled by a double matching pledge.

You can learn more about Maison de Naissance at

Your Change Has Changed Lives and You Can Do It Again!
Class of 2019

Are you graduating from Junior High School, High School, College or Graduate School?

We would like to know who you are so that we might acknowledge all our graduates on Sunday, May 26th. Parents or graduates are asked to please call or e-mail Gary in the church office at (602) 254-7126 ext. 310 or
Choral Evensong

The final installment in this year's Music at Trinity season will be a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 26, at 4:00 PM.  The Cathedral Choir will present works of contemporary British composers Gabriel Jackson and Will Todd.  A sherry reception follows in the Olney Gallery
Deacon Ordination

By the Grace of God, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, Bishop of Arizona will ordain Nelson Mendoza to the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral.  Your prayers and presence are requested.

Clergy: red stoles (if you wish to be part of the procession and are not a presenter, please be vested and ready in Atwood Hall by 9:30 a.m.) 

Reception following.
Pentecost Readers Needed

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

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. 

Those attending from our 8am and 10am congregations, who read in languages (or tongues) other than English, are invited to join in the reading of the Acts (of the apostles) 2:1-21! Please contact Office Manager Gary Gorman ( if you are interested in reading!
Foundations- Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Wonder - The Nursery at Trinity: Sunday Mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., for infants through the age of three (3). Wonder offers loving care to children, in order that their parents (and adult caregivers) may attend worship, education and formation, and may participate more fully in the life of the Cathedral.

Godly Play - I Wonder: Sunday Mornings beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the Godly Play Classroom; Christian education for ages three (3) through 6th Grade. Godly Play offers a creative, child-honoring way of entering into and experiencing the biblical story. In Godly Play, we play with the language of God and God's People: our sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions and silence.

Trinitas - Belong, Believe, Become: Sunday Mornings at 11:15 a.m. in the NEW youth room (behind interior staircase of Olney Room art gallery); Christian formation for grades 6-12. Using an exciting and engaging lectionary-based curriculum called Teen Text, youth will look at weekly scripture and answer provocative questions that encourage participation through activities centered around the text, and supplemental media.

Contact Canon Holly Herring at, or (602) 254-7126 ext. 311 if you have any questions.
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 or Danielle Lowe at
New Way to Contribute

Support Outreach!  Help those most in need! - Introducing a new way to contribute. At the back of the church, on the credenza in the narthex, 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 ushers can assist you.  Check it out today!

May Art Show

Bonny Stauffer and Claudia Martinez explore life in "Nature's Universe"

Bonny Stauffer's art appears to be 2-dimensional, but at a closer view you realize they are 3-dimensional meditative paintings. Stauffer is a working artist in Prescott, AZ. Her work consists of large scale paintings, constructed paintings, and digital images. She states all are based on the ever-evolving process of life in the universe. "My work in recent years reflects a deepening love for the earth--for its energy, matter, and meaning."

The paintings of Claudia Martinez are detailed and textured. Born in Columbia, surrounded by nature, she was fascinated by the way the environment achieves beauty through detail. "I named my exhibition 'The Wings of Change' it shows the balance between beauty, metamorphosis, and coexistence, coming to life [in my work] as butterflies with wings meticulously colored." Martinez has shown her work at local galleries, ASU, and Maricopa Community Colleges.
On Exhibit through May 28, 2019
This Week at Trinity
Sunday, May 12
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 - Children's Center
11:15am - Trinitas - Youth Room
Wednesday, May 15
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. - Atwood Hall
Saturday, May 18
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, May 19
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 - Children's Center
11:15am - Trinitas - Youth Room
11:15am - Cathedral Chapter - Conference Room
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Karen, Dave, Susan & Robert, Noah & family, Steve, Katlyn, Louise, Meredith, MaryCay, Ellyn & family, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Bill Carlile, Victoria Willingham (5/12), Robert Okin, Jay Herrington (5/18).
Anniversaries: Judith & Walter Conley (5/13).
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen's, Douglas.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Korea.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.