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August 8, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Rev. Canon Holly A. Herring
Canon Precentor

August 8, 2019
" Then children were brought to him that he might lay his
hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people;
but Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me, and do not
hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'
And he laid his hands on them and went away."
                                                              -- (Matt 19: 13-15)

Growing churches... "enter." What do growing churches have in common? Is it how they use technology... what style of music they embrace... how many people serve as paid staff? Is growth driven by funding... intentional welcome... programs, communication tools, the "cool" pastor? When I "Google" the phrase "growing churches" or "characteristics of churches that are..." blah, blah, blah... I find as many answers as I have queries. Go ahead--try it! You will just as many posts and articles about how growth is defined (another reflection for another day).

Our Cathedral is growing by all measures. Our faith community is experiencing biological growth (welcoming children of God as new babies), transfer growth (welcoming children of God who are joining us from other places of worship), and conversion growth (welcoming those who have been outside the church and have come, through Holy baptism, to be recognized as children of God, and members of the body of Christ).

Growing churches do have one pronounced and significant aspect of communal life in common. Growing churches embrace the pursuit of mission-driven formation and engagement. Growing churches have a defined mission and encourage the body of Christ, the church, to actively engage in that mission.

Trinity Cathedral is a community that is welcoming all to be transformed in Christ, through worship, fellowship, and service. The foundation of our mission is Christian formation and discipleship. One of the strongest correlatives of growth comes from the place that a congregation places on religious formation for all of the children of God. Growing congregations have educational and formational opportunities for everyone on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Life-long learning as a focus is essential if we are to move closer to becoming followers of Jesus Christ and disciples who make disciples who make disciples. A hurting world needs Christians who are engaging regular opportunities for formation and who are engaging the mission of the church.

Beginning Sunday, September 8, (what some call "Rally Day," "Welcoming Sunday," or the beginning of the "program year,") our nursery will open at 8:45am (for infants to the 4th birthday) so that parents and adult caregivers can participate in fellowship or service activities, choir, bible study, or other activities, to include a monthly formation gathering. Children and youth will be engaging in formation between worship services (9-9:45am), with children ages 3 through the 6th grade experiencing Godly Play, while Trinitas (our youth grades 6-12) will be studying Brene Brown's "Daring Way." We will be offering adult formation opportunities throughout the week and throughout the seasons to complement our Sunday morning, lay led bible study, and Dean Troy's discipleship groups.

We will work hard to communicate opportunities to engage the mission as we prepare for September. God bless each of you as we prepare to live out our Kingdom vision for all of the children of God. May you be richly blessed in the coming days and know that we pray for you daily, and ask that you keep us in your prayers as well.  I remain

Westbound Roosevelt Street closed THIS weekend!
(click on map for printable version)

Upcoming Freeway Tunnel Work

ADOT has scheduled the next I-10 Tunnel Cleaning to take place the weekend of August 9th -11th, 2019.

I-10 eastbound will be closed from 9:00 p.m., August 9th through 9:00 a.m., August 10th.

Then, westbound I-10 will be closed from 9:00 p.m., August 10th through 9:00 a.m., August 11th.

Several ramps at the stack and the I-17 split will also be closed.
This Sunday - Take a Short Walk for Delicious Ice Cream Topped with Exciting Information!

The place is Atwood Hall after the 10:00 a.m. service, where you'll encounter ice cream with all the fixings, plus a generous helping of information about how we are joining with our community partners...The Mollen Foundation, AIM RIGHT Ministries, Unite Phoenix, STEM/Robotics and Peter Piper support of Garfield Elementary School and its mission to help its 600+ students "...reach academic excellence and become responsible citizens."
Telecare is coming August 20 - 22

What is Tele-Care you ask?  This is when a loyal group of volunteers gather in the evening from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to make phone calls to all our members.  This is not a solicitation of any kind.  The call is simply to say "hello," to let you know you are a valuable member of our community, and to find out if there is anything we need to know about you or your situation such as a prayer request or even an updated email address or cell phone number.  So please be expecting a call from the Cathedral August 20th -22nd.
Blood Drive to Save Lives

blood drive

On Sunday, August 25th, 2019 from 8am until 12pm.  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 (sponsor code: trinitycathedral).  Eligibility questions?  Call 1-877-258-4825, option 1.
Summer Cathedral Member Information Update

Have you recently changed your email, addresses, or phone number?   The Cathedral Office would like to update your member information in the church database.  We would also like to verify cell phone numbers and obtain your permission to text cell phones with occasional communications.

Please visit Cathedral Receptionist Clarissa at the Front Desk in the Olney Room art gallery on Sunday mornings or email ( to update your information.
Episcopal Night at Chase Field 2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, along with their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a time of fellowship and cheer on the D-backs as they host the Cincinnati Reds! Bishop Reddall will be attendance!

Game Date & Time :

Friday, September 13, 2019
First Pitch: 6:40 p.m.

Seating Optio

$25 - Lower Level Bleachers (section 141) (these seats do have backs)

We're sitting together in the same section again this year, so everyone has an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop R
eddall! You're encouraged to wear your church, diocesan, or Episcopal t-shirt to show which church you r epresent.

September is Prison Awareness Month in our diocese, and a portion of every ticket purchased by using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Prison Ministry
( p rogram.

There will be a pre-game p
arty again!

Join Episcopalians from all over the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix) for a pre-game celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Free parking at Trinity is available at select spots in the garage (read the signs!), in front of Diocesan House, and street parking in the neighborhood.

Gather for refreshments and fellowship, then take the light rail with other fans to the ballpark. Tickets are $4/person for an all-day pass and can be purchased at the light rail stop. The Central/Roosevelt Stop is adjacent to Trinity.

After the game, stay for the festivities that are part of the D-backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks, followed by a player Q & A. Special guest For King & Country ( will be performing a concert to end the event!

The tick
et order deadline is September 3, 2019 .

Seating is Limited! Tickets can  be purchased online at or by phone (the number is on the form). 

To learn more, visit:
Summer Saturday Cinema

Join us for Summer Saturday Cinema on Saturday,  August 24.

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, with entry from the Labyrinth doors at Atwood.

August 24 - Wall-E -  Work and relationships matter, but the joy we derive from them is rooted not in obligation but in the recognition that life is a gift.  Like the humans who return to the ravaged Earth along with WALL*E and EVE in the film, our response to this gift should be marked by a spirit of gratitude and cultivation rather than coercion and manipulation.  Only then will our work and our relationships and our environment flourish.
Save the Date! The Way of Love: The 50-day Bible Challenge

Wednesdays starting September 11: Bring your lunch and join us at 12:45 p.m. in Atwood Hall.   Formation will occur from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25, and October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2019

The Way of Love is the way of Jesus. With seven core spiritual practices, the Way of Love offers an intentional, Spirit-led path to following Jesus. And what better guidebook for the journey than the Bible? The Way of Love Bible Challenge pairs each practice with a passage of scripture as well as reflections, questions, and prayers written by a variety of faith leaders. Come and see what God has to say about the spiritual practices of Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest. Informed by scripture and inspired through prayer, these practices offer the opportunity to transform our relationship with ourselves, with our family and communities, and with our Savior. Featuring fifty days of reflections, The Way of Love Bible Challenge is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with scripture and an exploration of the Word of God.
Province VIII Episcopal Church Women Annual Gathering

All Episcopal and Lutheran women and their friends are invited to join women from all over Province VIII at the ECW Annual Retreat, " Walking in God's Love " in Phoenix on September 27 and 28, 2019. Stay at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn located near the Phoenix Airport, enjoy catching up with old friends and make new ones. Register and pay by August 26 to SAVE $25!

The schedule includes a gathering Friday evening with finger food, followed by a Taize service led by Winnie Follett (St. Andrew's, Sedona). Saturday's schedule has a lineup of wonderful speakers who will inspire us to enjoy "Walking in God's Love."

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
Thank you to the Trinity volunteers who helped serve breakfast at Grace Lutheran to the downtown homeless community earlier this month.  Rick & Barbara Avelone, Dyane Welt, Bill Coleman, Joe Harte, Tom Weller and Dave Howell are all veterans of this ministry and worked that Sunday morning.  Trinity will be serving several more Sunday mornings this fall at Grace plus here at Trinity on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings.  There is always room for more volunteers.  If you're interested, please reach out to 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

Summer Art Show

This summer in the Olney Gallery the printmaking work of the Arizona Print Group, a professional organization of printmakers from around the state of Arizona who are united in the practice of hand-pulled, original fine art prints.

They have shown work locally, as well as nationally, and many also teach and give workshops. Mediums include lithography, woodcut, linocut, relief engraving, letterpress, serigraphy, monoprint, intaglio, metal etching and engraving, and photopolymer processes.

Exhibit Dates: June 28 to August 29

(There will not be First Friday Receptions in July and August)
This Week at Trinity

Sunday, August 11
ICE CREAM SOCIAL after 10am services
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:45am - 12:45pm - Nursery available
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Wednesday, August 14
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. Meeting - Atwood Hall
Sunday, August 18
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:45am - 12:45pm - Nursery available
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers:  Noah & family, LaRue & Connie, Donna, John, Michael & Kelly, Madison, Martha, Mary-Audrey, MaryCay, Ellyn & family, Paula, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Howard Merrick, Bill Brotherton (8/11), Joyce Baldwin, Mary Bayless (8/12), Sonja David, (8/13), Chris Hutzel (8/14), Peter Mahigian, Trevor Huxham (8/15) and David Smith, Joshua Willingham (8/16).
Anniversaries: Michal Anne Pepper & Gail Rekers (8/15), Mina & Dick Van Dyne (8/16), and Uta & Bill Brotherton (8/16).
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of South India (United).
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. For refugees and all those affected by warfare, natural disasters and civil unrest.