November 27, 2019 Announcements
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This Week's Commentary
November 27, 2019

I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
-- Psalm 69:30

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Tables are set and meals are prepared for absolutely everyone in the country. No one goes hungry. The smell of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, all sorts of side dishes, and the aroma of fresh-baked pies will fill the air in many homes. Everyone has their favorite food at this time of year, and I’m sure some people might discover a new favorite.

The Smithsonian reports that the menu at the 1621 day of thanksgiving was quite a bit different than our modern Thanksgiving menu. Meats were the primary food -- turkey, passenger pigeons, and deer, with abundant portions of eels and shellfish, too. Early records show that the Wampanoag people did much of the hunting. As far as vegetables, there were many varieties of corn, squashes, and root vegetables. Pumpkin was known to the Pilgrims. A savory soup made with pumpkin might have been on the menu, but pumpkin pie as we know it would have to wait at least another two hundred years to be an American staple. The Pilgrims didn’t have ready access to wheat or other grains, so pies were most likely not on the menu. All-in-all, about 140 people attended - 90 Native Americans and 50 Pilgrims, and the feast lasted for three days. 

One of the first documented Thanksgiving Day celebrations in central Arizona was held by Charles Trumbull Hayden at La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue in Tempe in 1878. Even though the population of Tempe was only about 100 people, Mr. Hayden had 80 people to his home to share a Thanksgiving meal that year. We don’t know what was on the menu, but it must have been quite a party!

At Trinity Cathedral, our Thanksgiving holiday begins today, Wednesday, November 27, with our annual Thanksgiving Holiday Eucharist at 12:10 p.m. In this celebration, we remember the many blessings we’ve been given over the past year. We also give thanks for the times we’ve had to rely on the guidance and love of God to see us through the challenges of life.  

Our celebration continues on Thursday morning, with our annual Thanksgiving Homeless Breakfast. A wonderful team of people from Trinity prepare and serve a hot breakfast to many of our friends and neighbors who might not have connections to this type of fellowship for the holiday. Every year, hundreds of cups of coffee, countless smiles and greetings, and dozens of eggs, sausage, bacon, and breakfast breads are served with joy and good cheer. We especially thank Dave Howell and Tom Weller, along with everyone who has contributed in his or her own way in helping make this wonderful and blessed event a beacon of hope for all who enter the cathedral courtyard and campus.

Finally, our act of offering thanks during this season is simply starting -- there is much more to do! Even though Thanksgiving Day will come and go, our Advent season at church brings a multitude of opportunities for engaging the community and offering our support and blessing. We have great ministry opportunities ahead for each and every one of us. We have a holiday party at Garfield Elementary, toy drives with ICM and with UnitePHX, and beautiful musical offerings throughout the season. We continue our heart-warming worship on Sundays, but we also celebrate Posadas and Christmas Lessons & Carols, and once again serve a hot breakfast to those experiencing homelessness on Christmas morning. Our congregation finds new layers of vitality during this season, and you are invited to be a part of everything we do!

A wonderful season awaits. Jesus calls us to be in fellowship with one another, and to be of service to everyone. Our joyful community encounters new experiences that make our hearts sing. Let us praise the name of God with song, and magnify the Lord with thanksgiving!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you,
Stewardship 2020
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
Call for Nominations
At the Annual Meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, those present will be electing three (3) persons as members of the Cathedral Chapter (our “board of directors”) for a three-year term ending in 2022. A Chapter Nominating Committee has been formed, and it wishes to receive nominations for those interested in serving. Chapter members must be members in good standing of the Cathedral (confirmed Episcopalian who is regular in attendance and a financial giver of record).

To apply, please send an indication of interest (on or before January 1st, 2020) to or to Trinity Chapter Nominating Committee, 100 West Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ 85003 that includes the following information:
1) Your name and address,
2) Your phone number and email address,
3) the worship service you normally attend,
4) Your current participation and leadership in ministries at the Cathedral (if any), 5) Why you would like to serve as a Chapter member, and
6) A brief biographical sketch.

The goal of the Nominating Committee is to present a slate that is one that will reflect the many facets of the Cathedral community.
Living Well Through Advent

Join the Living Compass and Trinity Cathedral for

Living Well Through Advent 2019:

Practicing Peace with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

This Advent season we are happy to partner with the Living Compass to provide an opportunity to receive daily email devotionals. You will receive twenty-three daily emails, one for each day of Advent, plus Christmas.

The emails will begin on the first day of Advent, Sunday, December 1, 2019 .

If at any point you no longer want to receive the emails, you can unsubscribe at any time.

You may also download the Advent devotional as a FREE PDF file in English and Spanish here: Advent Devotionals .
Annual Quilt Show
Only one week away from your Annual Quilt Show in the Olney Gallery.

On Sunday, December 8, enjoy a preview of the 2020 Raffle Quilt and the quilts given in your name to families at the Sojourner Center, a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Notice the quilts in process and consider joining Trinity Quilters to finish them and create new ones.
Garfield School Christmas Party
The Annual Garfield Christmas Party will occur on Saturday, December 14 th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for Craft tables, Toy distribution, Help with Games, Making and distributing hot Chocolate, and Distributing water.

A sign-up sheet is on the Front Desk in the Olney Room or you may contact The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at

Volunteers may park at Aim Right Ministries, 1013 N 13th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 (Corner of 13 th Street & Roosevelt).  
Christmas at Garfield School
The Garfield Partners are trying to gather at least 1,000 Christmas Presents for the children in our neighborhood. Every child attending the Garfield Christmas Party gets to pick exactly what they want.

You can help.  Buy a toy for no more than $10.00. This is the time of the year that the stores have big sales…watch the sales and pick up a toy for the kids.

Bring your gift to Cathedral, there will be a box in Olney gallery. We will need all gifts (unwrapped) by December 11 th .

Thank you, thank you for your generosity.

Questions? Email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at  
Toy Sorting Party
Help us sort toy at Aim Right Ministries for the Garfield Christmas Party on Wednesday December 11 th at 6:00 p.m. Sorting will take approximately 2 hours.

The sorting will occur at Aim Right Ministries, 1013 N 13th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 ( corner of 13 th Street & Roosevelt) .

A sign-up sheet is on the Front Desk in the Olney Room.
Adopt-A-Child for Christmas
Adopt-A-Child for Christmas (in cooperation with ICM Food & Clothing Bank)

Names of Children and Wish Lists will be available in Olney Gallery. Try not to spend more than $40/child. Return to the Cathedral unwrapped no later than December 15.

Questions? Email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at
Christmas Music and Flower Donations
Christmas is a special time for adorning the church with seasonal plants and flowers and for praising God with special music and song. You are invited to make a contribution to the Christmas Flowers or Music Fund in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones. Donors' names and memorials will be listed in the Christmas service bulletins.
Your flower donations will be used to pay for Christmas greenery and decor. Your music donations will be used to help pay for guest musicians for the string quartet on Christmas Eve.
Please complete the form ( PDF copy here ) and place it in a sealed envelope in the offering plate on Sunday with your contribution or mail it to the Cathedral office (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003). Checks should be made payable to  Trinity Cathedral  with a notation in the memo for  Flower Fund  or  Music Fund .
Last date for donations in order to be listed in the bulletin:
Wednesday, December 18.
Bilingual La Posada - Friday, December 13 - All members and friends of Trinity Cathedral are invited to celebrate the Advent tradition of La Posada on Friday, December 13 with a service at 7:00 p.m. and traditional Mexican dishes for dinner following. Las Posadas are traditional services that celebrate and remember the journey of the Holy Family to Bethlehem. This year, as we welcome churches from around the Diocese to celebrate with us, we will have a bilingual service. If you have questions, or are interested in contributing to the dinner, please contact
A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas - Join us on Sunday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the arrival of Christmastide in the service first designed for use in King’s College, Cambridge. Music of Rutter, Nixon, Ferko, Joubert, Hurford, Tavener and others.

Harp Prelude with Paula Provo, Principal Harpist of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, begins at 5:30 p.m.
Luminarias on the Labyrinth - On Sunday, December 22, join us in Atwood Hall during Coffee Hour to help design and prepare Luminarias for Christmas Eve. All materials are provided and all ages are welcome to participate!
Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness - December 21 at 7:00 p.m. - For many of us, Christmas is a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering both persons and events that have been a part of our lives in the past, but that are now changed or gone. This is the time of year with the longest nights, so around this time we offer a quiet, meditative worship service that makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God. Please join us for a non-traditional Christmas service.
Christmas Eve Family Service (bilingual) - Are you planning to attend the 5:00 p.m. bilingual Family Service on Christmas Eve? Would your child or teen like to participate in the Gospel Play? We need readers and helpers to carry the nativity scene to the front of the church. Please contact The Rev. Canon Holly Herring at with their name and age.
Children, Youth & Family Ministries
8:45am-12:45pm: WONDER: The Nursery at Trinity Cathedral (birth to the 4th birthday)
8:55am: Drop off for Godly Play (GP) in the GP Classroom (3 years of age through 6th grade)
9-9:45am: GODLY PLAY in the GP Classroom (3 years of age through 6th grade)
9-9:45am: TRINITAS (Youth at Trinity) in the Youth Room (grades 6-12)
9:45am: Pick up for Godly Play (Trinitas released to join families to prepare for worship)
December Art Show
Signs and Stuff: Art by Marty Treinen and Marilyn Collins

The artwork of Marty Treinen and Marilyn Collins offers a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and iconic imagery.

Marty Treinen’s mixed media art incorporates pop culture imagery like the Batmobile or a Converse High Top. Stacked imagery is combined with thick and shiny paint. Treinen creates artwork that has personal and social relevance. “I want [my audience to] be visually entertained and recapture the beauty and emotion through objects we hold dear.” Treinen titles this exhibit “New Signs of Life” Treinen studied Studio Art and Art History at the University of Iowa and Museum Studies at the University of Indiana. His work has shown in galleries and museums throughout Indiana.

Marilyn Collins states, “My artwork is an escape from the chaos and complexity of the materialistic world. The objects in my paintings are some of the things I’ve been exposed to…my world of “stuff.”” Collins’s work is fun and quirky, with a 1960s psychedelic feel. Her objects are distorted and chaotically floating in space on a sea of bright colors. Collins has an MFA in sculpture and painting from Pennsylvania State University and was the Assistant Professor of Art at Kent State University. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States.

ALSO: Musical performances inside Trinity Cathedral
6:00pm  Arizona School for the Arts Advanced Guitar Ensemble 
7:00pm  Phoenix Symphony principal cellist, Melita Hunsinger, accompanied
by Gail Nowak.

WHEN: First Friday artist reception, Dec 6, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00 pm

On Exhibit: November 27th – Dec 25th, 2019

Music at Trinity First Friday performances
Music at Trinity First Friday Performances on December 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Arizona School for the Arts Advanced Guitar Ensemble performs, featuring compositions by Japanese composers Taksahi Ogawa and Keigo Fujii. In the second half of the program, ASA student Liwanu Smith will perform works by guitarists Matteo Carcassi, Francisco Tarrega, Federico Moreno Torroba and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Phoenix Symphony principal cellist, Melita Hunsinger, performs the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann, accompanied by Gail Nowak.
Christmas Breakfast for The Homeless
We are planning again this year to welcome our homeless neighbors to Trinity for breakfast on Christmas morning (December 25).

A sign-up sheet is on the Front Desk in the Olney Room. Volunteers should expect to arrive at 7:00 a.m., unless otherwise instructed.

As in previous years, we also ask that members of the congregation provide loaves of specialty breads, i.e. banana nut, zucchini, pumpkin, etc . which have always been popular with our homeless guests. 
For more information, please contact Cathedral member Dave Howell at or at (602) 378-1894.
Blankets for the Homeless
Blankets for the homeless as the cold winter days are approaching and we’re asking that you consider donating blankets, quilts, afghans or throws to help the homeless. They can be new or used (however, we ask that if they’re used , they be in good shape and clean). Donations can be dropped off in the collection bins behind the interior staircase in the Olney Room art gallery. Questions should be directed to John or Vicki Cary (602) 770-5452 or
Are you feeling crafty Trinity?
Loosely Knit Craft Guild is looking to recruit those who knit or crochet to assist in our community drive to make beanies, scarves, cowls, etc. These accessories are to be distributed at our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas breakfast celebrations for our homeless population.

Interested individuals/groups or those wishing to donate yarn, please get in touch with Dyane Welt at

Additionally, gently used outer garments, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, blankets, and toiletries donations would also be greatly appreciated by our friends who attend the Breakfasts for the Homeless.
Giving Thanks with Brushes
Often, I find it isn't enough to feel grateful. I want to express my gratitude by showing kindness and service to others. An opportunity to express gratitude for our own housing is the Habitat for Humanity workday on Saturday, December 14.  

We will be painting the house built this fall by the Episcopal Habitat Coalition at 8486 W. Madison in Peoria. A crew of at least 5 is needed from Trinity Cathedral. Please consider offering a few hours. No experience necessary, good fun and paint spots will be the order of the day. Beginning at 7:00 am - until late morning when food is provided.  

Please contact Cathedral member Joe Harte with questions at (602) 621-3673 (voice/text) or email at
Hjalmarson Art Pottery
Holiday Studio Event
Thanksgiving Weekend

  • Friday, November 29th, 10-5
  • Saturday, November 30th, 10-5
  • Sunday, December 1st, noon-5

45 West Lynwood Street, Phoenix (1 blk south of McDowell & 1 blk west of Central)
Hospitality Ministry
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
This Week At Trinity
Wednesday, November 27
12:10pm - Thanksgiving Eucharist - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. Meeting - Atwood Hall
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28
7:00am - Breakfast for the Homeless - Atwood Hall

Sunday, December 1
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:45am - 12:45pm - Nursery available
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - Godly Play - Godly Play classroom
9:00am - Trinitas - Youth Room
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio

Wednesday, December 4
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. meeting- Atwood Hall

Friday, December 6
6:00pm - First Friday at Trinity

Sunday, December 8
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
8:45am - 12:45pm - Nursery available
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - Godly Play - Godly Play classroom
9:00am - Trinitas - Youth Room
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
Prayers of the People
Commended to our prayers: Maritza & family, John, Donna, Michael, Cary, Noah & family, Sean, Mary-Audrey, MaryCay, Ellyn & family, Pat, Tim, Marty, Jaclyn, and Bishop Reddall & family.
Birthdays: Joan Haldiman, Becky McKelvey (11/24), Lori Bieler (11/25), and Valerie Denny, William Conley (11/26).
Anniversaries: Kim Sterling-Heflin & Bill Heflin (11/27).
Departed this Life: Jose Garcia Acevedo.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Chapel Rock, Prescott.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church in the Falkland Islands.
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.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Telephone (602) 254-7126