November 2, 2017




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"A Growing community making disciples who love
and serve Christ and His world"
                                 Brian Baker

This weekend will be special for two reasons. First, our diocesan convention will be meeting from 3:00 pm on Friday to 3:30pm on Saturday at the McClellan Conference Center. You may want to join us for our Eucharist which will be at 5:15pm. You can find more information on the diocesan website.

Second, we will have a special guest with us on Sunday. Composer and author Ana Hernandez will be a guest musician at 9:00 and 11:15 services and she will be leading workshop on singing and chant as spiritual practice at 10:15 in the Assembly Area. Because of our limited space, the book study of Wallis' America's Original Sin will not take place this Sunday

Tonight will be the final meeting of my Thursday night class on Wallis' America's Original Sin. We will finish our discussion and look at next steps.

I'm pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson will be installed as the Moderator of the Sacramento Presbytery on Thursday, November 9 at 11:00 am at Faith Presbyterian Church located at 625 Florin Rd. As moderator she will preside at the meetings of the Presbytery (like our diocese) and will have the liturgical role of ordaining clergy. 

I encourage you to consider attending a portion of the upcoming revival in the diocese of San Joaquin. Our energetic Presiding Bishop has begun holding revivals in order to help the world learn of the transformation possible in the Episcopal Church. They have been very successful and one is coming to a diocese near us. The Stockton portion of the revival is on November 17. Check it out here.

Finally, our first of two pledge ingatherings will take place on November 12, one week from this Sunday. Hopefully you received a pledge card in the mail. Please pledge for 2018. Your support is essential to our ability to transform lives and serve Sacramento.

The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
Family Promise Volunteers...
Office Front Desk Volunteer...
Floyd School News...
Help for a school...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
TNAC Classes...
This Sunday...
Ana Hernandez...
Christmas Greens...
Our Attitude Choices...
Thomas Merton Documentary...
Repose of Soul...
Transgender Day of Remembrance...
Nadia Bolz-Weber...
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Calling for Volunteers!
Trinity Cathedral has been a supporter of the Family Promise program for many years. We help by hosting 2-4 families for one week four times a year. We provide dinner, overnight shelter, and breakfast.
Because of the demolition of our Great Hall, we have been unable to host families. Family Promise has had to find alternative churches to take our weeks.
We were scheduled to host families the week starting Nov. 12. St. John's Lutheran has graciously offered their facility. But we are being asked to support them by providing volunteers. They need Evening Hosts, Overnight Hosts, and meals.
Please contact Deacon Donna at if you are interested.
Front Desk Volunteer Needed

If you would like to help in the Church office for 4 hours a day, answering phones and doing other clerical assignments please contact Jerry Paré or Randie Strike at 916-446-2513 between  9 AM and 5 PM weeks days or email Jerry at or Randie at

We have a job description and we do training.    
Floyd School logo
Floyd School Back Snack Volunteers Needed
Each Friday we provide a bag of food for 15 families to help them through the weekend when their food is limited. We are looking for some volunteers who could help pack the food on a Friday (1.5hours) once a month and distribute it to the children.
Sign-up at the Floyd School table on Sunday or contact Nancy Tennyson at
Back Snack foods are always needed: Please place your donations of the following foods in the barrels upstairs above the office: oatmeal packets, canned tuna, peanut butter 15 oz. jars, Top Ramon soup, boxed macaroni and cheese, granola bars, fruit and pudding cups.  


The Clothes Closet at Floyd School is in need of plastic shopping bags. Since grocery stores do not hand them out any more, they are very hard to find. Grocery store size and larger are the best sizes. Please put them in the Floyd School bins at the top of the stairs.
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Floyd School Christmas Shop for Families

This year we will have a Christmas Gift Shop at Floyd School on Friday, December 15. The gift shop will give the parents a time to choose gifts for their children instead of the children receiving gifts directly from a Trinity Cathedral parishioner.
We still need your help to provide the toys and gift cards for the families. We are asking that you buy toys or gift cards ($10 increments) for all ages of children, infant to teenager, both boys and girls.
You may drop off the gifts to Trinity anytime before Tuesday, December 12. DO NOT wrap the gifts.
THANK YOU for your generosity.

Help for my school...


I'm teaching PE at Mark Twain Elementary school serving mainly underprivileged children. The school's equipment is lacking and I've purchased supplies on my own, but can't afford to meet the children's needs. Can I ask my Trinity family for donations?


Here are links to some items I need as seen on Amazon.

Standard Hoops,36-Inch (1 Pack of 12)
Skip Ball Set (4 sets)
Scoop Ball Set (4 sets)
7-Feet Jump Rope with Plastic Beaded Segmentation (2 sets)

Anything would help. Thank you very much. 
Dan Cobb
Cathedral Bookshop  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

In the...
Trinity Cathedral Library

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert

The Christian Speaker's Treasury: a Sourcebook of Anecdotes and Quotes is a book that does serve a useful purpose but it is much more. It is 383 pages of miscellanea in mostly in one-page segments, easy to read, and perfect for an illuminating, amusing or relaxing moment before bed. Have you heard about the Grimké sisters, Quakers in South Carolina? They spoke strongly against slavery but they were physically menaced and described as "promiscuous" because they spoke before audiences of men and women. Ironically that initiated their interest in and speaking about women's rights! (251 C)
The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing is sort of episodic. You can drop in anywhere you want. Nouwen has been described as one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time, having written forty books. He taught at Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale but sort of retreated to L'Arche Daybreak community in Toronto. I always wondered how he found his way to L'Arche, which is a shelter for people with mental handicaps; recently I read that he had a son of such needs and he served that community for ten years until his own death. (248.4 N)


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
We have begin our study of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.  The Cathedral Bookshop has the book and you are encouraged to read it to enhance our discussions. 
If you have any questions contact Susan Hotchkiss.
Lunch Bunch...
Thursdays at Noon in the Conference Room
  We are currently reading
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance.
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at
Writing Group...
Meets on Thursdays from 
3:00-4:30pm in the
Conference Room

Anyone can write and everyone is welcome. Come check us out.
For information, contact June Gillam at
or Bruce Roy at
The Trinity Icon
  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
Thursday's, 12:10pm-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.  Read more...
Praying Hands
Prayer and Healing 
We meet the 1st Saturday of the month in the Conference Room at 10:00am.  We will refer to Agnes Sanford's The Healing Light available online and The Order of St Luke the Physician's study guide The Healing Miracles of Jesus  
available at
Contact is Elba White at
Trivia at Track 7 
When: 1st & 3rd Sundays at 5pm
Where:  826 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento 95834
Hosted by:  Pamela & Marc Anderson

Bring the family and friends to this kid and dog family event. Picnic tables abound so bring a sack dinner or snacks or pick up a bite to eat with the local food truck.  If you plan to come, please RSVP with Pastor Pamela at

This week we heard a heartfelt epistle from Jay Elmquist about worship.

Jay shared his passion for leading worship and talked about his personal history with other Christian congregations. His role as a worship leader was cut short in his parish when he shared with them that he was gay. Jay told us about the devastation and feeling of emptiness he experienced in the aftermath.
When Jay came to Trinity Cathedral, he came as a person who had a label and a painful history. Instead of being shunned for who he was, he was welcomed and celebrated as the kind and loving person that he is.

In fact, he found many different ways to be involved in worship and takes special pride in being a Verger literally leading the worship team on Sundays. Making people whole and celebrating each person's special qualities is what we practice during our worship services.
As you consider making your pledge this year, reflect on the amazing clergy, staff and lay leaders that make our Worship services so meaningful. The fact  that we are open and loving to everyone who enters our beautiful cathedral is a reason to give. 
Thank You,
The Stewardship Committee 
Thursday Night At the Cathedral
Compline at 6:00pm
Fellowship: Bring Your Own Dinner at 6:15pm
TNAC classes at 7:00pm

How to Live as a Christian in This Crazy World
Facilitated by TVR Brian Baker - Assembly Area
With the breakdown of civility, chaos in our political systems and an increase of explicit racism, we are entering a frightening time of crisis. Dean Baker will lead a six-week conversation that will explore how our faith can both guide and sustain us as we strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.
The Protestants are Revolting!
Facilitated by Morey Lloyd in the Bookshop
Protestants are Revolting, or Reforming, or Protesting, or Evolving. Looking back to 1517 and Luther's dynamic use of the written word and the unsettling influence of conscience to see the power of searching for the truth that sets all free, we reflect on our own struggles to advance the Gospel for a new age.
From "The 95 Theses" to a Diet of Worms we will look at the seeds of contention and the fruit of resistance. From "Here I stand" to where are we standing today? We will write a new Thesis for a better witness to the truth of a New Heaven and a New Earth. All are welcome to celebrate and re-create a New Covenant with all of God's people.

This Sunday - November 5

Ana Hernandez

Sunday, November 5...


...composer/arranger, workshop facilitator, and author Ana Hernandez will be with us for music during the 9am and 11:15am services. She will also lead a a workshop on singing and chant as spiritual practices that open the heart and create community at 10:15 am in the Assembly Area. For more information, visit her website at : . Email Rev. Megan with questions:

Episcopal Youth Group Fundraiser

Last Chance to Order your Christmas Greens!
 These wonderful greens from a family farm in Washington make beautiful Christmas gifts, and decorations for your home. You may order greens to be delivered here at church shortly after Thanksgiving, or sent anywhere in the U.S. The proceeds make possible our summer youth programs. 
The last orders will be taken on Sunday, November 5.

This Sunday is our First Sunday Family Service at 9:00 a.m . upstairs in the Assembly Area. We are celebrating the Feast of All Saints, honoring and remembering all those people who have blessed our lives. You're invited to bring a picture, drawing, or memento of someone to place on the special altar we will create. We'll have our brunch, as well as arts and crafts after the service.
Sunday School : There is no Sunday School for preschool - 5th grade due to our Family Service.
Junior and Senior High will meet in Room I.
Children's Chapel: We'll meet during the 11:15 service only, not at 9:00, to explore the Feast of All Saints.
Music for this Sunday

Music by Ana Hernandez at the
9:00 and 11:15 services
Guest organist is Barry Moenter
Newcomers' Group
Will NOT meet this Sunday.
A new group will begin next Sunday, November 12.

Contact is Randie Strike: ;  916-446-2513
Free Yoga in the Cathedral
Sundays 2-3pm

Come explore the link between the body-mind connection through the practice of yoga, meditation, and journaling. Classes will start with either light journaling and/or meditation and be directly followed by a gentle yoga flow. Please bring a mat, towel, and journal. Classes will be taught by Yoga Instructor Judi Moreno .

Click here for a flyer. Please feel free to print it and post it on community bulletin boards and share it with your friends!

Next Week and Beyond... 

Stephen Ministry Logo Our Attitude Choices in Later Life
Monday, November 6, 7:00pm
Assembly Area
Last summer I was hiking with my friend Patti Michel-Evleth, a retired Hospice nurse. I mentioned someone elderly I had visited recently who was choosing a very pessimistic route for her current life. Patti explained to me that, in the final stage of life we find ways to integrate our life journey, or we choose to go the journey of despair. At that point, I asked Patti to speak to our Stephen Ministry group about this final stage of life. She will be here Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7 PM upstairs in the Assembly Area and all are welcome.
 ~~Lucia Hicks
Documentary on Thomas Merton
 Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
at Trinity Cathedral
Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk
A free showing of a film on the lasting impact of Thomas Merton's life will be presented Monday, November 6 at 7pm. The filmmaker, Morgan C. Atkinson will be on hand to share thoughts and answer questions after the showing. Click here for a printable flyer with more information.
Repose of Soul

Rosemary Cook's father, Rodney Hill, died unexpectedly on October 27, 2017.  There will be a service for him at his church, Our Lady Of Assumption, 5057 Cottage Way, Carmichael, on Friday, November 10 at 2 PM.  

Annual Transgender Day

of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil


6:30 pm on Saturday, November 18

at Trinity Cathedral.

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes those killed due to their actual or perceived gender identity and expression. The first memorial was a candlelight vigil in November 1999 to honor Rita Hester, murdered in 1998. Since then, annual memorials have been observed around the world around November 20.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, t he Sutter Gender Identity Support Group, the Gender Health Center, and PFLAG Sacramento  are pleased to co-sponsor the Annual Candlelight Vigil in observance of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 18. This event features guest speakers and is open to the Sacramento community and to all.  Please join us for refreshments after the memorial. 

More information and media at &
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Speaking at Trinity Cathedral
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00pm

Come see this sleeve tattooed, salty ELCA pastor speak authentic truths to the broken places in our lives.

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times Bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013). Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Nadia has been fea- tured in The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR's Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast and on CNN.
Nobody really believes she's an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it's the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way...she's fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of 4 where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.
Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite.

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