October 26, 2017




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

Last week I was at a meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church - the governing board of our denomination. I am in my last year serving on the board and it has been a very interesting experience. I have gained an understanding of how wider ministry initiatives work, as well as an appreciation of some of the great things our church does. We heard a very moving report from a representative from Episcopal Relief and Development on the work that is being done after our many recent disasters - our church is playing a big role in saving lives. If you think about it, the network of congregations provide a ready base for relief efforts, and some of these efforts have happened before government agencies have been able to respond.

My particular committee of Executive Council focuses on ministry within our church. One of the most exciting things that is happening is the effort to plant new churches and ministries. In the last several years we have begun over 50 new ministries. I remember decades when we were talking about evangelism, but now we are actually doing it. 

This coming weekend I, along with Megan Anderson, Kathy Hopner, Linda Aston, Charis Hill and Eileen Harvey will be participating in the Diocese's College for Congregational Development. It is a two-year program training us to understand dynamics of church leadership. We attend two weekends each year for two years, with homework assignments between weekends. Please pray for us as we experience a very full weekend of learning.

As Lynell mentioned in last week's enews, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this weekend by using a Lutheran Eucharist Service for all of our services. We will also have healing prayers at all of our services.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: the new pipe has been installed. Next week we expect to fill in the trenches in preparation to pour the cement. We are on track to be finished by Thanksgiving.

The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
Office Front Desk Volunteer...
Back Snack Volunteers...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
TNAC Classes...
Adult Baptism & Confirmation...
This Sunday...
Christmas Greens...
The Cathedral Choristers...
Service of Remembrance...
All Soul's Service...
Choral Evensong...
Ana Hernandez...
Our Attitude Choices...
Thomas Merton Documentary...
Nadia Bolz-Weber...
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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 jpare111452@gmail.com or Randie at randie.trinity@gmail.com.

We have a job description and we do training.    
Floyd School logo
Back Volunteers Needed for Floyd School Snack
We are starting our Back Snack program for Floyd School this fall. Each Friday we provide a bag of food for 15 families. This food helps families through the weekend when their food is limited. Currently we are looking for some volunteers who could help pack the food on a Friday once a month and distribute it to the children.
The Back Snack Project shares a room with the Children's Clothes Closet, where we store the food at Floyd School, 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento 95818 near 5th and Broadway. It takes about 1-½ hours to pack up the food and distribute it to the children, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. When the bags are distributed you are finished.
It is wonderful to see smiling faces when you give each child their bag. If this is a ministry you might enjoy please sign up at the Floyd School table on Sunday or contact Nancy Tennyson, nntennyson@gmail.com . Training is provided.
If you would like to help but can't volunteer you can bring the following foods to 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.
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
Anatomy of Malice: the Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals my husband found to be disturbing. It explained how the decent German people could be so easily be led astray and turned into monsters. One reads it and says, God protect us. Somebody said, to be forewarned it to be forearmed.
(943.086 D)
It took me a few minutes to recognize as fiction Behind Closed Doors: Conflicts in Today's Church by former Sacramento Roman Catholic Bishop Francis Quinn. He seems to have been enjoying a fruitful retirement with numerous activities reported in the news culminating in this novel! (FIC Quinn)
We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel just came out. It is always a challenge to catalog such an item. Library of Congress put it under crime but I added the subject headings and one LC did not have was "forgiveness." (364.15 F)


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 pamela@trinitycathedral.org
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 gorillagirlink@gmail.com
or Bruce Roy at barinsac@comcast.net
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  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 orderofstluke.org
Contact is Elba White at elbawhite@yahoo.com
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 pamela@trinitycathedral.org

On Sunday we heard a presentation by John Kraynak on Outreach.  He explained how every week our volunteers serve up to 150 hungry people.  This long standing program has given Trinity a prominent place in our community.  We offer food to the hungry and spirituality to those who ask.
One of the goals of this program is to provide a warm safe place for people in our community that do not regularly receive a hot meal.  The tables are set for each guest.  John talks about the pure joy of handing a hot plate of food and watching them enjoy their evening.  There are no distinctions,  all are welcome.  The Trinity volunteers visit with each guest they listen to stories and offer prayers.
It is important to understand that this program exists on donations and ingenuity from its volunteers. Trinity provides the Great Hall for this service; the volunteers do the rest.
When you are considering your pledge for this year please reflect on the powerful programs we provide and know that we could not continue to be Trinity without your support.
Thank You,
The Stewardship Committee 
TNACThursday 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.
Beginning TONIGHT:
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.
Preparation for
Adult Baptism and Confirmation
Begins November 2
Baptism is the celebration of formally and publicly becoming a member of the Body of Christ, the Church. For many of us this doesn't seem all that important anymore. The belief that, if you aren't baptized, you won't get into heaven sounds outmoded. We believe in an all loving God, right? Are you telling me that, if I'm not baptized, I won't get into heaven? No. Baptism is for us! It is a way for us to say "Yes!" to the God who loves us unconditionally. It is a way to affirm what we are called to do as followers of Jesus. It is important for us to stand before the community and hear that we are fully one with each other as followers of Jesus. It is important for us to proclaim together our response to God's love.
Confirmation is often seen as your confirmation of your baptism. If you were baptized when you were a baby, your parents probably made the decision that you be baptized. Have you ever taken "ownership" of your baptism and made it your own? Confirmation is a way to do that. Confirmation is a way to celebrate your baptism. If you were confirmed as a Roman Catholic, then Reception into the Episcopal Church is another way to confirm your baptism.
If you would like to be baptized or confirmed, preparation meetings begin on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM in Room J, off the Assembly Area. The time between November and April is a chance to focus intentionally on the meaning of baptism in your life. Contact Jerry Paré (jpare111452@gmail.com ; 916-930-8032) for more information.

This Sunday - October 29

Come join us this Sunday...


...as we celebrate with our Lutheran sisters and brothers the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of the Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany.   The Rev. Robert Phillippi will be the celebrant at each service and our liturgy and music on this Sunday will reflect the worship of our Lutheran friends with whom we are now in full communion.  We will also be invited to make a gift to:  

Christmas Cheer           
PO Box 14489
South Lake Tahoe, California 96151

Christmas Cheer is a year round program that helps people in So. Lake Tahoe in need of food and clothing and is one of the Outreach Ministries of Hope Lutheran Church (So. Lake
Tahoe), The Rev. Diana Turner, Rector.  We invite you to share in this "Lutheran Day" project as a way of honoring Diana's former ministry among us.  Checks can be made to Trinity Cathedral with "Christmas Cheer" in the memo line or mailed directly to them at the address above.
We will return to our normal liturgy on Sunday, November 5th and celebrate All Saints Sunday.
~~ Canon Walker
Episcopal Youth Group Fundraiser

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. 
Orders will be taken on October 22, October 29,
and November 5.
Children's Chapel:   This Sunday we'll explore the gospel reading from Matthew: One of them asked Jesus a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Wear your costume this Sunday, October 29th : Let's celebrate the Feast of All Hallows Eve! Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to church. (Teens and adults are welcome to join them, too, if they wish!)

This Sunday in Sunday School:
Godly Play Preschool- 2nd grade: The Exodus
Faith Builders 3rd - 5th: King David
Junior and Senior High: The Recipe for Love

Episcopal Youth Fellowship Event:
Please join us for
Pathways to Peace:
Youth Overnight During Diocesan Convention
November 3-4, 2017, at Trinity Cathedral
Welcoming Grades 6-12
Get to know other young people from around our diocese for a picture-worthy evening!
We'll spend our time together building community, having fun, and talking about the themes of justice and peace that are central to our diocesan youth programs.

Arrival at Trinity between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
on Friday, November 3
Overnight ends at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 4
Participants can either be picked up at
Trinity Cathedral at 9:30 am
or travel to Diocesan Convention
at the nearby McClellan Conference Center
to participate in the Pathways and
summer youth event presentation!
For more information, please contact
Rev. Kathy Hopner, khopner@trinitycathedral.org or
Rev. Megan Anderson,
Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Celebration Choir sings "This is the Feast" from the Lutheran Jazz Mass by Burrell Gluskin.

11:15 am - The Cathedral Choir sings in German "O Gott, du frommer Gott" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Canon David Link plays music by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15am in the Cathedral
The group will Tour the Cathedral.  ALL are welcome to join us!

Contact is Randie Strike: randie.trinity@gmail.com ;  916-446-2513

The Cathedral Choristers are back!


The Cathedral Choristers have resumed rehearsals for the season, on Sunday mornings at 11:15 in the Assembly Area. Our Cathedral Children's choir welcomes all young singers aged six and older, and will be singing for the 9:00 service on Sunday, November 19th. 

For more information, contact Kami Davis, Director of Choristers at kamilynk@gmail.com  Please join us!
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!
Service of Remembrance
Sunday, October 29, 4:00pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
1701 L Street, Sacramento
Let us honor the memories of those who died because they were (or were perceived to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Join us as we remember their lives with love, bear witness to the atrocity of their deaths and affirm together that hatred and violence must end.
Contacts: John Kraynak - jjkinlaca@gmail.com or
Jay Elmquist - jayelm@gmail.com
Click here for a printable flyer with history.

Next Week and Beyond... 

All Soul's Service
Remembering the Faithful Departed
On Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 12:10 pm,  there will be a service remembering All Faithful Departed.  It is a service when we remember those "whose lives have changed, but not ended."  There will be a book in the Narthex on Sunday, October 29th,  for you to clearly print the names of those who have died that you would like remembered at this service.  I invite you to join us for this special service of remembrance.               ~~ Canon Walker+

The Cathedral Choir rehearsing at Peterborough Cathedral.


 Choral Evensong for the

Feast of All Souls


 Thursday, November 2, at 6 pm
Please join us as we commemorate the Feast of All the Faithful Departed, with a service of choral evensong. The service will include beautiful music by Healey Willan and John Sanders, and will include the stunning anthem "Let Saints on Earth" by English composer Anthony Caesar.

Evensong is a lovely way to end a hectic and noise-filled day. Please plan to be with us for music, readings, and prayers.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir, Canon David Link, organist & choirmaster
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 : anahernandez.org . Email Rev. Megan with questions: megan@trinitycathedral.org

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.
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 Patheos.com. 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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