September 7, 2017




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On Monday I returned from my third Burning Man. Each year my experience is different. This year was the "hard" year. I wasn't adequately prepared for the heat - it was stifling and while I did have shade, I did not have a swamp cooler or any other way to cool down. I also didn't have my usual company. My camp, Perky Parts, choose to go to an eclipse festival instead, and Andrea and Laura were unable to join me. So I set up a camp of one.

While this "burn" was hard and exhausting, it was also spiritually fruitful. Hard doesn't mean bad. It was just hard. I had some amazing encounters. We had two Eucharists at the Temple, and each was very successful with eager participation from people passing by. I blessed strangers. Prayed with strangers. I could feel my own ego was less engaged in these encounters than in past years.  Three people asked for something akin to burial prayers at the temple for loved ones who had died. 

My "camp of one" had a religious themed name and a sign that said "May I bless you?" People stopped, either intrigued by the name and wanting a conversation about religion, or asking for a blessing. 

While churches across the nation are shrinking, spiritual hunger is not. People are looking for ways to connect with God and I believe many people are wanting to connect with Jesus. Some are cautious however because of the ways Churches have been agents of division and shame. My presence, as a priest, at Burning Man provides a different kind of opportunity for people to engage Christianity. 

Like many hard and lovely experiences, now that it is over, I'm already looking forward to next year. I am in conversation with the other Episcopalians who were there about the possibility of creating a larger Episcopal camp. If you are interested in participating, please let me know.  

The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
Celebration Choir...
Small Groups...
Secret Pals...
Box Tops for Education...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Children, Youth & Family News...
Bereavement Support...
Women's Fellowship...
Whole 30 Program...
This Sunday...
Tuesday Morning Group...
Lunch Bunch...
New TNAC Classes...
Planned Giving Luncheon...
Christian Men's Conference...
Trinity Cathedral Art Show...
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One of the friendliest groups at Trinity Cathedral is the Celebration Choir. Our non-traditional adult choir sings music from a variety of traditions... spirituals and gospel music... music from around the world... folk and jazz... and provide leadership for lively congregational singing. The Celebration Choir sings at the 9:00 am Sunday Eucharist, and other services as scheduled. Our rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7:15 to 8:45 pm in the Cathedral, and we meet to warm-up on Sunday mornings at 8:20 am.

An audition is NOT required to join the Celebration Choir. Just the commitment to weekly rehearsals and services, and a willingness to work hard and have fun!

Interested?? Contact Canon David Link for details. (916) 446-2513 ext 224 or         

Small Groups

If you are interested in being a part of small group meal and fellowship groups that meet monthly, please fill out the survey so that we can create groups according to your preferences and interests. SURVEY: If you are having trouble with the electronic form, feel free to stop by the front office and fill out a hard copy. We hope that these groups will create space to get to know one another, have fun, try spiritual practices together, and be open and inviting to friends and neighbors who might be curious about faith and church life. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Megan at

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Secret Pals
Secret Pal
We are looking for Secret Pals for the teachers and staff at Leataata Floyd School. Each teacher and staff person fills out an information sheet about them self and the work they do at the school. The Secret Pal (parishioner) is encouraged to send little notes of encouragement, to remember his or her birthday, special holidays, and help with supplies that might be needed.
A sign-up sheet will be available at a table on Sunday or call Mary Hustler  at 916-715-6942 or email  at with any questions.
Thank You for your support of the teachers and staff at Leataata Floyd School.
Box Tops
for Education
Can Help
Please don't throw away your cereal boxes without tearing off the "Box Tops for Education" coupon and bringing it to Trinity Cathedral for Gladys Hustler. You'll be helping a child. Thank you!
Cathedral Bookshop  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

Book Review
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Reviewed by the
Rev. Pamela Anderson
Not long ago I was watching the news when an author by the name of J.D. Vance was being interviewed about his book "Hillbilly Elegy".   I was intrigued by the interview because Mr. Vance, a self described hillbilly, who grew up in a white, working class, household was explaining the mindset of his cohort. He explained that the statistics show that the white working class in America today are angered and feel disenfranchised more than any other population in the United States including the black and Latino populations.   I found this very intriguing.   Mr. Vance went on to offer a compassionate, discerning sociological analysis of the white underclass that has helped drive the politics of rebellion.  At the same time, Mr. Vance had a message of tough love and responsibility for his fellow population.  For example, he spoke of a time when he had no patience with an old acquaintance who told him he quit his job because he hated waking up early, only to take to Facebook to blame the "Obama economy." Or with a former co-worker at a tile warehouse who missed work once a week though his girlfriend was pregnant. I appreciated Mr. Vance's balanced message of compassion and responsibility. When Mr. Vance graduated from high school and then college and then was accepted to Yale Law School, he questioned why no one else at the school looked like him.  He realized it's because he had a trait that alienated him from the rest of his demography:  optimism.   
After I had watched this interview, several people at Trinity Cathedral kept mentioning this book to me.  As a result, Lunch Bunch has decided to make this the focus of the fall program which will begin Thursday, September 14 at noon in the Conference Room.  I have read the book and encourage you to do the same.  It doesn't provide any answers, but rather understanding so that we can have compassion for fellow Americans where we may have a differing view.  May we have conversations around optimism and do our part to help bring renewed hope for all lives.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson
Adult Ministries Director

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
Kent Keith sounds like he could sell ice to the Inuit! As a motivational speaker, his goal is to encourage people to find personal meaning and deep happiness in life, which he advocates in Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians. Lest one think he sounds superficial, he has academic credentials galore.


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
On September 12th we will 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
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at
Writing Group... taking the rest of the summer off. 
We will resume meeting on September 14.
For information, contact June Gillam at
or Bruce Roy at
Journey with Jesus
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Conference Room
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage.  Contact Jerry Pare' at or 916-930-8032.
Women's Fellowship
2nd Saturdays 10 am 
Coffee and Continental
Contact: Susan at
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  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
Thursday's, Noon-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.
News from...
Sunday School begins this Sunday, September 10th from 10:15 - 11:15. All our Sunday School classes, preschool through High School, will meet upstairs in the Assembly Area. Construction in the Great Hall has limited space for our education programming, so the preschool group will combine with the Godly Play group until the Great Hall space is again available.
EYF - Episcopal Youth Fellowship begins again this Sunday . We will meet upstairs in the Assembly Area from 12:30 - 2:30 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. All youth from 6th - 12th grades are invited to join us. Lunch will be provided. On the 3rd Sunday of the month, we will again be walking over to work at River City Food Bank - also from 12:30 - 2:30.
Parenting Matters -Please join Rev. Kathy Hopner on
Sunday, September 17 th (and the third Sunday of each month) from 10:15 - 11:00 upstairs in the Assembly Area as we discuss a variety of issues concerning the joys and challenges of raising kids and teens!

Bereavement Support at
Trinity Cathedral
Are you grieving the death of a loved one?
A new Bereavement Support Group will begin September 7 through November 16.  The group will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm, and will be co-led by Rhonda Canby, Elizabeth Kenealey, and Anne Arthur.
If interested please contact Rev. Anne Arthur by email at, or by phone at 916-718-7925. Group size is limited.
Women's Fellowship
Saturday, September 9 at 10 am 
Bring a light brunch item to share.
The Rev. Pamela Anderson will be the speaker.
Contact: Susan at
Whole30 Program
Monday September 11th-October 10th

- Weekly support meetings on Sundays at 4:30pm at a local Sacramento coffee shop, with option to phone-in remotely.

- Private Facebook Group with recipes, advice, easy tips and tricks, and discussion forum.

- Meal prep tutorials and get togethers.

- Open and Free for ALL. You must RSVP to Megan: by Sunday September 10th. This RSVP is a commitment to the program and to the small group for 30 days. Please contact Megan with questions.

Some of my core spiritual practices are tied to concrete daily w ellness practices. I am specifically passionate about how nutrition can be both physical and spiritual nourishment. In a world where it is all too convenient to grab a delicious packaged treat full of mystery ingredients from a producer we will never meet, I believe our bodies and souls long to get back to the root of things. Our bodies yearn to get back to whole nourishing foods, and our hearts call us back to the roots of community and connection with the people who produce the food.
While I have always been passionate about nutrition, a huge turning point in my physical and spiritual relationship with food and nutrition came when I did my first round of the Whole30 Program. For more extensive details you can visit: Basically the Whole30 program is a 30 day challenge focused on eating whole nutritious 
foods, while cutting out a lot of the foods that may not be making us feel our best. In short, you focus on eating a ton of vegetables, some fruit, a good amount of healthy fats, and some ethically sourced meat and eggs. The foods that are out for a month include sugar (and sweetener of any kind), grains, legumes, dairy, soy, and alcohol. I know, I know, how daunting! I thought the same thing! But I am so happy with the results of this program. It gave me a greater mindfulness about cooking, local shopping, ethical farming and labor practices, and an awareness of how eating optimally greatly improves my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

I am excited to invite a community of people to do this together because it is not only fun, its supportive.

I highly recommend checking out the Whole30 books:

This Sunday - September 10

Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Celebration Choir sings "Your Wonderful Love" by Francis Patrick O'Brien.

11:15 am - The Cathedral Choir sings "Draw us in the Spirit's Tether" by Jack Osswaarde.
Canon David Link plays music by Georg Friederich Handel
What core practices help you
stay connected with God,
grounded in your purpose, and loving
even in chaotic and uncertain times?
Sundays September 10-October 1
 in the Assembly Area at 10:15am
Come explore how mindfulness and gratitude practices can tie to our everyday activities. Discover food for your body and soul, and empowerment in community so that you to continue in your call to be an agent of God's love in this chaotic and hurting world. Please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Megan with questions:
Newcomers' Group
No meeting today.
A new group will begin with Introductions next Sunday, September 17.

Contact is Randie Strike: ;  916-446-2513

Art of Hosting Leadership Training

Sunday September 10, 12:30-2:30pm in the Assembly Area


In this training you will learn and practice deep listening and collaborative facilitation skills. You will also get the opportunity to dive deep into community formation. Ideal for all leaders, including those considering involvement in Small Dinner Groups. Light Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Rev. Megan at

Next Week and Beyond... 

The Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00am in the Conference Room

We will begin discussing the Preface and Step one of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a More Compassionate Life. 

The book will also be discussed on Thursday nights beginning on September 14 at 7:00pm in the Bookshop.  If you can't make it at night, come to our morning session.
Lunch Bunch Book Study
Begins Thursday, September 14,
at noon in the Conference Room
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance.
Are you wondering what the main issues were that seemed to have plagued working-class whites and "HillBillies" for decades in America? Are you looking for answers to questions about the psychological effects of adverse childhood experiences and the way it affects people in the long run? How the author was able to use his negative experiences and turn it into a goal that will change his life forever. What "Hillbilly culture" is and how it affects the lives of people and so much more.
TNACThursday Night At the Cathedral
New TNAC classes
begin Thursday, September 14 at 7:00pm

How to Live as a Christian in This Crazy World
September 14 to October 19 - Assembly Area
Facilitated by TVR Brian Baker
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.
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
September 14 to November 16 - Bookshop
Facilitated by Susan Hotchkiss

In 2010, Karen Armstrong, a renowned scholar of the world's religions, wrote Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life . The Washington Post stated: "Armstrong lays out a pluralistic and, ultimately, secular way to spread compassion that's easy to believe in." From learning about compassion to loving your enemies, this book is extremely timely for living in the world today. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book, available in the Cathedral Bookshop.
Journey with Jesus -- Your Journey of Faith
Ongoing, drop-ins are welcome! - Room J
Facilitated by Kelly Mieske and Jerry Paré
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage. Contact Jerry Pare' at or 916-930-8032.
Planned Giving
The Dean, the Planned Giving Team, and the Vestry invite you to join us for a garden party luncheon on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00pm at the home of Candace and Doss Miller in El Dorado Hills. Our gathering is to honor and thank individuals who have included Trinity Cathedral in their estate planning and charitable giving.
Please RSVP ASAP to:, or,
Candace Miller 415.305.4349
6101 Penela Way
El Dorado Hills, CA. 95762
Trinity Men's Group invitation to attend the
Christian Men's Conference
A Christian Men's Conference will be held Saturday, September 16 at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin 95765. The conference starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm.   Read more...
Per Ostlund at (916) 202-8993, or
Mark Lacher at or (916) 223-2627
Light Out of Darkness:
Trinity Cathedral Juried Art Show
October 3-26 at Beatnik Studios on R Street
A reception will be held Friday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m. and a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 11 that will focus on the purpose of the show, the rationales underlying the pieces which were selected as winners, and the motivation of the various artists in creating the pieces.
The juror for the show is Frank Ordaz, an accomplished fine artist who was featured in The White House under the George W. Bush Administration. At one point in his career he was the artist who created the background paintings for Lucas Productions, notably for ET and the Star Wars series.

The Trinity Art Show needs a volunteer as soon as possible who can distribute cards announcing the show and make phone calls to churches asking them to include notification of the show in weekly programs, bulletins or other circulars.  The announcement cards are already printed and ready to distribute.  The opening night for the art show is October 3.

Contact David Allen, 456-1071/ Pamela Anderson, 607-2016 / Randie Strike 203-7586

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