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Binghamton, NY 13905

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Here you can find selected material from issues of Trinity Memorial Church's monthly newsletter, the Trinity Times

2019 Trinity Times

January 2019
Musical Services and Events

Complete listing of musical services and offerings available: Please see 2018-2019 Musical Offerings for a complete list of musical services and offerings at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church.

First Friday, January 4 at 7:30 pm: Candlechant presented by the men of the Trinity Choir.

Other Activities and Events

Trinity Forums will begin a series entitled "The Changing Face of the Triple Cities" on January 13th with Naima Krajian, the chief executive officer of Goodwill Theaters, Inc. of Johnson City who will talk about the many cultural developments that are afoot in the Triple Cities. On January 20, three community leaders from our congregation (George Akel, Patty Bloomer and Judy Peckham) will offer their perspectives.  On February 3 John Frazier and Norah Henry, both professors of Geography at BU, will talk on “The Revitalization of Johnson City: Monitoring Concerns and Potential Outcomes.”  The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room.

The Trinity Lunchers will meet on Monday, January 21 at Noon for a Dutch Treat lunch at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton.  Our guest speaker will be our own Susan Thornton, who will share her experience of working with immigrants who have risked their lives to come to Greece after fleeing war and destruction in their home countries.

Our annual bowling event will be held at Laurel Bowl on Sunday, January 20, 4 pm. Trinity CEC paying for games and shoes. A sign-up sheet will be in the kiosk in the Hoyt Room,  There will be awards presented after the games. Please participate! It is fun and there is no expectation that bowlers be experienced. It is a time for laughter and fellowship!  Connie Alexander, Chair, Christian Education Commission

Annual Meeting - January 27, 2019

January 27, 2019: we will have one service at 9:00 am, followed by our Annual Meeting; after the meeting, we will share brunch in the Gym.  Candidates standing for election at our Annual Meeting are:

  • Warden -2nd term: Bill Palmer

  • Vestry - 2nd term: Nicole Huff; Barb Manzo

  • Vestry - 1st term: Teddy Aribisala; Karen Crisafulli

  • Delegates to Diocesan Convention, 2019: Teddy Aribisala; Sandra Michael

  • Youth Delegate to Diocesan Convention, 2019: Daniel Aribisala

  • Nominating Commission - 1st term: Barb Crowle

                      ---->  See biographies of nominees.

Thankful Reflections and Welcome!

We’d like to thank Robin Fellows and Jack Moulton, who are retiring from service on our

Vestry, and Susanne Harding, who has retired from our Nominating Commission, for services  faithfully rendered. God bless all of them, and when you have a chance, please thank them for their contributions over these past several years!

Once again, our Tuesday Group hosted a Christmas luncheon for our seniors. This included delicious food and treats, and most of all, it included cheerful company, memories, and the best of Christmas spirit!  See pictures.

Thank you to the approximately 55 people who attended the St. Nick's Breakfast on December 9.  Special appreciation to the staff, many CEC members and their families who helped with preparation, serving and clean-up for this annual event.   Read more and see pictures.

 

 

 

 

On December 23, 2018, we welcomed into the Body of Christ, through Holy Baptism,  Dennis Davis - son of Yolanda Davis; Kaliyah Melicia Morris - daughter of Rasheem Ramnarine-Singh and Georgia M. Morris; Symiyah Davis -  Daughter of Donnell and Subryah Davis; Su’riyah Davis - Daughter of Donnell and Subryah Davis. All of the newly baptized are grandchildren of Diane Ramnarine-Singh.

A year of blessings - looking back over the past year, we can reflect on many blessings: moving services; pastoral care, sharing love, fellowship, and often great food; participating in the Binghamton St. Patrick’s Day Parade; enjoying music, as offered by our organist and choirmaster Tim, our Ringers and Choir, guest artists, and perhaps most of all: as offered by our children! If you would like a picture of your children participating in one of their delightful musical offerings, please reach out to Connie Alexander!

Memorial Donations for Gerry Hough initiated:  New torches and candle lighter/snuffer are planned as a memorial in early 2019.  To make donations for this, please contact Phyllis Amenda.

Passings

Sheila Athorn passed away November 24, 2018;  inurnment in Trinity’s columbarium will be on January 19, 2019 at Noon.

 

Marilyn Doersam passed away on December 4, 2018.

Diocesan Events

The Youth Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York invites 6th-12th graders to enjoy a weekend of winter fun on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Syracuse. We'll volunteer together at a local community outreach program, enjoy skating at the Clinton Square Ice Rink and spend the night in the church before Sunday morning worship. Please sign up by Saturday, January 5th at cnyepiscopal.org/2019-skate.

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is hosting Episcopal Night at Syracuse Crunch Hockey! Grab a friend or get the family together for the game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7 at Syracuse's War Memorial Arena. Your $21 ticket includes a $5 food and drink voucher; please call (315) 473-4444 x134 and mention promotion code CNYE to order by January 7th. Youth attending the weekend Skating Overnight can stay over at St. Paul's Episcopal Church downtown after the game. More information at cnyepiscopal.org/crunch.

February 2019
Musical Services and Events

Complete listing of musical services and offerings available: Please see 2018-2019 Musical Offerings for a complete list of musical services and offerings at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church.

First Friday, February 1 at 7:30 pm: Candlechant presented by the women of the Trinity Choir.

On Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm, we will hold a “Festival of Welsh Hymns,” featuring the Trinity Choir, brass, tympani, and Organist Timothy Smith. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be received. All who attend may join in singing your favorite old hymns.  Read more.

And please enjoy several other music offerings, in which members of our Trinity Choir offer their skills:

 

On Sunday, Feb. 17th at 3:00 pm, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton will present a concert of Renaissance Madrigals for Valentines entitled" Love, Longing and Lechery".   Songs about love lost, found, true and not so true along with the ups and downs of marriage, with the Madrigal Choir in Renaissance Costumes while singing these songs about the trials of love.   The Concert will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 10 Henry Street, Binghamton, NY. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Dr. Bruce Borton, Artistic Director. Come get your fa-la-la on!

 

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 pm, The Southern Tier Singers Collective return to the beauty and majesty of St. Patrick's Catholic Church for a concert of music in anticipation of the Lenten journey - entitled "O Vos Omnes" - Music of Repentance and Redemption."  The program will feature a double choir motet by J.S. Bach, four Motets by Francis Poulenc, music by Brahms, Pablo Casals, Morten Lauridsen, and Rheinberger. A goodwill offering will be received. Dr. William Culverhouse - Director.

Other Activities and Events

Are you called to serve?  Consider service as a eucharistic minister, lector, acolyte, worship leader, or eucharistic visitor.  Read more.

Trinity Forums will continue the series entitled "The Changing Face of the Triple Cities" on  February 3 when John Frazier and Norah Henry, both professors of Geography at BU, will talk on “The Revitalization of Johnson City: Monitoring Concerns and Potential Outcomes.”  The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room.

The Trinity Forums continues with a second series: Confronting the Immigration Crisis:

  • February 10. Dara Silberstein, Visiting Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at BU and a practicing attorney, will be joined by two students and speak on "The Legal Crisis at the Southern Border: An On the Ground Perspective."  The three of them participated in the Dilley Pro Bono Project in the migrant detention center in Dilley, Texas, where they provided legal assistance and advocacy to detained women and children in their effort to seek asylum within the United States.

  • February 17. Randall McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at BU, is an archaeologist who has worked in the US-Mexico border region since 1985. He has also done humanitarian aid work in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with the Unitarian-Universalist sponsored group No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes. He will speak on "The Wall, Migrant Caravans and Insanity:  A Report from the US – México Border."

  • March 3. Susan Thornton will speak on the European refugee crisis as viewed from camps in Greece where she served as a volunteer.

The Trinity Lunchers will meet on Monday, February 18 at Noon for a Dutch Treat lunch at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton.  Our guest speaker will be our own Joe Card, who will present his program, "Lincoln the Lawyer".  Joe's stories on Lincoln have always been favorites for our lunchers.

Thankful Reflections

Fred Alexander has announced his retirement as coordinator of the Trinity Lunchers after ten years of outstanding service.  He hopes for a new coordinator who will add fresh ideas to the task.  We appreciate Fred's outstanding service over the past ten years and are pleased that he will continue as a participant.  Please let Father Glenn know if you are interested in stepping up the job that Fred has so faithfully begun.

We’d like to thank Robin Fellows and Jack Moulton, who are retiring from service on our

Vestry,  Joan Lacey, who is retiring as Treasurer, and Susanne Harding, who has retired from our Nominating Commission, for services  faithfully rendered. God bless all of them, and when you have a chance, please thank them for their contributions to our parish!

Darlene Croston has been and continues to serve our country far from home; to help remind her that she’s in our hearts and prayers, Father Glenn, John Chaffee, Jeff Fellows, and Rayleen Kie assembled an Advent care package for her. Its contents were used by her in a service there.

I am deeply grateful to be able to report that we all came together in our stewardship campaign to pledge $185,122 towards Trinity Memorial’s ministries and programs in 2019, exceeding our target of $185,000 in so doing  -- “Transformed by gratitude” - indeed!

 

Peter Koeppel, Stewardship Chair

Memorial Donations for Gerry Hough initiated:  New torches and candle lighter/snuffer are approved by the vestry and ordered as a memorial.  The cost is $1300 of which $300 has already be pledged.  To make donations for this project, please contact Phyllis Amenda.

Coming Events

Our annual Parish Picnic will be held at Arnold Park in Vestal on Sunday June 9, 2019 from 4-6 PM.  We have reserved Shelter #3. Hiking, volleyball, bocce, frisbee – these are some of the activities available.  There is an amazing playground only steps away from the picnic shelter!. Trinity will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, rolls, condiments, beverages, and plates/silverware.   Those who attend are asked to bring a ‘dish to pass’. As winter progresses into spring, this is something to which we can look forward! More details to come.

 

Connie Alexander, Chair, Christian Education Commission

March 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 pm: The Renewal of Vows and the blessing of Oils

 

This Lent, the people of Central New York come together as a diocesan community preparing to follow Jesus Christ into new life at Easter. At this service, we share Holy Communion, celebrate our ordained and lay ministers, and renew our Christian vows.  Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe will be present.  This service is not just for clergy but for all people.  Organist Timothy E. Smith and the Trinity Memorial Church Choir will provide music for this beautiful service.

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Offerings:

  • 7:30 pm - Ashes to Go -  for imposition of ashes to passers-by.

  • 7:00 pm - Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes.

Musical Services and Events

Complete listing of musical services and offerings available: Please see 2018-2019 Musical Offerings for a complete list of musical services and offerings at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church.

First Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm: Candlechant presented by the men of the Trinity Choir.

On Friday, March 8 at 7 pm at Main Street Baptist Church, Jean Henssler, a member of our church family, will give a lecture and demonstration of the music will be playing on March 24 for our Lenten Series at Trinity Memorial Church (see below).

Sundays in March at 6 pm: Lenten Concert Series:

  • March 10: David von Behren, Organ - Durufle

  • March 17: C. Taylor, J. Shelhart, T.E. Smith, Arias and Duets

  • March 24: Jean Herman Henssler, Organ - Reger

  • March 31: Andrew Gordon - Piano and Deborah Wong - Violin - Brahms

A simple soup, salad and bread supper follows at 7 pm.  All are welcome to join us!

    - The Music Committee

Other Activities and Events

Saturday, March 2 - St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Although there will be no float this year from Trinity, we will be supporting the parade with our hospitality tents on Main Street with free refreshments and will make available our restrooms.  Volunteers are sought to support this (see Jeff Fellows).  Schedule:

  • Friday, March1 at 9 am - meet at Trinity to bake brownies

  • Saturday, March 2: noon setup; 12:30 helpers arrive; 1:30 pm - the parade begins.

Trinity Forums (Sundays at 11:30 in the Common Room):

In March, we complete our series on the Immigration Crisis, followed by a two-part Lenten series: 

  • March 3: Susan Thornton will speak on the European refugee crisis as viewed from camps in Greece where she served as a volunteer.

  • March 10: Randall McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at BU, is an archaeologist who has worked in the US-Mexico border region since 1985. He has also done humanitarian aid work in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with the Unitarian-Universalist sponsored group No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes. He will speak on "The Wall, Migrant Caravans and Insanity:  A Report from the US – México Border." This session was originally scheduled for February 17.

  • March 17, 24, and 31: Lenten series: "FORGIVENESS:   Breaking the chains that hold us captive," offered by Fr. Glenn.

  • April 7: Dr. Bruce Borton will give an introduction to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passion According to St. John, which will be presented at Trinity by the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Trinity Choir, along with soloists and orchestra, on April 13.  

The Trinity Lunchers will meet on Monday, March 18 at noon for a Dutch Treat lunch at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton.  Our guest speaker will be our own Jean Henssler, who will present  "Organ Music Appreciation 101".   This presentation is an introduction for the concert she will be giving on March 24 at 6 pm as a part of Trinity's Lenten Concert Series

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 10.  Don't forget to set your clocks ahead!

Please remember in your prayers the friends and family of Marguarite Keating who died February 11, 2019 at the age of 100.

Thankful Reflections

On February 8, 2019, four of our parish family were sworn in as citizens of the United States: Arlene Ghilardi; Regina, Nelson, and Renelle Pereira.  Read more.

Peter Koeppel offers a reflection on Stewardship and its extension into our daily lives as an opening for a conversation to be continued over the next few months.  Read more.

April 2019
Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter

Palm/Passion Sunday: April 14 at 8 and 10 am  - Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist.

Maundy Thursday: April 18 at 7 pm - Holy Eucharist with Choir, Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday: April 19 at 7 pm - Good Friday Liturgy (a special offering is taken for the church in Jerusalem)

Holy Saturday: April 20 at 8 pm - Great Easter Vigil at All Saints Church in Johnson City - all welcome

Easter Day, April 21 at 8 am - Lighting of the Paschal Candle and Holy Eucharist with hymns

                                     at 10 am - Festive Holy Eucharist

                       

Easter Egg Hunt - Following the 10 am Eucharist and again at 12:30 pm for the canteen guests.

Musical Services and Events

Complete listing of musical services and offerings available: Please see 2018-2019 Musical Offerings for a complete list of musical services and offerings at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church.

First Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm: Candlechant presented by the women of the Trinity Choir.

Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm: The Passion According to St. John by J.S. Bach - The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins forces with the Trinity Choir, Orchestra and Soloists; Dr. Bruce Borton, Conductor.  A free will offering will be collected.

Other Activities and Events

The deadline for Easter flowers contributions is April 10th Read more.

Trinity Forums (11:30 am in the Common Room): 

 

      * Introduction to Bach's St. John Passion, April 7, presented by Dr. Bruce Borton as a prelude to the          April 13 concert (see above).

      * The Art and Soul of the Cello, April 28, presented by Hakan Tayga.

Please remember in your prayers the friends and family of Walter Gasda who died March 10, 2019.  A Memorial Service for Walter will be on Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon preceded by an hour of visitation at 11 am.

Thankful Reflections

The Tuesday Group is grateful for donations received for Mom's House.  See more.

Thanks to all that helped to bring the success of Trinity's St. Patrick's Day Parade refreshment tentsRead more and see pictures.

A wonderful celebration of Clareice Bennett's 102nd Birthday was sponsored by the Tuesday GroupSee more.

May 2019
Musical Services and Events

Complete listing of musical services and offerings available: Please see 2018-2019 Musical Offerings for a complete list of musical services and offerings at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church.

First Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm: Spring will be rung in on Trinity's wonderful organ by Tim Smith and Jean Henssler in a program entitled "Spring Fling".

Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm: We will host a Celebration of Moses Hogan, the internationally renowned arranger of African-American spirituals.  Dr. Bruce Borton will direct a collection of local choirs.  Also featured will be Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor, and pianists, Jean Herman Henssler and Pej Reitz.

At 6:15, before the concert, Theresa Lee-Whiting,  a Hogan scholar, and special guest, Dr. Ava Hogan-Chapman will give a pre-concert Lecture.

May 29 at 7 pm: Tim Smith, organist and choir director, and the Trinity Choir will offer "Evensong for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord" with music by Herbert Howells, Leo Sowerby and Gerald Finzi.

Other Activities and Events

* May 12 - Jim Petras, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Binghamton University discusses "The US in     Latin America and the Case of Venezuela"

      

* May 19 - Jennifer Musa, Professor of Biology at SUNY Broome and Maureen Hankin Chairperson of the Dental Hygiene Department at SUNY Broome will present "Health for Haiti: Transforming Lives Through Global Service"

* June 2 - Maya Garcia, Director of the American Civic Association will speak on "Current Immigration Trends in Binghamton" - the issues immigrants face in our community and the work of the ACA.

Trinity Forums (11:30 am Sundays in the Common Room) - all are welcome:

Trinity Lunchers, May 20, 12 noon, Dutch-Treat lunch at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street - guest speaker, Christina Muscatello, Director of the Memory Maker Project, a program for art, culture, and advocacy for those who suffer memory loss.  All are welcome.

Thankful Reflections

A funeral was held at Trinity on April 27 for long-time member, Virginia Howard, who died April 17.  It was attended by many family and friends, and our choir and organ, that she loved so much, provided beautiful music to celebrate her life.

Lenten Review:  A number of outstanding talks and musical offerings enhanced our Lenten season, including Fr. Glenn's Forum presentations on Forgiveness, four Sunday Evening Concerts, including several special guests, and an inspiring presentation of Bach's Passion according to St. John with orchestra and combined choruses conducted by Dr. Bruce BortonRead more and see pictures.

The Tuesday Group met to assemble school bags for Church World Service.

An Earth Day Thought (kwpk): Commons - a shared resource.  Read more.

June 2019
Musical Services and Events

On October 10-14 The Trinity Choir will sing in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada, with Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bay Village, Ohio, Choral Eucharist jointly with the excellent choir of Grace Church on the Hill (Toronto), and Choral Evensong at St. James Cathedral (Toronto).  There is space on the bus for "co-travelers" at about $450 each which includes bus four nights at excellent hotels, a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, two lunches, and a dinner.  Read more.

The Early On music ensemble, Christina Taylor, Paul Sweeny, Barbara Kaufman, and Larry Zukof  will be offering two chances to hear their music:

  • A preview concert will be held for local folks on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Riverside Dr. (next to Lourdes Hospital).  This is a non-ticketed event but a free will offering will be received. Tina says she “would love to see some friendly faces” in the crowd!

  • If you’d like an excuse to travel, the ensemble will be offering  the same concert again on Sunday, June 9, 3:00 pm for the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Guitar Society, at Morton Memorial Library Rhinecliff, NY; admission: $10 at the door.

Other Activities and Events

Trinity Forums (11:30 am Sundays in the Common Room) - all are welcome:

June 2, 11:30 am, we will meet for the last installment of our Spring series on Immigration and Refugees: Maya Garcia, Director of the American Civic Association will speak on current immigration trends in Binghamton.  

Following the above, additional forums and the Trinity Lunchers will be on break for the Summer, but more exciting programs are in our plans for the coming Fall.

Thankful Reflections and Additional Activites

On May 28th we celebrated the life of our special friend, George F. Akel, Jr. along with many family members with his wonderful family and over 600 parishioners and guests.  Fr. Glenn and Tim Smith with the Akel family planned a beautiful service with 21 choir members participating.  Over 50 staff and volunteers handled the parking, ushering and service at the Altar, and many other details.  Special thanks to Terry Burke who provided the simulcasting to the Hoyt Room and the Gym to handle the overflow from the Church.  It was a memorable day and I believe a great ministry to the Akel family.  May we keep them in our prayers in the difficult days ahead.

On May 5, at long last, we enjoyed welcoming Darlene Croston back for a long deployment in Afghanistan.  It is wonderful to have her home safe with family and friends.

On Tuesday, May 30, tour Tuesday Group hosted what just has to be one of Trinity’s most loved events: when we work to bring senior members, some of whom may not be able to attend services and participate in other events regularly, together to share prayer and great food, renew friendships and recall shared memories.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous current and former Trinity folks, we more than met our goal of $1300 to purchase new torches for the sanctuary, new candle snuffer, and oil candles for the candelabra in memory of Gerry Hough.  In addition, donations in honor of Walter Gazda purchased a new Paschal candle to replace the prior one, which leaked.

(Barb Manzo and Phyllis Amenda, Acolyte Coordinators)

Trinity participated for the fifth time in the area's annual Sacred Sites Tour.  As in years past, Jeff Fellows spearheaded this our hosting this event.  Read more.

Good Stewardship - The Earth Resources (Peter Koeppel): Read more.

July-August 2019
Musical Services and Events

On October 10-14 The Trinity Choir will sing in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada, with Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bay Village, Ohio, Choral Eucharist jointly with the excellent choir of Grace Church on the Hill (Toronto), and Choral Evensong at St. James Cathedral (Toronto).  There is space on the bus for "co-travelers" at about $450 each which includes bus four nights at excellent hotels, a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, two lunches, and a dinner.  Read more.

On September 20 and 21, the Trinity Choir is sponsoring a HYMNATHON as a fundraiser for their October choir trip.  What is a HYMNATHON and why do I love it?  Tim Smith explains it all.  Read more.

Other Activities and Events

On Sunday, June 30 at the 10 am. service, please join us in supporting Jaime and Tom Forrest, on the occasion of the Holy Baptism of their daughter Adelyn.

 

On Sunday July 21 at the 10 am service we celebrate with Jan and Gary Muehlbauer their 40th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their Wedding Vows.

Trinity Forums and Lunchers are on break for the Summer but more esciting programs are in our plans for the coming Fall.

On Friday, June 28th at 11 am is a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Nancy Jane Thompson who died on June 23, 2019.  Nancy was a long time, faithful member of Trinity and 

she will be greatly missed.  A Reception follows in the gym for those who wish to attend.

Thankful Reflections and Additional Activites

A note of thanks from the George Akel family:

To Our Dear Friends at Trinity,

 

We can't possibly thank you enough for the support and love shown to George and myself over these many months.  Your heartfelt cards and notes, food and flowers, visits and prayers, the extraordinary music and Holy Spirit surrounding our Sunday mornings all enveloped us in your kindness.   

 

Your caring extended to our larger community through George's memorial service.  Fr. Glenn, Tim and our choir, Jeff and Robin, Phyllis and the acolytes, Kathy and Terry, Arlene, and the many volunteers all supported our family with the immeasurable number of details; all executed so beautifully. We could never have done it without you. 

 

We thank you all, each and every one, most sincerely, 

 

Sally, Andrea, George, Jeffrey and families. 

Our Sunday School Program celebrates a Rainbow Year, thanks to many enthusiastic volunteers.  Read about our year in review.

The Mission and Ministry Commission of Trinity Memorial takes seriously its stewardship of the Trinity Community Fund.  Three community organizations benefited from our 2019 Community Fund grants.

Read more.

Good Stewardship - Once More: That Plastic Thing (Peter Koeppel)Read more.

September 2019
Musical Services and Events

The Trinity Choir convenes Wednesday, September 4 at 7 pm. If you’ve considered joining the choir, this is the perfect opportunity to join! Please contact Tim Smith by email portagetim@yahoo.com to learn more of the choir’s work and schedule this season. The choir will sing at the 10 am Eucharist on September 8. Our singers also gather on Saturday, September 7 at 9:00 am for a morning of sight-reading anthems: twelve weeks in three hours.

The Trinity Ringers are playing handbells and handchimes again this fall. Our first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 11 at 5:30 pm. We welcome anyone who is comfortable reading music: the basics of ringing can be learned in a few minutes. All of us are still working to sharpen our skills. The group has lively rehearsals. Again, this is the time to give it a try, and I’m happy to respond to your email.

On September 20 and 21, the Trinity Choir is sponsoring a HYMNATHON as a fundraiser for their October choir trip.  What is a HYMNATHON and why do I love it?  Tim Smith explains it all.  Read more.

In October The Trinity Choir will sing in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada, with Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bay Village, Ohio, Choral Eucharist jointly with the excellent choir of Grace Church on the Hill (Toronto), and Choral Evensong at St. James Cathedral (Toronto).  There is space on the bus for "co-travelers" at about $450 each which includes bus four nights at excellent hotels, a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, two lunches, and a dinner.  Read more.

FIRST FRIDAY returns next month, October 4 7:30 pm, when the Southern Tier Brass take the stage for an evening of music from Gabrieli to Dixieland. 

 

The full set of Trinity Memorial Musical Offerings is presented in a brochure which is available at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY, or for your convenience is reproduced here.

Other Activities and Events

Children’s Church will begin Sunday, September 15th with some changes in the format.  Older children (middle school and older) will meet for the entire 10 AM service in the Common Room one Sunday per month to watch and discuss the program, “One Strange Rock”, a National Geographic series narrated by Will Smith, meshing science with the bible.   On the other Sundays of the month, the youth are encouraged to stay in church.  Sidney Dement will be directing the younger children each Sunday. 

 

Our annual stewardship pledge campaign will kick off on Sunday October 20, 2019 with our traditional pot-luck dinner. We’ll start with a social gathering at 6:00 pm, followed by the dinner at 6:30 pm. 

 

Foyer Groups Sign-ups: Foyer Groups are groups of 6-8 people who meet once a month and share a simple meal in their homes as a way of becoming better acquainted with a focus on fellowship.  A sign-up sheet is available on the Kiosk in the Hoyt Room.  See Connie Alexander for more information.  Read more.

The Trinity Forums will host a variety of presentations this fall with series on the Protestant Reformation, gay and lesbian issues within the church, writers and their craft, and the Advent season.  The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room; presentations and discussions typically last an hour.

  • On September 8 ,Susan Thornton will reprise her earlier forum on refugees in Greece with a report on her work there this summer.

  • On September 15, a lawyer from the American Civic Association will describe the important legal work done for refugees and immigrants in the Binghamton area.

  • On September 22, 29 and October 6, begins a series on the Reformation Century.  We will have treatments by three from the Trinity family who have wide-ranging knowledge of this topic: Peter Koeppel on the Lutheran Reformation, Andrew Walkling on the English Reformation, and finally Brian Palmer on the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Passings

H. Dale Held passed on  July 27, 2019.

 

Mary Cannon, sister of Jeff Fellows, passed on August 12, 2019.

Kenrick Georges passed on August 26.  A memorial service is planned for September 18 at 1 pm with a visitation an hour before and a light reception following.

 

Steve Stalker passed on September 3.  A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, September 11 at 2 pm with visitation an hour before.  

Thankful Reflections and Additional Activites

Janice and Gary Muehlbauer renewed their wedding vows before God, family and friends on July 21, 2019.  See Pictures.

A Sincere Note of Thanks:

I wanted to thank our Trinity Church Family for all the prayers, and acts of kindness for my sister Mary Cannon.  Her funeral was here at Trinity Saturday Aug. 17th because Mary so appreciated our loving church family. Thank you, Tim and our choir family for adding such a special touch to the service, the ushers and altar guild for their part in the service, Phyllis and Richard Schaal for leading us in worship, and Fr. John Martinichio for sharing the graveside committal.

Jeff Fellows

October 2019
Musical Services and Events

FIRST FRIDAY returns this month, October 4 at 7:30 pm, when the Southern Tier Brass take the stage for an evening of music from Gabrieli to Dixieland. 

 

First FRIDAY, November 1st at 7:30 pm features Candlechant with the Men of Trinity Choir.

The full set of Trinity Memorial Musical Offerings is presented in a brochure which is available at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY, or for your convenience is reproduced here.

On October 10-14 The Trinity Choir will sing in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada, with Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bay Village, Ohio, Choral Eucharist jointly with the St. James Anglican Cathedral Choir in Toronto, and Choral Evensong at the same cathedral featuring our own choir.  Anyone wishing to contribute to the expenses of the tour, please please contact the church at 723-3593.  Read more.

On Sunday, October 27 at 8 pm in the Helen Foley Theater at Binghamton High School The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton -  will sing a concert featuring the MUSIC of WOMEN COMPOSERS for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  The Binghamton High school Concert Choir with Jennifer Easley, Conductor will be joining the Madrigal Choir.  Tickets are: $15. At the door for adults and $5.00 for students.  Dr. Bruce Borton, is the Artistic Director.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church –  58 Oak Street in Binghamton will feature the recently formed  Southern Tier Singer’s Collective, Dr. William Culverhouse, Conductor.  
Music will feature:  Requiem  and “Take Him Earth, for Cherishing” by Herbert Howells; How to Go On by Dale Trumbore and closing with “Bring Us, O Lord God” by William Harris.  Several Trinitarians sing in this Choir. A good will offering is received and you are invited to attend.

Other Activities and Events

On Sunday, October 6, after the 10:00 am service, we extend a special welcome to your furry, feathered, scaled, … friend!  Blessing of the animals by Fr. Glenn is in observation of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.  Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held in the Garden.

On Wednesday October 9th at Noon, Valerie Spiller will lead the first Bible Study.  Read more.

The Trinity Forums will host a variety of presentations this fall with series on the Protestant Reformation, gay and lesbian issues within the church, writers and their craft, and the Advent season.  The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room; presentations and discussions typically last an hour.

  • On October 6th, Brian Palmer will finish our Reformation Century series discussing The Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. 

  • On October 20, Darlene Croston will talk about her recent stay in Afghanistan

  • On October 27, we will get a visual and musical recap of the choir’s recent trip sharing and joining their musical offerings with other church choirs.

The Annual Stewardship Campaign Kickoff Dinner is set for Sunday, October 20th with social time beginning at 6 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm.  Bring your favorite dish to share.  For a thoughtful stewardship message "God's Love - Our Gifts" from Peter Koeppel, Read more.

Trinity Memorial has always been blessed by counting creative, insightful persons among its members: artists; scientists; historians; theologians; writers; teachers, above all, who have been willing to share their expertise and experiences liberally with all of us.  This time, we’d like to recognize Kathy Corse, who has completed and published an important book, and we invite you to join her for a book-signing October 27th, following the 10:00 am serviceRead more.

Passings

Kenrick Georges passed on August 26.  A memorial service was held September 18.

 

Steve Stalker passed on September 3.  A funeral service was held September 11.  

Thankful Reflections and Additional Activites

On Friday September 20 and Saturday, September 21, the Trinity Choir, and some other dedicated volunteers, with Tim Smith at the organ joined for a Hymnathon, singing all 720 hymns in our hymnal.

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A Celebration of significant Birthday milestones for several of our seniors took place after church last month.  See pictures.