Here you can find selected material from issues of Trinity Memorial Church's monthly newsletter, the Trinity Times
Meet Our Members - Brenda Truex and Martha Bennett
BRENDA TRUEX officially joined Trinity Memorial Church last December and has been a regular worshipper with us this winter. An Endicott native, she lives on Binghamton’s West Side. Brenda came to a First Friday CandleChant service and immediately felt “at home.” She felt warmly welcomed (and we are proud and pleased when visitors say that!).
Brenda had longtime friends at Trinity. She and MARTHA BENNETT were classmates (some years ago) at the Crane School of Music at the State University College at Potsdam. Both returned to this area and taught music in Maine-Endwell elementary schools and both are now retired.
Martha and her husband BRAD (a retired IBMer) sing in the Trinity Memorial Choir and like the rigor and discipline of singing under Tim Smith’s direction.
The Church Mouse recalled meeting Martha and Brad for the first time — before any of us had joined Trinity — at Camp Ogontz in New Hampshire some 20 years ago. A college friend of Sue Carpenter’s sang in a chorus in Westerly, Rhode Island that went to this camp in the
White Mountains to sing sacred music for a week, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks (formerly of King’s College, Cambridge). A number of Trinity singers attended over several years: Sue Carpenter, Peter Browne,
John & Barbara Chaffee, Nancy Campbell, Rick Shumaker, and a number
of Trinity Trebles. Some other area singers attended, including two music teachers from West Middle School, Brad and Martha Bennett, and John and Marcy Keeler. What a wonderful experience!
But Martha said that was NOT the first time we met! She said it was 1984 and we were on the same bus trip touring England! She recalled the memorable Sunday morning we spent in York. We had two or three hours of free time to wander around York. We decided—independently—to check out York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It was Sunday morning. Maybe we could catch a service! Did we ever! The Minster was packed; we found seats near the back. The Archbishop of York was presiding at the ordination of several priests. The service was lengthy—VERY lengthy. We grew nervous watching the time. We had to leave before Communion to be back on the bus on time. Breathlessly, we all made it!
Two weeks later, on July 9, 1984, a fire broke out in the South Transept that did much damage. Firefighters poured tons of water on the roof—so it would collapse—and the rest of the Minster would be saved. Restoration costing millions of pounds is STILL going on. York Minster has been advising the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on the challenges of restoration.