Trinity Times

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

Trinity Times 2020 Part 3

December 2020
 A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father, 
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing 
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning 
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, 
for Jesus' sake.

Amen.

Christmas - so, at long last, we have made it to Christmas Eve - time to reflect on a year filled with difficulties, and even loss, for many of us. But this is also the time to rekindle hope as we celebrate the Word Becoming Flesh. 

Please join us for services and celebrations on our YouTube channel:

Christmas Eve:

  • 5 p.m.  Virtual Trinity Memorial Church Christmas Eve with  the building of the Creche and Holy Communion 

  • 10:30 p.m.  Vivaldi Gloria From the 2016 Trinity Memorial Church Christmas Eve Service

  • 11:00 p.m.  Virtual Christmas Eve with Festive Music and Communion

Christmas Day:  Festive music on Trinity’s YouTube Channel beginning at 10:00 am

Sunday, December 27 ( Christmas 1):  10 a.m. Virtual Service on YouTube

Sharing God's bounty - it's that time of the year: we ask you to consider God's blessings in your life, and pledge to offer some of your time, talent and treasure to Trinity Memorial's ministries. We've sent out Stewardship packages including a pledge card; if you didn't receive yours yet, or if you wish to pledge on-line, please use our online Pledge Form.

Be Safe and Stay Connected - Electronically

While we do what is prudent to remain safe ourselves, as well as to keep

those we love safe, we are connecting in a number of ways, all electronic:

       YouTube: bit.ly/trinitybinghamton

 

  • On (First) Friday, December 4th at 4 pm you can tune into the TrinityYouTube channel to watch the Trinity Memorial Ringers offering Christmas Music on handbells, handchimes, and percussion.  This is a recording from a December 2010 First Friday presentation.

 

  • On Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, please join us on our YouTube channel by clicking here: TrinityYouTube for a live broadcast of our Sunday Worship Service - look for the "Virtual Service" Live-stream!  You may watch and listen to our Sunday Morning Worship Services or our music offerings any time. May they offer you peace, this time, and always!  What devices and applications do I need to connect to these Trinity Services?  Read more.

  • On Sunday mornings following the 10 am service, please join us for a Zoom coffee hour! The easy-to-use link is shared during Virtual Worship,  and is included weekly in the bulletin email from Arlene. 

  • On Sunday mornings, 11:30 - 12:30, join us with Zoom sessions of Trinity Forums beginning (see "Trinity Times" online via links in the "Trinity Times" section below for additional details).  You can join the Forums Zoom either as a continuation of the "coffee" Zoom above or join the Zoom directly at 11:30am for the forums using the link in the weekly bulletin email sent out by Arlene.

  • On Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), these special virtual events are offered: 5 pm Christmas Creche and Communion ; 10:30 pm Prelude to the Later Service; 11 pm Worship Service and Eucharist with festive music.  Tune in via the TrinityYouTube.

  • On Friday, December 25, tune into Festive Music - also on TrinityYouTube.

  • On Sunday, January 3, the 10 am virtual worship service will include traditional "Lessons and Carols".

Let us pray:

 

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

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Our church is open (even though the building remains closed for now)

To reduce exposures to the virus, Trinity Memorial has canceled all in-person gatherings, including the following until notified otherwise:

  • Gathering in-person for worship at Trinity Memorial Church.  

  • The Trinity Lunchers.

  • Other church gatherings (choir practice etc.).

  • Chow collections are suspended.  Please participate in the food store's collections in the meantime.

  • If you have further questions (or answers!) please call the Trinity Memorial office phone number. 

Please note: the Sunday Canteen sit-down dinner is replaced by the distribution of take-out meals at the regular time.

Trinity's staff continues to work from home

  • Fr. Glenn, is working from home and doing Morning Prayer services on Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. with the aid of the Technology Team.  He is checking his phone messages from home. To leave a message, please call Trinity Memorial Church, 607 723-3593 and leave a message on his voice mail:  Ext. 103.

  • Jeff Fellows, Building and Grounds Manager, is checking the building and grounds several times a week. His cell phone number is 607 222-2967.

  • Chris Brown, Financial Secretary, is working some from home and coming into his office to pay bills and process donations. 

  • Rayleen Kie, Assistant for Outreach and Pastor Care Coordinator, is working from home and is available by phone:  607 677-5085.

  • Timothy Smith, Organist & Choirmaster, is working remotely as well and can be reached by email Portagetim@yahoo.com

  • Arlene Ghilardi, Office Manager, is working from home.  Please, be in touch by emailing trinity@trinitymemorial.org or by leaving a message  on her office voicemail: Ext. 100. She will be checking messages regularly.

Reaching out, Staying in Touch, and Joining In

Although we are currently restricted in physical gatherings, we are fortunate to live in a time when there are alternatives.  Trinity is fortunate in having technicians who assist us in making our electronic connections possible and our Bishop and Presiding Bishop and priest offer wonderful prayers and reflections that can help us while isolated.  Our monthly Bible Study is also a gem that only a few have discovered and it is also available online.

Join Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry's Inspiring Reflections on Mondays

These very inspiring, informal thoughts will help you start the week.  They are recorded so you can also pick up on ones that have gone by - only about 4 minutes long, but very worthwhile.  Read more.

Join in a virtual coffee hour Sundays after the service

Look for a Zoom email invitation and link to join in to discuss anything that's on your mind.

Join Bishop DeDe on Wednesdays at Noon for Contemplative Prayer

Join The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe on Facebook:  facebook.com/bishopdede

Join in Trinity's Bible Study - December 9th at 4:30 pm.

Currently these are Zoom conference call invitations that are sent to our email list.  If you are not on the list and wish to be added, please call the church office.

A Testimonial:  If you have hesitated attending Valerie Spiller's Bible Study, this testimonial may address your concerns (not prepared or knowledgeable?  Hesitate to participate?)  Please read more.

The Trinity Times - Find it online

How do you get the November 2020 Trinity Times online edition?

  • For the online edition, click on this link: December 2020 Trinity Times online edition.   You can page through this handy online edition for many interesting articles.  In the past, these articles were reproduced on this website, but, now that they are available directly, we invite you to the original edition instead.

  • If you would prefer to have the Adobe Acrobat PDF version, click on: December 2020 Trinity Times PDF version.

Here are some of the articles that may be of interest to you in the current edition:

  • Fr. Glenn's monthly message - pages 1 and 2

  • Celebrations and Parish Register - page 3

  • Memories - photos from Advent/Christmas past - throughout this edition.

  • Summary of Trinity Internet Links - page 4

  • Stewardship Update - page 4

  • Advent and Christmas Services and Events - page 5

  • Church Mouse features Brad and Martha Bennett's memories from their in-person experience at the 1986 Festival of Lessons and Carols, King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England - Pages 6-9

  • Trinity Forums for December - page 9

  • Meet our Members: Barbara Bowell - pages 10-11

  • Binghamton's and Trinity's own Angel Desai stars in Lady Apsara - Page 12

 Stewardship in a Time of Crisis

Don’t forget your pledge or offering to Trinity Memorial or our Priest’s Discretionary Fund.   Fr. Glenn will need to use the Discretionary Fund a lot more right now to help persons in need. Send money electronically from your bank, or however you make electronic payments. Send in your check by  mail, if you prefer. However you prefer to do it: do it!  kwpk   Read more.

Do you need assistance with online payments ? 

Get HELP.  

Help When You Need It

Our Pastoral Care team is in communication and we will try to meet needs as they arise. Please keep in touch with me (607-677-5085) or email me at caring.tmc@gmail.com. Also – if you’re feeling lonely and isolated- call or write and we can chat.  One of the great strengths of Trinity is our caring spirit which will continue even during our physical separation from one another. Prayers, courage and keep in touch and please take good care of you!  Blessings!

Rayleen, Assistant for Pastoral Care and Outreach

November 2020

Sharing God's bounty - it's that time of the year: we ask you to consider God's blessings in your life, and pledge to offer some of your time, talent and treasure to Trinity Memorial's ministries. We've sent out Stewardship packages including a pledge card; if you didn't receive yours yet, or if you wish to pledge on-line, please use our online Pledge Form.

Be Safe and Stay Connected - Electronically

While we do what is prudent to remain safe ourselves, as well as to keep

those we love safe, we are connecting in a number of ways, all electronic:

       YouTube: bit.ly/trinitybinghamton

 

  • On Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, please join us on our YouTube channel by clicking here: TrinityYouTube for a live broadcast of our Sunday Worship Service - look for the "Virtual Service" Live-stream!  You may watch and listen to our Sunday Morning Worship Services or our music offerings any time. May they offer you peace, this time, and always!  What devices and applications do I need to connect to these Trinity Services?  Read more.

  • On Sunday mornings following the 10 am service, please join us for a Zoom coffee hour! The easy-to-use link is shared during Virtual Worship,  and is included weekly in the bulletin email from Arlene. 

  • On Sunday mornings, 11:30 - 12:30, join us with Zoom sessions of Trinity Forums beginning (see "Trinity Times" online via links in the "Trinity Times" section below for additional details).  You can join the Forums Zoom either as a continuation of the "coffee" Zoom above or join the Zoom directly at 11:30am for the forums using the link in the weekly bulletin email sent out by Arlene.

Let us pray:

 

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

2 WomanWell 1.jpg
Our church is open (even though the building remains closed for now)

To reduce exposures to the virus, Trinity Memorial has canceled all in-person gatherings, including the following until notified otherwise:

  • Gathering in-person for worship at Trinity Memorial Church.  

  • The Trinity Lunchers.

  • Other church gatherings (choir practice etc.).

  • Chow collections are suspended.  Please participate in the food store's collections in the meantime.

  • If you have further questions (or answers!) please call the Trinity Memorial office phone number. 

Please note: the Sunday Canteen sit-down dinner is replaced by the distribution of take-out meals at the regular time.

Trinity's staff continues to work from home

  • Fr. Glenn, is working from home and doing Morning Prayer services on Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. with the aid of the Technology Team.  He is checking his phone messages from home. To leave a message, please call Trinity Memorial Church, 607 723-3593 and leave a message on his voice mail:  Ext. 103.

  • Jeff Fellows, Building and Grounds Manager, is checking the building and grounds several times a week. His cell phone number is 607 222-2967.

  • Chris Brown, Financial Secretary, is working some from home and coming into his office to pay bills and process donations. 

  • Rayleen Kie, Assistant for Outreach and Pastor Care Coordinator, is working from home and is available by phone:  607 677-5085.

  • Timothy Smith, Organist & Choirmaster, is working remotely as well and can be reached by email Portagetim@yahoo.com

  • Arlene Ghilardi, Office Manager, is working from home.  Please, be in touch by emailing trinity@trinitymemorial.org or by leaving a message  on her office voicemail: Ext. 100. She will be checking messages regularly.

Reaching out, Staying in Touch, and Joining In

Although we are currently restricted in physical gatherings, we are fortunate to live in a time when there are alternatives.  Trinity is fortunate in having technicians who assist us in making our electronic connections possible and our Bishop and Presiding Bishop and priest offer wonderful prayers and reflections that can help us while isolated.  Our monthly Bible Study is also a gem that only a few have discovered and it is also available online.

Join Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry's Inspiring Reflections on Mondays

These very inspiring, informal thoughts will help you start the week.  They are recorded so you can also pick up on ones that have gone by - only about 4 minutes long, but very worthwhile.  Read more.

Join in a virtual coffee hour Sundays after the service

Look for a Zoom email invitation and link to join in to discuss anything that's on your mind.

Join Bishop DeDe on Wednesdays at Noon for Contemplative Prayer

Join The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe on Facebook:  facebook.com/bishopdede

Join in Trinity's Bible Study - November 11th at 4:30 pm.

Currently these are Zoom conference call invitations that are sent to our email list.  If you are not on the list and wish to be added, please call the church office.

A Testimonial:  If you have hesitated attending Valerie Spiller's Bible Study, this testimonial may address your concerns (not prepared or knowledgeable?  Hesitate to participate?)  Please read more.

The Trinity Times - Find it online

How do you get the November 2020 Trinity Times online edition?

  • For the online edition, click on this link: November 2020 Trinity Times online edition.   You can page through this handy online edition for many interesting articles.  In the past, these articles were reproduced on this website, but, now that they are available directly, we invite you to the original edition instead.

  • If you would prefer to have the Adobe Acrobat PDF version, click on: November 2020 Trinity Times PDF version.

Here are some of the articles that may be of interest to you in the current edition:

  • Fr. Glenn's monthly message - pages 1 and 3

  • Celebrations and Parish Register - page 2

  • Summary of Trinity Internet Links - page 4

  • Send your photos for Advent Virtual Services - page 3

  • An Evening in Paris, November 15, 4 pm - Jean Henssler Organ Concert streamed - page 3

  • God's Bounty - Diane Ramnarine-Singh Family's Gardening sparks the Canteen - page 4 

  • Trinity Forums for November - page 5

  • Still Virtual - Vestry Votes - No Building Opening for Now - page 5

  • Meet our Members: David Brown - page 6

  • Mission and Ministry Grant Recommendations - page 7

  • Future Forums - Ideas?  Recommendations? - page 7 

  • "Stewardship in These Times" article (Peter Koeppel) - page 8

  • Cares Act - Charitable Giving Incentives - Meaning to You - page 9

  • "Can This Be" (kwpk) - reflections on Thanksgiving and Advent - page 10

 Stewardship in a Time of Crisis

Don’t forget your pledge or offering to Trinity Memorial or our Priest’s Discretionary Fund.   Fr. Glenn will need to use the Discretionary Fund a lot more right now to help persons in need. Send money electronically from your bank, or however you make electronic payments. Send in your check by  mail, if you prefer. However you prefer to do it: do it!  kwpk   Read more.

Do you need assistance with online payments ? 

Get HELP.  

Help When You Need It

Our Pastoral Care team is in communication and we will try to meet needs as they arise. Please keep in touch with me (607-677-5085) or email me at caring.tmc@gmail.com. Also – if you’re feeling lonely and isolated- call or write and we can chat.  One of the great strengths of Trinity is our caring spirit which will continue even during our physical separation from one another. Prayers, courage and keep in touch and please take good care of you!  Blessings!

Rayleen, Assistant for Pastoral Care and Outreach