Trinity Times

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2020 Trinity Times

April 2020
Blood Drive April 22
-UPDATE-

LIMITED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE: As of 11am Monday, only six slots remain open to give blood Wednesday. They will likely not be able to accomodate walk-ups, so if you haven't already, please register today, you'll be assured of an appointment. Visit redcrossblood.org, and register using the sponsor code TRINITY -OR- call 1-800-RED-CROSS

 

The need for blood supply never stops; so please donate at Trinity Memorial, on Wednesday April 22, 2020, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Enter through the Oak Street “Gym” entrance, under the purple awning.

 

The Red Cross is observing strict hygiene rules, including health-check at the door, physical distancing, and disinfection, during every step of the donation process. You must pre-register to participate: 

  • Either: visit redcrossblood.org, and register using the sponsor code TRINITY

  • Or: call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register

Be Safe and Stay Connected - Electronically

While we do what is prudent to remain safe ourselves, as well as keep to those we love safe, we are connecting in a number of ways, all electronic:

  • We call each other, we message each other, we connect via Facebookwww.facebook.com/trinitymemorialchurch or YouTube: bit.ly/trinitybinghamton ; 

  • On Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, please join us on YouTube 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!

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.

COVID-19 Update 

To reduce exposures to the virus, Trinity Memorial is cancelling all group meetings, including the following until notified otherwise:

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

  • The associated "Forums" that usually follow the services.

  • The Lenten Concert Series and suppers.

  • 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 will be replaced by the distribution of take-out meals at the regular time.

Now that New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has mandated that only essential services may leave their home to report to work, our staff is working 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.

 Stewardship in a Time of Crisis

Don’t forget your pledge or offering to Trinity Memorial or our Priest’s Discretionary Fund.  Consider also directing Easter Memorial Flowers donations to the Discretionary Fund as there will be no flowers in our closed-up building.  Be sure that memorial donations and memorial names arrive by April 5th to be certain that they are included in the Easter memorial list.  Trinity Memorial will much appreciate receiving your offering and 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

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

Think Priorities, Safety, and Essentials of Holy Week

Some thoughts to get us through these difficult times and a mindset for Holy Week are offered by Peter Koeppel.  Read more.

Meet Our Members - The Church Mouse Reports

Meet a Brenda Truex who recently joined Trinity Memorial Church, and hear about Martha Bennett's happenstance connection to The Church MouseRead more.

Thanks to the St. Patrick's Parade Trinity Volunteers

A big job was made fun as hundreds enjoyed Trinity's hospitality at the St. Patrick's Day parade.  Thanks to the many volunteers that made this possible.  Read more.

March 2020

While we do what is prudent to remain safe ourselves, as well as keep those we love safe, we are connecting in a number of ways, all electronic: we call each other, we message each other, we connect via Facebookwww.facebook.com/trinitymemorialchurch or YouTube: bit.ly/trinitybinghamton ; 

On Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, please join us on YouTube 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!

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.

March 14 COVID-19 Update 

The following is a March 14 special update to override some of the information and postings that follow.  To reduce exposures to the virus, Trinity Memorial is cancelling all group meetings, including the following previously planned activities:

  • Gathering in-person for worship at Trinity Memorial Church until further notice.  The associated "Forums" that usually follow theses services will not be held at the previously specified dates.

  • The Lenten Concert Series and suppers for March 2020 are likewise cancelled.

  • The Trinity Lunchers on Monday, March 16 is cancelled.

  • Other church gatherings (choir practice etc.) will not be held during these two weeks.

  • Church office hours will not be affected.  If you have further questions please call the office.

Please note: the Sunday Canteen sit-down dinner will be replaced by the distribution of take-out meals.

Musical Services and Events

First Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm - Pej Reitz, Piano with Timothy Perry, Clarinet play works from early Italy to Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" with lots in between.  Invite your friends, come and enjoy!

 

Sundays in March, Lenten Concert Series at 6 pm followed by a simple supper (except March 29):

  • March 8 – Grant Wareham – Organ (from New Haven, CT)

  • March 15 – John Shelhart – Bass/Baritone with Chamber Orchestra, J.S. Bach

  • March 22 – Amanda Reneé Mole- Organ (From Rochester, NY)

  • March 29 – Trinity and Madrigal Choirs combine to sing Leo Sowerby’s Lenten Passion:  Forsaken of Man, Timothy E. Smith, Organist and Conductor

Other Activities and Events

Trinity Lunchers:

  • On Monday, March 16 at Noon, Greg Keeler will review highlights since the 1968 premiere TV broadcast at WSKG.  The Trinity Lunchers meet most months on the third Monday of the month at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton.   

Trinity Forum: The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room; presentations and discussions typically last an hour. 

  • On March 1, Fr. Anne Bailey, professor of History at BU, will talk about "Contemporary Issues of Racism".

  • On March 8 and 15, Fr. Glenn Mahaffey will do a series on What do your believe? - a friendly interrogation of the faith.

On March 7 Trinity will host spectators and participants in the St. Patrick's Day Parade with refreshments and fellowship.  To help out in the fun (sign up in the Hoyt Room on the kiosk):

  Friday, March 6, 9 am to 1 pm help in baking cookies in our kitchen

  Saturday, March 7 help set up at noon and then serve refreshments during the parade at 1:30 pm.

 

Easter Memorial Flowers - Please offer your gift by April 5.

Meet our Members:  Have you seen a face (new or perhaps ones that have been around a while and would like to know them better.   Here is an opportunity to learn more about Mary Lou Faust and M. Beverly Hosten, MD,

Lent and Holy Week Activities and Services

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time starts!

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

11:30 am: Trinity Forum: What do you believe? An friendly interrogation of the faith.

6:00 pm Grant Wareham – Organ 

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 15

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

11:30 am Trinity Forum: What do you believe? An friendly interrogation of the faith.

6:00 pm John Shelhart – Bass/Baritone with Chamber Orchestra - J.S. Bach

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 22

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

6:00 pm Amanda Reneé Mole- Organ 

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 29 

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

6:00 pm Trinity & Binghamton Madrigal Choirs: Leo Sowerby’s Lenten Passion: Forsaken of Man

    Note: there is no Simple soup and salad offering after this service

Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday 

8:00 am Service with blessing of the Palms

10:00 am Service with blessing and procession of the Palms; the Passion of our Lord

Thursday, April 9: Maundy Thursday

7 :00 pm Service

Friday, April 10: Good Friday

7:00 pm Service

Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday

8:00 am Service with Holy Eucharist

10:00 am Festive Service with Holy Eucharist

February 2020

CandleChant of February 7, 2020 is cancelled due to challenging weather conditions. 

Please settle into a peaceful evening by watching our CandleChant service of December 11, 2016 on YouTube!

We pray for the safety of all who must be outside, and especially those who are working outside to ensure the safety of others.

Musical Services and Events

Saturday, February 1, 3:30pm - MESSIAH Sing-Along   The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton invites you to join in singing the Easter Portion of Handel's Messiah, Dr. Bruce Borton conducting with orchestra.

Friday, February 7, 7:30 pm - First Friday CandleChant - with the men of Trinity Choir

 

Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 pm, Choral Evensong for the Transfiguration of our Lord. - scripture readings, hymns sung by all, prayers, psalms and anthems to be sung by the Trinity Choir. Our focus for this service is on the Transfiguration of Christ through glorious, uplifting music! Invite a friend to attend with you!

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm  - We will observe the beginning of Lent through our Ash Wednesday Service beginning at 7:00 pm.  We hope you will plan to attend.

Other Activities and Events

Trinity Lunchers:

  • On Monday, February 17 at Noon, Joe Card, will present the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.  The Trinity Lunchers meet most months on the third Monday of the month at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton.   

Trinity Forum: The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room; presentations and discussions typically last an hour. 

  • On February 9, Fr. Glenn Mahaffey addresses the issue of Slavery in the Bible.

  • On February 16, Phyllis Amenda will discuss her research on Unsung Heroes: Abolition in Central New York.

  • On March 2, Anne Bailey, professor of History at Binghamton University will talk about contemporary issues of racism and what we might do to address them.

Meet our Members:  Have you seen a face (new or perhaps ones that have been around a while and would like to know them better.   Here is an opportunity to learn more about Barbara Crowle, Dr. Beverly Dorsey, and Peter Koeppel (just elected to the Vestry).

Looking Ahead to Lent - Here is the activity schedule:

Wednesday, February 26: Ash Wednesday 

7:30 am Ashes to go at the corner of Oak and Main Street

7:00 pm Service with imposition of ashes

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time starts!

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

11:30 am: Trinity Forum: What do you believe? An friendly interrogation of the faith.

6:00 pm Grant Wareham – Organ 

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 15

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

11:30 am Trinity Forum: What do you believe? An friendly interrogation of the faith.

6:00 pm John Shelhart – Bass/Baritone with Chamber Orchestra - J.S. Bach

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 22

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

6:00 pm Amanda Reneé Mole- Organ 

7:00 pm Simple soup and salad (Dining Room)

Sunday, March 29 

8:00 am Service with spoken liturgy

10:00 am Service with music

6:00 pm Trinity & Binghamton Madrigal Choirs: Leo Sowerby’s Lenten Passion: Forsaken of Man

    Note: there is no Simple soup and salad offering after this service

Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday 

8:00 am Service with blessing of the Palms

10:00 am Service with blessing and procession of the Palms; the Passion of our Lord

Thursday, April 9: Maundy Thursday

7 :00 pm Service

Friday, April 10: Good Friday

7:00 pm Service

Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday

8:00 am Service with Holy Eucharist

10:00 am Festive Service with Holy Eucharist

January 2020
Musical Services and Events

Friday, January 3, 7:30pm - First Friday Organ Music
Organ music for the New Year with organists Jonathan Denham and Timothy Smith. The program includes works of Bach, Widor, and others. Free admission; a free-will offereing will be received. 

Sunday, January 5, 4 pm - Lessons and Carols for Epiphany - presented by the Trinity Choir and the Trinity Ringers, with organist and director Timothy E. Smith.  Join us to close this glorious season with carols, readings and anthems. Prelude music begins at 3:30pm

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  – CHORAL EVENSONG offered by the Trinity Choir.  This service will focus on the Conversion and Companions of St. Paul and includes hymns, psalms and prayers as well as anthems sung by the Choir.  We hope you will plan to attend and invite a friend!

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. For your convenience it is reproduced here.

Other Activities and Events

Trinity Lunchers:

  • On January 20, Jean Henssler will present "Tripping from Organ Loft to  Organ Loft from Lyon to Paris”", a presentation framed around her trip to France in 2014. 

  • The Trinity Lunchers meet most months on the third Monday of the month at the Spot Restaurant, Upper Front Street, Binghamton at 12:00 Noon.   

Trinity Forum:

  • On January 12, Hakan Tayga, principal cellist of the Binghamton Philharmonic, master gardener and member of Trinity, will complete our series on musicians with his reflections of the role of music in his life and what it means to him.

  • On January 19 there will be a showing of Salam Neighbor, a documentary film made in 2015 at the Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan for Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war. The film provides insight into the refugee experience.  When the film was made, the camp housed 85,000 people.The film runs 1 hour and 15 minutes. Because the forums generally run an hour, we will start the film a little early, and realize that some may not be able to stay until the end.  The Trinity Forum meets most Sundays at 11:30 am in the Common Room.

On January 26, 2020, we will meet for ONE service at 9:00 am, to be followed by our Annual Meeting starting at 10:00 am, and a brunch-social after the Annual Meeting.  At our Annual Meeting, several members of our congregation are offering of their time and talent for election to service in lay-leadership positions at Trinity Memorial. Please get to know the candidates!  Read more.

For some folks… Another Way to Reduce Your Taxes for Charitable Contributions:

We know that you, like most folks, would continue to give to the church regardless of the tax benefits, but there is a unique way of giving which is applicable to some of us, and perhaps the tax benefits would help you or allow you to give even more generously.  If you:

  • expect to use the standard deduction for income tax rather than itemizing deductions, which is the case for more of us with the new tax law,

  • are required to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) if you have one,

you may still be able to reduce your taxable income through qualified charitable contributions, such as those made to Trinity.  Read more.

We mourn with the families of:

  • Bill Hartrum, who died December 5, 2019

  • Nancy Howe, who  died on December 6, 2019

  • William Gorton, who died  December 7, 2019

Drieux and Peter Koeppel have moved to:

38-42 Front Street,  Apt 4K,  Binghamton, NY 13905

Thankful Reflections and Additional Activites

As we elect members of our congregation to leadership ministries, we also want to thank those who are retiring from leadership roles: Teddy Aribisala (Vestry), Sally Akel (Vestry), John Chaffee (Warden), Connie Alexander (Chair, Christian Education Commission)

On Sunday, December 8, St. Nick visited Trinity Memorial to greet guests at the Pancake Breakfast hosted by our Christian Education Commission.

Christmas Eve. 2019: Once again, a team of volunteers lead by Jeff Fellows, using flowers donated in memory of loved ones as well as decorations owned by Trinity Memorial, had transformed our sanctuary into an even more heavenly and joyful place than usual. We thank ALL of them!  See more.

On December 10, the Tuesday Group and Trinity’s Staff joined forces to offer a luncheon to our senior members and volunteersSee more.

Trinity Memorial Church

44 Main Street

Binghamton, NY 13905

(607) 723-3593

trinity@trinitymemorial.org

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