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The mission of Trinity Church is to Worship God in Christ, Welcome all people, Rejoice in fellowship, Grow in knowledge, Give of ourselves, Care for one another, Serve the world, and Proclaim the good news of God in Christ.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, Pennsylvania

October 2006

Inside this issue: Ministries:

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Stewardship ­ Faith in Action

­ Christine Godshall

Stewardship . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parish Life . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Spiritual Formation . . . . . .6 Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Upcoming Events:

TYG Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . .4 House Tour . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Cookie Bake . . . . . . . . . . . .5 St. Francis' Day . . . . . . . . .9 All Saints' Day . . . . . . . . . .9 CREDO Conference . . . .10

In Every Issue:

Rector's Reflections . . . . .3 Parish Chronicle . . . . . . . .6 Trinity Forums . . . . . . . . . .7 Clicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Stewardship is our theme this month, and frames the opportunities to give of ourselves in a new light. Throughout October, the many facets of stewardship will be presented, through the meditations booklet written by members, leaflets and time for fellowship. The stewardship skit is sure to be a highlight, where we'll have a chance to see some talent in action! Coming up this month, the Trinity House Tour will both entertain and raise funds for mission work, and hard-working hands will tend to the grounds and buildings of Trinity on Fall Clean-Up Day. Trinity Youth Group has a Fall Retreat this month at Mensch Mill, and we will host a concert by the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, an event not to be missed. The

Church School children will be studying saints, and in turn will share their impressions with us on All Saints' Day, which is also the day we pledge our financial support for the coming year. Ongoing programs such as Trinity Forums and Men's Weekly Fellowship continue to feed us spiritually, as well as provide time to gather together. Committees are being formed for the events of Advent and Christmas; Cookie Bake will be warming up the ovens and shaking out the sprinkles at the end of October, and with the holidays in mind, the Outreach Committee brings our attention to the Alternative Gifts program. The enriching cycle of giving and receiving is evident all around Trinity. Take a look inside these pages to see how Trinity exemplifies faith in action!

Stewardship : Grow in the Spirit ­ Act in Love

-- Patrick Summers, Stewardship Vestry Liaison

This is the theme of our stewardship reflections booklet which will be mailed to the parish at the end of September. Prepared by fellow parishioners, under the sponsorship of stewardship, it is part of our year round effort of stewardship education. We have said that "stewardship is a spiritual act, reflecting our true relationship with God ... that as members of the body of Christ, we are his feet and his hands in the world today ... that our pledges are the way that the mission of Trinity happens." Paul wrote in the letter to Romans "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." October is the month of the year when we consider our pledges to Trinity for the next year. While there are many things we can say, write and educate about stewardship, our hope is for every member to prayerfully consider his or her own personal commitment to giving. As you prepare for your annual pledge on Stewardship Sunday November 5th, we offer a reflections booklet of daily readings and commentary by our parishioners, remembering that we learn stewardship best, by reading the Gospel and by listening to the experience of others. This is an important month for stewardship, as we confirm our support for the ongoing ministries of Trinity into 2007 and pledge our personal commitment to the practice of giving and love for others in our lives. Here is a summary of the stewardship events that will occur in the next few weeks. Please make a note of them and plan to participate.

September 29th : Publication of a Stewardship Meditations Booklet with contributions from members of the parish. A copy will be mailed to each parish family. Extra copies will be available in church. Please use this booklet for daily reflections in October. September 29th : Co-host with Spiritual Life, at Supper/Film Night, the film "Secret Garden." A classic story for all ages emphasizing the beauty of life, the sacredness of relationships and the essence of good stewardship. October 6th : Publication of our annual Stewardship Leaflet which will be mailed, with pledge card, in mid-October. The leaflet responds to the questions: What is stewardship? What is stewardship at Trinity? What is my stewardship? How much should I give? What are the financial needs at Trinity? October 22nd : Forum time after the 9:15 a.m. service will be devoted to stewardship. Our theme will be "Listening as an offering of ourselves -- Trinity Stewardship Stories" October 29th : Parish Italian Dinner and Stewardship Skit at 5:00 p.m. in McArthur Hall, sponsored by the Stewardship Committee. November 5th: Stewardship Sunday. All Saints' Sunday! The day when we present our pledges at the Altar for blessing during the Offertory.

SAVE THIS DATE !

SUNDAY OCT 29TH 5:00 p.m.

Parish Supper in McArthur Hall and Stewardship Skit in the Church Sanctuary

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Rector's Reflections

REV. MARSHALL IN OFFICE

-- Rev. Marshall K. Shelly

Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu writes in God Has a Dream: "Like humility, generosity comes from seeing that everything we have and everything we accomplish comes from God's grace and God's love for us. In the African understanding of ubuntu, our humility and generosity also come from realizing that we could not be alive, nor could we accomplish anything, without the support, love, and generosity of all the people who have helped us to become the people we are today. Certainly it is from experiencing this generosity of God and the generosity of those in our life that we learn gratitude and to be generous to others."

My brothers and sisters, I want to take a moment seen so many people in church this year since our Easter Day celebrations! There were people to speak to an experience many of us had early in the aisles, standing in the Narthex, on the in September. It is no surprise that summer is a stairs and in the open areas in the balcony. I was season of "low Sundays" for many Episcopal impressed and overwhelmed by the diversity of parishes in this region. It is a time of travel, age and personalities assembled, of the presence vacations, rest, and for many a needed break of pure grace, that this place has and continues from the bustle of life during the program year. to offer to the world. Still, I always welcome the return of the program year. Our sleepy sumFor all of the challenges we mer months give way to the face in the coming months-- excitement of new beginfrom Stewardship campaigns Trinity is embracing its own nings. Church School and to building renovations and version of ubuntu: that Youth Group resume, with a repairs; from concerts to dininnate sense of humanity host of young folk filling the ners to meetings and formaresponding to itself with hallways with shouts of joy. tion events, I see a church echoes of divine love. Choir resumes for all ages. that is growing, glowing and The Day School fills our halls gracing its wider community and playground with bustling with the Good News of God energy throughout the week. in Christ. It is a feeling not dissimilar to having the extended family arrive for a holiday visit. For Years ago, I had a chance to hear Archbishop an "off the chart" extrovert like me, THIS IS Tutu preach to the concept of ubuntu: that innate A SLICE OF HEAVEN! sense of humanity responding to itself with echoes of divine love. For me, Trinity is growOne remarkable moment caught me completely ing in leaps and bounds as it embraces its own by surprise this year. On September 10th we version of ubuntu. As you consider Trinity this began our program year with the usual kickoff year with regard to your offerings of time, talent flair. Entering the liturgy, as I do at the end of and treasure, look to that same sense of the the morning's "parade" I saw a church that was divine revealed here throughout our worship life quite respectably full. Ardent voices filled the and service in outreach. Trinity is, once again, church with song. We had a strong balcony conbusting at the seams with energy and spirit. Let's tingent. It was beautiful...and then at the Peace, continue that great work! God has been generous the Church School entered...and that respectable to us; let us respond with the greatest "AMEN" number of folk quite literally doubled. we can muster--with active gratitude and What was a lovely day of reunion and celebragrateful hearts! tion took on a new quality. Honestly, we haven't

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CALLING ALL ACOLYTES!!!

2006 National Acolyte Festival Saturday, October 7, 2006

-- Miles J. E. Gombosi

The 27th Annual National Acolyte Festival will be held in the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Last year I attended the 26th Annual Acolyte Festival. It was a great experience! There were 1,500 acolytes from all over the United States including Hawaii, Texas, Puerto Rico, California, Alaska, and Florida, as well as many other places. There was a procession of colorful banners and vestments that lasted one hour to start the service. The service was a Eucharist similar to our service on Sunday morning. If you have any questions, feel free to speak to me at Church or call me at (215) 794-5706.

Trinity Youth Group Heads Out For a "Spooky" Weekend at Mensch Mill --Kyle Evans, Director of Youth and Children's Ministries

phones. It is through the retreats, especially the first one of the year, that friendships are made and the sense of community deepened within Trinity Youth Group. So, aside from some solace and bonding, what else happens on these youth retreats? Bonfires, storytelling, small group discussions, spiritual exploration, art projects and lots of fun, food, free time, joy and laughter. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Saturday night party. All attendees are encouraged to wear a costume in keeping with the theme of the weekend. There are also great treats, activities and, of course, a talent show. Time slips away quickly, and before we know it, the time arrives to return home. Though somewhat sleep deprived, the youth and adults often find themselves reluctant to say goodbye to the weekend's events. Not only has each person been changed by the experience but the entire group has also been profoundly affected. If you are a young person or adult who has not yet considered involvement in Trinity Youth Group, please think about participating in the fall retreat. The relaxed and open atmosphere provides a perfect setting to get to know a remarkable group of people. For more information, please contact Alex Austin, Retreat Coordinator, at 215-499-1525 or [email protected]

Mensch Mill

On October 27-29th, Trinity Youth Group will spend a "spooky" weekend together on their annual fall retreat. As the last weekend in October, it only makes sense that this year's theme is Halloween. Almost 30 young people and 8-10 adults will pack their bags and travel to a wonderfully reclusive camp, Mensch Mill Retreat Center. Only a little more than an hour from Trinity, this facility offers a great escape from the daily mayhem of school work, extracurricular commitments and even cell

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House Tour needs you! We need the time and talent of many Trinity Church members to make the Tour a success. Polly Wood, our Volunteer Coordinator, is looking for people to host each house and people to help with parking. After that date, Polly will be in touch to see how you can help. If you wish to contact her first, you can reach Polly at 215-862-1936 or [email protected]

HELP WANTED

­ Renee Leister, Parish Life Ministry Liaison

NEWCOMERS MINISTRY We need some friendly faces to help welcome newcomers. This is a great way to welcome visitors to our church. Please call the Church office 215-297-5135 or Renee for details. NEWCOMERS' DINNER If you've never attended a Newcomers' Dinner, here's your chance! This is a great way to discover our church and information about joining. There will be a short presentation by the Rector followed by a reception and dinner. Please call the Church office 215-297-5135 or Renee for details. GREENS WORKSHOP This fifteen-year Trinity tradition is in need of a chair or co-chairs. Many hands will help and guide you as you oversee this beautiful and natural experience. Please call the Church office 215-297-5135 or Renee for details. HOLIDAY STORE Come and join a group of dynamic and creative people to sell handcrafted items. If you would like to lend a hand or have items to donate, please call the Church office 215-297-5135 or Renee for details. ST. NICHOLAS BREAKFAST Grab an apron and head to the Trinity kitchen to help feed Santa's fans. We have someone to run the show but she will need your help. Please call the Church office 215-297-5135 or Renee for details.

HOUSE TOUR PARISH PREVIEW NIGHT!

The Trinity House Tour Preview Night will be held on Friday evening, October 20, 2006 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Preview gives the parish members a relaxed crowd-free opportunity to see the homes for only $20.00 a ticket! Tickets will be available for purchase starting September 24. Any questions please call Joanne Roberts (preview chair) at 215-862-3598 or [email protected]

Cookie Bake

-- Jean Evans

I can't believe that it's time to start thinking about Cookie Bake! I also can't believe that Cookie Bake is 61 years old, older than most of us who worship at Trinity. Cookie Bake is just what its name implies: baked and decorated holiday cookies. Last year our all-volunteer crew baked over 15,000 cookies that were packaged in one-pound boxes and sold at the Holiday Store in December. What makes Cookie Bake so unique is not the cookies, although they are delicious and "you can't eat just one." It is not the money that is raised, although last year we cleared over $6,000. Cookie Bake is unique in that it provides an opportunity for everyone at Trinity to spend a few hours socializing while rolling and cutting out cookies or decorating them. Friendships are formed over green icing and Trinity history is passed down from generation to generation. You don't need any special skills, just a willingness to pitch in and help. Plan on joining us for one or more sessions. The schedule for this year is: Tuesday October 31 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 1 Wednesday TYG Night 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday * November 2 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday November 7 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday * November 8 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday November 9 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Includes evening hours

After years of service to Cookie Bake, we are willing to part with historic metal tins. They are free, on a first-come, first-served basis, provided they are replaced with a new plastic sweater box. Look for the metal tin display in McArthur Hall beginning on October 15th and pick up your piece of Cookie Bake History.

Own a piece of Cookie Bake History

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Expository Reading of Trinity's Vision

"In communion with the Spirit and one another, we are called to recognize the spiritual lives of every member of Trinity, to assist one another in finding ways to enrich and nurture our spiritual practice, and to develop our ministries in this world." In a forum she led at Trinity last year, Kay Steinkirchner Rock, a professional writer now residing in Doylestown, PA, shared with us how moved she was by Trinity's Vision Statement as printed on the wall in McArthur Hall. Kay then offered a thoughtful expository reading of Trinity's Vision, along with her thoughts elucidating the meaning she found in each phrase. Many parishioners have asked about this reading. It is as follows: In communion with the Spirit and one another we are called to recognize the spiritual lives of every member of Trinity to assist one another in sharing, in common, in participation that spark of God's energy, our aliveness, our soul, our "en theos" (in God) enthusiasms our journeys are not in isolation vocare: to call; what and how are we called to do? to be present to: to hear; to see in all their diversity each one a cell in the living organism of this parish symbol of the cross speaks to our relationship to our God (vertical axis) and to each other (horizontal axis) it is as much about the quest, the search, the journey as the answers breadth of knowledge and depth of caring practice implies discipline and rigor become perfect as in to mature, to ripen we are all ministers, here for a reason.

Looking for Balance? A More "Spiritual" Life?

-- Caroline McCarthy, Lay Assistant

Are you wishing you could somehow find the time to learn a spiritual practice or two that might bring some balance into your life? Or are you wondering, what exactly is a "spiritual journey"? Trinity is offering "Exploring the Way," six short classes, right after the 9:15 Sunday service, on several Sundays in October, November and December, as an introduction to basic practices that contribute to faith formation and spiritual renewal. Biblical texts on which spiritual practices are based will be covered. Classes will be led by Caroline McCarthy and Laura Huestis. These classes are for everyone (no experience in any spiritual practice necessary.) A participant's book will be provided to everyone for a charge of $10. Exploring the Way will be held on Sundays, October 15, 29, November 5, 19, and December 3, 17, in the Chapel, from 10:30 ­11:30 a.m. Please sign up in the Parish Hall or the Church Office 215-297-5135. Babysitting will be provided.

in finding ways to enrich and nurture our spiritual practice and to develop our ministries in the world Amen.

Parish Chronicle

-- Debbie Stedman, Parish Administrator

Parish Register Members Enrolled at Trinity Trinity Households Average Sunday Attendance: August September Pledge Income August September Record as 862 286 133 287 $31,571 $55,344

Kay will be leading a forum here at Trinity next month entitled "Listening to the Other: Hearing God's Voice In Our Daily Encounters," underscoring Trinity's focus this year on the art of listening.

Did you know...

That you can hear Sunday's sermon online?

Try it out at www.trinitysolebury.org

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Deaths: Beverly Fuller Garnett Charles "Bud" Swain Bruce Tobin (Former Parishioner) Edith Wilkins

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Rev. Shelly & Will Rivinus Lead Men's Breakfast

Please put the first Saturdays of October 7th & November 4th on your calendars and plan to attend Men's Breakfast. The breakfasts start at 8:00 a.m.in McArthur Hall, and conclude by 9:30 a.m. Reverend Marshall Shelly will be kicking off our first breakfast October 7th. Marshall will be updating us on recent happenings at Trinity, and talking with us about upcoming plans & opportunities for our Parish growth. Will Rivinus who just returned this summer from a trip to China will be speaking to us about his adventures there, and all the things you probably didn't know about China and its long history and mysterious culture. Please plan on joining us. Your table will be waiting, no reservation necessary.

Trinity Forums

-- Maire Vieth, Forum Ministry

In this month's Forums, we will continue the theme of Real Listening and explore the act of spiritual listening to ourselves, in our own church community. Trinity Forums take place from 10:30 a.m. ­ 11:15 a.m. on second and fourth Sundays. October 8 Rector's Forum ­ Listening to the Body, Capital "B": What Makes Us Tick Marshall Shelly invites us to a time of reflection on Trinity's past year's blessings and challenges, as well as the many things our parish is looking forward to in the coming year, as our ministries continue to grow and

Men's Fellowship

-- Fred Koberna

evolve. Marshall will also give a short presentation on his upcoming CREDO conference, a professional and personal development retreat for active Episcopal Church clergy. October 22 Listening as an Offering of Ourselves: Trinity Stewardship Stories When we listen attentively, we offer the gift of ourselves. Come and hear moving stories highlighting the many ways in which Trinity members have felt heard and cared for by each other. Always a highly anticipated Forum, this Forum will be led by Trinity's Stewardship Ministry.

The Men's Fellowship meeting has started up again after a summer hiatus. We're meeting Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the church office, so you can start your weekend off with great fellowship (you might need to grab some coffee first) and still have a full day ahead of you. Our structure is informal, and there is no preparation required (after all, we are a group of men). Our format is to open with a prayer, reflect upon and discuss the readings for the upcoming Sunday's service, and close with a prayer. Simple, yet enriching. Our group consists of a relatively small number of participants, and we would love to expand our size. To find out more about the Men's Fellowship, please stop by on a Saturday morning or get in touch with any of our group: Bob Chamberlain, Jerry Harbaugh, Pat Houston, Fred Koberna, Reid McCarthy, Dick Carrick, Jim Paxson and Dave Rees.

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Friends of Music at Trinity Presents

The Choir of Men and Boys from St. Thomas Choir School, New York City

Friday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m.

The St. Thomas Choir School in New York City is the only church-affiliated residential choir school in the United States, and one of only four such schools remaining in the world. Saint Thomas Choir School offers extensive musical training and a rich curriculum for boys in grades three through eight, with class sizes averaging just eight students. The Saint Thomas Choir is considered by critics to be the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States, and among the finest in the world. In the Gothic setting of Saint Thomas Church, the choir provides music for five choral services each week. Choral Evensong is sung Tuesday through Thursday with Sunday services at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., a schedule which requires the preparation of approximately four hundred sacred choral works each year. John Scott has been the director since 2004 and is one of the world's leading organists and choir trainers. He was an Organ Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge and after leaving Cambridge was jointly appointed Assistant Organist at London's two Anglican Cathedrals, St. Paul's and Southwark. Before coming to Saint Thomas he served as Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral for fourteen years. We are very fortunate to have this outstanding choral ensemble coming to Trinity. I would especially like to encourage our families with children and youth to come hear this wonderful group. Please don't miss this incredible experience. You won't be disappointed. There is no admission charge for this event. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Evensong

Sunday October 1, 2006 5:00 p.m.

David Higgs' Concert

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Trinity's annual commemoration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi celebrates both the created world and the animal companions with whom we share this life.

Francis of Assisi was born in 1182 to a wealthy merchant family and spent most of his early years as youth of his time were wont to: in leisure, sport and the pursuit of military glory. After experiencing encounters with lepers, the sick and the poor on his travels, he experienced a conversion to Christ that led him to renounce his earthly wealth and embrace "Lady Poverty." In 1210, his community was recognized by Pope Innocent III, and the Order of Friars Minor experienced popular growth in Europe. He died in 1226, bearing at that time the mark of stigmata, the wounds of Christ. He was canonized in 1228. Francis was known for his love of God's creatures, and reminded his community to treasure all beings. Trinity remembers Francis with an annual Blessing of the Animals on the first Sunday in October with a service of 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on the parish's upper lawn. This year, we also remember domestic animals without homes with our regular offerings to support the local Animal Rescue shelters. Bring a bag of animal feed to the service on October 1st and join in thanksgiving with the Trinity community as we celebrate God's blessings revealed in the created order.

Church School Learns and Leads the Parish on All Saints' Day -- Kyle Evans, Director of Youth and Children's Ministries

For the past five years, Trinity's Church School Program has dedicated three weeks to the study and understanding of saints. Part of the education has included a deepened awareness that saints are not only those with whom we are most familiar, such as the Virgin Mary and Francis of Assisi, but also include people in our lifetime, even people we know. As contemporary theology has fostered a more intimate relationship and connection with Christ, so it is in Christian access to saints and the saintly. While all children in Pre-K through 3rd grade study saints of yesteryear and today, they craft symbols for vests, representing some aspect of the saint they have chosen. On All Saints' Day, Sunday, November 5, as children enter the sanctuary during the peace, they will wear their vests and parade through the sanctuary. They may even sing a song about the saints before sitting with their parents. Last year saints visited Church School classrooms. Parishioners, such as Linda Kenyon and Nancy Cullen, assume the persona of particular saints, share their life story and, of course, field questions. As always, parents and other church members are welcome to stop into a classroom and enjoy the experience as well. All Saints' Day provides a great opportunity for families to talk about saints and the inspiration that they provide all of us in their commitment to faith and ministry. To learn more, check out some helpful reading sources on saints on the Trinity website and/or contact Marshall Shelly, Kyle Evans or Lorri Perkins.

All Saints' Day 2005

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The Rector to attend CREDO Conference

Marshall Shelly, our rector, has accepted an invitation to attend a CREDO conference from October 9-16 at the Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach, Florida. The eight-day conference provides participants with the means to find direction and clarity in four component areas: spiritual, physical, vocational and financial. CREDO provides a foundation for participants to embrace wellness and to prayerfully discern the direction of their vocation. CREDO was founded in 1997 as a pilot program funded by The Church Pension Group. The number of participants has grown each year, with more than 500 clergy and bishops attending the conference in 2005. More than 2,300 Episcopal clergy, deacons and bishops from virtually every diocese in the country have taken advantage of the CREDO benefit. Participants are selected at random from all active clergy with more than one year in the pension fund. The Church Pension Group pays all but $500 of the conference costs. Marshall will join approximately 30 other clergy in the CREDO conference. Over the course of the conference, participants will meet in plenary sessions, small groups and private consultations with faculty members. Participants also have ample quiet time to reflect on their personal and professional lives. Each participant commits to extensive reflection through pre-conference instruments and surveys that focus on personal and professional wellness. The work of CREDO is organized around four major areas in each person's personal and professional life. Each of these components is explored as an integral part of the whole. · Spiritual ­ offers CREDO as a sacred space where each participant can reflect on his or her interior life and relationship with God in Christ. · Vocational ­ provides opportunities for reflection, discernment and planning in the professional areas of vocation, career and work. · Health ­ encourages reflection on physical and emotional health and well-being, stewardship of the body and development of a plan to address the individual's health needs. · Financial ­ explores all aspects of personal financial management and encourages reflection on God-given resources and how best to use them in response to God's call. Through this discernment and visioning process, and with the help of a faculty team of professionals, each participant builds a CREDO Plan ­ a personal covenant based on his or her CREDO work and a formal expression of the CREDO experience. The CREDO Plan provides a personal baseline and strategy for effective implementation.

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Episcopal Church, parish and personal resources

http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/stewardship.htm

Environmental Stewardship

www.moonjar.org

http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/1829_ENG_HTM.htm

Stewardship lessons for children

Stewardship as a spiritual practice Our very own reaching out!

http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features.php?id=15783 http://operationtabasamu.blogspot.com/

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Give a Gift to the World

-- Michelle Summerson, Outreach Ministry

Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury / Service Information

· From early September through mid June, we celebrate Holy Eucharist services every Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays at 9:15 a.m. · Morning Prayer services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:15 a.m., except during Lent when all services are Holy Eucharist. · Youth Eucharist is celebrated every 3rd Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel.

The Christmas season seems to start early at Trinity Church, as cookie bake begins and Christmas symbols are pressed into cookie dough. Many of us put our holiday lists together, begin our shopping, and make plans for family visits in the coming months. This season, why not give a gift to Mother Nature, or our neighbors in crisis around the world by choosing a gift from Alternative Gifts International?

"Learn to do good, seek justice, aid the oppressed. Uphold the rights of the orphan, defend the cause of the widow." ­ Isaiah 1:17

· Church School occurs each Sunday at 9:10 a.m., except on Youth Eucharist Sundays. · On the first Sunday of the month each service also offers healing prayers. · Childcare is available in the Nursery and Toddler Rooms during the 9:15 a.m. service. · Mid-week services are held in our Chapel and include: Tuesday Centering Prayer, 8:00 a.m. ­ 8:30 a.m., Wednesday Holy Eucharist, 7:30 a.m. ­ 8:00 a.m., and Thursday Morning Prayer, 7:30 a.m. ­ 8:00 a.m.

Alternative Gifts International is a nonprofit interfaith agency that, through contributions to its gift markets, provides grants to established international projects run by reputable agencies around the world. By participating in this holiday Outreach tradition, each of us can help impoverished communities incrementally with hunger relief, shelter, medical assistance, education and development, and emergency disaster assistance. A gift of even $4, for example, can print one native-language textbook for a Haitian student. For just about $30, here's just a sampling of what you can do: - feed two families of four for one day in the poorest areas of the U.S. - provide a month of clean, safe shelter for a lost child in Kenya, or - supply milk and snack for a preschooler in Palestine for three months, or - provide nutritional supplementation for a pregnant impoverished woman in Russia, or - help renew the natural resources of Haiti, a treeless nation, with the planting of 30 trees, or - provide enterprise training and micro-credit for twelve "untouchable" women in Nepal, or A gift card describing your global good-doing is included with each donation, which can be personalized and given to your gift recipient. So, join together to help make a difference around the world! Look for Trinity's Alternative Gift Market in MacArthur Hall this advent season. For more information, contact Sue Scholer or Jean Evans.

Tidings Staff

Editor ......................................Christine Godshall Design/Layout................................Allana Simons Special Contributers ..................Miles Gombosi, Fred Koberna, Roger Stikeleather, Michelle Summerson Photography ..............Kyle Evans, Carlie Zaroff Mail Preparation ..Barbara Woodcock, captain, Sue Benner, Prue Day, Alice Kessler, Barbara Matybell, Joan Worthington, Susie Rorer, Ashby Saunders, Jane Kengetter TRINITY CHURCH STAFF Rector ..............................Rev. Marshall K. Shelly Clergy Assistant ..............Rev. Dr. Virginia Sheay Lay Assistant ..........................Caroline McCarthy Dir., Trinity Day School ....................Cindy Bove Dir., Youth & Childrens' Ministries ..........................Kyle Evans Organist / Choirmaster......................Tim Harrell Asst. Dir., Pri. & Jr. Choirs ..................Anne Shields Dir., Cherub Choir ..................Jenn Blumenstock Parish Administrator..................Debbie Stedman Parish Secretary................................Cindy Baker Financial Secretary for Operations ........Anne Yarnall Financial Secretary for Building ........Anita Howard Treasurer..................................Douglas McArthur Sexton ....................................................Bill Burke Sunday Sexton ......................................Brian Carr

Trinity Episcopal Church 6587 Upper York Road, P.O. Box 377 Solebury, PA 18963 215-297-5135 www.trinitysolebury.org

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Deadline for the November issue of Tidings is October 9th.

Anything not submitted by this date will appear in the next issue.

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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 6587 Upper York Road, P.O. Box 377 Solebury, PA 18963

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Fall Fellowship and Work Day

Friends of Music at Trinity Presents

Saturday, October 14, 2006 8:00 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m.

Come join us for as much time as you can offer!

The Choir of Men and Boys from St. Thomas Choir School, New York City

Friday, October 13th 7:30 p.m Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury

No admission charge. Reception to follow.

Big Project:

Regrading around Rectory Please bring gloves, garden tools, and water.

PREVIEW NIGHT

Friday, October 20, 2006 4:00 p.m. ­ 7:00 p.m.

House Tour Saturday, October 21, 2006 10:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. Tickets on sale now!

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