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Sunday, April 23: The Second Sunday of Easter

  • Two worship services at 8 AM (Rite One) and 10 AM (Rite Two)
  • Click here for readings, notes and order of service, as well as audio files.
  • Presider and Homilist: The Rev. Andrew David Kruger
  • Organist: Anthony J. Rafaniello
  • Lectors: Terry Nechuta (8 AM); Sydney O’Hagen & Cindy Concannon (10 AM)
  • Intercessor: Marion Nechuta (10 AM)
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs): Tom Kaercher (8 AM); Bonnie Gentesse & Bernhard Kolbe (10 AM)
  • Ushers: Heather & Dave Burnett (10 AM)
  • Coffee Hour: (10 AM)

Monday, April 24

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Parish Office hours 10 AM to 12 Noon (Verger – special time).
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel

Tuesday, April 25

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Verger’s Office Hours: 9 AM to 12 noon
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Open discussion meeting at 8 PM in Sherlock Hall.

Wednesday, April 26

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Trinity leadership staff meeting at 4 PM
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel
  • Trinity Handbell Choir rehearsal at 6:45 PM in the church.
  • Trinity Prayer Line Our parish has a prayer gathering that takes place via telephone conference on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 PM and lasts approximately 15 minutes.  Bring your cares, concerns, and special intentions; let us gather in prayer and thanksgivings with compassionate faith. To join in, dial 641-715-3580 and enter the access code 344-506#.
  • Trinity Choir rehearsal at 8 PM in Witherington Hall.

Thursday, April 27

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Women’s Bible Study On Thursday mornings, from 10 AM until 11:30 AM, a group of women meet in Witherington Hall Conference Room under the tutelage of Nancy Miller. In a fascinating and forgotten age, lay women shook their Church and their world. Interested? The first session will cover life in the Medieval world and the place of Christians in that society – and following that, the group will deal with the lives of specific women who were important for the church, beginning with Hildegard of Bingen.
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel

Friday, April 28

  • Father Kruger’s Sabbath is Friday.
  • The Verger’s birthday is today.

Saturday, April 29

  • 4-H Dog Lovers Club meets weekly on Saturdays in Sherlock Hall at 10 AM. This is an association for Trinity Church with the 4-H Clubs of America, as an extension of Rutgers University. Parishioners with children and dogs are invited to join. The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to provide informal, educational programs and encourage responsibility, community awareness and character development for youth in grades K-13.

Sunday, April 30: The Third Sunday of Easter

  • Two worship services at 8 AM (Rite One) and 10 AM (Rite Two)
  • Click here for readings, notes and order of service, as well as audio files.
  • Presider and Homilist: The Rev. Andrew David Kruger
  • Organist: Anthony J. Rafaniello
  • Lectors: Terry Nechuta (8 AM); Daniel Rivera & Bernhard Kolbe (10 AM)
  • Intercessor: Darrell Frydlewicz (10 AM)
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs): Tom Kaercher (8 AM); Pat Cameron & Daniel Rivera (10 AM)
  • Ushers: JoAnn Lehmkuhl and Doreen Stromko (10 AM)
  • Coffee Hour: (10 AM)
  • Bake Sale for the Cameroon Orphans

Monday, May 1

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Parish Office hours 10 AM to 12 Noon (Verger – special time).
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel

Tuesday, May 2

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Verger’s Office Hours: 9 AM to 12 noon
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Open discussion meeting at 8 PM in Sherlock Hall.

Wednesday, May 3

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Trinity leadership staff meeting at 4 PM
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel
  • Trinity Handbell Choir rehearsal at 6:45 PM in the church.
  • Trinity Prayer Line Our parish has a prayer gathering that takes place via telephone conference on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 PM and lasts approximately 15 minutes.  Bring your cares, concerns, and special intentions; let us gather in prayer and thanksgivings with compassionate faith. To join in, dial 641-715-3580 and enter the access code 344-506#.
  • Trinity Choir rehearsal at 8 PM in Witherington Hall.

Thursday, May 4

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM in Witherington Chapel
  • Women’s Bible Study On Thursday mornings, from 10 AM until 11:30 AM, a group of women meet in Witherington Hall Conference Room under the tutelage of Nancy Miller. In a fascinating and forgotten age, lay women shook their Church and their world. Interested? The first session will cover life in the Medieval world and the place of Christians in that society – and following that, the group will deal with the lives of specific women who were important for the church, beginning with Hildegard of Bingen.
  • May Fellowship Luncheon: Our May luncheon from 12 noon to 2 PM in Witherington Hall. We’ll be celebrating Cinqo de Maya with tacos and fixings. Our guest speaker is Charles Jones from the AARP NJ Speaker Board, whose topic is “How to Protect Yourself from Fraud.” Please join us. Susan Olszewski (908) 591-5370, Bonnie Gentesse (908) 377-4344, or Joe Bardzilowski (908) 930-8852.
  • Evening Prayer at 5 PM in Witherington Chapel

Friday, May 5

  • Father Kruger’s Sabbath is Friday.
  • The Verger’s birthday is today.

Saturday, May 6

  • Trinity Men’s Group meets at 8 AM in Witherington Hall.
  • 4-H Dog Lovers Club meets weekly on Saturdays in Sherlock Hall at 10 AM. This is an association for Trinity Church with the 4-H Clubs of America, as an extension of Rutgers University. Parishioners with children and dogs are invited to join. The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to provide informal, educational programs and encourage responsibility, community awareness and character development for youth in grades K-13.

Other News:

  • ECW Flower Sale: We’re down to the last week or two of the ECW Flower Sale. Order forms are in the back of the Church. Get your Geranium orders in now so you can be all set for Mother’s Day! Flowers will be available on May 5 and 6 from 11 AM to 1 PM, and after Church on Sunday, May 7. Proceeds go to the ECW Scholarship Fund, which assists Trinity High School Seniors in buying books for college. Call Susan Olszewski on (908) 591-5370 if you have questions or special requests.
  • Bake Sale for the Cameroon Orphans on Sunday, April 30
  • “Fish & Chips dinner” on Friday, May 12
  • May Fellowship Luncheon: Our May luncheon will be on Thursday, May 4, from 12 noon to 2 PM in Witherington Hall. We’ll be celebrating Cinqo de Maya with tacos and fixings. Our guest speaker is Charles Jones from the AARP NJ Speaker Board, whose topic is “How to Protect Yourself from Fraud.” Please join us. Susan Olszewski (908) 591-5370, Bonnie Gentesse (908) 377-4344, or Joe Bardzilowski (908) 930-8852.
  • “Having observed with mounting concern, among our fellow citizens nationally and even within our congregations, disturbing signs of sharp division over public issues of great importance” the members of the Cranford Clergy Council offered a statement of common resolve. Click here to read the full statement which is also posted on our bulletin boards.
  • Outreach: Please join our “Shoes You Don’t Use” Campaign. We will be collecting GENTLY USED and NEW shoes of all types from April 1-30. Your donations will go to St John’s Episcopal Church and St. Joseph’s Social Service Center (both in Elizabeth). Drop shoes off in Sherlock Hall. If you have any questions call JoAnn Lehmkuhl at 908-233-3275.
  • From Deacon to Canon: The Rev. Canon Clive Oscar Sang At the 233rd Diocesan Convention Deacon Clive was recognized as a Canon in the Diocese following his appointment as Canon Missioner for Black Ministries. Clive will be installed as a Canon at Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, May, 20 at 4 PM. We are all encouraged to be there in support of Clive as he receives this honor.
  • Coffee Hour All are encouraged to enjoy the fellowship offered during Coffee Hour after the Services. To insure the success of Coffee Hour we need people to sign up to be Hosts. It’s very easy. Most Sundays the donuts, cookies, and danish are already provided. All you have to do is set up some tables and chairs, make the coffee, and put on some hot water. This is a wonderful way to spend a little social time with your fellow parishioners and meet new people. Hosting can be shared between a couple of families on a Sunday. Please chat with Al Lehmkuhl at (908) 233-3275 if you are interested or would like more information.
  • To sign up for both Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candles: Please fill out all information as you wish to have it appear in the bulletin and on the website, and then either email the office, or leave a note in the box outside the door to ensure proper notation. Donations are $50 for altar flowers and $10 for the sanctuary candle, and may be placed in the collection plate on Sunday or mailed to the office.
  • Sunday School: The parish invites all children from the ages 2 to 10 years old (5th Grade) to join the Sunday School. Class starts at 9:45 AM in the Kiamie Building and the children are brought back into the 10 AM church service during the announcements. Please do not be shy in asking our Ushers where the Kiamie Building is. We welcome 6th and 7th Graders to be part of our Confirmation Class which meets in the loft in Sherlock Hall twice a month on Sundays from 9:45 to 11 AM. Please do not be shy to ask our Ushers where Sherlock Hall is.
  • St. John’s Sandwich Sunday & FOOD PANTRY need your HELP! Assistance in handing out food the third Sunday of every month is needed along with food donations such as canned goods, dried boxed items, etc. Please see Marion Nechuta, Al Lehmkuhl or any another member of our Outreach team.
  • Sandwich Sunday is always the third Sunday of the month, except for the summer. Sandwiches for St. John’s in Elizabeth are made after both services. People are needed to sign up and bring donations in by 9 AM on that Sunday.
  • Family Worship Service at the 10 AM service, on the third Sunday of the month. This is a way of teaching the richness of our liturgy (for which we Episcopalians are known) to the youth of the parish.
  • There is NO Sunday School at 9:45 AM on Family Worship Sundays.
  • Open Registration for Trinity Episcopal Day School. If you have a child/children age 2 1/2 – 13 years of age and would like to register for September 2016, please see Nancy Ditzel for the forms.
  • Trinity Prayer Line Our parish has a prayer gathering that takes place via telephone conference on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 PM and lasts approximately 15 minutes.  Bring your cares, concerns, and special intentions; let us gather in prayer and thanksgivings with compassionate faith. To join in, dial 641-715-3580 and enter the access code 344-506#.
  • The bulletin boards in Sherlock and Witherington Halls now have all your numbers, including last week’s attendance (compared to last year) and budget numbers.
  • The Outreach Committee meets on the second Sunday of the month after the 10 AM service.
  • Trinity Thursday Luncheon Social is normally the first Thursday of each month between noon and 2 PM in Witherington Hall. This is an opportunity for fellowship during the week. Come one, come all, and join in the fun. Call Susan Olszewski (908) 757-9561, Bonnie Gentesse (908) 377-4344, or Joe Bardzilowski (908) 930-8852 if you have questions.
  • Vestry meeting after the 10 AM service, every fourth Sunday of the month.
  • Needed for St. John’s, Elizabeth: Miscellaneous Clothing – Must be clean with no holes. Food – Canned meats, tuna, beans, soup with meat, chili, stews, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, cereal, coffee, tea, sugar, Parmalat milk, juice boxes or juice in plastic bottles. Toiletries – Toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, lotion, combs, brushes, clips, Band-Aids, etc.
  • 2014-05-26 Madrigal Singers Star Spangled Banner at Memorial Park Cranford
  • Stephen Ministry meets in Witherington Hall from 9 AM to 11 AM, on the third Saturday of the month for education. In addition, they meet on the second and fourth Thursdays from 7-9 PM.
  • 4-H Dog Lovers Club meets weekly on Saturdays in Sherlock Hall at 10 AM. This is an association for Trinity Church with the 4-H Clubs of America, as an extension of Rutgers University. Parishioners with children and dogs are invited to join. The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to provide informal, educational programs and encourage responsibility, community awareness and character development for youth in grades K-13.
  • 4-H Dog Lovers Club meets in Sherlock Hall on Saturday mornings at 10 AM. Do you have kids? Do you have a dog? This is an association for Trinity Church with the 4-H Clubs of America, as an extension of Rutgers University. Parishioners with children and dogs are invited to join. Please contact the parish office if interested.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Andrew David Kruger

Father’s Sabbath is on Friday

SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES

8 AM Holy Eucharist: Rite I (said)

10 AM Holy Eucharist: Rite II (choral)
July & August at 9:15 AM

Parish Office Hours

  • Parish Office hours TBA.

Verger’s Office Hours

  • Tuesday: 10 AM – 1 PM; 7 – 10 PM

Welcome to Trinity Episcopal Church

Located at the corner of North and Forest Avenues in Cranford, New Jersey, Trinity has been welcoming people to worship since its beginning in 1872, when a faithful few followed God’s will to worship and serve Him. Today we continue to welcome all, with the intent to a build community of Faith who strive to know Christ and to make Him known with joy, faith and service.

Trinity is part of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion – an apostolic church, continuing in the teachings and fellowship of the Apostles. We are united and inspired by faith in Jesus Christ, and are joined in the community of over 70 million Anglicans and Episcopalians throughout the world.

Following the example of the early Church, as described in Acts 2:42-47, our Christ-centered community is characterized by regular participation in Eucharist worship, disciplined prayer, Biblical teaching, group fellowship, and ministry to others with our resources of time, talent, and treasure.

You will not be embarrassed. When you visit an Anglican church, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will worship God with us. Thank you for visiting our website. See you in church!

Also:

  • The Episcopal Church recognizes as valid any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Receive the consecrated bread in the palm of an open hand; or on your tongue. Receive the consecrated wine from the chalice by guiding the cup to your lips. If you wish to receive by intinction, leave the host on the palm of your hand, and dip the host in the chalice. The wine is fermented and the wafers are not gluten-free (please make a request of the usher; we have both if desired). If you are not Baptized, please join us at the altar rail for a blessing, rather than communion. Simply cross your arms over your chest. After receiving, take this special time to pray and listen to God.
  • Announcements are made after the Peace at the 10 AM service, only after being cleared with the rector. There are file cards at the rear of the church which may be filled out before the service. All attempts will be made to include them in the weekly bulletin. ALL announcements will also appear immediately on this webpage.
  • Vestry meetings are on the fourth Sunday of the month after the 10 AM service in Witherington Hall.
  • Join our Facebook community at “Trinity Cranford” by clicking here.
  • Previous worship services (readings, notes and audio sermons): please click here
  • Women’s Bible Study every Thursday morning from 10 to 11:30 AM in Witherington Hall.
  • Trinity Men’s Group meets on the first Saturday of the month at 8 AM.
  • Please keep bringing in food for the pantry at St. John’s in Elizabeth. St. John’s is looking for clothes, gloves, hats, scarves and lightly-worn shoes for the people. Thank you.
  • Sandwich Sunday is always the third Sunday of the month. Together we have made and served thousands of sandwiches to many grateful people. Click here for more information.
  • Collection of food supplies for St. John’s. Trinity has adopted St. John’s in Elizabeth, sending them food each month. Their pantries are almost bare; please buy extra cans of food each week to help them feed all the people that come looking for food. Also, donations are received weekly for The Basket of Abundance. Donations include, food, baby products, toiletry and clothing.
  • Children’s totes have been replenished with new books and items to keep little ones occupied during the Liturgy. Also ask for the handout on children in church. We love kids throughout the whole Service, so relax, parents!
  • The liturgical year begins with Advent 2016. Our lectionary is therefore Year 1 for Daily Office (2 being associated with the following odd-numbered year), and our Sunday Lectionary is Year A.
  • Bishop William “Chip” Stokes has laid out his Guiding Principles for Ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey. Principle VI says, “Growth matters and numbers matter. Growth in faith. Growth in numbers of committed, faithful Christians. Growth in church attendance and participation. Growth in monetary income. You shall know them by their fruits.”
  • If you become sick or are hospitalized, please call the Parish Office so that your Parish Family may offer you the comfort of prayer and contact.
  • The Tuesday Night Group of AA continues to meet on Tuesday nights at 8 PM. Click here for more information.
  • Please take your time in exploring our extensive website. You will find many hyperlinks throughout the site which will open individual pages with further explanation.