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Sunday, February 19, 2017: The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, February 26, 2017: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

  • Click here for readings, notes and order of service, as well as audio files.
  • Sunday, February 26: The Altar Flowers are given, and the Sanctuary Candle burns, for the Glory of God, and “in honor of our parents’ anniversary” (Delano & Doris Ives) from Linda Kurdilla and Holly Ives.
  • Celebrant and Homilist: The Rev. Andrew David Kruger
  • Deacon: Clive Oscar Sang
  • Organist: Anthony J. Rafaniello
  • Lectors: Lynn Kiamie-Bianchini (8 AM); Daniel Rivera & Cindy Concannon (10 AM)
  • Stephen Lyman, Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute (Port Newark Center) and Rev. James Kollin, the SCI Chaplain, will be speaking at both coffee hours about the Seamen’s Church Institute.

Monday, February 27

  • Parish Office hours 10 AM to 12 Noon (Verger – special time).

Shrove Tuesday, February 28

  • Verger’s Office Hours: 9 AM to 12 noon
  • Evening Prayer and Pancake Supper: 5 PM to 7 PM: Join us for prayer and fellowship as well as discovering the purpose of “Fat Tuesday” — details to be announced.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Open discussion meeting at 8 PM in Sherlock Hall.

Ash Wednesday, March 1

  • Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Noon and 7 PM
  • Trinity Prayer Line Deacon Clive has arranged 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 Handbell Choir rehearsal at 6:45 PM in the church.
  • Trinity Choir rehearsal at 8 PM in Witherington Hall.

Thursday, March 2

  • 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.
  • Trinity Fellowship Luncheon from 12 Noon to 2 PM in Witherington Hall. The guest speaker is Ms. Lavelle Jones, NJ AARP Speakers Bureau Coordinator. She is presenting information about the programs AARP offers. The menu for the day is still being planned. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact: Bonnie Gentesse 908.889-2075, Joe Bardzilowski, 732-382-5414, or Susan Olszewski, 908-757-9561
  • Note: While Father Andy’s Sabbath is normally Friday, due to the Diocesan Convention he will be taking his Sabbath this week directly after the luncheon.

Friday, March 3

  • Father Andy, Deacon Clive and the parish delegates are attending the Diocesan Convention in Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Parish Office hours 10 AM to 12 Noon (Verger – special tiime).

Saturday, March 4

  • Father Andy, Deacon Clive and the parish delegates are attending the Diocesan Convention in Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Trinity Men’s Group meets from 8 AM to 9 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:

  • The Committee on Outreach: Outreach would like to thank everyone for their contributions for our “Loaves of Love” Project. We collected $346. This money will be sent to AIDS Foundation for Children which helps children with AIDS. One of the facilities is in Elizabeth at St. Clare’s.

    Starting February 5 to February 26, the parish will collect trial-size shampoos, hand lotion (2-4 oz bottles, unscented), lip balm (unscented & colorless), facial tissue, chewing gum, microwave popcorn, and the front of old Christmas cards for the Seamen’s Institute. On February 26, there will be a bake sale for the Seamen’s Institute.

  • Trinity Soup Sale Thank you to our Trinity Soup Makers. We did very well and made a total of $422 for the ECW Scholarship Fund. Thank you to all our soup/chili makers and those who supported the sale.
  • Sunday, February 26: Stephen Lyman, Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute (Port Newark Center) and Rev. James Kollin, the SCI Chaplain, will be speaking at both coffee hours about the Seamen’s Church Institute.
  • Thursday, March 2: Trinity Fellowship Luncheon from 12 Noon to 2 PM in Witherington Hall. The guest speaker is Ms. Lavelle Jones, NJ AARP Speakers Bureau Coordinator. She is presenting information about the programs AARP offers. The menu for the day is still being planned. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact: Bonnie Gentesse 908.889-2075, Joe Bardzilowski, 732-382-5414, or Susan Olszewski, 908-757-9561
  • The newest member of the Trinity congregation! “We are excited to announce the arrival of Theodore Marcel Junod . Born Wednesday December 7th . Excited to share him with the Trinity church family. God bless! And see you all soon. Love, Trina and Mike Junod.”
  • The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, our new Priest-in-Charge We are very happy to announce that Reverend Andrew David Kruger has been elected to be the next Priest-in-Charge at Trinity Episcopal Church. Bishop Stokes and the diocesan staff enthusiastically support his selection. Our new pastor is from South Africa; he was ordained an Anglican priest in November 2011. He has broad experience in intergenerational pastoral care, youth ministry, and parish growth. Father Kruger’s first service was Sunday, February 12.
  • Our Seminarian Allison Burns-LaGreca Congratulations to our Seminarian, Allison! Her love of liturgy and enthusiasm for worship has led to her election as Co-Chief Sacristan in the Chapel of the Good Shephard at General Theological Seminary in NYC. Allison, a junior, along with Sebastian Avery-Morris, a middler, will organize and arrange the liturgies and activities of the Guild of Sacristans who will maintain the Chapel and make necessary provisions for the smooth conduct of liturgy. This is one of the highest honors at General Theological Seminary and is normally reserved for 2nd and 3rd-year students. Allison’s strong affection for the chapel and liturgical activities has given her the high and rare honor as a first year junior to take on such a role. All are welcome to celebrate Candlemass at General Seminary in February as Allison and Sebastion are installed. (Date to follow)
  • 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 Deacon Clive has arranged 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 Fridays

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 2015. Our lectionary is therefore Year 2 for Daily Office (2 being associated with the following odd-numbered year), and our Sunday Lectionary is Year C.
  • 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.