FR. ANDY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
News and Notes; Thursday, January 21st
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Today and the Rest of this Week
Watch the Cranford Clergy Council’s ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Service of reflection’. Click here.
Bonnie Gentesse shares memories of the Annual Breakfast with Santa first launched in 2005. View her recollections on the 150th Anniversary Archival Committee’s page of our website. Click here.
Add and update your prayer requests to the online intercessory prayer list here. The list is prayed twice a day at Morning and Evening Prayer.
Morning Prayer is offered from Monday to Friday at 8:30 AM online.
Evening Prayer is offered from Monday to Friday at 5 PM online.
Compline is offered every Thursday online at 8 PM. Have the BCP 1979 open on page 127.
The Parish Office is physically closed; contact Marion Nechuta directly via parish email or her personal cell (908-451-4498).
Forward Day by Day devotional books are available; email Marion Nechuta if you would like to receive a copy.
Lectionary Readings for this Sunday, January 24: The Third Sunday After the Epiphany are here.
The 8 AM Eucharist has been suspended until February in order to review the efficacy of our safety protocols against the new strains of COVID-19.
A Sunday School breakout room for children will be made available during the service.
The Annual Parish Meeting is this Sunday, January 24, 2021, in the context of the 10 AM online service. Click here to read the 2020 Annual Report.
Please mail Pledges to 205 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016. To adjust your pledge, please call Sarah Gregory (908-347-6498). Thank you for your continued support!
Next Week and Beyond
Fr Andy will spend next week from Wednesday January 27 through Sunday, January 31 at Holy Cross Monastery. He will remain available for pastoral emergencies via phone and email, and will lead the Sunday, January 31 online 10 AM service from the Monastery.
Emergency Food Supplies Needed for St. Joseph’s Social Service Center. Drop non-perishables (click here for a list of appropriate items) on Sydney O’Hagan’s front porch (205 High Street, Cranford) every Wednesday.
The Women’s Bible Study is every Thursday, at 10 AM online.
The Greening Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 PM online. This committee will prayerfully consider how we can honor our duty of being faithful stewards of our planet.
Join Trinity’s Virtual Choir, rehearsals begin on Wednesday, January 27 on Trinity’s Zoom platform from 8:15-9 PM. Click here for more information or to sign up.
Handbell Choir will resume in-person rehearsals beginning February 3, contingent upon the status of the pandemic. Rehearsals will run 6:30-7:15 PM on Wednesday evenings. Contact Anthony Rafaniello at email@example.com if you would like to participate.
This year’s Lent Course, Inspiration from the Twelve Steps, consists of four sessions, beginning on Thursday, February 25. The sessions will be led by Patrick Milas on Trinity’s online Zoom platform and take place between 7 and 8 PM.
Dates are available for Baptism during the Easter Season, please contact Marion Nechuta directly or via the parish email to secure a date.
Fr. Andy's Reflection: Annual Parish Meeting
This Sunday January 24, is our Annual Parish Meeting which is a significant and important event in our common life. This year the meeting will be online due to the pandemic and the information below is designed to make the meeting flow as smoothly as possible.
How do I participate in the meeting? The meeting is part of the 10 AM Service and will be held on Trinity’s online Zoom platform. Use the same link and password as for all Trinity’s online services and meetings.
How will voting work in a virtual meeting? We will use the Zoom Polling feature for voting. This feature will be accessible to everyone who is connected by a smartphone, tablet or computer. Those who call in by telephone will not be able to access the polling feature. Each parishioner who wants to vote will need their own device, it will not be possible for two people sharing a device to each vote separately.
Were there additional nominations from the floor? No. And following the advice of the Diocese, the nominating committee has put forward a slate of exactly the right number of candidates to allow for direct rather than contested elections this year. You may view the slate of candidates here and read their biographies in the 2020 Annual Report.
Who is eligible to vote? Voters shall be baptized; at least 16 years of age; shall adhere to the Episcopal Church and to no other religious body; shall be regular attendants at the services of this Parish (meaning those who are more frequently present than absent unless for a good cause); and shall be regular contributors to the current expenses of the Parish.
How should I prepare for the Annual Parish Meeting? All reports will be taken as read, so please take the time to read the 2020 Annual Parish Report. In addition I encourage each of us to pray this prayer before the meeting: “Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in Trinity’s Annual Parish Meeting for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Relevant Documents for the Annual Parish Meeting
2020 Annual Report and Biographies of Nominees
Amended Parish Bylaws
Summary of Changes to the Bylaws
Supplemental Special Rules of Order for Virtual Attendance at an Annual Parish Meeting
The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Rector of the Parish
Trinity Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey
Personal Cell: (609) 933-5227 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor’s Sabbath: Father Andy takes his Sabbath on Mondays
Parish Contact Information
205 North Avenue, East, Cranford NJ 07016 – Phone: 908–276–4047
TrinityCranford@gmail.com – TrinityCranford.org
Connecting to Zoom
Trinity Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5954883214.
Meeting ID: 595 488 3214 — Password: 1872
Trinity Zoom phone number: 929-205-6099