News Archive 2018-11-08T10:39:40+00:00

Reverse Advent Calendar

December 5th, 2018|

Instead of receiving a gift every day in Advent, consider giving a gift through our Reverse Advent Calendar project, to bless the hungry in our community. For every day of Advent, place one food item in a box and return the box to Trinity on

A Message from Trinity Altar Guild directress

November 29th, 2018|

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Being named Altar Guild directress emerita and the dedication of the new Gospel and altar books was and is truly an honor. I accepted with deep gratitude and humility. It has been my pleasure to serve and be a part of the

Diocesan Convention

November 18th, 2018|

The 150th Convention of the Diocese of Central New York was held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool. Trinity’s delegation included the Rev. Barb Schmitz, Ronald H. Cole, Daphne L. Sterling, Hannah Bajakian and Ingrid Knudsen. Kyle P. Ramey, a member of

Another saint with Trinity roots

November 8th, 2018|

Henrietta Wood Foote Brewer July 13, 1842 - March 17, 1903 Sermons the past two Sundays have focused on the early history of Trinity. This morning, we remember another “saint” with a connection to Trinity, Watertown. Today’s sermon focuses on the remarkable story of Henrietta Wood

Annual holiday bazaar

November 7th, 2018|

Trinity’s annual holiday bazaar, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Parish Hall. The ECW happily encourages one and all to volunteer to bake goodies

Outreach update

November 6th, 2018|

During October, 29 food items and $25 were collected for Watertown Urban Mission’s food pantry. Our Fourth Sunday collection for the Mission’s critical needs program yielded $69 and 60 pairs of underwear and 32 pairs of socks were collected through Sundays for Undies campaign. The

Altar Guild directress honored

November 6th, 2018|

During our First Sunday service, Nov. 4, new Altar and Gospel books were dedicated in honor of Donna S. Barber. The books are a gift of the Trinity Altar Guild. Mrs. Barber also was honored by Trinity Vestry, which on Sept. 25 signed a proclamation,

Our second First Sunday – All Saints’ Day

November 1st, 2018|

All Saints’ Day is a major feast day of the church. We gather together on this “First Sunday” to remember those who, having professed faith in the living Christ in days past, crowned their profession with heroic deaths. Not an official saint in our church

Trinity Concert Series Reaches out to Local High Schools

October 24th, 2018|

Following the October 21 concert featuring The Same Stream choir, conductor James Jordan and members of the choir spent time with nearly 50 high school students from Beaver River and Carthage talking about their experiences and answering questions the students had about the group, their

Annual Hats and Mittens Drive

October 11th, 2018|

New and gently used hats and mittens for Watertown Urban Mission will be accepted Sunday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 4, for delivery to WUM on Nov. 5.  

A Message from the Outreach Committee

October 3rd, 2018|

Thank you to all who participated in the September Pastabilities for Watertown Urban Mission. This month of October we would like to focus on a different critical needs area and that is undergarments for kids. We will be calling it Sundays for Undies! So please

Flu Clinics Scheduled

September 25th, 2018|

Get ahead of the flu before the season begins! Flu shot clinics will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and after both services Sunday, Oct. 14. The clinics will be held in the parish center library. Registration forms are available at

Urban Mission Update

September 12th, 2018|

The following school supplies were collected and taken to the Urban Mission for distribution: 15 backpacks; 11 pencil cases; 40 folders; 19 pairs of scissors; 8 packets of paper; 35 boxes of crayons; 20 highlighters; 66 erasers; 100+ pens; 350+ pencils; 89 notebooks; 13 binders;

At Trinity this Fall

September 4th, 2018|

Return to two services Join us next Sunday, Sept. 9, as we return to two services of Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Prayer book dedication Also on Sept. 9, copies of the Book of Common Prayer given in memory and in honor of

Rector Search Committee update

September 1st, 2018|

Thank you to Ron Roberts (chair), Debra Leopard, Linda Roof, and Frank Whitehead for their diligent work on the Search Committee for a new rector. Their service is greatly appreciated. They have laid an invaluable foundation as the search continues. Search Committee members Peter Gibbs

Back to School Supply Drive

August 2nd, 2018|

By Hannah Bajakian School supplies are needed for the Watertown Urban Mission Critical Needs Program’s annual “Back to School Supply Drive.” Items include pens, pencils, markers, erasers, re-sealable zipper storage bags, calculators, glue sticks, scissors, highlighters, and new or gently used backpacks. Discount stores are

Trinity to host blood drive Aug. 17

July 19th, 2018|

By Patricia Davis Again this year, Trinity Church is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive, from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in the Parish Hall. We are always looking for people to donate blood, and we also need other kinds of volunteers

Knudsens Travel to El Salvador

July 5th, 2018|

By Thom Knudsen Ingrid and Jill Knudsen are traveling to El Salvador. Last year Ingrid and several other high school youths of the Diocese of Central New York went on the youth pilgrimage to our companion diocese in El Salvador. It was a powerful experience for

Project Linus

July 3rd, 2018|

Project Linus, a national nonprofit organization, maintains a mission of providing a sense of love, security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill or in need. More than 7 million children in all 50 states have already received blankets. The success of Project

“School’s Out” PB&J Drive!

June 19th, 2018|

Summer can be a very difficult time for families with school-age children who usually get free lunches at school. Help our local families by donating peanut butter and jelly throughout the month of July! We will have a donation box located near the entrance of

Flower Delivery Volunteers Needed

June 14th, 2018|

One of our many forms of outreach at Trinity is delivering altar flowers to those who are unable to attend worship or who have a special occasion to celebrate. We know that it is appreciated. We are currently in need of people to deliver these

A Tactile Experience

June 4th, 2018|

Aside from the Bible, the most wonderful book to Anglicans is the Book of Common Prayer. Generations of people have held it in their hands to say their prayers in church, at home, on the battlefield, at the beach. It is a tactile experience that

Outdoor Clean-Up and Cookout Luncheon

May 28th, 2018|

Join us Sunday, June 3, for ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Sunday. An outdoor work day and cookout lunch will follow the 9:30 service. Everyone is encouraged to wear their work clothes to service, after which we will work on clean-up and mulching of flower beds,

Trinity Vestry Actions Update

May 22nd, 2018|

At its meeting Tuesday, May 22, Trinity Vestry: Appointed Sue DeMar as clerk, (a non-voting position), replacing Elizabeth Gendron, who had been clerk since 2010 and was elected as a vestryman at the last annual meeting May 6. Appointed Hannah Bajakian and Ingrid Knudsen as

Episcopal Church Woman Outreach: Card Campaign

May 20th, 2018|

As an outreach project, ECW is spearheading a greeting card campaign to collect cards for mailing to our soldiers in Iraq. Beginning Sunday, June 3, and continuing until Sunday, June 17, blank greeting cards will be available on the table in the main foyer of

190th Annual Meeting

April 24th, 2018|

The 190th annual general meeting of parishioners and elections will be Sunday, May 6, in the Parish Hall. Polls open immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service. A potluck luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. Elections will be held for churchwarden (a 2-year term) and four

Vestry Nomination Deadline Approaches

March 26th, 2018|

The 190th annual general meeting of parishioners and elections of Trinity Church will be Sunday, May 6, in the Parish Hall. Elections for the following vestry seats will he held: Churchwarden: a 2-year term (2018-2020). Vestrymen: Three 3-year terms (2018-2021) and the remaining 2 years

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

March 1st, 2018|

There will be a prayer vigil in the Chapel of St. Paul, beginning after the Stripping of the Altar on Maundy Thursday, March 29, and continuing until midnight, and from 6 a.m. to noon Good Friday, March 30. A sign-up sheet is available. More than

Combined Service, Lunch and Program Continue

March 1st, 2018|

The last few weeks with a combined worship service, lunch, and the self-study discussion groups have been full of energy. We would like to maintain the synergy of this format for another month, through the month of March.* We also sense that it is time

Rector Search Committee News – Feb. 18

February 15th, 2018|

Join us Sunday, Feb. 18, following the combined service at 9:30 a.m., for Spiritual Genealogy Part 2, led by the Rev. Barb Schmitz. All are invited to participate in Part 2, even if you did not attend Part 1. A light lunch will be served.

Lent Listening Sessions Scheduled

February 15th, 2018|

The Holy Spirit is at work in Central New York, calling us to build loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God and one another. Our world, dominated by argument and division, needs the Church to model and offer God’s beloved community to all people. When

Bishop DeDe’s Message for Ash Wednesday and Lent

February 15th, 2018|

Ash Wednesday: here we are. We begin this Lenten season with a moment of repentance where we turn back to God and change our mind, recognizing our own need for a new beginning. This is our “great do-over!” A time when we remember that we

Wednesday Night Program Returns Feb. 21

February 8th, 2018|

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has authored a book, “Being Christian.” In it he discusses baptism, eucharist, ministry, and prayer. It is a fine guide to these Christian basics. If you are considering becoming a member of Trinity, would like a refresher, are interested in baptism

Rector Search Committee News – Feb. 11

February 8th, 2018|

Join us Sunday, Feb. 11, following the combined service at 9:30 a.m., for Spiritual Genealogy Part 1, led by the Rev. Barb Schmitz. A light lunch will be served. Childcare is available. Many thanks to Jane Gendron for providing lunch. Regarding Feb. 4 The Search

Rector Search Committee News – Feb. 4

January 31st, 2018|

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 4, following the combined service at 9:30 a.m., for the third in a series of small-group discussions, hosted by the Search Committee. The topic is Ministries/Mission. A light lunch will be served. Childcare is available. Many thanks to Evelyn Rule

Rector Search Committee News – Jan. 28

January 25th, 2018|

Join us Sunday, Jan. 28, following the combined service at 9:30 a.m., for the second in a series of small-group discussions, hosted by the Search Committee. A light lunch will be served. Childcare is available. Many thanks to Debra Leopard for providing lunch today. Regarding

Rector Search Committee News – Jan. 21

January 18th, 2018|

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 21, following our combined service at 9:30 a.m., for the first in a series of small-group discussions, hosted by the Search Committee. A light lunch will be served. Childcare is available. Many thanks to Daphne Sterling for providing lunch. Topics

Reverse Advent Calendar Project Update

January 18th, 2018|

On Jan. 8, 447 food items collected through our second annual Reverse Advent Calendar project were delivered to Watertown Urban Mission by Dan Davis, left, and Kevin Thackston, right. Thanks to all who participated!  

Guest Preacher Sunday, Jan. 14

January 9th, 2018|

On Sunday, January 14, we will welcome a guest preacher, the Rev. Leon “ Toby” Schilling, Director of Pastoral Care Services for Samaritan Health System. Toby is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a bachelor of arts in psychology and of Union Theological Seminary, New

Rector Search Committee News

January 4th, 2018|

The Search Committee was commissioned in December and has had its first planning meeting. On behalf of the Vestry, the Wardens delivered “The Charge” to the Search Committee. The Charge is posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. The next step is to

ECW Charitable Giving

December 24th, 2017|

The annual holiday bazaar sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women raised $3,000 to be used for mission. Donations have been sent to Episcopal Relief & Development, the Food Bank of Central New York, Women of Grace Widows’ Fund, the Volunteer Transportation Center of Jefferson County,

Red Cross Blood Drive

December 23rd, 2017|

Trinity Church is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, in the Parish Hall. We are looking for people to donate blood as well as volunteers to help make lunch for the ARC volunteers, to sign people

Presiding Bishop Curry’s 2017 Christmas Message

December 17th, 2017|

“Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Christmas message. Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas message, above. A transcript follows: In

Bishop DeDe’s 2017 Christmas Message: “Always God’s Love”

December 16th, 2017|

If you were God, and you wanted people to know of your love and your care for them, if you wanted to save them from their hard-heartedness and selfishness, how would you come to them? I think most humans would come with power, or well-articulated

Holiday Food Drive

December 15th, 2017|

There is still time to sign up for this year’s Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission food pantry. Use your own box or pick one up in the parish center foyer by the parking lot entrance. Place a nonperishable item in the

Vestry Appointments

December 10th, 2017|

At its meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 5, Trinity Vestry appointed Charlotte A. Bach and Lawrence W. Benson II to fill two unexpired vestry terms until the next annual meeting and election, Sunday, May 6. Thank you to vestrymen Thomas H. Peterson and Kevin C. Thackston for

It’s Nearly Time for the Holiday Bazaar!

December 1st, 2017|

Have you signed up to help? Will you bake or donate Christmas-themed items you no longer use? Sign-up sheets are in the main foyer of Macsherry Parish Center. And don’t forget to attend the bazaar to do some shopping, have lunch, see your friends, and

Reverse Advent Calendar Project Begins

November 25th, 2017|

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Due to the great success of last year’s reverse Advent calendar, we will be doing it again, starting on the first day of Advent, Sunday, Dec. 3. This is how the reverse calendar works. Place a

Play to Benefit Veterans Center

November 9th, 2017|

“The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” a play by Mark Twain, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Parish Hall. The play explores what it might have been like to be the first two people on earth.

Transition Update

October 27th, 2017|

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to meet with me for the one-to-one dialogues. The response was robust, and a brief summary of the conversations may be picked up in person in the parish office during office hours, or by contacting the office

Learn About our New Library

October 1st, 2017|

The Trinity Conference Room received a facelift this summer and now includes the Trinity library collection. Many thanks to Kyle Ramey for his woodworking skills and to Emily Kelly and Emily Leopard-Davis for cataloging books. Library orientation will be Oct. 14 at 5:45 and 6,

Disaster Response Efforts Target Vulnerable Communities in West Texas

September 5th, 2017|

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to provide technical support and emergency assistance following Hurricane Harvey, as diocesan partners assess damage and respond to critical needs in the affected areas. Now downgraded to a tropical depression, the storm has claimed at least 42 lives, forcing

Operation Gratitude

June 29th, 2017|

The Episcopal Church Women of Trinity Church are collecting and shipping handmade hats and scarves to men and women in our armed forces through Operation Gratitude.Flyers with information about the size, color and fiber content of the items are available at the parish center

Stewardship roundtable set for July 11 at Trinity

June 29th, 2017|

Trinity Church is hosting one of four informal “roundtable” discussions about stewardship in our parishes. The roundtables, offered by the Diocese of Central New York, are from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following times and locations: Tuesday, July 11, at Trinity, Watertown Tuesday, Aug.

El Salvador Update

June 29th, 2017|

A total of $449 was raised at the pancake breakfast June 17 to benefit the Knudsens’ trip next month to our companion diocese in El Salvador. Thanks to all who have made monetary donations! There is still time to donate through the Sunday collection plate

Interim Rector Announced

June 12th, 2017|

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Barb Schmitz will be Trinity’s interim rector. She will begin her interim ministry at Trinity on Tuesday, Aug. 1. She has served parishes in transition in Central New York as well as in dioceses across the United

Knudsens to Travel to El Salvador

June 4th, 2017|

Thom and Ingrid Knudsen are going to El Salvador to commune with our companion diocese, the Anglican Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador. Their journey will be July 19 through 26 as part of the Youth Pilgrimage Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New

Free in Christ: Trinity Church in Lowville launches addiction recovery program

May 2nd, 2017|

In recent years, deaths by drug overdose and suicide have been on the rise in the North Country region of our diocese. Steve Virkler of the Lowville Journal & Republican interviews Fr. Ed Murphy of Trinity Church in Lowville to learn how this Episcopal church is partnering with

Bishop DeDe’s Easter Message: “How will we offer the resurrected love of Jesus Christ in every situation?”

April 16th, 2017|

Dear People of Central New York: In this sacred Holy Week, we journey with Jesus through his last meal with friends, his prayer and lamentation in the garden, his suffering and passion, his death on the cross, and ultimately to that Easter moment when