Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Chrismon Tree 2017

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Sue, Ron and Stacy set up and decorated our Chrismon Tree on December 9th. 

Chrismons are ornaments depicting Christian symbols such as the cross and dove. You can learn more about Chrismons and Chrismon trees here and here, too.  Come to church and see ours for yourself.

Christmas Party 2017

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It's that most wonderful time of the year, and it's always great to gather with Trinity friends as we anticipate Christmas. Our party was held on Friday,  December 8th in the parish hall.

Luminaria guided us along the sidewalk to the parish hall.
Ron and Sue decorated the tree beautifully.

Father Desmond says a few words.
B.J adds a few more words.

Claire was a magnificent hostess...and waitress!

Hello from Heidi, Audrey, Janet and Debbie!
Father says the blessing.

Delicious dinner...

Alice and Therese share a few words.

It's great to chat with friends.

Say cheese!
Say cheese again!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

As November Comes to an End

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Dave,Paul, Joey and John install the new ramp to the Parish Hall.

Leaves for the Thanksgiving Tree awaiting our words of gratitude.

The Mitten Tree with gift ideas for our adopted families.

Ernie takes a mitten from the Mitten Tree.

Thanksgiving and the days surrounding it brought traditional and new activities at Trinity.

As we entered church on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, we received colorful paper leaves. We took a few moments to reflect on what we were thankful for, wrote those "gratitudes" on the leaves, and hung the leaves on the tree as we went up to the altar for communion. Sunday School students tucked blank leaves inside homemade Thanksgiving cards that they sent to some of our shut-in parishioners.

On the same day, we saw another tree, this one covered with paper mittens. On each mitten was written the name of a present for members of our Christmas Adopt-a-Families. Parish members will make two families' Christmases merry and bright with generous gift giving. Thank you, Nancy Beatty, for organizing this annual project.

On the last Friday of November, stalwart Trinity saints installed the long-awaited access ramp to the Parish Hall. This is the last piece of the Building Access, Building Faith capital campaign which has made our church and parish hall accessible to all who wish to enter our doors. The ramp will replace the movable ramp that has been in use for the past several years. Thanks to John Bevis, Dave Jones, Paul Phelan, Joseph Phelan and Father Desmond for their work with this project.

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Fall Work Day

Thank you to all who raked, cleaned and otherwise helped at our Fall Work Day. Thanks for the soup, Stacy!

Mark transports his rake.

So many leaves!

Looking pretty clear!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Free Community Spaghetti Supper

In 2016, Diane Leach encouraged Trinity to prepare and serve a free meal for our Lansingburgh neighbors. Inspired by her kindness and infectious humor, we took on the task. The dinner was funded with a grant from the Thrivent Financial. We dedicated the event to the memory of Diane's husband, our Rector Emeritus, The Reverend Fredric Leach.

This year, we continued the tradition and dedicated the dinner to both Father Leach and to Diane, who died unexpectedly in February 2017. Although we miss the Leaches tremendously, we are blessed and honored to remember them with this annual dinner.

It was a delicious evening with old friends and new.

2017 Parish Halloween Party

Children and adults gathered in the parish hall to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, October 21st. Kids created Halloween crafts and made batch after batch of slime/gak. People challenged each other to games of corn hole. Father Desmond and Jean treated us to a delicious dinner.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Capital City Rescue Mission

During worship on Sunday, October 15th, Mr. Perry Jones, Executive Director of the Capital City Rescue Mission, spoke to our congregation about the work that the Mission is doing. Trinity provided a love offering to the Mission.
"Capital City Rescue Mission is dedicated to proclaiming the gospel to the homeless and needy of the Capital Region, providing the whole person - body, mind and spirit - to help them return to society maturing as productive citizens."

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Blessing Box

Have you noticed the black cabinet mounted on the fence near the gate to the Parish House? It's our new Blessing Box, a little free pantry for those in need. As Matthew 25 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink; a stranger and you welcomed me." It is the hope of the Vestry that we as a Christian community can help those in our neighborhood. Please help stock the pantry with: 
FOODS IN CANS OR PLASTIC: Examples - peanut butter, jelly, pasta and sauce, vegetables, soup, bottled water 
PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: Examples - diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, toilet tissue