The Episcopal Church in Swarthmore
Stewardship Drive 2015: The Work of the Saints
The mission of Trinity Church: To be a vital Christian Community called by God to support each other in our faith as we Pray, Worship, Proclaim the Gospel, and promote Justice, Peace, and Love. By these means we seek to restore all to unity with God and each other in Christ.
Trinity Church is neither the physical structure nor the priest in charge; it is the people of the parish. As Christians, the people of Trinity Church are called to work for the life of the congregation, using the teachings of Christ and our own mission statement as a framework. This means giving of ourselves in time, talent and treasure. During this period of transition, we have continued with regular worship, called the Rev. Pat Oglesby as our new interim priest, continued to prepare hundreds of meals for hungry people, provided food and shelter to homeless families, begun a new Stephen's Ministry, staffed the after school program at Chester Eastside Ministries, provided pastoral care, and continued financial support for these and other outside ministries.
The work of the saints continues at Trinity Church, sometimes quietly, often joyfully, but always in the interest of the community and caring for one another in the name of Christ. Give prayerful consideration to what your financial support can contribute to the life and work of Trinity Church. Feel free to contact a member of the committee with any questions. Please submit your pledge for 2016 by Sunday, November 22nd.
The Stewardship Committee
Pastor Pat Oglesby
The Fall issue of The Chronicle, Trinity's news letter, is now available. Read it now!
The reading group meets on the first Wednesday in the month, from 10:30-Noon in the Cleaves Room at Trinity Swarthmore (go up ramp off College Ave side circle driveway, up stairs, left to end of hall, right into Cleaves Room)
Make suggestions to Walt Adams, Linda Sauer, or Mary North.
Heartstrings, a group dedicated to making items for charity (especially babies) will meet the second Saturday of each month at about 9:30am following the Women's Breakfast. Bring your knitting, crocheting, and handwork and join us as we create for charity! Contact Susan Lawson, with questions.
Kairos, a national and ecumenical prison ministry, is looking for men to volunteer to continue the 25 years of service in 32 states and 9 countries to persons incarcerated in area prisons. The goal of Kairos is to change hearts and transform lives; men volunteering with Kairos are formed and trained into ministry teams through which God's love, grace, and mercy are expressed in a real and profound way to those in prison.
Centering Prayer continues every Monday, 7:30-8:45ish in the Cleaves Room.
Ongoing Food Collection
We are collecting food each week at every service to help supply St. Mary’s Food Cupboard in Chester. Please make this a part of your weekly offering: Bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the rear of the church.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Do you lead a ministry for Trinity Church? Sunday School, IHN, Fellowship? To place parish life events for your ministry on the Trinity Church Life calendar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity participates in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) (known nationally as Family Promise). Anyone interested in serving homeless families and looking to see life in the world and faith in Christ come together are invited. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
eMail Newsletter, the "Constant Chronicle"
Trinity Church regularly issues an email newsletter called the Constant Chronicle. If you have not received an email copy of the Constant Chronicle, that probably means we don't have a good email address for you on file! Please email email@example.com with your name and address or call the church office at 610-544-2297.
Partners in Ministry
Partners in Ministry works on the Swarthmore College campus to provide an ecumenical Protestant ministry to Swarthmore students. Founded by five local churches and the Friends Meeting, Partners has grown dramatically. Partners supports the Rev. Joyce U. Tompkins as a full-time ecumenical Protestant minister. For more information or to make a donation, please see Lin Urban.