The Taper

Welcome Rev. Ray Wilson

As the calendar year has seasons, so the Church year has seasons as well.  We are entering the season of Advent, which prepares us for Christmas.  In our culture we do need a time to step back from the often hectic days of December to focus on what Christmas means for us as individuals and as a Christian community.  

Our Advent program this year, "Because of Bethlehem", will help us take a deep breath as we anticipate the birth of Jesus.  Please join us on Wednesday evenings as we gather for a pot-luck supper and table discussion about the  significance of the Babe of Bethlehem in our own lives. The story of Christmas is familiar to us, but the meaning of it changes as our lives change.  We have all been through a lot of disruption and upheaval in the past months.  Come and explore the impact of those changes in light of the coming of Christmas.  

The changes in my life include becoming your Interim Rector.  What a joy this is for me.   Your ministries of  service and outreach both inside and outside the parish are very remarkable.  You have made me feel welcome from the first day..

So you can get to know me better, let me give you a short biography. My parents were native Texans.  My father was a physician in the U.S. Army and my mother was a nurse. I am the youngest of three.  We were stationed in  Virginia, Maryland, Austria, and Panama and traveled a great deal.  I went to college in Washington, D.C. and Bristol, England, and seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I served  parishes in Washington, D.C.  and Maryland, and was Canon Pastor  at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston before buying and operating a country inn in Lenox, Massachusetts for 25 years.  While there I was Interim Rector and supply priest at several parishes.  For the past 12 years I taught Texas History at the Briarwood School in Houston.  Trinity is my first Interim in this Diocese.

As we travel this journey of Advent and Christmas together, I look forward to getting to know each of you.  I am available through the Church office, so please be in touch if I can help in any way.  

I look forward to seeing you at the Sunday services and at the Wednesday Advent programs.  We are blessed to be together doing God's work in this place.

Ray Wilson

Interim Rector

 

 

 

 

 

Advent- Adventus (Latin) Parousia (Greek for Second Coming of Christ)

Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of Christ. It is a season of hope, a season of anticipation.

In keeping with this tradition, Trinity will present an Advent program each Wednesday evening of the season. The study series “Because of Bethlehem,” by Max Lucado, is an in-depth look at Advent and the coming of the Christ Child into our lives. This study is the first of a two part series, the second being a study for the season of Lent.

Please join us each Wednesday evening of Advent as we prepare ourselves to invite the coming of the Christ Child into our hearts and lives. Potluck dinner will start at 6:30pm, followed by our study presentation. Blessings

 

 

 

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

We often refer to the people we know at church as our “Church Family.” And in truth that’s what our friends at church are, family. We love and care for our immediate family members, and in the same way we should care for our extended family members, our church family.

In keeping with this responsibility to care for all our family, we need to be especially aware of the needs and concerns of our church family members. We need to be our brothers (and sisters, of course) keeper. We have a responsibility, in Christ, to care for each other.

On that note, if you know of someone in our church family who may be sick or in some other need, please let others in our family know. Many times the person or persons needing attention are unable to report their needs; that’s where you step in. It’s most important to let others know so that we, as a family, can give attention to those in need.

So please, let’s keep alert to the needs and concerns of our church family members, because, after all, we are our brother’s keeper.

Blessings

Your Trinity Staff

 

 

What Is A Blue Christmas?

The holidays can be difficult times for anyone who has suffered loss or hurt. Many congregations across the country now offer a “Blue Christmas” to recognize that reality. A service of comfort, it is a way we can recognize the depth of the season and help process those negative feelings that might be held within during the holidays. By doing so, we can all celebrate more fully, knowing we have acknowledged those who are no longer with us or what we might have left behind. The church is going to say we’re not going to give you a platitude. We’re going to say to you this is hard, and God is in the midst of this.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.   We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.

Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. 

Our Blue Christmas Service is Tuesday, December 4, 2017 at 7pm. We will meet Christ in our “togetherness” and perhaps healing will take place.

 

 

Contemplative Prayer and Meditation

Advent is the first season of the liturgical year and a time to recalibrate your time with God. Trinity has a meditation group that meets every Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Guild Room. We read a short passage, say a prayer, meditate as a group for about 20 minutes, and close with the Lord’s Prayer. But meditation is better practiced twice a day and is easy to learn how to do. And, of course, there’s an app for it! The one most of us use is “Centering Prayer” which allows you to personalize the opening and closing prayers and the duration of silence.

“The most important thing to know about meditation is how to meditate. It is also important, I suppose, to know why you should meditate, but in the first place you must know what to do. Let me remind you of this again so that you are as clear as possible in your minds about it. Choose a place that is as quiet as you can find. As far as posture is concerned, the basic rule is to sit with your spine upright. Sit down, either on the floor or in an upright chair, and keep your spine as erect as possible. Close your eyes gently.

“To meditate you need to take a word and the word I suggest to you is maranatha. Simply, gently repeat that word in silence in your heart, in the depths of your being, and continue repeating it. Listen to it as a sound. Say it; articulate it in silence, clearly, but listen to it as a sound. If you can, you must meditate every morning and every evening. I think it is true to say that you will never learn to meditate unless you do meditate every morning and every evening of every day. You need simply to put that time-slot aside.” John Main, The Way of Unknowing, Darton, Longman and Todd 1989, Crossroad 1989.

“We slowly come to understand that to learn to meditate we need discipline: the discipline of sitting down and sitting still and of saying our word, our mantra, from the beginning of our meditation until the end. This is a difficult thing to understand when you begin. We want to follow our thoughts, to come to new insights. Being religious people we may want to praise God, to say some prayer. But when you meditate you must transcend all thought and all words, and be silent, still and humble in the depths of your own being.” John Main, The heart of Creation, Darton, Longman and Todd 1988, Crossroad 1988.

You are welcome to join us on Wednesdays at 5:30pm but at least give it a try at your quiet spot during the month of Advent and see if it nourishes you! Eileen and Grady Hicks, Merlyn Hawkins, Mary Thomas, John Lefeber, Carol Stansbury

 

 

Seafarers Christmas Gift Boxes - Outreach Ministry

Trinity supports the Port of Houston’s International Seafarers’ Centers Christmas Gift Box program. We will collect boxes thru Sunday, December 16, anyone who wants to will help deliver the boxes to one of the Seafarers’ Centers. The details about delivery day TBD.  LIst of suggested supplies to pack. 

 ADDRESS BOOK                                          KLEENEX

SOAP & SHAMPOO                                       PLAYINGCARD

BAND-AIDS (FABRIC)                                   LIP BALM

TOOTHBRUSH                                              POPCORN

BASEBALL CAPS                                           LOTION

TOOTHPASTE                                              SOCKS

2018 CALENDAR                                          NAIL CLIPPERS

GUM & HARD CANDY                                  SUDOKU

COMB                                                           GOLD BOND CREAM

KEY CHAINS                                                 TX SOUVENIRES

DENTAL FLOSS                                            GOLD BOND POWDER

POCKET SIZE NOTEBOOKS                        T-SHIRTS

DEODORANT                                                HOT CHOCOLATE

USB FLASH DRIVES                                      DISPOSABLE RAZORS

O-TIPS                                                          MECHANICAL PENCILS

WORD SEARSHES                                       FLASHLIGHT W/BATTERIES

SHAVING CREAM                                         NEEDLE & THREAD

PENS

 

The seafarers appreciate these items tremendously. Please be sure your gift box is packed full of items! Please only pack boxes for male seafarers. Do not include items that will melt or break. Pack batteries separately from the items they are powering.

These gifts of love should be WRAPPED SECURELY as one unit in Christmas paper. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP LID AND BOX SEPARATELY. Please do not place bows on the boxes. You may want to include your email address, name and address inside each box. You may receive a thank you note from a grateful seafarer!

 

POINSETTIA MEMORIALS 

If you would like to give a poinsettia to be used in the Church for Christmas Eve services, please use the form below. Each plant will cost $17.00. Mail this form with your check or place in the alms basin on Sunday morning (deadline is Sunday, December 17th).

I would like to purchase _________ (# of plants) poinsettia(s) to be used for the Christmas Eve services  (please print)

  In memory of __________________________________________________________________ And/or in honor of _______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Given by _____________________________________________________________________________  

Please make checks payable to: Trinity Episcopal Church (TEC) send to: Trinity Episcopal Church 5010 N. Main Baytown, TX 77521

 

News from the Pews

Birthdays

 

1 Megan Strong

2 Rev. Stephanie Linscott, Sharon Gorman Rogers

3 Bob Cowan, Beaux Vice, Kerry Kelley

4 Robert Currie, Thomas Currie

5 Nancy Porter, Susan McCormick

6 Tom Abbey

7 Jade McMillan

8 Betty Shirley, Hayden Bernard

10 Amy Currie

13-Mercedes Paul

14 Maymo Lewis

15 Lila Friederich

21 Linda Walker

23 Stephen Linscott, Tracy Donaie, Mary Lou McDowell

25 Kelly Torres, Matthew Rankin, Paul Schaffer, Jaime Rios

29 Martha Pipkin, Pat Waldie, Ruth Iroanya

Wedding Anniversaries

4 Scott and Misti Vice Clifford and Margaret Iroanya Tony and Carolyn Polumbo

22 John and Charlotte Henderson

27 James and Maymo Lewis

30 Stephen and Joanne Villemez

 

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