November 30 - Rev. Aaron's Priesthood Ordination
Rev. Aaron's bishop has given his consent for Aaron to be ordained a priest by our Bishop Marc at the Diocese of California's Fall Ordinations which will take place at Grace Cathedral on Saturday, November 30 (exact time has not yet been announced). This ordination will mark the completion of Aaron's journey into ordained ministry, and means that Aaron will preside at the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, December 1. Also, Trinity will celebrate Rev. Aaron’s ordination after the 10:00am service.
December 1 - First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 1 is the First Sunday in Advent, that season of waiting that leads us to the celebration of Christmas. The beginning of Advent also means our liturgy changes, particularly at 10 am, to reflect the change of season. One of those changes is the lighting of the Advent Wreath in the Church (or the Chapel) near the beginning of our services.
December 8 - St. Nicholas and the Advent Festival
St. Nicholas will visit Trinity at both our services to tell us his story and how it connects to the celebration of Christmas. We will gather in Trinity Hall following the 10 am service for our Advent Festival, a time of learning about and making Advent Wreaths, enjoying good food and fellowship, and singing some Christmas songs to get us in the holiday spirit.
December 15 - Lessons and Carols
Please join us for Trinity's Annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at the 10 am service. Lessons and Carols means that there is no Communion or Sermon at 10 am. The service is designed to highlight the themes of the Advent season as they echo through the Hebrew Bible, in particular, as well as portions of the New Testament. Each reading is paired with an anthem or hymn, and the service begins and ends in prayer. I hope you will be able to join us for this annual tradition. Please note that the 8 am service will include Communion and Sermon as usual.
December 15 - Blue Christmas Service in the Chapel
This service will take place at 5:00 pm, and provides a space for those who find the holidays to be a difficult time, and for those who want a quiet, contemplative space in the midst of the rush toward Christmas. Join with others in the Chapel for prayers, music, and healing.
Celebrate Christmas With Us!
Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services.
Whether you prefer a simpler children’s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir,
infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.
Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24
All Services will be about an hour.
3:00 pm -- Children's Pageant with Communion (No Sermon)
6:00 pm -- Christmas Communion Service with Sermon, the Festival Choir
and the Trinity Ringers (our Bell Choir)
10:00 pm -- Christmas Communion Service with Sermon and the Festival Choir
Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25
NO Christmas Day Service
First Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 29
Regular Services times
8:00 am in the Chapel
10:00 am in the Church with Hymns and Sermon
(No Choir or Godly Play)
January 5, 2020 - Annual Healing Service
On Sunday, January 5 Trinity will have it's annual Healing Service for the beginning of the year at our 10 am service. The service includes a Homily and Communion, but also invites those who wish to receive the laying on of hands with prayer and anointing with oil for healing. It is a ritual that is not only about healing whatever in us needs to be healed, but also for praying for the healing of the world and those who our on our hearts and in our love. Doing this near the beginning of the year also reflects our hope and prayer that the year to come may be a season of healing for all. Our 8 am service will not include the rite of healing.
January 10 - OWLS Program
Please join us on Friday, January 10 at 12noon in Angus Hall for our annual Matinee Movie Day, showing "Green Book" Academy Award Winner for Best Picture. Based on a real-life road trip through the deep south in the early 1960s. It is directed by Peter Farelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Once again, this will be a movie you won’t want to miss! If you can attend, please call Alecia in the Church Office at 326-2083, ext. 2 or email email@example.com to let her know you will join us for lunch. We need to have your RSVP so we have enough food for all the attendees. Guests are always welcome and encouraged! Just let Alecia know.
January 12 - Family Skate Night
The youth group and the children and family ministries will partner for the third time to host a skating event at Winter Lodge at 3009 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto from 5:30-7:30pm. Everyone is invited. Admission is $12 per person. Skate rentals are an additional $5. Gloves and helmets are recommended for all skaters. Children under 4 years must skate with an adult. Strollers (for parents to push babies in) are allowed on the ice during our session. Pizza will be served.
January 26 - Annual Parish Meeting
Trinity Community please join us on Sunday, January 26, for our Annual Parish Meeting which will be held following the 10:00 am service over lunch in Trinity Hall. The Annual Meeting is a time to review a bit about the last year, including a sharing of the 2019 financial results. We will also take the opportunity to look forward to some highlights coming up in 2020, including the 2020 budget. Above all, it is a time to give thanks to God for the life we share together as a part of this amazing Trinity community. We will have extended childcare as well as children's activities in Angus Hall, and the meeting will end no later than 1 pm.
February 2 - Guest Preacher & Speaker Cara Meredith
Author, Cara Meredith will be our Guest Preacher at the 10 am service, and will also be giving a talk in Trinity Hall during coffee hour afterwards. Cara Meredith is the author of the book The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice. Cara Meredith grew up in a colorless world. From childhood, she didn't think issues of race had anything to do with her. A colorblind rhetoric had been stamped across her education, world view, and Christian theology. Then as an adult, Cara's life took on new, colorful hues. She realized that her generation, seeking to move beyond ancestral racism, had swung so far that they tried to act as if they didn't see race at all. But that picture neglected the unique cultural identity God gives each person. A writer and speaker in an interracial marriage and mixed-race family, Cara finds herself more and more in the middle of discussions about racial justice. In The Color of Life, she asks how do we navigate ongoing and desperately-needed conversations about race? How do we teach our children a theology of reconciliation and love? And what does it mean to live a life that makes space for seeing the imago Dei in everyone? Cara's illuminating memoir paints a beautiful path from white privilege toward racial healing, from ignorance toward seeing the image of God in everyone she meets. I hope you will join us to give Cara a warm Trinity welcome.
February 9 - Scouting Sunday
Trinity will be celebrating Scout Sunday at the 10am service. All scouts are invited to attend the service in uniform to celebrate the role of religion in scouting and the contributions made by scouts to our church and community. Scouts will receive a blessing and recognition at the beginning of the service.
February 25 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Children's Ash Tuesday Service
Every year on Mardi Gras - the day before Ash Wednesday - the Trinity community gathers for an evening of pancakes and fun in Trinity Hall. Join us at 6:00 pm for dinner, pancake races, and more! Around 6:30 pm we will have a children's Ash Tuesday Service with the imposition of ashes and a short service geared toward our children (parents are welcome, and you can eat before or after the service -- or both!).
February 26 - Ash Wednesday Services
On Ash Wednesday, we will have three services at 7:30 am, Noon, and 7:30 pm, all in the Chapel. Choose the service that fits best with your schedule.
March 1 - First Sunday in Lent
March 7 - Boy Scout Troop 206 Annual Pancake Breakfast
They’re back! Those awesome boys in scout uniforms serving up the flapjacks as only the scouts can do it. Menlo Park/Atherton’s Boy Scout Troop 206 will be serving your favorites at their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Griddlecakes from their fabulous formula 206, savory sausages, fruit, assorted juices, coffee and tea are on the menu. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Trinity Hall. Cost is $5 for adults or 2 children under 8. Cub scouts in uniform eat free! Troop 206 is the Boy Scout Troop that Trinity has sponsored for a number of years, and they appreciate your support.
April 5 - PALM SUNDAY
April 6-11 Holy Week Services
April 12 - EASTER DAY SERVICES (6:30 am Sunrise, 8:30 am & 10:30am (Easter Egg Hunt follows)
April 26 - Earth Sunday
May 3 - Youth Group Annual Bingo Fundraiser Dinner
May 17 - Festival of Music Service at 10am
May 31 - PENTECOST
June 7 - TRINITY SUNDAY
June 14 - 28 - Hope & Hope Program
August 11 - St. Vincent's de Paul's Catherines' Center Fashion Show