Trinity Easton to dedicate building addition and renovations, Sept. 14

[Re-posted to clarify potential ambiguity in paragraph 5]

Contact: The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns
Trinity Episcopal Church
234 Spring Garden Street
Easton, PA 18045
610-253-0792
Cell: 610-392-4112
parish@trinityeaston.org

On Tuesday, September 14 at 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton, Pennsylvania, will open their church and their new addition to the community for an Open House and then Bishop Paul V. Marshall of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem will bless and dedicate the space starting at 7 p.m.

At the ceremony, the parish will also formally announce the naming of the Trinity Primary School, which is being built in Sodogo, Sudan in the Diocese of Kajo-Keji, Episcopal Church of Southern Sudan, in part with funds raised by members of Trinity Church. Trinity tithed the proceeds of the campaign toward the building of the school, according to the Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns, rector. [Trinity's contribution covers about one-third of the cost of the school; the remaining two-thirds comes from other members of the Diocese of Bethlehem.]

Trinity Church serves the community not only as a house of worship and community of faith, but also as a place of help and refuge for those in need. The parish’s Ark Soup Kitchen serves 65-80 people every Saturday a nutritious, tasty meal. The parish has housed twelve-step groups, community organizations, programs from youth and the aged, and many others, and has a long history of outreach to the community. The parish, which was founded in 1819, calls itself “A Church for all people” who “discover, share and live God’s love.”

The new space contains a new commercial-grade kitchen, new restrooms and a new classroom, and makes the facility barrier-free. A stained glass window over the high altar of the church was threatened if the wall collapsed was also restored. In addition, improvements to the organ were made. The church repaved the parking lot, and made other modifications to make the space handicapped accessible.

The generosity of the congregation’s members made this building and the school in Southern Sudan possible. They raised nearly $450,000 during a capital campaign in 2009. The parish tithed their gift so that $45,000 is going across the globe, in Kajo-Keji County, Southern Sudan, a new primary school is being built in a little Sudanese village called Sodogo. The Diocese of Bethlehem, which includes Trinity, Easton, has a partner relationship with the Diocese of Kajo-Keji, which contains the village of Sodogo. The new school will be named for Trinity Church, Easton.

The new kitchen was equipped through a $25,000 grant from the Episcopal Church's United Thank Offering. The grant was one of three, the largest, awarded for projects in Pennsylvania. The UTO awarded 69 grants for 2010 for a total of $2,163,740.93 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grants were awarded to projects in 43 Episcopal Church dioceses, 11 companion diocese relationships and 15 international provinces.

The Open House will start at 5 p.m. on September 14, with presentations by community and civic leaders at 6:30 p.m. Bishop Marshall will then lead the congregation and community members through the building as the new and renovated spaces are blessed, followed by a Holy Eucharist in the Church. A reception follows in Conine Hall.

The building was financed through Merchants Bank of Bangor, PA.  The general contractor was the Alfero Company of Easton, PA. The architect was Jeff Martinson, AIA also of Easton.

For more information please contact The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns, Rector at 610-253-0792 ext. 202 or via e-mail at rector@trinityeaston.org. You may also contact Sr. Patricia-Michael at the Church office (610-253-0752 ext. 201 and parish@trinityeaston.org)


Evangelical bishop calls for an end to Anglican sexuality wars

Ruth Gledhill reports in The Times that the Rt. Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool will tell his diocese that Anglicans should “accept a diversity of ethical convictions” on homosexuality so that they may both prevent schism and focus on mission. His address is significant because Jones is a leading evangelical voice in the Church of EnglandThe Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Rev James Jones, will use his presidential address to his diocesan synod today to argue that for an end to the battles over sexuality in the Anglican Communion so the Church can focus on mission.

Jones compares the compromise over sexuality with the variety of views within the Church of peace and war.Just as the Church is  both consists of pacifists and those who believe it is their duty to serve as soldiers, so also the church should find a way to comprehend a variety of views of human sexuality.

Most significantly, he refutes the idea that sexuality is a matter of choice. He says in his address that sexuality is, like ethnicity, a given.

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Talking points: Facts about The Episcopal Church and ACNA

The following is one in a series of talking points prepared as a resource for The Episcopal Church provided by The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs.

Talking Points: The facts about The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).

  • The Episcopal Church is over 7400 congregations in 109 dioceses plus three regional areas in 16 countries with 2.2 million members.
  • It is important to note that membership in ACNA includes churches and denominations which have disassociated from The Episcopal Church both recently and over the last 130 years, as well as congregations which have never been part of The Episcopal Church. A definitive number is difficult to ascertain.
  • ACNA is lead by an archbishop who is not a member of The Episcopal Church, The Church of England, the Anglican Church of Canada, or The Anglican Communion.
  • The Episcopal Church laity and clergy believe the Christian faith as stated in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We call the Holy Scriptures the Word of God because God inspired their human authors and because God still speaks to us through the Bible. We look to the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the understanding of the Scriptures. Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • The Episcopal Church welcomes all who wish to serve God through Jesus Christ.
  • The Episcopal Church welcomes women in ordained ministry – deacons, priests and bishops.The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church is the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to lead The Episcopal Church as well as any of the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion. ACNA does not permit women to serve as bishops and, in some areas, bars women from all ordination.
  • The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, serving God together and working together to bring the Reign of God on earth. ACNA is not a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.
  • It is important to note that those who have remained in The Episcopal Church in those places where some have left include conservatives as well as liberals, persons on the political right as well as on the political left, and everything in between.
  • It is an inaccurate and misleading image that pictures those who have broken away from The Episcopal Church as the persecuted faithful, when in reality those who have remained have felt deeply hurt, and now in some cases are exiled from their own church buildings by ACNA.

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News, Commentary, Information

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News, Info, Commentary

To keep up with Episcopal Church news and commentary, to track how our church is faring in news coverage across the country, even around the world, and to find useful info about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, you may find the following resources helpful:

(1) Episcopal Life Online offers the most up-to-date info about the news, people, life and mission of the Episcopal Church. Updated daily, even hourly.

(2) epiScope, a news blog of the Episcopal Church’s Communication Office, features the latest stories in the media about the Episcopal Church plus links to resources and comment from insiders. It provides us with the capacity to see ourselves as others see us. Updated daily.

(3) Episcopal Café includes four blog sites. "The Lead," is devoted to breaking news about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. "Daily Episcopalian" is a blog of commentary. "Speaking to the Soul" features reflections, multimedia meditations, and excerpts from books on spirituality. The "Art Blog" comes from the Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts (ECVA). Read more about Episcopal Cafe here.

(4) Anglicans Online, a comprehensive site for news, info, commentary and archives, updated weekly, usually late Sunday evenings.

(5) NewsLine, serving media representatives reporting on the mission and ministries of the Episcopal Church. Links to statistics, bios, photos, background information, and other resources. NewsLine is a service of the Communication Office at the Episcopal Church Center.

(6) InfoLine, located at the Episcopal Church Center. InfoLine can help you make connections to churchwide ministries, events and activities. Got a question? Ask it by email or by phone. InfoLine staff members will do their best to answer your questions. 



In the News

To keep up with Episcopal Church news and how our church is faring in news coverage across the country, even around the world, you may find the following resources helpful: (1) Episcopal Life Online offers the most up-to-date info about the news, people, life and mission of the Episcopal Church. (2) epiScope, a news blog of the Episcopal Church’s Communication Office, features the latest stories in the media about the Episcopal Church plus links to resources and comment from insiders. It provides us with the capacity to see ourselves as others see us. (3) Episcopal Café,  Read about it here. (4) Anglicans Online, The first three are updated daily, at times hourly. AnglicansOnline is updated weekly, usually late Sunday evenings.


Communion Matters

A Study Document for the Episcopal Church

The Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops, of which Bishop Paul is a member, has released a study document aimed at helping the bishops respond to the requests made to them by the Primates of the Anglican Communion. The 15-page Communion Matters: A Study Document for the Episcopal Church is available online. A four-color/graphics intensive PDF version of the document is available here. A black-and-white/stripped down PDF version is here. The ENS story on this document is available here.

The document is meant for bishops to use in conversation with the people of their dioceses prior to the September meeting of the House of Bishops in New Orleans.

If you wish to respond in any way to this document, please send your comments online by August 25 to Bill Lewellis who will present them to Bishop Paul.