Meet Jessica Alcid, Holy Trinity’s new Music Director! Jessica is currently serving as Music Minister of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, NJ. Her first Sunday with Holy Trinity will be April 23. Learn more about Jessica in the forthcoming Easter issue of The Trumpet, Holy Trinity’s newsletter.

March 30, 2017 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at 755 State Highway 18 755 State Highway 18 East Brunswick, NJ 08816 East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Bring the flyer when you dine with us and we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase.

Please hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order. Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event. It’s a great way to combine great taste and great fun – for a great cause. Learn more about Fundraising Nights at Panera Bread at:

CLICK HERE to download the Panera Fundraiser Flyer

Good Lord we at Holy Trinity are busy this month!  Here are some upcoming events:

First up is our SUPERBOWL PARTY!  

This Sunday February 5th from 6-9pm. Watch the Super Bowl in a family-friendly gathering in the Parish Hall, featuring good eats and a big-screen TV. Bring lawn chairs (think tailgate party) or sit at the tables and chairs already provided. Bring an appetizer or desert to share. Prizes will be offered for the tastiest appetizer and desert. There will children’s activities to occupy the very youngest. Invite a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family members. Tickets are $3 per person (age 12 and under are free) and will be available beginning on Sunday, January 22.

Be there or be square!

Next up … We have Chili Church TWICE this month!

Wednesday, February 8 and February 22nd from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

All are warmly invited to “Chili Church,” an informal time of prayer and discussion of the Bible over a home-cooked meal. Chili Church is modelled on Holy Trinity’s popular summer program “Burger Church,” which gathered people from many churches and cultures. On the menu for Chili Church: homemade chili, mac’n’cheese, plain rice, and corn bread. The chili will be flavorful but mild — bring your own hot sauce to share. Chili Church is a multi-generational program – it’s good for young and old. Please tell a friend or neighbor about Chili Church (which also will be offered on Feb. 22).

and finally…

Pizza Church on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Young adults and youth are warmly invited to “Pizza Church,” an informal time of prayer and discussion of the Bible over a home-cooked meal. Pizza Church is modelled on Holy Trinity’s popular summer program “Burger Church,” which gathered people from many churches and cultures. Please tell a friend or neighbor about Pizza Church

We welcome everyone to ALL of these events and we hope you’ll come on down!

12thNightJester_300pxA Brief and Informative Tour of Twelfth Night Festival 2016, in Which Is Revealed Unto Curious Minds the Mysteries and Marvels of this Most Special Night of Merriment to Mark the End of the Christmas Holidays.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, we will enter the “Twelfth Realm.” We begin in the Church with an Evensong service in a Sixteenth-Century style that will be reminiscent of the time of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. At the end of Evensong, a Court Jester (a local knave skilled at tomfoolery) will appear and read the Proclamation inviting the honorable assembly to enter into the Great Hall for an evening of fun for all ages.

Upon entering, each person will choose their festival name: Lady Thisorthat or Lord Thusandsuch, any highfaluting name you like, for this is the Twelfth Realm! You may display your family name on a banner (crafty people will help you this task), and said banners with their heraldry will festoon the Great Hall.

Also available will be royal headgear Lords, Ladies, Lads & Lasses in the fashion of the time. To start the feasting there will be a variety of snacks, accompanied by a glittering glass of sparkling cider. And there will be games and entertainments for kids and adults.

When it’s time to begin the feast, the Court Jester will unveil the Groaning Board of Delicacies and Savories of the time—you will leave this table well sated by the copious servings of gourmet delights! Next are the four Twelfth Night Cakes: one each for Women, Men, Boys, and Girls. In each cake will he found a coin of the Realm – and the person in each category who finds that Coin will be ushered to the Crown Room to prepare for Coronation by his Most Gracious Eminence the Bishop of the Twelfth Realm and All-South River. Who will be King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the Twelfth Realm?

Joy and wonder—a space away from the daily cares and seasonal stress—an opportunity to be with friends old and new—a time to be shared by young and old! You will want to carve this date in stone: the Festival of Twelfth Night is January 8, 2016, 5-10 p.m.

Entrance into the Chapel of the Twelfth Realm is by ticket, and the same validated ticket will admit you to the Great Hall for the feasting and festivities to follow.

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for seniors and children age 5-12; free for children under age 5; with maximum price per family of $40. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the church office by phoning 732-254-1734, and will be available at the door.

All are welcome!  Please join us for this very special evening of fun and festivities for all ages.

Click Here to view the 12th Night Poster

After Superstorm Sandy caused such devastation to South River and the surrounding areas, Holy Trinity created Calico Threads Thrift Store as a way to help Sandy’s victims get back on their feet.

Three years later, Calico Threads is still going strong!

Memories of the destruction and loss caused by Superstorm Sandy three years ago remain embedded in the lives of many. And, the good will and outreach that sprang forth since the storm continues at Holy Trinity Church in South River where the Calico Threads thrift shop steadfastly meets the needs of those in crisis each day.

When the store first opened its doors at 54 Ferry St., large donations of clothing were offered to help ease the devastation from the storm. The church had lost electrical power when they began aiding the storm victims whose homes were flooded in South River.

According to Sandra Rahn, chairwoman of Calico Threads, parishioners delivered food and cleaning supplies with 80 to 90 meals delivered each night.

JoAnn Devlin, chairwoman, noted that the concept for Calico Threads was born during a group meeting with the name of the store adapted from the church’s preschool, Calico Cat, which is more than 30 years



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A full listing Fall 2015 Ministry Institute events is now available!
The next month of events is below!

September 26

Trinity Church, Princeton

September 26
Evensong: Honoring the Witness, Faithfulness, and
Contributions of Older Adults in Our Diocese
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

October 3
Parish Leadership Day
Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
St. John’s, Somerville

October 4
Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
St. John’s, Somerville

October 9-12 – Youth
Camp Crossroads, Port Murray

October 10
Christ Church, Toms River

October 10 & 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick
Mercer Oaks, West Windsor
October 15-17
Undoing Racism: Help Us Build the Beloved Community
St. Augustine’s Atlantic City
October 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick

October 17
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
All Saints’, Navesink
October 21
Adults Who Work with Youth
Diocesan House, Trenton
October 24
Deacon’s Day
Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville

October 24
Trinity Church, Princeton
October 24
St. Barnards, Bernardsville
October 25
Trinity Cathedral

October 31

Stir Up the Spirit: Episcopal Church Women Present The Episcopal Activism Fair
Trinity Cathedral

November 2-4
Clergy Conference

Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
What did you go out to see?  A man dressed in fine clothes?  Matthew 11:8
As I write, there is great excitement across the country about the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. For months we have all been warned about the crowds that will descend upon Washington, New York and Philadelphia this weekend, especially for the papal mass on Sunday. Pope Francis has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people – Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic alike – around the world. The Roman Catholic Church and, perhaps, Christianity in general hopes this will spark growth and renewal in the Church.
There is even a phrase for it all: “the Francis effect.” What is it is about? What are people going out to see?
I can’t help thinking of images of Francis that have impressed themselves upon us: The former Cardinal of Argentina who used to ride the bus to work. The newly elected Pope who took the name of the most gentle and beloved Saint of the Church, Francis of Assisi (and, as a Jesuit, received a double blessing in honoring St. Francis Xavier as well). His insistence on simple vestments. He charmed the world by personally going to the front desk of the hotel where he had been staying during the Papal enclave to pay his own bill. He visited an Italian women’s prison on the Maundy Thursday after his election and washed the feet of inmates, one of them a Serbian Muslim. Who was not moved when he embraced and kissed a young man with cerebral palsy as he greeted the crowds on that first Easter Day as Pope? He chose to live in modest guest quarters at the Vatican instead of living in the grander Papal apartment (He also got on the case of Cardinals around the world who were living in palatial residences!)
More than anything, it is Pope Francis’s determination to be among the people, his compassion for the poor, his prophetic voice speaking out about the brutal inequalities of the world and about the damage we are doing to the environment that draw so many to him. What are people going out to see? I believe what people see in Francis is an icon of Jesus, a man infused with the love of God in Jesus Christ. What is most attractive about Francis is that which most reminds us of Jesus.
To be sure, we Episcopalians have significant differences with Francis and the Roman Catholic Church over a variety of questions: We differ over authority and governance in the Church; the role of women and LGBT, especially with respect to ordination; over divorce and remarriage and many other issues. On the other hand, there are many, many places where we can find, and have found, common cause: care for the poor and marginalized,  deep concern about climate change and the environment; an urgent desire for justice.
Moreover, whether or not we accept the Pope’s ecclesiastical authority, he is, in fact, a symbol of Christianity in a way that no other figure is for any other world religion. In an increasingly unchurched society, many people are making judgments about all of Christianity based on what they see in Pope Francis. Therefore, all Christians should pray for Pope Francis to be a good and loving Pope, one in whom we will always see an image of Jesus. Oh, and by the way, according to our own Baptismal Covenant and theology, our prayer should be that people see the image of Jesus in each of us as well.
This week, I ask all the people and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey to pray for Francis and to pray for the Church Universal of which we are all a part.
Blessings and peace in Christ,
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey