Stories and Announcements

November/December Volunteer Spotlight

Our November/December Volunteer Spotlight this Cathedral Connections issue is Howard Duvall. Read about the many ways Howard gives his time and talents to Trinity.

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Finally, Alive to the Moment at Hand

I will always remember a Thanksgiving from decades ago, in my parents’ home in Southern California. Not long after I left home for seminary on the East Coast, a rift opened in my relationship with them. Thousands of miles between us, my parents’ ailing health, and my tight finances all conspired against a reunion.

A church conference Jill and I planned to attend near their Santa Monica home finally brought about a homecoming. It was the perfect occasion to gather—with Jill and the boys and my older brother, Kevin, descending on the home place. Memories flooded me from the moment we walked up the steps of their sea-green stucco house perched on a rise above the sidewalk. My eyes took in the familiar worn places in the gold carpet, the tropical flowers in the backyard, the view of the Pacific from what had been my second story bedroom growing up. It didn’t take me long to show my family the park along the palm-lined coastal palisades, a couple of blocks away, where I had spent hours walking and jogging as a young person. I was seeing everything afresh.

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Embracing Advent

Many have observed the genius of the liturgical year and been nourished by it. Following this calendar, this way of keeping time fuels our most common experiences with magnified meaning and purpose. We are transported from marking time to dwelling in the fullness of time. With Advent I, we are invited to begin anew. Consider keeping the beat. Resist the frenzy of the world. Expect to be glad.

We all know that Advent is when the Church prepares to celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation, the 12-day season that begins on December 25.

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Advent Wreath Kit

Please complete the form below to reserve your Advent Wreath for the wreath making at Trinty's Advent Festival on Sunday, December 2.

Please bring some small leaf greenery to use and to share with others. Greenery will also be available to use.

Advent wreaths may be picked up at the Advent Festival and payment must be made online. If you have any questions about your Advent wreath order, please contact Allison Cox at

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Save the Date: 2019 Trinity Cathedral Israel Study Tour

Trinity Cathedral  in cooperation with Jerusalem University College (JUC) and our Dean Jones is offering a 2-week Israel Study Tour.  Visit this website and click the Pastor and Parishioner Program for more information.

The dates are  October 28 – November 10, 2019, with an optional 2-day Jordan excursion.  This December, we will be offering two “town-hall” sessions to describe the trip; provide a slide show presentation of previous JUC trips, and answer questions.

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Men of Trinity Advent Drop-In

The Men of Trinity Advent Drop In will be December 4 from 6-8 pm at Rox Pollard's home (2 Heathwood Circle). Food and drinks will be provided. There is no cost to attend but donations will be taken for Keepin' It Real Ministry.

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Lections for Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018, Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost


Daniel 12:1-3    Psalm 16    Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25    Mark 13:1-8

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Dr. David Bentley Hart Lecture

On Friday, November 16 at 10 am, Dr. David Bentley Hart will be hosting a lecture at Trinity. Dr David Bentley Hart is a fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies and many scholars regard Hart as one of the most erudite and engaging religionists, philosophers, and theologians working today. His published books and articles range across a quite extraordinary spectrum of disciplines, not just religion and philosophy, but literature, history, and the arts. 

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Sign up to be a Salvation Army Bell Ringer

For many years, Trinity members have reached out through the Salvation Army to help those local individuals and families most in need. In 2017, the kettles "adopted" by Trinity volunteer bell ringers received $3,358.31 for the Salvatiom Army to do its work. Please volunteer again this year to ring the bells between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will be making it so easy for many generous shoppers to add their thankful support of these efforts by their contributions into the kettles.

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October Vestry Meeting Highlights

The September Vestry meeting was held on October 25, 2018. Following approval of the September 2018 minutes, Senior Warden Phil Johnston presented his report which included the following items:

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