April 21, 2021
The Matthew 25 Outreach Committee is happy to bring back our wonderful annual Mother’s Day Purse-Giving project this year to benefit so many mothers that, unfortunately, miss out on their due recognition. We skipped last spring (for obvious reasons), so we’re excited to bring this very popular outreach project back to the parish. The need is great this year- we are looking to collect 125 purses, or more!
How can I help?
Purchase or donate a very lightly used purse. Have fun filling it with a few goodies for “Mom,” such as: lip gloss, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, perfume, scarf, small jewelry pieces, mirror, candy…use your imagination! Wrap your purse gift in a gift bag with tissue, ribbon, Happy Mother’s Day card, etc. And, invite your neighbors and friends to help, also!
Where do the purses go?
The purse gifts will be distributed to the children of Our House, Dorcas House and Arkansas Children’s Hospital to present to their mothers on Mother’s Day.
When are the purses needed?
Bring your Purse gift/gifts to church Sunday, May 2. The purse gifts will be blessed at the 10:00 service. If you cannot make the service, please make plans to drop your gift by the church office.
April 20, 2021
Dean Meaux joined with other clergy of the Cathedral to offer prayers for all involved, and for peace, as the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced.
Below are a live message on Facebook before the verdict, a liturgy for Social Justice streamed on YouTube, and a live message on Facebook following the verdict.
April 14, 2021
Today, Canon Snapp announced that he would retire at the end of May. A celebration of his ministry at will take place at the Cathedral on Trinity Sunday, May 30.
Read more from Russ, and Dean Meaux in this special edition of The Message.
April 08, 2021
Our own Merceds Clements will be ordained to the diaconate in the Cathedral on Saturday, April 17. All are welcome to join and celebrate.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE CONSENT
OF THE PEOPLE
THE RIGHT REVEREND LARRY R. BENFIELD
BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF ARKANSAS
MERCEDES MCDANIEL CLEMENTS
RANDOLPH NEWTON HOLLIS
CHRISTINE MARIE SCHAEFER
TO THE SACRED ORDER OF DEACONS
IN CHRIST’S ONE HOLY AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH
SATURDAY, THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF APRIL, TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY-ONE,
AT ELEVEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING.
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
310 WEST 17TH STREET
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
YOUR PRAYERS AND PRESENCE ARE REQUESTED
THE FESTAL COLOR IS RED
THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVESTREAMED ON THE DIOCESAN FACEBOOK PAGE:
March 02, 2021
-To the People of Trinity -
I can barely believe I am typing these words. After a year of discerning how to gather virtually, we are beginning the process of returning worship in the Cathedral. The COVID numbers have dropped dramatically in our community and state. The Bishop's guidelines allow us to gather inside once our COVID positivity rate drops below 13 per 10, 000. We are watching our numbers and we are very close, if not already there. It is very exciting to imagine the Cathedral full (to a safe level)!
Because we want to be good neighbors and remain a safe place, we are gathering a team of people to review our safety protocols. For example, we know that the primary way the COVID virus spreads is through aerosol droplets and transmission. For this reason, we will discern our capacity limits. In addition, we will ask everyone over the age of 5 to wear a mask. And, because we know hand washing prevents the spread of germs, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in the pews and throughout the Cathedral. Once we have a list of safety protocols, we will publish these for your review.
Of course, we are also beginning to wonder about all the other ways we gather: Sunday school, regular meetings, and our office hours. As we begin to slowly re-open, watch your email for information about how we will proceed. Never hesitate to reach out to me with your concerns or feedback.
This Sunday, we will worship OUTSIDE Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00am. The Sunday service will be live-streamed. If COVID positivity numbers remain low, we hope to worship inside the Cathedral Sunday, March 14th, 10:00 am with an outdoor service on Saturday, March 13th at 4:00 pm. Whether in person, inside, or outside, we will continue to live-stream the Sunday morning service.
I can not wait to see you face to face! And please know that your safety and health is of primary importance to us! We will do all we can to continue to be a place where we draw close to God w, Faithfully, Dean Meaux
February 18, 2021
'Feed Your Spirit' Lenten Series
Each Friday in Lent at 12:15 p.m., we will livestream a Lenten series — ‘Feed Your Spirit’. Each service will feature Noonday Prayers, organ music, and a time for silent meditation. Organists will include Scott Seidenschwarz from St. Luke’s in North Little Rock; Keith Hearnsberger from St. Michael’s in Little Rock; Bob Bidewell and Jane Gamble from Christ Church in Little Rock; Charles Russel from Grace Lutheran Little Rock; and Victoria Harden, music director at Trinity Cathedral. All are welcome to worship via livestream or watch later via the playlist.
DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER, WE WILL NOT START THIS SERIES UNTIL FEBRUARY 26
Can God Set a Table in the Wilderness (Psalm 78:19)
Using the pressing question of a bewildered psalm writer as a springboard for reflection, Stuart Hoke will offer a 4-week Lenten series on encountering the Spirit of God in places where we’d least likely to find her. Having lived through the bewildering months of pandemic, political turmoil, economic disruption, emotional and spiritual agitation, many of us hunger for opportunities to connect—not only with God, but with each other, and with the deepest parts of ourselves. We are hard-wired for connection, and yet having to dis-connect in order to save life. The disconnection of wilderness is always an opportune season to grapple with the divine Spirit who works within us in “sighs and groans” too deep for words, and always does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Our four sessions will take place on ZOOM, 9-9:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings as follows:
2/21 Setting the Stage—Spirituality of Wilderness (Psalm 78:19)
2/28 “Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places” (Johnny Lee, #1 country hit 1980)
3/7 “Sighs and Groans too Deep for Words” (Romans 8:26)
3/14 “Slender Threads” (Robert Johnson, Balancing Heaven and Earth)
Daughters of the King & Episcopal Church Women Book Study
This two-hour book study will discuss the book Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People, by Michael Frost. The facilitator, the Rev. Peggy Cromwell, will lead two groups discussions — the first on March 3, at 7 p.m., and a repeat session on March 10 for those who cannot make the first. Each session will close with Compline.
Register for one of the following dates:
MARCH 3, 2021, BOOK STUDY - 7:00 PM Central Time
or MARCH 10, 2021, BOOK STUDY - 7:00 PM Central Time)
Register in advance for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
February 14, 2021
Due to the extreme weather conditions, in person Ash Wednesday services have been cancelled. Two pre-recorded services will be available on YouTube, a traditional Ash Wednesday liturgy including the choir, and a special family service, featuring the oldest Chatechesis class. The videos will go live Wednesday morning at 7 am.
Richard managing the video recording.
February 09, 2021
The new Vestry met via Zoom on Saturday, February 6th. One of the first pieces of business was to elect officers. Neil Lea agreed to serve as the Senior Warden, Tom Fennel was elected to another year of Junior Warden, Lisa McNeir will serve as the Clerk and Susan Borné will be the Member-at-Large. Herschel Cast will continue his excellent work as the Treasurer.
February 07, 2021
Trinity Cathedral will have online services only this weekend. The Holy Eucharist will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. and Evensong at 5 p.m. Sunday on YouTube at bit.ly/trinitylittlerock.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, outdoor services will be held at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, and an online service will be broadcast on YouTube at 7 p.m. To sign up for in-person Ash Wednesday services, write to email@example.com
January 31, 2021
Morning (8:30 am) and Evening Prayer (5:15 pm) on YouTube are offered everyday.
Sunday, February 1st we had Holy Eucharist combined with our Annual Meeting. Click here to read the 2020 Annual Report.
Vestry Election results and Retreat this Saturday
The Candidates for Vestry were: Marcia Wayland, Scott Gordon, Sarah Henry, John Milwee, Susan Mehlburger, Steve Bethel, Mary Margaret Wippo, and George Morledge. For more information about the candidates, click here.
Those elected to a three year term are: Steve Bethel, Sarah Henry, John Milwee, Mary Margaret Wippo, and Marcia Wayland. Our new Senior Warden is Neal Lea.
Please pray for the Vestry as they gather via Zoom for their annual retreat Saturday, February 6. We will elect a Junior Warden and Clerk during our retreat.