Cathedral Matters for May 17, 2019

Dear People of Trinity,

This spring, we completed the largest single fundraising effort our congregation has ever undertaken. To date, we have raised $2 million in pledges and gifts toward turning our parish house into Cathedral Commons, which will become a center for nourishing spiritual hunger and building community in our congregation, our neighborhood, our city, and beyond.

In the coming months, we will turn our attention to the next phase of the campaign: turning the concept we developed last year into a building design that fits within our total anticipated budget. Currently, the building task force and the chapter are working to identify an architect who will lead us through the final design and construction phases. In the summer months, the architects will be meeting with staff, volunteers, and ministry groups that use the parish house spaces to finalize designs and ensure that our new spaces will meet both our current and future needs as a congregation.

As sacramental people, we believe that physical things convey spiritual meaning, or as the Book of Common Prayer  puts it, sacraments are “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (857). In recent years, our congregation has begun to pulse with new life, new energy, and we’ve begun to reach out to the world around us with the good news of Christ’s love for all people in deeper and broader ways. With all of you, I look forward to having a building for our parish family life that reflects the spiritual reality of who God is forming us to be, and helps us to follow Jesus more faithfully together, for the sake of the world Jesus died and rose again to save.


May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist

Acts 11:1-18
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
Psalm 148

Bring Birthday Cards for Maurice Thompson this Sunday, May 19
Maurice, the cathedral's sexton, has a birthday that falls on a Sunday this year--this Sunday, in fact! At the invitation of the Stewardship Committee, we would like to give him a "card shower." This will be a chance for us to celebrate Maurice and to give thanks for the countless hours he works at the cathedral, most of which none of us see, and for the love and care he shows to every person who enters our building. We will present all of these cards to him on his birthday this Sunday at coffee hour as an outward sign of our gratitude and love for him. If you have not yet mailed in a birthday card, you may bring one this Sunday or make one at any point on Sunday morning at the cathedral. We hope to keep this quiet from Maurice as long as possible so please join us in keeping this a surprise!

Dean’s Forum: Ancient Essentials continues
What were the first Christians saying about Jesus? Where did that creed we say in worship every week come from? And what does any of this have to do with faith in the modern world? Join Fr. Joe in Gardner Hall for a five-week class on how the Church Fathers and Mothers came to understand God and Jesus, and how these ancient sources still shape the prayers of Christians around the world today. This class will meet from 9:30am-10:15am on Sunday mornings throughout Easter.

Picnic in the Park this Sunday, May 19
Join us this Sunday, May 19, as we gather in Elmwood Park from 2:00pm-4:00pm for a picnic. We especially hope our families will be able to join us, but all are welcome. Look for purple balloons to find our party. If you have any questions, contact Sue Wilkins at


Handbell Ensemble Plays on Sunday, May 26
Our ringers meet for their final rehearsal of the program year on Wednesday, May 22, and the ensemble will play festive music for the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, May 26.

Wednesday Evening Contemplative Eucharist
Each Wednesday at 5:45pm we gather for a contemplative, quiet Eucharist in the cathedral. This time of worship and prayer creates time for silence and stillness in the midst of a busy week. All are welcome to this service in the cathedral on Wednesdays.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study in Easter
Following the 5:45 Eucharist, a Bible Study meets in the Clarkson Center Conference Room. In the season of Easter, this group will be studying 1 & 2 Samuel from 6:15pm-7:15pm every Wednesday. All are welcome.

Ascension Day Eucharist May 30
Mark your calendars for the Ascension Day Eucharist on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00pm at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Our shared celebration of this Principal Feast alternates annually between our two downtown churches. The combined adult choirs of Trinity Cathedral and Kountze Memorial Lutheran will lead us in festive music.

Praying Twice Blog
What's your favorite Easter hymn? During the Great Fifty Days, Praying Twice focuses on hymns that celebrate Christ's Resurrection. Learn more at


Vacation Bible School, June 10-13
Join us for VBS, June 10-13, from 5:30-7:30pm. This year our curriculum is called “Who is My Neighbor?” and we will dive into how we live out our faith by learning about God’s care and compassion for our neighbors near and far! Email Erin VanZee at to get in on the fun! Each evening begins with dinner at 5:30 in Gardner Hall and the program concludes by 7:30pm. VBS is open to any child 4-11 years old.
Bigger Bible School, June 10-13
All are invited to Bigger Bible School (BBS) this summer, June 10-13. This adult faith formation opportunity is open to anyone of any age and is an opportunity to learn more about our faith, our lives, and to connect with fellow cathedral members. Each evening begins with dinner at 5:30 in Gardner Hall and the program concludes by 7:30pm. Children ages 4-11 are welcome to join in Vacation Bible School and the nursery staff is available for children younger than 4. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s theme and program!

Camp Canterbury
Camp Canterbury, our diocese-wide summer camp program, is July 22-26, 2019. All youth entering 4th–12th grades are encouraged to attend. Camp Canterbury is at Calvin Crest Camp & Retreat Center, located just south and west of Fremont. The cost is $250/camper, and scholarships are available. Online registration runs through July 5 and typically fills up! Visit the diocesan camp website for more information: or contact Fr. Steven at
Trinity Golf Group Resumes
Calling all golfers. The Trinity Duffers tee it up at area public courses once a week during the summer. You must be able to hit the ball two yards consistently to join this group. Liars welcomed. Interested? Contact Tom Kerr at (402) 651-8413 or or Alan Fisher at (712) 308-3258 or

Save the Date for Summer Sing – Thurs. Aug. 1, 7:00 pm
Come sing in an instant performance of some of the world’s greatest choral music! No entrance fee. No preparation necessary. No auditions required. No long-term commitment. Music, hospitality, air conditioning, refreshments, and fun provided! Tom Trenney, Minis­ter of Music at First-Plymouth, Lincoln, and Artistic Director of Abendmusik, will serve as our engaging and dynamic guest conductor and organist. Presented in collaboration with Abendmusik. This year, participants in the Summer Sing will be performing Mozart’s Requiem.


Creation Care Pledge
Episcopalians throughout The Episcopal Church, led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, are invited to make a creation care pledge. The Pledge to Care for Creation is a promise to protect and renew our Earth and all who call it home. It is a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on Earth. All are invited to take the pledge and to learn more at

New Beginnings Project
The biggest and the littlest items that New Beginnings packs into their handmade tote bags for survivors of sexual violence are towels and postage stamps, and they are the most expensive! There’s nothing better than a fresh (all bag items are new), fuzzy towel to wipe away the violence of the past and remember that someone is wrapping her arms around you saying, “You are loved.” The four stamps in the tote gives the survivor a chance to reach out - “I’m here. I’m ready to heal and grasp the sunshine of a new beginning.” Your donations of towels may be put in the grey bin in Clarkson Center’s Outreach Area. Postage stamps may be put in the offering plate or sent to Trinity’s office. Your generosity is so appreciated. For information, contact Judy Metz,

Downtown Episcopal Outreach
Each Wednesday, Downtown Episcopal Outreach (DEO) serves a free meal to our neighbors and community from 12:00pm-1:00pm. All are welcome to join us to eat, volunteer, or both. Contact Kathleen Elliot for more information at or 402-714-4111.

Saints Among Us

Maurice Thompson’s job title at the cathedral is called the sexton. He has responsibility for cleaning and set up. If you spend more than just a few moments at the cathedral, you’ll know that he does way more than that. He welcomes every person through our doors with a genuine warmth, he extends hospitality going to the furthest lengths to meet any need for anyone, he ensures everyone has a place and what they need, he sees problems before they happen and fixes them, he stays late and gets here early. In short, Maurice loves the people of Trinity Cathedral and today and this Sunday (his birthday!) we especially extend that same love back to him. Happy birthday, Maurice, and thank you for your ministry of hospitality, kindness, and compassion you show everyone in our cathedral community!

Prayers of the People

Wally Tubbs, Harold Noman, The Stevens Family, Charlie Maciariello, Mitchell, Dick Tilly, Marilyn, Sara Dean, David McCamis, Dave, Robert Fisher, Fulvio Perini, Laurie Wilson, Tom Stripe, Judy, Doug Wilson, Rich Reisdorff, Mariah & family, Chris Norden, Susan Farmer, Seth, Roxann Stewart, Caitlin Boyle, Leila Johnson, Stephanie, JT, Carson, LuAn Overgard, Alice Ludwig, Catherine, Christian,  L E Van Houten, McKinley Blue & Family, Lee & Tom, Aleksy Cameron, Rev. Robert Gessert, Darin Anderson, Hugh and PJ Auchterlonie, George Wickman, Katherin Hanchey, Patricia Pfeuffer, Carol Scott, Carl and Artis Ferrel, Luther, Martin, Beverly Oltman and Family, Tom, Maggie Otis, Anita, Elvin, Mary, Deborah Murphy, David, Wendy, Kathy and Dave, Brodey, Tami, Sonya, Wes Smith, Brenden, Louise Hawthorne, Janet, Deanne, Steve Johnonson, Smith Family, Beth, Sheryl, Jim Adkisson, Kira Gibbs, Constance, Peter and Duke Ellis, Jim, Mike Matheson and Family, Cathy McMurtry, Lowell and Pat Matheson, Susan Inks, Steve, Kim, Mike, Chris, Monica, Tom, Kathy, Irma Williams, Dorothy Woods, Marjorie Behn, Carl and family.

Please note; there is an Intercession Book in the back of the church. The book is used to add prayer intentions into the Prayers of the People each Sunday. You are welcome to add your prayer requests, or click below to send an email prayer request to our clergy. Click Here to Request Prayer

Cycle of Prayer Trinity Cathedral offers prayers for our ministries and programs, for the parishes and ministries of the Diocese of Nebraska, and for Nebraska’s companion diocese in the Dominican Republic. This week, we pray for:   

Trinity Cathedral:           
Our Congregation
Diocese of Nebraska:       
St. Michael's and All Angels in O'Neill
St. Mary's in Bassett
St. John's in Valentine
St. John's in Broken Bow
St. Joseph's in Mullen
Church of Our Savior in North Platte
Diocese of the Dominican Republic:
St. Joseph of Arimathea Church
St. John the Baptist Church
St. Nicodemus Church

Information and announcements should be sent to Kyle Smith, Trinity’s Director of Communications, at The weekly deadline is noon on Monday for publication in the following Friday's Cathedral Matters & Sunday’s bulletin insert.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
113 N 18th St, Omaha, Nebraska 68102
(18th & Capitol Ave.)

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