The Gifts and Bequests committee is currently soliciting applications for the 2020 scholarship program. Scholarships are available to support all students pursuing post-high school education, with special programs available for those pursuing careers in the church or in nursing. Recipients must be active members of the congregation, and must complete the application form by December 1. For more information and to download the scholarship application, please visit the Scholarships page at www.htlceaston.org.
Did you know that Holy Trinity's organ was built in 1859 by E. & G. G. Hook Company? That means it is 160 years old this year. To celebrate this amazing Anniversary, we arehaving an Organ Recital given by 5 guest organists from the Boston area on Sunday,November 3rd at 3 PM! The organists include The Rev. Jeff Johnson, Phillip Jones, Kevin Neel, Kevin Lyczak and Brian ‘Wolfie’ Edwards.
Get to know the organists:
Philip Jones was born in 1949 in Preston, Lancashire, England. Piano lessons beganaround age eight followed by thirteen years of intensive study of organ and theory. Following graduation at the Royal College of Music in Manchester and graduate studiesin music education at St Martins College Lancaster, Jones embarked on a career ofteaching in High School. Later he worked as a private music teacher both in the UK andthe US. Appointed church organist at the age of eleven he has completed almost sixtyyears as a church organist. He is organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Stoughton.Jones has two albums of organ music ‘Asian Praise’ and ‘Hildegard Versets’ published byVivace Press and well as other choral and organ music.
The Rev. Jeff Johnson is the pastor of First Lutheran Church in Brockton. Beforebecoming a pastor, he was a church musician. He was the Associate Organist at GraceChurch in NY for a long while. He will be playing a recital at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston next spring.
A native of Bucks County, PA, Kevin Lyczak received his B.M. in Organ Performancefrom the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music in May of 2016. There he also received the André Marchal Award for Excellence in Performance. Kevin received his M.M. in Organ Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music inMay of 2018. While a student, he studied improvisation with Dr. Ann Labounsky (2015-2016), Robert Nicholls (2017) and Vincent Carr (2017). Prior to joining St. Mary’s as Music Director in July of 2018, Kevin served as the Director of Music for St. Barbara’s Parish in Pittsburgh, PA, and at Our Lady of the Springs Parish in French Lick, IN. Additionally, he ministered as the Accompanying Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Evansville IN, and served as the Organist at St. Mary of Mercy, in downtownPittsburgh, PA, for a daily televised Mass. In 2012, Kevin performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day hosted by Michael Barone. While studying in Pittsburgh, he gave organ recitals at Epiphany Catholic Church, Heinz Chapel, First Lutheran Church and St. Paul Cathedral. Kevin has his Colleague Certification from the American Guild of Organists. Kevin is the organist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holliston.
Brian Edwards, also known as 'Wolfie,' is a graduate of Longy School of Music of BardCollege in Organ Performance. He is the Music Director/Organist at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in Roxbury. He enjoys taking his mascot 'Silver' everywhere whenhe practices or performs. His biggest passion is tuning and maintaining pipe organs. Hewas an intern for David Storey Organ Workshop Inc. in Baltimore and now he's part ofthe workshop team. His future is to continue his passion in music and make people smile.
Get to know the organ:
The organ was originally installed in the Church of the Unity, Unitarian, on West NewtonStreet, Boston, in 1859. After this building was demolished in the 1890s, the organ was moved to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 85 West Newton Street. When this congregation relocated to a new building in the 1950s, the old building was conveyed to All Saints Lutheran Church, which worshipped there until it disbanded in the 1970s. In 1979, the organ was removed by Andover Organ Company and placed into storage.Several years later, with the guidance of The Rev. Charles R. Moline and many parishioners, Holy Trinity decided to purchase the organ. But first the balcony had tobe enlarged. Then, in January 1982, Andover removed the organ from storage and,with Robert C. Newton in charge of its restoration and installation, work progressed steadily. The organ was dedicated in its new (third) home on November 21, 1982 by Stephen E. Long.
About the recital:
In addition to the organ performances, there will be hymns for all to sing and areception will follow in the Fellowship Hall, as well as an opportunity for children to explore the organ. The concert supports a good cause -
Free-will donations will go towards a conservation campaign to preserve a 340 acres wooded areacalled Rattlesnake Hill next to Borderland State Park in Sharon.
From Rita Corey, Director of Music...
Two of my long-time Sharon piano students, Mithran and Seyon Wijendran, will be playing several piano pieces this Sunday.
Their parents, Wijen and Vasuki, were born in Sri Lanka. The boys were looking for a way to raise money for the three churches in Sri Lanka that were bombed in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings during Easter services.
I suggested that they might play at Holy Trinity and perhaps we could ask people to make a donation to the organization that is helping parishioners in these three churches. I asked Pastor Polk, who mentioned the bombings in his sermon on April 28th, if this would be possible and he said he would bring it to the Church Council meeting on May 21. The Council not only agreed, but decided to contribute $1000.00 from the Mission and Ministry Fund to support the churches and their communities.
The church bombings were carried out in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. 258 people were killed at the churches and three hotels that were also bombed. At least 500 people were injured.
The first blast took place in the Shrine of St. Anthony, a historic Catholic church in Colombo, where more than 50 people were killed. The second blast took place in St.
Sebastian's Church in the Christian-majority suburb of Negombo, to the north of Colombo. Over 100 people were killed there. On the other side of the island in Batticaloa, a bomb blast killed 28 people at the Protestant evangelical Zion Church, where the bomb was detonated in the churchyard, killing many children from the attached Sunday school who were taking a break.
Mithran, a sixth grader, will play a movement of a Clementi Sonatina and a piece called “Sweet Sorrow,” by Burgmüller. Seyon, a ninth grader, will play a movement of a Dussek Sonatina and a dramatic Etude by Heller.
Over the next two weeks we will be gathering donations. If you would like to donate to help Christians in Sri Lanka who were devastated by these bombings, an offering plate will be available in the entrance way as you leave the sanctuary today and next Sunday. Make checks out to “Holy Trinity Lutheran Church” and note “Sri Lanka.” Feel free to mail checks to the church or drop them by over the next two weeks.
All donations will go to The Manitha Neyam Trust which is donating funds to all impacted churches. All of the proceeds, with the exception of bank charges (so 99% of donations) will go directly to aid those affected by the recent tragic events.
Manitha Neyam Trust serves charitable, educational and social needs of the most vulnerable, focusing on children, elderly and disabled in Sri Lanka. Manitha Neyam means ‘Love for Humanity’ and their mission stems from the belief that the more we open our hearts and love, the greater humanity can become. It has established and maintains homes for orphans, needy children, deaf and blind children, elderly persons and the disabled. The trust provides funds for food, clothing, education, medical care and rehabilitation.
Manitha Netam Trust thanks you for your support. Manitha Neyam is a 501(c)(3) registered charity/nonprofit organization in the US.
To give online directly, follow this link and donate with "HTLC - Sri Lanka Church Bombings" in the designation.
Holy Trinity is sponsoring a bicycle drive on May 11 from 10-2 PM in support of the activities of Boston nonprofit Bikes Not Bombs.
Each year Bikes Not Bombs collects roughly 5,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from supporters around Greater Boston and New England, and ships most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through international partners in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Some of the bikes are repurposed in its Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves.
The organization's retail Bike Shop in Jamaica Plain also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that it receives, while employing many graduates of its programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding youth and international work.
For more information on the bike drive, including what types of items the organization can make use of, please click for bike drive details.
You are invited to a Congregational Retreat on Saturday, May 4 from 10a-4p. Feel free to arrive between 9:30-10:00 to enjoy the beautiful sanctuary and a morning breakfast treat. The retreat will begin at 10:00 am sharp!
The retreat will be held at Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk, Mass. at no cost to you. To register for the retreat, call 508-238-6666 to leave a message on the church answering machine or click to register online.
Save the date now for this important, enjoyable and meaningful retreat for thewhole congregation as a follow-up to the amazing work done by theSustainability and Growth Task Force and the work done by all of you at ourannual meeting.