Back to School!

This week, students and teachers started a new school year. A new year of growth and learning. Below is a prayer, written by Jill Duffield for the Presbyterian Outlook, for all those who are back to school.

"Lord, you delight in creating beauty, in calling forth new and good things, in forming unexpected relationships of love, in teaching us your will and your ways.

As we look to a new school year, we thank you for educators and administrators, bus drivers and cafeteria workers, custodians and coaches, counselors and school board members. We recognize that it takes a multitude of gifts, a myriad of resources and a whole lot of energy and compassion to teach our children well. We ask your blessing upon all of those called to these positions. Grant them stamina and imagination, joy and patience.

We remember, too, those families for whom school offers particular stresses and challenges — children who learn differently, those with needs that may be obvious or unseen, parents struggling to buy school supplies, students who come to class hungry or afraid. Show us how to best support all families. Give us eyes to see those hurting and the will to advocate on their behalf.

Remind us, Lord God, that we are one community of your beloved, responsible for one another, gifted with each other, all uplifted when everyone is tended and nurtured in your name. Amen."

Blessings, Pastor Katheryn

Dates to Remember:

  • Aug. 14, Trinity Birthday Party
  • Aug. 22, Book Club
  • Aug. 26, Church Hike

Scripture this Sunday: 

Pastor Katheryn will be preaching on Luke 12:49-56

Trinity's 84th Birthday

Trinity has some wonderful cooks. It's time to show off your culinary skills at our birthday potluck this Sunday, August 14. Bring your favorite dish and brag about it! Fellowship is good for the soul and the stomach. Come share and enjoy.

Book Club

Join our book club Aug. 22 at 7 PM (location tbd) as we discuss “The Great Influenza” by John Barry.

Big Basin Hike

Join us Friday, August 26 on our next church hike to Big Basin Redwood State Park. We will leave the Trinity parking lot at 8:30 AM. Parking at Big Basin is by reservation only and we have reservations for 5 cars. With a finite number of seats available, we are taking sign-ups for this hike. Please contact Kathy at to sign up or for more information. We will do the Redwood Loop Trail (0.6 miles, very flat) and then decide on another short walk or 1.7 miles hike. You MUST bring your own water and food and be prepared for sun and heat. (There is some shade, but not as much as there used to be.)

Watch a video about the fire here

Community Spotlights:

Library Update
The Library will return to regular hours on Thursday, September 1, 2022. When we reopen, the display will be “Back to School from Generation to Generation." I am looking for pictures of you, your children, or grandchildren’s graduations. You can deliver standard film photos to me or email or text electronic photos to me at 707-372-2958. The Library will continue to be open every Sunday during Coffee Hour in August.  
If you need a book during the week you can make an appointment with me. 

Warmly, Larry the Librarian


August Birthdays
5 Charlene Barnes
6 Dan Watkins
20 Kathleen Eschen-Pipes
     Ray Luttrell
23 Charlie May
     Katheryn McGinnis
24 Fatima Miranda
25 Katherine Macway
26 Debbie Bates

August Anniversaries
10 Harry & Mary Blanchard
22 Lee & Emily Duffus
23 George & Elizabeth Bunch
25 Cliff & Carolyn Brothers
29 Darrell & Sue Yeaney
31 Kostas & Lenore Spalaris

Each Week at Trinity:

  • Sunday worship: 10:30 AM in person and on Zoom
  • Choir practice: Sunday mornings, 9 AM in the Sanctuary
  • Lectionary class: Sunday mornings, 9 AM in the Fireside Room
  • Garden club: Thursday mornings, 9 AM on the lawn
  • Jeremiah study: Thursday afternoons, 1 PM on Zoom
  • Nooners class: Sundays, 12 PM in the Fireside Room and on Zoom
  • Coffee hour: immediately following our Sunday worship service in the Courtyard
  • Library hours: our Library is open during coffee hour and Thursdays from 10 AM to noon
  • Art and scripture: Mondays, 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Since 1938, as a congregation in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Trinity has carried on a ministry of worship and service in the Santa Cruz community and has extended itself into the world through participation in regional, national, and international mission programs. You are warmly invited to join us in the challenge of Christian faith and ministry. Should you have questions about church activities, pastoral services or membership at Trinity, please speak with our pastor or contact the church office.

Trinity Presbyterian Church Supports:

Presbyterian Missionaries in Congo: Jeffery and Christi Boyd
in Indonesia: Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Riskakotta
on the Mexico/US border: Craft Giron and Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Faith Community Shelter, Wings, Rebele Family Shelter, 
Habitat For Humanity, Friends Outside

Immanuel House, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. General Mission, Sweet Pea Project, 
Alcoholics Anonymous, Santa Cruz al Salvador,
Court Appointed Special Advocates, 
Boy Scout Troop #618, Cub Scout Troop #618

Trinity Church Officers:

Ellen Bauerle, Clerk of Session
Class of 2022: Chuck Cobery, Debbie Bates
Class of 2023: George Bunch, Ed Sams
Class of 2024: Kathy Willott, Chad Bell, Charlie May

Class of 2022: Pete Halper, Joanne Clever, Vickie Rutan
Class of 2023: Amanda Bell, Glenn Joy, Marta Narus
Class of 2024: Karen Wichelmann, Gwen May, Lorraine Vilardo 

Copyright © 2021 Trinity Presbyterian Church, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address:
420 Melrose Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Our office hours:
Tuesday - Thursday
10 AM - 2 PM

Pastor's contact hours:
Sunday - Thursday
9 AM - 5 PM

Contact us:
Church Office (831) 423 8995
Pastor Katheryn (828) 514 3085

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