Our New Piano!

This Sunday, you may notice a surprise in front of the lectern. What is the story behind this beautiful gift to our parish?

A longtime resident of Watsonville and colleague of Nicki's, Ellen Rose Khayat was a passionate supporter of all things musical in Santa Cruz County: she taught piano students of all ages, was on the board of the local chapter of the MTAC, her students regularly competed in scholarship competitions, she herself was a member of Celebrate Piano Ensemble (Nicki's piano ensemble group), and she was a longtime patron of the Santa Cruz Symphony.

After she passed away in 2019, her family started a search for new homes for Ellen's two grand pianos, a Steinway and a Mason & Hamlin. The family's hope was that their new owners would get as much enjoyment from playing them as Ellen did. After much talk and deliberation, they decided to donate the Steinway to the downtown branch of the public library to use for the Munching with Mozart lunchtime concert series. We are the lucky recipients of the Mason & Hamlin! The Khayat family only asks that we create a brass plaque to attach to the piano to memorialize her.

What an incredibly generous gift to us, and what a beautiful way to remember someone who has given so much to the musical youth of our county. We are so grateful for the Khayat family, and for Nicki who arranged for the piano's arrival.

Be sure to join us in worship on Sunday to hear our beautiful new piano.

Blessings, Pastor Katheryn

Joint Coffee Hour

The joint coffee hour was a wonderful time with an attendance of 48 people. A highlight of the event was Nicki Kerns leading the choir (Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, Vickie Rutan, Laura Zucker, Kathy Willott, and Diana Dean) in a sublime rendition of "How Great Thou Art" sung in Korean. Many thanks to those who provided the eats: barbecued chicken wings by Ellen Bauerle, cookies by Gwen May, sandwiches by Larry and Lorraine Vilardo, and the green salad by Pete Halper. Thanks to Marta Narus and Jolynn Carrington Khoury for the lovely table decorations and the Mays for the use of their tablecloths. Thanks as well to Tim and Mayre Vincent for their help setting up, cleaning up, and for the use of their lovely cake knife and server. Big shout-out to Sejin Oh who helped in many ways: working with the choir, taking photos, and all around lending a hand. Thanks to Pastor Katheryn for her leadership in contacting and communicating with Pastor Joshua Kang and the Korean Central Presbyterian Church. Finally, thanks to Ed Sams for all his work orchestrating this special event.

Moving Day!

Photos of the big move!

Community Spotlights:

Santa Cruz al Salvador November Delegation

You are invited to join SC al Salvador's Thanksgiving week delegation trip to El Salvador, November 21-28, 2022. We will be staying in the charming historic city of Suchitoto, near friends and scholarship recipients in Guillermo Ungo, and eating meals with Prayer Children families. We plan on attending their Graduation ceremony and also visiting our Composting Latrine project in El Pilar. An orientation session for delegates and interested prospects will gather at Trinity Fireside Room at 2 PM Sunday July 31. For more information talk with Gwen May, George Bunch, or Chuck Cobery.

Visit our Library!

Our “How I spent my Summer Pre-Vaccination” has become a rotating display as new photos and text are added every week. I am continuously updating our book collection. To assist in this process I am seeking folks who will email me a list of books that have influenced them the most. Please email them to me, Larry the Librarian, at

Don’t forget to visit our website!

July Birthdays
2 Sejin Oh
4 Amanda Bell
6 Sue Yeaney
7 Vickie Rutan
8 Glenn Joy
11 Gary Edwards
     Carolee Todd
18 Chuck Cobery
25 Richard Zakarian
     Mary Martin
27 Jane Ann Harper
30 Esther Lauer

July Anniversaries
5 Arnie and Natalie Serigstad
17 Jeff and Patti Lawton

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 

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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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