Summer Solstice

This past Tuesday, June 21, was the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, when the Sun is at its highest position in the sky. While the summer solstice is not celebrated in the Christian tradition, it is a significant time of the year for many cultures, celebrated with festivals and other rituals. In honor of the summer solstice, the day with the most light and the shortest night, here is a poem by Carl Sandburg, "Summer Stars."

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
              So lazy and hum-strumming.

Blessings, Pastor Katheryn

Dates to Remember:

  • June 26, Coffee hour with Korean Central Presbyterian
  • June 27, Book club 

Joint Coffee Hour

According to the PBS Newshour, anti-Asian hate crimes rose an average of 224% across 21 major cities in 2021. In solidarity, support, and love for our fellow siblings in Christ, our Session has invited the Korean Central Presbyterian Church to a coffee hour in their honor on June 26. We know Korean Central Presbyterian as the church that shares our sanctuary as their place of worship. Perhaps you remember the delicious food they brought when their church joined us for fellowship last time. Now directly after our 10:30 AM church service this upcoming Sunday, June 26, we will show our support for them and their mission. Nicki Kerns with help from Se Jin Oh is preparing a hymn of welcome, teaching the choir to sing "How Great Thou Art" in Korean. This event will be the first sit-down get-together that Trinity has had since Covid. If anyone would like to help, please contact Ed Sams at We look forward to seeing you there!

Book Club

Please plan to come to Joanne’s house on June 27 at 7 PM to talk about “Bewilderment” with Kathy Willott leading the discussion.

Community Spotlights:

Church hike to Nisene Marks!

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!

The library has had many upgrades including staff picks, french press coffee, regular hours and art displays. It is now time to refine the actual collection. Larry the Librarian asks that any who are interested send him a list of up to five of their favorite books. He will cross reference these into a top 20 list for the church. This will help us focus on future acquisitions. Please email them to Larry at

Don’t forget to visit our website!

June Birthdays

1 Chad Bell
17 Mary Ann Hobbs
     Truett Bobo
18 Cliff Brothers
20 Jake Eschen-Pipes
24 Bethany Eschen-Pipes
28 Fred Tomlinson
29 Rosie Bell
     Ed Sams
     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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