Happy Fall!

Today is the first day of fall, a season with bright colors, crisp air, and long nights. In the church calendar, fall marks the end of Ordinary Time, the long stretch of 29 Sundays between Pentecost and Advent. It seems rather fitting that fall is our guide through the end of Ordinary Time. The bright and beautiful leaves falling to the ground charge us to both appreciate the beauty of the ordinary, and to let go of its comforts. For only then can we prepare for a birth that is anything but ordinary. Blessings, Pastor Katheryn

Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 23, Church Hike
  • Sept. 26, Book Club
  • Oct. 1, Carolee Todd Memorial
  • Oct. 2, Nancy Lynn Jarvis
  • Oct. 22-23, Church Retreat

Scripture this Sunday:

Pastor Katheryn will be preaching on Luke 16:19-31

North Coast Hike

Join us for a Whitehouse Creek to Franklin Point to Gazos Creek hike tomorrow, Sept. 23. This is a 1.5 to 4 mile hike along Atkinson Bluff Trail with many turn-around points for shorter hikes. Meet at Trinity parking lot at 8:30 AM to carpool the 20 miles just past Ano Nuevo to start at Whitehouse Creek dirt parking strip, on the ocean side of Highway 1. We will hike across sand dunes and mostly along ocean bluffs to Franklin Point and Gazos Creek and return. For Map and questions contact George at

Book Club

Join us on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 PM on Zoom as we discuss Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath. Dan Rutan will be leading the discussion. The zoom link will be emailed.

All Church Retreat Survey

Mark your calendars! Our All Church Retreat will be Oct. 22-23 at Redwood Glen Conference Center. To accommodate busy schedules, control costs, and to meet our guaranteed 25 overnight participants, we are having a one night retreat this year. It will begin Saturday morning with breakfast, and end with Sunday morning worship. Cost for the 4 meals, lodging with private baths, linens provided and beds made, is just $129/person double and $140/person single. We hope most will attend both days and overnight. Daytrippers pay $12 each plus meals. $10 Breakfast, $12 Lunch and $14 Dinner. For questions ask George Bunch or Ellen Bauerle.

To sign up for the retreat, please complete our attendance survey here.

Memorial Service

Carolee Todd, a beloved member of our church community, passed away peacefully in her home on August 8th, a month after her 100th birthday. Her memorial service will be at Trinity on Oct. 1 at 1 PM in our sanctuary. Read her obituary here.

Community Spotlights:

Support for our Ukrainian Family 

Anastassia Sebeldina is a chemist here in Santa Cruz, who immigrated with her family from Ukraine. Marta Narus first told us about Anastassia and her family and shared their story several weeks ago during worship, and since then, some of Anastassia's family have been staying with Karen Wichelmann. Adjusting to life in a foreign place is difficult, so to help Anastassia, Marta's daughter Caroline has set up a gofundme to raise money for her car insurance. To learn more, click here.
A Faith Community Shelter Success Story!

Many of us have met and adore Al, the monitor of the Faith Community Shelter for the last 12 years. Al will be moving into permanent housing on October 5. It is an unfurnished studio apartment, so we are looking for a twin bed, a microwave, a small amount of silverware, a dresser, and a large dorm size refrigerator. If you can provide any of these, please let Jana in the church office know. Jana will arrange for a pickup for the furniture.  
Shared Adventures Halloween Dance

On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 PM - 7 PM, Shared Adventures will be hosting a Halloween Dance in the Fellowship Hall for people with disabilities (as they have done for several years). Shared Adventures has extended an invitation for Trinity folks to join this year - they plan to set up/decorate from 3:30-5:00, have crafts for the outdoor area when participants arrive and some snacks during the dance, and then clean up after. They are looking for folks to make treat bags to send home with the participants as well. We would love for you to join/help in any or all of these areas. Reach out to Pastor Katheryn for more information.

Visit our Library! 

In October, the library will feature books, memorabilia, and events from four local literary lights; Laurie King, Nancy Lynn Jarvis, and Trinity’s own Ed and Sally Sams. Noted local mystery author and editor of “Santa Cruz Noir” Nancy Jarvis will speak on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 11:45 AM in the Fireside Room on the creative process she used in developing her book, The Widow’s Walk League, a Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery. Nancy is also the author of the Private Eye Pat (PIP) mystery series. All of Nancy’s books take place in Santa Cruz County!


September Birthdays

8 Dave Macway
19 Patti Maraldo
27 Bob Scott
     Jolynn Carrington- Khoury

September Anniversaries

3 Richard & Roberta Zakarian
12 Ed & Sally Sams

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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