Marion-Sterling School Needs Supplies!

Students at Marion-Sterling school return to class in mid-August, and they need our help with school supplies! Marion-Sterling is also requesting $7 donations for uniform shirts — the school will provide the shirts. Individuals may donate school pants, however. 

If you would like to purchase supplies, please use the list below and drop off your donation any IMG_1005Sunday or weekday at the Trinity front desk.

Glue sticks
Blunt scissors
16-pack crayons
#2 pencils
Composition notebooks
Spiral notebooks (one subject)
Dry erase markers
Pencil pouches
Uniform pants, twill or corduroy (boys & girls, for preK-8th grade, black, dark blue or tan)
Children’s socks (boys & girls, for preK-8th grade)
Children’s underwear (boys & girls, for preK-8th grade)
Donations for boys & girls uniform shirts ($7.00 each), to be supplied by the school

Donations may be dropped off at Trinity’s front desk on Sundays. To make a monetary donation, please send to Trinity a check specifying what you are donating for. For example, mark “Marion-Sterling school supplies” or “Marion-Sterling uniforms” on your check or online gift. Checks can also be submitted through Sunday’s offering. 
Tip: The Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5-7 and includes school supplies priced at $20 per item or less. 
Volunteers will be needed in August to help sort & deliver the supplies. Contact David Cratty if you are able to help with sorting, delivering or shopping.

Summer Schedule 2016

Trinity Cathedral moves to its Summer Sundays schedule from May 29 through Sept. 4.

Holy Eucharist
8 and 10 a.m.

8 a.m. services will be held in the Chapel.

The Gateway Band will be playing at 10 a.m. service on these summer Sundays:
May 29
June 26
July 3
August 14
August 28
Sept. 4

Bible Study
9 a.m.

Tai Chi
George Anderson will offer Tai Chi at 9 a.m. on the following Sundays:
May 29
June 12
June 26
July 10
July 17
July 31
August 14
August 28

Evelyn DeLiso will offer yoga at 9 a.m. on the following Sundays:

June 5
June 19
July 3
July 24
August 7
August 21
September 4

Hang out with Chris
During the 10 a.m. summer service, children ages 2-10 are invited to join Christopher Decatur, Trinity’s Children, Youth & Young Adult Minister, for crafts, games and summer fun.

Child care available 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (infant to age 4)

Cathedral Tours
Sunday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Learn about the architecture, art and history of Trinity Cathedral on these docent-led tours. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Free, donations welcome.

Summer Choir Sundays
June 12
August 21

Join Trinity’s pick-up choir. Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome for these summer Sundays! Meet in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. to rehearse briefly for the 10 a.m. service.

Thursday Healing & Eucharist Service
12:10 p.m.
This quiet, intimate weekday service continues throughout the summer.

Summer Building Hours
May 29 – Sept. 4

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Monday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

2016 Trinity Cathedral Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present to the Congregation slates for election to the Vestry and Cathedral Council as well as delegates to Diocesan Convention and congregationally elected members of the Nominating Committee. In keeping with Trinity’s bylaws, the Nominating Committee conducted an open and widely publicized solicitation of candidates; the result was a pool of talented and qualified candidates, and the Committee is grateful to all whose names were submitted for consideration. We believe that the nominees before you represent an exceptional group of leaders who will govern with wisdom and faithfulness. We commend them to you for election at the

Congregational Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 10:10 am.

— Ginger Bitikofer, Jim Burger, Christopher Decatur, Audrey Hudak, Linda Lee, Amy Maurer, Wendy Wilson Walker.
Download a PDF version of the Nomination Report here.

Nominees for Vestry, Reelection


Amy Ryder Wentz
Amy Wentz
, term ending 2019
Amy was educated at the University of Redlands, and spent the next 10 years as Cleveland Program Director with Ohio Citizen Action. She earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Lesley Wells, on the US District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Currently Amy is an associate with the law firm of Littler Mendelson. Amy serves as chair of the Personnel Committee.

Melody Hart
Melody Hart, term ending 2019
Melody Hart is a senior manager at OM Group, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in finance, including cash management, financing, budgeting, financial risk management and systems. Her experience spans multiple industries including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, not-for- profit and consulting. Melody has served on a number of not-for-profit and church boards in the past. She is currently a board member and finance committee member of Mercado Global, a fair-trade organization focused on empowerment of women in Guatemala through education and opportunity. She has been on Trinity’s Vestry since 2010 and serves on the Audit, Investment and Finance Committees. She resides in Cleveland Heights.

Nominees for Vestry, Election


David Cratty
, term ending 2019
David and his wife, Gayle, have been attending Trinity since 1999. He has served terms on Cathedral Council and the Vestry as both Junior Warden and Senior Warden. In addition, David is Trinity’s representative to the Marion-Sterling School Community Partnership, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. For 37 years, he was a member of the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, retiring as Professor Emeritus of English

Beau Daane
, term ending 2019
Beau Daane, M.A., MBA, has been actively involved at Trinity for nearly ten years. He is the Director of Sustainable Development at Fairmount Santrol and has worked for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and the Weatherhead School of Management. A graduate of University School, Daane enjoys gardening, CrossFit, mentoring students, is active in his church, and served for ten years
on the Western Reserve Land Conservancy board.

Nominees for Cathedral Council, Reelection


Aretha McCreary
Aretha McCreary
, term ending 2019
Aretha McCreary has been active at Trinity Cathedral for 48 years. She has recently retired, after working 44 years in the insurance industry. At Trinity, she has served multiple terms on Vestry, has been on a variety of committees (including Library, Personnel, Health & Wellness, Children’s Education, Nominating and Search Committees), has participated in a number of lay ministries (including lector, acolyte, lay Eucharistic minister, altar guild, usher), has taught Sunday School, and is currently on the Core Team for Greater Cleveland Congregations. Aretha frequently attends church with her two grandsons, Aundre Lindsay and Angelo McCreary.


Karla Rivers

Karla Rivers
, term ending 2019
Karla has had a career in information technology with PNC Bank for more than 30 years. Karla is responsible for analysis, testing coordination and quality assurance in the Call Center. Along with her information technology background, Karla has a degree from Capital University in Church Music and has a background in visual arts and creative writing. Karla has been attending Trinity since 1980 and serves as a chalice bearer, sacristan and lector. She is married to Michael Graska. They reside in Brecksville with their two cats, Shelby and Thibodaux.


Nominees for Cathedral Council, Election


Rev. Ward Hines
, term ending 2019
Ward and his wife Suzanne have been active in the congregational life of Trinity Cathedral since the spring of 2011. In 2010, he retired after 40 years of working as a practitioner of pastoral ministry in the local church. Though retired, he remains an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Even so, Trinity is where he and Suzanne have chosen to worship and participate in the life of the larger church universal. Ward says, “There is much about this congregation that attracts us. Perhaps most importantly, we are drawn to the blending of biblical faith and social justice that we find embraced by both the leadership in this place as well as by so many who call Trinity their church home. Trinity’s commitment to being in ministry both within the congregation and also beyond its four walls is a critical aspect of what it means to be the church. This commitment is also why I have agreed to accept the Nominating Committee’s request that I serve on the Cathedral Council.”


Pam Turos
, term ending 2019
Pam is a social worker, freelance writer, and founder of Good Cause Creative and the Good Cause Blog where she uses her non-profit experience to help socially conscious organizations develop an online presence. Raised in Youngstown, she moved to Cleveland in 2000 and came to Trinity three years ago. Her past employers include The Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Clinic and Hospice of the Western Reserve. When she’s not spending time with her husband and three children, Pam can be found practicing yoga or volunteering at Campus International School. She serves on the Youth and Educational development committee for The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio’s camp and retreat farm project and participates in Greater Cleveland Congregations social justice initiatives. Pam says, “I am so thankful to have found such an inclusive community, where my children are surrounded by adults who are truly committed to making the world a better place.”

Nominees for 2016 Diocesan Convention Delegates


Jane Freeman

Jane Freeman, delegate
Jane has served in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church at parish, diocesan and national levels most of her adult life. At the Diocesan level, she is currently a member of Standing Committee, and has served on Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Panel, and Episcopal Search Committee. She was one of our lay deputies at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, where she served on a task force creating policy resolutions for Alcohol and Substance Use in Congregations. She has frequently served as a delegate to Diocesan Conventions and would appreciate the opportunity to do so again. She is the Director of Behavioral Science in the Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Family Medicine Residency Program, an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northeast Ohio Medical University and has an independent psychotherapy practice. She and her husband Bruce became members of Trinity Cathedral a few years ago.

Debbie Hunter
, alternate
Debbie is currently the AP/PR coordinator with the Great Lakes Science Center. She has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for more than 30 years, and is actively involved in many areas including: A Place at the Table, Daughters of the King, the Trinity Prayer Tree, and Eucharistic ministry. Debbie has been a diocesan delegate and alternate in the past, and has been a member of Cathedral Council, the Vestry, and the Dean Search Committee. She is currently a member of EPF/Episcopal Peace Fellowship, has volunteered at three General Conventions, and is a former member of the Faith and Action Committee of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Debbie resides in downtown Cleveland.

Nominees for 2017 Nominating Committee, At-Large Members


Scott Blanchard
Scott Blanchard has been a member of Trinity for over 11 years. He works as Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager for Americhem, Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls. Scott has been an active volunteer with the Urban Farm since its inception and also serves as a lector and Sunday School teacher. Scott lives in Cleveland with his wife, Stephanie, and children Matthew and Olivia.

Linda Lohr
Originally from Elyria, OH, Linda moved to Euclid 25 years ago and has been a member of Trinity for eleven years. For the past ten years, she has been employed by Advance Partners as Credit Manager in Beachwood. She has volunteered at the Urban Farm for 11 years and also volunteers for Nooks and Crannies. She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.


Trinity Members Receive Ohio City Honor

Photo: Ohio City Inc.

Photo: Ohio City Inc.

Longtime Trinity Cathedral members Patty and Steve Roberts recently received the 2015 Resident Leaders Award from Ohio City Inc. for their leadership in the Ohio City neighborhood, where they live.

Having formerly lived in Shaker Heights for nearly 25 years, Patty and Steve relocated to Ohio City in 2013 for its walkability and its close proximity to friends and Trinity Cathedral. They felt quickly at home in the neighborhood and wanted to find ways to get involved.  

After connecting with neighbors, Patty and Steve were able to find unique ways to give back to their new community. Patty has always had a passion for volunteer work, having almost two decades of volunteering with Trinity Cathedral, Music and Arts at Trinity, the League of Women Voters and the Cleveland Orchestra. She now leads the Bridge/Carroll/Jay block club in Ohio City which includes facilitating meetings, providing updates on Ohio City news, and helping to empower her fellow community members to become involved in neighborhood happenings.

Steve got to know the neighborhood by riding his bike and discovering many ways improve the neighborhood. He organized the first Ohio City Clean-Up Day.  He maintains the flower garden at the entrance to the West Side Market, and assists Rotary with its Red Line Greenway project. On Saturdays he coaches soccer for Near West Recreation.

Nick Liao Joins Trinity Cathedral as Communications Manager

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Trinity Cathedral ( is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Nick Liao. He will serve as Communications Manager, helping to take the Cathedral’s mission, vision, and values into its third century.

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Urban Farm Volunteers are Needed


Trinity Urban Farm volunteers  celebrate the past and plan the future. Photo credit: Ginger Bitikofer

On the evening of March 22, I attended a potluck meal with 12 Urban Farm volunteers, at the Farm’s annual spring kickoff dinner. Farm coordinator Scott Blanchard used a slideshow to share Farm photos and 2015 harvest statistics. The group discussed the upcoming 2016 growing season— veggies to plant, special events and strategies for engaging new volunteers.
Volunteers will begin cleaning up the Farm, and they will also build some new planting beds, starting on Saturday, April 2, 9 AM. Regular workdays will be Saturdays, 9 AM-12 noon, April through October. New volunteers are welcome and encouraged— even one hour of donated time is helpful— each new volunteer will receive a pair of sturdy work gloves.
The Farm will have a display table at Spring Discovery Day, April 17, to answer questions and sign up interested volunteers.
The annual Blessing of the Urban Farm will take place on Sunday, May 15, during the education hour (10:10-11:00 AM). Everyone is encouraged to come over to the Farm for the blessing and to see what’s “growing on” there. The Farm is located at E. 35th and Cedar, less than a mile from Trinity Cathedral.
More information about the Urban Farm, Harvested food is donated to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, to feed hungry people in our neighborhood.
Trinity member and longtime Farm volunteer Anastasia Pantsios wrote an article about the Farm for Edible Cleveland magazine’s Spring 2016 issue— read it here,
Ginger Bitikofer

Trinity Cleveland’s Urban Service Corps Alum Earns Grant

Here is some good news from the Diocese of Ohio. Congratulations Alex.
Photo: Alex Barton

Alex Barton Photo credit:Sam Hubish

“Alexander Doyle Barton, from the Diocese of Ohio, was one of five seminarians in the United States to receive a 2016 United Thank Offering (UTO) grant. The grants were awarded in February following the recommendation of the UTO Board. The one-year grants are for $2,500 each and are based on the Five Anglican Marks of Mission. Alex is a seminarian at the General Theological Seminary.
Alex’s program, the Magnificat Arts Program, supports the first Mark of Mission: to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. His project is to work with immigrants and asylum speakers to help them to express their personal stories and artistic interests through photography, writing, and the spoken word. The participants, who are residents at St. Mary’s Shelter in Manhattan, will collaborate with local and international journalists to learn visual, written, and oral storytelling techniques. The project will be held over four weekends and will culminate with a showcase of the residents’ work.
Alex first came to the Diocese of Ohio through the Episcopal Service Corps. He worked at Cleveland Leadership Center and St. John’s, Ohio City. He attends Trinity Cathedral. Alex is the son of the Rev. Charlie Barton, Rector, and Debra Donnelly Barton, Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader, both at St. James Episcopal Church, Monkton, MD.”

Easter Flowers

If you wish to remember or honor a loved one at Easter with flowers on the altar, please make a donation to the Easter flower fund. You can put a check in the offering plate, send it to the church office or donate online by March 22. Please include the name of the person you wish to remember or honor.

Make a donation to the Easter Flower fund or make a Easter Offering

Ash Wednesday Services: Feb. 10, 2016

AshWednesdayOn Feb. 10, Trinity holds three Ash Wednesday services: 7:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Eucharist will be celebrated with imposition of ashes at all services. Trinity Cathedral Choir will sing at the 6 p.m. service. The Rev. Canon Kay Rackley preaches, and the Very Rev. Tracey Lind presides at all services. Following the 6 p.m. service, join us for a simple Lenten meal ($5 donation) in Cathedral Hall. Wednesday evening programs will resume on Feb. 17.

Message from Bishop Hollingsworth

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today’s statement from the Primates’ meeting, while not entirely unexpected, is deeply disappointing to me, as I suspect it may be to many of you. In the same breath that it professes a “unanimous desire to walk together,” it announced a decision “requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent [the Anglican Communion] on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.” [Read more…]


Summer Sundays - services at 8 and 10 a.m. Come casual and cool!