Trinity Church News

July 4, 2024


In this issue:

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  • Trinity Community Picnic Recap and Pictures
  • For the Fourth of July - A Prayer for Our Nation
  • First Sunday of the Month 4PM Worship - July 7th
  • Almoner's Fund Ingathering - Sunday, July 7th
  • Save the Date: Trinity Garden Work Day July 20th
  • Trinity's Office Will Be Closed on Wed. July 10th
  • Bishop Sean W. Rowe Elected 28th Presiding Bishop
  • Trinity's Clothes Closet: Donations Update
  • Altar Flowers Sign Ups
  • Mother Suzanne on Sabbatical Until Sept 11th
  • Full Worship Schedule - In-Person and Online
  • Sunday Scripture Readings
  • This Week at Trinity
  • July Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Prayer Requests
  • Online Giving Link


Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 851, Hamilton, OH 45012

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Trinity Community Picnic

Recap and Pictures

We had a great turnout for the Community Picnic on Sunday, June 3rd. There was a lot of great food and we enjoyed getting to know the members of the community who attended.

Thank you to Vic Russo for helping to coordinate the event

and for distributing flyers in the neighborhood!

Thank you to Vic and to Mike Bahlmann for

serving as "grill masters" for the day!

Thank you to everyone who helped with set up, clean up, and who brought the delicious food and drinks to share!

Here are some pictures from the event:


A Prayer for Our Nation

July 4, 2024

Almighty God, our guide and leader: We humbly pray that we may prove to be a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our nation with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes of many cultures and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom we entrust the power of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that that we may be a witness of justice and peace throughout the world. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you; all of this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From The Book of Common Prayer, Prayers for National Life - #18 For our Country, p. 820, modified.

Almoner's Fund Ingathering

This Sunday, July 7th

Each first Sunday of the month we gather funds for the

Rector's Discretionary Fund, also known as the Almoner's Fund. 

These funds are used at Mother Suzanne's discretion to help those in need. While Mother Suzanne is on sabbatical, our Senior Warden, Jennifer Elliott, is managing the fund and distributing to those in need.

All loose cash in the Offering Plate on July 7th

will go to the Almoner’s Fund. 

Or you can use one of the special envelopes in the pews. 

You can also write a check payable to

“Trinity Episcopal Church – Almoner’s Fund” 

or use Trinity's online giving link and select Almoner's Fund.

Thank you for helping to care for those in need!

First Sunday of the Month

In-Person Worship Service

at 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 7th

Reminder, the first Sunday of the month we have an in-person worship service at 4:00 PM in addition to the service at 9:30 AM.


Garden Work Day and Cookout

Saturday, July 20th

Starting at 9:00 AM

Our work day last month was a big success, and we are going to have another one in July!

Save the date and plan to attend our Memorial Garden work day on Saturday, July 20th, beginning at 9:00 AM!

We will work on weeding and maintaining the garden and other landscaping in the morning and then finish with a cookout.

Pam Bates has volunteered to grill brats and metts

and ECW members will bring side dishes.

Come join us to help tidy up the Memorial Garden and enjoy some great food and fellowship. You can bring friends/family members who would like to help too!

Trinity's Office Will Be Closed on Wednesday, July 10th.

The Clothes Closet will be open normal hours on this day.

Bishop Sean W. Rowe Elected 28th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

From The Diocese of Southern Ohio

June 26, 2024

The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York was elected the 28th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church on the first ballot today at the church’s 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rowe, 49, received 89 of 158 votes from the House of Bishops which gathered for the election in Christ Church Cathedral. His election was later confirmed by the House of Deputies in a vote of 778-43. Rowe’s nine-year term, succeeding Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, begins November 1.

“Bishop Sean Rowe is someone I depend on for perspective and wise counsel,” Bishop Kristin White said after the election. “He loves God and the church, he recognizes our need for change, and I trust that he has the skill to lead that process faithfully and well. I have every confidence in his call to serve as the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. I ask God's blessing on Presiding Bishop-elect Rowe, his family, and on the Body of Christ that God calls us to be.”

The other nominees in the election were Bishops J. Scott Barker of the Diocese of Nebraska, Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, DeDe Duncan Probe of the Diocese of Central New York and Robert Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta.

“I sometimes think of this moment in the Episcopal Church’s history in terms of the history of my region of the United States,” Rowe told the convention in remarks after his election. “I am from the Rust Belt, and in the economic unraveling that has befallen our communities in the last fifty years, I have been around to see things I love go away.

“My grandfathers were steel workers, and nearly my entire family worked in industry. In the space of about three years in the mid-1980s, when I was in elementary school, I watched everything I had known evaporate. … People in our region are resilient, but we spent years resisting the change that was forced upon us, wishing things would go back to being the way they had been.”

The Episcopal Church, once politically and economically powerful, must also adjust to cope with declining membership, he said.

“If we are honest with each other and ourselves, we know that we cannot continue to be the Episcopal Church in the same way no matter where we live,” Rowe told bishops and deputies assembled at the Kentucky International Convention Center. “To participate fully and effectively in God’s mission we must reorient our churchwide resources—budgets and staff—to support dioceses, where ministry on the ground happens.”

Rowe holds a Ph.D. in organizational learning and leadership, and has long been active in “experiments for the sake of the gospel” such as having one bishop lead two dioceses. While serving as bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania, he also served as provisional bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from 2014 until 2018. In 2019 he became provisional bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, which includes the Buffalo area, a position he still holds.

He is an advocate for streamlining the church’s structures and governance, a call he repeated in his remarks to the convention. But efficiency is not his primary goal.

“Make no mistake,” he told the convention, “reorienting our structures, our budgets, and our relationships will only matter if we do it for the sake of the gospel. Our goal must be to invest more fully in evangelism, racial reconciliation, and creation care at every level of the church.

“Thanks to the leadership of General Convention and Presiding Bishop Curry, we have embraced those core ministry priorities since 2015. Now our broken and hurting world badly needs us to address them even more strategically and more effectively.”

Rowe graduated from Grove City College in 1997 with a B.A. in history; from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master of Divinity; and received his Ph.D. from Gannon University in Erie in 2014. He chairs the board of trustees of Erie Day School, previously served on the Franklin School Board and serves on the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

He is married to Carly Rowe, a Christian educator who is executive director of the Erie Episcopal collaboration. They have an eleven-year-old daughter, Lauren.

Click Here to read this story on the website.

Trinity's Clothes Closet:

Donations Update

Trinity's Clothes Closet is thriving and providing wonderful support to the community. We continue to see an increase in patrons. During the month of May, the Clothes Closet served close to 200 separate individuals!

Current Special Donation Needs:

Men's Casual Pants (Jeans and Khakis)

Men's Underwear

Women's Underwear and Sports Bras

Other current needs include:

  • Hangers (especially pant hangers)
  • Deodorant, disposable shavers, lotion, soap and shampoo
  • Shoes
  • Sheets / Pillow Cases / Blankets

Reminder: Please contact the parish office prior to dropping off clothing items! (Donations of personal hygiene products can be brought to the office without prior notice).

Thank you for all who have brought in

"Kroger" plastic bags. We continue to need these!

Thank You for your Support of this Ministry!

Sign Up to Donate Altar Flowers

If you would like to provide the altar flowers for a Sunday service, please contact Sue Samoviski at 513-478-8918 or to reserve a date(s). There are still some dates available during the summer.

You may choose to call a florist to order the flowers, or you can purchase the flowers at the grocery store and make two arrangements for the altar. Or, you could provide flowers from your garden or potted plants.

Clear plastic vases are available at church if you need them or you can arrange them directly into the altar vases.

Another option is to send a monetary donation to Trinity in lieu of flowers and in memory of or in honor of your loved ones.

If you do that, please be sure to let Sue know the

dedication of your donation.

Reminder: Mother Suzanne on Sabbatical

Until September 11, 2024

It is time for Mother Suzanne to take a sabbatical this year.

She is also taking two weeks of vacation and two weeks of education with the sabbatical and will be gone a total of 16 weeks. Her last day at work was Wednesday, May 22nd and her first day back will be Wednesday, September 11th.

If you need pastoral care, please contact our Sr. Warden, Jennifer Elliott at 513-218-7817 (text is fine) or The Rev. Pam Gaylor and the Rev. Kip Colegrove will handle most of the pastoral care during this time.

Worship In-Person at

Trinity Episcopal Church

115 North 6th Street

Hamilton, OH

Sunday, July 7th

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Proper 9

Holy Eucharist, Rite II - Music

in the Sanctuary at 9:30 AM

Rev. Canon Michael Spencer, Celebrant

Morning Prayer, Rite II - Music

in the Sanctuary at 4:00 PM

Jennifer Elliott, Lay Leader


Worship Online

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on Facebook

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Proper 9

Sunday, July 7th

Morning Prayer – 9:30 AM


Mondays Thru Saturdays

A Word and A Prayer – 9:30 AM

Every Evening

Compline – 8:30 PM

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 7, 2024

Proper 9 |Year B

RCL | Track 1

Scripture Readings

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

Click on the links above to access the readings.

Collect: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week at Trinity

Wednesday, July 3

Parish Office Open -- 9:00 AM - Noon

Clothes Closet Open -- 10:00 AM - Noon – Basement

NA Meeting Wednesday -- 7:00 PM – Fellowship Hall

Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day

NA Women’s Group -- 7:00 PM – Fellowship Hall

Friday, July 5

AA Meeting Friday -- 8:30 PM – Fellowship Hall

Sunday, July 7 - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Proper 9

Almoner's Fund Ingathering

Holy Eucharist Rite II - Music -- 9:30 AM – Sanctuary

Morning Prayer Rite II - Music -- 4:00 PM – Sanctuary

Monday, July 8

Parish Office Open -- 9:00 AM - Noon

Clothes Closet Open -- 10:00 AM - Noon – Basement

Greater Power Discussion Meeting -- 7:00 PM – Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, July 10

Parish Office Closed

Clothes Closet Open -- 10:00 AM - Noon – Basement

NA Meeting Wednesday -- 7:00 PM – Fellowship Hall

Thursday, July 11

NA Women’s Group -- 7:00 PM – Fellowship Hall

Friday, July 12

AA Meeting Friday -- 8:30 PM – Fellowship Hall

Sunday, July 14 - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Proper 10

Holy Eucharist Rite II - Music -- 9:30 AM – Sanctuary


We encourage you to remember these people

on their special days!

If we don't have your birth or marriage dates,

please contact the office.


Ed Conaway - 7/4

Jennifer Gattermeyer - 7/11

Mother Suzanne LeVesconte - 7/11

Karen Schwartz - 7/12

Kathleen Smith - 7/16

Marilyn Dole - 7/17

Peggy Jenkins-Murphy - 7/20

Russell Thompson - 7/24

John Vanderplough - 7/28

Goldie McKinney - 7/29


Brad and Angela Vanoss - 7/10/99

Ronald and Mary Ann Jordan - 7/31/60

Prayer List

If there is someone you would like

to include on or remove from the list,

please email the Parish Office at

Prayer requests for:

  • For Peggy Ziegler, who has died, and for her family and friends in their grief
  • Pam Hurst, recovering from recent heart surgery
  • Beth Blaylock's continued recovery from recent successful surgery
  • Michael Dohn's continued recovery from recent surgery
  • Teresa Durbin
  • Sue and Ken Lawrence
  • Dave Belew
  • Lorna and her children
  • Carrie O'Connor, friend of Jennifer Elliott
  • Kim Jewett
  • Richard Isaacs
  • Barb Morris, sister of Tom Woods
  • David, Gayle Sisson's Brother
  • Andrew and Maria Cole
  • Tina Chandler
  • Doctor Bob
  • For Chris Russo and her recovery from back surgery
  • Michelle Berning, friend of Anne Cole
  • Candy, sister of Teresa Durbin
  • Amanda, Mike and Penelope - friends of Linda Griffin
  • For Alan
  • For peace in the Middle East
  • For Ginny Woods' continued recovery from recent successful surgery
  • For Wade Hensley, whose mother has died
  • Richard Elberfeld, brother of Anne Cole
  • Donnie Eschenbrenner, recovering from a broken hip
  • Herm Lorance
  • For Tina Wilder, niece of Mary Jo (a customer in the Clothes Closet), who was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer.
  • Leslie and Warren Grossklaus
  • Sarah Ruston and her son, Tom
  • The Vanoss Family
  • Dave Bahlmann, brother of Mike Bahlmann
  • Bill Thaman
  • Caitlin Bomar - wife of the Priest-in-Charge at Diane Line's church
  • Dennis Jerdey - cousin of Ginny Woods
  • Mary Kay Kroner, friend of Jennifer Elliott
  • Nancy Compton, friend of Kathy Smith
  • Candra
  • For Jeff, Brother of Kim Jewett
  • Ryan Moore, Terri Comer's son
  • Ken Huelsman
  • Susan Tarbuck
  • Nella Hurst, friend of Mike and Sue Samoviski
  • Carol and family, Stephanie Nowak's best friend and her family
  • Casey Graff
  • Goldie, mother of Pat Combs
  • Steven Palmer
  • Barbara and Michael Clifton
  • Rita Stanton
  • Carl and Mary Bishop
  • Beth and Chuck Blaylock
  • Joan King
  • Tom King
  • Tom Snow, brother of Linda Griffin
  • Haley, Anne Elberfeld’s daughter
  • Our Nation
  • Wesley and Mary Kay
  • Bruce, nephew of Pam Bates
  • Doug Ottke, friend of Ginny and Tom Woods
  • Carol Paschal and her family
  • Lee and Debbie Schutte, friends of Ginny and Tom Woods
  • Bill, Amy, William and Jordan
  • The sister of Heather Komnenovich
  • Anne Cole
  • Russ Thompson
  • Tom Wilson
  • Georgia Adams
  • Heather Komnenovich
  • Stephanie Woods
  • James Noble
  • For Ukraine
  • For Peace
  • Jackie Huelsman
  • Mac
  • For Jan and Bridgid Cornell
  • Bob Ross
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We use the post office box because it is a reliable and safe way to receive our mail since the parish office is not open every day. The forwarding time has ended so please use the P.O. box address.


Trinity Episcopal Church

P.O. Box 851

Hamilton, OH 45012

Parish Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays - 9:oo a.m. to Noon

Messages checked weekdays.

Email checked daily.

On weekends, please call Mother Suzanne.

Mother Suzanne:

513-869-8694 or

Church phone number:


Church email:




Parish Leadership

TRINITY STAFF                                                                  VESTRY OFFICERS

  The Rev. Suzanne LeVesconte, Rector                                  Jennifer Elliott, Senior Warden

  Pam Bates, Sexton                                                    ......... Tom Woods, General Treasurer

.Jennifer Elliott, Music Director.............................................Jan Cornell, Investment Treasurer

Kim Jewett, Vestry Clerk



Pam Bates, Pat Combs, Bridgid Cornell, Jan Cornell, Jennifer Gattermeyer,

Linda Griffin, Kim Jewett, Kathleen Smith, Ginny Woods

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