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Weekly Trinity Times

Dec. 13, 2018

UPDATE on Pledge Drive

Trinity is still collecting 2019 financial pledges, so if you have not yet turned your pledge card in, it’s not too late! Thanks to your generosity, we are on target to raising close to $300,000 in pledge income for next year which will shrink our deficient significantly and make this community’s faithful witness to Christ’s love more powerful and sustainable. But we can’t reach that goal without your support. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so. You can pick up a pledge card at the back of the church and drop it in the offering plate on Sunday morning, or you can contact our parish administer directly with your commitment by phone or email.

Communion Bread

For more than forty years I, Etta Taylor, have been baking breads of all kinds, sizes, tastes, grains.  Making Communion Bread for my Trinity family has been a particularly special and meaningful ministry for me. Perhaps there are others of you interested in learning about how this can be done… There is a basic recipe and basic instructions regarding what is needed for our Eucharist, but once these are understood, and used with success, then your own inspiration and creativity can lead you on! If you are curious about bread baking and what a life-giving experience this ministry can be, please contact me at: 314-725-8407 or at: For other ministries that may be a fit for you, check the Trinity CWE Ministry Directory available in the rack by the Church entrance.

Serving this Sunday
December 16, 2018

The Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 a.m.
Chalice: Darrell Berg
Usher: Tom Kirk

10:30 a.m. 
Deacon: The Rev. Harry Leip
Chalice 1: Lisa Will-Smith
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Crucifer: Katie Hoffmeister
Thurifer: Karin Layher
Torches: Fritzi Baker, Jeff Goldone
Reader 1: Ron Tompkins
Reader 2: Mary Seager
Intercessor: Hal Morgan
Eucharistic Visitors: Al Adams, Joan Dunbar
Healing Ministers: Steven Forsyth, Mary Ellen Anderson
Ushers: Jan Kasalko, Faith Sandler
Greeter: Adrienne Fly
Sacristans: Linda Small, Rachel Steinbrueck
Offering Counters: Chuck McManis, Michael Shepley
Coffee Hour: Hazel Kirk
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Adrienne Fly
Bread Bagger: Michael Biggers 
Hot Lunch Provider: Episcopal Church of the Holy
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Jill McGuire

Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. Family Service

9:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist


This Sunday, November 16, at 7 p.m., we will gather for our monthly Compline service.  As we have done in previous years, we will light candles and offer prayers for ourselves, those we love and the world.  Please join us for this brief service of prayer, stillness and music as we look towards Christmas and a new year.  After the service we will walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

Sunday School for Children 

Teachers: Katie Hoffmeister, Martha Wallace, Gwen Simmons

Classroom Aides: Cheryl Wobbe, Mary Jean Grothe, Nancy Emmel

Adult Christian Education This Sunday  

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Just Wives? Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba: In the Eye of the Beholder

Description: The voices of women in the bible are oftentimes overlooked, marginalized, silenced, or patronized. However, a close reading of the stories of the women in the bible can offer a critique on the patriarchy found, not only in our ancient texts, but in the world we live in. Come explore how women’s voices in scripture trouble the narrative. For these sessions we will lean heavily on Katherine Dood Sakenfeld’s Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today. It is not required reading, but you might find the class more enjoyable if you read prior to our discussions.


12:15 PM – 1:30 PM: The Bible for People Who Arent’ Sure About the Bible

Description: What is the Bible? Who wrote the Bible? How do I read the bible? These sessions will explore these questions and help participants to sharpen and question their beliefs and practices concerning Holy Scripture.


When I last wrote my thanks to the people of Trinity, I had not received my “purse.” To say the least, I am blown away. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In love and great thanksgiving
Deacon Barbi

Christmas Party for Sunday School Children and Parents/Guardians


This Sunday you and your children are invited to a Christmas Party in the North Parish Hall after Communion. There will be Christmas cookies, presents, and Christmas tree decorating.


The party will start directly after Communion, so please head over with your children to the North Parish Hall right after you have received Communion. Sunday school will be as usual at 10:30 AM with the children joining the service for the Eucharist.

Trinity Food Ministry

Four days of Pantry are left in this year. We will be closed during the week of Christmas – December 25 – 27 and January 1. 

The fact that the Pantry is out of our number one requested item – Chili with beans – threw all of us into the idea that we wouldn’t have enough, that we were running out of food. However, although we are out of canned corn and very low on green beans, we do have enough food to last through these next four days. It is so easy to fall into that scarcity mode. 

Does that mean you can rest on your laurels? No way! Although, we have “enough” I do ask that you remember that this is the season of extravagance. Live into the abundance that fills our lives!

Special wishes for this next week’s Pantry:
Chili with Beans, canned corn, toothpaste, soap.


TFM Clothes Donations

During the Christmas holidays, if your house is like mine, the realization that there is too much clutter hits the day after Christmas. Did you get new boots for Christmas? A new coat? New sweaters, hoodies, or gloves? As you are trying to find places to put all the new things, think about what you might be able to spare. 

Winter has not even officially begun yet it has already been extremely cold. Some of the people who come to the Pantry are in the elements walking or waiting for a bus. We need good winter coats, scarves, beanies, wool socks, good gloves. And lotion. Winter chaps skin exposed to extreme weather and that skin cracks and bleeds. Gold Bond lotion, Vaseline, or shea butter-based lotions are good to help unprotected skin. 

These are the only items we need at this time. We do not have the storage for other items, especially non-seasonal clothes. Children’s clothes are much better utilized by Good Will or Salvation Army. 
Happy Holidays to all! 



A variety of greeting cards will be sold at both services through Christmas to benefit the Trinity Food Ministry. Some are seasonal but others make lovely notecards to use at any time of the year – for yourself or as a gift to someone else. Cards are $2 each or 11 for $20. There will be a table set up in the sanctuary for your Sunday shopping needs or you may contact (314.805.8254) to arrange to buy at other times. Please support TFM and delight your friends and family. Cash and checks (payable to Trinity; memo TFM cards) happily received!

Vestry and Diocesan Convention Delegate Election Process


At the Annual Meeting of Trinity Parish in late January, we will be electing three new members to the Vestry, the governing board of our church. Vestry persons serve a three-year term beginning immediately following the Annual Meeting. Meetings have been monthly at 6:30 on a Thursday. The vestry helps to shape the mission of the church. By canon, the vestry has “charge of the property, attends to and regulates the parish’s temporal concerns, and provides for support of the rector.


The vestry assists the rector in proclaiming the Gospel, the public worship of the congregation, nurture of persons of all ages, alleviation of human suffering and promotion of justice.” 


If you possess leadership qualities and are committed to the mission and ministry of this congregation, we invite you to prayerfully consider running for a seat on the vestry. As you will see on this link to the nomination form, there is an outline of the vestry responsibilities and the requirements for candidates. Don’t hesitate to contact Senior Warden Adrienne Fly or the rector if you wish to discuss this. Nominations must be received by the parish administrator no later than January 8, 2019 for election on January 27, 2019. Please note that we do not accept nominations from the floor.

Exhibit Opening Friday Night, December 14

The next art exhibit opens Friday, December 14, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.  The exhibit features the work of Olga Rusinova, a recent Russian immigrant by way of Mexico.  She works in a variety of media, but the overarching theme of her work is guardian angels and religious imagery.  Please join us for wine, art, and fellowship.  The exhibit will also be on view Sundays before and after services through January 13.

Special Advent Series: Minimalism as a Christian Virtue  
As one author put it, minimalism is “a focus on the aspects of life that matter most, and intentionally removing everything else.” During the season of Advent, you are invited to explore the philosophy of minimalism and discover how you might apply its principles to your own life of Christian discipleship. 
December 20th at 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the North Parish Hall 

Greening of the Church

On December 23 after Mass we will have an expanded coffee hour to provide food for the crews who will set up the Créche, climb ladders to hang pine roping, arrange poinsettias on the Chancel steps, sweep the Nave and make everything ready for the Holy Day. Please join us on this happy occasion. We need you. It's a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know each other in a fun and festive spirit. Even if you are unable to stay and help, we certainly would appreciate some food, possibly cookies from your family recipe. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church. 

This Sunday's Scarf Sale Cancelled

Due to strong sales last week and other commitments at other churches, there will be no scarves for sale Sunday, Dec. 16.


There may be a few available the following week, and if you are still in the market for a gift, please contact Jeff directly, at or 314-327-4200.

City Juvenile Detention Center Birthday Party

Thanks to a great group of volunteers who help serve pizza, soda, cake and ice cream to the kids in the city detention center while we played bingo: Tammy O'Donnell, Megan O'Donnell, Bob and Margaret Emert, Mimi Will, Jeff Wunrow, Linda Small and Kathleen McManis. 

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Frank Schottler
Martha Ficklen
Stephen Nichols
Bruce Baldwin
Betsey Gardner
Joyce Daughaday
Jeff Farris

Friends and Relatives:
Susie and Pat Rawlins, dear to Martha Ficklen
Catherine, Destiny, Jessica, Elizabeth, Melinda, Teresa, Jennifer, Jennifer, Brandey, Mecca, Brittany, Jennifer, Patricia, Kailey, Tiffany, Kathleen, Shumanee, Erica, Rita, Britney, Brianna, friends of Mary Taylor
James Milstead, friend of Brian Alms
Marquice Underwood, Sharron Underwood's daughter
Marybel Cova, friend of Jim Andris and Stephen Nichols, recovering from surgery

Leslie and Dennis, friends of Charlene Wright
Donna Eldridge, friend of Jeannette Lehrmann
Young Treyvon and his foster family
Susan Weber, Michael Luebbers' sister
Beverly Ludrick, friend of Mary Seager
Cheryl and Jimmie, friends of Mary Seager
Rosalyn M., friend of Mary Seager
Dee Farris, Jeff Farris' mother
William Boothby, friend of Darrell Berg
Gary Sykes, friend of Hazel Kirk
Tom, Dolores Friesen's brother
Chloe Peistrup, Virginia Benson's cousin, ATV accident
Bill, friend of George Friesen, cancer and failing memory
Rich Fernandez, friend of Kris Zapalac and Jerry Martin, lung cancer
Pat R., friend of Cathy Tierney, bladder and breast cancer

Birthdays: Vander Corliss, Jennifer Sweet

For the Clergy of the Diocese: The Rev. Teresa Danieley, the Rev. Jean O'Neil

Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, deployed to the DMZ in Korea


Mourning: Dean Bradley


Departed: Herman (Steve) Stephenson, friend of Mary Seager


Trinity is a progressive Episcopal Church where our commitment to the radical gospel of Christ calls us to worship God, welcome the seeker, sustain the faithful, and serve those in need.


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St. Louis, MO 63108

314 361 4655

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