Weekly Trinity Times
Dec. 6, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than forty years I, Etta Taylor, have been baking breads of all kinds, sizes, tastes, grains and shapes. 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: email@example.com. 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 9, 2018
The Second Sunday of Advent
Chalice: George Friesen
Usher: Dolores Friesen
Eucharistic Visitor: George Friesen
Deacon: The Rev. Harry Leip
Chalice 1: Brian Alms
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Crucifer: Mike Fowlkes
Thurifer: Barbara Uhlemann
Torches: Jeff Goldone, Linda Small
Reader 1: Adrienne Fly
Reader 2: Anne Giedinghagen
Intercessor: Hazel Kirk
Healing Ministers: Hazel Kirk, Steven Forsyth
Ushers: Chuck and Kathleen McManis
Greeter: Catherine Tierney
Sacristans: Ron Tompkins, Lisa Carpenter
Offering Counters: Jim O’Bannon, Jeanie Frazee
Coffee Hour: Anne Hennig
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Michael Biggers
Bread Baggers: Judy and Richard Sandler
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal Church
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Allison Imbriglia
Trinity’s Messy Church takes place this Sunday, December 9, at 9 a.m. in the North Parish Hall. Bring a friend, and stay afterward for snacks and crafts.
Sunday School for Children will not take place this week due to the 9 a.m. Messy Church service.
Adult Christian Education This Sunday
9:30 AM in the South Parish Hall: Read through the day’s lectionary text with members of the community and listen for what God is speaking to you.
12:15 PM in the North Parish Hall: Our walking bible study of Mark finished with the final chapters of Mark’s Gospel. We will meet in the North Parish but spend most of our time in the Nave.
Social Justice Action at Washington University this Friday @ 8:45 AM
Workers and graduate students at Washington University are demanding fair wages and benefits (especially access to affordable childcare). The administration is pushing back, but the workers are refusing to yield. This Friday, you are invited to join an action at Washington University and stand in solidarity with workers as they make their demands.Date: Friday Dec 7th Time: 8:45 amLocation: Washington University campus, Siegel Hall (West end of campus).Parking: Paid parking at Danforth University Center. Free parking on Skinker (bit of a walk though.)
Trinity Food Ministry News
We are trying to make good use of the recent large food donation from Old Bonhomme School, and not to purchase any more canned goods through the end of the year – but we’ve run out of chili, and lots of our folks LOVE chili. So along with the other things we’re happy to receive, please throw a few cans of chili in your shopping cart this month.
If you have donated money or food or other things to the food ministry this year and would like to get a donation acknowledgement or Food Pantry Tax Credit form, please let Adrienne know.
Supporting the Food Ministry in So Many Ways
The people of Trinity Parish have for nearly 50 years supported our food ministry in all its iterations. Currently, as you know, we have a three-day-a-week food pantry (during which a meal is served to a growing number of homeless and other folks in need) as well as the Sunday Hot Lunch, which serves about 100 people each week. About half of what we provide comes from food donated to us by individuals, other congregations, local farms and businesses. But the rest comes from you.
We count on members of this congregation as well as some other churches and funders to provide the means to buy about $50,000 worth of food and to pay our food ministry manager, Deacon Barbi Click. (This income is separate from your pledge to the parish recently committed during the Stewardship Campaign.) We also depend on the hundreds of hours of volunteer time cheerfully given by you and other people in the community to turn the food we receive and the food we buy into nourishment for the bodies and souls of our community. At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for it all!
We hope that you will continue contributing to Trinity Food Ministry, with your time, with food donations on Sundays, and with money – in honor of someone’s birthday, in memory of a loved one, as a regular monthly pledge, just in thankfulness from time to time. Our parish has been blessed by having this ministry in this place – and we are sustained as well.
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
GO OLD SCHOOL – BUY AND SEND GREETING CARDS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Scarf Sale for Gun Locks
On the Sundays of December 9th and 16th, we will once again be selling beautiful cashmere scarves, imported from the Holy Land, that are perfect for Christmas gifts (or a gift for yourself!). In partnership with Women’s Voices Raised, each $30 sale will fund the purchase of a gun lock, which will be distributed free of charge to anyone with an unsecured handgun in the home. We can accept cash, checks or credit cards. These are beautiful scarves at a great price that support a very important cause. Come join the shopping spree!
For our holiday Book Group we have a change of date, change of time and change of host. Please join us on Sunday, December 9th, starting at 5pm at the home of Hazel and Tom Kirk at 16 Schultz Rd, and bring a story or poem to read aloud which reminds you of the spirit of Christmas. We are also asking you to bring a dish to share because there will be a potluck dinner also. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome!
For Film & Fellowship, we will dine at a potluck supper on December 11 at 6:30 in North Parish Hall. At 7 p.m., we will discuss “At Eternity’s Gate,” an impressionistic biography of V. van Gogh, and “The Front Runner,” a forensic biopic of G. Hart.
City Juvenile Center Birthday Party
Trinity will be hosting the annual birthday party for the kids in the city detention center on Friday, December 7th at 6:45 p.m. We will meet at the city detention center on Vandeventer. Four or five volunteers are needed. It involves less than two hours of your time, and it is great to see the young people enjoy the party. Contact Lisa Will-Smith at email@example.com or 314-620-0299. If anyone is interested in becoming the leader for this ministry, please contact Lisa as well.
We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
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: Francis Stratton, Carrie Weber
For the Clergy of the Diocese: The Rev. Teresa Danieley
Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, deployed to the DMZ in Korea
Mourning: Dean Bradley
Departed: Glenn Beshears, Sue Beshears' father