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Weekly Trinity Times

April 4, 2019

Holy Ground Collaborative

is a gathering of people from various congregations and organizations in the upper Central West End.  We meet to discuss issues of the neighborhood and to share information about our relevant ministries.  Periodically we collaborate on projects of inter-faith fellowship and service, such as an annual food drive and our latest effort, the Holy Ground Lending program.  The congregations/organizations take turns hosting the monthly meetings that gather at 4pm on the last Tuesday of the month.  To find out more and learn the location of the next meeting, contact Al Adams by phone: 314-644-3685; or e-mail: 

For other ministries that may be a fit for you, check the Trinity CWE Ministry Directory available in the rack by the Church entrance.

Sunday School for Children at 10:30 a.m.

Teachers: Michael Shepley and Barb Holmes

Aide: Riley Luebbers

Childcare Professional: Katie Wolf

APRIL 6, 2019

Spring has sprung now is the time for us to spring into action.  We're asking any and all those able to come and help spruce up the outside, to arrive by 9:30 AM.  We need former Senior and Junior Wardens on hand by 9:00 AM to determine if items in the basement should be kept.  We need help removing the carpet in the Chapel. Please bring your broom, rake and other gardening tools.

If you are coming to help, and I know you are, contact me at 314-435-2375.

Willie Meadows-Junior Warden

Trinity Now a State Historic Site

This week, the Missouri Council for Historic Preservation unanimously approved Trinity as a State Historic site for its historic importance to LGBTQ history. Trinity is the first site in Missouri to be recognized as such, so not only did we make it onto the historical registry, we made history! Within the next 30 days, an application will be presented to the National Park Service to place Trinity on the National Register, and if all goes well, we will be on the National Register of Historic Places by June of this year. Stay tuned for more information on how we might celebrate this honor.

Serving this Sunday
April 7, 2019


The Fifth Sunday in Lent

8:00 a.m.
Chalice: Carter Whitson
Usher: Tom Kirk

10:30 a.m. 
Chalice 1: Lisa Will-Smith
Chalice 2: Karin Layher
Thurifer: Tammy O’Donnell
Crucifer: Mike Fowlkes
Torches: Kara Henderson, Cody Burleson
Reader 1: Hazel Kirk
Reader 2: Sara Lappi    
Intercessor: Nikki Lott
Eucharistic Visitor: The Rev. Harry Leip
Healing Minister: Hazel Kirk
Ushers: Carol Cradock, Bill Mayhan
Greeter: Mary Moore
Sacristans: Anne Hennig, Karin Layher
Offering Counters: Carol Cradock, Bill Mayhan
Coffee Hour: Karen Biggs
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Jen Sweet
Bread Bagger: Judy and Richard Sandler
Hot Lunch Provider: 1st Unitarian Church
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: The Rev. Harry Leip

Sermons from the past eight Sundays are available on our website's sermon page.

Lenten Quiet Space 

One of the blessings of Lent is the opportunity to slow down, listen, reflect, and contemplate. Throughout the centuries, Christians have found that silence is a great aide to these spiritual activities, and so, for the season of Lent, you are invited to practice the ancient and counter-cultural art of silence in the Nave 15 minutes before Sunday services. Also, all throughout Lent the chapel will be set aside as a quiet space for prayer and meditation.

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Sunday School Cookies

for Sale!

This Sunday, the Sunday school children are learning about the importance of Christian acts of service and love. As part of their lesson, they will be making cookies to sell during coffee hour. All proceeds will go to Trinity Food Ministry. So be sure to bring a few bucks to church and buy some cookies!

Invite a Friend to The Table at Trinity!

Looking for a way to serve Trinity during Lent? Come to The Table and bring a friend. The Table at Trinity is our new Saturday night service at 5pm. To introduce the new service and help it grow, we ask each of you to attend on a Saturday night in Lent and bring a friend who might enjoy this service. The Table is a welcoming, inclusive and informal worship service for those seeking connection and meaning. Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word about The Table at Trinity!

Holy Week Service Schedule

Tuesday, April 16
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service
 Thursday, April 18
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 19
7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 20
10:30 a.m. Holy Saturday Service
9:00 p.m. The Great Vigil

Easter Day, April 21
8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist


Watch at the Altar of Repose: "Wait here, and keep awake" - These words from the Gospel provide a theme for Trinity's annual overnight watch beginning at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service until the start of the Good Friday evening service. The consecrated bread and wine from the Maundy Thursday Eucharist is reserved, or reverently kept, in our chapel. From 9pm on Thursday April 18 till 7 pm on Friday there are hour-long time periods which you can sign-up and use for whatever you'd like - silence, reading psalms, praying, etc. However you're called to use that time, there's a place for you in the chapel. The sign-up for the watch is located near the organ.  During the overnight hours, a group of Trinitarians will be present for security and coffee making. Please consider joining us for this most holy evening, morning, and afternoon.


Tenebrae: The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows and the purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story. On the Tuesday of Holy Week (April 16), we will use a shortened version of this service where we'll have an opportunity to read, listen, chant and sing while we are drawn into the encroaching darkness of the evening and the emotional drama of the days to come. The evening will begin with a simple soup dinner at 6:00pm in the North Parish Hall with the service at 7pm. If you will be coming to the dinner, please sign up on the list near the organ so we can set a place for you at our table.

Trinity Food Ministry

Sunday Hot Lunch has experienced a bit of a lull over the past few Sundays. It is difficult to predict why some Sundays are busier than others. One thing is for sure; on the fifth Sunday of the month, a larger crowd can always be expected because it is St. Francis' day and they always bring fried chicken. If you want to see faith in action, come visit on Sunday at 2 p.m. Grab a plate and a chair and enjoy some fellowship! 

Hot Lunch may be slow but Pantry has not been. We have steadily served 100 people each week (3 days) for the past few months. On some Tuesdays, that number can climb to 50 - 75 people in just that one day. Many of the people who come for the meal alone are neighborhood people. But more people who are unhoused are coming. That means we need some specific things for them. 

New crew socks, small deodorants, single toothbrushes, small toothpaste, individual sized body wash, razors, gently used backpacks, pop top foods (beanie weenies, vienna sausages, peanut butter, crackers, fruit cups). 

For pantry this week, we need canned meats, canned fruit, fruit bars, soap. 

Lenten Offerings at Trinity 

As the liturgy for Ash Wednesday says, the season of Lent is traditionally marked by self-examination and repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and the reading and meditating on God’s Word. Below you will find several opportunities offered at Trinity that will enrich your Lenten devotions and help you to keep a holy Lent. 

The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life 

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices –Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest–and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.

Tuesday April 9th @ 6:30 PM; Worship  
Sunday April 14th @ 12:15 PM; Go 

All sessions will be held in the North Parish Hall. There will also be a sign up for folks to bring either soup, bread, or fruit to share during the Tuesday evening sessions. You can learn more about The Way of Love by visiting

Lenten Quiet Day for Contemplation and Meditation 

As modern people, we are so often bombarded by the constant noises and distractions of life, and sometimes these noises and distractions can keep us from hearing the voice of God in the still and quiet space. On Saturday April the 13th, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., you are invited to participate in a morning of quiet and contemplation in Trinity’s nave. Several types of prayers practices will be taught and offered and you’ll have the chance to connect to God through a variety of different ways. The exact time of this quiet day is TBD, but it will take place in the morning hours. 

Weekday Prayer Opportunities 

Trinity holds prayer and worship services every day of the week, not just Sunday mornings. So, if you are looking to add more structured and consistent prayer to your Lenten devotions, you are invited to stop by Trinity to participate in any or all of the following weekday services. 

Mondays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM: Holy Eucharist 
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM: Holy Eucharist 
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM: Contemplative Prayer 
Thursdays at 6:30 AM: Holy Eucharist 
Fridays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Saturdays at 5:00 PM: The Table (Celtic Eucharist during Lent) 

On appointed Holy Days the Eucharist is celebrated instead of Morning Prayer (except if the Holy Day falls on a Monday. In that case, it is transferred to Tuesday). You can find the Holy Day Mass schedule at 

The Acts of the Apostles: Disruption or Conversion of the Empire? 

This eight week class will study the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles. In this book, the author tells (or reports) the story of the early church and its mission to spread Jesus’ kingdom message to the ends of the earth. As the apostles preach, teach, and heal, they are accused of being un-patriotic atheists who are hell bent on disrupting the Empire’s law and order. This class will explore the subversive nature of the early church, its structure, struggles, and compromises, as well as draw parallels to today’s modern context. 

Week 1 (2-17-19): Background, Context, and Authorship
Week 2 (2-24-19): Apostolic Call; pre-read chapter 1 
Week 3 (3-3-19): Apostolic Concord; pre-read chapter 2 - 5
Week 4 (3-17-19): Apostolic Challenge; pre-read chapter 6 - 8 
Week 5 (3-24-19): Apostolic Change; pre-read chapter 9 - 12
Week 6 (3-31-19): Apostolic Compromise; pre-read chapters 13 - 15
Week 7 (4-7-19): Apostolic Colleagues; pre-read chapters 16 - 20
Week 8 (4-28-19): Apostolic Champion; pre-read chapters 21 - 28

Detail from "On the Surface of Things"

New Art Installation in the Chapel

The Arts Committee is proud to announce that our chapel has been newly enhanced by an art installation by John Early, visual artist and lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis.  It is titled “On the Surface of Things,” and can be found on the west wall of the chapel.  In his artist’s statement, John writes:

Each of the eight rectangles on the chapel wall consists of 23K gold leaf that has been placed on top of small blemishes and other surface imperfections present on the wall. Because no surface preparation was made prior to gilding these areas, the gold leaf reveals rather than conceals what is beneath it. Viewed collectively, the rectangles decrease in size as they rise higher on the wall in an effort to emphasize the verticality of the space and create a slow, subtle movement connecting the celestial to the terrestrial. I thank Trinity for the opportunity to contribute to the life of the church community in this way, and I hope these gestures enhance your experience both in and of the space.

Over the years, we have heard preaching and teaching on the topic of beauty in brokenness. Having John’s installation in the chapel where prayers of healing happen on a regular basis is a visual reminder that even our flaws and shortcomings can be beautiful.  “On the Surface of Things” can be viewed any time the church is open.  Many, many thanks to John Early for his contribution to the beauty of our beloved church home.

Trinity Art Club

We are back to the South Parish Hall for Saturday, April 6. Lois Ingrum will be the lead director for the day. Thanks to all who work to make this Art Club the success that it is. 

Film & Fellowship April 9

The Film and Fellowship Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the North Parish Hall, beginning with a light potluck supper.

The movie for group discussion this month is “Gloria Bell.” All are urged to see this film on their own and join us for supper and the discussion. Also suggested for brief reviews at the meeting are “Birds of Paradise,” “Woman at War,” “Transit,” and “Five Feet Apart.”

Book Discussion Group

Our next Trinity Book Group will meet on May 11th at 7pm at the home of Dorothy and Ray Becvar at 6330 San Bonita Ave. We will be discussing “The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman” by Louis De Bernieres. The book “pokes fun at magical realism” while it tells the story of a free spirited city in Latin America where eccentric citizens unite to fight an evil cardinal who is trying to control them.

Oliver Layher in St. Louis Teen Talent Finals on April 13

Oliver Layher and his acrobatic partner Kyran Walton recently qualified for the finals in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, sponsored by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. The free event takes place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 13, at 8PM, and showcases the 15 acts that made it through the first two rounds of the competition. Winners receive scholarships and prizes, including an audience favorite award. Oliver has appreciated your support over the years, and would love to have Trinity friends in the audience cheering him on. Seating is general admission, and the crowds start lining up early. Click HERE to to order free tickets. Please contact Karin Layher with any questions.

Prayers for the McCall Family 

The McCall/Kiel family asks your prayers for Vilma McCall, the grandmother of Ida McCall and great-grandmother of Charlotte and Saidie Kiel. Vilma is near death and struggling significantly with pain and anxiety. Please keep her and the family in your prayers, that they may experience the love and comfort of God’s presence. 

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Barbara Bradshaw
Catherine Tierney
Charlene Wright
Mick Maurer

Julien Worland
Frank Schottler

Martha Ficklen
Stephen Nichols
Bruce Baldwin
Betsey Gardner
Joyce Daughaday
Jeff Farris

Friends and Relatives:
Vilma McCall
Rick, son of Helen Hendry
Suellyn Scull, friend of Michael Shepley

Tom, Dolores Friesen's brother

Buelane Daugherty, friend of Brian Alms

Pam Burrell, friend of Brian Alms

Danyelle, Mindy, Laquita, Tonya, Jennifer, Mecca, Andrea, Catherine, Heaven., 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

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
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: Dolores Friesen, Jeff Farris

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

Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, serving at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama

Lectionary Readings

for This Sunday

Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Psalm 126


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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