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Weekly Trinity Times
April 11, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Teacher: Pat Way
Aide: Susie Stratton
Childcare Professional: Katie Wolf
New Faces at the Front Door
Thanks to Dennis Moorehead, Joyce LaFontain, Lisa Johnson, Fred Hale, and Jordan and Linda McGirk who have joined the roster of Greeters who will welcome you on Sunday mornings!
Thank you to all the helpers who showed up last Saturday in the first phase of our Spring Clean Up. Jon Stratton, Joyce von Glahn, Lisa Johnson and Tracy tackled the east parking lot, while Willie Meadows, Jan Parker, Dave Hilditch and Adrienne Fly dug out the decades worth of clutter in the basement. See how nice it looks? Now it wouldn’t be scary to go downstairs in search of clean tablecloths or dishtowels.
Lenten Quiet Day for Contemplation and Meditation this Saturday at 9 AM
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. We will end our quiet day with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. If you’re unfamiliar with this practice, you can see a video of it by clicking HERE
If you want to just come to the Benediction, it will begin around 11:40 AM.
Childcare will be provided for 9 AM – 12 PM.
Serving this Sunday
April 14, 2019
The Sunday of the Passion:
Chalice: George Friesen
Usher: Dolores Friesen
Eucharistic Visitor: George Friesen
Chalice 1: Jeff Goldone
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Thurifer: Brian Alms
Crucifer: Faith Sandler
Torches: Linda Small, Willie Meadows
Reader 1: Bill Mayhan
Reader 2: Ted McNamara
Intercessor: Hal Morgan
Healing Ministers: Hazel Kirk, Steven Forsyth
Ushers: Ron D’Aloia, Dave Mundy
Greeter: Lisa Johnson
Sacristans: Joyce von Glahn, Lisa Carpenter
Offering Counters: Jim O’Bannon, Jeanie Frazee
Coffee Hour: Hazel Kirk
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Michael Biggers
Bread Baggers: Judy and Richard Sandler
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal / 1st Church of Christ, Scientist
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Betsy Kirchoff
Join us this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the North Parish Hall for Messy Church. Bring friends!
Sermons from the past eight Sundays are available on our website's sermon page.
Christian Education Survey
Since the birth of the church, Christians have gathered together to pray, study scripture, and grow in the knowledge and love of God. At Trinity, we continue this tradition through small groups, bible studies, and seasonal classes.
Please take a few moments to tell the leadership at Trinity what you would like to learn more about and what time and date works best for you to gather together. Your feedback will help the leadership team plan and develop opportunities for Christian education, fellowship, and spiritual growth for the upcoming summer.
Click HERE for survey.
Congratulations to Parishioner Gracie Lee White
Gracie recently won re-election to the City of Wellston’s City Council. Congratulations, Gracie, and keep up the hard work.
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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Holy Monday Action at Washington University
The WashU Grad Workers Union has been campaigning for $15/hour and Childcare for ALL WashU workers. Despite being the 4th largest employer in the city and one of the wealthiest universities in the country, the administration has yet to adopt fair wages and benefits for the workers that keep the university running.
The Grad Workers are wrapping up a semester of action with a march on the administration!
Date: Monday, April 15th
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Danforth University Center (6475 Forsyth Blvd, 63105)
RSVP: Click HERE if you can join us!
Hate going to Wash U's campus because of parking? We will have carpools leaving the Jobs with Justice office at 3:00 pm! Please email email@example.com if you want a ride to and from the action!
St. Louis Transition to 100% Clean Energy Survey
The City of St. Louis Sustainability Office recently released a Climate Adaptation Plan for the City that details the strategies to achieve an 80 percent reduction in citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis authorizes the City’s Sustainability Plan and calls for the City to commit to transition to 100 percent clean energy in the form of wind and solar and energy efficiency measures within the electricity sector by 2035.
The Board of Aldermen requests that the City develops a plan by December 2019 to meet the clean energy goal through a transparent and inclusive stakeholder process which includes community members as well as representatives from organizations representing labor, faith, social justice, environmental justice, frontline communities and those most impacted by our current energy systems, public health and the environment, economic development, utility sector, clean energy sector, universities and academic institutions, business, housing, employment services, low income advocates, government, and any other relevant groups.
You can be part of this initiative by responding to an online survey regarding clean energy in St. Louis. Your responses will help steer the plan created by the 100% Clean Energy Advisory Board.
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.
Church School Service
Project a Success!
The church school children raised $121 on Sunday, April 7. Their decorated cookies sold out!
This service project provided a real time lesson in helping our neighbors.
All of the proceeds have been given to the Trinity Food Ministry.
Many thanks to the adults who guided these culinary and artistic endeavors: Katie, Michael, Riley, Melissa, Susie, and Barb.
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.
Maundy Thursday Foot Clinic
When my grandson was 2+, his favorite book was “The Foot Book.”
“Feet in the morning, feet at night. Left foot, feet foot, left foot, right…”
Who knew 20 years later, feet would play such an important part of this Food Ministry.
At Trinity Food Ministry, the number of people whose feet are their primary mode of transportation is great, especially for those who are unhoused. Think of this: the distance from Trinity to Christ Church Cathedral is 3.9 miles. Many of our community walk all day long from one point to the next seeking things they need. A brand new pair of good shoes will wear thin within the month.
Maundy Thursday seems a perfect time for us to offer a foot washing/foot care clinic for our community members.
On April 18, Maundy Thursday, day before Passover begins, Central Reform Congregation and Trinity Food Ministry will hold this clinic in the North Parish Hall from 4-5 p.m. For those who wish to participate, there will be several stations: a foot washing, medical attention, foot care bags (consisting of Gold Bond foot powder and lotion, new socks, and care items), and finally, new shoes.
St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue will have new or very gently used sneakers available for our community members.
Trinity parishioners are asked to participate by providing any/all of the following:
NEW CREW or TUBE socks (no fancy, dress, fluffy, women’s, or other types)
Gold Bond foot powder — individual size
Gold Bond lotion — individual size
Fingernail or toenail clippers
Clean towels — no holes or stains — smaller towels are acceptable
Please bring all gifts to TFP by Palm Sunday, April 14.
“Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you
an example, that you should do as I have done."
The Rev. Barbi Click
Manager, Trinity Food Ministry
Trinity Food Ministry
We have all seen the cute red and white Charmin Bears with the little one singing “My hiney’s clean”. It makes the idea of good hygiene sweet and funny. Advertising does that. It takes a reality and makes us want to experience that reality in a surreal way. How great it is to think that every child is like that little bear.
Google Charmin bears and that phrase. You can see the commercial.
Yet the reality of our society is that toilet paper is a privilege. A brand such as Charmin is a special privilege. How odd it is to think that toiletries, specifically toilet tissue, would be something reserved only for those who can afford it.
Not to be crass; rather, to take us into the frame of understanding, if you had no toilet tissue, what would you do? (Going to the store to buy it is not an option.) I am asking you to think about this with an understanding that this problem is a question far too many folks must ask (and answer).
At this moment, we give ONE roll of tissue PER household ONE time per month, regardless of how many people are in the household.
We rely solely on donations for toiletries. We spend no money on tissue or other personal hygiene items.
While I do not wish to take away from any other giving, I ask you to help the Food Pantry increase the offering of tissue to two rolls per household for those with 2 or more people.
I am confident that this is something that we can do. I am confident that it is something we want to do.
Food Items needed at Pantry this week:
Canned chicken, sardines, individual sized peanut butter, soft granola bars, chili with beans.
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.
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 www.episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove
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 www.trinitycwe.org/weekday-holy-day-schedule
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 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.
Film & Fellowship
The Film and Fellowship group has chosen two films for discussion at its May 14 meeting. They are “Diane” and “Wild Nights with Emily.” A third film, “Chaperone,” is an optional choice.
All are invited to see the films ahead of time and join us for a light potluck meal and lively discussion.
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.
We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Friends and Relatives:
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: Kathy van Bakergem, Mick Murer, Katie Hoffmeister, Nan Sweet
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