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Weekly Trinity Times
Dec. 20, 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.
The Arts Committee brings visual arts to Trinity in three ways. First we exhibit artwork of local artists in the Parish Gallery located in the north parish hall. See www.parishgallerycwe.com for descriptions of past exhibits. Next the hallway leading from the Sanctuary to the remaining facilities has been dedicated to the memory of the artists who have been part of the Trinity family over the years. We call this space the Memorial Gallery, and it is reserved for the work of people with connections to Trinity at any level of talent and love for art. Finally, the Committee creates art projects in collaboration with Trinity members for temporary installations that enhance our worship space. There is a display documenting these various projects over the years hanging in the back hallway.
The committee meets monthly, with opportunities for further involvement at other times during the year. You don’t have to be a skilled artist, but just have a love of the visual arts and a willingness to help make things happen. To get involved, contact Jeff Wunrow, committee chair, at 314-327-4200 or 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.
4:00 p.m. Family Service
9:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Serving this Sunday
December 23, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10:30 a.m. Lessons and Carols
Clergy: The Rev. Jon Stratton
The Rev. Harry Leip
Crucifer: Jeff Goldone
1st Reader: Julien Worland
2nd Reader: Jeff Goldone
3rd Reader: Riley Luebbers
4th Reader: Hazel Kirk
5th Reader: Ted McNamara
6th Reader: Zoe Goffe
7th Reader: Betsy Kirchoff
8th Reader: Dave Rueschhoff
9th Reader: Robin Morgan
Usher: Lisa Carpenter
Sacristans: Jim Andris, Steven Forsyth
Offering Counters: Lisa Carpenter, Hal Morgan
Hot Lunch Provider: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Betsy Kirchoff
4pm - Christmas Eve
Chalice 1 - Lisa Will-Smith
Chalice 2 - Karin Layher
Acolyte (if needed) - Fritzi Baker
Ushers: Jan Kasalko, Cheryl Wobbe
9pm - Christmas Eve
Chalice - Deacon Harry
Thurifer - Brian Alms
Crucifer - Steven Forsyth
Torch - Faith Sandler
Torch - Jeff Goldone
R1 - Hal Morgan
R2 - Ted McNamara
Ushers: Lisa Carpenter, Etta Taylor
10am - Christmas Day
Chalice - Deacon Harry
R1 - Ron Tompkins
R2 - Adrienne Fly
Intercessor: Bill Mayhan
Usher: Bill Mayhan
Weekday Holy Day Mass Schedule
January and December
12-24-18: Christmas @ 4 PM and 9 PM
12-25-18: Christmas @ 10 AM
12-26-18: St. Stephen’s Day @ 7:30 AM
12-27-18: St John’s Day @ 6:30 AM
12-28-18: Holy Innocents @ 7:30 AM
1-1-19: Holy Name @ 7:30 AM
1-18-19: Confession of St. Peter @ 7:30 AM
1-25-19: Conversion of St. Paul @ 7:30 AM
You can access the weekday and holy day schedule at
TONIGHT: 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
Sunday School for Children
Sunday school for children is on break from December 23rd – January 13th and will resume on January the 20th. Professional childcare will continue to be provided during the 10:30 AM service during this time.
Adult Christian Education This Sunday
9:30 AM: Just Wives? Gomer: Who Betrayed Whom?
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.
Greening of the Church
This Sunday, Dec. 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.
Saturday Evening Service to Launch on January the 5th
After several months of planning, deliberating, and test servicing, Trinity’s vestry has decided to move forward on offering a regular Saturday evening service starting in January that will be called The Table at Trinity. The service will take place at 5 PM and will include a Eucharist. The style of the service will be casual and contemplative, with lots of community singing. The Table at Trinity will be offered at least through May 2019, at which time the service will be evaluated and, based on attendance, enthusiasm, and sustainability, a decision will be made on whether or not to continue the service indefinitely. For more information, please visit
Trinity Food Ministry
While Trinity Food Pantry will be closed during the week of Christmas, Sunday Hot Lunches will continue as usual.
Please do not forget the Food Pantry as you shop during the Christmas Holidays. We always need Peanut Butter, Cereal, Soap, and toothpaste.
As you sort through all your gifts, remember those who have far less. If you find yourself with extra coats, gloves, hats, hoodies, or boots, we can find new owners for you!
Thank you for all your gifts of time, money, and goods. We have had a tremendous year of giving.
Have a blessed and holy Christmas.
With a profound sense of thanksgiving,
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 note cards 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.
Trinity Art Club is on vacation until January 19, 2019.
Confirmation/Reception/Re-affirmation/Classes Begin Spring/Lent 2019
If you are interested in being confirmed in the Episcopal Church, reaffirming your faith, or learning more about the spiritual and religious traditions of Anglican Christianity, you are invited to attend 6 classes starting in Lent/Spring of 2019. The exact dates and location have yet to be determined, so stay tuned for more detailed information. You can sign up for classes online at
We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Friends and Relatives:
Pam Burrell, friend of Brian Alms
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
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: Bill Mayhan, Duncan McArthur, Martha Ficklen, Dee'Cheaa Cleveland, Barb Holmes
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