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Trinity Times

December 12, 2019

Call to Action


Help Needed to Document Life at Trinity

Your Communications Committee is starting a more organized effort to make sure that life at Trinity is documented in photos and videos.  We aren’t needing fancy equipment or professional skills, just devoted folks with a decent camera phone who would be willing to take a couple of short videos and a few still photos of services or special events you attend.  If you are willing to help us, please email or call 314-327-4200.  Thanks very much!

Christmas Services Schedule


Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. Family Service

9:00 p.m. Choral Eucharist

Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist


10:30 a.m. Sunday School for Children

Story: Jonah the Backward Prophet

Story Teller: Ron Tompkins

Door Person: Susie Stratton

Yoga: Jake DeNap

9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study this Sunday
in the South Parish Hall

We will continue our study of the Pastoral Epistles with the third chapter of II Timothy. Breakfast will be served.

2020 Pledge Update

Thank you for participating in Trinity's 2020 pledge campaign. This year, thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we raised $310,000 for the 2020 operating budget. Again, thank you, and if you haven't turned in your pledge yet, there's still time!


Serving this Sunday
December 15, 2019


The Third Sunday of Advent

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

10:30 a.m.
Chalice 1: Karin Layher
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Thurifer: Brian Alms
Crucifer: Fritzi Baker
Torches: Katie and Annie Hoffmeister
Reader 1: Betty Weber
Reader 2: Tom Weber 
Intercessor: Julien Worland
Eucharistic Visitors: Joan Dunbar, Al Adams
Healing Ministers: Steven Forsyth, Mary Ellen Anderson
Ushers: Chuck and Kathleen McManis
Greeter: Jordan McGirk
Sacristans: Lisa Carpenter, Joyce von Glahn
Coffee Hour: Fritzi Baker
Offering Counters: Chuck McManis, Michael Shepley
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Judy Leon
Bread Bagger: Evelyn Gill
Hot Lunch Provider: Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Allison Imbriglia

Art Exhibit Closing Reception

The art exhibit in the Parish Gallery (the north parish hall) is by J.B. Nearsy Wright, and is titled “Paths to the Kingdom”  It’s a powerful show on the theme of the journey to the afterlife.  There will also be a closing reception this Friday, December 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.  

New North Parish Hall Keys

The North Parish Hall is being re-keyed next week. If you need a key to that space, please contact Willie Meadows at

Hanging of the Greens

On December 22 after the 10:30 Mass, we will decorate the church for Christmas.

Although we won’t have fresh greens this year we will enjoy the simplicity of our new red bows made by Michael Nichelson.

There are lots of ways you can help: playing the piano, setting up the Créche, changing the chancel paraments, arranging and watering the poinsettias, and getting ready to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. You can also provide extra treats for the workers, perhaps from a family recipe. 

There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church. Newcomers, it’s a great way to get to know people!

TFM Greeting Cards for Sale this Sunday and during Advent


Throughout Advent we’ll have greeting cards available to benefit the Trinity Food Ministry. Some of them are clearly Christmas-y and others are non-specific and make lovely notecards or gifts to recipients who write notes. Contact Adrienne at 314-805-8254 or  about these and/or bring your checkbook or cash to church. 

Vestry and Diocesan Convention Delegate Election Process

At the Annual Meeting of Trinity Parish in late January, we will be electing four new members to the Vestry, the governing board of our church. (Three to serve 3-year terms and one to serve a 2-year term.) Vestry persons terms begin immediately following the Annual Meeting. Vestry 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. Customarily the new Vestry initially meets for a “re-treat” including dinner on Friday and a planning session on Saturday. For the 2020 Vestry that will be Feb. 21-22, 2020. If you intend to run, please keep those dates free.

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 7, 2020, for election on January 26, 2020. Please note that we do not accept nominations from the floor.

Additionally, we will be electing one delegate to our Diocesan Convention. There are occasionally meetings of the delegates between conventions, but the primary task is to participate in the late November annual convention meeting, at which legislation is considered affecting the entire diocese. Delegates serve a three-year term. If you have an interest in being a delegate, please contact Deacon Harry Leip or the rector.

Food Ministry News

This year has flown by. Every day seems busier (or at least as busy as) than the day before. I remember days at Pantry when we twiddled our thumbs because there were so few people. That is never the case anymore. If we are lucky, we get a few minutes between orders to breathe. There are new faces every day.

That is because we are known for the love we offer. That word spreads quickly on the street. We care about people and they share that good news. 

We have one more week of Pantry before we close from December 24 – January 1. People will miss us while we are closed. Please, during this holiday time, don’t forget about the community members who come to our Pantry for the warmth, the food, and the love. Their need will still be there even though we will not be.

For this next week, we need soap. Bar soap. Body wash. Bath gel. Any or all. And we need a lot. Also, we need toothpaste and brushes (no large packs, please).

Foodwise, chili, tuna, peanut butter, soft breakfast bars and cereal are always needed.

Trinity Art Club is on break until January 11.

Book Discussion Group

We plan to have our Holiday Book Group at the home of Dorothy and Ray Becvar, 6330 San Bonita, on December 14 at 7 p.m.  We are having a cookie exchange at this meeting so we are asking you to bring two dozen cookies.  For this gathering we are also asking you to bring some written piece you would like to share like a story, poem, or  perhaps something you have written.   We are planning to discuss “ A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving in January and “ Overstory" by Richard Powers in February.  For March we are planning to read “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks.  If you have any questions, please contact Hazel Kirk at 314-471-3915.  Please come.  Everyone is welcome.

Invite a Friend to The Table at Trinity!

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 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!

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need

The Rev. David K. Fly

Rebekka Hughes

Dorothy Becvar

Barbara Bradshaw

Charlene Wright
Frank Schottler
Martha Ficklen
Stephen Nichols
Bruce Baldwin
Betsey Gardner
Jeff Farris

Friends and Relatives:

Anne Ballinger, friend of Brian Alms, Paralyzed from spinal cord injury

Jill Healey and her family, Leila Daughaday's niece.

Rick and Robin, Helen Hendry's sons

Rachel, Helen Hendry's granddaughter Allison's partner.

James Berg, Darrell Berg’s son, atrial fibrillation, overactive thyroid, and ankylosing spondylitis.
William Boothby, friend of Darrell Berg.

Sue, friend of Jeff Wunrow, cancer.

Finlay Nayler, Mary Patton's grandson, diagnosed with cancer.

Pat R., friend of Cathy Tierney, bladder cancer.

Brittany, Carmen, Jennifer, Darolyn, Elizabeth, Katherine, Mecca and the women of the county jail meditation fellowship, friends of Mary Taylor

Birthdays: Vander Corliss, Jennifer Sweet, Judith Sandler

For the Clergy of the Diocese: The Rev. David. K. Fly, The Rev. Dawn-Victoria Mitchell, 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 35:1-10

  • James 5:7-10

  • Matthew 11:2-11

  • Psalm 146:4-9


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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