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Trinity Times

December 19, 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 and End of the Year

Liturgical Schedule


Sunday the 22nd 
Simple Said Eucharist with short homily @ 8 AM
Advent Lessons and Carols (no incense) @ 10:30 AM

Christmas Eve 
Family Service with Children's Pageant (no incense) @ 4 PM
Choral Mass @ 9 PM 

Christmas Day 
Simple said Eucharist @ 10 AM

Saint Stephen's Day 12/26
Mass @ 6:30 AM

Saint John's Day 12/27
Mass @ 7:30 AM

Saturday the 28th 
Evening Prayer at The Table @ 5 PM 

Sunday the 29th 
Morning Prayer @ 8 AM 
Morning Prayer with Hymns @ 10:30 AM 

Holy Name 01/01/20
Mass @ 7:30 AM 

Regular Liturgical Schedule Resumes with 6:30 AM Mass on 01/02/20


10:30 a.m. Sunday School for Children

Story: Books of the Bible 
Story Teller: Michael Shepley 
Yoga: Melissa Morgan 
Childcare: Katie Wolf 
Activities: Barb Holmes

Christmas Party for Children this Sunday

This Sunday, our Sunday school class will have a Christmas party directly after their 10:30 AM bible story. There will be presents, cookies, carols, and a visit from Santa! Children will not join the community during worship this Sunday. You may drop your children off in the North Parish Hall before the 10:30 AM service and pick them up after the service. 

Pastoral Emergencies 12/26 – 1/1

Fr. Jon is off during the above dates (outside of Holy Day Masses). If you have a pastoral emergency during the above dates, please contact Deacon Harry at 314 402 1282. 


Serving this Sunday
December 22, 2019


The Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Deacon: The Rev. Harry Leip
Usher: Bob Emert

10:30 a.m. - Lessons and Carols
Crucifer: Steven Forsyth
1st reading - Hazel Kirk
2nd reading - Ted McNamara
3rd reading - Zoe Goffe
4th reading - Lisa Johnson
5th reading - Robin Morgan
6th reading - Riley Luebbers
7th reading - Susie Stratton
8th reading - Jake DeNap
9th reading - Darrell Berg
Eucharistic Visitors: Brian Alms, Darrell Berg
Usher: Cheryl Wobbe
Greeter: Joyce LaFontain
Sacristans: Linda Small, Rachel Steinbrueck
Coffee Hour: Gloria Winston
Offering Counters: Hal Morgan, Michael Shepley
Hot Lunch Provider: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Betsy Kirchoff


Visitation/Funeral for Lisa and Mimi's Nephew

On Monday 12/16/19, our nephew, Matthew Will, died after being on life support since last Thursday. There will be a visitation and funeral at Lupton's on Saturday 12/21/19 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The funeral will begin at 02:00. Father Jon has graciously agreed to preside at the funeral.  I know it is a busy time of year, but anyone who would like to come is welcome. Lupton's is located at 7233 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO 63130. May his soul rest in peace.

The Parish Office and Food Pantry will be closed from December 24 through January 1.

There will be no Etimes next week.

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

No 9:30 a.m. Bible Study or breakfast this Sunday  (December 22) or next Sunday (December 29)

Godly Play/Sunday School Winter Break 

There will be no Sunday school on December the 29th and January the 5th. Childcare will be available in the North Parish Hall during the 10:30 AM services for children under 10 years of age. Godly play will resume on January the 19th.  

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!


Are you frantically seeking those last few gifts?  Need something special for that special someone?  We can help, and you’ll help the Food Ministry at the same time!  Holy Yarn is overstocked with handmade hats, scarves, shawls, lap robes and other unique gift items that will be on display during the Greening of the Church today!  All proceeds benefit TFM or Fr. Jon’s discretionary fund (your choice).  Can’t come today?  See a member of Holy Yarn, or contact Anne Hennig (C/T 314-238-4513; for a private showing.

TFM Greeting Cards for Sale this Sunday 


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


Christmas greetings to all! Trinity Food Pantry will be closed from December 24 through January 1. We will reopen on January 2, 2019 as usual. Sunday Hot Lunches will continue on schedule.

During this time of family joy and celebration of the newborn King, please remember the Food Ministry and all those who will miss us while we are closed. Please keep our community members in prayer during this season that can be very lonely for many. 

During these ten days or so, please know that winter is just beginning. We will continue to need new socks, hand warmers, gloves, and poptop foods. 

May God bless you all during this time of joy. 


Trinity Art Club is on break until January 11.

Film & Fellowship - All are invited

If you love movies, good food and interesting discussions, consider attending Film and Fellowship the evening of January 14th.  A potluck dinner begins at 6:30 and film discussion at 7:00.  Lawrence and Barb Holmes will lead our discussion of “Clemency" starring Alfre Woodward and “The Two Popes” with Anthony Hopkins in the role of Pope Benedict and Jonathon Pryce as Pope Francis. Join us for dinner at 6:30 or come just for the discussion at 7:00.

Book Discussion Group

On Saturday, January 25th, Trinity Book Group will be discussing “ A Prayer for Owen Meany,” a story about boys growing up in a small town in New Hampshire which centers on issues of faith and “being called by God.” We will be meeting at 7pm at the home of Anne Hennig and Frank Schottler, at 2611 Porter.  We may watch some of the movie which is based on the book.

In February we plan to read and discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers .  In March we will read “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. 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: Bill Mayhan, Duncan McArthur, Nancy Emmel, Martha Ficklen, Dee’Cheaa Cleveland, Barb Holmes

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

Departed: Matthew Will (Lisa and Mimi's nephew)

Lectionary Readings

for This Sunday

  • Isaiah 7:10-16

  • Romans 1:1-7

  • Matthew 1:18-25

  • Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18


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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