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December 5, 2019

Call to Action


2020 Pledge Drive

If you've not yet turned in your pledge for 2020, please do so as soon as possible, so we can begin to plan next year's budget. If you've already pledged, thank you!

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

Messy Church This Sunday

Join us this Sunday at 9:00 a.m in the North Parish Hall for Messy Church and bring a friend!


No Sunday School for Children due to this Sunday's Messy Church at 9:00 a.m. in the North Parish Hall.

9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study this Sunday

There is no bible study this Sunday at 9 AM due to Messy Church Service. We will resume our study of II Timothy on the 15th.

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!


Serving this Sunday
December 8, 2019


The Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 a.m.
Chalice: George Friesen
Usher: Dolores Friesen
Eucharistic Visitor: George Friesen

10:30 a.m.
Chalice 1: Lisa Will-Smith
Chalice 2: Willie Meadows
Thurifer: Tammy O’Donnell
Crucifer: Faith Sandler
Torches: Linda Small, Cody Burleson
Reader 1: Ron Tompkins
Reader 2: John Uhlemann 
Intercessor: Ann Watts
Healing Minister: Hazel Kirk
Ushers: Ron D’Aloia, Dave Mundy
Greeter: Cathy Tierney
Sacristans: Anne Hennig, Joyce von Glahn
Coffee Hour: Jan Parker
Offering Counters: Jeanie Frazee, Jerry Martin
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Robin Morgan
Bread Bagger: Michael Biggers
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal Church
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: The Rev. Harry Leip 


ECM Juvenile Detention Birthday Party

This Friday, Trinity is hosting the monthly birthday party at the Juvenile detention center. If you'd like to be involved or need more information, please contact Tammy O'Donnell at 314 445 8663.

Photos which were part of this year's All Saints Memorial can be picked up in the Parish Office before or after services this weekend.

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!

TFM Greeting Cards for Sale this Sunday and during Advent

Beginning this coming Sunday and 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. 

Deaconess Anne House Workday December 7

 You are invited to be part of a Deaconess Anne House workday on December 7 from 9 AM to Noon. The Deaconess Anne House is an intentional community of young adults living and working in Old North St. Louis. Next year, Trinity and DAH are entering into an intentional covenant of mutual support and ministry, so this workday is a great opportunity to meet some of the community members and get to know the life and ministry of DAH.


If you’d like to help, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex after church on Sunday.


The Deaconess Anne House is located at

1416 Sullivan Ave

St. Louis, MO 63107

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

Precious great-grandbaby, beloved grandchildren, and children counter-act any negative side effects of a cancelled flight and late reschedule for our return trip. Later than expected, we are back in the Lou after a wonderful few days with our family. Might I add that the sun was shining and that 65 degrees in Fort Worth is much warmer than 65 here! 

I am thankful for all who made sure Life at Hot Lunch (Michael Biggers and Bob & Ginny Crowley) went on as usual. 

I am especially appreciative of the Tuesday and Wednesday Pantry volunteers. It sounds as if it was especially busy. Thank you!!

Life goes on regardless of whether we are there or not. Today’s #AdventWord is #Humble. I am humbled by your dedication to this ministry.

Art Field Trip to MOCRA

The Arts Committee is coordinating an art field trip after church on Sunday, December 8.  We will be meeting in the back of the church after coffee hour and carpooling to the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art on the St. Louis University campus.  From 1:00 to 1:30, Terrence Dempsey, S.J., the outgoing director of the museum, will be giving a tour highlighting select works in the exhibit Gratitude.  He will share his personal stories about the artworks and artists, as well as behind-the-scenes insights into MOCRA.   Please join us if you are able.  Email if you have any questions.

Film & Fellowship

Please join our Film and Fellowship group on Tuesday, December 10. Dennis and Ted will be leading us in a discussion of “Jojo Rabbit” and “The Irishman.” Bring a dish to share at 6:30, or just come to the discussion at 7.

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:

Carla S., friend of Mary Taylor, upcoming surgery

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: Francis Stratton, Carrie Weber

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


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.


600 N. Euclid Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

314 361 4655

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