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February 13, 2020

Call to Action

Thursday Afternoon Help Needed at the Food Pantry
The Trinity Food Ministry needs one or two people to help on Thursday afternoons, bagging groceries, asking what toiletries our guests might need, checking folks in when they come. The pantry is open that day from 4 until 5:30 and volunteers need to arrive by 3:45 at the latest and be prepared to stay until 5:45 or 6 to help close things up. If you’d like to find out more about this or to volunteer, please contact Adrienne at or 314-805-8254, You’d be joining a great group of people who provide food and hospitality to our neighbors. 

Gospel Choir Concert

In honor of Black History Month, Trinity is hosting a Gospel Choir concert on Sunday February 23rd (Sunday) at 3 PM in Trinity’s sanctuary. Please bring a canned good item to this event to donate to Trinity Food Ministry. Special thanks to Gloria Winston for organizing this event.

10:30 a.m. Children's Sunday School

Story: The Parable of the Sower
Story teller: Ron Tompkins
Doorperson: Jeff Wunrow
Yoga: Jake DeNap
Childcare: Katie Wolf
Activities: Barb Holmes


Serving this Sunday
February 16, 2020

The 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00 a.m.
Chalice: Darrell Berg
Usher: Bob Emert

10:30 a.m.
Chalice 1: Barbara Uhlemann
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Thurifer: Karin Layher
Crucifer: Fritzi Baker
Torches: Katie and Annie Hoffmeister
Reader 1: Betty Weber
Reader 2: Tom Weber
Intercessor: Julien Worland
Eucharistic Visitors: Al Adams, Joan Dunbar
Healing Ministers: Steven Forsyth, Mary Ellen Anderson 
Ushers: Ron D’Aloia, Dave Mundy
Greeter: Mary Moore
Sacristans: Anne Hennig, Rachel Steinbrueck 
Flowers: Ron Tompkins
Coffee Hour: Anne Hennig
Offering Counters: Jeanie Frazee, Michael Shepley
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Mike Luebbers
Bread Bagger: Theresa Van Schaik 
Hot Lunch Provider: Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion


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

We will finish our study of Titus this Sunday at 9:30 AM in the North Parish Hall. Breakfast casserole will be served. 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Come one, come all – to our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the South Parish Hall.

Ash Wednesday Services will be held on February 26 at 7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Julien Worland’s photos of stained glass windows now on display will be available to parishioners who would like to own one.

If interested, please contact him at and tell him your selection and discuss pick up.

Cost? That will be your good-will donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

Newcomer’s Lunch on February 16th

If you’ve been visiting for awhile or feel you’d like to get to know a few more people as you are settling in at Trinity, you’re invited to come out to lunch with Fr. Jon Stratton and me on Sunday Feb. 16th, after the 10:30 service. We’ll just walk down the street a couple of blocks to Mission Taco - each pays their own - and have an informal lunch. RSVP to Adrienne (I’m the tall redhead) at, or at 314-805-8254 - or just gather at the back of the church after a quick coffee. Jon and I hope to see you then!

Holy Day Services in February and March


February 25 at 7:30 a.m. St. Matthias the Apostle
February 26 at 7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Ash          Wednesday Services
March 19 at 6:30 a.m., St. Joseph
March 25 at 6:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. The Annunciation

The Holy Ground Collaborative (HGC) will be meeting at Trinity Tuesday, February 25, 4pm.  HGC is an interfaith coalition of representatives from several Central West End congregations and organizations with a focus on social justice issues in the local neighborhood.   Essentially, HGC promotes communication among the congregations, thereby encouraging support and cooperation with each other’s social justice ministries, and occasionally providing a specific event for inter-faith fellowship and ministry. Come check it out.  All are welcome.

Lent 2020 at Trinity. Sign up Early. Sign up Often.

Traditionally, Lent is the season of the church year just before Easter when Christians take on special spiritual devotions. These devotions can include taking on a new prayer practice, the study of scripture, self-discipline (giving something up), and/or being more intentional about putting faith into practice. Below is a smattering array of Lenten devotions available at Trinity this year. Most of them require pre-registration and a minimum quorum for viability. You may register online or via an old fashioned sign up on the bulletin board at the back of the church. 

Registration for all opportunities ends on February the 26th (Ash Wednesday). So sign up early! 

Questioning Jesus: A Lenten Journey 

This Lent, you are invited to question Jesus. Don’t worry, it’s not blasphemy. Throughout the Gospels, people ask Jesus questions about eternal life, paying taxes, when to take revenge, and who qualifies as a neighbor. These questions aren’t simply “religious” or “spiritual” but have practical implications for the lives of real people. Real people like you. So, as part of your Lenten practice, join the community for fellowship, donuts, and lively discussions about the questions people asked Jesus in the Gospels and how/why they matter today. 

This discussion group will be offered two times each week during Lent (starting the week of March 1st through the week of March 29th). Wednesdays at 3:30 PM and Saturdays at 10 AM (both sessions will cover the same material, so no need to go twice a week). The Saturday sessions are particularly suited for folks with small children. Registration is required, and a quorum of at least 10 people is also required. Register by clicking here

Lenten Discipline “Accountabilibuddies” 

Taking on a new spiritual discipline for Lent, like daily prayer and bible study, or giving something up for Lent, like TV or chocolate, is easier and more fulfilling if you’ve got someone keeping you accountable and walking along beside you. If you are taking on a Lenten devotion, sign up here to be assigned a fellow Trinitarian as a Lenten accountabilibuddy. Accountabilibuddies pray for one another daily and check-in with each other at least once a month (via phone, text, email, or in person) to talk about how their Lenten journey and discipline is going. Registration, but no quorum, required. Sign up here.  


The Daily Office Challenge

If you’re looking to add prayer and bible study to your daily routine this Lent, sign up for the Daily Office Lenten challenge. Participants commit to, with God’s help, pray both Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer every day for the entirety of Lent (approx. 30 min a day time commitment). This challenge is especially suited for folks who are new to the Anglican tradition or who want to deepen their awareness of Anglican spirituality. Participants also attend a Daily Office tutorial on Sunday March the 1st after the 10:30 AM service where they will receive a complimentary Book of Common Prayer. To register, click here. No quorum required.


Confirmation Classes 2020

Confirmation classes are designed for folks relatively new to the church who want to learn more about Episcopal theology, biblical approach, liturgy, and spirituality. It is also for young people who have not yet made a mature declaration of faith in front of an Episcopal Bishop. After confirmation class, participants will decided whether or not to proceed with Confirmation and become an official member of the Episcopal Church on May 30th at Christ Church Cathedral. Classes are tentatively scheduled for the follow days (all Saturdays from 1 – 3 PM). 

March 21st 
April 4th, 18th 
May 2nd, 16th 

Registration is required, but no quorum. Click here to register. 

Lenten Quiet Day April the 4th from 9 AM – 12 PM 

You are invited to spend a morning in quiet contemplation and reflection in Trinity’s sanctuary. This year’s theme will focus on action and contemplation as complimentary ways of being rather than binary choices. The morning will included guided meditations, spiritual reflections, and plenty of time for quiet prayer. Registration as well as a quorum of 20 is required. Click here to register. 

Collecting Medicaid Expansion Signatures as a Lenten Devotion 

Missouri has yet to expand Medicaid in the state, leaving thousands of people without access to affordable healthcare coverage and threatening the closure of rural hospitals. We can put an end to this sinful affair by placing Medicaid expansion on the ballet this November and bringing healthcare to our neighbors. Sign up here to commit to collecting signatures for at least two hours each week during Lent. Folks who register will be trained and given suggestions for signature gathering locations and times, but ultimately, it is up to each person to choose when and where signature gathering works best for them. Registration is required as well as a quorum of at least 2. Click here to register. 

Parish Life – Hospitality – Coffee Hour Meeting February 23rd

There will be a brief-ish meeting after the 10:30 service on Feb. 23rd of people who are “Treaters” for Coffee Hour, on the Parish Life Committee, helpers at parish events, or who are interested in being involved in providing hospitable events in our parish (potlucks, pancake suppers, picnics, etc). We will look ahead at the year’s calendar and the events already planned, and talk about other things we might want to do. This will be in the South Parish Hall at noon - grab a treat from the Coffee Hour table and join us! Questions? Contact Adrienne at  or 314-805-8254.

Food Ministry News

If I were to look around the Parish Hall and make a judgment about the people sitting around on any given Pantry day, my judgment would be based on only a small fraction of the story. One thing (among the million things) that I have learned as Manager of TFM is that everyone has a story and those stories are not dissimilar to the person doing the judging. We all have stories of sorrow or pain; anger or frustration; blessings and joys. We are all impoverished in some way. We all lack something. Yet each one of us has a gift to share with the other. It is why we are all together, why we are called into community.

Whether we are in that Parish Hall during Pantry, in the kitchen, the breezeway; whether we pray for TFM or give to TFM and never set foot in that space, we are all a vital part of this community.
I am thankful.

This week at Pantry, we need:
Because of the arctic temperatures: Hot Hand Handwarmers, mylar emergency blankets, men’s gloves (L & XL), scarves, skullies, t-shirts (sizes L & XL).

Always needed at Pantry:
Canned meats, fruit in 100% juice, cereal, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes (no more than 4 to a pack please), new men’s socks. 

Book Discussion Group

Our February Book Group will meet on Saturday, February 22, at 7 pm at the home of Rachel Steinbrueck, who lives at 7546 Milan in U. City.  We will discuss “The Overstory,” by Richard Powers, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize. One reviewer says it is a “novel about trees and people who understand them.  It is the eco-epic of the year and perhaps the decade.  Unlike the Lorax who spoke for the trees, Richard Powers prefers to let them do their own talking”. Everyone is invited to Book Group.  Please come.

The Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL will present a performance on Sunday, February 23. at 4 pm, of "The Most Reluctant Convert," a one-man play about the faith journey of C.S. Lewis. We are trying to form a group of at least 10 or more, in order to take advantage of discounted ticket prices. For more information, check the website at If interested in joining us, please contact Sara Lappi as soon as possible, but by February 14 at the latest.

June 13th Celebration of Historical Site Designation

Trinity was in the news recently for its designation as a national historical site as a place of significance for the LGBTQIA+ community. There is a celebration scheduled for Saturday June 13th that will include, God willing, the unveiling of an historical marker bearing witness to Trinity’s ministry. 

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

Frank Schottler

The Rev. David K. Fly

Rebekka Hughes

Dorothy Becvar

Barbara Bradshaw

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

Friends and Relatives:

Sandy Trimble, mother of Jacob Trimble, chronic health issue

Pat R., friend of Catherine Tierney, bladder cancer

Helen Hayes, Anne Hennig's sister

Helena Valentine, friend of Mary Seager, blood disorder
Hilla Elkind, friend of Mary Seager, heart failure
Meira, Darrell Berg's granddaughter

Judy Beuse, Stephen Nichols' sister

Birthdays: Kitty Drescher, Jeanie Frazee

For the Clergy of the Diocese: The Rev. Dayna Jewson, 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.


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