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February 6, 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. 

Messy Church this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the North Parish Hall. Bring a friend!

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

No Children's Sunday School on Feb. 9 due to 9:00 a.m. Messy Church.


Serving this Sunday
February 9, 2020

The 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

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

10:30 a.m.
Chalice 1: Lisa Will-Smith
Thurifer: Tammy O’Donnell
Crucifer: Faith Sandler
Torches: Linda Small, Mike Fowlkes
Reader 1: Rachel Steinbrueck
Reader 2: Ron Tompkins
Intercessor: John Uhlemann
Healing Ministers: Hazel Kirk, Steven Forsyth
Ushers: Chuck and Kathleen McManis
Greeter: Cathy Tierney
Sacristans: Ron Tompkins, Lisa Carpenter
Flowers: Anne Hennig
Coffee Hour: Hazel Kirk
Offering Counters: Jeanie Frazee, Jerry Martin
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Michael Biggers
Bread Bagger: Michael Biggers
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal/1st Church of Christ, Scientist
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Allison Imbriglia

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

No Adult Bible Study this Sunday due to Messy Church.

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

Trinity Historical Site
Designation in the News

Trinity was in the news recently for its designation as a national historical site as a place of significance for the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out the links to the Post-Dispatch article, our Diocesan Newsletter, and the Episcopal News Service. Thanks to Trinity’s communication team for getting the word out. 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. 

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 complementary 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 complementary 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. 

Trinity at the Deaconess Anne House on Monday February the 10th 

You are cordially invited for supper and Eucharist at the Deaconess Anne House on Monday February the 10th @ 6:15 PM. Bring a dish to share! 

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!

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.

A Message from the TFM Manager

Dear Beloved Community:

I am always amazed at the generosity of people. I am thankful for each donation that is given in love and in the hope of helping someone else.

I never wish to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to help; however, I am hampered by a finite amount of storage space. Because of this, I must limit what I can receive. Please know that I am deeply appreciative of every effort to be a part of this marvelous ministry.

Needs, as a General Rule:
No out of season clothing or shoes. Winter in winter; summer in summer. 

Please – no used underwear – ever.

Please match your socks (Do I sound like your mother?). You matching the socks will eliminate all those pesky single socks. I don’t need those. Toss them in the trash or use them as dusting or polishing rags.

Children’s clothes are better utilized by Goodwill or a child-focused non-profit. Check out St. Louis Crisis Nursery, as an example.

Please do not leave donations outside the doors or in the hallway near Bill’s office. Requested or seasonal donations may be left in the Pantry on Sundays. Otherwise, please, always contact me personally before bringing donations that have not been specifically requested. 

When specific items are needed, I will put out a Facebook blast on both my FB page and on TFM’s. This will result in our being able to meet specific needs.

There is a current list of always needed items pinned to the top of the TFM Facebook page. I also list current needs in the Trinity weekly E-times. If you do give these items, the donations may be left in the Pantry area. 

If you donate via Amazon, that will be delivered to Bill’s office. I will let you know that it has arrived if you give your name to Amazon. 

I do appreciate your kind and sharing hearts. Know that you are loved.

Deacon Barbi, TFM Manager

Food Ministry News

After a beautiful weekend, the wintery mix is upon us! Predictions for snow were fairly high in the early part of Wednesday. By the time Pantry began, it was sleeting slightly. By the end of Pantry, it had stopped and now it seems, the major part of the winter storm went to the north of us. 

Today, with the help of a skeleton crew, and a mighty one at that, we served numerous families groceries and 25 to 30 people good food. 

Always needed at Pantry:
Canned meats, peanut butter crackers, soft breakfast bars, bar soap, toothpaste. 

Special needs for the weather: 
Scarves, Skullies, new socks, Hot Hand hand warmers, Survival Blankets

A Very Particular Need: 
Size 11 black boot (does not need to be steel toe but work boot) 

Trinity Art Club continues growing community in the South Parish Hall on Saturday mornings, 8:30 to 11:30 am.

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.

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:

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: Nelson Corliss, Tyler Henderson

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.


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