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Weekly Trinity Times

March 7, 2019

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee works to spread the word about the amazing things happening here at Trinity both among parishioners and in the broader community using traditional print and broadcast media, social media, and internal publications.  If you have special skills in this area, or are simply enthusiastic about your church and want to help “tell it on the mountain,” you are invited to join our efforts. To get involved, contact Jeff Wunrow, committee chair, at 314-327-4200 or jeff@jeffwunrow.com 


For other ministries that may be a fit for you, check the Trinity CWE Ministry Directory available in the rack by the Church entrance.

Sunday School for Children at 10:30 a.m.

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

Messy Church will be held this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the North Parish Hall.

Thanks to everyone who assisted with the Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner and the Ash Wednesday services.

Serving this Sunday
March 10, 2019

 

The First Sunday in Lent
 

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

10:30 a.m. 
Chalice 1: Brian Alms
Chalice 2: Willie Meadows
Thurifer: Karin Layher
Crucifer: Cody Burleson
Torches: Linda Small, Steven Forsyth
Reader 1: Dave Rueschhoff
Reader 2: Betty Weber    
Healing Ministers: Hazel Kirk, Steven Forsyth 
Ushers: Faith Sandler, John Carroll
Greeter: Adrienne Fly
Sacristans: Joyce von Glahn, Lisa Carpenter
Offering Counters: Jim O’Bannon, Jeanie Frazee
Coffee Hour: Hazel Kirk
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Jen Sweet
Bread Bagger: Michael Biggers
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal Church/Macy’s Managers
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Adrienne Fly

 

Sermons from the past eight Sundays are available on our website's sermon page.

Holy Day Mass Schedule for March 2019 
 

St. Joseph: Tuesday, March 19th, at 7:30 a.m.

The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary: Tuesday, March 26th, at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Jesse Todd who won the 18th Ward Aldermanic race on Tuesday!

Lenten Quiet Space 

One of the blessings of Lent is the opportunity to slow down, listen, reflect, and contemplate. Throughout the centuries, Christians have found that silence is a great aide to these spiritual activities, and so, for the season of Lent, you are invited to practice the ancient and counter-cultural art of silence in the Nave 15 minutes before Sunday services. Also, all throughout Lent the chapel will be set aside as a quiet space for prayer and meditation.

Bible Study

Our next bible study series began February the 17th, and is titled “The Acts of the Apostles: Disruption or Conversion of the Empire?”

This eight week class will study the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles. In this book, the author tells (or reports) the story of the early church and its mission to spread Jesus’ kingdom message to the ends of the earth. As the apostles preach, teach, and heal, they are accused of being un-patriotic atheists who are hell bent on disrupting the Empire’s law and order. This class will explore the subversive nature of the early church, its structure, struggles, and compromises, as well as draw parallels to today’s modern context. 

Week 1 (2-17-19): Background, Context, and Authorship 
Week 2 (2-24-19): Apostolic Call 
Week 3 (3-3-19): Apostolic Concord 
Week 4 (3-17-19): Apostolic Challenge 
Week 5 (3-24-19): Apostolic Change 
Week 6 (3-31-19): Apostolic Compromise 
Week 7 (4-7-19): Apostolic Colleagues 
Week 8 (4-28-19): Apostolic Champion
 

Trinity Food Ministry

Ash Wednesday Food Pantry

The first Episcopal Relief and Development Lenten Meditations came out this morning. Presiding Bishop Curry’s meditation today made me think of Trinity Food Ministry and all its parts and pieces.

“We are bound to one another as children of God. We share with Jesus in God’s beloved family.

God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us how to be more than simply the human race. He came to show us how to realize God’s dream, God’s purpose, God’s plan for us and for all creation."

Being at Pantry today, it was so easy to get caught up in the feeling of the room. I had a certain clarity of exactly what Bp. Curry meant. To be bound to one another is to get caught up in the lives of others. To be with one another, to be present for each one, to listen together and to laugh and love – that is how we begin to realize God’s dream and purpose for all of creation.

As you ponder your mortal being, as the dust falls from your forehead and you begin this season with great intentions, my wish for you is that you find yourself caught up in something so much bigger than yourself and understand yourself bound in that love. For all of us, I pray that we realize fully that God loves us always, “even in our dustiness.”

To read all of his meditation, click HERE

 

Pantry Needs this Week:

Chili with Beans, Canned Corn, Peanut Butter

Bar Soap, Toothpaste, New crew socks.

Lenten Offerings at Trinity 

As the liturgy for Ash Wednesday says, the season of Lent is traditionally marked by self-examination and repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and the reading and meditating on God’s Word. Below you will find several opportunities offered at Trinity that will enrich your Lenten devotions and help you to keep a holy Lent. 

The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life 

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices –Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest–and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.

Sunday March 10th @ 12:15 PM; Turn
Tuesday March 19th @ 6:30 PM; Pray
Tuesday March 26th @ 6:30 PM; Learn 
Tuesday April 2nd @ 6:30 PM; Bless 
Tuesday April 9th @ 6:30 PM; Worship  
Sunday April 14th @ 12:15 PM; Go 

All sessions will be held in the North Parish Hall. There will also be a sign up for folks to bring either soup, bread, or fruit to share during the Tuesday evening sessions. You can learn more about The Way of Love by visiting www.episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove

Confirmation/Reception/Christian Theology and Discipleship Classes 

Each year around the time of Lent, Trinity offers a class designed especially for those seeking confirmation/reception/re-affirmation in the Episcopal Church. During these classes, participants study the basics of the Christian faith from the lens of the Anglican Tradition. Those who complete the class ordinarily go on to be confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral in the spring. Although these classes are intentionally crafted for those seeking confirmation, anyone who desires to deepen their Christian faith and learn more about the Anglican tradition are encouraged to attend. 

This year, we will partner with St. Paul’s Episcopal and Christ Church Cathedral in offering these classes. The first session will be held on Saturday March the 2nd at 10 AM at Trinity. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled at this first meeting. 

To sign up, go to www.trinitycwe.org/confirmation

 

Lenten Quiet Day for Contemplation and Meditation 

As modern people, we are so often bombarded by the constant noises and distractions of life, and sometimes these noises and distractions can keep us from hearing the voice of God in the still and quiet space. On Saturday April the 9th, you are invited to participate in a morning of quiet and contemplation in Trinity’s nave. Several types of prayers practices will be taught and offered and you’ll have the chance to connect to God through a variety of different ways. The exact time of this quiet day is TBD, but it will take place in the morning hours. 

Weekday Prayer Opportunities 

Trinity holds prayer and worship services every day of the week, not just Sunday mornings. So, if you are looking to add more structured and consistent prayer to your Lenten devotions, you are invited to stop by Trinity to participate in any or all of the following weekday services. 

Mondays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM: Holy Eucharist 
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM: Holy Eucharist 
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM: Contemplative Prayer 
Thursdays at 6:30 AM: Holy Eucharist 
Fridays at 7:30 AM: Morning Prayer 
Saturdays at 5:00 PM: The Table (Celtic Eucharist during Lent) 

On appointed Holy Days the Eucharist is celebrated instead of Morning Prayer (except if the Holy Day falls on a Monday. In that case, it is transferred to Tuesday). You can find the Holy Day Mass schedule at www.trinitycwe.org/weekday-holy-day-schedule 


The Acts of the Apostles: Disruption or Conversion of the Empire? 

This eight week class will study the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles. In this book, the author tells (or reports) the story of the early church and its mission to spread Jesus’ kingdom message to the ends of the earth. As the apostles preach, teach, and heal, they are accused of being un-patriotic atheists who are hell bent on disrupting the Empire’s law and order. This class will explore the subversive nature of the early church, its structure, struggles, and compromises, as well as draw parallels to today’s modern context. 

Week 1 (2-17-19): Background, Context, and Authorship
Week 2 (2-24-19): Apostolic Call; pre-read chapter 1 
Week 3 (3-3-19): Apostolic Concord; pre-read chapter 2 - 5
Week 4 (3-17-19): Apostolic Challenge; pre-read chapter 6 - 8 
Week 5 (3-24-19): Apostolic Change; pre-read chapter 9 - 12
Week 6 (3-31-19): Apostolic Compromise; pre-read chapters 13 - 15
Week 7 (4-7-19): Apostolic Colleagues; pre-read chapters 16 - 20
Week 8 (4-28-19): Apostolic Champion; pre-read chapters 21 - 28

Contemplative Prayer during Lent

Come to the quiet of the candlelit chapel in Lent from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Contemplative Prayer has met every Wednesday since June 17, 2015, come snow or cold, Fourth of July or Halloween. 

Come as you are. Rushed from work, tired at the end of your day, new to this practice or a prayer veteran. You need not be “good at silence”. No human is. But the gentle attention to the present moment and the comfort of sitting in community may be just what you need this Lenten season. Action is vital.  We must work to create the Beloved Community. It’s not optional. Neither is listening to God, but it’s often ignored. Here is some wisdom from Rowan Williams which may encourage you to come sit together on Wednesday.

The humanity we are growing into in the Spirit, the humanity that we seek to share with the world as the first fruit of Christ’s redeeming work, is a contemplative humanity. Contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom—freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and the distorted understanding that comes from them. 

To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit. To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly…Without a humanity shaped by contemplation, [We] will have nothing to give others.

 -Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury

-Mary Taylor and the CP Group

CASUAL
Worship at the table is casual, warm, and inviting. Before service starts, you are welcome to grab some coffee in the back of the church and connect with friends, brothers, and sisters. 

ANCIENT & CONTEMPORARY
Worship at the table is both ancient and contemporary. We practice the 2000 + year old tradition of Holy Communion and read and learn from ancient scripture. We also sing simple modern songs and connect the faith passed down through the ages to today's world.

CONNECTIVE
Worship at the table connects us with God and each other and grounds and centers us in a reality bigger than ourselves.

Notes from the Jail—how you can help

My listening ministry at the jail is supported, in part, by the Prison Contemplative Foundation out of Folsom Prison in CA, an outreach ministry of Thomas Keating’s Contemplative Outreach, and by Prison Mindfulness Institute, from the Buddhist tradition. Because there is no ministry through the Episcopal Diocese, I work with Criminal Justice Ministry sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

Fr. Jon and Trinitarians have asked how Trinity might support it, too. It’s a low maintenance activity, but I have a small request which would be a huge thing for the women. 

Plain composition books are like gold here. Of course, those who “have commissary”, or, to translate, those who have family still involved with them, can fill their commissary with dollars with which the women can buy thermal underwear, tampons, snacks, and paper! Who knew paper would be such a precious commodity. Those who meet with me in our listening ministry (they talk, I listen), and then stay for meditation, often want to take notes, journal, write poems, sometimes just a reminder to be kind to themselves.

I bought 50 books at Back to School time and again Christmas and they were all gone by January 15th.  If there are Trinitarians who want to support this ministry, they can drop composition books in the chapel and I'll pick them up on Wednesday evening at Contemplative Prayer time.  I hope to share some of their writings soon. 

They are practicing Centering Prayer and the group grows each week. Last week, there were 22 and when intercessory time came around, one woman said, “I am grateful I can stop the tapes in my head for just a minute and let God love me, even if it’s just in here.” Then, they got a little carried away with praying for each other and everyone on the planet…….eventually we gave each other our blessing and wiped our eyes, departing until next Wednesday. 

Thank you, Trinity, for your prayers for my inmate friends on our prayer list. It is a powerful gift you give to those living in a dark place. 

Peace,
Mary Taylor

P.S. Three people have died in the jail since January 1, 2019. May their souls rest in peace.

Trinity Art Club

Have you checked out the Art Club yet? Check out the art display in the hallway leading to the Nave. We have some wonderful talents! More than that, we have lots of fun!

Saturday 8:30 to 11:30 am, South Parish Hall.

Film & Fellowship
The next meeting of the Film and Fellowship group will be on March 12.

The film chosen for discussion is “Never Look Away.” All are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. in the North Parish Hall for a light potluck supper and a lively conversation.

For our March Book Group we will meet on March 23rd at 7 pm at the home of Hazel and Tom Kirk (16 Schultz Rd).  We will be discussing "The Mistress of Nothing" by Kate Pullinger, “the American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady's maid's awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt's Nile Valley." All are welcome. Please come.

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Catherine Tierney
The Rev. David K. Fly
Charlene Wright
Mick Maurer

Julien Worland
Frank Schottler

Martha Ficklen
Stephen Nichols
Bruce Baldwin
Betsey Gardner
Joyce Daughaday
Jeff Farris


Friends and Relatives:
Rick, son of Helen Hendry
Suellyn Scull, friend of Michael Shepley

Tom, Dolores Friesen's brother

Buelane Daugherty, friend of Brian Alms

Pam Burrell, friend of Brian Alms

Brittany, Hannah, Quadra, Jasmine, Sage, Courtney, Danyelle, Brianna, Mindy, Cat, Jennifer, Rachelle, Brittney, friends of Mary Taylor
James Milstead, friend of Brian Alms
Marquice Underwood, Sharron Underwood's daughter
Marybel Cova, friend of Jim Andris and Stephen Nichols, recovering from surgery

Donna Eldridge, friend of Jeannette Lehrmann
Young Treyvon and his foster family
Susan Weber, Michael Luebbers' sister
Beverly Ludrick, friend of Mary Seager
Cheryl and Jimmie, friends of Mary Seager
Rosalyn M., friend of Mary Seager
Dee Farris, Jeff Farris' mother
William Boothby, friend of Darrell Berg
Gary Sykes, friend of Hazel Kirk
Chloe Peistrup, Virginia Benson's cousin, ATV accident
Bill, friend of George Friesen, cancer and failing memory
Rich Fernandez, friend of Kris Zapalac and Jerry Martin, lung cancer
Pat R., friend of Cathy Tierney, bladder and breast cancer

Birthdays: Al Adams, Dorothy Becvar

For the Clergy of the Diocese: The Rev. Teresa Danieley, the Rev. Jan O'Neil

Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, deployed to the DMZ in Korea

Lectionary Readings

for This Sunday

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

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