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Weekly Trinity Times
March 21, 2019
The Arts Committee brings visual arts to Trinity in three ways. First we exhibit artwork of local artists in the Parish Gallery located in the north parish hall. See www.parishgallerycwe.com for descriptions of past exhibits. Next the hallway leading from the Sanctuary to the remaining facilities has been dedicated to the memory of the artists who have been part of the Trinity family over the years. We call this space the Memorial Gallery, and it is reserved for the work of people with connections to Trinity at any level of talent and love for art. Finally, the Committee creates art projects in collaboration with Trinity members for temporary installations that enhance our worship space. There is a display documenting these various projects over the years hanging in the back hallway.
The committee meets monthly, with opportunities for further involvement at other times during the year. You don’t have to be a skilled artist, but just have a love of the visual arts and a willingness to help make things happen. To get involved, contact Jeff Wunrow, committee chair, at 314-327-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Teacher: Pat Way
Aide: Susie Stratton
Childcare Professional: Katie Wolf
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.
Serving this Sunday
March 24, 2019
The Third Sunday in Lent
Chalice: The Rev. Harry Leip
Usher: Tom Kirk
Chalice 1: Jeff Goldone
Chalice 2: Steven Forsyth
Thurifer: Nancy Emmel
Crucifer: Mike Fowlkes
Torches: Tammy O’Donnell, Riley Luebbers
Reader 1: Fritzi Baker
Reader 2: Dean Bradley
Intercessor: Ellie Chapman
Eucharistic Visitors: Brian Alms, Darrell Berg
Healing Ministers: Mary Seager, Mary Ellen Anderson
Ushers: Lisa Carpenter, Cheryl Wobbe
Greeter: Mary Moore
Sacristans: Jim Andris, Steven Forsyth
Offering Counters: Lisa Carpenter, Hal Morgan
Coffee Hour: Gloria Winston
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Michael Biggers
Bread Bagger: Judy Leon
Hot Lunch Provider: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Betsy Kirchoff
Sermons from the past eight Sundays are available on our website's sermon page.
Holy Day Mass Schedule for March 2019
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.
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Invite a Friend to The Table at Trinity!
Looking for a way to serve Trinity during Lent? 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 in Lent 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!
Trinity Food Ministry
It’s more than food…
During pantry hours, when her day job permits, Hazel Kirk, MSW (among other things) spends time at the pantry visiting with folks and helping them with a myriad of problems. Often these are issues with housing and utilities. Working with rector Jon Stratton, people’s utilities may be turned back on or needed repairs get done. Funds you contribute to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund (see: envelopes in the racks on the backs of the pews) make that help possible.
Hazel and our Parish Nurse, Reta Kirk (no relation), connect people with medical services, help them sign up for insurance or find home health assistance. Reta educates folks about monitoring their blood pressure and sugar to better control hypertension and diabetes, which are prevalent in our community.
This past week, we lost a much-admired pantry volunteer, Joe Koerner. He registered clients when they came to the pantry for food. But more than that, Joe always stood up to shake hands and greet people coming to the table, saying his name, asking theirs. He was a compassionate listener to the stories our neighbors have to tell – and he modeled for all of us involved in the Food Pantry how to open our hearts and extend respect to every person.
Well done, good and faithful servant, Joe Koerner
What can I say about TFM Thursday Pantry volunteer Joe Koerner?
Husband of his beloved Maria, retired Latin professor at SLU, Jesuit Scholastic, retired owner of a consulting company, lover of all things theological, member of StL Village, kind, gentle, witty only begin to scratch the surface of this man.
Joe died last Thursday evening (3-14-19) after doing what he loved doing every Thursday afternoon at Food Pantry – greeting people, offering hospitality and respect to all, steadfastly and unconditionally loving everyone. And then, as the crowd thinned and time to close approached, he would begin putting up chairs and tables.
I will miss this brilliantly funny, loving man. I am the better for having known him. I know I am not alone.
May Joe rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rev. Barbi Click, Deacon and Manager of Trinity Food Ministry
A memorial service will be held for Joe sometime in May. The time and place will be announced. Joe’s family asked that he be remembered by donating to Trinity Food Ministry (600 N. Euclid, StL 63108) or to Microfinancing Partners in Africa (4949 Columbia Ave StL 63139).
Waste Not, Want Not
I have never measured the amount, but I know that a great deal of compostable waste goes out of TFM every week. I would like to have a conversation with anyone who might have experience or knowledge or time to research the ways TFM might begin composting its food and paper waste. Or if you know of such a one, please contact me at email@example.com.
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
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 13th, 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
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.
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.
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.
Film & Fellowship
The next meeting of Film and Fellowship will be Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the North Parish Hall. The film chosen for discussion is “Gloria Bell.”
All are invited to see the film ahead of time and join us for a light potluck supper and an always-enlightening film discussion.
Oliver Layher in St. Louis Teen Talent Finals on April 13
Oliver Layher and his acrobatic partner Kyran Walton recently qualified for the finals in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, sponsored by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. The free event takes place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 13, at 8PM, and showcases the 15 acts that made it through the first two rounds of the competition. Winners receive scholarships and prizes, including an audience favorite award. Oliver has appreciated your support over the years, and would love to have Trinity friends in the audience cheering him on. Seating is general admission, and the crowds start lining up early. Click HERE to to order free tickets. Please contact Karin Layher with any questions.
Thanks to Virginia Benson for her years of service as a faithful reader and intercessor. We wish her well in her retirement from this ministry.
We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
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
Danyelle, Mindy, Laquita, Tonya, Jennifer, Mecca, Andrea, Catherine, Heaven., 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: Mary Taylor, Carlos Daughaday, Jan Kasalko, Karin Layher, Kim Corliss
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
Departed: Sandy Leip (Deacon Harry's sister), Joe Koerner (Food Ministry volunteer)