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May 23, 2019

Stix Early Childhood Volunteer Opportunities
If you enjoy children and their enthusiasm, volunteering at Stix Early Childhood is for you!  Stix Early Childhood Center is a St. Louis Magnet School for students preschool ages 3 through second grade.  It is located at 647 Tower Grove Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110. Volunteer Opportunities include reading and math tutoring; assist with the school’s garden; morning, parking, breakfast & lunchroom assistants; Music, Art, and PE assistants.  For tutoring slots, teachers prefer weekly consistency of the volunteer. Knitting or food ministries of donations for the students are also welcome. Volunteers must complete the Faith-Based Initiative Adult Volunteer application which includes a background check paid for by the school district.  For questions contact Cheryl Wobbe at or cell: 314-308-3629.

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

Serving this Sunday
May 26, 2019


The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

10:30 a.m. 
Chalice 1: Lisa Will-Smith
Chalice 2: Karin Layher
Thurifer: Nancy Emmel
Crucifer: Barbara Uhlemann
Torches: Zoe Goffe, Riley Luebbers
Reader 1: Anne Giedinghagen
Reader 2: Hazel Kirk    
Intercessor: Sara Lappi
Healing Ministers: Mary Seager, Mary Ellen Anderson
Eucharistic Visitors: Brian Alms, Darrell Berg
Ushers: Lisa Carpenter, Cheryl Wobbe
Greeter: Cathy Tierney
Sacristans: Jim Andris, Steven Forsyth
Flowers: Michael Nickelson
Offering Counters: Lisa Carpenter, Hal Morgan
Coffee Hour: Gloria Winston
Monday Bread Pick-Up: Jen Sweet
Bread Bagger: Val Rutterer
Hot Lunch Provider: Trinity Episcopal Church
Hot Lunch Innkeeper: Adrienne Fly


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

Teacher: Barb Holmes

Aide: Susie Stratton

Professional Child Care: Katie Wolf

Film and Fellowship members have decided not to meet during the summer months.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, September 10.


Martha Baker will be sending out notices of recommended films via email during the break.

Morning Prayer Cancelled for Friday 5-24-19

There will be no Morning Prayer this Friday. You are encouraged to use the virtual option which can be found on our website.

Ascension Day Mass @ 6PM 5-30-19

Our Ascension Day Mass will be held at 6 PM on Thursday the 30th. All are welcome.

Pentecost Readers Needed

If you speak a foreign language and would like to help read on Sunday, June 9, at the 10:30 a.m. Pentecost service, please sign up on the list near the organ or email Deacon Harry

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

9:30 AM Sunday Bible Study

This Sunday we will continue our study of Acts.

Trinity Neighborhood Camp is set for  Monday July 29 through Friday August 2.   Camp activities include reading, math/science, art, music, theater, and exercise. The educational enrichment activities will prepare the campers (ages 5 - 10 years) to begin school in the fall.   Camp hours are 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and includes breakfast, snack, and lunch.  Campers receive backpacks full of school supplies.   

Your support makes camp possible!  We need adult volunteers to serve as mentors and to help with food.  We need teen volunteers to serve as counselors.  Our 2019 camp fundraising goal is $3,000.  For details about how you can support Trinity’s camp click here for the Volunteer/Donation Information Sheet. 

To reserve a space for your child click here for the Camp Application.  Click here for the camp brochure.

Holy Ground Micro-Loan Companion Training

A couple years ago, the Holy Ground Collaborative (religious congregations in the Central West End neighborhood) organized a 0% interest rate micro loan program through Justine Petersen Bank. Loans of up to $500 are awarded to qualified individuals who live within the wards surrounding Trinity.

Beginning this June, HGC would like to schedule a group of trained individuals (Lending Companions) to help sign folks up for 0% interest loans during Food Pantry hours on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Fr. Jon. There will be a companion training on the 5th of June at 5:30 PM at Justine Petersen Bank located off North Grand.

Congratulations to Oliver Layher who graduated summa cum laude from St. John Vianney High School.  Oliver is headed to École Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School) in Montreal. 

Trinity Book Group for June

Trinity's next Book Group will meet on Saturday, June 15, at the home of Rachel Steinbrueck, 7546 Milan, at 7 pm. We will discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. This book topped the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list for 12 weeks of 2019. The story describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kaya in the swamps of North Carolina. 

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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!

Trinity Food Ministry

The Food Pantry has been in the process of trying to be as “green” as possible. With a United Thank Offering Grant in 2015, we were able to purchase dishes and utensils. We stopped using Styrofoam some time ago. Instead, when needed, we have paper plates that are compostable. Coffee cups are used. Paper cups replaced plastic ones. 

Of course, there will always be some type of plastic wrapping or packaging. However, we feel it is our duty as stewards of this creation to do as much as possible. It is in that vein that we will offer as much food waste as possible for use at Central Reform Congregation’s Mitzvah Garden compost. Considering how much food waste we produce in a week, we should be able to contribute a good deal! 

With all the rain we have had lately, there are many requests for socks! We need new men’s white crew socks. 

Toilet Tissue is needed! We are giving two rolls per households with two or more people. 
Have you seen the new TFM Facebook page? Check it out and Like it! Find it at @TrinityFoodMinistry. 

This week at Pantry we need (in addition to the socks and tissue): 
Canned meat, peanut butter, bar soap and toothpaste.

Game On! TFM Community Game Night

When we opened during the Polar Vortex, one of our neighbors, John Dixon, asked if he could bring his backgammon board in the evening and enjoy some game time. We also found a checker board and some decks of cards for those who wanted to play. It was a lot of fun and added a good deal to the warmth of the evening (inside!!).

John and others loved it so much that we want to do it again! The first one will be held Saturday, June 15, 6-9 p.m. in the South Parish Hall. Remember the Table begins at 5 p.m. so, afterwards, come on over for a bit of fun.

Backgammon, dominoes, cards – or whatever game you might like to bring. Bring a game, bring a snack, and come prepared to have a lot of fun. (Sodas acceptable, but no alcohol, please.)

Notes from the County Jail

As the County Leadership is shaken up, so goes the jail. When leadership shifts, it’s like the mobile metaphor of family dynamics. Take some players out, shift some around and the tilting of the mobile goes on for a while. Several key positions are “acting” or “interim”. This may have a familiar ring to it. Along with this, the pendulum swings as to how to talk about inmates, what to allow them in support of a mission that is often obscured behind the call for safety. 

At the jail, we are in a swing to the right, with emphasis on what we cannot do for and with inmates, reminders of how conniving they are, warnings not to touch them, even when praying. Community teachers/guides can no longer bring in anything without prior approval. No Bibles. No art supplies. No books or pamphlets. Composition books were not mentioned, so I now call them “prayer journals” in order to hand them out. But we are warned that inmates will gather them (horrors!), the poems, prayers and blessings (my contributions) and it clutters the cells. 

I was reminded by my friend, Sr. Sharon, a 26 year veteran teacher at the jail, that there was a time when volunteers were supported for the benefit of the inmates. We shudder to think how the inmates are treated if they treat us this way. 

Back to you. The fruits of your generosity in donating composition books are sweet and surprising and, it turns out, a radical statement. When I suggest they can have one, it brings tears and oohs and gratitude. I tell them about you and where they came from. Tell them that people they don’t know care about them and pray for them. They write poems, make prayer lists, draw pictures, with their little golf pencils. They bring them to meditation and to spiritual direction to make notes to review later, when on lock down, or when they can’t sleep. I’m so very grateful that I get to hand them over for you. 

But, please, no more for a while. As usual, Trinitarians are abundant in their generosity. The back seat of my car looks like an Office Depot shelf!  An embarrassment of riches.

Thank you for your patience in reading this long note. Thank you for your support and encouragement for my ministry there. If you live in the County you may want to encourage your Councilperson to learn more about the Justice Center and the jail, and to let them know that you care about what happens there. 

In the City, the Close the Workhouse effort is vital. Learn more at Arch City Defenders, a wonderful organization with a class action suit against the city on behalf of those inmates.

Peace be with you,
Mary Taylor

Parish Lost and Found:  Have you lost a hat, a cane or even a pair of glasses at church?  These items have made their way to the Parish Office and are eagerly waiting on you to pick them up. Please contact Parish Administrator Bill Ader to reclaim your lost items.  At the end of the month, all unclaimed items will be given a new home.

Bishop's Search Update:  The Diocesan Search and Nominating Committee for our new Bishop has recently completed a major milestone in the search process - the publication of the search profile.  This document describes who we are as a diocese, where we’ve been and who God is calling us to be as we enter a new season in our church - using the data provided by the listening sessions at each parish and the online survey from earlier this year.  The profile further identifies traits we seek in our new bishop.


You can read the profile, review the overall search process and see photos from across the Diocese (including a couple of our parish) at:

If you have any questions, please speak with Carter Whitson or Deacon Harry, both of whom serve on the Search and Nominating Committee.

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
John Works

Barbara Bradshaw
Catherine Tierney
Charlene Wright
Mick Maurer

Frank Schottler

Martha Ficklen
Stephen Nichols
Bruce Baldwin
Betsey Gardner
Jeff Farris

Friends and Relatives:

Jenn, Kim, Constance, Barbara, Brittney, Carmen, Taco, Brianna, and Renee, friends of Mary Taylor

Birthdays: Ted McNamara

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

Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, serving at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama

Departed: Joyce Daughaday

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