Seeds August 2, 2022
THE BEST Trail Angel site
A reflection from our friend, The Rev. Libby Wade, interim rector at our partner church in Stockbridge:

Last week, a team from St. Paul’s offered radical hospitality as “Trail Angels” on the Appalachian Trail in Sheffield. “Trail Angels” is a ministry begun several years ago by Christ Trinity and 1st Congregational Churches in Sheffield. According to several of the 20+ hikers who stopped by, this is THE BEST Trail Angel site so far on their journey from the foothills of the Appalachians in north Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Their eyes lit up when they saw we had cell phone chargers and chairs with backs. They were eager to enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs and surprised that we even had veggie burgers. In addition to the supplies provided by Christ Trinity and 1st Congregational, our group brought boiled eggs, apples, coleslaw, limeade, and tea. 

Several hikers spoke about the effect of last week’s extreme heat and the difficulty of finding water along the trail, something we offered in abundance. I marveled at how much gear could be stuffed into one backpack, as I wondered how one decides what’s absolutely necessary and what possessions can be left behind. Could I manage for months with only what I could carry on my back? What a challenge that would be! My day beside the trail resonated with Jesus’ admonition to the disciples in one of our recent Gospels: “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed: for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Come to church as we wrestle with passages such as this. 

Libby also took the great photograph of all the hiking gear above. If you have reflections on serving as a Trail Angel at our AT tent, or particularly good photographs, please share them with us.

We are holding our AT Trail Angels picnic celebration on August 14th at 12:30. Please sign-up online to let us know that you are coming.
Lich Gate Concerts returns September 17
Lich Gate Concerts returns to the Pavilion in the Sheffield Town Park on Saturday, September 17 at 4pm for the last concert of this season. Jorge Avila has programmed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major, K. 138, Antonín Dvořák’s Waltzes, Op. 54, Nos. 1 & 4, Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum” for String Quartet, and Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1.
 
Become a Lich Gate Concerts Sponsor!
As experienced concert-goers, you are aware that ticket sales cover only part of the expense of presenting concerts. We need your help to support this endeavor to present live Classical music in Sheffield and invite you to become a Sponsor of our concert series, by adding a tax-deductible donation to your purchase, and help us even more by covering the processing fees incurred by your purchase.

As a Sponsor, you will receive advance information, priority seating, an introduction to our artists and guest artists, and our everlasting gratitude.

Tickets available on our website and below:
$40 under the Pavilion;
$20 on the Lawn (children under 18 are FREE on the Lawn, accompanied by an adult)
Only a few seats left on the bus to Wahconah Park
Would you like a seat on the bus? Call the church today! Come board the bus at church at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, August 7, 2022.
Our favorite bus driver will drive us north to Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, one of the last remaining ballparks in the United States with a wooden grandstand, It was constructed in 1919 and seats 4,500. It's the Pittsfield Suns vs. the Norwich Sea Unicorns at 4:05 pm.

This event is free, thanks in part to Thrivent Financial.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is our way of saying "thank you" for all you do for Christ Trinity Church. And this is an opportunity to bring a friend along! All you need to do is sign (yourself and your friend) up on the clipboard that's floating around the church or send us an email. There are limited seats, so by signing up you are making a commitment to joining us. There promises to be singing, laughter and tall tales told on the bus and peanuts, cracker jacks, runs and errors at the ball park. It would not be an error for you to consider joining us. Come together once more this summer!
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Worship Sundays at 8:00 or 10:00

In addition to our regular 10:00 worship with music and the choir, we are also offering a spoken Episcopal Rite II Eucharist at 8:00 am, where we will use the Book of Common Prayer. Our 10:00 service is live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. We look forward to seeing you at 8 am or 10 am, this and every Sunday!
In September

EfM resumes on September 6th using a hybrid format.

Lich Gate Concerts returns to the Pavilion in the Sheffield Town Park on Saturday, September 17 at 4pm for the last concert of this season. 

A private day-long retreat will be held at Christ Trinity
on September 24th 
 
The CropWalk takes place on September 24th
starting at Old Parish
A snapshot of a recent planning meeting in the sanctuary.

Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811
180 Main Street
PO Box 127
Sheffield, MA 01257

Rite II spoken services at 8:00 on Sundays

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