Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
Thursday, February 18, 2021
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

You Tube Live-Stream broadcasts
this Sunday,
The First Sunday of Lent,
February 21st at 9:00am.

In order to attend these services:
Please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org
Select Join Our Online Worship
Select the appropriate service you wish to view.
Relax and enjoy!

After the Sunday service,
be sure to tune in to the ANNUAL MEETING.
COFFEE HOUR will not be held this Sunday, but you are invited to join the Social Hour at 10am -- prior to the Annual Meeting at 10:30. See info below for the Zoom meeting information to join.

Wear a Mask ~ Wash Your Hands ~ Keep your Distance
Be Kind ~ Forgive anyway ~ Smile
Annual Meeting Information
Sunday, February 21, 2021
10:30 am
Join us for our first-ever virtual Annual Meeting of the Congregation. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, February 21st.  Access to our online meeting is available by clicking HERE. This takes you to the Annual Meeting page on the Trinity website. You may reach the same page by going to the Trinity Website (www.trinitysonoma.org) and navigate to the Annual Meeting page as seen in the picture below.

You will be able to join in at 10:00 a.m. to socialize with friends from the congregation. A ballot and the Annual Meeting report will also be available there on the Trinity website page.

We will review last year’s challenging year and achievements and will identify and discuss opportunities for 2021.  
Towards the conclusion of our meeting, we will review this year’s voting procedures. Ballots will be available on our website under NEWS, Annual Meeting, and will be available from the parish office until Friday, February 26th.   
We look forward to having everyone join us!
“Remember that you are dust
and to dust you shall return.”

Dear Friends in Christ,
Today the church keeps the fast of Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning the holy season of Lent, and our great preparation by penitence and fasting, for the celebration of the Resurrection at Easter. In the seasons of our liturgical year we walk through the life of Jesus. The weeks to come our readings are focused on Christ’s baptism, his tempting in the wilderness, and his progress to Jerusalem and the cross.
Lent can sometimes feel like a solo climb to the top of a great mountain; a heroic battle, all by ourselves, fighting the winds of temptation. However, this is not a very accurate picture of how we actually practice Lent. My experience tells me that keeping a Holy Lent is both personal AND communal.
I would argue that a better image is that of a group of people doing Tai Chi together, deliberately and slowly. Each one working on their own practice, knowing which part is hard for them, yet maintaining a common pattern together. The church from ancient times has known that prayer and fasting, study, charity and service are all practices that God can use to draw us into a living relationship with God’s own self.
Today, before the Imposition of Ashes, we make an important beginning together with the confession of our sins. We bring our brokenness, our willfulness, and our entitlement; we bring our human sinfulness and confess it all before Jesus. We lay down the tangled burden of pretending that we have it all together, pretending that we have no troubles, that we are blameless. Instead, we come to the blessed relief of laying it all at the foot of the cross. And we can do that with confidence because we know we have a merciful God. God is quick to hear, with a loving kindness sent the Son to dwell with us and save us.
This is our second Lent in the pandemic, and despite the start of vaccinations, isolation is rampant. I believe that the practice of prayer, especially shared prayer, may be the most important common discipline we are can take on right now. Weary, having become communally ill with our racism and polarizations (or sin-sick, to use an old-fashioned term,) we need powerful gospel medicine. Prayer, time spent seeking out and resting in the mind of God, can root that saving grace in us.
There are numerous apps to aid in prayer for our phones or tablets, and there are more traditional “applications,” such as the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. There are groups that do contemplative prayer at the same hour each night, and congregations that offer Morning and Evening Prayer online. Prayer can be the generative center from which service, or study, such as a Sacred Ground Circle, flows outward. It is something we can rest in when life has run us dry.
My brothers and sisters, I wish you a Holy Lent. Full of prayer and reconciliation, and the slow movements of faith. Let us walk this ancient path with Jesus who meets us along the way and the Holy Spirit with whom our hearts are strangely warmed, to the Father, who runs out to meet us. 
“But while he (the Prodigal Son) was still a long way off, his father
saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son,
threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
In Christ,
Bishop Megan+
LENT 2021 Online Resources Available
Living Well Through Lent 2021
Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

We are delighted to offer multiple online resources at no cost. Join tens of thousands of individuals across multiple denominations who use our daily devotionals as preparation for the coming of Easter.

Connect and Consult - 15 minute appointment
We recognize it is nice to connect with someone to ask a question or get a general overview. We are available to connect with you for a quick question or a consultation. We can connect by phone or through Zoom, and it can be a quick 15-minute check-in or a longer meeting. To connect with our staff, contact:
Carolyn Karl
Program Director, Living Compass
Office: 414-964-4357 x10
Welcome Virtual Parishioners!

As we enter a new year, your Trinity Communications Committee would like to formally welcome our virtual parishioners to the Trinity Sonoma.  Our virtual parishioners often attend our Sunday services on a regular basis and although we do not have the ability to formally meet in person, we welcome you to our Trinity Sonoma family.    

  • John and Mary Cornell - Orland, California
  • Mostyn Graham - Saratoga, California
  • Douglas Griffin - Golden, Colorado
  • Jack and Anna Mae Janus - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Carolyn and James Munger - Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Marianne Uhl - Saguedo, Italy
  • Ann Kirtman - Seattle, Washington
  • Lori and Buzz - Hohmann, Tampa, Florida
  • Gloria Cota - San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Kim Cota - San Juan Capistrano, California

Welcome to our New Parishioner
Carla Heine Mirsberger who lives in Sonoma, and grew up just a few houses away from the church!  Father Jim was tickled to speak with her.  She’s attending our online Sunday services.  Welcome Carla!
Trinity Mindfulness Group
Meets Thursdays at 10:30am
in Abbot Courtyard
Is an open group, and welcomes all to participate! Please consider joining in with prayers, sharing, meditation, and constructive conversation.

The group meets in Abbot courtyard with coffee and goodies in an informal circle where every can listen and share!
Masks are required and seating is socially distanced.
Diocesan & Beyond News
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Pastoral Care Corner
Your prayers are requested -

During our Online Services, you, members of your family or loved one may find yourself in need of extra support and prayers from our faith community.  If you have a particular prayer request, please email Linda Dowd at lindahdowd@sbcglobal.net.  
Prayer requests will be added to The Prayers of the People during our Sunday worship each week.

Episcopal Relief & Development offers a
new digital prayer tool , bringing together prayers from many sources and the opportunity to share prayers with others.

This is a wonderful resource to access prayers -- Check it out!
Mental Health Moment


Gotta love Snoopy music - and the smiles it generates
Sermons at Trinity:

Can be accessed on the Trinity website:

  • Archived video sermons here.
  • Archived audio sermons here

Sunday Snaps:

  • Will return when WE return!
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, February 21, 2021
10:00am Virtual Coffee Hour
on Zoom!
11:00am Holy Communion Live
in Abbot Courtyard
(Please follow safety protocols!)

Closing smiles...
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Here endeth the newsletter... See you next week!