SEEDS July 21, 2021
Our Appalachian Trail ministry is going strong and will continue to serve hikers on the trail through August 14th. We are providing fresh grilled burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, ice-cold water, cookies, cell phone charging, a dry tent and chairs with backs. The number of hikers that come through each day varies from just a couple to as many as 15. We understand that a stretch of the trail that runs through Sheffield is closed today because it is under waist-deep water. Fortunately, our site on the Larkin Farm (see above) sits high and dry.

There will be an AT Volunteer Celebration under the tent on August 15th. Details to follow. Find us on Instagram to see more of what is happening at and near Christ Trinity Church.
Feeding Sheffield
Feeding Sheffield sponsors Feeding Friends (see the article below) and the School Family Food Box program, which uses the Old Parish parlor as its distribution hub. Abigail is the poster girl for our School Family Food Box program and is pictured here, filling this week's order with her parents, Rania and Adam. Rania has been adeptly managing this service project since it began just a couple of months ago. Each week more families are served by this very meaningful program.

When People's Pantry was flooded last week and dry storage space was lost, Adam was able to assist by picking up and transporting a large quantity of foodstuffs to Sheffield. This week, when the Berkshire Bounty volunteer was unable to deliver the food boxes to Mt. Everett, Rania and Adam stepped up to the plate and made sure that the boxes got there. Most boxes are picked up by the families right at school, but if requested, the food boxes can be delivered directly to the families' homes.
The latest word on the Peoples' Pantry flood is that even though the water flowed down Taconic Avenue and right into the basement of St. James Place, all they lost was toilet paper and macaroni & cheese.
Worship Ministers and Coffee Hour Hosts
We still are in need of assistance with our worship services. Which of these Sunday roles are you able to fill? The more we share the work, the fewer times we each will be "on call" for a particular Sunday. Please let Jean know as soon as possible what you are going to choose to do so we can get you into the schedule. Never done it before? Don't worry! We will get you up to speed right away and make sure you feel comfortable before you go solo for the first time. 
  
Acolyte/Crucifer - Needed for the 10 a.m. service, this role can be and has been filled by children, teens, adult lay people, clergy, and even a retired full bird colonel! Anyone can do this! 
 
Usher - Needed for the 10 a.m. service, this role can also be filled by anyone. You greet worshipers, hand them a bulletin, pass the offering plates and invite people to communion. 
 
Coffee Hour Set Up - This person (or team) sets up the coffee pots and gets them going in time for coffee to be ready at 9 a.m. This person may also choose to bring sweet and savory snacks for people to enjoy after both services. It can be as simple as cookies or cut-up vegetables. Sign up sheet in parish hall.
 
Coffee Hour Clean Up - This person (or team) cleans up the kitchen, coffee pots, and starts the dishwasher after the coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service.  Sign up sheet in parish hall.
Dates for Christ Trinity Events

July 28th OWLES MASS MoCA trip
see below

August 15th AT Volunteer Celebration
under the tent. details to follow

September 4th Lich Gate Concert
 
October 9th   Alien Fun Run
 
October 22nd  Beer & Hymns
 
November 20th   Silent Film Night
 
December 4th Broadway Cabaret Night
OWLES excursion
The date will be Wednesday, July 28. The meeting place for carpooling is the Price Chopper lot on Rte. 7 just north of Great Barrington at 9:45 AM. That way we can browse the museum from 11 to 12:30, and then have lunch in the cafe on the premises, which does have good lunch choices! We can even order ahead, and we will have reserved seating and lunches ready at 12:30. Please email Liz Wells at lizwells1@verizon.net or Nancy King at king2380@roadrunner.com if you'd like to go, and indicate if you'd be willing to be a driver. Everyone is welcome! 
Oven building is an ancient craft
Oh Lovely Mud!
Come help us build the Community Bread Oven on Friday, July 23rd behind Old Parish Church. Wear clothes and shoes that you are not afraid of getting muddy and come on down any time after noon to join in in the messy, glorious, clay-slathering fun.
We are using Sheffield clay and will be guided by Sam from Backyard Bread.
This is an intergenerational project and all ages are welcome. Stay for the Sheffield Farmers' Market which begins at 3:00.
A New Playground for Sheffield
Dedication of a new playground in the center of Sheffield,
in celebration of the life of Pamela Bloodworth
behind the library, at Pine Knoll, July 24th 11:00 - 1:00.
Feeding Sheffield - Feeding Friends
Feeding Friends is available to help those who are experiencing hardship by providing prepared meals. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Feeding Friends program through the link below.

If you are unable to download the form or are having trouble navigating the process, please contact the church. We will be very happy to assist you.

If you know of a non-English speaking South County resident who might need these meals, we can also provide the form in Spanish and Portuguese.

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

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