Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
Thursday, December 31, 2020
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

You Tube Live-Stream broadcasts

this Sunday,
The Second Sunday of Christmas,
January 3rd 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, please join together through Zoom! for a virtual coffee hour - click here to gain access!

Wear a Mask ~ Wash Your Hands ~ Keep your Distance
Be Kind ~ Forgive anyway ~ Be Happy
2021 Stewardship Campaign
Together we are resilient.  
 
Update: December 31, 2020

As of today, we have a total of 42 pledge commitments totaling $66,837. We are still $33,163 away from our $100,000 goal.
 
Since achieving our goal is vital for the maintenance and operations of our parish which also supports Father Jim in outreach and prayer, we have decided to extend our pledge drive through the month of January.
 
For those of you who made a pledge last year, we ask for your consideration in making a pledge for 2021.   
 
Additional pledge cards are available at the parish office or on our website, trinitysonoma.org under GIVING and select 2021 Stewardship Campaign. Here you can make an online pledge or print a pledge card which you can mail to the parish office.  
 
No amount is too small, and every pledge counts towards our goal.   
 
Thank you for your consideration.
The Trinity Office will be closed...

Friday, January 1st.
We will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4th!

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May all the blessings of the Lord be yours at Christmas and the New Year.
Communion Continues at Trinity!
We have had very successful communions outside in Abbot Courtyard these past few Sundays, and everyone has been wonderfully cooperative in following protocols and maintaining a safe environment.
Please come by!
(If it rains, we will be in the breezeway)

The protocols in place are simple and straightforward:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay at least 6-feet apart.
  • Have your temperature taken
  • Disinfect your hands (sanitizer provided).

Please come in the spirit of community and with a respect for the health of everyone attending.
We Said Goodbye
to a Redwood Tree...
As you have probably noticed over the past months, one of the redwoods that rings our labyrinth has been in failing health and needed to be removed. Cost of removal had postponed the go-ahead to take the tree out, but then, on the same day the "twin star" appeared in the firmament, a miracle appeared in the form of an angel named Mr. Sam Cimino. He offered to remove the tree, using his heavy equipment and crew, at no cost to Trinity! His equipment moved in, his crew began working, and Lo! The tree was taken down safely and efficiently. But what to do with the tree? Another miracle! This time in the form of an angel sawmill operator named Mr. Tyler Nagel, who agreed (happily!) to remove the downed tree (again, at no charge - a good deal for both Trinity and Tyler!). In the meantime, the tree angels chipped the branches of the tree, leaving us with extra mulch, while clearing loads of debris from the Labyrinth area! Win-Win-Win-Win! What a wonderful Christmas Miracle for Trinity!
We give special thanks to the angel who initiated this entire process - Mr. Sam Cimino. He stepped in and created a safer, more beautiful space on the Trinity campus, and we are so grateful for his generosity!
Half way done!
Final cuts
Neatly piled!
Diocesan & Beyond News




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Rest and Care for
Self and Others

Recovering from Christmas is an article from Building Faith that offers tips for rest and renewal after the rush we often experience in Advent. Renewal is essential for being able to serve others in ministry. Please accept this gentle reminder to care for yourself.

The Gospel of Mark -Epiphany 2021-

Begin 2021 with the Gospel of Mark! The Good Book Club returns to read the earliest and shortest of the four gospels, starting Friday, January 1, 2021, through Shrove Tuesday, February 16.

Mark opens with words from the prophet Isaiah: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,” and indeed the gospel itself serves as a messenger for the life and ministry of Jesus. Written around 65-75 CE, Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus is the messiah and Son of God.

Make plans now to join Forward Movement and partner organizations from across the Episcopal Church to encounter the risen Lord through the Gospel of Mark.

Sign up to receive updates  on the Gospel of Mark.

Coming soon!

"From Many, One:
Conversations Across Difference”  
Starting January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), The Episcopal Church launches "From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference,” a campaign urging Episcopalians and our neighbors to engage in the spiritual practice of listening and honest conversation across the many differences that separate us, starting with four simple questions: 
  1. What do you love? 
  2. What have you lost? 
  3. Where does it hurt? 
  4. What do you dream?  
Inspired by the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal – E Pluribus (“from many”) Unum (“one”) – the campaign is designed to offer a faithful perspective and time-tested practice for knitting deeply divided communities into a diverse, more perfect union. In a cultural moment shadowed by pandemic, fractious politics, and deep division within families, communities, and nations, Episcopalians can partner in simple ways to celebrate difference, listen with deep curiosity, and promote healing. 
 
"From Many, One” is designed to be simple and transformative. It is geared toward individual people talking to other individuals, although congregations may join, too.
 
Look for more information in early January 2021 here: https://episcopalchurch.org/from-many-one
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.
Mental Health Moment


Winter Wonderland

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!
Calendar
ONGOING

Sunday
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, January 3, 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!