Dance Moves
Holy Trinity's sanctuary is the backdrop for a performance by Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet dancers during the Rev. Mary's reading of the psalm at the ECCT convention worship service last Sunday (October 18).
Indoor Services to Start Nov. 1
Holy Trinity will hold its first Sunday worship service back in the sanctuary on November 1, with services alternating thereafter between the church and joint online services with St. John's North Guilford (see service schedule below). Warden Steve Horst discusses next steps in greater detail:

It is with great anticipation that we look towards our first Sunday service back in the building on the Feast of All Saints, Sunday, November 1st, at which we will celebrate the Eucharist and remember those saints who have gone before us. It is also in-gathering Sunday for pledges.
Probably none of us expected back in March that we would be away from the sanctuary for so long – nor, indeed, that we would find ways of meeting online and outdoors that would provide continuity in worship for many and also reach new people. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible. More...
November Service Schedule
Nov. 1: In-person Eucharist with the Rev. Ted Coolidge.
Nov. 8: Online collaboration with St. John’s North Guilford. Psalm with Ekklesia. Preacher: Karolyn Nikolaides from the Commons. Zoom coffee hour.
Nov. 15: In-person Morning Prayer with Steve Horst.
Nov. 22: Online with St John’s North Guilford. Zoom coffee hour.
Nov 29: Online "try-on" Sunday (we will try on a new practice or approach).
Zoom coffee hour. Beginning of contemplative prayer and book study with the Rev. Ted, Peter Van Siclen and the Rev. Mary.
Note: The Rev. Mary wants to hear from you! Please reach out to Mary at 203-915-0561 at any time with your concerns, or if you just need a listening ear.
Youth Group Pumpkin Carving Oct. 23
On Friday, October 23, from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, our youth group will be carving pumpkins on the patio at the church. No experience necessary. Teens aged 12-18 are welcome to join us! Masks required. Please bring $5.00 to pay for your pumpkin, and RSVP to Ash Pierce by October 20 to reserve your spot. Jesus said that "you are the light of the world." It is our hope that our pumpkins will be a reminder to us to be that light to others in these difficult times. If you have any pumpkin carving supplies lying around, or would like to donate to sponsor a pumpkin for a teen, please let Ash know.
A Dance Exploring Trauma this Saturday
Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet will perform a dance this Saturday that explores the complexities of trauma and PTSD. The dance and a follow-up discussion with Gilead Community Services will be live-streamed from Free Center Middletown from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM on October 24. Called "Dark Night," the 13½-minute ballet was inspired by St. John of the Cross's "Dark Night of the Soul." To register for this free performance, click here. For the Hartford Courant's article on this event, click here.
All Saints Day Remembrances
We will be remembering loved ones and friends who are on your hearts at the All Saints Sunday service November 1. You may either send in their names to Valerie by phone (860-347-2591) or e-mail. We will write the names on cards to be pinned at the altar that day, or you may write their names down yourself and pin your prayers at the altar as you come up for communion.   Blank cards will be available in each pew. 
This All Saints Day the diocese will be lifting up all who have died in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut due to COVID-19.  The Cathedral will coordinate this pastoral outreach. Please e-mail the names of those who have died from COVID-19.  A video remembering those who have died is being produced as a liturgical resource. Please send the names no later than October 25.
Sunday Service at 9:30 AM
Morning Prayer on Front Lawn
This Sunday The Rev. Mary wiil lead Morning Prayer on our front lawn. Eric Rennie will preach, with music by Clayton Schroth and Peter Van Siclen. The service will be broadcast on Facebook Live. (Note: You do not need need a Facebook account to watch Facebook Live.) Coffee hour will follow immediately on Zoom. For those attending in person, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Links to our Sunday services may also be found on our web site and Facebook page at any time, as well as in eNews.

To join Zoom by computer or smart phone, here's the link.
Meeting ID: 493 334 0227
Password: 034832

To join Zoom by phone (audio only):
+16465588656,,4933340227#,,1#,034832# US (New York)
Meeting ID: 493 334 0227
Password: 034832
The Rev. Mary Barnett
In the News
Warden Steve Horst is quoted in an October 19 New York Times story headlined "Ancient Philosophy, Meet Modern Pandemic." Steve is one of a trio of Wesleyan philosophy professors teaching what the article describes as "one of the largest in-person classes this semester" at Wesleyan. Entitled "Living a Good Life," the course uses traditional lectures and experimental exercises to teach students to try to incorporate ancient ideals into their own lives. “The whole point is to put our lives and these texts in context,” Steve commented.
Finances Holding Steady in Third Quarter
Holy Trinity’s finances are holding up reasonably well through the first nine months of this year, despite the coronavirus virus pandemic that forced the church to halt indoor services in March. Pledge income is lagging a bit behind budget through the third quarter, although this is not unusual for this time of year. Total income, including building use and legacies & bequests, was $208,413, versus a budget of $236,582 through the third quarter. This shortfall was more than offset by a sharp drop in expenses: $243,654 versus a budget of $331,623 through September 30. Net income was $34,801.

It should be noted that Holy Trinity benefited from a $25,897 loan from the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus package. (The loan may be forgiven if certain employment goals are met.) While the outlook for the remainder of the year is favorable, considerable uncertainty remains due to the continuing effects of the the pandemic on non-pledge fundraising efforts (Holiday Fair, town-wide tag sale, etc.) and holiday giving.

Parishioners who have fallen behind on their pledge are urged to catch up. (You can use the online giving app at the bottom of this page.) You are also reminded to fill out your 2021 pledge form, which was mailed last week, and to return it by November 1. Thank you!
Order Your ABC Chart for the Holidays
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to order your hand-made ABC Wall Chart from Holy Trinity's House of Many Talents. The wall charts make wonderful gifts for newborns and small children learning their ABCs. They sell for $40 and come in 19 colors. To order or for more information, contact the church office by phone (860-347-2591) or e-mail or call Sharon Sheedy (860-346-9737) or Ruth Hubbard (860-632-0525).
Coming in Advent...
Our Advent book study will read The Universal Christ, How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for and Believe by Richard Rohr. The first half of the book is about the incarnation of Christ; the second half is about Jesus. Richard Rohr is a passionate and devoted Franciscan, a deep and expansive thinker with what he calls an alternatively orthodox understanding of Christianity.
You can order a copy here, or let Valerie know if you need help ordering the book. Stay tuned for dates and times of the online study. If you do one thing this Advent, join this online book study led by Ted Coolidge, Peter Van Siclen and Rev. Mary Barnett. It will be substantial and joyful and deep!
Sunday Lunch Program
First Church in Middletown has answered the call from St Vincent DePaul to provide 80-100 Sunday lunches to residents of The Men’s Shelter at the YMCA and The Eddy Shelter (the homeless shelter in town). First Church been providing meals each Sunday since April. The cost of one Sunday’s meals is $500.

The program supports local restaurants by purchasing "grab and go" meals from them for distribution on Sundays. The church is asking for financial support from Middletown community to support the program. This can be done in two ways. Make a donation to First Church, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT 06457 and write “Sunday Lunch Program” in the memo line. The other way you can help is by supporting the local restaurants by either ordering takeout or enjoying outside dining if that is your pleasure. More...
In Other News...
Local Flu Shot Clinics
Flu season is just around the corner, with the added complication that we are still in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Flu all by itself can have deadly consequences, claiming tens of thousands of lives. Don't take any chances! Click here for a list of seasonal flu clinics in Middletown, Cromwell, Durham and Middlefield.
Still Time to Register!
You can still sign up for classes at the Ekklesia School of Ballet for ages two through adult. No dance experience is necessary. Fees will be prorated, and there is a 10% discount for members of Church of the Holy Trinity! To register: email admin@ekklesiaballet.org 
or call (860) 985-2085.
Offering Prayers before the Election
Times before an election are likely to be controversial and chaotic, and this one is no exception. Indeed, the country is so polarized that even a simple conversation with the other side is nearly impossible. In such a climate, offering prayers before the coming election gives us a way to put all this in God’s hands, asking that God’s will be done, while expressing our own concerns and hopes. In addition, it can help us to relate more faithfully to the issues that are before us, having prayed about them. Taking sides matters, but that’s not what this is about even if you tell God your side!
Both of us are planning to do this through October. If you’d like to join us in what we will be doing, here’s how: Call the church office for a copy of the brief orders of service and prayers from The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, or you can download them from the website here and here. More...
Week of October 18
  • Anniversaries: Raymond & Betty Kensel
  • Birthdays: Susan Spaeth,Timothy Nelson
  • Memorials: Warren L. Harris, Raymond E. Spencer, Helen B. Spencer, Louis H. & Fanny E. Harris, Emilio Genovesio, Florence Genovesio
Week of October 25
  • Birthdays: Cristian Pinero, Maureen Fleet
  • Memorials: Herbert Latimer Camp, Bessie Ray Camp, John R. Camp, Ruth M. Camp, and Vito R. Dragone
Parish E-Mail Contacts
The Rev. Mary Barnett:

Valerie Hall (Parish Administrator):
Steve Horst (Warden):

Andy Milliken (Warden):
Online Giving to Holy Trinity
Now you can contribute online to Holy Trinity through Tithe.ly, a safe and secure giving platform that allows you to donate once or on a recurring basis! Click on the link below to give through the church website. You can donate funds using a credit card or your bank account. For your pledge or other recurring gift, you can donate weekly, monthly, or semi-monthly, specifying a day of the week or date(s) during the month. You can also designate a onetime gift to specific church activities and organizations.
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Ed.Note: Remember to turn in your 2021 pledge forms by November 1st so we can budget for next year!