HOLY TRINITY eNEWS
Sacrifice
Above, the Lorraine American Military Cemetery in France, where 10,489 war dead are buried.
During this time of pandemic, when all of us are asked to make sacrifices large and small, we would do well to remember the countless young men and women who sacrificed everything in America's wars when they still had their whole lives ahead of them. On this Memorial Day, we might also remember the many doctors, nurses, first responders and other heroes who have died defending us against an invisible enemy.
Mary Bids Farewell to Mary Anne
Greetings, Friends!

Mary Anne has decided to leave us earlier than expected. I am very sad to see her go but incredibly grateful that she was here in the first place. I have learned so much from her about being a faithful pastor and church leader and hope to continue to learn from her through our ongoing friendship. These are stressful times for all of us, but as she preached so powerfully last Sunday, God does not leave us orphaned but has provided an advocate who is always with us.
 
I will have a new mentor who I look forward to introducing to you soon, and I commit to continuing to learn and grow into the trust you have given me.

Faithfully,
Mary+
Holy Trinity Receives $25K Federal Loan
Treasurer Pam Ferguson has announced that Holy Trinity has received a $25,897 Payroll Protection Plan loan from the federal government. Enacted by Congress in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the program is designed to preserve private-sector jobs that would otherwise be lost due to the shutdown.
Under terms of the loan, Holy Trinity must spend the proceeds over eight weeks on approved expenses. At least 75% of the total amount must be allocated to payroll-related costs and no more than 25% on utilities for the loan to be forgiven.

Through April, Holy Trinity's pledge income was $5,818 under budget. Total income, which includes plate offerings, rental income and income from the endowment, lagged the budget by $9,068. On the expense side, salaries & benefits, utilities and the music program were all under budget, resulting in net income overall of $94.

The outlook for the full year depends on how long social-distancing measures continue or resume in the fall. If so, we can expect significant loss of income from outside group rentals, plate collections and fundraising events, such as the Holiday Fair. Meanwhile, most expenses not directly associated with building use remain, such as staff salaries and benefits. We'll keep you updated.
When Can We Go Back?
We look forward to reopening, but when that will be remains unclear. Conditions will be reviewed again after June 20. Safety guidelines, institutional and governmental regulations, the advice of our bishops and our emotional and spiritual well-being are all considerations that will be reviewed. Our bishops will be instituting regional town hall meetings soon [see notification below], which I highly recommend you attend. It’s a good opportunity for them to hear your concerns and for us to listen to their responses together. Gatherings of the church-wide leadership have been so reassuring and clarifying for me. I become aware of the whole church body. We grieve and dream and go forward together. I’m glad there will be opportunities that include all of us. -- Mary Barnett
Please stand by....
From the Rev. Mary :
Zoom had a system-wide breakdown last Sunday between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. This disrupted Zoom and disallowed our FaceBook Live stream. The good news is that this time it wasn’t my fault.  :) The bad news is that it was very, very frustrating for many. This certainly was not the best time for a breakdown, when so many of us are Zooming church! I will say right now that it makes me long for the simplicity of Facebook Live from days of yore (just a few short weeks ago!). Here is a video about Zoom church for your enjoyment. Warning: This is Saturday Night Live so there may be a word or two you prefer to mute. But I think you will also laugh in recognition.
Worship with the Three Trinitys this Sunday
We will worship with Trinity Portland and Trinity Collinsville (the three Trinitys?) The Rev. Mary will preach and Ty Warren will share some music.
 
To join Zoom by computer or smart phone, here's the link:
Meeting ID: 981 0896 5381
Password: 152244

To join Zoom by phone (audio only): Dial  1-646-558-8656 and then the meeting ID
Meeting ID: 981 0896 5381
Password: : 152244

Here's the Holy Trinity Facebook page, where you can watch Facebook Live , starting at 9:30 AM.
Join Bishop Douglas, Bishop Ahrens, our region missionary and our North Central Region leadership team for a one-hour conversation to explore together what are we learning and what is God saying to us during the pandemic. All are welcome. Invite others. No registration required. Join the meeting here:

or by phone
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 911 0742 0103
Coming Up Next Week...
  • Mondays at 10:00 AM -- A word from the kitchen with Rev. Mary on Facebook.

  • Thursday 4:30 PM: Prayer group (please contact Steve Horst for link)
  • Thursday 5:30 PM: Warden’s zoom meeting

  • Friday 7:00 PM: Youth group (please contact Ash Pierce for link)

  • Sunday at 9:30 AM: Sunday service (May 31) on Facebook and Zoom, followed by coffee hour. Pentecost Sunday! Wear red. Set your own table with bread and coffee? Cinnabons and juice? Love and gratitude. Mary and Mary Anne are developing a service. Possibly an agape meal. More to follow.
eNews
If you know of someone who would enjoy the eNews but does not have email, please send a note to Valerie . She is periodically sending out mailings to our parishioners who may not have access to a computer or email to keep them in the loop.
Helping Hands
We're looking for helping hands during this stay-at-home period to assist fellow parishioners with grocery-shopping, banking or even trying to figure out how to work Zoom. If you can help with these or other chores, please contact the Rev. Mary or Valerie Hall .
Bishop Curry Online
Habits of Grace
Bishop Curry has begun a series of brief weekly video meditations to share his spiritual counsel. To tune in and also to sign up for updates, click here.
The Way of Love
Season 3 of The Episcopal Church’s  podcast, The Way of Love , with Bishop Michael Curry , is now available. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
Week of May 17-May 23
  • Birthdays: Alan Fleet, Ty Warren, Thomas Powell Jr.
  • Anniversaries: Ron & Marie Burlette
Week of May 24-May 30
  • Birthdays: Pam Carlson, Betty Jane Loeb, Jeffrey Petras, Tyler Powell and Andrew Bishop
  • Graduations: Claire Colby (SCSU) and Claire Taylor (SCSU)
Calling All Graduates!
Graduation ceremonies may have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus, but we can still give our graduates (college, middle school, high school, etc.) the recognition he or she deserves. Just e-mail your graduate's name, graduation date and school here.
Parish E-Mail Contacts
The Rev. Mary Barnett:

The Rev. Mary Anne Osborn:

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

Andy Milliken (Warden):
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Ed. Note: Where are the cats?