Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
Thursday, September 26, 2021
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

You Tube Live-Stream broadcast
AND in-person attendance
this Sunday,
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 26th at 9:00am.

In order to attend this service online:
Please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org
Select Join Our Online Worship
Relax and enjoy!

After the Sunday service, please join together through Zoom! for a virtual coffee hour - click here to gain access!

“Joy does not always happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
~ Henri Nouwen

Sunday, October 3rd:

In Abbot courtyard at 11:am
Upcoming Services at Trinity:

Sunday, September 26th - The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 - Livestream AND In-person!

Wednesday, September 29th
10am - Healing Eucharist -- followed by Bible Study at 11am

Masks and social distancing are requested for everyone. Thank You!
Communion in the Courtyard Continues at 11am!
Communion will continue in the courtyard for those
who choose not to participate in-person at church services.
Please wear a mask.
What is God calling you to do?
What are you doing to make it happen?
Fr. Jim encourages us to do more prayer - praying for each other, our community, for people in dangerous and tragic circumstances here and around the world.

Regardless of how you choose to pray -- formally or informally, from the Book of Common Prayer or other source, alone or in a group -- please find a slice of time in each day or evening to pray.

Electronic BCP can be found here.

Forward Movement site can be found here.

Episcopal Relief & Development digital prayer tool can be found here.
Welcome new Trinity member Liz Carpenter!

Liz and her husband Paul moved to Sonoma a few years ago. After a brief search for a new church, she chose Trinity Sonoma as her spiritual home. She enjoys the friendly community and sense of love and uplifting.
Dear Friends,
With the rise in the COVID Delta Variant, we are asking kindly, that everyone mask up when in shared spaces. Let's keep each other safe!
Thank you! Thank you!
Conserving Water is EASY ---
IF We Start Doing Things Differently!
Just for this week:
Keep a bucket in your shower to collect excess water from the showerhead. Use the collected water in the garden to water flowers and shrubs.

Maybe this will become a new habit!
It's a good one!

It saves more water than you think!
Please try it!
Diocesan & Beyond News
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Wildfire Relief - Diocesan Update
Thanks to your generosity, we have received $35,466.99 through online giving and checks to purchase gift cards for fire victims!

If you would like to give to fire relief, please visit the GIVE link on our web site, or, if you prefer, send a check to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
Fire Relief
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825

Your contribution helps us both to offer immediate, direct aid to those in need, and to sustain a long-term commitment to heal and restore devastated communities.
News From the National Church --
Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

[Sept, 7, 2021] For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in “choosing life” for the future of the planet. 
The joint declaration issues a clear warning—"Today, we are paying the price…Tomorrow could be worse”—and concludes that, “This is a critical moment. Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it.”
The statement calls on people to do the following:
  • Pray for world leaders ahead of COP26 (The United Nations Climate Change Conference).
  • For individuals: To make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources.
  • For those with far-reaching responsibilities: To choose people-centered profits and lead the transition to just and sustainable economies.
Read the full statement at this link.
A Spanish translation of the full statement can be found at this link.
Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast,
Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.
Please pray for the people and animals affected by this disaster. Episcopal Relief and Development Ministries invites you tpray with us for all those impacted by the storm.
Helping Afghan Refugees
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry highlights ways to help Afghan refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries 
As Episcopalians, as followers of Jesus, as people of faith, we mourn the recent loss of life in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos and instability, and the risk that many Afghans face, in particular women and girls.

As Afghans arrive to the U.S. with the hope of safety, The Episcopal Church, through the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries, is assisting our new neighbors through the Afghan Parolee Support Program. Continue Reading
Pastoral Care Corner
Your prayers are requested -

When you, members of your family or loved one find yourself in need of extra support and prayers from our faith community, please let us know.  Please email Linda Dowd at lindahdowd@sbcglobal.net If you have a particular prayer request.  
Prayer requests will be added to The Prayers of the People during our Sunday worship each week.
From Jim and Linda Rawls
Hello again dear family and friends, I've created a blog to provide updates on Linda. Here's the link:
Peace and Love, JJR
As of September 21st ...
“More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of:
Wherefore, let thy voice,
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.”
      --Alfred, Lord Tennyson
It’s been your heartfelt prayers and expressions of support, dear friends, that have buoyed Linda up these past several months. We both are deeply grateful.
And we’re delighted to let you know we’re nearing the end of this critical phase of treatment. Here’s our expected schedule:
• 27 September: Bone marrow biopsy (BMB), blood chimerism test, & removal of chest catheter
• 28 September: COVID vaccination booster (Moderna)
• 29 September: Drive home to Sonoma!!!
• 4 October: Return to Stanford to receive results of BMB & chimerism test
We ask your prayers for just a bit longer, carrying us through October 4th when we learn the results of our 100 days of treatment here at Stanford. Pray boldly, please, for an excellent outcome with no remaining leukemia cells. Thank you!
Linda’s appetite remains minimal but slightly improving. She’s meeting her nutritional and fluid goals everyday via the help of several daily supplements (and the constant encouragement of her trusty caregiver). Her weight is up to 92 pounds. We continue to get out on walks along the Bayshore and in the foothills, enjoying the restorative powers of nature. Last week we explored the historic Alta Mesa Cemetery and discovered the graves of Shirley Temple, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Steve Jobs.  
I expect this to be the next-to-last installment on this blog. I’ll wrap things up with a final entry after Linda receives her Stanford report card on October 4th. Until then, take good care out there!

Keep checking for more details in the update on the caringbridge.org link above.

Cards are always welcome!
Please send to:
Linda Rawls
c/o Homewood Suites by Hilton, Suite 123
4329 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
As promised, here is Marianne's email:

Email = mareuhl@protonmail.com

Please know that while Marianne loves to hear from her Trinity family, she will be unable to respond to emails at this time.
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 832
Mental Health Moment

Little brothers ...
who grow into BIG "little" brothers ...
and great pals!
Sermons at Trinity:

Can be accessed on the Trinity website:

  • Archived video sermons here.
  • Archived audio sermons here

Sunday Snaps:

  • Coming Soon!
This Sunday, September 26th
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Masks = Hospitality, and to do your part to live out the Bible’s commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself.
'Nuff said?

This service is also live-streamed

10:00am Virtual Coffee Hour
Click on Zoom! to join the fun!

11:00am Holy Communion Live
in Abbot Courtyard

Closing smiles...
And as you go . . . keep this in mind:

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast to that which is good;
render to no man evil for evil;
strengthen the faint-hearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour all people;
love and serve the Lord, rejoicing
in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever.
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Here endeth the newsletter... See you next week!