Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
Thursday, November 19, 2020
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

You Tube Live-Stream broadcast this Sunday
The Last Sunday after Pentecost,
November 22nd at 9:00am.

In order to attend this Sunday’s service:
Please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org
Select Join Our Online Worship (YouTube Live 9AM) 
Select "LIVE NOW"
Relax and enjoy!

After the 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 ~ Do Better
World Kindness Day 2020: 25 ways to be kind today

It's time to be kind. Here are 25 ways to make a difference.

Read more
In the words of Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, “Words are never warm and tender enough to express one’s appreciation of a great kindness.”

2021 Stewardship Campaign
Together we are resilient.  
There is no better sentiment of how we handled the major challenges we faced this year. COVID. Wildfires. Unhealthy Air Quality. Power Outages.  

And yet through all these difficulties, we have made it through together. Together as a community and together as a loving parish family.  

This year’s stewardship campaign – Together we are resilient – helps us connect our lives to the mission of Trinity Sonoma. Not only do our stewardship gifts provide vital revenue for the maintenance and operations of our parish, but they also support Father Jim who provides pastoral care and engages us in outreach and prayer.
This year’s pledge goal of $100,000 represents 58% of our $176,000 operating budget for next year.

By now, many of you have received your pledge materials in the mail. For those who made a pledge last year, a copy of your 2020 giving statement is also included.  You can also visit our website (TrinitySonoma.org) under GIVING and select 2021 Stewardship Campaign where you can make an online pledge or print a pledge card and mail it to the parish office.  No amount is too small, and every pledge counts towards our goal.    

Our hope is that everyone in our loving parish community will participate. On behalf of the 2021 Finance & Stewardship committee; Wendy Haber, Sally Zimmerman, Todd Gerber, and Ruben Cota Schultz – we thank you.
And always remember, together we are resilient.

A Statement from

The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral:
The votes have been cast, the vast majority have been counted and the people of America have spoken. It now appears clear that Joe Biden will become the nation’s 46th president, and we will begin anew the work of repairing the frayed fabric of our common life. 

To President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, we offer our prayers for wisdom, grace and the certain knowledge of God’s presence in the difficult work ahead. To President Trump and Vice President Pence, we give our thanks for their service to our nation, and prayers for God’s guidance as they lay down the powers of their office. 

That we are a bruised and divided nation is not news. Yet only together can we meet the enormous challenges before us. All Americans, and particularly our leaders, must put the healing of the nation above partisan loyalties. 
As Christians, we believe that we are not alone in this endeavor. St. Paul reminds us that we will see God among us when we exhibit what he called the evidence of the Holy Spirit: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

As Americans, as we encounter those who may have cast different ballots, may we seek an extra measure of grace and compassion. Neither partisan triumphalism nor ideological defeatism will aid us in the hard work ahead.
This is a time to draw upon what President Lincoln described as “the better angels of our nature,” and to take to heart the words he spoke in his Second Inaugural Address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

We pray for this nation and for our leaders. We pray for patience and endurance. We pray that as we move forward, no one is left behind. We pray that in all we do, may we be guided by the prophet’s call to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. 

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

About Washington National Cathedral: Grounded in the reconciling love of Jesus Christ, Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people, conceived by our founders to serve as a great church for national purposes.
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:

1.      Wearing a mask (this is required), please come to the breezeway from the parking lot side, and line up following the usual safe distancing rule of staying at least 6-feet apart.

2.      Prepare to have your temperature taken (touchless), and disinfect your hands (sanitizer provided).

3.      Continue into Abbot Courtyard where you must stand at least 6-feet away from non-family members.

4.      When everyone has been assembled, Fr. Jim will begin the short preface prior to communion.

Following every part of this protocol is absolutely necessary to enable us to continue to provide communion. It is not ideal, but it is the only option we can offer to fulfill our responsibility of safety to our parish, and is REQUIRED by the combined regulations of County and Diocesan directives.
Please come in the spirit of community and with a respect for the health of everyone attending.
Mandy Birkbeck
John Addeo
Claire Ginesi
Diocesan & Beyond News

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Faith Leaders of Different Views
Share Ideas on
Bridging Our
National Divides

Two of America’s best-known faith leaders Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church and Dr. Russell Moore, Executive Director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention will engage in a conversation moderated by broadcaster Krista Tippett on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 8:00 AM (Pacific).

These two top Christian leaders, who represent denominations with different theological and cultural perspectives, will share their personal views, examine areas of common ground and explore how their faith leads them to treat others with dignity and respect. As part of the discussion, they will also explore some of the key ethical teachings of their faith (i.e. the Golden Rule, forgiveness, humility) and look at ways these teachings are relevant to the task of creating understanding and reconciliation between Americans of different political views.

The Washington National Cathedral and the National Institute for Civil Discourse are convening this conversation just days before Thanksgiving, and shortly after a very difficult national election as an opportunity for Americans to explore understanding across our differences and engaging each other with dignity and respect.

Click Here to Register Now!
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.

Autumn at Trinity

These are anxious times as our nation confronts a deadly pandemic, a troubled economy, racial injustice and a bitter election season. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

That’s why prayer is needed now more than ever.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, we hope these 25 prayers will help calm your soul and lift your spirit as we head into Election Day and the months to come. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Mental Health Moment

This is a very sweet and heartwarming video.

It's a commercial from Budweiser, and I apologize up front and do not include this as an endorsement of any kind.
(Thanks, John Bell, for sharing it.)

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!

Closing smiles...
Compliments of Marianne Uhl!


9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, November 22, 2020
10:00am Virtual Coffee Hour
on Zoom!
11:00am Holy Communion Live in Abbot Courtyard
(Please follow safety protocols!)

Men's Lunch - Suspended
Noon at the Red Grape
529 1st Street W. Sonoma

10am Eucharist & Healing Prayer - Suspended

Noon-Bible Study in the Library -
- Suspended

Mindful Living
Thursdays at
10:30am in Abbot Courtyard
Masks are required


Centering Prayer - Suspended
8am in St. Luke's Chapel
Find out more about
Centering Prayer here.

Suspensions are temporary.
We fully expect all events to resume when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.
Thanks for your patience.

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Here endeth the newsletter... See you next week!