Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

 You Tube Live-Stream broadcast this Sunday
The 6th Sunday after Pentecost,
July 19th 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 ~ Be Kind ~ Don't tug on Superman's cape


  Regathering Revisited
 
Less than a month ago, I was heartened by the progress being made, in small steps, to begin regathering – in small groups, with masks and distancing, and in controlled environments. The vestry has met in-person, and our Bible Study group has met a number of times safely and in-person. In spite of efforts being taken state-wide, our Governor and our Bishop have asked that we take a step back, as the cases of COVID have risen dramatically in our state. Therefore, we are moving back to Phase 1 and using technology for online services and meetings. In some cases, such as Bible Study and the Women’s Mindfulness Group, meetings have been suspended until further notice. In effect, the Trinity campus is now closed for in-person gatherings of all types.
 
The Office will be closed to non-essential visitors, but taking calls and emails as usual. The website will continue to be updated, the E-Newsletter will continue to go out weekly, arriving in your mailboxes on Thursdays, and Sunday service will continue online as usual at 9am every Sunday. I will be available by phone and email and for pastoral emergencies as the situation allows. Our quest for regathering will take place with the highest priority on protecting everyone’s health, as we follow public health and Diocesan directives.
 
This is certainly a disappointment and a setback to our hopes of meeting together in worship sooner, rather than later, and we are all eager to return to worshipping in community. But please bear with us as we move forward and work to protect the safety of our Trinity family by following the guidelines to wear masks, wash hands and limit our travel to that which is necessary. Pray for each other and support one other.  And know that while we cannot see each other during this time, we are always in each other’s hearts.  
 
Fr. Jim+
A Prayer for the
Human Family
O God, you have 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.

From the Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Online Giving
A BIG ‘thank you’ to all our parishioners who continue to mail in donations and stewardship pledges. Read more...

Please Subscribe to Trinity's
You Tube Channel
We are asking all parishioners to subscribe to Trinity's YouTube Channel. Our goal is to achieve 100 Subscribers which will provide us increased visibility and enhanced options on YouTube.   

You can subscribe by clicking here to access Trinity Episcopal Church Sonoma on You Tube. Select the red Subscribe button on the right.    

You may also subscribe during our Live Stream Service on Sunday. Once you access our YouTube Live Stream Services from our
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Thank you for your continued support of our online services.      
LOCAL BUSINESS HOSTED AT TRINITY!
Abbot Courtyard is the destination for ballet these days. With the beautiful outside setting, masks and enough room to for social distancing, the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance is holding classes on the Trinity campus. Patty O'Reilly, the Executive and Artistic Director for the conservatory, is leading classes of teens, tweens, and little ones Monday through Saturday in small groups throughout the day. Temperatures are taken, hand sanitizer is used, mats are disinfected, masks are worn, and social distancing is easy with one student assigned per tree! These measures are in accordance with acceptable County and Diocesan guidelines for safety. Patty even does end of day sanitizing and clean up in the courtyard and restrooms before she leaves - what a wonderful guest!
The Conservatory is accepting new students, but space is obviously limited for in-person classes, though some students have opted to meet on ZOOM! © for classes. You can contact Patty at the Conservatory website: sonomaconservatoryofdance.org for more information. This a wonderful opportunity to support a local business amidst the COVID crisis. Let's hear it for thinking "outside the box," and going the extra mile as a business owner to keep moving forward! Welcome dancers!
101 Reasons to be EPISCOPALIAN

#50 "As an Anglican I can be myself. I can be authentic and feel accepted and respected."
Glauco Soares de Lima
Bishop Primate of Brazil
From the book: 101 Reasons to be Episcopalian, compiled by Louie Crew. Morehouse Publishing, (2003).

We need just a few more bricks
to fill the order...
If you are interested in buying a brick or two, to honor family members or friends, now is a good time to order. We have a partial order waiting to go, we just need a few more brick orders to place the order! Prices run $100.00 per brick, with an identical desk replica available for $50.00. Interested? See the brochures near the bulletin board in the breezeway. You can also download and print the brochure here . Feel free to contact the Church office (938-4846) for more information or assistance. Thank You!
Diocesan & Beyond News
An easy way to keep abreast of the news around the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is to subscribe to its newsletter, the Diocesan e-News, which is delivered to your inbox on most Tuesday afternoons. Click HERE to be directed to their signup page. They take your privacy seriously and do not share their lists with anyone; to unsubscribe, simply click on the unsubscribe link that is at the end of each newsletter and you will be taken off the list immediately.
Resources for Racial Reconciliation
and Justice -- From the Episcopal Church
Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation. This is by no means exhaustive; however, we are aware that many leaders are hoping to deepen their learning, and these resources should help you to move in the right direction. Read More...
WHAT DOES LOVE DO?
Living the Way of Love during Pandemic
In every season of life and every situation — especially in times of crisis, uncertainty, and loss — we return to Jesus and his Way of Love
in order to stay centered on God and live with hope, compassion, and wisdom. The principles and practices below may help you to follow the Way of Love in the difficult days we now face.

Education for Ministry:
Life-changing, Powerful, Informative!
EfM Education For Ministry
 
St. Mary's, Napa is offering EFM to all Christians. St. Mary's is entering its 10th year of the EFM program and has graduated over 20 EFM participants. A minimum of 6 participants must be registered for each group to meet the requirements of the Beecken Center at the Sewanee Theological Seminary, which sponsors and manages this ministry. Therefore each year we search out new members, talking with friends and family, fellow church members and acquaintances. The information below is an overview of the program in the most basic terms. Sewanee also has an in-depth website explaining
the program. For more in-depth information please go to: http://efm.sewanee.edu/

What is EfM?
EfM is a seminar group meeting weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year.
Developed in 1975, by Sewanee School of Theology, it is now a worldwide program. Through  study, prayer, reflection, and fellowship and guided by mentors, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom and their relationship to it. A four-year program, participants may choose to take a year (or years) off and reenter in a future. Read More...
WARNING: Enjoyment of this coursework could lead to the desire to become a priest, according to Fr. Jim Thomas, who experienced this phenomena personally! And we are so glad he did!
Mental Health Moment #3
Enjoy the beauty

America's Crown Jewels

Give yourself a break from sheltering-in-place with a little armchair travel to three of the most beautiful places in the United States
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.
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...
ONGOING

Sunday
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, July 19, 2020
followed by Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom!

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

Wednesday
10am Eucharist & Healing Prayer - Cancelled

 Noon- Bible Study in the Library -
- Cancelled

Thursday
Mindful Living:
Women's Fellowship
Thursdays at
10:30am in the Library
- Cancelled

Friday

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


Cancellations are temporary.
We fully expect all events to resume when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.
Thanks for your patience.
Here endeth the newsletter... See you next week!