Seeds ... February 7, 2024

Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras here at Christ Trinity

on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for pancakes with honest-to-goodness real maple syrup, delicious sausage, amazing applesauce, and bountiful beads. Free-will offerings will support our work in the community.

There is a sign-up sheet at church, but for now, here is what we are going to need: We need 6 kitchen:. 3 pancake flippers, 2 sausage/pancake platers and 1 dishwasher.

We need 2-3 runners/waiters/bussers. They will handle coffee and drinks too.

We need 1 person overseeing the set up and then 3 more people to set up tables, chairs, table cloths…decorating Tuesday set up in early afternoon..

After Mardi Gras, we will need bussing and a clean-up crew.

Making Sense of the Christian Faith

This Lent, Pastor Erik will be leading a two week intensive workshop on the basics of the Christian faith.  The classes will run each day from March 18-22, and through Holy Week, from March 25-30 with the last three classes taking the form of the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday worship services.  

This workshop is designed to be Baptismal Preparation, Confirmation class, a non-Christian’s exploration of Christianity, a part of your Lenten discipline, or just a time to look with new eyes at the faith you’ve had for a lifetime.  

Please let Pastor Erik know if you are interested in this workshop and what times of day work best for you to attend the classes.  

Annual Meeting Sunday

You will want to attend this important meeting to get the inside scoop on what is happening behind the scenes at Christ Trinity Church. We will also elect new Vestry Council members. A link to the Annual Report can be found below.

From Pastor Erik

Friends in Christ, I wanted to let you all know that Kelly has returned to treatment and both of us would appreciate your prayers in this challenging time for us both. We are so very thankful that we are part of this incredibly supportive community that is patient, kind, compassionate and understanding. Thank you!

Our dinosaur watches as the asteroid approaches

We are getting closer and closer to reaching our Warm Our Hearts goal of raising $24,000.. These funds will replace the critically endangered rectory boiler and replace the broken sanctuary air conditioner with a heat pump. The new heat pump will not only provide cooling in the summer but greatly reduce our reliance on our very old dinosaur of a furnace and the use of fossil fuel oil in the winter.

The campaign ends on Valentine's Day, a week from today. If you are someone who enjoys being in the parish hall or the church with heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, please consider making a gift. No donation is too small. There's a little wooden donation box in the parish hall or you may write a check, or click the button below.

Thank you to everyone who has given to Warm Our Hearts.

Warm our Hearts

Ashes at Noon February 14

Three Ash Wednesday services will be held by the Episcopal Lutheran churches in South County. Please attend the service that best fits your schedule on February 14.:

10:00 am Grace Church Chapel at 67 State Road in Great Barrington

12:00 Noon at Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield

6:00 pm at St. Paul's Church in the center of Stockbridge

World Class Chamber Music in the Berkshires


One of the most sublime combinations of instruments is the Piano Trio: Violin, Cello, and Piano. There are thousands of works written for this genre of chamber music.

Hear one of the greatest, the Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 by ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK on Saturday, February 17 at 2 pm in the glorious sun-lit Old Parish Church in Sheffield.

Featuring Artistic Director Jorge Àvila, Violin; Eliot Bailen, Cello; and Adrienne Kim, Piano.

COST: $40 * Children under 18 FREE with a ticketed adult *

Card to Culture participants - FREE

Our three-concert season begins on February 17,

followed by our June 8 and September 14 concerts under the Pavilion in the Sheffield Town Park. NEW this year: our September concert will feature a Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Jorge Àvila!


Reviving the Soul

Bible Study will meet on Friday February 23 at 1:00 in the Parish Hall. We will read and discuss the topic "The Ten Commandments- Reviving the Soul."

February's meeting will cover the first four commandments and we'll discuss the other six at the March meeting. Please email Imelda Muller or the church office if you would like to come. 

The greatest moral challenge

Join Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem

Feb 20, 10am online

Organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

"As the world awakens to catastrophic threats to our climate and as authoritarian leaders threaten democracy, Lent invites us to join Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem. If we are to engage the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced, we need Jesus’ guidance.


This webinar will suggest ways in which our Lenten texts provide an opportunity to shape sermons that offer hope to our congregations, engage their imagination, and inspire them to take action for climate justice."



·        The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President, United Church of Christ

·        The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western MA & Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ; Creation Care Advisor, Episcopal Diocese of MA

Register here

Take a look at these Lenten resources from our diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the New England Synod ELCA, and from The Episcopal Church.

View Lenten resources here.

Events at Christ Trinity

February 11th Annual Meeting after worship

February 13th Mardi Gras Pancake Supper 5:00 - 7:00

February 14th Ash Wednesday service at noon

February 17th Lich Gate Concerts' winter concert at Old Parish

September 28th Berkstock

Saturdays at 10:00 Gentle Yoga with Senta Reis in our Parish Hall

Gentle/Moderate Yoga Saturday mornings at 10

Accessible to any level of experience or fitness. Focus on flexibility, stress reduction, balance and gentle strengthening. A comprehensive practice that includes nourishment for body, soul and spirit. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket and any props you like. 

The fee for the class is donation-based, $10 is suggested with 20% of the proceeds donated to Christ Trinity to support church programming. 

Our instructor is Senta Rafaela Reis, M.Ed. KYT. Senta is a comprehensive Yoga teacher, Sound Bath provider, Reiki practitioner, and Expressive Arts Facilitator.  


Senta provides heart centered yoga, sound journeys, and expressive art experiences in a broad range of settings. She is grounded in a love and commitment to the cultivation of accessible community practices for diverse abilities and experience. 

She is a certified 500hr.Kripalu yoga and yoga dance teacher, Reiki Master level, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. She has worked for over 25 years as a certified special education teacher bringing artistic educational practices to diverse populations and needs.

Annual Report features the "Grey Cottage"

Please review the 2023 Annual Report before coming to the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 11th. We will meet in the parish hall after worship. If you could print and bring the report with you, that would be great. Only a limited number of paper copies will be available at the meeting. Supplementary materials will also be available.

2023 Annual Report


Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811

180 Main Street

PO Box 127

Sheffield, MA 01257

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Seeds editor: Jean Chapin

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