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

 Facebook Live-Stream broadcast this
Sunday - Easter 4, May 3rd at 9:00am.

**Readings for Sunday may be downloaded here .**

At 10:15, Join us through Zoom! for a virtual coffee hour - click here to gain access!

Online Sunday Worship
Should our new Trinity website not be available on Sunday morning and if you do not have a Facebook account, please log on to https://www.facebook.com/TrinityEpiscopalSonoma/ to view our Facebook Live service.  
We thank you for your patience during our transition.  
Ruben Cota Schultz
Communications Committee Chair

Wash Your Hands ~ Be Safe ~ Don't Panic ~ Be Sensible

This week's "Habits of Grace" video from
Presiding Bishop Curry
Living Compass is offering a 28-day e-Retreat on "Contemplative Practices and Well-Being" that we will be offering through a private Facebook Group. The first of the 28 reflections and contemplative practice suggestions will be posted May 4, 2020, but you can join the group now.
To join the private Facebook group for the 28-day eRetreat Contemplative Practices and Well-Being, click  HERE.

Online Giving
A special ‘thank you’ to all our parishioners who continue to mail in donations and stewardship pledges.  We have also seen an increase in online giving through Realm.  
Parishioners may continue to mail their donations and monthly stewardship pledge contributions to the parish office at 275 E. Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.  You can also easily provide your donation or pledge by accessing our website at  www.trinitysonoma.org . From the home page, select ‘ Give to Trinity’ .  After you enter the amount, from the drop down, you can select the General Fund, Pledges or Flowers. You may also sign in as a Guest or sign-in to your Realm account. You can make a one-time donation or set up for monthly donations based on the date of your choice.   
For questions or assistance, please contact Ruben Cota Schultz at  rdcjr@sbcglobal.net . Your continued financial support while our church is closed is greatly appreciated.    
101 Reasons to be EPISCOPALIAN

#94: Ours is the perfect church for people who aren't perfect.
John F. Schwaller
Diocese of Minnesota
From the book: 101 Reasons to be Episcopalian, compiled by Louie Crew. Morehouse Publishing, (2003).
From Marianne Uhl!

Greetings to all from Italy,
Thankfully we're still well and counting our blessings that we do not personally know anyone sick. Since March 10th we've been under a very strict lockdown with many 'incentives' designed to persuade us to follow the many rules that at first seemed to change daily. At this point the rules in Italy and the US seem basically the same, only they are enforced here with more gusto. (Note attached photos taken from La Voce, the local newspaper, this past week.)
The whole situation started way too close to us back on Feb. 21 when Italy's first Covid-19 death was recorded in Vo, a town about 30 miles from us that is located in an area known for spas. Seems like eons ago. The whole town was quarantined for 2 weeks. We watched as the town turned into a twilight zone, never thinking it could happen to all of us... However all the rules and fines finally seem to be working. The situation is improving. With social distancing rules still in place, industrial businesses opened this past week. And the new, (moving), target date for lifting the lockdown for everyone is May 3. This past week I could feel a glimmer of life's rhythm returning as I watched farmers plant the field in back of our house. Hopefully something better than what passed for normal will soon emerge. Sending well wishes to all, 
Announcing our New Trinity Website
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Trinity website. 
Our new website will allow access to our new Online Services with enhanced visibility for mobile users and will reflect our parish personality with an easy to use modern look and feel.    
We also began the process of changing our website hosting company to improve reliability and performance. During this transition, our existing website is no longer available.   Due to COVID-19, tech companies are operating with a reduced workforce therefore our new site will become active sometime between Friday, May 1 st and Monday, May 4 th .  Our hope is that our new site will be available on Friday prior to Sunday’s Online Service.
Meet John Meyer:
Our New Church Sexton!
Just recently John was officially hired to work as our church sexton (custodian) and has been doing a wonderful job taking care of the facilities and making sure everything is sparkling clean. You will be pleased to see the results of his hard work when we are all able to gather again at Trinity.
John has been helping out as a volunteer at Trinity for a while now, but has merited advance-ment as a paid employee! He is shown here (appropriately masked!) holding his first paycheck from Trinity!
Congratulations John!
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.
Highlights of Sunday's Service
Sermons at Trinity:

  • You can listen to past sermons on the parish website.

Sunday Snaps :

  • Will return when WE return!
Pastoral Care Corner
Your prayers are requested -

for members and friends of the parish  who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including Muff Davey, Christina Van Krugel and Linda Dowd for healing, for those grieving the loss of loved ones and for those named on our Prayer List .

If you know of an individual in need of prayer, please email the office at trinityepiscopalsonoma@comcast.net. Thanks!

A few closing smiles...

9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, May 3, 2020
followed by Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
5:30am in Abbot Courtyard
Start the day with a 60 minute balanced workout.
All fitness levels welcome.

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

10am Eucharist & Healing Prayer - Cancelled

 Noon- Bible Study in the Library - Cancelled

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


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!