Trinity Episcopal Church

36 Main St, Newtown Ct
Thursday, 05/21/2020
There’s definitely more foot traffic on Main Street these days! Along with the dog walkers we see regularly—Herb and Max, Heather and Zoe, Alene and Samson—there now are couples, families, teens and more dog walkers. What’s interesting is how we are navigating the sidewalks to practice safe distance socializing. There’s no established protocol of who first moves out of the way. No one is policing the property. It just happens. Like graceful dancers giving wide berth on the dance floor to prevent injury, safe space is created naturally out of respect and care. There’s an honoring of the other often made with an added smile, wave or brief verbal distant greeting.  

No doubt about it, keeping safe distance boundaries will continue to be needed on the sidewalks of Main Street for quite some time as well as inside 36 Main Street—Trinity Church. For example, following guidelines from Governor Lamont as well as protocols and directions from Bishop Ian and Bishop Laura, Trinity Church will remain closed at least until June 20 th . Staff is continuing to work from home and staggering days/times when it is essential to be in the building. All meetings continue to be held virtually with Zoom and through June 28 th Sunday worship will be videotaped as we’ve been doing.  

To help us further comply with the First Phase of Living with COVID-19 and reopening, the Vestry has appointed Moe Pershinsky, Cathy Filiato, Gordon Dunn, and David Erickson to serve as our Task Force. They will make their recommendations for compliance to the Vestry by June 5 th . So, stay tune for more to come on social distancing, as well as when and how we gather for in-person worship and fellowship.  

On this Ascension Day, may we be comforted by the promise of Jesus that he abides with his Church on earth, even—during this COVID-19 pandemic when we must keep our distance socially for the well-being of all—even to the end of the ages. Remember, more than ever, we are all in this together! 

Blessings, Jenny+
Bidding Farewell to Matt
This Sunday we will bless our Curate, Matt Babcock, before he moves at the end of May to Winnetka, Illinois to begin serving as the Associate Rector of Christ Church. Matt began serving Trinity Church in August 2019 with primary responsibilities of working with our youth and families. Thank you, Matt, for nurturing our youth (and adult) confirmands, connecting with our older youth, and for giving those awesome children’s sermons! For these and many other contributions (auctioneer extraordinaire, caring pastor, collaborator and colleague) we are grateful. You are a gifted and creative priest who ministers to others with passion and devotion. Know that you are loved and will be missed! After we worship virtually on Sunday at 9:30am, all are invited to join a Zoom call at 11:00am as we say our good-byes to Matt. 

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Meeting ID: 879 8569 6182

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Being Church Now
The best way to experience Trinity Church these days is to visit our website often  Sunday worship videos are available as well as other opportunities for connection, fellowship and prayer. Our vestry has divided up our active-member parish directory to stay connected with you. And if you find additional pastoral support and connection would helpful, please call or text our Priest in Charge, Jenny (315-264-9311). 
Confidential Electronic Prayers
You can email any confidential prayer request that you have to . You will receive a prayer back from clergy with our specific prayer for you. Your prayer will then be confidentially shared with a prayer team within our parish who will also be praying for you.
Virtual Meetings by Zoom
If you are part of Trinity Church, our meetings and gatherings are held virtually by using our Zoom virtual meeting space. To schedule a meeting, please  email Kim . Kim will schedule the meeting, and then send the link to the person who requested the meeting. Kim's office hours are still 9-3 Monday through Friday.
Outdoor Labyrinth & Memorial Garden
Our outdoor labyrinth remains available for your use at any time for prayer and reflection. Our Memorial Garden is also a quiet outdoor space to sit and meditate.
Faithful Stewardship and Giving
Your tithes and offerings are always much appreciated and especially during this time of quarantine with virtual worship. God continues to bless us with faithful giving and givers, so thank you! On-line giving through Vanco is easy and if you need assistance in setting this up, please contact the Church Office, 203-426-9070. Checks can also be mailed to: Trinity Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.
Do you miss Passing the Peace and catching up at Coffee Hour? Then "try on" this new time for the
Stephen Ministry Drop-In for Fellowship and Prayer (via Zoom)

For the next two Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:00pm your Stephen Ministry Leader team will be hosting a drop-In opportunity for prayer and fellowship. This group is open to all and is a time to share our prayer concerns and thanksgivings. Each of the meetings will be hosted by members of the Stephen Leader Team. All you need to do is click on the link below a few minutes before 4pm to join in. Here are the dates and Zoom links:

Today, May 21, 4pm
Thursday, May 28, 4pm

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Again, these Zoom gatherings are intended to be an additional way for us to connect with each other here at Trinity—to support and pray for each other. They are not about counseling or problem-solving, but about caring for each other.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cindy Anderau at .
Stephen Ministry—Christ Caring For People Through People
Men's Coffee Hour
Would you be interested in participating in a Zoom virtual coffee hour with your fellow Trinity men once a week to fellowship, share what ’s going on in your life, and offer up a bible verse or a reading from the Book of Common prayer that we would discuss.

Our coffee hour is scheduled for Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and ending by 10am, or earlier if we want to wrap it up. 

Please RSVP by sending an email or calling Randy Lewis  and 203-240-1197. Your questions are welcome.

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Meeting ID: 883 7237 7045

Let’s join together to validate and affirm each other, share our concerns and joys in our common Christian life, and enjoy great fellowship.
Trinity Social Chat
All are invited to a Zoom Trinity Lunch Bunch Chat, now renamed Trinity Social Chat, at 12 Noon every Thursday. Stay as long or as little as you like in this social chat. About five minutes or so before noon, click on the link just below.

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Meeting ID: 879 4847 1849

When it opens, Zoom will invite you to download some software for participating (it is used for all Trinity Zoom meetings). Then follow the prompts, entering the Meeting ID 879 4847 1849 . Then press Enter. You will be in the meeting! I am also available at 203-491-6030 if needed. See you on May 14th.
Happy Hour Fridays
“Distance socializing” is the purpose of this virtual gathering on Fridays at 5:00pm. Jenny hosts from the rectory and invites you to email her some interesting questions, good news to share with the parish, and other things that will help to make us smile. 
Grief and Graduation  and  Ideas & Resources For Lament & Thanksgiving *Especially Appropriate For Those Working With Youth  are posts by Sharon Ely Pearson. They can be helpful in processing loss and grief with youth and young adults, including ideas for celebrating important moments the best way we can right now.  .
ECCT COVID-19 Self Care Resources
In this time of great anxiety, here are some resources for you and your family to care for yourself. 

Camp Washington is committed to helping our community by providing individual frozen meals, prepared in-house by Ben, packed and ready to heat. We offer these meals, with love, to those who need us most right now.

We will distribute meals on  Friday, May 22nd from 10-2 in the front circle driveway at Camp.  We will practice all social distancing protocols- cars will drive-up to the table and meals will be delivered to individual car windows. We will provide meals until we run out.

PLEASE  share this news with those you know who need meals, or come by and pick up and deliver for those who can't, but need.

ALSO, we welcome donations  of non-perishable pantry items which we will in turn offer to our guests who stop by on Friday. Pantry items may be brought to Camp on  Wednesday, May 20th from 9-3,  a collection area will be set-up in the front circle driveway at Camp.

We are holding you in prayer and look forward to being together again, soon.

During these uncertain times, we are thankful to provide hope and hospitality, as we join Jesus in the neighborhood.

Upcoming Non-Perishable Pantry Item Donation Drop Off at Camp Washington - June 3, 2020

Upcoming Meal Distribution at Camp Washington - June 5, 2020.
Praise and Thanksgiving

For those requesting our prayers: Arlene Coleman, Rev. William West, Maureen Trotto, Bode Kloos, Judith Harris, Ann Moore, Janet LaBati, Mike Peters, Tim Williams (Ellie's Williams Father)

For those celebrating a birthday this week:
Michelle Toby, Walt Streett, Marta Ferreira, Veronica Hempstead, Juliette Britton

For those celebrating an anniversary this week:
Rick and Paget Haylon
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