Trinity Episcopal Church

36 Main St, Newtown Ct

www.trinitynewtownct.org
Thursday, 03/12/2020
Important Announcement
With most experts telling us that the goal at this point is to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we will be suspending worship at Trinity for at least the next two Sundays—March 15 th and March 22 nd . We will be experimenting with an option to live stream the service through our website and will be posting our worship bulletin for you to follow. While this is not ideal, we are doing our best to ensure the well-being of us all. In the coming week, we’ll also be providing digital ways of staying connected. Let us know how you are doing. We are here to provide spiritual support during these challenging days of uncertainty. Pray for one another. Realize these are time-limited changes.  For those who are interested in an on-line resource for daily worship you may find this helpful: https://missionstclare.com/english/index.html

Regarding all other parish activities, starting tomorrow March 13 th , these gatherings will be suspended until further notice: the Saturday Bible Study, Centering Prayer, Monday Women’s Prayer Group, Adult Confirmation, Choir Rehearsal and all commission meetings. The vestry meeting on Sunday will be held via “Go To Webinar.”  
My spiritual director is wise. She keeps me accountable for the nurture and care of my soul. Knowing that being around water sustains me spiritually, she suggested Silver Sands State Park in Milford. So, with our sunny 70-degree weather on Monday, that’s exactly where I headed for an afternoon walk. Silver Sands did not disappoint. The sun and sand, water and wind, lessened my weariness. Watching the seagulls soar calmed my anxiety. Walking the boardwalk, observing the marsh as well as the waves, was restorative. I was there less than an hour and yet left feeling lighter of spirit and loved by God. 

 Yes, we are all anxious. COVID-19 will get worse before it gets better. It will take a while for the stock market to readjust. Travel plans are being disrupted. Hand sanitizer is nowhere to be found. Decisions about gatherings are changing daily. Life is anything but business as usual. Rather than stress out, what if we were simply to accept this as a reality of life. Might this be a wonderful unexpected opportunity to reassess our priorities, to slow down and take advantage of the disruption. For example, we can pray. We can be out in nature. We can do something that nurtures our soul—read the Bible, write a letter, clean out a closet, tune into our breathing, take a nap, go for a walk or run. To protect yourself and others, stay out of crowds, wash your hands often, work remotely when you can, if you feel sick stay home and seek medical attention, check on the most vulnerable of our family, friends and neighbors. Be prepared, take precautions, try not to panic.

We are all in this together and we will get through this season of uncertainty. As for Trinity Church, we are going to err on the side of safety and care. The health of one is the health of us all. Reach out to me and Matt as needed. Know that you are being held in the loving arms of Jesus. Take to heart the words of Saint Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Faithfully, Jenny+
Praise and Thanksgiving

For those requesting our prayers:
Arlene Coleman, Peter Jameson, Rev. William West, Maureen Trotto, Bode Kloos, Karen Gardner, Judith Harris, Ann Moore, Jane Flader, Marlene Yeomans, Robert Fowler

For those celebrating a birthday this week: Dennis O'Connor,
Anne Calmels, Teddy Jameson, Joe Newell, Brandon Lutz
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