Trinity Episcopal Church

36 Main St, Newtown Ct
Thursday, 06/25/2020
Saying a blessing before every meal was a given in our home growing up. Before anyone took the first bite, we would pray, “God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food. Amen.” This simple theology still rings true for me. God IS great. God IS good. Let us thank God.

And so, it is, that I thank God for you. I thank God for our years of ministry together. I thank God for all the shared meals—the chili-cookoff, Epiphany parties with a Cajun flair, Mardi Gras feast, cookouts and barbeque at the rectory, vestry potlucks, soup suppers, pizza and popcorn, Women of Trinity snacks and such, tacos in the barn with the Youth Commission, Senior breakfasts with made-to-order omelets (really sorry we couldn’t do it this year!), lots of cake to celebrate baptisms, confirmations and ordinations, King Cake bakeoffs, dinner church (which I had to miss), picnic in the park, coffee hours and last but not least, Breakfast Sundays! I give thanks for so many wonderful memories of food and fellowship shared with you. 

Yes, God IS great and God IS good. And I thank God for our—listening sessions, sacred conversations, Lenten studies, icon writing, Bible studies, sharing our stories of faith, imagining the future, annual meetings, “trying on” new things, generous giving for the “Look Up” campaign, making disciples, becoming apostles, following Jesus out into the neighborhood, serving the needs of others, taking stands for justice, gathering on retreats and praying for one another. I thank God for Sunday morning worship, healing services, services of remembrance, Holy Week liturgies and the high holy days of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. 

You are a faithful people and my heart is overflowing with gratitude! May God bless you and guide you as you continue to grow into the fullness of Christ’s Body as Trinity Church.

Love, Jenny+ 
A Letter from the Task Force for Reopening
Dear Trinity Church,
Both the world and Trinity are going through transitions and experiencing uncertainty. We are sure that you are wondering what worship at Trinity will look like in the next few months. Jenny's last Sunday with us is this week Sunday, June 28 and the vestry is faithfully discerning who God is calling as our next rector. We are planning to work closely with our new rector on a concrete plan for reopening. When we are able to gather for in-person worship, we will be incorporating safety procedures based on the ECCT guidelines, the CDC and the State of CT.  Things will look a little different than usual, please understand these potential changes are for everyone’s best interest.
In the meantime, Jenny is providing the wardens with opportunities for Trinity to worship virtually with other churches in the ECCT.  On July 5 th Trinity Newtown will be part of the virtual congregation of St. Paul’s Riverside, on July 12 th with St. Mark’s New Canaan, on July 19 th with St. Matthew’s Wilton, and on July 26 th with Trinity Southport.  These rectors are graciously inviting all of us to join them for worship. We’re seeing this as a wonderful opportunity to make new virtual friends and perhaps even discover some worship ideas we’d like to “try on” here at Trinity.  
While we wish we could give you more definite information about our reopening, please know that we are working diligently to make our in-person worship safe for everyone and we are taking every precaution. We will keep you posted as our plans develop and we thank you for your patience during this strange, yet holy time.
Hope, Faith and Love,
Trinity’s Task Force for Reopening: 
Gordon Dunn, David Ericson, Cathy Filiato and Moe Pershinsky
Finding Sunday's Worship
Virtual worship at Trinity is easy to find! This link will take you directly to Sunday worship, which will begin at 9:30am on Sunday.

Next Sunday, July 5, we will join with St. Paul's Riverside. Worship will be livestreamed at 10:15am. To watch, please use this link:
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.
Happy Hour Book Club with Christ Church Trumbull
Pastor Jane Jeuland, the Missional Priest in Charge, at Christ Church, would like to invite you to join their book club. Pastor Jane and theirsummer intern and Yale Divinity School student, Paige, are co-hosting this book club, starting on June 29th.
Happy Hour Book Club starts next Monday! It will run  June 29 - August 10th from 5-6ish on Mondays.
Zoom meeting ID: 835 2512 5007
Follow this link to join the meeting with above meeting ID:
The book for our focus is   Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg. 
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) emphasizes deep listening to feelings and needs in others and ourselves to cultivate richer relationships. The NVC process of expressing honestly and receiving empathetically can be understood as a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity. It’s also a powerful tool for conflict resolution.
For the book club itself, please read about two chapters a week on your own and then come together as a group to practice the skills we learn from the book using exercises from the NVC workbook (there is no need to purchase the workbook). WeI are hoping this can be a useful skill to enrich our professional, personal, and spiritual lives. The book can be purchased for about $10 from Amazon and other online bookstores, or you can look into borrowing the ebook from your local library.  The activities are structured so everyone can participate even if they weren't able to read the chapters for the week.
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. 
Parenting in the Wilderness:
A Sacred Space for Connection & Fun
9am, Noon or 8:30pm the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
Begins Thursday, June 25

Word on the street is that parenting and providing care for children of all ages has been a bit more (ahem) challenging in the last few months. While many of us have reached our Zoom limits, ECCT invites you into a sacred space of compassion and grace, hoping to provide some support and fellowship to those of us struggling to make it all work, as we care for children. We hope to have a little fun together, too. Each meeting, we’ll gather together with clergy and lay facilitators to hold one another up.

Please be sure your name in your Zoom “square” displays your name & your parish affiliation, so that we can safely be in conversation.
Summer Office Hours
June - Monday - Thursday: 9am - 1:30pm
July - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9am - 1:30pm

While our building remains closed, communication continues through voicemail, email and virtual zoom meetings.
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, Larry Coleman, Danielle Lima

For those celebrating a birthday this week:
Teagan Waaler, Connie Decker, Kit Dougherty

For those celebrating an anniversary this week:
Dorothy & Ron Schmidt
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