Trinity Episcopal Church

36 Main St, Newtown Ct

www.trinitynewtownct.org
Thursday, 07/09/2020
Please note: The Church Office will be closed from
7/20-7/24 as Kim will be on vacation.
Stephen Ministry at Trinity— We’re Still Here For You!
With all of the stresses of these difficult times, coupled with the recent departure of our beloved clergy and their splendid pastoral care, it’s probably a good thing to remind you all that Stephen Ministry at Trinity is still here for you!
As you know, Stephen Ministry is a worldwide movement of lay-led pastoral care that began in 1975 and that Trinity has been part of since the early 2000’s. Stephen Ministry is currently in more than 13,000 congregations from more than 180 Christian denominations, in all 50 states in the US, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries.

By definition, Stephen Ministry is a complete system for training and organizing laypeople to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to hurting people in and around the congregation. More than 600,000 people have been trained as Stephen Ministers in their congregations. And more than 1,500,000 people have  received care from a Stephen Minister in a one-to-one Care-Giver/Care-Receiver relationship.
The logo that Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person behind the cross and a whole person in front of the cross. The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the bro­kenness we can face as we struggle with life’s challenges—big and small. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole. The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God’s unending love for us.  It is truly a ministry of “Christ Caring For People Through People”.

Trinity’s Stephen Ministers are here to help. They are a core of lay people who have received over 50 hours of training to support people in need—and they do so anonymously and confidentially. And they do so lovingly.

The Stephen Leader Team here at Trinity have been especially creative in offering, as they did earlier this year, a series of after-church forum “conversations” on “The Art of Listening” and on “Maintaining Boundaries” in our relationships with each other. We are grateful that we were able to extend our outreach to the larger congregation through these conversations.

There are inevitable times of struggle and burden in everyone’s life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, the empty nest, or perhaps just the feeling of being alone. Surely the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us more vulnerable in ways we could’ve ever imagined.

And that is why we’re writing now.

We ask you all, as the caring people of Trinity, to be on the “lookout” for those who might be in need of care at this time. Think about reaching out and asking them, “Have you thought about seeking the help of a Stephen Ministry Care-Giver?” Remind them that Trinity’s Stephen Ministers are always here to help, for as long as it takes. Suggest to them that they speak to any of the people on the Trinity Stephen Ministry Team, who are listed below and whose contact information is in the Trinity Directory. They can explain in further detail how the Stephen Ministry process works.  

Blessings and Peace from your Stephen Ministry Team:

Cindy Anderau
Geoff Dent
Ron Dukenski
Paget Haylon
Erin Lutz
Gordon Strother
Michelle Toby
Ellie Zarafis

Stephen Ministry
Christ Caring For People Through People
Email Hoax
A number of parishioners have received an email hoax. Someone has created an email address that looks like Jenny's, and is asking for help. Please do not reply to this email, or send money or gift certificates!
Finding Sunday's Worship
This Sunday, July 12, we will join with St. Mark's New Canaan. The Reverend Peter Walsh is thrilled to welcome us!

St. Mark's outdoor Holy Eucharist will be live streamed on Sunday, and can be found here: https://www.stmarksnewcanaan.org/connect/live-streaming-services-and-events/
The Youth Commission is looking for 2 adults to join Noel Bellesheim in leading YAC formation (teens confirmed or about to be) This group will meet monthly on the second Sunday following the church service starting on September 13.
For more information please contact Noel at nbellesheim1033@gmail.com
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.
Second Sunday: July 12 at 4:30pm
As we begin to safely gather, we invite you back to Camp Washington!
 
Join us at the Outdoor Chapel for Evening Prayer officiated by the Rev. Carrie Combs, Provisional Priest-In-Charge at Trinity Collinsville.
In the beauty of our outdoor sanctuary we will read Evening Prayer and offer a time for reflection and Thanksgiving.
 
 Following Evening Prayer we will move to the front lawn for a simple al fresco supper. A donation of $10.00 is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
 
In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be July 19th.
 
In this time of COVID-19 there are some very important guidelines we must follow:
·      You must register prior to the event. Space is limited. NO walk-ins will be allowed.
·      Seating will be assigned.
·      You must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
·      You will be directed where to park upon arrival.
·      If you are not feeling well, or have been around someone who isn’t well, we ask that you stay home.
·      If you are in an at risk population, we encourage you to make healthy choices for you and the community. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
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. 
Worship Leader Training: How to Lead Morning Prayer
 As we continue to live into the vision and direction of “ Transition is the New Normal ” for clergy parish leadership prepared by the Rev. Canon Lee Ann Tolzmann our Canon for Mission Leadership, parishes, especially those served by other than full-time clergy, will be increasingly called to have licensed lay Worship Leaders lead Morning Prayer services on Sundays, both in-person and online.  To help prepare and license lay Worship Leaders, Bishop Ian will be leading an online “Learning to Lead Morning Prayer” training session on Saturday, July 11 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Registration and additional information can be had by being in contact with Amber Page Gehr, Administrator for Transitions and Clergy Support for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut at:  apagegehr@episcopalct.org . Please let Kim know if you will be taking this training.
Summer Office Hours
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, Justin

For those celebrating a birthday this week:
Sue Lewis, Aaron Britton, Sophfronia Scott Gregory
Trinity's Video - check it out!
There are events happening at Camp Washington - click here to learn more!
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