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Stewardship Update

Good Afternoon,

For those of you who have already pledged for 2024 - thank you! Your continued support the ministries and programs Trinity is greatly appreciated. As your treasurer I see first hand the generosity of this parish, so thank you.

For those of you still contemplating your 2024 pledge, I would ask that you click on the electronic pledge card and please return a pledge to the office so that Trinity can finalize our 2024 budget. Your generosity and thoughtful consideration on this is truly appreciated.

It was just last Sunday afternoon where a few of Trinity's youth as well as members of the Mission and outreach were able to feed many hungry souls at Chapel on the Green, just one of many programs that Trinity supports with your help. If you have never been to Chapel on the Green it is a lovely way to see your gifts be put to good use.

Noel Bellesheim

Names, Photos or Images for All Saints Day

All Saints Day - a day when we glimpse eternity. We also remember those saints of Christian history who exhibited unusual courage, extravagant generosity, and peace in the face of adversity. We remember those who gave even their very lives.


On Sunday, November 5th, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday at our 9:30am service of Holy Eucharist. At this service, we want to remember our own saints: those who taught us courage and honesty, how to love and do justice, walk humbly with God. Good and faithful folk who, in their own way, built the Kingdom of God on earth our own Saints in your lives that are no longer with us.


We are asking everyone to share their own photos or images so they can join us in the service as we remember the special gift they gave in our lives.  The images can be photos of loved ones among your family or friends that you remember with love or perhaps images of the Saints that have been important in your spiritual journey.


In preparation, we are asking that you bring in your photos as early as this Sunday, October 29th.   Please attach some tape to the back of your image with your family name on the back so we can make sure they are returned. Marcia and Patrick DeBrock are coordinating this ministry, they will be available Sunday to collect your photos. You can also drop off photos or images at the office during the week.


We would love everyone to participate and have a church full of family or images that have been special in our lives. Oh, the stories such images could tell!  When they are with us in our historic Sanctuary, they will be a visible reminder of an invisible truth: the communion of saints surrounding and upholding us, always.


In addition, we would like to read aloud the names of your saints and departed loved ones during the All Saints Day service. Please drop the names into the offering basket this Sunday or send an email to the Church Office before Wednesday, November 1st.


This is a special day so provide a name, bring in a photo and we will find that they are here, with us! They are in us, among us, between us … all around us. Invite a family member or friend to pray with us on All Saints Sunday.

The youth of Trinity took over this wonderful project in 2016 when Mackenzie Page left for college. She started the challenge in 2011 when she was in eighth grade at NMS; she was inspired to support her friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. She invited residents to drop off carved pumpkins at her family's home on Main Street with a suggested donation of $5 for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp serving children with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Last year we raised $900 and I think we raise even more this year. Please help us continue our efforts to keep this inspiring Halloween tradition going. Join us in the Glover Community Room on Sunday, October 29th for a ALL parish pumpkin carving event. The pumpkins will already be cleaned out and ready to carve. If you are not creative (like me), we will have patterns that make it easy and you won't believe how "artistic" they will look!

The masterpieces will be lit up on October 30th and 31st, and will bring light to Newtown and the lives of children battling serious illnesses.

Halloween - We Need Your Help! Please sign up for an hour or two to help pass out candy at the church or rectory. You can sign up here, email the office or just let me know. Thank you!

Julie Dunn

Halloween Candy Collection!

Candy collection bins are out at each entrance. Please help us support Newtown's epic Halloween on Main!

The Little Pantry has been blessed!

Leaving donations.

You may put them on the bench outside the Sanctuary as we have alway done with Faith Food donations. You may also bring them to the cupboard on the lower level of Trinity; follow the signs. And donations are always welcome in the pantry on the shelf marked “for donations” Additionally, Venmo contributions are always welcome.


Another bag painting day is scheduled for Nov 12 during Breakfast Sunday. Please show off your bag or someone else’s by using it for your food donation!

List of needs

Please use this link to see what the Little pantry loves to see!


Or see the list posted on the bulletin boards and in the Glover room.

The Little Pantry Philosophy

Of all the available food resources in the community, we are the corner store. It means that we will have items for a quick dinner, an emergency meal or last minute solutions for those in need. We want to keep the pantry stocked but not over stocked. We hope people will also get their regular needs from Faith Food Pantry down the road!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this mission!

On October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation "Laudate Deum." His letter is addressed to "to all people of good will on the climate crisis." That includes us, so let's read it. (It's not long.) This letter follows on from Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si," "On Care for Our Common Home."

Love Never Ends and Neither Does Laundry

Thanks to the generosity of donors such as Trinity, Laundry Love of Greater Danbury was able to greatly expand their reach during 2022-2023. LLGD serves low income/no income families with free laundry cards. Each card, which is worth $10.00, provides the user with two washes, two dries.

Please read the attached PDF file for our Annual Report or pick up one, along with a remit

envelope, at the side door. The Annual Report tells an exciting story of growth and success!

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer at our monthly on-site event (White’s Wash in Danbury), please contact Carol Bigman at bigmancarol@gmail.com or 203-300-8338.

Thank you for your continued support of LLGD.

LLGD Annual Report

The Properties team will be gathering this Saturday morning from 8:30 - 12 to spruce up our grounds. All are welcome to join - many hands make light work!

We’ve got some wonderful musical offerings in store this week, so mark your calendars!

The Church School kiddos have been working on a song to sing for the congregation during worship this coming Sunday, which is also the same day they are allowed to come to church in their Halloween costumes. After we practiced the song last Sunday, the kids shared with me what their costumes will be, and this may indeed be a historic event for Trinity. When else has a song been presented in church by a pirate, a firefighting dog, and a slice of bacon? You really can’t miss this! 

On Tuesday the 31st, our doors will once again be open to the community as thousands of Trick-or-Treaters make their way up and down Main Street. We are blessed this year to again have our own Simon Bowditch providing hours of spooky organ music for those who walk by the church. Last year was my first year experiencing Newtown’s epic Halloween, and I saw so many people wander into the sanctuary to listen to our mighty Austin Organ being so masterfully played. Thank you, Simon, for your generous gift to the community and sharing our magnificent instrument’s power with everyone!

No matter the season, music is always at the heart of Trinity’s ministry to our congregation and community. 

See you on Sunday!


This Sunday kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to church! We'll have a little party in church school and march in a costume parade during worship. Kids will also sing for the congregation. After church kids (and adults!) can paint and carve pumpkins in the Glover Community Room. You won't want to miss the fun!

Last Sunday kids participated in a science workshop to reinforce their learning of the story of the first sin. Kids used various tools to test each other's sense of touch and we talked about how our senses warn us and keep us safe, just like God.

Upcoming events:

*Sunday, October 29, Wear your costume to church, Children's costume parade and mini concertPumpkin carving and painting during coffee hour

*Sunday, November 5, Christmas Pageant sign ups start AND Daylight Savings Time ends

*Sunday, November 12, Paint shopping bags for Trinity's Little Pantry AND Church Breakfast

Saturday 10/28 11am- youth meet in front of Trinity to set up the scaffolding and to prepare pumpkins and set up for All Parish carving following morning

Sunday 10/29: All Parish carving in Glover Community Room after service and bring carved pumpkins up to scaffolding. Collect pumpkins and donations from community 11:30-2pm

Halloween Tuesday 10/31: Click here to sign up for 1-2 hours to pass out candy

Sunday 11/12 youth meeting after church in library

Sunday 12/10 Youth meeting after church in library

Connecticut Choral Society Concert - November 10th

Join the Connecticut Choral Society and Trinity Episcopal Church for The Breath of Life—part of the Connecticut Choral Society’s 2023/2024 Concert Season. The Breath of Life features Dan Forrest’s celebration of joy and life woven with the pain of loss. The concert will also feature Forrest’s Light Beyond the Shadow and Always Something Sings, Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Two Songs by American composer Amy Beach. Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, concert will feature soprano, Francesca Federico, soprano, Michael Ferri, violin, Mirian Liske-Doorandish, cello, Max Vladimiroff, piano, and renowned organist and pianist, Linda Sweetman-Waters. The Connecticut Choral Society will also be joined by ORCHESTRANEXUS and the Nexus Choral Artists. The Breath of Life will be performed here on Friday, November 10th at 7:30 pm. Two matinees are also scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 pm at North Congregational Church, 11 Main Street North, Woodbury, or Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 pm at Valley Presbyterian Church, 21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield. General Admission is $25 and tickets may be purchased online or at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information visit: www.ctchoralsociety.com and LIKE/FOLLOW the Connecticut Choral Society on FacebookInstagram @connecticutchoralsociety. 

A message from the CCS Board:

I am Valerie Becker, a new Board member of the Connecticut Choral Society looking to organize

a team of 6 ushers for our upcoming concert at Trinity.

We are looking to recruit volunteer ushers from the congregation at Trinity Episcopal for our concert there on November 10th. 

It is a delightful opportunity to welcome audience members with a smile, help them find

a seat, hand out programs or sell tickets.

Ushers should dress in concert black, if possible, arrive a bit early to help set up and stay 15

minutes past concert start to seat late-comers.

All ushers will receive a free ticket, an official name tag and a huge measure of gratitude!

Please let Kim know if you are interested in being a part of this event!

Kind regards, 

Valerie Becker 

CCS Board Member

Weekly Happenings

Trinity Episcopal Church is holding Christian Yoga classes. The sessions are held 7-8pm in the Glover Community Room on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Led by Erin Lutz, a registered yoga teacher, Christian Yoga will blend yogic movements and breath work with scripture readings and prayer. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water bottle and any props, such as yoga blocks. Participants are also asked to arrive ten minutes early so the class can start on time. Free will offering is voluntary.

Trinity's nursery is open every Sunday from 9:15 - 11:15, and is professionally staffed by Wee Care Nanny Agency.

Trinity's Grief Support Group runs every first and third Thursday of the month, and is open to all.

Praise and Thanksgiving

For those requesting our prayers

Arlene, Maureen, Janet, Rick, Marie, Jennifer, Joyce, Jacky, Gail, Alveta, Bode, Gracie, Martha, Daniel, Elaine, Beverly, Linda, Judy, Cheryl, Leon, Shirley, Dan, Brian, Hilda, Jim, Bea, Roger, Brian, Anna, Patty, Kathy, Viola, Donald, Howard, Raj

For those celebrating a birthday this week

Austin Benedetto

For those celebrating an anniversary this week

Cindy & Peter Anderau

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