Weekly Announcements  
October 16, 2020
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  • Worship & Formation Opportunities
  • Parish Milestones
  • Prayer Requests, Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Sunday School / Nursery Cancelled for the Fall

The Sunday School teachers and Fr. Court met to discuss plans for Sunday School this Fall. It was decided, due to considerations around Covid-19 and the fact that the students will be going to school virtually during the week, that we will cancel Sunday School this fall.

We will reevaluate for the Spring session this winter. Fr. Court will continue to do a Children’s Sermon on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. There will also be no nursery available this Fall. It, too, will be reevaluated for Spring. Please direct any concerns or questions to Fr. Court.
Vestry Meetings

The Vestry has voted to hold our ongoing meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at noon unless otherwise indicated. Meetings may be held by conference call instead.

Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online (in .pdf format)
A National Service for Healing and Wholeness

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST).

In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor.
Survey Invitation

The General Convention Task Force invites Episcopalians to participate in a survey “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories.”

The members of the Task Force would like to gather stories and deeper perspectives to support their work on behalf of the Church and invite Episcopalians to consider sharing their experience by completing the survey, “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories.”

The survey ends Nov. 5.
Volunteer & Giving Opportunities
Children’s Books for Tri-Con

We are looking forward to hosting a Book Distribution Program for the children of Tri-Con later this fall. To do this... WE NEED BOOKS!

New books or gently used books, suitable for 3- to 5-year-old children would be wonderful. (Sorry, no baby board books, though.) A collection bin will be placed on the stage marked, TRI-CON BOOK BIN.

So, if you would like to donate new books or your children or your grandchildren have outgrown some old favorites, we would greatly appreciate your donations! Thank you!
Diane Beckway and Sue Tappert
Opportunities to Volunteer for Ministry

The Outreach committee needs volunteers to help. We need people to volunteer to be members of our outreach committee.

Committee members will evaluate current outreach efforts, brainstorm and research new outreach efforts, raise money and materials for those in need, advertise and communicate outreach efforts and needs, and participate in outreach efforts in our community.

Please let Fr. Court (, John Risko (, or Claire Esker ( know.
Friendly, Welcoming People Needed

If you are a friendly, welcoming person who loves Trinity, we could use you on the Hospitality Committee.

If you would like to be involved in helping to welcome newcomers to our parish, help with Funeral or Wedding receptions, or oversee the coffee hour efforts, please contact Jodie McCann ( and let her know.
Building & Grounds Seeks People

Are you handy at fixing things? Do you enjoy little projects to repair and beautify? Do you love our gorgeous, old building?

The Buildings and Grounds committee could use your help. If you are interested, please contact Priscilla McGraw (
Trinity Church 11-20-2019
Readers Needed for Sunday Services

We are in need of readers to serve at both the 9 a.m. outdoor service and the 11 a.m. online Sunday services.

If you can help with this important ministry, please contact Geoff at or 847-432-6653 (and please mention whether you are able to help at the 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. service). Thank you!
New Anti-Racism Committee forming at Trinity

Parishioner Amanda McBee is forming a new anti-racism committee at Trinity. All interested parishioners are encouraged to contact Amanda at
Supporting Community Meals

Currently Catholic Charities has the community meals at St. James in Highwood on hold. In an effort to support the community by both serving meals and supporting local business, Catholic Charities is having local restaurants cater the meal by creating to-go meals. Those who need food then drive up and the meals are handed to them.
Catholic Charities does need money to fund these efforts and have asked those groups who had volunteered to donate money to their effort. If anyone would like to donate, here is the information:

  • Checks can be made out to: Catholic Charities Lake County
  • Please put “Highwood Community Supper” in the memo line.
  • Send checks to: Kristen M. Flanagan, Catholic Charities, 671 S. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

Worship & Formation Opportunities
In-Person Sunday Service

For those who want an in-person service, we have a Sunday 9:00 a.m. in-person service in the main sanctuary of the church building. (Our outdoor services have concluded for this year.)

Please remember to observe our safety procedures while attending our in-person services. 
Online Sunday Service

Invitation to the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Eucharist Rite Two
Sunday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. central time (4 p.m. UTC)

We have the Sunday service set up as a recurring meeting, which means you can use the same login link and information below every week (it stays the same each week).
Meeting ID: 844 8299 1613

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,84482991613# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,84482991613# US (New York)

Dial by your location
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
       +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
       +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
       +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 844 8299 1613

Both documents are in the .pdf format.

"Sunday Paper Junior" is a handout in the pdf format that Trinity makes available to our parish children during the Sunday service. The Sunday Paper Junior, to which Trinity Episcopal Church has a paid subscription, is forwarded / posted with permission of the author / illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, All rights reserved. This is copyrighted material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.
Invitation to Saturday Bible Study
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. (2 p.m. UTC)

Topic: Saturday Morning Bible Study
Time: Saturdays at 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

We have the Saturday Bible Study set up as a recurring meeting, which means you can use the same login link and information below every week going forward (it will stay the same each week).
Meeting ID: 854 5093 2017

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,85450932017# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,85450932017# US (New York)
Dial by your location
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
       +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
       +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
       +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 854 5093 2017

Parish Milestones
A Warmly Felt Thank You!
Trinity Church now has modern controls for heating throughout the building. With the new controls, it is possible to use our heating dollars most efficiently.

The steam from the boiler is distributed throughout the building through new valves connected to new programmable thermostats. This is possible through several generous donations in 2020, and the exceptional support of John Hach, Steve Wolpert, Geoff Bratton, Francisco Gayton and Annette Johnston.

Annette coordinated bidding for asbestos insulation removal and valve replacement. John supervised the asbestos removal, which was completed in June. Geoff Bratton was consulted often about the replacement and insulation.

After inviting three contractors to see the system and place a bid, Northern Weathermakers was selected to remove and replace the valves and the thermostats. The replacement took one week. Annette and John were there to supervise the work. Thanks to John Hach, Steve Wolpert, Francisco Gayton and Geoff Bratton for installing the new insulation just in time for turning on the boiler on October 5.

They spent dozens of hours in the basement, in hazmat suits, to cut the insulation and install it. In addition, John has spent many hours with Northern Weathermakers to “tune” the system so that the valves work most efficiently with thermostat settings.

In addition to working on the controls replacement, John, Steve and Geoff have spent many hours on the boiler system doing water treatment, boiler water level and use monitoring, and steam trap inspections and replacement.

When you can safely sit in warm comfort in Trinity Church this winter, think kind and warm thoughts about those that made it possible.
Resources for Voting Faithfully -- From the Diocese

In his September 18 "Word to the Church," Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us that voting is an act of moral agency and encourages us to bring our Episcopal values to the polls.

Early voting is now open in Illinois. The resources below are provided by the Illinois League of Women Voters, which provides 100% non-partisan voting information:
Additional voter information available online

Voting information, including when and where to vote, sample ballots and your voter registration status, is available online:
If you plan to vote by mail, it is suggested that you apply for a ballot early, well before the official deadline, and carefully follow the directions when completing the ballot.

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