Weekly Announcements  
September 10, 2021

Message from Interim Rector
Picking Up the ‘Program’
Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

Usually the first Sunday after Labor Day (often called “Rally Day” in Episcopal churches) marks the beginning of the “program year”—a less-than-exciting designation if ever there was one! It is at least descriptive: September to May is the most active time in our life together, when we set goals, begin formation programs, and, yes, kick off the annual “pledge campaign.” Or at least that is what churches usually do in the “program year.”

Here at Trinity, though, we have a different “program” before us: While we will continue to follow as best we can our usual “program” of Sunday prayer, formation and service opportunities, and social events (COVID permitting), we will be focusing this year on Trinity’s next steps in its life and ministry together. Above all, it is time for Trinity to revisit the basic question: Why are we here? Or better: For whom are we here?

Our first step on that journey is Sunday’s Rally Day—with a twist. At the end of our liturgy Sunday we will walk together to the new Turquoise Table to dedicate and bless it to be a gathering place for any who might gather there: neighborhood children, spontaneous picnickers, weary travelers, persons in need. That table is not just for “us”; it is for everyone. How might we let that vision shape our next year of conversation and prayerful reflection on where God is leading us?

I am eager to hear your answers! (And my own for that matter.)


P.S. We continue to plan for an outdoor service and picnic on Sunday—and it looks to be a beautiful day. It may be a bit warm, so we will make use of every bit of shade! The parish hall will also be open; please bring a mask along if you plan to spend time inside.
Rally Day Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 12, “Rally Day,” our Zoom service will begin at 9 a.m., with our in-person service following at 11 a.m. Let’s remind each other!
Sunday Services, Sept. 12

Invitation to Rally Day, the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 11 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion, outdoors; weather; guidelines
  • 9 a.m. CDT (4 p.m. UTC) -- online service set up as a recurring Zoom meeting (login link and information below remains the same every week).

Please note, the in-person service will be at 11 a.m. and the Zoom service will be at 9 a.m. on Rally Day.
“Christ Carrying the Cross,”
by Sebastiano del Piombo (Italy, about 1516).
In the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
To attend by telephone,
call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

One tap mobile:
"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.
Thursday Morning Prayer Service

Please join us online for for prayer on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.:
  • attend via Zoom
  • attend by telephone: (312) 626-6799
  • Meeting ID: 930 0814 5876
  • One-tap mobile: +13126266799,,93008145876#
Did you know...

Links to Trinity's online Thursday and Sunday services are also available on our website,

Scripture Study Meets Saturday Mornings

Please join us on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. (2 p.m. UTC) on Zoom for our Scripture Study.

Participants take turns facilitating prayer and reflection on any or all of the current Sunday's lectionary readings, which are available at  (We use Track 2, if there is a choice.)

Weekly facilitators choose any or all of the readings and simply come prepared with a few wonderings or questions (not "quizzes") based on their selected scriptures to stimulate reflection--including questions they feel they cannot satisfactorily answer. Beyond that, leaders may prepare as little or as much as desired and employ whatever props or helps they wish.
To attend by telephone, call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 864 0421 0027

One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,#864 0421 0027

(This is set up as a recurring Zoom meeting, so the above meeting information is the same every week.)

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is this Sunday, September 12: 

  • Please drop off your Food for Thought bag on Sunday morning in Wolcott Hall (by the stage).
  • Monetary donations can be made for Food for Thought. If you don't have the time, we will do the shopping for you! Please make all checks payable to Trinity Episcopal Church and write "Food for Thought" on the memo line, or donate online (please select "Food for Thought" in the options menu).

Thank you!
Please Join Us for Rally Day – September 12
Please plan to join us on September 12, we have much planned:

  • Sign up for or get more information on what ministries interest you.
  • The Great Boodini Magic Show, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
  • Release of our wishes for the future of Trinity on Paper Lanterns
  • The Blessing of “The Turquoise Table” by Father Bryan
  • Potluckpalooza -- everyone should bring a dish to share. Hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, condiments, soft drinks, water, beer and wine provided.
  • Bake Sale-a la rummage sale -- baked items for sale; proceeds to benefit Community Meals.
  • Food, drink, fun, a few games on the grass.
  • Watch for our roving photographer, Travis Avery, and give him a warm Trinity welcome!

Please note, the in-person service will be at 11 a.m. and the Zoom service will be at 9 a.m. on Rally Day.

If you plan to attend and you have not already RSVPed, please call Jodie at (847) 624-3618. Thank you!
Bakers Needed For Rally Day Bake Sale
Please bring your baked treats to church on September 12th - Rally Day!

The goodies should be wrapped or bagged in portions for pricing as we did in the past for the Rummage Sale and the Altar Guild Cookie Sale.
Proceeds from the bake sale will go to support the Trinity Outreach Program. 

Baked goodies may be dropped off at 8 a.m. on Rally Day if desired.

If you can bake, please call or text Annette at (847) 224-1393 to let her know how what you are bringing.

Contact Annette Johnston or Claire if you have questions. Thank you!
Intergenerational Formation Opportunity:
Tell Me the Truth about Racism

Beginning on Sunday, September 19, at 11:30 a.m., Trinity and St. Gregory’s Deerfield will be partnering on an all-ages formation program called “Tell Me the Truth about Racism.”

This program, developed by family ministers at the Episcopal churches of St. Chrysostom in Chicago and St. Christopher’s in Oak Park, explores our country’s history of racism through the lens of faith. The session includes prayer and song, a Godly Play-style story, followed by age-appropriate (children, teens, and adults) “wondering sessions.” 

Rev. Anne Jolly and Bryan will lead the adult groups; other leaders will guide the children’s groups. These sessions will continue on the third Sundays of the following months: October 17, November 21, January 16 and February 20.

The first sessions will be held at St. Gregory’s (815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield). Trinity is invited to host later sessions: If you are interested in helping Trinity host the November or January session, or would like to help lead a “wondering” group, please contact Bryan (
Holy Conversations: A Parish Retreat

Trinity Church will gather on Friday, October 8 in the evening, and Saturday, October 9 in the morning and afternoon for a parish retreat to discern the congregation’s next steps in the interim process.

The retreat will follow a process called “Holy Conversations,” which aims to identify gifts and opportunities, reconcile hurts and disappointments, and imagine future possibilities. The Rev. Mary Slenski will lead our retreat and will preach at the Sunday eucharist on Sunday, October 11. Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are in need of a ride or childcare, please contact the parish office:; (847) 432-6653. If you have questions, please contact a member of the vestry or interim rector Bryan Cones,
Book Club to Discuss First Friends

The Trinity Book Club will discuss First Friends by Gary Ginsberg on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The book is an entertaining, enlightening and fun read about the powerful unsung (and unelected) people who shaped our presidents. The meeting will be held on Zoom.

To attend by telephone, call (312) 626-6799 
  • Meeting ID: 812 8976 5702
  • Passcode: 008018

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,81289765702#,,,,*008018# 
Author Talk with Bryan Cones
September 21 at St. John's Chicago & online
St. John's Episcopal Church in Chichago (3857 N. Kostner Ave.) Chicago, will host the Rev. Bryan Cones for an author talk about his new book, This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer on September 21 at 7 p.m. The conversation will take place in person and on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 830 4674 8682 
Passcode: 3857

Fr. Bryan's book is available for purchase from SCM Press and The Seminary Co-op.
Virtual Gala Postponed Until Spring

The Gala Committee decided to postpone the Virtual Gala until Spring to afford the time to assess the impact of the emerging Delta Variant on the collection of donations required to support auction items.
In addition, the preparation for the October Retreat and the subsequent outcome of decisions will need focus and energy from both the lay leadership and fellow parishioners. Please get in touch with Cynthia Wolpert at if you have any questions.  
Volunteers Needed for Services

We are in need of volunteers for both our online Sunday services at 11 a.m., and our 9 a.m. Sunday in-person services.
If you can help with this important ministry, please contact Geoff at or 847-432-6653. Thank you!
Prayers Sought for Bishop-elect & Family

Please pray for Bishop-elect Paula Clark and her family. Andrew McLean, Paula’s husband, has recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and Paula and her family are now making difficult decisions about palliative care.

Please pray for the entire McLean family, and so that we can give them the gift of uninterrupted time in these precious days, please do not contact them. If you would like to send a card or note to Paula, please mail it to 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
Curt’s Café to Celebrate Artist

Curt’s Café, improving futures for at-risk young adults through work- and life-skills training, will celebrate the artwork of Highland Park artist Kar Hubbard (daughter of Charles and Jayne Sangerman) on Friday, September 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will be at Curt’s Café, 1766 2nd St., Highland Park.
Hope to see you there!
Jane Scheff, Jayne Sangerman and Diane Beckway

Free COVID Testing and Vaccines Available

The Center For Covid Control, 1850 Second St., Highland Park, offers free COVID testing. For more information, call (312) 316-3908 or visit

Free vaccines will be offered in Northbrook on Sept. 14 and Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. More information.

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Interim Rector, Trinity Church
(773) 786-6803 (mobile)
Church Office:
(847) 432-6653
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.