TRINITY EPISCOPAL 
 CHURCH
  
Weekly Announcements  
Oct. 8, 2021

Message from Interim Rector
Our Time of Retreat Has Arrived
Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

This evening we begin our retreat time to discern Trinity’s next steps in its ministry together. We will be around 40 people altogether, so please remember to bring and wear a mask while indoors. As a reminder, here is the schedule:

Friday
  • 6 pm: All gather to greet each other and have dinner.
  • 6:15 pm: Dinner is served.
  • 7:15 pm: Evening prayer and the beginning of our retreat
  • 8:45 pm: Night Prayer and adjournment until Saturday

Saturday
  • 8:30 am: A light breakfast and coffee will be available.
  • 9 am: Morning prayer and resumption of retreat
  • 12 pm: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Afternoon prayer and final retreat conversation
  • 3 pm: Sending prayer

This email brings us to our last important “Holy Conversation”: What next steps will Trinity take? The questions for the last conversation will go something like this: 1. What words pop up in your mind when you hear that change is coming? 2. What are your three wishes, hopes and dreams for the next chapter of your congregation’s story, and what are you personally willing to do to make them come true?

I have asked Ginny Schulte to provide her answer to these questions to get us started, with thanks to Ginny.

Until this evening,

Bryan
Following Our Mission in a Time of Change

The first words which went through my mind when anticipating change at Trinity Church were sadness and fear. Then as time passed, I realized change was inevitable.

The world today is considerably different than the era I grew up in, as well as the one David and I raised our five children. Having recently celebrated my eighty-ninth birthday, I was visited by my children, grandchildren, niece, nephew and grandnieces, and these visits were a teaching moment for me. I listened closely to the dialogue among them, and it was very evident to me the different directions their lives were taking as opposed to mine at the same age. Traditions and opportunities that existed when I graduated from college and started raising a family are not the same or did not exist. Lifestyles, values, career opportunities are different but not wrong. And the influence of technology that permeates their lives did not exist for David and me.

In the past, I said many times to my children, “There will always be those among us who need help.” Sometimes it is difficult to help as an individual but together as a community like Trinity we can successfully reach many. Starting Tri-Con Child Care Center, providing office and meeting space for social service agencies and cultural organizations, and assisting with meals and food for people less fortunate are a few examples. And then there is the columbarium where David is interned among many of our friends.

A very real concern is how do we continue to meet the needs of others? The values that brought us together to begin with: how can these be perpetuated? We have much to think about. How can we best continue our mission as Christians? The paths forward as outlined by Bryan deserve careful thought and consideration. I have confidence in this time of discernment that members of Trinity will provide thoughtful and considerate dialogue that will help all of us reach a successful path forward for Trinity Church and its members.

Ginny Schulte
Getting Practical about Paths Forward

I have received a few requests to be more specific about the practical steps each of the three forward paths for Trinity might entail. Here is my attempt at fleshing out initial steps:

1. Pursue a near-term call of a rector (within 12-18 months)
  • Notify the diocese of decision and ask for a search facilitator
  • Select and commission a search team no later than the annual meeting, perhaps earlier
  • Take the CAT survey, which provides a picture of the current congregation’s self-understanding
  • Determine with the interim rector what concrete steps need to be taken to prepare for a new rector, for example, rectory repair and renovation

2. Anticipate closure on 150th anniversary
  • Notify the diocese of the decision to end Trinity’s ministry as a congregation
  • Request assistance from Bishop and Trustees to create a process for reviewing assets and ownership
  • Convene a working group to determine a new location for the columbarium and TriCon and find new homes for significant items
  • Convene a working group to explore new church options for Trinity’s members and engage in conversation with other churches

3. Extended interim/transformation
  • In conversation with the diocese, determine who to call as priest-in-charge and how to select that person
  • Create a job description for that role with a focus on church growth and community engagement
  • Establish “metrics” by which to judge success (for example, Sunday attendance, pledging, community engagement), ways to measure them, and ongoing review process
  • Create a three-year budget roadmap that prioritizes growth and likely includes deficit spending
Formation and Fun with Our Episcopal Friends in Deerfield

About eight “Trinitarians” traveled to St. Gregory’s in Deerfield recently for the first of our “Tell Me the Truth about Racism” series. Our next meeting will be at St. Gregory’s on October 17. Trinity will host the conversation on November 21 and January 16. (More on that later!)

Those meetings are part of this year’s “Building a Beloved Community” series, which includes a series of “Sacred Ground” conversations about racism beginning on September 28 and convening every two or three weeks until March 15, and a discussion of the book Just Mercy (time TBD). These direct us toward a civil rights pilgrimage open to all ages to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, March 21-23. St. Gregory has provided a brochure which will be available at the back of the church; you can also find the information by following the link below.

St. Gregory also invites members of Trinity to join them for some October social events related to their annual “pumpkin patch.” If you didn’t get your pet blessed on Sunday, St. Gregory’s will be welcoming pets next Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, with an animal-music themed concert no less! Follow the link below for the list of events.
Another Visitor on Sunday

This weekend, police departments around the country are marking “Faith & Blue Weekend” to reach out to faith communities and build relationships.

Highland Park Police Officer Pawel Geneja will join us on Sunday to speak briefly about this initiative during the announcements and answer any questions after the service. For more information, visit FaithandBlue.org
Sunday Services, Oct. 10

Invitation to the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 9 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion, outdoors; weather; guidelines
  • 11 a.m. CDT (3:30 p.m. UTC) -- online service set up as a recurring Zoom meeting (login link and information below remains the same every week).
Print by Philips Galle and Maarten van Heemskerck; published by Theodoor Galle (16th century).
In the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
To attend by telephone,
call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,94814898440#
"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, www.the-sunday-paper.com. 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, TrinityChurchHP.org

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 https://www.lectionarypage.net  (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.)

Announcements
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: office@TrinityChurchHP.org; (847) 432-6653. If you have questions, please contact a member of the vestry or interim rector Bryan Cones, rector@TrinityChurchHP.org.
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# 

Community Concert, October 30 at Trinity

On Saturday, October 30 at 7 pm, Trinity will host the Artemis Chamber Orchestra and conductor Diana Economou for a free community concert.

Titled “Dance!” the concert will feature music by Antonin Dvorak, Aaron Copland, and the world premiere of composer Ari Fisher’s “Three Jewish Dances.”

Trinity’s Ann Duggan will serve as concertmaster on the violin, with Mike Duggan also performing on cello. Invite your friends! Free will donations will benefit Curt’s Café, which helps young adults develop work and life skills. It is also a great place to eat.
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 office@TrinityChurchHP.org or 847-432-6653. Thank you!

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