Weekly Announcements  
July 16, 2021

Message from Bryan "in the Interim"
Take Time to Take Rest

Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

Of all the things Jesus says in the four gospels, one of the more surprising (to me anyway) is in our reading for this Sunday: “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.”
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I do appreciate a teacher who encourages us to take vacations! Given our American society’s tendency to overwork (and to praise people who do so), I sometimes wonder if we Christians, along with our Jewish siblings and friends, should emphasize “keeping sabbath” a bit more. We might also make an effort to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to rest and recreate, especially after this last 16 months (and still continuing) of stress, difficulty, and grief related to COVID-19.

I will be taking my own bit of rest and vacation through much of August, including part of the first week, and the last two. (Details are below this message.) I’m lumping it all together to prepare for what will be a busy start to the “program year” after Labor Day, when we will be even more actively engaging the interim process and making some concrete decisions about next steps for Trinity. (More to come on that!) In the meantime, if there is anything that needs attention from me in the short term, please email or call and/or text me.

I hope everyone is finding their own bit of sabbath this summer.

To Keep in Prayer

We received a call from Mother Mindy, a priest in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, that long-time parishioner Marilou Haight is receiving hospice care. Please keep Marilou and her spouse, Al, in prayer. If you would like to send a card, their Wisconsin address is in the parish directory.
Interim Rector August Schedule and Vacation

Bryan will be taking vacation time throughout August. The week of August 1, Bryan will be in the office Sunday and Monday, August 1 and 2, and then away from Tuesday, August 3 to Saturday, August 7.

He will be in the office the week of August 8, Sunday, Thursday, and Friday (August 8, 12, and 13).

He will then be on extended vacation from Monday, August 16 through Wednesday, September 1, returning to the office on Thursday, September 2.

Rev. Daphne Cody will preside at Sunday services (in-person and online) on August 22 and 29. There will be no Thursday Zoom morning prayer on Thursday, August 5, Thursday, August 19 or Thursday, August 26. Rev. Daphne will be available in case of pastoral emergency.
Sunday Services, July 18

Invitation to the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 9 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion. Guidelines
  • 11 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).
“In the Presence of My Enemies,” by Gwen Meharg,
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To attend by telephone,
call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

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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, July 18: 

  • Please drop off your Food for Thought bag on Sunday morning in Wolcott Hall (by the sage) before or after the 9 a.m. in-person service (before 11 a.m.)
  • 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!
Lawrence Hall Back to School Drive

Trinity Church is once again supporting Lawrence Hall’s Back to School Supply Drive. You may drop donations off at Trinity Church by Aug. 12 (we’ll be delivering them to Chicago on Aug. 13). Thank you!

For more than 150 years, Lawrence Hall has been delivering high-quality care to abused and neglected youth and their families throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Trinity has supported Lawrence Hall for many years.
Virtual Gala Planned for Fall

Hello Dear Trinity Friends:

The Vestry voted to hold a Virtual Gala this fall (date TBD). This will be a very different take on our traditional Gala venue and requires some creative thinking on the part of the Gala Committee. If anyone is interested in serving on the Gala Committee (a few of the former members are returning), we would love to have you! Please contact Cynthia Wolpert at if you are interested in being a part of this amazing committee!  

Thank you.

Cynthia Wolpert and Jodie McCann
Gala Co-Chairs
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!
From the Diocese
Online service to Pray for 2022 General Convention

Eastern, bishops, deputies and alternate deputies of The Episcopal Church will gather online for a convocation of prayer to prepare for the 80th General Convention, which will take place in July 2022. The service will be open to everyone on July 17 at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT).
‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ 

The Union of Black Episcopalians is hosting a multi-day virtual event that is open to the entire Episcopal community and includes both day and evening events on July 27 to 30.

Events will take place over Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.
PayPal account not required; credit cards accepted.
Interim Rector, Trinity Church
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Church Office:
(847) 432-6653
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.