Weekly Announcements  
June 4, 2021

Message from Bryan "in the Interim"
Time of Transition

Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

Bridge phase? Another Sunday, the same question: inside or outside? Ah, Chicago “summer”! I know there are different preferences regarding the location of summer services.
U.S. National Park Service photo by Steven C. Ruth.
For now, we are going to favor “Mass on the Grass,” which gives folks in the assembly the choice not to wear a mask during the service. I expect by Sunday the building will be quite warm, so we will plan on an outdoor service this Sunday. As this post-COVID summer unfolds, we will look to establish a more reliable rhythm. Thank you for your flexibility.

As many of you know, the state of Illinois is moving to Phase 5 on June 11, and now the city of Chicago with them. The diocese has yet to update its guidance, so at least for this Sunday, when we are indoors for services, we will continue to wear our masks.

Our summer liturgy: Some of you noticed that we dropped the second reading on Sunday: That is by design. To shorten the liturgy in hot weather and to account for our smaller numbers—our readers need a break, too!—we are skipping the second reading, which is usually from one of the letters of Paul. A benefit is that it highlights the connection between the Hebrew Bible reading (the first one) and the gospel: For example, the first reading from Genesis on Sunday highlights the serpent’s voice tricking Eve; the gospel has Jesus’ opponents (and his family) wondering if he is possessed by the devil! (You can find the readings at the link below.)

Throughout the summer the readings will echo one another in that way. One thing it recalls to me is how those first Christians depended on the Hebrew Bible to help them understand who Jesus was for them. Without the story of Israel, the story of Jesus makes no sense.

At any rate, we will try to make a little more sense on Sunday!

See you then,


P.S. We will give thanks and pray for Trinity’s 2021 graduates on Sunday: Mimi Baeseman, Warren Esgar, and Morgan Nelis. Are there others? We will have an opportunity to name them in our Sunday prayer.
Virtual Camp Chicago Registration Ends Today

Because of the pandemic, Camp Chicago, our diocesan summer camp for youth, will be a weeklong virtual event. Camp staff will send out a “camp in box” to use over Facebook Live with camp staff the week of July 11-16.

For more information, visit the “Camp Chicago Express” webpage. The cost is $35 and registration ends today, June 4.
Sunday Services, June 6

Invitation to Second Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 9 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion. Forecast. 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).
Photograph by user Foundry Co
(Pixabay license).

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.
In-person Preparation and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance on May 13: fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Please continue to wear a mask while attending Trinity services. Thank you.
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 1, 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.

(In case you missed it, our Saturday Scripture Study ceased being a "men's group" about a year ago; all are welcome.)
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.)

Trinity Family Reunion Slated for June 27

The Trinity Family Reunion will be Sunday, June 27, noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Please come and visit with friends old and new. The church will provide nibbles, drinks, plates, napkins, silverware and T-shirts. If transportation is needed please call Jodie McCann at 847 624 3618.

Please RSVP by Evite (when registering, remember to uncheck the notifications box if you do not want to receive marketing e-mail from Evite).

Please note, on June 27, the in-person service will be at 11 a.m., and the Zoom service will be at 9 a.m. (opposite of the usual schedule).
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!
Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 4, and on that day and the weekend that follows, people across the country will wear orange to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. Events in Illinois include local gatherings and a virtual 5k. Learn more and find a local Wear Orange event.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 in 2013. Since then orange has been the signature color of the gun violence prevention movement.

Learn more about the Episcopal Church's witness against gun violence and find prayers and other materials for congregations on the Bishops United Against Gun Violence website.
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