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Trinity Tidings E-Newsletter
December 17, 2021
Please pray for: 
Carol + Carolyn + Pam + Jane + Carlos + Lila +
Cathy + Laurie + Donna + Kim + Patti + Mary M. + Dale + Doris + Julie + Mary K. + Amanda + John E.
+ Victoria + Luke + Rita
December Birthdays
2-Bob R.
3-Carol D.
4- Meg V.
10- Mary M
12- Pam A.
16- Carolyn S.
19- Diane C.
26- Rhonda D.
30- Devin C.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Morning Prayer at Trinity
In the church and on Zoom at 9:30
Our regular Sunday schedule is to have a priest this third Sunday of the month, however, we have not been able to schedule a supply priest, so we will be doing Morning Prayer led by Amanda. She has selected a special sermon.
The choir will be in full voice, so please plan on coming to celebrate the final Sunday in our Advent preparation for the coming of Our Lord.
COFFEE HOUR in the Sanctuary!
Coffee and treats will be served as we decorate our worship space (see article below) in preparation for celebrating Christmas!
Contact Nancy if you would like to help with coffee hour.
Pledges and the Budget
The Vestry is in the 2022 budgeting process now. To create a realistic budget, and to plan for doing more in the coming year in the way of worship and community support we need to know what our income is.
Thank you goes to the fourteen families who have pledged their commitments, to date, offering a promising start to 2022 income. However, we still have not met our very minimum income to meet our basic expenses, including semi monthly supply priests. We look forward hearing from the rest of the of the thirty-some members who pledged last year.
We know these are difficult times for all--Trinity included. We ask you to prayerfully consider your commitment, now, and submit your pledge as soon as possible so we can accurately plan what we can do next year, which includes the scheduling of supply priests well in advance (a lesson we learned this year). Understanding our income is key to the process.
We are required by the Diocese to present the budget in our Annual Meeting the end of January, and the Vestry meets to finalize the budget on January 11. We have just under a month to complete the process in preparation for the Annual Meeting.
Please get your on-line or card submission to us by December 31.

Pledge Card on Our Website
You should have received the Wardens' letter and pledge card in the mail. However, you can now fill in your 2022 pledge card on our website!
Upon submitting your online pledge, a secure email will automatically be sent directly to the treasurer, Carol. At the same time, you can also get a copy emailed to yourself for your records.
To make your pledge now, click the button.
"That was easy!"
DECORATING for CHRISTMAS!
Dear Trinity Family:
Please join in the preparation for our Christmas Eve Church service to be held on Friday, December 24 at 7pm, with Fr. Bill Adams presiding, and music provided by music director and pianist Mary Y., the Trinity Choir, and guitarist/singers Kathy Adams with daughters Laurel and Emily.

We will be decorating the church following this Sunday’s December 19th 9:30 am Advent 4 Morning Prayer service. Decorating for Christmas Eve will include the following:
1) hanging ribbons from the large side windows,
2) moving and then decorating the Christmas tree up near the wall by the piano,
3) setting up the crèche in front of the altar, 
4) moving the Advent candles to a location in front of the railing near where the choir sits, 
5) hanging greenery from above the sanctuary, 6) and wrapping greenery around the stair railing.
It will be glorious!
Hope to see you next Sunday!
-Diane Christensen
Christmas Eve Reservations
Flowing In
Remember to make your reservations for our Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist. We still have room according to the State, Diocese and County protocols, but space is filling up quickly!
Masks are required by the state. We can provide a mask at the door.
If we reach capacity, we will notify you and any reservation requests exceeding the capacity will be put on a waiting list.
Therefore, it is important, if you have made a reservation and find you cannot attend, please notify the office ASAP at 209-267-0255 or email Carol so we can reassign your spot.
Click to make your reservation below or call the office.

ADVENT EVENTS
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Trinity Cathedral
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Join the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Handbell Ringers for our traditional service of Lessons and Carols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus, which is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of carols, anthems, and hymns. The service was originally designed by the Reverend Eric Milner-White, and has become known worldwide through the broadcasts from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.
An offering will be taken to benefit the River City Food bank.
All are invited to join us in-person at the Cathedral or via Facebook live-stream.
Advent Reflections on Zoom
Rev. Karen Lawler invites us to St. Paul's Advent and Christmas season reflections She will using resources from A Sanctified Art. Join using link below for discussion of the Sunday readings, prayerful reflection on art, and naming our hopes for creating a world where all are welcomed home.  
Martha and Meg have attended and highly recommend the session for a contemplative respite from the busy demands of the season.
Monday December 20 at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Announcements
Trinity 2022 Annual Meeting
January 23
Our annual meeting is scheduled for the fourth Sunday in January, the 23rd. At this time we plan to hold the meeting on Zoom, similar to what we did last year. We will publish the Agenda the beginning of January.
Candidates for Trinity's Vestry in 2022
One of the agenda items for the annual meeting is to vote on new Vestry members to replace those required to come off after serving a three-year term.
We have candidates to fill all five of our open Vestry positions! Thanks and gratitude go to the following candidates for for their commitment to the future of Trinity.

Carol | Steve C. | Steve R. | Amanda | Laurie Jo

Trinity Choir
Trinity Choir is practicing again!

Contact Mary Y.
New Forward Day by Day booklets (Nov.-Feb.)
Pick up a copy from the rack near the back door or notify Nancy 209-770-1382 who will deliver one to you!
Being Episcopalian
Presiding Bishop Curry Responds
to Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery case
While nothing will return Ahmaud Arbery to his loved ones, our justice system has held three men accountable for killing him, and I give thanks for this outcome.
My prayers are with Arbery’s family as they continue to grieve his loss. Read more...
From Bishop Megan on Kentucky Tornadoes
On hearing the news of the devastation caused by tornadoes in the south and mid-west, Bishop Megan issued a statement, forwarded to you earlier this week.
In summary: "The Dioceses of Arkansas, West Tennessee, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Springfield were particularly impacted [by the tornadoes]. Dozens of people have died, countless homes and business destroyed, and untold lives changed forever.
I grieve for those suffering from the destruction, and pray for the survivors and first responders". Please give to disaster relief for the victims:
Directly to the Diocese of Kentucky
Episcopal Relief & Development
Afghan Resettlement Update
Advent finds our local Afghan Community growing steadily everyday. Some individuals and families arrive not knowing anyone, while others are celebrating reunions with beloved family members. How can we add to our new neighbors' relief and joy?
There are many ways to share our blessings this Holiday season.
Make a financial contribution for Afghan Relief
to the Center at St. Matthew’s
The Center at St. Matthew’s is an innovative community service ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California based in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County. Located in the largest Afghan community in the nation, the Center is at the forefront of the diocese’s humanitarian response to the current crisis of Afghan evacuees. The Center welcomes refugees, feeds the hungry, and cares for the homeless through partnerships with Highlands Community Charter School which teaches English to the refugees, River City Food Bank, and Arden Arcade HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team).
To donate, click here, then click the red “Give” button and select “Center at St. Matthew’s”.
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IRC Soft Landing Fund –
Motel Nights for a Newly-Arriving Refugee Family
Donations in any amount are needed to help provide motel nights for families as they first arrive. Contributions to this fund, through the International Rescue Committee (IRC), will help give families the some time to orient to a new city in a new country and to get help finding an apartment, schools for their children, and jobs.
To donate to the IRC Soft Landing Fund, please click here.
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Economic Empowerment Kits
Help a Refugee Get a Job
Purchase needed items for Afghan families searching for jobs. Items range from a laptop computer at $261.99 to a shoulder bag or flash drives at $10.99. All gifts selected will be delivered directly to World Relief, another of our local resettlement agencies, for distribution to participants in their job readiness and job training programs.
To help with economic Empowerment Kits, click here.
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Warm Welcome Kits for Refugee Children
Families are arriving with little more than the clothes on their back. We can warmly welcome them by preparing Warm Welcome Kits with the clothing that children need to stay warm this winter.
To contribute to a Winter Welcome Kit, click here.
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Also, you can click here for the latest Ways to Help flyer.
For more information contact: 
Lynn Zender Commission for Interculteral Ministries
Co-chair, Afghan Resettling Team  zenderlynn@gmail.com
Bob Wohlsen Resettling Team Volunteer & Donation Coordinator bob.wohlsen@gmail.com
Jim Schaal Executive Director, St Matthew’s Center stmatthewsepiscopal@gmail.com
Community Corner
Continued Call for Camping Supplies
Amador County Homeless Task Force needs to following items for distribution: sleeping bags, blankets, tents (all sizes), tarps (all sizes), warm/water resistant gloves, pocket size journals, trash bags, batteries (all sizes), one-gallon zip lock bags. 
For more information, call:
Sierra Wind and Recovery Center 209-223-1956
Amador County
Behavioral Health Network of Care
Amador County Mental Health Resources


NAMI Amador Connection Recovery Support 
FREE Group for Adults with mental illness, regardless of the diagnosis; Led by trained individuals who are also in recovery-people who understand the changes and challenges.
EVERY THURSDAY
10:00AM to 11:30AM at Sierra Wind
10354 Argonaut Ln, Jackson, CA 95642 
OR
1:00PM to 2:30PM at the Senior Center
229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA 95642

NAMI Peer-to Peer Support
A course of eight sessions led by NAMI State certified mentors and instructors.
Call (209) 256-1293 or email namiamador@hotmail.com 
Trinity Vestry
Vestry usually meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on Zoom. The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting January 23 after worship service. As members of our congregation we request that you attend.
At this time we are planning for the meeting to be on Zoom.
More information to come.
Vestry Team Leaders and Responsibility
Pastoral
Spiritual needs of the parish

Meg Verardi, Sr. Warden
Diane Christensen—Prayers for parishioners (prayer chain email, prayers of the people in worship, newsletter)
 
Liturgical
Church services, high seasons and holy days, supply priest scheduling, and music

Amanda Paul-Parker
Mary Yount—Musical Director

Administrative/Treasurer
Communications, Diocese requirements and reporting, office management

Carol Holt, Treasurer
Newsletter
Nancy Moore, Clerk
Meg Verardi

Facilities
Building and grounds
David Hoos, Jr. Warden
Trinity Services
Trinity Guidelines
for Worship in the Church
  • Masking— we can provide a mask
  • Signing in—for now (for contact tracing)
  • Distancing—chairs are set up in the church at appropriate distances.
  • Sanitizing hands before and after restroom use.
  • Singing—The Diocese has allowed churches to determine their singing policies according to their county and CDC guidelines. Dr. Kerr, Health Officer of Amador County, has determined singing is permissible if all are masked and remain distanced. Indoors we can sing for no longer than a half hour cumulatively.
  •  Communion—Stay at your seat and the priest (or a Eucharistic Minister) will come to you. We will offer the bread only at this time, recognizing that it is still receiving the fullness of Christ's presence. You can choose not to accept.
  • The Peace—Acknowledge each other and offer your peace to fellow worshipers from your place in the church.
In-Church Worship
Sunday, 9:30 AM
Eucharist
1st and 3rd Sundays

2021 Eucharist Booklet Click Here

Lay-Led Morning Prayer
2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays

Post-Easter
Morning Prayer Booklet
Sunday Zoom
Sunday, 9:30
Sunday Zoom Link Click Here
Daily Vespers
Monday-Saturday 6:00 pm
Zoom Link Click Here
Booklet Click Here


Centering Prayer

  • Wednesdays, 9:30 AM
  • Thursdays, 7:00 PM, evening group meets 
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The practice is simple to begin, and benefits are quickly felt.
Email Martha for information

The Rose of Zion Wisdom School
Adult Spiritual Formation
All are welcome, regardless of creed or religious affiliation.
No one is excluded from the universal Light of Wisdom!
Contact Seraphim Winslow at seraphim.winslow@gmail.com
We Want to Hear From You!
Trinity Tidings Editors
Nancy Moore—Parishioner News
209-267-5182

Meg Verardi—Vestry News
209-267-0101

Steve Christensen—Community, National Episcopal
209-256-5914