Trinity Trumpet March , 2019
In this issue: A Message from Pastor Dale, Ash Wednesday and Lenten Devotionals, A Message from Scott Peterson, the new Adult Education program, and Upcoming Events.

"Getting to Know You... Getting to Know All About You..."

It's been nearly a month since my Call Weekend and the decision for us to be in ministry together for the foreseeable future.  I continue to be excited about you and all that I see going on in the church and everything that is upcoming.

So in addition to all the "firsts" - first Council meeting, first Worship Meeting, first Growth and Membership Meeting, what I want most of all is the chance to sit down and actually get to spend some time getting to know each of you.  

After gathering a few opinions, no one method seemed to be preferred in order to help that happen.  So.... I will actually start making phone calls!  And at that time I will leave it to each household to determine if you want me to come by for a visit, go out for coffee, come with you to a kid's game or performance... You get the idea!  It's up to you and I'm up for pretty much anything!  Just make it something that will help me get to know YOU!

Talk to you soon!
Pastor Dale

Worship during Lent

Ash Wednesday Service
Join us for a quiet, meditative service to begin the Lenten Season with music and reflection in the Taize' style of worship. The congregational singing will be accompanied by Pastor Dale and Jim Sanabira on Guitars. 7 PM
Available for Your Daily Lenten Reflection
2019 Lent Devotional booklet from the UCC Still Speaking Writers' Group
Jesus gave remarkable advice about what to take on a journey: "Take nothing with you." Does he mean that everything we think we need, but really don't, is burdening us?
What does an unencumbered journey look like? Can we dare to reflect on suffering without our baggage, or on scripture without our favorite frameworks? Do we dare look at our journeys anew for this season of Lent, without our suitcases? Let's find out together.
The booklets will be available where you will normally pick up your Sunday bulletin.

Message From Scott

February has been an amazing month. On the 3rd, the members of Trinity voted unanimously to call Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds as the third settled pastor of our church. She formally began her tenure on February 11. She jumped in immediately; her presence was felt at once. The energy and inspiration she brings to the pulpit and to Trinity is exciting. We are blessed to have her as our minister.   Welcome, Pastor Dale!

On a less exciting (but still important) note, the new Church Council had its first meeting on February 18. The first order of business was to elect officers. The 2019 Council and officers are as follows:
  • Roger Dart
  • Lucy Dorenfeld, Vice President
  • Jean Harris
  • Jen Holtz, Secretary
  • Todd Kerschke
  • Kim Parpala
  • Scott Peterson, President
Additionally, Karen Kerschke will continue as church Treasurer.

It's an exciting time to be part of the Council and a member of Trinity. I look forward to continuing our journey together in the months to come!

Scott Peterson
If you noticed that it is much cleaner in the Gathering Hall, the narthex and the sanctuary, please thank Susan Morgan, Penni Isaacson, Elaine Hughes, Marge Magnani and Jean Harris for all their hard work. Jen Holtz has also been hard at work cleaning out and painting the Pastor's office.

Great job everyone!

New Thursday Bible Study   Beginning March 14 10:00 AM

Building A Movement to Transform the World
Sojourners is a progressive monthly magazine and daily online publication of the American Christian social justice organization Sojourners, which arose out of the Sojourners Community. It was first published in 1971.   We will read and discuss articles dealing with current challenges in our world and our faith. 

2019 Pathways to Justice Conference
Take Action using Restorative Justice and the U.N Charter of Human Rights
Join us for a day of inspiration, fellowship, and activism
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast at 9 am, lunch provided
McCormick Theological Seminary
5460 S. University Avenue, Chicago 60615
Organized by the Justice and Witness Committee
Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ
Copy this link to a browser to Register online by Feb. 22: OR
contact Betsy Martin 847-657-7595 or


Did you know that many of our hymns come from the early American tradition of shape note singing?

First Presbyterian Church in Deerfield has invited Anne Heider, a Chicago performer and educator, to lead a Sacred Harp Singing School for the Deerfield community on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The event will be an opportunity for everyone to participate in this robust four part a capella singing.

The plan is to have coffee/tea/pastries/etc. available starting at 9:00am, with the singing school to begin at 9:30am, have a break mid-morning, and end at noon. There is no charge. For more details contact Harriet Dart or check out
PADS Dinner - Sunday, March 31

Once again, we will be providing a meal to the homeless and we will need Sloppy Joe cooks, bakers and volunteers to serve and clean up for the PADS dinner at First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield. Sign-up in the Gathering Hall.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee, and development activities.  The suggested offering date for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is March 31, 2019, or you can donate securely online at or mail your gift today to: One Great Hour of Sharing - United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Financial Services, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Join us at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Saturday, April 13th from, 9 - 11 AM to fill manna packs for hungry children around the world.  Please sign-up in the Gathering Hall.

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