Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

 You Tube Live -Stream broadcast this Sunday
The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost,
June 14th at 9:00am.

In order to attend this Sunday’s service:
Please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org
Select Join Our Online Worship (YouTube Live 9AM) 
Select "LIVE NOW"
Relax and enjoy!

After the service, please join together through Zoom! for a virtual coffee hour - click here to gain access!

Wash Your Hands ~ Be Safe ~ Don't Panic ~ Be Kind

Last week's enewsletter was posted late because our tech team was working on the final details to activate Trinity's YouTube channel for livestreaming Sunday's service. We wanted our readership to get the most up-to-date information possible (i.e. our switch to streaming on YouTube rather than Facebook), and do our best to help you access the service on your devices.
Thank you for your patience!
Sunday Online Service
Thank you for the many positive and constructive comments we received regarding last Sunday’s online service.  Our first service using our newly installed HD video camera with Hub livestream broadcaster attached to our audio system has transitioned our parish into the world of professional video recording and broadcasting. Please continue to bear will us, as we improve and fine tune our skills over the next several weeks.   
The move from Facebook Live to YouTube Live is another technical feat for our parish. Last Sunday we had 48 unique individuals watching our online service with a total of 72 unique views to date.  
To watch our Sunday service, please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org and select Join Our Online Worship (YouTube Live 9AM). Sunday Readings are also available along with a link to our Virtual Coffee Hour at 10:00 AM.   
Our Communications Committee has been integral in both the conduct of remote, online broadcasts of our weekly worship service, as well as developing a “Regathering Plan” in accord with Diocesan directives that, over time, will enable us to gather again, in-person, in our church sanctuary.  

Our “Regathering” will take place with the highest priority on protecting everyone’s health, and we anticipate a 12-18-month process before Trinity will enjoy a new “normal” parish life.  That process will involve four phases predicated on public health and Diocesan directives.
  • Phase 1 (April – May) Use of technology for online worship and meetings
  • Phase 2 (Current) Online worship; in-person Bible Study and Vestry
  • Phase 3 (TBD) In-person worship; Centering Prayer, meetings of 10
persons or fewer
  • Phase 4 (TBD) In-person worship; meetings of 10 persons or more;
including Buttrum Hall

Based on what we know today, we do not anticipate moving to Phase 3 until sometime mid-summer.  It is our goal to provide a blending of in-person and online worship indefinitely.  Continuing with online worship provides individuals an option based on their personal health and guiding principles to determine when it is best for them to return to church. Online worship also provides those who are unable to come to church the ability to worship with us and be included as members of our congregation.  

Well in advance of Phase 3, we will formally communicate our new procedures for in-person worship and meetings of 10 persons or fewer.   We are all eager to return to doing what we love: coming together as one Trinity family to exercise our rights and worship our God in peace and safety. Bear with us as we go forward. Pray for each other and reach out to each other.  And know that while we cannot always see each other during online worship, we are always in each other’s hearts.  
Fr. Jim+
Living the Way of Love during Pandemic
In every season of life and every situation — especially in times of crisis, uncertainty, and loss — we return to Jesus and his Way of Love
in order to stay centered on God and live with hope, compassion, and wisdom. The principles and practices below may help you to follow the Way of Love in the difficult days we now face.

Resources for Racial Reconciliation
and Justice -- From the Episcopal Church
Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation. This is by no means exhaustive; however, we are aware that many leaders are hoping to deepen their learning, and these resources should help you to move in the right direction. Read More...

 Online Giving
A special ‘thank you’ to all our parishioners who continue to mail in donations and stewardship pledges.  We have also seen an increase in online giving through Realm.  
Parishioners may continue to mail their donations and monthly stewardship pledge contributions to the parish office at 275 E. Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.  You can also easily provide your donation or pledge by accessing our website at  www.trinitysonoma.org . From the home page, select ‘ Give to Trinity’ .  After you enter the amount, from the drop down, you can select the General Fund, Pledges or Flowers. You may also sign in as a Guest or sign-in to your Realm account. You can make a one-time donation or set up for monthly donations based on the date of your choice.   
For questions or assistance, please contact Ruben Cota Schultz at  rdcjr@sbcglobal.net . Your continued financial support while our church is closed is greatly appreciated.    

We Congratulate the St. Francis Family!
The St. Francis Family celebrated the marriage of their elder son, Adrian, to Hannah Kopinski on May 24, 2020. They met when they were working in Cambridge, MA after graduating from their respective colleges. He then went to law school and graduated from NYU Law, and she went into medicine, graduating from NYU Med School. She is now an Emergency Room Resident Doctor at Langone Hospital in NYC and he is with Debevoise and Plimpton in the city. 

Due to the pandemic, they adjusted their original plan, which was to have a ceremony here in Sonoma. They had asked the groom’s brother, Theo, to be officiant and, when he was home over Christmas, he spoke with Father Jim about this role. Not knowing what will unfold, the couple found a safe, bucolic location in Poughkeepsie, NY and with Theo local to them, having just completed his second year at MIT, he conducted a lovely ceremony. The parents participated with stories and reflections via Zoom, Susan Peterson and Ray St. Francis joining from Sonoma and Hannah’s mother, Aneta, joining from her home in Warsaw, Poland. The couple live in Long Island City, a 10 min. ferry ride across the East River to Hannah’s hospital in Manhattan. 

Dr. Hannah St. Francis and Adrian St. Francis
The officiant, Theo St. Francis
with his brother, the groom, Adrian.
101 Reasons to be EPISCOPALIAN

#6 "The Episcopal Church enables me to worship God with my mind. It doesn't install an idol like the Bible or the Pope as the source of ultimate authority. It has lived in the tension between ancient truth and living history and has evolved into something fragile but beautiful, something that is worthy of being defended as it becomes a sign of the inclusive Kingdom of God."
The Rt. Rev. John S. Spong
Diocese of Newark
From the book: 101 Reasons to be Episcopalian, compiled by Louie Crew. Morehouse Publishing, (2003).
These are great "listen-to"s and follow the teachings that were planned for this year's Lenten Evensongs and Soup Suppers.
Try one! You may find yourself informed, inspired, shocked, or prayerful --
or all of them at once, and all good for the soul!
Third season of :
The Way of Love with
Bishop Michael Curry
podcast series continues
June 8 with guest Richard Rohr
Season 3 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry , is now available. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
Season 3 changes include longer conversations between Bishop Curry and his guests: faith leaders, authors, and thinkers who are committed to following the Way of Jesus in the world today. Framed by the Way of Love – those seven practices of turning, learning, praying, worshipping, blessing, going, and resting – listeners will hear stories and lessons about how they can grow closer to God in daily life.
In this episode, Bishop Curry talks to  Shane Claiborne , founder of the Simple Way and co-founder of Red Letter Christians , about the importance of spending time in the words of Jesus and allowing them to directly inform our thinking and actions. The two discuss what it means to pay particular attention to the “red letters” of the Bible – those in which Jesus is directly teaching and guiding us, even now. This episode of The Way of Love Podcast is sponsored by Emory University’s Candler School of Theology , offering a Doctor of Ministry that is ninety percent online.
Season 3 episodes and guests include:
  • May 11 - Episode 2: The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor, New York Times best-selling author, and speaker
  • This episode of the Way of Love podcast is sponsored by For People, a new podcast with Bishop Rob Wright about finding and holding on to Faith in the midst of the challenges of an ever-changing world. Listen via your favorite podcast player and learn more at episcopalatlanta.org/forpeople.
  • May 25 - Episode 4: Jeff Chu, writer, reporter, editor, teacher and community leader
  • This episode of The Way of Love Podcast is sponsored by Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, offering a Doctor of Ministry that is ninety percent online.
  • June 1 Episode 5: Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and best-selling author
  • June 15 - Episode 7: Check back for more information - coming soon 

If you missed Seasons 1 and 2, or want to go back and listen again, individual episodes, including bonus episodes and reflection guides are here and here .
The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry , is available on most podcast apps and at episcopalchurch.org . Visit the  Way of Love podcast webpage to subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify and to sign up for notifications of new seasons and episodes as well as additional featured content.
Charting a Course During Uncertain Times
The Charter for Compassion (https://charterforcompassion.org/) began in 2009, and according to their website: "...provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors." The ten principles are:

  • Love one another
  • Do to others as you would have others do to you
  • Turn the other cheek
  • Turn swords into ploughs
  • All people are created equal
  • Freedom of religion
  • Seek justice
  • Be merciful and charitable
  • Forgive even your enemies
  • Live and let live

Ten principles. Only ten? How hard can it be? It doesn't take much to make me happy. (Friends tell me I'm easy that way.) All I want is peace on earth, Goodwill toward one another, Compassion and Mercy, and above all, an abiding Love as fearless and boundless as the expanding Universe. [Poem by John Smeker, 2019 ©]

Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma is affiliated with the Charter for Compassion, and we received this informational card entitled: "Charting A Course During Uncertain Times" with the principles and poem above. Thought it should be shared with the parish. Enjoy!
Diocesan & Beyond News
An easy way to keep abreast of the news around the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is to subscribe to its newsletter, the Diocesan e-News, which is delivered to your inbox on most Tuesday afternoons. Click HERE to be directed to their signup page. They take your privacy seriously and do not share their lists with anyone; to unsubscribe, simply click on the unsubscribe link that is at the end of each newsletter and you will be taken off the list immediately.
Pastoral Care Corner
Your prayers are requested -

During our Online Services, you, members of your family or loved one may find yourself in need of extra support and prayers from our faith community.  If you have a particular prayer request, please email Linda Dowd at lindahdowd@sbcglobal.net .  
Prayer requests will be added to The Prayers of the People during our Sunday worship each week.
Sermons at Trinity:

  • You can listen to past sermons on the parish website.

Sunday Snaps :

  • Will return when WE return!

Closing smiles...

9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, June 14, 2020
followed by Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom!

Men's Lunch - Cancelled
Noon at the Red Grape
529 1st Street W. Sonoma

10am Eucharist & Healing Prayer - Cancelled

 Noon- Bible Study in the Library -
- Cancelled

Mindful Living:
Women's Fellowship
Thursdays at
10:30am in the Library
- Cancelled


Centering Prayer - Cancelled
8am in St. Luke's Chapel
Find out more about
Centering Prayer here.

Cancellations are temporary.
We fully expect all events to resume when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.
Thanks for your patience.
Here endeth the newsletter... See you next week!