Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
15 March 2020
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Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
~~Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent   
Worship at Trinity
8:00 AM, Eucharist with Sermon and Hymns
10:00 AM, Eucharist with Sermon, Anthems, and Hymns 
The Rev. Norman MacLeod, Preaching and Celebrating 
Noon Day Prayer, Thursday, 12 March, in the Chapel 
Update: The Coronavirus Epidemic and Trinity

As the situation regarding the coronavirus develops, we at Trinity continue to take steps to protect one another and ourselves.
Christ calls us to love one another. Every day we learn more about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. I believe our call to love includes taking preventive measures to help prevent the spread of this serious illness to our neighbors and ourselves. These are acts of Christian love and service.
The following changes are now in place. More changes may follow. All are temporary.
-       We will not offer the common cup at Communion.
-       Activities of the Adult Choir and Choir School of Hartford are suspended for two weeks.
-       At the Peace, please greet one another without touching.
-       There will be no food at Coffee hour. Coffee and other hot drinks will still be available.
-       Please use the wall-mounted hand sanitizers around the church.
If you are ill, we will miss you, but please take care of yourself and others by staying home. Let us know if you want to be on the prayer list. Please tell us if you want us to follow up with you.   We care about you and want to know how you are doing.
In this year's season of Lent, God calls us to greater awareness of how our actions can change the lives of others for good or ill. We do these things to live out the Great Commandment: To love our neighbors as ourselves.
God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to us all as we wait in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make us the qual of whatever lies ahead. Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.

(Adapted from A New Zealand Prayer Book.)
       In Christ's name,
From the Wardens
Good news - our transition status, as reflected on the ECCT website, has changed from "Discerning" to "Parish Seeking a Rector." That means that our open position has been posted and candidates for the position of Rector can apply. You can see some of the Discernment Committee's work on our website ( under the "Rector Transition" tab. Our next Rector will be introduced to Trinity Church by reading what the committee created. Applications for the Rector position go to the diocese, where they are reviewed by Rev. LeeAnn Tolzmann and Bishop Laura Ahrens before being passed along to us. The posting is open until April 30.
In the meantime, the members of the Recruitment Committee are gearing up for their task. They'll receive training in online and in-person interviewing, sorting through applications, and developing a short list of candidates for consideration by Vestry. We ask your prayers for the members of the Recruitment Committee: Enid Oberholtzer, chair, Marcus Clark, Heather Kramer, Linda MacGougan, Marsha McCurdy, Winston Rose, Cathy Rowe, and Steve Zhitnik.
Alan Rice and Martha Freimuth
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: 
Concerning COVID-19
"In this time when we are all affected by the coronavirus, whether directly or indirectly, whether physically, biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and for many economically, it may be helpful to remember that we're in this together.

"Jesus came among us in the first place, to show us the way to be right and reconcile with the God who is the creator of us all, and right and reconciled with each other as children of this one God who has created us all, and therefore as sisters, brothers, and siblings, one of another. 
Jesus came to show us how to be in a relationship with God and in relationship with each other, came to show us how to live not simply as collections of individual self-interest, but how to live as the human family of God. That's why he said love the Lord your God, love your neighbor as yourself. Because in that is hope for all of us to be the human family of God.

"So look out for your neighbors, look out for each other. Look out for yourselves. Listen to those who have knowledge that can help to guide us medically and help to guide us socially. Do everything that we can to do this together, to respond to each other's needs and to respond to our own needs."

~ Bishop Curry

Corona Virus Update: 
Trinity Choirs Rehearsals and Perfomances Cancelled
Dear Friends:
Father Norman and I have reached the decision that all rehearsals for the choristers and adults are cancelled from now until March 26th. I've heard messages of concern from many of you about choir rehearsal, singing and breathing in close proximity, and we believe that this is the responsible way forward. Other choir programs in the area are taking similar measures.
Sunday's Evensong that was scheduled for the men of the choir has been cancelled. Additionally, the chorister benefit concert scheduled for March 27th has been postponed.
I really wanted to avoid this, but we feel it is the right decision. I will spend the next week or so setting up a plan of action for repertoire as we draw nearer to Holy Week.
For now, Trinity Church is still planning hold Sunday services. The choir will not sing for these services. You are welcome to attend, there may be additional instructions for safety during church. I've copied Father Norman in the event that he would like to chime in.
I will communicate any updates to you promptly. Please feel free to email or call with any questions or concerns. My cell is 904.654.8786
Stay safe.
2020 Sneaker Project Continues
This Lent Trinity's Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be collecting new sneakers for our Trinity Academy students. Tags with their requests are now available in the Baptistery. Please pick up a tag, purchase the sneakers, attach the tag to the sneakers and return them to the Baptistery by Thursday, April 9 (Maundy Thursday) to be blessed and distributed. Any additional sneakers received (including adult sizes) will be donated to clients of our Covenant to Care ministry through the Klingberg Foundation). Questions? Contact Bruce Wazorko at or 860-707-5639 or John E. Robinson at 860-559-7483.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Offerings for the
Diocese of Jerusalem
Trinity will continue it's support the Diocese of Jerusalem for the Ash Wednesday (February 26th) and Good Friday (April 10th) offerings, as we have in years past. Unable to make it to church on those days? This gift can be received anytime during the Lenten season. Additional envelopes are available in the church. This contribution will also be designated for the Ahli Hospital, as we continue to add to our support begun in Advent.
During this holy season of Lent, remembering our brothers and sisters where our faith began is so important. Please make checks out to Trinity Church with AFEDJ (American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem) in the memo and put in the offering plate or send to the church office. The people of the Holy Land thank you! For more information, visit and click on "News."
~~Kate Smith for the Outreach Team
Women Together
During Lent, Women Together will discuss The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage, a recent book by Joan Chittister, a nun and social activist. In it, she offers a guide to those who feel disillusioned and dissatisfied with the power-hungry institutions and systems of our world. The five-week series begins on March 3.

WT, which brings together women from several Greater Hartford Episcopal churches, meets on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in the Reception Room at St. John's in West Hartford, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Linda MacGougan or Anne Rapkin.

  Lenten Study
In the language of the Bible, the word "repent" means to "turn." Trinity's Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God's Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in central Connecticut and beyond.
The study will begin at 6 p.m. in the Library, with a meal of pizza.
Each session will close by 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.
March 18 - Water
March 25 - Air
April 1 - Fire
Sign-up sheets in order to anticipate meal planning will be available Sunday, February 16. Don't know if you can make it? Not a problem; come that day. ALL ARE WELCOME!
While not formally part of the Lenten program, on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8, Trinity will observe an Earth Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. Details will follow about this event, which looks at the suffering of the Earth by human hands through the lens of Christ's Passion.
Rock.  Lenten Series on the Creation:  Earth  11 March 2020
A Taste of Trinity
"A Taste of Trinity: Recipes from Around the World" is a wonderful cookbook with recipes from our parishioners, whose families hail from five continents!  While at this time  we are not selling it after worship services, it remains available.  Please contact Anne Rapkin or Percy Williamson if you would like to purchase one or more copies.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM COOKBOOK SALES BENEFIT KATERI MEDICAL SERVICES, which provide basic medical care in communities in need in Nigeria.
$15 per copy; $12 per copy for 3 or more

Deadline for The Voice of Trinity Article Submission     Friday - March 13

The deadline for the next issue of The Voice is Friday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. This issue will cover Holy Week and Easter events (April 5 - April 12), plus all other events scheduled to take place in April and May.  
Please email your articles to When submitting an article, please be sure to include a title for it.
Please Continue to Help Trinity Academy with Our
Snack Campaign!
Trinity Academy feeds its amazing 40 students breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks daily.
Please consider helping us by donating the following snacks:

Nutri Grain Granola Bars
Nature Valley Granola Bars
Animal Crackers
Graham Crackers
Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
Goldfish Crackers
Applesauce Cups
Fruit Cups

Snack donations can be left off during school hours between
8 am to 5 pm daily
You can also view our
Amazon Wishlist (see here)
and have your donations sent directly to our school:
120 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06105
  Tenebrae, Wednesday, 8 April at 7 PM
In Holy Week, Trinity will offer a service mourning the loss of species by human hands in the modern era. This adaptation of Tenebrae will recognize the suffering and loss of these extinct species in the light of Christ's Passion. Readers will share poetry by Wendell Berry, a contemporary farmer-poet, proclaiming humanity's deadly treatment of nature and its effects on the human spirit.  Those gathered will also proclaim the hope we have in God as Creator and Redeemer to bring healing to our distressed Earth and all her creatures.  The service will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the church.  
This event offers the opportunity to mourn humanity's destruction of God-created fellow creatures, as Christians mourn the suffering of Christ in Holy Week.  The death of so many species have made some proclaim our era as "the sixth great extinction."  Over hundreds of millions of years, natural forces have caused at least five great extinctions. In the industrial era, human actions alone have destroyed species with new and implacable force. They continue to do so at the rate of hundreds each year.
The service of Tenebrae - Latin for shadows - dates to medieval times.  It prepares participants for the observance of Christ's Passion: his arrest, humiliation, torture, trial and execution. The usual Tenebrae includes psalms of lament, readings from the book of Lamentations and brief sung Latin anthems.  Wendell Berry's words will replace the passages from the Biblical Lamentations. In addition there will be a Litany of the Extinct, the chanting of the names of lost animal and plant species. Most extinct plants are known only by their Latin-based botanical names.  As in the traditional form of Tenebrae , in keeping with the theme of shadows, the candles and other lights in the church will be gradually extinguished.
This version of Tenebrae emerged in June, 2014 from the Pilgrimage for Earth, organized by churches in Vermont and New Hampshire, including Church of the Woods, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  The Pilgrimage looked at the suffering of the Earth through the lens of Holy Week from Maundy Thursday to Easter, culminating in an expression of hope that God's abundant love will give humankind the wisdom and will to preserve "this fragile earth, our island home."
Maundy Thursday Service with Agape Meal, April 9th
Meal Sign-Up Goodwin Hall

Please join your fellow parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church Hartford as we observe the feast of the Lord's Supper and foot washing. Please consider bringing a friend or another family. The service will this year feature a dinner of Chicken with Rice that Trinity prepares and serves at Loaves and Fishes each month.

The Maundy Thursday service will begin at 6:30 pm. The service will recall the meal as described in the Gospel of Matthew and we will remember Jesus' self-giving servant ministry of washing the feet of his disciples for those who wish to participate in that ceremony. The service will conclude between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m., and the children have no school on Friday.

For planning purposes, we ask you to sign up on the easel pad in Goodwin Hall, including how you might be able to help. We need parishioners to cook the meal, set up the sanctuary, final prep the meal, and serve. Everyone at the service lends a hand in cleaning up and resetting the sanctuary.
The Jack Spaeth Care for Creation Environmental Grant - Accepting Applications!
The mission of the Jack Spaeth Care for Creation Environmental Grant is to encourage innovation and to empower members of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to educate, witness and invite change in our congregations and communities with the goal of embracing a global vision of climate justice and preserving and celebrating God's creation.

Grant applications are due by April 3rd and grantees will be announced April 22nd.  Learn more about the grant here.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, March 15th    The Third Sunday in Lent
       8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist- Church
     10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist - Church
     10:00 A.M. Godly Play - Classroom 3
     11:30 A.M. Sunday School
     11:30 A.M. Coffee and Conversation - Goodwin Hall
     11:30 A.M. Confirmation Class - Rector's Office
       3:00 P.M. Alcoholics Anonymous - Huntington Hall
Monday, March 16th  
       7:30 A.M. Trinity Academy
       5:00 P.M. Recruitment Team Meeting - Library
Tuesday, March 17th
       7:30 A.M. Trinity Academy
Wednesday, March 18th
     7:30 A.M. Trinity Academy
     6:00 P.M. Lenten Series
     7:30 P.M. AA
Thursday, March 19th
       7:30 A.M. Trinity Academy
       Noon - Noon Day Prayer - Church
         8:00 P.M. Alcoholics Anonymous - Huntington Hall
Friday, March 20th
       Office Closed
       7:30 A.M. Trinity Academy
       7:00 P.M. Narcotics Anonymous - Huntington Hall
Saturday, March 21st
         10:00 A.M. Alcoholics Anonymous - Huntington Hall
           7:30 P.M. Narcotics Anonymous (Mt. Sinai)
                         Huntington Hall

Textile Recycling in Your Town? 
While Trinity parishioners have opportunities to contribute gently used clothing and accessories through collections by the Outreach Team, many of us also have "well used" or even "worn out" textile items that we aren't sure what to do with. Just toss them in the trash? Hopefully not! In many local towns, the good news is that there are other alternatives.  
In addition to collection bins in supermarket parking lots, many towns also have textile recycling programs. In Bloomfield, the town participates with Bay State Textiles in having bins on three town sites for residents to use. Other towns like Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and West Hartford appear from their websites to participate with Simple Recycling in a Pink Bag curbside collection program.  
If you're not already familiar with a textile recycling program in your town, make a few minutes to check your town website to find out what program may be available, and what items are acceptable.   Let's all do our part to keep these items out of our trash!
Penny Pearson for the Outreach Team 
Memorial Chapel.  Thursday, 12 March 2020.