Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
2 August 2020
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

~~Collect for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship With Us at Trinity Church

All are invited to join our services online while the church buildings are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are now holding an 8 AM service of Morning Prayer in the Memorial Garden, weather permitting.

Sunday, August 2:  9th Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Prayer in the Memorial Garden, 8 AM 
Martha Freimuth, Officiating and Preaching

Morning Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 10 AM:
Kate Byroade, Officiating and Preaching 

This is a Standing Meeting. The log-in and password are the same every week.
Join Zoom Meeting via computer/tablet
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696

Password: 780651

Dial in by phone
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696
Password: 780651
Thursday , August 6
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:  
Jim Bradley, Officiating 
This is a Standing Meeting.  
The log-in and password will remain the same through September 10.
Join Zoom Meeting via computer or tablet 
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Dial in
929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Morning Prayer via Zoom.  10 AM.  Sunday, 26 July.

A Longer Introduction to Trinity Church's
New Rector
           In our eagerness to share the good news of our new Rector last week, we shared only a picture and a brief biography of Rev. Dorothella "Dee" Littlepage. This week we'd like to tell you a little more about her, and about how the Vestry determined that she's just the right priest to become our thirteenth Rector.

           Dee received a double Bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Spelman College in Atlanta, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. She went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree, cum laude, from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Since her ordination to the priesthood of The Episcopal Church, Dee has served as Assistant Rector at St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynn, MA, Assistant Rector at St. Augustine St. Martin Episcopal Church in Boston, and most recently has been Executive Director of Roxbury-Dorchester Power in Community Mission Hub, a collective of four Episcopal congregations in Roxbury and Dorchester. The goal of their collaboration is to connect the parishes more closely in order to enhance their ability to engage the surrounding neighborhood, including establishing an ESOL program which led to citizenship for several immigrants.

           Following the Transition Process prescribed by ECCT, our Recruitment Committee interviewed candidates and recommended several to the Vestry for final interviews and for the decision on which candidate to call. All candidates led us through a brief worship service, shared a socially-distanced meal with us, and participated in a structured interview during which everyone on the Vestry asked specified questions about all aspects of the Rector's job.

           It is clear to the Vestry that Dee's gifts and talents align very closely with the present gifts and needs of Trinity Church. She favors the "high church" style of worship while also enjoying experimentation with various styles of liturgical expression. She has a strong commitment to outreach and to social justice concerns, and looks forward to working with Trinity's Refugee Resettlement efforts as well as all our other outreach programs. And her most recent work was focused on building collaboration among parishes and worshipping communities, a continuing priority for Trinity. 

           Above all, though, it is Dee's interpersonal qualities that led us to concur unanimously that she is the priest God has sent to us for this time. Her personal warmth, her openness, her curiosity, and her energy are evident from the first "Hello," and even a prolonged interview on a hot day could not dampen her good nature and her enthusiasm for the opportunity to connect her gifts of ministry to the community of Trinity Church.  
           Our Transition Hospitality Committee, along with our Task Force on Re-Gathering, is working on a plan to welcome Dee to Trinity in September. Stay tuned!

Farewell To Jack and Allison Merrill.

From Our Wardens:
Protocols for Morning Prayer in the Garden
The Sunday morning schedule will be as follows:
  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am in the Memorial Garden.
  • Morning Prayer will be broadcast at 10:00 am via Zoom.
  • You may participate in either the 8:00 am in person worship or the 10:00 am Zoom, or both.
Here is a summary of the mechanics of Sunday morning:
  • Masks are required to be worn by the congregation.  A limited supply of masks will be available for those who do not have one.
  • Entrance and exit to the Memorial Garden will be through the Sigourney Street garden gate only.
  • Upon entrance, an Usher will ask you if you have registered for the 8:00 am service. 
  • IMPORTANT: Please sign-in using the book by the garden gate entrance.
  • Chairs are set up with 6 ft distance between.  Please sit in one of the open spaces, keeping 6 feet between you and others not of your household.
  • Restrooms in the Narthex are available if needed.
  • Single use Bulletins will be provided. Please take your bulletin home with you.
  • There will be no congregational singing.
  • An Offering plate will be provided on the steps going up to the church inside the Memorial Garden; plates will not be passed.
  • Please remain seated after the postlude for a brief ceremony honoring Jackson Merrill.
  • There is no coffee hour. 
If you are not feeling well, running a fever, coughing, etc., you should not attend church until you are well and have completed a 14-day self- quarantine. The same is true for those who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have, you must complete a 14-day self- quarantine before attending church.  Those in vulnerable populations should carefully consider whether or not to attend Sunday public worship.
For those who cannot come to church, webcasts and Zoom offerings will continue.
A 10:00 am Zoom Morning Prayer service continues on Sunday.
Noonday Prayer continues via Zoom on Thursdays.
I n order to appropriately plan for seating at the 8:00 AM service, please RSVP to Barbara Roos at or call her at 860-527-8133 ext. 204.
Martha Freimuth and Tom Oberholtzer

Morning Prayer in the Garden, Sunday, 26 July 2020.

Do You Have a Bicycle to Donate?
Diaa Albunni, the youngest member of Trinity's Syrian refugee family, is in need of a bicycle.  Now 13 years old, he has outgrown the bicycle originally donated to him by a kind parishioner.  We are looking now for a 24-inch bike.  If you have one, used but in good shape, that you can donate for Diaa, please call Anne Rapkin at or 860-521-5992.

Assistance Available to Apply for Food Benefits and Husky Medical Benefits
With the end this week of the $600 federal weekly unemployment compensation pandemic supplement, more and more people are in need of assistance to buy food or pay their health insurance premiums.  If you would like to have assistance filing an application for food benefits or Husky, please contact Anne Rapkin at
or 860-521-5992.   
You and I will be on the telephone together as I complete your on-line application form.  If the benefits agency requests a phone interview, I can be present on speaker phone to help you answer the interviewer's questions. 

For all Trinity Parishioners: 
Learn How to Assist Others in Completing Benefits Application
It is anticipated that, unless Congress promptly renews the weekly unemployment compensation pandemic supplement, there will be even greater need for food and medical assistance among our community's households.  Therefore, I invite everyone in the parish to join me for a "Zoomed" training session on how to help members of our parish complete on-line application forms.  Completing an on-line application can be (though is not always) time-consuming, but it is not difficult. 
I will prepare this training session if people want to participate in it.  Therefore, if you are would like to participate, please let me know ASAP by phone or e-mail, at the number/address noted above.  This is important work, and I hope very much that you will want to join in.                                                
Anne Rapkin

North Central Region Check-In

Read our North Central Region Newsletter from The Rev. Erin Flynn Here:


Bible Study via Zoom,
Tuesdays at 5:15 PM

Dear Everyone ~
Thank you to all who responded!
We meet on Tuesdays, at 5:15 pm. There is room for more at our Trinity Bible study through Zoom! 
We will use a cool approach created by folks at Yale specifically for parishes, and requiring no previous academic study. You can check it out at . (Please do! It's pretty interesting.) Each meeting starts with a conversational introduction to the subject from two faculty members, then offers discussion questions, and options for further reading. I find the curriculum both accessible and flexible. We can do as much or as little as we like with each session. It's up to us to use it in a way that works for us.
To enroll please send me an email or call me, Roy McAlpine, at, or by phone at (860) 338-4525.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, August 2nd - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
         8:00 A.M. Morning Prayer - Memorial Garden
       10:00 A.M. Morning Prayer- via Zoom
Monday, August 3rd
Tuesday, August 4th
     9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
     5:15 P.M. Bible Study - via Zoom
Wednesday, August 5th  
       7:00 P.M. Campus Re-gathering Task Force - via Zoom
Thursday, August 6th
     9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
   12:00 Noon Noonday Prayer - via Zoom
Friday, August 7th    
Saturday, August 8th
     10:00 A.M. Sanctuary Stitchers - via Zoom
Sunday, August 9th  - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
         8:00 A.M. Morning Prayer - Memorial Garden
       10:00 A.M. - Morning Prayer via Zoom

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Phone: 860.527.8133
Fax: 860.527.2863
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Godspeed, Jack!