Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
21 June 2020
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

~~Collect for Third 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.

Sunday, June 21:  2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 10 AM: 
Roy MacAlpine, preaching 
Father Norman MacLeod, officiating
Log-in and Call-in information will be sent out Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 
Thursday , June 25 
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:  
Valerie Pogue, Officiating 
Log-in and Call-in information will be sent out Thursday morning.     

From the Interim 
A Statement from the Interim Priest-in-Charge
of Trinity Church

The video of the callous and brutal murder by a Minneapolis police officer of George Floyd, with his pain, terror and pleading so obvious to see, calls up the images of lynchings as well as bringing to mind the deaths at police hands of so many other African Americans. With the people of Trinity Episcopal Church, and my sisters and brothers throughout our church in every state, I hope and pray that this horrific act and the massive heartfelt demonstrations which have followed will bring forth a spirit of justice and reconciliation. We hope and pray it will bring real change to our fractured nation. We must do all in our power that police officers and all of us will become aware of the racism staining our country from even before its birth, our national original sin. I hope we will do all in our power to make a reality of the ideal that all people are created equal. Now is the time. We commit ourselves in the wake of this horrific death to a "new birth of freedom," in the words of Abraham Lincoln: freedom from discrimination, freedom for people of color to walk the streets, drive their cars, do their shopping without the fear that injury or death may fall on them, or their children, because of the color of their skin. An assault on the life and dignity of any human being is an attack on us all, a betrayal of our common humanity.

In the words this week of the Episcopal Bishops of Connecticut, "The injustice against people of color we have seen in recent weeks is not tolerable. It is contrary to the will of God and our Christian witness. We must speak up. We must work for change. And we must repent for the ways we are complicit in the ongoing violence in our society. We do this work together. We do this work for God. And we do this work so that all God's people may know safety, hope, and love."

The Rev. Norman MacLeod

Interim Priest-in-Charge

Trinity Episcopal Church

120 Sigourney Street

Hartford, Connecticut

From the Choristers,
The Choir School of Hartford
To download or print this statement, click here

Juneteenth Evening Prayer
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. 

Read more here.

Everyone is invited to join St. Luke's and Trinity on the Green in New Haven for this zoom-based Evening Prayer in celebration of Juneteenth.  The service will stream on line through Facebook as noted above.  But logging on through Facebook is not required.  You can find the zoom log-in below:

Youth Sunday 2018.

The Warden's Corner
On Monday, June 15, the Recruitment Committee recommended to the Trinity Vestry candidates to be considered for the position of rector. We are currently engaged in arranging interviews with the candidates, and we expect to complete the interviews within the next two weeks. This is an exciting time, and we ask your continued prayers for the Vestry and for the candidates as we discern who God has in mind to be our next rector.
At the same time, the Task Force for Re-Gathering is meeting weekly and faithfully to consider all the options for the gradual transition to re-
gathering in multiple formats. These include the Memorial Garden, the Nave, the o*ice, and the various facilities which comprise the Trinity Campus. The committee has concluded that the Zoom Services will continue for the for-seeable future. A live stream video capability has been approved and is on order, with a target date for mid-August. Your prayers are welcome as we navigate through these various issues.
Martha Freimuth and Tom Oberholtzer
Neil Derrick mowing the Trinity Church lawn.

Visit the Trinity Memorial Garden
With deep appreciation for Enid Oberholtzer and Erica Wienstock and their team of volunteers, we are happy to announce the phased re-opening of Trinity's Memorial Garden.

Each Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting), from 9 to 11 AM, Enid and Erica will open the garden gate on Sigourney Street.  Members and friends of Trinity and our Asylum Hill neighbors are welcome to enjoy the beauty and peace of the garden, its flowers, its fountain, and its labyrinth.  All visitors are expected to wear masks (one will be provided if you forget yours!) and maintain proper social distancing.

This is the beginning of our slow and careful re-opening of the Trinity Church campus.  At the point only the garden may be accessed, and only from Sigourney Street, and only at the stated hours.  The memorial garden is being made available as a blessing to all and as a sign of hope for better days to come.

In the Memorial Garden.

Share Your Thoughts With Us
You should have received a communication from Trinity Church via Constant Contact that contained a very brief survey from the Task Force on Re-gathering. It is important for the Task Force to understand at the
outset how the members of Trinity Church are thinking and feeling about returning to in-person  worship. Although the survey deadline is today, it's not too late to respond. Missed the initial email? Below you will find a link to participate.

          Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!


 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 meet on Tuesday, June 2 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.

Prayer Requests
Although we are not physically in the church, we can continue to take prayer requests and put them in our Sunday leaflet. Please contact Barbara Roos at with any names you would like added.


Transition to Eternal Life
With great sorrow Trinity Church announces the death of a long-time member, Isabelle English, who entered into rest June 11, 2020,
Our thoughts and prayers are with Isabelle's family and all who knew and loved her, especially her sister, Katie Reynolds. Together with them we mourn her death and give thanks for her life among us.
A memorial service is planned at a later date.
Father of all, we pray to you for Isabelle, and for all those whom
we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let
light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls
of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Book of Common Prayer
Aumbry Candle Memorial

The aumbry candle in the sanctuary is lighted this week in memory of

Charles Mather Lane, Anna Isabel Fairfield Lane, and Donald Fairfield Lane.
Heads Up! Hartford, Virtual Summer Camp
Linda MacGougan, Trinity's liaison, receives emails from Heads Up! Hartford about activities. If you would like her to forward those emails to you, please let her know at . (Or ask Camp Director Julie McGarry (contact below) to put you on the mailing list.)
Heads Up! Hartford has announced that camp will shift to a virtual structure, as the in-person, overnight format isn't possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The HUH team is working hard to create virtual activities that will keep the HUH spirit, love, and energy alive. Youth who are graduating from 8th-12th grades are eligible to attend, and there will be no camp fees. Stay tuned for more information! In the meanwhile if you have questions, please get in touch with Camp Director Julie McGarry at or 860-212-5859 or Briannon Chester, HUH Assistant Director at or (860) 338-6282 .
This year, our camp theme is "Many Voices, One Mission." We will focus our programming on centering marginalized voices, and we hope you will join us. You can learn about this year's camp details  here
Camp will be in session from Monday, June 22nd to Friday, June 26th, with a two-hour commitment every evening. These two hours, which we are calling, the "Main Events", will take place from 7pm-9pm. This segment will include several of our amazing and beloved traditional camp activities, such as blue room guest speakers, team time, music, opportunities to engage in service work, God moments, and worship!
We hope that you will consider joining us and continue to help spread the word about camp!
Campers may register at the link below. We can't wait to see you at camp 2020!  

Free Summer Camp for Kids
Summer is nearly here, and Charter Oak Cultural Center is so happy to be able to offer a wide variety of FREE virtual summer camps for children ages 6-18. We are offering classes in music, art, dance, creative writing, and more!
Virtual summer camps will allow us to offer the same fun, high-quality arts education while also safely social distancing. Camp classes will be daily 90-minute sessions that run for one week, Monday to Friday. Classes will be taught by Charter Oak's wonderful staff of teaching artists, and will take place through the online video chat service Zoom. Zoom links to classes will be provided when registration is confirmed.
The full schedule of camp classes is included in the attached registration sheet below.  

Weekly Calendar
  Sunday, June 21st   - Third Sunday after Pentecost
       10:00 A.M. Morning Prayer - via Zoom
Monday, June 22nd
Tuesday, June 23rd
       9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
       5:15 P.M. Bible Study - via Zoom
       6:30 P.M. Choir School Board Meeting - via WebX
       8:00 P.M. RSCM Course - via Zoom
Wednesday, June 24th  
       7:00 P.M. Task Force on Re-gathering - via Zoom
Thursday, June 25th
       9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
       12:00 Noon Noonday Prayer - via Zoom
Friday, June 26th
Saturday, June 27th
Sunday, June 28th   - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
       10:00 A.M. - Morning Prayer via Zoom -
       Fr. Norman's last Sunday with our Parish

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Phone: 860.527.8133
Fax: 860.527.2863
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Youth Sunday 2018.