Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
14 June 2020
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~~Collect for Second 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 14:  2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 10 AM: 
Kate Byroade, preaching 
Father Norman MacLeod, officiating
Log-in and Call-in information will be sent out Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 
Thursday , June 18 
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:  
Father Frank Kirkpatrick, Officiating 
Log-in and Call-in information will be sent out Thursday morning.     
At the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance Rally.

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

Trinity Academy Graduation, 2020.

The Warden's Corner
A message from our newly elected Warden, Tom Oberholtzer:  
To the Trinity Parish June 7, 2020 
It is my distinct pleasure to join Martha Freimuth in assuming the Wardenship for Trinity Church for the next year. Trinity has been Enid's and my home for the last 20 years, and we continue to be blessed to be in your company. I continue to be overwhelmed by the number of truly bright, energetic, and capable parishioners who, on a daily basis, define where we are and what we do as faithful Christians. There are some challenging times ahead of us, to say the least. I am confident that as we proactively address our role in the greater Hartford faith community, we will meet those challenges head on, and help to ensure a bright future for our Trinity. I thank you for entrusting me with a role in support of that future. 
Tom Oberholtzer 

We need your input!
You will receive a communication from Trinity Church via Constant Contact in the next day or so that will contain 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.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

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.

Beginning this Tuesday, June 16, from 9 through 11 AM, and continuing at those hours each Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting), 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.

Honoring retiring Vestry Members at the Annual Meeting.

 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.


Virtual Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Challenge:
Thank You!

Kate and Drew Smith thank you all for your support of Team Strolling for Sarah. Below is our final count of miles. Job well done!

Virtual Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Challenge:
May 16th-June 5th Walk, Run or Cycle
Final Tally: 2,782 Goal: 650

Transition to Eternal Life
With great sorrow Trinity Church announces the death of a long-time member, James F. English, Jr., who entered into rest June 2, 2020. Jim made the long table in the little narthex as you come from Goodwin Hall.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family and all who knew and loved him, especially his sister-in-law Katie Reynolds. Together with them we mourn his death and give thanks for his life among us.
A memorial service is planned at a later date.
Father of all, we pray to you for James, 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

Virtual Summer at Camp Washington
Dear Camp Washington Families,

Today is the day! We are making history! Camp Washington 2020 - The Home Edition registrations are now open! We have four weeks of amazing activities with some of the 2020 staff planned for campers to learn from and have fun with. We even have a few special guest appearances and activities you can do together as a family.

As a reminder, registration for these four weeks of awesomeness begins today and closes in just TWO weeks, on June 19. This allows us time to get videos uploaded to our private You Tube channel, mail out supplies for those who need them for certain activities, and just work out the glitches prior to "opening day" on July 14.

We hope you and your campers will join us for one or more weeks of super fun (yet modified) Camp Washington activities! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Hope to "see" you this summer!

Kris Martin, Camp Director
Victor Troiano, Head Counselor
Katie Earley, Upper Camp Program Director
Janette Birtha, Lower Camp Program Director

Register for Week One (July 14-17)  Here.

Register for Week Two  (July 21-24) Here.

Register for Week Three (July 28-31) Here.

Register for Week Four (August 4-7) Here.

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.  

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!  


Weekly Calendar

Sunday, June 14th   - Second Sunday after Pentecost
         10:00 A.M. Morning Prayer- via Zoom
Monday, June 15th
Tuesday, June 16th
       9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
       5:15 P.M. Bible Study - via Zoom
       7:00 P.M. Vestry - via Zoom
       8:00 P.M. RSCM Course - via Zoom
Wednesday, June 17th
       7:00 P.M. Task Force on Re-gathering - via Zoom
Thursday, June 18th
           9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
         12:00 Noon Noonday Prayer - via Zoom
Friday, June 19th  
Saturday, June 20th
Sunday, June 21st  - Third Sunday after Pentecost (Father's Day)
       10:00 A.M. - Morning Prayer via Zoom


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Phone: 860.527.8133
Fax: 860.527.2863
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Trinity at Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance Rally for Justice.