Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
19 July 2020
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 
~~Collect for Seventh 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.  This Sunday we'll hold an 8 AM service of Morning Prayer in the Memorial Garden.

Sunday, July 19:  5th Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Prayer in the Memorial Garden, 8 AM 
George Chien, Officiating and Preaching

Morning Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 10 AM:
Walton Brown Foster, officiating

George Chien, 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 , July 23 
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:  
Steve Zhitnik, Officiating 
This is a corrected Standing Meeting as of this week.  
This new 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
After 18 weeks of gathering only online, we are finally taking our first cautious step in beginning to gather for worship in person. This Sunday, July 19, we will hold a service of Morning Prayer in our beautiful Memorial Garden at 8:00 a.m. There will also be a 10 a.m. service on Zoom for those who are unable or unwilling to attend the in-person gathering.
Those of us who are able to attend this service will rejoice at being together again, but there are several important protocols we must observe in order to gather safely: Everyone will be asked to sign in, everyone must wear a mask throughout the service, and we must keep a distance of 6 feet between us at all times. We must take our service leaflets home with us. The church building will remain locked, and the only entrance to the garden will be the Sigourney Street gate. The rest rooms in the narthex will be available if needed. Although these rules are burdensome, they may seem less so if we view them as a way for us to show our love and concern for one another.  
Next week our 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Garden will also be an opportunity for our choristers to say farewell to Jackson Merrill, who will be playing his last services with us before departing for Michigan.
With the departure of Father Norman MacLeod, we are once again without an ordained leader for our parish. We anticipate that we will have a new Rector in the fall, but until our new priest arrives, our worship will be led by volunteers - some ordained and some lay leaders, all who will lead us in Morning Prayer. If you are in need of pastoral care, please do not hesitate to call the church office. Barbara Roos will relay your message to the Parish Care Team, who will follow up with you and tend to your needs.
We ask for your patience, your prayers, and your continued support as we transit these final weeks of our priest transition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Martha Freimuth and Tom Oberholtzer

Memorial Garden. 14 July 2020.

From the Wardens:
Re-Gathering Protocols, 19 July 2020

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.

Please register your attendance for the 8:00 am service either by email to<>  or call 860-527-8133 ext. 204 no later than Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 pm.
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.
  • 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.
Martha Freimuth and Tom Oberholtzer

"Laborers in the Vinyard."  Memorial Garden.  14 July 2020.

Giving Statements Mailed

Given the circumstances that we have been challenged with this year, we hope you have a chance to unplug this summer and enjoy some rest and re-creation. So, a reminder: If you're going away, please keep your pledge up to date. You can check your balance on the statement that has been mailed. You will receive both your annual pledge statement and your Capital Campaign statement (if applicable) in one envelope. Please allow several days for the post office to make deliveries. Questions? Contact Barbara Roos at or 860-527-8133 ext. 204. Thank you!

A Thank You from Fr. Norman
The Rev. Norman MacLeod
Newport, Rhode Island
July 11, 2020
Dear Trinity Friends:
Thank you so much for the wonderful send-off you gave me and Elizabeth on June 28.
I will always remember your kind words and good wishes for the future. Serving with you at Trinity, Hartford, was one of the great privileges of my career as a priest in our church.
Mark MacGougan's extraordinary lyrics and Jack Merrill's spirited rendition of the song still ring in my mind. What a gift!
Thanks also to all those who contributed to Foodshare in my name. It is an honor to be recognized in that way, bringing such essential aid to the hungry in the Hartford region.
As you enter the next stage of your time of transition toward new clergy leadership, you will remain in my prayers, especially of thanksgiving for the ministry you bring to the world.
God bless you, as you will be a blessing to your next Rector.
In Christ's name.

Save the Date:  
Farewell to Jackson Merrill - Sunday, July 26th
After our worship services on July 26, Jackson Merrill will be leaving us to continue his education at the University of Michigan. There will be a masked and socially distanced farewell following the 8 a.m. service in the Memorial Garden, and a Zoom farewell after the 10 a.m. service. If you would like to contribute to a gift for Jack and Allison, please send your check to the church office, noting "Jack Merrill gift" in the memo line. Please send your gift by Wednesday, July 22, and join us to give our thanks to Jack and wish him Godspeed. 

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.


Sunday 12 July.Morning Prayer at Trinity via Zoom.

Live from the Holy Land
Find below an email from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  Leaders of the Jerusalem Diocese talk about current conditions in these complicated times.   

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, July 19th   - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
           8:00 A.M. Morning Prayer - Memorial Garden
         10:00 A.M. Morning Prayer- via Zoom
Monday, July 20th
Tuesday, July 21st
     9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
     5:15 P.M. Bible Study - via Zoom
     7:00 P.M. Vestry Meeting - via Zoom
Wednesday, July 22nd  
       7:00 P.M. Campus Re-gathering Task Force - via Zoom
Thursday, July 23rd
     9:00 A.M. Memorial Garden open till 11:00 am
         12:00 Noon Noonday Prayer - via Zoom
Friday, July 24th    
Saturday, July 25th  
Sunday, July 26th - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
         8:00 A.M. - Morning Prayer - Memorial Garden
                             Farewell to Jackson and Allison Merrill
       10:00 A.M. - Morning Prayer via Zoom


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Memorial Garden.  14 July 2020.