25 April 2021
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

~~Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, April 25: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden or Parking Lot, 8 AM
with Communion in one kind (bread only)

Rev. D. Presiding and Preaching

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM by YouTube

Rev. D. Presiding and Preaching

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM Livestreamed on YouTube followed by Greeting Time, Coffee Hour, and Adult Forum on Zoom

As the Postlude ends, all are invited to log onto zoom for a time of large group greeting followed by a short small group coffee hour, or for Adult Christian Formation when scheduled.

Parking lot drive-through Communion distribution (bread only) from the elements consecrated at the 10am service. 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday, April 29

Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

Anne Rapkin Officiating

This is a Standing Meeting.
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Join us after the Sunday 10 AM Service for an Adult Forum Session:
Trinity Families Parenting in the Pandemic
How are we doing?
We all know that families with children have been having a difficult time keeping kids safe, fed, and learning during this pandemic. Managing family finances, taking care of children, working at or seeking jobs, keeping elders safe - the myriad tasks of family life can be overwhelming.
What are the realities for families within our own Trinity community?
During the forum after worship on April 25, we welcome parents to share their experience: strengths, losses, and victories, both in the year past and currently. Our goal will be not to offer advice or solutions, but rather to offer support simply by listening and affirming each other.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend on Sunday, April 25 following the 10 o’clock YouTube service.

From the Rector

In the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin verdict, news of yet another Black child being killed by police, and the continual physical, mental, and emotional assault against Bodies of Color, I am inviting members of the Trinity community who are Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) to gather on zoom tonight (22 April) at 7pm for a time of prayer, lament, and sharing (Meeting ID: 854 3971 8715 Passcode: 790446). I understand that for some in the Trinity community, having an event where inclusion or exclusion is based on race feels uncomfortable and perhaps even antithetical to an understanding of what it means to build community. However, the reality is that BIPOC often exert significant psychological, spiritual, and emotional energy to share or even be present in conversations about race where the feelings and needs of White people, intentionally or not, take center stage.

In addition to this evening’s gathering, next Thursday (4/29) at 7pm there will be a time for prayer, lament, and sharing for anybody who wants to attend. As we all seek to dismantle white supremacy in ourselves and in the communities around us, I encourage you to listen to a conversation between Krista Tippett and Resmaa Menakem which can be found here.

A simple prayer, for a world in need of peace. The Choir School of Hartford.

Join us on Earth Day for a conversation about how to move your personal commitment to racial justice into action. Our meeting will start with a brief presentation by Deacon Art Miller, an activist and Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, about the intersection between racial justice and environmental justice. People are invited to ask questions and share their reflections in a brief talkback. The final portion of the meeting is for sharing about the challenges of taking racial action steps in our local church contexts. Even if you have not been a part of our group before, you are welcome to join in this time of mutual support & sharing.

This event is on Thursday, 22 April, from 6-7:30pm.

To request the link to attend, please email Rev. Don Hamer or Rev. Heidi Thorsen.

Meet the ECCT Reparations Taskforce

At the 236th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Resolution #7 called on the bishops to create a “Reparations Task Force.” After soliciting applications from individuals in parishes across ECCT, the bishops are honored to introduce to you the members of the newly gathered "Reparations Task Force."

Resolved, that this Convention direct the bishops to create a task force whose membership will consist of a majority of clergy and laity of color, with an invitation to all clergy of color canonically resident in ECCT to serve on the task force, in order to study and make specific recommendations to the 237th Convention as to reparations by ECCT and individual Parishes, Worshipping Communities, and Intentional Episcopal Communities in partial compensation for 400 years of discrimination and bias based on race.

~From Resolution #7

Read about the members of the Taskforce Here.

A Message from Rev. D: When are we re-opening?

As more and more people are getting vaccinated, one of the questions swirling in a lot of people’s minds and hearts is, “When are things going to be back to normal?” For us at Trinity, that question often takes the form of “When are we going to start back having in person worship inside the church?” At this time I do not have a particular target date by which we will be opening. As long as the data from https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-data-tracker continues to put Hartford and the surrounding communities in the red zone, we will not have in person indoor worship. However, the vestry, lay leaders of ministries, and I are having conversations about ways that we can slowly begin increasing opportunities for increased in-person participation before we reach the point of being ready to fully open. In some ways, this period of time feels more difficult than earlier in the pandemic when almost everything was shut down. I pray that we can continue to faithfully gather for worship and connect with each other in the ways that we have available to us now while we eagerly anticipate what will come. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share.


Black Lives Matter to God and to Us

If you’ve driven down Sigourney St. by the Church this week you may have noticed a new addition to the close: a 4x6 sign that reads “Black Lives Matter to God and to Us” While there may be disagreement about various political strategies that have been lumped under the umbrella of the Black Lives Matter movement, our sign is not about endorsing any particular political strategy or tactic. Instead, the sign is an outward and visible symbol of the commitment that we have made at Trinity Church to continue to do the work of dismantling white supremacy, racism, and anti-Black violence in ourselves and in our neighborhood. Putting up the sign is one way of embodying our commitment. What other ways might we continue to live into the commitments of our Baptism to “see and serve Christ in all person, loving our neighbor as ourselves” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every being?

Black Lives Matter to God. Black Lives Matter to Us.

May God who has given us the will to persevere on this journey give us the grace and power to live like it!

Garden Songs

With agreeable weather and most of us becoming fully vaccinated, it's time for some safe, casual singing! Michelle Horsley, Director of Music, is inviting up to 20 people for an outside, in-person, socially distant, masked time to sing through familiar tunes and greet one another in the beauty of the garden. Hymnals and scores will be distributed for each attendee. We'll also make time for safe socializing. This will be a fun, pressure-free environment for people of all musical abilities (choir members and non-choir members alike) to lift their voices after not singing together for so long. Come join us!
Saturday, May 1st from 2:00-2:45pm in the Memorial Garden at Trinity Episcopal Church
We kindly request that you email Michelle at mhorsley@trinityhartford.org if you'd like to attend. Spaces will be limited. 

COVID Vaccine Scheduling Assistance
If you or a loved one are having difficulty with trying to schedule a COVID vaccine, please contact the Rev. D. Littlepage at
Dlittlepage at Trinityhartford.org or on her cell: 860-986-3289. She will get you in touch with someone who can help.

eVoice Deadline

Beginning with the 7 May edition of the eVoice, all announcements should be submitted to George at chienga@sbcglobal.net by Thursday 9am for publication that week. Announcements that are submitted late will be held until the following week’s edition.

Easter Three at Trinity Church -- 18 April 2021

Please join the ECCT Faith Behind Bars & Beyond Ministry Network for a virtual forum on Incarceration & ReEntry during Covid-19. This is an opportunity to hear first hand accounts from people wo were in a CT prison and released during the pandemic.
This event is on Tuesday, 27 April, from 6-7:30pm.
To request the link to attend, please email fbbbforum@att.net

Women Together
On April 27th, Women Together will begin a 6-week study of The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, “an intellectually elegant, concise study” evoking the world of early Christianity.

WT meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15 pm, bringing together women from Trinity, St. John’s, St. Monica’s, and friends. This series will be the last of the program year.
If you’d like a link for these Zoom meetings, please contact Enid Oberholtzer (tomenidjas@aol.com) or Heather Kramer (heatherjk1989@gmail.com)

A/V Guild

After taking a step back from recruitment to continue to refine the system, we are once again seeking volunteers to be a part of the A/V Guild. Don’t worry about your level of technical skill. If you can press a button on a remote control, then there’s a place for you on the team. If you would like more information, would like to volunteer, or would like to come watch the a/v guild at work on a Sunday to get a sense of what they do, please be in touch with Jake Troiano or Casey Rosseau.

Please email office@trinityhartford.org or call 860-527-8133 ext. 204 and Barbara Roos will provide contact information for Casey and Jake.

Mark your calendars for the next sessions to take place after the Sunday 10:00 A.M. service on Zoom.

  • May 2 (Easter 5)      The Challenges of Re-Entry

This has been a tough year for everyone. How has the pandemic affected your life, your attitude, your sense of self? What are you angry about? What are you grateful for? How do you feel about the future? This will be a chance to share our experiences and feelings with one other. The discussion will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Molly Loudon – Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and long-time friend of Trinity Church.

  • May 16 (Easter 7)    Calling God ‘Father’

  • May 23 (Pentecost)  College Panel for Youth Sunday

Trinity Book Group: May 7

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is the featured work for the next meeting of Trinity's Book Group, on May 7th. The novel, set in modern day India, is described as “equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama”, and “explores how the small things affect people's behavior and their lives”. It won the Booker Prize in 1997. Book Group welcomes all comers - whether for one meeting or on a regular basis. The meeting on Friday, May 7th, 7 - 8 pm, will be via Zoom. Please contact Linda MacGougan at macgougans@gmail.com to receive a link.

Heads Up! Hartford 2021 Summer Camp!
Heads Up Hartford has announced that it will hold a hybrid version of camp this year from June 21-27.
Campers are welcome to participate in both in-person and virtual programming, or select only virtual programs to attend.
Camper registration information can be found here on the HUH website: https://headsuphartford.org/camp-info#aee1861e-9373-4299-8103-cce7189d3cf8. The deadline to register is June 1st.
HUH is a faith-based camp uniting urban and suburban youth to improve our communities and develop as leaders. Youth who have completed 8th-12th grade are eligible to attend. Trinity's young people have participated in HUH for many years and found it to be worthwhile and fun! For more information, contact Linda MacGougan (macgougans@gmail.com; 860-561-1588), Trinity's liaison with HUH.

News from the Diocese

Click the links below to read up on what's going on in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and in our North Central Region.

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 25th            Fourth Sunday of Easter
        8:00 A.M.    Holy Eucharist Rite II (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)
      10:00 A.M.    Holy Eucharist Rite II (YouTube)
      11:00 A.M.     Adult Christian Formation – Parenting Through a Pandemic (Zoom)
      12:30–1:30 P.M. Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)

Monday, April 26th           
      7:30 P.M.     Life in the Spirit Book Club (Zoom)
Tuesday, April 27th          
      2:00 P.M.     Women Together (Trinity, St. Monica’s, St. John’s) (Zoom)
      5:15 P.M.     Bible Study (Zoom)
      6:00 P.M.     Choir School Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday, April 29th 
       12:00 P.M.    Noonday Prayer Service (Zoom)
          6:00 P.M.   Choir School Rehearsal (Church)
          7:00 P.M.   A Time for Prayer, Lament and Sharing (Zoom)
Sunday, May 2nd            Fifth Sunday of Easter
         8:00 A.M.     Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
       10:00 A.M.     Holy Eucharist Rite II (YouTube)
       11:00 A.M.     Adult Christian Formation – Unpacking the Pandemic (Zoom)
      12:30–1:30 P.M. Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)

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Hartford, CT 06105