18 April 2021
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~~Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, April 18: Third Sunday of Easter

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

Rev. D. Presiding and Preaching

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM by YouTube

Rev. D. Presidingand 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.

Parking lot drive-through Communion distribution (bread only) from the elements consecrated at the 10am service. 11:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday, April 22

Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

Martha Friemuth Officiating

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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!

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.

A notice from the Standing Committee
of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

April 7, 2021

To the Bishops, Clergy, and People of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut:

Today, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. announced his intention to retire as Bishop Diocesan effective October 2022. In consultation with the bishops, the Standing Committee issues this notice to announce the anticipated vacancy in the office of Bishop Diocesan.

We have begun the steps required by the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut; (Canon XVI: Section 1-8), for the Bishop Transition Process. As part of that process, we call for the formation of a Bishop Transition Committee (“BTC”), which will be responsible for the nomination of candidates for XVI Bishop Diocesan, the consecration of the new bishop, and the transition process generally. 

“The BTC shall consist of twenty-four members who are adult communicants in good standing, or members of the clergy in good standing canonically resident in our Diocese, selected as follows:

A)   Twelve members selected by the Regions, with each Region selecting one lay person who is a member of a Parish or Worshipping Community in the Region, and one clergy person living or working in the Region;
B)   Twelve members selected by the Mission Council from a pool of twenty-four lay or clergy persons nominated by the Standing Committee, giving priority to members of the Diocesan Ministry Networks; the resulting group of 12 shall include at least four lay persons and at least four clergy persons.” 
(Canon XVI:2) 

We request persons interested in being nominated by the Standing Committee to serve on the BTC to submit their names, parish or worshiping community affiliation, contact information (daytime phone, email, and mailing address), and a statement (no more than one paragraph) outlining the assets they would bring to the Bishop Transition Process.  Please submit this information to the Secretary of the Standing Committee, Nancy Staniewicz at staniewicz@sbcglobal.net no later than April 19, 2021 at 12 pm.  

The Standing Committee will review the submissions and will nominate 24 candidates to the Mission Council by April 22, 2021, giving priority to members of the Diocesan Ministry Networks as required by Canon XVI, Section 2(B). The Mission Council will then select 12 members of the BTC from the Standing Committee’s pool of twenty-four nominees by April 26, 2021 and submit them to the Secretary of the Diocese, The Rev. Sandra Cosman.  The Regions will also submit the names of the members of the BTC that each Region has selected to the Secretary of the Diocese by April 26, 2021.  

The Bishop Transition Committee for the Election of the XVI Bishop Diocesan will be announced to the diocese by April 27, 2021 and the first meeting will be convened by the President of the Standing Committee, The Rev. Rowena Kemp, on May 6, 2021. 

The Standing Committee has also consulted with and advised Bishop Ian on the electing Convention for the XVI Bishop Diocesan, and have consented to holding that convention on May 21, 2022. 

We thank Bishop Ian for his faithful and innovative service to our diocese, and we ask that you pray for the leaders who will be raised up in the process.


The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

The Rev. Rowena Kemp, President               Nancy Staniewicz, Secretary
The Rev. Peggy Hodgkins                              Pam Williams
The Rev. Amjad Samuel                                Denise Welsh
The Rev. Mark Byers                                     Kevin Fenner
The Rev. Darryl Burke                                   A. Bates Lyons
The Rev. Geoff Hahneman                             Thom Hagerth

Last Call: Bishop Transition Committee

The NC Region is seeking 1 lay and 1 ordained person to serve on the Bishop Transition Committee. If you are interested in applying, please download the application here (second dot-point) and then upload your completed application here.
Application deadline: 18 April, 3pm**
Questions: feel free to reach out to Maggie at mbreen@episcopalct.org
**Please Note: There are two application processes associated with the Bishop Transition Committee, one through the Standing Committee and one through the NC Region. Both have different applications and deadline dates, which are highlighted in red above.

Forum on April 25:
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.

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)

Life in the Spirit Book Group

You’re invited
In response to a conversation with Al Shuckra last May, a small group of Trinity parishioners decided to read and discuss “The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr, meeting by Zoom every Monday evening for an hour, over a number of months. The last chapter we read together the week after Al died.
Our experience was so rich that we’ve decided to continue. We have just finished our third book, “Beginning to Pray” by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom.
We’d like to invite you to join us in reading and discussing our next book, “Listening to the Heartbeat of God : A Celtic Spirituality” by the Rev. Dr. J. Philip Newell. “Listening for the Heartbeat of God presents a spirituality for today, modeled on the vital characteristics of Celtic spirituality through the centuries. Here is an emphasis on the essential goodness of creation and of humanity made in the image of God. This book traces the lines of Celtic spirituality from the British church in the fourth century through to the twentieth century, in the founder of the Iona Community, George Macleod.”
We meet Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom, beginning again with our new book on Monday, April 5, 2021.
For more information, contact Drew Smith at ktadsmith@comcast.net or 860-331-9021.

Companions of the Holy Cross Open Meeting: 

19 April 10:00-12:00
Newcomers are always welcome!
The Companions of the Holy Cross invite the women of the parish to a book discussion of "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.   We will discuss this best selling book in hopes of understanding this controversial topic better.

Please contact Kate Smith at Kate48smith@comcast.net for details.

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.

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

  • April 25 (Easter 4)   Parenting Through a Pandemic

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

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

  • May 23 (Pentecost)  College Panel for Youth Sunday

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.

Easter Worship Continues at Trinity Church. April 2021.
News from the Diocese

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 18th            Third Sunday of Easter
        8:00 A.M.    Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
      10:00 A.M.    Holy Eucharist Rite II (YouTube)
      11:30–12:30 P.M. Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)

Monday, April 19th          
      5:30 P.M.     Trinity Community for Racial Justice (Zoom)
      7:30 P.M.     Life in the Spirit Book Club (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 20th          
      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)
      7:00 P.M.     Vestry Meeting (Zoom)

Thursday, April 22nd
       12:00 P.M.    Noonday Prayer Service (Zoom)
          6:00 P.M.   Choir School Rehearsal (Church)

Saturday, April 24th  
       10:00 A.M.   Sanctuary Stitchers (Zoom)

Sunday, April 25th           Fourth 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 – Parenting Through a Pandemic (Zoom)
       12:30–1:30 P.M. Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)

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