12 September 2021
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~~Collect for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In this Week's eVoice:

  1. Homecoming Sunday
  2. Installation Service
  3. Adult Christian Formation Survey
  4. International Missions in the Time of Covid Seminar
  5. Women Together
  6. Replacement Backpacks Needed
  7. Afghan Refugee Family Resettlement
  8. Welcoming Refugees
  9. Hurricane Response in Louisiana and Ongoing Crisis in Haiti
  10. Trinity Book Group
  11. Sunday Morning Mask Policy
  12. Worship with Us
  13. Weekly Calendar
Homecoming Sunday
Homecoming Sunday Is Almost Here!
After the 10 am service Sunday, please join us in the Memorial Garden to celebrate the start of our new program year. The Memorial Garden is a beautiful space just north of the main church building. You can get there through a door in the foyer at the back of the church, near the Tower Room nursery.
As you enter the Memorial Garden, be sure to stop at the Welcome Table, where you can pick up various handouts and get the lay of the land.
There will be a food and drink table with a variety of sandwiches, along with chips, cookies, water, and soft drinks. In the interest of health safety, things are individually packaged.
Take the opportunity to greet your friends and introduce yourself to people you don’t know.
Here are some of the activities you’ll find:
·Guided tours of Trinity Church buildings (tours leave at ten-minute intervals and are limited to 7 people at a time)
·Guided and self-guided tours of the Memorial Garden
·Arts and Crafts Table for Children
·Trinity Bingo
·Cornhole (Bean Bag Toss)
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Adult Christian Formation Survey

The Adult Christian Formation team needs your ideas! As we plan forums and events for the coming program year, we want to know what topics and presenters you're interested in. So, we are taking a survey. It's a short questionnaire, and it should take only a few minutes to fill it out.

There will be paper copies for you to complete in church on Sunday. The survey is also available here, where you can fill it out electronically and submit it.

We have some great offerings planned for early in the fall, but we want to make sure that what we offer is what you're looking for! Please take a few minutes to let us know what Christian Formation topics are of interest to you.

Martha Freimuth, team leader
International Missions in the Time of COVID: What Have We Learned?

Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM

Everett Post, a parishioner at Trinity Church who is also associated with Five Talents, an organization that is a Christian response to global poverty and is inspired by the biblical Parable of the Talents will be part of a seminar hosted by the Companions in Ministry Network, an ECCT organization of people involved in domestic and international mission work. Register here.
Women Together
Would you like an opportunity to meet with other women for reading, reflection and discussion on matters of the Christian faith? If so, please consider coming to Women Together, which meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15. Women from St. Monica's, Trinity, St. John's, and friends currently participate in WT, and all are welcome. For the first series of the program year, beginning September 14th and continuing through October, the featured book will be Firstlight by Sue Monk Kidd (available at Amazon). The meeting is planned to take place in the Reception Room at St. John's, on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford (with all attendees wearing masks); however, if the Covid situation changes, the meeting will be via Zoom. Please contact Enid Oberholtzer (tomenidjas@aol.com) or Jo-Ann Sadosky (joann.sadosky43@gmail.com) for more information.
Replacement Backpacks Needed by
The Village for Families and Children

At least 100 backpacks that were going to be given to Hartford school have been destroyed by rain and Tropical Storm Henri.
In order to make a donation to replace what was lost please go to https://thevillage.org/backpack-uniform-drive/.
Thank you for your help!
… I was a stranger and you invited me in.  
—Matthew 25:35
An Opportunity to Resettle an Afghan Refugee Family

Trinity church, together with St. Patrick St. Anthony (Hartford), is going to resettle one of the thousands of refugee families now fleeing Afghanistan. Trinity has a decades-long history of helping refugees, and we are now privileged to continue that tradition. We are going to help our new family find housing, furnishings, clothing, jobs for the adults, English lessons, health care, and public education for the children. There are big jobs and little jobs for us to do -- a job to fit every volunteer. Please contact Anne Rapkin for more information (860-521-5992; a.rapkin@snet.net).
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  —Hebrews 13:1-2
 Welcoming Refugees: Deepening Our Understanding of Culture--Theirs and Ours
Wednesday, 9/22 from 6-7:30 on Zoom
We all know we have cultural beliefs and values, but often give little thought to them when we are working with immigrants and refugees in their struggles to acculturate into the US. We arm ourselves with general knowledge about their culture, while ignoring our own. Yet often we automatically see things through our own cultural lenses, which hinders our ability to help refugees adapt to this new land. Through the use of numerous examples of cultural disconnects, this session will help participants explore the broad categories of culture, their own cultural lenses, and offer suggestions for more in depth exploration in times of cultural disconnect or discordance to enhance our ability to assist refugees.
This session will be presented via Zoom and moderated by Dr. Judi Durham and will be joined by Mr. Naji Aldabaan, whose family was co-sponsored under Judi’s leadership and whose family’s story was featured in Welcome to the New World.
Judi Durham, Ph.D., LPC, is a psychotherapist with a focus on trauma; and Professor Emeritus, University of Saint Joseph. Her areas of concentration include multicultural & international counseling, and the intersection of culture, diversity and social justice in the provision of mental health services.
To RSVP go please contact the office (office@trinityhartford.org) and Barbara will send you a registration link.

A Zoom link will be sent after you register.
Response to Hurricane Ida

On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.

Ongoing Crisis in Haiti

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit episcopalrelief.org/haiti-relief.
Trinity Book Group

For its next gathering, which will be in September, Trinity's Book Group has chosen The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren. In concise, highly readable chapters, the author takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming and the actions that we all can take to fight back. All are welcome to attend this meeting, which will be September 24th, 7 pm, which is expected to be in-person! Location TBA.
Sunday Morning Mask Policy

Masks at indoor Sunday services are now required for those who are vaccinated and non-vaccinated.
Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, September 12: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- Homecoming
8 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Memorial Garden

10 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Church and live-streamed via YouTube

Thursday, September 16

Noon Prayer via Zoom

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(Thursday noon services will be Eucharist in person on the first Sunday of each month, Noon Prayer on Zoom the remaining Thursdays.)
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, September 12th Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Homecoming
        8:00 A.M.               Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
      10:00 A.M.               Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)

Tuesday, September 14th
       6:00 P.M.              Choir School of Hartford (Choir Room)

Wednesday, September 15th 
       7:00 P.M.               Faith in Action Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, September 16th            
          12:00 P.M.             Noonday Prayer (Zoom)
            6:00 P.M.             Choir School of Hartford (Choir Room)
            7:00 P.M.             Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Friday, September 17th
          7:00 P.M.            NA Group Meeting (Huntington Hall)

Sunday, September 19th   Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
         8:00 A.M.               Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
       10:00 A.M.               Holy Eucharist Rite II
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