This Week at Trinity, Tuesday, September 14, 2021
New Formations Series With St. Gregory's
Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

And we are off! I am writing this just as the last of the cleanup from Rally Day is winding down. Our time together included blessing the Turquoise Table, an engaging performance from the Great Boodini, and a delicious picnic, with Chef Jack and his amazing assistant Rob working the grill. image and license.
We were joined by many of our partners at Tri-Con, including families, teachers, and board members. Thanks to everyone for their contributions and efforts, and especially to Jodie McCann for captaining the efforts.

Next Sunday we will continue with an echo of Rally Day: There remain some delicious baked goods for purchase to support our outreach efforts, and we will have our signup sheets available after church next Sunday as well.

And now for the “program”: Next Sunday is the first of our formation series with St. Gregory’s, “Tell Me the Truth about Racism.” We will gather at St. Gregory’s (815 Wilmot Road) at 11:30 am. Due to COVID, we will not be starting with lunch this time. To allow me time to get there to participate, our Zoom service will begin an 10:30 am this Sunday (30 minutes early!). Thanks for your flexibility as we continue to adapt to both COVID and a try at new partnerships.

Our program year will continue in October with our parish discernment retreat, October 8 and 9. There will be more information coming, but I did want to clarify that it is NOT an overnight retreat. We will gather here at Trinity on Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, then adjourn, and return on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

As always, more to come!

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Last Sunday we wondered how we might shape words to help share God’s vision of the world. What words of blessing would you speak to your neighbors? (You can read last Sunday’s homily at the link below.) Last week we also heard Jesus speak about his death; next Sunday we hear it again! (Thanks, Jesus.)

This time he gives us a hint at what it might mean to “deny yourself”: ““Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” To whom are we at Trinity Church called serve? (You can find next Sunday's readings at the link below.)
Zoom Service Time Change September 19

On Sunday, September 19, our Zoom service will begin at 10:30 a.m., with our in-person service following at 9 a.m.
Intergenerational Formation Opportunity:
Tell Me the Truth about Racism

Beginning on Sunday, September 19, at 11:30 a.m., Trinity and St. Gregory’s Deerfield will be partnering on an all-ages formation program called “Tell Me the Truth about Racism.”

This program, developed by family ministers at the Episcopal churches of St. Chrysostom in Chicago and St. Christopher’s in Oak Park, explores our country’s history of racism through the lens of faith. The session begins with a light lunch and continues with a Godly Play style story, followed by age-appropriate “wondering sessions.”

Rev. Anne Jolly and Bryan will lead the adult groups; other leaders will guide the children’s groups. These sessions will continue on the third Sundays of the following months: October 17, November 21, January 16 and February 20.

The first sessions will be held at St. Gregory’s (815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield). Trinity is invited to host later sessions: If you are interested in helping Trinity host the November or January session, or would like to help lead a “wondering” group, please contact Bryan (
Holy Conversations: A Parish Retreat

Trinity Church will gather on Friday, October 8 in the evening, and Saturday, October 9 in the morning and afternoon for a parish retreat to discern the congregation’s next steps in the interim process.

The retreat will follow a process called “Holy Conversations,” which aims to identify gifts and opportunities, reconcile hurts and disappointments, and imagine future possibilities. The Rev. Mary Slenski will lead our retreat and will preach at the Sunday Eucharist on Sunday, October 11. Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are in need of a ride or childcare, please contact the parish office:; (847) 432-6653. If you have questions, please contact a member of the vestry or interim rector Bryan Cones,
Virtual Gala Postponed Until Spring

The Gala Committee decided to postpone the Virtual Gala until Spring to afford the time to assess the impact of the emerging Delta Variant on the collection of donations required to support auction items. 

In addition, the preparation for the October Retreat and the subsequent outcome of decisions will need focus and energy from both the lay leadership and fellow parishioners. Please get in touch with Cynthia Wolpert at if you have any questions.  
Opportunities for Worship
Thursday Morning Prayer

Please join us on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for our Zoom Morning Prayer.
  • attend via Zoom
  • attend by telephone: (312) 626-6799
  • Meeting ID: 930 0814 5876
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Sunday Services, Sept. 19

Invitation to the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 9 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion. Weather. Guidelines.
  • 10:30 a.m. CDT (4 p.m. UTC) -- online service set up as a recurring Zoom meeting (login link and information below remains the same every week).

Please note the earlier time for this week's Zoom service.
“Christ teaches the disciples,” print by Georg Pencz (Germany, about 1534)
In the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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(312) 626-6799 at 11 a.m. CDT

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

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