29 October 2020
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

~~Collect for All Saints' Day

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, November 1: All Saints' Day
Holy Eucharist Rite 2 (Spiritual Communion) at Church, 8 AM

Holy Eucharist Rite 2 (Spiritual Communion) at Church and via Zoom, 10 AM

Please RSVP to Barbara in the Church Office by phone or email if you plan to attend in person worship. Please sign-in when you arrive. No-one will be turned away! But it is helpful to our planning to have an idea how many to expect on a Sunday, and in the event of health problems, it allows for contact tracing.

The Rev. D. Littlepage, Rector, Preaching and Celebrating

This is a Standing Meeting. The log-in and password are the same every week:
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696

Password: 780651

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Thursday, November 5
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

George Chien Officiating

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Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
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Hello, Trinity Episcopal Church!
My name is Michelle Horsley and I'm thrilled to be your new Director of Music Ministries. I'm originally from Florida and have been living in Hartford's West End for the past year. I studied at Stetson University (BM - organ performance) and Duquesne University (MM – sacred music) and then lived in Seattle before moving to Connecticut. I live within a mile of Trinity Episcopal Church and I love the neighborhood we share.
This year is a strange time to begin a new position, especially one of leading singers! That being said, we are absolutely committed to the safety of our community and equally committed to imaginative musicianship. What can we expect as we move into this fall/winter season together? I can promise this: we will continue finding new, meaningful, innovative ways to safely do music together. This will likely involve instrumental music (duets and trios, with aerosol emissions in consideration), bell ringing, distanced/masked singing, virtual anthem videos, small ensembles of cross-contaminated singing (within a family), non-vocalized music making (ie. drumming or snapping), etc. We will try a lot of things and not all will be successful. I believe that the spirit of sacred creativity and courage has been at the heart of music for thousands of years.
I am honored to enter into this liminal time of exploration together – this time in which we will surely be learning from each other. I am grateful to the search committee for their discernment, the staff for their warm welcome, the wardens for their guidance, the choristers for their open minds, the Oberholzters for their mentorship, to Rev. Dee for her compassionate leadership. And I’m grateful to this community for its engagement and bravery as we turn our gaze forward together.
In faith,
Michelle Horsley


           During the Adult Forum following the Zoom service last Sunday, we pondered the question of why people are attracted to Trinity Church, and why they choose Trinity to be their church home. The answer heard most often was, “We choose Trinity because it’s active in the community, it cares about what’s going on in the world.”       The evidence of that community connection is evident all around, from the presence of Trinity Academy in our education wing to our participation in Church by the Pond, from our offerings of food and money for Loaves and Fishes to nascent efforts to be more active in racial justice and reconciliation activities within our parish and in the community. Whatever your reasons for being part of Trinity Church, we hope you will continue to stay connected during this challenging time.
           The Annual Appeal packets will be mailed in a few weeks. Included in the packet will be a stamped and addressed note card for you to send to a fellow parishioner, just to say hello and remind them why you choose to be part of this community. We will include clear instructions, so don’t worry – it will be a simple way to stay connected.

Set your clocks back on Sunday, 1 November 2020!
A Quick Note About Pastoral Care

If there are pastoral concerns that arise that you would like me to know about, please reach out to me by phone (860-986-3289) or email (dlittlepage at trinityhartford.org). While I have been getting pastoral information passed along to me I invite you to reach out to me directly.

Upcoming Sunday Forum

Please join us after the 10am service for the following forum:

11/8 “The Abolition of Slavery and the Struggle for Women’s Rights: The Grimke Sisters and the Amistad Incident”—led by the Rev. Dr. Frank Kirkpatrick 

The issue of racism and the Church’s response to it is much in our minds today. I will provide a look at how the Church and some individual Christians responded to slavery and the denial of women’s rights in the antebellum period in America. I will discuss the life and thought of two remarkable women (white, Southern, from slave—holding families), Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who were in the forefront of the movement for the abolition of slavery and for the equality of women. In particular we will see how their deeply felt evangelical faith propelled them into an active struggle against male domination and the failure of the churches to address issues of social injustice. We will also look briefly at the Amistad incident in which African captives fought to be freed from captivity, including a brief period in Farmington, and returned to their native Africa.

The Lord Said to Make a joyful noise! 

On Sunday, November 1st, The Choir School of Hartford will do just that. 

They will share their gift of music to enrich our 10:00 worship service by offering the psalm of the day and an offertory handbell anthem. We are blessed!

Many Thanks to the October 24 Grounds Crew

A round of applause for the blistered hands that spruced up the Trinity grounds on Saturday, October 24. The beds on Farmington Avenue and the parking area look great, all the leaf raking and removal has made a big difference!

For those willing souls who couldn’t make it Oct. 24, save-the-date! Your next opportunity to join in to beautify the Trinity grounds is coming up Saturday, November 21.


Trinity Church has received a request from Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS, “our” refugee agency in New Haven), to actively assist a Congolese refugee family who was settled in Hartford about four years ago by another agency that now is inactive. Anne Rapkin and Drew Smith have met with the family and are eager for the Trinity Community to be an active part of supporting this family.
The family is comprised of three generations. The head of the family is a mother (and grandmother) whose husband died in the Tanzanian refugee camp there they had lived for twenty years after fleeing the Congo; the father died one week before the family came to the United States. In addition to her, there are her six children ranging in age from middle school through adulthood as well as the wife and child of the oldest of her children. The mother and three of the adult members of the family are employed, and another child has begun studies at a community college, intent on becoming a nurse. They are members of the Bahai faith, and are actively supported by the Bahai community based in East Hartford.
The immediate needs of the family include English language instruction, especially for the older adults, medical and dental care for all members of the family, and help for pursuing educational vocational goals, including mentoring. As was the case with our prior refugee families, IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services) will be supporting us. Even as we look for additional partnerships for this new co-sponsorship with IRIS, we have begun to search for and link the family members with appropriate resources.

Are you interested in helping out in some way? Much of what needs to be done does not involve in-person contact, so can be done consistently with Covid 19 safety protocols. 
Please consider participating in a meeting to explore working with this exceptional family. For more information please contact Anne Rapkin, a.rapkin@snet.net or 860-521-5992.

Memorial Gifts to Trinity Church

Altar Flowers are a traditional means of remembering a loved one or celebrating a special anniversary. But there are other ways to make memorials during the covid-19 pandemic.

You may make an equivalent monetary gift to one of Trinity's many outreach ministries in a loved one's name or in honor of a special day. By contacting Barbara at the Church Office you can have your gift noted in the Sunday bulletin.

Also, the Aumbry Candle continues to burn in the Memorial Chape. You may also contact the Church Office about donating a week's light as a memorial.

And flowers are now being placed at the altar each Sunday. So let us know if you wish to make any of these memorials.

Small Group Meet and Greet with Rev. D

Thank you all for your patience as Rev. D has been settling into life at Trinity. She is excited for the opportunity to get to know more of you through small group gatherings. Whether or not you filled out the survey, you are invited to sign up for a time to meet in a small group with Rev. D either in person at Trinity (https://calendly.com/revd/inpersongroup) or on Zoom (https://calendly.com/revd/zoomsmallgroup). The times for in person gatherings are all on Saturdays and the times for Zoom gatherings include morning, afternoon, and evening times. If there are no group times available and you would like to meet with her 1-1, you may schedule a time to do so by going to https://calendly.com/revd/individual.

A/V Guild

Are you interested in Audio/Video production? Are you comfortable hosting zoom meetings? Are you comfortable with email and PowerPoint? Are you willing to learn about any of the above things? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I invite you to become a part of the A/V Guild. For the past several months, Jake Troiano and Casey Rousseau have been serving as our Digital Vergers on Sunday mornings and our tech team behind the scenes. We are very grateful for their service, and they need help to keep it going! As we seek to continue having meaningful online worship with the option of hybrid in person/online worship, we need additional people to be a part of the A/V Guild. We need people who are willing to come in person on Sunday mornings, people who are going to be on zoom on Sunday mornings, and people who are willing to help prepare worship materials during the week. If you are interested or if you have questions please reach out to Rev. D.

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. Our next book is “The Book of Joy,” the fruit of a weeklong visit between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Would you be interested in reading this book with us and joining our weekly discussions?

We will meet Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom beginning again on Monday, November 9.

For more information, contact Drew Smith at ktadsmith@comcast.net or 860-331-9021.

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 attending Women Together, which meets weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15 pm. Women from St. Monica's, Trinity and St. John's currently participate in WT, and all are welcome! For its next series, beginning November 3rd, the featured book is Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: and Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, available from libraries, Amazon and bookstores. For more information about WT, and to receive a link to the meeting, please contact Enid Oberholtzer (tomenidjas@aol.com ) or Cathy Rowe (crowedy@yahoo.com).

Times Past at Trinity Church.


Mark and Linda MacGougan are delighted to announce the birth of Cary William, son of Dave and Alice MacGougan, on October 21st. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. Mother and baby are doing well. Thanks be to God!

(Dave, the oldest son of Mark and Linda, was baptized at Trinity, and now lives in Salem, OR.)

Trinity Church Book Group

Trinity's Book Group
Open to all - is now meeting via Zoom! The next meeting, on December 4th at 7:00 pm, will feature the new novel Sea Wife by Trinity parishioner Amity Gaige. This book weaves the story of a family's suspenseful adventure of living at sea with the joys and struggles of marriage and parenthood. It's received glowing reviews and is available through bookstores and Amazon. Folks are welcome to attend Book Group regularly or on a one-time basis.

If you'd like to receive a link to the Zoom meeting on December 4th, please contact Linda MacGougan (macgougans@gmail.com ).

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, November 1st   – All Saint’s Day
        8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Church
      10:00 A.M. – Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Church and Zoom
Monday, November 2nd
      8:15: A.M. Trinity Academy in-person learning
Tuesday, November 3rd 
      8:15: A.M. Trinity Academy in-person learning
     5:15 P.M. Bible Study – via Zoom
     6:00 P.M. Choir School - via Zoom
Wednesday, November 4th  
Thursday, November 5thh
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy in-person learning
   12:00 Noon Noonday Prayer – via Zoom
     6:00 P.M. Choir School – Bell Ringing – Church
Friday, November 6th   - Office Closed
Saturday, November 7th
     10:00 A.M. Sanctuary Stitchers – via Zoom
Sunday, November 8th –
         8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Church
  10:00 A.M. – Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Church and Zoom
Forum after the 10:00 AM service.

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