22 October 2020
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

~~Collect for Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Worship With Us at Trinity Church
All are invited to join our services online while the church buildings are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now holding an 8 AM service of Morning Prayer in person, the Memorial Garden, weather permitting, or in the Nave.
Sunday, October 25: 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist Rite 2 (Spiritual Communion) at Church, 8 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 in the Garden or in the Church. 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.

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

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

Dial in by phone
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696
Password: 780651
Thursday, October 29
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

George Chien Officiating

This is a Standing Meeting.
The log-in and password will remain the same each week.
Join Zoom Meeting via computer or tablet
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Dial in
929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Please RSVP for 8:00 am Service!

A reminder that we have 40 seats for our 8:00 am service.
Please RSVP your attendance for the 8:00 am service either by email to office@trinityhartford.org or call 860-527-8133 ext. 204 no later than Saturday, 3:00 pm.
Masks are required to be worn by the congregation. A limited supply of masks will be available for those who do not have one.
Entrance and exit to the Memorial Garden will be through the Sigourney Street garden gate only.

Upon entrance, an Usher will ask you if you have registered for the 8:00 am service.
IMPORTANT: Please sign-in using the book by the garden gate entrance.
Chairs are set up with 6 ft distance between. Please sit in one of the open spaces, keeping 6 feet between you and others not of your household.
Restrooms in the Narthex are available if needed.

If you are not feeling well, running a fever, coughing, etc., you should not attend church until you are well and have completed a 14-day self- quarantine. The same is true for those who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have, you must complete a 14-day self- quarantine before attending church. Those in vulnerable populations should carefully consider whether or not to attend Sunday public worship.
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.

The Lord said to make a joyful noise! 

On Sunday, October 25th, and 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!

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.

Grounds Work Day – Saturday, October 24 – 9:00 A.M. – Weather Permitting

Again this year, the Property Team asks for assistance to prepare Trinity’s grounds for winter. The Grounds Work Day planned is on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Property Team would appreciate your participation in this major leaf-removal effort. The leaves need to be swept to the curb for the city to pick-up. Bring your work gloves and a rake, if you have one. Questions? Contact Peter Green at 860-236-1457 or pmgreen76@gmail.com

Upcoming Sunday Forums

Please join us after the 10am service for the following forums
10/25 “What is our work in this moment? Discerning Trinity’s role in racial healing, justice, and reconciliation”—led by Rev. D
In this forum, Rev. D will present the resolution that passed at the most recent Convention of ECCT entitled, “Acknowledging and Confronting Systemic Racism, White Supremacy, and Anti-Black Bias” There will then facilitate a conversation for members of the Trinity community to share about how they feel called as people of faith to respond to these issues and about what it looks like for Trinity to continue to engage in this work.
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.

Thanks to Valerie Pogue and her loving care.
Education Wing Garden.

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.


The community of Trinity Church last gathered in person on March 8, 2020. Since then, we have continued to gather online every week for worship. And thanks to the tireless efforts of our “virtual vergers” Casey Rousseau and Jacob Troiano, we have become accustomed to Zoom coffee hours, where we have a chance to check in with some of our fellow parishioners. Technically speaking, we have much to be thankful for. Nonetheless, many of us feel disconnected from our parish. We are used to reaching out physically, and seeing folks on a computer screen just doesn’t feel the same

As part of the Annual Appeal, we’re planning to provide a simple and safe way to reconnect with each other, by doing something old fashioned and physical: writing notes to each other. For several years this practice was a regular part of the Annual Appeal. We hope that reviving it will help us all feel just a little bit more connected to our faith community. We’ll explain more about how this will work, so stay tuned! 

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.

Quarterly Pledge Statements To Be Mailed
Please check your mailbox. Quarter ending 9/30/2020 pledge statements will be mailed shortly.
Please call/email the office (860-527-8133 ext 204 or office@trinityhartford.org ) if you do not receive a statement by the end of next week, or if you have any questions.

Anthony Foster, youngest brother and brother-in-law of parishioners Benjamin and Walton Foster, passed away recently.
Our prayers and sympathy are with Benjamin and Walton and their family in their time of loss.

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 ).

Church by the Pond. 17 October 2020.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday, October 25th   – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
         8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Church
      10:00 A.M. – Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Spiritual Communion) – Zoom

Forum following the 10:00 am service: “What is our work in this moment? Discerning Trinity’s role in racial healing, justice, and reconciliation”—led by Rev. D
Monday, October 26th
       8:15: A.M. Trinity Academy in-person learning
Tuesday, October 27th 
       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, October 28th  
Thursday, October 29th
      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, October 30th   - Office Closed
Saturday, October 31st
      Turn your clocks back one hour!!!!!
Sunday, November 1st – All Saints
         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.

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