This Holy Lent we will learn about and raise money for the community in the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar.
During Formation Hour, the youth and children’s classes will be learning more about the country, culture, music, religions, economy, and health of southwest Madagascar.
All families are encouraged to do some of the activities on the calendar at home too. The calendar can be downloaded below and is also available in print at church.
Please take home a People Reaching People Lenten Offering Can for your children or household to enrich the learning and prayer activities with monetary giving.
The money collected supports the missionaries of People Reaching People in the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar (PRP) to help fight poverty in that region. Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor are coming to speak at Trinity on May 21!
After Lent, the children will bring the cans to the altar during the Presentation Hymn on April 23, 30, May 7, or 14. We reuse the cans each year so need them all returned.
Each Christmas and Easter, local and international aid organizations are chosen to receive the generous holiday Special Offering collection from Trinity parishioners.
For Christmas 2016, Trinity's Outreach Commission and Vestry have selected Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) to receive the collection for the benefit of both local and international causes. We will be earmarking the collection for the following two efforts, each to receive half:
Please prayerfully consider a generous donation. Donations may be made using the special Christmas Offering envelopes found in the pews, or by giving online through the Trinity website.
Mission and Outreach is searching for a volunteer to head-up the “ The Christmas Giving Tree” from Covenant to Care. This would be an excellent opportunity for anyone to do a one time ministry.
It would involve:
If you are interested and have questions, I, Linda Markin, can be reached until Nov.19th at 203-426-5584 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Rick Chamiec-Case at email@example.com.
The Mission and Outreach Commission is looking for families, youth and adults to make sandwiches, serve a bag lunch, and worship with those who happen to be homeless and those in need at Chapel On The Green in New Haven on Sunday October 30, 2016.
We will gather in the Glover Community Room at 11:45 for a brief orientation, then leave by car from Trinity by 12:20 to arrive on the Green by 1pm. We will make sandwiches at Trinity On The Green from 1 to 1:45pm, then set up for the 2pm service. We will be joined by our friends from the Renewal House in Danbury.
This is a chance for us to share God's love for one another and to have worship together. After worship we give out the bag lunches. After clean up we return to Trinity arriving around 4 pm.
Any questions contact Martha Dayton at 203-264-6124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pray-for-Peace caravan stopped at Trinity on its way from Logan Airport to Ground Zero on September 11, 2016. Area religious leaders organized a prayer vigil.
By Gordon Strother
Only one of you, to my knowledge, has connected with Glenda's grandson Oliver, but not to worry; at the twitch of a smile he will connect with you too. He'll flash a smile right back, perhaps, scramble across the rug on quick, sure knees and hands, and for balance grasp your stretching fingers or your leg: and contact! Connection! He's on his feet, leaning against you, and you're laughing at each other, the implied question of that all-fours charge resolved by your hilarious contact, little fingers reaching big fingers, colliding gently with that gigantic warm leg. Who wouldn't laugh?
And if that connection isn't the original Magic Touch, you can frost my Wheaties. Nor is it a metaphor to call it electric. At first contact, the spidery neuron tips at the ends of those little fingers send minute zaps, neuron to neuron, right up to control central just behind those laughing eyes. And your gigantic warm leg? At the same instant, in a flash, your spidery neuron tips cascade selfsame signals upward. What a connection. What a marvel. Yet another of countless others which dance within our marvelous bodies. And yet, and yet we must remind ourselves, physiology begins with fizz. The smiles started it.
The power of touch goes beyond ergs and dynes. To Jesus, who in healing the untouchables, touched them, it was common knowledge that they felt nothing, that, in modern terms, the spidery peripheral neurons of those poor lepers were ruined. But his touch leaped over their amazing but idle networks straight to their hearts. Yesterday, flat out in the dentist's chair, with Joann, the assistant, standing over me on my left, I fiercely suppressed tears recalling such a touch delivered nearly thirteen years ago in that same room, that same chair. Lydia had just died and I was beyond black in my grief. The dentist had stepped out, and Joanne, touched beyond protocol, had spontaneously burst into tears and somehow had given me an awkward, marvelous hug. To this day, I'm unable to express to you how healing was that touching, connecting hug.
Such power is at our fingertips, Partner. You know it, I know it, and by his shared hilarious laugh Ollie knows it. No words necessary.
The What Can On Person Do group is pleased to announce that the Pray-for-Peace Caravan will be stopping at Trinity on Sunday, September 11th between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm. The Pray-for-Peace Caravan is an event organized to encourage people to pray together to help overcome violence in our society and bring about peace in our world. This year’s Pray-for-Peace event will form a car caravan made up of cars driving from Logan Airport in Boston to Ground Zero, NYC on the fifteen anniversary of September 11th.
To support this caravan, Trinity will provide a place for the Pray-for-Peace Caravan to stop for a few minutes, pray together, and pickup additional people who like to join the caravan on its way to the World Trade Center. Pastor Kathie is organizing an interfaith clergy group to sponsor a 15-minute vigil for event participants, and volunteers from the Mission and Outreach Commission will be putting together snacks and lunches to go for folks in the caravan.
Members of Trinity and other faith communities in our area – as well as all members of the Greater Newtown area – are invited to participate.
For more information about the organization sponsoring this event, go to: http://prayforpeacewalk.org/index.html. We hope you will plan to join us on September 11th to pray together for peace in our time.
By Gordon Strother
To rendezvous in formation flying, the lead plane carves a continuous shallow curve in the sky, a tiny moving target for the rendezvous-er, who by modulating a straighter line, narrows the separation, from mile (say), to kilometer, to football field, to . . . whoa . . . feet. In the final seconds, your tiny target grows large – rapidly – and after some quick adjustments, though you and your comrade are slicing through the sky at several miles per minute, you are suddenly locked together (nearly), your relative motion zero. Time and space are joined, and you share this insiders' “knowledge,” unknown to earthlings, with quick nods to each other. If all goes well.
But such moments, such bits of “knowledge,” are mere droplets in the spiritual epoxies which bond old comrades. And they're hardly limited to dashing aviators. It may be subliminal, but day laborers picking tomatoes under a hot sun know that glue, as do fire fighters, recruits in any enterprise you might name, teachers, classmates, Caraluzzi cashiers and stock persons, you name them. Do they all get along? No matter; their tasks, their goals, the very scents they inhale in aisles of tomato plants or grocery shelves, form such a common “knowledge”; they're stuck with each other, comrades for all that. Spiritual, powerful, marvelous, no? Turn the coin and ask any young ISIS fighter, or one of our Special Forces guys. Each will shout, “Yes!” How terribly strong is that bond with them all. That little worm boring through every sweet apple of comradeship was a paradox I'd never considered.
Until last Wednesday's wonderful meeting with John, my old squadron mate. His two thousand mile arced trajectory from San Diego had connected with my relatively straight line from Sandy Hook to The City, and a perfect rendezvous on East 55th Street. Time and space joined, and for an evening they were arrested. The four of us, John and I and Glenda and Patty, John's wife and perforce my friend of sixty years, laughed, frowned, chatted, empathized, and patched in many gaps between Christmas card postings; we guys told hair raising tales of Naval aviation; we shared family pictures; and when John asked me to pray for his beautiful granddaughter Sterling Marie, at grips with a brain tumor, I wept. The evening skipped along. Then it ended. Outside John and Patty's rooms we swapped heartfelt hugs and said goodbye. Spontaneously we two comrades bear hugged, our first hug of any degree (Ltjg's hugging?) and, I'm sure we both realized, most likely our last.
That special love, I thought, must permeate the sweet air of our longed for kingdom. Why not? Why couldn't its terrible poison of exclusiveness be transmuted to a universal affection for our beautiful planet and for each other? We plead for such a day in our dearest prayer, so look and look again into that far blue sky. Can you see that tiny moving target? Is that our Comrade? Let us fly, Partner, until space and time are joined.
It can be difficult knowing how to support a friend or family member who has lost a loved one. Trinity Episcopal Church invites the community to a free workshop to learn more about the grieving process, what words help and what words hurt, and the best ways to offer support.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown.
The facilitators are Joanna DeNicola and Reverend Samual Dexter. Ms. DeNicola is the Program Manager of The Healing Hearts Center for Grief & Loss, a program of Regional Hospice & Home Care. She is a Connecticut licensed clinical social worker specializing in issues of grief, hospice support and coping with community tragedy. Rev. Dexter is the Manager of the Spiritual Care program at Regional Hospice and Homecare. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and also has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology.
For more information contact Rick Chamiec-Case at email@example.com.
Come learn about Trinity’s new Inter-Faith Refugee Ministry by attending a forum and light lunch on Sunday, May 1st right after the 10:00 am worship service. During this forum, Trinity’s What Can One Person Do group will present how this new ministry will work, and concrete ways that folks who are interested can become involved with helping a refugee family begin a new life, regain hope and contribute to the vitality of the greater Newtown community. Come join us on May 1st at about 11:15 am!
Our caring does not end at our church doors. God calls us to reach out to our community and the world. At Trinity we cultivate a culture that encourages members to regularly engage with, listen to, walk with, learn from, and develop relationships with those around us representing different racial and ethnic groups and social classes as we discern how to better prepare for and witness the Kingdom of God in the larger community.
We invite you to check these pages often for news on activities and insight from parishioners as we move forward on this journey.
Why is the Trinity Bell Ringing?
Parishioner Gordon Strother, as part of a ministry created by deathpenalty.org, tolls the bell at 6pm for two minutes on the evenings of a scheduled execution anywhere in the United States. Gordon has participated in this ministry for over 12 years.