What’s Happening at Trinity – News for Friday, November 29, 2019

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, December 1, 9am – Choir Pre-Church Rehearsal
  • Sunday, December 1, 10am – Holy Eucharist
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:30am – Morning Prayer
  • Wednesday, December 4, 5:45-7pm – Choir Rehearsal
  • Saturday, December 7, 2-4pm – Advent Tea at the Vicarage
  • Sunday, December 8, 9am – Choir Pre-Church Rehearsal
  • Sunday, December 8, 10am – Holy Eucharist
  • Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm-????, ECM Winter Holiday Gathering at the Vicarage.
  • Sunday, December 15 – Bishop’s Committee after Coffee Hour

Worship Leadership Schedules for Sunday

PresiderThe Rev. Amy Fallon
MusiciansScott Alberts
AcolyteTalie Alexander
LectorTalie Alexander
PrayersJessie Cragg
ChaliceKrista Baker
GreeterDennis Goodman
Coffee HourKaren Croarkin
BursarsJonathan Vieker and Julie Seidler

Amy’s Office Hours

None this week. You may contact the Rev. Amy—email amy.fallon08@gmail.com or phone 815.901.3614. Or contact Bishop’s Warden, Krista—phone 660.676.9730.

Advent Resources

If taking on a special spiritual practice for Advent is important for you, you here are some resources. The Forward Day By Day booklet provides references to daily bible readings, a brief meditation, and a prayer suggestion. This can be found year-round on the back table.

The Episcopal Church (TEC) is offering a calendar of activities based on the Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Curry’s The Way of Love.  You can find copies of the calendar on the table at the back of the church or online at https://episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/wol_advent_2019_calendar_english.pdf.

TEC also provides a weekly booklet of sermons based on the readings for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. You can find those online at https://episcopalchurch.org/files/stw_sermons_for_christmas_advent_2019.pdf.

If you prefer a completely digital experience, you can participate in the #AdventWord daily meditation. You can sign up to receive it on your favorite social media platform at www.AdventWord.org

Trinity Communications Update

This is the last edition of the WHAT. This format has served Trinity well for quite awhile. We will be transitioning to a new website, which we hope will be available sometime in January. In the interim, everyone on the WHAT e-mail list will receive an e-mailed pdf copy of the Sunday bulletin information and announcements insert. This will begin on Sunday Dec 1. Krista Baker has taken on the ministry of sending these out, and she will send them out each week on Sundays. This insert contains all the information you have come to expect in the WHAT, so you will not miss out on any news.

Because the website will be worked on during December there may be temporary outages of the site.  To the extent possible we will try to keep these to a minimum, but please do not be alarmed if you see the website temporarily down or if you see a confused appearance for short periods of time.  This means someone is actively working on updates at the moment you are visiting.

Hat & Mitten Tree

All donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves will be taken to the Salvation Army on Wednesday, December 11.  Parents and caregivers will pick up gifts, including our hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens, for their families beginning December 16.  All shoppers, crocheters, loomers, and knitters are urged to contribute their stuff!

Stewardship Season is HereIt is a joy to give back to God just a bit of what God has so generously given us.  If you have not received your Stewardship package in the mail, please contact Amy or Krista.

We offer this prayer for stewardship discernment:

Abundant God, you made us in your image and breathed in us a spirit of generosity that is both gift and response. Move us, we pray, to give as we have received—abundantly, generously, and joyfully that our common ministry may ever bear witness to your unfailing grace. In the name of the Three in whom we are One.  Amen

Liturgical Notes – Why Purple?

On the 1st Sunday of Advent, the Church changes the altar hangings and clergy vestments from green to purple. Each season of the church year has a specific color assigned to it, and purple is used for Advent and Lent. Historically, purple was the color of royalty. Before the advent of human-made dyes, the color purple came from harvesting a sea snail. The dye-making process was long and costly. Hence only royalty could afford such a rare commodity. The Church uses purple in Advent to remind us that we are preparing for the birth of the King of Kings. As Christians who have been redeemed by Jesus, we share in his royal priesthood, so it is right that we share in using the color purple.

Amy’s Third Annual Advent Tea

Trinity’s 3rd Advent Tea will be held on Saturday Dec 7 from 2 pm – 4 pm at the Vicarage, 412 E. Harrison St. No rsvp necessary, just drop by. Children are welcome, as are any friends you bring along. Please join us for tea, mulled cider, cocoa and an assortment of Amy’s family Christmas cookies.

Diocesan News

We give thanks for the election of the Rev. Deon K. Johnson as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Missouri. He was elected on a single ballot, with an overwhelming majority of both clergy and lay delegate votes. We give thanks as well for the ministries of the Rev. Stacy Fussell and the Rev. George Smith who did this diocese a great service in standing for election.

Bishop-elect Johnson’s consecration is scheduled for April 25, 2020 in St. Louis. MARK YOUR CALENDAR’S NOW! We may have to make out commitment to attend many weeks in advance of the date. We will be borrowing the bus (and maybe the van too!) from our colleagues at First United Methodist Church, so if you have some friends there, please thank them for their generosity.

Food Depot:  Peanut-Butter & Jelly

Little Free Food Pantry: Food and sundries.

Lectionary Readings: