What’s Happening at Trinity – News for Friday, May 12, 2017

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, May 14, 10:00am – Holy Eucharist / 100th Anniversary Observations Commence
  • Tuesday, May 16, 1:30pm – Text Study and Noonday Prayer at Twin Pines
  • Tuesday, May 16, 5:30pm – Grief Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost Children
  • Wednesday, May 17, 7:30am – Morning Prayer
  • Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm – Adult Formation
  • Sunday, May 21, 10:00am – Holy Eucharist / Plate Offering for Victim Support Services
  • Sunday, June 11, After Coffee Hour – Bishop’s Committee

BibleWorship Leadership Schedules for Sunday

Acolyte         Pete Kelly
Lector Julia DeLancey
Prayers of the People Julie Seidler
Chalice Maria Evans
Hospitality Tim Baker & Joanne Harwood
Bursars Diane Johnson & Laura Gruber Harden

Adult Formation:  Adult formation was cancelled this week so we are planning on starting again this Wednesday, May 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. We will be starting the book “Why?  Making Sense of God’s Will,” by Adam Hamilton.  You can purchase the book new, used, or on Kindle here.  The book is only 4 chapters, and we will meet for 4 weeks.  If you plan to attend, please read Chapter 1, “Why do the innocent suffer?” prior to our session.  Please join us!

Deaconess Anne House Visit: Many thanks to Episcopal Service Corps members – Christian, Jose, and Katie – for travelling to Kirksville on April 29-30 to share their work with us. Their mentor, Rev. Rebecca Ragland, inspired us as well. Thanks too to all at Trinity who made their visit memorable, including Ian, Karen Croarkin, Jennifer Finley (from UMC) and her college students, as well as those who gave generously to a plate offering for Deaconess Anne House of over $100.

From the Outreach Committee:  The Outreach Committee has designated Victim Support Services for the plate offering on May 21. If you would like to be part of this committee, please contact Diane.

FTF HyVeeFill the Ford:  Fill the Ford was once again a huge success! Generous Kirksville shoppers donated and the totals were:$228 in monetary donations: 1228 individual food items donated; $1612.30 worth of food, weighting 1070 lbs!  Thank you Kirksville Hy-Vee shoppers!  That’s just a shade over a half ton of generosity!  We have many, many additional thank yous. First, thank you to the (at last count) 23 people associated with Trinity (members or “friends of Trinity”) who helped in some way with the Fill the Ford – PR, Hy-Vee door duty, or sorting/packing/tallying the food to make it ready for the Food Depot pick up.  We’ll miss someone if we try to name everyone individually….so please accept this “en masse” thank you. 

Thanks also to the staff and management at the Kirksville Hy-Vee, who always really are “the helpful smile in every aisle.” They do so much to help us have a successful food drive, including placing high volume food items at sale prices, announcing the food drive on the intercom, and being so kind to us.

God is good, and Kirksville folks are some of the most generous folks anywhere. Thank you.

Food for Kids:  Summer is rapidly approaching, and so is our (usually week-long) commitment to feeding kids in the Kirksville parks.  If you would be willing to chair or co-chair this Trinity effort, please contact Diane Johnson  (text or phone) at 349-9137.

Food Depot:  

Our Food Depot items for May:  Boxed sides:  Macaroni and Cheese, Rice-a-Roni, etc.

Maria’s Ordination:  It’s finally happening! God willing and the people consenting, our own Maria Evans will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at 6 p.m. June 29, at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis.  Stay tuned for possible car pooling plans!  Interesting aside–June 29 is the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul, and it’s also the same day our own transitional pastor Carrol Davenport was ordained!  Some of you remember the excitement around Carrol’s ordination.  Maria says she promises no ice storms like for her diaconal ordination, but she makes no guarantees about tornadoes or any movement along the New Madrid Fault line.

From Maria About Her Next Assignment:  It is simultaneously with deep hope for the future and with the bittersweetness of all “goodbyes” that I announce the timetable for my departure from Trinity.

I have accepted the post of Chaplain of what will be a new community of faith in the Diocese of Missouri–The Community of St. Brigid at Shepherd Farm.  God willing, following priestly ordination, I will also be Priest Associate at Church of the Good Shepherd and have some duties there.

My duties at St. Brigid’s begin June 11.  God willing, following ordination on June 29, I will return to Trinity one last time on July 2 to preach and preside over the Eucharist, and make that my “official goodbye”.

There will be some awkwardness with this departure as it is a part time position and I will still be working at Chariton Labs and living in Kirksville part of the week. It means you will be bumping into me at Hy-Vee and Pancake City, but I will no longer be a part of the life of Trinity-Kirksville, and drawing good boundaries setting limits to the level we will interact in the future. These are difficult but necessary steps so that you can begin to welcome new clergy and love them, just as I need to begin to love the people I will serve that I have not yet met. We have several weeks left together, and time to talk about what that looks like.

In closing, please be assured that you will be in my prayers–often–as you work through the search process and the call process, and for the lifegiving future of this faith community.  You may not know it, but when you gave my my Prayer Book/Hymnal at my diaconal ordination, I taped the pages of the card inside its covers.  Every time I use my Prayer Book, I see your names, and I see you.  You will be with me wherever my ministry takes me…at least until someone revises the Prayer Book!

In love, deep gratitude, and appreciation for being raised by you and the privilege of serving you in the name of Christ,

Maria L. Evans
Transitional Deacon

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The WHAT on Hiatus for the May 19 and 26 editions: As Kevin will be out of the country and with unreliable Internet access, the WHAT will be on hiatus for it’s next two editions. It will return on Friday, June 2. Items of immediate interest should be shared with Natalie Alexander for inclusion in the bulletin, as per below.

The deadline for next week’s WHAT is Noon, Thursday, June 1.  Please send items to BOTH Kevin Minch at kevin.minch@gmail.com and Natalie Alexander at faymie@gmail.com so that any relevant updates may also be included in the bulletin insert. Please be mindful of the deadline when possible.  Thanks!