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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Trinity Tidings - Sept 2020
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Trinity Tidings E-Newsletter
September 11, 2020
Please pray for:
Jesse + Carol + Carolyn
Cathy + Laurie
3 - John L.
5 - Amanda P.P.
10 - Jan L.
18 - Paul L.
20 - Lynne B. (correction)
22 - Mary K.
28 - Jennifer P.
Good Tidings From Trinity!
Surely you have noticed the new (original) format for the rebirth of Trinity Tidings. We have gone back to producing the newsletter with Constant Contact, which gives the Trinity editors a much easier way to format content and to email it out. Using the software also allows us to see that internet links such as those for Zoom, the Sunday readings and music, and Seraphim's resource for his Wisdom School are being visited by readers. Hopefully this means we are making "staying in touch" with Trinity a little easier!
For those who prefer to read about our parish from a paper copy of Trinity news, Lynne B. has graciously offered to send Trinity Tidings through the mail each week to readers requesting this format.
Thank you so much, Lynne!
Weekly Compline & Noon Day Prayer
Via Zoom Begins
Under our additional newly licensed lay leadership, Trinity can now offer Compline and Noon Day prayer services on a weekly basis. Pam A. and Carol H. will lead Compline and Amanda P-P. and Noreen L. will lead Noon Day Prayer.
Tuesdays, 8:30 pm
Noon Day Prayer
Wednesdays, 2:15 pm
See below for links to Zoom and booklets. Links are also available on the Trinity website under Ministry tab, Worship link.
We are getting closer to being able to regather at the church. But we are not there yet. According to State guidelines, churches in Amador County can have limited gatherings. At Trinity, we are putting the final touches on our plans to re-gather safely. Those are being sent to the diocese for their comments as well. Most of the focus within the diocese right now has been for outdoor gatherings, but those are in places with larger church grounds than we have.
As we consider coming back together, things will be extremely different. In order to meet the needs of the largest numbers of people in the congregation, we will continue to have a worship service online at 9:30 am on Sundays. That service will include music (which we all sing safely in our own homes). That is followed by a “Zoom Coffee Hour” which gives a chance for some catch-up and conversation.
Our in-person gatherings will be held at 11.30 am (to give a few minutes breathing time after the online coffee hour). Our plan is to have a SAID Eucharist – no music. We will be seated in household groups of one or two (more as needed) that are set apart from one another. We will be wearing masks. We will also need to call and make reservations (more details later). We need to reorganize the chairs again, to make space for the technical equipment, but it appears we can have about 25 people in the church for the service. And the biggest change of all will be that there is no coffee hour! We may be able to stay put after the service and talk to those closest to us, but we need to avoid mingling too closely.
Watch this space for more details as they become available.
- Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul's Priestly Ponderings
This week has afforded me with much time to ponder. I attended “Icon Camp” this week, though for me it was virtual. My teacher, was able to gather about a dozen folks at a camp/conference center in northeastern Pennsylvania, and about another dozen in a virtual community. Becky and I attended from home and each worked on a large icon of the Good Samaritan.
Traditional methods of iconography are slow and deliberate. The paint, whether traditional egg tempura or modern acrylic, is applied in very thin layers, allowing some of the previous layer to show through. Multiple layers are needed, and on a larger board, it takes time. It is a good discipline for prayer time. Each brush stroke to be an opportunity for a breath prayer, if not a prayer all of its own. There is ample opportunity for pondering and being intentional in prayer for others. The intercessory opportunity was more profound with this icon, since we were painting The Good Samaritan.
We all remain on a roller coaster of emotions as we wait out the most dangerous and infectious cycle of the pandemic. I am reminded of one of Gary Larson’s cartoons from his series “The Far Side”, in which he depicted two vultures watching and waiting for an animal to die so that they could eat. One comments with words to the effect of “Patience – no way, I’m going to kill something!”. We go in bouts of patience and impatience. And along come the fires and the attendant smoke. For many, they raise residual fears from fires past. For others, the smoke and air quality were more of a nuisance, preventing outdoor activities. Others have major concern for loved ones more impacted than themselves. For many of us, all of these are jumbled in one big mixture that is free floating in our minds as our monkey brains jump from one thing to another.
In the midst of the uncertainty, chaos, and confusion, I offer the suggestion to remember to breath. We do it automatically - but pay attention. Be deliberate. Center yourselves in prayer and recognizing God’s presence. Call to mind those around you who are in need of God’s love and presence. Expand your thoughts in a wider circle to those farther away from your neighborhood. And, recognizing that God is ever-present with them and with you (whether recognized or not), consider what actions you can take to assist those in need. Pope Francis is often quoted for observing that we should pray for the hungry. Then go feed them, for that is how prayer works.
Like most parts of the country, Amador County has a higher demand at the Food Bank these days. Noreen Lafferty has indicated that the collection of Tuna Fish at Trinity was their main source of tuna fish – and it is missed. Noreen can collect donated tuna from the porch at Janes Hall on Thursdays when she is in town. Please be in touch with her for details. The Food Bank can also use donations.
Nancy has reported that Break Bread with Friends in Jackson can use some financial help – or volunteers to help provide meals to the needy.
Within our Diocese, there is a great need for emergency response due to the fires. Bishop Megan’s Discretionary fund has been a major vehicle for sending appropriate response where it is needed. Right now, clothing is the LAST thing people need. You can find out more on donating to the Bishop’s Discretionary fund on the diocesan website. You can send them a check, or donate online. The web address is http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/
The biggest needs are for gift cards, especially for places like Safeway that offer the variety of shopping options. Safeway Fuel cards as also helpful. If you would like to buy gift cards, you can send them to the bishop’s office, where they will be passed along to local churches which are working with agencies in their towns, or distributing them directly.
The Good Samaritan is a good example and refection on the need for direct action to take care of those in need. Many of the sermons and reflections made over the years have centered on trying to explain or justify why the passers-by did not assist the Samaritan, the one in need – an argument to explain what happens if I do stop and help. Martin Luther King Jr. turned this around at one point, to ask us to reflect on what happens if we do not help.
As we each consider our own needs during these tumultuous days, I ask that we continue to remember our church community and continue contributing by sending in our donations to the church. But also remember those less fortunate in our midst – and give generously.
Report from the Vestry
From Our Jr. Warden:
The ceiling in the lady's restroom has been patched and is awaiting painting. This is an annual event after the rainy season.
The water heater in the men's room has been replaced. This heater also supplies hot water to the upstairs restroom (the one behind the name tags).
The leak in the main water supply line to Jane's hall has been repaired.
"Soft spot" in Jane's Hall deck has been repaired and will be painted soon.
Replacing watering timer and lines for plants around Jane's Hall deck is an ongoing work in progress.
In the next few weeks we will install "dusk to dawn" sensor for outside security lights.
Thanks to all who are maintaining
Trinity buildings and grounds for our return!
Bishop Megan Delivers
Labor Day Video Sermon
Bishop Megan Traquair offered the Diocese clergy a day of rest on this Labor Day Sunday by offering her recorded reflections as the sermon.
If you missed her sermon on our Sunday Zoom service, you can click on the image of Bishop Megan and watch it now.