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   Announcements for the week of
  January 16, 2019
From Fr. Court:


            We've packed away the ornaments, taken down the lights, stored the wreaths, and moved all of the boxes of decorations into the basement for storage until next year. The furniture has been moved back into its normal places and the floors swept and windows washed. Once again, the house is back to normal. While I am always excited to get out the Christmas decorations and adorn the house, I am just as ready, at the end of the holiday season, to put it all away and set the house to rights once again.

            Last evening, I was walking over to the bookcase in our living room to retrieve a favorite book, when I noticed some pine needles and an ornament hook on the floor. Apparently, my sweeping job was not amazing! As I cleaned up these small ghosts of Christmas past, I thought back to a conversation that I had just had with our Sexton, Francisco. We had just finished taking down all the greens in the sanctuary and I was beginning to sweep up. Francisco looked at me and laughed, "We always end up sweeping needles until after Easter!" 

            As I have been reflecting on these small bits of detritus which haunt our church and our homes, it occurs to me that they often enliven our lives. Their sudden unexpected appearance causes us to stop and notice. As we consider these bits of days gone by, they often bring back pleasant memories of people and events, friends and family. The needles and ornament hook on the floor reminded me of all the family we had at our house over the holidays. The Rectory was stuffed to the gills with people sleeping on beds, couches, and fold-a-ways. It brought back memories of too many people crammed together around a breakfast table, laughing and sharing a meal.

            Sometimes, I notice a picture of my siblings and I, taken six years ago and I am carried immediately back to that wonderful afternoon with all four of us laughing and reminiscing. That picture sits beside one of myself and my sisters that was taken at my brother's funeral, joy and sadness side-by-side. Such is the stuff of life. I recently pulled a t-shirt out of my closet. It was a "run t-shirt" from the last run that my father-in-law and I ran together (we used to be running partners). As I looked up from the shirt, I saw a picture on my wife's desk of her dad, Norm, dressed in his tuxedo standing on the dance floor at the Gala with his walker. He had a great big smile on his face! Such was my father-in-law and friend, big heart, big smile, big hugs!

            The detritus that inhabits our lives is the residual love of the life we live. It brings back memories, good and bad. It brings us joy, and sometimes sadness. It reminds us of who we are, who loves us, where we have been, and where we are going. God did not create perfect creatures to lead sanitized lives of perfection. God created us to live lives which generate detritus. Go forth to love someone! Go forth to create a memory! Go forth to revel in your detritus!

Yours in Christ,
Parish Contact Information
Fr. Court's Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parish Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

For Pastoral Emergencies:

The Rev. Court Williams at 541-525-6567

To contact Fr. Court via email - click link below:  

Parish Office:  847-432-6653
Sunday's at Trinity

8:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist
   in St. Michael's Chapel

8:45 a.m.   Fellowship

9:15 a.m.   Adult Forum

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
                  with Music

10:00 a.m. Sunday School(On the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each Month)

11:00         Fellowship
Sunday School this Sunday, January 20 at 10 a.m.

We use a Lectionary based curriculum allowing the children to study the same scriptures their parents are hearing in church.  Sunday School meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30. The children rejoin us in church by processing in to their own processional hymn right before the peace.
Rummage Sale Directors Needed

Our annual rummage sale is coming up soon. We are in need to at least 2 Directors to head up this effort this year. We have lots of documentation and experienced mentors to help you! We are looking at trying some new things this year, from scheduling the work to organizing the sale! If you feel called to this, please let Fr. Court know. If you have any questions about it, please ask Mary Seaver, Priscilla McGraw, or Diane Beckway. Thanks!
Rectory Renovation Fund Update 

The Building and Grounds Committee has an update on the Rectory Renovation Fund:  final renovation work was completed in December.  Due to donors' generosity and careful stewardship of the funds by the Brattons, there is a surplus of $17,219 in that fund.  This designated fund will be converted to a Rectory Capital Improvement Fund to honor the intention of the donations.  This Fund will be held in a savings account for use on capital repairs anticipated in the future, such as replacement of the roof, air conditioning, garage foundation, etc. Please contact any B&G or Finance committee member if you have questions.
Epiphany Adult Forums - continues this Sunday

Held on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Guild Room. During the season of Epiphany, through Sunday, March 3.  We are doing a bible study. We will look at one seasonal reading each week and discuss its implications in our day to day lives. 
Coffee Hosts Sign-up for 2019

There are sign up sheets posted in the Choir Forming Room, for hosting coffee hour after the 10am service.  Please sign up to help.
Altar Flower Sign-up for 2019

There are signup sheets in the Choir Forming Room for those wishing to sponsor the Altar Flowers for one or more Sundays during the year.  
Vestry Members Needed

Each year we elect 3 new members to our Vestry. The Vestry is the administrative board of the parish and provides leadership for the parish and counsel for the Rector. The Vestry is responsible for all of the temporal matter of the parish (day to day business). If you are interested in serving a 3 year term on the Vestry, please talk to one of of our current Vestry members, or Fr. Court.
Diocesan Convention Reps Needed

Each year, in November, the Diocese of Chicago holds its annual convention to conduct the yearly business of the Diocese. It is a fun, exciting, and interesting event with people from all over the Diocese and northern Illinois. There are special classes and learning sessions to sign up for, many exhibits of things going on around the diocese (as well as a really cool book store!), worship services, and, of course, the business sessions. Each parish needs to provide three (3) representatives along with their clergy for this convention. To that end, we need to elect three representatives. What we have decided to do is to switch to a rotating election process similar to how we elect Vestry members. We will elect three reps this year, one to a 3 year term, one to a 2 year term, and one to a 1 year term. Then, henceforth, we only need to elect one rep to a 3 year term each year. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, please contact Fr. Court. If you have any questions about what it is like to serve, feel free to ask Fr. Court, Priscilla McGraw, Jennifer Ould, or Jodi McCann.
No Rummage Sale Drop Off - Until after June 1st

Due to the lack of storage space at Trinity, we ask that you not drop off any rummage sale items until after June 1st. Thanks!
Work Requests for Parish Employees

If you have a request for assistance from a parish employee, please contact Fr. Court.
January Vestry Meeting

The January Vestry Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Annual Meeting - Date Change

The Vestry has decided, that due to our ongoing budget process and financial reporting changes, to push back Trinity's Annual Meeting to Sunday, February 24. On that day we will have 
one service at 10:00 a.m. followed by a potluck and the Annual Meeting.  
Please put this on your calendar at home and plan on being at church with your fellow Trinity parishioners that day, as we enjoy a festive potluck together, and do the work of the Annual Meeting that God calls us to do as we accomplish the mission of God present in Highland Park.
History Committee 

Trinity's History Committee meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Guild Room. We next meet this Saturday, February 9. All are welcome to attend.  Any questions, contact Nancy Freeman at nfreeman@frii.com
Food For Thought

Food for Thought is completely dependent upon the generosity of you, our members. The shopping list is below.  We generally shop for the designated items to fill 10 bags and rely on monthly contributions of $225 per month to pay for these items. Thank you for your generosity! Our next in-gathering is Sunday, February 10.  
Here is the list of items: Canned Tuna or Chicken, Non-Sugary Cereal, Canned Tomatoes, Chicken Broth, Peanut Butter, Pasta, Rice, Apple Sauce or Canned Fruit in light syrup, Pinto Beans / Other Dried Beans / Re-fried beans, Non-Sugary Cereal, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Soap, Toothpaste
Sue Barber, Kenn Fambro, Jill Lauer, Ken Mines, Richard Monzingo, Fred Putz
Relatives & Friends
Highland Park Police Department
Anne, Janie (friends of Mary Seaver)
Ashlynn Baeseman (niece of Scott Baeseman)
Luke Schneider (relative of Jill & Steve Lauer)
Tom and Jeane Langan (parents of Peggy Hayner)
Patrick Nelis (father of Paul Nelis)
Fred Berchtold (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Tom Barber (brother of Peter Barber)
David Oliker (friend of Priscilla McGraw)
Steve Leyendecker (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Don Lang (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Nolan Blackstock (father of Kevin Blackstock)
Sheila & Dan Brennan (friends of Jennifer Ould)
Nilgün Sakici (mother of Kamil Sakici)
The Mark Family (friends of Paul Nelis)
Chiara Horak (great-niece of Ingeborg Diebel)
Penelope Bingham (friend of Mary Seyfarth)
Helene Umpleby (mother of Cheri Mitchneck)
John Balke (son of Phil & Mary Balke)
Doug Malcolm (brother of Kirk Malcolm)
Ann Amborsini (mother of Annette Johnston)
Peter Hlepas (father of Jett Hlepas)
JKay Kolls (friend of Kathy Keiper)
Pam Sax (friend of Ken & Sue Tappert)
Kristin, Joseph, Kate (family of Sue & Peter Barber)
Toni Stanley (family of Sue & Peter Barber)   
Julie Mossler (daughter of Cathy Mossler)
Roxanne Hasse (friend of Cathy Mossler)
Joanna Yaukey (Friend of Seely-Browns and Malcolms)
Angela Galaday (sister-in-law of Cathy Mossler)
Mark (friend of Mary S)

Those serving in the Armed Forces and their Families
Ben Chellew (nephew of Cynthia Hines)
The 822nd MP deployed to Afghanistan
Pvt Luke McKean (nephew of Jenny & Chip McKean)
Those who have died
Remembering today, Jack Meyers, cousin of Fred & Marilyn Putz, and all those we love but see no longer, especially those buried here in St. Michael's Chapel.