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Trinity Episcopal Church

for the Week of November 7, 2018
From Father Court: 

"The Cairn"

           This is a picture of a cairn made of river stones that was given to me by a friend of mine from Canada for my ordination to the priesthood. A cairn is a pile of rocks that is used to mark a trail, especially so that you may know your way back, your way home. It has always reminded me, no matter what is going on in my life as a priest, of where I have come from, what God has called me from, and to what God has called me. It keeps me grounded, no matter what is going on, in God's ultimate call for me. It sits on the fireplace mantle in my office, directly across from my desk, so that I see it all day, every day.
          As Christians, we need cairns in our lives, to keep us from straying too far, to keep us coming safely back to our home, to life in Christ. As I listen to the news this morning of another tragic shooting, more innocent people dying for no reason, I feel angry, sad, and depressed. I also feel powerless, as if this wave of gun violence has taken over our country and there is no way to end it. Part of me wants revenge. Part of me wants to get even. Part of me just wants to ban all guns, just throw them all in an incinerator and end all the tragedies once and for all.
          But that cairn in my life, that cairn that leads me back to life in Christ, leads me to remember that God calls me to love, not hate or revenge. God calls me to take care of those who mourn. God calls me to heal those who are injured. God calls me to pray for the family of the shooter who was killed. God calls me to work for justice in our country. God calls me to elect officials who will further efforts to aid war veterans, that they might get the mental health care they need. God calls me to elect officials that will work diligently to end wars, so that more people aren't damaged by the long term effects of war. God calls me to work for sensible and fair gun laws.
          As Christians, we are called to love and care for all of God's children, even the broken ones. In the early 19th century, anglican theologian and priest, F.D. Maurice, said, "We do not cease to be children because we are disobedient children." All people are children of God, from the saints to the sinners. No matter what, God loves us, all of us. And more importantly, God calls us all to love one another. As we face the tragedies in our lives, let us not follow the path of hate and vengeance, but follow our cairns back to life in Christ. Hate and vengeance are tools of the dark one for sowing distrust and fear. Life in Christ leads us to lives of courage, empathy, and love. 
Yours in Christ, 
Parish Contact Information
Fr. Court's Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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
Many Thanks
The committee and I would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the Gala. We hope all who attended had a wonderful time and enjoyed great fellowship.  We received $30,000 net of expenses and still have more donations coming in!  During coffee hour, for the next few Sundays, items not sold at the Gala will be available at opening bid price and gift cards will be available for face value (these make great stocking stuffers!).  You also will be able to sign-up for the three parties:  Curling (only 2 slots left), the Backyard Party, and Afternoon Tea.  Mary Seaver will also have Christmas Tree ornaments available for sale on November 25th and for the next two weeks.  The proceeds from the sale of the ornaments are designated to purchase gift cards for the Tri-Con families during the Angel Tree project.  Thank you again for your support - Cynthia
Gala Events - Still Open

There's still time to attend one of these wonderful events offered at our Gala.  Sign up in the Choir Forming Room and send in your check to the Parish Office.

Curling Party
Hosted by Pete & Sue Barber
and Bob & B.J. Kohn
Exmoor Country Club
January 19, 2019

2 openings 
Afternoon Tea Pary
Hosted by Cynthia Wolpert
English-Style Home in 
Highland Park
April 28th, 2019

9 openings
Backyard Games
Hosted by the Powers &
 Hach Families
Powers Home in Deerfield
August 17, 2019

20 openings
Community Meal at St. James - Today 

We are serving today at St. James Catholic Church in Highwood.  We prepare the meal in our Trinity kitchen at 3:30 and transport it to their kitchen and serve at 5:00 for sharing with those in need.  Thank you!!
History Committee - This Saturday

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, November 10. All are welcome to attend.  Any questions, contact Nancy Freeman at nfreeman@frii.com
Food For Thought - This Sunday

Food for Thought is completely dependent upon the generosity of you, our members. The shopping list can be found on the church website or on the table in the choir forming room.  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, November 11, 2018.
Trinity Artwork Restoration Project Presentation - Sunday

After the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, November 11, we will celebrate an "opening" in the Guild Room of Trinity's  newly cleaned fine art.  The three paintings are back on the wall with fresh faces and restored frames.  It has been a year long adventure.  Mary Seyfarth will give a talk about the history of the three works and  respective artists.  Mary and Nancy Freeman will talk about the restoration process.

THANK YOU to all art patrons who made this project possible.
Adult Forums at Trinity

Adult Forums are held on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Guild Room.

Theological Question and Answer - We will be discussing theological questions, enigmas, and conundrums in our life, in our biblical study, and in our worship. November 11, 18, and 25.

Bible Study - We will be studying a passage of scripture each week, looking closely at what it means in our lives today. December 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Special Advent Series - "Prayers of our Worship" 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Advent Sundays We will be looking at the various prayers we pray in our worship here at Trinity. Specifically, we will be looking at the Collect for Purity, the Prayers of Confession, the Post-Communion Prayers, and the Dismissals. December 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday School at Trinity

Sunday School uses a Lectionary based curriculum, which means the children are studying the same scriptures their parents are hearing in church. 

Sunday School meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.
Dates:  November 18, December 2, December 16

Children meet from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30, then the children rejoin us in church by processing in to their own processional hymn right before the peace.

We now have three (3) Sunday School classes:
Godly Play: Age 3 - 5  *  Multi-age: Grades 1 - 5  *  Middle School: Grades 6 - 8

If you have any questions, feel free to talk with Fr. Court or one of the Sunday School teachers.
Ministry of the Vestry - Sunday, November 18

Come and learn about the ministry of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church Highland Park: Everyone is welcome to the Inquiring Minds Want to Know: An Invitation to Learn about Serving on Trinity's Vestry session to be held on Sunday, November 18 in the Guild Room, following the 10:00 a.m. service. If you have never served on a vestry it will be informative. If you have ever served on the  vestry in the past there might be something new now. Come one and all to hear about this ministry and begin the process to see if it's for you. Questions? Contact Vestry member Nancy Freeman at nfreeman@frii.com or 970-222-4663. 
Spiritual Conversations and Study Group
Wednesday, November 21

The group meets every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room. We meet again on, Wednesday, November 21.  We continue our discussion with a spiritual commentary on The Thomas Gospel.  The book is In Trouble and In Wonder by Lynn C. Bauman. It is a special-order book. All our welcome. Anyone interested in joining the group or want more information, contact Priscilla McGraw at priscillamcgraw@sbcglobal.net.  
Change in Vestry Meeting Dates

The Vestry has decided, due to the medical needs of one of our Vestry members, to change the Vestry meeting date from the 3rd Tuesday of each month to the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All meetings are at 7:00 p.m.  

The dates of Vestry meetings for the rest of the year are: November 21, December 19, and January 16.
Nursery Care Available: Trinity has nursery care every Sunday.  Our Nursery is located on the first floor, near the Tri-Con entrance.
Bringing Communion To You When You Are Sick:  If you are ill, are in the hospital, or for some other reason cannot come to church on Sunday morning and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact Fr. Court Williams at the office (847-432-6653) or on his cell phone (541-525-6567) or by email (rector@trinitychurchhp.org) so that we can set this up for you.
Vestry Meeting Minutes and Financial Reports:  
Click the links below to view our most recent Vestry Meeting Minutes and our current Financial Reports.


Thursday, November 83:30 p.m.St. James Community Meal

5:00 p.m.
A Safe Place 
Friday, November 9
8:30 p.m.Men's AA Meeting - At Trinity
Saturday, November 109:00 a.m.Men's Bible Study

10:00 a.m.History Committee Meeting
SUNDAY, November 11

Food For Thought In-Gathering

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

9:15 a.m.Adult Forum

10:00 a.m.Holy Eucharist - Main Sanctuary 
10:00 a.m.Sunday School

11:30 a.m.Trinity Artwork Restoration Presentation

Wednesday, November 217:00 p.m.Vestry Meeting

7:00 p.m.Spiritual Conversations & Study Group
Kenn Fambro, Jill Lauer, Ken Mines, Richard Monzingo, Victor Przysiezny, 
Fred Putz
Relatives & Friends
Highland Park Police Department
James Bicknell (brother of John Bicknell)
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)
Lillian Klimo (friend of Sue & Ken Tappert)
Helene Umpleby (friend of Cheri Mitchneck)
John Balke (son of Phil & Mary Balke)
Doug Malcom (brother of Kirk Malcolm)
Those serving in the Armed Forces and their Families
Ben Chellew, nephew of Cynthia Hines
The 822nd MP deployed to Afghanistan
Those who have died
Remembering all those we love but see no longer, especially those buried here in St. Michael's Chapel.
Our Parish Prayer list has been updated.  An email was sent out over a month ago asking people for updates.  If someone has been removed from the prayers, and you would like them added back on, please contact the parish office or write their name in the prayer request book in the Choir Forming Room.
Please submit prayer requests to Martha in the Parish Office at office@trinitychurchhp.org 
Please provide first and last name and your relation to the person