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Weekly Announcements for September 19, 2018
From Father Court

"It's Complicated"
"To Know Myself
I'm sorry, God, for many things I've done and haven't done. To know that you forgive me gives me joy. But tell me, God, what else you see that I don't. Tell me what is good about me as well as what needs change. Help me to know myself as I am, and see more clearly how you wish me to be."         
From Plain Prayers in a Complicated World by Avery Brooke, 
Cowley Publications: Cambridge, 1993. Pg. 115.
 
          So often, we humans are harder on ourselves than we are on others. We beat ourselves up with our own failings. We judge ourselves harshly for our mistakes. We sometimes assume the reactions of others, abusing ourselves with their unspoken, and usually, unthought, opinions of us. We grow up thinking that we, as we are, are not enough. We are taught, in various ways, that we always need to get better, and, by extension, that how we are right now is therefore not perfect, not correct.

          While it is good to be aware of ourselves and to work on improving our shortcomings, we need to always remember that we have good aspects as well. We are created in God's image. We are wonderful, beloved children of God, seen as infinitely valuable in God's eyes. We need to embrace God's loving and forgiving relationship with us in order to move forward in the mission that God has for us. Beating ourselves up only draws us away from God's path.

          When we spend too much time focusing on our failings, then we cease seeing others. We stop seeing how much we are loved by others. We stop seeing how much we love them and how valuable our relationship with them is in our lives. We also stop seeing what they are facing, what they are going through, and how we might help them. We begin to feel as if, because of our failures, we would never be able to help another person. That would be a tragic misuse of the life God has given us. We are redeemed children of God, even with our failings, and we need to constantly reach out to others, and allow them to reach out to us.

          Lastly, if we continue to focus on our failings, we begin to only see failings. When we look at others, we begin to notice their shortcomings and failures, comparing them to our own. In a last-ditch effort to bolster ourselves, we compare our failings to theirs, noting only how horrible theirs are. Only by embracing God's loving acceptance of us, recognizing our gifts and talents as well as our mistakes, can we truly see others as God sees all of us - as his beloved children. 

          Be good to yourselves. Be good to each other.
 
Yours in Christ, 
Court+
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
                        office@trinitychurchhp.org
Sunday's at Trinity 

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

8:45 a.m.   Fellowship

9:00 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
HAPPENING THIS WEEK
This Saturday - September 22
Chicagoland 2018 
Out of the Darkness Walk 
 
From Cynthia Wolpert:
Dear Friends:  Stephen and I will be walking in the Chicagoland 2018 Out of the Darkness Walk on September 22 in memory of our son, Robert "R.J. Hanlon".    If you are interested in participating in the walk, please see me, call me at 847-527-7433 or email me at cynthia.wolpert@gmail.com and I will register you under the team name, R.J.'s Walking Angels.  If you would like more information please visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/RJs_Walking_Angels. Several of you at church have spoken to me about losing someone to suicide.  If you are comfortable, I would encourage you to walk with us as a way to honor and remember your loved one.  Stephen and I take the train downtown and either walk or taxi over to the walk location in Arvey Field in Grant Park.  After the walk, we usually go to the Italian Village for lunch.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  ~Cynthia Wolpert
Nursery Care - This Sunday, September 23

Please Note: We will have a Nursery sub this Sunday, September 23. Our Nursery is located on the first floor, near the Tri-Con entrance.
Confirmation Class - This Tuesday, September 25

Our first Confirmation Class takes place this Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity.  Class will go till 8:00 p.m.  Please let Fr. Court know if you have any questions rector@trinitychurchhp.org
It Takes a Parish

Yes, it takes a Parish of dedicated people to have a church rummage sale.  

We want to thank everyone who contributed their time, knowledge, and skills to make this year's sale so successful.  Your tireless efforts, your thoughtfulness, your generosity and your ever present good cheer were invaluable to us this summer.  We gratefully thank our Trinity Family for all of your hard work and support.
Sincerely, Priscilla, Sue and Diane
Books for Tri-Con Kids

On Thursday, October 4th at 3:30 p.m. in Wolcott Hall, we will distribute new and gently used children's books to the students of Tri-con Childcare Center. Parishioners who are interested in the event are welcome to drop in.

Thanks to a private donation, we have purchased two titles for each child by popular author Mo Willems. We are also accepting further book donations at this time. Books for preschool and kindergarten aged children may be left in the collection bin in the Choir Forming Room. Thank you to all for your support and to Mary Seaver, Diane Beckway, Kathleen Ross, and Julie Sakici for their assistance with this program.
PARISH MEETINGS & EVENTS
Women's Bible Study Opportunity at St. Gregory, Deerfield

Women's Wine (or coffee!!) and Word - All Women are invited for a 5 week study of the Book of Ruth on Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm, October 4-November 1. Location TBD depending on the number of people participating. To register, contact Mother Anne Jolly (anne@stgregoryschurch.org). 
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: October 17, November 21, December 19, and January 16.
Lights!  Camera!  Auction! 

Save the Date - Friday, November 2

Our Annual Trinity Gala will be held at Exmoor Country Club on Friday, November 2, 2018.  

Invite your family and friends to attend for a fun evening of fundraising and fellowship!  We need your help now to solicit gift cards for the wine roulette event and other items for the silent auction.  

Solicitation letters and donation forms are available in the choir forming room.  Please contact Cynthia Wolpert at cynthia.wolpert@gmail.com for any questions or suggestions.  
OUTREACH
Food For Thought 

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, October 14, 2018.
Community Meal at St. James 

Our next serving date at St. James Catholic Church in Highwood, will be on Thursday, November 8.  We prepare the meal in our Trinity kitchen and transport it to their kitchen for sharing with those in need. There is a sign up sheet in the Choir Forming room!  Thank you!!
PARISH MINISTRIES & BUSINESS
Nursery Care Available

Just a reminder that we have nursery care every Sunday at Trinity.  Liz Olsen, our wonderful nursery attendant would love to care for your kids on Sunday morning! 

Please Note: We will have a Nursery sub this Sunday, September 23. 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.

PARISH CALENDAR

Thursday, September 205:00 p.m.A Safe Place - One on One Meeting

6:00 p.m.A Safe Place - Group Meeting
Friday, September 217:30 p.m.Men's AA Meeting
Saturday, September 229:00 a.m.Men's Bible Studay

9:00 a.m.Out of Darkness: Walk to Prevent Suicide.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
8:00 a.m.Holy Eucharist - St. Michael's Chapel

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

11:30 a.m.Vestry Recruitment Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, September 256:00 p.m.Confirmation Class



LOOKING AHEAD

SAVE THESE DATES
Thursday, October 43:00 p.m.Tri-Con Book Distribution
Sunday, October 710:00 a.m.Pet Blessing Sunday
Saturday, October 1410:00 a.m.History Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 177:00 p.m.Vestry Meeting
Saturday, October 279am-11amFall Grounds Clean-up
Sunday, October 2810:00 a.m.Blessing of the Costumes
Friday, November 2
TRINITY GALA at Exmoor Country Club
Sunday, November 4
All Saints' Sunday
Thursday, November 83:00 p.m.St. James Community Meel
INTERCESSORY PRAYER LIST
Parishioners
Kenn Fambro, Ken Mines, Richard Monzingo, Victor Przysiezny, Fred Putz
 
Relatives & Friends
Highland Park Police Department
David Knapp (former parishioner)
James Bicknell (brother of John Bicknell)
Anne, Janie (friends of Mary Seaver)
Ruth LaVerne Pauls (mother of Laurel Lester)
Seab (friend of BJ & Bob Kohn)
Mehdi Hirani (friend of Cathy Mossler)
Joanna (friend of Seely/Browns and Malcolms)
Ashlynn Baeseman (niece of Scott Baeseman)
Audrey Baer (family of Mary Baer)
Shawna Parti (neice of Cathy Mossler)
Kristin & Toni Stanley (relatives of Sue Barber)
Anne Pajcic (friend of Hood & Horace Seely-Brown
Erica (friend of Fred & Annette Johnston)
Joseph & Kate (relatives of Sue & Peter Barber)
Bob & Debbie (relatives of Sue & Peter Barber)
Seab (friend of BJ & Bob Kohn)
David Schulte, Jr. (son of Ginny Schulte)
Vince (friend of Fred Johnston)
Marcial Alix Jr.  & the Alix Family (father of Jack Alix)
The Smith Family: Hank, Erica and Tucker (family of Maura Hagestad)
Peter Kinzly (relative of Suzy Born)
Mike Taylor
Sharon and Kathryn Jirak (friends of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Michael Miller (grandson of Nancy & Richard Johnson)
Kathy McGraw (sister of Jon Teeuwissen)
Michael Risko (father of John Risko)
Luke Schneider (relative of Jill & Steve Lauer)
Terry Rankin
Tom and Jeane Langan (parents of Peggy Hayner)
Patrick Nelis (father of Paul Nelis)
Nathan McKillen
Fred Berchtold (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Tom Barber (brother of Peter Barber)
David Oliker (friend of Priscilla McGraw)
Mary Deeson
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)
Sarah Standley (friend of Maggie Williams)
Nilgün Sakici (mother of Kamil Sakici)
Toni Mark & Family (friends of Paul Nelis)
 
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.
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