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Mid-Week Announcements  
 March 11, 2020
Trinity Youth Group Friday Event Cancelled
There was a youth group volunteer opportunity planned for this Friday, March 13 at the Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan. Unfortunately, the group that volunteers regularly on Fridays has enough volunteers after all and doesn't need our help so this meeting is cancelled.

Please mark your calendars for our Saturday, April 25 event where we'll work at the Cradle to Crayons 
facility in Chicago from 1:30-3:30. We have 25 spots available to fill and will open it up to all our Trinity family members. It's not too sign-up!

The Trinity Youth Group meets monthly for events that give to our community while building lasting friendships. Upcoming events are listed below. Please contact Ann Duggan or Julie Williams for more information.
Saturday, April 25 - Cradles to Crayons
Sunday, May 17 - Evanston - renting bikes, eating out together
100 Pounds of Peanut Butter Challenge
The outreach committee is sponsoring Peanut Butter Sunday on March 15.

Our goal is to raise 100 lbs. of peanut butter for Moraine Township Food Pantry by Sunday March 15. Whenever you go shopping between now and March 15, pick up an extra jar or two of peanut butter. Bring the peanut butter into the church and put on the stage.

On Sunday March 15, we will bless all that peanut butter and then take it to the food pantry. Our goal is 100 lbs.!! Help us to help others by bringing in some PB!!
Trinity’s Book Discussion Club to Meet

Trinity’s Book Discussion Club will meet Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Yvonne's home, 655 Carlisle Ave., Deerfield. The book “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins will be discussed. All are invited.
2020 Dates Set for Community Meals

Community Meals to help feed the hungry will be on April 16, July 2 and October 1 at St. James Catholic Church in Highwood. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Choir Forming Room.
Volunteers Needed to Form Welcoming Plan
Throughout each year, upwards of 20 to 30 non-parishioners visit Trinity for Sunday Services. The Christian Ministry/Outreach Committee wants to develop a plan to welcome these visitors in the hope that a significant portion will continue their visits and perhaps become regular parishioners.

If you are interested in becoming part of that plan, please reach out to either Peter Barber or Chuck Markos. We want to form a group that can both suggest workable ideas and put them into action.
Good Friday Offering

Trinity Church will once again be taking a Good Friday offering to benefit the ministries of the four Anglican dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Cash donated during the Good Friday offering will be used for this purpose, along with checks dedicated for this offering (please indicate "Good Friday Offering" on the memo line of your check).

For more information, visit the Global Partnership's Good Friday offering page. Thank you for your generous contributions!
Easter Flowers and Music

Trinity will once again provide you with an opportunity to make donations for flowers and music this Easter.

If you are interested, please complete the donation form. Copies of the form will be included in Sunday's service bulletin and are also available online in the .pdf and Word formats. Thank you!
Children's Sunday School at Trinity
Sunday School at Trinity church is on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 10:00 a.m. This is Sunday is a Sunday School Sunday.

The Schedule for the rest of this year:

March 1st and 15th

April 5th and 19th (the Sunday school children will process in on Easter Sunday morning with white banners - Sunday, April 12th)

May 3rd and 17th
Saturday Morning Bible Study
All members of the church are invited to our Saturday morning Bible Study. We meet at 9:00 a.m. and study the readings for Sunday. Please join us!
'Life of the Beloved' by Henri Nouwen
Come and join the Adult Forum on Sunday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Guild Room. Come join in the discussion.

The late Henri Nouwen is one of this century's greatest spiritual writers and in one volume are included two of his most inspirational pastoral works. "The Life of the Beloved" asks how one can live a spiritual life in a completely secular culture.
Last-Sunday Listening Session March 29

Our next Last-Sunday Listening Session is this Sunday, March 29 at coffee hour after the service.
Vestry Meetings
The Vestry has voted to hold our ongoing meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at noon unless otherwise indicated in red. 
March 15
April 19
May 17

Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online (in .pdf format)
From the Desk of Father Court
“A Trying Time”
The essence of Christian service is the taking up of the cross and laying down of our lives. We are called by Christ to set aside ourselves, our wants and desires, even our needs, in order to serve and care for others. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples, “whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Think about that, the son of God, the eternal son of the living God who created all of creation, from the universe and stars and galaxies and this earth and all of creation around us, came, not in great glory and majesty, but in humbleness, in order to serve. That person calls us to serve and care for one another. That is our cross.

We, not only as a nation, but as a worldwide species, are facing a daunting disease right now. Covid-19 novel cornavirus is plaguing our world. People are getting sick. People are dying. In order to stop the spread of this disease, physicians and scientists and world leaders are asking people to make changes in their day-to-day lives. They are asking people to stay home, to avoid contact with others, to wash their hands, and to avoid touching their faces. These are simple tasks and we all are ready to do them. But, they are also asking us to cancel large events which draw groups of people together. They are asking us to work from home, not go to the theater or out to dinner, and they are asking us to avoid travel. “Wait a minute,” we say! “Isn’t this just like the flu? Why should I change my life just because a few people got sick?” But this isn’t the flu. And people are dying. To quote a doctor from Italy, where the virus has ballooned out of control, “Yes, I want you to be inconvenienced and to change your life and to stay home. Think of the old people you will exterminate if you don’t.” Did we hear that last line? Think of the old people we could exterminate if we don’t do what we are asked.

Yes, we are being asked to pick up our cross and lay down our lives. Yes, we are being asked to be inconvenienced for the sake of others. Yes, we are being asked to change our lives so that others may live. That, my friends, is the essence of the Gospel. To think of others above ourselves. Oh, going out and risking catching the virus may not have a huge impact on our own lives. We may be young and healthy and have no underlying medical issues. But we also risk spreading a disease which is killing thousands, to those most at risk in our community. The question we need to ask is, who are we willing to put at risk for our own priorities? Who are we willing to sacrifice for our own sense of independence? Who are we willing to watch suffer and die from pneumonia, a slow and painful death, so that we might live out lives unaffected by change?

We Christians sometimes see the call of God in the Gospel as some huge, world changing, theological matter. But the reality is, often, following the Gospel is a close and personal thing, seemingly small to us, but hugely impactful to others. Whether it is our response to this current viral outbreak, or our response to a local injustice, we are called to lay down our lives and to take up our cross. We are called to be inconvenienced and have our lives turned upside down. For the sake of our fellow people of God.

Yours in Christ, 

Holy Week Services at Trinity

Palm Sunday – Sunday April 5th
8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist II
Beginning with Blessing of Palms

Monday and Wednesday – April 6th & 8th
9:30 a.m. - Daily Eucharist in Chapel

Maundy Thursday – Thursday April 9th
7:00 p.m. – Foot washing, Holy Eucharist, and Stripping of Altar

Good Friday – Friday April 10th
12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Service with Communion from Reserved Sacrament

Holy Saturday – Saturday April 11th
9:30 a.m. - Holy Saturday Service in Chapel
7:00 p.m. – Great Vigil of Easter
8:30 p.m. – Chocolate Fest in Guild Room

Easter Sunday – Sunday April 12th
10:00 a.m. – Festive Chorale Holy Eucharist II
11:30 a.m. - Festive Coffee Hour
Highland Park Plans Parking Lot Work

We have been notified that in April 2020 the City of Highland Park will begin reconstruction of the Central Avenue East - South Lot at 442 Central Ave. (behind the Trinity Church building). Construction is expected to be completed by mid-July.
Construction will occur in three stages. 
Stage 1: April 16 - May 30 -- Parking will be available on the west half of the lot
Stage 2: June 1 - June 30 -- Parking will be available on the east half of the lot
Stage 3: July 1 - July 16 -- Most parking stalls on both halves of the lot will be available.

If you're interested in the technical details, the city has provided a copy of the construction plans, which are available online (.pdf format, 4 pages)

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ingeborg Diebel, Dody Earhart, Dennis Fey, Terri Fey, Ken Mines, Jodie McCann, Richard Monzingo, Fred Putz.
Relatives & Friends

Alice Alix (mother of Jack Alix)
Ann Amborsini (mother of Annette Johnston)
Steve Baer (husband of Mary Baer)
Ashlynn Baeseman (niece of Scott Baeseman)
John Balke (son of Phil & Mary Balke)
Tom Barber (brother of Peter Barber)
Fred Berchtold (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Penelope Bingham (friend of Mary Seyfarth)
Sheila & Dan Brennan (friends of Jennifer Ould)
Linda DeGraff (mother of Julie Williams)
Rhoda Fairheart (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Linda Firstman (friend of Mary Seyfarth)
Mark Freeman (brother of Nancy Freeman)
Jennifer Garner (sister of Julie Williams)
Bill & Liz Hagestad (brother and sister-in-law of Jim & Maura Hagestad)
Mark & Megan Hallen (brother and niece of Lynn Hallen)
Roxanne Hasse (friend of Cathy Mossler)
Highland Park Police Department
Peter Hlepas (father of Jett Hlepas)
Claudia Hoogasion (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Chiara Horak (great-niece of Ingeborg Diebel)
Janie (friend of Mary Seaver)
Greg Junkin (Hilary Junkin)
Ryan Kao (nephew of Bobbie Monzingo)
Kathy Keiper (fellow parishioner and sister of Jill Lauer)
David and Elly Kennicott (brother and sister-in-law of Susan Tappert)
J. Kay Kolls (friend of Kathy Keiper)
Nancy (fiancée of a friend of Fred Johnston)
Kristin, Joseph, Kate (family of Peter Barber)
Don Lang (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz) 
Reed McCann (son of Jodie McCann)
Patrick Nelis (father of Paul Nelis)
Carolyn Saperstein (friend of Suzy Born)
Shawna Parti (niece of Cathy Mossler)
Ruth LaVerne Pauls (mother of Laurel Lester)
Leslie Peters (sister of Jodie McCann)
Residents of Aperion Healthcare (friends of Hilary Junkin)
Luke Schneider (relative of Jill & Steve Lauer)
Charles Shea (requested by Mary Seyfarth)
Helen Simmons (friend of Seely-Browns)
Toni Stanley (family of Peter Barber)
Sarah Tinsley (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Aileen Tyson (grandmother of Lisa Kasemir)
Helene Umpleby (mother of Cheri Mitchneck)
Elayne Weinberg (friend of Cathy Mossler)
Beatrice Workman (friend of Tom and Susan Kovalcik)
Caroline Yeilding (niece of Horace and Hood Seely-Brown)

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)

Remembering all those we love but see no longer, especially those buried here in St. Michael's Chapel.

Please also remember Carol Gene Cohen (friend of Suzy Born), who recently passed away.

Please also remember George Ferguson (father-in-law of Kathleen Ross), who passed Feb. 13.

Please also remember Rev. David Jones (former interim rector at Trinity, who passed Feb. 11).

Please also remember Judy Schwartz (friend of the Malcoms), who recently passed away.

(Please remember to send updated information for people on the prayer list when the information becomes available. Thank you.)

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