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  Announcements for the week of
  March 6, 2019
From Fr. Court

"Repent, and Return to the Lord!"

"Regret is not a proactive feeling. It is situated in disappointment, sorrow, even remorse. It merely wishes things were different without an act to cause a difference. Repentance is different. Repentance is an admission of, hatred of, and turning away from sin before God."
Monica Johnson (1946-2010), American Author`
Each year we kick off the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of year for reflection, confession, repentance, and renewal. Many Christians view Lent as a time of dour depression in the church, a time for long faces, sad services, and a focus on the sinful nature of us poor, broken humans. The focus, though, should not be on the sinful aspects of our lives, but on turning away from them and turning toward God, a season of reconnection with our creator and our redeemer.

In the quote above, from Monica Johnson, she notes that we should be focused, not on the sin, but on the act of turning, away from sin and toward God. That is what Lent is about, a focused reconnection on our eternal relationship with God, not a period of punishment for our sinful indiscretions.

Scottish Philosopher, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) said, "of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none." As humans, we lead broken lives. We have a tendency to focus on the selfish, transitory pleasures of this world, instead of the eternal joy in connection with God. During Lent, we are called to actively root out the sins we have committed and may have turned a blind eye to, or actively justified in our lives, and confess them, not to point out how horrible we are, but in order to jettison them from our lives so we can see God more clearly.

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, in the seventeenth verse, it says, "From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'" Notice, it doesn't say that we should repent in order that the kingdom of God will come near, but because the kingdom has already come near. We are repenting in order to participate the eternal joy of heaven that is here with us. Heaven is not some sort of magical gift from God that we receive for being good little boys and girls, but an eternal moment of connection with our Lord that comes when we give up our focus on ourselves.

This Ash Wednesday, let's give up sadness, dourness, and melancholy during the season of Lent, and embrace our renewed connection with God. Our joy at Easter comes not from letting go of our Lenten disciplines, but on realizing an ongoing relationship with God gifted to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!      
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
Ash Wednesday Service Tonight

7:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Music and the 
Imposition of Ashes -Main Sanctuary
Lenten Meditations for 2019

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
-The Book of Common Prayer

Click Here for a 2019 Lenten Meditation Booklet 

From Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - 

Lent has two quite remarkable bookends. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are dust and that God loves us even in our dustiness. At the end of this season, we will celebrate the power that God's love has to transform this world. Easter reminds us that not even death can keep us from God's unconditional love. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God's love for the world is our ultimate goal. 

We also know that this walk with Jesus won't be easy. Following Jesus takes us through Good Friday and the cross. There will be struggles; there will be times when we stumble, but we are not alone. We are bound to one another as children of God. We share with Jesus in God's beloved family. 

God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us how to be more than simply the human race. He came to show us how to realize God's dream, God's purpose, God's plan for us and for all creation. 

Whatever devotion you practice this season of Lent, either giving up something that ties you to this world or taking on a spiritual task or discipline, let it be something that helps you participate in the movement of God's love in this world, following in the footsteps of Jesus and loving one another. -Michael Bruce Curry
To the Trinity Parish Family

Dear Trinity Parish Family - I just wanted to say a quick goodbye and many thanks to you all.  It has been my honor to serve you these past 4 years.  I will miss many things about my job at Trinity, but mostly I will miss my contact with the Trinity people.  It has been my privilege to work with Fr. Court.  I was fortunate to be a witness to his faith, humor, kindness, and compassion.  And it has been great to work with John Bicknell.  John's brilliance and good nature made my work with him very enjoyable.  It has not always been an easy job, especially as the hours decreased the pressure increased.  I wish I could have done more for you, but I hope that I leave my post in as good of shape as it was when I started here, if not better.  Thank you for letting me part of your long and wonderful journey.    
Through Him, I came to you, and through Him, I leave you. 
Most sincerely,
Food For Thought - This Sunday

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, March 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
Lenten Adult Forums on Sunday Afternoons during Lent

Starting this Sunday, March 10

During Lent we will be having a Lenten Adult Forum on the meaning behind the words in The Lord's Prayer. The series will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 on March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14. Come and join with fellow parishioners as we explore this beloved and cherished icon of our faith. 
Sign up to chat with Fr. Court

Anyone wishing to chat with Fr. Court can sign up on the sign up sheet in the Choir Forming Room at Trinity. There are times each day of the coming week that parishioners can sign up for. If you need to meet at some other time, or just don't want to put your name on the sign up sheet, feel free to contact Fr. Court by email at Rector@trinitychurchhp.org to set up a time to meet. We can meet at church. We can meet at your house. We can meet over coffee somewhere. Whatever works for you!
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!
History Committee Meeting

Trinity's History Committee next meets on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Guild Room at Trinity.  We normally meet the 2nd Saturday of the month.  All are welcome to attend.  Any questions, contact Nancy Freeman at nfreeman@frii.com
Community Meals for 2019

The Outreach Committee is pleased to announce Trinity's dates for participating in the Community Meal program at St. James in Highwood for 2019. We will be providing the meal on June 6, September 12, and November 14. We begin at Trinity church at 3:00 p.m. making the meal, then go over to St. James in Highwood at 5:00 p.m. to serve the meal. It has been such a blessing to all those involved in 2018! Sign up on the sign up sheets in the Choir Forming Room.
Sue Barber, Kenn Fambro, Lynn Hallen, 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 Langan (father 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)
Aileen Tyson (grandmother of Lisa Kasemir)
The Phillips Family (friends of Mary Seaver)
Mark & Megan Hallen (parents of Lynn Hallen)
Ruth LaVerne Pauls (mother of Laurel Lester)
Alice Alix (mother of Jack Alix)

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

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  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 Financial Reports.