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Mid-Week Announcements  
  September 11th, 2019

Many thanks to everyone who made the Rummage Sale such a huge success!

The sale raised $21,930.02!
(as of Sept. 11)

The monumental success of the rummage sale was due to the dedication of faithful supporters in roles great and small:
  • those who donated wonderful items and spread the word to friends and neighbors to do that too
  • those who saved newspapers, hangers, and paper bags needed for the sorting operations and sales days
  • those who worked with Pete and Court to get furniture moved to the church and placed where it needed to be for the sale
  • those faithful friends who came on sorting days and extra days to get donations ready for the sale (and those who provided yummy treats for the volunteers)
  • those who volunteered to head up specific areas and worked to be sure those areas were ready for the sale
  • those who set up tents and kindly baked delicious goodies to be purchased by our guests on sale days
  • to our wonderful night watchman who camped out on the patio the night before the sale to be sure that our sale items were protected
  • those who volunteered on the sale days in a wide variety of roles valued so much (especially those who took time off from work to be here on Friday to help)
  • those who communicated about special preparation times and special needs for the sale
  • to our friend who handled the record-keeping of earnings throughout the summer and on sale days so very meticulously
  • to all those who were on hand to assist in the operation of packing up items left over at the end of the sale and getting the sales areas cleaned up and arranged in the proper order (completed by 4:00!)

All of these roles were monitored by our outstanding directors, Sue and Peter Barber.  We are grateful for their offer to lead us through the timeline of gathering, sorting, pricing, and arranging details for the sale.  Pete led us through the heavy-duty hauling and storage of large items, and Sue led the weekly sorting days with efficiency and determination for as long as she was able. We are grateful for Sue's generosity in such a challenging time and felt the love she held for this project for Trinity Church. Many were overheard these past several weeks saying that they knew she was watching over us all with that dear smile and nods of approval.  Sue was a special friend and leader in this endeavor.  We all mourn her loss and admire her spirit and love of Trinity Church.

This event was indeed a labor of love for Trinity Church.  Time spent together shaped new friendships and allowed us to know more about each other and common threads for a closer bond. 

Mary Seaver

Upcoming Community Meal 
St. James, Highwood
September 12th 

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!  Sign up on the sign up sheets in the Choir Forming Room. 

   We will share a meal together at Alex's Washington Gardens in Highwood after we serve and clean-up (around 8:00 p.m. or maybe a little earlier)

Trinity Rally Day -- This Sunday, September 15

Join us in kicking off our new program year at Trinity this Sunday. We will have one service at 10, followed by lots of fun activities, including children's games, yard games, great food, rock painting, a magician and more!

This will also be our first Sunday of Sunday school and we will commission our Sunday school teachers and Youth Group Leaders. Please bring your favorite picnic side dish -- there is a sign-up sheet in the choir forming room. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 15th!

Rally Day Schedule on September 15:
  • Adult Forum, 9 a.m.
  • Sunday School, 10 a.m.
  • Church Service, 10 a.m.
  • Ministry Fair, 11 a.m.
  • Cookout, 11 a.m.
  • Children's Games, 11:30 a.m.
  • Youth Group Kickoff, 11:30 a.m.
  • Treasure Hunt, 11:45 a.m.
  • The Great Boodini, 12:00 p.m.
Starting September 15, Sunday school sessions are held on the first and third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs Sunday school classrooms.

Special September Worship Schedule
We will have only one service at 10 a.m. on September 15, for Rally Day, and on September 22, for the Bishop's visitation with confirmation and receptions. We will resume our regular schedule with services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on September 29.
September 22nd Confirmations and Reception

On Sunday September 22nd Bishop Jeff Lee will be with us at Trinity for his official visit. We will be having 5 youth confirmed and 1 person received. Please keep the following people in your prayers: 

Confirmation: Emma Risko-Juarez, Davis Risko-Juarez, Vivian Esgar, Donald Esgar, and Tommy Shotts.

Reception: Ms. Claire Esker.
Book Group to Discuss 'Small Island'
"Small Island" by Andrea Levy will be the subject of discussion when the book group meets on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The book, described as "a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit," is a winner of the Orange prize for fiction and the Whitbread Book of the Year.

Yvonne Markos has kindly offered to host the meeting at 655 Carlisle Road, Deerfield.
History Committee

September 28, 2019 Trinity will be participating in Open Doors Highland Park as part of the city's 150 anniversary.  According to the city's web site:

Open Doors Highland Park is a free, public HP150 event taking place on September 28, 2019 throughout Highland Park. Open Doors offers behind the scene access to more than a dozen Highland Park buildings described below.  Participants will enjoy hidden gems, architectural treasures, and fascinating utilitarian sites. (www.cityhpil.com/OpenDoors)

Our "hidden gems" are our windows and our music. The History Committee is doing all the prep work. Information about the windows will be posted by each window. History committee members will be on hand to answer questions. 

We need volunteers to help direct traffic and direct people to committee members. The Church will be open from 10 till 4. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Tappert at susan.tappert@gmail.com) or 847-997-2525. Thank you.
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
6:00 PM

Saturday Morning Bible Study is now for EVERYONE

The Saturday Morning Bible Study, which used to be only for men, is now open to all members of Trinity Church. We meet at 9:00 a.m. in the dining room and discuss the upcoming Sunday readings. The Saturday Morning Bible Study will begin meeting on Saturday September 28th. Please feel welcome and invited to join us!
Stewardship Committee Forming
We are forming our annual Stewardship Committee and would like to have two (2) parishioners at large be a part of this committee. If you are interested in helping with our annual stewardship drive, please contact Fr. Court.

Planned Giving Committee Forming

We are forming a committee to help grow our endowment through planned giving. We need one more parishioner to join us. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Court.

"Wherein Lies Our Hope"

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard about the World Trade Center in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001. We were all busy going about our normal day-to-day lives when suddenly we were blasted out of our complacent realities to the nightmare of tragic terrorism being committed on our own soil! At first, we thought that perhaps it was just a terrible accident, a plane's descent into JFK airport that had gone terribly wrong, but as we tuned into television coverage we were shocked to see the second plane slam into the other tower. At that moment, our lives changed forever. We knew that we were under attack. We knew that our world would never be the same! And for the rest of the day, we couldn't stop watching the horror of those collapsing towers, the mind-numbing impossibility of people throwing themselves off the upper floors of the towers, falling gracefully to their deaths, and the disbelief in the countless deaths of first-responders, racing to help and suddenly losing their lives.
We remember the eerie stillness in the skies during the following week, as all flights were grounded, followed by the startling awareness of our ongoing vulnerability when we heard our first plane flying overhead after the ground stop was lifted by the FAA. We remember the nation changed after 9/11. The United States of 9/12 was a different place, it was scarier. We were no longer invincible. We had an overwhelming need for two things, news and connectedness. We followed news radio. We watched endless hours of television coverage, craving every detail. "How did this happen," we asked ourselves, we asked each other, and we asked our t.v.'s. We reveled in the unity displayed by the hanging of American flags everywhere. We saw flags on houses, on businesses, on fire stations, and on fire trucks. We even saw flag lapel pins and flag t-shirts. All of these displays made us feel connected to all the other residents of our nation. The idea of "we" became very important to us. "We" would overcome. "We" would defeat the forces of darkness. "We" would stand together and not be defeated.
What we have discovered, though, in the last 18 years, is that "we" are still very much afraid. We live in fear of the next attack. We live in fear of not being the greatest, the biggest, or the baddest in the whole world. We live in fear of our neighbors. We live in fear of traveling. We live in fear of other countries and other religions and other races. "We" may have stood together, but "We" have been unable to overcome. "We" are controlled by fear, controlled by arguments about how to move forward, and controlled by xenophobia.
Only through God can we overcome. We call ourselves a Christian nation, but want to wield God like some sort of Samurai sword, wiping out all those we fear. But God calls us to live in Jesus Christ, to live in love for God and for our neighbor. Psalm 62, verse 5, tells us, "Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him." Our hope does not lie in wiping the enemy from the face of the earth, for another enemy will simply rise up to fill the void. Our hope does not lie in excluding all others, for others will simply exclude us. Our hope does not lie in isolation from others, for that merely leads to loneliness and distrust.
Our hope lies in trusting that God is with us in all things, but most especially in the tragic events that come into our lives. God is with us, loving us, forgiving us, healing us, and redeeming us. Our hope lies in the knowledge that we are beloved children of God, called to love God and to serve God's people. God does not call us to hate, for hate created 9/11. God does not call us to exclusion, for the desire for exclusion fueled the hate of 9/11. God does not call us to kill, for killing is the harvest of 9/11.
God calls us to love. God calls us to forgive. God calls us to healing connection. God calls us to live redeemed lives that overflow with the love of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the whole world.
Let us remember all those whose lives were sacrificed that fateful day, but let us remember, not with hate, but with love, that we might change our world.
Yours in Christ,
Chuck Markos

Chuck Markos, a long-term parishioner, is a man of action.  Recently elected to the Vestry and serving as B&G liaison, Chuck is often seen carrying
a toolbox on his way to install a piece of equipment to make our lives easier or safer (many thanks for the two new handrails).  His most recent feat is the stuff of which Trinity legends are made and will be talked about for years to come.  The Rummage Sale Coordinators, unable to procure a security guard to watch over the rummage goods last Thursday night, faced a dilemma - leave the items unsecured or shake the bushes for a parishioner to protect Trinity's wares from thievery and other nefarious goings-on.  When no one else came forward, Chuck stepped up to the plate, Rambo-ready.  His only request was a new pillow from the Linens Department and for Father Court to call the Highland Park Police Department to ensure he would not face arrest for vagrancy.  From 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, Chuck guarded our prized donated items, his very presence a deterrent to would-be thieves, or possibly the Catholics and Presbyterians, looking to check-out our prices.   When the sun rose, and the first of the Rummage Sale workers arrived, all was safe and secure. Amazingly, after spending the night on guard duty, he also worked a 12-hour shift at the sale itself.  For those of you who do not know,  Chuck recently turned 80, a testimonial that age is merely a number and does not define a person.  Chuck, we thank you for all you do. We all know that under that crusty exterior and forthright manner, lies a heart of gold!
Vestry Meetings

The Vestry has voted to hold our ongoing meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:00 noon unless otherwise indicated in red. 
September 16th @ 6:30 PM
October 20th 
November 17th
December 15th
January 19th

The Annual meeting is scheduled for February 2nd, 2020.


Pete Barber, Kenn Fambro, Ken Mines, 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)
Nolan Blackstock (father of Kevin Blackstock)
Sheila & Dan Brennan (friends of Jennifer Ould)
Dody Earhart (parishioner)
Rhoda Fairheart (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Linda Firstman (friend of Mary Seyfarth)
Mark Freeman (brother of Nancy Freeman)
Angela Galaday (sister-in-law of Cathy Mossler)
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)
Kathy Keiper (fellow parishioner and sister of Jill Lauer)
David and Elly Kennicott (brother and sister-in-law of Susan Tappert)
Christine Keyser (grandmother of Hannah Green)
JKay Kolls (friend of Kathy Keiper)
Nancy (fiancée of a friend of Fred Johnston)
Kristin, Joseph, Kate (family of Sue & Peter Barber)
Don Lang (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Tom Langan (father of Peggy Hayner)
Debbie MacWilliams (sister-in-law of Suzy Born)
Doug Malcolm (brother of Kirk Malcolm)
The Mark Family (friends of Paul Nelis)
Patrick Nelis (father of Paul Nelis)
David Oliker (friend of Priscilla McGraw)
Shawna Parti (niece of Cathy Mossler)
Ruth LaVerne Pauls (mother of Laurel Lester)
The Phillips Family (cousins of Mary Seaver)
Residents of Aperion Healthcare (friends of Hilary Junkin)
Luke Schneider (relative of Jill & Steve Lauer)
Helen Simmons (friend of Seely-Browns)
Toni Stanley (family of Sue & Peter Barber)
Amy Thale (friend of Cathy & Gus Mossler)
Jim Thale (friend of Cathy & Gus Mossler)
Sarah Tinsley (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Aileen Tyson (grandmother of Lisa Kasemir)
Helene Umpleby (mother of Cheri Mitchneck)
Beatrice Workman (friend of Tom and Susan Kovalcik)

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

               Patriot Day,  Sept. 11, 2019
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