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 TRINITY EPISCOPAL 
 CHURCH
  
Mid-Week Announcements  
  January 22, 2020


Book Group to Discuss 'Where The Crawdads Sing' Tonight

Anyone interested in joining our church's Book Discussion Group is cordially invited to attend the group's next meeting at Yvonne's house, 655 Carlisle Ave., Deerfield, on January 22 at 6:30 p.m.  

"Where The Crawdads Sing" will be the selection discussed. If interested, please contact Yvonne at arboaa@gmail.com



Delia Owens's 2018 novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing," is set in a North Carolina marsh.
Photograph of Lake Drummond, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia,
by Rebecca Wynn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service..

Annual Report from Treasurer and Financial Advisor

The 
_4 pages in .pdf format_

annual report from the treasurer and financial advisor for Trinity church is now available online. It contains the end-of-year financials and explanations, the end-of-year balance sheet, and the budget for 2020. It also contains some of the building repair projects that are underway for 2020. 

For more information, and for a chance to ask questions, please come to the Last-Sunday Listening Session after the 10:00 a.m service this Sunday, January 26. Thank you.
Trinity Church's Annual Meeting February 2, 2020

We will have one service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday February 2 followed by a parish potluck and our Annual Parish Meeting. At our Annual Meeting we will here reports from various ministries and groups in the parish, we will have our annual budget presented, and we will elect new Vestry Members. 

This is a chance for you to hear all the great things going on in our parish and to participate in our parish's governance. Please plan on attending with your family. There will be a sign-up sheet for the potluck going up in the Choir Forming Room soon.

Note: If you normally submit a report for the annual meeting booklet, please send it ASAP to Geoff, our parish administrator, at office@TrinityChurchHP.org if you have not already done so.

Thanks! Your Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of Trinity Church
Trinity Outreach Volunteer Opportunity

Please join us for a Trinity outreach event at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Saturday, February 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.We will meet up for dinner afterward at 4:30 p.m. at DeVille Pizza, also in Libertyville.

If you plan to attend, please click / tap here to complete the online sign-up form.

Locations:
Tri-Con Book Distribution Program February 12

We are planning to have our next distribution of books to the Tri-Con Preschool and Kindergarten children on February 12.

Currently, we are gratefully accepting donations of new and gently used children's books for children 3 to 5 years old. The collection box is in the Choir Forming Room. Thank you!
Chili Cook-off February 23

We will have a Chili Cook-off on Sunday, February 23 after the morning service. You won't want to miss it -- invite a 
friend!

The Hospitality team will supply condiments, sour cream, cheese and onions, and the winner will win a great prize. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the choir forming room. Thanks!
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. Don't forget that this Sunday, January 5th is a Sunday School Sunday.

The Schedule for the rest of this year:

February
2nd & 16th

March 1st and 15th (the Sunday school children will process in on Easter Sunday morning with white banners - Sunday March 12th)

April
5th and 19th

May
3rd and 17th
Vestry Members Needed
We are still in need of two parishioners to run for Vestry. The terms are for three (3) years. The Vestry takes care of the monetary and physical assets of the church. If you are interested in running for Vestry, please contact Fr. Court. Thanks!
Adult Forum
 
Jennifer Ould is leading a book study at the Adult Forum time of the book, The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan (HarperOne Publishing, New York, NY, 2007). The group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room; all are welcome. (We are on the last chapter this Sunday, Jan. 26.) 
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!
Trinity Youth Group
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, February 8,

2 to 4 p.m.

Feed My Starving Children. We would like this event to include any Trinity members who would like to join us for the event and dinner out in Libertyville afterward.

Friday, March 13

4:30 to 7 p.m.

Holy Family soup kitchen. This was a great event we participated in last year. The youth prepare, serve and clean up meals for grateful, hungry people.

Sunday, April 25

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Cradle to Crayons. We will work at the Chicago warehouse that provides clothing, books and other essentials to Chicago area children in need.

Sunday, May 17

time TBD

Day out together in downtown Evanston.


FROM THE DESK OF 
FATHER COURT
'Participation'
No matter how you approach your faith, Christianity is about verbs. In Christian usage, "faith" and "love" are both verbs. They are not nouns. Faith is not something that you achieve like a talisman that you carry around, but a way of life in God. Love is not a feeling or a state of being, but it is the active practice of loving and grace filled interaction with others that God calls us to. Being Christian means being active in God. It means living a life that professes God's grace in every aspect.
As members of a parish, we live that out in how we participate. Our sharing of our time, talent, and treasure is the first way in which we participate. When we think of participating in our parish, the first things that come to mind are making and paying our pledge, attending service on Sunday morning, and, where possible, sharing whatever talents we may have in some way within the parish. We might help clean the building, mow the grass, pull weeds, host coffee hour, or participate on a committee such as the Outreach Committee or the Worship Committee. Those are great things to do and are needed within the parish.
Participation is also needed in the areas I refer to as bedrock ministries: things that incorporate leadership, financial control, and building maintenance. These are the basic foundational types of ministries that allow us to do God's work here at Trinity church. They are absolutely necessary to provide us a base in which to do God's work. The most basic way of participating in these foundational ministries, and the way in which the greatest number of parishioners can participate, is in our annual parish meeting.
At our annual parish meeting, not only will you hear about all of the amazing and wonderful ways in which our parishioners have done God's work in the world this past year, but also what we are going to do in the coming year. We will also vote on, and commission, new Vestry members and approve the budget for next year. We need all of you to come, to listen, to question, to discuss, to participate, and to vote so that we can move forward in God's work in 2020. 
This is your official invite to come on Sunday February 2nd, to worship at 10:00 a.m., to share in our potluck with our fellow parishioners, and to share in responsibility for our parish through participation in our annual meeting. We need your help. We need your ideas. We need your questions. We need your prayers. Only through all of us working together, prayerfully, and with the grace of God, can we truly do God's mission here in Highland Park.
Yours in Christ,
Court+

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. 
         
February 16
March 15
April 19
May 17

Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online (in .pdf format)
.

The Annual meeting is scheduled for February 2, 2020.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER LIST

Parishioners

Ingeborg Diebel, Dody EarhartDennis 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)
Grant Delp and family (cousins of Claire Esker)
Vickie Delp (aunt of Claire Esker)
Rhoda Fairheart (friend of Hilary Junkin)
Linda Firstman (friend of Mary Seyfarth)
Mark Freeman (brother of Nancy Freeman)
Jennifer Garner (sister of Julie Williams)
Heidi Griffin and family (cousins of Claire Esker)
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)
Rachel Jackson and family (cousins of Claire Esker)
Father David Jones
Greg Junkin (Hilary Junkin)
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)
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 Peter Barber)
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)
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 Bruno Saftschek, who recently passed away (brother of Ingeborg Diebel).

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