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March 21, 2018
From Fr. Court:

"Prisoners of Hope"

"Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is,
But begin to suffer under if, to contradict it.
Peace with God means conflict with the world,
for the goad of the promised future
Stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present."

- Jurgen Moltmann quoted inThe Third Reconstruction
by William J. Barber and Jonathon Wilson-Hartgove

We Christians suffer from a disease. Our dis-ease is our call from God to live lives outside of ourselves, to live lives of love and caring for all of God's creation and all of God's people. This call often puts us at odds with our society, with our friends, and sometimes even our family. We are called to live as God's body, his hands and feet and voice, here in our world. Our call to do what is right and just often makes society uncomfortable. Society is threatened by this counter-cultural witness to God's love and frequently responds by attempting to make Christians seem silly or uneducated or irrelevant. We are none of those things, though. We are merely living out our connection with God in a world which values selfishness and acquisition over selflessness and giving.

In his book, The Third Reconstruction, the Rev. Dr. William Barber quotes Dr. Cornell West:

"Christians are not optimists who deny reality, 
but prisoners of hope who work to change reality."

          Our call from God to live out lives which shine the light of the Gospel on the world does not mean that we are deluded, but that we are courageous. The world may see us as crazy, but God sees us as faithful. We are called to live in the hope of God's return, in our resurrection through our salvation in Jesus Christ. Our hope is that we can bring all people into the loving fold of the shepherd of our salvation through living transformed lives. We want to change our reality, our society and our culture, so that all people get to live in a just and safe world. We do so, not because of some fear of God or God's reprisals, but in loving response to God's overwhelming love of us.

          Let's go forth each and every day as a people of hope, a people who believe that the love of God unites all of us into one family of God and that we can work together to bring God's peace into our world.

Yours in Christ, 
Parish Contact Information
Fr. Court's Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Parish Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For Pastoral Emergencies:
The Rev. Court Williams at 541-525-6567
To contact Fr. Court via email - click link below:  
Sunday's at Trinity

8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist 
9:00 a.m.   Fellowship
9:00 a.m.   Sunday School
9:00 a.m.   Adult Forum
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m.   Fellowship
THIS SUNDAY is Palm Sunday
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They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! " "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!""Blessed is the king of Israel!" 
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written.

Come and process with the choir and the congregation as we sing "All glory, laud, and honor" on this Palm Sunday, the beginning of our beautiful Holy Week at Trinity Church.
THIS SUNDAY - PARISH MEETING - to discuss Re-canvas results and new budget

There will be a meeting during coffee hour after the 10am service, THIS, Sunday, March 25, in the Guild room to communicate the results of our re-canvas and our updated budget for the year. We invite everyone interested to grab their coffee and come to the Guild room for this discussion. Thanks!
Sign up for Agape Meal 

If you are planning on attending the Agape Meal which is part of the Maundy Thursday service, please sign up in the Choir Forming Room, or email Martha in the Parish Office at office@trinitychurchhp.org so we know how much food to prepare!  Thank you!
Holy Week at Trinity - Lots of opportunities to serve

Lots of Sign ups in the Choir Forming Room: We have sign ups for Maundy Thursday Agape Dinner, server sign-ups for all of the Holy Week services, and a sign up for the Easter brunch. Take a look and see where you can help! 
Easter Brunch

The Easter Brunch sign-up sheet is now posted in the Choir Forming Room.  This year's brunch will be lighter fare/finger foods.  There are some suggestions listed, but please free to bring one of your favorites!
Please Return your Easter Eggs! 

If you have any extra plastic Easter Eggs, please bring them in and place them on the stage in a box labeled Easter Eggs. These will be used for the Easter Egg Hunt this year. Final day to bring the eggs in is Sunday, March 25th.  Thanks!
March for our Lives on March 24 

Marches taking place in DC, Chicago, and nationwide

On Saturday, March 24, Episcopalians from across the country will follow the lead of the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and take to the streets for the March for our Lives.

"On March 24, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, please do something to stand against gun violence as part of your pilgrimage into Holy Week," said Bishop Lee, a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence "Join me in marching in Chicago, join congregations who are organizing buses to travel to Washington, or join us in spirit if you are unable to march. Wherever you are, please pray that God will console, sustain and heal all whose lives are touched by gun violence, and that God will make evident the work that we are being called to do to end this scourge."

Opportunities to participate include:
Marching with Bishop Lee in Chicago
Joining Episcopalians from around the diocese who will travel to Washington DC
Participating in marches now being organized by young people in communities including Rockford, Peoria, and the Quad Cities. 
The Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page is posting information about other actions and initiatives being organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m.              Holy Eucharist - St. Michael's Chapel
10:00 a.m.            Holy Eucharist - Main Sanctuary 
                                     (Procession begins in Wolcott Hall)
Monday, March 26 - Holy Week
9:30 a.m.              Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, March 27 - No services
Wednesday, March 28 - Holy Week
9:30 a. m.             Holy Eucharist
Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday
6:00 p.m.              Agape Meal followed by the Washing of the Feet, 
                             Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar
Friday, March 30 - Good Friday
Noon                    Stations of the Cross
6:00 p.m.              Good Friday Service
Saturday, March 31  - Holy Saturday
9:00 a.m.             Holy Saturday Service
8:00 p.m.             The Great Vigil of Easter
9:30 p.m.             Easter Reception - The Great Chocolate Feast
Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday  -  One Service Only
10:00 a.m.           Holy Eucharist
                            Please note - there will be no Church School on Easter Sunday.
Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study

Saturday Morning Men's Bible Studat 9:00 a.m.  All men in the church are invited to attend. We will have coffee and goodies and discuss Sunday's readings. 
Please Note - there will be no Bible Study on Saturday, March 31.
From the Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee has been very active in February and March with the following projects: 
    Food For Thoughts bags for Tri-Con
    Tri-Con Children's Book Bags distribution on Feb.22nd
    Volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank
    Pennies From Heaven Project to raise money for Amigos Americanas
    6 Blessing Bags delivered to Highwood Police Department
    48 Jars of Peanut Butter to Moraine Township Food Pantry

Please consider joining our Outreach Team, by contacting Mary Seaver or Priscilla McGraw
Pennies from Heaven

Each year we encourage our parish family, through the Lenten Season to save loose change during the week and deposit it each Sunday into a collecting jug at the services. Collection containers are also available for you to take home with your kids and collect your coins over a few weeks time.  

This year we will be donating the funds to AMIGOS, in support of Clare Duggan who will be volunteering her summer in Costa Rica as a Youth Embassador with the Amigos program. Amigos offers cultural immersion experiences through summer volunteer and gap programs in Latin America. Our programs give you the opportunity to gain essential education and life experience, leadership training, and an entirely new network of friends by living and working in amazing communities throughout Central and South America. AMIGOS was founded on the principle that young people can change the world.
Community Meal - Sign up to Serve

Trinity has joined with St. James Catholic Church in Highwood, to help with their Community Meals, offered on the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each month. We have signed up to serve as a group from Trinity for May 3, July 12, and November 8. This arrangement allows us to prepare the meal in our Trinity kitchen and transport it to their kitchen for sharing with those in need. We are looking for someone who might direct this new endeavor. We have supplies from our past Waukegan Community Meals program and get lots of happy volunteers on the sharing dates.  There are sign up sheets in the Choir Forming room, for all three dates!  Thank you!!
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, April 8, 2018.
Theology Study Group 

The Study group will meet next on
Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
at the home of Priscilla McGraw, 
2046 St. Johns 4F at 7PM  

We will conclude our study on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault.  We will then select our next book to read.
 All are welcome. 
Trinity Book Group

All are invited to attend the next 
Trinity Book Group 
meeting Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Our next book is 
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave

Any questions - contact Maria Fiocchi at mjfiocchi@hotmail.com
Trinity History Committee

The Trinity History Committee meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 in the Guild Room. Please feel free to join us Saturday, April 14 Questions? Contact Nancy Freeman at nfreeman@frii.com or 970-222-4663.
Youth Group - Save these Dates!

Trinity Youth Group gatherings will all take place at Trinity in Wolcott Hall. 

Ann Duggan will provide food for everyone to eat together at the beginning before we move on to a themed activity/discussion. Please let Ann know if your child is planning on joining us so we have an idea of our size for that date. Reminders will be sent out a few days before each meeting so you can let me know closer to the dates if that helps.  You can always email, text or call Ann Duggan if you have questions.  She is looking forward to relevant and lively conversations with the kids. 
Thank you for encouraging your teen to join us!
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Sunday, April 15- 5-6:30pm
Saturday, May 12- Time in the afternoon TBD. 
Help with the Letter Carrier's Food Drive 
through the Moraine Township Food Pantry.
Sunday, May 20- 5-6:30pm
Sunday, May 20- 5-6:30pm
Craft Beer & BBQ Party - Date Change!

One of the parties offered at the Gala - The Craft Beer & BBQ Party has changed dates from April 14 to Saturday, May 12.  Please contact Creary if you can't make it on the new date, or if you didn't sign up and want to come! 
Trinity Artwork

If you go into the Guild Room, you will notice some bare walls! Three of Trinity's paintings were recently taken to the Chicago Conservation Center to receive a bid for possible conservation/preservation work. The paintings will return probably sometime in Feb., in the same condition as this is only for a bid. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Freeman, Co-Chair of Trinity's History Committee and Vestry member, at nfreeman@frii.com or 979-222-4663.
Keeping In Touch

Parishioner, Jodie McCann, wanted the Trinity Parish Family to know that her mother, Barbara Peters has moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is living at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, a beautiful care facility situated in Downtown Milwaukee. She would love to hear from friends at church as she misses you all so much as well as missing the worship and strong sense of community and love.

Barbara Peters
The Milwaukee Catholic Home
2330 N. Prospect Avenue
Room 3045
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Cell Phone number is 602 761 8179
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.
Parish Video

Please click on the link below to enjoy a retrospective look at celebrating life and fellowship at Trinity Church in 2017.  Created by our Junior Warden, Cynthia Wolpert, for our Annual Meeting.
Vestry Meeting Minutes and Financial Reports:
Click the links below to view our most recent Vestry Meeting Minutes and our current Financial Reports.

Friday, March 23                 8:30 p.m.       Men's AA Meeting
Saturday, March 24             9:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study 
Sunday, March 25               Palm Sunday
                                             8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist - St. Michael's Chapel
                                             8:45 a.m.       Fellowship
                                             9:00 a.m.       Church School
                                            10:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist - Main Sanctuary 
                                            11:00 a.m.      Fellowship

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday - check the Holy Week Schedule listed above for all the wonderful services happening at Trinity next week!
Save these Dates:

Saturday May 19           9-11 am  spring planting
Saturday October 27     9-11 am fall grounds cleanup
Ken Fambro, Richard Monzingo, Fred Putz, Barbara Peters
Relatives & Friends
Highland Park Police Department
David Knapp (former parishioner)
James Bicknell (brother of John Bicknell)
Anne, Sally, David, Janie (friends of Mary Seaver)
Mehdi Hirani (friend of Cathy Mossler)
Ruth LaVerne Pauls (mother of Laurel Lester)
Joanna (friend of Seely/Browns and Malcolms)
Ashlynn Baeseman (niece of Scott Baeseman)
Arden Baeseman (father of Scott Baeseman)
Audrey Baer (family of Mary Baer)
Len Hanson (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Shawna Parti (neice of Cathy Mossler)
Daniel Turney (friend of Paul Nelis)
Toni Stanley & Ben Bradley (relatives of Sue Barber)
Anne Pajcic (friend of Hood & Horace Seely-Brown
Jim Schell (friend of Rae & Kirk Malcolm)
Holly Adams (cousin of Katie Bratton)
Erica (friend of Fred & Annette Johnston)
Kristin & Kate (relatives of Sue & Peter Barber)
Bob & Debbie (relatives of Sue & Peter Barber)
Trudy Winkler (niece of Werner Diebel)
Seab (friend of BJ & Bob Kohn)
David Schulte, Jr. (son of Ginny Schulte)
Molly Mulsoff  (friend of Seely & Hood)
Vince (friend of Fred Johnston)
Marcial Alix Jr.  & the Alix Family (father of Jack Alix)
Elly Kennicott (sister-in-law of Sue Tappert)
The Smith Family: Hank, Erica and Tucker (family of Maura Hagestad)
Jennifer Garner (sister of Julie Williams)
William "Billy" Mayer
Marjory Kemp (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Peter Kinzly (relative of Suzy Born)
April and Charles (friends of Sue & Ken Tappert)
Mike Taylor
Sharon and Kathryn Jirak (friends of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Michael Miller (grandson of Nancy & Richard Johnson)
Rikki Berman (friend of Marilyn & Fred Putz)
Barb Jovore (Deacon at Methodist Curch in Glencoe - friend of Sue Tappert)
Lillian Klimo (friend of Sue Tappert)
Kathy McGraw (sister of Jon Teeuwissen)
Anthony Mondo (cousin of Cathy Mossler)
Michael Risko (father of John Risko)
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