Growing in Love of God and Neighbor

Trinity Weekly Announcements

First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 2021


Worship & Study:

Current COVID Protocols:

All are required to wear masks during indoor worship services at Trinity. (A few speakers whose vaccination has been verified by Trinity are permitted to remove their masks to be better heard and understood, while at a distance of at least six feet from all other people.)
A small number of pews has been set aside with six-foot distancing for those who need additional precautions during the service.

If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, please join us online and do not attend in-person worship while experiencing symptoms.

This Sunday, November 28th, our 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer service will be livestreamed and be available on YouTube, Facebook, and our website all day.

Sunday, November 28

Basic Bible Study/Reflection Monday evenings at 7pm via Zoom

Evening Prayer: Tuesday evenings at 7 pm via Zoom

Sunday School: Sunday mornings at 9 am via Zoom

Bible Study (No Bible Nov. 28): Sunday afternoon at 12:45 am via Zoom


Act Now:

The Outreach Committee will be collecting coats (Men’s, Women’s, Children and Teen’s) and blankets for the Code Blue Program at the Christian Caring Center on Saturday December 4 from 9-1 p.m. and Sunday December 5th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Donated items must be in good or gently used condition and blankets must be washable. Dropping off on Saturday the 4th? Stop by our mini holiday yard sale! All proceeds go to help benefit our Outreach Programs.

Want to help the Diocese of New Jersey make decisions that affect the life of Trinity, and the impact of the church in the world? The Diocese of New Jersey is looking for people willing to serve on several elected bodies that make policy and lead the diocese. Time commitments vary (and will probably include mostly Zoom meetings in the next year, with some meetings in Trenton for roles that extend beyond this year.) Talk to Mother Emily or Mother Angie by November 30 to find out more if you might be willing to lend some time to making the whole church stronger!


New This Week:

Love to sing Christmas Carols? Come to the Trinity Caroling Party Road Trip, Saturday, Dec. 18, 3:30-6:00 pm. This year we will gather at the church for hot chocolate and cider, and then travel as a group to sing outside the homes of our fellow parishioners. You can join a carpool or drive on your own; either way you’ll have fun and share the spirit of Advent and Christmas with friends. Just want to hear the singing and enjoy the fellowship at church? Stop by between 3:30 and 4:00 for beverages and our rehearsal. Please RSVP to Liz Louie or Nancy Matthews if you want to attend as a singer, or if you want the carolers to visit your house (we will do our best to meet all requests, depending on time).

Return of the Common Cup at Communion. Following new guidance from the bishop and diocese, we will be returning to the use of the common cup at communion beginning in Advent. The consensus of public health studies to date show that there is no documentable risk of Covid-19 transmission through the common cup.
At our services of Eucharist, you will again have the opportunity, if you desire, to receive the Blood of Christ in wine or grape juice as well as the Body of Christ (in wafer form) that has sustained us through many long months.
 Please pay careful attention to the directions given at each service, as this means there will be some changes and different precautions in the way we’ll distribute and receive communion. These may feel awkward at first, so we’ll adapt to this new gift as we’ve adapted to the many changes of these past twenty months – with patience, flexibility, and love for one another!
 If you would like to serve as a chalice bearer (the person who offers the cup at communion), please let Mother Emily or Mother Angie know.

Project Interaction is once again collecting deodorant for the homeless. This year we only need 150 men deodorants, the women’s have already been donated by another church. The “Bare Essential Bags” could also use floss. We need to collect 200 of them. All items need to be collected by Sunday December 19th as we are putting the bags together that day at St. Paul’s church 1-3 PM , to be given out December 26th’s breakfast.
Donations may be dropped off at the church office from 9-4 Monday through Friday.
If anyone has any questions please call Gabrielle Preller at 609-410-2351.

Resources for Elder Care: As our family members get older it can be hard to find the best resources to help them navigate their day to day. If your family has gone through this type of transition we want to hear from you. Trinity is compiling a list of resources to share with those who may be struggling to help their aging family members. If you would like to offer a recommendation or share your insights please contact Kate.

Items We Could Use In Our Food Pantry
We are in need of the following items for our food pantry:

  • Soup
  • Pasta/Pasta sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fruit (shelf-stable in a cup or can)
  • Meat (shelf-stable in a can or a bag) – not tuna
  • Jelly
  • Rice
  • Pancake Mix

Some helpful things to consider:

  • Canned foods with pop lids ensure access without the needing a can opener
    Donations may be dropped off at the office. 

Capital Campaign Spotlight

Thank you, Trinity!

And Congratulations! You have succeeded in bringing the Campaign for Trinity over goal!

To date, we have received just over $1.52 million in recorded commitments from 132 families, and we have exceeded the $1.5 million goal we set for ourselves when we launched the campaign.

We have so much to be proud of, as we have come together in our commitment to a strong and welcoming future right in the middle of a global pandemic and challenges our community had never seen before. Because of you, and your faithful commitment, we’ll be building our buildings and ourselves into a community that looks just a bit more like Jesus himself, welcoming with open doors and open arms.
 
The physical work on our buildings will begin quietly before the end of the year, starting with some structure and safety projects. I’m so excited to see the first projects get underway as we begin building our physical spaces just a little bit more like the kingdom of God. 
 
If you missed the opportunity to invest, and want to join us in building Trinity’s future, you can visit our website to learn more, or record your own commitment. And if you’re already “all in for Trinity” and haven’t yet received your thank you gift, please pick it up at one of our worship services (or call the office if you can’t join us on Sunday.)
 
We’re all in, and all together!
Thank you, Trinity!

You can read more about the projects planned for Trinity here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to campaign co-chairs Lorraine Ryan and Bruce Velzy


Native American Heritage Month:

For many years, the Office of Indigenous Ministries of the Episcopal Church has celebrated the “longstanding presence and influence of Native Americans throughout the history of the Episcopal Church in the United States from its earliest days in the New World.”  The Church’s website summaries its ongoing commitment to guarantee that Indigenous people are fully recognized and welcomed into all aspects of congregational life through education, advocacy, and leadership development; and to develop a national support system for continued remembrance, recognition and reconciliation of all Indigenous people within the church and world. Most significant is the Church’s recognition of its own complicity in the harmful treatment of Native Americans and the need for repentance. This work began in earnest in 1997 when the Church proposed a new covenant of faith and reconciliation to atone for the sins of colonialization. It continued through the repudiation of the “Doctrine of Discovery” in 2009, and most recently, with Bishop Curry’s acknowledgement of the Church’s participation in the Indian Residential Schools and its commitment to further discussion and action to atone for the injustices of the 19th and 20th centuries. On October 11, 2021, the Church hosted a panel discussion with Indigenous Episcopalians on Indigenous boarding schools. The video of this discussion, “Native Voices: A Response to the Episcopal Church’s History with Indian Boarding Schools” is available for viewing here.
During this last week of November, the members of the God’s Diversity Committee invite you to pray with us:

O Great Spirit, God of all people and every tribe, through whom all people are related;
Call us to the kinship of all your people.
Grant us vision to see through the lens of our Baptismal Covenant, the brokenness of the past.
Help us to listen to you and to one another in order to heal the wounds of the present;
And give us courage, patience, and wisdom to work together for healing and hope with all your people, now and in the future. Amen.

(Adapted from “Exposing the Doctrine of Discovery: A Call to Healing and Hope,” a Congregational Resource of the Episcopal Church.)


Other News You Can Use:

Trinity Page Brigade invites all enthusiastic readers to join us December 1 at 7pm on zoom. If you’re on Facebook, you are also invited to join Trinity’s Page Brigade Facebook Group. We try to post discussion questions before the meeting, but don’t worry if you don’t have Facebook. Also, feel free to invite a friend! November’s book is When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson. Inspired by her own experiences stationed in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein’s rule, former foreign correspondent Gina Wilkinson’s evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women in Iraq at the turn of the millennium. In this moving, suspenseful novel, these women confront the complexities of trust, friendship, motherhood, and betrayal under the rule of a ruthless dictator and his brutal secret police.

Sunday School for grades 5 and younger is all-virtual this month. Children can participate in any of these ways:
Zoom Sunday School at 9:00am on Sundays, kindly contact Mrs. Andonie for the meeting link
Sunday School at home: Download our weekly lessons available on the Children’s education page of our website. We encourage you to explore the activity sheets listed on the page as well.
Family Prayer Partnerships:  Perhaps teaming up with another family within the congregation to learn lessons and hold Children’s chapel together seems like a great option.  If you are interested in participating, kindly contact Christine Andonie We are happy to provide a children’s chapel guide and lesson schedule for each group. 
*Please note, these materials will also be available on the Children’s education page of our website.
Do you have a Sunday school idea you would like to share?  Until we meet again as a church family, let’s keep our Trinity family engaged, together!

Monday Basic Bible Study/Reflection: Seeing the Big Picture of God’s Love but Intimidated by the Bible? What if there were an easy path to follow to get acquainted with the Bible, and see the whole story? AND a chance to have friends along the way? Join a relaxed group on Zoom Mondays from 7-8 p.m We are going to use The Path: A Journey Through the Bible to guide our sessions the next few months, and follow the path of God’s love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam’s creation to John’s revelation. You do not need to know or prepare anything ahead of time. If you are interested, feel free to attend any Monday. If you have any questions, contact Kristina Van Name

Sunday afternoon adult Bible study is offered on Sundays at 12:45 via Zoom.  All are welcome. This year we will start with some of the David stories from recent lectionary readings, then move on to the Gospel of Luke in November. Participants can expect to get email notes and a few guiding questions prior to each class to help us focus the discussion. There will also be a schedule of passages we hope to cover each week. Sometimes we will stick to the schedule and sometimes . . . well, we try.  However, it is always scripture study and always lively. No need to make a long-term weekly commitment.  The lessons are designed to accommodate  “regulars” and “drop-ins.”  If you might be interested, but have not participated in the past, please email Julie Bathke so you can be included in the weekly group email. Past participants, you are already in that group. And, if you don’t want more emails clogging up your inbox, skip the group email and join us anyway. There is always a place for you.

Office hours: Our office is typically open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are still occasions when no staff are available to answer the door, so if you need to be sure we are here, please call first.

Forward Day by Day: New daily devotional booklets are available in the bell tower entrance on Sundays, and in the office. You can also subscribe by email, or get the e-books for your daily devotions through Forward Movement online. Also check out the app for your phone or tablet. It has the daily reflection and links to daily readings, daily prayer and to keep a journal.

Need a hymnal, prayer book, or Bible? Trinity is retiring a few of our pew books and library bibles. Please take a look at the box in the tower entrance and take home a prayer book, hymnal, or bible to use at home.

Evening Prayer: On Tuesdays at 7 pm Bob Litsinger offers a service of Evening Prayer by Zoom. You can join the service from a landline phone as well as online, but you will need a password. Contact Bob Litsinger by email or 856-571-0008 for the password, details or directions. It’s a wonderful way to add connection, prayer, and peace to your week.

Personal evening prayer alternatives: Of course, not everyone can join the formal evening prayer service that is done on Tuesday. The time commit and time of the event are both an obstacle for many. If you only have time for one prayer, that can still have valuable spiritual and personal value.
I have some options for you. These three are prayers accompanied by music. The first is a music background with scrolling words. The other two are sung.

You might enjoy listening to these and may even want to use one as an evening prayer for yourself or family. — Bob Litsinger

The Deacon Leslie Scholarship Fund helps low income children attend Trinity Preschool where they receive a positive learning experience with focus on Christian ideals. Your donations can make a difference in a young child’s life.  To donate, view the Outreach page.

As the COVID vaccines roll out we can do our part to support the health of the community by getting vaccinated if your health allows it. Information about vaccine availability, timelines, and distribution is here: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.  

Having trouble finding a vaccine for yourself or someone close to you, or want to help other people find access? Visit the Diocese of New Jersey’s Vaccine Help Page to get assistance or volunteer.

Thank you for keeping up with your pledge!
There are many ways that you can pay your pledge or make an outreach or discretionary fund donation. You can mail your check or have your bank mail your check through online bill paying.  Paying by check or online banking are the preferred payment methods. If you have   PayPal, you can send money to trinity@trinitymoorestown.org. Add a note or message designating what your gift is for. Be sure to choose “Sending to a friend” or “Friends and family” not “Goods and Services” or not  “Paying for an item or service.” This will save Trinity from being charged fees. In order for you to not be charged fees you can link your bank account instead of a credit card. You can also contribute through our website. Please note on your check what your payment is for. Trinity’s mailing address is: Trinity Episcopal Church, 207 W. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057. 


Community News

Holiday Remembrance Service, Dec 12th at 3pm. Nondenominational service offering families and friends a meaningful way to remember departed loved ones during the holiday season. Nursery care provided; masks are strongly recommended for worshippers who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated. All are welcome. First United Methodist Church 446 Camden Ave, Moorestown. 856-235-0450

Burlington County has opened a COVID testing clinic that is available to all who live, work or go to school in Burlington County. No appointment necessary and results within 24-48 hours. Learn more here.

Do you know a senior in or near Cinnaminson or Delran who is feeling alone and in need of a kind word or connection? The CinDel “C”enior Connect group is organized to help with letters, cards, small gifts and holiday remembrance. Connect with them on Facebook at CinDel Cenior Connect to suggest a senior or to volunteer.

If you are looking for resources to support sobriety, start a conversation, or answer questions about alcohol or drug misuse, StartYourRecovery.org was developed by a coalition of communications and substance misuse experts as a resource website to help people get started in finding support, treatment, or understanding.


Intercessions

Parishioners are asked to pray for the people on our prayer list. Persons prayed for will be kept on the prayer list for three weeks. If you would like to have someone put on the prayer list, or if you want them to remain on the list after three weeks, or if someone is on the list who should be removed, please notify the Church Office at 856/235-0811 or email us.