27 February 2022
In This Week's eVoice
COVID Response Update - 17 February
Adult Christian Formation - 27 February
Future Adult Christian Formation Forums
Ash Wednesday Services - 2 March
Wednesdays in Lent
Lenten Quiet Day - 12 March
Thank you!
SOS from the Archive
The Voice Article Deadline - 11 March
Diaper Donations
Refugee Resettlement Volunteers
Compline - 6 March
Women Together
Trinity Book Group
Worship with Us
News from ECCT
ECCT Bishop Search
eVoice Deadline
QR Codes
COVID Response Update - 17 February

Dear Trinity Community,

As the COVID metrics continue to trend in the desired direction and many towns are lifting their mask mandates, I wanted to answer some questions on when we will relax COVID protocols here at Trinity.

The current plan is to resume Communion in both kinds and the ministry of Acolytes beginning on Ash Wednesday. At the Vestry meeting on 15 Feb 21, the Vestry agreed that, while we are not quite ready to declare a date on which masks will once again be optional, the Executive Committee and a few Vestry members will meet at the beginning of March to assess where things are then and decide on next steps of adjusting protocols. We hope that as people continue to discern the appropriate level of risk for them and their families, more people will increasingly become more comfortable to returning to in person worship.
While we will continue with in person worship, we will discontinue Coffee Hour for the time being. In order to make in person worship as safe as possible we are implementing a few new protocols:
  • All Communion Ministers, Acolytes, Vergers, and Intercessory Prayer Team Members are being asked to provide me with proof of 2 shots of COVID Vaccine.
  • At this time, only the Bread will be offered at Communion. We ask that if you would like to receive Communion, please maintain distance as you come forward. Please do not remove your mask to consume the Sacrament until you have returned to your seat.
  • We are asking everyone to wear either a surgical mask or a (K)N95 mask. Cloth masks alone have been shown to be inadequate in preventing the spread of COVID. (If you want to wear a cloth mask feel free to wear it over a surgical or (K)N95 mask.
As a reminder of our current protocols:
  • All persons should wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times when inside public parts of the building. (Staff in their offices may remove their masks as long as they are alone and their door is closed.)
  •  All persons not in the same household/exposure bubble should maintain at least six feet of distance, including at the Communion Rail. 
  • There should be no physical contact between persons not in the same household/exposure bubble. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to seek to keep each other safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

In Peace,
~Rev. D.
Adult Christian Formation Program

Please join us after the 10 am service as we review and process the CT Forum "The Fight for Racial Justice"

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Adult Christian Formation Forums
Save the Dates
March 6

March 13
Open forum: Emerging from a Pandemic
How are you dealing with COVID now?

Antidote to Obsessing: What our faith tells us.
Wednesdays in Lent
During the season of Lent, you are invited to join us on Wednesday nights beginning on March 9 at 7:00 pm on zoom as we study Howard Thurman’s landmark work, Jesus and the Disinherited.
The central question that Thurman wrestles with is, “What does the religion of Jesus offer to those with their backs against the wall?” While this book was published in 1949, Thurman’s thoughts remain relevant today as we continue to seek to faithfully follow Jesus and share his Good News in a world that desperately needs it.

We will purchase book copies at a discounted price so if you are interested, please let the office know (office@trinityhartford.org or 860-527-8133 ext. 204).
There will be a North Central Regional Confirmation service on Saturday March 12th, 10:00 am at St. Luke’s in Glastonbury. Anybody interested in being confirmed, please reach out to Rev. D.

For teenagers interested in being confirmed, we will be meeting for about 30 minutes after Church on Sunday 27 February and 6 March to talk about what Confirmation is and why getting confirmed matters. After the Confirmation service on March 12th we will gather after church on Sundays during Lent to wrestle with what it means to live more fully into our faith.
Lenten Quiet Day                                March 12
Sponsored by Companions of the Holy Cross
The Companions of the Holy Cross invite you to a virtual Quiet day on Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be an introduction (Centering Prayer), two separate meditations, plenty of quiet time on one’s own and a final gathering at which one can share. Finding a quiet place at home is a challenge, but you can also munch when you want to munch.
Our leader will be the Rev. Betsy Fisher of the Diocese of Western MA. She spent 14 years in parish ministry with the Diocese of New York before retiring in 2018. While at St. Thomas in Amenia Union, NY, Betsy guided her parish in founding the Food of Life Food Pantry and the Giving Garden, which give fresh produce and 9 meals to an average of 300 people per week. In retirement, Betsy continues to do spiritual direction and consulting. She has been married to Doug Fisher (Bishop of Western MA 2012) for 38 years.
If you’d like to attend, please email Kate Smith at kate48smith@comcast.net
Thank you!
Vinnie would like to extend his thanks to Yana Grigoryeva, Marc Wiest, Neill Derick, Alan Rice, Peter Rice, Karin Peterson, Peter Green, Valerie Pogue and David Pontrelli who volunteered for the church clean-up day this past Monday. A lot was accomplished, and we are grateful for the time you shared.
SOS From the Archive
If you have borrowed something from the Archive and are through with it, please return it to the box in the front meeting room of the Parish House. It is labeled "Archive Returns.”
One example: there were four copies of the color version of the booklet describing the stained glass windows in the Nave. There were more in the storage closet in the Parish Hall. Now there are none, or at least I don’t know where they may have been relocated. The Archive needs these for the next time someone needs the information even, or especially, if it is ten or fifteen years from now.
Thanks from Liz Kirkpatrick.
The Voice of Trinity Church
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 11

The next issue of The Voice will cover events in Holy Week (April 10 - April 17) and events in April and May. Materials for this issue should be sent to voice@trinityhartford.org no later than Friday, March 11. When submitting an article, please be sure to include a brief statement of the topic in the subject line. Thanks.
Needed for the
Littlest Ones in Our Afghan Family

Trinity's most recent refugee family, Afghans who escaped Kabul last summer, have five children in diapers. Zoya wears size 3, and Mohammed and Amjad wear size 4. 

Any donations of diapers would be very much appreciated. Please call Anne Rapkin, 860-521-5992 or anne.rapkin@gmail.com, to arrange pick-up.
Trinity's Refugee Resettlement Team
Additional Members Sought!

Trinity's refugee resettlement team, a part of Trinity's Outreach Committee, has been helping a family of Afghan evacuees make a new, safer life for themselves in town. Our interfaith team consists of 28 volunteers hailing from the Episcopal, Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Jewish faiths, all working to help this non-English-speaking family of seven adjust to a radically new culture and physical environment.

The team is looking for another couple of volunteers to help with the widely varied activities in which we are involved. The new volunteers would help out with, for example, accompanying the family to food pantries and diaper banks, teaching them the bus routes to various places, such as their health care providers, and visit the home to read to the preschoolers.

Our team meets biweekly by zoom, so if you would like to meet us and witness faith in action, please contact me for meeting details and any other information you would like.

Anne Rapkin, for the Outreach Committee, 860-521-5992; anne.rapkin@gmail.com
Women Together

Women Together is currently discussing The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. The series began February 22nd and continues through March. Women Together meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15 in the Reception Room at St. John's in West Hartford, with all attendees wearing masks. Women from Trinity, St. John's, St. Monica's, and friends participate, and newcomers are always welcome! 

For more information, please contact Cathy Rowe (crowedy@yahoo.com)
or Linda MacGougan (macgougans@gmail.com).
Trinity Book Group
4 March 2022
Trinity’s Book Group - open to all - will discuss An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn at its March 4th 7:00 pm meeting at the home of Jon Reik in Farmington. Please contact him jonr720@aol.com if you plan to attend.
Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, February 27
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

8 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church

10 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church and live-streamed via YouTube

Thursday, March 3

Noonday Eucharist in the Church

(Thursday noon services: Eucharist in-person on the first Thursday of each month, Noon Prayer on Zoom the remaining Thursdays.)
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, February 27th
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.
11:30 A.M.

Tuesday, March 1st
2:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 2nd
12:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M.

Thursday, March 3rd
12:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M.
7:00 P.M.

Friday, March 4th
7:00 P.M.
7:30 P.M.

Sunday, March 6th
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.
11:30 A.M.
9:00 P.M.

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Adult Christian Formation (Zoom)

Women Together (St. John's)
Choir School Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes (Church)
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes (Church)

Holy Eucharist (Church)
Choir School Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
Intercessory Prayer Team (Zoom)

NA Group Meeting (Huntington Hall)
Fight for Racial Justice - CT Forum (The Bushnell)

The First Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Adult Christian Formation (Zoom)
Compline (Church)
News from the Diocese

Click the links below to read up on what's going on in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and in our North Central Region.

Bishop Search & Transition News
Updated information about the search for our next bishop can be found at ctbishopsearch.org.
eVoice Deadline

All announcements should be submitted to Barbara Roos at office@trinityhartford.org by Thursday 9am for publication that week. Announcements that are submitted late will be held until the following week’s edition.
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