23 January 2022
In This Week's eVoice:

  1. Update on Our COVID Response
  2. Adult Christian Forum
  3. Updated Rainbow Flag
  4. Annual Giving Statements
  5. Expanding Trinity's On-line Presence
  6. Women Together
  7. Trinity Book Group
  8. Compline
  9. Worship With Us
  10. Calendar
  11. News from EECT
  12. ECCT Bishop Search
  13. eVoice Deadline
  14. QR Codes
Update on Our COVID Response

Dear Trinity Community,

As COVID continues to surge again, I want to give you some updates regarding our plans for worship, inform you of new COVID protocols that we are implementing, and remind you of existing protocols.

At the 21 Dec 21 Vestry meeting the lay leadership and I agreed that it is very important for us to continue to offer in person worship while encouraging everyone to make the decision of whether to worship in person or online based on their individual circumstances. 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 Forum via Zoom
Sunday, January 23

Confronting Social Injustice as a Christian
Part 2

Please join us for our discussion about how our Christian faith informs our thinking about the injustices in our society. The goal of this session will be to identify what specific issues we want to explore in more depth. Roy McAlpine will moderate our discussion. The issues we identify in this forum will guide the ACF team as we create programs for the coming months.

In keeping with our current COVID-19 precautions, this forum will take place via Zoom only. It will begin around 11:45, giving those who attend the 10 a.m. service in person adequate time to get home and log on to Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 865 0932 4558
Passcode: 441083

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Passcode: 441083
Updated Rainbow Flag

Since 2014, Trinity has had a rainbow banner over the Sigourney Street entrance to the Sanctuary as a public sign that Gay and Lesbian people are welcome here. Over the years, that banner has become faded and weather-worn, and now has been replaced with a new one.  I chose to use a design that was created in 2018 by Daniel Quasar. This design is sometimes called the ‘progress pride’ flag. In this design, in addition to the usual rainbow, there is a triangle section with white, pink, light blue, brown, and black chevrons. The white, pink, and light blue represent people under the transgender umbrella, and the brown and black represent LGBTQ people of color. The black stripe also represents people living with AIDS, those who have died of AIDS, and the continued stigma associated with AIDS.

I chose this design because it more fully reflects the kind of welcome that we seek to embody as a place of welcome, hope, and healing. As we continue fostering a welcoming community for LGBTQ people, I am inviting you into the practice of listing your pronouns on your name tag (we can print you a new one) and using pronouns when introducing yourself in groups. Most people use individually, or in combination: he/him, she/her, or they/them* as their pronouns. However, there are other neopronouns that some people use. When everyone in a space shares their pronouns, it can create a more comfortable environment for all gender identities, without singling out those whose correct pronouns may not be obvious. It also allows everyone to be addressed and referred to in ways that align with their identity thus affirming their dignity. Some of us may already be familiar and comfortable with this practice, while it may be more of a struggle for others of us. My prayer is that as a community, we will have grace with each other and ourselves as we grow into this practice. If you have questions or would like to talk more about it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

~Rev. D.

*It has grown increasingly accepted to use they/them as 3rd person singular pronouns.

Giving Statements and Capital Campaign Statements will be mailed at the end of this week to those who made an offering to Trinity Church and/or the Capital Campaign during 2021. If you do not receive a statement by January 31, 2022, please contact Barbara Roos at office@trinityhartford.org or 860-527-8133 ext. 204. If you have a question about either your annual giving amounts or your Capital Campaign Statement, please contact Fran Times-Mack at ftimesmack@trinityhartford.org or 860-527-8133 ext. 206.
Expanding Trinity’s On-line Presence
We are pleased to let you know that 2022 finds Trinity building and refining our on-line presence. George Chien, who was integral in establishing our first electronic newsletter, will be leading this new digital effort. We thank George for all of his good work to date and look forward to seeing communication updates on the website and social media.
The E-Voice is not going away! Have something to contribute?
Please send your information to Barbara Roos at office@trinityhartford.org.

Women Together Meets Again,
now via Zoom

Women Together begins a new, 7-week series on the book The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris. All women are welcome to attend. Currently, women from Trinity, St. Monica's, St. John's, and friends attend this weekly discussion and fellowship group. The meetings are now taking place on Tuesdays, from 2:00-3:15 on Zoom. 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 meeting.

The author teaches a college course on the Odyssey. The book begins with the author's father sitting in on his course and tells of their exploring the story together, first in the classroom and then on a ship retracing Odysseus' voyage.

They also grapple with their own relationship, which deepens as they come to understand each other better. Book Group will meet on Friday, March 4th, 7-9 pm, at the home of Jon Reik in Farmington. Please contact him jonr720@aol.com if you plan to attend. All are welcome!
Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, January 23:
Third Sunday after the Epiphany

8 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church

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

Thursday, January 27

Noon Prayer via Zoom

(Thursday noon services will be Eucharist in person on the first Sunday of each month, Noon Prayer on Zoom the remaining Thursdays.)
Weekly Calendar
Sunday, January 23rd
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.
11:45 A.M.

Tuesday, January 25th
2:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M.

Thursday, January 20th
12:00 P.M.

Friday, January 21st
7:00 P.M.

Sunday, January 23rd
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Adult Christian Formation (Zoom)
“Christian Ethical Principles for
Confronting Social Injustice”
Part 2 – Discussion led by Roy McAlpine

Women Together (Zoom)
Choir School Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Noonday Prayer (Zoom)

NA Group Meeting (Huntington Hall)

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist Rite II (Church)
Holy Eucharist Rite II (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

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