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Trinity Times
March 15, 2018

Serving this Sunday
March 18, 2018
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

8:00 a.m.
Chalice: Carter Whitson
Usher: Tom Kirk
Breakfast: TBD

10:30 a.m. 
Chalice 1: Barbara Uhlemann
Chalice 2: Darrell Berg
Crucifer: Katie Hoffmeister
Thurifer: Karin Layher
Torches: Annie Hoffmeister, Anna Layher
Reader 1: Mike Pilato
Reader 2: Dave Rueschhoff
Intercessor: Hazel Kirk
Eucharistic Visitors: Al Adams, Joan Dunbar
Healing Ministers: Steven Forsyth, Mary Ellen
Ushers: Ron D’Aloia, David Mundy
Greeter: Mary Moore
Sacristans: Ron Tompkins, Linda Small
Offering Counters: Chuck McManis, Michael
Monday Bread Pick-up: Adrienne Fly
Bread Bagger: Judy and Richard Sandler
Coffee Hour: Hazel Kirk
Hot Lunch Provider: Grace Episcopal Church
Hot Lunch Innkeepers: Bob and Ginny Crowley


Readings for this Sunday

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

Psalm 119:9-16


Trinity Food Ministry News

Volunteers are needed to help serve Hot Lunch this coming Sunday. Please contact if you are able to help. We need you from 1:15 until 3:00.

 As they have done for several years, Macy’s at the Galleria has selected our food ministry for the 2018 Bag Hunger campaign. Not only do the employees of that store contribute money directly to TFM ($1175 last year) but sales people encourage shoppers to “Make Good Cents” and round their purchases up for our benefit. The program goes from March 15th through 31st - so if you have department store shopping to do, please consider going to Macy’s at the Galleria during that time, rounding up your purchases, and taking the opportunity to thank the employees who help you for their generosity. A group of Macy’s folks helps at Hot Lunch once a year and Adrienne will be speaking about the food ministry at the managers’ Morning Rally this coming Saturday - always a fun and energizing start to the day! 

Virtual Daily Prayer at Trinity 

Don’t have time to swing by Trinity at 7:30 AM for Morning Prayer? Want to do the Daily Offices at home, but need help navigating the prayer book? Want to maintain a prayer discipline but don’t know where to start?

Good news, virtual daily prayer is available online, and you can access it anytime that it’s convenient for you.

and listen to/pray along with members of Trinity praying the Daily Offices of morning prayer, evening prayer, and compline. Prayers for the day will be posted before 5 AM, and you can access them online anywhere an internet connection is available. You can listen to the prayers on your commute, during your morning coffee, or at the gym. You can pray along with a prayer book, or just listen and let the words soak in.

Access the site via or visit Trinity’s website for a link.



An up-to-date parish calendar is always available on our website ( Click on the calendar above to preview it!

Worship Schedule

Holy Eucharist
Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and, during Lent, at 6:00 p.m.
  Wednesday at 12:10 p.m.
  Thursday at 6:30 a.m.
Family Service
9 a.m. 2nd Sundays, North Hall  (except July and August)
Morning Prayer
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 a.m.
7:00 p.m. 3rd Sundays

Recurring Calendar Items…

AA Open Meeting*, 4 p.m. Saturdays, SPH
AA Admin Meeting*, 7 p.m. 2nd Tuesdays, SPH
Arts Committee, 12p 2nd Sundays, NPH or Conf. Room
Coffee & Conversation, 9:30 a.m. Sundays, SPH
Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Effort For AIDS Social*, 5 p.m. 4th Fridays, SPH
Film and Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. 2nd Tuesdays, NPH
Food Pantry, 1:30-3p Tues. & Wed., 4-5:30p Thurs., SPH
Growing American Youth*, 7 p.m. Thursdays, SPH
Hot Lunch Program: 2 p.m. Sundays, SPH
Holy Yarn, 12p 1st Sundays, NPH
League of Women Voters*, 10:30 am 2nd Sat, NPH
Meals on Wheels*, 9:30 a.m. M-F, SPH
Refuge Recovery*, 6:45p Mondays, NPH
Staff Meeting, 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays, NPH
Sunday School, 10:30 a.m., Pre-K through 6th grade, NPH
Vestry Meeting, 6:30 p.m.3rd Thursdays, NPH

*Non-parish group 

 Weekly Diocesan newsletter is available here

The Rev. Jon Stratton

The Rev. Harry Leip

Choirmaster and Organist
Jeffery Nall
Parish Administrator
Bill Ader
Food Ministry Manager
Barbi Click

Calvin Kennedy

Adrienne Fly, Senior Warden  314-805-8254

Michael Fowlkes, Junior Warden  314-725-5059

Fritzi Baker
Jean Frazee
Anne Hennig
Lawrence Holmes
Tammy O'Donnell
Horace Walcott
Carter Whitson

Quick Links

Altar Flowers
Outside of the seasons of Lent and Advent, giving a donation for Trinity's altar flowers is a great way to celebrate a thanksgiving in your life.  Donations can also be made in memory of someone or to honor someone special in your life.  With a suggested donation of $40, your gift allows us to continue this beautiful addition to our community's liturgy.  To learn more and to sign up for a Sunday, please visit Trinity's website - under "Of Interest to Parishioners", contact Parish Administrator Bill Ader or speak to Deacon Harry.

Compline will be prayed this Sunday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. Bring a friend and join us afterward for refreshments at a local restaurant.

Noon Forum - End of Life Decisions
For many of us, making end of life decisions can be frightening and often something we avoid.  Join us on Palm Sunday as we discuss two resources to help us to make these important decisions which may reduce anxiety for ourselves and loved ones. 

Tuesday, March 27
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service
Thursday, March 29
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March  30
7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Good Friday Service
5:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
Walk-in confessions all day outside of service times.

Saturday, March  31
10:30 a.m. Holy Saturday Service
9:00 p.m. The Great Vigil

Easter Day, April 1
8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Watch at the Altar of Repose: "Wait here, and keep awake" - These words from the Gospel provide a theme for Trinity's annual overnight watch beginning at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service until the start of the Good Friday evening service. The consecrated bread and wine from the Maundy Thursday Eucharist is reserved, or reverently kept, in our chapel. From 9pm on Thursday March 29 till 7 pm on Friday there are hour-long time periods which you can sign-up and use for whatever you'd like - silence, reading psalms, praying, etc. However you're called to use that time, there's a place for you in the chapel. The sign-up for the watch is located near the organ.  During the overnight hours, a group of Trinitarians will be present for security and coffee making. Please consider joining us for this most holy evening, morning, and afternoon. 

Tenebrae: The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows and the purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story. On the Tuesday of Holy Week (March 27), we will use a shortened version of this service where we'll have an opportunity to read, listen, chant and sing while we are drawn into the encroaching darkness of the evening and the emotional drama of the days to come. The evening will begin with a simple soup dinner (provided courtesy of Etta Taylor) at 6:00pm in the North Parish Hall with the service at 7pm. If you will be coming to the dinner, please sign up on the list near the organ so we can set a place for you at our table.

March for our Lives - Join others across the St. Louis area on Saturday, March 24, who will march in solidarity with youth and victims of gun violence to help bring an end to the gun epidemic that plagues our nation.  Everyone is invited to gather at Christ Church Cathedral at 9am for a prayer vigil led by the diocesan youth then we will walk together to Union Station for the march from 10am - noon, ending at a rally at the Arch.  If you have any questions, please speak to Deacon Harry.

CLEAN and Raise Up Missouri Needs Your Help

Trinity has been part of a state-wide campaign to raise the minimum wage in Missouri (Raise Up Missouri) and bring campaign finance reform to the state (CLEAN Missouri). Here’s what would happen if these ballot initiatives pass in November.



  • Change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment

  • Change limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state legislature can accept from individuals and entities

  • Establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept form paid lobbyists

  • Prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time

  • Prohibit political fundraising by candidates for or members of the state legislature on State property

  • Require legislative records and proceedings to be open to the public

Raise Up Missouri

  • Increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023, when the state minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour 

Trinity has collected approximately 10% of the signatures collected by Metropolitan Congregations United and has played a crucial role in this campaign. The campaign has until April 17th to meet our goal, and it is going to be tight! We need all hands on deck to make this happen.

Can you help gather signatures this Saturday at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown St. Louis? The shift begins at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM.

You don’t need to be an experienced signature collector to help out, all you need is a desire to make this state a more just and equitable place. If you can help, please contact Fr. Jon at 314 619 4216 or  

Book Group for Parents Re-Scheduled

Our next parent’s book group was scheduled for March the 24th at 10 AM, but because the March for Our Lives is taking place on the same date and time, we are rescheduling book group to next month on April 28th at 10 AM. Please consider supporting our nation’s youth in their struggle to end gun violence by joining the march downtown at 10 AM and the prayer vigil at 9 AM at Christ Church Cathedral.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Running Dry

The rector’s discretionary fund is getting low, so please consider making a donation. As a reminder, the rector’s discretionary fund is used for direct assistance to community members and parishioners who are having trouble paying rent, keeping the lights on, and putting food on their tables. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so by writing a check with Rector’s Discretionary Fund in the memo line.

The Rev. David Gerth Preaching at Trinity this Sunday  

The Rev. David Gerth is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Congregations United, a coalition of faith communities in the St. Louis region working for social and economic justice in our communities. David will preach at both the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services and hold a Noonday Forum after the 10:30 AM service about MCU’s campaign to break the school to prison pipeline.

Attention Lay Weeders and Yardian Angels:
Trinity is making time on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 to 12:00 to complete springtime jobs such as raking, weeding, grass seeding, fertilizing, and trimming. (If possible, please bring your own tools, although the church does have some to lend.)
Childcare will be provided if you sign up as a family. As usual, coffee, juice and bagels will be on hand in the SPH. This is a special opportunity for newcomers - a chance to get to know others as you focus on a much-needed service to the community. We hope you will come to help.

JOIN THE GARDEN COMMITTEE: There are other opportunities to participate such as watering gardens in the summer or maintaining the Memorial Garden Fountain.

SIGN UP: Be sure to sign up if you want childcare. There is a sheet in the back of the church for April 21 and for the Garden Committee. 

Spiritual Practices for Spiritual People
Mark your calendars! On Tuesday nights during Lent, you are invited to try out spiritual practices from throughout the Christian tradition and share/gain advice and wisdom from fellow practitioners of the faith.

When: Tuesday evenings during Lent from 6-7 p.m.
Where: In the church

Our own talented Michael Haggans is exhibiting a few of his many photos of Trinity in the Memorial Gallery this month.  Please check them out!  
He is also allowing us to auction them off with the proceeds going to the Art Committee in support of our efforts to help TFM photographers publicize and sell their work.
A clipboard is hanging next to Michael’s artist’s statement where we know you’ll want to place your bids on these beautiful memories of Trinity’s life together.  This silent auction will continue through Sunday March 25th, so get your bids in now!

Trinity is having a Lenten Fish Dinner to benefit Jobs with Justice again this year!  It will be Friday, March 23 at 6PM in the South Parish Hall (doors open at 5:30).  The menu includes baked fish, macaroni & cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, and dessert.  There will be more information in coming weeks, and a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church to get a head-count.

Welcome to the World Lydia Morgan, Now Let's Share Some Food!
Congratulations to Nick and Melissa Morgan on the arrival of their new baby girl Lydia. As is our custom at Trinity, we've set up a meal train to help provide the Morgans with meals for the next couple of weeks. Welcoming a new baby into the family is hard enough, let's make their life a little easier by delivering nourishing meals to their doorstep.

How does it work? Just click on the link below to get started. Need help, call 314 619 4216.

" A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

- Jesus, as remembered by John the Evangelist

Our Trinity Book Group will take place the Fourth Saturday night of March on the 24th, thus avoiding competing with St Patrick's Day. We will be discussing the book "Wonder" by  R. J. Palacio, a "story about a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade and main stream school for the first time."  Rachel Steinbrueck, living at 7546 Milan, will be hosting us at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome.  

Would you like a nametag?

Are you new? New-ish? Lost yours? If you would like a Trinity nametag, please email and ask for one, specifying how you would like your name to appear.

Updating the Prayer List
One of the joys of being part of a church community is knowing you are uplifted in prayer during times of trouble, struggle, or need. The parish prayer list is a valuable intercession tool, and in order to make sure it stays fresh, the prayer list will be updated monthly. Starting in March of this year, all names will be removed from the list on the first of the month. If you’d like your name to continue to appear, that’s no problem. All you need to do is, during the first of the month, ask our Parish Administrator Bill to keep your name on the list. And unlike library books, you can renew your name as many times as you’d like.
As a reminder, there are two ways to get your named added. You can either contact Bill or Fr. Jon with your request.

We keep in our prayers those who are ill or in need
Frank Schottler, end-stage renal disease
Cheryl Wobbe (recovering from surgery)
David Fly
Nancy Dickinson
Joyce Daughaday
Jeff Farris

Family Members:
John Maurer, Mick Maurer's father

Hedi Apt, friend of Mary Seager
Rich Williams, friend of Mary Seager
Bill Gleiber, recovering from fall
William Boothby
Dennis K., friend of Catherine Tierney, liver cancer
Katie B., friend of Cathy Tierney, breast cancer
Pat R., friend of Cathy Tierney, bladder cancer

For the Clergy of the Diocese: Kevin Selle, Jack Fleming, Teresa Danieley

Serving in the Military: Maj. John Worland, deployed to the DMZ in Korea

Birthdays: Finn Moss, Gabe Moss, Kenneth Lehrmann, Mary Taylor

Mourning: Dean Bradley