Announcements and Updates
- WOT Meeting--The Women of Trinity will meet on Sunday, October 1 following our worship. Get your refreshments at coffee hour and join us in the library! We’ll talk about our plans for the upcoming rummage sale.
- Liturgical Assistants Meeting--Calling all Chalice Assistants, Acolytes, and Ushers! Calling anyone who would like to be a Chalice Assistant, an Acolyte or an Usher! Following Mass this Sunday, October 1st there will be a very important meeting of ALL liturgical assistants (with the exception of the Altar Guild and members of the Choir). We will meet in the church sanctuary following Mass and a quick coffee hour break.
- Blessing of the Animals-- Fr. Liam will bless the animals for St. Francis Day on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00pm. The Blessing of the Animals will be held at the Rutland County Humane Society. For the safety of all animals, please make sure your pets are leashed or crated.
- Columbus Day Holiday--The office will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of the holiday.
- Pastoral Care Team Meeting--On Sunday, October 22 after Mass and a quick coffee hour break, there will be a meeting of the Pastoral Care Team in the Brinkerhoff Room. All members of the Pastoral Care team, and those interested in becoming members, are strongly encouraged to attend.
- Fall Spruce-Up and Fellowship Event--After church on Sunday, October 22 we will assemble for an outdoor “spruce-up” work day. We’ll be working outdoors, so please dress for church appropriately. Plan on joining us—the more the merrier; many hands make light work; insert appropriate idiom here! Work will include raking leaves, putting gardens to bed, cleaning up grounds, weeding out the ground cover in the various gardens, and more.
- Halloween Parade-- Trinity Church will participate in the Halloween Parade on October 28th. We need members of the congregation, families and friends of many ages to help make our presence meaningful as we spell words to describe our mission. There will be a practice. We will be meeting each Sunday after worship until the parade, so please come! Please call the church office as soon as possible to let Wendy know if you are interested.
- Acolytes Wanted-- If you don’t feel called to be a chalice assistant or reader, but still feel called to serve at the altar, good news! We have room for you as an adult acolyte! Please see Fr. Liam if you are interested and be sure to attend the meeting next week.
- A Musical Holiday Feast--Our annual holiday fundraiser will be held Friday, December 8th. To make this event successful, we’ll need your help! There are many areas that need people including organizing and planning, decorating, ticket and raffle sales, acquiring raffle and silent auction items, and more! Please see Fr. Liam or any member of the vestry if you are interested in helping out in any capacity.
- Habitat for Humanity Redux--We’re going to try again to put together a work party for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, October 7 from 9am to 2pm. If you would like to be a part of this, please sign up to indicate your interest. There is a sign-up sheet in the chapel narthex.
- Dismas House Dinners--Dismas House’s purpose is no only to reconcile former prisoners with their community, but to reconcile society with former prisoners. Providing the meal is a tacit “olive branch” while sharing it gives people the chance to learn each other’s story to allow forgiveness to begin.
Trinity Church has agreed to participate in this dinner program. Fr. Liam and Cindy usually share in the meal, so dinner providers are rarely alone. Providers are usually one couple (or two people) who purchase, prepare, and share the meal with anywhere from 10-20 people. Typically, there are 16 residents, a staffer and 3-4 providers at a dinner. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00pm. One of the staff sends a reminder a week ahead and shares any details about food allergies and numbers. Providers bring food either already cooked and ready to serve or can cook the meal in the Dismas House kitchen. Dismas House provides the beverages and the residents do all the cleanup.
Trinity Church is scheduled for the third Friday of each month. Currently, we have openings for providers for November 17 and December 15. If you are interested in sharing dinner with some folks who have fascinating stories, please call the church office to select your month. 775-4368. Do it now!
- Support for Our Neighbors in Need--Of the many faith communities in Rutland County, Trinity Church is one of the most visible for charitable outreach. In the first third of the year, we’ve had over 75 formal requests for charitable aid. Of those, we’ve had the resources to help about half of the eligible families who petition us. Our eligibility criteria are tight, but fair. And it is only through the generosity of our congregation that we are able to help as much as we do! On behalf of those who receive assistance from Trinity Church, THANK YOU!
- Illuminate the Tower--For a donation of $25 you can illuminate the bell tower with the celebration of your family’s illuminaries! Whatever the case June be, celebrate it by shining our light brightly for a week! For your $25, you will have your luminary named in the bulletin with a special “light” message, a mention in the prayers of the people and the intrinsic sensation of a job well done. Please contact Wendy in the parish office to make your contribution and shed a little light.