Community Thanksgiving

When Christ Church in Canaan closed, many of the community activities of that parish came along with a number of their former members to Trinity.  One such was participation in and  support of the Community Thanksgiving dinner.  That service to the community of North Canaan (and the wider area as well)  that the North Canaan Congregational Church traditionally served to the community at Pilgrim House became a Trinity activity as well.

Trinity folks — and lots of people from the community — showed up the day before Thanksgiving to peel, chop, and otherwise prepare, and then again on Thanksgiving to serve (and eat).  Here are a few photos, courtesy of Pastor Heidi and Pastor Savage Frieze of the North Canaan Congregational Church! (click the individual photos to see larger versions — you can page through the gallery, too)

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Sermon for August 26

Here’s Pastor Heidi’s sermon for August 26!

She’s just back from vacation, and ready to lead us in new and wonderful directions!

Click below to download the sermon.

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Sermon for August 26

Here’s Pastor Heidi in the pulpit delivering the sermon

Sermon for August 26

Here’s one end of the building at Habitat for Humanity’s Thrift Store in North Canaan that we re-painted. Special thanks to the Habitat board members who helped and especially to the guys from Trinity Glen!

Backpack Project 2018

Here’s information about the Backpack Project 2018 at Trinity Lime Rock

Backpack project 2018

(photo: Eleanore Jenks)

It’s a tradition that the young people of Trinity Lime Rock undertake a backpack project every  summer.  This page will tell you more about the project, give you some updated information for this year, and encourage you to participate.  Still have a question?  Let us know!  We will update the page with an answer!

Question:  What is the backpack project 2018 about?

Answer:  We collect back to school backpacks and school supplies from parishioners and others for area young people whose families cannot afford to buy them.  That’s it in a nutshell!

Question:  How do backpacks get from Trinity Lime Rock to the young people who need them?

Answer:  For the most part, we rely on local social services agencies to distribute the packs and school supplies.  They know better than we do which families genuinely need them.

Question:  When are backpacks and school supplies due at Trinity?

Answer:  Sunday, August 19, we hold what is called the “ingathering” for Backpack Project 2018.  If you bring a backpack to church that morning, or any Sunday before then, it will be blessed and will be handed off to the social workers the following day for distribution.

Question:  You mentioned school supplies.  How does that work?

Answer:  School supplies are an important part of backpack project 2018.  While most kinds of school supplies can be used, we have located a list of supplies required by two local public schools, Salisbury Central —  CLICK HERE  to see their list — and Sharon Center — CLICK HERE to see theirs!  Over the line in New York State, the lists for Webutuck Central School are HERE.  Just over the line in Massachusetts there’s another list.  Click HERE to see it.  We will add more as they are posted by the schools, but hopefully these will give you an idea what kind of school supplies are most needed.

Question:  If I buy school supplies and put them in a backpack, will the supplies go along with the backpack?

Answer:  The social workers and teachers review the contents of the backpacks to ensure that the supplies are grade-appropriate and school-appropriate for the child who will receive the backpack.  Thus, you can feel free to add school supplies without concerns about whether they will accompany the backpack.

Backpack project 2018

Question:  How is backpack project 2018 going so far?

Answer:  Pretty well!  The three backpacks above arrived on Sunday, July 29.  It’s a great start, but we will need lots more so we can be sure that every child who needs one will get one.

Question:  When is the best time to drop off backpacks at Trinity Lime Rock?

Answer:  We recommend Sunday mornings simply to be sure that the building is open and there is someone to receive them.

Question:  Where can I buy a backpack or school supplies to donate?

Answer:  Many local and area merchants sell back to school backpacks and school supplies.  Some offer discounts on backpacks during this season, and others offer discounted school supplies.  We’ve seen them so far this year at Staples in Great Barrington, Rite Aid in Canaan, and Stop and Shop in Canaan, and no doubt there are others.  Let us know if you have a source to particularly recommend.

Question:  I don’t have time to shop but would like to help.  Can I donate money to this cause?

Answer: Yes you can!  Easiest way is to put a check in the offering on Sunday morning with “Backpacks” on the memo line.  Another way is to use the online donation function on our website, and in the memo area enter “backpacks”.  Finally, you can mail a check with “backpacks” on the memo line to Trinity Lime Rock, 484 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039 and it will be spent on backpacks or school supplies for the backpack project 2018.

Thank you for supporting Backpack Project 2018!!

Trinity Times for July and August

The Trinity Times for July and August is now available.  You can pick up a paper copy at Trinity, or download it here (we recommend the download because it saves on paper and copying costs, and you can get it and read it right now, but whichever works for you works for us!)


People occasionally ask why we have a weekly e-mail newsletter, the Trinity Update, and the Trinity Times too.  (by the way, you can sign up to receive the Trinity Update each Wednesday if you wish by going  HERE— and you don’t need to be a Trinity parishioner to receive it) but the answer is that the format of the Trinity Update is too brief to be able to convey much information besides who/what/when and where — there’s very little room for  “how” or “why”.  The Trinity Times covers things in more depth and hopefully answers these important questions.

Trinity Times for July and August

One topic you’re read about in this issue of the Trinity Times is our backpack project. This photo is from 2014, showing the ingathering of the backpacks

Trinity Times for May

We are happy to bring you the Trinity Times for May 2018!

The Trinity Times is our award-winning monthly newsletter, a part of life at Trinity for decades.  While it includes many upcoming events, it also includes limited commentary on both future and past events.

To download a copy, just click:


If you would prefer a printed copy, pick one up at Trinity — you’ll find them on the tables entering the nave.

Trinity Times for May

Three young women representing the Housatonic Valley Regional High School chapter of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) speaking to us at the recent Outreach Brunch — read more about it in the Trinity Times!

Trinity Times for February 2017

The new issue of the Trinity Times for February 2017 is now available.

You can download your copy right here, or, if you wish, pick up a paper copy when you are next at Trinity.

Trinity Times – February 2017

Something particularly noteworthy in this issue:  Trinity is honored to have been been selected as one of only six parishes in the entire Diocese of Connecticut to participate in a new project called “Living Local: Joining God”.   You can learn more about this initiative, and who will be representing Trinity in it, in this issue.

Some of the members of the new Living Local: Joining God initiative met on Sunday at Trinity.


The Latest about the Refugee Family

Here’s an update from Sean White of St. Mary’s Church with the latest about the refugee family with whom we at Trinity Lime Rock are assisting:

This has been a busy, productive week for the Al Ghanems.

We’re making progress with all the legal formalities.  In particular, the family has gotten started on their medical exams, which is a federal requirement.  While the U.S. State Dept. gave them complete physicals before admitting them to the country, they must do another round of exams once they get here.  The kids cannot start at Salisbury Central before these are completed.

Formal English classes for the parents began on Monday at St. John’s Church in Salisbury.  The family is going to story hour at Scoville Library.  It will be a long road, but I see improvement already.  I had my first telephone conversation with Mahmoud!

IRIS completed its employment assessment of the parents.  Now the job search begins.  Mahmoud is an experienced construction worker and building contractor.  While his English skills are very limited, he is a legal resident of the United States with the right to work.  And he is eager to work.  We have already begun contacting local employers on his behalf.  If you have any leads, let us know.

During the first two weeks after they arrived, we did not want to overwhelm the family with too many new faces.  Now they are more comfortable here, and starting to feel at home.  This week many of you got involved for the first time.  Thanks!  We will be contacting more of you in the coming days for help with babysitting, driving, tutoring and many other tasks.

Stay tuned for more to come!!!

News about the refugee family….

As most of you know, Trinity Lime Rock is strongly supporting the Church of St. Mary in Lakeville in their efforts to resettle a refugee family in the Northwest Corner.   In the interests of keeping everyone well informed, here is an update from Sean White from St. Mary’s providing current news about the refugee family.

News about the refugee family

Dear fellow Refugee Committee members and friends-

The Al Ghanems are settling into their new home and discovering their new environment.  The family is wonderful: gracious and grateful. The kids are charming and ready to learn.  The father is eager to work.  The mother is happy to see her family in a safe place.

The Al Ghanems are amazed by their new home (thank you, Wendy Hamilton)!  And I am amazed by the enormous amount of work completed in three short weeks by the committed Trinity and St. Mary’s parishioners, particularly Bob and Carol Hoskins and John and Barbara Pogue who took charge of home preparation.  The generosity of many others in providing furniture and household goods, and stocking the kitchen with food is astonishing.

Our focus now turns to self-sufficiency.  This means employment and English language learning for the parents, and schooling for their children.

As we navigate these challenges, we are most fortunate to have native Arabic speaker Zeina Mehio on the team.  Every day, she is helping the family find their way in this strange new world.  She is getting help from fellow Arabic speakers Paula Russo and Samia Elsafty.

Interpreters are necessary right now, but English language proficiency is key to independence for the Al Ghanems.  Our group also includes Katherine Perry, an experienced, professional ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher.  She will begin formal English instruction at St. John’s next week for the parents (and other adults in town).  Informal English lessons began at JFK, and have continued on a daily basis.  Zeina and Katherine have been working tirelessly these past ten days!

You may have seen Katherine and Rick Meehan herding six kids at the Grove yesterday.  They’re loving it!  You may have seen me and Zeina at the Social Security Administration office in Torrington.  Not so much!

You may also see the Al Ghanems around town.  Please say hello!  They need to practice their English.

Much more remains to be done to get our family launched.  We are fortunate to have Dick Collins, a medical doctor, and B.J. Christinat, a social worker on our team to navigate the official resettlement requirements.  Once these formalities are complete, the kids will start at Salisbury Central School.  Principal Lisa Carter has welcomed us with open arms.

A few more shout-outs are in order.  Early this year, Lloyd Baroody and I were sitting around discussing the refugee crisis, wondering what we could do on a personal basis.  With the encouragement of Leo Gafney and Rick Meehan, we formed this group under the auspices of St. Mary’s Church.  Father Joe Kurnath gave us his full and unwavering support.  Heidi Truax at Trinity Lime Rock Church came on board without hesitation.  Others of different faiths and many with no religious connections joined to create this diverse mix of people—a dozen in the core group, and many dozens beyond.  We share one goal: to help a family in need.  Thank you all.  We’ve gone from talk to deeds in six short months!

Many of you have already made contributions; many more have offered to assist.  Here’s where we are:

Household goods: We do not need more food and furniture.  Our work is done as far as preparing the house and stocking the kitchen.

Helpers: We are OK with helpers for now.  Over the coming weeks, we will review our need for drivers, baby sitters, tutors, ESOL teachers etc.

Clothing: we are assessing the family’s needs.  We will solicit donations for new clothing for school and for the winter months, probably in October.

Employment: IRIS, our refugee agency, will assess the parents’ job skills next week.  Our group will help with their job search.  If you need hard workers with limited English, let us know!  

Money* and prayers: we need more! Keep it coming!

We will keep you posted on the Al Ghanems’ progress.  At some point, when they tell us they are ready, we will have a reception for the family at St. Mary’s.

Thanks again for your help so far.  I am proud to be part of such a welcoming community and country.



*Send tax-deductible contributions to St. Mary’s Refugee Committee, St Mary Catholic Church, 76 Sharon Rd, Lakeville, CT 06039

NOTES For Trinity parishioners:

–You can also contribute financially by putting a check payable to St. Mary’s Refugee Committee in the Sunday offering.  We will get it to the right place.

–As more news about the refugee family comes in, we’ll provide updates in our weekly e-mail newsletter, the Trinity Update.  Want to receive the Trinity Update weekly (Wednesday afternoons, around 2 PM)?  It’s free, and you can unsubscribe any time — and you do NOT have to be a Trinity parishioner to subscribe!  CLICK HERE to subscribe — so you’ll always have current news about the refugee family.