Photos from September 30 and October 1 at Trinity Lime Rock

PHOTOS FROM september 30 and October 1, 2023

TWO WEEKS IN A ROW!  WE NEEDED A POTOS SUPPLEMENT THIS WEEK TOO!!!

SO HERE IT IS! Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 at Trinity Lime Rock photos

MORE FROM JANE TUTTLE’S FUNERAL:

Some photos from the livestream:

ABOVE:  Al Dorf read the Prayers of the People.  It was great to see Al in person — he drove down from his home in New Hampshire to be with us for Jane’s funeral.

ABOVE: Jordan Rose Lee joined us from Crescendo with others.  Here’s Jordan offering a solo on “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck during Communion.

Here’s one from the interment:

Following a wonderful catered lunch, mourning gave way to  life at Trinity as the Art Show resumed:

FROM THE ART SHOW:

ABOVE: A photo of the painting that received the people’s choice award!

SUNDAY WE OBSERVED THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS WITH BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT THE 8 am AND 10:30 am SERVICES.

 

ABOVE: Choir members with dogs (photo: Christine Gevert)

ABOVE: For those whose pets couldn’t attend, Pastor Heidi was glad to bless a photo on a cellphone.

But of course there were plenty of dogs (all dogs this year — no cats or other pets, unlike most years) available for blessing.  Note the collection of pet food, pet toys, etc. for the Little Guild of St. Francis next to the font.

Dogs were initially taking everything in….

…but very soon their attention belonged to the service in progress.

Dogs got to know each other — and, as usual, there were no notable incidents.

Pastor Heidi has developed the skill of blessing two dogs at the same time!

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Photos from September 24 at Trinity Lime Rock

PHOTOS FROM Sunday september 24, 2023

WE DON’T OFTEN HAVE A SPECIAL PHOTO SUPPLEMENT FOR THE TRINITY UPDATE, BUT THIS WEEKEND WE NEEDED ONE — SO HERE IT IS! Sunday,  September 24 at Trinity Lime Rock photos

FROM THE CROP WALK:

Deacon Felix captured the rather casual start of the walk, for which we joined the Salisbury Congregational Church:

Rev. John Nelson of the Salisbury Congregational Church provided this group photo:

Pastor Heidi provided several pics:

The walk followed the Rail Trail — nice and level with no hills at all!

Rachel Lamb, who organized Trinity’s participating this year, provided more photos:

A family photo from Michelle Sisk:

 

FROM THE 8 AM SERVICE: (special thanks to Michelle Sisk)

In the last few years, the 8 AM service at Trinity has grown!  While there have always been a faithful few who attended at 8 AM, since COVID we’ve seen the number of “8 o’clockers” increase to the point that they no longer gather in the chancel for the service, but now sit in the nave.

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News about the Trinity Update

Unfortunately, the outside mailing house that distributes our weekly Trinity Update e-mail newsletter is having serious — SERIOUS — problems and cannot estimate a restoration date.

Accordingly, our usual Wednesday Trinity Update didn’t go out. And furthermore, we don’t know when it will go out!

We do try to ensure that most information in the Trinity Update can also be found here on the website or on one of the other web services we use.

Tomorrow — Thursday, February 24 — Bible Study will take place via Zoom at 12:30 PM. If you don’t have the link for it, you can find it on our Zoom page

Most other information can be found on our WHERE IS IT? page

We regret the problem this vendor is having, and we hope they are able to restore service soon. Thank you for your patience.

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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.

Regards-

Sean

*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.

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