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Trinity Tidings December 2021 / January 2022

Greetings in the Name of our New Born King,

It’s a lot more cheerful writing this “holiday” newsletter now than it was last year. I even had a few jokes at the announcements after the church service. The week before Sunday, October 31 I announced that “everyone MUST wear masks next Sunday.” Some may have gotten their dander up. But someone piped up and said, “That’s because next Sunday is Halloween!” Thank goodness rules have become more relaxed and we seem to be heading back to normal. We resumed having the Eucharist every Sunday “with singing.” God willing our Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be back again. One thing that never changed was the presence of Christ. He was with us last year whether we celebrated Christmas in Church or out of church. On Christmas Day last year, we did celebrate the Eucharist with the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. (Real Presence) but even though we couldn’t receive Holy Communion for a time, Jesus was still present with us. Actually a few members told me it was nice to have a quiet Christmas at home without the whole family visiting. Sometimes “simple is better.” The whole holiday can be chaotic so much that the birth of Jesus takes a back burner or in some cases is forgotten all together.

It struck me as so odd that one of the first concerns in our country this year is that due to the back-up of deliveries we will run out of Christmas gifts or not be able to buy what we want. Good Lord, is that all we have to complain about? People should be thankful they didn’t come down with the virus. Instead, we should thank God for our health and not worry about Christmas presents. What you get is what you get and that’s just fine this year.

The gift of Jesus born in the manger is the best gift we could ever receive anyway. Teach your children about this spiritual gift. In some cases, the children need to teach their parents and grandparents about this greatest of all gifts. Who is the role model in the family? Maybe one lesson from all this celebration or lack of celebration last year is to “KEEP IT SIMPLE.” There was nothing fancy about Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and that was O.K. with Mary and Joseph, the sheep and the cattle, the goats and the chickens! They never complained and the Wise men brought nice gifts, which must have been a pleasant surprise.

And so we move on with our lives as we journey into 2022. I pray that you celebrate Christmas with peace and serenity and you are given a few presents too! More than anything “KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS.”

A very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and

Healthy New Year.

Pastor Christian Bunzel

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR THANKSGIVING

On the Day of Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25th we give thanks at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on this National Holiday. (Altar color is white) Be thankful that we are still here to celebrate with our families and friends.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

ADVENT SERVICES – Beginning Sunday, November 28th (First Sunday in Advent) we prepare for the birth of Christ during the 4 Sundays before Christmas. (Altar color is blue and Advent Wreath is lit).

DECEMBER 24 – 7:00 p.m. Friday: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Altar color is white).

DECEMBER 25 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday: Christmas Day Eucharist. Join us to receive Holy Communion on the Feast of the Nativity.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Mary Joyce born December 6, 1920. God bless you Mary as you celebrate and have blessed so many people for 101 years!

BAPTISM

Jennifer Anne Shab, daughter of Margaret and Ray Shab entered into the Kingdom of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at an 11:00 a.m. service. We welcome her and pray for her happiness and spiritual growth for many years to come!

FUNERALS

Ruth E. DuBois (September 1, 1941 – September 16, 2021) The Funeral service as at the Lillis Funeral Home on Saturday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m. The Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery in New York. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Paula Scozzafava (August 14, 1932 – August 24, 2021) sister of Daniel Krizan. The Funeral Service was at Lutheran Cemetery in Danbury, CT. Our deepest sympathy to Danny and the entire family.

Lee Kilhenny, the mother of Scott. There was a private ceremony in Danbury. Lee was 85 years old. Our deepest sympathy to Scott and his family. We bade farewell to Scott on Sunday, August 29th who moved to Groton, Connecticut, in the Mystic Seaport area.

Barry Castillo, the Brother of Laurel Barron. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” Our deepest sympathy to Laurel, Ken, and the entire family.

A WORD REGARDING HOLY COMMUNION

All parishes have received notification/letters from the New England District and the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod about the practice of administering Communion. Some online or zoom services on the internet have offered Communion to those watching the service on their computers at home. It’s called virtual communion. Our Synod does not condone or participate in this practice and this view is shared by other Lutheran Synods such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Wisconsin Synod. This practice goes against the timeless doctrines of the Church. The elements (bread and wine) are to be consecrated only by an Ordained Minister or Priest. We do not consecrate “long distance” online or any other way. The word communion takes on a meaning exactly the way it sounds. In order to receive the Holy Communion we gather “together” as a community of Christians. An exception is someone homebound or hospitalized or the like receives the Sacrament by an Ordained Pastor. We strictly adhere to this practice at Trinity. For example, when Pastor is away and a Deacon conducts the service while he is gone, the Lay Leader/Deacon uses a service/liturgy of Matins. (Morning service without Communion). The service consists of liturgy, a meditation or homily, prayers, and hymns. When our Pastor is away, Holy Communion may be celebrated when an ordained pastor is filling in for him. There have been viruses, plagues, and sickness for thousands of years. The practice of receiving Holy Communion has not changed. This covid virus is not an exception. Lay people who give themselves communion at home are not receiving “Holy Communion.” Thank goodness we are so blessed and have resumed having public services and once again celebrate the Holy Eucharist together in church. People are so happy to be able to attend concerts and sports events again. Likewise Christians are so happy to be able to congregate and receive the Sacrament in church again. We pray that this continues, our churches are able to stay open, and everyone stays healthy, both physically and spiritually!!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS – has resumed on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in Pastor’s study. (5th – 6th grades)

CONFIRMATION CLASS – meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (7th – 8th grades) If you know anyone interested, please send them along to us!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – is now being offered at a time to be decided. Presently we are looking at Sunday at 9:15 a.m. December 5th held in the Fellowship Hall. Facilitator of the group is Erica Craft. If you are interested, you may call her at 860-592-0208 or sign up on the hallway bulletin board.

NEW MEMBERS – Two families will be welcomed into Communicant membership during a Sunday service in Advent. If you know of anyone interested in joining our church, please contact Pastor.

THANK YOUS

  • To Richard Brunhuber, our Deacon for conducting the Matins service for two Sundays in September when Pastor was on vacation. Very nice meditations and meaningful timely prayers.
  • To Randy Weimar for mowing the grounds all spring, summer, and fall. It was a wet season so the grass looked nice and green and healthy. He also does much around the church and in the building. He put up the storm windows, checked fire extinguishers and emergency lights. Thanks also to his son, Ben for helping.
  • To Chris Wharton for her work on the Main Entrance Garden, Island Garden, and the Corner Garden. Many seasonal flowers and plants, which bring us through spring, summer, and fall. A job well done! The deer, rabbits, and woodchucks also enjoy the salad bar!
  • To Daniel Krizan and his Grandson, Kurtis for clearing out the brush in the Island Garden and the Main Entrance Garden. It looks so nice. Also for his monetary donation for the cost of this work.
  • To all who make donations to Trinity from memorials in memory of members and family who have passed into life. It gives one a special feeling of satisfaction by this deed of love and the church appreciates it.
  • To Roger Arguello, our Treasurer for his service all year. A job well done.
  • To Ayden Gold who has resumed his work and service to Trinity cleaning the church once a month. We appreciate his time in helping us keep God’s House looking presentable for our use. Also, a job well done!
  • To Michael Gold for continuing to take charge of the rental of the Hall to various groups all year. Things are looking up as groups are beginning to come back. Michael also has the groups cleaning up after themselves and sanitizing tables and chairs after every use.
  • To Patrick Delzell for setting up Pastor’s new HP computer and printer. He put Pastor back into cyberspace! Patrick has a sharp knowledge and talent in computer technology. Pastor does not. A job well done!
  • To Cathy McGrath for her continued work all through 2021 and the pandemic in helping to keep the church running like a fine tuned machine. Cathy has served as Parish Secretary for 23 years!

‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. . . . .and all through the house, not a creature seemed stirring except a church mouse. It’s a little-known fact that on Christmas day, church mice the world over can, in the twinkling of an eye, magically transport themselves anywhere on earth. So one Christmas day not too long ago, I was traveling from house to house when, at one home I visited, all was very still and quiet except for the sound of crying coming from one of the bedrooms. As you may know, church mice are a very inquisitive group and I’m certainly no exception, so I crept up to the door that was ajar and slipped in. And lo and behold, what did I see but a young girl of about 8 or 9. She was surrounded by opened Christmas presents and tears were streaming down her face. I asked her name and why she was crying and she told me she was Mindy and was very sad because she hadn’t received one of the presents she had wanted. Well, she was crying as if her heart was about to break so I asked her if she would like to go on a short trip with me, for another little known fact about church mice is that when we magically travel on Christmas day, we can also bring someone along with us. So Mindy put on the pretty new scarf her grandmother had given her, took up a box cookies and new doll she had received for Christmas and accompanied me on our own magic carpet ride. First, we came upon a homeless woman sleeping on a snow-covered bench and when Mindy saw how the woman was shivering in the cold, she took off her warm scarf and wrapped it around her. We went further on to a local soup kitchen and saw a man who had been turned away because there was no food left. As the man slumped and trudged hungrily away, Mindy caught up with him and gave him her box of cookies to eat. We went along and saw a little girl of about 8 or 9 sitting on a curb and crying because she hadn’t received any Christmas presents at all. Mindy laid her doll, her very favorite Christmas present of all, in the little girl’s lap and the smile on both of their faces was something to behold. We then returned home to Mindy’s warm, snug bedroom and all of the other presents she had received that day. Then I asked her what she had learned while on our trip and she told me she had learned that there was joy in sharing what she had with other people and it made her and them very happy. She also realized it was important to not let the enjoyment of what she had be saddened by what she didn’t have. I think Mindy will always remember our little trip and, as she grows and matures, she’ll come to realize that the true gift of Christmas is the lessons our Savior, whose birth we celebrate that day, taught us about feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and sharing with others. All in all, it was a great Christmas for me and, I think, for Mindy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. ~ Martin, The Church Mouse