Announcements & Newsletter

UKRAINE RIBBON PINS AVAILABLE There is a display table in the Lobby.  Please take a pin and make a donation to help the army in Ukraine (Cash please). This is sponsored by Nataliya Gryb who works in the New Milford Post Office.  Our member Susan Cheloudakis made ribbons and is a fellow worker.

PRAYERS AND SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE The Ukrainian Lutheran Church and surrounding Eastern European partners are providing resources and accepting refugees fleeing war. They are expecting up to 4 million refugees from Ukraine being received by 5 surrounding countries. Please continue to pray for all those impacted. If you would like to donate by mail, make your check out to “The LCMS,” and write “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line. Mail to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861. (or donate online)  https://www.lcms.org/ukraine

Trinity Tidings April / May 2022

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity,

People today as in ages past look for meaning in life. In the 1960s, young people would pack up their Volkswagens and head out to California to “find themselves.” Some came back and found their lot in life in the financial world of Wall Street. People are still looking for the meaning in life. They read spiritual and religious books and subjects on all kinds of faiths. Matthew 28:5-6 says, “I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

We in the Church can still offer a “breath of fresh air” to our members and visitors. With spring here, we look forward to the warmer days and the nice walks, jogs, or bike rides. You can open your windows again. You can take a deep breath of God’s good air and be invigorated. And during this season of Lent and Easter you can also be spiritually renewed.

It was in a tomb in Joseph’s Garden that our dead and buried Lord was given back His breath. On Easter morning, the angel announced that if you are looking for Jesus, He is not here. He has risen, just as He said. Christ was given back His breath so that His presence might serve as a living proof of His victory over sin and death. At His reunion with His disciples, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Members of our families have died both recently and in years past. They stopped breathing at one point but now have their breath back. They woke up and may have said, “Wow, I feel so good again. I can see clearly, and there isn’t any pain! This is fantastic.” We also will experience this wonderful new life when our time comes. Christ has forgiven us for whatever we have done. Christians receive His forgiveness at the Sacrament of the Altar. We are blessed by listening to the Word of God spoken through the lessons, homily, liturgy, and in singing hymns. To many members, reading the Bible and devotions at home is a breath of fresh air.

So as the saying goes, “Keep the Faith.” Forgiveness is the breath of life. It gives peace and hope in life and in death. Christ pronounced Himself the Resurrection and the Life. Because He lives, we too shall live, even as we already live in Him now by faith.

May you have a Blessed Easter,

Pastor Christian Bunzel

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE

PALM SUNDAY: April 10 – Holy Eucharist: 10:30 a.m. Receive Palms.

HOLY THURSDAY: April 14 – Holy Eucharist: 6:00 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY: April 15 – Tenebrae: Service of Darkness – 6:00 p.m.

EASTER SUNDAY: April 17 – High Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m.

On GOOD FRIDAY, the Sanctuary is open for prayer and meditation from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Tenebrae Service at 6:00 p.m. consists of Liturgy, Homily, the extinguishing of the SEVEN candles followed by darkness. The congregation leaves the service (building and parking lot) in complete silence.

On EASTER SUNDAY, the un-veiling of the Altar Cross is at the beginning of the service. Please take your Easter plants with you after the service to beautify your homes. A LIST WITH YOUR NAME and the type of plants you ordered will be on the glass window of the Church Office. We greet Pastor and each other outside of the building.

BIRTHDAYS

CLARENCE JOYCE: March 13, 1919 – Congratulations as Clarence celebrated his 103rd Birthday!! One word to describe him is “terrific.” He and his wife Mary are residing at their home. May God bless him with good health, happiness and contentment in the future.

DOTTY FRANCK: April 29, 1933 – She celebrates her 89th Birthday. God Bless Dotty with patience, peaceful days, and healing. She resides in her home in New Milford.

ANNA BELDEN: May 1, 2017 – (Pastor’s Great-Niece) who is 5 years old. God Bless little Anna as she grows up in her happy family and new home in New Jersey.

HERMINE FILIPPI: May 10, 1927 – Congratulations as Hermine celebrates her 95th Birthday! She resides at the Candlewood Valley Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. God bless her with continued good health and serenity!

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

April 6th – Richard and Joanne Bunzel (Pastor’s Brother and Sister-in-law) Who celebrate 48 years! God Bless them with continued good health, happiness, and serenity as they also enjoy their Grandchildren!

May 20th – June and Danny Tyrrell (Pastor’s Niece) The Lord continue to bless their marriage with love and serenity.

FUTURE DATE TO REMEMBER – The Feast of Pentecost, Sunday June 5th is CONFIRMATION DAY at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist.

NEW HOLY COMMUNION SET DEDICATION

On PALM SUNDAY, April 10th we will consecrate the Communion set during the Eucharist and use it for the first time. The Communion Vessels are from Molina of Spain. The Molina family of Madrid is respected worldwide for devoted artistry in creation of church metalware. Our set is called the “Santa Maria.” Elegant vessels with gold plate Chalice, Paten, and Ciborium. Silver plate overlays and bases decorated with a majestic floral motif. The set was purchased from CM ALMY & SONS of Armonk, New York. (Episcopal) and donated by the Bunzel family. It will be on display in the Lobby on the Sundays before the Dedication for viewing.

On PALM SUNDAY, we will resume with the traditional distribution of Holy Communion. Pastor will administer the Host (Body of Christ) to the Communicants. He will also use a “Lavabo Bowl” on the altar for ritual cleansing of the celebrant’s hands before the Distribution. Members may receive the Blood of Christ either from the Chalice or the individual cups.

THANK YOU

  • To our SOLOIST Sunny Harris for beautifying the services with inspiring musical pieces during the year. It is uplifting and much appreciated.
  • To those who placed EASTER PLANTS in the Chancel for The Resurrection of our Lord. Please take them home after the service.
  • To Randy Weimer for the new ceiling lights in the Narthex and for his regular work in the building checking thermostats, smoke alarms, fixing doors and behind the scene work. Jobs well done!
  • To OUR READERS on Sunday morning who are faithful in sharing the Word of God as they read the lessons during the service. They are Richard Brunhuber, Laura and Randy Weimar.
  • To OUR ACOLYTES who have resumed serving on the altar since the pandemic. They are Ayden Gold, Brendan Sartori, Nicholas Sartori, Markus Wesaw III, and Ben Weimar. NEW TO THE TEAM: We welcome William Wesaw. The congregation really appreciates having these young men and young boys serving on the Altar.
  • To our Parish Secretary, Cathy McGrath for her service to Trinity all year. We recognize her on Administrative Professionals Day on Sunday, April 24th during the church service.

ALCOHOLICS ANNONYMOUS MEETINGS – The following groups meet in the Fellowship Hall each week. Serenity at Sunrise meets seven days a week at 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Happy Destiny meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Closed Big Book meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Language of the Heart meets Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. We thank them for cleaning up the meeting room and going beyond in cleaning the hallway and restrooms. Thanks to Tony for salting the entranceway during storms!

THE BISHOPS APPEAL – “1+1+l” (One Dollar/Member/Week) Church Planting in the New England District – Each member to set aside one dollar each week in 2022. That is just $52 a year, which may raise $250,000 towards planting of new parishes. One has begun in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Mail your donation to “New England District, LCMS, 400 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01109-2723. Designate your gift to “Church Planting” in the memo line.

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN UKRAINE – and surrounding Eastern European partners are providing resources and accepting refugees fleeing war. Please continue to pray for all those impacted. If you would like to donate by mail, make your check out to “The LCMS,” and write “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line. Mail to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861 (or donate online) https://www.lcms.org/ukraine.

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD CAREGIVER! – In this day and age of the internet, social media, and search platforms, it may seem easy to use a website to find an ideal caregiver for a family member. Or better yet, people tend to ask neighbors and friends who they recommend taking of a loved one in need of home care. I see caregiver’s names hanging in grocery stores looking for work to care for our elderly. There is a lot of caregivers out there, but are they truly qualified and trained to provide the services you need? And can they be trusted in your home? I can tell you this, I would not trust some of these internet sites. Nor would I hire someone “off the street.” I would not grab a person’s name and telephone number on a tag at a local grocery store advertising they will care for my mother. The best choice is to hire a professional agency to refer a vetted caregiver or nurse. When searching for care, here are a few questions to ask the home care agency. Are the agency’s caregivers screened? And if so, what is the screening process? Is there insurance coverage in case the caregiver gets hurt? Who is responsible for paying the caregivers or nurses? Can the family or prospective client interview the caregiver prior to placement and working in their home? These are all valid questions. If there is any hesitation on the agency’s part to answer these questions, look for another agency! After 33 years of providing home care, Geron is the trusted resource in our community for home care. We provide all levels of nursing and personal care for an elderly person to stay at home. For nursing, we provide nursing treatments, wound care, medication management, collaboration between other medical providers, and follow doctor’s orders plus much more! For personal care, we help with all the person’s activities of daily living. This includes bathing, dressing, feeding, incontinence care, and cognitive assistance. We help with daily chores like errands, shopping, laundry, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, and light housekeeping to meet the client’s and family’s needs. Our premise is the client’s needs and wishes will determine the appropriate level of care. If you or your family member have questions regarding home care, please feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer your questions. You can either call us at 860-354-7698 or visit our websites: www.geronnursinginc.com or www.geronhomecare.com. We look forward to hearing from you! – Michael Gold is the owner of GeronNursing & Geron Home Care

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