Trinity Tidings April/May 2021
Dear Members and Friends of Trinity,
Greetings in the Name of our crucified and Risen Lord! Many people throughout the ages have asked, “Where is God today?” Throughout my short life I’ve noticed that people are bold to come forth and ask questions like “How could a loving God allow this to happen?” after some tragedy or a terrible loss of a young child in the family. But when blessings or good fortune fall upon someone they seldom give God any of the credit. The ‘loving God’ only gets the blame during bad times.
As Easter approaches, people usually fill the churches throughout our land to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, although this year it may be slightly different due to the pandemic. I have always enjoyed Easter Sunday, and as a child I always enjoyed the peacefulness of the Sunday after Easter. In my family, we went to Sunday School and church the Sunday after and it was less attended but very peaceful and more relaxed. It taught me that the resurrection of Jesus is more than just a one-day celebration. His resurrection is something that we observe all year long.
After the resurrection, there is the event on the road to Emmaus. It was a quiet walk for a few disciples of Jesus a few days after everything had happened. They didn’t really believe that Jesus had risen because they hadn’t seen Him yet. That night the stranger who walked with them would allow them to recognize that He was their good friend and Lord Jesus. What an up-lifting moment for them even though it was after Easter. John 2:11 says, “He (Jesus) thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.”
Many people, influenced by science and the shortcomings of the human intellect, look for tangible evidence of the Christian faith. They want to see, hear, touch, and taste for themselves. Some say they would believe Christ and His teachings if they could see Him for themselves. Obviously, this is not possible. The Savior is with us, for He said, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” But it is true that Jesus is no longer bodily present. He now sits at God’s right hand.
Today, and for us fans of the Easter celebration, He is present in Word and Sacrament. When the Gospel of our salvation is proclaimed, we hear the very Word that He Himself proclaimed. On Easter and yes, after Easter Sunday in the calm and peacefulness of our lives when somebody speaks to us one-on-one and tells us what Jesus said and did, it is as though we hear Jesus say the words Himself. We receive Jesus in the Body and Blood in Holy Communion in the bread and wine. He is in us and we are in Him.
As an adult, I still like the time after the Feast of the Resurrection. Easter Sunday itself, as it is celebrated by Christians is truly a spiritual holy day. It doesn’t have the distractions of Christmas. Besides a nice dinner and a few chocolate bunnies and marshmallow eggs and Easter baskets, it leaves a more spiritual feeling. It should, since it deals with where we’re going after our short life here on earth comes to a blessed end.
This year as in any other year, we are free to lay aside the burden of our doubts and hear what Jesus says. After the few disciples met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and later recognized him as their risen Lord and best friend, they asked each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They said to the rest of the group later on “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
May your Easter Sunday be a spiritual experience and may that feeling go with you the days after as you walk your own walk on the road through life.
Have a Blessed and Healthy Easter,
Pastor Christian Bunzel
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES AT TRINITY
PALM SUNDAY: March 28th – Holy Eucharist – 10:30 a.m. with the Blessing of the Palms. Please receive your palms in the Lobby as you leave following the service.
HOLY THURSDAY: April 1st – Holy Eucharist of the Last Supper – 6:00 p.m. We will not be participating in the Stripping of the Altar this year. The church is open for prayer and meditation from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY: April 2nd – Tenebrae Service – 6:00 p.m. There is the Liturgy, Sermon, the extinguishing of the candles, followed by darkness. The congregation leaves the worship service (building and parking lot) in complete silence. The church is open for prayer and meditation from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY: April 4th – High Holy Eucharist – 10:30 a.m. 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 own homes. No Easter Breakfast this year.
During all of the services, we observe social distancing, masks worn and are available in the Narthex along with cleanser and wipes. Holy Communion is taken by the individual worshippers from the table at the bottom of the Chancel steps. Pastor gives you the blessing from the Altar.
NO GREETING OR CONVERSATION – with worshippers before, during or after any service. Please greet each other, if you wish, OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING. This is for everyone’s protection
BIRTHDAYS – CLARENCE JOYCE: March 13, 1919 – Congratulations as Clarence celebrates his 102nd Birthday!! He is a very special person to us, to his family, and to the Lord!! May God bless him with continued good health, happiness, and serenity in the future. Clarence and his wife Mary are residing at their home!
HERMINE FILIPPI: May 10, 1927 – Congratulations as Hermine celebrates her 94th Birthday! She is also a very special person to us, to her family, and to the Lord!! Hermine is presently residing at the Candlewood Valley Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. God bless her with continued good health and serenity!
PASSED INTO LIFE – Lillian Gubler: (June 4, 1925 – October 28, 2020) Lillian was a long time member of Trinity Church. She was a faithful member of the Altar Guild for many years. She worked at dinners, classic car shows, and was a regular at the Women’s Bible Class. She was very faithful at worship and received the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion weekly. She resided at Brookfield Commons Assisted Health Facility for a few years before she moved to a Health Care facility in Nevada to be closer to her niece Lynne. She was and still is missed. “Be though faithful unto death, and I will give to thee the Crown of Life.”
A FOND REFLECTION – by Dottie Simonides. Dottie was Trinity’s parish secretary until May 1998. She now resides in Madison, Connecticut.
Ellen Lillian Gubler went home to be with the Lord Jesus on October 28, 2020, at the age of 95. “Lil” was an active member of Trinity for about 25 years. Her love for flowers and gardening suited her well to serve a long time as Altar Guild chair. She was also a faithful folder of our weekly church bulletins.
Born June 4, 1925, to Jacob and Clara Gubler, in Tuxedo, NY, Lil later lived in Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley, NY. She studied to become a nurse, earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a head nurse at Columbia Presbyterian. Her dad bought a vacation home in New Milford, so Lil was familiar with the area when she moved there following her retirement.
Our friend enjoyed baking and bird watching. She was ever eager to try new things. Climbing a ladder to care for her home was nothing to her. Dottie Simonides recalls, “When I asked Lil about recommending someone to help me hang wallpaper, I saw a gleam in her eye. I asked her if she was interested and she jumped at the chance. She taught my husband and me how to hang the paper. I will forever remember her, when she was about 75, balancing on my bathtub and reaching to press the paper against the wall. She was very agile, and did an excellent job. Her lessons left us able to manage the kitchen wallpaper on our own.”
As life got difficult for Lil, she moved to Brookfield Commons, but still came to worship quite often. More recently, her niece, Dr. Lynn Thomas, brought her to Zephyr Cove, Nevada, where she could have special care. Lil is also survived by her niece Mary Ellen Kluge and nephew Steven Kluge, his wife, Christine, and their four children. Her sister and frequent comrade, Ruth Gubler Kluge, predeceased her. We are ever grateful that Lillian graced us with her joyful presence and shared in the faith with us for those many years.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).
NEW MEMBERS – WELCOME to Erica and Dennis Craft of Kent, Connecticut who were transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, New Milford, Connecticut from Christ The King Lutheran Church, Pawling, New York. They will be welcomed at a worship service at a later date. May God bless their worship life with us at our Trinity Community for years to come!
CONCORDIA COLLEGE, BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK TO CLOSE
On January 28, Concordia College, Bronxville, New York and Iona College, New Rochelle New York, issued a joint press release detailing the closure of Concordia College in the Fall of 2021. The release “announced the institutions are proceeding with a formal agreement for Iona College to acquire Concordia’s Bronxville campus and provide continued education for Concordia’s students through a tech-out plan, enabling most students to continue their degrees to completion at Iona, which is owned and operated by the Catholic Church. Concordia College classes will cease beginning with the fall 2021 semester and the college will close. Concordia College traces its beginnings to 1881 and is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod. It was provisionally chartered in 1936 by the New York State Board of Regents and received an absolute charter in 1940. The college has offered associate degrees since 1951, bachelor’s degrees since 1972, and master’s degrees since 2011. Read more at Concordia-ny.edu. (Pastor Bunzel graduated from Concordia, New York in 1971).