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Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA

Weekly eNews Brief
August 13, 2019
Upcoming Events
  • Sun Aug 18 -  Parish Picnic - bring your lawn chairs and a side dish, dessert, or drinks to share!  Outdoor Services at 10am ONLY with Rev. John Conn.  Deacon Kris returns! 
  • Sun Aug 25 -  Services at 9am ONLY with Rev. John Conn.  Farewell to Paula Crocker.
  • Sun Sept 1 -  Services at 9am ONLY with Rev. Phil Jacobs.
  • Sun Sept 8 -  Welcome Back Sunday!  Services RESUME at 8am and 10am with Rev. John Conn.
  • Sun Sept 15 -  Services at 8am and 10am with Rev. John Conn.
  • Sat Sept 21 - Trinity hosts One Family at All Saints' Attleboro.
  • Sun Sept 22 -  Services at 8am and 10am with Rev. John Conn.
Letter from Bishop Gates
Bishop Alan M. Gates issued on July 24, 2019, the following letter to the diocesan community regarding the ongoing national immigration policy crisis.

In these summer days, at a time when we may be looking forward to some opportunity for rest and renewal, many of us find ourselves deep in a state of agitation and distress over the ongoing crisis in our nation regarding immigration policy and practice.

When I was a child in the 1960s our family had good friends who had been among those 120,000 Japanese-Americans forcibly placed in internment camps in the United States during World War II.  With the passage of time, Americans recognized that this incarceration had been a violation of our own American principles and ideals.  Congressional reports in the 1980s condemned the internment as unjust and motivated by racism and xenophobia, rather than strategic necessity.  Presidents Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush all issued formal apologies and signed legislation to redress the injustice.

Why, I wonder, are we capable of acknowledging our national failures and sins only with the safe passage of time, and not when these failures are immediately before us?  What paralysis of leadership and fear of being labeled “partisan” prevents us, individually and collectively, from finding our way forward in the midst of such clear moral crisis?

I need not recite the evidence of this crisis.  We have all seen the reports:  infants and children separated from their parents; access to legal asylum application forcibly denied; detention centers marked by squalid conditions; a drowned toddler and her father washed up on a river bank.

That there is a crisis cannot be denied.  That there may be differing views of what political and legal paths forward should be pursued cannot prevent us from making and demanding a response.  Our Christian moral principles of compassion, of “welcoming the stranger” and of respect for the dignity of every human being allow for nothing less.  Our American ideals of opportunity, of receiving “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and of due legal process all point in the same direction.

I commend to you the powerful statement (available here ) issued by my colleague bishops in Texas, saying in part:

We call on our leaders to trust in the goodness, generosity and strength of our nation. God has blessed us with great abundance. With it comes the ability and responsibility to bless others. … This is not a call for open borders. This is not saying that immigration isn’t complicated. This is a call for a humane and fair system for moving asylum seekers and refugees through the system as required by law.


Likewise, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has spoken powerfully, in this video message , of our moral obligation in this moment:

[The] parable of the Good Samaritan invites us, calls us, challenges us, to be neighbor to the neighbor. Some of our neighbors are at the border and some of our neighbors are those who have immigrated to this country and are living right in our neighborhood or in our city or in our community, or our state. To show compassion to them is to obey Jesus. Go and do likewise.

I encourage every one of us to respond as our abilities and conscience dictate.  A resource list accompanying this letter provides some ways we can join, support and connect with others in making a response, locally and churchwide.

I am grateful for the additional learning, networking and ministry opportunities that are emerging through the efforts of our new diocesan canon for immigration and multicultural ministries, the Rev. Dr. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, including an immigration educational event that is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 26 (details to come).  I invite you to call upon him with your questions and ideas at or 617-482-4826, ext. 400.

Meanwhile, I am also grateful that in two weeks a group of our diocesan youth and their adult companions will spend a week in mission and pilgrimage at our nation’s southern border.  (Follow along via their blog, here .)  They will visit the migrant trail, meet with Border Patrol agents, visit a detention center and work with Cruzando Fronteras, a ministry of the Diocese of Arizona, which is caring for nearly a thousand asylum seekers awaiting their asylum interview. The teens will do whatever is most needed–rehabbing facilities, helping to prepare and serve meals, entertaining children–and in so doing they will explore issues of borders, boundaries, walls, bridges, paths, strangers, family, protection and hospitality.  I invite your prayers for our young pilgrims.

May God grant us the capacity to speak and act with courage, compassion and clarity.  May we do so in our own day, not requiring the passage of a generation before acknowledging and decrying those places where our moral compass has failed us.

Faithfully, in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates
Bishop of Massachusetts

To see the letter on the Diocese's web page and for a list of ways you can get involved with this issue within the church, click here.

A list of actions that you can take for immigrant lives have been compiled in this PDF document.
Parish Happenings

After nearly 25 years with Trinity, Paula Crocker will be leaving us to spend more time with her family.  Her last service will be on August 25.  If you would like to contribute to a gift to wish Paula well as she moves to New Hampshire, please contact Judith Gabriel.  
After an outdoor 10am service, there will be a cookout.  Trinity will provide hot dogs, burgers, condiments, and chips.  In addition to your lawn chairs, please bring a side dish, dessert, or drinks to share.
During the summer months, there are many children without access to food as schools are not in session. We are collecting non-perishable goods for the Bridgewater Food Pantry to help serve the community. Much-needed items include canned fruits & vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, and paper products.  Items will be collected at the back of the church.
Save the Date!

Trinity will be hosting One Family on
Saturday, September 21.

We will need volunteers and donations to make this event a success.
The Parish Profile Committee is continuing its work of gathering information from the Trinity congregation in an effort to accurately "tell the story of Trinity” for prospective rector candidates.  Thanks to many of you who completed our “yellow cards,” we have a good idea of the things you feel are important in our next rector.  This information will help form the basis for the completed profile that will be forwarded to the Search Committee so they can begin their work.  You are encouraged to direct any questions or concerns on our portion of this ongoing process to any of the Profile Committee members listed below.  Your prayers as we continue our work are appreciated!

Profile Committee

The Rector Search Profile Committee has begun its work.  

         Kris Aimone, Committee Chair                      John Harper, Committee Co-Chair
         Lynn Fowler                                                   Patty Moynihan
         Wendy Gabriel                                               Kirsten Russo
         Melinda Greely

Prayer for Profile Committee
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.
Crafts:  If interested in making crafts for the fair but unable to attend a workshop, please look at the easy craft ideas on the coffee hour table.  You can use these to create when your schedule allows.
Raffle: There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for gift card donations.  Please write your name and the amount of the gift card you would like to donate.  We will purchase the gift cards on your behalf from the scrip program.  Donations should be payable to "Trinity Church" and given to Sally Lamb or put in the plate labeled with Sally’s name and “gift card.”
Diocesan News

Diocesan newsletters can be found here.
Community News
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Contact Information

Reverend John Conn
  • Phone:  (617) 549-3119
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Deacon Kristine Holmes [ON VACATION FROM JUNE 10-AUGUST 17]
  • Phone:  (508) 930-5665
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Office Administration - Gina Heaney
  • Office phone: (508) 697-4311
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  • Office Hours:  select days during the summer

Senior Warden - Jerry Lenihan
  • Phone:  (508) 577-0053
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Junior Warden - Judith Gabriel
  • Phone:  (508) 697-7195
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Treasurer - Gina Heaney
  • Cell:  (508) 657-4462
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