Items Needed for Fill-the-Backpack

First Congregational Church is filling 10 large bags of food for region 4 families each week that are still in need. The Fill-the-Backpack program isn't officially happening since the school is closed for the summer, but a representative from the school system is delivering these bags to at risk families.

Would you consider bringing the following items to worship each week?
  • pancake mix
  • small, individual cereal bowls/boxes
  • pasta/sauce
  • rice
  • lemonade mix
  • fresh fruit (just for this program; there is a fridge now at the church)
  • juice boxes
Trinity Member Officially Returns to Rostered Ministry

Please join us in congratulating Rev. Sara Stall-Ryan on officially being reinstated to the Ministers of Word and Sacrament roster!

Pastor Sara took leave from ministry a decade ago to raise her two sons. She's served as associate pastor before that. As of June 12th, Sara completed her paperwork and interview process and was approved for reinstatement to ministry. She's received a call from the New England Synod to serve as transitional pastor to Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, CT.

So two things: (she won't see this email so this will be a surprise)

Firstly, would you send Pastor Sara a congratulations card? This is a big deal. Her address is in our directory. (If you need a copy of the directory, please contact the office). It would be wonderful if the Stall-Ryans returned from vacation to dozens of congratulations cards from her church family.

Secondly, church council would like to purchase a stole for Pastor Sara. A stole is the colorful cloth garment that drapes over the pastor's neck during worship. This vestment is the OFFICIAL sign of the office of pastor.

If you would like to contribute to this gift, please send checks to Trinity Lutheran Church, Box 112, Centerbrook, CT 06409 with the words "Pastor Sara" in the memo.

-Pastor Brett

Book Club - Short Stories: Friday Night, August 7th, 7pm ZOOM Session

The next Trinity Book Discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7th, through a Zoom conference meeting.  The relevant Zoom sign-in information is set forth below.  We will again be discussing short stories.  The two short stories for the Book Discussion are linked.  "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence is a story about a family who benefits from winnings on horse race betting as a result of a son who is able to predict winners after riding his rocking horse.  "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street" by Herman Melville involves a young man who works as a clerk for a Wall Street lawyer and, after a period of working hard, refuses to do various tasks required of him.

All are invited to participate in the Book Discussion.  We always have interesting discussions and great camaraderie.  This is a wonderful way to stay connected during this time of social distancing.



Topic: Book Club

Time: Aug 7th, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 971 1944 3057

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DIGITAL BIBLE STUDY.  Zoom Bible Study Sessions

Sundays, 9am
Zoom invite:
Topic: Sunday Morning Bible Study
Time: Apr 19, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time 

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Meeting ID: 998 222 747
Password: 197651

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Meeting ID: 998 222 747
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Benevolence Committee

Church, many in and outside our faith community have lost jobs and work and are struggling. We want to remind you about our Benevolence committee. If you find yourself in need of help with a bill, money for prescriptions, food or gas cards, or something else, please reach out to Pastor Brett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 203.560.0012) or Barb Hesser, the chair of the committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860.655.9687) and we can make an anonymous request to the committee on your behalf

If you are able, please continue to send in your pledge. Our ministry is 100% dependent on the giving of our members and the "passing the plate," both of which will be greatly affected in the weeks and months ahead.

Sign up for automated, reoccurring giving online at

or mail your pledges to:

Trinity Lutheran Church
Box 112
Centerbrook, CT 06409

FRI. AUG.  Book Club.  7pm

via ZOOM

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