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Weekdays, July 15 – July 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (grades 2-8)

The CT B.I.T. Players (Bible in Theater)
The mission of the B.I.T. Players is to acquaint young minds with stories from the Bible using the vehicles of drama, movement and music. During the process, participants will be encouraged to develop a sense of commitment, community, discipline, and self worth.

Each day will include time spent on learning music and movement for a musical production that is based on the Bible. Every effort will be made to foster each child’s personal talents, while further developing their skills.

The program will culminate with a performance that will be open to the public on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

WHEN: Weekdays, July 15 – July 26, 2019—9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rehearsal sessions will be held at: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Essex, (7/15-22) Trinity Lutheran Church, Centerbrook, (7/23-25)

TUITION: $25.00 (Scholarships available) Participants are asked to bring their own lunches and snacks.

  • CASTING: Opportunities range from beginner to advanced.  To best showcase the participants, we will evaluate the following skills:
    • SINGING: Participants should plan to sing a short song without instrumental accompaniment. Row, Row, Row Your Boat is acceptable.
    • MOVEMENT: Participants will be asked to learn and present a combination of steps during casting appointment.
    • ACTING: Participants should plan to recite and/or rap 5-10 sentences of a favorite poem or song lyrics with the expectation of repeating the selection expressing happiness, sadness, anger, and curiosity. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is acceptable.
  • To schedule a casting appointment, contact Chelsea at 860.767.8095 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Valley Shore Clergy Association Invites You To 3 
Interfaith Peace Potlucks!

We're very excited to offer again a chance at interfaith fellowship and learning opportunities with three potlucks over the summer at three houses of worships with three important topics. At each potluck, representatives from the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions will use texts from their Holy Scriptures to speak to each topic and how it relates to that faith tradition. 

You are invited to bring your family (children included!), as well as a potluck dish (vegeterian please), and any questions you might have. This is a chance for open dialogue and community building.

  1. Wednesday, June 19th @ 6:15pm. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, CT.  Topic - Pursuing Justice. ***Pastor Brett will be a speaker at this event
  2. Wednesday, July 17th @ 6:15pm. United Church of Chester. Topic - Children of Abraham & Sibling Rivalry
  3. Wednesday, August 28th @ 6:15pm. Baitul Aman House of Peace Mosque, Meriden, CT.  Topic -  Spiritual Practices

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Congregational Meeting, Sunday, June 2nd, 9am

Church, you are invited to a congregational meeting being held on Sunday, June 2nd at 9am to vote on increasing the pastoral parental leave policy from 6 weeks to 8 weeks as recommended by council. This discussion and vote is expected to be quick, but we are hoping you will attend and add your voice and presence to ensure our quorum and valuable discussion.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 11:15 AM

Stewardship Committee
A group of people with a vision of seeing ourselves as stewards of all that God has given us. (open meeting)

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Mission Trip Meeting, Thursday, May 23rd 5:30pm

High School Mission Trip Meeting
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Saybrook
Summer Mission trip open to anyone entering grades 9-12 Fall 2019


Meet 5 mins early before any worship service in the robing room (next to the bathroom off the Sanctuary) to practice praying with Pastor. Pray aloud or be simply be there for prayer.

In need of prayer?

Send a prayer request to the prayer chain by emailing Sheri Dieso:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To get a prayer added or updated in the bulletin, email Barb Westwater:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
E-mail announcements to Pastor Brett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesdays to have them published in the e-news and bulletin.


The next Trinity Book Discussion will be held on Friday, June 14th, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Robin and Warren Kleeman, 79 Witch Hazel Drive, Deep River. We will be discussing Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks. This book by a New York Times bestselling author offers a strategy for us in these highly partisan times to express our viewpoints without attacking others and, thereby, to bridge our differences and mend personal relationships. The book has been praised by people on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. All are invited to come to the book discussion, even if you haven't read the book. There are always drinks and nibbles, as well as great discussion and camaraderie.

Please let Robin or Warren Kleeman or Diane or Mike Macris know if you plan to attend (even if you are a regular participant) so that we will have some idea of how many will be there.

The next two books we are planning to read are The Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Trinity Goes to the Theatre:

Save the date! Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m.  We've reserved a block of tickets for "Godspell" presented at our spectacular neighbor The Ivoryton Playhouse at a group rate of $39 per ticket.  Look for details in late April about how to reserve and pay for your tickets.  Contact Margo Gifford for more information.

Bible Study

There will be Adult Bible Study this Sunday, May 19th, at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Our focus passage will be John 10:11-30. Among the questions we may discuss are the following: Why does Jesus describe himself as the "good shepherd"?  What does Jesus say are the characteristics of the good shepherd?  Who do the hired hand and the wolf referenced in John 10:12-13 represent?  Who do you think are the other sheep mentioned in John 10:16, and what point do you think Jesus is making in this verse?  Are Christians supposed to be sheep, shepherds, or both?  What does Jesus mean when He speaks of laying down His life and taking it up again in John 10:17?  Why do the religious authorities ask Jesus if He is the Messiah, and how does Jesus respond?  Are Jesus's followers part of His flock because they believe, or do they believe because they are part of His flock?  How do we become part of Jesus's flock, and what benefits do we derive from being in the flock?  Please join us for coffee, a light breakfast, interesting conversation and great fellowship.

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Introducing Electronic Giving for Trinity, using
"ELCA Giving Tool" App

  • Search and download the ELCA Giving Tool app from your mobile device or click HERE to sign up from your computer. 
  • Register your debit or credit card and give electronically to your congregation.
  • Give one time gifts or set up automatic giving.
  • The ideal giving platform for people (like me, your pastor) who are constantly forgetting to bring their checkbooks, or forget to keep up with pledging when I'm not in church on Sunday.
  • "Set it and forget it" and never get behind on your giving again!
  • For more info, contact the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.