Events

 

UPDATE: In-Person Worship Temporarily Suspended.
Due to Essex COVID spike and updated map turning Essex red, Trinity is suspending in-person worship until further notice. (At least two weeks Essex returns Orange/Yellow)

See message from Pastor Brett about latest developments HERE

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Register for 8am or 10am indoor worship [HERE]

Registration for any Sunday worship goes live 8am the Sunday before till 4pm the Saturday night before.

WATCH WORSHIP GUIDE VIDEO [HERE]

  1. Seating is limited for indoor worship to 30 people per service.

  2. Reservations for Sunday mornings will be open online from 12pm the Sunday before until 6pm the Friday before. (So for Nov. 8th worship services, ticket reservation will be available from 12pm Nov. 1st to 6pm Nov. 6). Link will be provided below and posted on our website, TLCcenterbrook.org

  3. Please wear a mask and keep socially distant.

  4. Please arrive early.

  5. Please check your email or our Facebook page before worship. Using the state's Data Tracker, if Essex turns red because of increased COVID infection in our area, we will postpone in person worship and move online until the town turns back to orange, yellow, or gray. The map is updated every Thursday evening.

  6. It is recommended by state health officials that you consider worshiping with us online rather than in person if you are in a high risk category or if you have a pre-existing condition.

  7. Please do not come to church if: (1) you or anyone in your family has or had a fever the prior two weeks, (2) if you've traveled to a high risk COVID state as identified by CT.gov the prior two weeks, (3) if you've been with anyone confirmed or suspected of being COVID positive the prior two weeks, (4) or if you are experiencing any respiratory, GI, or flu symptoms consistent with COVID.

  8. Worship will continue to be livestreamed on our Facebook page for those who cannot attend. We are currently raising funds for better, more professional streaming equipment.
  9.  
      Sunday School and Confirmation will take place in         
      between worship services in Fellowship Hall.
 
We are excited and grateful for this opportunity to worship inside again in person for as long as we're able. Continue to wear a mask, get your flu shot, keep socially distant, and do all the things we're supposed to so we can keep our numbers low and continue worshiping in person! Thanks and God Bless!
MAKE YOUR VOICE AND FAITH HEARD
Tonight, (Thurs. Nov 12) over 700 members of Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance's 38 churches, synagogues and mosques are gathering by zoom for an action. 

Eighteen Hartford area legislators - state 
senators and representatives, Hartford city council members - will be 
asked to stand with GHIAA in supporting:
-"Clean Slate" legislation to help our ex-offender population;
-the utter repeal of "welfare liens", an embarrassing scar on the body 
politic of Connecticut;
-the declaration of racism as a public health crisis in Connecticut.
 
Governor Lamont has been invited to attend and join us in declaring racism as a public health crisis.  We are waiting to hear confirmation from him that he is attending.
 
The meeting will commence at 7:00 pm.  Here is the link to register for it
(each individual must register; they will then be sent the link to the 
meeting sometime during the day Thursday):
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGK06mR6IzXDDYPYqUk5RRiDEFKMSCI58j74BUhTRQ_gth4A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Learn more about GHIAA and the work of churches in the Greater Hartford Area in this article HERE. Vicki Harris and Pastor Brett attended the organizing rally last year and are excited to join in future actions.
RESERVE A SPOT FOR 8am or 10am
INDOOR WORSHIP
These links will be live, 8am the prior Sunday to 4pm the night before worship.

Register for 8am or 10am worship here
New Livestreaming Equipment Being Installed

 Trinity is in the process of having professional livestreaming video and sound equipment installed in our church to make our online worship more spiritual, a better quality, and more accessible to those who cannot worship with us.

This investment is necessary during COVID when we must limit Sunday morning parishioners and for whom worshiping in person is too great a risk. This investment also brings our church into the modern era far beyond the time of COVID.

Thanks to some very generous members, we were able to sign contracts and get the work started. But we haven't met our goal yet. If you would like to contribute to this very important project, please mail checks to:

Trinity Lutheran Church
PO Box 112
Centerbrook, CT 06409

In the MEMO line write, Livestreaming
Book Club - A Christmas Carol
Friday Night, Dec. 4th, 7pm ZOOM Session
 

The next Trinity Book Discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4th, through a Zoom conference meeting.  We will be discussing "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  It's a story we all know, but how many of us have ever really thought about it as a work of literature.

For the following Trinity Book Discussion via Zoom, which will be on Friday, January 8th, we will be discussing "Laurus" by Eugene VodolazkinLaurus follows the story of a healer in 15th century plague ridden Russia, who travels through ages and countries making his way to Jerusalem.

We intentionally chose a shorter book for December, knowing Lauruswould take a bit longer to read. We invite you to read both.

All are invited to participate in the book discussion.  We always have interesting discussions and great camaraderie.  This is a great way to stay connected during this period of social distancing.
 
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Topic: Book Club
Time: Dec. 4th, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern 

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 998 222 747
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Sunday Morning Sermon Series "Unraveled"

Reconnect with your faith community this Sunday and restart your faith engine!
 
  •  "Unraveled"
    • What happens when our world falls apart? What does it look like to search for God in the gray area of our lives? How do we press onward when our tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads? Sometimes we need to be unraveled—from shame, fear, patterns, or identities that cause harm. To unravel is to acknowledge and grieve what has fallen apart to allow God's newness to unfurl.
    • This worship series explores stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new. We hope these stories and resources provide opportunities for deep reflection, meaningful connection, and perhaps a bit of clarity.
  • Make sure to pick up your FREE interactive worship journal and bring it to church with you each week; it's filled with artwork, questions for reflection, and scripture passages to take away each week.
    • For those worshipping with us online, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a journal sent to you.
 
To sign up, email Vicki Harris, Trinity Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen Site Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
DIGITAL BIBLE STUDY
Friday nights at 7pm via ZOOM except for evenings we have Book Club
Zoom invite:
Topic: Friday Evening Bible Study
Time: Oct 23rd, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/998222747?pwd=ajhtbzVhME9COFozYVdES3FZRUlyUT09
Meeting ID: 998 222 747
Password: 197651

Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 998 222 747
Password: 197651
 
 
Items Needed for Fill-the-Backpack

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO FILL BACKPACKS AGAIN? Please email Pastor Brett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up


NEW ITEMS FOR THE REGULAR PROGRAM
  • Individual cereal boxes
  • Individual instant macaroni and cheese bowls
  • Oatmeal
  • Snacks, (a mix of healthy AND fun)
  • juice boxes
  • plastic bags from your grocery shopping
 
Missed previous worship services or midweek devotionals? Check them out on our youtube page below.
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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 TLCcenterbrook.org/donate

or mail your pledges to:

Trinity Lutheran Church
Box 112
Centerbrook, CT 06409
 

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TUES. NOV

Church Council
7pm
ZOOM
 
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In Friday's Bible Study, we will be discussing Acts 17:16-34.  Among the questions we may discuss are the following:  What does Paul do while he is waiting for his companions in Athens, and why?  How do the Athenians initially react to what Paul is saying?  What do we know about what the Athenians were like at that time?  What does Paul say to the Athenians when he speaks in front of the Areopagus?  What sort of arguments does he make?  Does he reference the Scriptures?  Does he mention Jesus?  What is the reaction to his speech?  What message does this passage have for us with respect to our engagement with those in our culture who are skeptical of Christianity?
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