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A Special Sunday

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, February 11, promises to be a special one at Trinity. First, the Reverend Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Formation for the Diocese of Ohio, will be our guest preacher. Anna and her husband, Noah (who was recently instituted as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Parma) are the proud parents of the adorable 15-month-old Martin. Her role on the diocesan staff includes thinking a lot about how the church – ‘big C’ institutional church and ‘little c’ faith community church – can best teach and shape Christians amidst the brokenness of the world. She asks, “How can we form communities of courage and hope, when it’s easier to just disappear into apathy and Instagram, putting trust in no one because everyone is a disappointment?” Anna loves to cook, grow and eat plants, and run!

Following the 10:00 am service, all are invited upstairs to My Brother’s Place on the second floor of the Parish House for a Mardi Gras/Shrove Sunday party. We’ll combine the best of the English tradition of Shrove Tuesday – think pancakes! – and the best of the Latin tradition of Mardi Gras (which means Fat Tuesday) and Carnival (which means Farewell to Meat) – both ways to mark the shift to the 40-day penitential season of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Below are all Trinity’s offerings to help you observe an intentional and holy Lent. – from worship opportunities, to classes and gatherings, to practices you can undertake at home on your own schedule.

We say goodbye to the word, “Alleluia” this Sunday – “fasting” from the celebrations it represents in order to prepare for the great celebration of Easter on March 31 this year when we we’ll sing “Alleluia” joyfully!


Stephen Applegate


As a prelude to the season of Lent, we’ll have our Shrove Sunday/Mardi Gras celebrations this Sunday, February 11, after the 10:00 am service. (see the article elsewhere in this issue of Trinity Topics.)

The forty-day season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, with a simple, said service of Holy Eucharist in St. Mark’s Chapel at 12:00 noon, and a choral service of Holy Eucharist in the church at 7:00 pm. The imposition of ashes will be available at both services.

What is Lent? Lent is a season of self-examination when we ask God for forgiveness and for transformation. You may know Lent as the season of “giving something up,” but it can be so much richer than that. Trinity is offering a selection of activities to deepen your experience of Lent, so that the miracle of Easter shines all the brighter.

Lenten devotion and discussion. Copies of A Spring in the Desert: Rediscovering the Water of Life in Lent will be available at church on Sunday for those who want to use a daily devotional.

This book weaves Lenten themes with invitations to spiritual practices. Each day, there will be selections and reflections on scripture and the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers as well as questions for reflection. "To supplement the devotional, join us Sundays after church (11:15 am-noon) in the Walbridge Room for an opportunity to share your experiences, challenges, and discoveries through A Spring in the Desert. We will not meet on the Sundays when the Search Committee is holding its listening sessions, February 25 and March 17. For more information about the devotional or about the discussion group, contact Jolene Miller (

Wednesday noon Eucharists. Starting Wednesday, February 21 and continuing through to Wednesday in Holy Week on March 27, Trinity will offer weekly services of Holy Eucharist at 12:00 noon in St. Mark’s Chapel.

Wednesday evening activities. Starting Wednesday, February 21 and running through Wednesday, March 20, there will be four activities in which parishioners and friends are invited to participate. Come for one of the activities or all of them!

●      Service of Evening Prayer, 5:30 pm, in St. Mark’s Chapel

●      Hearty soup, bread, and salad supper, 6:15 pm, in My Brother’s Place, Children are welcome, and a child-friendly food option will be available.

●      A Dungeons and Dragons Campaign, featuring Chelsie Cree, Trinity’s Director of Music & the Arts. (see the separate invitation elsewhere in this issue of Topics.)

●      “A Doorway into the Heart of God: Reading the Passion According to Mark” will begin at  7:00 pm, in My Brother’s Place. Our Interim Rector, Stephen Applegate, will lead the class through Mark’s version of the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life from the entry into Jerusalem to the crucifixion.

The evening will end by 8:00 pm (except for Dungeons and Dragons!).

Whether you are new to Lent or you have observed it intentionally for years, we hope that you will join one or more activities to guide your journey through Lent. We look forward to traveling together with you.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. (Ash Wednesday service, The Book of Common Prayer)

Wednesday Lenten Soup & Salad Meals
Wednesday Bible Study Lenten Series

Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Lent 2024 

Calling all adventurers!

Have you ever wanted to walk through fantasy lands? Fight evil? (a Lenten theme if there ever was one!) Challenge yourself with puzzles, dazzling combat, and working together with your friends? Good news, friend- you're in luck! For the first time ever, Trinity will be hosting its first Dungeons and Dragons Campaign! Through the six weeks of Lent, adventurers will meet once a week, starting Wednesday, February 21 through March 27th, from 6:15-9:00 pm. For six sessions (starting with dinner at 6:15) players will work together and complete a fantastical story. All player experience levels (brand new or legends themselves) are welcome and wanted. Ages 12 and up. The campaign is limited to 6 player seats, so reserve your place at the table through Sign-up Genius. For any additional questions contact Chelsie Cree, your Dungeon Master for this journey:

Begin your Lenten journey on Wednesday, February 14 at 12 noon or 7pm for Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes. Our Noontime service will be held in St. Mark's Chapel. You can access the Chapel from the St. Clair Chapel entrance or by parking in the Four SeaGate Parking Garage just like Sunday mornings. We will have the Adams Street Sanctuary main doors open as well. However, street parking is not free on weekdays.


We are excited to invite all to join us for Shrove Sunday, February 11, for an incredible morning of pancakes, New Orleans tunes, fellowship, and an exciting game or two! Immediately after the worship service, we will gather together in the 2nd floor dining area (My Brothers Place) for the festivities.  So, mark your calendars for February 11th and get ready to join us.  There will be plenty of food and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you there!

Breakfast at Trinity TRAINING DAY!

Unlike the 2001 academy award winning film, this will be taking place on Sunday, February 18 @11am in My Brother’s Place and not in central LA. We will be starting off with NARCAN training, then cycling people through the various spots they’ll be able to volunteer such as oven and griddle to hosting/seating people. We’ll be going over our training manual, washing some dishes, answering questions, and having an all-around good time. Let us know if you're coming!

Finally, our soft opening for the Breakfast is fast approaching on February 25 at 8:45!  There are still some kitchen items we need, so we put together this handy dandy Amazon Wish List we’d like to share with you all!  While we received our grant and matching funds (totaling $10,000), we still have equipment and food to purchase, and this $10,000 has to last through March of 2025. If you would like to contribute to the program and do not have time to volunteer your time, this would be a great way to support us. Open the link by clicking here!

If you do purchase, please have it sent to your home and not the church address as we have issues when packages are delivered. We appreciate you and see you Sunday!


Staff member George Benson picked to serve as 

Co-Director of the College for Congregational Development

At this past weekend’s Winter Convocation of the Diocese of Ohio, Bishop Anne Jolly announced the appointment of Trinity’s George Benson to serve as one of the Co-Directors of the College for Congregational Development (CCD). This is a part-time appointment. Joining George is the Rev. Leah Romanelli-DeJesus, Priest-in Charge of St. Luke’s Cleveland. Leah is the former Director of Youth Ministries at St. Paul’s Cleveland Heights.

In their capacity the two will serve as the primary evangelists for CCD, providing oversight and support at this program as the roll-out gets underway.

The College for Congregational Development’s goal is to equip clergy and lay leaders with the knowledge, skills and practices needed to develop their congregations into healthier and more faithful communities of faith. Trinity had nine people at the Winter Convocation: Mary Beroske, Jolene Miller, Stephen Applegate, Allen Santiago, Brian Ingman, Becky Roth, Chelsie Cree, Grace Mauk, and George. To learn more about how participation in CCD can benefit Trinity, please buttonhole any of the attendees.

Judith Irwin Memorial Service
February 10, 2024 at 2:00pm

All are invited to the Memorial Service for longtime Trinity member, Judith Irwin.


Trinity@Home is now a live-stream of Trinity’s 10:00 am in-person service with an interactive chat.

Multifaith Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence Event

Thursday, February 15 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gun Violence Prevention Summit at the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH, 43215. Sponsored by the Ohio Democratic Caucus. Free. Agenda and registration here

Trinity’s mobile pantry is one of 8 monthly food pantries in Toledo/SE Michigan area.

We will host the next Food Pantry in partnership with Food For Thought on Tuesday, February 27th.

Volunteer Now!

Trinity will host the next Toledo Streets Newspaper vendor lunch on Thursday, February 15th. Click here to sign volunteer!

The Philadelphia Eleven Online Screening

March 8 @ 8pm $10

Watch this feature-length documentary film from the comfort of your own home. 

About the film

In an act of civil disobedience, a group of women and their supporters organize their ordination to become Episcopal priests in 1974. The Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia welcomes them, but change is no small task. The women are harassed, some lose friends, and others are banned from stepping on church property. We will meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution, and challenges the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom.

Trinity's next Book Club will meet Sunday, April 7 at 6:30pm via zoom. We will be reading "Tom Lake" by Ann Patchett. Sign up online!


Hello all.  We have been hard at work over the past month as a Search Committee.  We have met multiple times in person and have hosted Rev. Aaron Gerlach, our Diocesan search consultant for a meeting of spiritual growth, insight, and reflection on the sacred work and responsibility of any search committee.  

We currently have a designated place on the Trinity website.  Just look for the Trinity in Transition tab.  Here you will find information about the search process, the search committee, and important dates.  This will evolve, with more information being added as we go.  We also have a space for you to send questions to the committee if you have them. Please look and let us know what you think.

We will continue to provide updates in a variety of formats:  in Trinity Topics, via the Trinity in Transition button on the website, and during services on Sunday Mornings.  Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to reach out if you would like more information.

We are looking forward to the three listening sessions hosted at Trinity, facilitated by your search committee, and led by Rev. Aaron Gerlach.  Please see the dates below and on the website under Trinity in Transition.  We want to hear from ALL of you!  Each session will be slightly different; and will offer another way of getting to know our community. The sessions are scheduled for after church.  We understand life is busy, but sincerely hope you will join in to share your thoughts, and dreams for a new rector, and possibly learn more about Trinity’s history.

The Listening Sessions are:

February 25 –Listening Session #1; 11:45-12:45 (Sanctuary)

March 17 –Listening Session # 2; 11:45-12:45 Eras Tour Heritage Lunch (My Brothers Place)

April 21 – Listening Session #3; 11:45-12:45 (St Mark’s Chapel)

Lastly, Convocation took place this past weekend in Sandusky.  Allen Santiago and Mary Beroske, members of the search committee, attended.  What a beautiful time for learning new processes that will certainly assist Trinity in our search for our rector.

We ask for your continued prayers as we progress on our journey.

Mary Beroske, Search Communicator

Members:  Karen Keune Chair, Allen Santiago, Mark Dubielak, LaVonda Johnson, Sue Smitley, Angie Carriker, and Gail Abood.

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