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In appreciation: Allen Berrien

From Trinity Church
Lime Rock Senior Warden Linda Lloyd

I can’t remember exactly when Allen came to Trinity but what I do know is that one day he was there and from then on he was always a quiet presence ready with a smile and a greeting for everyone who came through the doors on Sunday. For a long time he rode his electric bike to church in all kinds of weather, always cheerful and happy to be there with his Trinity family. I looked forward to seeing him and, knowing some of his physical problems, was always concerned when he wasn’t there. Even with his health declining he worked, sending emails and letters, making phone calls when he could, and giving his advice to the vestry. Whatever problems he had earlier in his life, the man I knew practiced his faith and sowed generosity and love to everyone he met. Sometimes the quietest voices in our lives turn out to be the loudest in our hearts. He will be missed.

From Trinity Church
Lime Rock Verger,
Geoff Brown

As well as the personal loss all of us feel with Allen’s passing, I’m struck by how much I depended on him to make Sunday services (back when they were in-person and fully staffed) happen. Allen was my go-to person to sub for nearly anyone who didn’t show up.  He also served as Head Usher, and he was always a step ahead of me when a problem occurred. He was ready with the answers to questions that I didn’t even realize I had — until I needed an answer right then.  He did so much that likely no one ever noticed — except, perhaps, to notice that it had been done.   He was always there — and now he isn’t.

From Trinity Church
Lime Rock Pastor
Heidi Truax

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. — 2 Timothy 4:7

Allen Berrien, our Junior Warden, is very much missed by the parishioners at Trinity Church. I can tell because of all the people who have reached out to me since his death on Oct. 8. Everyone has a little story to tell me about Allen. He helped Alice on the Altar Guild, he helped Geoff with ushering and reading, he took on the Stewardship Campaign last year and was also Clerk of the Vestry for a few years. He touched the hearts of many people. 

He often told me how important his faith community was to him. And he also told me how important his AA community was to him. He found his Higher Power in both the church and the rooms of AA.  He just loved us all. “You know, I wear my heart on my sleeve,” he would tell me. He was humble, caring and positive, despite the health challenges he faced.  Rest in peace, friend … Jesus’ little lamb (his name for himself) .

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