Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is welcoming nine – yes, nine! people from our congregation who are coming forward to be confirmed in their faith, or reaffirm their faith, or be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition. They have attended Enquirer’s Classes with Father Pete and have made their decisions to join or rejoin the Episcopal Church prayerfully and powerfully.
So, on Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m., we are hosting a Diocesan confirmation service, where Bishop Whayne will come lay hands on these “new” members and bless their faith journeys. And then, we celebrate in our traditional manner – with a barbeque!
Sign up! We need a head count!
We really need to know if you’re coming so the menfolk know how much to grill! There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex (lobby) of the church.
Can you bring anything?
You mean, besides yourselves? Well, the menfolk are grilling the pork chops, veggie burgers etc. And many of us have already taken the pans/recipes for the side dishes – cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, and cornbread. Of course, bring your own beer – or other beverage! And if you want to bring anything else, of course, it will be welcome!
Bonus: Diocesan House Open House!
Our former Rectory across the parking lot is now home to the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. After the confirmation service, the Diocese is inviting one and all to tour their offices as part of the celebrations.
In the Image needs volunteers to pass out shoes to students in need at 39 elementary schools in the Grand Rapids school district.
Monday, August 12
Wednesday, August 14
Friday, August 16
10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 .pm.
The In the Image S.H.O.E.S. program aims to inspire confidence, physical activity, and inclusion by providing a new pair of back-to-school athletic shoes for free to students in need. Holy Trinity supports this important work both through volunteers and a cash donation.
Like to help or know more?
Check out the link on the In the Image website (click the “Volunteer” tab to give your time) or talk to Nancy Walters.
Our Sunday, September 15 Holy Eucharist service at 10 a.m. will be outside, in our beautiful natural area behind Diocesan House. We will worship in the grass near our labyrinth with music from the Beatles!
Bring a camping chair, kick off your shoes and join us in worshipping God in the great outdoors.
BTW: What Beatles song would Jesus sing?
Say you don’t need no diamond rings And I’ll be satisfied Tell me that you want the kind of things That money just can’t buy I don’t care too much for money Money can’t buy me love
Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so Can’t buy me love, no, no, no, no …..
We’re hosting a big event on Sat., Aug. 17 – so we need all hands on deck to do some cleaning and re-organizing on Sat. , Aug. 10. Senior Warden Debbie Murphy will direct the crew of volunteers as we:
Clean out the former nursery to make it usable again
Reconfigure Classroom 2 into a combined library and conference room. We need help putting 2 new bookcases together, removing one filing cabinet, moving the other (very heavy) filing cabinet, and shelving books.
On Saturday June 15 from noon to 6 p.m. we, along with St. Mark’s, Two Churches, and St. Andrew’s, are hosting a booth at Pride Festival 2019 in Grand Rapids. Volunteers are needed to hand out water bottles, buttons, and answer questions.
The volunteering is easy and divided into 2 hour windows. Look for the sign up sheet in the Narthex.
Update, June 2: We collected 70 sets of twin sheets for Family Promise!
We’re having a “Give a Sheet” sheet drive for the emergency shelter at Family Promise. Bring new, packaged, twin sheet sets to church, and we’ll bless them on Sunday, May 19 and then donate them to Family Promise for families in the Fulton Manor emergency shelter. These sheets go with the families when they leave the shelter for their new apartments.
Learn more about Family Promise
Join us at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, May 5, to learn more about Family Promise and how we can serve the working homeless. Their Executive Director, Cheryl Schuch, will present information on the organization and their newest project. For more details, visit their website.