How is the Episcopal Church different from other Protestant churches?
Can you take communion if you’ve never been baptized?
What do you “have to” believe to be an Episcopalian?
If you’ve been away from the church for awhile, if you’re hoping to connect with a church community on a deeper level, if you feel that Jesus is asking you to walk with him, maybe the Inquirers class is right for you.
It’s a series of classes to prepare you for one of three types of re-dedication to Jesus:
Confirmation, the sacrament where you vow to do your best to follow the teachings and path of Jesus Christ;
Reaffirmation, for those who have fallen away from the church and wish to make a new public commitment to Christ; and
Reception, for those baptized or long-practicing in other denominations who wish to make a new committment to Christ as part of our Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.
Father Pete is offering the Inquirers class series on four Sundays: May 5, May 19, June 2, and June 16. Email him or give him a call if you’d like to know more or are ready to sign up!
This year, our Easter offering will go towards reuniting Jacob Chol, a refugee from Sudan who came here in 2001 and became a citizen in 2008, with his wife Kuany and their three children. Read Jacob’s story in the Outreach section of this website.
Kuany and the kids just received visas last month, and the only thing standing between them in Nairobi and Jacob here in Grand Rapids are … plane tickets.
Father Pete and the Outreach committee already have $1,500 of the $3,000 to $4,000 needed. Our plan is to contribute the Easter day offering in hopes that we can raise enough to bring the family here.
Please be generous
Use the special Easter offering envelope if you have envelopes, or you can mail us a check at the church address: 5333 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509. Just write “For Jacob and family” on the memo line of your check.
If all goes well, they will be reunited by June, before the end of the Easter season!
The draft copy of our new church directory is on the table in the narthex. PLEASE check your page and confirm that it is correct by writing OK on your page. If your page doesn’t have a photo or if you do not like the current photo you can email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DEADLINE for making any changes to your page is April 14!
Our Sunday School kids are planning an outreach project again this year. They are
collecting small unopened, unused bottles of perfume, lotion, nail polish, hair products, deodorant, personal products, etc. and putting together “goodie bags” for the women who reside at a domestic crisis shelter. Most often, these women arrive at the shelter without anything but the clothes on their backs.
Please bring your donations to Sunday School classroom 4 on or before Sunday, May 5.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Saturday, April 20 is our annual Easter egg decorating party, followed by the always popular egg hunt!
Bring your kids, baskets, and some hard-boiled eggs. We’ll supply the egg dyes, stickers, crayons, plus some candy-filled plastic eggs and more. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m.
Once we’re finished decorating the eggs, adults will hide them around our grounds. Then we send the kids off to find the eggs, youngest kids first. It’s a fun time for everyone and we usually finish up right before noon. See you there!
How do we invite people to come worship with us?
How do we welcome them when they first come through our doors?
How do we connect with them in the work of our congregation?
Hi, it’s Lynne Homeyer. When Peter was going to seminary in California, I attended a two-hour version of this workshop offered by the Diocese of California, and it was full of simple ideas for inviting, welcoming and engaging with new people.
Now the Diocese of Western Michigan is offering us the opportunity to attend the full one-day workshop, and Peter and our Senior Warden, Debbie Murphy, and I will be going to Midland, Michigan on May 4 – and I’m excited! BUT It would be great to have some folks who have been at Holy Trinity for awhile come with us, too, particularly anyone who is interested in our welcoming, outreach and hospitality ministries.
Let our Priest-in-Charge, Peter Homeyer, know if you’re interested? We need to register in advance so we’ll have materials and a lunch waiting for us!
Event details on the Diocese of Eastern Michigan website
Invite Welcome Connect website
“Narthex” is the fancy Episcopal term for “lobby” or “the space before you get to the Sanctuary.”
We have put together a team to make the narthex a brighter, less cluttered and more welcoming space. Look for new paint, different furniture, and other exciting changes.
If you have questions or ideas, feel free to contact the committee:
- Melissa Puzan, head
- Debbie Murphy
- Vern Herring
- Becky Wells
- Lynne Homeyer
Beginning this spring, the Sudanese Grace congregation will be using two rooms off the Undercroft to teach church school on Saturdays. Classroom 3 and the Library will become primarily theirs. Welcome!
Let’s bring our whole selves to follow Jesus as he enters Jerusalem in triumph on Palm Sunday, gives his life to a humiliating death for us, and rises again.
Palm Sunday, April 14
10 a.m.: Procession of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6 p.m.: Middle Eastern meal followed by foot washing. Please bring some finger foods to be shared: Figs and other finger fruit such as grapes; cheese; veggies; pita or naan breads; hummus; olives; smoked fish; nuts.
Good Friday, April 19
12 noon: Devotion of the Cross
7 p.m.: Stations of the Cross outdoors in the pines. Meet behind the Rectory (the house across the parking lot from the church). We’ll hold a Taize service in the church afterwards.
Holy Saturday, April 20
10 a.m.: Egg decorating and Easter egg hunt
10:30: Altar Guild cleaning – all hands needed!
Easter, April 21
8:30: Celebration breakfast. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how many folks to expect.
10 a.m.: Festive Holy Eucharist – Bring bells to ring for all alleluias!
More details will be unveiled soon!