Refresher for crucifers and acolytes June 9

Calling all crucifers and acolytes! Join Father Pete for 30 minutes of training in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, following the service.

Immediately after that, you’re invited to a “thank you for serving” outing to Craig’s Cruisers!  (Hey, is this a good reason for you to sign up for the crucifer/acolyte crew?)

“Give a sheet.” Specifically, new twin-size ones.

minions sheets and comforter
Color and design are up to you!

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

Cheryl Schuch

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.

Mulch much? Need your help on Mulching Day, June 8.

Join our merry grounds crew on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. to spread mulch around Holy Trinity church and the Diocesan office building. Please email Debbie Murphy at debbiephelpsmurphy@gmail.com or call her at 513-708-2541 to let her know you’ll show up and to see what tools to bring. Oh, and wear your garden gloves! Thank you in advance for your help!

Success! Easter offering = plane tickets for Jacob’s family!

The Holy Trinity family has done it again! We dedicated our Easter offering to bringing Jacob Chol’s wife, Kuany, and their three children from Nairobi to Grand Rapids, and we did it!  Read Jacob’s story.

With the grand total raised at more than $6,000, Jacob was able to buy the plane tickets this week. He will be reunited with his family when they arrive at the Grand Rapids airport on Saturday, May 18. Alleluia! God is good!

Look for plans soon about joining the welcoming party at the airport when the family arrives.

Curious about the Episcopal Church?

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!

Our Easter offering goes to … plane tickets?

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!