Annual meeting is Jan. 26

We’re having our annual parish meeting on Sunday, January 26 right after the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

We need your vote! We need your hot dish!

We’ll meet in the Parish Hall downstairs, and to tempt everyone to stay and share, we’re making it a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish.

Printed packets will be available at the meeting, but it would be great if you’d read the packet that was emailed to you ahead of time and have your questions ready.

We need a quorum to vote on the proposed change to our bylaws (see below) and to vote in our new Vestry members, so come one, come all!

Candidates for Vestry

This year, Debbie Murphy, Lisa Nelson and Barb Stuije are rotating off the Vestry, and Ron Tiller has resigned. Fortunately we have four people running for Vestry!  Linda Kitsch, Kevin Murphy, Nan Campau and Genia LaNore.

If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Warden, Debbie Murphy.

Proposed change to our bylaws

At our December vestry meeting a motion was presented to allow acting-clergy,
Peter Homeyer, the right to say yes or no to persons carrying guns at Holy Trinity.
It was unanimously adopted. We would now like to adapt the bylaws of the church to
have Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Wyoming Michigan be a gun-free campus.

The proposed adapted portion of the bylaw will read:

“Holy Trinity is a gun-free campus, with the only exception being licensed

law enforcement officers.”

Join us for The Way of Love Series: Prayer

Join us on Sundays at 11:30 as we explore four different forms of prayer.

Classes include:

  • January 19, The Daily Office
  • February 2, Centering Prayer
  • February 9,
  • February 23, The Lord’s Prayer

No advanced work needed. Grab a coffee and come to the Upper Room!

“Souper” Bowl Challenge results

Two Churches (Holy Cross Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran) challenged us to beat them in donating cans of soup to food pantries this year. Last year they donated more than 1,200 cans!

We brought in cans of soup each Sunday, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. After a strong start, Two Churches ended up the winner, beating us by just 29 cans – 2,084 to 2,114!

Of course, the real winner is The Pantry and all the families it serves. Thanks for feeding the hungry this winter!

Special Christmas offering goes to … Max the dog?


Yes! Our Outreach Committee has decided to use any special offerings we receive at the two services on Christmas Eve to help fund the training of Max the poodle as a service dog for Evan,  son of Genia and Amber LaNore. “Special offerings” means any offering in the plate not in a pledge envelope or otherwise marked as a pledge.

Why Evan needs a service dog

As you may know, Evan suffered a brain injury in a bicycle crash when he was 5. He needs a service dog to help keep him emotionally balanced, to notice when Evan is losing control of his emotions, to be a source of love, friendship and help.

The service dog training facility Genia and Amber contacted recommended a poodle puppy because they’re smart, loving, and easy to train. Last fall they found “Clyde,” born last July. Evan said his puppy picture looked “grumpy just like I get sometimes, so he’ll understand me.”

Getting Max trained

Evan goes to a special school in Farmington Hills, and Max lives at a service dog training camp about 16 minutes away.  Working with Max is part of Evan’s Behavioral Therapy program so his therapist takes Evan to the training camp as part of their time together.  Evan has been working with Max for a few hours once a week, and starting in January, Evan will be spending an additional evening there with Max and the trainer.

Max is doing great at learning all his basic skills, Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Place and of course potty training. In a report on Dec. 6, trainer Luke wrote:

Evan did fantastic with Max on his visit on Tuesday. Evan went over each of Max’s commands for his therapist and did a great job. Evan’s body language and hand signals were perfect and Max followed through on each command on the first ask.

Max was super focused on Evan, and it was a perfect combination of Max’s smarts and Evan having learned how to communicate with him. Max was very happy to see Evan and wanted to spend the entire visit with him. Sometimes Max wants to come sit by me or looks at me for approval, but this time he was glued to Evan the whole time.

Service dog training is expensive. By the time Max is fully trained, Genia and Amber will have spent upwards of $10,000 on training alone. Then there are transportation costs.

The facility where Evan lives will bring Evan home to West Michigan for visits, they won’t bring Max since he’s not yet a certified service dog.  So, when the family wants them home together, they have to drive over (about 6 hours and a tank of gas) to get them and then again to return them after the visit (another 6 hours and another tank of gas).

Max lies down at Evan’s feet in church

Max was home for Thanksgiving and came to Holy Trinity for Advent 1.  He was so great during the service!  He sat up while we were standing to sing and laid at Evan’s feet when we sat, which is exactly what he’s supposed to do.

Service dogs are generally 14-16 months when they are fully trained and ready to partner with their people full time.  So we’re expecting that they won’t  be a full team ready to work until the end of 2020. Then, the hope is that Max will be able to keep Evan stable enough to live at home with his moms and attend school here.

To donate

If you’d like to make a contribution to Max’s training, please drop it in the offering plate Christmas Eve or send it to the church marked “Evan & Max fund.”  Or, if you aren’t around but would still like to donate (just not through Holy Trinity), you can go to the Evan & Max GoFundMe page.

Merry Christmas!

 

Join us for Advent & Christmas at Holy Trinity

“The holidays” are a busy time for most of us. They’re also a tough time for some of us – our first Thanksgiving or Christmas without someone we love, maybe, or a time when our memories are difficult.

Join the Holy Trinity family as we prepare our hearts for the birth of our savior. Everyone, whether carrying sorrow or happy anticipation this December, will find respect and welcome here.

Advent Lessons & Carols

  • Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.
  • A service of preparation for Christmas through scripture and song

The Feast of St. Nicholas

  • Sunday, December 8, at 10 a.m.
  • A family-friendly choral communion service including a visit from St. Nick himself!

Eucharist with the Sudanese Grace Congregation

  • Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m., Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Road SE.
  • NO SUNDAY SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY!

Blue Christmas Service

  • Sunday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • A service of quiet contemplation and prayer for those struggling with grief, depression or loss

Family Christmas Eve Service

  • Wednesday, December 24, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Celebrating the “reason for the season,” the birth of Jesus

Traditional Christmas Eve with Carols

  • Tuesday, December 24 at 9:30 p.m.
  • A service of celebration with the Christmas Eucharist. Christ is born!

Christmas Lessons and Carols

  • Sunday, December 29, 10 a.m., the fifth day of Christmas
  • Jesus’ birthday celebration continues in scripture and song

 

Sunday Oct. 6 is Pet Blessing Sunday!

Bring your friendly fuzzy, finny or flying pet to church with you on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. for our regular Holy Communion service. If you prefer, your pets can stay in your car until the actual blessing part of the service, but they’re welcome in the Sanctuary as well. (We’re hoping to keep up our 100% no-accidents record from last year if possible, but if not, we’ll take care of it.)

See you then!

Join us as we invite, welcome, and connect with new members!

Debbie Murphy is looking for members who want to embark on the “Invite, Welcome, Connect” adventure. It’s a program to really engage us in the deep work of evangelism. Which really comes down to how we:

  • Invite people to come to Holy Trinity
  • Welcome them when they walk in the doors
  • Help them connect with us in doing Christ’s work in the world – whether they want to be a greeter, sing, help at The Pantry, or lead Morning Prayer in our Chapel (for example).

Invite, Welcome, Connect is a wonderful program endorsed by our presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  It’s a way to help us examine who we are and what we’re doing (or not doing) now to invite, welcome and connect with new people, and decide if and how we want to make changes that might open our doors wider.

To begin with, we’ll be watching some Invite, Welcome, Connect videos and thinking about what we’re already doing right, followed by brainstorming what else we could try.

If this sounds interesting to you, meet with us on Sunday, November 3 right after coffee time. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Murphy.

Learn more about Invite, Welcome, Connect at their website.

Welcome, Maggie, new Parish Administrator!

photo of Maggie GonzalezMost of us know Margarita “Maggie” Gonzalez an always-smiling member of Holy Trinity, and we’re grateful for her taking care of our Facebook posts and our electronic sign for the past five years.

And now, Maggie is in place as our new Parish Administrator. She’ll be working with Father Pete to create the weekly bulletin and email announcements, in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Maggie has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1996. She graduated from Michigan State University and loves being a Spartan. She has a son, Joaquin, and often comes on Sunday with her boyfriend Frank and his kids, Maddie, Avah, and Hunter. She spends her time marketing her handmade custom tee-shirt designs and thermal tumblers from her Facebook page, Crafted by Mom, Inc. And, she’s been teaching Zumba for the past five years at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Welcome and thank you, Maggie, for taking this work on. We heart you!

Mass in the Grass on Sunday, Sept. 15!

a meadow in the pine trees

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!

What to bring

Bring a camping chair, kick off your shoes and join us in worshipping God in the great outdoors.

Lunch is provided

No need to bring a dish, the Sudanese Grace congregation is cooking Dinka food for us for after the service!

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 …..