In Bishop Hougland’s address at last October’s Diocesan Convention, he invited our diocese to begin a process of discernment around our relationship with our neighbor on the Eastern coast of the lower peninsula – the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan.
At this year’s three regional Bishop Workshops, we’ll spend some time learning and listening, joined by friends from our neighboring diocese. We also will spend some time in prayer and worship, because it is at the core of who we are. And we will spend some time in discussion, imagining what it may be like to dive into intentional conversation with our friends to the East and to share a bishop (me) during that time.
This is an exciting time to be an Episcopalian and an Episcopalian in this place. Please register and join us at the Central Region workshop.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Doors open at 9:30, program begins at 10 a.m., ends at 3 p.m.
St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church, 1025 3 Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids, 49505
This is a bitter-sweet time for the family of Holy Trinity. Our Senior Warden, Allen Gradnigo, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Madison are leaving us in order that they can be close to Allen’s older children in Oklahoma. Even though they have not been with us very long we have quickly come to love them and will miss them greatly.
MARCH 4 – Your vestry hosted a Parish Town Hall (along with a Ministry / Committee Fair) that was streamed live for the first time over Facebook. Parishioners had an opportunity to examine the committee reports presented during the Annual Meeting in fuller detail. Parishioners also had an opportunity to volunteer for ministries (committees) and to ask questions of each ministry (committee). Likewise, each ministry (committee) had an opportunity to explain their respective ministries (committees) and to provide any updates that had occurred since the Annual Meeting. March forth!
On February 24, St. Mark’s in Grand Rapids hosted Bishop Hougland’s Regional Gathering. The day catered to all clergy, vestry, those in “leadership” positions, and those interested in learning more about aspects of leadership in the Episcopal Church and life in the diocese.
Members of Holy Trinity joined volunteers and families at Vanguard Charter Academy in support of Wyoming Winterfest on Saturday, January 27. After helping the cause by stuffing goodie bags, we explored the halls to see what other services are offered to the community. We talked with representatives from Circles Wyoming and Hand 2 Hand.
This was an opportunity for Holy Trinity to get involved with the Wyoming community. The One Wyoming Community Collaborative hosts this event annually with a goal of bringing neighbors (students and mentors) together to improve the quality of life in our community. There were seven different locations throughout the city. Each site offered free and friendly activities, food and giveaways.
Barb Kuzins sends THANKS to everyone who helped us have a successful craft season. By donating items and helping at the shows, we raised $856! We set aside $156 to cover booth fees for 2018, and the rest has been allocated for various causes.
Just a reminder: The more things we have to sell, the more we can raise. Any type of craft item helps. Dish cloths are in need all the time. If you’d like to help, and don’t know how, consider a cash donation for the supplies we use for those crafting.
P.S. Barb’s bottle cap inventory has finally dwindled. So, save those for her, please.
This post includes a video of the charity event. Annually, Holy Trinity hosts a mid-winter bash that includes bowling at Spectrum Lanes and a pizza party at Holy Trinity. Both activities support the Family Network of Wyoming and provide opportunities for fellowship. This year, we collected enough canned goods to fill three bins and raised $93 in cash.