Lay Eucharistic Minister training 102 offered March 15

“The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” The person who offers you the cup at communion and says these words to you is a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). If you are already serving as a LEM or you’re a LEM wannabe, you need to meet the requirement for training.

On March 15 at 11:30 a.m. we’ll offer a second LEM training. This 30-minute class will focus on the practicalities of serving at Table – how to handle the bread and wine and napkins, AKA fair linen. Attending this session or the earlier one meets the Diocesan requirement for licensing as a LEM.

Thank you for your altar service!

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

 

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.

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!

Come to the “Invite Welcome Connect” workshop May 4

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

You’re invited to the Bishop’s Workshop, Mar. 2 at St. Andrews, GR

“We have been invited to dance, y’all.”

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.

Details:

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

Register today