“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
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
The DEADLINE for making any changes to your page is April 14!
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
“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.
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.