Hello, Holy Trinity family! Zoom has now, as of April 3, updated their security to require passwords and other steps before you join a video meeting. This is to avoid any risk of the “photobombing” by unwelcome online people you may have read about in the news.
“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.
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.
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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 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!