Book Group will discuss “The Screwtape Letters” on Aug. 25

The book group has selected C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” as our next read. It’s a darkly funny story where Screwtape, a devil who holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell, acts as a mentor, writing letters of advice to his nephew Wormwood, an inexperienced (and incompetent) tempter.

Through the letters, Lewis gives us a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, seen from devils’ viewpoints.

Pick up a copy and join in the discussion via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25 for their next discussion

Are you up for visitors?

Would you like a visit from a Holy Trinity friend? We’re scheduling one-on-one “porch visits” to people who would like to see a familiar face – using safe social distancing, of course! Let the office know you’re interested and someone from our Pastoral Care team will be in touch.

Let us bless our Garden this Wednesday!

Picking the first greens from the Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan, June 2020
Evan picking the first kale and Swiss chard

Please join us this coming Wednesday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. for a short service at the Good News Garden. We will socially distance as we:

  • Dedicate the cross built by Gary Skidmore
  • Bless our crops
  • Get to see each other in person!

Bring your own chair if you are not comfortable standing for 15 minutes.

Rain date

Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. is the back-up for bad weather (you can look at Rich’s email for other details).

Garden volunteers very much needed this summer!

Check our Good News Garden sign-up sheet for openings for weeders and waterers!

Watering the newly planted kale and Swiss chard plants in the Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan
Rich watering young kale and Swiss chard

Join the Holy Trinity Book Club! June book: The Shack

The cover of The Shack, a book by William Paul Young
The cover of The Shack, a book by William Paul Young

The Holy Trinity Book Club is a real thing now! Jim and Cathy Lozer, Lynda Adams and Lynne Homeyer met and we’ve decided to meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Our book for Tuesday, June 23, is The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity, by William P. Young. See it on Amazon here.  Jim and Cathy really recommend seeing the movie version as well, which is available on Amazon Prime video for $3.99.

We’re hoping you’ll join us!

Volunteer to plant our Good News Garden

Construction of the raised bed vegetable Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming, Michigan
Rich, Jim and Lisa roll the soil to the raised vegetable bed frames, May 13, 2020.

Holy Trinity is planting a garden! We are joining a new program from Plainsong Farm. Produce from our garden will go to the local food banks we support.

Vegetable seedlings awaiting planting
Vegetable seedlings awaiting planting

Want to volunteer?

Learn more about the Garden and how you can help, plus see more photos as work progresses, on this website under About Holy Trinity > Good News Garden.

Video yourself saying “Let us bless the Lord!”

This year, our Easter message is Alleluia Anyway! And Father Peter put together a great video of so many of us recording that message!

Now, he’s asking us to stop for a second or two during our “daily grind” and video ourselves and our families saying our final proclamation for our Sunday services: Let us bless the Lord! He plans to “drop” the videos into our Facebook Live Sunday services as long as we can’t be worshipping in person.

Here’s how!

  1. Record a very short video (3-5 seconds) of you and/or your family proclaiming, “Let us bless the Lord!
  2. Email it to: preachingpastorpete@gmail.com.

That’s it! Thanks for participating!

A message from Father Peter: Preparing for Holy Week

Palm Sunday begins the most important week of the Church year. We will travel together through the Passion of Jesus: his triumphal arrival in Jerusalem, his last meal with his dearest friends, his arrest, and his death on the cross.

This year we cannot gather together physically, but we will honor and celebrate each of several events! The schedule and links are on the home page of this website.

And join us in these other ways to stay connected:

New software for our directory & donations

This week you’ll receive an email about new software, called Realm, which will allow you to find our directory and donation history online. Soon, it will allow us to accept electronic donations!

Look for your Easter packet in the mail

It includes palms, a letter, a special Easter donation card, and a pamphlet on creating a home altar.

Create a home altar

Make the effort to set aside a part of your home for this important week, and share the results with all of us! We’re posting the pictures we receive for everyone to see on our “Create a Home Altar” page.

Be part of the Easter sermon!

Send me a very short video (less than 5 seconds) of you enthusiastically saying, “Alleluia Anyway!” I’ll edit them together for our Easter service.

I hope you will join us in these practices. We might be “stuck” at home, but we are not stuck without our faith and traditions. People from the Bible and our traditions have something to tell us about hard times, and how to remain faithful.

I invite you to take this week to listen to and participate with them, as we take our shelter in God.

Please know that you all all in my prayers and I look with joy toward the day we will be together again.

Yours in Christ,
Peter

Worship & gatherings for the week of March 29

Dear Holy Trinity family,
We are still church, despite being physically separated! To help us stay connected, we’re offering a number of events online. Please join us using the links at the bottom of this announcement!

Live and recorded online worship on Facebook

Facebook Live note: We have fixed the glitch, so now anyone can join without a Facebook account. Services are live on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesday through Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Find them on our Holy Trinity Facebook page. Think about leaving a comment or two as a service progresses, they are a great addition!

After each live service, a video of it appears on our Facebook page under “Videos” for you to watch any time.

Using Zoom for video and phone teleconferencing

We are using the Zoom website to host videoconferences for our gatherings and workshops. Zoom is easy to use!

  • Video: If you join on your computer, you can see each other’s faces.
  • Telephone: You can also just dial the phone number and enter the meeting number for the meeting you want to attend. You’ll be able to hear and speak with everyone, just no video.
What an 8-person Zoom video meeting looks like
What an 8-person Zoom video meeting looks like

You can download the Zoom software for free by entering your email address. We have capacity for 100 people on a Zoom call. .

More to come soon. I hope to see many of you this week!
Yours in Christ,
Peter

Links to Holy Trinity Events – Week of March 29

Sunday worship, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 10 a.m.

Sunday Parish-wide check-in and recording the Passion story for Palm Sunday, 7 p.m.

Tuesday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Tuesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Wednesday Centering Prayer, 7 p.m.

Thursday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Friday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live