Training for Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers

If you serve at the altar now, read the lessons on Sundays, or have an interest in learning about these ministries, join us on March 1 after our Sunday Service for a one-hour training. Attendance fulfills the requirement for licensing from the Episcopal Diocese of West Michigan.

Annual meeting is Jan. 26

We’re having our annual parish meeting on Sunday, January 26 right after the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

We need your vote! We need your hot dish!

We’ll meet in the Parish Hall downstairs, and to tempt everyone to stay and share, we’re making it a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish.

Printed packets will be available at the meeting, but it would be great if you’d read the packet that was emailed to you ahead of time and have your questions ready.

We need a quorum to vote on the proposed change to our bylaws (see below) and to vote in our new Vestry members, so come one, come all!

Candidates for Vestry

This year, Debbie Murphy, Lisa Nelson and Barb Stuije are rotating off the Vestry, and Ron Tiller has resigned. Fortunately we have four people running for Vestry!  Linda Kitsch, Kevin Murphy, Nan Campau and Genia LaNore.

If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Warden, Debbie Murphy.

Proposed change to our bylaws

At our December vestry meeting a motion was presented to allow acting-clergy,
Peter Homeyer, the right to say yes or no to persons carrying guns at Holy Trinity.
It was unanimously adopted. We would now like to adapt the bylaws of the church to
have Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Wyoming Michigan be a gun-free campus.

The proposed adapted portion of the bylaw will read:

“Holy Trinity is a gun-free campus, with the only exception being licensed

law enforcement officers.”

Join us for The Way of Love Series: Prayer

Join us on Sundays at 11:30 as we explore four different forms of prayer.

Classes include:

  • January 19, The Daily Office
  • February 2, Centering Prayer
  • February 9,
  • February 23, The Lord’s Prayer

No advanced work needed. Grab a coffee and come to the Upper Room!

Refresher for crucifers and acolytes June 9

Calling all crucifers and acolytes! Join Father Pete for 30 minutes of training in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, following the service.

Immediately after that, you’re invited to a “thank you for serving” outing to Craig’s Cruisers!  (Hey, is this a good reason for you to sign up for the crucifer/acolyte crew?)

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!

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

A Full and Equal Order

At the beginning of episode 14, A Full and Equal Order, season 2 of Priest Pulse, Fr. Benjamin Gildas prayed for my discernment of ordination to priesthood and highlighted Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan (not to be mistaken with the state of Wyoming). I feel humbled that his prayer and words served as the foreword to the podcast’s two segments dedicated to the diaconate.

During the first segment, Fr. Ben interviewed The Ven. Dr. Pamela Nesbit, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, who spoke passionately about the distinct role of deacons. “[Deacons] don’t think of [themselves] as servants [but] as leaders of the diakonia.” The Ven. Dr. Pamela Nesbit

In the next segment, Fr. Colin Chapman interviewed The Rev. Geoffrey Smith, COO of the Foreign and Domestic Missionary Society (DFMS). The DFMS is the corporate and legal entity of the national Episcopal Church (Canon I.3). During his interview, The Rev. Smith encouraged people who feel called to Holy Orders to discuss their calling with others and to explore their calling fully.

Just before concluding the episode, Fr. Ben surprised me by uplifting me once again with another round of encouraging words. After listening to the episode, I felt led to reach out to both deacons to thank them for their leadership, service, passion, and commitment to the diaconate.

Regardless of where my discernment process leads (to priesthood, to the diaconate, or to continued service in the laity), I “go with God and [without being] God. It will work out.” The Rev. Margaret Neill, former Rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church [deceased]

Click here: full podcast