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

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!

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?)