Update, June 2: We collected 70 sets of twin sheets for Family Promise!
We’re having a “Give a Sheet” sheet drive for the emergency shelter at Family Promise. Bring new, packaged, twin sheet sets to church, and we’ll bless them on Sunday, May 19 and then donate them to Family Promise for families in the Fulton Manor emergency shelter. These sheets go with the families when they leave the shelter for their new apartments.
Learn more about Family Promise
Join us at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, May 5, to learn more about Family Promise and how we can serve the working homeless. Their Executive Director, Cheryl Schuch, will present information on the organization and their newest project. For more details, visit their website.
The Holy Trinity family has done it again! We dedicated our Easter offering to bringing Jacob Chol’s wife, Kuany, and their three children from Nairobi to Grand Rapids, and we did it! Read Jacob’s story.
With the grand total raised at more than $6,000, Jacob was able to buy the plane tickets this week. He will be reunited with his family when they arrive at the Grand Rapids airport on Saturday, May 18. Alleluia! God is good!
Look for plans soon about joining the welcoming party at the airport when the family arrives.
This year, our Easter offering will go towards reuniting Jacob Chol, a refugee from Sudan who came here in 2001 and became a citizen in 2008, with his wife Kuany and their three children. Read Jacob’s story in the Outreach section of this website.
Kuany and the kids just received visas last month, and the only thing standing between them in Nairobi and Jacob here in Grand Rapids are … plane tickets.
Father Pete and the Outreach committee already have $1,500 of the $3,000 to $4,000 needed. Our plan is to contribute the Easter day offering in hopes that we can raise enough to bring the family here.
Please be generous
Use the special Easter offering envelope if you have envelopes, or you can mail us a check at the church address: 5333 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509. Just write “For Jacob and family” on the memo line of your check.
If all goes well, they will be reunited by June, before the end of the Easter season!
Our Sunday School kids are planning an outreach project again this year. They are
collecting small unopened, unused bottles of perfume, lotion, nail polish, hair products, deodorant, personal products, etc. and putting together “goodie bags” for the women who reside at a domestic crisis shelter. Most often, these women arrive at the shelter without anything but the clothes on their backs.
Please bring your donations to Sunday School classroom 4 on or before Sunday, May 5.
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!
The last Sunday of the month we take our collections of non-perishable food items and personal care items (toiletries) and paper products (paper towel and toilet paper) to Family Network of Wyoming. Please put any donations in the bins under the table in the Narthex. Thank you!
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.
In the past, some members of our Holy Trinity congregation participated in a knitting and crocheting project during Lent. We made prayer shawls to be distributed to those who could use an extra handmade “hug.”
This year, we chose a different project. We all have family and friends affected by cancer, so we chose to make hats for cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment. Many ladies participated, and we blessed one hundred and twenty hats! The hats will be given to cancer support programs so they can be offered to patients. We pray for comfort and healing for all people affected by cancer.