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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This year, people are hurting. They need help with basics like food more than ever.
So, our Outreach Committee decided to designate our Easter offering to be shared 50/50 between two food pantries: the Family Network of Wyoming where we donate food and paper goods each month, and The Green Apple where we will (someday again) volunteer.
Hallelujah! Together we sent in $3,305 (in addition to our regular pledge donations), and that has now been split and checks mailed to the two pantries. Let us bless the Lord!
Cancelled due to coronavirus precautions. Read more.
Well, Michigan winter cancelled our Souper Bowl Kickoff Party in January, but we aren’t giving up because this annual event is so, so much fun!
We’ll start at 1 p.m. at Spectrum Lanes, 5656 Clyde Park SW just south of the church, and bowl our hearts out.
Then we’ll head back to Holy Trinity at 4 p.m. for awards and pizza!
Bowling cost is just $10 per person, plus your $2.25 shoe rental.
Pizza party cost is $5 per person or $20 per household.
Sign up deadline is March 22
Sign up for an afternoon of fun. Put your name on the signup sheet in the church lobby today!
Two Churches (Holy Cross Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran) challenged us to beat them in donating cans of soup to food pantries this year. Last year they donated more than 1,200 cans!
We brought in cans of soup each Sunday, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. After a strong start, Two Churches ended up the winner, beating us by just 29 cans – 2,084 to 2,114!
Of course, the real winner is The Pantry and all the families it serves. Thanks for feeding the hungry this winter!
Yes! Our Outreach Committee has decided to use any special offerings we receive at the two services on Christmas Eve to help fund the training of Max the poodle as a service dog for Evan, son of Genia and Amber LaNore. “Special offerings” means any offering in the plate not in a pledge envelope or otherwise marked as a pledge.
Why Evan needs a service dog
As you may know, Evan suffered a brain injury in a bicycle crash when he was 5. He needs a service dog to help keep him emotionally balanced, to notice when Evan is losing control of his emotions, to be a source of love, friendship and help.
The service dog training facility Genia and Amber contacted recommended a poodle puppy because they’re smart, loving, and easy to train. Last fall they found “Clyde,” born last July. Evan said his puppy picture looked “grumpy just like I get sometimes, so he’ll understand me.”
Getting Max trained
Evan goes to a special school in Farmington Hills, and Max lives at a service dog training camp about 16 minutes away. Working with Max is part of Evan’s Behavioral Therapy program so his therapist takes Evan to the training camp as part of their time together. Evan has been working with Max for a few hours once a week, and starting in January, Evan will be spending an additional evening there with Max and the trainer.
Max is doing great at learning all his basic skills, Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Place and of course potty training. In a report on Dec. 6, trainer Luke wrote:
Evan did fantastic with Max on his visit on Tuesday. Evan went over each of Max’s commands for his therapist and did a great job. Evan’s body language and hand signals were perfect and Max followed through on each command on the first ask.
Max was super focused on Evan, and it was a perfect combination of Max’s smarts and Evan having learned how to communicate with him. Max was very happy to see Evan and wanted to spend the entire visit with him. Sometimes Max wants to come sit by me or looks at me for approval, but this time he was glued to Evan the whole time.
Service dog training is expensive. By the time Max is fully trained, Genia and Amber will have spent upwards of $10,000 on training alone. Then there are transportation costs.
The facility where Evan lives will bring Evan home to West Michigan for visits, they won’t bring Max since he’s not yet a certified service dog. So, when the family wants them home together, they have to drive over (about 6 hours and a tank of gas) to get them and then again to return them after the visit (another 6 hours and another tank of gas).
Max was home for Thanksgiving and came to Holy Trinity for Advent 1. He was so great during the service! He sat up while we were standing to sing and laid at Evan’s feet when we sat, which is exactly what he’s supposed to do.
Service dogs are generally 14-16 months when they are fully trained and ready to partner with their people full time. So we’re expecting that they won’t be a full team ready to work until the end of 2020. Then, the hope is that Max will be able to keep Evan stable enough to live at home with his moms and attend school here.
If you’d like to make a contribution to Max’s training, please drop it in the offering plate Christmas Eve or send it to the church marked “Evan & Max fund.” Or, if you aren’t around but would still like to donate (just not through Holy Trinity), you can go to the Evan & Max GoFundMe page.
The Outreach Committee would normally meet on May 26 (last Sunday of the month), but due to the holiday weekend, we moved it to Sunday, June 2, at 9 a.m. before our Sunday worship.
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.