Join us for Advent & Christmas at Holy Trinity

“The holidays” are a busy time for most of us. They’re also a tough time for some of us – our first Thanksgiving or Christmas without someone we love, maybe, or a time when our memories are difficult.

Join the Holy Trinity family as we prepare our hearts for the birth of our savior. Everyone, whether carrying sorrow or happy anticipation this December, will find respect and welcome here.

Advent Lessons & Carols

  • Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.
  • A service of preparation for Christmas through scripture and song

The Feast of St. Nicholas

  • Sunday, December 8, at 10 a.m.
  • A family-friendly choral communion service including a visit from St. Nick himself!

Eucharist with the Sudanese Grace Congregation

  • Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m., Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Road SE.
  • NO SUNDAY SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY!

Blue Christmas Service

  • Sunday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • A service of quiet contemplation and prayer for those struggling with grief, depression or loss

Family Christmas Eve Service

  • Wednesday, December 24, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Celebrating the “reason for the season,” the birth of Jesus

Traditional Christmas Eve with Carols

  • Tuesday, December 24 at 9:30 p.m.
  • A service of celebration with the Christmas Eucharist. Christ is born!

Christmas Lessons and Carols

  • Sunday, December 29, 10 a.m., the fifth day of Christmas
  • Jesus’ birthday celebration continues in scripture and song

 

Mass in the Grass on Sunday, Sept. 15!

a meadow in the pine trees

Our Sunday, September 15 Holy Eucharist service at 10 a.m. will be outside, in our beautiful natural area behind Diocesan House. We will worship in the grass near our labyrinth with music from the Beatles!

What to bring

Bring a camping chair, kick off your shoes and join us in worshipping God in the great outdoors.

Lunch is provided

No need to bring a dish, the Sudanese Grace congregation is cooking Dinka food for us for after the service!

BTW: What Beatles song would Jesus sing?

Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no, no, no, no …..

Mulch much? Need your help on Mulching Day, June 8.

Join our merry grounds crew on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. to spread mulch around Holy Trinity church and the Diocesan office building. Please email Debbie Murphy at debbiephelpsmurphy@gmail.com or call her at 513-708-2541 to let her know you’ll show up and to see what tools to bring. Oh, and wear your garden gloves! Thank you in advance for your help!

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!

Egg decorating party & Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. April 20

Saturday, April 20 is our annual Easter egg decorating party, followed by the always popular egg hunt!

Bring your kids, baskets, and some hard-boiled eggs.  We’ll supply the egg dyes, stickers, crayons, plus some candy-filled plastic eggs and more. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m.

Once we’re finished decorating the eggs, adults will hide them around our grounds. Then we send the kids off to find the eggs, youngest kids first. It’s a fun time for everyone and we usually finish up right before noon. See you there!

Come to the “Invite Welcome Connect” workshop May 4

How do we invite people to come worship with us?

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!

Event details on the Diocese of Eastern Michigan website

Invite Welcome Connect website

Join us for Holy Week

Let’s bring our whole selves to follow Jesus as he enters Jerusalem in triumph on Palm Sunday, gives his life to a humiliating death for us, and rises again.

Palm Sunday, April 14
10 a.m.: Procession of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, April 18
6 p.m.:  Middle Eastern meal followed by foot washing. Please bring some  finger foods to be shared: Figs and other finger fruit such as grapes; cheese; veggies; pita or naan breads; hummus; olives; smoked fish; nuts.

Good Friday, April 19
12 noon: Devotion of the Cross
7 p.m.: Stations of the Cross outdoors in the pines. Meet behind the Rectory (the house across the parking lot from the church). We’ll hold a Taize service in the church afterwards.

Holy Saturday, April 20
10 a.m.: Egg decorating and Easter egg hunt
10:30: Altar Guild cleaning – all hands needed!

Easter, April 21
8:30: Celebration breakfast. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how many folks to expect.
10 a.m.: Festive Holy Eucharist –  Bring bells to ring for all alleluias!