Sunday Oct. 6 is Pet Blessing Sunday!

Bring your friendly fuzzy, finny or flying pet to church with you on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. for our regular Holy Communion service. If you prefer, your pets can stay in your car until the actual blessing part of the service, but they’re welcome in the Sanctuary as well. (We’re hoping to keep up our 100% no-accidents record from last year if possible, but if not, we’ll take care of it.)

See you then!

Join us as we invite, welcome, and connect with new members!

Debbie Murphy is looking for members who want to embark on the “Invite, Welcome, Connect” adventure. It’s a program to really engage us in the deep work of evangelism. Which really comes down to how we:

  • Invite people to come to Holy Trinity
  • Welcome them when they walk in the doors
  • Help them connect with us in doing Christ’s work in the world – whether they want to be a greeter, sing, help at The Pantry, or lead Morning Prayer in our Chapel (for example).

Invite, Welcome, Connect is a wonderful program endorsed by our presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  It’s a way to help us examine who we are and what we’re doing (or not doing) now to invite, welcome and connect with new people, and decide if and how we want to make changes that might open our doors wider.

To begin with, we’ll be watching some Invite, Welcome, Connect videos and thinking about what we’re already doing right, followed by brainstorming what else we could try.

If this sounds interesting to you, meet with us on Sunday, November 3 right after coffee time. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Murphy.

Learn more about Invite, Welcome, Connect at their website.

Welcome, Maggie, new Parish Administrator!

photo of Maggie GonzalezMost of us know Margarita “Maggie” Gonzalez an always-smiling member of Holy Trinity, and we’re grateful for her taking care of our Facebook posts and our electronic sign for the past five years.

And now, Maggie is in place as our new Parish Administrator. She’ll be working with Father Pete to create the weekly bulletin and email announcements, in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Maggie has been a member of Holy Trinity since 1996. She graduated from Michigan State University and loves being a Spartan. She has a son, Joaquin, and often comes on Sunday with her boyfriend Frank and his kids, Maddie, Avah, and Hunter. She spends her time marketing her handmade custom tee-shirt designs and thermal tumblers from her Facebook page, Crafted by Mom, Inc. And, she’s been teaching Zumba for the past five years at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Welcome and thank you, Maggie, for taking this work on. We heart you!

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!

Donate some love to our Mother’s Day project

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.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Look for fresh new changes to our narthex!

“Narthex” is the fancy Episcopal term for “lobby” or “the space before you get to the Sanctuary.”

We have put together a team to make the narthex a brighter, less cluttered and more welcoming space. Look for new paint, different furniture, and other exciting changes.

If you have questions or ideas, feel free to contact the committee:

  • Melissa Puzan, head
  • Debbie Murphy
  • Vern Herring
  • Becky Wells
  • Lynne Homeyer