MARCH 4 – Your vestry hosted a Parish Town Hall (along with a Ministry / Committee Fair) that was streamed live for the first time over Facebook. Parishioners had an opportunity to examine the committee reports presented during the Annual Meeting in fuller detail. Parishioners also had an opportunity to volunteer for ministries (committees) and to ask questions of each ministry (committee). Likewise, each ministry (committee) had an opportunity to explain their respective ministries (committees) and to provide any updates that had occurred since the Annual Meeting. March forth!
On February 24, St. Mark’s in Grand Rapids hosted Bishop Hougland’s Regional Gathering. The day catered to all clergy, vestry, those in “leadership” positions, and those interested in learning more about aspects of leadership in the Episcopal Church and life in the diocese.
FEBRUARY 14 – This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day shared the same day. Holy Trinity hosted Eucharist services at noon and 7 p.m. The Gift of Ashes were available at each service.
FEBRUARY 11 was the Annual Dessert Auction! Funds raised from the dessert auction will go to scholarships to send our kids to Episcopal Youth Camp! Many times we have been able to cover the full cost for our campers! This year, we raised more than $1,200.
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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.
Our prayers and love flow for Irma, her family, and friends. Irma, age 99, passed away on Thursday. We will honor her with a memorial service on Saturday, February 3, at 11 am. A luncheon will follow.
To Our Parish,
First, I want to thank Melissa Puzan for her leadership as senior warden, Beth Smith and Arend Beerthuis for their leadership on the vestry, and the vestry for entrusting me with the responsibilities of senior warden in 2018.
Each new year offers the opportunity for new beginnings. Many people take this time to reflect on the prior year and to begin envisioning possibilities for the future.
Prior to the new year, Jennifer and I had discussed that I would avoid taking on any additional significant responsibilities until after I completed my doctorate (presumably sometime this year). However, God has seen fit to alter our plans. First, the vestry began asking whether I would serve as senior warden, and then Fr. David spoke eloquently about answering our vocational calls.
“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Frederick Buechner
Despite the time commitments associated with the busy schedule I already lead as a husband, father, a “wanna be” in discernment for ordination to priesthood, doctoral pursuits, full-time position, and more, I have committed to the role of senior warden. However, for me to be successful as senior warden, we have to be successful as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. None of us can do this alone.
As we take time to celebrate what we accomplished as a faith community in 2017, I ask you to lean in as we prepare for 2018. My prayer is that our mission, goals, priorities, vision, and future accomplishments will reflect what matters most to God on behalf of you and our community.
As you discern about the coming year, what do you perceive as your vocational call? How do your unique skills, gifts and passions fit with the work that God is calling us to do? Despite your already busy schedule, can we count on you to invest some of your limited time and energy to help Holy Trinity move forward in the next year?
To those already serving, let’s connect so that I can become better acquainted with your current roles. I don’t want to assume I know your current commitment. For those who might not be serving or have served and have decided to take a rest, let’s connect so that you can share your experiences with me.
JANUARY 21, 2018 – Parish Annual Meeting
Among other business, during the meeting, we elected three new vestry members to replace Melissa, Beth, and Arend who are retiring after serving up to 4 years on the vestry. When you see them, please, thank them for agreeing to stay on the vestry another year to ensure continuity during our transition in 2017.
Please congratulate Becky (our new Secretary), Ron, and Keith who join the vestry with your support.
We ask that you continue to pray as we call a rector and complete renovations to our rectory.
Barb Kuzins sends THANKS to everyone who helped us have a successful craft season. By donating items and helping at the shows, we raised $856! We set aside $156 to cover booth fees for 2018, and the rest has been allocated for various causes.
Just a reminder: The more things we have to sell, the more we can raise. Any type of craft item helps. Dish cloths are in need all the time. If you’d like to help, and don’t know how, consider a cash donation for the supplies we use for those crafting.
P.S. Barb’s bottle cap inventory has finally dwindled. So, save those for her, please.
This post includes a video of the charity event. Annually, Holy Trinity hosts a mid-winter bash that includes bowling at Spectrum Lanes and a pizza party at Holy Trinity. Both activities support the Family Network of Wyoming and provide opportunities for fellowship. This year, we collected enough canned goods to fill three bins and raised $93 in cash.