Senior Warden’s Message – January 24, 2018

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.

Blessings,
Allen

Annual Meeting 2018

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.

Craft Update

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.

Holy Trinity Mid-Winter Bowling Party 2018

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.

Craft Shows

CRAFT ON! Each year, Holy Trinity gathers items to sell. Most any handmade item are accepted. Big or small, 1 or 100, it doesn’t matter.

Parishioners were encouraged to find a craft project online that would incorporate things we already have around our homes. Another idea was to buy an ornament kit from a craft store, and do it together as a family. Even still, we could knit a dishcloth or two, hats or baby blankets, slippers too, any craft will do.

CRAFT SHOWS 2017

Saturday, October 21
Grandville High School
4700 Canal SW, Grandville
Show: 9 am to 3 pm
* Set-up: Fri 5-7 pm and Sat 6 am

Saturday, November 11
Byron Center High School
8500 Burlingame SW, Byron Center
Show: 9 am to 3 pm
* Set-up: Fri 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Sat 7 am – 9 am

Friday, December 1
Grand Rapids First Life Center
2222 44th St SW, Wyoming
Show: 6 – 9pm
* Set-up: 2 – 5 pm

* Help with set-up, tear done, and manning the booth was requested. If you have any suggestions for future success, please contact Barb Kuzins @ 531-8178 or bekuz@juno.com.

Family Promise

Holy Trinity provided meals at Ivanrest CRC Church from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in support of Family Promise. Ivanrest CRC Church is located at 3777 Ivanrest Ave SW in Grandville, MI.