At the beginning of episode 14, A Full and Equal Order, season 2 of Priest Pulse, Fr. Benjamin Gildas prayed for my discernment of ordination to priesthood and highlighted Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan (not to be mistaken with the state of Wyoming). I feel humbled that his prayer and words served as the foreword to the podcast’s two segments dedicated to the diaconate.
During the first segment, Fr. Ben interviewed The Ven. Dr. Pamela Nesbit, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, who spoke passionately about the distinct role of deacons. “[Deacons] don’t think of [themselves] as servants [but] as leaders of the diakonia.” The Ven. Dr. Pamela Nesbit
In the next segment, Fr. Colin Chapman interviewed The Rev. Geoffrey Smith, COO of the Foreign and Domestic Missionary Society (DFMS). The DFMS is the corporate and legal entity of the national Episcopal Church (Canon I.3). During his interview, The Rev. Smith encouraged people who feel called to Holy Orders to discuss their calling with others and to explore their calling fully.
Just before concluding the episode, Fr. Ben surprised me by uplifting me once again with another round of encouraging words. After listening to the episode, I felt led to reach out to both deacons to thank them for their leadership, service, passion, and commitment to the diaconate.
Regardless of where my discernment process leads (to priesthood, to the diaconate, or to continued service in the laity), I “go with God and [without being] God. It will work out.” The Rev. Margaret Neill, former Rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church [deceased]
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church hosted the 2017 Bishop’s Workshops in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bishop Whayne Hougland opened the workshops in prayer (shown in photo). Then attendees had the opportunity to attend up to three workshops. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church was represented by Allen Gradnigo, who attended Adaptive Leadership in Reformation Times, What You Can Do to Help Your Church with Good Communications Practices, and Thinking Theologically in Today’s Culture. The two additional workshops offered were Nuts and Bolts of Church Finance and Discerning Our Own Racism. Read more here: 3.5.2017 Bishop’s Workshops.
With 15 volunteers, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church assembled at The Pantry to repackage food, stock shelves, and help our neighbors in South Kent County shop for food and personal care items. Although this ministry began as part of the John Knox Presbyterian Church in 1985, it grew into a separate 501(c)(3) in 2014. When asked, The Pantry manager, Yoli Fuentes, said The Pantry typically serves between 20 to 60 of our neighbors on any given day. If you’re interested in a way to directly help our community, click here to volunteer: email Yoli.
This year’s dessert auction raised a record $1,590 to help send our #episcopalyouth to Episcopal Youth Camp! Thank you so much to everyone who donated desserts and everyone who bid so generously! #wyomingmi
The Rev. Canon William Spaid has blessed the Vestry to begin the formal search process for a new Rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Before the Vestry initiates the process of completing our parish profile, we seek your active involvement and input. Specifically, we are recruiting parish members to participate in the Search Committee.
Do you want to help steer the course Holy Trinity takes over the next decade, then we need you to volunteer to serve. If you have an interest in serving on the Search Committee, please see any Vestry member or click here: Allen Gradnigo.
If you feel overwhelmed with other obligations and still want to ensure your voice is heard, we want to hear your input. We want to know what characteristics you would like to see in our new Rector. So, please reach out to your Vestry members, and let us know your thoughts.
Before receiving Holy Eucharist, we Christians are required to examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, the Episcopal Church believes that Jesus Christ commanded all Christians to observe Holy Eucharist.
Holy Eucharist is the sacrament designed to help us remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to do this continually until He returns.
During Sunday service on February 19, we were blessed to witness Madison Gradnigo receive her First Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist). The Rev. Canon Bill Spaid presented Madison with the Body of Christ, and Beth Smith presented her with the Blood of Christ. Madison was joined by her parents, Allen and Jennifer Gradnigo, and her uncle and aunt, Andy and Kelee White.
Bread baked by members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and blessed by clergy serves as the outward and visible sign of the Body of Christ. Blessed wine serves as the outward and visible sign of the Blood of Christ.
As a community of believers, Episcopalians believe we receive forgiveness of our sins, a strengthening of our union with Jesus Christ and with one another, and a glimpse of what the banquet will be like in Heaven each time we receive Holy Eucharist. However, there is always room for more at God’s table, and WE INVITE YOU to join us at our earthly banquet table each Sunday morning.
Join us this Sunday at 10 am and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid, Canon to the Ordinary. As Canon to the Ordinary, he serves as the Bishop’s chief pastoral assistant and Transition Officer for the diocese. He takes great pleasure in working with congregational leaders, both clergy and laity, in times of transition and change.
After the Holy Eucharist, he will join us for Coffee Hour to answer questions regarding our time of transition, our search for a new priest, and the steps required to get us to that point.
As an added bonus, your Vestry will supply the snacks!
After the 2017 Mid Winter Bowling Blast hosted by Spectrum Lanes, everyone headed to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for the 2017 Mid Winter Pizza Blast. After 3 games and nearly 4 hours of bowling, everyone had worked up an enormous appetite and unquenchable thirst.
However, the main purpose of this event annual gathering is to continue our support for the Family Network of Wyoming. With our cause in mind and in addition to the 100 pounds of food donations we received, we were blessed to receive discounts from Jet’s Pizza. Along with proceeds from the 50/50 drawings during bowling, the discounts we received from Jet’s Pizza allowed us to raise an additional $125.00 for the Family Network of Wyoming.
Kevin Wells and his committee organized and successfully executed Holy Trinity’s 2017 Mid Winter Bowling Blast on Saturday, February 11. This annual event is designed to be a recreational option for supporting the Family Network of Wyoming, and support them, we did. During our Bowling Blast and later during our Pizza Blast, we were able to collectively gather 100 pounds of food donations.
We had a total of 18 Episcopal youth, 30 adults, and another handful of spectators join us for bowling at Spectrum Lanes. In addition to equalizing activities such as bowling between the legs and bowling with our non-dominant hand, we had some 50/50 drawings to spice up the fun.
Our champions this year called themselves “The Pin Killers” and were comprised of Brady Atwell, Lily Bloye, Rob Atwell, and Ron Newman.
Barb Kuzins sends a THANK YOU to everyone who donated items, volunteered, and bought items to help support Craft Sales. After setting aside money to cover booth fees for 2017, we still have $610 to share amongst Sunday School, Outreach, and Altar Guild.
Let’s keep the momentum going. Please consider cleaning out your homes in order to donate items for us to sell.