Madison Gradnigo receives First Holy Communion

Wyoming, MI

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.

See you at 10 am!

The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid, Canon to the Ordinary

Wyoming, Michigan
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!
Come one and all.

Mid Winter Pizza Blast

Wyoming, Michigan

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.

Mid Winter Bowling Blast

Wyoming, Michigan

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.

Craft Sales

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.

Scout Sunday

Wyoming, Michigan
Today we observed Scout Sunday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. During the service, Deacon Brad Allard asked Assistant Scout Master Owen Smith, two Boy Scouts, and a Cub Scout of Troop 250 to the altar. Troop 250 of Byron Center, Michigan was represented by Magnus Smith, Nolan Smith, and Grayson Smith.
The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord Baden Powell in England on August 1, 1907. Scout Sunday was added to the Scout celebration in the middle 1940s. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding February 8, unless February 8 is a Sunday. Then February 8  would be Scout Sunday.
The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting and to allow Scouts to live out their “Duty to God” pledged each week. The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and that Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God”. These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.

Vestry hosts annual meeting

Wyoming, MI
The vestry hosted a variety of eats and treats for coffee hour after Sunday service this morning. As parishioners enjoyed their favorite snacks with coffee, apple cider, or another beverage of choice, Melissa Puzan called the 2017 Annual Meeting of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to order. After Deacon Brad Allard led us in prayer, Melissa had to verify quorum of 38 qualified parishioners before she could proceed with the meeting, and as you can see, we easily reached our quorum.
Brenda Amato was identified as our Clerk of Record.
We had three vacancies in the vestry to fill, and Our Lord provided us with five nominees to consider.
We were also blessed with a sufficient number of nominees for delegates and attendees for the Diocese Convention scheduled during the weekend of November 3-4 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Debbie Murphy and Lisa Nelson counted ballots in another room, allowing parishioners time to review the submitted committee reports. Reports were accepted quickly, and then it was time to announce our new vestry members and delegates to the Diocese Convention.
On behalf of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the vestry would like to thank all who were able to attend the 2017 annual meeting, and we would like to extend sincere appreciation to our outgoing vestry members: Jennifer Luurtsema and Scott Morton.