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- For Your Sake
Dear Friends, This weekend we begin our new summer sermon series from the 2nd readings from the Lectionary, called the Epistles or the letters to the early church. These letters carry a great deal of meaning as they are written like a wise mentor, coach, parent, or grandparent would speak. We are mindful that they are letters that are now years away from the witnessed teachings of Jesus; but they are the early church learning the joys and the challenges of being the early church. In this season of the summer of 2021, we long to hear wisdom from those who have provided us a foundation of wholeness. Listening to the words of a teacher or a rabbi to a student pouring into our daily lives. From the Book of 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 we read, “It is written: “I believed; there for I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, _____(let’s wait for the real wisdom in a minute!) Let’s say I walked up to you and said, “I have coffee; therefore, I am awake.” Yes, there is some truth to this; but, as I am writing and as I am finishing my second venti cup of coffee, the truth is that I needed more rest yesterday to get through my today so that I can wake up tomorrow with less of a mush brain! For those who just read that, I am not saying coffee (caffeine) is bad. I’m saying that it doesn’t replace a good night of rest. What is truth and what is what I want to hear to affirm my own monolog of truth? Let’s add a bit more from the author of this letter, to the people of Corinth. “It is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” Read the passage out loud to yourself more than one time. The early church and the church of today are longing to hear truth as if we haven’t heard it before. Jesus spoke to us during his ministry on earth. He said that we are to love one another. We are to love the fullness of someone so that their understanding of who made them and who loves them makes way for the truth that they/we/us are loved for eternity. What wise mentor speaks truth, words of God’s grace-filled gracious gift of truth, into your head right now? And how does it inform your ideas, thoughts, and action? How are your conversations, gatherings, and behavior influenced by the wise and informed thoughts of others? Who are you influencing knowing that in your words are to witness God’s promise of compassion, mercy, and grace for all people? So many things to think through and listen to one another. This week, come to in-person worship, check us out on Facebook Live, or watch the recorded service at a later time. Go to our website and sign up for Vacation Bible School/Day Camp. Come gather safely and listen to one another and in listening, we pray. Blessings to you all, Pastor Katie
- Holy Trinity
Dear Friends, Have you ever watched a sunset and you try to capture what you are feeling by taking out your cell phone and click? However, when you look back at it, the photo just doesn’t explain the fullness of what you were feeling? My cell phone storage is filled with photos and videos of life at Holy Trinity. I have been trying to capture a feeling or a moment of time. There are sermons from home, children’s messages with my beloved Gus, and photos after photos of the times we are preparing to meet or are meeting in the world outside as well as inside the building. As I look at the photos, I have a longing to convey the fulness of God’s presence when we are in the midst of gathering together and the times when the building was empty because our work was to remain safe at home, work, or at school. Let’s pause and listen to the sounds around you wherever you are at right in this very moment. What do you hear? Take notice of who is and who is not near you. Can you count your very heartbeats? Can you look at your surroundings and explain how in the world you find yourself in this very spot in this very moment both in the positive and in the challenging? God with us. That is what we are promised. God for us is a message of hope. Our God dwelling with us in our joys and sorrows. Sometimes my heart is so full that I simply can’t put into words what it means to trust in God to encounter me and you as a creator, savior, and spirit stirring our hearts. Our God is at once simple, yet complicated. It is both amazing and perplexing. God told us in the very beginning that there is knowledge about the fullness of God we will simply be unable to understand. Yet, in the Gospel of John 3:1-17, it says it all, for God (the fulness of God as creator, savior and spirit) so loved the world – that God saves the world through God’s gift of grace. This Sunday is known as “Holy Trinity Sunday.” It is our namesake Sunday if you will! But Holy Trinity and the ministries within the church are not a noun. The work of the church, the passion of the ministries, the compassion and care for one another, the outpouring of ministries to walk for awareness of mental well-being, to donate the gift of life saving blood, to tie quilts, to share food and supplies, to prepare for VBS and Day Camp, to bring together yet another youth mission team all the while continuing to gather for weekly worship, the church, our beloved Holy Trinity is alive. And I’m putting it out there – that to be alive dear Holy Trinity siblings means – Holy Trinity isn’t merely a building it is - a verb – the church, you and I, our compassion for one another comes alive. This Sunday, as you remember those who you have loved, may we intentionally gather together in worship to give our amazing, awesome, and inspiring God – our praise. Praise be our Triune God, Creator/Savior/Holy Spirit. Praise be our beloved community known as Holy Trinity. May we Come and Be Alive now and always. See you on Sunday in-person (there is always a spot!), FB Live, or watch a recorded service later (we hope to post by noon following in-person worship). Pastor Katie
- For Everything, There Is a Season (and an Advocate!)
Dear Friends, My husband and I have spent a lot of time visiting garden nurseries throughout the area to look at trees. We continue to be in the process of replacing the many trees we lost in the derecho storm in August 2020. Last week, the pressure to make a purchase was ramping up as we would be standing next to some lovely trees and one by one someone would walk up and put a “sold” tag on it. Pretty soon, I was getting frantic about grabbing just any tree and bringing it home. But even the idea of grabbing just any tree became overwhelming. Instead, I came home without a tree, I came home with a trunk full of flowers and vegetables. Certainly, I have recognized that I’m entering the season of letting go of what was, grieving the loss, and giving space so that I can embrace the movement, the creativity, and the joy of what is happening in my very moment, now. I had energy to imagine new gardens as my first step and then on to the trees. It was a step forward that freed me to experience the fullness of what is happening in my very own story of faithfulness. This week we celebrate Pentecost or the 50 days since Passover. In our Christian tradition on this Sunday, we wear red; we talk about the movement of the wind and the presence of the Spirit in our lives. I envision the Holy Spirit as moving and we are swept up with the joy of the spirit. But maybe there is a season when we envision and embrace the idea that the Holy Spirit, as the Advocate, whom Jesus says is coming in the Gospel of John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 out of compassion and mercy to hold us and move us – forward – together. The Advocate, our forever friend, calls us out of hurt, fear, disappointment, isolation, our inward focus, our complacency, inactivity or simply loss of habit, and calls us to gather, to create, to plant, to grow in faithfulness and give thanks to a God who promises to love us first, to love us always, and inspires and commands us to love one another. I’ll see you in worship – THIS SUNDAY – dressed in Red! Together we journey with the companion, the advocate, the Holy Spirit, who promises to continue to guide and guard us on our journey now and always. Blessings, Pastor Katie P.S. I have heard some folks worried that if they make a reservation to come to worship, they are taking up a seat for someone else. Well, friends, if we get so packed that we need to make more room – we will! Go to the website, make a reservation, come, and give thanks! It feels so good to be together!
- Become a Member | Holy Trinity
Become a member 1 Visit us for worship! 2 Make yourself at home! Join in a ministry, introduce yourself, and/or contact one or both of the pastors. 3 Contact the church office to learn more about Holy Trinity by participating in Next Steps education. About Next Steps Education If you are among those who have been wrestling with your own faith, seeking a new church home, or just finding yourself curious about how you might better understand what Holy Trinity is about, we’ve got an opportunity for you! Next Steps is offered at various times throughout the year. In the meantime, check out our ongoing education programming which includes a host of other small group learning opportunities! These are great opportunities to get to know others, make connections, and explore questions of faith that may be important to you. It’s also an excellent means to become more intentional about growing in your connection with Christ. If you’d like to participate, please email email@example.com to indicate your interest. If you are primarily or exclusively worshiping online, let us know that as well and we will work with you on alternate options for an in-person Next Steps class.
- Worship | Holy Trinity
WORSHIP WITH HOLY TRINITY We gather in person for worship weekly in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration, masks, and social distancing are required. Outdoor Fellowship is encouraged between 9-10:30 a.m. Register today! We have an online service via Facebook at Sundays at 9 a.m. In addition, you can view services anytime on our Worship Services tab. Worship Registration WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORsHIP Kassie a. - Member "Worship at Holy Trinity means a chance for our family to step away from the busyness of day to day life and deepen our faith together." Else s. - Member "For me, worship at Holy Trinity means celebrating God's love and grace through worship, learning, and fellowship with people of all ages and backgrounds." Rebecca p. - member "Worship is how we let God know we love and trust him, and Holy Trinity makes it clear that we can love and trust God always!"
- Adults | Holy Trinity
Adult ministry Join in one of the many meaningful ways to love, live, and share Christ in adult ministry. We gather in focus groups, life groups, Sunday School, service teams and many other opportunities. Connections | Small Groups, Focus Groups and Ministry Teams There a numerous ways to get connected at Holy Trinity. Anything from being apart of a caring conversation in a small group, to learning more about specific topics in relation to your faith, to serving on a team to offer your gifts to improve and further the ministries at Holy Trinity, there is a place for you to be connected! All of our offerings are posted in abundance below. Please reach out to any of the leaders if you would like to participate or if you are interested in starting a small group of your own! Women's Ministry | Annual Women's Gathering Our Women's Ministry hosts a gathering annually in early March for fellowship, worship, listening, singing, and more. Our 2021 event was online, with a version of it to share with those who could not attend. Plans are to gather again on March 4, 2022. Until then, may the bless you and keep you and give you much peace. Men's Ministry | 2020 was the first year of the Men's Gathering: Chili & Brew. Over 25 men gathered for a meaningful time of fellowship, conversation, a guest speaker, and prayer. While COVID-19 slowed our ability to gather in winter 2021, we hope to have the event annually going forward. Men's Bible Study | June 2021 Pastor Ron Schardt invites men of the congregation to a weekly one-hour Bible study just for men. The study will be very informal. The group will read a small section from the Bible and talk about it using prepared discussion questions. When the hour is about done, we will end with prayer. No pressure on anyone! If you are interested, please call or email the church office and indicate your preferred day and time. We look forward to establishing a time of prayer with you! COnnect with us