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  • Serve all people, following the example of Jesus

    A week before Christmas, we ventured out to Colorado for the wedding of our eldest son. It proved to be a crisp, but sunny day; and even though the couple elected to make several adjustments to their original plan due to COVID-19, the entirety of the weekend came off almost exactly as they envisioned. It was really a joy for me to witness their witnessing of the results! Oftentimes, that’s not quite the way things go with weddings. Typically, something goes askew despite the best of planning. We’ll hear one such story in the Gospel lesson for this week from John when Jesus attends the wedding of friends and does them one monstrous favor by avoiding a draining of the wine supply for guests. I envisioned him within that scene, witnessing the joy of that young couple from beyond the spotlight and simply being able to savor their celebration. I couldn’t help but give thanks for all of the folks I know who similarly serve quietly behind the scenes to facilitate life. I hope that they have the opportunity to witness some of what they make possible. As we dive deeper (pun intended) into our “S.P.L.A.S.H.” sermon series, we focus on the first of the commitments we make at baptism: to “Serve all people, following the example of Jesus.” We’ll use the Gospel lesson as a starting point; join us, whether in-person or on-line! Meanwhile, our staff and Visioning Council are working hard to pull together all of the details for our upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting next month (2/6). After finishing our current Adult Forum study this week, Adult Forum will offer a couple of informational sessions in advance of the Annual Meeting to share insights, ask questions, and hear perspectives. We hope that you’ll be able to take part - 9:30 a.m. in Room 1. We will change rooms if enough people attend. Let’s discover what WE are blessed to witness together, as we seek to live out our baptisms this week! Pastor Tim

  • The Baptism of Our Lord

    Dear Friends, Can you remember the day you were baptized? Most likely you were in church and a little one would start to wiggle, or maybe an older child or adult would look down at the water with wondering eyes. You couldn’t help yourself…but smile! Most recently, because of the safety concerns with COVID, especially for young infants and siblings, along with our commitment to be abundantly cautious, some families have opted to have their children baptized with only the immediate family members present. Surely, there is much to be said about the presence of the church community. But what I have discovered is a new joy in the celebration of the sacrament of being baptized by the smaller crowds as they fill the bowl with hands of parents, siblings, cousins, and grandparents. Afterall, the Baptism of Jesus, was a family event! Let me take this back and set the stage a bit. John the Baptist, who was a cousin of Jesus, was inviting people to be washed clean or to be baptized (see this week’s scripture reading from Luke 3:15-22). As many people were stepping forward in the river to be washed clean of their sin, the other cousin, Jesus, arrived to be baptized. John stopped the baptism, but Jesus invited him to continue. I can imagine this scene of people walking up and down the banks of the river going in and out of the water as it flowed from here to there. Family members splashing water on one another in joyfulness as they played in the river after this once in a lifetime bath. Meanwhile, on this day, one cousin baptized another cousin…and a voice from heaven spoke to Jesus, “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.” Two thousand years later, as we too, are washed clean of our own sin, we hear the message of hope. God does see us. God is please with us and we are gifted for the work of being God’s hands, feet, and voice in our world today. This act of the church and the families within shares the Good News and brings a much-needed smile for you and me this very day. In awe and wonder, Pastor Katie

  • Come Home to God

    Dear Friends, When my children were very young, we were so thrilled when they said their first words that we would clap and cheer them on! Eventually one word alone would either launch us into conversation or make us shake our heads to wonder “Why?” In the past year, that may be our most common question: Why? Why did we have to experience challenges alone, as a family, or even as a world? I invite you to think of your own specific “why” question for just a moment. In our scripture this week, we hear this message of hope from the Gospel of John 1:1-18: “…and the Word was made flesh.” We may ask, "Why would God enter into our world as a child?" The answer is in the same passage. “14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth … 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known…” (NRSV) Jesus Christ walked alongside of his people centuries ago and we are promised this very day that Jesus dwells in our greatest joys and our deepest heartaches. But still we cry out, “WHY?” The answer is because God will stop at nothing to reach out and connect with us so that we know the depth of God’s love that has been, is, and will always be a love for you, me, and all of God’s creation. Then maybe the question is "Why are we called to gather for worship, learning, and service?" We gather so that, like the generations before us, the generations after us will all know and continue to be witnesses to others that God’s story of hope is our very own story of life everlasting. It is the story of God loving us in our days of laugher and holding us in our times of tears. It is God with us, God for us, God saving us, not because of our acts, but out of God’s promise to give us a hope that is life now and forever. Blessings to you and your household as this New Year is just about to begin. Pastor Katie

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  • Events | Holy Trinity

    EVENTS Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. On pause through Feb. 8. Agape Prayer Group Our Agape Prayer Group meets Tuesday mornings in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join in, but we'd appreciate knowing beforehand that you're interested in participating. We gather for conversation, prayer, and friendship! Please email the office to express your interest. Email Church Office Upcoming Meetings (9am-12pm) Saturday, February 12 Saturday, March 12 Quilts & Crafts At the Table You are invited to join our Quilting and Crafting group, which typically meets monthly on the second Saturday morning. We have quilts that are ready to be tied and will have pillow kits ready to sew for our graduates. If you want to knit or crochet or do any other crafts at that time, you are welcome to bring your projects. Please join us for any amount of time that you have. We would love to see you! ​ Contact Kim Behr, Judy Taylor, or Andrea Henson if you are interested in attending or reach out to the office with questions. Email Church Office Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Laughing Out Loud Small Group Ladies, BYOC (bring your own coffee!) for this lighthearted hour of fellowship on Wednesday mornings. There will be no formal lesson or schedule, but there will be laughter! This group meets distanced in the church sanctuary or outside, based on the season. Email Church Office Friday evening, March 4 Annual Women's Gathering Save the date for this year's Women's Gathering! Details are forthcoming, but we plan to meet in person with an online option. Check back for more information. Email Church Office Friday mornings at 9 a.m. Men's Bible Study Join Pastor Ron Schardt for this Bible Study, which had been meeting Thursday evenings. ​ All men are invited. No homework, no pressure; just great fellowship and discussion! Take the Holy Nudge and jump on in! Email Church Office Friday evening, March 25 Annual Men's Gathering Save the date and check back for more information for this year's Men's Gathering! Email Church Office

  • 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! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Small Group Ministry Agape Prayer Group, Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. Our Agape Prayer Group meets Tuesday mornings outside on the church patio or in the sanctuary, based on season. Everyone is invited to join in, but we'd appreciate knowing beforehand that you're interested in participating. We gather for conversation, prayer, and friendship! Please email the office for the zoom link or to express your interest. ​ Women's Ministry Annual Women's Gathering - Save the date for March 4, 2022! 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. Check back for more details for 2022! ​ Laughing Out Loud Small Group, Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Ladies, BYOC (bring your own coffee!) for this lighthearted hour of fellowship on Wednesday mornings either distanced inside or outside on the patio based on the season. There will be no formal lesson or schedule, but there will be laughter! ​ Men's Ministry ​ Men's Gathering - Save the date for March 25, 2022! 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. Check back for more details about the 2022 event! ​ Men's Bible Study Pastor Ron Schardt invites men of the congregation to a weekly one-hour Bible study. The study is 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. The group currently meets Friday mornings at 10 a.m. We look forward to establishing a time of prayer with you! ​ COnnect with us

  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - North Liberty, IA

    WELCOME TO GET TO KNOW US PRAYER REQUESTS LISTEN/WATCH MAKE A GIFT YOUTH ADULTS SERVING & SHARING YOUTH MINISRTY CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ADULT MINISTRY MINISTRY GROUPS SERVE EVENTS Weekly Announcements, January 23 Learn more about ELCA resources and beliefs Learn More Holy Trinity is a vibrant ELCA congregation in Johnson County, Iowa. All are welcome and invited to call Holy Trinity their church home. When we say, all are welcome, we mean all - no exceptions, qualifications, or asterisks. As a community we are committed to be authentic, safe, and intentional as we grow in our relationship with God and with one another. ​ We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with masks currently required. Worship is offered via Facebook Live at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Any updates can be found on our Worship Services page. On-demand recorded worship is always available on our Worship Services page. Join us for Small Groups and Ministry Events: There are many opportunities to get involved at Holy Trinity. All opportunities are found in the banner at the top of the site. ABOUT US Want to learn more about events at Holy Trinity? See Events

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