Ordination for Edward

Congratulations to our Associate Rector Edward Lowe! The Standing Committee for the Diocese of New Jersey, at its meeting on Oct. 17,  unanimously recommended him for Ordination to the Priesthood. The location and date of the ordination will be determined later.

A Celebration for the Life of June Lancaster

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

June Lancaster, a long time parishioner of Holy Trinity and our official Church Historian, died on October 14, 2019 at her home in Fayetteville in the presence of family and friends.

June has been active in our parish for decades. She was loved by many in our church and in the surrounding Fayetteville community. June was a writer and put her writing skills to the service of our community by composing the official history of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 26th at Holy Trinity. There will be a reception following the service.

I invite your prayers and presence as we celebrate the life of this wonderful person who gave so much to our community.

Faithfully,

Edward+

From the Bulletin

Check out this week’s bulletin for events happening now and in the weeks ahead.

 

Organize Against Racism

Our Associate Rector, Edward Lowe, has been working closely with several leaders in the community to further efforts toward greater social equality and justice in our community. To that end, they joined efforts with Methodist University and have organized a day-long (~6 hours) event to introduce the problem of structural racism and raise awareness about the issues involved. Lunch will be included and registration is only $25. Holy Trinity has several reserved spots for members who are interested because of our generous sponsorship of this event. Please feel free to contact Edward+ at associaterector@holytrinityfay.org with any questions or concerns.

Download the flyer.

Register for this event.

 

Pastoral Care Reorganizes

The Pastoral Care Committee has been busy reorganizing and developing its ministries.  Click here for more information.

Evening Labyrinth Walk

Evening labyrinth walks are usually held on the first Thursday of each month. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to watch one of the introductory videos, please arrive promptly at 7 p.m. The last walk is at 8:30 p.m. The walk can take from 20-30 minutes so please plan your time accordingly.

The labyrinth walks are free and open to the public. If you wish to make a donation, one of our facilitators will be happy to assist you. You can also donate online through the Holy Trinity website – Giving link.

Enjoy and peace!

Prayer for a Labyrinth Walk

By Jean Sonnenberg                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bon Secours Labyrinth, Marriottsville, MD – by permission

O God of many paths, I stand before this labyrinth today, metaphor of my journey to you.  In the Western world, I have been taught that “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line,” and being an impatient person, I am uncomfortable with waiting.  I have often modeled my journey to you on the straight line.  But you, God of infinite patience, have shown me that there is another path, a curved path.  On this path, my anticipation is heightened as I approach the center, only to be led out again to the periphery.  But this path more closely resembles life itself.  On this path, if I just put one foot in front of the other, it may seem at times as if I am not approaching my goal, while in fact, I am drawing closer all the time.  But you are a God of surprises and mystery, and I don’t control the path.  The labyrinth is a symbol of my surrender to mystery, trusting, not knowing for certain, that the path which curves in and out again ultimately leads to the Center, which is You.

To learn more about Holy Trinity’s labyrinth, please click here. 

Selections from the Book Study Groups

If you are unable to attend the church’s book study groups, but would like to read the selections at your leisure, here are three of the most recent selections. All are available from the publisher or from Amazon.com (which often offers better pricing).

Christianity After Religion:  The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass.  Available from the publisher at www.Harperone.com.

The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age by Dwight J. Zscheile.  Available from the publisher at                                                    www.churchpublishing.org/agilechurch.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Available at Amazon.com

Club 456 & Youth@Holy Trinity

Club 456 is a ministry designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The club meets on the 2nd Sunday after church. Once a month, students are invited to go on Club 456 outings where they will enjoy fellowship and fun with their friends. This group will also work on a number of mission projects throughout the year. Club 456 will foster relationships with peers and encourage discipleship through service.

 

Youth@HT is a loving, welcoming and fun place for teenagers in grades 6-12th to learn more about themselves and deepen their Christian Faith. Throughout the year, The Youth@HT take part in activities on Sunday evenings and with exciting and meaningful special events throughout the year. From worship and study to mission work and fun outings, The Youth @HT strives to make our group a place where everyone can participate in something meaningful and sharing experiences that will last a lifetime.

 

Use the Website to Make Your Request

Want to request something from the clergy or the church administration?  It’s now easier than ever to do it.  Just click on the ‘Contact Us” button at the top of the Holy Trinity website home page to:

* Make a prayer request

* Use church equipment

* Use church facilities

* Apply for a church grant

Once you click on the “Contact Us” you’ll see a menu selection for the above items. You can click on the selection, which will take you to the proper forms to submit your request.

If your organization is applying for a grant, please remember the annual deadline is August 1.

 

 

 

Children’s Church

Children ages 4 to 5th grade are invited to follow the Bell Cross out of the sanctuary for Children’s Church. They will go down the hall to the Godly Play room in the Johnston Wing to sing, hear a sacred story, and join together in prayer. Please join us!

Worship Ministry Has Many Opportunities

Opportunities abound for all ages to assist in worship ministries at Holy Trinity. These ministries include:

  • Lectors/Lay Readers – Reading scriptures and prayers of the people. We are particularly looking for younger voices from our upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers – Assisting with the administering of the Eucharist.
  • Acolytes – Carrying our crosses, torches, banners, Gospel and other elements, participating in our worship processional, and assisting the celebrant in administering the Eucharist.

We invite anyone interested in these ministries to contact the church office to sign up or to get more information.

Keep Your Contact Information Current

Help us update our contact information for members and visitors. You may complete an online form at this link http://www.holytrinityfay.org/contact-update/ or fill out a form found in the Sunday bulletin.