We are closed today, Wednesday, March 13.

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Who knew there was such a thing as a "bomb cyclone"?

The news says the weather today will be historic: wind, snow, blizzard conditions. Accordingly, we are cancelling our Wednesday evening Soup Supper and our Lent evening service. We'll try again next week.

In the meantime, stay home; stay warm; stay safe.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
(2 Co 13:14 ESV)

Watching the Weather for Wednesday Evening

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Holy Trinity Family:

We're watching the weather closely for Wednesday evening, and we'll make a call tomorrow (Wednesday) around mid-day on whether to hold or to cancel our planned Soup Supper and Lenten Service on March 13 at 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM, respectively.

We know the forecast says “blizzard,” but we’ve seen enough Colorado weather to know that many times the weather fools even the experts. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy today's sunshine, and we’ll be hoping together the weather will allow us to gather, as planned, for a great soup supper and a powerful time of worship tomorrow evening.

Sunday Services - Don't be Late!

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Come join us for Sunday services, but don’t forget that our clocks must be turned forward for Daylight Savings Time before you go to bed. If you don’t, you’ll be an hour late for everything tomorrow. Sad.

Our first service meets at 8:30 AM. We have our fellowship breakfast afterwards, and our Community and Teaching Time begins promptly at 10:00 AM. The second service meets at 10:45AM.

We hope to see you tomorrow for the first Sunday in Lent.

The Lord be with you.

Call for Lenten Works of Art

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Lent is a season of reflection and contemplation.  We consider our own station as fallen, broken sinners in need of a Savior, and we contemplate the magnitude and magnificence of the sacrifice made by Christ to reconcile us with our God.

In partnership with the Anselm Society and as part of our collective commitment to reunite the Arts and the Church and to redeem the Christian imagination, we are seeking to integrate, with intention and inspiration, imaginative and artistic elements into our worship, our services and our gatherings for Lent and Easter.

Writings in Response to the Collects

In the Anglican tradition, on Sundays during worship, we will recite a Collect written specifically for each of the five weeks of Lent.

We are inviting writers to pick one or more of the Collects for the Sundays in Lent and to offer a short written work that responds to or is inspired by the Collect.  We welcome poetry, prose, exposition -- whatever written form you feel called to offer.

Visual Works on the Stations of the Cross

On Wednesday of Holy Week, we are offering a devotional experience, the Stations of the Cross, which recalls the events at the end of the life of Jesus, from his condemnation to death to the laying of his body in the tomb.  

There are 14 traditional events (or stations) presented for contemplation and reflection as part of this devotion.  Throughout the Church’s historical experience of this part of Holy Week, artistic depictions of and responses to the Stations have been displayed and used to inspire the reflections of those experiencing the devotion.  The fourteen stations are listed at the end of this invitation.

We are inviting visual artists to create works that respond to or are inspired by the Stations of the Cross. Painters, sculptors, multi-media artists -- anyone working in the realm of visual arts -- may submit a work to accompany one of the Stations available to worshipers on the Wednesday of Holy Week at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

How to Submit Your Works

If you are interested in offering one or more writings or visual works, please submit your piece electronically (a pdf of your writing or an electronic image of your visual work) via the following online form: ELECTRONIC FORM.

You can also send your work to Mark Summers in the Church Office. Be sure to indicate which of the Lenten Collects or Station of the Cross you are responding to.

We have formed an advisory group who will review all of the submitted pieces and recommend to the Senior Pastor those for inclusion in the Church’s services.  The rest will be offered in the collected displays in our Fellowship Hall.

With great expectancy, we look forward to the works created by our Community.

Kids' Ministry Winter Newsletter

Hello Holy Trinity families!

A fun time was had by all decorating gingerbread houses!

A fun time was had by all decorating gingerbread houses!

The new year is off to a roaring start!

We ended 2018 with a gingerbread house-building extravaganza!  The kids had an awesome time crafting some amazing houses and got to show off their creativity, while consuming large amounts of sugar! What could be better?  A huge thank you to our volunteer parents who stuck around and helped out!

We started the new year with a Hawaiian luau in January to bring a little warmth to our cold winter. We brought out decorations from last year’s VBS (I regret that I forgot to take pictures!) and pulled out all the stops! The kids had a blast playing limbo, stomping ‘coconuts’, hula-hooping, painting seashells and eating pizza!

Our new quiet activity bags

Our new quiet activity bags

A few kids’ ministry news items of note:

  • We’ve updated our quiet activity bags!  For any who are unaware, we offer quiet bags for kids to use during service on Sundays that provide fun, calm activities for the kids. We’ve updated the look of them (some liturgical colors never hurt!), and added some new toy items.

  • As you may have heard, our nursery has transitioned away from having two paid staff to only one, with the other spot being filled with a rotation of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for one service every other month, contact me via email or phone. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the young families at Holy Trinity and get a baby fix at the same time!

  • As is often the case, we also need more volunteers willing to teach in our elementary TCT classes and Children’s Church once a month! This is an amazing ministry to the kids and families in our church body and your consideration is deeply appreciated.

  • On Saturday, February 16th, from 5:30-7:30 the kids will be decorating Valentine’s day cookies at the church! Join us for some smiles and sweet treats! Parents are welcome to stay and participate, but are also totally free to drop the kids off and have a date night!

  • On Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30-7:30 we will be having our second annual kids lenten art party!

    Stay tuned for more details for upcoming events, and of course, feel free to reach out with any questions, or family needs.
    Blessings,
    Jonathon Thigpen
    Children’s Minister
    jonathon@holytrinityanglicanchurch.org
    719-373-7599

Songs for the Long Night - An Advent Musical Experience

Join us at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on December 21st, the longest night of the year, for an evening of music that captures the longing and the hope of the Advent season. 

With both traditional and original songs serving as our companions, we’ll reflect on the darkness that surrounds us in this season of Advent, as we also look towards the promise of the coming dawn.

The musical pieces will be offered by an incredible group of musicians and songwriters from Holy Trinity and from the greater Colorado Springs community. 

In the midst of all of the holiday activity, please join us, and take some time to slow down, listen, sing, and let your heart prepare Him room as Christmas approaches.

Hanging of the Greens - Christmas Season Celebration

The "Hanging of the Greens" is our kick-off for the Advent and Christmas seasons.  You won't want to miss it!

We are holding this Church-wide event on Sunday, November 25, starting at 6:00 pm.

We are planning a big POTLUCK DINNER this year.  We will enjoy a wonderful holiday meal in the Fellowship Hall, sharing our favorite holiday foods.  The evening's activities will also include music and songs, along with a fun cookie decorating party for the children. 

After we eat, we'll decorate the entire Church for the holiday season.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Church office.

Integrated Spirituality and The Anglican Catechism

We deeply desire that our heads and our hearts and our wills are all engaged in loving God and experiencing His love for us. We call this Integrated Spirituality.

We seek to know God faithfully and love Him personally. We know Him and His character as He is seen in Jesus; we know Him by and through the infilling of His Holy Spirit; and consequently, we know Him by and in the Scriptures. We love Him, our Father God, with a personal sense of His character and His love in our emotions and our decisions in life. 

Our platform for this undertaking in Integrated Spirituality is our Anglican Catechism. It supports knowing God faithfully in that it is Biblically sound, historically reliable, and locally relevant. By that we mean 3 things:

  1. The Catechism is little more than Scripture itself. (Biblical).

  2. It, or some like version of it, has been used by Believers for centuries to be ever-more-firmly grounded in God. (Historic).

  3. It has a particular Anglican flavor as we try to be a true-to-ourselves outpost of God's kingdom in Gleneagle and Colorado Springs. (Local)  

All this in order to know God faithfully and love Him personally.

CHURCH GATHERED and SCATTERED

During this time, we are designing our church life  - Gathered and Scattered - to live into our pursuit of Integrated Spirituality. We are starting at our more communal levels, i.e., Church Gathered on Sunday for Worship and Discipleship, and moving into our more individual levels, i.e. Life Groups and one-on-one sessions. All ages - lower elementary through adults - will be focusing on this broad topic for the entire 4 weeks. 

As a Church Gathered in Sunday worship, the preaching and music and liturgy will focus on our Catechism topic: God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. 

Our Sunday morning Teaching and Community Time (TCT) will, across all age groups, likewise focus on the topic with a special emphasis on what and how we teach, so as to lean into, as stated above, knowing God faithfully and love Him personally.

As a Church Scattered, we are asking, but not requiring, our Life Groups to take advantage of resources that we are sharing in order to continue drilling down on God the Father as we meet during these 4 weeks.

Jonathon Thigpen has found family devotionals around this very topic, God the Father, that are geared for our younger children. Please look for them in the Fellowship Hall, bring them home from Childrens TCT, ask him for copies, and happily receive them when he offers them to you. :-)

In addition, for one-on-one processing, we have certified Counselors and Spiritual Directors as well as Clergy available to spend time individually with anyone who desires to go even deeper in their relationship with God our Father.  

Based on our experience and how God leads, we anticipate that this will become a regular feature of our Life together over the year to come and into the future.  

We have posted a brochure describing this first series on God the Father. You can find it through this link: Integrated Spirituality Brochure.

Great Opportunities to Learn about HTAC

We have two great opportunities in the coming weeks to get to know more about Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

If you are a visitor, new attender, or anyone who wants a chance to visit with Pastor Matt and other leaders to learn about our Church, please plan to attend our Newcomers Lunch on Sunday, November 11 at 12:30 pm.

The Newcomers Lunch is relaxed and informal. Over lunch, the conversation is Q&A-driven, and we talk and answer questions to give you an opportunity to learn more about who we are and what we do here at Holy Trinity.

If you would like to attend our next Newcomers Lunch on November 11, please RSVP so that we can plan food accordingly! You can RSVP by signing up online or by emailing Mark in the Church office!

Also on Sunday, November 11, we will have our Membership Class, in which we review the theology and history of Holy Trinity and of Anglicanism in general. This is a comprehensive class on our collective and foundational beliefs, and it offers a look into what membership at HTAC is all about.

Whether you are seeking membership or not, this is an excellent class for learning more about HTAC and is highly recommended for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of our church. It is also a required experience for those wanting to become members of HTAC and qualify for voting in the annual meeting in January.

If you are interested in the membership class which runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, please RSVP by signing up online, or emailing Mark. If you want to attend but the scheduled date/time does not work for you, please discuss it with Pastor Matt.

Planning for Summer Rwanda Trip

We have an amazing ministry opportunity in the planning stages at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. We are planning a missions trip to Rwanda in the summer of 2019 — likely in the June or July time frame.

If you are interested, even remotely, in participating with others from the Church in this trip to visit our sister parish in Rwanda, we invite you to let us know. As our plans develop, we can share with you information about the trip and answer your questions.

If you wish to be included in future communications, please contact the Church office at 719.505.8021 or via email at mark@holytrinityanglicanchurch.org.

Halloween Harvest Festival

We will be hosting a big Halloween event at the Church with costumes and treats and great games and fun. There will even be a costume contest with prizes for the kids! We hope to see our families - adults and kids alike - involved in this great Fall event. If you are willing to volunteer to help with the planning of this event or for the event itself, please connect with Jonathon Thigpen at holytrinitychildmin@gmailcom or at 719.373.7599. We are really hoping to make this a neighborhood event that includes kids from the surrounding housing complexes, so Jonathon is looking for many hands to help with the festival.

Operation Christmas Child

We will be holding our annual Operation Christmas Child event on Saturday, November 10, to put together the Christmas shoeboxes to be distributed to children around the world by Samaritan's Purse ministry.

This year, we have decided to schedule the OCC shoebox event for a Saturday morning, so we aren’t pressed for time between services on Sunday. Also, a Saturday event will allow those who are committed to our TCT programs on Sunday to participate in the shoebox activities.

We need volunteers! We could use three or four people to help with the refreshments and the coordination of the shoebox contents on the 10th.

Please mark your calendar and plan on spending a couple of hours with your church family on November 10 helping to spread the love of Jesus to disadvantaged children around the world.

For more information, please go to samaritanspurse.org/occ or call/see Ashley Carlson or the HTAC Office at 719.505.8021.

New Life Group Meeting at the Church

We have launched a new Life Group that will be meeting at the church on Monday nights, beginning in October.  This new Life Group will be co-led by Fr. Matt Burnett and Ben Holsteen.

If you’ve been waiting to get started with a Life Group here at Holy Trinity, this new group is a perfect opportunity to plug in! Take advantage of the change to connect with a small community, get to know others in the Church, and make new friendships.  This group will be a launching pad for one or more neighborhood-based Life Groups that will start after the first of the New Year.

The coming meeting dates for this new Life Group through the end of the year are as follows:

·         November 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         November 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

For more information or to sign up for the group, please contact the Church office via email at mark@holytrinityanglicanchurch.org or via phone at 719.505.8021. It will help us a lot to know how many plan to attend.