African Connection: Mentoring a Rwandan Violinist

African Connection: Mentoring a Rwandan Violinist

HTAC's very own Terri Moon will be featured on the Rocky Mountain PBS program “Arts District” this Friday 26 Jan at 8:30PM with a story about a connection she made while visiting Rwanda this past summer with her family.  Here is Terri's story she wrote for a friend's blog about the experience she had with a young Rwandan violin student:

Children's Ministry Newsletter

Hello HTAC families!

    It was a great 2017 for our kids’ ministry and it’s been an honor to get to serve you all as your children’s minister this year! I just wanted to give a quick year in review, as well as a note on some of what to look forward to for 2018. The following are a smattering of highlights from our children’s ministry in 2017.

  • On Easter Sunday we celebrated the day with our yearly easter egg hunt, but with a big twist! The kids got to hunt for special dinosaur eggs, which was a blast!

  • Our big highlight of the summer came in the form of the long-awaited Vacation Bible School!  We had 35 kids come throughout the week, and 30 amazing volunteers! Through VBS not only our kids, but also some kids from the local community, were reached with the Gospel, enabled to build relationships, and had an incredible week!

  • Skipping ahead to November, we had a blast watching ‘Ratatouille’, playing games, and chowing down on pizza for our kids night at the church / parents’ free date night!

  • We kicked off Advent with a bang with our Hanging of the Greens party! Complete with Christmas carols, delicious food, and our cookie decorating bonanza, we sure started the season off with a bundle of laughs and smiles!

    For 2018 we are reevaluating our regular programs (Kids’ TCT, Children’s Church) in order to determine whether they are the best way to continue discipling our children moving forward. We may well keep Children’s Church and TCT as they are, but we are also looking at changes in style or curriculum, or different programs altogether. We are also looking to add a catechism component to our children’s ministries, and for our church at large, as a way of engaging families and equipping them for discipleship. Regardless of which direction we take our Sunday children’s programs in 2018, parental input and observations are welcome and encouraged in this process as we move forward and all our decisions will be made in an attempt to best love and serve our HTAC families.

   We will be having VBS again this year on July 16th - 20th! More information for volunteers will be put out in the next few months. Lord-willing it will be one of our best yet! In addition, we will be putting on more family and children’s events throughout the summer and the rest of the year as well. In February we will have another kids movie night at the church, so be looking for more information on that in the next couple weeks! We are also looking to find ways to encourage parents to connect with each other for encouragement and support through park days, family game nights, and other fun events. We would also love to hear from you all for ideas and needs on this as we launch into 2018!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and are starting off your new year strong!

Blessings!

Jonathon Thigpen
Children’s Minister

holytrinitychildmin@gmail.com

1/14 Newcomers Lunch and Membership Class

Newcomers Lunch & Membership Class

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Newcomers Lunch at 1 pm
Membership Class at 3-6 pm

Which is for me?

The Newcomers Lunch is Q&A driven, and is intended to give a more general introduction to who we are and what we do here at Holy Trinity. This is a chance for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you.

The Membership Class goes into the theology and history of Holy Trinity and of Anglicanism in general. This is a more comprehensive class on our collective and foundational beliefs, for a deeper understanding what membership at HTAC is all about.

Sign Up online (Newcomers Lunch or Membership Class), in the Fellowship Hall, or by emailing Dillon!
 

Advent and Christmas Service Schedule

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ADVENT

  • Thursday, November 30 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 3 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent I Services
  • Thursday, December 7 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 10 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent II Services
  • Thursday, December 14 - 7:00 PM - Evensong
  • Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 & 10:45 AM - Advent III Services
  • Sunday, December 24 - 9:30 AM - Advent IV Single Service

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS

  • Sunday, December 24 - 4:30 & 7:30 PM - Christmas Eve Services
  • Monday, December 25 - 10:00 AM - Christmas Day Service
  • Sunday, December 31 - 9:30 AM - Christmas I Lessons & Carols Single Service

Pastoral Letter Regarding the Events in Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

Dear Holy Trinity Family,

I want to write to you about the awful events in Charlottesville on Friday/Saturday. First, thanks to Ben and Kevin for reading this to you this morning. Second, thank you for listening well. Communication on important issues is hard enough face to face, much less in a brief letter. Third, this is being read before the Prayers of the People because we are a part of something bigger than ourselves: the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. And, frankly, prayer is our most powerful course of action. It is not our *only* means of action, as some have accused Christians of, but it is undoubtedly our most powerful.

Before I address someone else’s words, let me address my, and our, own words. The Scriptures are clear - words carry power. Old Testament writers (Proverbs 29.20), New Testament writers (James 1.19-21, 3.1-18) and Jesus himself (Matthew 12.33-37, 15.17-20) speak to this. So, let’s communicate in ways that are calm, courageous, constructive, and evidence-based. None of these things preclude passion or hard truths, but they may, Lord willing, mitigate against committing our own sins as we address Sin.

The Scriptures are clear -  we are subjects of The Kingdom, the family of God the Father, brothers and sisters of Jesus the Son, and Temples of God the Holy Spirit. In short, we are not our own. When God drew us to Himself and out of darkness and death, we also gave ourselves over to Him. To His character. To His purposes. He himself is now our best and highest priority in Life.  

Not every event, even important ones, warrants comment; however,  some things at some times should be called out, because we belong to God. The White Supremacists’ denigrating words and deeds must be called out as wrong, destructive, and contrary to God’s desire for His world. Because these words and actions are so publicly proclaimed, they need to be publicly countered.

First, we do this amongst ourselves and before God to affirm who we are. Then, we do it before anyone who cares about, or merely happens to hear, what is said and done in our little corner of the Kingdom. If we speak in words and tones and act in ways as vile as the White Supremacists, then we have also put ourselves at odds with God (Matthew 11.25-30, 20.24-28).

God’s staggering power shown in Christ’s Incarnation and Cross was always meant to go from that one Cross to encompass all of Creation. We are grateful for our racial and national uniquenesses, and celebrate them even as we are also one nation? Good! We claim an inherent Supremacy for our Race or Nationality? No. That is counter to God’s plan and desires, and He will oppose the arrogant.

So, as we look for God to speak to us today in the Word proclaimed and preached, and as we meet Jesus as His People called to His Table, let us pour out our hearts in that great gift of intercession, of having the right and responsibility to approach God on behalf of ourselves and others.

Finally, in God’s Providence I had lunch with Pastor Art Carter of Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church the week before last. We struck up the beginnings of a real friendship, sharing deep things over a single lunch. We also discussed Holy Trinity and Payne Chapel doing things together. I dearly hope that this will have a special depth and power as we move forward.

Well, this has been long enough. Please contact me if you desire to keep this conversation going.

I love you, I miss you, and I am always yours in Christ,

matt

For Christ himself has brought peace to us.

He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when,

in his own body on the cross,

he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

(Ephesians 2.14, New Living Translation)

Maker Fun Factory VBS 2017

Maker Fun Factory

Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun!

Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 13990 Gleneagle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

When: Daily 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21 (Family Potluck on Friday afternoon)

Cost: This VBS is free of charge, though donations will be accepted for missions.

Registration/Information Contact: You can register with our online VBS Registration Form here.

Questions can be sent to Jonathon Thigpen, HTAC Children's Minister, holytrinitychildmin@gmail.com or 719-373-7599

Information from Congregational Meeting

Here is the handout from our Congregational Meeting in December 2016, referred to also in our Annual Meeting in January 2017. (Also available as a PDF here: CongregationalMeetingHandout_170112 )

Congregational Meeting 5 December, 2016

Choose an Item, Choose a Team

  1. Choose an item:

NOTE: This is not to say that no one is working here. Much is going on and sometimes you are volunteering to come alongside a current worker, sometimes it will be starting from scratch.  Either way, Matt or someone will walk with you to find a sustainable way to move these projects forward.

  • Every quarter Meet w/Matt to ask, essentially, one question: What is the next good thing to do in our area of concern?
  • Each team will have a Leadership Team member on it, but not leading it. This will help for coherence amongst the various teams
  • Each full team of interested members will have a core of 3-5 people who Matt can consult with between quarterly meetings.

Worship

  • Assist Altar Guild
  • Help Dennis w/Acolytes
  • Ongoing training with Readers, Intercessors
  • Sound Team and Slides
  • Help walk people through a funeral or a wedding
  • Help w/marriage counselling, if equipped

Discipleship

  • Children’s Minister, or assist Michelle and Stephanie
  • Teach Teaching and Community Time (TCT), or Children’s Church
  • Offer to assist Youth Discipleship – Ben Holsteen
  • Offer to assist Kevin Brooks w/combined, or separate, MS/HS
  • Assist Summer VBS
  • Research lessons plans for different ages for the Integrated Spirituality/Catechism, e.g., parents of late elementary research that area, Middle Schoolers, etc. Interestingly, Pinterest is a wide ranging source, Google, amazon, etc.
  • Teach an Introduction to Anglicanism 101 Class from a chosen book
  • Teach a Sacraments 101 Class from a chosen book
  • Organize or volunteer with VBS

Fellowship

  • Join a parish group, consider leading one
  • Annual Retreat
  • Hanging of the Greens
  • Easter Feast
  • 5th Sunday Potlucks
  • Come on a RW Trip in 2017
  • Serve on RW Team
  • Organize and Manage a Visitation “system”

Outreach and Evangelism

  • Be a “caseworker” for a person in need
  • Member/Leader of Outreach Committee ---
  • Liberty Heights – Sunday morning coverage/more integration w/HTAC – David Sachsenmaier is very active, but needs a partner
  • Help Jim Dorman w/Pastoral Visitation, Counseling, etc.
  • Assist with Special Services (e.g. weddings)

Administration and Communications

  • HTAC Communications Planning and Implementation- Dillon
  • Create new website, possibly using WordPress template.
  • Take a quarter of Treasurer-ing
  • Support Dick Battersby in Facility Committee and related tasks
  • Populate CCB software
  • Further organize the files on HTAC Dropbox
  1. Choose a Team
  • Every quarter Meet w/Matt to answer the following questions below.
  • Will ask, essentially, one question: What is the next good thing to do in our area of concern?
  • Each team will have a Leadership Team member on it, but not leading it. This will help for coherence amongst the various teams
  • Each full team of interested members will have a core of 3-5 people who Matt can consult with between quarterly meetings.
  • If a core team member, consider further training, even a diploma, or some formal education, like a distance program from Trinity School for Ministry, paid for by the church.

Worship

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family … to personally encounter God in Sunday worship as well in “worshipful” living.

Discipleship

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family … to deepen our personal and corporate relationship with God in mind, heart, and will.

Fellowship

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family … to ensure that no one suffers alone and that everyone has an opportunity for friendship here at Holy Trinity.

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family … to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Rwandan family?

Outreach

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family … to personally share (maybe through parish groups) the good news about God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in proclamation, and in acts of care?

Administration and Communications

What is the next good thing to do to equip our church family to contribute towards the ministry of administration and organization, e.g., communications, facilities, and finances?