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Lent is Here!

posted Feb 19, 2018, 9:35 AM by HTEC Bowie

Remember that we have moved the 10:00 am service to 10:30 am so we can gather for our Lenten series at 9:15 am. You can do two things to prepare for the study, first begin reading The Shack by William P. Young and as you read begin to make note of the faith narrative and themes you find there. Second remember we are reading the gospel of Luke during Lent, as you read through the first chapters of Luke do any themes jump out at you there?

Many of us do other reading through out the course of the week; blogs, devotionals and the like all add to the conversation so if you read something you think you would like to share please bring it with you so that we all may join in the discussion.

Also remember that we will begin our Colors of Lent; meditation, coloring and prayer devotional centered on the Psalms of Lent beginning on Wednesday February 21st at 7:00 pm. I believe we will be meeting in Parish hall this first night but stay tuned for details!! Bring your choice of coloring implement and a desire for some quiet time!

Ash Wednesday Service!

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:42 PM by HTEC Bowie

Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Service on Feb 14th at 7pm. All are welcomed!

Change in Service Time During Lent!

posted Feb 2, 2018, 2:48 PM by HTEC Bowie

Don't forget that beginning Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 the 10:00 o'clock service is moving to 10:30!!!  This will allow us to hold our Lenten series in between the Sunday services in Parish Hall. Our Lenten series will be based on the book, "The Shack."  Everyone is invited to join us for what is sure to be a great discussion, good food, and wonderful fellowship. See you there!

New Year's Eve Service

posted Dec 29, 2017, 4:21 PM by HTEC Bowie

We will hold one service on December 31, 2017, at 9:00 AM.  Please join us for "Carols and Lessons" as we ring in the New Year!

Christmas Services at HT!

posted Nov 29, 2017, 6:14 PM by HTEC Bowie

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ! We are holding three special services-- 1) December 24th at 9:00 am (advent 4); 2) December 24th at 7:00 pm; and 3) Sunday December 25th at 10:00 am. All are welcomed!

Summer Service starting June 11th

posted May 28, 2017, 6:19 PM by HTEC Bowie

Starting June 11th and going through August 23,  Holy Trinity will be offering only one service at 9:00 am.    There will be no services at 8 am or 10 am.

Holy Week Services

posted Mar 29, 2017, 5:29 PM by HTEC Bowie   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 5:35 PM ]

Please plan to join us during Holy Week.  We start with Maundy Thursday on April 13.  (This service starts with an Agape Meal in Parish Hall at 6:30pm, with communion to follow.)  On Friday (April 14), we will hold our Good Friday service at 7pm.  On Saturday (April 15), we will hold Easter Vigil at 8pm.  On Sunday (April 16), we will celebrate Easter with a service at 10am.  All are welcomed!

February Stewardship Letter

posted Feb 4, 2017, 12:20 PM by HTEC Bowie

Dear Friends,

“Have you pledged yet?”  For both the clergy and the parishioner alike, that question is one that strikes an uncomfortable tone.  We don’t like to talk about money, and in the Episcopal Church we are particularly uncomfortable talking about our faith so if you put the two topics together, well, all bets are off!!

Most often when I talk to people about whether they are going to pledge to their church’s annual financial drive the answer I get is something like, “I really don’t pledge, I prefer to give to the really important things when they come up.”  I get that. All of us like to give to the glitzy and glammy things, the ones that have great before and after pictures, the ones that leave us with that really big feeling of accomplishment.  Those “gives” are really important for us and for the people for whom our money makes a great deal of difference.  But giving to your church’s, Holy Trinity’s, annual financial campaign is about something different, something deeper.  It is about the ministry of presence, Christ’s presence here in this neighborhood.

I want to share a story with you, a true story, about keeping the lights on.  I was up here on the hill working late a few days before Christmas.  It was cold and the sun was quickly sinking from the sky, and the only lights on up here on the hill were the ones that chased away the dark outside my office windows.  I watched as a car slowly eased its way up our driveway.  Odd, I thought, school was closed, and I was not expecting anyone. Certain that whoever this was would just drive in and out, I returned to my work until I heard the gravel on the front drive.  Leaving my office, I turned on the hallway lights and the light on the front porch and headed to the door.  There I was met by a young man probably in his late 20s and a young, very pregnant woman.  I asked if they were lost.  I could see their car was loaded.  No, they told me they were not lost, but they were looking for a place to park for the night.  They had seen my light and thought that I might let them park in the church parking lot and sleep just for one night.  I invited them in to sit down and I learned the story of how they were making their way to Texas, where a job and family waited and that they had just enough money to make the trip if they only stayed in hotels twice.  I jumped on the computer and found them a room for the night and gave them a gift card to buy some food and some gas and ushered them back out and on their way. But before they left I heard him say, “Thank God, your lights were on.”

Thank God your lights were on.  This is where the ministry of the church, this church, all churches, begins, with our presence in the world as the hands and feet, eyes and ears, the body of Christ to all who come in need.  If we cannot pay the bills, the boring ones, like the light bill and the water bill, the electric bill and the trash collections, if we don’t have anyone to answer the phone or to sit with those who may have lost their way, then Christ is not present.  Since 1712 Holy Trinity has been the light shining forth from this Holy hill, a beacon to illuminate the presence of Christ. We need your pledge to continue that work.   If you have already pledged for 2017, thank you!  If you have not I urge you to make a financial commitment today.  It is only through your generous donations that we can keep the lights on.

 

Faithfully,

Rev. Leslie M. St. Louis

Sandwich making THIS Sunday, Feb 5

posted Feb 4, 2017, 12:12 PM by HTEC Bowie

Join us this Sunday after the 8AM and 10AM services in parish  hall to make sandwiches for Martha's Table. 

Annual Meeting

posted Feb 4, 2017, 12:09 PM by HTEC Bowie

Please join us on March 26th for our annual meeting. We will only have one service that Sunday at 9AM. The annual meeting will start after the service in parish hall.

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