Holy Trinity
Parish eNews
December 2019
A Message from Fr Brad

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

Although when we hear the word advent we think of this current season we are in that precedes Christmas, there are many "advents" (according to the dictionary definition) that we may experience in our lives.

I have experienced one of these advents recently in my life in the marriage to Ms. Pepsi.

( I think that a wedding qualifies as a notable event...)

It is a newness in life that changes what was before.

Although we had been dating for well over two years and known one another for some three years more than that, being married is still new.

There are not two separate households.
There are not two separate directions for finances.
There are not two separate plans for the year.
There is one.
This is new.
For me and for Pepsi.

And in this newness is an opportunity to make adjustments to what wasn't working and keep the things that were working well.

We have been going through Pepsi's belongings from her house to find the right place for them in OUR home.

We set up the Christmas tree yesterday afternoon and talked about what WE wanted to do with the tree and how we wanted to decorate it.

This can require some work to adjust to the newness and live as one instead of two.

I think, though, that we will be okay.

We in the Church are in this season of Advent as both a remembrance of the birth of Jesus and a reminder that He will come again.

It is both a reminder of the state of newness we enjoy because of the birth of Jesus as well as a reminder of the "New Heavens and New Earth" yet to be when we enter into eternity with God.

And it is in this "newness" that we are reminded to live.
A newness that calls us to abandon the old self for a new life in Jesus.
A new life that has as its goal a total redemption of the life of every believer in the Body of Christ to their fulness in Christ.

But what if we don't remember that we are called to live in this newness of live and the advent of Jesus?

Let me relate it back to my example of marriage.

It would be like Pepsi and me operating as two single people when we are in fact married. Why would we ever do that?

And why would we ever live as someone who did not know the newness of Jesus through His Advent if we, in fact, already know this?

Let us not miss out on this blessing for ourselves and remind our loved ones about this also.



Sunday Morning Study - 9:45 AM

O Come All Ye Faithful

with Heather Certik

Advent offers us an opportunity to make space in the “mangers of our lives" for the God who is always coming to us, seeking our attention and devotion and offering us new life. 

Before you face the onslaught of our culture’s Christmas, please join us in the Sunday Forum. We will utilize the insights of Carl Jung and St. Ignatius as we explore and share our own experiences of this sacred journey.

This 6-week series from 12/1/19 to 1/5/20, Advent to Epiphany, will be facilitated by Heather Certik ( heatherrose488@gmail.com or 530-432-6957).
As you know, our Forum time together is limited, so please come and settle in as quickly as you can. We will begin at 9:45.
Parish News and Events
Morning Prayer Services

Please join us on Wednesday mornings
in the Sanctuary
for mid-week worship and prayer

7:30 AM

A quiet time for reflection, connection, intention,
to begin your day, in Him.

12/20 - Christmas Cookie Project
12/21 - Christmas Pageant rehersal 10:00 AM
12/23 - Christmas Family Project gift delivery due date
12/24 - Christmas Eve Services 5:00 PM Family Service, with Communion & 8:00 PM Chistmas High Mass Service, with communion
12/25 - Christmas Day Mass 10:00 AM

Rehearsal for the Christmas Eve Pageant
Saturday, D ecember 21st at 10:00 AM
T he Holy Trinity Christmas Pageant will be held at the 5:00 PM service on Christmas Eve. 
P arents may request their child have a part as a costumed character, to play music, or be a reader. 

For more information: Please contact Tina Spriggs at (530)913-1550 or email Tina at tmspriggs56@gmail.com   
The Christmas Family Project
Holy Trinity parishioners desiring help a family in need celebrate Christmas may choose a family from the felt Christmas tree in the narthex. Please take the top copy and leave the bottom copy AFTER WRITING YOUR NAME ON IT!   …This is VERY important!!!

Cheryl Tadman will be organizing this wonderful ministry. If you have questions or would like to help with this project, please contact Cheryl at (530) 913-8278

Additionally.. . If you would like to help families by donating food items, please scroll down to "Feeding the Hungry" and see our request asking for donated food items, which will be provided to our 30 chosen families as a part of this project.
What's been happening at Holy Trinity?
The Annual Holy Trinity Advent Dinner
Our dear friends,
What an evening and what a lovely gift to the congregation as we begin the season of Advent, looking forward to the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
There’s not enough room to thank everyone for their hard work. Please forgive me if we did forget someone, it’s certainly not intentional. Special thanks to Terry, Midge and Grace for preparing our wonderful dinner, to Christie for the cheesecakes and supplies, to Sarah for everything she does, Kay, Judi and Norma for the decorations, Ed and Tony for manning the wine bar, Sherry, Joy, Debbie, Blue, Trish, Carol, Jeff and Paula for setting up and serving, to Karen for the phenomenal “silent auction”, to everyone who donated items to be auctioned, and to Todd, Gary, Peggy, Chip, Ed, Barry and Jeff for helping with the cleanup, and to Tina for her music. It’s always a joy to see how everyone else pitches in to help with clean up and put away.
Our hearts are so full of gratitude and overflowing with love that we get to be a part of this group. In our service, we are the hands and feet of Christ. May God continue to bless our Hospitality Fellowship committee, Holy Trinity Parish, and this wonderful community.
With love and blessings of the season to all,
The Holy Trinity Hospitality Committee
Homeless Dinners

I Do Have a List
and I Do Check it Twice !
Actually, I have two lists: One for Tuesday Night Dinners, and one for the once-monthly dinner at Hospitality House. If you might like to help with either of these ministries to the homeless in our community, give me a call and I'll add your name to our list. (It's God's work, you know.)

Next Dinner Dates
We'd love to have you join us as a server, or to donate a hot dish for our meal. Please contact me and I'll happily put you on our email list.

  • December 3rd, 17th and 31st at Holy Trinity

Christmas Family Project Grocery List
If you would like to help stock our Christmas pantry, please find below a list of needed items, which you may conveniently take with you when shopping. You may bring your donated items to church on Sunday, or drop them by the church office on a Monday or Friday between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

If you have any questions, or would like to be placed on an email list, my contact information is below. New volunteers are always most welcome.

Thank you so much for your continuing care for those less fortunate!
Carol Fegté

Rejoice Yoga

Christian Yoga
5:30 PM Monday Evenings
at Holy Trinity
will resume
January 6th

For additional December schedule changes check the website:

Holy Trinity Outreach Ministries
TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER:  Our upcoming dinners for the homeless will be Tuesday December 17th and 31st, at 5:00PM at Holy Trinity . Sign up by contacting Carol Fegté ( 432-0659 or  cfegte@yahoo.com) to bring food and/or serve. You can bring food to the church between 4-4:30pm on Tuesdays.

HOSPITALITY HOUSE:  Our next dinner is Sunday, December 8th at Utah’s Place. Sign up by contacting Carol Fegté ( 432-0659 or  cfegte@yahoo.com) to serve or bring breakfast foods and dessert. (Nothing homemade is allowed. Must be store bought and sealed.) You may also contribute by writing a check to ‘Holy Trinity Church’ and in the lower left-hand corner write, "Outreach Ministries."
PASTORAL CARE:   The well-being of our members and friends is very important to us. If you are homebound or in the hospital or nursing home and unable to attend church, please call the office so that we can visit you, add you to our prayer list and arrange a Lay Eucharistic Visitor to bring you Communion.  

RIDES TO CHURCH:  If you are physically able to attend Sunday Services but are in need of transportation, or if you are able to bring a fellow parishioner to church on Sunday morning, please contact the church office Monday or Friday between 11:00 A-4:00 PM - (530)265-8836
Milestones & Prayers
Requests for Prayers:

Members: Dick Moss, Scott Dunn, Alberta Seymour, Pam Bergthold, John Azevedo, Tom Ewart, Nan Curry, Karolyn McElwain, Scott Gillette, Rainey & Ron Spiller, Hank Acker, Doris Schaffarzick

Friends & Family:  Brett Boyle & family, Kevin & Sandy Moorehead, Leda Chavarria, Autumn Bigueria, Ron Tapp, Susan Silburn, Deena Munro, Afton Wasley, Linda Menge, Peter Phelps, Dave Schafferzick, Louis Ceci , Lucie Thomas, McKenzie Hild, Jason Adams, Wanda Perez, Melinda Day
Birthdays & Anniversaries

December Birthdays:
12/1 Roland Tueber
12/3 Uriah Painter
12/4 Karen Hoida
12/8 Donna Hajduk
12/9 John Azevedo
12/14 Dennis Spence
12/15 Abby Garcia, Betty Larimer
12/20 Vicki Reinheimer
12/21 Sherry Dunn
12/29 Christie Walker
12/31 Erin Thomas-Rose

December Anniversaries:
12/4 William & Karolyn McEliwain
12/4 Ben & Kacie Mills
12/6 Don & Sharon Fairclough
12/11 Ken & Cheryl Tadman
12/27 Rusty & Linda Hamer
12/29 Al & Leanne Jacobson
Prayers for the departed :
Mervin Baker, Roy Brooks, Maxine Davidson, April Reese, Si Reedy, Georgina Wasley, Rachael Pool, Robert Brehm, Sue Mullins, and those whom we love but see no longer.
Additional Information:
OFFICE HOURS:  Mondays and Fridays from 11:00 AM -4:00 PM.

THE eNEWSLETTER is generally published monthly, the first Friday of the month. All are invited to send announcements, articles, & suggestions to the church office: trinitynevadacity@gmail.com . Articles need to be approved and received no later than the 15th of each month for the upcoming publication.
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UGANDA MISSION WEBSITE:   www.kellermannfoundation.org
Many thanks to all of the wonderful service volunteers who work together every week to make beautiful things happen at
Holy Trinity Nevada City!
Attention Lectors! Have trouble pronouncing Bible words? Here's an online guide for pronouncing Biblical words:

The readings for each Sunday can be found at (Revised Common Lectionary – RCL): http://lectionarypage.net/
Clergy & Staff
Rector:  The Revd   Bradley Helmuth                       559-3874               bhelmuth1969@hotmail.com
Associate Priest:  The Revd Canon Mary Hauck      432-2557              canonhauck@gmail
Organist:  Tina Spriggs                                               913-1550               spriggs@nccn.net
Choir Director:  Stan Thomas-Rose                           273-4904               cedarose@theunion.net
Youth Pastor:  Ben Mills                                             477-7568               bmills@gvsd.us
Parish Secretary and Nursery:   Paula DeGiorgis     274-9839               wildbugs@gmail.com
Groundskeeper:   David Denkers                               446-6231               denkers3@hotmail.com
Kristie Garcia, Sr Warden          (530) 713-0739         toddandkristie@att.net
Ken Tadman, Jr Warden            (530) 913-6832         knctadpole@gmail.com
Sarah Woerner, Clerk                (530)913-9770          drsarah@jps.net
Lee Adams, Treasurer               ( 916)709-6880     hangman@jps.net
Tom Ewart                                 (530)265-3886           twewart@gmail.com
Midge Gallagher                        (530)265-2480           1midgeg@gmail.com
John Griffin                                (530)265-2081           jhgriffin0924@sbcglobal.net
Andy Moisey                              (530)432-8495           abm6468@gmail.com
Kay Walker                                (530)272-7876           walker3gv@gmail.com
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
202 High St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone:(530) 265-8836
Fax: (530) 265-8837