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News from Holy Trinity
WORSHIP
Weekend Worship
This weekend we will observe the First Weekend in Lent. For the time being, we will gather virtually to worship together. Worship Videos will be posted on our website, HTLC app and YouTube at 5:00 pm on Saturdays so you can worship at a time that is most convenient for you.

The bulletin, readings and prayers, children's bulletin, and worship notes are available on our website. Prayer requests may be submitted online. Please complete a Welcome Card when you worship.
Wednesday Lenten Worship
Wednesday Lenten worship videos will be available on YouTube and our website by 6:00 am each Wednesday during Lent. These short services will focus on faith and the book of Hebrews, especially Hebrews 11, with the final week focusing on Jesus and his path to the cross.
STUDY, SERVE, SUPPORT
Sign up for Lent Book Study
​The World is About to Turn: Mending the Nation's Broken Faith by Rick Rouse and Paul O. Ingram, will be the book we will read and discuss together. We will meet by Zoom on Mondays, Feb. 22-March 22, at 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Order You Are Loved Yard Signs
We are excited to brighten up these wintery white streets and share the message of God’s love this Easter with "You are Loved" yard signs. This fundraiser will support the High School mission trip to Denver this summer. Signs are $20.
Please support our mission trip and Holy Trinity's mission to Share God's Love! Click here to order your sign.
Attend Wednesday Adult Learning
Adult Learning will meet via Zoom to study Through the Looking Glass: The Story of God’s Love. Using the stained-glass windows of the sanctuary, the lessons will explore how we learn to love God, love neighbor, and love the creation. This will be part of our congregational School of Love. Sessions will meet at 7:15 pm via Zoom on February 24, March 10, 17, and 24. You can find the link on Realm by clicking on Events.
Volunteer to help with Family Promise
During our host week of March 28-April 4, Family Promise families are staying at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and host church volunteers are coming to them. 
We need volunteers to help with meal preparation and overnight hosts. 
  • Overnight Hosts - Due to the pandemic, we need one person, but two are allowed. The hours for overnight hosts are 7:30 pm until 7:00 am. The overnight host will have very little contact with the families.
  • Meal Preparation - Volunteers are asked to prepare the meal and drop it off at the site; not serve it. If you prefer not to travel, we can arrange for someone else to transport the meal.
If you can help or have questions, please sign up here, email Carlie Fitzgerald or call Scott Hamilton at 964-8434.
Community Opportunities

Participate in the Virtual Lutheran Day on the Hill Thursday, March 11, from 9:30-11:30 am. Click here for details and registration.
Make cookies for the FreeStore to distribute to clients when they move into their new homes. Cookies must be kid-friendly, nut-free, and placed in Ziploc freezer bags labeled with the flavor and date packaged. Six cookies per package. Deliver cookies (may be frozen if baked earlier in the week) to the church on Mondays from 9:00-11:00 am. No need to sign up; they would like to receive several dozen cookies per week.
Sign up to receive fresh produce through the Global Greens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Purchase a subscription for a weekly share of vegetables grown using organic practices by former refugees who are establishing local small vegetable farming businesses. Click to sign up.
Sharing Smiles & God's Love
Church school students created Valentine's Day cards. Our goal was to receive 45 cards. We received 90! Cards were delivered to residents of Edencrest so each resident received two cards!
Donate to Holy Trinity Food Pantry
The north entry doors will be open each Monday from 9:00-11:00 am to drop off donated items. If you prefer to give at other times, you can stock the Helping Hands boxes located in the south parking lot. You can also make a monetary contribution to the food pantry.
The Food Pantry is in need of the following items:
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Recently purchased ground beef, chicken or other mainstay meats that are in 1-2 pound packages. Please place in the freezer located in the Food Pantry.
Due to space constraints, our food pantry does not accept clothing or other household items.
Your monetary, food and personal care gifts are an outreach of God's love to the Ankeny community. Thank you for giving generously!
THOUGHTS FROM PASTORS & STAFF
Operations & Administrative Associate
Holy Trinity is seeking a qualified individual for a part-time position working as Operations & Administrative Associate. This person will work with the Lead Pastor on matters including, but not limited to, scheduled and contracted maintenance, repairs to the building and grounds, equipment leases and purchases, communication with staff and leadership. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and fill out an application through links on our website.
A Generous Undertaking
The paradox of religious faith today is that the church has, on the one hand, never been as irrelevant as it is today. On the other hand, the faith of the church has never been more essential. In a world that becomes ever more secularized and so, less religious, the role that faith played in the world has been abandoned. To me, it means that love has become scarce just when it is most needed.