Worship this Week
This weekend is the Fourth Weekend in Lent.

Given the current public health concerns and the need to minimize social contact, we are unable to hold worship in our building. Our current plan is to open the doors for worship in the sanctuary on April 11 unless situations dictate otherwise.

Until then, we intend to share video of our worship services. Watch our web page, Facebook page, and your email for more details and links to videos of worship.

Prayer requests may be submitted online.


Ways You Can Help
Staff members will be working in the office and from home over the coming weeks. Please help us by doing the following:
  • Continue to give your offering! Even though we don't have events happening in the building, we still have expenses. You may mail your offering, drop it in the locked mailbox on the wall near the TV by the office, or, better yet, give online through Realm.
  • Continue to donate to the Food Pantry! Many incomes are already affected by social isolation. Our north doors are open from 8:30 - 4:00 pm M-F for you to drop off donations for the food pantry. Place non-perishable items in the grocery cart inside the entrance. Please take perishable items directly to the food pantry refrigerator.
  • Don't stop by the office unannounced! If you must visit with a pastor or other staff member, please call and make an appointment. Staff members are available by email.
What About Upcoming Events?
All in-person events scheduled between now and April 10 have been suspended or postponed. Small groups may move to an online/virtual format in coming weeks but will not meet at HTLC.

Parking Lot Clean-Up and Trivia Night will be rescheduled at a later date.
Grace Notes - Thoughts from the Pastors
PEACE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
In times such as these, it is good to pray. I know, “Thanks Pastor Obvious.” I am not, however, talking about the kind of prayer most often practiced. The kind of prayer I’m leaning on these days is contemplative prayer. The kind of prayer where I shut up and let all the emotional waste and distracting thoughts fade and center in silence. I do this with regularity, but not enough. I also am sure I’m not very good at it. Yet, I will testify, it helps… a lot. READ MORE

That’s the subject of GraceNotes this week. Read this blog and subscribe to new posts on the Grace Notes blog page here!
St. John's Nashville Disaster Relief
HTLC's Council has approved establishing a dedicated fund to help St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Nashville after the church was destroyed by tornado. Cat Wilson, our former Minister for Worship & Music, is the organist and choir director at St. John. If you would like to donate to help the church rebuild, give online by clicking here or mail checks directly to St. John's Church, PO Box 140628, Nashville, TN 37214
Family Promise Volunteer Opportunities
HTLC is hosting three Family Promise families the week of April 12-19. 

Unfortunately, the fact is the homeless are still homeless and need our help now more than ever . Please be assured that as we approach this hosting week your safety and that of our guests is of paramount importance. We may need to make adjustments during our hosting depending on circumstances at the time.  

We need people to help serve in the following capacities: meal prep, serving, evening host, overnight host, van driver, set up, laundry, and tear down. More information and signup up are online . Direct questions via e-mail to  Carlie Fitzgerald  or by phone to Scott Hamilton at 964-8434. Volunteer hours may count towards Silver Cord for high school youth. 
Help Plan the HTLC Garden!
It’s time to think about gardening! HTLC has six raised beds that we use to grow veggies for the Food Pantry. If you would like to help plan this year’s garden, email Carol Williams or call her at 515-964-7445 by March 30. Those interested in helping plan the garden will have a discussion via email or phone.
Global Greens
Register for the Global Greens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program through LSI.  Purchase a subscription to get a weekly share of vegetables this summer from Global Greens farmers. The vegetables are all grown using organic practices by former refugees who are establishing small vegetable farming businesses in the Des Moines area. Pick up your vegetables in Ankeny or get home delivery. Click here to sign up.
Global Greens
M&Ms for World Hunger
Our giving focus during Lent is on world hunger, and our goal is to raise $7,500. Please return your donation and M&M tubes on or before Maundy Thursday. The collection box is located by the Giving Station in the Narthex. If you prefer to donate your $14 (or more) online, click here.

Global Hunger
Do you, or someone you know, have a home in need of repairs?
Habitat for Humanity's Rock the Block is coming to Ankeny June 11-12, 2020!
Contact Habitat for Humanity by March 22 to find out more about the program and learn how to qualify and apply for help.
Open Hearts. Open Doors.
God has given us much; blessed us with abundance. God has also called us to do much with what we have received.  Let's join together for this generous undertaking that will fill our city with grace, mercy, love and hope.
Holy Trinity Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is in need of the following items:
  • 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. Enter the door in the south hallway marked "Food Pantry Donation Drop Off."
  • Laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, and personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc)
  • Canned meat
  • Children's books
  • Clean, empty plastic grocery bags
  • Credit/debit card donations at the Giving Station located in the Narthex or online through Realm. 
Place non-perishable items in the grocery cart located in the north entrance.
Your monetary, food and personal care gifts are an outreach of God's love to the Ankeny community.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
517 SW Des Moines St
Ankeny, IA 50023
515-964-4348

Worship Schedule - Online only!
Saturdays: 5:30 pm
Sundays: 8:30 and 10:00 am
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm