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WORSHIP
Weekend Worship
This weekend is the First Weekend of Advent.
Worship Times:
  • Wednesday at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday at 5:30 pm
  • Sunday at 8:30 and 10:00 am
  • Livestream on Sunday at 10:00 am

The links to the livestream and on-demand recordings are on our website. The bulletin, readings and prayers, children's bulletin, and worship notes are available on our app and website. Please complete a Welcome Card when you worship.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
We will gather tonight, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm for Thanksgiving Eve worship. Worship in-person or online. We will share fellowship with pie after the worship service.
STUDY, SERVE & SUPPORT
Love Notes Daily Devotions for Advent
Holy Trinity offers daily video devotions that are delivered to your inbox each morning. Subscribe here.
During Advent, these devotions will focus on different Advent hymns.
New Men's Group
A new men's group will be forming to meet for the first time in January. This is a way to grow in faith through Bible study or book study. You do not need any background in Bible study to join. Fellowship with other men is a very important part of the group. The group will determine its frequency of meeting and will meet on a weeknight. If you are interested, click here to sign up by December 15. This is not a commitment to join, but only to express interest.
DONATE & VOLUNTEER
Trinity Center Gifts - Due Nov. 30
Holy Trinity is invited to donate items for residents who live at Trinity Center at Luther Park. These items will be used as Christmas, birthday and BINGO gifts throughout the year. Click here for the wish list. Please return unwrapped items by Nov. 30.
LSI Refugee Support - Due Dec. 19
Holy Trinity is sponsoring two projects to support LSI as they help to welcome refugees and Afgan Allies.
  1. Fund-A-Family - Make a monetary donation to support families resettling in Iowa. The value of this project is $1,200 per family. Contribute towards this goal by clicking here to give online. 
  2. Welcome Kits - Click here for the list of several kits to help families establish their new homes. Drop off kits to the pew across from the red wall at church by Dec. 19.
Hope Ministries Socks & Underwear - Due Dec. 19
Spread hope to men who are served by Hope Ministries by shopping for men's socks and underwear. Please return items to the bin at the red wall at church by Dec. 19.
Cards for the Homebound - Due Dec. 16
Write a few extra Christmas cards and share them with our homebound members. You may pick up a list of homebound members at the church or email Lisa for the list. You do not need to know these folks in order to share a greeting with them. Please drop the cards off in the giant mailbox located at the red wall in the church. Cards are due Dec. 16. We will deliver the cards to members the week of Christmas.
Gifts for Mosaic: Adopt-An-Individual
Shop for gifts to fulfill the wish lists of clients of Mosaic. Pick up a tag at the red wall at church. Or, you can call the church to get a name. Return wrapped gifts to the red wall at church.
LEARNING MINISTRY
"Celebrate the Story" Children's Christmas Program
Church School children (preschool-5th grade) are invited
to participate in the Christmas Program.
Rehearsal: Dec. 18, 10 am in the sanctuary
Christmas Program: Dec. 19, 4:30 pm (program starts at 5 pm) Due to Covid restrictions, we ask that only immediate family attend the program.
Questions? Contact Whitney
THOUGHTS FROM PASTORS & STAFF
WATCH. WAIT. WONDER.
It has been a little over a year since my Aunt Dorothy died. She was the last relative of my parent’s generation. Dorothy and her husband never had any children so their nieces and nephews were very special to them. Dorothy lived to be 104 years old. For some, living that long would be challenging. For Dorothy it was in some respects, as I remember her saying that she really had to work hard on staying focused on the “here and now;" it was so much easier to drift into the past. Yet, even with this struggle she gave thanks for God for each day and for the people in the care center who provided her care and security. She was like that. I would describe her as a thankful person. What a wonderful legacy to leave, that of being thankful. Her dying words to her nieces and nephews who gathered at her bedside were, “Love everyone, and be thankful.” Read this week's Grace Notes
HOLY TRINITY FOOD PANTRY
Volunteer in the food pantry on Tuesday afternoons. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. If you are interested in helping, contact the church office.

Donate to Holy Trinity Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is in need of the following items:
  • canned soup
  • canned meats
  • canned fruit
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • peanut butter
  • feminine hygiene products
  • diapers
  • personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, shaving products)
If you have perishable foods to donate, please contact Lisa in the church office to find out if we have the capacity to store these items before bringing them to the pantry. We do not need frozen meat at this time.
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!
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