Epistle
News from Holy Trinity
WORSHIP
Weekend Worship
This weekend is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Worship Times:
  • Wednesday at 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays at 5:30 pm
  • Sundays at 8:30 and 10:00 am
  • Livestream on Sundays 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.
CHILDREN & MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRIES
Preschool Church Crawl
Preschool Church Crawl is Saturday, September 18, at 10 am. This event is for parents and their children who are three- and four-years-old and new to Church School. This time will be used to explore the church space, talk about what we will do in Church School, read a story, and hand out a Preschool Bible to those who don’t already have one. Please click here to register.
Bibles for Children
Bibles will be distributed to kindergarteners, 3rd, 4th and 6th graders in worship on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19. During worship, families will be invited forward and the appropriate Bible for the age of their child will be given to the parents who will then keep the promise made at baptism by handing it to their child.
A Bible instructions class will be offered to 3rd and 4th graders on Wednesday, September 15, to help introduce the full NRSV text to these children. Click to register.
Register for Children's Church School, Youth Choirs and Confirmation
Church School will celebrate milestones during "Rally Month" of September and begin classes in October. Click here for registration links, class times and additional information.
  • Wed. • Sept. 15 First Bible Class for 3rd/4th grades Click to register
  • Sat. • Sept. 18 • 10 am Church Crawl for preschool & kindergarten
  • Sept. 18/19 Presentation of Bibles in worship: K, 3rd, 4th, & 6th grades
  • Sat. • Sept. 25 • 10 am First Communion Class for 2nd/3rd grades Click to register
  • Tues. • Sept. 28 • 5:30 pm Church School Teacher Training
  • Oct. 2/3 First Communion in worship
  • Sun. • Oct. 10 • 8:30 am Sunday Church School begins Click to register
  • Wed. • Oct. 13 • 6-7 pm Wednesday Church School begins Click to register

Youth Choir rehearsals begin September 15. Click here to register.

Confirmation classes begin Wednesday, September 15. Click here to register.

Masks are required for all participants, regardless of age and vaccination status.
If you have questions or if you would like to help teach church school, contact Minister for Learning Ellen Rothweiler.
STUDY, SERVE & SUPPORT
Connections Weekend is Virtual
Holy Trinity has Bible studies, serving groups, social groups, and more. You may click here to learn about ministries you can join to serve, learn and build community. There are sign up forms on each group's web page. Please register for the groups you might like to join, and someone will contact you.
New Pause Groups are Forming
This year we will study and discuss the second book of the Bible, Exodus. Renown Old Testament Scholar Walter Brueggemann's new book "Delivered from Empire - pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus" will be our resource and study guide. We will study 10 sessions in this book and move to book two in January. Click here to sign up. Contact Pastor Pam with any questions.
Adult Learning Resumes Next Week
Wednesday evening adult learning will meet at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, beginning September 15 with an introduction to our year. The first series, The New Testament You Never Knew, will begin the following week. The series features video and content by N.T Wright, a New Testament scholar, widely published author, and Bishop in the Church of England. Pastor Tim will lead this series. The plan is to offer the class in-person and through Zoom, simultaneously. Click here to receive updates via email.
Brew for You Begins in October
Brew for You (Coffee) and Brew for you (Beer) will begin new small groups in October. The groups will meet once a month for four months, excluding December (October, November, January, and February). Click here to sign up. You will be contacted by the group coordinator at the beginning of October.
THOUGHTS FROM PASTORS & STAFF
Holy Trinity is seeking candidates to join our Learning Ministries Team:
Learning Ministries Associate - this part-time position provides administrative support to the Learning Ministry Team in matters including, but not limited to roster and database management, scheduling, attendance records, preparation for events. Click here for the job description and to apply for the position.
DISPERSED, YET GATHERED
In some small way, I think that the pandemic feels like a "diaspora" of a sort. We feel scattered, or at least disconnected, from the communal relationships that define us. We may feel like we’re getting lost, disconnected, scattered because of the pandemic. Hear Jesus – he loses nothing and no one. You are part of his beloved community. 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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