See the video below from Holy Trinity's Temple Talk from Sunday, March 8, 2020. Kendra Summers is the speaker.
Inspirational Bulletin Inserts from the Information Team:
March 1, 2020 Bulletin Insert:
Come and See is an opportunity for members of Holy Trinity to enhance our worship experience while leaving a lasting legacy for the congregation's ministry. We are a congregation committed to sharing God’s love, hope and healing. Our building has served the congregation of Holy Trinity for nearly 60 years. What a legacy! The building, however, was designed during a different era, and the way people gather to worship, learn and fellowship has changed. For members and guests with limited mobility, the multiple levels and stairs throughout the building challenge our notion that Holy Trinity is a welcoming place. When our facility restricts access, it creates a disconnect between the love and grace we extend and the realities they encounter. Navigating stairs should not stand in the way of accepting and welcoming anyone at our church. Also, in celebration of Holy Trinity's past, present and future, we cordially invite you to join us for a congregational lunch following worship on Sunday, March 29. There is no cost to attendees.
Greater accessibility will enable us to use our church building in ways we’ve never been able to do before. Improving energy efficiency, constructing a beautiful columbarium, creating more open space and enhancing technology will make Holy Trinity members and guests feel more welcomed, comfortable and accepted. Improving our church building removes some of the practical burdens we’ve become accustomed to, freeing us to invest our energies into living our mission more fully together. In all areas of Holy Trinity’s ministry, with better resources, we can better share God’s love, hope and healing. To help spread the word, Holy Trinity’s Campaign Inspiration Visits Team will be dropping off information about the campaign to members' homes after church March 8.
March 8, 2020 Bulletin Insert:
Come and See is the theme of Holy Trinity's capital campaign, but prayer needs to be at the forefront of every step in our church's ministry. This includes prayers during church services as well as private prayers throughout the weeks of the campaign. After all, if this is God's ministry, it is critical that we consult with Him. We should remember and appreciate the blessings God has bestowed upon us individually as well as our church collectively. Without prayer, our church wouldn't have been founded or sustained through the decades. Scripture demonstrates the power of prayer. * "The prayer of a righteous person has great power in it effects." (James 5:16) * "Ask and it will be given you" (Luke 11:9) * "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you." (John 15:7) Part of prayer's power is that it brings us closer to God and brings His spirit closer to us. Pray for our church, for our campaign and for our leaders and workers. Pray how we can make Holy Trinity more accessible and less restrictive to members and guests who have trouble navigating stairs and multiple levels. Pray how we can be more welcoming and create more functional space and avenues for other groups to feel our church's ministry and live up to our mission statement. Pray for guidance regarding your own participation. Pray that we realize that the fruits of our campaign will be realized long after we have passed. We pray, Jesus, that we remember that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for You. We pray for this in Jesus’ name. Amen. March 15, 2020 Bulletin Insert:
When it comes to budgeting and spending, most financial experts suggest starting with essentials. What can be more essential than God?
When you pray about your commitment to Holy Trinity's capital campaign, remember what Proverbs tells us: "Honor the Lord with your wealth as the first charge on all your earnings."
Giving to God first is a way to express the high place He has in your life. Moreover, Jesus told us that when God is placed first, other things fall into place. It's the ultimate example of a gift that keeps on giving.
Our Come and See capital campaign has many goals to help us live up to our mission to share God's love, hope and healing. Making our church more welcoming and accessible is critical as the congregation ages and as we strive to share God's grace with the community.
Prayerfully consider how the spirit of God moves you to cheerfully participate in the campaign.
Placing God first is often a matter of discipline in orderly spending. Giving only leftovers doesn't offer the satisfaction of generous giving from our "first fruits." Good budgeting often results in better stewardship of what we have been given. Experience shows that when 10 percent is given first, we get more done with the remaining 90 percent.
Putting God first in all areas of life - time, money and skills - is personally fulfilling and helps sustain and develop a deep relationship with God that gives back infinitely more than we put in.
As Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well."
March 22, 2020 Bulletin Insert:
When considering your financial commitment to Holy Trinity's capital appeal, put your trust in God. When we sign for a mortgage, car loan or credit card, we assume abundance, not scarcity, in the future. Why not have that optimistic and generous mindset when giving for our Come and See campaign, too? It's a sign of gratitude to our God who promises us much more than merely adequacy. The same Lord who gave His life for us on the cross will care for our needs. "God is able to supply you with every blessing in abundance so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work." (2 Cor. 9:8) Many of us take our relative abundance for granted. Studies show that a household in the United States earning $52,000 per year ranks in the top 1 percent of household income in the world. We are, indeed, blessed beyond measure. Our challenge is to make the best use of our time, talent and wealth, all of which would not be possible without God. The value of our faith is priceless. The benefits of our renovation - having a more welcoming and accessible church, having a more energy efficient building and adding a columbarium to name a few - are a way for us to share God's love, hope and healing with more people. God promises to supply both for our need and for the good works we are in a position to do. His promise of abundance is not so that we can hoard it, but so that we may channel it for good. Then He gives us more. * "He who is faithful in very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10) * "He who sows bountifully will reap bountifully." (2 Cor. 9:10) Have faith that God will provide. With faith and trust, we will succeed in improving our stewardship and in raising the funds we need to complete the goal set before us.
March 29, 2020 Bulletin Insert:
God builds no churches by His plan That labor has been left to man; No spires miraculously arise No little mission from the skies. Falls on the bleak and barren place To be a source of strength and grace The humblest church demands its price In human love and sacrifice.
The poem above from Edgar Guest was included in the bulletin for the October 1961 dedication of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at our present location. The congregation's vice president at the time expanded upon the sacrifice needed to make the new building possible. "Those who have sacrificed most, rightfully have the greater joy," Duane Johnson wrote. "This joy must be measured first in one's own heart." Fast forward almost 60 years later and his statement still rings true as Holy Trinity enters the final few weeks of our Come and See capital appeal. The renovation will make our church more accessible and welcoming to current and future members and visitors. It also will pave the way to help us to share God's hope, love and healing with more of our community for years to come. Our congregation would not be where it is without sacrifice, which is always hard initially (or else it would not be a true sacrifice). Great benefits, however, will result because of our generosity and unwillingness to wait for a more convenient time for this mission and ministry. If we are to accomplish the goals we have set before us, we need to think in terms of sacrifice. Sacrifice is a way of expressing how much God means to us. A gift that is easy does not express a love that is deep. Giving, to be meaningful and joyful, has to stretch out with sacrifice. We will not reach our goals with token gifts; we need sacrifice from each of us. Our giving will bring a blessing to hundreds of people in the years to come, just like the giving to Holy Trinity six decades ago provided us with a blessing. It will, indeed, take sacrifice with great purpose to reach our goal. Still, during this Easter season and our capital appeal, remember that our sacrifices pale in comparison to what God sacrificed for our salvation: His son.
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