Holy Trinity News
May 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
            Troy Cemetery is getting a facelift, and the town is looking for volunteers for clean-up, planting, raking, and mapping.  See Angel if you're interested.
            Vacation Bible School will be held at Morrison Elementary School June 17‑21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., lunch from 11:30-12:30 p.m. provided by the Baptists.  This Bible school is for all Troy Churches and they need:  1) monetary donations (to cover costs); 2) 21 adult volunteers for each day to work with the kids on crafts, videos, music, rally, skits and games; 3) Snacks for each day; and 4) Volunteers to sit at local stores to sign kids up on June 1.  If you're willing to volunteer for any of these, please see Angel.
            Unite for Youth Leadership Camp will be held at Camp Elohim again this year, for kids entering grades 7-12, June 13 to 15.  Volunteers are needed for helping with sessions, serving/ making meals, supervising campfires, free time activities – including leading lake time, basketball, archery, zip lines, etc.  Volunteers are also needed for cabin supervision on overnights.  See Angel if you're interested in volunteering.

News/Upcoming Events
            Troy Theatre will be showing movies on Thursday nights through the summer.  They're still trying to make enough money to buy that digital projector!
            Troy Christian Fellowship Women's Day will be held May 4, 10:00-3:00, with a special speaker.  Cost is $20.

Events in May at Holy Trinity
            During the Easter Season (Easter through Pentecost) 1st and 3rd Sundays are Eucharist services at 9:00 a.m.     2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays will have Morning Prayer as the Liturgy of the Word, followed by Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.  Sermons are still only done by Angel the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays, with Kris Hanley leading the service up to the Eucharist.  Our regular schedule will resume after Trinity Sunday in June.
            We also have a mid-week Eucharist service on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.. 
            Our Bible Study will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of the first Tuesday this month.  We will resume on May 14.  Our current study is on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  All are welcome!

Building and Grounds
            The porch will be entirely replaced by the Libby contractor Fissori Construction.  As soon as we have a concrete date (pun not intended), we will let you know.
            The grounds have been given a major facelift by Jill Wilson and look wonderful!

Around the Diocese
            The diocesan newsletter has been forwarded to everyone, but May has some upcoming events, so pay attention to those!

Updates on the Bishop Search
            The final slate of candidates in the Bishop Search are:
1.      The Rev. Mary Caucutt, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Cody, WY
2.    The Rev. Dr. Nina Ranadive Pooley, Rector, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, Maine
3.      The Rev. Marty Stebbins, Rector, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Wilson, NC.
            Details on these three are in your email from the Diocese.  Each candidate's name is linked to sermons you can read/listen to, for a bit more information.
             The Walkabout Committee is finalizing the week of 14-19 July for the bishop candidates to be with diocesan clergy and parishioners at six locations:  Whitefish-Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Billings.  All members of our diocese are warmly invited to these gatherings. 

Daily Liturgy Readings
            Many of us like to read the daily readings with the Liturgical Calendar, but finding them can be a chore.  At this link, you will find the daily readings for the month, each with a link that makes reading them easy.  Additionally, there's something to help you experience "Quiet Time" – a time to meditate, pray, or simply sit and listen for the voice of God.  Try to find an hour each week to do that for yourself.

May Feast Days
This month's Feast/Holy Days include
·         St. Philip and St. James – May 1.  There are potentially up to 8 different James mentioned in the New Testament.  For the list, click here.  It's interesting to note that other than as a name, Philip is only mentioned with any details in the Gospel of John.  At that same link, you can learn some of those details about him as well.
·         Ascension Day – May 30.  This is the day that Christ left to ascend to the Father at the 40th day after he rose from the dead.  He advised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would shortly arrive so they would not be left alone.
·         Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31.  This is the celebration when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist, who leapt in his mother's womb at the recognition of the child Mary carried.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
            The Prayer Shawl Ministry is currently meeting the first and third Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  New and experienced knitters, crocheters and all around crafty organizers are always welcome.  Additionally, part of what we really need are names of people who need the shawls!  Prayer shawls only do some good when they're wrapped around people.  We've got all sorts of sizes and colors, and include lap blankets for those not so fond of shawls.  Each stitch is made with prayer, and often they get passed from person to person as people need to be wrapped in prayer.
            So, contact Angel, Kris or Jill with names and ideas of how to best get a shawl or blanket to them, and we will do our best to make that happen! 

In honor of the slate of Bishop Candidates

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