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Holy Trinity News
January 2019




Events in January at HT
            The schedules change a bit in January, based on analyzing attendance the past six months. 

           The annual meeting of the congregation will be held on January 27, 2019 immediately following the service.  It is at this meeting that we discuss the events that will be taking place during the year (including starting up a healing ministry, a Suicide Prevention seminar, various workshops, quiet days – Bring your ideas!), approve the budget, elect representatives to the Vestry, elect representatives to the Diocesan Convention (See later article below on this), and get volunteers for doing the annual reports due to the Diocese.  Please take note that clergy is not allowed to do the audits/reports, so we will need some new volunteers. 
            1st and 3rd Sundays are Eucharist services at 9:00 a.m.  This is led by Angel Bolling as a Deacon's Mass.
            2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays are Morning Prayer services at 9:00 a.m., with the 2nd and 5th Sundays led by Kris Hanley, and the 4th Sunday led by Angel.
            We will have a mid-week Eucharist service on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. (the church is in use on Wednesdays). 
            Our Bible Study will continue to meet on Tuesdays at about 10:30 a.m. or as soon after the morning service as possible.  Our current study is on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  All are welcome!

Around the Diocese
            January 21, 2019 Day at the Legislature – the Montana Association of Christians will be gathering to speak at the Montana State Legislature.  (See article in December edition for all the details.)
            Other Events have been forwarded to you in the Diocesan Newsletter.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Angel for more details.

Deacon's Office Hours
            Deacon Angel Bolling is changing her current office hours at the church.  They will be from 10:30 to 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  She'll be at the church Tuesdays from 9-12:30.  Appointments can be made anytime by calling the church (295-7007) or Angel (295-9875).  In case anyone wonders how she fills the rest of her time, it's usually with working, researching/writing sermons, keeping up with reports do at the Diocese and the occasional blog posts for the church.

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 each week, 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.

Bishop Search – Reps and Walkabouts
            At our annual meeting when we elect the two representatives who will be going to the Diocesan Convention, please be aware that there are going to be additional responsibilities for these two people this year.  First, the convention will be held in Bozeman July 26-28, 2019.  Second, once the vetting process is complete for all Bishop candidates, there will be "walkabouts", in each province of Montana.  Our province is called Lake Missoula, and at some point during the month of July, both of the representatives will go to the walkabout scheduled in Missoula and meet the candidates for Bishop, gain impressions, ask questions, etc. and then come back and consult with the congregation.  The Bishop will be elected at the end of July during the convention.  Therefore, the representatives have some additional time and responsibilities to commit to this year.

Building and Grounds
            We're still looking for someone interested in doing concrete work and re-building our deck, so if you know someone, tell them to contact Jill Wilson to get the particulars and get a bid put together for consideration by the Vestry.

January Feast Days
This month's Feast/Holy Days include
·         January 1 – The Feast of the Holy Name.  This is the 8th day after Jesus' birth, and on this day, he would have been named in an official ceremony and counted among the Jews.
·         January 18 – The Confession of Peter is recorded in the Gospel According to Matthew (16:16), "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." It is a major feast in the Prayer Book calendar, first included in the 1979 BCP. The date is that of an ancient Gallican feast called "the Chair of Saint Peter." It honored Peter as the head of the Roman Catholic Church as well as his chair of episcopal authority. Contemporary observance of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
·         January 25 – Conversion of St. Paul celebrates the day on which Saul met Jesus, and his "come to Jesus" meeting resulted in the change of name to Paul, and one of the most prolific writers and evangelical priests in the Church.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Needs Help!
            As everyone knows, the Prayer Shawl Ministry is currently meeting the first and third Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  While we are always happy to have new knitters, crocheters and all around organizers, 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! 

Epiphany
            We will celebrate the Feast of Epiphany on January 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.  This is the day on which we celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men who came, seeking the baby Jesus, after following the Star announcing His arrival.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Don't forget that the Good Book Club Epiphany readings from the Romans starts 1/7.



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