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September | October | November 2022



4 Fall Worship Schedule

6 Choir Rehearsal Schedules

7 Wednesday Church Night

8 Harvest Welcome Center

12 God’s work. Our hands.

14 Faith Formation

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” —John 13:35 The ministry and relationships we enjoy at Holy Trinity are a gift from God and everything we do is a reflection of the love of Christ. Anticipation is growing! We are excited to welcome new children to our Pre-School and we are ready to launch Faith Formation classes for all ages. Music programs, fellowship events, and service opportunities are underway—hoping you will participate and take delight in Loving the Lord and our neighbors in need. We invite you to worship with us every Sunday and enjoy Wednesday Church Night (WCN) Suppers with your church family. The more we participate in God’s ministry together the more we grow in faith and experience the love of Christ. I look forward to seeing you in church at Holy Trinity and watching how God works miracles in your life. Your brother in Christ and partner in ministry,


WORSHIP & music

As we enter the fall season, we continue in the Sundays following Pentecost. The pattern of these Sundays is broken by the festivals of Reformation and All Saints and come to a close on the final Sunday of the Church year—Christ the King Sunday. Perhaps these festivals are less interruption and more a culmination of all the growing we’ve been doing as disciples of Jesus thoughout the long “green” season—the harvest that will sustain us now and in the life to come. 8:30 a.m. Worship in Trinity Chapel Traditional worship 11:00 a.m.* Worship in the Nave and online Traditional worship 5:00 p.m. NewSong in Trinity Chapel Contemporary worship

*Watch livestreamed services at Recordings of the services remain online for several weeks to be viewed at your convenience.


Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 2 | 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Worship Center Bring dogs, cats, hamsters, goldfish—whatever pet is part of your family! Each animal will receive a blessing, and we’ll remember that God’s love extends to whole of creation.

Reformation Sunday Sunday, October 30 | all three services On Reformation Sunday, we celebrate the historic Reformation and pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to revive the Church that it would be a beacon to shine the Light of Christ in all times and places.

All Saints Sunday Sunday, November 6 | all three services All Saints’ Sunday is a day to commemorate all those who have died in the faith and now rest in the Lord. We remember that all the baptized children of God are part of the entire communion of saints, both the living and the dead. An opportunity to share the names of friends and family who have died will be offered. More information will be available in The Servant.


MUSIC ENSEMBLES Sundays beginning September 11

Wednesdays beginning September 7

Luther Ringers for grades 9-12 12:45-1:30 p.m. | Room L13

Cherub Choir for age 4 - grade 1 5:00-5:30 p.m. | L11

Luther Choir / Youth Singers* for grades 6-12 *Sunday Option | 1:30-2:00 p.m. | L9

Joy Singers for grades 2-5 5:00-5:30 p.m. | L9


Notabells for grades 6-8 5:00-5:30 p.m. | Room L15

Liturgical Dance for ages 10-adult 12:15-12:45 p.m. | Nave

NewSong Worship Team for grade 8-adult

vocalists and instumentalists at the 5:00 p.m. service

5:30 p.m. | Trinity Chapel Chapel Ringers for advanced handbell ringers 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Room L13

Carol Choir for ages 2-3 (with parent/caregiver) 5:00-5:30 p.m. | Room L2-4

Luther Choir / Youth Singers* for grades 6-12 *Wednesday Option | 5:30-6:00 p.m. | Room L9 Prime Chimes for grades 3-5 5:30-6:00 p.m. | Room L15 Chapel Choir for adults and college students at the 8:30 a.m. service 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Trinity Chapel Trinity Ringers for adults and college students at the 11:00 a.m. service 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Room L13 Chancel Choir for adults and college students at the 11:00 a.m. service 7:30-8:30 p.m. |Trinity Chapel

Contacts: Karen Shuford ( for all vocal choirs (except Chapel Choirs) Jo Carol Thomason ( for all handbell choirs David Lail ( for Luther and Chapel Choirs


Cheryl Arnold ( for Liturgical Dance Emily Edwards ( for NewSong Worship Team

beginning September 7 dinner served from 5:00-6:15 p.m. $7 | Plate $25 | Family Limit Contact Karen Kahill ( to sign up for a standing or weekly reservation. Meals are catered by Boxcar Grille.


HARVEST WELCOME CENTER October 31 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Candy donations are welcomed. Drop off donations in the church office or in the designated container in Saints’ Hall.


YOUTH MINISTRY Rainbow Kids Grades 3-5 YouthQuake October 1 Fun with Nathan and Jenna November 6 December 4

Middle School Youth

Combined Youth Activities (Grades 6-12) • Acolyte Training August 31 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • God’s work. Our hands. Service Project to be determined • DEFY Trampoline Park October 9 | 12:15 - 4:00 p.m. • Harvest Welcome Center October 31 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Grades 6-8

Wednesdays | 6:15-7:00 p.m. beginning September 7 not meeting on November 23

Senior High Youth Grades 9-12 Sundays| 2:00-3:00 p.m. September 11 October 2 October 16 November 6 November 13 November 20

Meet Our Leaders We’re currently conducting a search for our next Director of Youth & Family Ministry (DYFM), but in the meantime, we’ve got two enthusiastic leaders who will be making sure youth ministry will continue to thrive. Nathan Shackelford (top left) and Jenna Ramsey (bottom left) are both Lenoir-Rhyne University students.


What does ministry look like when we put faith in God to help us envision how we can love and serve and grow together as disciples of Jesus? What does ministry look like when we trust that God will take our offerings of time, talent, and treasure and do more than we could ever do on our own? This October, we’ll take time to consider how we steward the gifts God provides to us. We’ll prayerfully ask God to help us step forward in faith, so that we can use these gifts to share God’s Word with others, offer love and mercy to our neighbors in need, worship together, care for those who are ill or facing a life crisis, and make new connections with people of all ages—to reach out farther and wider than we’ve ever done before!


SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) activities are for all those aged 60 and older. Plans are in the works for the annual Christmas luncheon. Mark your calendars for December 3 at 12:30 p.m. Music will be provided by pianist Amy Thompson Smith. Pictured: Seniors gathered for treats from Pelican’s SnoBalls and a concert by Holy Trinity’s Chapel Ringers on August 10.

Let us pray together...

In-person Prayer Group Thursdays | 9:45 a.m. | Christus Victor Library Online Prayer Group Thursdays: 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10, 27 @ 7:00 p.m. Mondays: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17 @ Noon Gatherings are held via Zoom. Contact Emily Edwards ( to join the “Holy Trinity Prayer Group” on Facebook.



Service Agency

Date/Time of Project How volunteers will serve

Ministry Team Sponsor


Hickory Soup Kitchen

September 25

Help spread mulch/

LIFE Class


1:30 p.m.

trim bushes, working Joy Cline

alongside HSK clients The Corner Table

Carolina Caring

September 19

Help prep, cook, and

Service &

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

serve the meal at the

Outreach /

community kitchen

Parish Life

Donate items on the wish

Stephen Ministry

by September 25

Sandra Annas

list for hospice: •

Twin Extra Long Sheets (dark colored)

Towels & Wash Cloths

Twin-blade Razors

Shaving Cream

Individual Snack Items (granola bars, cookies, etc.)

The Dwelling

September 25

Prepare lunch and worship Senior High Youth


with this congregation that serves the homeless in Winston-Salem

Need a GWOH t-shirt? Pick one up in the church office. Suggested donation $8. 12

Sunday, September 25 Join us as we share the light of Christ with our neighbors

Service Agency

Date/Time of Project How volunteers will serve

Ministry Team Sponsor


Family Care Center

September 21

Assemble hospitality

Middle School

Emily Edwards

6:15-7:00 p.m.

gifts and deliver them to

Youth / NewSong

Gift assembly


September 25 time tba Gift delivery Stitch-a-thon

September 25

Knit or crochet prayer


at Holy Trinity

come and go, all day

shawls, baby caps, and


Judy Shirley

other items or donate yarn for projects Specific yarns needed: •

Lion Brand Homespun

Yarns for baby in shades of purple

Salvation Army

September 28

Help prep and serve a

Boys & Girls Club

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

meal to the boys who

Resurrection Class

Beth Whicker


Pete Mahnke

come for Bible study Children’s Advocacy

September 24

Help clean—inside and

& Protection Center

in the a.m.

out— to get things ready

Wade Poust

for the school year

Check The Servant for updates on projects. 13

FAITH FORMATION Cross+Generational Activities for all ages | 9:45 a.m. September 18 | paint-by-number with Maria Register October 23 | treat bags for Harvest Welcome Center December 18 | making Chrismons

Faith Formation classes for all classes from ages 2 to adult Sunday, September 11 | 9:45 a.m. Ages 3-4 Pre-School Grades K-5 Faith Explorers Grades 6-8 Confirmation Grades 9-12 Faith Walk LIFE Class Daily Discipleship Resurrection Class Study tba

Education Ctr., 1st Floor Education Ctr., 2nd Floor see below Youth Center, lower level Martin Luther Room Room L2-4, lower level

Confirmation for grades 6-8 Classes beginning September 11* | 9:45 a.m. 6th & 7th Grades Community Rooms A&B 8th Grade Room E201, Education Ctr., 2nd Floor Group Confirmation* September 11 October 9 *all grades & parents together in Community Rooms A&B, lower level

Faith Stepping Stones Lift High the Cross | August 31 | 4:30 p.m. | 1st Grade Unbridled Faith | October 8 | 1:45 p.m. | 7th Grade Faith as a Journey | October 15 | 1:00 p.m. | 11th Grade Walkin’ Together | October 15 | 10:00 a.m. | 6th Grade Walkin’ the Word | October 16 | 9:45 a.m. | 5th Grade God as My CoPilot | November 5 | 9:00 a.m. | 9th Grade Vocation & Calling | November 19 | tbd | 10th Grade 14

Wednesday Bible Study 12:15 p.m. | Community Rooms A&B August 31 September 14, 28 October 12, 26 November 9, 23 December 7 Join Pastor Robert Allen and spend some time in God’s Word during this lunchtime study.

This year’s Faith Formation theme is based on Ephesians 4:2, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” As we study God’s Word together, we’ll learn how God can help us embody these characteristics in our daily life as disciples of Jesus.



Holy Trinity Pre-School Playing, Learning, and Growing Together in God’s Love Visit for information. Pre-School classes begin September 6.


Add the Holy Trinity logo to: apparel caps beach towels tote bags and more! Visit:


Have you tried ShelbyNext? ShelbyNext* is the church membership app we use at Holy Trinity. You can use the app on your PC or smart phone to: • • • •

search for phone numbers and addresses for members of our congregation make updates to your information upload a photo of yourself make your financial pledge

If you’ve never used the app, contact Emily Edwards ( in the church office for assistance.

*ShelbyNext and ShelbyGiving require separate log-in information.


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