Once again it was a blessing to be able to gather together as a worshipping community this past Sunday as we met with God through song, scripture and sacrament and through our interactions and conversations with one another.
During the Children’s Talk, Pastor Stephen showed the children some items that clearly were created for a purpose; however, in order to do what they were created to do, they needed something in them. Stephen used that as an example of how we were made for a purpose—to love God and to shine God’s love and light to the people around us; however, in order to do that we need to allow God to be working within us. Stephen invited the children to talk to their parents and to reflect on what Jesus might like to change in them so that they were more like Jesus.
In Sunday’s Sermon, Stephen invited the congregation to reflect on a familiar passage to many—the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Stephen explored the context of the passage in order to help us gain a deeper appreciation of it. He also looked at some common interpretations of the passage and pointed out some of the problems the interpretations present. He then went on to explore a deeper understanding of the passage and what God might be saying to us through it. To hear Sunday’s sermon entitled, Practice, Practice, Practice, please click here. To see the questions that Stephen asked at the end of the sermon, please click here.
Child Sponsorship Meeting
There will be a meeting this Wednesday at 7pm at the church for all those of our church that participate in the Child Sponsorship program that we are partnered with in Sierra Leone. We encourage all those who have sponsored children through Transform Salone to join us for the meeting.
College & Careers
The College & Careers group will be meeting this Wednesday, Nov15th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Nathan & Kendra Miller. This group is open to those in the 18-30 year old age range. For more information about the group or to find our directions to Nathan & Kendra’s home, please connect with Madelyn Worth by clicking here.
Mission 2018 to Cambodia
We are excited to announce that Mission 2018 will be focused on Cambodia and we’ll be sending a team from HTACC to that country later in January! After seven trips to Sierra Leone and the completion of our work at The King’s Royal Academy, we felt it was a good opportunity to take a step back from the school, so that they can take their next step themselves. We also felt that the time was right to look at other possibilities with Mission Direct. A team will be leaving Calgary on or around January 20th for a couple of weeks and it will work alongside a pastor in Phnom Penh and the Fellowship of Hope as they continue to build homes for families that have been living at the city’s garbage dump.
We are in the process of finalizing our team from Holy Trinity, so if you are interested in being a part of this mission, please connect with Pastor Stephen as soon as possible by clicking here.
Auction Fundraiser for Mission 2018
We have a pretty narrow window to raise funds for Mission 2018 so we wanted to get the word out now. We will be planning a Dessert and Silent Auction event at the church on the evening of Saturday, December 9th. This event will be open to the whole family and it will be our main fundraiser for our mission to Cambodia. Tickets ($15.00) will be available as of this this Sunday.
We also are in need of auction items to be donated. Please contact Mandy Hambidge if you have something you would like to donate, by clicking here.
Gift Cards for Mission-Order Coming Soon!
With Mission 2018 coming a bit sooner than we had originally expected, it is our hope to make the most of Fundscrip Gift Card program in the coming weeks. In the next little while we will be submitting two orders—our first one will be on Sunday, November 26th and then the last one before Christmas will be held two weeks later—on Sunday, December 10th. It is our hope that many people within our church community will submit orders—both for their regular weekly or monthly purchases as well as for any gift cards that you might be giving as gifts this Christmas.
There are many participating retailers (you can see them by clicking here) and what is great about the program is that you receive full value for the gift cards that you purchase, as well as the Mission Fund receiving a percentage credit from the purchasing retailers.
Purchases can be made in person at the church on the Sundays listed above or can be made directly online, by clicking here.
If you have any questions about our gift card program, please talk to Shari Watson by clicking here.
Much to the delight of many people in the congregation, during the announcement time this past Sunday, Rob Petkau let people know that it is time for another Banjo Sunday. Please join us this Sunday as the music team leads us in worship that has a bit of a bluegrass feel to it!
Sunday Morning Prayers
The Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry will be having a potluck lunch and meeting this coming Sunday, November 19th, in the boardroom, following coffee. New members are always welcome, so if you feel a calling to, or interest in, this ministry, please come! If you have any questions, please speak with Pam Matsumiya by clicking here.
Operation Christmas Child
The deadline for dropping off any Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the church is this coming Sunday, November 19th. Please remember that the shoeboxes will be given to children in developing countries and many things that are popular in a country such as ours have no meaning or significance in distant places. Prior to filling your shoebox, we suggest you have a look online for some appropriate suggestions.
Christmas Outreach Assistance
We are wanting to offer our support to the people of St. Edmund’s Anglican Church located in Bowness as they reach out to their surrounding community in the time leading up to Christmas. Last year they provided 120 Christmas Hampers and along with the food that they provided, they also provided families with Christmas gifts for any children up to the age of 18. As a way of supporting this ministry initiative, we are inviting the people of Holy Trinity to drop donations off at the church over the next three Sundays—November 19, 26 & December 3. Two boxes will be available in the church foyer – one for unwrapped new gifts for infants to 18 year olds and the other for food hamper items.
The following food donations will be gratefully appreciated:
-Canned vegetables -Cranberry Sauce
-Canned Fruit -Cereal
-Canned Tomatoes -Macaroni
-Stuffing Mix -Kraft Dinner
-Pasta Sauce -Seasonal Candy
Thank you very much for your support!
Family Movie Night-Special Double Feature!
Our next Family Movie Night at HTACC will be a special double feature held on Saturday, December 2nd. Doors will open at 5:45pm and at 6pm we will be showing the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version) at 6:30pm. All are welcome and you’re encouraged to invite friends and family to join you. There will be a 25-cent concession available for popcorn and sweets. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, which will be refilled as need. There will also be juice crystals available to add to your water. Please join us for this great family-friendly event!
We’re looking for volunteers to help with our Movie Night—particularly in our concession and cleanup. Please sign up on the sheet provided in the foyer.
Pinot & Palettes
Pinot & Palettes will be offering another artistic event in support of our mission ministries at HTACC. The next event will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 1pm to 4:30pm (doors will open at 12:30) and it will be an Acrylic Beginning Lesson where participants will paint a “Christmas Cardinal”–Cost is $35.00. If you would like to attend, please sign up on the sheet provided in the church foyer and please feel free to invite family members or a friend to join you!
The Men’s Ministry is inviting any men from the church to join them on Thursday, November 23rd starting at 7pm as they gather for study, support and friendship. If you have any questions about our Men’s Ministry at HTACC, please contact Michael Hoskin by clicking here.
The Week Ahead…
In the week ahead we encourage you to continue to reflect on what your life as a disciple of Jesus. What elements of discipleship have you taken for granted and how might those elements find a more central place in your life? What Christian practices might God be calling you to consider and what steps are you going to take so that reflecting Jesus in your life, comes more naturally?
We do hope and pray that there are times this week when you are particularly aware of God’s presence with you and God’s love for you. May you continue to take steps with Jesus, becoming more and more like him. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday at HTACC for Banjo Sunday!