Although the church parking lot at HTACC was covered with snow (once again!) and the roads weren’t great, it was good to see as many people as we did this past Sunday as we gathered once again for worship and continued our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!
The Scripture readings on Sunday focused on the appearance of the resurrected Jesus to the disciples over a period of seven days after Easter and the focus the early Christian church had to live more intentionally reflecting Jesus.
In the Sermon, Pastor Stephen spent time with the passage from John’s Jesus story, which talked about Thomas’ struggle with belief after the other disciples told him that they had met with the risen Jesus in an upper room on Easter Sunday evening. So often we come down on Thomas for his apparent lack of faith, and yet Stephen made it clear that he’d likely have reacted like Thomas did. Why should Thomas have believed the other disciples, particularly after seeing how little Jesus’ apparent resurrection had affected them? Was Thomas asking for anything more than what the other disciples has already been given? And how might Thomas’ response after seeing the resurrected Jesus actually have had a positive impact on the other disciples? To listen to Sunday’s sermon entitled, Unless I See, please click here. To see the questions Stephen asked at the end of the sermon, please click here.
Special Youth Event—THIS FRIDAY!
All young people from our church between grades 6 and grade 12 are invited to join us THIS Friday (please note, we’re not having going to be having SNY on Saturday, this week) for a very special youth event combining the youth groups of 5 different Anglican churches in the city. The event is called “Undivided” and by the sounds of it, the young people are sure to have a lot of fun over the course of the evening.
We’ll be carpooling from the church on Friday evening at 6:30 pm and then leaving Christ Church, Elbow Park at 10pm to return back to HTACC. Thank you to those that have volunteered to help with transportation. If any others from the church can help, please connect with Jayden by clicking here.
Also, young people—if you haven’t already signed up to come to the event, and would still like to do so, you need to connect with Jayden ASAP so that he can coordinate transportation. Jayden can be reached by email by clicking here.
Pinot & Palettes—Art Event: Garden Stones & Wine
A reminder to those of you that have signed up for the Pinot & Palettes-Art Event that it will be taking place at the church this coming Saturday from 1-4pm. All proceeds raised from the event will be put towards our mission ministries at HTACC. If you have any questions about the event prior to Saturday, please connect with Karen Petkau or Fran Klassen by clicking here.
Prayers for Humboldt
We add our prayers to the many prayers from those across the country for all the people affected by the tragic bus crash last Friday night of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. The tragedy also took on a more personal note on Sunday when we discovered that one of the members of our congregation once coached one of the players.
Please pray for the families of the victims that lost their lives; for the players who are still in hospital; for the medical teams treating the injured; the community of Humboldt trying to support in meaningful ways and for the driver of the truck that collided with the bus. Please pray for the presence and the peace of Christ in the midst of heartache, sadness and many questions.
Church Pictorial Directory
Thank you so much for those of you that have submitted new photographs to go into our Church Pictorial Directory. If you haven’t checked out the directory recently, please do so to see the new (and the updated) faces!
If you are not currently in the directory but are part of the church, we’d like to get you included so that you can get to know others and they can get to know you. The online app of the church directory also helps avoid those awkward moments, when you can’t for the life of you remember the name of the person you met last Sunday!
If you’d like to be added to the Church Pictorial Directory or you would like to submit an update, please connect with Pastor Stephen by clicking here.
The Men’s Ministry is inviting any men from the church to join them this Thursday, April 12thstarting 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.
Family Movie Night
Our next Family Movie Nightat HTACC will held on Saturday, April 28th. Doors will open at 6pm and at 6:30pm we will be showing Paddington. 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 needed. Following the movie, there will be a special free draw with the winner taking home a copy of the evening’s movie.
Please join us for this great family-friendly event and be sure to invite your friends and neighbours to join you!
VBS 2018 – Will you come ashore with us?!
At Shipwrecked VBS, kids learn that Jesus rescues them when life gets stormy. It will be a week full of fun, incredible music, and a relaxing island-getaway setting that all come together to point kids to Jesus.
WHERE: Holy Trinity Anglican Church
WHEN: July 24 – 27 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
WHO: Children ages 4-11 (entering grade 6 in the fall)
HOW MUCH: $50 per participant – to a family maximum of $100
For more information or to find out how you might be able to assist with our VBS, please contact Megan Murayama by clicking here.
Coffee Reduction: It’s Making a Difference!
As many people will remember, in a sermon back at the end of February, Pastor Stephen gave some very practical examples of how people could make a positive difference in further supporting the ministry of HTACCduring the upcoming year. The theme of the sermon centred on stewardship and Pastor Stephen didn’t hold back in the challenge he presented as he called us all to take one more step in our stewardship as we sought to live as faithful disciples of Jesus. If you didn’t get a chance to hear that sermon, we really encourage you to do so. You can access the sermon entitled, Take the Next Step, by clicking here.
Some of the practical examples that Stephen suggested included the challenge to give up a cup of coffee each week, give up a fast-food meal each month, or give up a night at the movies for two once every two months and to donate the money saved to the ministry of our church. We’re pleased to say that over the past month, we’ve noticed a difference. Although we still have a ways to go, the giving in March was noticeably stronger than it was in February and stronger also than it was during March of last year. For this we give thanks. There will be further information coming out soon and a review of the giving in April will help us to see whether March was merely an anomaly or a trend that we can count on, but we just wanted to let you know that your sacrifices are helping us move in the right direction. Thank you to those who have made changes to your pre-authorized-giving-plans with the diocese, those that have spent time reflecting on your tithe and those of you that have taken a step in your weekly or monthly giving as we seek to broaden the support for the mission and ministry of our church.
For those who would still like to sign up for pre-authorized giving or those that haven’t yet had the opportunity to make any changes, you can download a form here. Once the form has been filled out, all you need to do is put it into the offering plate on a Sunday and we will make sure that it gets processed.
Thank you once again for your partnership in the mission and ministry of HTACC. Please continue to keep our church in your prayers as we seek to make a difference around us and seek to reflect God’s generosity to the world.
Volunteers Needed-For Movie Night
We’re desperately in need of some volunteersto help with the next Family Movie Night, on April 28th—particularly to assist with vacuuming after the movie. Please sign up on the sheet provided in the church foyer.
The Week Ahead…
In the week ahead we encourage you to continue to reflect the story of Thomas and his eventual encounter with the risen Jesus. What was it about the other disciples that caused Thomas to have such a lack of faith? In what way in your everyday life are you like those disciples and fail to reflect Jesus to the people around you? In what settings, or amongst what relationships are you currently not allowing Jesus’ reflection to be seen and what steps need to be taken by you so that Jesus might be seen more clearly?
It looks as though the winter weather may be on its way out (finally!) We hope you can take some time during the week to enjoy some of the more pleasant weather—go for a walk and take in some of the fresh air. We also hope that you might take some further steps in your relationship with Jesus this week. Look for opportunities in which Jesus might be reflected by you.
May the week ahead be a good one for you and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday at HTACC!