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Memphis, Tennessee


An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, all are welcome here!
685 S. Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-320-9376
Church website: www.holytrinitymemphis.org 
Church Office Email:  

Senior Pastor: Pastor Paul Eknes-Tucker 
Office Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10a-5p and evening hours by appointment

Council Moderator: Ronald McKnight
Available by phone, email

"Wherever you are on your journey, you are most welcomed here"

Senior Pastor

Rev. Paul Eknes-Tucker


Holy Trinity Church Council

Ronald McKnight, President

Rita White, Secretary

Cherish Mathis, Treasurer

Lisa Capps

Chuck Dewberry

Bradley Forman

Don Morgan

Patrick Pearson

Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30AM
Choir Practice, Sun. at 9:30AM/Tue. at 6:30PM
Silver Anniversary Team, Tues. at 6:30PM
Bible Study/Potluck, Wed. at 6:30PM

May / June Events
25th Church Anniversary Celebration Planning Meeting every Monday evening at 6:30pm

Life Group Meetings
Phoenix Rising Sun. June 7th 6PM
901.406.9796, 901.310.6471
Midtown Mon. June 8th, 6:30PM at Bryton Tower Party Room
901.690.0857, 901.325.4076, Gate Code #395

Link your Kroger/SuperLo rewards card to Holy Trinity. Thank you!

Monthly Events

Karaoke at Dru's Place - 2nd Friday of every month at 10PM
Proceeds go to Holy Trinity Choir Fund

Monthly Potluck
Last Sunday of every month

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Holy Trinity United Church of Christ

685 S. Highland  Memphis, Tn 38111


Rev. Cynthia Andrews-Looper

Ignite Your Soul Now Ministries

Beginning Sunday, June 7 2015

11:00 A.M. Worship


Greetings! I greet you with hope in the name of the Risen One!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to start working with you the first weekend of June! Some of you may not know my history with HT-Memphis.

In July 1996, I began a small Bible study in Nashville, TN with a few friends. I had no idea that in two months that little group would have blossomed to 25 and would want to start a church. There was a need for a safe spiritual place for the lgbtq Christians to attend. I knew that I didn’t want the church to be a “gay church.” I wanted it to be a church who sought to follow Christ and live out His unconditional love for all who entered. Someone in our group knew of and had attended Holy Trinity-Memphis and suggested that we reach out to the pastor. I did and in early November, I, my partner and two members of our little church came and spent the weekend with the Rev. Tim Meadows and his partner, Chris. The conversations and support we received from them was life-giving to me. They shared so much helpful information and offered to help in any way possible. The highlight was worship on Sunday at an old bread factory that had been renovated and made into a sacred space. The Spirit and Presence of Christ was palpable. And, there were over 150 in worship that day!! We were blown away by the vitality of this amazing congregation. We were filled to overflowing with God’s love from our brothers & sisters. We were so moved, in fact, that we ask if we could call our little church in Nashville, Holy Trinity Community Church as well. And, we did! Your congregation allowed us to use your tax ID number until we could file and receive our own. We also used the bylaws already outlined by your church and began our official journey in Nashville!

In the summer of 1998, my son, Hayden, was born. In the fall, my partner and about a dozen friends made the trip to Memphis to have him baptized. You had moved from the bread factory to purchase your own property, a bank which you had renovated into a sacred space. Once again, the love and support from your congregation was amazing! Over the years, I stayed in touch with Tim and our congregations did retreats on occasion. As HT-Nashville began to grow, it became more difficult to stay in touch. However, the place that Tim Meadows and the members of the HT-Memphis congregation have held in my heart has never changed.

I was contacted by the HT-Memphis leadership about helping with the transition that would follow Paul being called to another church. Because of the place you have held in my heart for many years, it took me little time to seriously consider accepting this assignment. I prepared a proposal that would allow for visioning and growth into the future. Your council accepted it and I have prepared a campaign called, Forward in Hope Together. We will walk together and discover who HT-Memphis is at her best. We will vision and plan for the future. We will find new connections and renew old ones. We will step into the divine birthright of abundance and blessings for HT-Memphis! You will be well prepared for the 25th anniversary in October. I envision a standing room only crowd to celebrate this amazing milestone.

I hope you are as excited as I am. This is going to be an amazing journey together. We will stand back in October and celebrate what God has done in us and among us. If you have friends or family who do not have a church home, please invite them. If you know of members who no longer attend and have not found another family of faith, please invite them to return. We will journey Forward in Hope Together!

Peace and grace to you, my dear brothers and sisters! I will see you in June!

Holy Trinity Community Church 25th Anniversary Celebration


MAGY is a youth group for GLBT youth ages 13-20 that meets every Friday night from 7pm-10pm at First Congregational Church

We are looking for adults over the age of 23 who are dependable and creative, with leadership skills. Prior experience working in a non-profit or working with teenagers would be a plus.

Please email magyinfo@gmail.com for more information. 

Link your Kroger card to Holy Trinity and the church gets proceeds plus it costs you nothing.
Use Kroger org #81033
For other events and more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 901-320-9376.

Our church DOES make a difference. During upcoming winter months we all know utility bills get higher which means less money available for other expenses. Martha’s Mission Food Pantry is doing the Lord’s work. We are reaching the needy, we are feeding the hungry we are giving hope to the downtrodden. Let us stock the pantry so full the next two months we’ll have to find additional storage to put the food. High protein items are in big demand. Tuna, Peanut Butter, Chili all the wonderful stick to your rib foods are favorites. Vegetables, starches, breakfast items are also needed. Let us Challenge ourselves by giving generously to the Food pantry.  Remember we ARE doing the Lord’s work and people lives ARE being changed!! BIG Goals are accomplished by small steps. If each person brings in just five items each Sunday our pantry would increase by 375 items each WEEK.  We encourage you to challenge your friends, neighbors and even coworkers to bring in items.

I encourage everyone to repost this on your Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram – Let’s get the word Out!!

Living Water Prayer Garden

Holy Trinity Community Church offers a Living Water Prayer Garden for our church and the surrounding community. To find out more about it, please find the information at: Holy Trinity Living Water Prayer Garden. If you'd like to make a donation toward the prayer garden, the sponsorship information can be found here: Living Water Prayer Garden Sponsorships.
Dedicated October 21, 2012, the Living Water Prayer Garden on the grounds of Holy Trinity Community Church UCC is designed to highlight a setting of natural beauty, create a peaceful place for prayer and reflection, and serve as a gift to our neighborhood. Read more about the Living Water Prayer Garden here: Living Water Prayer Garden Description.

Pastor Paul


Holy Trinity has received our new organization number from Kroger for participation in their charity program.

All you need to do is register your personal Kroger Plus card at the Kroger website and include our Organization Number 81033. The steps to do this are below. Thank you for participating in this important fundraiser for our church. Your shopping rewards greatly enhance the financial wellbeing of Holy Trinity Community Church UCC.


Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com

Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.

If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Click on Sign In/Register

Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

Update or confirm your information.

Enter Holy Trinity Community Church #81033, select organization from list and click on confirm.

To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

If anyone has problems with getting it set up, please call the church office and let us know. We'll help walk you through the process.


The Food Pantry at the church continues to have steady use by our neighbors in the community hard hit by the economic times we are presently facing. Donations of food from congregants has sustained the pantry. This week our needs included canned meats, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, pre-packaged ready to eat meals and any other non-perishable product that hungy people might need. Food donations may be dropped off at the church office Monday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM or on Sunday at worship. The generosity of our congregation to support this important outreach to our neighborhood has been remarkable. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.

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Become a Stillspeaking Voice

I go forth today as a Stillspeaking Voice to:
Be attentive to God's voice in the world and in others
Watch for each person God will send my way
Listen for an appropriate moment to share a Stillspeaking word
Share the good news of extravagant welcome
Invite others to join me at church this week
Give thanks for the opportunity to be a Stillspeaking Voice for
Holy Trinity Community Church

WAYS TO TENDER YOUR OFFERING/TITHE: We need your continued and consistent support to meet the financial obligations of Holy Trinity—even on Sundays that you can’t attend! There are several simple ways to contribute to your church. They are:

OFFERING IN CASH: Place the cash in the plate as it is past. If you want your donation recorded for tax purposes, write your name on the envelope provided and enclose your cash.


OFFERING BY CHECK: Fold your check in half and place it in the collection plate. NO NEED FOR AN ENVELOPE since your name is already printed on the check. If you want to designate this check for anything other than General Fund, please indicate that on the Memo Field of your check!

OFFERING BY MAIL: If you are going to be absent and would like to be sure your offering gets to the church timely, please write a check and mail it to the church. Mail to: Holy Trinity Community Church, 685 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111.

AUTO-PAY BY YOUR BANK: If you’d rather not worry about having to write a check or carry cash, feel free to use your bank’s Auto-Pay process. Simply go to your bank’s website, login to your account, create Holy Trinity Community Church as a New Payee in your bank’s Bill Pay System, designate the amount your want to give to Holy Trinity, identify if this is one time, every week, every two weeks, or every month recurrence and then list the name and address of the Payee as: Holy Trinity Community Church, 685 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111 and the date(s) for the donation. That’s it. On the appropriate dates, your bank will debit your account and send a check to Holy Trinity in your name. Bill Pay systems have fields where you can write a memo or note on the check. Examples include: Tithing from John Doe or Offering from Mary Doe. In all cases, the bank identifies you as the person making the payment. This is key to crediting your church tithing/offering account.

PAY PAL: Want to use your credit card to tithe or donate to the church? Please go to our Web Page at: www.holytrinitymemphis.org , or to Holy Trinity Memphis on Facebook and click on the Donate icon on our Webpage or the Donate Tab on Facebook. You will be taken to Pay Pal to securely enter your donation. There’s a small fee to the church (not to you) when this method is used.

Look for Holy Trinity on Facebook and on line at:  http://www.holytrinitymemphis.org . Send email to: and your email will be redirected to the appropriate person.

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