HOW WE WORSHIP: MUSIC, SCRIPTURE, HOLY COMMUNION FOR ALL…BRING A FRIEND…and SHARE GOD’s LOVE.
Holy Trinity Church Council
Ali Langley :
Don Morgan :
Benevolence Fund Information:
Welcome to Holy Trinity Community Church!
We are an Open and Affirming congregation of The
United Church of Christ. That means that we offer an extravagant welcome
to all people. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.
Our common goal is to offer our members:
place that affirms them and their families
place that values their questions and
place that makes a difference in the world
Come and join us in worship, attend one of our bible studies, or contact
our new settled pastor, Rev. Rob Van Ess. We want to meet you. (firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 901-320-9376).
Adult Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30AM in the Chapel.
Worship every Sunday at 11AM.
Children’s Faith Formation every Sunday during worship.
Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:30PM in Hammett Hall, on the lower level.
Open to all Voices of Vision choir practice every Tuesday at 6:30PM in the
Meet our new pastor!
Van Ess has worked as an Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor and a Chaplin
for a hospital since his ordination as a minister.
The qualifications that he possesses through life experiences,
education, being a co-leader of a congregation, leader of a
congregation and being a Chaplin brings a wealth of knowledge to our
faith community. After working 25 years as a hairdresser Rob comments
on his non-traditional faith journey: “The listening skills I have
developed behind the chair have served me well in ministry. I have
learned much from the privilege of being able to walk with others
through the journey of their lives – the celebrations, the suffering,
and the seeking – as an essential part of my ministry. In sharing our
stories, I have found that both people and entire communities with a
faith in Christ will find themselves reconciled, restored and reborn
by the grace of God.” Come share your story with Pastor Rob. He looks
forward to meeting you. (email@example.com
or call 901-320-9376)
26 years ago a group of people came together after being excluded from
their various faith communities because they were gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender. People were getting sick and dying horrible
deaths and at the time no one seemed to know why. The most visible
spread of the disease was in the gay community. A national panic set
in. All around the Memphis-area houses of worship uninvited or
excluded queer people because they were afraid of catching “the gay
cancer.” This was an especially controversial issue when it came to
the serving of Communion. They were afraid that some people were
contagious and that they would contaminate the host. Thus they banned
many from sharing in the sacrament of Communion. Making them second
class citizens in their church homes at best, and modern day leapers
who were ostracized and shunned at worst. Today we know that this was
one of the public reactions to the initial onset of HIV and AIDS in
founders came together from many different faith traditions – Episcopal,
Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Church of Christ, among others. They had
the shared desire to create a
place where they could come together to worship God while being fully
respected and accepted as the beautiful children of God that they knew
they were. They didn’t want anyone to have the power to tell them that
they were not welcome to worship in the house of God.
They came together to start this church so that
everyone, without restriction, could experience God’s love and grace and
mercy and forgiveness in community without the fear of rejection and
ridicule. So that there was a
place where people could come to commune with God and each other without
having to hide a part of who they were and who they loved.
We are inspired by the experience of our founders
being excluded from their various faith communities to always make sure
that we are a welcoming people for
all people. That our personal relationships with God are informed by
our sexual orientation but not defined by our sexual orientation.
Our legacy of the Gospel at this
church is for all people, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, and every
other location on the gender spectrum. It doesn’t matter who you are
or how you identify yourself – you are loved by God. That is a significant
part of our witness. We believe that together united in our faith we are
called to reach out and proclaim God’s unending love for all people. To
embrace the beatitudes and work tirelessly for the new heaven and the new
Earth that our holy scripture keeps pointing us towards. The dream of God
as revealed through Jesus for the love of all the world.
The God of love is calling us forth to believe and to act, to change the
world for the better, to save lives for the sake of all that is holy and
that what is holy is each and every one of us living today.
faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed
to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the
world today. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement
in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your
head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We
prepare our members to be engaged in ministry in the present and future
church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.
Why? Because God is still speaking,
matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome
believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God's
communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism
are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregation
extends hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that
evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.
Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not
against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually,
systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible,
but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must
be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed
to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through
global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still
“May the grace of the Lord
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy
Spirit be with you all.”
(2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV)
Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30AM
Choir Practice, Tue. at 6:30PM
Bible Study/Potluck, Wed. at 6:30PM
Life Group Meetings
Phoenix Rising Sun
Robert Morgan Pearson
If anyone needs to borrow or use church
property or facilities, please inform Holy Trinity's facilities
coordinator, Don Morgan to make arrangements to do so.
Last Sunday of every month
HOLY TRINITY FOOD PANTRY
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
Food Pantry Hours
10AM - 3PM
Not open on national holidays.
Inclement weather policy for the food pantry: The Holy Trinity Food Pantry
will not be open during inclement weather when the Shelby Co or Memphis
City Schools close due to severe weather conditions. Please call to
confirm if there is any doubt about the pantry will be open during a
severe weather event.
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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