Our Ministries

Church Ministries

HEALING SERVICES

The Wednesday morning Eucharist includes a healing service with the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. We believe that healing can be a spiritual process, that God’s Spirit is abundantly active in our lives and offers healing of the spirit to all who ask. The anointing and laying on of hands by a supportive prayer partner may be part of this. The healing may or may not take the shape of physical healing, but the real gift is to the spirit of the one seeking God’s love.  In addition, on the 2nd weekend of each month and at each service, a pastoral caregiver from Community of Hope, will lay on hands and pray for those who wish to receive.  This takes place during communion.

 

FLOWER GUILD

The guild’s duty is working with the flowers, greenery, and decorations used inside and the church throughout the year. The guild also delivers the altar flowers (if the donors themselves do not want them) to ill or homebound parishioners.The guild is funded solely through contributions to the Flower Fund, your contribution for the Sunday flowers, and donations for seasonal decorating. The Flower Guild welcomes anyone. No experience is necessary, just the joy of adding beauty to enhance the church services and seasons.

COMMUNITY OF HOPE

Community of Hope trains pastoral care chaplains to work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers—places where people have special needs. Community of Hope is distinct in its balanced focus on growth through Benedictine spirituality and empowerment of laity for pastoral care ministry. It is intended to complement and augment, not compete with, any similar lay ministry training, and it is open to all Christian groups and is not exclusive to the Episcopal Church. Our goal at Holy Trinity is to walk with them in their needs, to be with them in their difficult times.

THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

Members of the St. Francis Chapter, The Order of the Daughters of the King, are pledged to a program of prayer, service and evangelism. Members pray daily for the church, parishioners, family and others. Two members are assigned each month to deliver emergency food boxes on an as-needed basis from Holy Trinity’s food pantry. Most years, the chapter hosts a Blessing of the Animals to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. At least once yearly members make an overnight retreat, sometimes with members from other chapters. The Order of the Daughters of the King is an international lay order for women communicants of the Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran (ECLA) and Roman Catholic churches. St. Francis Chapter meets the first Friday of every month in the library at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcomed.

NEIGHBORHOOD CARE GROUPS

Care groups are a vital pastoral-care ministry in our church. The Village population is very spread out, so six care groups were formed, each responsible for a geographical zone. They function as both social groups, meeting periodically, and as crisis-response teams, providing assistance in various ways. Jan Hanna is the facilitator for the Neighborhood Care Groups.

HOLY TRINITY ECW

The mission of the Episcopal Church Women is to bring together all the women of the Diocese of Arkansas by strengthening their spiritual lives, providing learning opportunities, and supporting their Christ centered service and ministry. We invite you to join us for ministries, projects, meetings, and social events. The meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., September through May.  We have fund raiser events such as card parties and silent auctions.

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER GROUP

On the first Friday of each month, we have Holy Communion at 8:30 a.m. in Sifford Hall, followed by a light shared breakfast. After brief devotions, we review the prayer list of members and friends and relatives. Each of us takes the list home to pray daily for those whose names are on it. All are welcome to join us for Communion and breakfast, and to stay for the prayer session if interested.

BIBLE STUDY

Every Wednesday from 9:45–10:30 a.m., following Holy Communion, we meet in the library to discuss the homily and the lessons and gospel for the upcoming Sunday, using many of the resources available in the library to help us with our understanding. Drop in any time to see what we’re about.

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

Each visitor to Holy Trinity is provided with an information bag, and a follow-up visit is made, where the visitor receives a basket of home-baked bread.

MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE

The Memorial Fund Committee monitors the effectiveness of the memorial process, oversees memorial contributions made to the church, maintains a list of items that are suitable for purchasing with memorial contributions, and encourages memorial publicity. Sharon Swintz is the coordinator of the program. If you have any questions, call her at 501-922-3537.

4th DAY BOOKSTORE

The 4th Day Bookstore was established in the mid-’90s as a 4-square-foot greeting card display and an assemblage of small gifts. In 2003, the bookstore was relocated to Sifford Hall and became a source for religious and family-friendly reading materials and gift.  The monies earned in the bookstore are contributed to Holy Trinity-approved outreach programs. During the past 10 years, primary recipients of Bookstore donations have been Camp Mitchell, the Dick Johnston Camp at Camp Mitchell and the Village Shoe Fund.  In the Fall of 2012, a book cart was stationed outside the Bookstore and is stocked with “gently used” books.  Books are donated by parishioners and are sold for $1.00 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks.

CURSILLO

Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.

ULTREYA

Ultreya is a “reunion of the reunions” and is usually held monthly. It provides support and builds community by allowing the sharing of communal experiences. Group Reunions are small groups of friends (usually 3-5) who meet weekly, and who hold each other accountable for their spiritual journey. They report on their piety, their study, and their apostolic action. A bonding develops that institutes a strong support group for life. Holy Trinity’s Ultreya, a thriving and active group of more than 40 members, meets on the third Thursday of each month. The Lay Rector plans programming, conducts the meetings, and facilitates participation.

KITCHEN COMMITTEE

The Kitchen Committee prepares and serves food for various Parish functions, such as:  the Annual Meeting, Octoberfest, Mardi Gras and other special occasions throughout the years.  Members of the Committee include Ed and Pat Bertnolli, DK Edwards, Dave Kinser, Ron Knocke, Tod Lussen, Linda Monson, John and Bonnie Samuelson, Karan Schlichting and Dan Tucker who serves as chairperson.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Holy Trinity has a dedicated outreach program.  For example, the 2013 budget for outreach programs was $18,000. We give not only of our money, but also of our time to these programs. Our outreach ministries include various local ministries, statewide ministries, and a worldwide ministry.

LOCAL HUNGER MINISTRIES

Jackson House

Located in the center of Hot Springs, Jackson House is an interfaith community crisis center which provides short-term emergency assistance for basic needs – food, clothing, shelter – and medicine, without regard to race, creed, gender or nationality. The first Wednesday of each month a group of men from Holy Trinity prepares and serves lunch for the individuals who have no other place to go. A budgeted contribution is made by Holy Trinity each year to support this effort to serve those in need in the community of Hot Springs. For more information, contact Reg Read at 501-209-4462.

Project HOPE Food Bank

Holy Trinity has supported the mission of Project HOPE Food Bank with funds from the Outreach budget and volunteer labor since the food bank started in 2009. The Outreach budget contribution to the food bank for 2016 was $6,000. In addition, seventeen Holy Trinity parishioners work at the food bank at least one day a week. The food bank exists to provide affordable and healthy food to food pantries and feeding programs in West Central Arkansas. Currently, Project Hope provides food in case-lot quantities to 4 food pantries and 15 feeding programs. In addition, emergency food boxes, senior emergency food boxes, and food for backpack programs are provided to 45 social service agencies. As one of the social service agencies, Holy Trinity disperses emergency food boxes and gift boxes. Contact Charles Hood at 501-984-2774, or email at ch9163hsv@sbcglobal.net, for additional information or if you would like to serve in this ministry.

Emergency Food Delivery

The St. Francis Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King at Holy Trinity delivers food to families in need on a one-time basis. Food items include the emergency food boxes prepared and furnished by Project Hope Food Bank. These items are supplemented by perishable items such as bread, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables purchased from a local grocery store and funded by the dollar ($1) bill Outreach program. For more information, contact the Daughters of the King president.

Love Lunches

Holy Trinity, along with other churches in the Village, helps the United Methodist Church feed the “hungry” with lunch every Sunday during the year. We are tasked with putting together sack lunches, along with a drink, for approximately 200 individuals on each of our assigned Sundays. This is a wonderful ministry wherein we serve with other churches. Contact Juddie Wachtel for additional information at 501-915-8985.

Meals on Wheels

During May of each year, volunteers from Holy Trinity deliver Meals on Wheels to Village shut-ins. Volunteers give one morning each week during May. Meals are prepared by and picked up at St. Vincent’s McAuley Center. Contact Nancy Waldo at 51-922-3851, for more information.

OTHER LOCAL MINISTRIES

Shoe Fund

The Shoe Certificate program, currently administered by the Village Churches Mission (VCM), was initiated by Holy Trinity in the late 1980’s to provide shoe certificates to children in need at the Jessieville, Fountain Lake, and Mountain Pine school districts. School counselors identify the students needing assistance and provide the necessary forms for the distribution of shoes at Christmas. Holy Trinity continues to support this important ministry with individual itemized donations to the shoe fund. For more information, contact Nancy Waldo at #501-922-3851.

Village Churches Mission

Village Churches Mission (VCM) is a cooperative effort of the churches in Hot Springs Village. This ministry was organized nearly 40 years ago when it became apparent that many of the working poor families in the community had emergency needs surpassing their income. Funds are raised to assist families, on a one-time basis, who are experiencing short-duration distress. Holy Trinity makes an annual contribution from the Outreach budget to VCM. The holiday food boxes that are delivered at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are also a part of the VCM. In addition, the non-budgeted shoe fund provides monies to the VCM-sponsored ministry that supplies shoes to needy children in the Jessieville, Fountain Lake, and Mountain Pine school districts. Jim Pike is the director of VCM.

Habitat for Humanity

Holy Trinity supports the Apostles Build program of the Garland County Habitat for Humanity with funds from the Outreach budget and with volunteer workers. Habitat has a vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The mission is “Seeking to put God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Walt McFatridge, a long-time member of Holy Trinity, has chaired the Construction Committee and served on the Board of Directors. For more information, contact Walt at 501-922-5220.

Charitable Christian Medical Clinic (CCMC)

CCMC is a nonprofit Christian ministry that strives to improve the quality of life for medically uninsured people in the Hot Springs community. The CCMC provides affordable general medical care, preventive medicine and health education, and makes available spiritual counseling for those that seek it. Holy Trinity’s Outreach budget makes an annual donation to CCMC. Contact Juddie Wachtel for more information at 501-915-8985.

STATEWIDE MINISTRIES

Care Caps

The story of Care Caps Connection is the story of two sisters: one diagnosed with terminal cancer who was bald from the harsh, but life-extending, chemotherapy; and the other one who could sew. Mary Phillips began to make caps for her sister as wigs and other things did not work. Today, more than 1,500 women, men, and young people in Arkansas come together under Mary’s leadership to fabricate and deliver (free-of-charge) “Care Caps.” Since starting in 2006, over 70,000 caps have been made for chemotherapy patients. Approximately 20 ladies meet at Holy Trinity every other month. The Holy Trinity “guys” come early to unload and set-up the machines and other equipment; they return in the afternoon to take it all down and reload Mary’s special trailer. The Hospitality Committee provides lunch for this ministry. Everyone is united in the task of giving a wonderful gift to someone they will never meet. For further information, contact Kari Petersen at 501-538-9820.

Kairos

The mission of the Kairos prison ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming productive citizens. Kairos is active in six Arkansas prisons (four prisons for men and one each for women and youth). Volunteers from Holy Trinity serve at the Tucker prison, which is located near England, AR. For more information, contact Charles Hood, 501-922-4800.

Camp Mitchell

Camp Mitchell is a nonprofit camp and conference center owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas. Each year, Camp Mitchell hosts a vital summer youth camp program which includes nine weeks of camp with two weeks open to handicapped and disadvantaged youth and adults (Robert L. Brown Camp) and one week open to children with parents in prison (Dick Johnston Children’s Camp). Camp Mitchell operates year-round with lodging and facilities available for retreats meetings, banquets, weddings, reunions or peaceful family getaways. For information, contact Juddie Wachtel at 501-915-8985. (For information about the Dick Johnston Children’s Camp, contact Bill Monson at 501-922-4133.)

WORLDWIDE MINISTRY

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Holy Trinity has been a part of this ministry since 2010, collecting filled shoeboxes in November of each year. For further information, please see the brochures in each narthex or contact Trish Knocke at 501-915-0371.

 

Liturgical Ministries

CHOIR

The choir at Holy Trinity is made up of 25 dedicated volunteers who sing for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service from September through Trinity Sunday, as well as for memorial services and special church services during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. The choir is open to all without audition. Contact the music director, Ellen Nagode, if you are interested in joining.

ALTAR GUILD

The ministry of the Altar Guild is to prepare the sanctuary for every service this is held in the church during the year. This includes all regularly scheduled weekly services plus Christmas Eve, Holy Week and additional services for funerals and weddings. Juddie Wachtel is the directress.  Holy Trinity’s Altar Guild is open to anyone either male or female who would like to experience a most rewarding ministry. If you are interested, call Juddie at 501-915-8985.

LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM I) are licensed by the Bishop and assist the priests during all Eucharistic services.  LEM II’s or Lay Eucharistic visitors are also licensed by the Bishop to deliver communion from the Holy Eucharist at the church to those who are unable to attend the services.

USHERS AND GREETERS

These individuals greet parishioners and visitors, distribute service bulletins, facilitate Holy Communion and orient visitors to the church.