Raise Your Voice and Take Action
Giving Trees Are Up! The Giving Trees are up in the Church and Trinity Hall. You may also access our VIRTUAL GIVING TREE HERE. This year, we will assist 12 organizations that work with the homeless, children or the elderly. Please select a tag and return the gifts (wrapped unless specified otherwise) no later than 1 PM on Sunday Dec. 16th. Gifts may be left under the trees in the back of church and Trinity Hall. Please, if you take a tag, bring in the gift. It is the only way we can ensure all who requested gifts receive them. As a guideline, the value of each gift is a maximum of $50 per person. If you are a 5:30PM Sunday Mass attendee, please return your gift during Mass on Dec. 9th or any time before 1PM on Dec. 16. Contact Kate Tromble, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Help Us Help Housing Up! As part of the parish's capital campaign, Holy Trinity contributed $250,000 to Housing Up to renovate 12 permanent supportive housing units for homeless families in DC. The units are expected to be ready later this year, and we couldn't be more excited about them!
We are now working through Housing Up’s “Adopt-an-Apartment” program to furnish three of the units for the new tenants. Housing Up will provide all furniture for the units but has identified other specific needs, which we have reflected in registries at Amazon.com (this link is public, so if you search "Holy Trinity - Housing Up" it should appear) and Target.com. (Note that Amazon purchases may be eligible for Amazon Smile donations to the parish!) Please consider contributing to this exciting project by purchasing items from these registries. All items should be shipped to Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, Attn: Kate Tromble. If you see something on one of these lists that you would like to purchase elsewhere or would like to contribute in nearly new condition, please contact Jade Reischauer (HTS ’17) and the Housing Up Team at HousingUp@trinity.org, and we will do our best to coordinate your donation.
Once the units are ready for move in, we also will help with transporting the furnishings, setting up the apartments, and stocking the cupboards. Housing Up reports that move in could be as early as late November or the first week of December. If you would like to help, please visit our Signup to indicate your interest and availability.
During this two week period, the parish creates space for parishioners to provide hospitality while spending time in conversation over a meal with 10 homeless individuals.
Volunteers are needed to make and serve dinner, to make and serve breakfast, and to stock an ongoing pantry. More details can be found on the Social Justice website under What's New. If you would like to assist, please register on this SignUp Genius list or contact email@example.com.
Monthly Service Opportunities. We will once again be serving at the Fr. McKenna Center, A Wider Circle, and S.O.M.E. We will also prepare meals for Georgetown Ministry Center and Catholic Relief Services. And return to the DC Diaper Bank in the spring. We will also host our annual Power of One day of service. Details at this SIGN UP GENIUS SITE.
This summer Holy Trinity began an exploration of women in the Bible. We looked at their stories, their perspectives, and their treatment by history. We also used them and their insights as a basis for reflecting on our own relationship with Christ.
In November we will continue this series, this time looking at Women Who Gave Life. We will use the same tools – scripture, art and imagination – to look in detail at the lives of Elizabeth; Sarai/Sarah; Shiphrah, Puah, Hagar, the mother of Aaron, and Jochebed, and Mary of Nazareth.
Led by parishioners Anne Koester and Liz McCloskey, our first series will begin Monday Nov. 5 and meet as well Nov. 19, 26 and Dec 3 (Note, no session on Nov. 12). Each session will run from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in McKenna Hall. If interested, please RSVP to Kate Tromble at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 903- 2809 by Nov. 1.
Women Apostles in the Gospel: Deepening Our Understanding - July 2018
You know about Mary, the mother of Jesus and you've heard of Mary Magdalene. But, how much do you know about the other Marys and the other women who stayed with Jesus, like Joanna? Have you considered the Bible stories from their perspective? Would you like to?
Then join us for a series exploring and reflecting women in the Bible and women’s perspective on the Bible. Our series will consist of three 4-week sessions—this summer, in the fall, and in the spring. Each session will have a specific focus, beginning with our exploration of and reflection on the lives of the women who stayed with Jesus through scripture, readings, imagination and art.
Led by parishioners Anne Koester and Liz McCloskey, our first 4-week session will begin July 5 and meet as well July 12 and 19. Each session will run from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in McKenna Hall. The series will culminate with a prayer service celebrating the feast of St. Mary Magdalene Monday July 23. If interested, please RSVP to Kate Tromble at email@example.com or (202) 903- 2809 by June 30.
Volunteer at SOME. Every month, on the fourth Sunday of the month for 40 years Holy Trinity has been serving breakfast and lunch at So Others Might Eat (SOME). The requirement is quite simple, you arrive at 10:00 am and leave at 1:30 pm. In between you serve food, wipe down tables, set places, and generally make the men and women eating feel welcome. To keep this tradition going, we are in need of new volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Patrick McCourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend Meals for the Homeless in Georgetown. We continue to welcome new volunteers to staff our weekly meals for the homeless. This is a direct service opportunity in Georgetown on Saturdays or Sundays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm that involves preparing and serving a meal for 50-60 adults as well as light set-up and clean-up duties. We also can make arrangements for you to just “drop off” a menu item at HT or at the meal sites. Contact Mike Conway for more information.
ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES: Join the effort to support small family shelters in Washington, DC rather than housing our homeless families in at old DC General site or in random hotels. Contact Tom Woodley for more information about getting involved.
If you are interested in helping out, but looking for a different way to volunteer, there are other options. Please contact Kate Tromble for more information.