Calendar At A Glance

Wed, Dec. 13 9:30 am | Wednesday Morning Eucharist Wed, Dec. 13 10:00 am | Wednesday Study Wed, Dec. 13 7:00 pm | Congregation Council Wed, Dec. 13 7:30 pm | 12-Step Groups Sat, Dec. 16 5:00 pm | HTLoop Eucharist

Sunday in Lakeview

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. + 1218 W Addison

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Saturday Night in the Loop

5:00 p.m. + 637 S Dearborn

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Caroling season! In past years we have hosted Cocktails and Carols, Candles and Carols, and this year we continue the theme with Cozy Sweaters and Carols! We've even heard that the Peterson's famous glögg will be there again! So join us for worship at 5pm on Saturday December 16 and stick around to sing some carols by candlelight! If you'd like to bring a holiday dish to pass, please email Pr. Ben.

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Holy Trinity's Mission Endowment Committee is pleased to announce for the fifth year in a row the availability of a small number of grants that will extend our commitment to and support of mission beyond our congregation. Registered charities qualified under IRS §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for grants of up to $1,500 with the endorsement and signature of a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The grant deadline for 2018 annual grants is January 16, 2018. You can download the application form here. Any questions which are not answered by reading the form may be directed to Barbara Wahler, Mission Endowment Fund Committee Chair.

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This Christmas, enrich lives at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville!

This detention center, now one of the institutions supported by Holy Trinity's Prison Ministry, is temporary home for more than 30 young women and men from ages 14 to 20. Please consider donating the clothing and hygiene items on their Christmas wish list. There are print copies at the back of the church, the list is posted online here. Please place items in the collections boxes at HTLoop no later than Saturday, December 16, and HTLakeview no later than Sunday, December 17.

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Sunday, December 24*

  • *ONE LITURGY at 10am, No Sunday School – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve + Sunday, December 24

  • 4:30pm – Family Christmas Eve Liturgy

  • 9:45pm - Pre-service music

  • 10:00pm - The Christ Mass

Christmas Day + Monday, December 25

  • 10am - Christmas Day Eucharist at HTLakeview
  • 10am - Christmas Day Eucharist with Grace Episcopal at HTLoop

Sunday, December 31

  • ONE LITURGY at 10am, No Sunday School + First Sunday of Christmas

Sunday, January 7

  • ONE LITURGY at 10am, No Sunday School + Epiphany Festival Eucharist

Recent Blog Posts

  • I find comfort because if we can proclaim God’s hidden presence and victory in that place of suffering, in that place where Mary wept over the violent death of her son, in that place where Jesus’ followers lost all hope…then we can proclaim even more boldly, that God is present here, hidden in the obstacles... hiding behind the cement roadblocks of our own lives.

    Throughout all of history, God has made a way where there was no way and though God does not promise to remove our obstacles, God does promise to walk alongside us through each mountain, valley, and crooked path.  

  • The Spiritual Life Center at Holy Trinity will provide a poem for each week of Advent in a series of blog posts. May the words of the poet serve to deepen your Advent experience and welcome you into Christmas…

  • Though participation and giving is strong in our vibrant and growing congregation, like many churches and non-profits we anticipate challenges meeting our 2018 budget. In particular, we have come to the end of the synod grant that provided seed funding for HTLoop during its first three years. In addition, a significant donor is moving out of state.

  • Today we get an Advent alert that Christ is coming. Unfortunately, we often go into the past and pretend that we are waiting for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem. Or get to a distant future and wonder what the second coming has to do with us today. Rather, think of the Advent wake-up call as the universe-shaking news that the reign of God is coming among us. Here and now.

    Did you get the Advent alert? Keep awake. You do not know the day or hour when Christ will come.

    So today amid all the alerts, all the endless holiday commercials; everything on our to-do lists, all coming at us like arrows . . . we gather in community, alert and watchful for Christ to come, to come among us in this place and time. Even if we have no idea how to live alert and awake, we remember God’s faithfulness in the past as we walk boldly into the future, one day at a time.

     

Greetings from Pastor Mueller

Holy Trinity is unlike the churches most of us grew up in. Because it is fluid and ever-changing, the congregation has a remarkable spirit of openness and vitality. Yes, we value our Lutheran heritage and the ancient roots of our liturgy, yet we delight in a faith that is ever new and infused with a message for the needs and concerns of our contemporary world. As somebody recently put it: Our faith is two thousand years old, but our thinking is not.