Calendar At A Glance

Sat, Jan. 20 4:00 pm | Parents' Night Out Sat, Jan. 20 5:00 pm | HTLoop Eucharist Sat, Jan. 20 7:00 pm | Service Opportunity: The Crib Shelter Sun, Jan. 21 9:00 am | Choir Rehearsal Sun, Jan. 21 9:00 am | Life Together

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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Parents’ Night Out – January 20

Drop your kids off and have a Parents’ Night Out!

> Next Session: Saturday, January 20 from 4-7 p.m.

> Cost: $10.00 per family (covers food)

> Ages: infant – 12 (limit of 16 children)

To sign-up contact Paulina Heilbrunn . You will need to fill out a Child Entry Form if it’s your first time.

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Last Monday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. First meeting: January 29

Join with others to deepen your spiritual life and awareness of God’s presence in everyday life. Each session will focus on a theme from Benedictine/monastic spirituality such as transformation, stability, work, listening, hospitality, moderation, beauty, and compassion. We will also consider spiritual practices such as centering prayer, lectio divina, journaling, walking, cooking, liturgical prayer, and sabbath/retreat. Led by Pr. Craig Mueller who is currently a candidate for an oblate at St. John’s Abbey in Collegville, MN. Oblates seek to live the rule of St. Benedict in their daily lives. The sessions will also be drawn from an introductory course in spiritual formation that Pr. Mueller taught at LSTC several years ago. A minimum of eight persons are needed. Please email the office (office@htchicago.org) to sign-up.

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Serve a Meal at The Crib Saturday, January 20 + 7pm

Volunteers from Holy Trinity will prepare (at HTLC, enter at 3609 N. Magnolia doors) then serve a meal at The Crib youth shelter (at Lakeview Lutheran, 835 W Addison). We need volunteers to provide food items, cook, and serve the meal. To sign up and find more information, head to serve.htchicago.org, or speak to Ken Duckmann.

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Serve At The Lakeview Pantry | Thursday, January 25 + 5:30pm

Holy Trinity volunteers assist with working the pantry counter, restocking food, repacking bulk foods, sorting clothing and other various jobs that may be needed on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30pm. Sign up online: serve.htchicago.org, or speak to James Perez.

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Holy Trinity's Mission Endowment Committee is pleased to announce for the fourth 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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Eat, Drink, Read. The first book group meeting of the new year will be Monday, January 15 at 7:30 PM at Ignoble Wine Bar, 2417 N Clybourn. We'll be discussing I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, the amazing true story of the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for defending girls' rights to an education. If you like to read ahead, we'll be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles in February. Please join us, whether or not you have time to read the book!

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This seminar is offered prior to baptismal Sundays for expectant parents, parents with newborns, those planning a baptism in the coming months, or others who would like a refresher on the meaning and theology of baptism. All parents planning to have a newborn baptized are asked to attend this seminar at some point before the baptism of their firstborn child.

Baptism isn't a one-time event--it's for life! Topics of the seminar will include baptismal theology, the role of parents and sponsors, and scheduling a baptism. RSVP required to Pastor Sevig, msevig@htchicago.org prior to the seminar.

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By bringing Equal Exchange fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea and foods to our community, we are supporting a more equitable,alternative trade system that empowers small farmers worldwide. Holy Trinity's monthly fair trade sale makes a difference for people around the globe.

In January fair trade goods will be for sale at HTLoop on January 13 and HTLakeview on January 14.

Volunteers are needed to help sell fair trade Items once a month at HTLoop and HTLakeview. Please contact Ann Sanders (HTLakeview) or Josh Evans (HTLoop) if you are interested in helping.

Recent Blog Posts

  • ...In all these call stories each one is invited into relationship. Barnum and the misfits together become something great and wonderful, and they couldn’t have imagined it any other way. Samuel and Nathanael are called not only to do something great, but to be intimately connected to God who shares fullness of life. And you too are called to join with God in the ongoing work of creation—caring for and loving everything and everyone that God has made. The Holy One calls to you, “Come and see” be part of something greater than you can possibly imagine.

  • The Liturgy of the Word on Epiphany, January 7, 2018, included a brief homily, readings, a children's message, and music. Read on for the text of the brief homily and the readings, and listen to the audio for more of the entire experience.

  • ...This is our epiphany this day. A moment for us to leave by different road than how we came in and never look back. For the sake of the whole world, we are shown this new road, a new way in Jesus Christ. And by the leading of a star, in the deepest darkness of night this light of Christ appears to us, exactly where we are and leads us on this new and different road. 

  • We embark on a new year tomorrow, and many people will be setting out to be a new version of them self you know, new year new me, and I love that, there's something so baptismal about our old selves dying and our new selves being born or resurrected in this new year, but maybe we are being invited today to consider an alternative way to enter this new year. Maybe we could enter this new year realigned to who we have been all along as children of God, siblings with one another and all creation in the family of God.

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.