We reached our goal to fully fund the new digital church sign! Hallelujah!! THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to raise $85,800 over the past month!
 
Now we get to share this message with everyone who drives by our church, Every.Single.Day.
 
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Spread the word! Our next New Member Class is online.

Sunday, November 7
10:30 am – Noon


Participants will spend time getting to know one another, learn what makes us Lutheran and what it means to be a member of Holy Trinity. Zoom link will be sent once registration is complete.  Sign up below!
 
Join us for the 7th Annual
HTLC Trunk or Treat! 

Sign up below to reserve your spot in the HTLC parking lot. Dress up, decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the kids. Make this a memorable event!

This event is open to kids of all ages in the community. Spread the word!
 
 
Le Sueur Co. Santa Anonymous volunteer and HTLC member LuAnn Leach is collecting donations of toys and clothing for Le Sueur Co. children. Please email LuAnn or call 507-357-4850 for items needed. Deadline for donations is November 10.

If you or anyone you know are in need of assistance this Christmas, please fill out this Adopt-a-Family and Santa Anonymous Wish List. 
 
 
To honor Native American Heritage Month, the HTLC Racial Justice Task Force has arranged a guided group tour of the exhibit, Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake.

Sat. November 6
1 – 2:30 pm
Hocokata Ti


Transportation is on your own but if you’d like to carpool, please meet in the church parking lot at 12:15 pm. Tickets will be purchased upon arrival.
 
Volunteers are needed to help with meal preparation and delivery of meals to 4 Hope House families the week of October 31 – November 6. All meals will be prepared in the St. Wenceslaus kitchen.  

Sign up below to help or contact Kathy Giesen (952-465-2799) or Mary Higgins (952-240-1604.)
 
Carrying out our Mission, Vision & Values, our doors are open to various support groups in New Prague.
Click the button to learn more.
 
Holy Trinity was blessed to receive a custom painting by Sharon Blomquist. The artist, who happens to be Pastor Alicia’s aunt, drove this piece all the way from California to keep it intact. Read more about this remarkable work.

HTLChronicles

 
Written by Rose Fife, HTLC Communication Specialist.
 

A Door in the Wall of Grief

Stories of Hope during COVID
 
Death is always difficult, but losing a loved one during a global pandemic adds layers of complications. This fall several members of Holy Trinity passed away, leading families and the staff to pioneer new formats for memorial services.

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Hidden Blessing of Online Worship

Barb Warner knows her favorite service (so far). “I loved the confirmation videos! We got to see each kid and got to know them more than if we’d been in church,” she said. “And the kids can keep those videos forever.”

A few days before Sunday, March 15, Pastors Alicia and Ben made the announcement: We were switching to virtual worship for a few weeks until the coronavirus settled down and we could return to normal. That Sunday, Pastor Ben spoke to an oddly still sanctuary, the musicians played for a congregation on the other side of the screen, and Ministry Coordinator Karen Taylor streamed it on her phone, using a music stand to keep it steady. The global pandemic that was about to upend all of our lives had arrived in Minnesota. 

At the time, most of us thought we would be back to “normal” soon. But we have a new normal now: an online worship that began with a small, humbled team has grown to many more. And that new normal has revealed many hidden blessings.


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Worth the Wait for Our Kids

For twenty-one kids and their families, First Communion was supposed to happen in the spring. And then COVID hit. It was rescheduled for a lakeside service this summer, but Cedar Lake canceled all group activities. Holy Trinity polled the families and decided on a Drive-In First Communion in the parking lot on Sunday, October 11.

“These families were determined to have First Communion,” Pastor Ben tells me. “In a collective Zoom meeting, we asked them, ‘If it rains, do we still do it?’ They all said, ‘You bet!’ I was prepared to be standing outside under an umbrella by myself, with Rita playing music from inside if we needed to!”

Sunday, October 11 was the second outdoor Drive-in Communion service for Holy Trinity, this time combined with First Communion. There was considerably less sneezing for Pastor Ben (Click HERE to see that video), and more bread and wine involved.

 

 

“I’m excited!” Kate Kienow told me before the service. “I was skeptical about the meaningfulness of the first one, but some friends really recommended them! It made me feel so excited about this.” Her son Aydan was one of the communicants.

“This was beautiful! A really nice Plan B,” says mother Christie Will who celebrated daughter Parker’s day by baking the communion bread using Hospitality Coordinator Donna Galvin’s recipe. (Click HERE for the recipe and Donna’s tutorial.) “I loved making the bread,” says Parker, smiling.

“We did what we could to make it special,” says mom Jamie Sticha. “We dressed up. We made bread.”

“Our bread turned out kinda gross.” Nolan Sticha mutters quietly, probably hoping I didn’t hear him. (Sorry, Nolan. It was funny.)

 

 

“I know this is certainly not what anyone expected when they thought about what their Child’s First Communion would be like,” Children, Youth and Family Director Casey Fremstad says, “but I know the Lord is present today and will continue to be present in the lives of these families. It is a great day to witness so much beauty at work in all of the chaos.”

“It’s weird,” admits first communicant Levin Wong. His father, Jamie Wong, smiles at him. “We’re glad to be back, even if it is weird,” he admits.

“It’s nice to be able to run around!” says another first communicant, Garrett Balk. His mother, Carrie Balk, agrees. “This is memorable. We won’t forget it, that’s for sure!” She says laughing as she runs after him.

 
 

For many HTLC members and guests, this was the first time they had been at the church in over 6 months. Pastor Ben’s sermon spoke of potentially having a range of feelings by being “in church” for the first time in a while. Some admitted that was exactly how they felt.

“I’m really emotional,” says Council President Karla Klingfus as she gestures to her husband, Tom. “He was hoping for another Communion service for a while, but I didn’t know how much I missed Communion until now. This is even better than I expected.” Her voice catches as Worship Leader Rita Sapp begins to play.

“What our church has done [with the online services] is amazing, but we miss this,” Tonya Jacobson says tearfully, gesturing to the twenty cars full of Holy Trinity members and guests. “It’s great that we can watch online, but it’s nice to come here. It’s not just a place. It’s everybody. And we miss it.”

 

On behalf of the entire Holy Trinity team, WE MISS YOU ALL, TOO!

 

Go in Peace.

 

Serve the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

For all First Communion Family photos, please CLICK HERE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Written by Rose M. Fife, HTLC Communications Specialist
October 15, 2020

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