Greetings! As we head into the summer, I want to share some exciting news about our life together at Holy Trinity.
First off, we are back in the church! This past Sunday, June 6th, was our first Sunday in church for both services since March 2020, and what a wonderful day it was. In addition to enjoying our beautiful sanctuary, we also sang hymns together and came to the altar rail for communion. Of course, we are still livestreaming our 10am service on YouTube (and probably will forever!), so wherever you may find yourselves this summer, we hope that you will join us for worship.
As part of our 2021 Stewardship Campaign and Annual Meeting, the Vestry and I shared three goals for our church this year: Visibility, Youth Ministry and Management. As we near the halfway point of the year, we have made great strides towards fulfilling these objectives.
It is hard to imagine anything that could have provided greater visibility for our church this spring than pitching a tent in our front yard. “Lent in a Tent” was such a success that we extended outdoor services until the end of May, averaging more than 200 congregants. In addition, we welcomed many newcomers to our church, including people who discovered us just walking by. It was a truly magical season, and (who knows?) may become an annual tradition. As we head into the fall, we aim to further enhance our visibility with some new lighting of our recently painted façade, new sod in our front yard, and a new website. Stay tuned!
In the area of youth ministry, it is my great pleasure to announce that we have hired an Associate Priest. The Rev. D.J. Griffin and his wife Sam will join the Holy Trinity family later this month. D.J. comes to us from the Diocese of Dallas, and his skills, experience and passion will make him a tremendous addition to our team. Sam is also amazing – an accomplished graphic designer and brand manager with interests in meteorology and gardening (welcome to Florida!). We will welcome D.J. and Sam on Sunday, June 27th, and hope to see you there.
It is also my privilege to share that we have hired a Director of Operations, who, in partnership with our existing staff, will aid us greatly in the management of our finances, property and human resources. Dr. George Stalliard comes to Holy Trinity after 14 years as Dean of Business Services for Broward College, where he managed, among other things, a $25M budget and 104-acre campus. George started last week and has already been a huge help and joy to have in the office. I am deeply grateful to David Haines, Beth Walton and Dan Klyver, who worked tirelessly on the search committee. We will also be welcoming George and his wife Linette on Sunday, June 27th.
Of course, none of this would be possible without your prayers, presence and generosity. Your faithful stewardship has enabled Holy Trinity to not just survive, but thrive during the pandemic season. If you have contributed financially to our church in 2021, we have enclosed a statement of your giving through the end of April. If you have not yet made an offering to God’s work in and through Holy Trinity, would you prayerfully consider doing so? We are in an exciting season of growth, and we need your support. If you would like to make a pledge for 2021, you may do so by contacting Kelly Riccio at 561.655.8650 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a one-time donation, you may do so online at www.holytrinitywpb.org/contributions or by mailing a check to the church.
It has now been almost a year-and-a-half since I was called to be Holy Trinity’s 14th Rector. None of us could have anticipated what has transpired in that time. Through it all, God has been present, active and faithful. Even in the midst of great challenges, we have worshipped and served in fellowship with one another. I pray that you all have a joyful and restful summer, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for our future!
The Rev. R-J Heijmen, Rector David Haines, Senior Warden Beth Walton, Treasurer