Posts by Brad Helmuth

Posts by Brad Helmuth

Children of God

This past weekend,I watched a documentary called Sons of Mezcal.It is about the mezcal (a tequila-like spirit) industry in Oaxaca, Mexico with a focus on the importance of the generations that participate in its successful production. For many, Oaxaca is the center of the Mexican culture and mezcal is at the center of Oaxaca’s. The documentary depicted the land where the agave plants are grown, how they are cared for, when harvest occurs and how they go from plant to…

Pledge Season

It has always been through the generosity and faithfulness of the Holy Trinity family that the mission of this church has been accomplished. Pledging season is a time to commit to how you plan on supporting the work that happens through Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Please consider how you will pledge your time, talents and treasure in the coming year. We have, again, made available online pledging. Simply click the 2023 Pledge link to fill out your card. If you prefer to fill out…

All Saint’s Day

We will celebrate All Saint’s Day on Sunday, November 6th. All Saint’s Day is a time to remember known saints of the Church and here at Holy Trinity, we choose to also honor all the souls of those we love but see no longer. In order to honor our loved ones who have gone on before us, we invite you to bring a picture of them or special object that was theirs to create an altar for our celebration on Sunday, November…

Here’s the Deal

As I said last Sunday,understanding the Gospel is a foundational part of our faith.We use the word Gospel in many waysand to refer to many things.We talk about the four Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).When we believe something to be really true,we might say it is the Gospel Truth. But, understanding what it is at its core is important.Because from this corecomes the whole of life as it was meant to be lived. The reading from Luke 18:9-14 this weekhas…

Bible Study Starting!

Please join us for a study on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.Starting September 7th and going through November 9th, we will have two separate opportunities to begin looking at this pastoral letter (one in-person and one via Zoom). This study will be led by Fr. Brad and you are encouraged to read the letter prior to the study.Below you will find a link to the NASB translation of this passage.You will also find the Zoom link and passcode. Wednesday Mid…

All Day Retreat Rescheduled

Some of you received a notice in your bulletins at last Sunday’s service about an upcoming All Day Retreat. Others of you may have heard of the event from fellow parishioners. The event was announced to be on Saturday, September 24th. In order to take a bit more time to fully develop the goals and format for our time together, we are going to reschedule this event, and plan to announce a new date – probably late October or early November – as…

Office Hours and Bible Study

A Note of Thanks A quick thank you to Canon Mary Hauck for stepping in when we needed her because of Fr Brad’s COVID infection. Also, thank you to Tina and Gary Spriggs for being available to make sure things were open so that Cn Mary had what she needed. Office Hours Although Sunday’s bulletin stated we would be having office hours this Wednesday, we will start on the 31st of this month due to COVID. The office will be…

God Will

As I said last Sunday,being a person of faith can be difficult,especially when we misunderstand what that means. In our culture of “get what you want when you want to get it,”engaging faith can be confusing. Tag to that a propensity for our minds to think that the theology of the “God wants you to be wealthy” crowd has something to itor that, for some reason, thinking we deserve this or that,and we can set ourselves up for problems. Faith…

Who We Are

Different.That’s who we are.At least, that’s who we are supposed to be. Different.Other.Unique.Peculiar.Holy.Righteous. But, different than what?The world. What does the Bible mean by the world?The things opposed to God’s justice and peace.The things that keep us focused on us and not the other. In Sunday’s sermon, I tried to show and communicate that we have an opportunity to invest in the things that will last. The readings from this week encouraged us both to see what is true about…

Out of the Blue

Last Sunday, I shared an encouragement from Luke 10.We are to focus on the “being” part of lifeas opposed to the “doing” part.This thought is taken from the Gospel reading from Luke 10:38-42. It is the story of Martha fulfilling her hostess duties(which were always done by the women)and Mary, her sister, neglecting to help Marthaby sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to His teaching. In that story, Jesus praises Mary for having “chosen the better part.”This act of…

What We’re Due

What is really ours in this life?What do we really earn for ourselves?And can we really take credit for much of anything? We,together,are largely where we are because of others that have come before us. Yes.Our efforts help and put is in the right places,but without the help of others, we would not be where we are. The image from Scripture is, Since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,let us run the race before us with perseverance.”…

Invitations

Invitations We get them all the time. Birthday parties.Weddings.Holidays.Baby showers.Bridal showers.House warming gatherings. And when we get them,we have to decide whether or not we want to receive the invitationand involve ourselves in what is being offered. We can decline an invitation.And whether we do or not isn’t the point.The point is that with an invitation comes a decision. Yes or no.In or out.Leaning in or leaning out. On Sunday,I shared that the disciples had received an invitation from Jesus.“As…