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Challenge Grant

The purpose of the Holy Trinity Challenge Grant fund is to support initiatives for the development of services to address social, economic or cultural needs in Lancaster County.

Since 2001, the Community Outreach Ministry has awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant annually. In 2011 the committee awarded two $5,000 grants to commemorate the Challenge Grant‘s 10th anniversary. In 2013 the Challenge Grant awarded $2,500 for existing programs, in addition to the $5,000 Grant for new projects.

Priorities in selection of an organization to be awarded a Challenge Grant are:

  1. Address the needs of the most at-risk populations
  2. Provide services which help recipients to move toward living situations of self-support
  3. Empower people to be full participants in the economic, social and cultural life of the community

The process begins with a letter being mailed to all identified organizations in September with a grant request proposal. Our grant reading volunteers privately submit their assessment of each grant, ranking in order those they find the most deserving and why. The top 3-4 ranked organizations are invited to a designated day and time to be interviewed by a separate committee. From that interview process the current year organization is selected to be awarded the grant.

The grant presentation takes place on a Sunday in mid-November at the beginning of the worship service.

Past Recipients Include
ASSETS Lancaster
Bridge of Hope
Clare House
COBYS Family Services
Crispus Attucks
Milagro House
The Mix at Arbor Place
Mom’s House
The Threshold Foundation
Transitional Living Center

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Family News


Sunday, January 27th we celebrated the baptism of Kyle Walker, son of Judy and Jeremy. Standing in with the Walkers were godparents Michelle and Tyler Sands. Senior Pastor Timothy Mentzer officiated with on call Pastor Donald Green assisting. We welcomed Kyle into our church family and committed to do our part to grow his faith.

Karaoke Night

Wow, can those people sing! We gathered Saturday evening January 28th after vespers service for a pizza and karaoke party. It was a hoot and we found some voice talents in the congregation that we didn’t know we had.

Mardis Gras Lenten Brunch

It was a rollicking good time Sunday, February 19th. Immediately after worship services, we gathered in the auditorium for a Lenten Brunch loading up on pancakes, French toast, sausages, bacon, egg casseroles, a potato dish along with fine pastries and fresh fruit for our healthy minded congregants. Afterwards, a “battle of the bands” with two jazz ensembles competing.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 23

Vestry Report

Report to the congregation from the vestry immediately after worship service. We’ll serve a great brunch before the meeting.

Sunday, July 23

I’ll Fly Away

Servant Stage Company will present “I’ll Fly Away” in our auditorium beginning at 4:00 PM. A wonderful show complete with old time classic hymns, patriotic music and sing along folk songs. Afterwards, we’ll serve a summer picnic of hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream.