The Administration Ministry is responsible for developing, updating, and keeping current the (non – clergy) administrative functions of Trinity on the Hill. This includes: policies and procedures, room rentals, office equipment and supplies, computers (software and hardware), communication (website, Tidings, Tidbits), insurance policies, financial commitments (Smith’s Bucks, credit card reader), and Stewardship.
The Christian Education/Youth Ministry has been blessed with many wonderful, spirit-filled, dedicated ministry partners. We have offered weekly opportunities for everyone from birth (in Wendy’s ministry of sharing God with our youngest members) to a variety of programs for elementary through high school (Sunday School, Children’s Chapel, and Sunday night Youth Group) to a variety of programs offered to those over 18 (Adult Education, Men’s Fellowship Bible Study, Mid-week Bible study, Education for Ministry). We offered other opportunities throughout the year (VBS, Lenten Program, Inquirer’s class). The strength in our program is combining intergenerational ministry and integrating our communal study of God with our communal prayer and praise of God.
The Outreach Ministry at Trinity on the Hill offers monetary support to those in need outside the parish by distributing budgeted outreach funds and designated gifts to appropriate charities and individuals, internationally, nationally, regionally, and locally. It also oversees many hands on activities throughout the year that make a difference in the lives of the needy and responds to emergencies locally and beyond. Some of the special ministries that are overseen by the Outreach Ministry include:
SHOP ON THE CORNER, the thrift shop of TOTH, which has been in operation for some 50 years. The Shop provides a place for community members to purchase affordable clothing and household goods, all of which have been donated by parish members and the community. The shop gives away excess/unsellable goods to other entities, namely the Bernal Community Center near Las Vegas, NM, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. In addition, the Shop has provided items to the Children’s Bazaar (see below), and to various fundraising auctions held at TOTH, as well as to Hope Pregnancy Center, Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, the Animal Shelter, Habitat’s ReStore, and others. In 2015, the Shop was able to donate over $24,000 to 26 worthy causes, including food pantries, homeless shelters, Veterans groups, youth programs, TOTH clergy discretionary funds and Diocesan ministries.
FIRST SUNDAY FOOD SUNDAY is very well supported by our congregation. The first Sunday of each month we ask folks to contribute non-perishable foods, paper products and cleaning supplies all of which is donated to LA Cares. This organization distributes boxes to upwards of 90 residents of Los Alamos who are in financial need and often unable to afford to feed their families all all month long.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM reaches out to the local youth by hosting the weekly hot meal, as well as offering a Christian environment of welcome and providing a scriptural message and prayer each week. The number of students served each Friday during the school year ranges from 170-220.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, an event held annually for children of the community to do their own Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones. Items are all donated by parishioners and community members and are collected year round and stored. Prices are very reasonable, and gift wrapping is included. The parents socialize in another part of the building while their children are shopping. The event requires some 60 volunteers.
JUAREZ HOUSEBUILDING MISSION TRIPS, which have taken place since 2005. Initially the trips were women only teams, called House of Hope. A second co-ed trip was formed after a few years which was called Trinity Builders. Team members pay their own personal costs and the cost of the trip itself, including the cost of the materials and labor for the house, is covered by donations and various fundraising events. For 2016, the teams are combining into one trip and the chief fundraising event is the Tea and Fashion Show on October 1, which has been very successful in the past, often a sell-out crowd.
ADOPT-A-FAMILY, a project that TOTH has undertaken for many years, which involves giving parishioners the opportunity to “adopt” a needy family from a Northern New Mexico community and to purchase food for their Christmas dinner, as well as extra food in general, plus small gifts for the family members.
HOLIDAY BASKETS in the form of Smith’s gift certificates are given to church individuals and families who are a little fortunate than most of us. Checks are received during the holiday season and what is collected is used to purchase the certificates, at the discretion of the Rector.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING, a national project headquartered in South Carolina which is very simple in its operation, but which makes a big difference when all the offerings in the country are combined. A soup pot is put out on Super Bowl Sunday for church members to deposit a special offering, which TOTH typically gives 100% to LA Cares, the local food bank. This event is designed to make those of us who are partying to the excess on this day mindful that there are millions of Americans who do not have enough to eat.
UNITED THANK OFFERING is a 125-year-old Episcopal Church program which invites church members and families to put coins in their UTO “little blue box” as they give daily thanks to God for His many blessings in our lives. Ingatherings are held twice a year, and the total sum is transmitted at the Diocesan Convention, where it is blessed and sent on the the National UTO office. In 2015 over $1.5 million was offered and was distributed in the form of 55 grants to special projects throughout the country and in developing countries.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD has occurred for several years, sponsored by the Church School at TOTH. Shoe boxes are filled with hygiene articles and small toys for children and are then sent around the world to show children in the most desperate of situations that they are still loved and valued by God.
THE MITTEN TREE is set up in Kelly Hall during Advent through Epiphany for people to “decorate” with mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, etc, either handmade or store bought. The items are then blessed at the Epiphany service and sent on to our brothers and sisters at the Navajoland Area Episcopal Mission.
The HOPE PREGNANCY CENTER offering at the Epiphany service is sponsored by the Sunday School also. Diapers, wipes and other baby items are presented as symbolic gifts to the baby Jesus, and the items are then blessed and given to Hope Pregnancy Center in Los Alamos.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, the local affiliate, constructed the first home in Los Alamos in 2016. The soon-to-be occupants are TOTH members, and many in the congregation have devoted countless hours over the spring and summer to this project. This was a wonderful opportunity to share our gifts to change someone’s life in a huge way.
The Outreach Ministry invites anyone in the parish to participate in one or more of these activities. We believe that when Jesus commanded us to “Love our neighbor” he meant for us to translate that love to action, by sharing our time, talent, and treasure where needed.
The Worship Ministry considers all aspects of the worship at Trinity on the Hill, to try to ensure that our services glorify God and help to shape faith and kindle devotion amongst all the members of our diverse flock. Our meetings, which occur every two months or so, cover the liturgy (the rite and readings), music (Choir Master, Organist and Youth Choir Director attend), the presentation, decoration and service of the Altar and Sanctuary (the responsibility of the Altar Guild), the bulletins, and the involvement of various age-groups.
The Christian Education Ministry provides opportunities for ToTH members of all ages to grow in their Christian faith. Church school, the library, Vacation Bible School and Day Camp, adult classes and forums (e.g., weekly Bible study, Education for Ministry, and Lenten study) are just some of the activities sponsored by this ministry. This ministry has conducted several Bible studies combining children, youth, and adult classes to encourage inter-generational relationships. ToTH offers Bible study classes on Sunday morning at 9:30 for children, teens, and adults. Every Sunday afternoon, we have tweens and teen groups that meet at the YMCA Teen Center on the lower level of our church building. We have a meal together, a short teaching, and playtime. A shuttle van runs each Sunday so all who need transportation can attend this activity. In addition, we have annual youth retreats (we have attended “Acquire the Fire” in Denver). We also had a youth trip to Israel in June 2013 which was sponsored by one of our parishioners. Christian education also coordinates ecumenical activities with other local parishes such as the Vacation Bible School and Day Camp with the Lutheran Church (ECLA) and the Thursday Lenten Program with United Church, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Jewish Center. Last year we had teachers at our Lenten Program from the Orthodox Church and Grace Vineyard Fellowship. One of the noteworthy programs sponsored by our Christian Education is Operation Christmas Child where the ToTH children fill shoeboxes with small gifts forshipment to children in need in Mexico. Other programs sponsored by this ministry include the mid-week Bible study, the men’s fellowship group and oversight of the ToTH nursery.
The Parish Life Ministry promotes and oversees social functions organized by the ToTH community for the ToTH community. It supports all parish-wide potluck meals, receptions, special events, diocesan events at ToTH, and coffee hours. It oversees the kitchen facilities and supplies and provides informational assistance for private receptions or events at ToTH. The Parish Life committee also coordinates rides to medical appointments for parishioners in need and meals for the sick and shut-in. The love and support offered by this ministry should not go without mention. ToTH members who volunteer for this ministry touch their fellow parishioners at often difficult or challenging times.