Council President

Holy Trinity’s Council President will update our congregation on the past, present, and future of our church, as well as discussing matters from the Church Council’s monthly meeting.

Our 2018 Council President is David Smith.

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February 2018: A Huge Uptick of Energy and Enthusiasm in our Congregation

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 2:37 PM

At last Tuesday’s Church Council meeting, a strange feeling came upon me as we heard a final report under the agenda item “Call and Transition Update”. The Call Committee and Transition Team’s work is complete!!! A journey that began a little over two years ago, starting with the congregation’s involvement with the CAT survey, Ray Masse leading  the Transition Team to develop the Ministry Site Profile, Mark Beliveau leading the Call Committee, and Council President Martha Belanger leading the Council and being an active member of both the Transition Team and Call Committee …. is at an end. With such a long road Holy Trinity was truly blessed to have those leaders and their team members giving so much of their time and talents. Thank You Thank You Thank You!!

We do need to remember, however, a number of important points that were given to us by Pastor Diane at a forum back on December 3rd. I highly recommend you watch her presentation on our website (go to HTELC.Com, hover your mouse over the “Our Congregation” tab, and click on “In Transition” in the drop-down menu) or read her presentation, which is also on the web site. In her presentation, she talks about a number of very valid points in accepting and working with our new Pastor. All were very good thoughts, and in my opinion all seven were number 1’s. One that I would repeat here is “….to expect your new pastor is to forget about taking a break! The tendency in congregations when the new pastor arrives is to sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and think, ‘we’re in good hands; I can rest awhile.’ Absolutely not!!” And so the Call Committee will become the Mutual Ministry Team, meeting with Pastor Tim on occasion to ‘see how things are going”, and at the six month mark of his time with us, the Associate to the Bishop will be meeting with the MMT, Church Council and Pastor Tim. Out of the Transition Team has come the Optimized Hospitality (OH!) initiative. And there will be many opportunities for all of our church family to be involved in activities at church from helping out at functions to answering the call for specific team involvement. Watch for the announcements and requests in the Tidings and Sunday Bulletin’s.

Thanks to our Welcoming Committee, lots of items have been gathered and given to the Krick’s to help them feel welcomed into our church community…. A gift basket with a local hiking book, pamphlets and brochures of local entertainment destinations, gift cards featuring local places, snacks etc. A kitchen basket which also included gift cards, lots of snack foods, goodies from Stone Wall Kitchen, and other items.  Many have contributed pre-cooked meals for the Krick’s first few weeks here, all intended to lessen the hassle of having to cook meals while at the same time trying to find a new house, get the kids into the new school groove, and all the other tasks involved in the re-location process. Phew!!! Thank you everyone for being part of this welcoming process.

After only a couple of weeks into his new congregation, Pastor Tim will be leading us through the Lenten Season. This is a very somber time in our church year, spent in reflection as we prepare to celebrate the pinnacle of our belief …. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is the core of what makes us what we’re all about. As we focus on the Season of Lent, we began with Ash Wednesday services yesterday, and for the next five Wednesday’s, we’ll have a Monastery Meal from 5:15 to 5:45, followed by Holden Vespers at 6:00 PM. I hope as many as possible can join in these vesper services, as to me they are very meaningful and moving, and give a great mid-week boost in reminding me about this Lenten time.

I’m running out of space, so that’s it for now. Thank you all for allowing me to serve as your Congregational Council President … I’m looking forward to the next few years, and man-oh-man will it be nice not having that item on the agenda anymore!!

Blessings to All

Dave Smith

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January 2018: Saying our Farewells to our interim Pastors

Posted by Mark Donahue on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

This weekend our church will begin saying good-bye to our interim pastors. It is hard to say good-bye but let us not think of it as good bye. Let’s think of it as another part of our transition and a new beginning for our congregation. This is a new path that God has chosen for us. Our journey has been long and sometimes it seems hard. Don’t think of the good-byes as a sad thing, think of it as something good. God sent us some new friends and although it may hurt to see them leave aren’t we better off that we got to know them and have friends for life.  Transition is hard just like life is hard. We have been through a lot in the past two years but just imagine where we would be if it wasn’t for the guidance of our interim pastors.

From the beginning Pastor George has reminded me many times that although he will miss us he always thinks about the job that he came to do. He came with the intention to leave. He and Grace knew that they would be saying good-bye and they also knew that when they said it they had done their job. When they finish up as an interim pastors they knew their job was done. They have lead Holy Trinity down the path to a new pastor and got the congregation ready for the new pastor. That has been their jobs and now it is our job to celebrate with them as they have accomplished what they came to do. That’s one of the advantages of the interim relationship. They come with one goal in mind. They aren’t trying to keep a job, they already know this job is temporary. They came to make a difference to help Holy Trinity where it needed guidance.

So, this weekend as we enjoy cake and say our farewells let’s not dwell on the good-byes. Let us celebrate and know that each of our interim pastors came for a reason and purpose. They have done their job and now will move onto new adventures. Let’s send them on their new journey with lots of smiles and hugs and prayers that their new adventure will be as rewarding as the one they have just finished.

“The Lord himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (GNTD)

Martha Belanger

Council president


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November 2017: Thanksgiving

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 10:43 AM


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


This November has truly been a month of Thanksgiving for all of us at Holy Trinity.

We were blessed to have Mark Edwards share with us his wonderful story of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Then we were blessed to get together with 28 members of our Holy Trinity Church Family and have a great night of food, drinks and conversation at the Community Oven in Hampton. It was a fun time and all enjoyed themselves and we can’t wait to do it again. Then on Sunday, we had a great brunch put on by the Stewardship Committee. Just one blessing after another this month.

Now we are preparing for another blessing: The long awaited weekend with our candidate. Saturday, November 18th we can meet him and have an informal greeting and question and answer time. Then Sunday we will be able to worship with him and hear the good news in his sermon. I do hope that you will all be there to meet him and to worship together. Remember there will only be one service on the 19th at 9:30 a.m.

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, think of all the things at Holy Trinity that you are thankful for: Fellowship, friends, beautiful sanctuary and most of all the opportunity to worship. I know as I count my blessings all of these things will be counted but the most important one that I will say thanks for are all the wonderful people of Holy Trinity who have helped me so much during the past two years of transition. It might have been through prayer or your friendly smile or hug on Sunday morning.

You have all and will continue to be a blessing to me.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Martha Belanger

Council President

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October 2017: Good News from the Call Committee

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

It is a new season. Fall has arrived and New Hampshire is full of color. As much as I hate to see summer end, fall is beautiful.  So, too let’s remember that God is good and loving to us in every season.

October is very busy. The call committee has just spent a wonderful weekend with a candidate and his wife. They loved the area and the church and we loved them. The call committee has recommended this pastor to the council. Council is now working with the candidate and I will keep you updated on the progress. Things are optimistic so keep those prayers coming.

Things have been hectic for a long time here at Holy Trinity. We haven’t really taken many breaks or time to relax. With that being said an Adult Fellowship is being planned for November 9th from 6:00-9:00. It will be held at the Community Oven in Hampton on Rte.1. It will include a buffet of salad, Caprese Bites and endless pizza) gluten free pizza will be offered to those who let us know ahead of time. Coffee and soft drinks will be supplied and a cash bar is available for those who want to try the freshly brewed beer. It will be a great time to just sit back, relax and talk to our friends. And the good part is the next day is a holiday so you don’t have to get up to go to work. Well at least those of us who still work. So see myself or Dave Smith for information and to reserve your spot. We are collecting the money ahead of time. We need 20 people at least to hold the event. The deadline is Nov. 2nd to reserve your spot and it is $25.00 a person.

You don’t need to be a couple to attend, this is for everyone. I sure hope you can all make it. It will be nice to do something fun and stress free.

I will keep you updated on the progress of the council and the new candidate.

Please as always keep us in your prayers and get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Blessings to all,

Martha Belanger

Council President

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Call Committee Update September 2017

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

The Call Committee has had two very good interviews via video conference with the most recent candidate presented to us by the Synod for our pastoral vacancy.  The candidate has accepted our invitation to take the next step and visit us in New Hampshire. As mentioned previously, the candidate is presently serving a congregation in the Midwest.  Fortunately, we were able to schedule his visit fairly quickly and he and his wife will travel to New Hampshire three weeks from now to meet with the Call Committee and explore the area.

In addition, the candidate will lead worship and preach on the Sunday he is here at an area Lutheran Church that has agreed to serve as host. It is no small feat to coordinate the schedules of a busy Pastor, all members of the Call Committee and find an area church to serve as host in a short amount of time. We are very thankful for the help and cooperation from many people to help schedule the visit. We will provide additional updates as we advance in the process with this new candidate. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for keeping Holy Trinity and the call process in your prayers.

Mark Beliveau

On behalf of the Call Committee 

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Call Committee Follow-Up for August 2017

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

I am happy to report that last Friday the Synod presented us with a new candidate for our pastoral vacancy. The candidate is presently serving a congregation in the Midwest so the Call Committee will conduct its initial interview by way of video conference. We are grateful to the Synod for continuing to send us experienced candidates whom they believe could be a good fit for Holy Trinity. We will provide additional updates as we advance in the process with this new candidate. Thank you for keeping Holy Trinity and the call process in your prayers.

Mark Beliveau

On behalf of the Call Committee 

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Call Committee Update (August 2017)

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Earlier this summer the Call Committee reported to the congregation that the Synod had presented us with a new candidate for our pastoral vacancy. We were scheduled to interview the candidate later this month. We have recently learned that this candidate has advanced in the call process with another congregation and, therefore, has withdrawn from consideration at Holy Trinity. As you may recall, the Synod now allows pastors and congregations to participate in multiple call opportunities at the same time.  When a candidate advances past a call committee to church council however, that candidate is required to withdraw from all other locations.  This new process has advantages and disadvantages for pastors and congregations and, we have experienced both.

I have spoken separately with Bishop Hazelwood and Pastor Tim Roser, Associate to the Bishop. They both assured me that they are doing everything they can to present Holy Trinity with additional candidates. The Bishop shared, as he had when he met with our congregation, that the demand for experienced pastors is high as a result of a large number of retirements within the clergy ranks. Like Holy Trinity, a number of congregations within the New England Synod are in the call process.

Many of us hoped that by this time we would be welcoming a new pastor. It is challenging, and at times frustrating, to remain patient and hopeful. We are blessed however, to have the strong and dedicated leadership of Pastor George, Pastor Grace the Council and many members. The work of the church and God’s people does stop and start with the departure and arrival of a pastor.  Thank you for remaining faithful.

Please continue to keep Holy Trinity in your prayers. As always, please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or would just like to talk.  As soon as we are presented with a new candidate(s) , we will let you know.

God’s Peace.

Mark Beliveau

On behalf of the Call Committee   

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August 2017: "Be Patient"

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Summer is going by way too fast.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready to keep it around a little longer.  Although we have been enjoying the outdoors and all the wonderful things nature has to offer the church has not slowed down.

July was very busy and August is proving to be just as busy as July. In July we were able to hold a council retreat. As a group we spent a Saturday morning going over goals and looking to the future. The day after the retreat Vacation Bible School started and was quite a success. For any of you who were able to come to VBS or the Wednesday night service it was great to see all the children and adults having fun.

Even though Pastor George is on vacation, Council continued their meetings and trying to organize things for the upcoming year.  Rally Day and God’s Work Our Hands will be held on September 10. The new Faith Formation schedule starts on the 17th. There are lots of things planned for all ages. Don’t forget to check out the calendar and see what is coming up. You just might want to attend one of the activities. Beside all the regular team meetings call committee will be meeting the end of the month.

So even though we are trying to enjoy summer and waiting patiently for a new pastor we are continuing to do God’s work.


You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near.
(James 5:8)

A good motto for Holy Trinity: ” We must be patient, keep our hopes high and the day that a new pastor will arrive is coming. Hopefully that day is near but we must be patient and keep up the good work.”

Have a great rest of the summer and a relaxing and safe Labor Day. Don’t forget on the 10th we will go back to two services.


Martha Belanger

Council President

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"There is Time for Everything"

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

As I left church the other night, after spending four hours on council business, I got into the car and turned on the radio to The Byrds singing “Turn, Turn, Turn”.  How appropriate, we had just had a wonderful devotion on patience and now this song was singing to me Ecclesiastes 3, telling me “There is time for everything”.  I guess that drive home was my time to reflect on the day and all that we had discussed.

The summer may be slow for some people, but church business continues, at least council business.

The Call Committee is setting up a meeting with the new candidate that the synod has sent. It may take us awhile between vacations and summer activities, but we have not abandoned our job.  It is just a struggle juggling all of our schedules.

Some of you may have noticed that we now have two signs directing us to the church. One is behind Walmart and the other is on the entrance into the mall by Texas Roadhouse. Both have the church’s name and an arrow showing you how to find us. Thanks go to Joan Bauer for all her hard work on these signs. Hopefully they will help more people find us.

So, may we all have patience and wait for our time.  May our time come soon enough when a new Pastor will walk through our doors.   Right now, it is our time to search and I know our time to give up the search will come when we have found the right pastor.

May all your travels be safe and bring you back to your Holy Trinity Family.


Martha Belanger

Council President

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Call Committee Update (July 2017)

Posted by Mark Donahue on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

Just to keep everyone updated on the Call Committee, there is not much news to report. We're anxiously awaiting some new candidates from the Synod and we're ready to get back to work.

We are also filling a position on the call committee as one member has left. The other members are all committed and will remain on the committee. Hopefully their work will be done soon. Please continue to keep the call committee and all of our Holy Trinity Family in your prayers. Safe travels for the summer season.

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