Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Monday, October 19, 2020

01 January Tidings 2017

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     January 2017


Dear Trinity Church family,

            As I reflect on this past year of ministry, I am so thankful for the ways your gifts made a difference in our Church, our Community, and in our world.  Because you gave one of these things were made possible:  **We were able to share Manna Meals on Saturday evenings and Monday lunches, **We were able to faithfully serve over 5,000 meals with our Summer Lunch Program, **We were able to support Angel Tree Ministry, **We were able to give 38 gifts to the children at the Mechanicsburg Children’s Home, **We were able to pay off $28,000 of our Roof Debt, **The Parking lot was repaved and enlarged, **We were able to repair the Sanctuary Ceiling, **We have averaged 30 children for our Wednesday night program (and they even asked if we could continue EPIC for another month), **Children and Youth participated in a Mission Trip to Bloomsburg, **Our youth attended the Creation Christian Music Festival for the first time,  **Our choir gets to make music, **We support the Food Bank regularly, **Our Church office is staffed and ready to meet the needs of Church members, **Boy Scouts have a place to meet, **We regularly meet with the shut-ins and take communion out to them, **We have a place to sing together, pray together, and learn together each week, **We’ve hosted funerals for 8 shut-in families this year, including a meal for the family, **Volunteers have worked and gifts were collected for the Altoona Hub of Mission Central, **We helped to assemble backpacks of food through the Scarlet Dragon Packs which share food in Martinsburg and Roaring Spring, **Rev. Kevin visits the sick and homebound in our community, **The children and youth of our congregation can learn about Jesus in Sunday School, **We continue to support many local benevolences in our surrounding communities, **We have shed tears together, laughed together, had fun and fellowship at “Fun” Raising activities, and we continue to share the love of Jesus Christ as we continue to feed people physically, emotionally and spiritually.  We are truly blessed as a Church family and we look forward to the ways in which God will guide and direct us into His bright future.  Thanks for reading the whole list.  It makes you realize what a difference we can make when God uses our efforts for His purposes.  Thank you for giving so that each of these (and so many more) ministries are made possible.  I hope you are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. 


Blessings for the journey,


Rev. Kevin




OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Doris Ferry, Pastor Bob VanNatta and family, Jane Elliott, Marg Bradley.



Lord Jesus, You were born so that You might die.  You took on our humanity so that You might experience also our mortality.  Only through identifying Yourself so totally with us could You bridge the gap that separates us from God.  You showed us the way of love, and You followed it through to the end.  You proclaimed forgiveness, and You paid the price to make it possible. 


Teach us that Your love will never let us go, and so help us to make our response and to bring our lives to You in joyful honor and praise, knowing that You will continue to lead us until our journey’s end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.          




Rev. Kevin and Valerie will be going to Colorado to visit their son and granddaughters from December 27 – January 5th.  Rev. John Mackey from the Claysburg Charge will be taking Rev. Kevin’s emergency calls.  Please call Rev. Mackey at 239-2120.






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Trinity Church has adopted a Simple Structure of their Administrative Council at their recent Charge Conference Meeting in October.  As a part of that Simple Structure we hope to stream line more of the decision making process within the Church in the hope that it will free up more people to do what we are called to do (in serving the Lord Jesus Christ).  It should free us up for Mission and Ministry.  We are asking you to pray for the newly elected people who represent our Simple Structure:  Fred Hetrick, Norm Hostetter, Amy Knisely, JoEllen Mingle, Chris Hinton, Jerry Green, Dee Hite, Neil Gartland, Sandy Elliott, LuAnn Irvin, and Jason Dick.  We will care for the financial needs, Staff/Parish Relations needs and the Trustees needs of the Church.  The meeting will be open to everyone in the Church who would like to attend (except for the Staff Parish Relations portion of the meeting – which we will save for the end of the meeting).  These meetings will take place every other month and they will meet on January 24, March 28, May 23, July 25, September 26, an November 28. 

          The other aspects of the Church (Worship, Christian Education, Outreach and Family Fellowship) will then meet on the opposite months (where they will meet in 4 separate areas for about 30 minutes or so to discuss things that their particular ministry area will care for – and then we will get together to discuss what each group is planning on doing – so that more people can be involved in the mission and ministry of the Church).  These groups will meet:  February 28, April 25, June 27, August 22, October 24.  All 4 of these groups will then send a short report to the Administrative Board so that we all can continue to grow in our Faith and serve our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We are going to need more people to step forward to address the ongoing mission and ministry of the Church and participate in one of these areas.  We hope that you would be willing to give of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness as we embark on this new journey.  



          As of December 15th – we had received $35,285 and our expenses were $21,470.  The Finance Committee decided at the beginning of 2016 that we would try to pay ahead on our “Shares of Ministry” and that really helped us significantly.  We were able to pay our Shares in full by December 1st which has not been done in a very long time.  We also would like to report that we took out a loan for the Roof a little over a year ago for $65,000 and as of December 15th we owe $37,000.  We did receive Christmas Gifts for the Roof Fund and we received $615.  All of the money that is given throughout the year for our Roof Fund goes along with our monthly payment which helps to bring down our overall debt.  If anyone wishes to give a donation for the Roof Fund at any time of the year – they can just send a check to the Church and please note on the envelope or on your check “ROOF FUND”.  We noted all of the things that we were able to accomplish in 2016…..and I hope that you realize that because of your generous giving – we were able to accomplish all of these things – and as always – we come back to give God the Glory – the Honor – and the Praise.  God is doing great things through the mission and ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church.  





The children and youth of our Sunday School presented “A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT” which was truly a memorable service. We have some future actors and actresses within our congregation because all of them read very well.  The play shared how the shepherds and the kings celebrated the Good News of Jesus Christ.  They invited the Church for a Coffee Fellowship up in the newly remodeled Youth Room and there were many people that came up to enjoy the cookies and hot chocolate that they wanted to share with us. 


The Wednesday Night “EPIC” Program shared Jesus’ Birthday this year (which was a worship service that Rev. Donald Shafer designed many years ago).  We also had the joy of Christmas Caroling at the Greystone (where the children took cookies that they had made and hot chocolate as well).  We had very memorable moments!



Rev. Kevin will be starting a Confirmation Class at the end of January or the beginning of February.  If you have a young person who would like to join the Church and is at least 12 years old – please let the Pastor know of their interest.  Would you also share what is the best meeting time for the young people (Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon).  This will be a 10-12 week class.  Please contact the Church Office before January 8th to sign up and let us know which day best suits your schedules.




There was a green, self-addressed stamped postcard in last month’s newsletter, asking if you would like to receive your newsletter by mail or if you would rather read it online at Many postcards were returned, but quite a few did not make it back. Please take the time to return your postcard or call the office and let me know how you would like me to handle your newsletter. To anyone that I do not hear from, you will no longer receive a newsletter after this month.


*Please remember to include your name on the postcard – I received a few without names. If you were one without a name please contact me at the office. 224-2815




We wish to thank everyone who participated in the ANGEL TREE MINISTRY.  We were able to bring Christmas gifts to 134 children in the surrounding communities and the families were so appreciative of our generosity.  Both the Ladies’ Fellowship and the Men’s Fellowship had “Fun” raising events and there were several gifts to help defray the costs for the gifts that we had to supplement as well.   First Church of the Brethren made Christmas cookies for each child. So, we were truly blessed to be a blessing to a child (who woke up Christmas morning to a whole host of Christmas Joy – because of our giving).   



LIVE NATIVITY – Our Live Nativity was a big success again this year.  We made this available on 2 nights and on one of the nights that we had our Manna Meal we encouraged the people to venture up into the Sanctuary for cookies, hot chocolate and hot tea.  We also had the joy of displaying several families Nativity Sets and people were able to realize the true reason we celebrate this Holy Season.


A note from the Roaring Spring Food Pantry:

Due to the blessings and generosity of the multiple food drives in the last month we are pleased to announce that we Do Not need any Soup or Vegetables at this time.

We are in need of Cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies, Raisin Bran, Oat Cereals, Generic Versions are fine)


Thanks to everyone for all the donations that we have received.




January 4 – 5 PM EPIC resumes

6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

          No Senior Choir Practice

January 8 – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

January 9 – 9 AM  Many hands are needed to help take down our Christmas


January 10 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

January 11 – 5 PM  EPIC

                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                    7 PM  Choir Practice

January 14 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street Dinner

January 15 – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

January 18 – 5 PM  EPIC

                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                    7 PM  Choir Practice

January 20-21  Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby at Trinity Church

January 22 – 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

January 23 – 12:00-1:00 Manna on Monday

January 24 – 7 PM  Administrative Council Meeting

January 25 – 5 PM  EPIC

                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                    7 PM  Choir Practice


January 29 – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany