Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, October 25, 2020

02 February Tidings 2017

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     February 2017


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            “What do you want from me?”  This is a question that has been asked time and time again….”what do you want from me?”  If you are in a relationship with someone you might ask - what do I need to do for this relationship to work?  If you are employed you might ask – what needs to be done and how do you want me to do it?  But this is also a question that many people ask of God.  “What do you want from me?  What do I need to do to get to heaven?” 

Some people try to please God through following Him.  Others with sacrifice.  Still others with good works.  “What do you want from me, God?”  We recently read one of my favorite passages of Scripture in Micah 6:1-8 where we discover what it is that God wants from us.  For many years I only focused on verse 8 “He has showed you what is good.  What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  But I have expanded my thinking that we have to realize the true blessing that God has for us in verses 1-7 as well.  Here is a short summary of the other things that God wants to share with us:  God has made a covenant with His people, God has brought us up from the land of Egypt and has redeemed You from the house of slavery, He sent prophets to us to show us the way (Moses, Aaron and Miriam), and God has allowed His people to enter the promised land.   All these things God has done for us – all these are reminders are there for us so “that we may know the saving acts of the Lord.” (verse 5).  This is just a small sampling of all the ways God had saved His people.  He had done it all – the people hadn’t had to do anything. And so the people ask – so what do you want me to do?  And they ask – should we offer burnt offerings? Should I give my firstborn?  Is that what the Lord wants?  And the answer comes back – NO!  We notice that what the Lord requires of us aren’t sacrifices at all.  What does the Lord require of us – “TO ACT JUSTLY, AND TO LOVE MERCY AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.”

This is the proper response to God’s saving acts.  This is what God wants us to do – as we receive His mercy and grace – we are called to share it with others.  As we receive His love – we are called to share His love with others.  This was the charge given to God’s people (they were not acting justly, they were not loving mercy, and they were not walking humbly with their God). 

            What does the Lord require of us?  What does the Lord want from us?  When you say it out loud – it doesn’t really seem like much…  DO JUSTICE, LOVE KINDNESS, WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.  And when you really sit down and think about it – you might wonder along with me – “IS THAT IT?”  And God might say in response – “yes, it is that simple.”  But when I think about those words – I soon realize that those words effect every relationship we have – every hour that has been given to us – every decision we make – ever decision we make about the gifts that God has entrusted to us. 

            What does God want from us?  How would you respond?  Justice, kindness, and walking with God.  God’s world needs us to live out these words in our lives.  The world in which we live needs us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.


Blessings for the journey,


Rev. Kevin



Gracious God, we talk often about love, but we have little idea what it really means.  The love we show to others is invariably flawed, corrupted by ulterior motives and self-interest.  We can scarcely begin to fathom the immensity of the love You hold for us; a love that is inexhaustible, awesome in its intensity, and devoted to us beyond measure. 

You came out of love, bringing life, hope and forgiveness.

You came not to condemn but to save, not to judge but to show mercy.

You came willingly enduring darkness for our sakes:  the darkness of loneliness and rejection, of betrayal and denial, of suffering and humiliation, of fear and death, of all our human sinfulness carried on Your shoulders.  Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You, we praise You and we honor You with our very life.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen. 






Sunday afternoons from 2:30-3:30

We are going to have a great Confirmation Class this year.

Kerstin White

Luke Knisely

Kacey Rodland

Jacob Dick

Noah Dunmire

Alexia Finochio


The Confirmands will be encouraged to know the Books of the Bible and they will also participate in a Service project of their own choosing.  They will also participate in the Worship Service on June 11th when they will be brought into the Trinity United Methodist Church family.  Would you pray for these confirmands as they take this important step in their journey of faith?  It is greatly appreciated!





There are 3 Lay Ministry Classes being offered by the Altoona District (Prayer, United Methodist Polity (an overview of the structure and organization of the UMC) and Faith Sharing.  The classes will take place on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th at the Bedford United Methodist Church.  There are registration forms in the back of the Church.




The Education, Outreach and Family Fellowship Ministries will be meeting on February 28th at 7 PM.  The Pastor will designate meeting space for these 3 groups to meet.  They will meet for 30-40 minutes and then we will gather back together to discuss ministry opportunities that need to be shared with each other.  If you have an interest in Education, Outreach and Family Fellowship please plan on attending these meetings.  




Rev. Kevin will be available for visits to your home during the next few months

(he has openings for the afternoon and evening). 

Please contact him at 224-2815 or 224-2186.  This visit would be an informal meeting

(where he would like to know more about you and your family).




            We are still in need of Coordinators for the following Manna Meals (May, June, August and December).  The Coordinator would be responsible for planning the menu, place a sign-up sheet in the back of the church to ask for donations of food (you can be reimbursed for food that you have to purchase as well), and put out a sign-up sheet to ask for cooks, servers and clean-up crew.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Valerie Locker.  If more people do not sign up to host a meal – the meal might have to be cancelled.




MENU:  Ham and Bean Soup, Italian Bread, Cole Slaw, Fruit Cup, Cake


Finances for December

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Income: $51,076.65

Expenses: $32,278.60

Net Income: $18,798.05



Roof Balance as of December 31: $37,909.11




            March 1st – Ash Wednesday – Lent begins


            March 11th – Library Dinner (this is one of the largest dinners that we serve and we need assistance to cook, serve and clean-up).  Please contact Valerie if you would like to help us with the dinner.



            March 24th – the youth of the Church will participate in the Winter Jam that will take place at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.  The Youth will be having some fund raisers to help with the costs of the Winter Jam.  More details will follow.


Men’s Fellowship

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 14th at 6:00pm

Fellowship Hall


If you want to bring your Sweet Heart please sign -up in the back of the sanctuary or let Fred and Jerry know.



The Altoona District HUB is sponsoring a Trip to Sight and Sound on Friday, April 7th and they will be seeing the Play “Jonah”.  The cost is $110 which includes the bus transportation, the cost of the play and a meal at the Good N’ Plenty Restaurant after the show.  It will leave the Lowe’s Parking promptly at 10 AM.  Make checks payable to the “Altoona District VIM” - you can send in a deposit of $55 to hold your seat (all final payments need to be made by March 1st.  **There are no refunds if you cannot make it for any reason.  Contact Marti Shiffler by email at or call her at 946-9412 or you can mail your reservation to Marty Shiffler, 349 Nelson Road, Altoona PA  16601.


February 1 –    1 PM  Dragon Back Packs at Through Inc. in East Freedom

February 4 –    Boy Scout Klondike Derby

            February 5 –    Boy Scout Sunday

            February 8 –    5 PM EPIC

                                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                                    7 PM  Choir Practice

            February 11 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street

            February 12 – Alexandra Kaye Elliott Baptism

1:15 PM  Church Financial Audit (all books need to be turned in to Fred Hetrick)

            February 13 – 12:30-6 PM  Red Cross Blood Drive

            February 14 – Men’s Fellowship Dinner 

            February 15 – 5 PM  EPIC

                                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                                    7 PM  Choir Practice

            February 22 - 5 PM  EPIC

                                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                                    7 PM  Choir Practice

            February 25 – 5-8 PM  Boy Scout’s Blue and Gold Banquet

                                    (The Boy Scouts have invited the Church family to join them)

            February 27 – 12 -1 PM  Manna on Monday

            February 28 – 5-6:30 PM Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

                                   7 PM  Education, Outreach and Family Fellowship Meetings



OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Pastor Bob VanNatta and family, Jane Elliott’s family, Pastor Rick Horner (heart issues), Rev. Paul Marsden (blood clot in his stomach, in Hospice care), Lois Ann Glass (shingles), Luke Knisely (broken collarbone), Bishop Park and the Cabinet as they consider pastoral appointments.   



Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28

Trinity United Methodist Church

Fellowship Hall

 Everyone Welcome! Donations Accepted.