Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

04 April Tidings 2016

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     April 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

                It seems like my work is never done.  Have you ever felt that way?  As I sit to write this letter it is Easter Monday – it seems like the past several months have just been one thing after another (I can still remember my shock when someone said to me after the Christmas Eve Service – “boy Pastor, do you know how early Easter is going to be this year?”)  At that time I thought I had almost everything completed on my “TO DO LIST” and I got up the next morning to start another list. 

                Easter is a time for us to stop and remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and to rejoice in His victory over the grave.  It is a time to put the focus on God’s finished work of GRACE.  In John 19:30 we read Jesus last words on the cross, “It is finished.”  Hebrews 10:13-14 it defines the work that Jesus Christ has done for us “It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people.  By that single offering, He did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.”  And we cannot forget the words that Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:7 “because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross – we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.”  God’s work was finished that first Easter.  And because of that we all are the recipients of forgiveness and given the gift of Everlasting Life.  Everything that was necessary for us to receive eternal and abundant life has been completed, done, finished! 

                Like I said before – there are many things in my life that are NOT finished.  There are many days I go to bed with my “TO DO LIST” not completed and I wake up to an ever longer list in the morning.  I can remember back to the day when I knew that I would never catch up.  Valerie and I were coming home from our very first Mission Trip and we were running ahead of schedule.  As we pulled into the Church parking lot my mind began to spin – what would I do with all this extra time?  I quickly formulated a plan – we could unpack our bags, get a quick nap, and then go see a new movie, and then have time for a relaxing dinner.  It was going to be great I thought.

                As we were unloading the car, someone stopped by and they needed to talk…my response was “sure, I have plenty of time.”  We went to my office to talk and it turned out to be a long conversation.  At some point I glanced out the window and I noticed the sun was setting.  The conversation was a good one – but it was dark when I left the Church.  I ran out and got some fast food for dinner.  There was no movie, no relaxed family time and I can’t remember if we even unpacked that night.  From that day forward I have never felt done at the end of the day.  There is always something else to do, a new crisis, a new project, and some new conversation that must be added to everything I know I need to do before today is done. 

                I like being busy, but I also like the feeling of being done.  In my life that doesn’t happen often.  There always seems to be something more to do. My greatest fear is that when all is said and done I will have not done enough.

                But the Good News of Easter is that when it comes to the gift of Salvation and my home in Heaven – everything that is needed has already been done.  It was all done on the Cross and through that open tomb it was personally done for you and me.  When I lay my head down tonight I can know that nothing more is needed, because after that first Easter was finished, my future was secure! 

                Brothers and sisters in Christ – there are people all around us who are desperately trying to do more just to secure their place in Heaven.  They do not know all that Jesus has done for them.  Easter is a time to retell the story of God’s gift to everyone through the life and death of Jesus Christ.  There is someone in your life that needs to hear a message of hope and to know that the work is finished – and heaven can be their home.  Will you join with me in telling the story of hope and eternity? 

                 

 In His Love

                 

Rev. Kevin

 

PRAYER FOR APRIL

 

          Gracious God, we mistakenly think sometimes of Your Kingdom in terms of the distant future – a time and a place yet to come – but You make it plain in the teaching of Jesus that it is already present and that You want each of us to commit ourselves to helping it grow here on earth.  Inspire us through all those who have had sufficient faith and dedication to attempt to do just that, catching a vision of what life can be, and striving to translate that vision into reality.  Help us to learn from them and to understand that You are at work in this world.  Teach us faithfully to offer our service and to work so far as we can to see Your will done and Your Kingdom come in all its glory.  We ask it through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

 

                Carissa Blair is putting together some thoughts for some of the children/youth of our Church to participate in Creation (which is a Christian music festival that takes place every year at the Agape Farm in Mt. Union, PA) on June 29-July 3.   She is also making some plans for July 24-July 29 for some of our Youth to participate in a Mission Trip this summer.  Since Carissa has a lot of ties through 1st United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg we will be coordinating some of our efforts together so that we can offer these opportunities to our children and youth as well.  If your child would like to participate in these events please contact Carissa.  **There may be an age requirement and a $100 fee for the trips but Carissa will have all of that information. 

 

                **We also need to thank Carissa and the youth who led worship for Palm Sunday this year.  They did a wonderful job – this is the Church of today…and we rejoice!  We have a great group of youth who are stepping forward and they are willing to share their God given talents with us – please make sure that you thank them for a job well done.  Did you happen to notice that one of our youth even spoke with an Australian accent during the Palm Sunday Service?  We have a talented group of young people.  They may have to share their talents with us again…. would you like to see that happen?

ACOLYTE COORDINATOR NEEDED

 

We are in need of an Acolyte Coordinator.  If you are interested in holding this position please contact Rev. Kev.  The Coordinator must acquire a list of children, set up a calendar for when they would serve as acolyte, and train them (along with the Pastor’s assistance).

 

PRAISE!  PRAISE!  PRAISE!

 

Rev. Kevin would like to share with you a great blessing that was given to us in the EPIC program.  We have had a few children from our EPIC program that were so disappointed that the EPIC program would stop at the end of March and they went to all the adults and asked if EPIC could continue for another month.  Isn’t that a blessing?  We have realized the blessing of offering this program to the children and youth of our community and they have responded well.  Since we have hired our Children/Youth Director we have had a steady number of participants – and they have received so much blessing from it that they wanted to see the program continue for 1 more month.  We will be changing our format for the last month – we will only be having 1 class (since there are a great many of the older youth who will be participating in spring sports).  We will be extending the War Room (Prayer) Discussion in the Memorial Room and will be offering a meal as well.

 

We wanted to keep you updated on the progress of the Roof Fund.  We took out a loan for $65,000 and we currently owe $51,000.  We have been making great strides of paying down the debt.  If you wish to make a charitable contribution to the Roof Fund they are greatly appreciated as well.  This is the only loan that we have and we have remained current on our “shares of Ministry” and heating costs during the winter.  We wish to thank everyone who has assisted us in paying down the debt.  We will probably be having a Spaghetti Dinner and Apple Dumpling sale soon.

 

February 

Income:         $12,182.90

Expenses:     $27,555.35

 Net Loss:       $15,372.45

 

Manna on Main Street - April 9th: Meat Loaf, Haluski, Peas & Carrots, Rolls and Eclaire Cake.

 

Manna on Monday – April 25th: Hot Turkey Sandwiches with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw and Brownies.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars

APRIL 17th

            Bishop Park is coming and will be preaching and offering Communion to us.  He will also sharing a Renewal of Wedding Vows during the morning worship. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for 1 year or even 50 years – you will be given the opportunity to renew your wedding vows.  Rev. Kevin has done this in another Church and the couples lined up across the front of the Church and even went down the sides of the Church – and we will be renewing our wedding vows together as a group.  Rev. Kevin and Valerie will be celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary on April 5th – and the Locker’s are encouraging other couples to participate in the Vow Renewal portion of the Service (If you are planning on participating in this – will you please tell the Pastor that you plan on sharing in this). 

 

APRIL 23rd

 

            We are having a Yard Sale on April 23rd from 8 AM to 1 PM at the Church.  We are asking people to give a Free Will Offering for the items that they would like to purchase.  This might be a great time to do some Spring Cleaning and you can bring down items starting on April 18th and you can just place them in the Fellowship Hall.  There is a small storage space available on the stage if people want to bring their treasures and place them ahead of time.  All of the proceeds will be going to the Roof Fund (this will be above and beyond our normal monthly payment).  

 

 

APRIL 23rd

      The Trustees have set up a Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 23rd at 9:30AM.  We will be cleaning up all tree limbs and debris that might have collected over the winter months.  Please plan on joining us and always remember “many hands make light work.”

 

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Evan Glass (Deployed to Iraq), Doris Ferry, Sandy Anderson, Don and Peg Steele, Betty Price (who is a patient at Conemaugh Medical Center – Lee Campus), Cheryl Treese (stem cell replacement), Sondra Detwiler, Donna Porter (heart problems), Pastor Bob VanNatta (loss of blood), Lorie Davis, Central Mock Trial Team (participating in State Competition this weekend)

 

PRAISE GOD FOR THE GIFT OF PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE MUSIC DURING LENT AND EASTER!

 

Have you thanked a Musician recently?  We do not do that often enough.  Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for their time and talent that they put in to making our Worship Services complete.  Doug Mingle did a magnificent job in putting together “The Shadow of the Cross” on Maundy Thursday.  Thank you choir for the extra time and energy that you shared in making that happen as well!  Thank you Ralph Grove for your enthusiasm and for all the extra hours in making sure that you provide special music throughout our Lenten journey.  All of our musicians enhance our Worship services and please know that you are appreciated!  Thank you for sharing your talents with the whole congregation.  

 

Special Music needed for May 8th

 

If anyone knows of anyone who would like to provide special music on May 8th - Mother's Day please let the Pastor know.  That would be greatly appreciated.

 

CRU 10 Week Mission Trip

Morgan Ebersole along with other college students will head to New Hampshire at the end of May to spend the summer. She has gotten a wonderful response from her letter in last months newsletter, but she is still in need of donations to make this trip happen. If you wish to donate, it can be done online at https://give.cru.org/0827295 or a check made payable to CRU and given to the church office. Thank you to everyone who has supported Morgan with this wonderful opportunity!!

 

How many college students do you know who want to spend their summer working full time and best of all sharing the word of God?

 

April

             April 1 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            April 3 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

            April 4 – 7 PM  12 Unlikely Heroes Discussion at Parsonage

            April 6 – 5 PM  EPIC

                           5 PM  “War Room” Prayer Discussion in Memorial Room

                           6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                           7 PM  Education Committee Meeting

                           7 PM  Choir Practice

            April 8 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            April 9 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street (Meatloaf, haluski, peas/carrots)

            April 10 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

            April 11 – 7 PM  12 Unlikely Heroes Discussion at Parsonage

            April 12 – 6 PM Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            April 13 - 5 PM  EPIC

                           5 PM  “War Room” Prayer Discussion in Memorial Room

                           6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                           7 PM  Choir Practice

            April 14 – 6 PM  Women’s Fellowship will meet at Root’s in the Cove

                           (They will come back to the Church for light refreshments)

            April 15 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            April 17 – 4th Sunday of Easter

                           BISHOP IS COMING TO TRINITY UMC. 

                           11:30 AM  LUNCH WITH THE BISHOP

            April 18 – 7 PM  12 Unlikely Heroes Discussion at Parsonage

            April 20 - 5 PM  EPIC

                           5 PM  “War Room” Prayer Discussion in Memorial Room

                           6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                           7 PM  Choir Practice

            April 21 – 7 PM  Staff/Parish Relations Committee Meeting in Pastor’s Office

            April 22 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            April 23 – 8 AM – 1 PM  Church Yard Sale (Proceeds to go to the Roof Fund)

                           9:30 AM  Spring Clean-up around exterior of Church and Parsonage

            April 24 – 5th Sunday of Easter

            April 25 – 12-1 Manna on Monday

                           7 PM  12 Unlikely Heroes Discussion at Parsonage

            April 27 - 5 PM  EPIC

                           5 PM  “War Room” Prayer Discussion in Memorial Room

                           6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                           7 PM  Choir Practice

 

            April 29 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest