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

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     April 2017

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            It is hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner.  I am sitting here in my office today and I am looking at the 8 inches of snow that came with the nor’easter overnight.  It just doesn’t seem possible that Easter 33 days away.  But the more that I thought about it – with so much going on in our lives it may be easy for some people to see Easter as just another holiday, another family dinner, or another harbinger of spring.  Easter was never meant to be just a spiritual bump on the road to self-fulfillment but it was meant to be a whole new road for us to travel.

            Easter is the perfect time to rethink the road that we are on, where it’s leading, and whether it’s where we want to go.  We are all natural born travelers, but since we’re not homing pigeons, we don’t have a natural sense of direction or internal GPS.  We all realize that we are moving through stages in our lives, but there are those days when we are just not sure we know where we are or where we are going.  Easter is a signpost inviting us to get our bearings and travel a new way to a new place to live a new kind of life. 

Jesus travelled through the wilderness, through the Last Supper and even wanted to have prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with some of His disciples.  Jesus went to the cross and was willing to suffer and die for us – so that we might know the joy of everlasting life.  What a blessing that is for each one of us!  But I want to share with you today that Jesus, as He travelled all the way to the Cross – He gave us some clues of what to expect along the way.

In 30 years of ministry I have always realized that it is important to celebrate Palm Sunday (while some Pastors may use that Sunday to focus on the Passion of Christ – where they focus solely on Communion and His suffering and death.  But it has always been important for me (and so I hope that I convey the joy of walking the steps to the Upper Room – to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ – but that we also experience walk those steps to the cross and think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the Cross).  Because when we experience this (year in and year out) – we realize that Easter is nothing less than miraculous.  Easter is Jesus’ story and His invitation to experience life as it greatest potential.  As a Church community we are committed to travel the road God has prepared for us, share the joys and burdens which are common for brothers and sisters in Christ, and that we spend time to marvel at the wonders and surprises that lie ahead.  Easter is a defining moment in our lives and we must travel the road that leads straight to the Cross.  Jesus volunteered to feel the consequence of our sin.  The greatest pain of the Cross was the pain of sin.  Jesus didn’t deserve to feel the shame, but He felt it.  He didn’t deserve the humiliation, but He experienced it.  He had never sinned, yet was treated like a sinner.  All the guilt, remorse, and embarrassment – Jesus understands it.  Holy Week is an opportunity for us to realize the significance that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet He did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of GRACE with confidence, so that we may receive MERCY and find GRACE to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16)

We recently shared the importance in our Confirmation Class what it means for Jesus to be 100% human and 100% divine.  Because Jesus is human He understands us.  Because He is divine He can be loving, compassionate and gracious to us.  Holy Week and Easter is our invitation to discover a whole new way of living.  Jesus entered our world so that we could enter His.  Heaven’s gates are opened wide – Hallelujah!  I hope that you will join with other brothers and sisters as we travel the steps that lead from the Cross to Eternity.  

  

Blessings for the journey,

             

Rev. Kevin

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Glenn Detwiler (as he prepares for surgery), Bishop Felton May family, the joy of uniting Pastor Kevin’s Son and Daughter-in-law in marriage.  (Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting a child in late July and they have been told that the left side of his heart is not developing the way that he should – so can you keep this baby in your prayers as they already know that he will require 3-4 surgeries at Boston Children’s Hospital in July).  Your prayers are greatly appreciated.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE A VISIT FROM THE PASTOR?

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

(he has openings for the afternoon and evening)

This visit would be an informal meeting.

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

 

Please contact him at 224-2815 or 224-2186.

 

 

Highlights of our recent Education and Family Fellowship Discussion

 

Education – Carissa is planning on taking a group to Creation (a Christian Youth Concert in Mount Union) from June 28-July 2.  Youth from our Church can participate in Mission opportunities along with the Youth from 1st United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg and these opportunities will be here in the Altoona Area (so youth can participate in 1-6 days if they would like).  If there are youth who know that they would like to attend the Creation Festival or participate in the Mission Work here in Altoona please contact Carissa and let her know of your interest. Carissa will be setting a date for our Vacation Bible School shortly so please watch your bulletins for that information.  

 

 

Family Fellowship – we are planning several Family Fellowship events for the upcoming months.  We are hoping to have a Church Service out at Shawnee Park sometime in June where we will have a worship Service and then have a picnic lunch immediately following the Service.  We are contact Marty Walters to see if he can come out and we will have a Musical Concert along with an Ice Cream Social or a Strawberry Social sometime in June.  We are hoping to have 2 Fellowship Hours after 2 Sunday services in August (and we are calling them “Lemonade on the Corner” where we will be having Lemonade and cookies.  Plans are underway to have a block party at the conclusion of our Summer Lunch Program (we are hoping to invite “The Gathering” to share music and we are still planning on having the bounce house and climbing wall.  We will also have food available (which will consist of all the favorite Summer Lunch meals (Maxi-cheese sticks, Walking Tacos and hamburgers.  We are also checking with Greene Hills where we plan to kayak and canoe and open the pool (during the afternoon) and then having a Picnic Dinner in the evening.  These will be great opportunities for the congregation to come together.  

 

February’s Finances:

Income:       $10,466.45

Expenses:    $14,038.96

 

          Net Loss:    -$3,572.51

 

Order your Easter Lilies Now

Lilies may be placed at the altar in honor or memory of loved ones at Easter. The lilies will be ordered by the church and will be delivered to the sanctuary on April 14th. They will be enjoyed in the sanctuary on April 16th. They may be picked up after worship on Easter Sunday. The Price of a 6.5” pot – 1 Bulb will be $7.20. If you wish to place an Easter Lily, please complete the form found in your bulletin each week or on the table in the sanctuary and return it to the church office with your payment no later than April 3rd. Checks should be made payable to TUMC.

 

Are you graduating in the Spring of 2017? Or did you graduate in December 2016?

If so, we would like to invite you to our Graduate’s Breakfast. Our Graduate

breakfast is tentatively scheduled for May 21 or June 4.

Please contact the office: 224-2815 or talk to Fred.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

When: Saturday, April 1     5:00PM

Where: Roaring Spring Lions Shawnee Park

Cost:  Adults $8, Ages 5-11 $4, 4 & Under Free

 

Ham Pot Pie Dinner

When: Sunday, May 14    11AM-2PM

Where: Roaring Spring Lions Shawnee Park

Cost:  Adults $8, Ages 5-11 $4, 4 & Under Free

 

The Blair Concert Chorale presents

 

PIPE DREAMS

songs for choir & pipe organ

 

featuring special guest organist

NICHOLAS J. WILLS

 

Saturday, April 1

7:30 P.M.

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Catholic Church

806 11th Street, Altoona

 

$15 adults

$8 students

General Admission tickets available at Thompson Pharmacy

Hollidaysburg & Chestnut Ave.

Online:

 

BCCpipedreams.eventbrite.com

 

 

Summer Lunch Meeting – March 29 @ 4:30pm: Cooks and Supervisors should be present.

 

Women’s Fellowship will be meeting at Roots in the Cove

this month. This annual flower planting activity has been a

favorite by the women in this group. Join the ladies on

Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00 for a fun evening followed by

refreshments at the church. Please let Alta know you are

 

  coming by signing up. Thanks!

 

PRAYER FOR APRIL

            Lord Jesus, You did not take the easy way as we would have done:  the path of popular acclaim, of least resistance.  You took the right way:  the way of truth, love and compassion, and You followed it faithfully, knowingly, undeterred by the consequences, intent on serving others rather than Yourself.  As we remember Your triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we are reminded of how easy it would have been for You to take the easy option, to follow the way of the world.  With the shouts of welcome still ringing in Your ears, the hosannas of the crowd still fresh in Your memory, it must have been so tempting to give them what they wanted, to be the kind of Messiah they hoped You would be. 

     You knew where that journey was leading right from the very start, and You did Your best to ensure that Your disciples understood that too.  Yet they either couldn’t believe, or wouldn’t believe, what You were trying to tell them. 

     Forgive us that all too often we refuse to accept what we don’t want to hear.  Forgive us that we prefer to focus on the rewards of Discipleship rather than the cost. 

 

     Help us today to learn from Your determination to complete the course and, in turn, to run faithfully the race set before us, looking to You, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith in whose name we pray.  Amen.