Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     June-August 2018

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

               What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  What would we do as a Church if we weren’t afraid?  It might sound like a cliché question but maybe it is cliché because it is true. Fear has a way of stopping us dead in our tracks. Fear has a way of keeping us standing still (frightened and afraid) because that unknown place is outside of our comfort zone.  We might think that the future is unpredictable and scary – so I will just stay where I am paralyzed with all of my fears.

            One of the most frequent requests that God and God’s messengers have given to us in God’s Word is “FEAR NOT.”  Fear is one of those things that gets in the way as we travel down this journey of faith.  Fear is one of those things that keeps us from experiencing the fullness of who God is, how God is moving in our lives, and who God is calling us to be.

            When God called Moses out of his comfort zone at the Burning Bush, Moses’ first response was fear: fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of how people might react, fear of the unknown.  And so, because of his fear, Moses begs with God to please send someone else (so that Moses can keep living his quiet and comfortable life).

            But we know what happens – don’t we?  God calls Moses to live beyond his fears, recognizing that these are indeed scary things but that God will be there with Moses (walking with him every step along the way). When the Israelites heard Moses speak about what God was going to do, they too responded with fear. They wanted freedom so much – but the risk and uncertainty was frightening. And so they sat still – paralyzed because of their fear.

            That is just example of the countless stories from the scripture where God’s people experienced fear and how God was calling them beyond their fear. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fear is a reality of life and something that we all have in common. We all meet and experience fear on a daily basis, whether we are aware of it or not. And that fear impacts the way we live out our life of faith (we sit still – or we get up and take the next faithful step). Fear can be good in a few ways however. Healthy fears of heights, for example, can keep us from accidentally falling off high places. But often our fears impact our actions and our thoughts in unhealthy ways. Our fears can cause us to box ourselves in or keep us standing still.  What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  What would we be able to do as a Church if we weren’t afraid?

            And so I wonder, maybe through those hundreds of times that God asks us to “fear not” God may not be asking us to do the impossible and life completely without fears. Do you think that it is possible that God might be asking us to decide what we will do with our fears, to decide if we will let them hold us back or will we be able to hear the call of God to follow Jesus into the unknown, surrounded by God’s loving care? What will we be able to do as a Church as we face our fears head on? This is a question that helps us open our hearts to hear how God might gently nudging and calling every last one of us. If we weren’t afraid – maybe we will reach out to stranger. If we weren’t afraid – maybe we would tell someone about our faith and share with others just how much God has been working in our lives. If we weren’t afraid – maybe God might call us to do something new in mission or in ministry. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

            Blessings for the journey!

 

Rev Kevin

 

 

A SUMMER PRAYER

             Lord Jesus, we are not good at letting go of the past. There are times when we need to move on in life; to take a step forward in faith if we are ever truly will grow. We prefer the security of the familiar, the comfort of that which does not strength or challenge us, and we are wary of the prospect of change, afraid that it might ask more of us than we are willing to give. We are not good at letting go of the old and putting on the new, at turning away from our former way of life and sharing our hesitancy with the Lord. We are reluctant to abandon old habits, fearful about what other people might think of us, and being unwilling to deny ourselves the pleasures of this world for the promises of the world to come. So we try to keep a foot in both camps, to combine the old self with the new. We think we can balance the two, but, of course, we can’t. We have learned this time and time again Lord. The result is that we compromise both and embrace neither.

          Help us to understand this, while the old has its place, there are some areas in life where a complete break is needed, a turning away from what has been, before we are ready to receive what shall be. Lord Jesus, You want to work within us (both individually and as a Church) – give us courage to trust You completely so that You may refashion our lives to Your glory. We ask all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Summer Calendar

            June 12 – 6 Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            June 17 – Father’s Day

            June 18 – Last Day to order blueberries

            June 18-21 – 1 to 3 PM Vacation Bible School “Arts Camp” immediately

                            following Summer Lunch

            June 25-30 Creation Festival in Mt Union (5 people from our Church will attend)

            July 4 – Independence Day

            July 5 – Blueberry pick up in IHS class

            July 10 – 6 Men’s Fellowship

            July 14 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street

            July 24 – 7 Administrative Council Meeting

            July 29 – Hymn Sing

                        10:45 Education Committee Meeting

            August 3-5 Spring Dam Weekend

            August 4 – 2 to 6 Community Picnic at Spring Dam

            August 5 – 9:30 Ministerium Worship at Spring Dam

            August 11 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street

            August 14 – 6 Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            August 16 – Last day of Summer Lunch

            August 20 – Red Cross Blood Drive

 

 

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Richard Butler, Doris Ferry, Laurel Mingle (Chemo treatment), Christian Spielhagen (Rev. Kevin and Valerie’s Grandson on Heart Transplant list), Ruth Imler, Jim Hamm, Alina Rusnak (no active cancer), Marg Bradley

 

 
 

These items are the items in which we are very low at this time (Highest need Cereal, Pancake Mix, Spaghetti Sauce).

1) Cereal 2) Rice 3) Pancake Mix (boxes) 4) Jelly 5) Oatmeal (Boxes or Circular Containers) 6) Spaghetti Sauce

Due to the generosity of the community we are pleased to announce that we Do Not need any Ramen Noodles,  Soup or Vegetables at this time. Thanks to everyone for all the donations that we have received.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SUMMER LUNCH

 
 

 

Our Summer Lunch Program started on June 6.  We have 10 meals that seem to be the favorite meals that the children from the Community like and we will rotate those 10 meals throughout the Summer. We are encouraging people who have gardens to think about us and if you have a bumper crop of fresh vegetables won’t you consider donating some items to us? We are always looking for donations of fresh fruit and vegetables, and cookies or cupcakes. You can bring your donations into the Church kitchen. We have a few more people from the community who will be helping us this summer along with all of our regular helpers as well. God continues to bless us so that we can bless the community around us.

 

 

 

           
 

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

 
 
   

Financial News

 

Income: $12,158

Expenses: $14,759

 

 
     

Roof Fund

 

Balance$13,200

 

 
 
 

 

 

 


August 20, 2018

Trinity United Methodist Church

12:30-6:00

Help us reach our goal of 22 units of blood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TRUSTEES NEWS

            We have accomplished the following over the last few months: painted the entrance way through the stairwell on the Post Office Entrance, new electrical outlet in Fellowship Hall for Summer Lunch freezer and refrigerator, several bricks were cleaned up and new cement was added along the Church Office side of the Church. They are also going to put a sealant on the bricks to help with the salt that is spread on the driveway during the winter months.  Stiffler Masonary also cemented the stone wall pillar that was crumbling as well (at no additional charge to the Church). The Cub Scouts pulled all the weeds around the Church and they were so energetic that they decided to do the parsonage as well.  They were really eager to do the work for us and we are so happy that they took on this service project.

 

 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS UPDATE

            The 5th Window is about ready to come back and we are probably about 1/5th of the way to completing the project. We had a Yard Sale and Penny Challenge as “Fun Raisers” and we were able to raise more than ½ of the cost for a new window. There are a few “Fun Raisers” still in the discussion phase but if you have an idea and would like to coordinate our next event please contact the Pastor as soon as possible.

 

 

       
 
 
   

Our Ministry Team is always looking for volunteers for Sunday mornings, We could always use folks as greeters at the doors, sitters for the nursery and servers for communion. Liturgists are needed to read the scripture lesson and some youth are needed to light the candles. If this is something you or your children would not mind helping with every few weeks please let the coordinators know. The coordinators for each job are listed on the back of the bulletin each week.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!!

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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Baseball BatTake me out to the ballgame…

ARE YOU WILLING TO ORGANIZE 2 FAITH NIGHTS AT THE ALTOONA CURVE BASEBALL GAME?

 

 

 

 

They are having 2 “Faith Nights” at the Altoona Curve (June 17 and August 12). Would someone like to organize 1 or both of these events? You would be responsible for taking the order for tickets and then purchasing the tickets too.  If you would like to coordinate this event please contact Rev. Kevin.

           

 

  

 


Morrisons Cove Memorial Park and the YMCA are seeking financial assistance

Tea/Tour – Sunday, June 24

Cindy Schaper has kindly offered to open her home to raise money for our church’s stain glass window fund. She will be offering tea (hot & cold), scones and other sweets, along with a tour and some history of her beautiful home. This unique event will run every hour from 1:00-5:00. Each hour she will accept 10-12 people at a time. There is a sign-up sheet available so you can reserve your time. Anyone from the community is welcome to join you on this tour. Adults will be $10 and Children $5. Cindy’s house is located at 715 Spang Street in Roaring Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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            These 2 organizations within our Community are seeking financial assistance for various projects.  The Memorial Park is looking to install 2 new pool heaters, new heating system for the bowling alley, chemical injector system at the pool, a new phone answer system, a new air conditioner and garbage disposal for the snack bar.  The estimated costs for these projects are between $10,000 and $12,000.

 

          The YMCA of Roaring Spring is raising money for their annual campaign to continue to help with the mounting costs of serving the children of our Community.

You can make your charitable donations to either of these organizations that are serving the families of our community. 

Focusing on spiritual gifts & what makes us each unique!

 

Vacation Bible School

 
BLUEBERRY SALE 

 

WHO:  Kids grade K-5

Invite your friends & neighbors

 

DATES:  June 18-21

 

TIMES:   1:00 – 3:00

Right after summer lunch

 

Pre-register or register the first day

 

 

 
$30 for 10 pounds

 

The Altoona District Mission Central HUB is having their annual Blueberry Sale. If you place an order you will receive approximately 13 pints of blueberries. They are grown in New Jersey and are picked 24 hours prior to delivery. They freeze very well. You can place your order with Ruth Adams before June 17 and you can pick them up at the Church on Thursday, July 5 in the IHS Sunday School Classroom.

 
 

BOOK STUDY

The Joy Stealers-Overcoming obstacles to Hope & Happiness

Rev. Kevin will be leading a book study for 6 weeks starting in the later part of June. If you are interested in the class please contact the Pastor so that he can order a book for you. We will be meeting on Monday evenings in the Church.