Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Monday, July 16, 2018

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     December 2017

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            Everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by Christmas decorations.  When I was a child you usually didn’t see the decorations go up in the Department Stores until after Thanksgiving but they seem to start popping up right after Halloween.  And it is around this time of year that we start hearing the message “it’s time to give the perfect gift to that special someone in your life.”  We spend the whole month of December (and we might have even started shopping on Thanksgiving Day) trying to find just the right gift for our spouse, our children, our extended families, and friends.  We look to make that gift be special and meaningful.  We spend a great deal of time in search of that “special gift.”

          Here at Trinity Church we have many opportunities to give to those in our community (as we participate in the Angel Tree Ministry), we have opportunity to get a special gift for a child at the Mechanicsburg Children’s Home, and we even have an opportunity to give a special gift to one of the shut-ins or our congregation.  And as I was able to think about all of the joy that Trinity Church does throughout the year and especially through the outpouring of love during the Christmas Season – we have many opportunities to share our blessings with so many people.  We know that these are challenging times in which we live as there are economic worries that surround us and those we love. 

          But this is also a time of anticipation for us as well.  Throughout Advent we will be looking, watching and getting ourselves prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ.  We will see on the first Sunday of Advent that there were difficult and challenging times when Jesus entered the world.  What always amazes me is that it was in that difficult and challenging time that God chose to come to us.  That God gave us the greatest gift that any of us could ever have and that was His Son.  God gave us the gift of forgiveness.  Jesus was born and lived so that He could offer Himself as a sacrifice of love, the ultimate act of forgiveness.  What a special gift that we have been given.

          And so I wonder as we all prepare for the Advent of Christ – can we all reflect on what it means for us to receive such an amazing gift?  As we are giving looking for the perfect gift for someone special – can we also think about how we can share God’s love, forgiveness and grace with someone around us?  Can we let go of past hurts and share the love of Jesus as He commanded us to show one another? 

          Advent is the beginning of the Church year.  So maybe our Christmas resolution might just be to give the gift of forgiveness to someone today. May this Christmas be a joyous season for each one of us (as we give and receive the gift of God’s forgiveness and grace). May we find the peace of God’s grace that is given to us so that we in turn can give it to someone else? Jesus is that perfect gift for us all – there is no greater gift. Can you join me in thinking about that special person that you need to ask for forgiveness and extend the gift of reconciliation? That is what God has done for us at Christmas. 

 

May you have a joyous and blessed Christmas!

 

Rev Kevin

 

DECEMBER PRAYER

            Gracious God, we praise You for this season of Advent, this time for rejoicing and celebration, praise and worship, exulting in Your goodness.  We praise You for the coming of Christ, bringing a new Kingdom and anticipating an era of peace and justice when the poor will have plenty, the hungry be fed, and the lowly be lifted up. 

            We praise You that You want us to be a part of that, not just to share in it but also to play a part in bringing it to pass.  Forgive us that we sometimes lose sight of Your purpose and underestimate Your greatness. 

            Open our eyes to the breadth of Your love, the wonder of Your mercy and the extent of Your goodness, and so may we give You the worship and adoration that is due to You, this and every day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

 

            Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

 

 

EPIC CHRISTMAS CAROLING

December 6 

5:30-7 PM 

Greystone

 

The children/youth of EPIC will once again be Christmas Caroling at the Greystone on December 6th and we will leave at 5:40. If you would like to help us transport children to the Greystone that would be greatly appreciated.  The children will be picked up by their parents at 7 PM at the Greystone.  We would appreciate it if you could help join us in singing as well.

 

MANNA ON MAIN STREET – December 9

Fred and Gordon will be serving Black Bean Soup, Toasted Cheese

Sandwiches, Cole Slaw and Dessert.

 

 

 

Is there someone who would be interested in hosting Manna on January 13th? Valerie will soon have a 2018 list for you to sign-up as a hostess for the upcoming year. So please contact her if you are interested in hosting a certain month.

 

 

If you or anyone you know would like to be added to Trinity Tidings Newsletter mailing list please contact Lisa, the church secretary, at 224-2815 or at tumcsecretary@atlanticbbn.net.

 

Candles ordered from the youth can be

 

picked up any time after Monday.

 

 

NICOLAS WILL COMING BACK TO TRINITY CHURCH 

Sunday afternoon, December 10th at 2:30 PM.

 

Nicholas will present an organ concert for the Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas Seasons. The Concert will also include commentary on the music and the organ. Mr. Will is the son of Joe and Sabrina Will of Martinsburg. Nicholas is the Coordinator of the Sacred Music Program and Assistant Professor of Music at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio), Music Director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie, PA and Assistant Organist at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh.  Nicholas has performed throughout the Eastern United States and Europe.  Invite your friends and family.  There will be a time for Fellowship following the Concert. *We are asking for volunteers to bake some cookies for this event. If you are willing to do so please let Valerie know.

 

The Men’s and Women’s Fellowship will be sharing a Christmas Dinner together on Tuesday, December 12th at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Chef Jere’ will be cooking a few different types of Lasagna (there will be a Veggie Lasagna too) and the women are encouraged to donate a favorite dessert. The Women’s Fellowship will then go to the IHS Sunday School Classroom where they will participate in their Secret Sister Christmas Exchange.

 

 

Poinsettias will be placed at the altar in honor or memory of loved ones at Christmas. The poinsettias will be ordered through the church. We will once again order from Roots in The Cove. A 6.5” pot will be $6.00. Christmas Poinsettias may be ordered no later than December 10th. Orders can be placed in the donation plate or given to Lisa in the office.

 

Family Game Night
December 9 at 6:00pm

We will begin the evening by joining everyone at Manna. Where we will eat and help clean up then play games until 9:00pm.

 
 
 
 
CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHRISTMAS PLAY

FUMBLY, BUMBLY ANGELS

 

            Sunday, December 17 at 9:30 AM.  The children and youth of the Church will once again be sharing a Christmas Play during the morning worship service and it is called “The Fumbly, Bumbly Angels”.  They shared a delightful program last year and we are all looking forward to the program this year.  The Children and Youth of the Church will then invite people to stay for a time of refreshment (punch and cookies) after the Worship Service.  

 

Joell Fowler is looking to give away a player piano with music sheets. If you or anyone you may know is interested in this piano please contact Joell at 224-9961.

 

Christmas Gift Giving

            Trinity Church has always been a generous congregation.  Whenever there is a need – people step forward.  And that continues this year as well.  We have been purchasing gifts for several years for children at the Mechanicsburg Children’s Home and this year we stepped forward to purchase 38 gifts.  Can you imagine the joy on Christmas morning to open up a special gift from someone who loves them in Roaring Spring?  The gifts are due in the office by Monday, December 4th and will be delivered to the Home on December 11th

                We have also participated in the “Angel Tree” Gift program for many more years and this year we have gathered names of 92 and have placed them on the tree at the Roaring Spring True Value Store.  The community around us then steps forward to purchase 3 gifts that the children have asked for and then Trinity Church has always stepped forward to augment some of the gifts that may not have been purchased.  What joy must fill the children’s lives as they know that a Community of Faith loves them!  The Angel Tree distribution night will be on December 14th

                Thank  you Trinity Church for your generosity.  Thank you for making this season very bright for several children from our surrounding area and children from the Mechanicsburg area as well.  We have been blessed to bless others. 

 

 

Please, save a stamp & feel free to bring Christmas cards in for the families of our church. There is a mailbox on the table in the round room for you to do so. 

 

Since we did not collect “Harvest” food for a Thanksgiving donation this year, we are encouraging people to bring food items and place them in the Round Room.

 

December 12 – 7 PM 

 

There will be a Finance Committee Meeting in the Pastor’s Office.

 

With a five Sunday “giving month” and an additional two services, we look for a strong year-end closing financially. Our current year-end bills include Shares of Ministries of $6,083.00 and medical & pension payments of $2,738.00. As you may be aware, we are looking to retire our roof loan-current balance of $22,890- in order to plan for our ongoing stain glass window replacement project.

Looking into the New Year, our stain glass window project has started with an estimated $21,500.00 needed for both 2018 & 2019. Donations may be made to pay for a window. Also under consideration is air conditioning possibly for Fellowship Hall and the kitchen at an estimated $22,000.00 (to include electrical updates to accommodate a/c).

 

Finally, a lot of financially eligible opportunities for giving! We continue to appreciate your ongoing generous support and look forward to a blessed Holiday Season!

 

 

October Finances:

 

Income: $18,861.81   Expenses: $25,402.74   Net Loss: $6,540.93

 

LONGEST NIGHT WORSHIP SERVICE – Thursday, December 21st at

7 PM.  Rev. Locker will be sharing a “Longest Night” Service (a service designed for those who may have lost loved ones during the past few years – but it is open to anyone to attend). CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – December 24– 7 PM

Since we did not donate food for Thanksgiving this year, we are encouraging people to bring “Harvest” food items and place them in the Round Room.

 
 

Dates and Times for filling Dragon Back Packs:

       December 6th at 1:00
       January 24th at 1:00
 
 
DECEMBER
 

            December 2 – 10 AM  Decorate the Sanctuary

            December 3 – Advent Worship

            December 6 – 1 PM  Pack Dragon Pack at Through Inc.

                                    5 PM  EPIC Dinner

                                    5:30-6:45 PM  Christmas Caroling at Greystone

                                    (Parents can pick up their children at 7 PM)

            December 9 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street Dinner

                                    6 PM  Children/Youth Game Night  

            December 10 – Advent Worship

                                   2:30 Nicholas Will sharing a Thanksgiving and Christmas Organ Concert

            December 12 – 6 PM  Men and Women Fellowship Dinner

                                    7 PM  Finance Committee Meeting

                                    7 PM  The Women’s Fellowship will continue with a Christmas

                                    Celebration in the IHS Sunday School Classroom

            December 13 – EPIC Christmas Play Practice

            December 14 – 6-8 PM  Angel Tree Gift Distribution

            December 16 – Christmas Play Practice

            December 17 – The Children/Youth of our Congregation will share a

                                    Christmas Play with us during worship – and then they invite us

Children in the play will meet at 8:15am on Dec. 17th.