Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, January 21, 2018

October Tidings 2014

Musings from Pastor Kevin

            Friends, It’s Consecration Time again.  Now – don’t go running away.  Don’t think to yourself – “here is another pitch for money.”  I see Consecration and Stewardship differently – it is an opportunity for me to look at my life and realize the joy of giving because it is all related to the abundance of grace and blessings that God has given me first – and through these gifts we are able to reach out to the community around us through the mission and ministry of the church.  I see this as an opportunity to be a part of something really great, something that is beyond what I can do as an individual, something which is in the midst of what God is doing in this community and the world.

            Consecration Sunday is not a telethon.  This is not spiritual manipulation for funds.  We are not being asked to help pay the bills – because what we are all about is so much more than paying bills.  We are funding ministry.  This is a community gathering together to continue its firm belief and support of the exciting mission and ministry that is occurring here in Roaring Spring.  The mission and ministry that we offer to the community is so unique in the religious landscape of this community.  We offer open arms of Christ to all.  There is no other church body like us.  We are the “Church that Feeds people.”  As Pastor, I had the joy of hearing from an Amish farmer, while we were serving the Summer Lunch Program, who said “I know that you serve a lot of meals down at your Church and so I would like to offer some fruit and vegetable for you to use.”  And then later on in the summer there was a Church in our community that had a Spaghetti Dinner that was not successful and they had so much left overs that they called us to ask if we could accept their left over food – because they knew that we are “the Church that feeds people.”  That’s not a bad reputation to have.  We pride ourselves in feeding people –emotionally, physically and spiritually.

            Do you realize just how wonderful and exciting this is?  Several members of our congregation recently began discussion with other people within the Community of restarting the Scarlet Dragon Back Pack Ministry Program and we have plans to restart the program in November and plan to begin in the Spring Cove Elementary in January.  You may also know that we have an ongoing EPIC Program which is a program that occurs every Wednesday night during the School year and we have opportunities to share Christ-like love with them through a lesson, singing, crafts and a dinner and we have been seeing more and more un-church people coming through our doors.  We are reaching more people in new and exciting ways! 

            I see the joy and excitement on children’s faces as they are excited about joining with others in learning about Jesus Christ.  As Pastor, I am excited about who we are and what we are doing here in Roaring Spring. 

            As I started off this article – I urged you not to run away – and I hope I challenged you to realize the great things that are happening through the mission and ministry of this Church.  I know that our Church is important to you.  I know that the ongoing ministry of the Church is important to you.  So, can we see this time as a time of great joy and excitement  - as we celebrate that God continues to provide for us faithfully in so many ways.  Are we excited to see what God can do and will do through each one of us on this journey of faith? 

            God bless you for your journey,

Rev. Kev.  


OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:  Those serving in the Armed forces and especially those serving in Afghanistan.  Don Steele (at Homewood for rehabilitation), Lysbeth Martin (Cancer treatments), JoEllen Mingle, Ronald Stock (heart procedure), Mr. & Mrs. Paul Bradley (Kate Muthler's mother and father), Mechanicsburg Children's Home.

Please remember our shut-ins in your thoughts and prayers:  Martha Moore (at home), Paul Holsinger (Village at Morrison's Cove), Mid Banner (Village at Morrison's Cove), Ada Adamski (Homewood), Evelyn Adams (Homewood), Don Steele (Homewood), Janet Ebersole (Homewood), Lorie Davis (at home), Betty Miller (at home), Bernice Shafer (Presbyterian Village home in Hollidaysburg), Betty Hamm (Hillview Chateau - Altoona). The shut-ins will often share with members of the church that they really miss being a part of the Church.  Won't you consider sending them a card or even better - make a visit to them during the next few weeks. 



UPDATE – Rev. Kevin, Valerie, Fred Hetrick, Mike and April Galbraith have been adding their input in restarting the Back Pack Program in Martinsburg in November and we are going to do our best to begin the program in Spring Cove Elementary School in January.  East Freedom Elementary School has opened its doors to us so that we can house the food there and pack the food there as well.  You will be receiving updated information regarding ways in which you can help through the Sunday bulletins. 



            October 1 – 5 PM   EPIC Wednesday Night Program

                                7 PM  Choir        

            October 2 – 4 PM  Scarlet Dragon Back Park Meeting

            October 5 – 2 PM  Blessing of the Animals Service in Church Parking Lot

                                6:30  PM  Financial Peace University Class begins

            October 7 – 7 PM  Committee on Lay Leadership

            October 8 – 5 PM  EPIC Wednesday

                                7 PM  Choir

            October 9 – 6:30 PM Women’s Fellowship will meet at Fired Up Ceramics

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

            October 12 – 6:30 PM  Financial Peace University Class

            October 14 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship

                                  7 PM  SPRC Meeting (1 item of discussion will be Pastor’s salary)

            October 15 – 5 PM  EPIC Wednesday

                                  7 PM  Choir

            October 17 – NO Tot Spot Classes

            October 19 – Consecration Sunday, Rev. Dr. Edwin Zeiders Preaching

                        **Immediately following Worship – Victory Celebration Brunch

                                  2 PM  First Equipping God’s People Class

                                  6:30 PM  Financial Peace University Class

            October 21 – 7 PM  Finance Committee to develop budget

            October 22 – 5 PM  EPIC Wednesday

                                  7 PM  Choir

            October 25 – 6-8 PM Trunk or Treat (Church Parking Lot and Fellowship Hall)

            October 26 – 6:30 PM  Financial Peace University Class

            October 28 – 7 PM  Church Conversation

            October 29 – 5 PM  EPIC Wednesday

                                  7 PM  Choir

            October 31 – Tot Spot Halloween Party




God of peace, quieten our hearts and help us to be still in Your presence.  We find this hard to do, for our lives are full of noise and confusion, a host of demands and responsibilities seeming to press in upon us from every side, consuming our time and sapping our energy.  We run here and there, doing this and that, always something else to think about, another pressing matter demanding our attention – and then suddenly, in the middle of it all, we stop and realize we have forgotten You, that One we depend on to give us strength and to calm our spirits.  God of peace, we offer You now this time and space we have made in the frantic scramble of  life.  Meet with us, so that we may return to our daily routine with a new perspective, an inner tranquility, and a resole to make time for You regularly so that we may use ALL our time more effectively in the service of Your Kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Manna on Main Street-October 11th

Valerie will be serving chicken and haluski. Items she will be asking for will be cabbage, onion and bacon.

Manna on Monday-October 27th

Valerie will be serving beef stew and biscuits. Items she will be asking for will be boxes of bisquick.

Valerie will also be looking for people to help prepare, serve and clean up.

Please share with the community that this is a FREE meal for everyone.


Consecration Sunday – Sunday, October 19th at 9:30 AM

            Rev. Dr. Ed Zeiders (recently retired from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College and former president of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio).  Rev. Zeiders is no stranger to Trinity UMC because he shared a Consecration Sunday message for us many years ago and it is with great joy to welcome Rev. Ed back.  He is a gifted preacher and you will be blessed by his humor, his witness and his message.

                Please plan on joining us after worship for our Victory Celebration Brunch.  We will have different kinds of bread and egg strata’s, fresh fruit salad, muffins, juice and coffee.

                We have exciting mission and ministry that continues here at Trinity Church – come and join in on this celebration of what God is asking of us……


Financial Peace University

 Sunday Evening October 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. will begin the 9 session course entitled "Financial Peace University" originated by Dave Ramsey.  This course is a bible-based course on how to manage your money based on his "seven baby step" program.  The premise of his teachings emphasize the importance of "live like no other" by living within your cash means so that you can learn to create healthy spending habits to obtain the financial freedom to ultimately "give like no other".  Please feel free to contact Rebekah Dick if you would like to join the group.



            We are happy to share that money for the Computer Router was received and will be installed soon (please know that the Church will be a part of a Network – and that will give us password protected access throughout the church).  Some people inquired about the Computer that will help when we update our Visual Aspect in the morning worship.  I believe that the recent Marianna Hoagie sale will almost purchase a Water softener for the Church Kitchen.  The Trustees of the Church made a motion that we would purchase a shed so that the Parsonage family can use the Garage during the winter months – this has not been paid for as of yet – so you can give a gift for this. 

            There are still other WISH LIST items that people can make (maybe you would like to place them in honor or in memory of someone too).  The needs are:  a)  new 3 tiered sink in Church kitchen, b)  relocate kitchen electrical cabinets into closet off of Fellowship Hall, c)  6 energy efficient windows in Youth Room and Nursery (these windows are not insulated and they do let in a lot of cold air during the winter months), d)  retrofit handicapped bathroom near Fellowship Hall.

            As a reminder – some of these items are for safety issues, some are for money savings and some will enhance the functionality of some areas of the Church.  If you would like to consider sponsoring any part of these projects you can make a donation (making sure that you mark your donation for a particular wish list item).  Thank you for considering these needs. 



CLASS BEGINS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th at 2 PM  .  People are encouraged to look at the Orientation Material in the book and you can begin reading the book entitled “Renovate or Die” because that book will be discussed soon.  We look forward to this class and know that God will bless this time of study and will equip God’s people to be His hands and His feet in the community around us. 


EPIC Wednesday!

            Wow!  We have great news!  We have more and more children joining us on Wednesday nights.  We have more and more adults stepping forward to teach, love, and show the joy of Jesus.  There are more children who are coming out each week who are un-churched and this has been a true blessing to share the love of Jesus with them.  They are all special gifts that God has given to us.  So, if you are being asked to teach or assist in any way – the material is easy to follow and God will indeed guide your discussion.  The Youth Group decided to meet on Wednesday nights and so they are also joining us for dinner.  Invite children from the neighbor.  Tell them that you will give them a ride.  Trinity Church is open to feed them – and as always – share Christ-like love (oh, and did I mention “a nice warm meal”).


CHURCH WEBSITE – You are encouraged to check us out online – as our Website is going to be updated on a regular basis.  If you or a group within the church would like to share exciting news about what is happening with your particular mission and ministry of the Church – please contact Lisa Ebersole, our Administrative Assistant and she will be able to put that information on the Church website.  You can access our Church website at  Come and check us out.  Tell your friends about us too.


Trinity Trunk or Treat 

Saturday, October 25th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

 We have decided to hold a Trunk or Treat here at Trinity Church. A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is usually church sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a parking lot. They open their trunks and decorate them. Then pass out candy or non edible items such as stickers, tattoos, toys. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters. We need YOU to get involved to make this event a success. First, you need to decide on the theme of your vehicle. For example, you could choose a decade like the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  Maybe choose your favorite movie or cartoon like the Smurfs or Scooby Doo. No scary themes, please. For examples of Trunk or Treat ideas you can check out We are also going to have hotdogs with chips and hot chocolate in the fellowship hall for all our trick or treaters. If you wish to participate please sign up in the round room and don’t forget to write down the theme you will be using so we don’t duplicate themes. Anyone wishing to donate bags of candy or money can do so by dropping it off in the office or give it to Valerie, Lisa or Katie. We hope you can join us for an evening of fun and laughter.        


 Do you have a “Green Thumb”?


After much deliberation, Connie Musselman, has decided to retire her position as Church Gardener. She has held this position for 40 plus years! Connie has done a wonderful job keeping the church grounds looking beautiful all these years. A warm “Thank You” goes to Connie for all the time she has spent tending to the flowers and weeds around our church. If gardening is something you enjoy please think about securing this position and helping the church with your special gift.


United Methodist Women…

This month’s meeting will be held at Fired Up Ceramics in Duncansville across from the Village Closet. We will be meeting on Thursday, October 9th at 6:30pm. All projects cost at least $10 or more depending on what you pick. Project prices include the ceramic piece, paint supplies and firing of each piece. There will be light refreshments provided by your hostesses Jamie, Katie and Lisa. If you wish to come, please sign the sheet in the round room. Also any concerns with transportation please let us know.


Financially Speaking

The following income for the month of August was $15,853.49 with the expenses of $21,188.01. The expenses for August did include property taxes and roof replacement on the parsonage. This is a shortfall of $5,334.52. We thank you for your continued support of both Ministry and Mission.



Mission Central-“Ebola Relief”


TUMC has decided to collect monetary donations for Mission Central’s Ebola Relief. The ladies would like to raise money to purchase the Kleen Guard Breathable Liquid and Particle Protection Coveralls. For $140.00 the ladies can purchase a package of 25 coveralls. Any contribution BIG or small is appreciated. If you wish to contribute to this relief please make a check out to TUMC. Be sure to print “Ebola Relief” in the memo section of your check. There is a basket designated for those checks to be dropped into.



Trinity United Methodist Church

Worship each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.

EPIC (Activities, supper for pre-K and elementary children) 5 p.m. Wednesdays

Youth Group (Grades 6-12) 5 p.m. every other Sunday



Rev. Kevin Locker, pastor

Church Office 224-2815                                                       Parsonage 224-2186

















Trinity United Methodist Church

434 E. Main St.


Roaring Spring, PA  16673