Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Monday, June 26, 2017

February Tidings 2015

Trinity Tidings

       Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                           February 2015

 

Musings from Pastor Kevin

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

          Lent is right around the corner and there have been those times over the years when someone might ask “what are you giving up for Lent?”  When I was in high school I might say “homework” or I might say with a smirk “obeying my parents.”  Over the years it has come to be one of those journeys of faith for me where I realized the benefit of getting to know God better. 

          In the ancient church, Lent was a time for new converts to be instructed in baptism and for believers caught in sin to focus on repentance.  In time, all Christians came to see Lent as a season to be reminded of their need for repentance and to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Easter.  Part of this preparation may have involved a Lenten fast or giving up something special during the 6 weeks of Lent (which does not include Sundays).  Or there may have been opportunities to add a new spiritual discipline (reading your Bible more) that would assist you in drawing yourself closer to God. 

          Over the past 30 years or so in my life, sometimes I’ve given up something (like watching television or eating sweets) in order to devote more time to Bible Study and prayer).  And sometimes I’ve added extra devotional reading to my regular spiritual disciplines.  I have found that fasting from something has helped me focus on God.  It has also helped me to look ahead to Good Friday and Easter, thus appreciating more deeply the meaning of the Cross and the victory of the Resurrection. 

          What have I learned by fasting during Lent?  First of all, giving up something allows me to make a tangible sacrifice to the Lord.  Through the act of sacrifice reminds me of my commitment to God and my desire to make Him first in my life.  Second, by giving up something I usually enjoy on a daily basis, I have sometimes found myself yearning for that thing.  And if I were to be truly honest, there have been those times when I have been tempted to give up on a Lenten fast (because I could easily argue that it was unnecessary and something that is not taught in Scripture)…..But, though I don’t think my effort at fasting makes God love or bless me more, I do think it raises my awareness of how much I depend on other things in life rather than the Lord.  I see how easy it is for me to set up all sorts of little idols in my life.  Giving up something in some ways helps me to surrender my idols to God.  Third, when I give up something I like and then feel an unquenched desire for it, I’m reminded of my neediness as a person, which leads me to realize that I need the Lord so much more.  I am reminded of Matthew 5:3, 6 (Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven…and Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled). 

          I have also realized that instead of fasting during Lent I realize that it is great to add a spiritual exercise or discipline to my life.  I have found great joy in choosing to study the Bible more.  And I have understood the joy of participating in some acts of kindness (such as feeding people).  In the past I have also added something that I can do every day.  There have been times when I have gotten up early to pray for an hour each day of Lent.  That would often times stretch me in ways that have been a great blessing to my life. 

          If you have no idea what to do during Lent, let me suggest the following.  Set aside some time of quiet to ask the Lord what He wants you to do.  See if the Holy Spirit will guide you to something.  If nothing comes to mind, I would recommend that you read a chapter of one of the Gospels each day.  (If you start with Mark, you’ll have time to read all of Mark plus all of one other Gospel during Lent.  I pray that God will draw us closer to Him, and prepare us for a fresh experience of Easter.  May God richly bless you for the journey!

 

      Rev. Kev.

 

 

CHURCH AUDIT COMMITTEE TO MEET – February 8th at 1:15 PM

The Audit Committee (which is an off-shoot of the Finance Committee) will gather on Sunday, February 8th at 1:15 to audit all of the financial records of the Church.

 

CHURCH CONVERSATION                                                   FEBRUARY 24 at 7 PM

2 years ago within the life of Trinity United Methodist Church we decided to have our Administrative Council every other month and on the off months we decided to gather together to think about ways we can grow in our mission and ministry (and so we designated a time for “Church Conversation” for those off months).  You have an opportunity to come together and share your thoughts with others in some things that the Equipping God’s People Class have been discussing during the past few months:  expanding the small group ministry of our Church, discover a few niches and design a small group that would assist them, what are the needs of the people who we may not be currently meeting (middle aged people especially), we need to reorganize a group to look at the NOOMA videos (which are current thought provoking questions and devotions), develop some teaching for Sunday School Teachers, develop a few more Sunday School options, and possibly organize some sport activities.  Please pray about these before coming to the meeting and ask “where is God leading you to step forward in Leadership?”

Women’s Fellowship

The Village Rec. Center  

February 10th at 6:00pm.

We will be watching an inspirational video, “One Light Still Shines”, by Marie Roberts Monville. On October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie's testimony, forged while moving through unthinkable circumstances, into the unfathomable love of the Father. Marie presented her story at Northern Bedford County High School which was sponsored by Ladies Encounter. Please bring a favorite snack to share with the ladies.

 

TRUSTEES  “ Hard at Work”

 

            The Trustees have been working on the kitchen needs (and have redone the electrical box within the kitchen and they have also cared for installing the new 3-tiered sink).  We already have 3 people who will suggest a new color for the Kitchen and we will be looking for volunteers to help us paint.  We will be updating the Restroom right off of the Fellowship Hall and we will put in some new flooring, paint the room, put a new sink and vanity there, and install a new light.  The Youth are thinking about painting their room and will be working on that soon.  We will be looking for some help in the Spring to clean the windows on the Education building and help to put on new shingles on the garage and for the Church as well.

 

YOU are invited!

The Youth Sunday School class would like to invite you to Family Game Night on Saturday, January 31st from 6pm-8pm. Please bring a snack and drink to share. We will have pizza delivered. We also encourage you to invite a friend.

 

CHURCH WISH LIST

            People can still contribute to the following items:

1)      $100 still needed for retrofitting handicapped bathroom

2)      Energy efficient windows in youth room and nursery $2,400

(If you wish to pay for 1 window – the cost would be $300)

3)      We received $100 for WiFi amplification

           

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

If you would like to volunteer to serve in any aspect of the Worship Service please contact the following people:

            Julia Williams – Nursery Coordinator

            Louise Drake – Liturgist and Greeter Coordinator

            Sandy Elliott – Communion Stewards

            Heather Ritchey – Acolyte Coordinator

(If you would like to be removed from sharing in any of these you may contact the Coordinator as well)

 

MANNA ON MAIN STREET

Our Manna on Main Street outreach is still in need of volunteers to take lead of a dinner. The dates that have not been filled are: February 14, March 21, April 11, June 13, September 12, October 10, and December 12. The church has a pantry with supplies and there is money available to help pay for food. Please let Valerie know if you wish to graciously volunteer. We cannot provide this service to our community without your help.

 

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING – February 10th at 7 PM

The Worship Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 10th right after the Men’s Fellowship Dinner (so you can plan on coming to the dinner at 6 before hand if you would like to do that).  During our recent Technology Summit we talked about organizing a Creative Team that would help us to think of the various ways in which we can add different

styles of worship, care for more visuals during worship and help us to reach to more people.  You are encouraged to come and share your ideas with us.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 18th – Imposition of Ashes and Communion

We will have a “Reflective Service” on Wednesday, February 18th as we begin our Lenten Journey.  Rev. Kevin encourages you to think of the following words before coming to worship (prepare, reconcile, repent, mercy, mortality, know yourself, prayer, fasting, deny yourself, read scripture, listen, silence, dust and ashes).  You will be given plenty of time to pray and meditate on the words above and when you are ready you may come forward (when you are ready) to receive the Imposition of Ashes – and then there will be time to think about preparing ourselves to receive the Body and Blood of Christ and you may come forward (when you are ready) to receive Communion. 

           

Mission/Outreach Meeting – Thursday, February 26th at 7 PM

            Our Church does a great deal in outreach into the community but is there more that we can be doing?  Rev. Kevin has Mission Trips that are available for us to participate in.  There is the wonderful work of our Altoona HUB (which is an off-shoot of Mission Central) where they coordinate materials that are used on Mission trips and in other areas of the world.  One of the last Church where Rev. Kevin served the people organized a ministry for Seniors who live in the area (and we put a new roof on for a family which were hit with hard economic times, painting, cleaning up the yard, putting a handicapped railing on for someone).  These are a few suggestions – maybe you have more.  Come out and join us in ways we can reach out to the Community around us. 

 

THANK YOU!

We wish to thank Jay Ebersole and Darin Decker for installing our new 3-tiered sink in the Church Kitchen that will greatly assist the Church in the many dinners that we serve to the Community around us.  They hit a few road blocks along the way but they did an AWESOME job.  Check out the new sink when you get a chance!  It looks amazing and there is so much more room available in the Kitchen now. 

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – February 17th   5:00-6:30PM

Everyone is welcome! Donations Accepted.

Financially Speaking...

            For the month of December our church’s income was $52,193.47.  TUMC’s expenses for the month of December were $33,665.31. That left the church with a balance of $18,528.16.

 

 

 DID YOU KNOW? 

You are welcome to come to any of the Church Meetings (except for the Staff/Parish Relations Committee).  You would be able to come with your thoughts and suggestions, but if there are any votes that need to be taken – you would not be able to vote. 

The Trustees of the Church have the responsibility of caring for the Church and Parsonage properties. 

The Finance Committee cares for the Budget, the financial needs of the Church and care for the investments of the Church as well. 

The Mission/Outreach Committee discuss ways in which we can reach out into the community around us and the wider circle of Altoona and around the world (Food Pantry, Altoona HUB, Mission Trips). 

The Education Committee cares for the educational needs of our congregation (Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, EPIC, Bible Study, Small Group Ministry). 

The Worship Committee cares for Worship on Sunday morning and for other special occasions throughout the year. 

The Staff/Parish Relations Committee identifies and clarifies the needs of ministry of the church.  The committee reflects on the roles and work of the pastor and staff as they carry out their leadership responsibilities.  They set the priorities for leadership and responsibility in the Church. 

The Administrative Council plans and implements the program of nurture, outreach, witness and resources in the Church.  It also provides for the administration of its organization.  It shall envision, plan, implement, and evaluate the mission and ministry of the Church. 

The Church Conversation Group is the group that discusses mission and ministry that is not listed above and they often times think about our growing edge and discuss ways in which we can take some next faithful steps in ministry.

 

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Don Steele (at Homewood), Paul & Marg Bradley (Kate Muthler’s parents), Evelyn Adams family, JoEllen Mingle (Back pain), Stephanie Michele Waters family, David Hammaker (Surgery), Nicholas Grant family, Judy Weaver (Gall Bladder surgery), Baby Basil Slater (ABS Syndrome), Mike Giarth family, Alexia & Izabella (Grandfather passed away), Naomi Goebel (Hospitalized), Tim Smith’s mom, Mary Kay Ott (seizure & mass in her lung), Praise to the church family for their thoughts, prayers and meal for the Evelyn Adams’ family.

 

EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY

            February 04 – 5 PM  EPIC

                                   6:15 PM  Dinner

                                   7 PM  Senior Choir

            February 06 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            February 08 – Boy Scout Sunday

                                   1:15 PM  Church Audit

            February 10 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

                                   6 PM  Women’s Fellowship @ The Village Rec. Center

                                     7 PM  Worship Committee Meeting

            February 11 -   5 PM  EPIC

                                     6:15 PM  Dinner

                                    7 PM  Senior Choir

            February 13 – NO TOT SPOT/Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            February 14 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street Dinner

            February 16 – Red Cross Blood Drive

            February 17 – 5-6:30 PM Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

                                    7 PM  Boy Scout Leader Meeting

            February 18 – ASH WEDNESDAY

                                    7 PM  Ash Wednesday Worship Service

                                    NO EPIC TONIGHT

            February 19 – 7 PM  Staff/Parish Relations Committee Meeting

            February 20 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            February 20 - 21 Pinewood Derby

            February 23 – 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Manna on Monday Lunch

            February 24 – 7 PM  Church Conversation

            February 25 -   5 PM  EPIC

                                    6:15 PM  Dinner

                                    7 PM  Senior Choir

            February 26 – 7 PM  Mission/Outreach Committee Meeting

            February 27 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

 

           

            PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY

            Gracious God, we forget sometimes that alongside the blessings of discipleship

            there is always the cost – sacrifices that will be asked of us; demands upon our

            time, energy, gifts and money; responsibilities we will be asked to accept.  Help

            us to respond gladly to whatever You may ask, knowing that, however great the

            price may be, the rewards are infinitely worth it.  Teach us to offer to You all

            that You ask from us, until that day when we rejoice in everything You hold in

 

            store for all Your people.  All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.