Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Saturday, December 16, 2017

April Tidings 2015

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                                    April 2015

 

Musings from Pastor Kevin

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

          Today I would like to talk to you about stones.  Yes, stones.  Stones like the one that was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb.  Some sources say that the stone, which rolled along a carved-out “track” in front of the tomb could have weighted more than a ton.  As they made their way to the tomb they expected to see the stone still hiding the tomb.  They may have thought about asking others to assist them with the task.  I am sure that their hearts were heavy.  They had witnessed Jesus’ death.  They knew that they needed to give Jesus a proper burial (by anointing His body with spices).  And now they must have wondered “who is going to roll that stone away?”  “How can we anoint Jesus’ body if the stone blocks the entrance.”

          As we get closer to the glorious Easter Celebration – I wonder if there are stones that may be stuck in deep ruts at the entrance of our hearts?  (Stones of fear, rebellion, despair, or discouragement).  Do they loom so large that we surrender at the thought of even trying to remove them?  I believe that Easter is about removing stones. 

          Have you tried to roll away your own stones, only to realize that no amount of heaving or shoving would budge them?  The obstacles are not made of stone, but they seem just as massive and powerful – and you may feel helpless to remove them.  Whatever those stones, circumstances, or challenges are, they may seem so daunting that you want to throw our hands up in the air in despair (you cannot see a way out –or ink).  And I wonder, can we be challenged by the question the women must have asked that first Easter day?  “Who will roll this stone away?” 

          Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we can “look up” in faith and we can see something truly amazing.  We can look up and see not stones, but pebbles, not darkness, but daylight.  There is a huge opening, and maybe we can hear a faint divine whisper that says “I have already rolled the stone away.” 

          Easter is about removing stones and rolling stones away.  When the barriers disappear, hope emerges from the other side – new life in Christ.  But remember, it is God who specializes in stone removal.  Whether you are looking for a way in or a way out, Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).  Jesus’ death and resurrection opened the door to new life my friends.  The “stones” that imprison us or block our path have NO POWER to destroy us. There is only One who can roll away your stones and bring joy, new life, and freedom – and that comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

          That’s part of the Easter message.  And that’s where our hope lies.  Keep looking up!  “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”  Praise God, because when the women got to the tomb they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away” (Mark 16:2-4). 

 

Have a joyous and blessed Easter,

 

         

Rev. Kevin

 

 

 

tape measurer.jpghammer.jpgTRUSTEES OF THE CHURCH REPORT

 

We have a couple of projects that will be taken care of when the weather gets warmer.  There is a hole near the Main Entrance steps to the Sanctuary that allows water to run down and is causing some leaks in the IHS Sunday School Classroom.  Tim Smith will be working on that project.  We will be addressing the sloping and cracked sidewalk behind the parsonage and we will be installing a wider and better sloped sidewalk (where we will probably add some lighting as well).  We know that we probably only have about 1 more year before we need to think about replacing the roof on the Church.  We anticipate the cost of this to be significant because of the Round Room shingles have to be individually cut.  We want to keep you informed of these projects and we thank you for your financial support.  

 

CHILDREN/YOUTH MINISTRY IDEAS, PART II

April 23 at 7 PM

        Tot Spot was a successful ministry for 40 years – but there are new ways to minister and there are children and youth of our Community who are looking for the Church to address their needs.  There was a group that gathered together in March to begin to explore ideas about future Children/Youth ministry.  We talked about the needs of children in our community and there was a strong sense that we must provide ministry in different ways.  We would like to continue to build our EPIC ministry on Wednesday nights.  We spoke about the possibility of having an “after School program”.  And we also spoke about the possibility of looking into hiring a children/youth ministry leader.  We made some contacts of other Churches that have a children/youth leader and we made some contacts with the School District to see what their thoughts, recommendations and possible grants available.  So, we decided on Part II.  Don’t worry if you didn’t come out for the first meeting – but your input is vital for the future.  We are not going to be able to do this alone.  We need your help.  Come and share your thoughts with us.

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

Has Tot Spot been a meaningful part of your life?  Your children’s lives?  An important ministry of the Church?  Well, we need people who are willing to gather together on Tuesday, April 7th at 7 PM to help plan our 40 YEARS OF TOT SPOT.  Rev. Kevin is looking for 3 groups (1 to handle gathering some history, 1 to handle what the Tot Spot Celebration should include and 1 to handle the luncheon following the Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd).  We need your involvement to make this a true reflection of what Tot Spot has meant, not only to us, but to our Community around us.

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!

 

Book Study:  12 Extraordinary Women 

Begins: Monday, April 20th

 

Time: 7:00PM

Where: the Parsonage

There have been 7 people who have been discussing the book “12 Ordinary Men” and we will begin our new book Study on “12 Extraordinary Women” and we need to know if there are other people who would like to join our exciting discussion.  We have explored the lives of the disciples.  We have realized that we are like them in many ways.  And we have also realized how God uses ordinary men and women to accomplish his purposes.  If you would like to join the Book Study please let Rev. Kevin know by Easter Sunday if you would like to join the class.

 

 

Manna for April

April 11th – Manna on Main Street Menu

                   Chicken Noodle Casserole, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail and Dessert

 

April 27th – Manna on Monday Menu

                   Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Dessert

 

 

Please check the round room for more information if you would like to donate or volunteer. 

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

April 2Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 7 PM. 

We will focus on Communion and Rev. Kevin will be preaching about Peter’s denial of knowing Jesus. 

April 3Good Friday Service – Tenebrae Service (Service of Lights) at 7 PM 

Rev. Kevin will focus the beginning of the Service on the Words that Jesus spoke from the Cross “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?” and then the service will continue to include the reading of scripture, hymns and the extinguishing of 7 candles.

April 5Community Easter Sunrise Service - Trinity Church at 6:30 AM.

Rev. Dr. Joe Surin will be preaching.  There will be light refreshments following the Service in the Round Room.

 

                    Easter  Celebration and Communion at 9:30 AM. Rev. Kevin will be preaching about the words of Paul Harvey “And now – for “The Rest of the Story.”  

 

CHURCH WISH LIST UPDATE

            Once again we have received some generous gifts for our WISH LISH items.  The Organ Fund received $49. We also have received $849 towards our $2,400 goal for energy efficient windows in the youth and nursery class rooms. ($1,200 for each room).  We will probably start on the Youth Room since they have recently painted their room (where they spent 2 days painting).  I would like to take an opportunity to thank Katie Decker for leading the Youth Sunday School Class (where she has encouraged them to take an active role within the life of the Church). Thank you Katie.  Thank you Youth.

            The kitchen remodel is almost complete.  The new sinks have been working well for our Church meals.  The Trustees also got a piece of sheet metal for the right side of the sink (where we can set the dishes on for washing).

            The bathroom right outside the Church office looks AMAZING!  The toilet, vanity, mirror, and glass shelf look wonderful and we have received a lot of great comments from people.  We found a metal Trinity Church sign that we also installed in the bathroom and there will be black and white pictures placed under the sign soon.  This work should be completed soon. 

 

EQUIPPING GOD’S PEOPLE CLASS

SUNDAY, April 26 at 2 PM

 

You are encouraged to read the book “The Externally Focused Church” by Rich Rusaw and Eric Swanson. We will be discussing how we will combine the last 4 sessions in to 3 sessions.  

 

 

A brief Finance Committee Meeting & Tot Spot Disposition Discussion will be held

Tuesday, April 14th at 7 PM.

            The Finance Committee should come to this meeting.  We then will discuss the disposition of the Tot Spot Endowment Fund.  If you are a part of the Tot Spot Committee – you will be notified that your attendance is required with a postcard from the Church Office.  Please make every opportunity to attend this meeting.

February Income:      $13,174.46

February Expenses:   $26,456.51

   February Net Loss:  - $13,282.05*

*Due to bad weather and low attendance for the month of February

 

 

PRAYER FOR APRIL

            Living God, we praise You for the great truth of Easter – the message that

            Your love will NOT be defeated.  When human evil had done its worst, despite

            every effort to frustrate Your purpose, still Your will triumphed!  The stone was

            rolled away, the tomb was empty, Christ had risen!

            May the truth fire us each day with new hope, new confidence, and new

            enthusiasm, knowing that whatever obstacles we may face and whatever may

            fight against us, there is NOTHING that will finally be able to thwart Your

 

            purpose or to deny Your saving purpose, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:   Please remember our Shut-ins in your thoughts and prayers…

RESIDENTS OF HOMEWOOD – Ada Adamski, Don Steele, Janet Ebersole. 

RESIDENTS OF VILLAGE AT MORRISON’S COVE – Mid Banner, Paul Holsinger.  RESIDENT OF HILLVIEW CHATEAU IN ALTOONA – Betty Hamm. 

LUTHERAN HOME IN HOLLIDAYSBURG – Bernice Shafer. 

SHUT-INS AT HOME:  Lorie Davis, Martha Moore. 

(May I encourage you to visit them or send them a card – sharing with them that you are thinking about them.) 

Wib Hite (heart problems), Roger Bowser (ankle surgery), Wilford Yingling (Broken ribs)