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

05 May Tidings 2016

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     May 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

                Did you ever stop and wonder just how valuable the relationships that we experience together through the life of the Church?  I have always admired in 30+ years of ministry the joy when people value relationships over programs and when they have valued growing in Christ together over just doing the business of the Church.  The mean reason has been that we believed that the best way to make disciples is through relationships with others – through giving and receiving sacrificial love and through truly learning how to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and through learning to love our neighbor as ourselves.

                Now don’t get me wrong – programs and processes seem efficient and they are valuable and needed in every Church, but they should not replace relationships (which are the glue that holds a Church together).  I have been meditating on Philippians 2:1-5 recently and I really think that it is the missing key to how we are to maintain and build upon all of our relationships.  Those words tell us that we have received anything at all from the Holy Spirit, then there should be a result that turns us toward others with Jesus Christ as our example.  We should be unified together and we should put the needs of others ahead of our own.  We should consider others better than ourselves and we should be One in Spirit and purpose.  These may be very challenging (but I am here to tell you that they can be attained) – with the Spirit of God at work within us, living this way actually becomes our natural response.  Putting one another first – ahead of ourselves – is actually the normal way that Christians should live.  This means that we spend time together, we communicate with one another, we forgive each other, and we actually see each other (for the person that God has created us to be).  We listen.  We care about others beyond what we can get from one another.  So often, our human relationships are based on us sizing each other up according to what we think that we can get from that person.  But, God does not see us this way.  He says that we each have inherent value because He created us and we are loved by Him.  We should see one another the same way.

                And so, I leave you with a few questions, how are our relationships?  What about the people that we see in Church but do not know very well?  How might God use us to be a blessing to others in desperate need of encouragement?  I will be spending the next several weeks in pray for relational renewal as we continue to learn to value others, love sacrificially, and put the needs of others above our own.

Blessings for the journey,

                 

Rev. Kevin

 

PRAYER FOR MAY

            Gracious God, You call us to support one another, to offer comfort in times of need, reassurance in times of fear, inspiration in times of challenge, and confidence in times of doubt.  Forgive us for so easily doing the opposite – finding fault, running down, criticizing and condemning.  Forgive us for seeing the worst instead of the best, for believing the bad instead of the good, for so often pulling down and so rarely building up.  Teach us to recognize people’s gifts and nurture them, to understand their problems and share them, to acknowledge their successes and applaud them, to appreciate their efforts and affirm them.  Teach us, through the faith we show in people, to help them attempt great things and expect great things; to look at life seeing not the obstacles but the opportunities, not the things they can’t do but the things they can.  So may we help them in Christ to discover their gifts, recognize their true worth and fulfil their potential, through Your wonderful grace, mercy and love.  Amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

BISHOP PARK’S SERMON – (Several people have asked about a reference that Bishop Park used in his sermon which referred to the fruits of the Holy Spirit – so we decided to share that with everyone)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century lifted up the supremacy of love as it relates to the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, perseverance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in these words:

 

Love is the key.

Joy is love singing.

Peace is love resting.

Perseverance is love enduring.

Kindness is love’s touch.

Goodness is love’s character.

Faithfulness is love’s habit.

Gentleness is love’s self-control.

 

And Self-control is love holding the reins.

 

A BIG THANK YOU!

            We would like to thank the Musselman family (Barry, Connie and Doug) for removing the Red Bud Tree in the parsonage back yard.  They cut it down and hauled it away.  This is greatly appreciated!  We will be grinding the tree stump down and planting grass there.  You may also notice that Tim Smith removed the rusted railing at the kitchen entrance to the Parsonage and put a new railing up. 

            If you noticed all the wonderful work around the Church and the Parsonage – please make sure to thank Jay Ebersole and the Board of Trustees in getting these things done.  The Trustees are gathering bids so that we can replace the Black Top between the Church and the Parsonage.  We are still waiting on a few more bids to come in before they make their final decision.

            The Trustees have also been looking into a mini-split system for heating and cooling in the parsonage.  The heating has been a concern because the pipes are small that go up to the second floor.  We have been getting some bids for this as well (we thought that if we put this in – that we would have a reduction in our heating and cooling costs). 

 

 

ACOLYTE COORDINATOR NEEDED

            Someone needs to step forward to coordinate the Acolyte schedule for the year!  This is an integral part of our worship service and we need to have someone step forward.  Rev. Kevin can help you train new acolytes as well when we have a new group of children and youth. 

            We are also in need of children’s names who would consider being acolytes – so please contact Lisa in the Church office if your child would like to participate. 

             

LOOKING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES

Please contact Fred Hetrick or the Church office if you graduated in December or plan to graduate this Spring.  The Church will be hosting their annual Graduate Breakfast on June 5th at 8:30 AM.  We would also like to include a little program for the Breakfast as well and so we would ask all graduates to submit a short biography about yourself (if you graduated with a particular major emphasis, what your thoughts are pertaining to your future and other interests). 

Thank you for caring for this soon. 

 

 

CHILDREN/YOUTH NEWS – 2 WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES

These would be wonderful ways for the children/youth of our Church to experience the love of Christ in meaningful and powerful ways:

CREATION (A Christian Music Festival at Agape Farm in Mount Union) June 29 – July 3

MISSION TRIP July 24 – July 29 

 

Both of these events will cost $100 (for children 12 years old and older).  We praise God because of Carissa’s relationship with 1st United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg (because we are coordinating our efforts together in joining them in these awesome opportunities).  The costs will continue to rise if you do not schedule to attend early – so if you know you would like to participate – please let Carissa know soon.  **If there are financial difficulties in coming up with the money for these events – please let Rev. Kevin know.  We do not want that to be an obstacle if your young person would like to attend. 

If there are people who would like to sponsor a child to go on the Mission Trip and/or Creation - can you let the Pastor know?  That would be greatly appreciated. 

 

THANK YOU!

            We wish to thank everyone who donated items for the Yard Sale (where all of the proceeds will be going to pay down the debt for the Church Roof).  We also would like to thank people who came and set the Yard Sale up as well.  The Church continues to receive donations for the Church Roof (so please know – that your gifts are appreciated – please also note that our current payment is $1,100 per month and whatever money we receive during the month we add that to the already existing loan amount which helps to pay down the principle.  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

 

 


John’s Way to be Represented

 

Women’s Fellowship is inviting you to join them on May 12th at 6:00pm for a light supper and to listen to a representative from John’s Way of Martinsburg. The representative will speak about the John’s Way mission. EVERYONE is invited to come! Please sign up in the round room if you plan to attend. Thanks you!

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

MAY 5

PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRAY THIS PRAYER THROUGHOUT THE DAY

 

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation.  First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

 

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

 

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.

 

Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

 

 

by Dr. Tony Evans

 

HUB NEEDS:

Diapers…both kinds, flat and pre folded       Nail Clippers

3 ring notebook…150 Sheets                         Legal pads…8 ½ x 10

Spiral notebooks…70 Sheets                          Garbage bags…30/50 gallon

Dust mask                                                       Clothes line

Scrub brushes                                                  Air freshener

 

Playtex gloves…found at Walmart, color blue

 

PRAISE!  PRAISE!  PRAISE!

          What a blessing it was to have Bishop Jeremiah Park worshiping with us on April 17th!!!!!  What a joy it was to have a Renewal of Wedding Vows included within the Service.  The Shafer’s, Mingle’s and Locker’s shared in the vow renewal (which represented over 118 years of Marriage – wow!  Isn’t that amazing?)  Rev. Kevin heard from others that they felt that other people within the Congregation might have been sharing the vows in their own hearts as well – and that is a blessing too.  Wasn’t the choir amazing?  God’s never failed us!  And the luncheon that was served – was out of this world delicious…..gourmet soups, gourmet salads, Sandwiches and Ritchey’s Ice Cream for dessert (it doesn’t get much better than that).  The day was such a blessing for the Trinity Church family and we praise God for our Bishop, Jeremiah Park (it was also wonderful to meet Bishop Park’s wife, Lisa – and it was awesome that our District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Kathy Kind) and Rev. Elaine Shafer-Stroud was present as well.

 

Roaring Spring Food Pantry

Items 1-4 we have less than a month’s worth in stock.  Checks can be made out to the Roaring Spring Food Pantry.

1) Spaghetti                 

2) Pork and Beans (Cans)              

3) Canned Tuna 

4) Canned Fruit           

 

5) Monetary Donations

 

May 01 – The Gideon’s will be sharing a small presentation with us

May 03 - 4 Rev. Kevin is attending a Silent Retreat entitled “Practicing the

   Presence”

            May 05 – National Day of Prayer (See National Day of Prayer prayer)

            May 08 – Mother’s Day (Worship Through Dance will be sharing in the service)

            May 09 – 7 PM  12 Unlikely Heroes Discussion at Parsonage

            May 10 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

                            7 PM  Trustee’s Meeting

            May 10 – 20 General Conference of the United Methodist Church

            May 11 – 7 PM  Education Committee

            May 12 – 6 PM  Women’s Fellowship

            May 14 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street sponsored by the Choir

            May 15 – Day of Pentecost

            May 16-26 Rev. Kevin and Valerie are on vacation

Finances for March

Income:   39,052.11

Expense: 21,500.54

Net Income: 17,551.57

 

 


            May 22 – Doug Mingle will be preaching

            May 24 – Administrative Council Meeting

 

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Evan Glass (Deployed to Iraq),  Doris Ferry, Sandy Anderson, Don and Peg Steele, Betty Price (Select Specialty Hospital, Johnstown),  Cheryl Treese (stem cell replacement), Sondra Detwiler, Donna Porter (heart problems), Pastor Bob VanNatta (Blood tests on Monday), Gary Polchito (diverticulitis), Colten Allison (Josh & Meghan Brown’s nephew – facing diagnosis of Osteosarcoma), Price Family (Donna Porter’s Aunt), Gordon L. Delozier family (Gordon passed away on Wednesday), Birthday Wishes for Gladys Dodson (turning 97 years old), Nancy Zeth, Nancy DiNescio, Family of Betty Walls, Family of Ron Ayers, Family of Archie Wineland