Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Monday, October 16, 2017

06 June-August Tidings 2016

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     June-August 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            It’s surprising how loud silence can be.  Especially when you’re not used to it.  There was a Silent Retreat being offered through the Susquehanna Conference, Center for Spiritual Formation where I had to be quiet for 30 hours.  High above the mountains in Millerstown I along with 10 others were alone in the woods – it was silent.  I needed a break from the noise, from the crowd. I wanted to be alone with my Lord (spending time reading scripture and prayer – speaking and listening). 

            I figured some things out on the top of that mountain – that we are humans, not machines.  We were made for rhythms of silence and noise, community and solitude. 

 It’s surprising how loud silence can be. Especially when you’re not used to it.  From the dawn of time, we have needed our respites.  Even God Himself was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (Matthew 4:1), “went out to a desolate plate” (Mark 1:35, Luke 4:42), and “went up on the mountain by Himself to pray….alone.”  (Matthew 14:23). 

            Getting away from time to time has always been a human necessity, but it’s all the more pressing in our lives today.  Our schedules expand, we add more and more to our already full schedule.  And I realized that I add too much noise to my life (even when I am home alone – I feel like the TV or Music has to be on). I realize after 31 years of ministry that I needed to get alone and be quite more than ever before.  

            But merely getting away isn’t enough.  There is benefit to be had in just letting your soul decompress, enjoying nature, and letting your soul breath fresh air.  I went away because I wanted to come back better, not only rest, but more ready to love, serve and sacrifice.  I wanted to find clarity, resolve and initiative, or return primed to focus more on my life of faith.      

            One benefit of silence is simply searching the depths of our own souls, asking what our blind spots have become in the rush of everyday life.  In the busyness, is there anything more important I’m neglecting or repressing?  How am I doing in my relationship with others?  What needs refocusing?  I needed time along to be quiet so that I could hear the internal voice, the murmurs of my soul that was easily drowned out in the noise and crowds. 

            The most important voice I heard in the silence was God’s.  The point of practicing silence as a Spiritual discipline is not so we can hear God’s audible voice, but so we can be less distracted, and hear Him speak, with even greater clarity, in His Word.  It was a special time for me to pray for God’s blessings, that He would bring to life what in life needs my fresh attention, and that His Spirit would speak to my soul.  And so, in order to hear God, I picked up the scriptures, focused on how my thoughts were aligning with what God had revealed In His word – then take them as a gift from God and take them to heart. 

            My I encourage you to take time away for prayer and meditation (whether it might be for an hour a day) where you study God’s Word – Trust God to meet you in His Word and lead your time with His Word.  Spend minutes just listening to the silence, and let your soul hear the way in which God may be guiding or directing your thoughts.  Include even more prayer, guided by the scriptures, perhaps the Lord’s Prayer, and continue to ask God to direct Your heart in praise, confession, petition and supplication.  It will help to refocus your life, get you in touch with how God might be guiding and directing your life. May I even suggest jotting down your thoughts (that you might be able to focus again on how God might be speaking to you).   Consider setting some time each week to get in touch how God might be guiding you.  Continue to pray about it.  Listen and see if you receive answers.  And then act on those things that God has shared with you. 
            I had apprehensions about whether I was going to be able to be totally quiet for 30 hours.  But boy, was I wrong.  I realized that in my life I needed to set aside even more silent retreats (Oh, I might not be able to set aside 30 hours – but I have started to implement 30-40 minutes a day to focus on God, be guided by His Word and let God speak to my soul.  I would be open and willing to speak to you to hear how God might be working within your life. 

 

 

Blessings for the journey,

             

Rev. Kevin   

 

  OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Betty Hamm Family, Sondra Detwiler Family, Betty Price Family,  Leota Smouse, Morgan Ebersole (Summer Mission Trip), Adam Dixon (teaching English in China), Beverly Oakes (cancer), Gladys Dodson (hospital), Evan Glass (Coming home from Iraq), Doris Ferry, Sandy Anderson,  Don & Peggy  Steele, Cheryl Treese (stem cell replacement), Carissa Blair (healing), Pastor Bob VanNatta, Paul Holsinger (Broken Vertebra in neck), Donna Porter (praise for good Dr’s report), Answered Prayers for Glenn Ritchey, Wade and Dee Rodland (healthy grandson born to daughter Eryn), Shafer/Morales Wedding, Mel Phillips (cancer -friend of the Weise’s)

 

 

PRAYER FOR THE SUMMER

 

Almighty God, we find it hard sometimes not to despair of our world.  When we look at its pain and suffering, sorrow and despair, hatred and division, evil and injustice, we fear for the future, and struggle to make sense of it all.  Yet we know today that You too feel sorrow, more than we can even begin to imagine.  Unlike us, though, You never give up – Your love is willing to give everything, even Your Son, to redeem, restore and renew.  Inspire us through that knowledge, and so may we continue to strive for the coming of Your Kingdom, until that day when all things are reconciled to You in Christ, and we are One with You and Him, now and forevermore.  Amen.  

 

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

 

2016 Blueberry Sale

The Altoona District Mission Central Hub will be selling blueberries again this year. The berries will be sold for $30 (approximately 13-1/2 pints). They will be delivered Thursday, July 7th. Order forms can be found in the back of the church. Ruth Adams is the coordinator here at TUMC so if you have any questions feel free to ask. All orders are to be given to Ruth by June 19th.

 

Women’s Fellowship – June 9th – 6:00PM

HONORING FATHER’S

Alta, Kay and Stephanie will be preparing a light meal which will include sandwiches, chips, relish tray, gob cake and strawberry pretzel dessert. Please sign the sheet in the back of the church if you plan to attend.

 

  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

EVEREST

June 12-16

Ages: Kindergarten to 5th grade

Dinner served at 5:00pm Program begins at 5:30-7:30

Registration forms can be found on the back table or in the church office. If you’re interested in helping please contact Carissa. She still has some positions that need filled.

  

From Kate Muthler -Acolyte Coordinator

 

We will be having an acolyte meeting later in the summer for all current and new participants.  A letter and schedule will be sent to all participants at the beginning of June.  If your child is unable to perform the duty of acolyte on their scheduled date, please find a replacement with another child listed.  Also, please inform Lisa at the church office of the change ahead of time.  Thank you all for giving of your time.

 

“FREE” SUMMER LUNCH BEGINS

            We served over 4,800 FREE lunches during the Summer of 2015 and we have a goal of serving over 5,000 meals.  Fred, Jerry and Valerie are ready to get started.  Fred cares for the Financial Record Keeping, Jerry makes sure that we make application with the State and receive some funding for this VITAL ministry and Valerie makes it all happen (she gets the cooks, assistants, Fellowship Hall volunteers and clean-up crew).  We will be serving the lunch from 12PM – 1 PM every day, Monday through Friday starting on June 8th and the program will end on August 19th.  The children’s favorites include “Walking Tacos” and “Maxi-Cheese-Sticks” and we will be reaching out to the children that attend the Summer Y Program.  The meal is TOTALLY FREE for children 18 years and younger.  Adults will be charged $2.50.  So, help spread the word.  Let’s make our goal of 5,000 meals this summer.  Get involved!  Let Valerie Locker know that you are interested in serving in any capacity.  (We even get donations from people’s gardens and there is a Mennonite Woman in Martinsburg who also brings food to help with our Program).  We have a reputation my friends “We are the Church that Feeds People.”  That’s a nice reputation to have.  Come and enjoy a meal with us.  Rev. Kev. hears from parents and grandparents regularly how they really appreciate our Church’s willingness to continue this program. We are helping many families help spread their food dollars and are providing a healthy meal for their children (where they may not have that otherwise). WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

 

 From Sally Weicht – Prayer Chain Coordinator

 

Would you like to be added to the Prayer Chain?

The prayer chain is the spiritual alarm system which communicates and takes prayerful action on the needs of the congregation, community and global needs. This network of people who are committed to prayer take action on behalf of the congregation on Jesus’ words to "ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened," (Matthew 7:7). The importance of the prayer chain is that it faithfully intercedes on behalf of others in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns and emergency situations. The prayer chain is a vital part of our church and we would like you to take part with us. Please speak to Sally or call the office if you would like to be added to our list.

 

SUSQUEHANNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION June 9-11

       Rev. Kevin and Mike Galbraith will be representing Trinity United Methodist Church for the Susquehanna Annual Conference Meeting in Grantham, PA.  The purpose of the Annual Conference is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local Church”. Whether we are in a business session, a worship service, Bible Study or in fellowship, it is important for us to remember that purpose statement.  We ALL have the mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world.  Our adaptive challenge is:  How will we be partners together in birthing a new and exciting, as well as faithful and fruitful, way to reach more people for Jesus Christ?  To be a Church that creates new opportunities to connect with new people in our communities is not an option for such a time as this.  Please pray for Rev. Kevin and Mike as we represent you..

 

 

MANNA ON MAIN STREET

June 11th

July 9th

August 13th

We have been averaging 100 people for every Manna Meal (and the good news is – we receive donations every month to cover the costs of the meal).   And do you want to know what the true blessing is?   We just receive enough money to pay for the next meal.  There is a great lesson in this.  God wants us to feed people – and God gives us the resources to do it.  And God should receive the glory, honor and praise for the way in which He is working in our lives.  AMEN? 

 

  New Members to be accepted into the church

The Pastor would like to take new members into the church soon. If you are interested in joining please contact Rev. Kevin Locker. If you are already a member of another church the Pastor can care for transferring your church membership.

 

TRUSTEES –

The Trustees of the Church would like to share with you that we did have a 2 foot square piece of plaster that fell from the ceiling in the back of the Sanctuary.  It fell on a Friday scattering plaster and plaster dust all over the sanctuary.  But the Trustees are on top of everything.  We have contacted a Plaster Expert who will submit a bid to do the work.  We will have to have a painter come in and paint as well.  There are some other areas of the ceiling that the Expert believes that we should take care of (which the Trustees are planning on repairing while we have the scaffolding here). 

We have a $1,000 deductible on our Insurance and the insurance may only cover the section where the plaster fell from – but our #1 Responsibility is Safety and we want to care for all the areas that the Expert has pointed out to us.  We must thank Jay Ebersole for the awesome way that he has taken on responsibility for this.  He cleaned up the plaster and had the Plaster Expert in here on the following Monday.  We also have a painter who is recommended as well (who has done other painting in the Church).  We will keep you informed of our progress in the announcements in the bulletins. 

 

June 12

RICHARD KEISER COMING TO TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Richard is not a stranger to Trinity United Methodist Church.  Richard has won over 70 major awards as a result of his playing, including “Instrumentalist of the Decade” from the International Country Gospel Music Association and three time “Artist of the Year” award from the Country Gospel Music Association.  Richard has recorded eight CD’s and two instructional videos.  Richard has performed with Chet Adkins, Roy Clark, Charlie McCoy, Phil Driscoll, The Oak Ridge Boys, and many other top southern gospel and contemporary Christian groups.

So – MARK YOUR CALENDARS – JUNE 12 – 9:30 AM

If anyone knows of any groups that might be able to provide Special Music during the Summer Months please contact Doug Mingle or Rev. Kev. 

2 GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF OUR CHURCH

Carissa Blair, our children/youth Director because of her connections with First UMC in Hollidaysburg have opened up some opportunities for the children of our Church to participate in 2 great opportunities this summer.  CREATION (is a Christian Music Festival and Teaching at the Agape Farm in Mount Union, PA) and it runs from June 29 through July 2.  I believe that Carissa, Billy & Kristen White are the only ones signed up for Creation at this moment.  The other opportunity that the children of our Church have to participate in is a Mission Trip (July 24-29) to Bloomsburg, PA.  I believe that Carissa, Rebekah & Jacob Dick, Luke Knisely, Lisa & Tanner Ebersole are already signed up for the Mission Trip.  It may not be too late if we have any more youth who would like to participate (but you may have to pay some additional costs to attend because ticket costs and registration costs increase).  We thank Carissa for setting up these 2 wonderful opportunities for the children and adults of our Church.  That is what we were hoping would happen when we dreamt of a youth director coming – that they would get us started attending Mission Trip and special events that are happening around us.  WE PRAISE GOD FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES!

            Carissa attended a meeting this week for the mission trip. The host church – Lightstreet United Methodist Church of Bloomsburg is asking for a few donations. If you are willing or able to donate that would be awesome!! The host church is looking for monetary donations for the Ronald Mcdonald House, Gas cards, Walmart gift cards and non parishable food items for their local foodbank. Items can be brought to the church office or given to Carissa. 

 

Is there anyone interested in doing some grocery shopping or pharmacy pick up for two older members of our community? If you are interested, please contact Rev. Kevin.

 

 

 

JUNE

June 3 – Last day of School for Spring Cove School District

            June 5 – 8:30 AM   Graduate Recognition Breakfast

            June 6 – 9AM Senior Shuffleboard Games

            June 7 – 9AM Senior Shuffleboard Games

                          7 PM  Administrative Council Meeting

            June 8 – 12 -1 PM  Summer Lunch Begins

            June 9 – 6PM Women’s Fellowship

            June 9 – 11  Susquehanna Annual Conference Meeting

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

            June 12 – Richard Keiser will be playing the guitar for our Worship Service

                            5 PM Vacation Bible School 5:00 Dinner/5:30-7:30 Program

            June 13 – 5 PM Vacation Bible School 5:00 Dinner/5:30-7:30 Program

            June 14 – 5 PM Vacation Bible School 5:00 Dinner/5:30-7:30 Program

            June 15 – 5 PM Vacation Bible School 5:00 Dinner/5:30-7:30 Program

            June 16 – 5 PM Vacation Bible School 5:00 Dinner/5:30-7:30 Program

            June 19 – Father’s Day

            June 20 – 12 Unlikely Hero Book Discussion at the Parsonage – we will study

     Mark

            June 21 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

                            7 PM  Finance Committee Meeting

            June 22 – CHURCH CONVERSATION

            June 28 – 7 PM Staff/Parish Relations Committee Meeting

            June 29 – CREATION

            June 30 – CREATION

JULY

July 1 – CREATION

            July 2 – CREATION

            July 4 – Independence Day

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

            July 11 – 15 Lisa Ebersole will be on vacation

            July 12 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            July 13 – 7 PM  Education Committee Meeting

            July 24 – 29 MISSION TRIP TO BLOOMSBURG

            July 26 – 7 PM  Administrative Council Meeting

July 31 – Hymn Sing - Details to follow soon – Doug & Rev Kev are planning

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AUGUST

August 9 – Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            August 11 – 7 PM  Staff/Parish Relations Committee Meeting

            August 13 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street Dinner

            August 14 – TUMC POOL PARTY - Morrison’s Cove Memorial Pool (invite

                                 your family, friends and neighbors).  Bring your favorite snack

            August 18-27 Rev. Kev. and Valerie on Vacation

            August 19 – LAST DAY OF SUMMER LUNCH

            August 20 – 2-6 PM  FREE Community Picnic at the Spring Dam.  Local

business, churches, and organizations are working together to  celebrate by blessing our community with a free picnic.  Food, games, bounce house, face painting and so much more.

            August 21 – Spring Dam Community Worship Service

 

            August 29 – 12:30-6:00 PM Red Cross Blood Drive