Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

09 September Tidings 2016

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     September 2016


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            Music dominates our culture today.  If you are in your car music is playing.  If you are in your home music is playing.  Music is a powerful emotional generator.  Music is a gift from God.  Music is part of His creation.  Music has the power to capture our thoughts and feelings from the past, and sends them streaming into our present at the sound of just a few bars.  Music quiets the troubled soul.  Music settles the anxious heart.  Music gives expression to strong feelings when words are not enough. 

            It was music that called the troubled heart of Saul in 1 Samuel.  Moses and the Israelites sang this song (Exodus 15):  “I will sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously.  The Lord is my strength and my might and He has become my salvation.”  When God answered Hannah’s prayer for a son she sang “my heart exults in the Lord.  My strength is exalted in my God.”  Whenever the Hebrews experienced the awesome power of God’s redeeming love – they sang a new song to mark the occasion. Music helps to connect us to God’s amazing faithfulness.

            There are 3 Psalms (Psalms 96, 98 and 149) that start with the words “SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG.”  Why should we sing a new song onto the Lord?  Well, we get a clue in Psalm 40 where it tells us that the psalmist has “waited patiently for the Lord” for some deliverance.  God hears him and rescues him, and one of the things he does for him in the delivery is “he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. (Psalm 40:3).     When we sing to the Lord a new song we do so with the hope that it will enable us to recognize God’s mighty acts in our world and inspires us to sing a new song to the Lord each and every day.  New songs of praise are appropriate for new rescues and fresh manifestations of God’s grace.  God continues to be gracious toward us and God continues to wow us with His love and grace and it is fitting that we not just sing old songs inspired by God’s past grace but also that we need to sing new songs about his ever-streaming, never-ceasing grace.  Once you are aware of what God is doing in the world, once you are aware of what God is doing in your life, once you become aware of the power of God’s redeeming love you too will want to sing.  You will want to sing the words of “Pass It On” – I’ll shout it from the mountaintop.  I want my world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on. 

            Brothers and sisters in Christ, this isn’t just true today but it is true for all eternity.  God will never cease to inspire awe in us about the breadth and depth and height of who God is and His awesome love for us in Christ, as we get the joy of continuing to create and sing new songs of praise to Him forever and ever.  So, we sing because God has brought great joy to our hearts.  We sing because of God’s rich blessings that He continues to shower down upon us.  Music is a gift that we can celebrate here and now but I must admit that there are times when I can’t wait for the great chorus in heaven.  Can you imagine praising and glorifying God every single day in heaven?  I know that I am looking forward to that.  I will leave you with this thought in closing – that God will rejoice in singing over us.  It tells us in Zephaniah 3 that God has reversed His judgments against you and sent your enemies off chasing their tails.  God is King!  There’s nothing to fear from evil ever again.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t despair.  Your God is present among you.  He takes great pride in you.  He will quiet you with His love.  He will rejoice over you with singing. 

Wow – isn’t that amazing?  He will rejoice over you with singing.  Did you ever know that God is the ultimate soloist?  Can you imagine God rejoicing over us with singing because His own heart is filled with joy to see us in His presence?  When our hearts are filled with a new spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving then were able to sing with a newfound sense of enthusiasm and conviction and joy whether it’s an old or a new song we happen to sing.  Sing to the Lord a new song for He has done marvelous things.  Make a joyful noise all the earth.  Burst out and sing for joy……

It’s a beautiful thing when we get a start on that right now. 


 Blessings for the journey,


Rev. Kevin



OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:    Doris Ferry, Peg Steele, Pastor Bob VanNatta and family, Gary Shank, Mid Banner, Don Steele Family, Elaine Reffner Family, Paul Holsinger Family. Wanda Baker (back surgery), Paul Weise (starting college), Mark Steele (arterial blockages in his legs) UPMC Hospital, Chuck Sollenberger (car accident), Gary Nicholson (hospice care). Please keep our Shut-ins in your prayers:  Ada Adamski and Don Steele at Homewood.  Mid Banner and Louise Holsinger at The Village.  Lori Davis and Richard Butler at home,



Income:    $23,157.44

Expense:  $30,080.74

Net Loss:  $6,923.30



The Women’s and Men’s Fellowship have been challenged to raise money for the Angel Tree Ministry.  The Women’s Fellowship had a gift auction in August, which raised over $400 and the Men’s Fellowship is planning a Spaghetti Dinner for some time in October.  All of the proceeds will go directly to the Angel Tree Ministry (to help offset gifts not received).  Kathy Shehan has agreed to coordinate a Claysburg Pizza sale in the fall (look for more details to follow in the bulletin).  Wow – look and see what God is doing in our midst!  


Safe Sanctuary Update:

The UMC Safe Sanctuary board has recently updated their policy, stating that volunteers are required to have the following 3 clearances: PA State Police Criminal History Report, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Criminal History Report (or Completed Affidavit). These clearances will need to be updated every 60 months in order to volunteer in the UMC. It would be greatly appreciated if those interested in volunteering could complete the clearances ASAP. There is a volunteer packet that includes how to get these clearances available in the office.

If you have any questions, please contact Carissa.



            It was Tot Spot that first organized a St. Jude’s Trike-A-Thon and over the years of existence Tot Spot collected well over $32,000 for St. Jude’s.  Praise God!  Well, we decided to continue raising money for such an amazing hospital and Jason Dick has planned a Bike-A-Thon on September 11th at 3 PM.  We will begin at the Lower Trail (which is the “Rails to Trails” route starting in Williamsburg).  We are encouraging riders to bike 5 or 10 miles.  We will have a truck ready to take riders back to Williamsburg or you can ride the 5 miles back to Williamsburg (which would make the 10 mile trip).  If you do not want to ride but you would like to cheer on the riders at the Refreshment Pavilion we are encouraging you to do that (The Refreshment Pavilion will be at the 5 mile mark).  If you have additional questions please contact Jason Dick.  If you would like to donate to our Bike-A-Thon you can done online and you can follow these instructions:


2)  Click "Get Involved" Tab

3)  Click "Find a Local Event" Tab

4)  Click "Find an Event" Tab

5)  Search by:  event name, city or state

6)  Type:  Roaring Spring

7)  Select:  Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring


We would like to extend an invitation to all those who should be in the choir (Rev. Kevin heard a lot of great singing coming from many people during the Hymn Sing and he believes that many of you are hiding your talents).  We hope to see you singing and praising God with us. 




We will be starting EPIC back up on Wednesday, September 21st at 5 PM.  We will be looking for volunteers to teach the Elementary Class (we will have a sign-up sheet available soon).  Please contact Sandy Elliott if you would like to sign up.  Jason Dick will be teaching the Youth Class.  We are going to need a second person in each class so that we are compliant with our Safe Sanctuary Policy. 



                   5 PM  EPIC classes

                   6 PM  EPIC singing

                   6:15 PM  EPIC dinner


COMMITTEE ON LAY LEADERSHIP – We are thinking and praying about having a Simple Structure.  This is something that has been proven to be effective in many congregations around us and we are thinking about moving in that direction.  Rev. Elaine Shafer-Stroud will be coming to Trinity to share with us a discussion on Simple Structure and we hope to move in that direction during this upcoming year. 



SPRC TO MEET – September 7th at 7 PM

The SPRC will be meeting to discuss:  a) salaries for 2017.  b)  discuss Pastoral appointment and c) any additional discussions concerning mission and ministry of Church. 


MANNA ON MAIN STREET – September 10th from 5-6:30 PM - Meat Loaf, Potatoes, Mixed Veggies and Dessert will be served.

MANNA ON MONDAY resumes on Monday, September 26th from 12-1 PM - Italian Roll Ups, Salad, Garlic Toast and Dessert will be served.



The Summer Lunch Program started 7 years ago and we started with about 25 children who came for lunch.  Well, we have continued to grow and reach out to more and more children of our community and we have been close to feeding 5,000 lunches last year.  BUT THIS YEAR WE DID IT!  It happened during the last week of the Summer Lunch Program.  We did it!  Praise God!  God is Good!  This is a great accomplishment.  The Program has grown because of so many people pitching in (from the people who cook and prepare the food, those who serve, the people who give out utensils and hand out milk, the many volunteers who would bake cookies and cakes – they would come in at just the right time, we have had several people from the community who have stopped by or stopped Valerie out in public and say “Your Church is the one who has the Summer Lunch Program –do you need any fresh fruit or vegetables” (and we have had donations of lettuce, cucumbers, fresh green and yellow beans and zucchini).  We are the Church that feeds people!  And this summer we fed the 5,000.  You have made this Pastor so proud and I praise God for what God is doing in our midst.  

WEDDING AT FORT ROBERDEAU – Lauren Brown and Dan Rhodes have been attending Trinity Church and they will be getting married at Fort Roberdeau on Saturday, October 1st.  Rev. Locker will be performing the wedding.  Please join him in congratulating the couple. 



During this past year we have reached some significant milestones in some people’s lives.  Ralph Grove has been an organist for 40 years, Fred Hetrick had been teaching for 40+ years.  Doug Mingle has been our Choir Director for 30 years and Rev. Kevin has been serving Christ as Pastor for 30 years.  So, we are going to be spending the month celebrating music, Education, and preaching.  We will be celebrating the ministry that occurs in our midst – God is indeed good to us and we need to celebrate. 



We are proud to present Bibles to the following children from our Church on September 11th (these children are going into the 3rd grade):  Cole Knisely, Adisen Closson, Lila Kyle, Riley Peterson, Macie Smith, Abigail Smith (If you know of someone in the Church whose name does not appear here – please make sure to let the Pastor know). 


BLESSING OF THE BACK PACKS on Sunday, September 11th

We are not having an official “Back to Church Sunday” this year but we are encouraging everyone to start back on September 11th since there is a flurry of activity on this Sunday.  We will have names of children who are going back to school this year and we will be encouraging people to pray for at least 1 child during the School Year. 



The Trustee’s have been busy this summer.  We received a generous donation of flooring and cove base from Leighty’s Carpet for the Women’s Bathroom on the 1st Floor and it was installed by Joel Fowler.  Duane Oakes painted the bathroom as well. 

                The rusted railing on the far side of the parsonage was removed and replaced by Tim Smith. 

                They contacted Duane Smith who came in and repaired the plaster that had fallen in the sanctuary and he did an amazing job.  We are waiting for cooler temperatures before we have the plaster painted. 

                What do you think of the new drive way between the Church and the Parsonage?  Doesn’t it look amazing?  They contacted New Enterprise Stone and Lime and the work was done on August 3rd.  We gained about 18 inches at the top part of the entrance as well.  So, go and thank a Trustee today!  Thank you Jay Ebersole, Billy White, JoEllen Mingle, Bob Harpster, Neil Gartland, Gary Polchito, Gary Shank and Sally Weicht. 


NEW BIBLE STUDY – Rev. Kevin is planning on starting up a different format of Study in October (he will be showing a video called “That the World May Know” which is presented by Ray VanderLaan.  The series is great and it takes you back to the Holy Land and gives you a lot of history concerning the Bible passages that we will be discussing.  If you are thinking about attending – please contact the Pastor.  We will be meeting on Monday evenings at 7 PM. 




Kathy Shehan has volunteered to organize the Claysburg Pizza and Sandwich sale in the fall.  We thank Kathy for stepping forward and ask people to consider selling Claysburg Pizza’s. 


September 6 – 7 PM  Committee on Lay Leadership

            September 7 – 7 PM  Staff/Parish Relations Committee

            September 10 – 5-6:30 PM  Manna on Main Street Dinner

            September 11 – “Blessing of the Backpacks”

                                    Bible Presentation for children going into the 3rd Grade

                                    Sunday School Classes Resume

                                    3 PM  Bike-a-Thon starting at Lower Trail

            September 13 – 6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

                                    7 PM  Trustee’s Meeting

            September 14 – 7 PM  Education Committee Meeting

            September 21 – 5 PM  EPIC Resumes

                                    6:15 PM  EPIC Dinner

                                    7 PM  Choir Resumes

            September 26 – 12 Noon – 1 PM  Manna on Monday

            September 27 – 7 PM  Ad Council Meeting

            September 28 – EPIC

            September 29 – 7 PM  Committee on Lay Leadership





          Lord Jesus, we are not good at letting go of the past.  There are times when we need to move on in life; to take a step forward in faith if we are ever truly to grow.  We prefer the security of the familiar, the comfort which does not stretch or challenge us too far, and we are wary of the prospect of change.  We are not good at letting go of the old and putting on the new and at turning away from our former way of life.  We are fearful of being thought different, unwilling to deny ourselves the pleasures of this world for the promise of the world to come.  So we try to keep a foot in both camps, to combine the old self and the new.  We think we can balance the two, but, of course, we can’t, and the result is that we compromise both and embrace neither.  Help us to understand this, while the old has its place, that there are some areas in life where a complete break is needed.  Lord Jesus, You want to work within us to finish the new creation You have begun.  Give us courage to trust You completely, so that You may refashion our lives to Your glory.  We ask it in Your name.  Amen.