Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     February 2018

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

            Have you ever played the board game called “Life”?  I know I might be dating myself here but I used to like to play this game as a child.  The game gave you a few choices that you get to make.  You would spin the spinner, move your car that number of spaces and wherever you landed – that would be your fate.  The one major decision you get to make is if you go to college or if you go directly into the “real world,” but other than that you are at the mercy of the spinner.  I know that this was just a game but I at times feel that our lives are like this in some ways.  We have a couple of big decisions that we make at times like what we are doing in our future (whether we might go off to college, enter the job market, sign up for the military) but there are times when it seems like Life is unpredictable and random. And there might be times when you might have wondered if this is all there is.  Is there more to life? What is of utmost importance in life? What will bring me lasting fulfillment? I believe that in order to get the most out of life – it all starts with love.

            When I read the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis I am always amazed at the incredible precision and order and detail that God set in motion. God created this world in which we live and He did it for a reason and that reason was love. God created the world to express and share His love. God created us in His image so we could know God’s love, so life is to be loved and specifically to be loved by God. Do you realize just how much God loves you? The Bible is a love story. The Bible is the story of God’s all-consuming and radical love for you and me. God was willing to leave everything behind to come and find us. And God moves heaven and earth to find us and rescue us and the reason God does this is because He delights in us, He loves us and He wants us to know that we are loved. The Bible is God’s way of making sure we know just how much God loves us and loves us unconditionally.

            We say that a lot in Church – God loves us unconditionally and yet that entire concept of unconditional love is hard for us to comprehend. We are so used to being judged, accepted and loved because of our looks, our behaviors and our actions that it hard to understand that God loves us unconditionally.  I could lift up several portions of scripture where God tried to help His people understand just how unconditional His love was for them but I always think about the story of the Prodigal Son (the son who went off with his inheritance and squandered it in wild living). And when he came to his senses he realized that his father’s servants had food in abundance – so he decided that he would go home, and apologize to his father, and ask to be hired as one of his father’s servants. But what did the Father do? While he was still a far way off – the Father ran and embraced him and kissed him. The son started the rehearsed speech that he planned all the way home “Father, I have sinned against God.  I have sinned against you. I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again. But the Father decided to throw a great celebration and he announced “this son of mine was given up for dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” The Father had forgiven his son and welcomed him home (to be a part of his family once more).  Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is the same thing that God does for us.  It doesn’t matter what we have done, or what we are doing or how far away from God we have run – God runs out to find us because God loves us and wants us to know that we were created by God to be loved by God.

            God loves everyone – even those who will never love Him in return. God loves those who mock Him and ridicule Him. God loves those who will never return to Him. That is a very powerful and radical love. And yes, there are times when that just doesn’t seem to make sense to us, but God’s ways are not our ways and God’s love is certainly not our love. God’s love is for everyone and it reaches out to everyone and it is there to help us experience the fullness of life that God has for us.

            God wants a relationship of love with us but He never forces us into that relationship so God gives us the freedom to choose. Today we are free to choose. We are free to choose to be loved by God and we can allow God’s love to bring us life, or we can choose to keep running from God and living on our own and separating ourselves from God and from the love and the life that God has to offer. We will not find life from the things of this world but only in the knowledge that God, the One who created the world and created us in His image and placed us in this world, has chosen to love us and wants us to accept and live in that love every single day. I choose to be loved today. Some people will tell you “life – it’s all about chance and random numbers that may come with the spin of a dial,” but in the life that God wants to offer to us – we have choices and if we truly want to experience what abundant life is all about we need to choose love, to Be loved and to be loved by God.

 

May God continue to bless you on your journey!

              

Rev Kevin

 

 

 

 

February 04 – 9:30 Worship, 10:45 Sunday School (Pat Muthler preaching)

                        Boy Scout Sunday

            February 07 – 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 Dinner

                                    7 Choir -CANCELED

            February 08 – 6:15 Women’s Fellowship

            February 10 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street (porcupine meatballs, macaroni

                                    and cheese, veggies and cake)

            February 11 – 9:30 Worship, 10:45 Sunday School

                                    1:15 Financial Audit

            February 12 – 12:30-6 Red Cross Blood Drive (Fellowship Hall)

            February 13 – 5-6:30 PM Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

                                    5-6:30 PM Men’s Fellowship

            February 14 – 7 Ash Wednesday Worship (Imposition of Ashes)

                                    No EPIC or Choir

            February 18 – 9:30 Worship, 10:45 Sunday School

            February 21 – 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 Dinner

                                    7 Choir

            February 22 – 5-6:30 Turkey Dinner to benefit “Stained Glass Windows”

            February 24 – 5 Blue and Gold Boy Scout Banquet

            February 25 – 9:30 Worship, 10:45 Sunday School

            February 26 – 12-1 Manna on Monday Lunch (Breakfast Food)

            February 28 – 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 Dinner

                                    7 Choir

 

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS – Aline Rusnak (Chemo treatment), Christian Spielhagen Richard Butler, Doris Ferry, John Webb serving in the armed forces, Ryder McDermitt (success heart transplant recipient), Kelly Colyer (Breast Cancer and MS) Kelly is a niece of Donna Porter, Kasey Babula

 

 STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

We would like to thank Jerry Green for coordinating the Spaghetti Dinner and for everyone who participated in the dinner in any way. We were able to raise $934 that will be put toward the Stained-Glass Window Fund. Valerie Locker will be hosting a Turkey Dinner on Thursday, February 22 from 5-6:30. Please help spread the word! We will need to have a lot of people to help cook and serve. Remember – this is our Church and we all need to participate in these “FUN” Raising events. We have raised a total of $1,464 for Stained Glass Windows so far. Reliable Glass remove a window when they re-leaded a window (and it will take them approximately 6 weeks per window).  This will be a 2-year project. If someone would like to step up and do a “FUN” raising event please contact Rev. Kevin.

  

Text Box: FINANCIAL AUDIT – February 11 – 1:15 
The Annual Audit this year is scheduled for February 11 at 1`:15. If you have a checkbook or a bank account please make sure that Fred Hetrick receives your books so that they can be audited.

 

 

 

  

FEBRUARY PRAYER

            Lord God, so many words are used to describe You, in an attempt to sum up just who and what You are. We speak of Your power, might and majesty to express Your greatness. We label You eternal, everlasting, infinite to convey Your timelessness. We speak of Your justice, righteousness and holiness to encapsulate Your otherness. We call You Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, to articulate Your goodness.  Yet all these words fall short, pointing to part but not all of the truth.  We praise You, though, that there is one word that says it all – that little word “love”. However, overworked the term may be, it nonetheless sums up Your whole nature, purpose and being. Teach us to open our hearts to all You so freely give us, and so may we love You and others with something of that same total commitment that You have given to us. We praise You for this awesome love, greater than words can express, deeper than we can begin to understand and more passionate than anything we shall ever experience. So, then, may we live each day, assured that, whatever may be, Your love will always enfold us until it finally conquers all. Lord God, we praise You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FINANCIAL NEWS

          Our Roof Loan is $20,400. We were able to pay all of our expenses and all of our “Shares of Ministry” for 2017. We thank you for your continued support of the Mission and Ministry of the Church. We have been able to accomplish so much and we would not be able to do it without your help. We are making payments on the roof every month and we are going to have to pay approximately $2,200 every time a stained-glass window is returned. 

          Total Income for 2017     $269,820

          Total Expenses for 2017 $258,944

           

 

 

 

MANNA MEALS FOR 2018

We only have 6 open dates for 2018 and we need more people to step forward to host a meal. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community. There is money available to help with the cost of the meal. Maybe you would like to get 4-5 people together to host a meal. If you have any questions about hosting or want to know more Valerie Locker would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

 

Manna on Main St. February 10 – 5-6:30

Sandy and Gary Polchito will be hosting our Manna Meal for February. They will be serving Porcupine Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese, Veggies and Cake. There will be a sign-up sheet for items that might be needed for the dinner or you can contact Sandy on Sunday.

 

Manna on Monday – February 26 – 12:00-1:00

Valerie is planning a brunch for Manna on Monday in February. She will be serving various Egg Strata Dishes, Fruit and Breakfast Pastries.

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP – February 14 at 7:00

We will begin our Lenten Journey on February 14th at 7 with the Imposition of Ashes. Did you know that this is also Valentine’s Day? What a wonderful love that God has for us in sending Jesus to us!

 
 
The American Red Cross will be conducting a Blood Drive at Trinity Church on Monday, February 12th in the Fellowship Hall. We have a goal of 22 units. Your donation is absolutely essential to meeting the needs of hospital patients. Your time and donation save thousands of lives every year.
 
 

Text Box: The youth of the church will be going to the Newsboys concert on April the 22nd. The concert will take place at the Bryce Jordan Center at 6PM. The tickets will cost approximately $22 each. We are also inviting any adults who would like to attend. Please contact Carissa (931-2461) as soon as possible if you are interested in going to this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION
Would you be willing to provide transportation occasionally for people who may need to go to the Doctor or the Hospital?  The Women’s Fellowship recently met and discussed that this was a need of our congregation and Karen Green has stepped forward to Coordinate this. Is there time during the morning or afternoon that you might be willing to transport someone?  This does not happen often within the life of the Church - but if you would be willing to volunteer to do this please contact Karen Green.

 

The Altoona District Volunteers in Mission

would like you to know of 2 events
 

1) They are taking a bus on Friday, April 6 to Sight and Sound in Lancaster o see the show “JESUS”.  Tickets are $125 for adults and $81 for children (3-12). Tickets include the show, dinner at Good & Plenty and bus transportation. To reserve a seat please call Marti Shiffler at 946-9412. You have to send $60 to reserve your seat.

 

2) They are also planning a mission trip to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. This will be the week of April 15. If you like to know more information please email Joy Shields at vimaltoona@susumc.org

 

Women’s Fellowship   February 8th at 6:15

(Please note the time change)

 

We would like to extend an invitation to all the women of our church to these meetings. We plan to meet every 2nd Thursday of each month. This month’s meeting, Ruth Adams and Marie Bulger have arranged for Mark Halliday to come speak to the women’s group about the Roaring Spring Food Bank. We will also exchange names with our secret sisters. If you plan to participate in the secret sister exchange, please attend this meeting or stop in the office to fill out your form.