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

Tidings Newsletter January 2019

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     January 2019

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            Someone recently asked me to reflect upon the seriousness of missing Church and they told me that they wanted me to be honest in my response with them. And so, I thought I would share with you my response (just in case you were ever wondering about the same question).

          Quite honestly, I really didn’t think missing a Sunday was a big deal for the longest time. It’s not a sin. It’s not earth-shattering. No one may ever notice (but I want you to know that I notice).  I guess it was right around the time that I got married and I started with an immediate family (because I immediately brought 2 beautiful children into my family) that my feelings began to change. And I also want to preface everything that I will say in this article – that I am not speaking because I am the Pastor – but I am speaking because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ (like you). I hope that you hear from another disciple’s heart today. 

          When I miss a Sunday I miss uninterrupted time to listen for God’s wisdom (whether we learn from the Sunday School, the sermon, or comforting words from a brother or sister in Christ) – I miss out on meaningful advice that I might be able to apply to my daily life which is so valuable.  When we come to Church we have a time to focus on what God is trying to teach us and we can reflect on how God wants us to grow. We can focus. We can engage our hearts and our minds and we can grow in our faith. 

          When I miss a Sunday I miss the value of worshiping God through music with others. There’s something intangible that happens when we worship God with other people who share faith in Jesus. Sundays are irreplaceable opportunities to take a step back from the busy day-to-day lives and directly praise the God who loves us and is worthy of our worship.  For me, music challenges my heart with the truth of who God is. It reminds me of the powerful scriptural promises and helps me to celebrate these great promises. It leads me to humble myself before God’s majesty in such a way that doesn’t always happen when music is playing in my car. Worship God through music on Sunday mornings grounds and fuels my faith.  It inspires me to keep worship, keep serving and keep loving my awesome God. 

          When I miss a Sunday I miss the power and movement of the Church. The Church has a mission and a purpose. And every believer is part of it. We get to spread the amazing news that Jesus Christ loves us, died to forgive us, and He is alive in the world today. What an incredible message that is. We can be a Christian and not actively participate in the local Church. But there’s more at stake than that…What happens when our lives intersect with other lives?  Something bigger and better starts to happen. Momentum happens. Then power happens. People moving in the same God-given direction is powerful. And it doesn’t happen when we are disengaged.  When I miss Sunday mornings, I miss how God is moving our Church community in action.  When I miss the Host’s welcome, connecting opportunities and the stories of God at work, I miss getting to be part of it because I don’t know how.  And I don’t know about you – I don’t want to miss being part of the power and movement of God’s Church. If I’m not there – then how can I bring anyone with me? 

          So, I do everything I can to attend a Sunday morning. (Oh, I know there are some that are saying: “yes, you say that because you are the Pastor.” But I would say that if I was the Pastor or not). Because if I miss Church I miss way more than I ever thought.  Those are my thoughts.  What are yours?  What would you miss if you didn’t come to Church? 

 

Blessings,

Rev Kevin
 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS UPDATE

We had to put the last window on hold because there was old termite damage to the window encasement (which will be fixed soon).  The window project will continue soon.  This is the last large window that we have to re-lead and then we have several smaller windows that we have to work on. 

 

 

 

JANUARY PRAYER

             Lord Jesus, we are not good at letting go of the past, at recognizing 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 of that which does not stretch or challenge us too far, and we are wary of the prospect of change, afraid that it might ask more of us than we are willing to give. We are not good at letting go of the old and putting on the new, at turning away from our former way of life and taking on new ways of thinking.  We are reluctant to abandon old habits, 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 with 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 that, while the old has its place, there are some areas in life where a complete break is needed, a turning away from what has been, before we are ready to receive what shall be, what can become.  We put our hands in Yours, knowing that in life You will never fail or forsake us. To You be praise and glory, now and always. Amen. 

 

ANGEL TREE MINISTRY – We want to thank everyone who participated in the ANGEL TREE MINISTRY again this year. We had 86 angels that we purchased gifts for. We only had 1 angel that gifts were not returned for this year (which was an all time record) and we supplemented gifts for 10 angels. We want to thank everyone who participated in the program in any way. We thank the Roaring Spring True Value Department Store for housing the Tree and being the receiving place for the gifts, we thank everyone who purchased gifts and we thank First Church of the Brethren who made cookies for all of our angels, for Lisa Ebersole (our Administrative Assistant who took all the Angel Tree Calls) and the Dick family, Bulger’s and Shehan’s for their participation in organizing the angel gifts. This is a team effort and we thank everyone for their participation in making Christmas brighter for so many children on Christmas morning. Can you imagine the smiles on so many faces on Christmas morning? But please remember the smile on this pastor’s face as he thinks of all the blessings of this Advent and Christmas season…….

 
 
 

Women’s Fellowship – January 17th – 6 PM

The Women’s Fellowship will be meeting on January 17th at 6 PM to watch the movie “I can Only Imagine”. We will meet at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We will also be exchanging names for secret sister for those who want to participate.

 
 

Dragon Back Packs will need to be filled on January 9th at 1:00pm at Through Inc. in East Freedom. If you would like to be a part of this program please let Rev. Kevin know.

 


Sandy is wishing for help with the Alter Guild. She is looking for some people to help set up communion on Sunday mornings before church service begins. If you think this is something you could do please reach out to Sandy Polchito.

 
 

January 12th is our first Manna on Main Street for the 2019 year. Fred Hetrick and his brother Gordon Hetrick will be serving chili, rice, coleslaw, a variety of breads and dessert. They could really use help preparing, serving and clean up that evening & also, with dessert and a variety of breads. Please let Fred or Gordon know if you can help in any way with their night of hosting Manna.

 
Manna on Main Street:

                        February Host – Lisa Reininger

                        March Host – Gary & Sandy Polchito

 

TRUSTEES NEWS

The Trustees will be looking at some of the projects that they have designated for the parsonage for the next 3 years and will prioritize them and the Finance Committee put some of them in the budget for 2019. 


Study on Wednesday Nights


Rev Kevin would like to continue to have a study on Wednesday nights at 5 PM.  We will start in mid-January.  He has selected a choice of 3 books (“Running with the Horses - a study on the Book of Jeremiah” by Eugene Peterson, “Unafraid - Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times” by Adam Hamilton, and “Draw the Circle - The 40 Day Prayer Challenge” by Matt Patterson).  Rev. Kevin is leaning towards the Running with the Horses book but would like people to make a choice of which book they would like read.  Make your selections in the back of the Church if you are interested in the study.

 
 
 JANUARY  CALENDAR

            January 1 – New Year’s Day

            January 2 – NO EPIC

                               NO CHOIR

            January 4 – Children/Youth Movie Night                                    (God’s Not Dead 2)

            January 6 – Epiphany of the Lord

            January 8 – 6 PM Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            January 9 – 5 PM EPIC

                               6:15 PM EPIC Dinner
                               7 PM Choir Practice

            January 11 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            January 12 – 5-6:30 PM Manna on Main                                         Street

            January 13 – 1st Sunday after the                                                   Epiphany

            January 16 - 5 PM EPIC

                                 6:15 PM EPIC Dinner
                                 7 PM Choir Practice

            January 17 – 6 PM Women’s Fellowship Movie Night “I Can Only Imagine”

            January 18 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

                                  Pinewood Derby

            January 19 – Pinewood Derby

            January 20 – 2nd Sunday after the                                              Epiphany

            January 21 – No Scouts

            January 22 – 7 PM Ad Council Meeting

            January 23 - 5 PM EPIC

                                 6:15 PM EPIC Dinner

                                 7 PM Choir Practice

            January 25 – Pastor’s Sabbath Rest

            January 27 – 3rd Sunday after the                                                   Epiphany

            January 28 – 12 Noon – 1 PM Monday                                              Manna Lunch

            January 30 - 5 PM EPIC

                                 6:15 PM EPIC Dinner
                                 7 PM Choir Practice
 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Richard Butler, Doris Ferry, Jim Hamm, All of our shunt-ins (Peggy Steele, Ada Adamski, Richard & Audrey Butler, Doris Ferry, Louise Holsinger, Janet Ebersole, Ruth Imler), Ada Adamski, Louise Holsinger, Ruth Imler’s Great-granddaughter Katelyn Sharp (open-heart surgery), Lois Adams, Maxine Felton (Harry’s Mother - declining health issues).