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11 November Tidings Newsletter 2018

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     November 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            I can’t believe it – Thanksgiving is almost here. I know that I’m not ready. And so, in order to get myself ready (and maybe to help you too) I thought I would focus my thoughts for a few moments of giving thanks and learning how to develop a lifestyle of thanks-giving. To live a life of thanks-giving we need to focus on three things (remember, repeat, return). We find these 3 steps in 1 Chronicles 16. (When they first brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem). You can read the scripture for your selves, but let me point out some specific details….

1)      (1 Chronicles was written for a very specific occasion – it shows us how to create a lifestyle of giving thanks and the first thing we need to do is REMEMBER).  Remember what God has done. Remember God’s wonderful acts. Remember who God is. Remember God’s Holy Name. The Ark was a visible reminder of all that God had done for His people and as they watched it carried into Jerusalem they would have Remembered all that God continued to do for His people. 

     Every day we have reasons to Remember what God has done for us. God

gives us what we need each day. God gives us the ability to work and serve

and love. How has God been working in your life? We must name what God has done for us, when we can give this kind of personal testimony, it moves us in real ways to give thanks.

2)      (1 Chronicles is actually a command that creates a lifestyle of thanks-giving where we need to remember and then REPEAT it over and over again). David puts it this way in 1 Chronicles “day after day we need to proclaim God’s work of salvation and sing God’s praise. Day after day we need to remember God’s glorious deeds. Day after day we need to thank God for what He had done for us.

     Can you see that this is a cycle that needs to be repeated over and over and over again? Each day gives us a new opportunity to Praise God for something new. Each day we are called to remember who God is and what God has done for us. Each day we can repeat the act of remembering (and this doesn’t just happen 1 day out of the year – it should happen 365 days of the year - this should be a lifestyle of remembering and giving thanks)

3)       (1 Chronicles gives us a third lesson – to return. The last step in developing a lifestyle of giving thanks is to return to God with an offering of our heart.) David says “bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. We are to bring our hearts and worship the Lord. We are to return to God with the gift of our heart.

     Remembering who God is, what God has done and the promises God has made is essential for a lifestyle of giving thanks – but that remembering needs to be more than thoughts and prayers – it needs to be turned into the actions of our hearts. So yes, we need to remember and repeat but then we need to return to God with the gift of our hearts as an offering to God. This is the lifestyle of giving thanks.

With a grateful heart,


Rev Kevin



             I am thankful that we have such abundance that we can share it with those less fortunate, not just here in our own country, but around the world.

            I am thankful for Jesus Christ, who was a Sacrifice for us so that we could be saved from our sin and through Him we can share the precious gift of Eternal Life.

            I am thankful for the second chance God gives to us and anyone else who is willing to repent of their sin and accept His grace.

            I am thankful that God surrounds me with people who understands this gift and who shares this Good news with others.

            I am thankful for the opportunity that God gives me to be the Salt and Light to the world around me (in work, in school, to my family, to my friends).

            I am thankful for the people in the people in my life who encourage me when I am down – and I am grateful for opportunities when I can encourage those around me.

            I am thankful for my family, who appreciate the blessings of God, family and our faith.

            I am thankful that God meets my every need, my every desire.

            I am thankful that despite all the problems that plague our country and our world, that You have given us a simple solution – to turn back to You.

            I am thankful for every opportunity to humble myself before You Lord, to pray, to seek Your face, and to turn from my wicked ways.

            I am thankful to You, Lord, for the many promises in Your Holy Word.

            I am thankful today, Lord, for You



            November 1 – All Saints Day

            November 4 – Day Light Savings Time Ends (set your clocks back)

                                    2 PM St. Jude’s Bike-Walk-a-thon starting at Legion Park in


            November 5 – 7 Charge Conference – 1st United Methodist Church Hollidaysburg

                                    (All Ad Council Members are encouraged to attend but anyone

                                    from the Church may attend)

            November 7 – 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 – EPIC Dinner

                                    7 – Choir

            November 8 – 5-7 Spaghetti Dinner (all proceeds will go to the Window Fund)

            November 13 – 6 – Men’s Fellowship Dinner

                                    7 – Finance Committee to draft budget for 2019 (all members of the

                                    Ad Council may attend)

            November 14 - 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 – EPIC Thanksgiving Dinner

                                    7 – Choir

            November 15 – Women’s Fellowship showing the movie “I Can Only Imagine”.

            November 18 – We will be celebrating “Harvest Home” during the morning

                                    worship service

                                    11:30 – Education Committee Meeting

            November 20 – Baking Pumpkin Pies at 9AM (Help is needed)

            November 22 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING

                                    11-1 Thanksgiving Day Dinner

            November 27 – 7 – Ad Council Meeting

            November 28 - 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 – EPIC Dinner

                                    7 – Choir





OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Richard Butler, Doris Ferry, Christian Spielhagen Jim Hamm, Ada Adamski, Brennen and Cameron Yingling, Linda Felton (Knee replacement), Noah Muthler, Brian Detwiler (colon cancer), Louise Holsinger, Logan Marko (sports injury), Christian Spielhagen (Rev. Kevin and Valerie’s grandson who is going for Cardiac Cath on November 5th at Boston Children’s Hospital)



EPIC for October 31st has been canceled.







          We were able to have our 9th Window re-leaded. We are really making progress.  We only have 1 more large window (out on the Spang Street Entrance) and after that the windows are small and a little less expensive to repair.  When the sun is shining (which has been a little on the rare side this summer) the stained glass has been sparkling and we praise God that these windows will last for another 100 years to the glory of God. Thank you for everyone who have participated in any “Fun-raising activity”. 



The carpets in the offices look wonderful – thank you Knisely’s!!!


We had a work day at the Church and we accomplished a lot of work outside that we wanted to accomplish. Wade Rodland has been repairing some of the plastering of the stone wall and when we get some sunny days we are going to put on a theroseal to keep the plaster intact. 


There was a parsonage inspection and we have listed some items that we may want to look at within the next 3 years. Some of the bathrooms need to be updated, the lighting needs to be updated and the carpeting needs to be addressed as well, but the parsonage is in good shape and the parsonage family is very happy with the condition of the parsonage.




All Ad Council Members and all members of the Church are invited to attend our Church Conference on Monday, November 5 at 1st United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg. We will be sharing our Church Conference against this year as a part of a Cluster Event where we all will be celebrating the Mission of the Church and voting on things together and so I invite you to come and join us.



Are you looking for a way to help?  Well, there are a variety of ways that you can help.

 There are 2 sheets in the back of the Church that Mission Central have provided for us where they are looking for FLOOD BUCKETS (where all of the items on the list would cost about $75) and HYGIENE KITS (where all of the items on the list would cost about $15).  You can go out and purchase all of the items on the list and bring the collected items to the back of the sanctuary or bring them into the Church Office and we will make sure that the Altoona Hub will get them – or you can donate 1 particular item on that list and as well. Or you may make out a Check to the Altoona District Hub and they can go out and purchase the items for you. You can also make out a Check to the Church and mark on your check – “FOR FLOOD FLOOD VICTIMS” and that money will be directly sent to the Flood victims down in Florida. The United Methodist Committee on Relief does an amazing job in providing services to rebuild people’s lives and you can be reassured that 100% of your money goes directly to helping the people directly.





ROOF FUND…. At our September Ad Council Meeting we owed $8,300 on the Roof. We would owe $1,100 each month for the next 3 months – and we are hoping that we might be able to pay off the Roof Loan at the end of the year so that we can focus on the Stained-Glass Window Fund. If you would like to give an end of the year gift to our Roof Loan that would be greatly appreciated. At the beginning of the new year we hope that we have some good news to share with you that our Roof Loan has been paid off.  So, stay tuned. 


The Pastor has some open evenings and daytime hours open if you would like the Pastor to visit in your home. If you would like to schedule a visit please contact the Church office at 224-2815.



Paint Party was a Success!

Lisa hosted her first paint party Tuesday evening at the church. The ladies enjoyed painting pumpkins on a 16x20 canvas.  $485 was raised by this event. The money will go toward paying off our roof loan. A “winter themed” paint party will be coming soon.



    September Finances

          Income        $32,521.26

          Expenses     $31,283.57

          Net Income $  1,237.69

It’s time to make the cookies!

(Just in time for Christmas)


Raisin Filled Cookie Sale

(Roof Fund)

Cookie Baking will take place on

December 10 at 9am.

Help will be needed in the kitchen that morning.

Cookies will be ready for pick up by December 12.

Val has order forms if you would like to help by selling cookies to your friends and family.

Orders will need turned in by December 9.



              Angel Tree in Full Swing

*October 29th to November 19th – Names and information will be taken by Lisa in the office.

*November 23rd Angels will be hung on the tree at True Value Hardware in Roaring Spring.

*December 13th – Last day to return gifts to the Hardware store.

*December 20th – Distribute gifts   

to the parents of the children.

If anyone would like to help by cutting out angels, choosing an angel to buy for, transporting gifts to the church, shopping for gifts not returned or by distributing gifts to the families, please let the office know –      your help would be appreciated.



39th Annual Good Samaritan Dinner

Saturday, November 3rd

at The Village Green in Martinsburg, PA

Reception:  5:30 p.m.  ~  Dinner:  6:00 p.m.

Cost:  $100/person

Join us for a Farm to Table experience!  The meal will be made from scratch using the finest local foods and produce.  All of the proceeds go toward the Good Samaritan Fund, which is used to cover the costs of caring for our nursing home residents.  Call 814-793-2104 x.2270 to reserve your seats!