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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            In the Message Bible we read in Colossians 3:12-17 “Chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive the offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. An cultivate thankfulness. Let the word of Christ – the Message – have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever – be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God every step of the way.”

            There seems to be so much going on in the world today – in our own country and around the world. Many places endure much higher levels of suffering than we are used to. And what I try to keep in mind is, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have to keep our struggles in a proper perspective and remember that we are God’s people and that we are in this life together.  And I believe that it is key to also remember that we all have roles to place in the coming of God’s Kingdom. I would like for us to look at one of my favorite hymns (yes, I know I say that quite often – but it’s true) – but let’s look at the hymn “O Jesus, I Have Promised.” O Jesus, I have promised, to serve thee to the end; be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend….

            O Jesus, we have promised, to serve you to the end. When we join the Church, and every time we welcome a new member, we pledge to practice our faith together, as we share the words from the service of baptism and membership in the hymnal “As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness – that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”

            Together we seek to be faithful in fulfilling our vows. I will not focus on the topic of prayer, presence, gifts or service – but I would like to focus on our witness for just one moment. Our witness serves as the one word that summaries our membership vows and the phrase “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Serving as a witness for Jesus can summarize all the promises we make for God and to one another as member of Christ’s body (the Church). And the quality of our witness for Jesus depends on our prayers, our presences, our gifts and our service. When we do all these things together FROM THE HEART – God is glorified and the Church flourishes. I have seen it happen over and over again. 

            The letter to the Colossians tells us that we need to dressed with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength and discipline – and regardless of what else we put on – to WEAR LOVE. We should wear these things every day. There are days when my spiritual clothes are in need of patching or washing (but they do not need to be mended with needle and thread – but they need to be stitched with prayer and worship, by remembering to serve from the bottom of my heart…

            And I know what some of you might be thinking – it is impossible to do this on our own – but you know what? You don’t have to!   We have each other. We have the Church. We have the body of Christ to lean on. We have the body of Christ that will come and stand beside us. Some say that faith is a private matter, between us and our God. But this is not true of our Christian faith. It takes the company of other believes to faithfully live with and for Jesus Christ. It takes a Church family to live, teach and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the next generation and to the next, and to the next..and this is our job description as believers.

            Together we have promised, together we have committed, to being witness and disciples, and to raise up disciples and witness for Jesus. As again the hymn says: “O Jesus we have promised to serve You to the end. Be thou forever with, our Master and our Friend. Be with us Lord Jesus we pray. Because we really cannot do this in our strength. But as we participate in worship – as we serve God with a joyful heart – as we give of our time, talents, gifts and treasures, and our witness…God will get all the glory, honor and praise. God’s Kingdom will come. Meanwhile – God is counting on us to be His faithful witnesses, living for the glory of God ever always – May our Faithful God continue to bless you always, and together may we continue to give all the glory to God. 

 
Blessings,
 
 
Rev Kevin
 
 

 

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA FOR A FUN RAISING EVENT?

If so – please contact Rev. Kevin.
 

 

            February 3 – Scout Sunday

            February 6 – 5 PM EPIC

                               6:15 PM EPIC Dinner

                               7 PM Choir Practice

                               **Rev. Kevin to have surgery at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia

            February 9 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street – Lisa Reininger is having Lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. We will need help with food preparation, serving and clean up.

            February 10 – 1:15 PM Financial Audit

            February 11 – 12:30 Red Cross Blood Drive

            February 12 – 6 PM. Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            February 13 - 5 PM EPIC

                                    6:15 PM EPIC Dinner

                                    7 PM Choir Practice

            February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day

            February 16 – 5 PM Boy Scout Blue and Gold Banquet

            February 18 – No Boy Scouts to meet

            February 20 - 5 PM EPIC

                                 6:15 PM EPIC Dinner

                                 7 PM Choir Practice

            February 24 – 11:45 AM Education Committee Meeting

            February 25 – 12 – 1 PM Monday Manna Meal

            February 27 - 5 PM EPIC

                                6:15 PM EPIC Dinner

                                7 PM Choir Practice

            February 28 – 6 PM Women’s Fellowship to watch movie “I Can Only Imagine”

 
           
 
 

                                    OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS:

Richard Butler, Doris Ferry, Jim Hamm, Ada Adamski family, Ruth Imler (recooperating at home), Maxine Felton (Hospice Care), Alexia Finochio (health concerns), United Methodist Church (upcoming special General Conference), Rev. Locker’s upcoming back surgery, Louise Drake, Cathy Stenger (Cancer), Brennen and Cameron Yingling

 
 
 
FEBRUARY PRAYER

            Gracious God, You call us to support one another, to offer comfort in times of need, reassurance in times of fear, inspiration in times of challenge, and confidence in times of doubt. Forgive us for easily doing the opposite – finding fault, running down, criticizing and condemning. Forgive us for seeing the worst instead of the best, for believing the bad instead of the good, for so often pulling down and so rarely building up. 

            Teach us to recognize people’s gifts and nurture them, to understand their problems and share them, to acknowledge their successes and applaud them, to appreciate their efforts and affirm them.

            Teach us, through the faith we show in people, to help them attempt great things and expect great things, to look at life seeing not the obstacles but the opportunities, not the things they can’t do but the things they can.

            So may we help them in Christ to discover their gifts, recognize their true worth and fulfil their true potential (and become the person that You have created them to be) through Your grace.

            Amen!

 

February 11th

Red Cross Blood Drive

Trinity United Methodist Church

Roaring Spring

12:30pm-6:00pm

 

TRUSTEES NEWS

     The Ad Council asked the Trustees to form a Safety Team and so we recently met and we made the following suggestions to the Ad Council: the half-door in the nursery needs to be made whole, blinds need to be placed in the nursery window, place locks and make all the church locks universal, the Elementary Sunday School Class will move their classroom over to the other side where they have access to the Spang Street Exit, we will lock the post office door when the worship service begins, upgrade maps and evacuation plans, have ushers at both main doors and place another usher at the office door (where we will use the walk-talkies to communicate any emergencies), develop emergency codes, develop a nursery protocol, designate 2-3 persons who would call 911, we will adjust the times that the office main door is open. The Ad Council agreed to implement all the ones that do not require money at the present time. If one of these requires money to be spent – we will bring it back to the Ad Council. 

                The Trustees also set forth the priority of recommendations for the parsonage priorities: parsonage bathrooms: 1st priority – upstairs bathroom, 2nd priority – master bathroom, 3rd priority – powder room. We will then look into electrical needs of parsonage, and hardwood floors (in that order).

              

FINANCIAL NEWS

ROOF LOAN HAS BEEN PAID OFF EARLY

            We were able to pay off the Roof Loan in January – praise God! We took out a roof loan for $68,000 and we originally took out the loan for 5 years. Well, within 3 years and 2 months we were able to pay off the Roof Loan early. We were able to do this due to the fact that we had many “FUN” raisers and because there have been very generous people within the congregation who have contributed to paying off the debt. It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to do this together. There was not one single person doing it – not one single person was responsible for making it happen – we made it happen together – that is the blessing of our Church – and that is our greatest joy to realize that we accomplished the work working hand in hand. 

          We were able to pay all of our “shares of Ministry” to the Annual Conference and were able to pay all of our other bills at the end of the year. We were able to pay 1 payment toward our “shares of Ministry” early for January and we hope to pay 2 months of our insurances when we get our next bill.

 

Rev. Kevin will be having Surgery

          Rev. Kevin will be having back surgery on Wednesday, February 6th at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. He will be off for at least 3 weeks to recover (Doctors orders). Rev. Kevin will be in the hospital for 2-3 days and then they will be going and staying at their daughters’ home for the rest of the time. Rev. Kevin will be in a back brace and will not be able to lift, bend or twist for 12 weeks following the surgery. He has been having persistent sciatica pain for 20 years and the pain has just gotten to be very challenging lately and he has not been able to rest properly for several weeks. He is having surgery at Jefferson Hospital and he is blessed by having a very qualified Dr. Christopher Kepler from the Rothman Institute. Rev. Kevin has sensed the hand of God guiding and directing him at every turn and he realizes that this is the only way that he is going to find relief. So, he asks for your prayers. 

 

From February 5 - 25 :
*In the event of a death or if someone is in the Nason Hospital:  please call
Rev. Mick Dawes - Office (766-3742) Home (766-2484)
Rev. John Mackey (Home) 239-2120
Rev. Elaine Shafer-Stroud  (home) 505-6567
*In the event of someone being in the hospital in Altoona - please call
Pastor Duane Coy (Office) 943-5834
Rev. Jim House (Home) 660-2661
Rev. Brian Sandell (Office) 943-2072
Rev. Elaine Shafer-Stroud (Home) 505-6567

 
 

CONFIRMATION CLASS

If you know of someone 12 years old or older and they would like to be a part of the Confirmation Class – please contact Rev. Kevin. I believe that we could have a pretty big class this year and it might be a bit of a challenge to coordinate schedules so can you let the Pastor know of your interest and whether Saturday morning at 10 AM or Sunday afternoon at 4 PM would work best for you. This would be a 13 week class and we would start at the beginning of March. Each participating would have to participate in most of the classes and participate in a some kind of service project (one of their own choosing). We would receive the new members into the Church on Sunday, June 9th which is Pentecost Sunday. Please contact the Pastor if you would like to participate.