Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Trinity Tidings
Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     October 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

         (I usually do not do this – but I couldn’t say it any better – so, I decided to repost this)…

            Take your children to Church.

            Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like a mad person gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time. Hope to the car with a shoe in each hand. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If it’s raining, get wet. If it’s cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to Church. You know why?


            Jesus is there and He’ll meet you there. He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as they greet you at the door. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their bellies and hearts. He’ll be there in the sacred Word read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.

            So, take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations. Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the Pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship and praise. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t. Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – His power – His faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them with your life. Tell them what He’s done for you and how You’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.

            Take your children to Church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves. They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement. They just get to go and hear just how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re values. Wanted. Special Gifts of God. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. It’s not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and few less demands.

            Take them to Church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play. Take them to Church. Let them know it’s a priority in your life. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extracurricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void. Take them to Church. See you Sunday!

Rev Kevin


          Lord Jesus, You call us to walk in faith, but we so rarely do that. We follow for a time, but we quickly are led astray. When Your message is too demanding, when You ask from us what we would rather not give, and when Your Words make us feel uncomfortable, striking too near the mark, then we turn away from You, resisting Your call. When other interests conflict with discipleship, when the demands and responsibilities of each day crowd in upon us, we are swift to forget You, ignoring Your will in preference to our own. When life is hard and things do not go as we had hoped, faith gives way to doubt and we lost sight of Your promises.

          Lord, You challenge our whole perspective on life, calling us not just to a statement of belief but to a way of life. You are always leading us forward, eager to guide us into new experiences of love and a deeper understanding of Your purpose, yet so often we refuse to follow where You would have us go. 

          Forgive us for losing the sense of direction that marked our early days of discipleship. Forgive us for trusting You when all goes well but doubting the moment life fails to conform to our expectations. Forgive us for thinking that we have done all that needs to be done, imagining that one simple confession of faith suffices for a lifetime. Lord, You are still calling us today, You are always inviting us to respond to Your call in our lives. Help us to follow. Help us to follow today.





            October 2 –     5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC DINNER
                                    7 CHOIR

            October 6 –     World Wide Communion Sunday

            October 8 –     6 Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            October 9 -      5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC DINNER
                                    7 CHOIR

            October 11 –  4 Snyder/Sollenberger Wedding Rehearsal

            October 12 –  12:12 Sarah Snyder/Chuck Sollenberger Wedding

                                    5 – Manna on Main Street (Meal will be shared by our Boy Scout Troop)

            October 13 –  Worship

            October 14 –  7 Charge Conference – Faith UM Church – Woodbury

            October 16 -    5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC DINNER
                                    7 CHOIR

            October 17 –  5-6:30 Spaghetti Dinner “FUN”raiser.

            October 20 –  Worship

            October 23 -    5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC DINNER
                                    7 CHOIR

            October 27 –  Worship

            October 28 –  12-1 Manna on Monday Lunch

            October 30 -    5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC DINNER
                                    7 CHOIR

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Ruth Imler (Knee surgery), Linda Acker, Doris and Bob Musselman, Doris Ferry, Richard Butler, Rev. Byron Shafer-Stroud, Shelly Clapper, Peggy Steel, Drew Steel, Fred Hetrick, Nicholas Irvin (Serving in the Army in Iraq)





            We will be following the same format that we have used for the past few years now. We will gather with the other Churches from our Cluster and do the majority of our business together as a whole. We will discuss the Pastor’s Salary, make recommendations for the future needs of our Church (with our Simple Structure) and we will dream dreams together. Everyone from the Church is invited to attend and given voice and vote. 


Nicholas Irvin – proudly serving our Country in the Army – as he has been stationed in Iraq. If anyone wishes to send Nicolas a card or letter of encouragement – we know that this will mean a lot to him to receive a word of encouragement from home. We will also be sending Nicholas a care-package from the Church as Christmas approaches (so please make sure to look for announcements in upcoming bulletins). Nicholas’ address is:

          Nicholas Irvin

          B. Co. 1-24 IN
          Erbil “NOC”
          APO, AE 09316


     INCOME FOR AUGUST             $24,669.50
     EXPENSES FOR AUGUST        $22,125,92

     NET INCOME FOR AUGUST      $2,543.58


(Someone recently shared these words with me and I thought we would include them in this month’s Tidings)


WE CAN BE KIND – Words by David Friedman

            So many things we can’t control
            So many hurts that happen every day

            So many heartaches that pierce the soul

            So much pain that won’t ever go away.

            How do we make it better? How do we make it through? What can we do when there’s nothing we can do?

            We can be kind, we can take care of each other. We can remember that deep down inside we all need the same thing. And maybe we’ll find, if we are there for each other that together we’ll weather whatever tomorrow may bring.

            Nobody really wants to fight, nobody really wants to go to war, if everyone wants to make things right, then what are we always fighting for? Does nobody want to see it? Does nobody understand? The Power to heal is right here in our hand.

            It’s not enough to talk about it, not enough to sing a song. We must walk the walk about it. Oh, you and I, do or die, we’ve got to try to get along. And maybe we’ll find, we’ll find true piece of mind if we always remember – WE CAN BE KIND.

            We can be kind, we can take care of each other. We can remember that deep down inside we all need the same thing. And maybe we’ll find, if we are there for each 0ther that together we’ll weather whatever tomorrow may bring. 



The Women’s Fellowship is in need of hostesses for October, November and December. Please call the office if you are interested in being a hostess. You can ask a friend to help you with this and because we do not have a regular format – you can decide what you would like to do that evening. **If no one volunteers then fellowship will be canceled.


            Jerry Green is holding a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, October 17 from 5-6:30. We could always use some help in preparing the dinner and serving – and we could DEFINITELY use help in cleaning up after the dinner as well. Chef Jerry makes the best sauce in THE COVE – so spread the word – invite a friend – and see you on the 17th


      The Trustees have decided to care for remodeling the bathrooms at the parsonage and the most recent Ad Council Meeting. They have not been remodeled for some time and the total project will be $21,000. If you would like to make a donation to the Bathroom Remodeling Project – please mark your envelopes or your check “BATHROOM REMODEL” – that would be greatly appreciated!!!!!


I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again  to get the Angel Tree program underway. We will begin phone registrations on October 28th. If you know any family in the Spring Cove, Williamsburg, Northern Bedford or Claysburg School Districts that need help with Christmas gifts for Children ages 0-18 please have them call Lisa at 224-2815 ext 102. The last day for phone registrations will be November 25th. Please watch for Angels to appear on the tree at the Roaring Spring True Value Store the week of Thanksgiving. We will be distributing gifts to the parents on December 19th from 6:00-8:00 here at TUMC.