Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                         November & December 2019


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

         Thanksgiving:  Does it ever surprise you that God made the Israelites wander in the wilderness for 40 years just for grumbling and complaining?  And so, that makes me wonder – what would happen in my life if all I wanted to do was whine, complain and grumble – how many years of discipline might I receive?

            I believe that it is crystal clear from the Biblical account that God is not pleased with grumbling and ungrateful hearts.  We need to learn a lesson in this.  Being grateful is a choice that we readily and graciously express on Thanksgiving Day.  But what do we do on the other days of the year when the mood is less festive or the days are more ordinary? 

            I often times think about the ways that the Pilgrims approached life – they did not allow their circumstances determine whether or not they would express their feelings of gratitude and thanksgiving.  They believed that God was in control and they responded to the challenges with the perspective that said, “God has allowed this for our good.”  They chose to believe that their dependence on a holy, faithful God was the best way to live out their lives – there was always much more for which to be thankful for. 

            I believe that developing a heart of gratitude is essential to growing a strong faith.  Can we make the choice every day to take our eyes off ourselves and our circumstances, can we gratefully acknowledge who God is and what God is doing in our lives?  Can we deny ourselves the right to complain and embrace a deep-seated joy of thanksgiving – in all things?  I have said it before and I will say it again “We have Thanksgiving all wrong – instead of focusing on our Thanks giving simply for one day – I believe we need to change our focus and spend 364 days Praising our God – and set aside one day to focus on griping, whining and complaining.”  Who is with me? 


Christmas:  If you gave me a Christmas present and I never opened it – would you be disappointed?  The gift might seem to be worthless if I don’t receive the benefit of a gift that was gratefully given.

            Jesus is God’s Christmas gift to us.  Yet some people have gone Christmas after Christmas and they have never opened the best gift of all:  God’s gift of salvation.  Why would we want to celebrate Christmas if we’re not going to open the greatest gift?  It doesn’t make sense to leave unwrapped the gift of our past being forgiven, our purpose for living every single day, and the reward of our home in Heaven (with Jesus forever). 

            God has given us the greatest gift of all – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  But we have to receive His gift of Salvation.  It says in Romans 5:1 “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us – set us right with Him, make us fit for Him – we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus.” I would like to share with you the prayer that I offered to Almighty God when I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart.  It was a simple prayer of a 13 year old: “Dear God, I am scared, but I want to get to know You.  I don’t understand it all, but I thank You that You loved me.  I thank You that You were with me even when I didn’t recognize it. I thank You that You are FOR me, that You didn’t send Jesus to condemn me but to save my soul.  Today, I want to receive the Christmas gift of Your Son.  I ask You to save me from my past, my mistakes, my sins, my hurts, and my hang-ups.  Save me from myself.  I ask You to save me for Your purpose.  I want to know why You put me on this planet.  And I want to fulfill what You made me to do.  I want to learn to love You and trust You and have a forever relationship with You.”

            Let’s not leave an unopened gift under the Christmas tree this year.  God wants to offer us a relationship with Him – a relationship that lasts for all eternity.  And let me tell you about one more thing – once you have opened the gift – you don’t want to do anything else in the world but to share that gift with someone else.  Can we give others the gift of Jesus Christ this Christmas too? 


Rev Kevin



THANK YOU!  Rev. Kevin and Valerie would like to thank everyone from the congregation for recognizing Pastor’s Appreciation during the month of October.  The gift certificates will come in handy and the fellowship time after worship was fantastic.  It is such a blessing to having such a loving and caring church family!  We are truly blessed!




OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS: Ruth Imler (Knee surgery), Linda Acker, Doris and Bob Musselman, Doris Ferry, Richard Butler, Jim Brown, Peggy Steele, Nicholas Irvin (Serving in the Army in Iraq),  Rev. Byron Shafer-Stroud, Therasa Smith-Phillips (broken hip), Nancy Hamil’s safety (as she was hit by a deer), Judy Bowers (80th Birthday)



                                    INCOME FOR OCTOBER:               $38,016.99

                                    EXPENSES FOR OCTOBER:          $17, 689.73

                                    NET INCOME FOR OCTOBER:      $20,327.26

**We praise God for this additional income during the month of October because that money is used for us to catch up our back “Shares of Ministry” which we were able to pay through the month of September and allows us to pay our Insurances through October as well.  We praise God for your generosity!!



SPAGHETTI “FUN”RAISING EVENT – We praise God that we served 100 meals for the Spaghetti dinner and we raised $660.  We have 7 more windows to go to finish up the project.  We wish to thank everyone for their generous donations for this project!



BATHROOMS at the Parsonage being remodeled – The bathrooms at the parsonage will be remodeled in the beginning of January.  The project will cost $21,000.  If you would like to make a donation to the Bathroom Remodeling Project – please mark your envelopes “BATHROOM REMODEL”.  All of your donations are greatly appreciated! 



Prayer for November

     Almighty and Everlasting God, with awe and wonder we come to praise You.  You are higher than our highest thoughts but always close by our side; greater than we can ever imagine yet made known to us in Christ; all powerful but nurturing us a mother tends her child; yet having a special concern for every last one of us. 

            When we think about all the rich blessings that You wish to give to us – we barely begin to glimpse how wonderful You are.  Almighty and Everlasting God, give us humility to acknowledge our weakness beside Your greatness, faith to trust in You despite our doubts, joy in knowing You despite the limitations of our understanding, and peace in serving You, knowing that You are the Lord of all.  In Jesus’ name we ask it.  Amen.



“FRIENDSGIVING” (We are serving a Ham Dinner.) please see insert.

The Women’s & Men’s Fellowship will be sharing a meal together We are hoping to see new and old friends that evening.  There is a sign-up sheet so that we will know how many people to prepare for.



Val is looking for volunteers to make pumpkin pies and stuffing balls on Tuesday, November 26th at 9 AM.  We would appreciate your assisting us in getting things ready for Thanksgiving.  If you are planning to attend please contact Valerie Locker.


THANKSGIVING TRADITION CONTINUES – we will once again serve a Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Church on Thanksgiving Day from

11:00-1:00.  We could use help in preparing and serving the food – please see Valerie Locker if you would like to help in any way.



SIGN UP SHEET FOR DECORATING FOR ADVENT – There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the Church to see which date works best for decorating the Church for Advent and Christmas.  We are either looking at Tuesday, November 26th at 9 or Saturday, November 30th at 9.  Whichever date gets the most volunteers is the day that it will get done.  And remember – many hands make light work.


NICHOLAS IRVIN – Proudly serving our Country in the Army in Iraq.  If anyone wishes to send Nicholas a card or letter of encouragement – we know that this would mean the world to him to receive a Christmas Greeting from home.  We will be sending Nicholas a care-package from the Church and will receive these gifts up on Sunday, November 24th

                                    Nicholas Irvin’s address:

                                                            B. Co. 1-24 IN

                                                            Erbil  “NOC”

                                                            APO, AE 09316


We are collecting powdered drink mixes, granola bars, cheese crackers, cookies, chips, pretzels, nuts, Twizzlers (licorice), small packs of tissues, individual sized package of wipes, and lip balm.  It takes 3 weeks for the package to arrive so we are encouraging people to bring their items into the Church by November 24th


SPAGHETTI DINNER AT THE CHURCH TO BENEFIT THE LIBRARY Jerry is having a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Library on Thursday, November 14th from 5-6:30.  Look for announcements in the bulletin concerning help needed to make the sauce and then we will also be looking for volunteers to help prepare, serve the dinner, and we always need help with clean-up at the end of the day. 



Prayer For December

     Gracious God, we thank You for the joy of Advent and Christmas:  the joy You gave to Mary, the shepherds and the magi as You entered the world in Jesus Christ; the joy You have brought to generations across the centuries as they have come to faith; the joy You offer us now in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  We praise You, that, whatever we may face in our lives, You are with us through Him, supporting us by Your love, enriching us by Your grace, and equipping us through Your Holy Spirit.  Inspire us each day during Advent with the Good News of Christ and the reality of His presence in our hearts, and rejoice in following Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Amen.   



EPIC CHRISTMAS CAROLING – If you would like to join us in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ as we go Christmas Caroling – we will be going up to the Greystone on Wednesday, December 18th at approximately 5:30 or so.  Parents will be encouraged to pick up their children at 7 PM at the Greystone.  We will have a time to share cookies and hot chocolate too! 



We have already started getting calls for registering children for the Program.  If you know of a family in need in the Spring Cove, Williamsburg, Northern Bedford or Claysburg School Districts please have them call Lisa at 224-2815 Ext. 102.  The last day to register is November 25th.  The Angels will then appear on the tree at the Roaring Spring True Value Store on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  We will be distributing gifts to the parents on Thursday, December 19th from 6-8 PM at the church.  It has worked well for everyone involved in the program to ask people to purchase 3 items that were suggested by the family.  The gifts need to be returned to the True Value Store or the Church Office by December 22nd


             ADVENT SEASON THEME – “REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY. We will be using this Theme during the Advent Season with many other Churches in our Annual Conference. And then each Sunday we will be lifting up a different Celebration each week. We will be focusing on the following:

        December 1 – The Celebration of HOPE
        December 8 – The Celebration of LOVE
        December 15 – The Celebration of JOY
        December 22 – The Celebration of PEACE
        December 24 – The Celebration of CHRIST

(SO please plan to attend these beautiful worship services as we all prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ).




The children/youth from Sunday School and EPIC will be doing a Christmas Skit again this year. We will share our Christmas Skit on Sunday, December 8 during the morning worship service and then

have a time of Celebration following. 



             Dates to Remember!!

            November 1 – All Saints Day

            November 2 – Scouting for Food (bags dropped off at homes)

            November 3 – All Saint’s Sunday

            November 6 – 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC Dinner
                                    7 Choir Practice

            November 9 – Scouting for Food (Bags picked up)

            November 12 – 6 “Friendsgiving” Dinner for men and women of the Church

                                    7 Women’s Fellowship in IHS Classroom

                                    7 Finance Committee to draft budget for 2020 (Pastor’s Office)

            November 13 - 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC Dinner

                                    7 Choir Practice

            November 14 – 5-6:30 Spaghetti Dinner befitting the Library

            November 20 - 5 EPIC

                                    6:15 EPIC Thanksgiving Dinner
                                    7 Choir Practice

            November 24 – Christ the King Sunday (Gifts collected for Nicholas Irvin)

            November 26 – 9 AM – Pies and Stuffing Balls made in preparation for the

                                    Thanksgiving Day Dinner

                                    7 PM – Administrative Council Meeting

            November 27 – NO EPIC or CHOIR PRACTICE

            November 28 – 11-1 Thanksgiving Day Dinner

            December 1 – 1st Sunday of Advent

            December 4 - 5 EPIC – Christmas Celebration

                                    6:15 EPIC Dinner

                                    7 Choir Practice

            December 5 – 6 PM Women’s Fellowship Christmas Party (Sandy Polchito is

                                    Hosting this event)

            December 8 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

                                    Christmas skit by the youth

            December 10 – 6 Men’s Fellowship Dinner

            December 11 - 5 EPIC – Decorate Cookies for Christmas Caroling

                                    6:15 EPIC Dinner
                                    7 Choir Practice

            December 14 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street

            December 15 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

            December 17 – 6 Boy Scout’s Christmas Party

            December 18 – 5 EPIC (Dinner and Caroling at Greystone)

                                    7 Choir

            December 19 – 6-8 Angel Tree Distribution

            December 22 – 4th Sunday of Advent

            December 24 – 7 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

            December 25 – NO EPIC – Merry Christmas!

            December 29 – 1st Sunday after Christmas

            January 1 – NO EPIC – Happy New Year!


            January 8 – Epic resumes