Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     October 2020


September is fading fast. It is officially the first day of fall and October is just around the corner. School has been in session for a few weeks now.  Football at Central began and, yes, Penn State will start playing in October – which simply means it really IS fall!

This is one of the times of year that always feels like a new year – as school starts, so do many other activities resume. We get into a different schedule. And, perhaps, it is a good time to review who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ and renew our commitment to serve him.

Over the past few weeks, we have been reminded of the three simple rules that John Wesley gave to the Societies, guideline for behavior that the members were expected to follow!  By keeping these three guidelines in mind in every part of their lives, they would show evidence of their desire for salvation.  A few years ago, Bishop Rueben Job rephrased the guidelines in this way:

#1: Do no harm

#2: Do all the good you can

#3: Stay in love with God

The reality is this: salvation is a gift of God’s grace, but, what Wesley had learned is that God’s grace will transform us, IF we are willing to be transformed.  As the Holy Spirit is at work within us, transforming us, it is the Spirit who gives us the ability, the desire, the willingness to follow these rules.  And, it is the LAST rule that makes the first two possible.

Wesley taught that there are practices that keep us connected to God: reading Scripture daily, times of personal and family prayer, worship, receiving Holy Communion, fasting, and searching the Scripture.  When we engage in these activities on a regular basis, we are participating with the Holy Spirit in that work of transformation.

My friend Rabbi Audrey posted some questions that are a response used in worship during the holy seasons of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  These questions will help keep us focused on who God calls us to be as we move through the world.

Who have we nursed back to health from physical or mental illness?

Who in grief have we comforted?

Who have we fed?

Who have we calmed in times of upheaval?

Who have we sustained in times of physical, emotional and economic uncertainty?

Who have we respected and treated with dignity?”


You see, it’s not so much what we think about as WHO we think about.  But, not only think – take action: do no harm, do all the good you can, and pay attention to those nudges of the Holy Spirit.






Please continue to pray for these people: Ruth Imler, Linda Acker, Doris and Bob Musselman, Doris Ferry, Richard Butler, Lois Adams, Connie Musselman (Rehab), Bob & Dorothy Van Natta, Ron Muthler, Janet Ebersole family


Ministry Teams

While Trinity has adopted the simplified leadership structure, it is important to have small teams who have specific responsibilities around the church, to help with ministry, etc.  These teams do not need to meet on a monthly or scheduled basis, but are of vital importance.  Here are the teams that I currently would like to establish:

Trustees: a group who meet a few times a year to walk through the building, the parsonage, the grounds and keep us in good shape.  This group can also organize work days for the congregation.

Worship: a group who will work with the pastor to plan special services (Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc).  The group can also provide feedback for the pastor on what is/is not working in worship!  I have been told that this was the group who also planned some special activities.


As we move forward, we may identify other areas in which it would be helpful to have a small team who coordinates our efforts!






















We will continue hosting the Porch Pantry outside until the weather becomes frigid. Please feel free to drop any donations off on the shelves or bring them into the church. This pantry has been a blessing to so many people in the past few months. Thank you to everyone for their help in keeping it stocked.

Items that are needed: canned pasta, veggies, fruit, tuna, chicken, soup, spaghetti sauce, condiments, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, pancake mix, granola bars, mac-n-cheese, and sugar.










Men’s Fellowship will resume in October.

The men will meet at 6:00 on Tuesday, October 13th in the Fellowship Hall. Jerry & Fred will cook a meal that you will not want to miss. They are looking forward to seeing everyone return after so many months.

*All men of the church are welcome every 2nd Tuesday of each month!


Manna on Main Street

October 10h 5:00-6:30

Hosted by: Men’s Fellowship Group

Take Out Only!


Parsley Potatoes

Green Beans



2nd Service, October 25th


Membership Book

Over the summer we have been doing a complete audit of the membership book.  With the help of Sally Weicht and some others, I think we now have an accurate list.  BUT, there are some members for whom we do not have an address or know who to contact to get an address.  If you have any information about any of these people, please let us know: Joseph Burket, James Campbell, Andrea Goss, Marilyn Detwiler, Susan Dietrich, Wade & Cynthia Elliott, James Greenleaf, Maxine Higman, Gladys Hoover, Amy Hummel, Beth Myers, Amy Ross, Doris Miller, James Smith, Justin Williams.


Internet Café Coming Soon!

We will provide internet access to children in our community for a few days each week

so they can do their classwork/ homework.

*We are looking for volunteers to provide supervision.

(Technical skills are not required)

Detailed information about this will be coming soon.







































Hate, unchecked, can make neighbors feel fearful and unwelcome in their own communities. The Hate Has No Home Here project reminds us what it means to be American.

The Hate Has No Home Here project seeks to declare neighborhood residences, businesses, and places of community free from hate speech and behavior, providing safe places for conversation, work, learning, and living.

The “Hate Has No Home Here” sign project began with a group of neighbors from North Park, a Chicago neighborhood characterized by its diversity of age, race, nationality and ethnicity. Many ties bind the residents of North Park to one another; the most notable is the neighborhood school, Peterson Elementary School, where the student body mimics the demographics of the neighborhood and where educators and families are committed to celebrating diversity. The phrase used in this poster was imagined by a third grader and kindergartener at Peterson Elementary School. A North Park neighbor and designer created the graphics and other neighbors secured the translations, organized and launched the campaign.


This sign is a public declaration that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign. We welcome everyone to participate. This sign is a statement that, while it is okay to disagree with others civilly regarding issues, it is not okay to intimidate or attack a person or group— verbally or physically—based on attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, political party, or sexual orientation. The colors of the sign—red, white, and blue—are the colors of the American flag, not any political party.


You can find more information at 



Last day to register to vote is October 19, 2020.            

Voter registration requirements to vote in PA

1.    Be a U.S. citizen

2.    Be a resident of PA

3.    Be 18 years old


Four convenient ways to register

1.    Online at

2.    By mail

3.    In person at your county voter registration office

4.    At PennDOT and some other government agencies


General Election: November 3rd











Camp & Retreat Ministry holds a very special place as sacred common ground for us all. Thousands from our congregations and wider community grow closer to God at our centers. We find inspiration to actively live the love of Christ wherever we go. Children, youth, and adults thrive in an atmosphere of deep valuing. They become more intentional in their faith journey, try new things, meet new people, and become more resilient in life. Many clergy and laity identify camp and retreat experiences as profoundly important in helping them hear and renew their calls to leadership. They return home inspiring others to deeper meaning, relationships of love, and action for good in the world. A wide spectrum of religiously affiliated and non-profit groups pilgrimage to our centers, too. These community partners clarify their vision and make plans that serve a multitude of people with a great diversity of needs, so they may have “life more abundantly”.  God has gifted us with Camp Penn, Greene Hills, Mount Asbury, Sky Lake and Wesley Forest.

The COVID-19 virus spread across the globe requiring nations and local communities to take action to mitigate the harm and to protect others from contracting the disease.  For our Susquehanna Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries along with vast majority of UM Camp and Retreat Centers in the U.S., this means the suspension of retreats this Spring along with all Summer Camps. We, also, face reduced guest group reservations for the Fall. The revenue from retreats and camps is a large, essential part of the ministry budget. 

Together we can meet this challenge!  As a congregation, our goal is $500. Can we raise this before the end of October? You can send contributions to the church or drop them in the jar at the back of the sanctuary. Let’s do our part to support this important ministry!







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