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**There is no Wednesday Services during Lent**

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April Newsletter

Happy Easter!

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Meeting held on March 15th 2021.  There were 13 members present.  Melinda Vellente will send a sympathy card to Pastor Zackrison who lost her daughter.  Ruth Klein made a motion to supply the lumber to Mike Boldish who will be making new storage shelves for the church office.  Marlene Stebelsky made a second motion.  Hostesses for April 19th at 6pm meeting will be Joanne Gerda and Melinda Vellente.  Mary Sobey will do devotions for the meeting.  Tentative date for Christmas Party will be December 5, 2021.  Tentative date for Rummage Sale will be August 13, 2021.

We received many thank you’s from area organizations for the Christmas gifts we gave.  

We closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

                              Respectfully submitted,

                                   Joanne Gerda

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May God bless you at Easter,

And keep you all year through.

May God give you all the faith it takes,

To make your dreams come true.

May His love and wisdom always help,

To guide you on your way.

May His light shine down upon you now,

To bless your Easter Day.

Wishing you a blessed and joyful Easter!

It’s time for the annual cemetery clean-up.  Please remove your old decorations by the end of April so the cemetery board can prepare for Memorial Day.  Also, anyone interested in serving on the cemetery board, please contact Myron Jones at 724 854-3220 for further details.  Thanks so very much. 

We have some great news…Donna Ekis has agreed to go on our Church Council for the next three years.  How wonderful is that.  We want to thank her for going the extra mile and signing up to help.  Her expertise and knowledge will be greatly received.

We also want to thank Marlene Sypolt for not only providing a quality Sunday School experience for our children, deciding to have a really fun time finding Easter eggs at their Easter Egg Hunt  but for instructing Astyn Antel, Ariana Cutter, Makayla Foltz, Paulie Jones, Leo Kuchmak, Kaleb Lowry, Grace Pringle, Brady Spon, and Maddex Tomko on what it means to take Holy Communion and all the reasons they should do so as Lutherans.  Then in celebration of this very special happening she is supplying everyone who attends Palm Sunday service a delicious cupcake to take home and enjoy with family.  Thank you so very much Marlene for all you do that comes straight from your heart.  We would be remiss if we didn’t thank her daughter Erin and all our Sunday School teachers and helpers as well.  We are so very blessed here at Holy Trinity.  Thank You! 

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“May You have…

The gladness of Easter which is hope.

The promise of Easter which is Peace

The Spirit of Easter which is Love.”

To keep our community and church safe,

Healthy and thriving, face coverings are required to be worn.

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If you forget your face covering, we have complimentary masks available.   They are on the table in a box in our narthex.  

                               Thank You

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Please be advised that the office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 5, 2021.

Here are some of the organizations we continue to sponsor…

World Hunger-the first Sunday of every month we have “Loose Change for World Hunger” in our offering plates.  We are currently one of the most giving congregations in the ELCA.

Joshua’s Haven-We have an ongoing collection of items they need and when the tote is full Stephanie Banjak sees to it that Joshua’s gets the items.

American Red Cross-The American Red Cross uses our Fellowship Hall twice a month, the first and third Thursday of the month to have a blood collection drive to help victims of catastrophic emergencies and to keep the blood banks full in the area hospitals.

Camera Club– Three times a month our local club meet in our Fellowship Hall to explore new and different ways to take pictures of everything from animals to pretty flowers.  Walter Cowan along with Bob Rehner are some of the members of this unique club.  They are always looking for new members to join them.  Talk to Walter Cowan if you are interested.

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Jesus Calling…Sarah Young

I am with you.  These four words are like a safety net, protecting you from falling into despair.  Because you are human, you will always have ups and downs in your life experience.  But the promise of My presence limits how far down you can go.  Sometimes you may feel as if you are in a free fall, when people or things       you had counted on let you down.  Yet as soon as you remember that I am with you,

Your perspective changes radically.  Instead of bemoaning your circumstances, you can look to Me for help.  You recall that not only am I with you; I am holding you by your right hand.  I guide you with my counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory.  This is exactly the perspective you need:  the reassurance of My Presence and the glorious hope of Heaven.

Bible verses to read…

            Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 73:23-26

Need an Easter dessert recipe worth its weight in gold? Well we’ve got you covered with a moist cake, topped with a smooth frosting that we’ve spiked with Irish cream! Plus, the nuts top it off with just enough crunch. Be careful though! Our pretty green cake will have all the Easter bunnies trying to steal a slice.  A pretty cake to serve on Easter because of the pretty green color! 

Serves: 15

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package white cake mix
  • 2 (4-serving-size) packages instant pistachio pudding and pie filling
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • Irish Cream Frosting
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur (optional)
  • 1 (4-serving-size) package instant pistachio pudding and pie filling
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts (optional)

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cake mix, 2 packages pudding mix, 1/2 cup milk, the oil, and water until smooth. Beat in eggs until well combined then pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake 35 to 38 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, 1/4 cup milk, the liqueur, if desired, and 1 package pudding mix, until thickened. Frost cake then garnish with chopped pistachio nuts, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes:

Add a drop of green food color to the frosting to liven up your pretty Easter Cake! 

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A blonde motorist was about two hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down.   The man asked, “Are you going to San Diego?”  “Sure,” answered the blonde, “do you need a lift?”  “Not for me.  I’ll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck.  My problem is I’ve got two chimpanzees in the back of my truck which have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo.  Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me?  I’ll give you $100 for your trouble.”

“I’d be happy to,” said the blonde.  So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde’s car and off they went.

Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he saw the blonde walking down the street and holding hands with the two chimps.  He pulled off the road and ran over to the blond.  “What the heck are you doing here?”  he demanded, “I gave you $100.00 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo.”

“Yes, I know you did.” Said the blonde, “but we had money left over—so now we’re going to Sea World.”

Thank you Mike Boldish for this really cute joke.  It is a real knee slapper.

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March Newsletter

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A special thank you for your many Birthday greetings, gifts, cards, and goodies.  It all made my day very special.      

               God’s Peace & my Love, Patty

The first day of Spring is March 20th.  Yea again!!!  We were blessed with a mild winter and hopefully we will have a lovely Spring.  We’ll see lots of robins and all those spring flowers will be blooming all over everywhere.  That is what is so wonderful about living around here.  We get to enjoy the best of all worlds.  

Saint Patrick’s Day…What a festive holiday that is.  The music is so happy.  The green beer is pretty okay too.  Ha! Ha!  It is just an overall fun time.  Something we can all use with having such a miserable time with Covid-19 and all it brought with it.  My prayers are that it will be gone soon and we can all go back to life as it was.  Shopping, eating out, sports events, hanging out together, parties, birthday and holiday get-togethers with family and friends, going to church, actually kneeling at the Altar and getting communion.  Having coffee with our church family.   How wonderful that all sounds.  I can’t wait.

Jesus Calling… 

I am the Risen One who shines upon you always.  You worship a living Diety, not some idolatrous, man-made image.  Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life.  Do not fear change,  for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon.  When you cling to old ways and sameness, you resist my work within you.  I want you to embrace all that I am doing in your life, finding your security in Me alone.

It is easy to make an idol of routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life.  Although each day contains twenty-four hours, every single one presents a unique set of circumstances.  Don’t try to force fit today into yesterday’s mold.  Instead, ask Me to open your eyes so you can find all I have prepared for you in this precious day of life.

Read these…Matthew 28:5-7; 2 and

                      Corinthians 5:17

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This was given to us from Martha Krizancic some time ago and we thought you’d enjoy reading it again.  Going on without Martha is a change that is sometimes very difficult to accept.

Everyone please be advised that we are not having Wednesday evening services for Lent.

We here at Holy Trinity are supporting 

Joshua’s Haven.    If you would like to help support this mission, please put any of the needed items in the tote that is placed in the narthex.  A list of items needed are posted.   Thanks again to Stephanie Banjak for taking them to Joshua’s for us.

We are also recycling our weekly bulletins.  Just put it in the tote marked recycle in the narthex.  Fred Rombold makes sure that they are recycled for us.  

                   Thanks Fred so much.

An invisible man and invisible woman married.  I’m not sure what they saw in each other.  Their kids were nothing to look at, either.

Thanks Mike Boldish this is so funny.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Although we do not have flowers on the Altar or the Standard for Lent and will have Mums, Tulips and Lilies for Easter, we’ll still need flowers for the rest of the year.   The charts are posted on the wall in the Narthex.  They are only $15.00 and a perfect way to remember a person or special event.   

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A reminder that on Saturday March 13th  

before you go to bed turn your clocks ahead one hour.  We will go back to day light savings time and Spring will return and we’ll have more day light hours.  Yea, Spring has finally 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome to our church family Zachary and Ariana Cutter.  Pastor Seeley baptized them February 28th in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  How wonderful for them and us.   We are so very blessed to welcome their parents Robert and Kendall to share in the joy and love given to Zach and Adriana in baptism.  Our gracious heavenly Father frees us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They are united with the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Praise God  from whom all blessings flow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dorcas hasn’t been meeting because of the Covid-19, hopefully they will be back in full force when this Pandemic ends.

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Our Dorcas hasn’t been meeting because of the Covid-19, hopefully they will be back in full force when this Pandemic eases up.

Officers for 2021

President   Kathy Long

Vice President   Melinda Vellente

Treasurer      Sharon Bryan

Secretary      Joanne Gerda  

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We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Sue Bishop and her family at the loss of Sue’s father Tom Gomory, who passed away from complications of Covid-19.  May our Lord give Sue and her family the Peace and comfort that only our Lord can give at this most difficult time.

March 28, 2021

SUNDAY OF THE PASSION /

PALM SUNDAY

Blessing of the Palms

Congregations across the world were asked to refrain from worshiping in person during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 to stem the spread of the deadly virus. For many, the loss was felt most sharply on Palm Sunday just as Holy Week services were scheduled to begin.

One congregation in Central Washington State worshiped in their homes that morning via conference call. They hadn’t been able to distribute palms to one another, so pretending to wave imaginary branches in their own homes felt inauthentic and strange. Absent their usual practices, the pastor of the little church composed a non-traditional “Blessing of the Palms” for worship as they gathered in the safety of their homes. Instead of blessing palm branches on that Palm Sunday morning, the assembly was invited to bless the palms of their own outstretched hands.

The word hosanna, shouted by those witnessing Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in Mark’s gospel, can be translated, “Help, please, now!” With this very word on our lips, today we are invited to lay down more than coats and leafy branches at the foot of Jesus. We are invited to lay down our very own palms just as they are.

Imagine today that the palms laid out at the feet of Jesus today are the very palms of hands we meet every day in our own community and in the world. Some of these will be cracked, old, and tired with work; others will be sweating and nervous with worry; still others might be hopeful and open, excited or twitching with anticipation. Today we are invited to lay every one of those things that excite, demand, and trouble us at the foot of Jesus with a word of “Hosanna!” on our lips.

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No Regrets

Isn’t it good at the end of the day

To look up at God and be able to say

“Dear Lord, I helped someone today.

But isn’t it sad if instead you must say

“Dear Lord, I hurt someone today.

I drove the nails a little bit deeper.”

Isn’t it better when the day is done

To know that you have injured no one.

From the time of your waking,

Til you lie down to sleep,

Remember the promises

That we should keep,

To Love one another as He loves us too,

And you’ll never regret any good that 

you do.

Thank you, Kathy Crisan for these inspirational words of love to live by

Lent & Easter – 2021

The items on this list are needed seasonally or continuously to enhance our worship services; therefore we are asking that you make your contribution “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” as part of a general “Wish List” Fund.  This will allow us to be more cost effective in our purchases while still allowing our loved ones to be honored.  Below are a few examples.

Grape Juice

Communion Wafers

Plastic Communion cups

Candle Oil

Colored Paper

Double (AA) and Triple (AAA) batteries

Communion Wine

Stamps

Copy Paper

Offering Envelopes

Please place your request and check in the offering plate, mail or bring it to the office.  Deadline for contributions to be listed in the Easter Sunday Bulletin is March 9, 2021

                                                               Thank You

Name_______________________________________________________

Envelope Number______________________________________________

Amount Enclosed______________________________________________

In Memory of

In Honor/Celebration of

__________________________________________________________________

Easter 2021

Flowers

Help decorate the Sanctuary for Easter.  Order your flowers today!   Please fill out the form below and place it, along with your money, or check made out to Holy Trinity in an envelope and place it in the offering plate.  Please remember no Lily Cross this year.

Deadline for Orders is March 9, 2021

                                                 (Circle Color)

Mums                       White         Yellow         Pink                              $10.00

                                                       (Circle Color)

Tulips                           Red       Yellow      Pink                                    $9.00

*Lilies                                         Easter White                                       $9.00

                                              (All Plants are foiled wrapped.)

Name_________________________________________

Envelope #_____________Amt. Enclosed_________________

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

*There will be no Easter Lily Cross this Easter

Deadline to order is March 9th.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

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Please be advised that our annual congregational meeting will be held on March 21, 2021 following the 10:00am worship service.

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February Newsletter

WE ARE

WOVEN TOGETHER

IN CHRIST      

  “February 2021 Worship Team”

One service—10:00am

Sunday School at 9:00am 

Phone:  724 981-2050

Worship Assistants:

James Antel

Ronald Tomko

Lay Distributors

Sandy Kimmel

James Antel

Joanne Gerda

Cynthia Kapusta

Ronald Tomko

Feb. 7-Ronald Tomko & James Antel

            Joanne Gerda-Lay Distributor

Feb. 14-Pastor James Seeley and

              Ronald Tomko

Feb. 17-Ash Wednesday-Pastor Seeley

                                           Ron Tomko

Feb. 21– Ron Tomko & James Antel

             Cindy Kapusta-Lay Distributor

Feb 28– Pastor James Seeley and 

             James Antel

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A message from

Ronald Tomko- Council President

Dear Members of Holy Trinity Church,

From the time when the Covid-19 Pandemic has begun the Church Council has continued to work to achieve a safe religious church service for our members to attend.  Since our pastor’s retirement we have been in contact with our Bishop Michael Lozano about beginning a process to call a new pastor.  In the next few weeks, we will be looking to updating our church profile on the needs for our church as we begin to think about calling a new pastor.  We would like you to know that when a Call Committee is formed, we will notify you of that development.  We all need to be patient as we see the church get to a point of again singing the liturgy and the hymns when this Pandemic is under control.  Thank you for your continued monetary contributions to our church during these challenging times.  May God continue to guide our church in this most difficult time in our history.  

Most Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ronald Tomko

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January has been a devastating month for us here at Holy Trinity.  The Lord has taken home and we have had to put to rest in 2021 three beloved members and friends of our church.  They are Elsie Laslow, Rev. Donald Hake and Donald Eugene Ondic.   Our dear Elsie, there aren’t enough words to describe her talents, caring and love.  She always had a smile on her face, had the energy of three people and when help was needed, she was always there.  She would at the end of every year, since I’ve been here, stop by and reserve the Pavilion for the first Saturday of the month of August for the Madura 

Family Reunion.  She would smile that beautiful smile of her’s, eyes twinkling

And say, I just want to make sure it will be available and of course it was.  She would bake in the kitchen for the Dorcas from early morning until well after I was gone for the day.  A very special co-worker, friend and member of our church.  Then to lose Pastor Hake, it was and is very difficult to accept.  He never said no, always listened with his whole heart and soul at attention and would comfort if needed, council if asked and always listen with caring and love.  A true man of God who is so very much missed. 

It still hurts knowing I’ll never talk to him again.  Then that brings us to Don.  I remember him bringing his mom Mary to church every Sunday and they sat in the same pew week after week.  He was a most dedicated son and member of our church.  He also was there whenever anyone needed his expertise until his beloved wife became sick and needed him almost 24 seven.    He helped keep our cemetery running smoothly and always had all the right answers when I needed a question answered.  A real fore father of this church and a person that will be sadly missed.  I was blessed to know them all and a part of me has died along with them.  It seems almost unbearable to think I’ll not see Elsie’s smile, Pastor Hake’s smile or Don’s smile and hear his deep distinctive voice again as well.

One thing I know for certain…as sure as I am sitting here typing this…is that they are all with our Lord, family and friends doing whatever they like doing in Heaven together.  I can see Judy Banjak, with a big smile on her face welcoming them in and maybe even giving them a big wet kiss.  They are all our lose but the Lord’s gain.  

WE ARE

WOVEN TOGETHER

IN CHRIST

              

Peace starts with a smile.

Joshua’s Haven

We here at Holy Trinity are supporting Joshua’s Haven.  It is a faith and gospel-based City Mission in downtown Sharon for the area’s homeless men. and now families too.  If you would like to help support this mission, please put any of the needed items in the bin that is placed in the entranceway to the church.  Monetary donations to purchase items and or a home cooked meal that serves at least five people will be gratefully accepted.  We here at Holy Trinity collect items every Sunday.  The following are some of the items needed:

Shampoo (bulk size bottles)

Body Wash (bulk size bottles)

Cereal, Coffee, Pop or Juice

Canned goods (staples)

Styrofoam cups & paper plates

Plastic forks knives & spoons, Napkins

Large utensils (soup ladles serving spoons)

Dish & Laundry Soap

Toilet Bowl cleaner

Volunteers

Flannel or fleece jogging pants

T-Shirts

Thank you to Stephanie Banjak who takes our gifts to Joshua’s.  It is very much appreciated.

      Please remember the first Sunday of every month is 

“Loose Change for World Hunger” 

Thanks to all of you we have an offering for World Hunger once a month for sure.

Feb.17-Ash Wednesday-7pm

     Lent begins 

 Rev. Seeley will lead us in worship.

A big Holy Trinity thank you to Kim Kaszowski for buying the beautiful colored paper that we know makes our newsletter and holiday bulletins look so very special.  We just love the pretty colors and you for always thinking of us.  Many, Many Thanks.   

Some of the delicious items available for sale any time are as follows:

Home-made Frozen Chicken Pies

for only $10.00

Fresh Frozen Stuffed Cabbage 

6 for $6.00

Hot Peppers (in sauce or oil)   

small $4. Large $8.

Sweet Green Peppers (in sauce or oil) small $4.  Large $8.

(Available through the office)

Some Wonderful News

We thought we’d share with you some of the wonderful things Holy Trinity has done for people around the world and our community in 2021 so far.  Now when I say Holy Trinity, I mean our Sunday School, our Dorcas Society and especially our dedicated members who sponsor everything we do.  

So here we go!!! 

Our Joyful Diversions have given Cinnamon Rolls to all our home-bounds for Christmas.  They, Karen Blosz and Donna Pavcik also bring sweet treats to our home-bounds here and there.  Obviously, they can’t take sweets to everyone every week, so they intermittently pick a few members and deliver to them.  Just wanting them to know they are not forgotten and thought of, often.  Thank you so much Karen and Donna, you are part of the best of the best here at Holy Trinity  

Our Dorcas gave a huge number of new toys to Salvation Army for them to give out to lower income families.  Our members bought and donated the toys.  They gave monetary donations to many many organizations for Christmas and are always thinking of special ways to honor our members.  Bless their wonderful hearts.

And we have donated to World Hunger through Loose Change for World Hunger that we collect the first Sunday of every month in our offering plates and also to the following: 

Community Food Warehouse, Meals on Wheels, Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department and of course to our  Synod.

We let the American Red Cross use our facility every two weeks to have blood drives free of charge.

Our Sunday School does many things for our members during the course of the year.  They are making and sending our home-bounds special Valentine’s that the children made.  The children had fun designing them and I’m sure the members will have fun reading them and doing so with a big smile on their face.

We collected many boxes to take to Bethesda’s Children’s Home.  Boxes filled with items such as hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, pullovers etc. for both boys and girls.  And then Melvin and Dorothy Slezak take them to Bethesda for us.  They have been doing that for many years.

We have probably forgotten some well-deserved acts of love and charity and if we did, we apologize.   If you would please call the office, we will make sure it is in the next addition of the Dorcaszette.  Jesus always said it is better to give than to receive and we strive to do just that.  God has blessed us so very much and we are so very happy to give back, with our funds, with our prayers and especially with our Love.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!    

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday, is about letting the truth come all the way to the surface: there is dirt. Social media won’t show it to you, you likely won’t find it displayed in holiday greetings, and as a result you might be led to believe that you’re the only one who has any dirt mucking up your life. But this is a lie.

There is dirt in our world, soot beneath the surface of every neat and tidy human story, dust collecting in the lives of perfect-seeming families, ash polluting the precious air we breathe. Perhaps you yourself have hidden your dirt in success, work, or volunteering. Perhaps your energy has gone into propping up a meticulous self-image so that others might not know about and might not judge your failings, your sin, your humanity. On Ash Wednesday, we call that way of hiding what it is: a false life lived in the service of self-image. On Ash Wednesday, that way of living is buried so that we can actually live.

The truth comes out: there is dirt, and it is everywhere! But what’s more, our God desires our dirt.  Our earthy grime does not disqualify us in God’s eyes. In fact, in the eyes of a God who first made us out of dirt, it qualifies us to be recreated!

So, we collectively give up fasting or giving offerings or praying or doing anything else for the sake of covering up the grime. Instead, we wear our dirt on our foreheads, because we trust what our God can do with dust. In doing so, we are unburdened from the work of serving the relentless master that is our self-image and we begin the journey to freedom. We move not by what will make us look a certain way but by the callings of our hearts, imperfect though they may be, because this is where our treasure truly is.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress.

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

        Cream Cheese Mints 

     {An Easy Valentine’s Day treat}

PREP TIME      30 minutes

TOTAL TIME    30 minutes

                      Ingredients

  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk (optional)

Instructions

Add your softened cream cheese to stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer). Mix for 1 minute, then add your confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time, letting each addition incorporate before adding another.

You want your mixture firm, but moist. If your mixture is too hard, add a tablespoon of milk and mix in. If your mixture is too moist, add more powdered sugar.

Add your extract, then, if you’re making more than one color, divide into bowls. Add food coloring and mix in.

Refrigerate mixture for about an hour, as mixture will be sticky!

Form balls and place on parchment covered sheet pans. Flatten and decorate. Refrigerate until firm. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.

I used the bottom of a ramekin to flatten mine, but a hand works well, too.

Yum! Yum! Good! And pretty too!

 Some Valentine’s Day Jokes…

Hard Grader

My high-school English teacher was well known for being a fair, but hard, grader. One day I received a B minus on a theme paper. In hopes of bettering my grade and in the spirit of the Valentine season, I sent her an extravagant heart-shaped box of chocolates with the pre-printed inscription: “BE MINE.” The following day, I received in return a Valentine from the teacher.

It read: “Thank you, but it’s still BE MINE-US.

5. A prince was put under a spell so that he could speak only one word each year. If he didn’t speak for two years, the following year he could speak two words and so on. One day, he fell in love with a beautiful lady. He refrained from speaking for two whole years so he could call her “my darling.” But then he wanted to tell her he loved her, so he waited three more years. At the end of these five years, he wanted to ask her to marry him, so he waited another four years.

Finally, as the ninth year of silence ended, he led the lady to the most romantic place in the kingdom and said, “My darling, I love you! Will you marry me?” And the lady said, “Pardon?”

What did the Valentine’s Day card say to the stamp?

“Stick with me and you’ll go places!”

10. What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine’s Day?                                  “A hug and a quiche!”

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

Coffee filters …. Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

Wow!  Thank you, Mike Boldish for sharing many special ways to use coffee filters.  Quite amazing!

Officers of the Congregation

                    2021

President-Ronald Tomko

Vice-President- James Antel

Secretary- Marlene Stebelsky

Treasurer- Ruth Klein

Parliamentarian-Brad Susen      Administrative Assistant- 

          Patty Boldish

          Office Hours    

       M-F    9am to 3pm

Sheila Susen-Shepherd’s Staff

and Yearly Income Reports. 

Ron Tomko- Refill Candles 

Council Members-2021

Ruth Klein           Brad Susen            

Ron Tomko         Chuck Foltz             

Myron Jones

James Antel        

Sharon Bryan         

Kathy Long

Marlene Stebelsky        

Linda Chalupka- Financial

                               Secretary

    Council Liaisons for 2021

Property-Myron Jones 

Worship/Music– James Antel 

Education & Youth– 

                             James Antel

Finance– Sharon Bryan

ScholarshipMarlene Stebelsky

Stewardship-Ruth Klein

Evangelism-Kathy Long &

                    Marlene Stebelsky     

Dorcaszette Mailing Crew Norma Matzel

Erla Rombold

Sharon Bryan

Melinda Vellente

Judy Bottenfield

  Personnel Committee

               Brad Susen 

            Denise Germani

Altar Care- 

washing communion ware

and setting up

Betty Frye

Donna Pavcik     

Mary Sobey    

Cynthia Tomko

Jason Tomko

Ron Tomko

Weekly 11am service

Sandy Kimmel       

Ruth Klein

Stephanie Banjak

Weekly Altar Care

Erla Rombold

Norma Matzel

Property Committee

Troy Widmyer

Mike Boldish

Bob Pontius

Myron Jones

Steve Burns 

Sunday School      Superintendent & Assistant

Marlene Sypolt and 

Denise Germani

Sunday School Treasurer

Sue Bishop

Assisting Nurses

Karen Borden

Cindy Kapusta

Kathy Long

Director of Music

James Vasconi

Social Ministry

Betty Frye

Mary Sobey

_ Stephanie Banjak

Lay Distributors-Communion

James Antel    Joanne Gerda

Sandy Kimmel   Ron Tomko

           Cynthia Kapusta_____

Finance Committee

Jason Tomko         Donna Ekis       Jeff Bindas        Sharon Bryan

Ruth Klein 

Linda Chalupka

Education Committee

Sheila Susen       Kathy Crisan

Marlene Sypolt    Ron Tomko

Stewardship Committee

Donna Ekis       Joanne Gerda

          Linda Chalupka

Worship/Music

Ron Tomko       Joanne Gerda

         Sandy Kimmel  

         Cindy Kapusta

    James Antel-Chairperson

Scholarship Committee

Kathy Crisan

Marlene Stebelsky

Wendy Ruffo

Ron Tomko

Weekly Offering counters

Kim Kaszowski

Linda Chalupka

Sharon Bryan

Judy Kaszowski

Web-site-Maintenance

Charles Foltz

Outside Sign Maintenance

Sue Bishop

Recycling

Fred Rombold

Worship Assistants

James Antel

William Spon

Ronald Tomko

Joyful Diversions

Karen Blosz       Patty Boldish

Donna Pavcik

Our dedicated members are the reason why we continue to excel.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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January Newsletter

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We want to express our deepest sympathy to the families of Betty Woodring who passed away on November 27, 2020 and Judy Banjak who passed away on December 8, 2020.  They meant much to our church and congregation.  Betty’s constant concern for her family was so very admirable.  We spent many conversations trying to help her help them.  Them there is Judy Banjak, always a smile on her face and an uplifting hello when she saw you.  Having known her for many years it can be said that she put a smile on the faces of all she met.  She will be sadly missed and our most sincere sympathy goes out to her family.  Our most sincere sympathy goes out to Betty’s family as well.  May our Lord comfort them and give them peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

It is very difficult to ask for flowers for the Altar because we might be having virtual worship with Holy Trinity, Greenville.  It is impossible to know what the next month will bring.  Therefore how do we move forward or plan ahead.  Until we get this Coronavirus under control are hands are tied.  Everyone will have to check in on our web-site to get an idea of what is going to happen.  Thank you all so very much for your patience and understanding.  God’s Peace and Love.

A remembrance of a great man…

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. His birth certificate listed his first name as Michael, but this was later changed to Martin. His Grandfather and then his Father both served as the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. 

Martin graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 with a degree in Sociology. He further received a Bachelor’s of Divinity in 1951 and then a Ph.D. from Boston College in 1955. He had stepped onto the world stage. He met with Pope Paul VI in 1964 and then was honored as the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded this on December 10, 1964 at the age of thirty-five. He gave the entire amount of the prize money to help with the Civil Rights movement.  

While speaking from a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated.   While James Earl Ray was arrested and charged with the assassination, there have been and still are questions to his guilt and whether there was a larger conspiracy at work.

What we all can agree about is that he was a special man from God.  His wisdom, understanding and Love for all

really touched everyone’s hearts.  Our office will be closed in remembrance.

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You are invited to check out the Holy Trinity Web Site at www.holytrinityhermitage.com   The site is ongoing and we are asking for your help.  If you have any pictures of activities of the church in a digital format please send them to info@holytrinityhermitage.com for possible inclusion on the Web Page.  Don’t forget to check it out.  Again we want to thank Chuck Foltz who manages it for us.  We are all very grateful for keeping us in the loop.

Joshua’s Haven

We here at Holy Trinity are supporting 

Joshua’s Haven.  It is a faith and gospel based City Mission on Stambaugh Ave. for the area’s homeless men.  If you would like to help support this mission, please put any of the needed items in the bin that is placed in the narthex.  Monetary donations to purchase items and or a home cooked meal that serves at least five people will be gratefully accepted.  Please call the office if you have any questions.  The following are some of the items needed:

Shampoo (bulk size bottles)

Body Wash (bulk size bottles)

Coffee, Canned goods (staples)

Styrofoam cups & paper plates

Plastic forks, knives, spoons & napkins

Battery clocks with batteries

Antibacterial spray

Flannel or fleece pants (jogging pants)

T-Shirts

PS:  We want to again thank Stephanie Banjak for taking the donated items to Joshua’s for us.  It is a really big help.

So here it is...the recipe for my super fast and easy dinner tonight. Did I mention that it is also really yummy?? No left overs here!

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Meatball Sandwich Casserole

You will need:

! bag of frozen meatballs (I use Mama Lucia Brand, personal preference)
1 jar of marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce if there isn't any marinara on hand
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Italian blend cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 loaf of fresh Italian bread, sliced

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 400. Place entire bag of meatballs in pot with sauce (I also add garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste) and cook over medium heat until warmed completely through, about 10 minutes. Stir as needed to keep meatballs from sticking to pot. Once heated through remove from heat. Place meatballs in the center of a 9x13 baking dish, layer mozzarella and Italian blend cheeses over meatballs topping off with the Parmesan. Take the slices of Italian bread and line the pan all the way around with them so that they are kind of keeping the meatballs toward the center of the pan. The bread slices will be standing up in the pan as shown in the picture. You have creative freedom here with the bread...you can lightly butter and garlic the bread prior to placing it in the pan if you prefer or even brush lightly with olive oil and garlic. The choice is yours. I have made it plain and as noted above and all are delicious!

Place in oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy! 

A side salad goes nicely with this quick meal!
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      Meatball Sandwich Casserole

                  You will need:

1 bag of frozen meatballs (use Mama Lucia)
1 jar of marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce 

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Italian blend cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 loaf of fresh Italian bread, sliced

                  To prepare:

Preheat oven to 400. Place entire bag of meatballs in pot with sauce (I also add garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste) and cook over medium heat until warmed completely through, about 10 minutes. Stir as needed to keep meatballs from sticking to pot. Once heated through remove from heat. Place meatballs in the center of a 9×13 baking dish, layer mozzarella and Italian blend cheeses over meatballs topping off with the Parmesan. Take the slices of Italian bread and line the pan all the way around with them so that they are kind of keeping the meatballs toward the center of the pan. The bread slices will be standing up in the pan. You have creative freedom here with the bread…you can lightly butter and garlic the bread prior to placing it in the pan if you prefer or even brush lightly with olive oil and garlic. The choice is yours.  Place in oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cheese is melted &bubbly, remove from oven, serve and enjoy!
Thank you, Mike Boldish for a great recipe!

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Christmas Eve Online Streamed Service

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We will be doing an On-Line Stream for the Christmas Eve Service this year.

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Merry Christmas from Sunday School

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