February Newsletter




  “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.  





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


Flannel or fleece jogging pants


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, 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


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


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!”


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


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


    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


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


Charles Foltz

Outside Sign Maintenance

Sue Bishop


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.