July Newsletter

Peachy Poke Cake

You don’t have to wait for summer to come around to serve up slices of yummy peach cake. Our recipe for Peachy Poke Cake is made with some peachy ingredients that are available year-round. And since it’s a poke cake, there’s lots of peach flavor in every bite.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
  • 1 (4-serving-size) package peach-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (29-ounce) can sliced peaches in juice, drained, divided

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. 
  2. Bake 23 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean; let cool 15 minutes. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke about 15 holes randomly into each cake layer.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Slowly pour into holes of both cakes. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Place 1 cake layer on serving platter and frost with whipped topping; layer with half the peach slices. Place second cake layer on top and frost top and sides with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then garnish with remaining peach slices.

This recipe came from Ann Usko.  It was in an old “Our Favorite Recipes book” published by the church many years ago.

Two of my favorite things to eat are peaches and lemon flavor.  Good guess huh…

 “Pineapple Lemon Jello”

1 (20oz.) crushed pineapple

2 cups buttermilk

1 large Lemon Juice

8 oz. Cool Whip

Bring pineapple to a boil and add Jello and mix well.  Set to cool.  Then add buttermilk and fold in Coo Whip.  Put in refrigerator and let set.

Then enjoy! 

The Call Committee…

Well our Call Committee is in place and they will be meeting with our Bishop Lozano coming up soon.  One thing we can all agree on is that we need a Pastor and they are going to oversee this momentous task of finding one.  The members are as follows:

Steve Banjak-chairman   Linda Chalupka

John Chlpka                     Donna Ekis

Myron Jones                     Sheila Susen

                       Jason Tomko

“The magnificent Seven”

We will have more to report as time goes on as per a conversation with Steve Banjak.

We want to thank everyone on our Call Committee for their time, wisdom and expertise.  We are all so looking forward to having a Shepherd to guide us.
Thank you…Thank you!!!

We have yet to have our outside service at the time of this publication.  But it all sounds so interesting.  You can stay in your car, put a special channel on your radio and hear the entire service, you can sit in the pavilion or you can bring a lawn chair and sit in that during the service.  The only thing is there will not be communion at this service.  So pick the way you want to participate and join us on June 27th at 10:00am.


Remember…Summer Worship is at 10:00am and our Sunday School is in recess for the summer months. 


The deadline is fast approaching to apply for either the Paula Joyce Scholarship fund or the Lutheran College Scholarship fund.  Guidelines are available in the office. 

Deadline is July 18, 2021

Our Cemetery has gone through a new change.  Please take some time and drive over there and see what we mean.  Mrs. Edna Marshall, daughter of Kay Zipay who was a member of this church, wanted to make sure a special gift was given to the cemetery before she went home to our Lord.  And boy did she leave something beautiful.  What is up are spectacular metal fences at the entrance to the cemetery.  How magnificent they are, you must go see for yourself.  Edna chose a really grand way to give our cemetery a very special grand look.  Our thank you to Edna for this awesome gift.

We would also like to thank Chuck Foltz for installing new Guest WIFI devices and firewall.  Anyone who wants WIFI should use Guest WIFI and then they can access the internet.  Pretty cool huh.  Thanks Chuck on behalf of possible guest internet users.

Dorcas Rummage Sale

Enclosed is a flyer explaining the what, when and what time.  It will be held on August 13th and August. 14th.  Please see flyer for more information.


Sunday School…

Our Rally Day has yet to be announced.  We will have all the information needed published in the August newsletter.

Please be sure to recycle your bulletins by dropping them into the designated tote in the narthex.  Fred Rombold will recycle them for us.  We all need to protect our planet and recycling is a really good way to start.

Don’t forget to visit our website at wwwholytrinityhermitagepa.com 

Chuck Foltz keeps it up to date and it is very interesting.  Don’t take our word for it, go on & see what we mean! Thanks Chuck

He even fixed the office computer!  Bless his heart.  See how blessed we are.

Remember…We collect loose change for World Hunger the first Sunday of every month and items needed for Joshua’s are always ongoing and we have a tote in the narthex to put your donations.  Stephanie Banjak periodically takes your donated items to Joshua’s for us.  Our most sincere thank you to Stephanie Banjak for caring about the people who are not as fortunate as we are by bringing them the needed items to help in their care.  See it takes a village.


The Dorcas ladies have many food items for sale.  Call the office with the current list and prices.

Thank you to Kim Kaszowski for supplying the great colored paper that is used for the newsletter every month and sometimes for inserts in the weekly bulletin.  Our eyes light up when we see all those beautiful colors.  Thank you, Kim, please know that it is very much appreciated and loved.

 PS Kim faithfully helps Linda Chalupka count the offering every week also.  Thank the Lord we have them as part of our village.

We want to express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of Eudora (Dolly) Braho and Michael Marinko.  May our Lord comfort and lead us to a place of Peace.

A special message from Mary Sobey…

I would like to thank the many nice people who came and enjoyed the 100th birthday luncheon with my family and me.  I had to cut my list because of Corvid -19 rules and regulations and felt badly about that.  But our Dorcas ladies and a few nice gentlemen really outdid themselves with our bountiful tables.  The food was great, the service excellent, and I heard many nice compliments about it.  I’ve been here for 100 years, so you can imagine how many nice folks I’ve seen come and go, and lately it seems too many.  There’s our Betty, Elsie, Carl, Bill, Ann, Martha, Susan, John, Pastor Hake, Dorothy, Millie just too many of the folks we’ve learned to love.  The folks who jumped at every chance they got to anyone who needed help, especially us oldies.  I thank the many who have helped and are still helping me to make my life pleasant, happy and blessed. 

    I thank my God, beautiful family, my church family, relatives and friends for these 100 happy blissful years.

                God bless us all.   

                     Mary Sobey                   

In this newsletter we have enclosed an envelope just like the picture above.  You might ask yourself, “What is this envelope for?”  Well the answer is …The Finance committee decided to enclose an extra envelope for those members who haven’t been giving because it is summer or because they are fearful about covid-19 and they are not attending church like usual.  With summer upon us and the air conditioning running almost non-stop which means higher electric bills we could sure use everyone’s help.  If we could put the special offering envelope in the offering plate it would be so very helpful. 

As we all know our expenses don’t take a vacation, so all help will be greatly appreciated.   Thank You

The family of John Klein, Ruthie, Robert and Renee would like to thank everyone who made donations to our church in his memory.  Also, for the prayers, cards and phone calls.

     Receiving all of your get-well cards meant so much to John.  He would read them over and over then smile to know that all of you were thinking of him.

     Your cards and prayers kept me going and hoping for a miracle for John to come home.  I never gave up, but it wasn’t meant to be.  He’s at peace now and not hurting anymore.  God’s blessings to all of you.

Vacation Bible School   (VBS)

Christ Lutheran Church will be having a Vacation Bible School and has invited Holy Trinity to participate.

Titled:  Anchor deeping faith in God.

When:     August 6th (Friday) 6-8:30pm and

                August 7th (Saturday) 9 to 12 noon

Must wear a mask

More information can be seen on Christ Lutheran Website  or Facebook. 

Must register by July 25th, 2021 can register by calling Christ Lutheran (724) 981-2070 or

Susan Dilley

(724) 962-1237

Will only be accepting 25 total children

There will be two groups of children

     1st group are children 4 to 6 years old

  (Total number of children accepted in this group is ten)

     2nd group are children 7-11 years old

 (Total number of children accepted in this group is fifteen)

Susan Dilley (724) 962-1237) is asking for help. 

Call her- all help will be greatly appreciated.

To ensure your child will be enrolled call as soon as possible

Rummage Sale

Delicious Food and

Baked Goods Sale

  On Friday       August 13th (8am to 4pm)


On Saturday      August 14th  (8am to 1pm)

Large variety of slightly used items

at reasonable prices.

Sponsored by the

Dorcas Society.

The Dorcas ladies are currently accepting items from members for resale

that are in good condition to be resold.  Thank you for all your help and interest.  It is most certainly greatly appreciated.

June 19, 2021

Dear Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,

After three years of intense study, we have found a solution to repair the outer roof on the north side of the building that was damaged by weather.  We are requesting a special meeting of the congregation to discuss and vote on a proposal to

the congregation to repair the roof on Sunday July 11, 2021 following the 10:00am service.  There will be no further business discussed at this meeting.  Please plan to attend this important meeting to finally repair our church building.  Thank you for cooperation in this matter.


Ronald K. Tomko

Church Council, President

Sunday School News

We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  So nice to be able to be out and enjoying the warm weather.

I know it is hard to be thinking about fall and being back in Sunday School again, but I am starting to throw that idea around in my brain.

We are in need of some help this coming year.  With busy schedules and visits to family we are in need of some more teachers.  We have been doing the one room Sunday School for a couple of years now.  It has worked out very nicely with having fewer children.  You never have a Sunday where you might only have one or two kids in your class.  We take turns being in charge of preparing and teaching the lesson for the day.  The other Sundays we are there to help with whatever is needed.  This way if you need to be off for a Sunday it is okay.  It really works out nicely for everyone.

Also, if there is anyone that thinks that they would like to take over and be in charge of the Sunday School this might be a good time for you to come aboard.  After many years, I have decided that this will be my last year.  I will be turning over the keys to the Sunday School at the end of the 2022 school year.

If interested in helping out in anyway, please contact me at 724 981-3027 or 724 301-0415 or email at msypolt58@gmail.com

Enjoy the rest of your summer.