June Newsletter







              E.  GREETERS

              F.  ACOLYTES




                     JUDY BOTTENFIELD.


                                                  THANK YOU

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”  

                                     Billy Graham

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 Graham Cracker Apple Sauce Cake

Cream:  1/2 cup butter    1/2 cup sugar

Mix in:

1 cup applesauce

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/2 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

34 graham crackers, rolled fine

Bake in a greased loaf pan at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, then 350 degrees for 30 minutes more.

                              Given by Donna Pavcik

A cake very easy to put together and very easy to enjoy eating based on the ingredients and ease of preparing.  It came to us from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, “Our Favorite Recipes.”   I looked through the recipe book and I’m not sure when the book was published but I am sure this cake will be moist and delicious.
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Bringing Smiles

A kindergarten student asked for help to put on his boots.  With her pulling and him pushing the boots still didn’t want to go on.  When the second boot was finally on, she had worked up a sweat.  She almost whimpered when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”  She looked and sure enough, they were.  It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.  She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on – this time on the right feet.  He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.”

She bit her tongue rather than scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to.  Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.  He then said, ‘They’re my brother’s boots.  My mom made me wear them.”  She didn’t know if she should laugh or cry.

She mastered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.  She said, “Now where are your mittens?”  He said, I stuffed them in the toes of my boots.”

A Pastor waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend.  The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him.  Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.  “Reverend,” said the young man, “I’m so sorry about the delay.  It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.”

The Pastor chuckled, “I know what you mean.  It’s the same in my business.”

A visitor from Holland was chatting with his American friend and was jokingly explaining about the red, white and blue in the Netherlands flag.  

“Our flag symbolizes our taxes,” he said.  “We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them.”

“That’s the same with us,” the American said, “only we see stars, too.”\

The following came to us from Edmund Niec who lives in Pleasant View, TN.

Church Ladies with Typewriters.

They have actually been published…

1.  The fasting & prayer conference includes meals.

2.  Miss Charlene Mason sang I will not pass this way again, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

3.  For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

4.  Pot-Luck supper Sunday at 5pm-prayer and medication to follow.

5.  The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind.  They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

Thank you Edmund…they are so funny.  More to follow next month.

Flag Day Quiz

How much do you know about Flag Day?

1: When is Flag Day?

June 4
June 10
June 14

2: When did the United States first have a standardized flag?


3: How many pieces of fabric does it take to make the American flag?


4: What do the 13 red and white alternating stripes represent?

bad luck
the original 13 states
number of days of the Revolutionary War

5: How many stars are on the current flag?


6: Where was the first official Flag Day observed?

Boston, Mass

Philadelphia, PA

Hartford, Conn.

7: Who contributed to the design of the first flag?

Abraham Lincoln

Betsy Ross

Diana Ross

8: The 1st ceremony honoring the flag was on June 14, 1877.  What was it in honor of?

The centennial of the adaption of a national flag.

George Washington’s Birthday.

Betsy Ross’s birthday.

9: What did Betsy Ross show George Washington how to make?

A circle with13 stars

A five pointed star

Apple Pie

10: What 2 states passed a law in 1890 that required their schools fly the flag daily?

South Dakota & New Hampshire

North Dakota & New Jersey

North Carolina & New York

The answers are listed below, how did you do?

1-3, 2-1, 3-2, 4-2, 5-1, 6-2, 7-2, 8-1, 9-2, 


A man and his dog were walking along a road.  The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.  He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.  It looked like fine marble.  At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.  He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. 

 When he was close enough, he called out, ‘Excuse me, where are we?’  ‘This is Heaven sir,’ the man answered. ‘Wow! Would you happen to have some water?’ the man asked.  ‘Of course, sir Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.’  The man gestured, and the gate began to open.  ‘Can my friend, gesturing toward his dog,’ come in, too?’ the traveler asked.  ‘I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.’

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.  There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree reading a book.  ‘Excuse me!’ he called to the man. ‘Do you have any water?’  ‘Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in.’ 

 ‘How about my friend here?’ the traveler gestured to the dog.

‘There should be a bowl by the pump.’  They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.  When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.  ‘What do you call this place?’ the traveler asked.  ‘This is Heaven, he answered.  ‘Well, that’s confusing,’ the traveler said.  ‘The man down the road said that was Heaven too.’

‘Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope.  That’s hell.’

‘Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?’  

‘No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.’

The Day of Pentecost was May 23rd…

The Christian Pentecost was celebrated as a festival by the late fourth century.  Pentecost 

is the final day of the Easter season.  This festival commemorates the decent of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism of 3,000 converts.  Red is the liturgical color of the day and is thus the reason so many believers wear red on that day.  We also celebrate with red geraniums adorning our Altar.  Our prayer is that you attended church and got to see the red paraments, and red banners which all helped to recall the gifts of the Spirit.  What a beautiful sight to behold and a blessed way to end the Easter Season.


Giving to God a weekly amount from the top of your income makes giving easier and adds the satisfaction of knowing, as you spend the rest of your income, that you have given God the “first fruits” rather than the “leftovers” One thing I know for sure, “God Loves a Cheerful Giver!”

Different  Happenings for June….

June 8…  Finance at 6:00pm

June 9… Worship & Music at 6:00pm

June 14..  Flag Day

June 15…Council Meeting at 6:00pm and

                 Camera Club Year End Party

June 20..Outside Service at 10am  

                Happy Father’s Day!

June 21…Dorcas Meeting ay 6pm


The following is from Barry Kimmel and it is posted on our bulletin board as well.

My Family and I want to thank everyone for their prayers and cards for my recovery.  The doctors at the hospital had confirmed through all tests that I was given, I had taken a moderate stroke.  Since my discharge from the hospital, I am recovering from the effects of it.

     It is a wonderful Blessing to have a Church Family praying and caring for you.  God Bless you all!

          Barry & Sandy Kimmel

Praise the Lord…Prayers do work!

Tribute to 

“Honor “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.” And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 2 – 4

Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with. While for sons their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father – it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.

Dad is a person who is loving and kind, And often he knows what you have on your mind.  He’s someone who listens, suggests, and defends.  A dad can be one of your very best friends!  He’s proud of your triumphs, but when things go wrong, A dad can be patient and helpful and strong In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part. There’s always a place for him deep in your heart.  And each year that passes, you’re even more glad, More grateful and proud just to call him your dad!  Thank you, Dad…for listening and caring, for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!

“Look who is graduating!”

David & Amy (Carine) Wood are proud to announce their son Peter Wood graduated from Sharon High School and will be attending University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)  and he will be studying to become an engineer.  

Patty & Michael Boldish are proud to announce their granddaughter Gabriela D’Orazio will be graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.  We are so very proud of her and her achievements.  

Elaine K. Kuchmak is very proud of her grandson Michael D. Kuchmak who will be graduating from Hickory High School and Mercer County Vo-technical with a degree in Diesel mechanics.  

Stephen & Sasha Banjak are very proud of their son Alexej…Alex has been accepted to Liberty University in Lynchburg VA.  It is a private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Alex plans to major in Computer Science.  Studies at the university have a conservative Christian orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes for undergraduate students.  

Steven Long son of Gary & the late Lisa Long will graduate from Joseph Badger High SchoolSteven plans to attend Youngstown State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Exercise Science.  His grandparents are Chuck & Kathy Long.

Brad & Sheila Susen are very proud to announce that Ethan, who graduated from New Wilmington School District will be attending Penn State University.  He will be majoring in Business/Finance and will be playing football for the Jitney Lions. 

Hunter Tice, son of Craig & Diane Tice, will graduate June 3rd from West Middlesex High School.  He also completed the welding program at the Mercer County Career Center.  Hunter completed a welding internship at 

Kilar Fab in Hubbard, Ohio and accepted a position with the company after graduation.

Congratulations to everyone and our prayers go with you all to attain everything you are hoping for and much more.  May our Lord protect you and be with you as you begin your wonderful future filled with adventure and excitement. 

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Scholarship Funds

Guidelines are on table by the parlor in the Sanctuary.  They are for the 

Paula Joyce Meleky Foundation and 

Holy Trinity Lutheran Scholarships …. Deadline to apply is July 18, 2021. 

  Please don’t forget to check out our website at: …www.holytrinityhermitagepa.com

It is filled with fun pictures and interesting articles.  Chuck Foltz is the person who has started it back up for us and would really appreciate any ideas anyone might have to further enhance our website.     

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We are going to try and have a Worship Service outside this season.  It will be held on June 27th at 10:00am.  Everyone is asked to bring a lawn chair so they will be sure to have a seat.  We will not have communion during this outside worship service, and we will be praying that the weather will cooperate.  

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We will be asking everyone to jot down their favorite hymns on the supplied paper from the hymnal we are currently using the ELW red hymnal. and put the paper in the box.  Then during the summer months, we will be singing that very special favorite hymn of yours for sure.   

A message about walking…

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Why Walk?

It’s Healthy


• Improves flexibility and coordination.

• Helps to control body weight and reduce body fat.

• Improves mood and relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety.

• Reduces high cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.

• Strengthens bones.

• Reduces the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

  • Overall, regular participation in physical activities, like walking, is associated with increased life 
  • expectancy!

Our Home-bounds…a card from you would be so nice

Kay Mamone

2406 Rombold Road

Hermitage, PA l6l48 

William Pfeiffer

911 Lisa Lane

Farrell, PA l6l21

Mrs. Helen Fedorczyk

1011 Arlington Drive

 Greenville PA  16125

Mike & Joyce Faber

366 Dutch Lane

Hermitage, PA  16148

Arlene Christoff 

 4124 Orangeville Road 

 Sharpsville, PA  16150 

Melvin Slezak and Dorothy too         

6850 Seneca Road

Sharpsville, PA  16150

Marge Kocholek    

C/O Garden Way

2400 garden Way Apt. 110

Hermitage, PA l6l48

Irena Flynn

3830 Tuscany Court

Hermitage, PA l6l48

Marge Mravec

29861 Roscommon Drive 

Elkhart, IN 46514-7935

Helen Madura

2225 Saratoga Drive

Hermitage, PA  l6l48

Mr. Ernie Laslow

314 Lunn Blvd.

Farrell, PA  l6l21

Michael & Barbara Marinko

8409 Carriage Hill Drive NE

Warren, OH  44484

Shirley Faber

4500 Clifford Drive

Hermitage, PA 16148

Ruth Toth

C/O Nugent Group Home

500 Clarksville Road Room 8

Hermitage, PA  l6l48

Kathy Crisan

1479 Maple Drive

Hermitage, PA  l6l48

Virginia Shahadre

C/O Whispering Oaks

260 S. Buhl Farm Drive  Apt. 113

Hermitage, PA  l6l48

They are all so very special and loved so very much.  A phone call, a thinking of you card or maybe even a visit if they know prior to your coming would mean so much.   Please take some time and let them know you are thinking about them, praying for them and missing them.  Thank You.

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June 2021      Worship Team

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

3325 Morefield Road

Hermitage, PA   l6l48

Phone:  724 981-5121

One Service at 10:00am

Sunday School in recess for summer

Worship Leader:

June 6:    Pastor James Seeley

June 13:   Ronald Tomko

June 20:   Pastor James Seeley

June 27:   Ronald Tomko

(Outside Service-Weather permitting)

(Our council is asking if we could have volunteers to help get the Pavilion cleaned up before we have this outside service.)  Please call the office if you can help.

Worship Assistants:

June 6:   Ronald Tomko

June 13:  James Antel

June 20:  Ronald Tomko

June 27:   James Antel

Lay Distributors:

June 6:   None

June 13:  Joanne Gerda

June 20:  None

June 27:  None

A new change that happened from the Council Meeting held on 

May 19, 2021:

Masks optional- for vaccinated members beginning June 6th.  

We are also pleased to announce that Myron Jones is our head of the Property Committee.  So if you have any problem or concern with property please see or call Myron.  Thank you so very much Myron we are all so very grateful.

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Our Fantastic Call Committee


Ron Tomko

Donna Ekis

Stephen Banjak

Jason Tomko

James Antel

Myron Jones

John Chlpka

Linda Chalupka

Thank you all so very much for your time and talents.  We are so grateful.