May Newsletter

If you know of any students that are graduating (college or high school), please call the office or jot down the information and give it to the office.  Thank you in advance for your help.  Hopefully we will be able to include all our graduates in the next Dorcaszette.  Thank you

Paula Joyce Meleky Scholarship

Please be advised that the Paula Joyce Meleky Scholarship Fund application

Requirements are on the little table in the back of the church.  Please take one.  The expiration date will be announced next month.  Remember, the scholarship is $1,000.00 each and we give two scholarships annually.  We also have a Lutheran Scholarship if attending a Lutheran College.  There will be informational papers on the little table as well concerning  

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 It has just come to my attention that beginning in May we will be singing hymns again.  We will start by singing the first verse only of the Gathering Hymn and the Hymn of the Day, but we will be singing the complete Sending Hymn.  If you have any questions, please call the office.  Thank You

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You know things are pretty bad when a funeral director tells you how very sorry, they are about the amount of deaths our church has been having.  My Lord we have certainly had our share of sadness and loss.  Our church family has had to cope with so many.  For me at least it began with my dear friend Pastor Hake then John Tomko, then Elsie Laslow, then Don Ondic, then Mark Frantz (I didn’t have the privilege of getting to know him), then Judy Banjak, (she was my cousin on my mother’s side of the family, she always said hi to me, always) then Betty Woodring, (she had so much turmoil in her life) then Dorothy Diurba,(my Aunt Bertha’s and Betty Frye’s dear friend) then Carl Bottenfield, (a finer man I’ve never known, he was always ready to help no matter what) then Elizabeth “Betty” Frye.  My heart and soul just seemed to not be able to even accept it.  How overwhelming everything is.  Our Betty Frye was like the most knowledgeable person of our Holy Trinity family.  Whenever we needed to know anything at all and I mean anything, all we had to do was ask Betty and she had the answer.  Whenever you needed a caring listener or a warm smile or an understanding word of love there was our Betty.  (my mother just loved her and saved every card Betty ever sent her and believe me Betty sent my mom many cards).  She touched my soul like no other.  There is a pain so deep in my heart that words can’t describe the feeling. 

Then when feeling at my lowest, John Klein passes from this earth.    He was a special person who shared his thoughts and feelings with me and his advice as well.  He’d stop in to see if he had anything to take home to his wife Ruth almost every day.  Since Ruth is our Treasurer, he’d want to bring her the invoices and purchase orders so she wouldn’t get overwhelmed and behind.  Through the years we became good friends.  He will be very much missed as well.  

     I tell you my heart is broken, not for them but for me.  I am filled with sorrow.  This coronavirus hasn’t helped either.    I must extend sympathies to the families of all our beloved members.  I must tell them that they are in paradise now, no more pain, no more worries and only happiness and bliss.  And I truly believe that.  I also believe because I have already lived it  that time will make it easier to accept but for now I am having a terrible time,  so from my broken heart and much injured soul I pray… may our Lord comfort us and give us the Peace that only He can give.   I know we must grieve, cry and feel empty inside and I am praying in earnest that these feelings will end soon.   May He heal our hearts and give us the feeling of contentment and peace we once felt and shared together.  

A quote from Queen Elizabeth:  

            Grief is the price we pay for Love.

So, no wonder we are all grieving so much.


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May 23, 2021

This Changes Everything

On Pentecost, we celebrate the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and guide us, bringing understanding and unity. However, for those present for the events described in the reading from Acts, in which the Holy Spirit descended and rested upon them, celebration wasn’t exactly what those gathered were thinking about. Terror might be a more appropriate word. Shock, perhaps. Mystery. It felt like anything but a celebration; it was disruptive and frightening! After such an experience, your life is changed forever. Once you have lived through something so monumental, you are never the same.

And that is the point. That is why we celebrate. Because on this day, the church was born. On this day the apostles—students of an itinerant rabbi who had taught his followers for only a few years—were filled with the Holy Spirit, turned upside down and inside out, changed utterly. On this day, not only the apostles but also three thousand others (Acts 2:41) were filled with the Spirit that transforms us and enables us to see others as our siblings in Christ. Often, the aftermath of crisis makes strangers into friends.

Several thousand people who had been turned inward, thinking of themselves, their needs, and their concerns, were made a community, turned outward, thinking of their relationships, their neighbors, and the needs and concerns of others. “When the Spirit of truth comes,” Jesus had said, “he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit, blowing through a diverse group, signals a formation of community, a binding together to make a new way of living. And this is what God showed the apostles, the others gathered in that room, and the several thousand who were baptized: when the Holy Spirit blows into your life, nothing is ever the same. And that’s a cause for celebration.

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May 13, 2021


Our Turn

That Jesus ascended into heaven after his resurrection is a fundamental Christian belief—so much so that we include it in our creeds. The response of his disciples to this extraordinary action was not one of shock, nor of dismay that he had again been taken from them. Instead, the disciples returned “to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God” (Luke 24:52-53).

The gospels tell us that for three years Jesus’ disciples misunderstood his parables, misinterpreted his actions, and just plain missed the point of his public ministry. In a transformative moment just before his ascension, however, Jesus “opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). It might have been the most significant “light-bulb moment” in history. Over and over, Jesus had tried to convey his purpose to his disciples; now all became clear to them. Exhilarating as this enlightenment must have been, it also came with profound responsibilities. Since Jesus’ time on earth was over, it was now the disciples’ time. With Jesus no longer physically present to preach and to teach, to perform miracles, to heal, and to show compassion, all these responsibilities fell to those who followed him.

And yet this overwhelming task now seemed manageable to these once-bumbling disciples because Jesus provided them with the understanding they needed. 

That understanding is available to each of us as well. Baptized into the body of Christ, we have all that we need to proclaim Jesus’ message. No wonder the disciples were joyous as they returned to Jerusalem. We can be, too. As spiritual descendants of those first students, we have the extraordinary privilege of showing and telling the world about the invitation of the Son of God. Whenever we look on another person with love and compassion, seeing Christ in them, we are proclaiming the great good news of perfect and unconditional love. What a gift we have been given, that Jesus has entrusted us with his message to share.

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A special Thank You…

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The family of Carl Bottenfield, Judy and Carl II would like to thank everyone who made donations to our church in his memory.  Also, many thanks for all the phone calls, cards, 

e-mails, texts and prayers.  Carl had so much love and respect for his church family and would sincerely appreciate the love and comfort you all are providing to us.  

          May you rest in Peace, dear Carl.  

The family of Dorothy Diurba would like to thank everyone who gave a Memorial gift in remembrance of Dorothy (Dot).  Please know that it was very much appreciated.  Your prayers, cards and caring has meant the world to us.  Thank you all very much.

Sunday School News

Hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another year.  This one will be one to remember.  I can’t say enough how proud I am of our students.  We never had to remind them to keep their masks on or to social distance.  They did a fantastic job.  

We were not to do some of our usual outings this year.  It was really sad at Christmas time not being able to do a Christmas program.  We were very lucky to have great weather and do our Easter Egg hunt outside.  The kids were so happy to get to do a fun activity.

We had seven students receive their First Holy Communion on Palm Sunday.  Congratulations to Astyn Antel, Ariana Cutter, Grace Pringle, Kaleb Lowry, 

Leo Kuchmak, Maddex Tomko and Paulie Jones.  We are so proud of you.

Our last day of Sunday School was April 25th.  We were not able to have our usual Closing program, but we did our own little recognition for the students.

I would like to thank my teachers for all of their extra work this year to make this all possible for the students.  Thank you, Chuck Foltz, Denise Germani, Erin Sypolt, Jayne Kornbau, Ron Tomko and Sue Bishop.  Without your help this would not have been possible.

Have a wonderful summer and stay safe.

                  God’s Blessings,                                                            


Happy Mother’s Day!

A Mother’s love, is sure to find
A way to comfort, ease your mind

(No other person can ease our pain)

She knows just how, to build you up
When you’re so down, and can’t look up

(She has a way of making you feel better)

You love the way, she makes you feel
Like you’re so special, her ideal

(You just know that you are loved)

Her thought must start, with God above
To bring such caring, with such love

(Her love is unconditional)

And as it flows, like gentle rain
It surely helps, when troubles pain

(Her caring, loving ways makes everything bearable.)

The love from mine, is oh so clear
I only wish, she was still here

(She is forever in my heart)

Her warming glow, is missed each day
Even though, I seldom say

(Just in my heart I miss her love.)

But she did leave, her gift behind
To help me through, when I may pine

And that’s the feel, known deep inside
Her faith and love, I still confide

(My only solace and comfort are that she

is with our Lord.)

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We have happy news to report!

Mary Sobey

will be 100 years old on May 9th.

Isn’t that wonderful!

The Lord has blessed her with good health of both body and mind.

The Lord has blessed all of us here at Holy Trinity because we call her our own.

Happy Birthday dearest Mary!

May the hairs on your head continue to be plentiful!!!

When there are dark and cloudy days, think about the sun.

When you have work you need to do, think of having fun.

When there’s a long, hard road to travel, think about the end.

When you feel lost and all alone, think about a friend.

When things are going badly and you start to get depressed,

 Instead of thinking sad thoughts, 

think of all the ways you’re blessed!

The above was given to me by Betty Frye.  She said to publish it in the newsletter.  It is so something she would like.  

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April 19th meeting held with 13 in attendance.  Meeting called to order at 6:05pm.  Mary Sobey did devotions and our dear member, friend and mentor to Betty Frye was included in her prayer.    It is very difficult to think of our Dorcas Society without thinking of our dear Betty.  She will be missed more than words can say.

Many thank you’s were received for the cookies given at Easter and cards were read from Mel & Dorothy Slezak and Debbie Madura & Delores Staul for their mother Helen Madura who received cookies as well.  

Election Day Bake Sale will be held on May 18th.  We can sure use ingredients such as flour, sugar, oleo or margarine, walnuts, eggs etc. or even a fresh home baked item for us to sell.  But what they really need is helpers.  Please consider helping, even if for an hour or two it will be greatly appreciated.  Contact a Dorcas member for more details.

Karen Borden made the motion to give $1,000.00 for roof repairs and Donna Ekis seconded it.

Ruth Klein made a motion to close the meeting.  The Lord’s Prayer was said by all.  Next meeting will be held May 17th at 12:00 noon.

Respectively submitted by Joanne Gerda

A lovely luncheon was served by Melinda Vellente and Joanne Gerda.

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Jesus Calling

                                    By Sarah Young

I have promised to meet all your needs according to my glorious riches.  Your deepest, most constant need is My Peace.  I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live, but there are weeds growing there too:  pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief.  I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds.  I do My work in various ways.  When you sit quietly with Me, I shine the light of My presence directly into your heart.  In this heavenly Light, Peace grows abundantly and weeds

shrivel up.  I also send trials into your life.  When you trust me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away.  Thank Me for troublesome situations; Peace they can produce 

far outweighs the trails you endure.     

Please read Philippians 4:19; and

2 Corinthians 4:17

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This special recipe came to us from 

Jeff Bindas. 

It is an oldie but goodie from the recipes found at the Shenango Inn when they had a really nice restaurant there.  Thanks, Jeff for sharing.

Shenango Inn Potato Soup

Helen Monoc’s Potato Soup

Serves six

First step

Four medium potatoes-cubed up

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 diced carrot

2 teaspoons of salt

Combine, cover with water, cook until tender.  Add 2 tablespoons of butter

Second Step-add

1 quart scalded milk

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped pimento

   Add salt second time

Pepper to taste


Third step

2 eggs

2 tablespoons cold water

Mix, add pinch of salt and add enough flour to make soft dough.  Place dough on flat plate and with spoon, pinch off small amounts into soup and let come to a boil.  More milk may be added if desired;

All that is left to do is enjoy!!!

If Jesus Came to Your Home

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.  

Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest.  And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best, and you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there.  That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.  But when you saw him coming would you meet Him at the door with outstretched arms in welcome to your heavenly Visitor?  Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in.  or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they had been?  Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard?  And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?  Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?  And I wonder if Jesus spent a day or two with you, would you go right on doing the things you always do?  Would you go on saying the things you always say?  Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?  Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you planned to go?  Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?  Would you be glad to have Him meet your closest friends?  Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends?   Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?  Or would sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?  It might be interesting to know the things that you would do.  If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you. 

         Wow!  Those are words for much thought.  

                       What would you do?…