November Newsletter




“November 2021 Worship Team”

Rev. James Seeley, Supply Pastor

Worship Leader, Ronald Tomko

One service at 10:00am

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Worship Assistants:    

James Antel         Ronald Tomko           

Cynthia Kapusta

Lay Distributors

Sandy Kimmel          James Antel

Cynthia Kapusta      Joanne Gerda 

November 7th

Pastor James Seeley will supply

James Antel will assist 

Grace Pringle-Acolyte

November 14th

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Joanne Gerda will be Lay Distributor

Abby Ruffo-Acolyte

November 21st

Pastor James Seeley will supply

Ron Tomko will assist

Addison Tice-Acolyte

November 28th

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Sandy Kimmel will be Lay Distributor Landen Tomko-Acolyte

The Christmas Hat & Mitten Tree will be up for Bethesda Children’s Home on November 7.  This is a special way to give a little extra. The children just love receiving new hats and mittens.   They are requesting that we give for children 12 to 18 years old, for that is the ages that reside there.  Any other article of clothing for that age group will be gladly accepted also.  Any questions, please call the office. This will be delivered to Bethesda by Dorothy Slezak a tradition she is continuing by herself.  Thank You Dorothy we are so grateful to you.  Remember everyone, have your gifts on the tree by December 10, 2021.  

                         Thank You all!

Dear Holy Trinity Members, the Dorcas Ladies are selling delicious Philadelphia Candy for the upcoming Christmas Season.    You will be able to choose a great variety of delicious chocolates such as nuts, cherries, melt-ways, Pecan turtles, milk chocolate trees, Santa’s etc.  If you are going to purchase your holiday candy, why not go through us and make it easier on yourself.  Just put in your order to us by Nov. 15 and we will deliver it a few weeks before the holidays on Tuesday Dec. 7.  As you know, the great ladies in our Dorcas are always willing to help others, so why not help them with this “Sweet Treats Christmas Fund Raiser.”  Any questions call Kathy Long at 1-330-637-6406.  Thank you for your kind consideration.

PS Please make checks payable to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

              Advent begins on December 1 and is the first Wednesday in Advent.  We are blessed that Pastor Blauser will be leading us and Christ Lutheran in Wednesday evening Advent services beginning at 7pm.  We will not be having Soup Suppers together, but we will be sharing Communion Worship together.  Isn’t that wonderful!    The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday December 1st– Advent Communion Worship Service here at 

Holy Trinity 7pm

Wednesday December 8th Advent Communion Worship Service at Christ Lutheran 7pm

Wednesday December 15th Advent Communion Worship Service here at Holy Trinity 7pm

Remember…No Soup Suppers this year.

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Soon, the angel will announce to the shepherds, “Fear not! I bring you good news of great joy.”  As we await the coming of Christ, may the God of our salvation grant us peace, joy, hope and gladnessCome join us in our journey to His birth.      

We wish we could name everyone who gives the church of their riches, time and talents.  Our church is filled to the brim with wonderful helpful people.  Thank you all very much for all the yesterdays, the todays and for the tomorrows to come.  We are grateful and know that we are truly blessed to have so many wonderful caring people that are a part of our church family. 

               Thank You Thank You!

Attention All Committees and Societies… Time seems to just fly by doesn’t it?  If you would please prepare a calendar of events for your group concerning next year and give it to the office to be written on a 2022 calendar of events, I will greatly appreciate your help.  Thank you   

Holy Trinity Library

Just wanted to shout out that the church library is coming along nicely.  Maybe take a few minutes, go down to our fellowship hall and pick out a book to read.  There are a variety of different kinds to chose from.  Come down and see what we mean.  Pretty soon you’ll be reading a book instead of reading your cell phone.  Kim Kaszowski or Linda Chalupka will be glad to let you browse through them to get the one you are most interested in reading.

Ruth Klein gave this to me from the paper to publish in our newsletter.  What a wonderful idea.  Thanks Ruthie…And of course thank you to Melinda.  Thanks to her, many people will be able to appreciate each other more.  How blessed we are to be able to experience this wonderful happy event through Melinda.  What a perfect time to feel caring and warmth for each other.  We all have so much to be grateful for, especially for

each other. Way to go Mindy!!!    

            “Happy Thanksgiving Day!”

The Readers Voice from the Sharon Herald … Grateful for random act of kindness—

Random acts of kindness are alive and well in our small community.  One occurred earlier this month, when several members of the ladies Dorcas Society from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermitage gathered to celebrate the birthday of one of its members.  Hosting the surprise event were the honoree’s two nieces from Arizona.  Altogether, 13 of us gathered at the Quaker Steak & Lube on September 1st, for lunch, fun and fellowship.  Imagine a roomful of lively, middle-aged and older women donning feathered boas and posing for silly photos!  Apparently one gentleman having lunch noticed our group and witnessed all the fun and laughter.  Imagine our total surprise when the time came to pay the check, only to be told by our server that he had paid it when he left.  When we asked who he was, all she would say was that he comes in occasionally and wanted to remain anonymous.  So, to you, kind sir.  We are deeply appreciative and touched by your kindness and generosity.  May God’s grace and blessings be with you.

                                   Melinda Vellente  

“Some Up-Coming Events” 

Nov. 2-Election Day Bake Sale given

by the Dorcas Ladies

Sponsored by GBU Assembly #62

Nov. 6– Day light saving time ends

Turn your clocks back 1 hour

Nov. 7-All Saints Sunday and dedication of a bench given in memory of Betty Frye and Elsie Laslow.  Reception to follow.

Nov. 11– Veterans Day

Our members listed on another page.

Nov. 21–Election of new Council Members

Nov. 25th–  “Happy Thanksgiving Day!”

Nov. 28– “No Sunday School”

Dec. 1– Advent Communion Worship service here at Holy Trinity 7pm

Dec. 5– Dorcas Christmas Party at 4pm

Dec. 8th Advent Communion Worship Service at Christ Lutheran 7pm

Dec. 15th Advent Communion Worship Service here at Holy Trinity 7pm

Dec. 18-Sunday School rehearsal/

Christmas Party-Noon until 3:00pm

Dec. 19

    Sunday School Christmas Program

And Hanging of the Greens

Dec. 24–   Christmas Eve Candlelight

Service at 7:30pm

Rev. James Seeley officiating

Dec. 26– One service at 10am

(No Sunday School on Dec. 26)

January 2, 2022

Happy New Year!  “No Sunday School”

*This schedule is subject to change.

Now they are concentrating on the Election Day Bake Sale being held on Nov. 2nd.  They will have a multitude of delicious homemade items for sale.  There will be more than baked goods like always.  All help will be greatly appreciated.  Maybe you can donate your time to help in the kitchen, maybe you can donate your time selling the items or maybe you can donate baking products to help defray the cost of everything or maybe you could just help by donating a monetary gift or maybe you could help by coming to the bake sale and buying some delicious and yummy goodies.  Whatever you do one thing is for sure the Dorcas ladies will be forever grateful.  

GBU Assembly #62 is sponsoring their bake sale as well so hats off to them too.


Some items that are continuously for sale here at Holy Trinity

Daffin’s Candy Bars     $1.00 each

(Please see Linda Chalupka)

Frozen Pigs in a Blanket      $7.00 a ½ doz. Frozen Chicken Pot Pies      $10.00 each

Frozen Cabbage & Noodles   $ 6.00 a qt.

Nut or Apricot Horns              $6.00 a doz.

(Available through the office)

Some things are worth repeating…

If you find yourself or a loved one admitted to the hospital, we would really

be grateful for a quick phone call to the office.  Your church family wants very much to pray for you and yours and send you a get-well card. We want to make plans for a Pastor to come see you and pray with you.  We are very disheartened when we are not told, so please call. 

God’s Gracious Gifts

God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead…He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but those who are in disgrace.

                                           Martin Luther

A Thanksgiving Day prayer…O Lord, with humble hearts we pray thy blessing this Thanksgiving Day and ask that at the table place, where grateful people say words of grace, that thou will come to share our meal.  We pray that you will bless us Lord and peace will be our reward.   Amen

PS:  Thought you might like to say this prayer when you are at your 

Thanksgiving Day Table.

Sunday School News

Things are moving along very well in Sunday School.  We enjoyed a little party on the 31st.  Due to the busy schedules of the students we did not get to do a Fall outing this year.

Hard to believe it but we are starting to work on our Christmas Program.  We are excited to be able to do this again this year.  The program will be on December 19th at 10:00am.

We are very excited to be in the middle of a Sunday School makeover for our main room we are now using.  There was a very bad mold problem that has been scrapped away and treated with special chemicals.  The ceiling and carpeting had to come out because they had mold on them.  The walls and ceiling have been painted with mold resistant paint.  The next step will be to have a new floor put down.  After that we will be able to move back into the room.  While this is being done, we are using the Fellowship Hall for our classroom.  Thank you to Ron Tomko for overseeing the project and to council for helping us pay for this much overdue project.

There will be no Sunday School on November 28th, December 26th and January 2nd.

We hope you have a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Remember to be thankful for all your blessings.  We sure are thankful for each one of you.

Marlene, Denise, Sue, Jayne,

Chuck and Ron

             Together we are Holy Trinity    

Remember as we get ready for Christmas, that worship is the center of our life with Jesus.  It is always better when we are all together to give thanks and praise to God.  It is always better when we sing together our liturgy and our hymns.  

Together we confess before God and each other that we are in need of the Lord’s grace.  

Together we receive the forgiveness of our sins.

Together we listen to God’s word, offer our prayers and celebrate Holy Communion.

Together we serve God by serving others.  We cannot be the Church alone; we need each other to be the Church.  This is who we are here at Holy Trinity.  We are the people who belong to Christ and to each other.

Together we are the Church,

Holy Trinity of Hermitage.  

Help us live out this reality this Advent/Christmas season and join us in His house.  

Dear God, prepare our hearts for the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of us all.  Amen

A Law of Life

The other day a boy refused to obey his mother.  Angrily, he ran to a ravine and cried, “I hate you!”  Suddenly, the words came echoing back, “I hate you!” 

Frightened, he ran to his mother and said, “There’s a bad man in the woods.  I heard him say, “I hate you!”  Knowing what had happened, she said, “Go back and say, “I love you.”  He called out, “I love you!”  And the same words came back to him.  “Son,” she said, “this is a law of life.  What you give, you get.  What you say, you hear.”

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Our Deepest Sympathy

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Sandy and Barry Kimmel at the loss of Sandy’s sister Betty Fister.  We would also like to express our sympathy to the family of Kay Mamone.  When the Lord brings home a special person in our lives it can be a terrible cross to bear.  But somehow, if we cling to our Lord, He eases the pain.  Time seems to be the only way we cope fully because as time passes the pain seems to get less.  One day you wake and find those special memories don’t make you sad anymore but somehow, they comfort and even bring a smile or two.  But unfortunately, we must go through the different stages of grief.  And believe me when I say grabbing onto the Lord’s coattails while going threw all those stages makes it all bearable. 

      May our Lord comfort Sandy, Barry and Kay’s families at this most difficult time and give them peace.             

                    JESUS CALLING

When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me.  When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me.  These are supernatural responses and they can lift you above your circumstances.  If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism.  Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral.  The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes.  Cry out to Me in My Name!  Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel.  Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural-even irrational.  Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground.   When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective.  If you choose supernatural responses this time-trusting and thanking Me-you will experience My unfathomable Peace. 

                          Psalm 13:5 Ephesians 5:20

I want to thank Karen Blosz for helping me out by choosing the “Jesus Calling” on a monthly basis.  I don’t know how to say thank you adequately enough in expressing my gratitude to her for keeping the tradition Martha Krizancic started many years ago.  Thank you so much Karen and I know Martha is looking down with a grin from ear to ear.

 I know I am.                     

Last month in the October newsletter I made a mistake by saying that Pastor Donald Hake was sick with Covid-19.  So, a retraction is most necessary.  He actually passed away from complications from a fall.  I apologize for the error, but I honestly thought that was what he died from.  I am so very sorry.   

The Dorcas meeting went very well.  Ernie Laslow gave a wonderful talk about those beautiful Blue Birds.  There were so very many questions and Ernie answered them all without skipping a beat.  He is so knowledgeable about them.  He even has a website which is

How about that for a high-tech man of almost 100 years old.  My hats off to him and his very supportive family.  I know Elsie is smiling down from heaven with a heart full of love and pride for her husband and children.  Guess what?  We are so vey proud of him as well.  He is amazing and we are so glad he belongs to our Holy Trinity Family.

Please know that Cheryl Kuzio donated a tree in Loving Memory of her sister Shirley Kuzio Graham.  Please be sure to let the office know if you or your loved one was accidently omitted from the list.  So very sorry for any inconvenience or problem it might have caused. 

We have some wonderful news…our own Myron Jones was hired by council to become our Maintenance Supervisor.  He will be working 10 hours a week and we are so very happy to hear that.  Myron is another one of our behind the scenes members who gives of himself repeatedly.  It is refreshing to know he will be getting compensated for his many hour of work, twenty-four seven.  Congratulation Myron! And thank you for accepting this time consuming tedious job.

PS   Please know that Myron can always use help.  People like Chuck Long, Frank Bryan, Fred Rombold and Mike Boldish and many others will still be needed now and again to help out around here.  As the years pass more things go wrong with our beautiful house of God and your expertise is greatly appreciated.

We want to also thank our beloved Dorcas for all they do for our church.  We will be dedicating a beautiful bench that the Dorcas purchased in loving memory of Elsie Laslow and Betty Frye.  The dedication will be held on All Saints Sunday November 7 at the 10am service followed by a reception in our Fellowship Hall.  They also are having Air conditioning installed in the church kitchen and possibly the entire Fellowship Hall as well.  They work so very hard making money by doing many different things that are time consuming and some-times difficult.  And what do they do, they put it all right back into our church.  There are not enough words to express our most sincere gratitude and thankfulness.  You are all representatives of “The Best of the Best!”  Thank you, Thank you.

Dorcas meeting was held at noon October 18, 2021 with 13 members and 2 guests attending.  Mary Sobey gave devotions.  A moment of silence was offered for the departed members including Kay Mamone who recently passed and was one of the oldest members of our church.

Secretary’s report was read and approved

Treasurer’s report was read and approved.  

Correspondence- A thank you note was read from Dorothy Slezak.

Old Business:

D&G Heating and Air Conditioning of West Middlesex will install a mini-split Air Conditioning unit in the kitchen on October 26.  Volunteers are needed day before and after to clean out pantry and then replace items since wiring for installation will run through it.  Check with Dorcas officers for times to help.

A new cupboard base for kitchen island will be ordered from Menards with large drawers added.  The butcher Block Top will be kept and Chuck Long will sand it and then apply food grade mineral oil for durability.

The large folding door upstairs in the parlor has been repaired.

New Business:

Discussion held on Election Day Bake Sale on November 2.  Volunteers needed to help day of sale and prep days Saturday Oct. 30 and Monday November 1.  Donations of baking supplies-flour, sugar, eggs, etc.-and any baked goods to donate for sale will all be greatly appreciated.  Ask Dorcas Officers for times to help. 

Dorcas will again sponsor a toy drive this Christmas with items going to our local Salvation Army.  Toys are distributed to local families.  Please contribute to this very worthy and needy cause.  Help bring a smile to a child’s face!   

Discussion held concerning the Dorcas Christmas Party Sunday December 5.  More details to follow.  Melinda Vellente will check on locations.

Dorcas will again be selling Christmas Candy from Philadelphia Candy.  Orders with payment are due Monday November 15, pick up will be here at the church on December 7.  See Kathy Long for order forms and additional information.

Dorcas meetings will be held in the afternoon through the winter months on the 3rd Monday of the month at 1:00pm.  Next meeting is Monday November 15. 

Marlene Stebelsky suggested a dedication of the beautiful Bench outside the front entrance in memory of Elsie Laslow and Betty Frye.  More details to follow.

Hostesses for October were Ruth Klein and Marlene Stebelsky.  Hostesses for November will be Sandy Kimpan and Marlene Zipay.

After the meeting a very informative and delightful presentation about Blue Birds was given by Ernie Laslow and Tim & Janet Thiel.  Ernie brought Blue Bird boxes he had built and discussed his passion for the survival and preservation of these beautiful birds that were extremely rare in this area mainly due to habitat destruction.  His Bluebird trail with more than 20 boxes at Linden pointe is a testimony to his hard work and dedication.  Ernie, Tim and Janet discussed the Bluebird’s lifecycle, nesting habits and danger from predators, and showed beautiful pictures, some taken on the trail.  After the meeting several at the meeting drove to the trail to see the boxes.  Anyone interested in more information about Ernie’s passion can go to his website at

                  Respectfully Submitted,

                  Melinda Vellente

A special Message…

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to my church family for the many expressions of sympathy in the passing of my sister, Bette Fister.  I love my sister with all of my heart and will miss her dearly, and your loving kindness means so much to me. 

                    May God bless you all.  

                    Barry & Sandy Kimmel

Guess What???  On Saturday, November 13th at 4pm at Amen Corners in Girard, OH we are going to dine out together.  The restaurant belongs to our own Ellie Veltri and the restaurant is infamous for its delicious home cooking.  Please call Karen Blosz (724-646-0935) if you are planning to attend by Nov. 6th so she can make reservations.  Good food and enjoyable company what a great combination.   

         So, plan on joining them and call!

We need council members, …won’t you please consider joining?  They meet once a month on a Tuesday evening, and they could sure use your help.  Please think it over and join them you won’t find a more friendly caring group of people like them.  Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Our thanks to our Music Director,

James Vasconi and our choir, it sounds so good to print that, for sharing their beautiful voices with us.  How wonderful to hear a special song about our Lord Jesus.  Thank you all for your time and talents.  You are all the best of the best!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Our beloved Sunday School has decided to help with paying for the removal of mold and mildew that was quite costly to remove.  Of course, there is no price tag on the safety and well- being of our children and Sunday School Staff.  `There is no price to costly if you know what I mean.  I just wanted to thank our Sunday School for their generous gift of money. They not only teach our children all about our Lord Jesus and how to live like our Lord wants us to live but they help with our finances as well.  Our blessings overflow and especially our gratitude to them for all they do for Holy Trinity.     

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be working here every first and third Thursday of the month beginning this November.  Welcome back to them!

We also want to congratulate David and the soon to be Tina Kapusta who will be married in our church by Pastor Nelson on Saturday, November 13, 2021.  What God has joined together let no man put asunder.