November Newsletter




   “November 2020 Worship Team”

Rev, James Seeley, Supply Pastor

Ronald Tomko, Worship Leader

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

November 1st

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Cynthia Kapusta will be Lay Distributor

November 8th

Rev.  James Seeley will lead worship

James Antel will assist

November 15th 

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Joanne Gerda will be Lay Distributor

November 22nd “Christ the King”

Rev. James Seeley will lead worship

Ronald Tomko will assist

November 29th “1st Sunday in Advent”

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Sandy Kimmel will be Lay Distributor

Thank you everyone for your help with our weekly worship service. What would we do without you?  We tremble just thinking about it.  Please, if you can’t make your assigned Sunday just call the office, 724 981-2050 Thank You so much.

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The Christmas Hat & Mitten Tree is going to be up for Bethesda Children’s Home on Sunday, November 1, 2020.  We want to thank Michael Boldish for making sure the tree is in place.  It is already to get filled up.  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.  

PS   Please remember that they must arrive here at the church by December 6th.  This way Melvin & Dorothy Slezak can deliver them, so the staff has time to select who is getting what and then wrap it.  Our heartfelt thank you to the Slezak’s for their help.

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  Attention All Committees and Societies… If you would please prepare a calendar of events for your group and or committee concerning next year and give it to the office so it can be written on a 2021 Calendar of Events.  We are not sure if we will be able to do anything because of Coronavirus but having a tentative schedule will help even if we have to cancel everything at least we tried to plan activities.  We will greatly appreciate your help.  Thank you   

Some items that are continuously for sale here at Holy Trinity

Nut or Apricot Horns           $6.00 a doz.

Frozen Pigs in a Blanket      $7.00 a ½ doz.

                                                 $14.00 a doz.

Cooked Pigs in a Blanket     $7.50 a ½ doz.

                                                $15.00 a doz.

Frozen Chicken Pot Pies       $10.00 each

Pint & Quart container of Cabbage & Noodles…  $2.50-pt.  & $5.00-qt. sizes

There are also other items for sale you can call the office for more information.

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Advent is a word which means “to come.”  The season lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas.  During these four Sundays we prepare ourselves for the coming again of the Messiah, as we light a candle on the Advent wreath each week.  During this new liturgical year, the color is blue (the color of hope) and most of the Gospel readings will be from Luke.

Our Wednesday night Advent services that we have done in the past with Christ Lutheran Church will not happen.  Because of the Coronavirus and not having a Pastor we will have to forego them this year.  If things should change, we will notify everyone.  Thank You

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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.  Please remember we will have only one candle-light service on December 24th at 7:30pm.     

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During our 10:00am service we will celebrate All the Saints and especially honor those who have gone before us since last All Saints day.  They are as follows:

Anna Voyda                     August 21, 2019

Anne Jones                    November 9, 2019 

Susan E. Cowan            December 3, 2019

Thomas Keryan           December 16, 2019

Martha Krizancic        December 27, 2019

Mildred Krivak             February 17, 2020

John Bottenfield                   March 5, 2020

Robert J. Belles                    April 19, 2020

John R. Miller                      April 29, 2020

Ronald Haun                            May 6, 2020

Constance DePreta              August 7, 2020

Evelyn (Elsie) Ondich           Sept. 12, 2020

Their name will be read and a candle on the altar lit in remembrance of them.

Image result for clip art of thank youThank you so very much to all our council for their dedication and caring about our church and the people in it.   We are most grateful for your leadership and help especially during these troubling times.  They have decided to just stay in place during the coronavirus.  Which means there will be no new elections.  This also means there will be no Thanksgiving shared meal together another result of Covid-19.

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See the source imageWe are so very pleased to announce that the daughter of Dr. David & Amy Wood, Lauren has graduated with a BS in Nursing from Duquesne University.  She has also earned a place in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  We are all so very proud of Lauren for this awesome achievement and know that she will be a wonderful nurse.  Congratulations Lauren from all of us here at Holy Trinity.  We know whatever you strive to do you will most certainly succeed.                                    

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It seems like we do a lot of Thank You’s every month doesn’t it?  We are so very blessed to have so many people care about our church and they step up to the plate and hit it out of the park month after month.  Here are just a few.

Linda Chalupka counts the offering every Sunday, buys and plants spring and summer flowers, is our Financial Secretary, helps our beloved Dorcas with getting cabbage, donut mix, fruits etc. when they need them.  Just about any-thing they need she is there.

Kim Kaszowski helps Linda count the offering every Sunday.  She also keeps the office stocked up with colored paper that is used when printing the newsletter.  How wonderful is that!

Sharon Bryan helps count money also and she is the right-hand lady for the Dorcas, whether it is making Apple Squares, Pigs in the Blanket, whatever is needed, and she is the treasurer of the Dorcas.  She also serves on our church council which she takes very seriously. Even after getting her hip replaced, she is helping.    Just amazing!  

Ron Tomko is almost a superman.  All you have to do is ask him and he does it or at the very least gets someone who will do it.  And the most remarkable thing about Ron is that he does it with a happy heart. He does so much around here that I would need another page if I were to list it all.   Also, just amazing!

We have many more people who give of their time and expertise to help.  Just a few off the top of my head are,

Marlene Sypolt is the best Sunday School superintendent anyone could ask for.  Wonderful!  Myron Jones heads up property and is a jack of all trades and is the first person called when trouble strikes.  Fantastic!   More next month.

See the source imageA 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.
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 and 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.’
                            ~Anonymous Author 

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Thank you, Michael Boldish, for this really nice short story.  Any pet lover will just love reading this.

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Last night I rode my bike to bar here in town and I had a few beers, followed by a few bourbons and a number of shots….
I still had the sense to know I was over the limit.  That’s when I decided to do what I have never done before, I locked up my bike in a secure place, and I took a cab home.

Sure enough, there was a police check point on the way home, and since it was a cab, they waved it past.  I arrived home safely without incident.  This came as a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before, I don’t even know where I got it from, and now that it is in my garage, I don’t know what to do with it.

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What a knee slapper…thanks Mike Boldish 

for sharing.

Christmas Candy for sale by the Dorcas Ladies.  To buy must do so by deadline November 16, 2020.

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A message about the Philadelphia Candy that our Dorcas ladies is selling…deadline to order is November 16, 2020.  There are order forms placed around the church.  Call Kathy Long 1-330-637-6406 if you have any questions or concerns. 

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One Bowl Apple Cake 

This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year, and easy to make!

2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Honey Crisp apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9×13 or two 9″ round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.

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***Please be sure to mark your calendar Christmas Eve Candle-light service is at 7:30pm.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the last year. Many of us experience renewed hope and faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important. What if we spent time each day in giving thanks and prayer? How could God grow out faith and trust if we lived a life of thanks through all seasons and not just Thanksgiving time? When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is little room to worry or complain.

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A Daily Thanksgiving Prayer

“Dear God, thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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I Wish

I wish the world was peaceful

And no one had to die

I wish to banish agony and pain

So, no one had to cry

I wish for no violence

No shrapnel in the thigh

I wish for more respect in the world

So, soldiers could get by

I wish the world was pure and good 

So, no one had reason to lie

                             Veterans Day poem by

                                Mikayla Burchard 


The Dorcas had a work-day meeting on March 6th.  

Betty Frye made a motion, Stephanie Banjak seconded it to pay for Blood Kits to put in the First Aid Kits in the church.

New Ceiling Fan for the kitchen was motioned by Ruth Klein and seconded by Stephanie Banjak.  The cost will come from donations made from Ann Usko memorial fund.

New commode for the men’s bathroom, motion made by Ruth Klein and seconded by Stephanie Banjak.  Dorcas will pay for the new toilet. 

Minutes from the October 19, 2020 meeting. 

Attendance    10 members

Thank You’s:

Meals on Wheels- $100.00 for Easter

Food Warehouse Lori Weston -$100.00

Joshua’s Haven- $100.00

Ron & Wendy Tomko-Thank you card

Chairlift waiting on permit.

New Business will help local children by

Arranging with Salvation Army to get slips off Christmas trees.  Will decide by next meeting.  The meeting will be held on November 16th at 12:00 noon.

Motion to close meeting Karen Borden and seconded by Marlene Stebelsky.

We closed with the Lord’s Prayer

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Gerda

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It is with much sadness that we announce that one of our members have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus and at the time of this writing is hospitalized.  All our prayers are being sent out to him and his family.  May our Lord heal him quickly and take away all the covid-19 from his body. 

Having a case of this deadly virus hit so close to home it is prompting me to institute a new happening here in the church office.  Until it is safe to do so the office will be closed to members and friends of our church.  I will be glad to help everyone the best I can with a simple phone call or email.  If you need to drop something off no problem…you can just set it in the box on the table outside the office and I will take it after you leave and do whatever you want me to do with it.  I hope you understand that I am doing this abundant amount of caution because the Coronavirus seems to do harm to people my age, people having a pre-existing condition and people being overweight which all apply to me.  The bottom line though is that I am here to help, guide, listen, do reports, etc. but most importantly care and comfort you and I

want to make sure I will be able to do just that.  Thank You all for your understand- ing and love.

Most Sincerely,


Pray, pray, pray for all of this to go away.

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Jesus Calling

I am perpetually with you, taking care of you.  That is the most important fact of your existence.  I am not limited by time or space; My Presence with you is a forever –promise.  You need not fear the future, for I am already there.  When you make that quantum leap into eternity, you will find Me awaiting you in heaven.  Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow. 

I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do.  Don’t be distracted by future concerns.  Leave them to Me!  Each day of life is a glorious gift, but so few people know how to live within the confines of today.  Much of their energy for abundant living spills over the timeline into tomorrow’s worries or past regrets.  Their remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the full.  I am training you to keep your focus on my presence in the present.  This is how to receive abundant life, which flows freely from My throne of grace.

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This came to us from Sarah Young’s book “Jesus Calling” In memory of our beloved Martha Krizancic  

Happy Fall from Sunday School

We are finally all back together in Sunday School.  Thinks are much different with everyone wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart and hand sanitizing a lot.  The students are just happy to be back together again.  

We welcome Coner Laverty to our little group.  We hope someday soon to have Brantley and Harper join us but they don’t want to wear masks so we will just wait for them when this is all over.

We also want to welcome Erin Sypolt to our teaching staff. 

We learned about God creating Day and Night, Sky and Land, Stars, Sun and Moon, Sea creatures and animals and humans and on the seventh day he rested.  We learned how God made each of us unique and about Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit. We can’t wait to continue learning about the many things that God has done for us.  

We hope that everyone continues to stay healthy and safe.  Much love and caring,

                     Marlene Sypolt 

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